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They seek a Latino suspected of hitting his mother and stepfather to death in California | The State

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Police searches for a 44-year-old Latino suspected of murdering his mother and stepfather with a baseball bat inside a home in the area.

He Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) yesterday identified Nelson Fermín Garibay as the suspect in carrying out the brutal attack last Monday at the home of the 73-year-old stepfather and the 65-year-old mother in the city ​​of Hacienda Heights, in the east sector of the county.

According to investigators, Garibay also attacked and injured his 37-year-old brother.

The officers who responded to the emergency call were allegedly greeted by the suspect’s brother, who reported on the violent assault. The wounded man took the agents inside the house, where the two fatal victims were found.

Each of the elderly suffered significant head trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene, the LASD reported.

Garibay allegedly attacked his mother and stepfather with a baseball bat, and then left the area in a Toyota pickup.

The woman was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as Irma Ruiz de Garibay.

The authorities are asking for the collaboration of the public to find the Hispanic, who is considered dangerous and who is armed, so they asked not to approach him and only report to the police.

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21 Stars Hitting The Gym To Give You Workout Inspiration For 2021: J.Lo & More

The New Year is here, and if you need some inspiration to keep up your fitness goals in 2021 — look no further than these stars gearing up to break a sweat.

After such a tough 2020, there’s no need to put pressure on yourself with crazy diet and fitness goals as 2021 resolutions. However, if you’re looking for a little extra boost of inspiration, these stars can help. So many of our favorite celebrities put in a lot of hard work to get their toned bodies, and they’re often photographed looking fierce while headed to the gym in their workout gear.

Jennifer Lopez heads to the gym in a workout outfit. (MEGA)

Jennifer Lopez, 51, rarely ever takes a break from her rigorous workout routine, and it’s clearly paid off. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, she made time to get her workouts in — mask and all. Some fans would even argue that the multi-talented star looks even better now than she did in her 20s! Of course, Jennifer’s workout style is top-notch, too. She loves wearing leggings and crop tops when getting her sweat on, and we’re definitely feeling pretty envious of those rock-hard abs she’s sporting.

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Kaia Gerber heads to the gym with her boyfriend, Jacob Elordi. (Christopher Peterson / SplashNews)

Meanwhile, Kaia Gerber has figured out how to make working out fun by teaming up with her boyfriend, Jacob Elordi, for gym sessions. In the fall of 2020, the two were photographed heading to the gym in New York City. Kaia rocked a matching leggings and crop top set, along with white New Balance sneakers. Plus, hitting the gym with someone else means you always have a spotter and a partner for tougher workouts!

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Addison Rae in a crop top and bike shorts. (Rachpoot/MEGA)

Addison Rae has been spending a lot of time with the Kardashians, and it looks like she’s picked up their love of fitness! She rocked one of the most popular recent trends while heading to the gym — spandex bike shorts! Addison paired hers with a matching crop top, along with white and blue sneakers. So fierce!

We’re all hoping for a much brighter 2021, and some extra workouts may be the boost of energy we all need to lift our spirits. Stars like the ones above, along with Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and more, have proven that working out can help you feel better and flaunt a whole new confidence. To see more stars hitting the gym to psyche you up for 2021, click through the gallery above!

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LA socialite charged with murder for ‘hitting and killing brothers’ pleads not guilty

A Los Angeles socialite accused of killing two young brothers in a hit-and-run crash in September kept her head down after she pleaded not guilty to new murder charges Wednesday.

Rebecca Grossman, 57, the wife of prominent plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman, looked serious and kept her eyes down as she left a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom in Van Nuys surrounded by her lawyers.  

She was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death for a September crash where she hit and killed brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 9, in Westlake Village, California. 

In the crash she was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after she fled the scene in her smashed Mercedes. She was released on October 1 after she posted $2million bail.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said to CBSLA Monday that they’re still investigating if Grossman was drunk behind the wheel and are waiting on toxicology results and she could face further charges. 

Grossman’s current address is listed as a sprawling $7.6million mansion in Hidden Hills that features nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and is located on the same street as Full House actress Lori Loughlin. 

Rebecca Grossman, 57, the wife of prominent plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman, kept her head down as she left court on Wednesday after entering her not guilty plea to murder charges

Leaving court: On Wednesday she was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death in Los Angeles County Superior Court

Leaving court: On Wednesday she was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death in Los Angeles County Superior Court

Rebecca and her surgeon husband Dr. Peter Grossman pictured together above

Rebecca and her surgeon husband Dr. Peter Grossman pictured together above

She was arrested in September on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after smashing her speeding Mercedes into brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 9, in Westlake Village, California

She was arrested in September on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after smashing her speeding Mercedes into brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 9, in Westlake Village, California

Grossman's current address is listed as a sprawling $7.6million mansion in Hidden Hills that features nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and is located next door to Full House actress Lori Loughlin

Grossman’s current address is listed as a sprawling $7.6million mansion in Hidden Hills that features nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and is located next door to Full House actress Lori Loughlin

If convicted as charged, she faces up to 34 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 

Her next court hearing is scheduled for February 16. 

Grossman is a member of the prominent Grossman family, the former publisher of Westlake Magazine and the co-founder of the renowned Grossman Burn Foundation.

