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COVID-19: The second wave seems to be running out of steam

Most indicators show that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be running out of steam in Quebec.

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The Raspberry Pi Pico is a tiny $4 microcontroller running off the company’s very own chip

The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s tiny computers can be used for anything from homemade cameras to cucumber sorters, and now, the group is branching out into microcontrollers and custom silicon. The Raspberry Pi Pico is the first step. It’s a new $4 microcontroller that’s smaller than the average Pi, features a custom chip powerful enough to be used in machine learning projects (according to The Raspberry Pi Foundation), and is on sale now.

In its introductory blog post, the company explains that today’s Raspberry Pis are already often used alongside a smaller microcontroller:

The Raspberry Pi takes care of heavyweight computation, network access, and storage, while the microcontroller handles analogue input and low-latency I/O and, sometimes, provides a very low-power standby mode.

Now, the company has one of its own.

In a first for the microcomputer maker, the Pico is powered by a custom chip designed in house called the RP2040. The Pico board features the new chip, 2MB of flash memory, a clickable button, and a Micro USB Type B port. Here are the RP2040’s full specs:

Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ @ 133MHz

264KB (remember kilobytes?) of on-chip RAM

Support for up to 16MB of off-chip Flash memory via dedicated QSPI bus

DMA controller

Interpolator and integer divider peripherals

30 GPIO pins, 4 of which can be used as analogue inputs

2 × UARTs, 2 × SPI controllers, and 2 × I2C controllers

16 × PWM channels

1 × USB 1.1 controller and PHY, with host and device support

8 × Raspberry Pi Programmable I/O (PIO) state machines

USB mass-storage boot mode with UF2 support, for drag-and-drop programming

Those specs might go in one ear and out the other, but the best way to illustrate the potential for a new Raspberry Pi product is to see it used in something cool. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is partnering with companies like Arduino, Adafruit, and Pimoroni to integrate the new RP2040 chip into other boards and gadgets. There’s a whole list in the blog post announcing the Pico, but a few notable ones are Pimoroni’s PicoSystem game console, Adafruit’s Feather RP 2040 board, and the Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect.

The Raspberry Pi Pico is available now from approved resellers for $4. The microcontroller will also be given away for free in February issues of HackSpace magazine.

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NYC is on the brink of running out of COVID-19 vaccines amid low federal government supply | The State

To the complicated plot of vaccination process against COVID-19 in the big Apple a sentence from Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined this Friday: If the federal government does not send extra doses next week, the city will run out of supplies of new drugs!

There are in the five county inventories less than 186,000 units of the first dose of Pfizer and Moderna.

The municipal president revealed that health centers such as Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Hospital They no longer accept appointments because they don’t have immunizations available.

“We have a fundamental problem here. We are speeding up the vaccination process, but we will not have enough vaccines by the end of next week. We need maximum pressure on Washington and Albany. And also on the manufacturers, so that they deliver hundreds of thousands of doses to us immediately ”, he highlighted.

The New York City Health authorities has already administered more than 337,500 doses to New Yorkers, including more than 42,000 second doses. 71.3% of the 175,000 vaccines that were planned to be distributed at the end of this weekend have already been inoculated.

Plans fall apart

Resupplying 100,000 doses in recent weeksBased on the numbers that the Mayor manages, it is “very insignificant”, taking into consideration that since last Monday all New Yorkers over 65 years of age have been incorporated into the vaccination strategy.

The drug shortage would disrupt the City’s goal of administering 1 million doses in all five boroughs by the end of January, delaying the prospect of quickly achieving herd immunity and fully reopening the economy safely.

Cuomo: We need more doses!

Despite the pitfalls in the vaccination process, the governor Andrew Cuomo is optimistic that New York will “win the war” against the coronavirus with “the vaccine as its greatest weapon”, although he remarked that during the last week the supply of doses to the state decreased from 300,000 to 250,000.

At present 7.1 million New Yorkers in Group 1A and 1B are eligible to be vaccinated. At the current rate of supplies from the federal Administration, that means it would take six months to immunize to health and education personnel, police, firefighters, rescuers and people over 65 years of age.

The issue is further complicated when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also recommended incorporating into this phase the group of individuals with “Pre-existing diseases”.

“We are speaking with federal officials to clarify what underlying health conditions would qualify. Diabetics, the obese, smokers, those with coronary problems? That guide is still not clear to us. All roads lead to you we need more dosesCuomo claimed.

According to preliminary estimates by the State Department of Health, if everyone with pre-existing conditions were allowed to be vaccinated, that would translate into close to 12 million more people would qualify to be eligible for the stage 1B vaccine.

