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Technology US

The pandemic made everyone familiar with a decades-old immigrant tradition

The only thing that actually felt normal this holiday season was a video chat with my family on Christmas day. I logged on to a Facebook video call from New York City while my mom and brother called in from California. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews joined from more states across the US, the UK, Canada, Qatar, and the Philippines.

The platforms we’ve used to keep this tradition going have changed over the past few decades. Way before Zoom became the lifeline for staying connected during the pandemic, immigrant families like mine have had to rely on whatever technology was available to stay in touch. Finding ways to reach out over long distances is nothing new, it’s what we do in a diaspora.

This year, I found myself glued to the screen all Christmas morning marveling at how much taller my nieces, nephews, and god kids have gotten since the last time I saw them in person — which in most cases, has been years. I’ve mostly watched them grow up on screens.

Before there were apps like Skype, it was even harder for us to connect. My dad moved to California from Manila not long after I was born to set up a life for us in America. Before my mom and I joined him, the only way my dad could see our faces was in photographs that my mom sent him.

“Daddy, just want to show you my complete set of teeth… and my dimple…” my mom scrawled on the back of a photo of two and a half-year-old me. Another copy of that picture would end up in my very first passport.

Once the three of us, plus my American-born brother, were all stateside, there were expensive, hurried calls with relatives in the Philippines on our landline. Those calls triggered another frantic game of telephone. You needed to corral the household so that each person could have a moment on the call. “Hurry, tell so-and-so to pick up the phone,” whoever was holding the receiver yelled out. “It’s long distance!”

Skype was a game-changer when it started offering free video calling in 2006. I remember logging on from the desktop computer in my parents’ bedroom when I was visiting home from college. There, I’d see my grandma in the Philippines squinting to make out our faces in the blurry webcam picture. Before then, just hearing her voice was an expensive luxury. Suddenly, it was free — and I could look her in the eye while we chatted for as long as we wanted. By 2009, I had my own Skype account separate from my parents, and it seemed like all my cousins, aunts, and uncles did, too.

Now, I have an entire folder of apps on my phone that my family uses for free, long distance calls. There are so many platforms to choose from that each of our calls tends to start with the question of whether we’re using the right app: will switching over to Viber or Facebook offer a better signal or be easier for elders on the call to use?

Those calls have seamlessly melded into in-person events, too. My mom’s side of the family has held a reunion on New Year’s Day every year since before my mom was born. We’re a big family (my mom alone has eight siblings), so this is a big production. My mom rarely gets to attend in person, but she calls in every year. The last time I attended the reunion, in the Philippines in 2014, my mom was still in California. I called her from my laptop and set her up on a table with a good view of the party. Other relatives abroad made their rounds on cellphones passed around by guests.

For the first time in more than 60 years, the reunion didn’t take place in person this year. I still found comfort in talking with my family over another video chat on New Year’s Day, but it doesn’t make me miss them any less. The heartache is still there when the holidays are over. It will be there when the pandemic ends. Going home isn’t always as easy as taking a plane ride when you’re an immigrant. There’s lots of red tape and luck involved when it comes to crossing borders. And there still isn’t an app that will let me reach out and kiss my mom on the cheek, or pick up my nieces and nephews before they get too old for me to do that.

For me, sacrificing physical togetherness for the promise of more security in the future was part of growing up. And while technology can’t fully bridge the distance between family members, it has made that separation easier to bear.

Video calls are now a standard way to connect with other family members who’ve fanned out around the world in search of a future with bigger possibilities. A staple of our family calls is help with finding work abroad and making a home for yourself in a new place. I’ve often heard it said that the Philippines’ biggest export is its own people. Its economy relies on over 2 million overseas workers, including a lot in health care, whose remittances make up about a tenth of the country’s GDP. The small archipelago nation is the world’s leading supplier of nurses — including my mom, lots of other relatives, and the nurse in the UK who administered the world’s very first authorized vaccine against COVID-19.

Searching for opportunities far from home, however, has come with costs. We’re perpetually missing our loved ones. There’s a shortage of health care workers in the Philippines, and a disproportionately high number of Filipino Americans working on the frontlines of the pandemic have died from COVID-19.