On September 29 at 7.10pm boys Mark and Jacob Iskander were ‘walking with their family’, in a crosswalk at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive when they were hit by Grossman in a speeding Mercedes. 

The three-way intersection had a marked crosswalk and no stoplight. 

The boys’ parents Karim and Nancy Iskander said they heard the speeding car and reached out to protect their children, but could only grab their two other children Zackary and Violet.  Mark and Jacob were too far away and were hit by the car, police said.

Mark died at the scene and Jacob died in a hospital a few hours later.  

Grossman is the former publisher of Westlake Magazine and the co-founder of the renowned Grossman Burn Foundation

Grossman is the former publisher of Westlake Magazine and the co-founder of the renowned Grossman Burn Foundation 

Living in the lap of luxury: This lavish 15,700-square-foot home built in 1989 is listed as the address for Grossman and her surgeon husband. A view of the home's posh living room with stone fireplace above

Living in the lap of luxury: This lavish 15,700-square-foot home built in 1989 is listed as the address for Grossman and her surgeon husband. A view of the home’s posh living room with stone fireplace above

The nine-bedroom home's entry way and spiral staircase pictured above

The nine-bedroom home’s entry way and spiral staircase pictured above

The sprawling mansion is located in a gated community in Hidden Hills, California near the home of actress Lori Loughlin

The sprawling mansion is located in a gated community in Hidden Hills, California near the home of actress Lori Loughlin

The sheriff's department said they're still investigating if Grossman was drunk behind the wheel and are waiting on toxicology results. She could face further charges if those results come in showing she was intoxicated during the crash. A view of the pool area of the home above

The sheriff’s department said they’re still investigating if Grossman was drunk behind the wheel and are waiting on toxicology results. She could face further charges if those results come in showing she was intoxicated during the crash. A view of the pool area of the home above

An aerial view of the massive Hidden Hills mansion above

An aerial view of the massive Hidden Hills mansion above

The LA County Sheriff’s office said that Grossman sped away from the scene and her white Mercedes suffered front-end damage. 

She only stopped a quarter mile from the crash scene after the engine broke down, prosecutors say.  

Investigators said street racing may have been involved in the crash.

Police said one boy was carried 100ft on the hood of the car before Grossman braked, at which point he fell off the car and she ran him over again while fleeing the scene. 

‘It is a very tragic situation. The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children,’ Capt Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. 

Pleads not guilty: If convicted as charged, she faces up to 34 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Pleads not guilty: If convicted as charged, she faces up to 34 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Mark and Jacob were both members of the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church where they served as deacons.

‘Our beloved angels/deacons Mark & Jacob Iskander departed to our heavenly father our Lord Jesus Christ after being hit by a car last night,’ the church wrote. 

DailyMail.com has learned Grossman, 57, was also involved in an accident in 2012 during which the other driver claimed she ran a red light while driving 65mph in a 40mph zone and plowed into the back of his car. 

The Mercedes that struck and killed two brothers. Investigators said street racing may have been involved in the crash, which took place at 7.10pm on September 29 at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive

The Mercedes that struck and killed two brothers. Investigators said street racing may have been involved in the crash, which took place at 7.10pm on September 29 at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive

Memorial at the scene of the hit-and-run accident where Rebecca Grossman, 57, killed the two brothers

Memorial at the scene of the hit-and-run accident where Rebecca Grossman, 57, killed the two brothers

The driver, Jeffrey Hammer, died from ill health in 2018, but an insurance report seen by DailyMail.com includes his detailed description of the crash.

Ultimately, insurers found Grossman and Hammer were both 50% at fault for the accident – but that the wealthy foundation founder later launched a personal injury lawsuit against the then 60-year-old man, despite telling police at the accident scene that she wasn’t injured. 

Insurance paid out $100,000 in a settlement with Grossman, including compensation for her alleged injuries and about $15,000 of repairs to her Mercedes. 

Grossman, 57, was also involved in an accident in 2012 during which the other driver claimed she ran a red light while driving 65mph in a 40mph zone and plowed into the back of his car

Grossman, 57, was also involved in an accident in 2012 during which the other driver claimed she ran a red light while driving 65mph in a 40mph zone and plowed into the back of his car 

The driver, Jeffrey Hammer, died from ill health in 2018. Ultimately, insurers found Grossman and Hammer (pictured with his wife) were both 50% at fault for the accident.

The driver, Jeffrey Hammer, died from ill health in 2018. Ultimately, insurers found Grossman and Hammer (pictured with his wife) were both 50% at fault for the accident. 

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Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini’s hard-hitting mental health message after 2020

Actor Joe Tracini has shared a powerful message with all those who struggled with their mental health in 2020.

Joe, 32, has been vocal in the past about battling “suicidal thoughts”, in June opening up about an episode during which he felt he wanted to take his own life.

Now the Hollyoaks star has filmed a video reaching out to those who’ve found 2020 tough, saying that he’s proud to have made it through the year.

He said to the camera: “Hi, hope you’re OK. I’m seeing a lot of people talking about their achievements this year in spite of everything.

“I’m setting me ‘well done, me’ bar at being not dead. That’s it.

Joe reached out to all those who’ve struggled with their mental health in 2020

“If you’ve done more than not die this year, that’s amazing, but you might not be like me.