The curve flattens

Within the sea of ​​complications to stop the second wave of the pandemic, the state president assured that in the last three days it was observed a slight decrease in the new infected compared to the worrying figures that began to emerge immediately after the New Year.

“As social activity started to flatten out, the rate of COVID-19 started to drop a bit. And that is good news. We would rather not have seen the increase, it would have been worse if we had not made so many warnings during the holidays, “he said.

It was also confirmed a new variant case of the coronavirus that was detected in the UK in a patient in Nassau County. So far there is 16 infected with this new strain throughout New York State.

This Thursday the average of positivity in the whole state showed a 6.14%, were confirmed 19,942 infected and 183 deceased.

One month after the vaccine in NY:

  • eleven% of people who qualify to be immunized in the first phase in NY have received the drugs.
  • 827,715 doses of the vaccine had been applied throughout New York state as of this Thursday.
  • 731,285 of the first dose and 96,430 of the second dose.
  • 2.1 million of people in group 1A (health sector workers) is the State’s vaccination goal.
  • 3.2 million are eligible for group 1B in NY (education personnel, police, rescuers, firefighters and seniors).
  • 1.8 million people 65 and older qualify for the dose.
  • 32,566 deaths due to complications with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in NY.

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Instagram is back up and running after worldwide outage

Instagram is back up and running after worldwide outage that left thousands unable to access the desktop site or smartphone app

  • Instagram outage started around 5pm ET and lasted for several hours 
  •  Issues were plaguing users across the world – mainly the app and desktop site 
  • The desktop site was showing an ‘error’ message and the app would not refresh 

Instagram’s desktop site and app were down for roughly two hours across the globe.

The social media’s website showed an ‘error’ message and news feed was not refreshing in the smartphone app – some users were unable to log into their accounts.

The outage began around 5pm ET and any issues were fixed by 7pm ET – some users may still be facing problems.

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others believed the ‘hate speech haven’ had been taken down. 

Instagram’s desktop site and app were down for roughly two hours across the globe. The social media’s website showed an ‘error’ message and news feed was not refreshing in the smartphone app – some users were unable to log into their accounts 

DownDetector, an site that monitors online outages, showed a majority of the issue reports cited trouble with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. 

Major cities in the US were shown ‘red’ on the Instagram outage map including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas.

While across the Atlantic in the UK, London, Manchester and Belfast were experiencing problems. 

And reports are also surfaced from Italy, Indonesia, Mexico and Australia.

DownDetector shows a majority of the issue reports cite problems with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. Major cities in the US appear to be shown 'red' on the Instagram outage map including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas

DownDetector shows a majority of the issue reports cite problems with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. Major cities in the US appear to be shown ‘red’ on the Instagram outage map including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others thought the 'hate speech haven' had been taken down

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others thought the ‘hate speech haven’ had been taken down

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down. DownDetector show reports of problems began around 5:00pm ET, but the cause or when it will be restored are unknown

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down. DownDetector show reports of problems began around 5:00pm ET, but the cause or when it will be restored are unknown

Users seemed surprised to see the desktop site and app not working properly, as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues – or if the may have been banned.

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down.

While TJ Scott seemed to be delighted at the sight of an error message where Instagram.com should be.

‘Looks like the hate speech have, Instagram has been taken down,’ Scott tweeted.

It also seems that users were surprised to see the desktop site and app are not working properly, as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues

It also seems that users were surprised to see the desktop site and app are not working properly, as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues

Many Instagram users were unsure if they were the only experiencing issues with the app, so they asked Twitter for help

Many Instagram users were unsure if they were the only experiencing issues with the app, so they asked Twitter for help

Instagram has been experiencing frequent outages over the past few months, with the most recent hitting in September that also impacted Facebook.

Issues surfaced around 1:30pm ET on September 17, which lasted for roughly three hours, and affected Instagram users in the US, Europe, South America and Canada.

Facebook’s issues were not as widespread, but plagued parts of California, mid-west states, southern Florida and the north east in the US.

In Europe, Facebook was glitching in parts of Portugal, the UK, Hungary, Sweden and The Netherlands.

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Nancy Pelosi says she wants Donald Trump impeached to stop him running for president again

Democrats will proceed with the impeachment of ‘deranged, unhinged and dangerous’ Donald Trump this week unless Mike Pence uses the 25th Amendment to force him from office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday night. 

Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to colleagues, framing it as an ultimatum to Pence to invoke the powers of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. 

If not, she said, the House would proceed with impeachment. 

Trump could become the only president to be impeached twice.