A lot of people around the world sacrificed time with family and turned to virtual celebrations this holiday season to stop the spread of COVID-19. For that, I’m thankful, because it keeps my mom and other family members who work in health care safer. There are other immigrant essential workers who are more exposed to the virus and who have for years held up industries that take care of the sick and elderly and that bring food to our tables — perhaps at the expense of being with their family and friends during the holidays. A video call will never be as fulfilling as sitting in the same room with the people we love. But it’s more than what some of us have had in the past or have access to even now.

The photos my mom sent my dad of me while we were still living in the Philippines are now neatly bound in a photo album. They’re a reminder that resourcefulness in immigrant communities has been about more than finding ways to get ahead. We’ve found ways to stay connected.

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Bollywood

Bhagyashree says her fans must have cursed her husband for whisking her away: ‘Everyone used to abuse him, at that time only I loved him’


Bhagyashree, who shot to stardom with her debut film Maine Pyaar Kiya more than 30 years ago, has revealed that she had rejected director Sooraj Barjatya’s offer seven times but would feel sad whenever she made him go back. Despite the film’s success, the actor quit Bollywood to get married and have kids. The actor said her husband Himalaya Dassani was hated by her fans for whisking her away.

Talking about getting married and walking away from films at the height of stardom, Bhagyashree said she was barely 19 and “did not understand that people strive their entire life to achieve what God had blessed me with”.

Talking about husband, she told Times of India in an interview, “Poor man, he must have been cursed by all the fans who were upset that he had whisked me away from Bollywood. Everyone used to abuse him; I think at that time only I loved him (smiles). But both of us were young and in love with each other. I understand now that it’s easy to give in to jealousy and not want your girlfriend or wife to be the cynosure of all eyes.”

Bhagyashree also revealed that she had turned down the film but Sooraj Barjatya was persistent in convincing her. “I actually told Soorajji (Sooraj Barjatya) that I didn’t want to work in films, a fact he couldn’t understand. The subject was beautiful and I liked what he narrated to me. But, at the end of it, when he wanted to know if I would do the film, I told him that despite liking the script, I wouldn’t be able to take it up. He returned to me seven times, with changes in the script to please me, and each time I would come up with a new excuse. But on the eighth time, I couldn’t make one up and gave my nod to the film.”

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Bhagyashree had made a comeback a few years ago and was seen in television show Laut Aao Trisha. She is now all set to make her full-fledged debut with Prabhas-starrer Radhe Shyam and Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi. Her son Abhimanyu Dassani has also joined films and made his acting debut with Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.

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Canada

Middle East: everyone in place for a set

Americans, Iranians, Israelis and Saudis are preparing for a dance of hell on the first anniversary of the US drone assassination in Baghdad of senior Iranian military official and General Qassem Soleimani. Will Iran get revenge? Are Trump and Netanyahu going to orchestrate a provocation that they could turn into a casus belli?

A magnetic mine was placed on the hull of an oil tanker in the northern Persian Gulf. Its discovery further heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accuses Israel of plotting against American targets in order to provoke a war between the United States and Iran. Zarif said Iran had received information from Iraqi sources that Israeli “agent provocateurs” were planning attacks on US targets. Israel vehemently denied it, saying it was “utter nonsense”.

Over the past few weeks, the United States has sent strategic B-52 bombers close to the Iranian coast on three occasions. They also deployed a nuclear submarine in the Persian Gulf from which they removed the aircraft carrier. USS Nimitz. Perhaps to put him out of the reach of Iranian retaliation. Several American warships armed with Tomahawk missiles still cross it there.

Israel has also decided to send a submarine there. Asked about this by Aljazeera, the spokesperson for the National Security Committee of the Iranian Parliament, Abolfazl Amouei, said: “If an Israeli submarine arrives in the Gulf [persique], Iran will consider that it is an act of aggression and in this case, we will have the right to take revenge ”.

Iran has called on the UN Security Council to prevent further US “military adventurism” in the Gulf and Arabian Sea. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Trump was looking for a pretext to start a war against Iran.

For his part, the head of the elite Iranian military force Al-Quds, General Esmail Ghaani, called Trump a “demented man” under the grip of Israel and Saudi Arabia. He warned, enigmatic, that “it is possible, even from within [sa] own house, that someone can take revenge on [son] crime”. Trump tweeted that he would hold Iran accountable if Americans were killed in an Iranian attack.