“I was feeling sick about being alive when it was legal to breathe around other people, but now there’s just loads of reasons to kill myself, and in my brain, that’s an option. It’s like, I can either kill myself or go for a walk. I’m not gonna do either, but my brain puts them both on the same level, and that’s exhausting.

“If all you’ve done this year is not kill yourself, that’s enough, because this is the hardest time that it’s ever been for us to be alive.”


In June Joe expressed hope that his mental health battle with convince others to speak out and seek the help they need.

“I don’t like queuing to buy bread,” he told the camera, “It’s not on my list of comfortable things to do.

“Last week I went to a different shop for the first time that sold different things.

“That small amount of change on that day made me think I needed to kill myself.”

Joe urged people to reach out if struggling with their mental health

He continued: “This wasn’t my normal day to day living with suicidal thoughts, this was an instruction.”

And brave Joe ended the message but urging anyone with suicidal thoughts to not do it and to reach out.

“You will remember how it feels to feel something else,” he said, “and if you’ve got friends or family, tell one of them.”

The Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, email [email protected] or head to the website to find your nearest branch. You matter.

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SAGE expert warns hitting one million vaccines a week won’t be enough to curb Covid crisis in months

Teachers and key workers will be added to the vaccine priority list when the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab is finally approved as the government bids to accelerate its roll-out plans, reports say.

Ministers are believed to be planning to overhaul the current order, which is focusing on the elderly, vulnerable and care home employees as well as NHS staff.

But Sir Jeremy Farrar, who advises Number 10’s advisory panel SAGE, warned even if Britain hits one million Covid vaccinations a week it will not curb the pandemic by February.

The director of the Wellcome Trust also noted the importance of inoculating people across the world, after the emergence of a new faster-spreading strain of the virus in South Africa that has already been detected in Britain.

It comes as millions of children were consigned to much-maligned home learning for at least a week because all England’s secondary schools will be shut for most pupils from Monday.

Meanwhile, doctors fear the NHS could be overwhelmed within a matter of days as hospital admissions continue to surge, with another highly infectious variant raging across the UK.

And millions more Britons face being plunged into Tier Four this week, with the next tier review on December 30 amid rising infections and hospitalisations.

In other Covid news:

  • Hundreds of British tourists forced into quarantine at a Swiss ski resort have fled in the night rather than seeing their holidays go downhill;
  • Teachers and key workers are expected to be added to the coronavirus vaccine priority list when the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab is approved, with officials set to give it the green light within days;
  • SAGE experts have warned Britain won’t curb the pandemic by February even if it starts to vaccine one million people each week, and that herd immunity isn’t likely to kick in until the summer; 
  • Hundreds of pop-up GP-led centres are on the way as part of a huge vaccination drive which has seen the NHS recruit an army of more than 10,000 volunteers, it was revealed.

Sir Jeremy Farrar said even if the government hits its target of one million vaccinated per week it will not bring forward the end of the battle with the virus

A woman is given the Pfizer vaccine at Cardiff and Vale Therapy Centre on December 8

A woman is given the Pfizer vaccine at Cardiff and Vale Therapy Centre on December 8

 

 

Only primary school children and pupils in Year 11 and 13 will return next week

Michael Gove today confirmed that millions of children will be consigned to much-maligned home learning from Monday because England’s secondary schools will all be shut for the majority of students.

The Cabinet Office minister has said that only children in years 11 and 13, and those with key worker parents, will go to school from January 4 – but all primary schools will be expected to open as usual.

And Mr Gove appeared to open the door to schools being closed for longer as he said the staggered opening plan would be kept ‘under review’ amid rumours that students in Tier 4 could be at home until mid-February because of the new mutant coronavirus strain.

The Government has bowed to pressure from teachers and unions who demanded that secondary school children should be taught online after the Christmas holidays to allow coronavirus testing to take place and for teachers to be vaccinated.

Many parents have slammed the standard and frequency of online classes during 2020, while critics have said that agreeing to shut schools for next week will now make it increasingly difficult for them to reopen again.

Mr Gove said: ‘Teachers and head teachers have been working incredibly hard over the Christmas period since schools broke up in order to prepare for a new testing regime – community testing – in order to make sure that children and all of us are safer. We do keep things under review but that is the plan’.

The decision will consign millions of students to virtual classes, which experts believe means children, particularly from working class backgrounds, are being set back ‘years’ because of sub-standard online learning. 

Ministers are believed to be planning to add teachers and key workers to the vaccine priority list as they look to get children back to school and ramp up the number getting the jab, the Sun reports.

Meanwhile Sir Jeremy told the Today programme: ‘I think the next few weeks going into January are going to be extremely difficult across the country.

‘We’re also in the middle of winter of course when pressure on the NHS is at its greatest.

‘You’ve had the national lockdown lifted on the second of December, you’ve had three weeks building up until Christmas – I think people did change their behaviour over Christmas quite substantially – but coming into the next two or three weeks we’re going to have potentially schools reopening, universities reopening and that will put additional pressure, plus this new variant which we do know is more transmissible.’

The member of the government’s Sage group continued: ‘We’re not going to be free of this pandemic by February, this is now a human endemic infection.

‘If we do manage to hit the target of a million [vaccinated] a week, frankly I don’t think that’s enough to speed that up if we wanted to get the country covered.

‘And again the variant we have seen in South Africa, which is different, just also demonstrates how important it is not just to focus on vaccinating this country, but to vaccinating the world because otherwise new variants will come from other countries and eventually they will come back to this country.

‘And some of those may escape treatments and may escape vaccines.’

Another pressing concern is the R number which the government and experts are in a constant battle to keep below one.

Sir Jeremy predicted how the R rate will fluctuate based on the new variant of Covid-19 and the reopening of schools.

He said: ‘If you think that the new variant – and this is a personal guess here – adds about 0.4/0.5 to R, schools may add another 0.2/0.3 and you’re getting very close to one already with just those two changes, let alone the relaxation over Christmas.

‘So I think there’s some very, very tough choices. Of course there is light at the end of the tunnel, we all know that, the vaccines are coming, but they’re not going to change the pandemic in the very short term.

‘We’re going to see these continued pressures at least over the next two or three months.’

Another pressing concern is the R number which the government and experts are in a constant battle to keep below one. Pictured: The PM last week

Another pressing concern is the R number which the government and experts are in a constant battle to keep below one. Pictured: The PM last week

The total number of patients in hospital with the virus is likely to exceed the peak from the first wave, with 21,286 coronavirus patients being treated on December 22 - the most recent day data is available for. In comparison, the figure on April 12 was 21,683

The total number of patients in hospital with the virus is likely to exceed the peak from the first wave, with 21,286 coronavirus patients being treated on December 22 – the most recent day data is available for. In comparison, the figure on April 12 was 21,683

 

Covid hospital admissions set to surge past first wave peak 

Doctors fear the NHS could be overwhelmed within days as hospital admissions surge due to the highly infectious Covid strain raging across the country.

The total number of patients in hospital with the virus is likely to exceed the peak from the first wave, with 21,286 coronavirus patients being treated on December 22 – the most recent day data is available for. In comparison, the figure on April 12 was 21,683.

The fears come as millions more Britons face being plunged into Tier Four this week, with the next tier review on December 30 amid rising infections and hospitalisations.

Doctors in London said their hospitals resembled a ‘war zone’, while Members of the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties warned the mutant strain ‘could lead to the NHS being overwhelmed’, according to The Times.

Paramedics in the capital are receiving almost 8,000 call-outs daily, and Boxing Day was described as one of London Ambulance Service’s ‘busiest ever days’. The 7,918 calls received by London Ambulance Service (LAS) on December 26 was up more than 2,500 on the 5,217 received on the same day last year, and medics are receiving support from other ambulance services in the South.

One paramedic said that crews were waiting around six-hours on average to hand over patients, who were often being treated in ambulance bays because of a lack of available bed. He told the BBC: ‘It’s been a horrendous time. Ambulance staff are finding the whole situation very stressful.’ South Central Ambulance Service, which serves Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire, has also warned that it is ‘extremely busy’ and that 999 should only be dialled in a ‘life-threatening or serious emergency’.

Sir Jeremy warned it will be a ‘tricky trade off’ when balancing opening schools with opening other sectors in the New Year.

He added: ‘I think [the arguments for opening or keeping closed] are very finely balanced.

‘My own view is schools opening is an absolute priority but society and of course this is a political decision, will have to balance keeping schools open if that’s possible with closing down other parts of society.

‘It’s going to be a tricky trade off. You cannot have everything. You cannot have the whole of society opening and schools opening and further education opening and universities and keep R below one with this variant.’

But today Michael Gove today consigned millions of children to home learning for at least a week as he confirmed England’s secondary schools will be shut for most students from Monday.

The Cabinet Office minister has said only year 11 and 13, and those with key worker parents, will go to school from January 4 – but all primary schools will be expected to open as usual.

It means the Government has given in to pressure from teachers and unions who demanded secondary school children will be taught online after the Christmas.

Unions asked all schools should be closed for the first two weeks to allow coronavirus testing to take place and for teachers to be vaccinated.

Parents slammed the standard and frequency of online classes during the first national lockdown while critics said today’s decision will make it increasingly difficult for schools to reopen.

Mr Gove told the Government hopes the staggered reopening of schools in England will go ahead in January as planned, but said it would be kept ‘under review’ amid rumours that students in Tier 4 could be at home until mid-February.

He said: ‘Teachers and head teachers have been working incredibly hard over the Christmas period since schools broke up in order to prepare for a new testing regime – community testing – in order to make sure that children and all of us are safer. We do keep things under review but that is the plan.’

The decision will consign millions of students to virtual classes, which experts believe means children are being set back ‘years’ because of sub-standard online learning.

Meanwhile Doctors in London said their hospitals resembled a ‘war zone’, while members of the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties warned the mutant strain ‘could lead to the NHS being overwhelmed’. 

Tory MPs have told Boris Johnson that school closures risked 'damaging the life chances of our next generation'

Tory MPs have told Boris Johnson that school closures risked ‘damaging the life chances of our next generation’

Paramedics in the capital are receiving almost 8,000 call-outs daily, and Boxing Day was described as one of London Ambulance Service’s ‘busiest ever days’.