Is Trump so stupid and dangerous that he would start a war to distract from his attempts to overturn his electoral defeat and complicate his successor’s plans for the Middle East? He probably is. But, I think and hope the Pentagon wouldn’t let it. Though…

Since his electoral defeat, Trump has sacked the Secretary of Defense and several senior civilian leaders in the Pentagon to replace them with individuals who are totally subservient to him and answer to no one but him.

I believe Iran will do everything to avoid being drawn into a war with the United States. Tehran is counting on a drop in tensions with Biden’s coming to power that would lead to the lifting of the sanctions that are destroying its economy ravaged by the coronavirus.

Like Trump, Netanyahu wants by all means to prevent the United States from joining the nuclear deal. Case of manifest provocation, the Mossad, at the end of November, assassinated the Pr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, at the heart of Iran’s nuclear ambitions for decades. In response to the murder, in a misguided move, Iran has announced that it will increase its uranium enrichment to pre-2015 levels. In a concession to Biden, Tehran will be able to reverse this decision.

What could be better than a war to screw up Biden’s January 20 inauguration? We must act quickly. Hurry up.

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Football USA

Giants have chance to show everyone what they’re made of

Such is the football and franchise life-cycle that current Giants coach Joe Judge turned 39 on New Year’s Eve and Eli Manning, the former Giants quarterback, turns 40 on Sunday — a day that could resonate with the Giants for years to come or else merely be remembered as a day for another sad ending to another sad season.

The difference between finishing 5-11 and 6-10 doesn’t amount to a hill of beans (“Casablanca,” check it out) in any season but this one, as there never really has been a season like this one.

Put to the side everything wacky and bad and unprecedented Judge had to deal with in his first year and concentrate strictly on the standings. That the Giants, at 5-10, have a chance at first place in the NFC East and the home playoff game that comes with the prize is whatever you deem it to be. Unfair? Silly? A scenario that begs for change in the league?

Take your pick. The Giants win the division title if they snap a three-game losing streak and defeat the Cowboys on Sunday in another strange and empty MetLife Stadium event, coupled with a Washington loss later in the evening to the Eagles. The Cowboys win the division if they beat the Giants and Washington loses. Washington controls its own destiny — win and in.

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Giants coach Joe Judge watches over his team at practice.
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If all three teams end the regular season at 6-10, the Giants win the tiebreaker based on what would be the best record (3-1) against the other two teams. This season is so strange that the Giants can finish anywhere from first to last in the division.

This is the spot in the story for a pithy, meaningful comment from Judge, summing up what gaining admission to the postseason means, no matter how his team got there. That sentiment might be churning inside him. If so, he has kept it under wraps, doggedly refusing to let it out, not even once. In lockstep, his players often navigated around saying “playoffs’’ as if it were a curse word they dared not utter in public.

“It would mean a lot,’’ tight end Evan Engram said. “Everything being, the last three years here, obviously not up to standard. All the progress and work we put in this year, everything we’ve been through, we have to go out and execute and win this game for that to be a possibility. But it would mean a lot.’’

Engram, in his fourth year with the Giants, has never been in contention for the playoffs in Week 17. He said, “The energy is through the roof’’ for what awaits the Giants.

What exactly does await this team? A four-game winning streak got the Giants into first place and gave them control of their playoff fortunes, and the current three-game losing streak — outscored 72-26 — put them in a spot in which they need help.

If the Giants are able to do what they were unable to do in Week 5 — they lost at Dallas, 37-34, in their only shootout of the season — the Giants will await the results of the Washington-Eagles game later Sunday night. If the Giants’ season is extended, likely hosting Tom Brady and an NFC powerhouse, the Buccaneers, would be an astonishing way to move further into 2021.

The Cowboys, not long ago left for dead in the division, are also, improbably, alive.

“It’s two teams playing for a division championship,’’ Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s clearly potentially what’s at stake here.’’

The Giants left Texas the second week of October at 0-5, and it was fair to wonder if the team, and Judge, would ever win a game.

“There are a lot of things I look at with a very critical eye,’’ Judge said. “I do see a lot of improvement from the team as a whole. This is far from the team that played the Cowboys the first time.

“There are a number of things I look at from that game that you can say, ‘OK, we’re a lot better.’ You turn that tape on from 12 weeks ago and you can look at that, and I’ve watched it several times this week at least leading into it, and it kind of jumps out at you like, ‘Man, I can see individual improvement from a lot of players. I can see collective improvement from units, and I can see collective improvement from the entire team as a whole.’ ”

This is the chance — quite possibly the last chance — for the Giants to show this improvement to their ownership, their fans and themselves.

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Entertainment USA Hollywood

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend wish everyone ‘a happy, healthy and beautiful new year’

They experienced their fair share of heartbreak in 2020 with the loss of a baby boy at five months gestation.

But on Thursday night, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend took to Instagram to send greetings as the world rang in 2021.

Posting a photo showing them sitting side by side on a yacht during their Caribbean getaway, the couple wrote: ‘mom and dad wishing you a happy, healthy and beautiful new year blessed with the purest joys and most positive – “vibes” -‘

Greetings: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend posted a photo to Instagram showing them on their Caribbean yacht vacation and wished everyone ‘a happy, healthy and beautiful new year’

Chrissy and John have been enjoying a sun-kissed vacation in St. Barts with their daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two.

The model, 37, and the musician, 42, showed off deep tans in their photo as well as glittery patterns on their foreheads.

Chrissy was dressed in a black shimmery frock with low-cut neckline and bare back, while John opted for a black and white patterned short-sleeve shirt and white trousers.

Celebrity couple: Chrissy added a sparkly headdress as she posed cuddled up to her Grammy-winning husband

Celebrity couple: Chrissy added a sparkly headdress as she posed cuddled up to her Grammy-winning husband 

Dad: John also shared a snap with his two-year-old son Miles. He and Chrissy also share daughter Luna, four

Dad: John also shared a snap with his two-year-old son Miles. He and Chrissy also share daughter Luna, four

Staying strong: John Travolta, 66, posed in black tie with his 20-year-old daughter Ella and the two raised a glass to wish everyone a Happy New Year. He lost his wife Kelly Preston to cancer in 2020

Staying strong: John Travolta, 66, posed in black tie with his 20-year-old daughter Ella and the two raised a glass to wish everyone a Happy New Year. He lost his wife Kelly Preston to cancer in 2020

Another star touched by tragedy this past year is John Travolta, who lost his wife Kelly Preston to breast cancer.

The actor, 66, posted a photo to his Instagram in which he’s seen in black tie with his 20-year-old daughter Ella.

In the picture, the two raise their glasses and in the caption, Travolta wished everyone ‘a Happy New Year’. 

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara shared a snap of herself holding her cute Chihuahua.

The Colombian actress,  48. wore a very low-cut white dress while her beloved pet was also wearing a white frock.

The ohoto appeared to be taken as she sat down for a New year’s Eve dinner in an outdoor tropical location and in the caption, Vergara explained: ‘waiting for 2021.’ 

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara shared a snap of herself holding her cute Chihuahua. Both wore white and the snap appeared to be taken during an outdoor New Year's Eve dinner

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara shared a snap of herself holding her cute Chihuahua. Both wore white and the snap appeared to be taken during an outdoor New Year’s Eve dinner

Happy to ring in a new year: Shameless and Phantom Of The Opera star Emmy Rossum shared this selfie and wished 'Bye 2020'

Happy to ring in a new year: Shameless and Phantom Of The Opera star Emmy Rossum shared this selfie and wished ‘Bye 2020’

Sight for sore eyes: Olivia Munn was pictured looking out over a stunning scenic vista holding her phone and wearing a patterned shirt. 'First resolution for 2021: get pants,' she joked

Sight for sore eyes: Olivia Munn was pictured looking out over a stunning scenic vista holding her phone and wearing a patterned shirt. ‘First resolution for 2021: get pants,’ she joked

Hotel heiress and socialite Paris Hilton posed in a red and white bikini as she bid adieu to the year on board a luxury yacht.

The blonde posed up a storm in the two-piece with matching headband and heels against a stunning ocean backdrop.

‘Beautiful sunny day on New Year’s Eve,’ she wrote in the caption.

She later updated it to show herself dressed up to celebrate the arrival of New year’s Eve on board the yacht. 

Out with the old: Paris Hilton posed in a red and white bikini with matching headband and heels against a stunning ocean backdrop as she prepared to ring in 2021

Out with the old: Paris Hilton posed in a red and white bikini with matching headband and heels against a stunning ocean backdrop as she prepared to ring in 2021

Party time: Paris later updated her Instagram to show herself dressed up to celebrate the arrival of New year's Eve on board the yacht

Party time: Paris later updated her Instagram to show herself dressed up to celebrate the arrival of New year’s Eve on board the yacht

Optimism: Jeff Bridges, who is battling cancer, posed with his wife and dog at their Santa Barbara, California, home. 'May we dream together,' the veteran actor shared

Optimism: Jeff Bridges, who is battling cancer, posed with his wife and dog at their Santa Barbara, California, home. ‘May we dream together,’ the veteran actor shared

Jeff Bridges, who is battling cancer, posed with his wife and dog at their Santa Barbara, California, home.