The 7,918 calls received by London Ambulance Service (LAS) on December 26 was up more than 2,500 on the 5,217 received on the same day last year, and medics are receiving support from other ambulance services in the South. 

One paramedic said crews were waiting around six hours on average to hand over patients, who were often being treated in ambulance bays because of a lack of available bed.

He told the BBC: ‘It’s been a horrendous time. Ambulance staff are finding the whole situation very stressful.’

South Central Ambulance Service, which serves Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire, has also warned that it is ‘extremely busy’ and that 999 should only be dialled in a ‘life-threatening or serious emergency’.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, responsible for Wales’ largest hospital has called for urgent help, asking for ‘assistance from medical students or other staff groups who have previously supported with proning patients’.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board posted on their Facebook page with an update

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board posted on their Facebook page with an update 

Pictured: Doreen Brown, 85, receives the first of two Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations at Guy's Hospital, London, on December 8

Pictured: Doreen Brown, 85, receives the first of two Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations at Guy’s Hospital, London, on December 8

NHS England also warned the entire health service will have to stay on its highest state of alert until at least the end of March due to an ongoing influx of patients.

The UK reported 30,501 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with a further 316 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, government statistics showed.

Yesterday’s death figure represents a 3.1 per cent drop in the number of Covid deaths compared with the same day last week, as last Sunday’s toll was 326. 

And due to delays in reporting over Christmas government figures appear to show a 15 per cent fall in the number of new cases reported today, as the number stood at 35,928 last Sunday.

But infections soared by 57 per cent last week and the spread of the new strain is now taking hold further north after first being detected in Kent, reports The Times.

As a result millions more now face being told to ‘stay at home’ when the tiers are reviewed on Wednesday after a loosening of the rules over Christmas. 

Some hospitals have even begun setting up makeshift intensive care beds in paediatric and cancer wards. Some trusts predict they will have a third or half of all of their beds filled with Covid patients by New Year’s Eve.

Michael Griffin, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said January and February will be ‘critical’ as he recommended a nationwide Tier 4.

The most up-to-date seven-day hospital admission average is 1,984. Hospital admissions are currently at a higher figure than the week before the second lockdown – where there was a seven-day average of 1,191.

The next tier review is on December 30 and infections continue to climb and hospital admissions increase. Pictured are Boxing Day shoppers in Tier 3 Nottingham

The next tier review is on December 30 and infections continue to climb and hospital admissions increase. Pictured are Boxing Day shoppers in Tier 3 Nottingham

One senior government official told the publication that the new strain of Covid had overtaken the old and was ‘running rampant’ in the UK.

The rate of infection is causing the government to ramp up its vaccination programme, with hundreds of pop-up GP-led centres on the way as part of a huge drive.

With approval for the Oxford vaccine set to come as early as Monday, Government sources said town halls and village community centres are poised to help roll out the jab to millions as quickly as possible.

The centres will be staffed by GPs, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists, with the aim to open the first of them next week.

An army of more than 10,000 volunteers and medics have been recruited by the NHS to help deliver the Oxford vaccine after its approval, it has emerged.

It comes as scientists have warned that the whole of England should be put into Tier 4 immediately to stop the spread of the new mutant coronavirus strain.

SAGE have said thousands more people will now be infected in the new year, with one of their experts Dr Zubaida Haque yesterday questioning why the government haven’t placed the whole country under the toughest restrictions to save lives.  

She tweeted: ‘Given that we surpassed 70,000 #COVID19 deaths in UK on Christmas Day, and there are now more patients with coronavirus in hospital than at any point in the pandemic, why hasn’t the government implemented #tier4 restrictions everywhere in the UK? @IndependentSage are very worried.

SAGE have said thousands more people will now be infected in the new year, with one of their experts Dr Zubaida Haque, (pictured) yesterday questioning why the government haven't placed the whole country under toughest restrictions to save lives

SAGE have said thousands more people will now be infected in the new year, with one of their experts Dr Zubaida Haque, (pictured) yesterday questioning why the government haven’t placed the whole country under toughest restrictions to save lives

‘Given the crisis situation we’re in with the highest number of daily deaths with #COVID19 in 2nd wave, with 1000’s more likely to be infected because of relaxation of rules in tier 1-3 on Christmas Day AND failed govt’s test & trace system, we need #tier4 everywhere now to save lives.’  

‘One in TEN hospital workers are off sick or isolating’ as coronavirus hits NHS

The NHS is faced with a ‘staffing crisis’ as ‘one in ten workers’ are off sick or isolating while soaring coronavirus cases hit hospitals, a doctor has claimed. 

Covid advisor to the British Medical Association, Dr David Strain, has claimed that the shortages mean there are not enough staff to re-open the Nightingale hospitals. 

The sickness figure also includes staff who are self-isolating following contact with with people who have tested positive outside of work. 

‘The NHS has been running on just about enough doctors and nurses for 10 to 15 years. So with up to 10 per cent of healthcare workers off sick, there are no longer enough,’ Dr Strain, a hospital consultant in Exeter, told the Sunday Mirror. 

He explained how the ‘staffing crisis’ poses a threat to derail the NHS in the battle against an increase in Covid-19 cases. 

There were 231 deaths in England today, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 48,542 – within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test- NHS England said on Sunday.   