The couple wore matching red and in his New Year’s message, the veteran actor shared: ‘May we dream together.’

Taylor Swift wore a fake fur bear suit as she posed for a portrait. In her caption the 1984 crooner said, ‘Bye 2020, it’s been weird.’

Barely bear-ing it: Taylor Swift wore a fake fur bear suit as she posed for a portrait. In her caption the 1984 crooner said, 'Bye 2020, it's been weird'

Barely bear-ing it: Taylor Swift wore a fake fur bear suit as she posed for a portrait. In her caption the 1984 crooner said, ‘Bye 2020, it’s been weird’

Momentous year: Joe Jonas shared this black and white selfie as he partied on New year's Eve with wife Sophie Turner. The couple welcomed their first child together back in July

Momentous year: Joe Jonas shared this black and white selfie as he partied on New year’s Eve with wife Sophie Turner. The couple welcomed their first child together back in July

Oohh-la-la: The Game Of Thrones actress, 24, also posed in a sexy outfit with the couple's dogs

Oohh-la-la: The Game Of Thrones actress, 24, also posed in a sexy outfit with the couple’s dogs

Bubbles: Halle Berry raised a toast to 2021 with this photo

Bubbles: Halle Berry raised a toast to 2021 with this photo

Christina Aguilera, 40, posed in plaid in front of a decorated Christmas tree.

‘2020 has been too much for everybody,’ the singer posted. ‘Let’s part with it, let’s make our peace and move on … I’m very excited to shed old skins, depart from old ways.’

‘I think we’ve all taken a second and reflected on what’s serving us and what’s not so we can move forward in our future and try to get over 2020 on many levels.’

Bye bad year: Christina Aguilera, 40, said, '2020 has been too much for everybody. 'Let's part with it, let's make our peace and move on ... I'm very excited to shed old skins, depart from old ways'

Bye bad year: Christina Aguilera, 40, said, ‘2020 has been too much for everybody. ‘Let’s part with it, let’s make our peace and move on … I’m very excited to shed old skins, depart from old ways’

Ready: Aguilera followed up with this post on her Instagram

Ready: Aguilera followed up with this post on her Instagram

Sums it up: Late night host Jimmy Kimmel shared a photo of himself and his ABC show sidekick Guillermo. Guillermo holds two glasses of champagne while Jimmy holds a spray can of Lysol

Sums it up: Late night host Jimmy Kimmel shared a photo of himself and his ABC show sidekick Guillermo. Guillermo holds two glasses of champagne while Jimmy holds a spray can of Lysol

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel shared a photo of himself and his ABC show sidekick Guillermo.

Guillermo holds two glasses of champagne while Jimmy holds a spray can of Lysol.

‘Happy New Year! #Bye2020,’ he wrote. 

Zooey Deschanel wished her social media followers a happy new year while wearing a blue dress and blowing on a party horn.

Millie Bobbie Brown shared a glam selfie and in the accompanying caption, the Stranger Things star reflected on the past year.

‘I’m leaping forward into 2021 with optimism, faith in the human spirit and our collective will to carry on,’ the 16-year-old wrote.  

Excited: Zooey Deschanel wished her social media followers a happy new year while wearing a blue dress and blowing on a party horn

Excited: Zooey Deschanel wished her social media followers a happy new year while wearing a blue dress and blowing on a party horn

Looking  back and forward: Millie Bobbie Brown shared a glam selfie and in the accompanying cation, the Stranger Things star reflected on the past year and looked to the future

Looking  back and forward: Millie Bobbie Brown shared a glam selfie and in the accompanying cation, the Stranger Things star reflected on the past year and looked to the future

Diane Kruger shared a photo of herself and Norman Reedus ringing in the new year at home.

The Walking Dead star chugged on a bottle of champagne and they both wore party headdresses.

Kruger shared: ‘Me n u rabbit another trip around. Happy 2021 everyone.’ 

Chugging champagne: Diane Kruger shared a photo of herself and Norman Reedus ringing in the new year at home.

Chugging champagne: Diane Kruger shared a photo of herself and Norman Reedus ringing in the new year at home.

'Happy NYE @ysl': Hailey Bieber posed up a storm in a little black dress by Yves St Laurent that had a dramatic and very revealing cut out bodice

‘Happy NYE @ysl’: Hailey Bieber posed up a storm in a little black dress by Yves St Laurent that had a dramatic and very revealing cut out bodice

So in love: The model went on to share a photo of herself with her hitmaker hubby, who wore a black suit with open-neck white shirt and a backwards facing black baseball cap

So in love: The model went on to share a photo of herself with her hitmaker hubby, who wore a black suit with open-neck white shirt and a backwards facing black baseball cap

Hailey Bieber posed up a storm in a little black dress by Yves St Laurent.

The dramatic number had a very revealing cut out bodice and the model wife of Justin Bieber wore her hair in a chignon.

She accessorized with three gold necklaces, several earrings and a statement ring.

The model went on to share a photo of herself with her hitmaker hubby, who wore a black suit with open-neck white shirt and a backwards facing black baseball cap. 

Jada Pinkett Smith stunned her Instagram followers by posing in a blue bikini with her hair worn blonde and short. 

 ‘I welcome you 2021 with open arms,’ she said. ‘I have no expectations. I’m going to be still and grateful.’ 

Dared to bare: : Jada Pinkett Smith posed in a blue bikini with her hair worn blonde and short. and said: 'I welcome you 2021 with open arms. I have no expectations. I'm going to be still and grateful'

Dared to bare: : Jada Pinkett Smith posed in a blue bikini with her hair worn blonde and short. and said: ‘I welcome you 2021 with open arms. I have no expectations. I’m going to be still and grateful’

Hello New Year: Kylie Jenner posed in a bikini top in Aspen as she said she was 'swimming into 2021'

Hello New Year: Kylie Jenner posed in a bikini top in Aspen as she said she was ‘swimming into 2021’

Cheers: The reality star later wished her fans a 'happy new year' as she raised a toast on camera from her celebrations

Cheers: The reality star later wished her fans a ‘happy new year’ as she raised a toast on camera from her celebrations

Olivia Culpo ushered in 2021 with a kiss and fast food.

She posted a photo of herself and her hunky beau Christian McCaffrey chowing down on chicken sandwiches and smooching as they relaxed on board a yacht.

Culpo shared that living through the pandemic this past year had taught her to appreciate ‘the little things a lot more’ and signed off with: ‘Cheers to living in health, happiness, and gratitude in 2021!’

Happy New Year! Olivia Culpo ushered in 2021 with a kiss and fast food, posting a photo of herself and beau Christian McCaffrey chowing down on chicken sandwiches and smooching on board a yacht

Happy New Year! Olivia Culpo ushered in 2021 with a kiss and fast food, posting a photo of herself and beau Christian McCaffrey chowing down on chicken sandwiches and smooching on board a yacht

Funny: Gwen Stefani shared, ‘Can’t believe it’s almost 2021! ring in the New Year with me at #NBCNYE — LIVE thursday dec 31 at 10/9c on @nbc’

Spacey: Ashley Tisdale, who's pregnant with her first child, posted this selfie

Spacey: Ashley Tisdale, who’s pregnant with her first child, posted this selfie

'Be safe': Bella Hadid added filters for her Instagram Story video clip

‘Be safe’: Bella Hadid added filters for her Instagram Story video clip

To the future: Amelia Hamlin, the daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, flashed the peace sign in a selfie and welcomed in 2021 with an applause emoji and a green heart emoji

To the future: Amelia Hamlin, the daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, flashed the peace sign in a selfie and welcomed in 2021 with an applause emoji and a green heart emoji

Hoping to go back 100 years: Sarah Jessica Parker made a post about how 1921 might be a better year

Hoping to go back 100 years: Sarah Jessica Parker made a post about how 1921 might be a better year

Floral treat: Sharon Stone shared an inspirational motto

Floral treat: Sharon Stone shared an inspirational motto

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Entertainment Canada

Nearly 2 million viewers for “Everyone together”

Nearly 2 million viewers gathered together, each in the comfort of their own homes, to listen to the big show Everyone together broadcast on the four major French-speaking generalist channels on Monday.