In England the patients were aged between 30 and 103. All except five, aged between 36 and 85, had known underlying health conditions. The deaths were between December 9 and 26.   

The mutant strain of coronavirus has sparked fear as the number of cases rise dramatically, especially in London and the Home Counties. 

And researchers have now said there is ‘some evidence that the increase may be particularly marked in children’, which raises the question of whether schools should open in January after the Christmas break.

The new variant will lead to a wave of coronavirus cases and deaths that will peak in spring 2021 for London, the South East and east of England, they said.  

It comes as millions more people moved into Tier 4 yesterday after those already under the tightest coronavirus restrictions celebrated a Covid Christmas any way they could.   

Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire moved into Tier 4, created in response to a variant of Covid-19 discovered in the UK, on Saturday.

The parts of Essex still in Tier 2, Waverley in Surrey and Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton, but with the exception of the New Forest, also moved into the toughest tier.

The additional six million that went into Tier 4 took the total number of people under the toughest restrictions to 24 million – 43 per cent of England’s population. A further 24.8 million moved to Tier 3.            

It came after many had to make the most of a Christmas Day already under Tier 4 restrictions in London and the south east.  

It comes after today the top boss of Oxford vaccine maker AstraZeneca said researchers have worked out a ‘winning formula’ to boost the jab’s efficacy, with ministers hoping it will bring an end to the cycle of lockdowns within months.

Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm, says a two-dose method can push the vaccine’s efficacy rate near to that of rivals Pfizer and Moderna.

His comments come as officials reportedly prepare to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab as early as today.

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Stranger randomly chucks a brick at Cuomo staffer hitting her as she walked in broad daylight in NYC

A woman who works for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been randomly attacked  in the street by a stranger who crept up behind her and hit her across the head with a brick. 

The 51-year-old staffer, identified as Lisa Cavanaugh, was attacked from behind on Thursday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan on Third Avenue between 47th and 48th streets.

The attack happened in broad daylight at around 2pm, close the Midtown offices of Senator Chuck Schumer.

Cavanaugh works as a recruitment and appointments officer for Governor Cuomo. 

Lisa Cavanaugh, was attacked from behind in Midtown on Third Avenue between 47th and 48th streets having had a brick thrown at her as she walked down the street on Thursday

This man is wanted in connection with an assault on a woman who was hit in the head with a brick as she walked near Grand Central Terminal on Thursday afternoon

This man is wanted in connection with an assault on a woman who was hit in the head with a brick as she walked near Grand Central Terminal on Thursday afternoon

The woman, 51, was struck with a brick near Third Avenue and East 48th Street about 2:15pm

The woman, 51, was struck with a brick near Third Avenue and East 48th Street about 2:15pm

Nothing was said by the suspect before or after the attack. The brick can be seen lying on the ground, left

Nothing was said by the suspect before or after the attack. The brick can be seen lying on the ground, left

Police say that no words were exchanged between the pair before the unprovoked attack. The suspect crept up behind her, according to the Daily News.

The victim was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Cavanaugh stayed conscious, but needed stitches at Bellevue Hospital to sew up a gash to her head.

Police say they are continuing to look for a suspect. No arrests have been made. 

The random attack comes amid a surge in crime in New York City, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The latest crime report shows that while assaults in November were 5.2 per cent lower than in November 2019, shootings and murders are on the rise.  

The brick was sizable and aimed directly at the woman, a staffer for Gov Andrew Cuomo

The brick was sizable and aimed directly at the woman, a staffer for Gov Andrew Cuomo

The area where the attack occurred was taped off while police investigated the crime

The area where the attack occurred was taped off while police investigated the crime

The man fled from the scene. Officers launched a search for him in the surrounding area and in the transit hub

The man fled from the scene. Officers launched a search for him in the surrounding area and in the transit hub

Attack occurred during the middle of the day during what is normally a busy part of the city

Attack occurred during the middle of the day during what is normally a busy part of the city

Citywide shooting incidents through the first 11 months of 2020 surged to levels unseen in years, the NYPD said.  

Twenty-eight people were murdered in the five boroughs, last month – five more than were killed last November. 

This year has also seen a 38.4 per cent increase in the number of victims murdered in New York City compared to last year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at his City Hall briefing earlier this month that the surge in violent crime this year can be pinned on an ‘absolute perfect storm’ that hit New York this year.   

Crime rates have risen in New York City in the last 11 months, amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has taken a toll on and its police. While assaults in November were 5.2 per cent lower than in November 2019, shootings and murders are on the rise

Crime rates have risen in New York City in the last 11 months, amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has taken a toll on and its police. While assaults in November were 5.2 per cent lower than in November 2019, shootings and murders are on the rise

‘You cannot combine a massive health crisis, tens of thousands of people dying, hospitals overwhelmed, economy is shut down, schools are shut down, houses of worship shut down, society not having its normal moorings all at once, a social justice crisis…’ the mayor said.

‘Come on, this is not like anything we have seen in our history and I believe not like anything we will see again in our lifetimes.’

New York Police Department commissioner, Dermot Shea, blames the state’s new bail reform measure.  