According to data compiled by Numéris, 1,995,000 viewers have listened at one time or another to this show hosted live by Véronique Cloutier, Jean-Philippe Dion, Marie-Lyne Joncas and Pierre-Yves Lord. Everything was broadcast by TVA, Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada and Noovo.

Initiated by the Government of Quebec to “encourage Quebeckers to keep morale up and celebrate safely” during 90 minutes of celebrations in song and humor.

More than twenty artists and groups united their voices during the evening produced by the KOTV box.

A handful of spectators were also able to participate in the party virtually, being solicited from time to time.

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UAE

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed wishes everyone a merry Christmas

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Thursday wished all Christians a merry Christmas.

Taking to Twitter on Christmas Eve, he wrote: “We would like to wish all of our Christian brothers and sisters in the UAE and around the world a peaceful and Merry Christmas.”

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UAE

UAE leaders wish everyone a merry Christmas

Dubai: UAE leaders His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, had a special message for all the Chirstians in the world on Thursday.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid tweeted on Christmas Eve:”Congratulations to all Christians in the world on Christmas.”

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also tweeted his message. He wrote: “We would like to wish all of our Christian brothers and sisters in the UAE and around the world a peaceful and Merry Christmas.”

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Headline USA

Karla Luna’s mother makes her Christmas wish public and moves everyone on Instagram | The State

Since he passed away Karla Luna three years ago, Americo Garza decided to cut off all relationship with his ex-wife’s family so the contact of Josefina Martinez, mother of the comedian, with her granddaughters has been very scarce by the legal terms in which they were.

And although the lawsuit was withdrawn in the hope that Américo will change his mind on the matter, of letting the family of the deceased live with the girls, this has not been entirely possible, since apparently they still cannot see them.

Well now the grandmother of the little ones published on Instagram a photograph addressed to her granddaughters, whom she misses and externally that her wish on Christmas Eve is to be able to hug them.

This situation moved everyone in said social network, they raised their spirits with messages of encouragement and hope that both Américo and Panini will allow them to see the little ones on these dates.

Even on the Instagram account of Erika moon, Karla’s sister, followed a dynamic of questions and answers with her fans, who asked her if they had already been able to see the girls or if they at least maintained virtual contact with them, to which she replied that they would do so until January.

Let us remember that the last wish of the deceased comedian, who lost her life in September 2017 due to cancer, was not to separate her 4 children when she was gone, but her ex-husband did not respect her wish and took the girls away from her. .

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I urge everyone to get vaccinated | The State

In New York there is a campaign so that people do not fear the vaccine.

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Michael Appleton / Mayoral Office / Courtesy

I am a front line healthcare worker and have seen the dire effects of this pandemic up close, every day, for nine months.

In my role as an orderly, I transport critically ill men and women through the hospital and have taken too many to the morgue. It’s a terrifying scene in there, with many people hooked up to fans, desperately struggling to breathe and stay alive as a second wave threatens us.

I also had the honor of being one of the first people in New York State to receive the new coronavirus vaccine. I received the vaccine on December 14th and have had absolutely no side effects.

I and thousands of workers in my union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have been at the forefront during this crisis, risking our own health to save the lives of others. Many of my colleagues are waiting to voluntarily take the vaccine, which has been shown to be safe and effective.

One of the main reasons I wanted to take it right away was because I have hardly seen my family members during this pandemic: my mother, my father, my nieces, my nephews and my 86-year-old grandmother. It is painful not to be able to see your loved ones for fear of infecting them with this disease. My hope is that this vaccine will help me get closer to my family again and enjoy their company.

I urge everyone to get vaccinated, especially people of color, who are more likely to suffer the severe effects of this deadly disease.

The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that Latinos are 4.1 times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 and 2.8 times more likely to die than whites. Blacks are 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.8 times more likely to die from the disease than whites.

I am a proud Puerto Rican. These are our communities and it is hard to see how this disease has hurt us so badly. There is an understandable mistrust in our communities because of the speed at which the vaccine was developed and because the history of medical discrimination and racism in America is real.

But the truth is that the vaccine is the only thing that will stop this virus and protect us all. Covid-19 is not a joke. Now is the time to believe in science and get vaccinated, and I am proud to be one of the healthcare workers leading the way and spreading the word.

If we come together – all of us in America – we will eventually defeat this disease. Our health and our lives depend on it.

(Rosa, 35, is a patient orderly at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she has worked for 13 years.)

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