New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says that the city is on pace to set a 14-year record for most incidents of gun violence in a single year

New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says that the city is on pace to set a 14-year record for most incidents of gun violence in a single year

New York’s top cop Shea told NY1: ‘We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons, doing it almost always without a shot being fired.’

Shea added: ‘But when you look three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence.’

Shea claimed that progressive policies that encourage criminal justice reform are making the city more dangerous.

‘Until we come to that realization as a society — is this what we want?’ he said.

‘It’s good to have philosophical discussions about ‘end mass incarceration’ and ‘end incarceration’ but you don’t want to do it by turning the innocent public into jails in their own apartments and houses. 

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Entertainment USA

Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner & More Celebs Looking Stylish Hitting The Slopes & Enjoying The Snow

The temperature’s freezing, but it’s not stopping these famous snow enthusiasts from heating things up this winter! See pics of Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Kim Kardashian and more celebs rocking their cutest outfits in snowy destinations.

Just because it’s the dead of winter, doesn’t mean that our fave celebrities aren’t still being totally extra. Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Jessica Simpson, and more famous celebrities love a good opportunity to get away from Los Angeles, ditch the perpetual-summer uniforms, and show off their impeccable winter style. Whether it’s oversized puffer coats, thousand-dollar parkas, or skintight, heated leggings, they look phenomenal on the slopes.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner wear coordinating snow jumpers while taking a stroll in Mammoth Lakes, CA on Dec. 20, 2020. (Photo Credit: MEGA)

Joe and Sophie wore the cutest couple’s outfits for their romantic winter getaway in California’s snowy town of Mammoth Lakes on Dec. 20. The husband and wife duo rocked snow jumpers with stylish long-sleeve tops underneath: Joe in a zip-down navy sweater and graphic print shirt, and Sophie in a geometric print turtleneck. They even rocked matching black and white print face masks! The new parents appeared to have left their baby girl Willa, whom they welcomed in July, at home or in the hotel to enjoy alone time while strolling around the ski town.

Demi Moore was another celebrity who spent time in the snow with loved ones. The star of Ghost enjoyed a “family snow day” while keeping extra cozy in a long black down coat, grey scarf and blue and green beanie, and shared a group photo of the snowy escapade with her family members and their dogs on Dec. 21.

Kim oozed sophistication during a 2019 trip to Aspen with her sisters. She rocked not one, but two cute snow suits while skiing with Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. The first, the all-black ensemble seen above, was a bit more traditional in terms of ski wear: a puffer jacket, cozy pants, and a turtleneck sweater. She accessorized with oversized shades. For the second day, she changed into a hot pink version of the outfit!

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Kim Kardashian pauses to check her phone during a ski trip with her sisters, 1/1/19 (BACKGRID)

Kylie has been slaying on the slopes this winter. The billionaire makeup mogul doesn’t even pause when dropping thousands of dollars on her snow wear. She recently rocked a leopard print gloved bodysuit from Moncler’s Richard Quinn collaboration during a trip with her friends to Lake Tahoe. The skintight bodysuit showed off every one of her impressive curves! She paired the look with a warm, hooded parka in the same print, which retails for — get this — $2,041. No, really!

And that’s just the start of it. To see more pics of sexy celebrities hitting the slopes as temperatures dip, like Kate Hudson and Delilah Belle Hamlin, scroll through our gallery above. Is it getting warm in here?

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Entertainment USA

Shaq Finally Reveals Whether He Was Hitting On Megan Thee Stallion With ‘Booty’ Comment

After seemingly leaving Megan Thee Stallion a flirty comment on her Instagram Live, Shaquille O’Neal is setting the record straight about what he meant with his message.

No, Shaquille O’Neal was not trying to shoot his shot with Megan Thee Stallion when he popped into her Instagram Live and let a comment earlier this month. “This is what happened, America,” Shaq told TMZ in a new video. “I was in there, someone said, ‘What are you doing in here?’ and I typed what I typed. I wasn’t trying to hit on her.”

Megan went on Instagram Live in mid-December and asked her fans in the chat what they were up to. In the chatroom below the video, Shaq replied, “Watching that booty.” Fans immediately went nuts over the seemingly flirty comment, and Shaq’s own son, Shareef, even took notice. Shareef even made an entire TikTok video about the situation, which he captioned, “I feel you pops.”

This new video was the first time that Shaq commented on the incident himself. However, HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY reported on Dec. 16 that the basketball star’s message was all in good fun. “Shaq is definitely a fan of Megan, but he isn’t chasing her,” our source explained. “It was just a funny and honest comment because he does appreciate her talents. He got a huge kick out of his son roasting him over it.”

Megan The Stallion looks gorgeous at the MTV Video Music Awards. (AP)

Megan has not commented on the situation herself at this time. Meanwhile, Shaq had NO idea that his simple message would get so much attention. “He thought his response was hysterical and he was cracking up over the situation when he saw it go viral on social media,” our insider added. “Shaq is a jokester through and through.”

Shaq was married to Shaunie O’Neal from 2002 until she filed for divorce in 2009. They had four kids together during their relationship (Shareef is the oldest followed by Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah. After the breakup, he dated Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander from 2010 until 2012, and Laticia Rolle from 2014 until 2018.  Shaq also has a daughter, Taahirah, from a previous relationship with Arnetta Yardborough.

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Entertainment USA

36 Stars Hitting The Beach In Their Bikinis: Hailey Baldwin & More

Since COVID is making travel to warmer areas a bit harder this holiday season, we’re reminiscing on simpler times with photos of stars slaying on the beach in their swimsuits!

The colder weather is making the beach look real good right about now! But if we can’t be at the beach, looking back at celebs heating things up in the sand is the next best thing, right? Over the years, so many of our fave celebs have shown off their bikini bods while hitting the beach and partying on yachts and by pools on lavish vacations

Hailey Baldwin on a yacht in Italy. (CIAOPIX / FREZZA LAFATA / BACKGRID)

Earlier this year, when some travel restrictions were lifted amidst the coronavirus, Hailey Baldwin traveled to Italy for a work trip with Bella Hadid. The ladies spent a lot of time on the beach for their photo shoots, and Hailey was photographed aboard a yacht during one of their excursions. She wore an animal print bikini, which featured a sporty top and tiny, string bottom. Hailey went makeup-free for the fun day out, and, as always, she looked amazing in her two-piece.

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Larsa Pippen heads to the beach in a bikini. (MEGA)

Fans who follow Larsa Pippen on Instagram know she loves posting swimsuit pics on her page. So, it’s no surprise that the paparazzi have caught her out and about in her two-piece, as well. During summer 2020, she was photographed wearing a snakeskin bikini while heading to the beach. Her hair was pulled back to beat the heat, and she wore sunglasses to shield her eyes from the sun, as well.

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Bella Hadid wears a black bikini on the beach. (MEGA)

During the 2020 work trip to Italy with Hailey, Bella was pictured wearing a black bikini on the beach. She was all smiles as she worked with collaborators on a photo shoot. Bella completed her look with yellow slide sandals and her hair pulled back into a sleek bun for the shoot. There are plenty of more stars hitting the beach in bikinis where these came from, too — and you can check them out by scrolling through the gallery above!

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Entertainment Canada

“Like hitting a wall at 50 km / h”

Producer behind some of the most important comedians in Quebec (Louis-José Houde, François Bellefeuille, Patrick Groulx), Benjamin Phaneuf is less optimistic than in recent months about the return of shows next year. “I don’t see how we’re going to be able to do regular shows before winter 2022,” he says.

Where is your optimism for the return of shows next year?

“All I can see is that technically we’re going to start doing reduced shows again in the spring. I don’t see how we’re going to be able to do regular shows before winter 2022. Even if there’s a vaccine and all, until it’s done and we tell ourselves we’re going … J was very optimistic in the spring and fall. And I am zero in two. There, I prefer to bet the opposite! Haha! “

How much has the pandemic affected your business?

” At what point ? I would tell you that it stopped as dry as when you hit a wall at 50 km / h in a tank! Since we’re very positive, we thought it was going to last a month at first. Then we thought it would last maybe three months in total. We then clung to the hope that we could do shows again with very few people. Between June 22 and September 30, we made the maximum number of dates we could do.

“Myself, I caught COVID in September. I was one of the lucky ones to have no symptoms. It’s special, I was really careful. My daughter had a sore throat and was coughing. The school asked us to come pick her up. We put him in isolation. I went with her to take a test. As long as I was there, I had one too. When they called me two days later to tell me it was positive, I thought it was a joke! “

Have a lot of people asked to be reimbursed for tickets for postponed shows?

“Around 10% at the start. With the second wave there were a few more refunds, but not much more. That’s why we’ll be able to do some dates this winter. It will allow artists to work and people to go to shows.

“There are shows that already existed that will be split into two, three or four performances [pour permettre la distanciation]. There are shows that will be reimbursed or cut, but it really won’t be the majority. Most of our dates are postponed for another year. “

Do you believe in the future of virtual entertainment?

“I believe in certain things for the virtual. What I love about virtual right now are the conversations with the artists on Zoom. It didn’t exist before. It’s something that was done for that vehicle. But how long will it work? I have no idea. […] It’s like having a choice between an old bicycle and a sports tank. Many people will drop their bicycles and return to the sports float once possible. “

Will the pandemic slow down the career development of some artists?

“Everyone is at the same point. There are some who will continue to do other things. Everyone is doing their own thing. I thought first of the artists who were about to launch a new show [quand la pandémie a frappé]. There is nothing worse. An artist like Sam Breton had just made his premiere. It’s frustrating for sure. But a guy like Sam, he’s been building his business for five years. The reality is that it is not all lost, on the contrary. It’s just a long break. ”

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  • Last name : Benjamin Phaneuf
  • Age : 43 years
  • Profession: He joined Groupe Phaneuf 25 years ago, and has been its president for the past 13 years. Groupe Phaneuf was founded by Benjamin’s father, Luc Phaneuf, over 50 years ago. The agency first specialized in music (Nana Mouskouri, Plume Latraverse, André Gagnon, Offenbach, etc.) before turning mainly to humor.
  • Impact: Groupe Phaneuf currently has nine comedians in production (François Bellefeuille, Louis-José Houde, Simon Leblanc, Sam Breton, Guillaume Pineault, Patrick Groulx, Louis T, Maude Landry, Simon Gouache). All were on tour when the pandemic hit. The company only has one musician left in its ranks: Plume Latraverse.