‘In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,’ she said, and added: ‘The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told 60 Minutes on Sunday that she wants impeachment for Donald Trump so he can’t run for office in the future 

Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues on Sunday night to explain the next steps

Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues on Sunday night to explain the next steps

Pelosi said she would prefer if Vice President Mike Pence invoked the 25th Amendment 'because it gets rid of him – he's out of office' now as concerns mount that Trump could pardon the mob in his last 10 days in office

Pelosi said she would prefer if Vice President Mike Pence invoked the 25th Amendment ‘because it gets rid of him – he’s out of office’ now as concerns mount that Trump could pardon the mob in his last 10 days in office

She, and other Democrats, further fear the president could pardon those involved in the storming of the Capitol in his final days. 

Pelosi’s plan seeks a vote on Monday on a resolution calling on Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment. Under rules when the full House is not convened, any objection would reject the resolution. 

Pelosi would then put the resolution before the full House on Tuesday. 

If it were to pass, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment.

With impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators said they want Trump to resign immediately as efforts mounted to prevent Trump from ever again holding elective office in the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol.

House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated on January 20. 

Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a top Biden ally, laid out the ideas on Sunday as the country came to grips with the siege at the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the election results.

‘Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,’ Clyburn said.

Pressure was mounting for Trump to leave office even before his term ended amid alarming concerns of more unrest ahead of the inauguration. 

A protester, who has since been identified, is pictured carrying Pelosi's lectern through the Capitol

Another protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate chamber on Wednesday

Lawmakers and law enforcement are pursuing all available avenues to find and prosecute those involved in the Capitol riot – using picture and video evidence to do so

The president whipped up the mob that stormed the Capitol, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five dead.

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined his fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to ‘resign and go away as soon as possible.’

‘I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, certainly, serving in office again,’ Toomey said. ‘I don’t think he is electable in any way.’

Murkowski, who has long voiced her exasperation with Trump’s conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply ‘needs to get out.’ 

A third Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, did not go that far, but on Sunday he warned Trump to be ‘very careful’ in his final days in office.

Corporate America began to tie its reaction to the Capitol riots by tying them to campaign contributions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s CEO and President Kim Keck said it will not contribute to those lawmakers — all Republicans — who supported challenges to Biden’s Electoral College win. 

The group ‘will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy,’ Kim said.

Citigroup did not single out lawmakers aligned with Trump’s effort to overturn the election, but said it would be pausing all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi’s head of global government affairs, Candi Wolff, said in a Friday memo to employees, ‘We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law.’

Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said she is considering quitting the Republicans

Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said she is considering quitting the Republicans

Murkowski said that Trump should resign, saying he had done enough damage

Murkowski said that Trump should resign, saying he had done enough damage

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to 'fight' on his behalf

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to ‘fight’ on his behalf

Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

House leaders, furious after the insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline. 

Mike Pence ‘has not ruled out the 25th Amendment’ 

Mike Pence and Donald Trump have not spoken since Wednesday’s uprising, CNN reported, during which pro-Trump rioters charged through the Senate looking for Pence and threatening to ‘hang’ him.

Trump was angered by Pence telling him he was not constitutionally able to overturn the election, and lashed out at his vice president on Wednesday, telling supporters: ‘Mike Pence has to come through for us. If he doesn’t that will be a sad day for our country.’ He later tweeted: ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.’

Pence has finally ‘gotten a glimpse of POTUS’s vindictiveness,’ one source told CNN.

It is the first time the normally-loyal Pence has publicly broken with the president.

CNN said that Pence has not ruled out the 25th Amendment. 

Invoking the 25th Amendment would require Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to ‘discharge the powers and duties of his office’ – an unprecedented step. 

On Thursday, sources close to the VP said it was ‘highly unlikely’ Pence would attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment. He has not ruled it out, however.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has said an impeachment trial could not begin under the current calendar before Inauguration Day.

While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said that impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.

Senator Marco Rubio said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to ‘talk about ridiculous things like ‘Let’s impeach a president’ with just days left in office.

Still, some Republicans might be supportive.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any articles that the House sent over. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would ‘vote the right way’ if the matter were put in front of him.

The Democratic effort to stamp Trump’s presidential record — for the second time — with the indelible mark of impeachment had advanced rapidly since the riot.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, a leader of the House effort to draft impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had 200-plus co-sponsors.

The articles, if passed by the House, could then be transmitted to the Senate for a trial, with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. 

If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. 

It would be the first time a U.S. president had been impeached twice.

Potentially complicating Pelosi’s decision about impeachment was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency. While reiterating that he had long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment, saying what Congress did ‘is for them to decide.’  

While some Democrats are pushing for the impeachment route, the House Speaker told ’60 Minutes’ in an interview that will air Sunday night that she prefers invoking the 25th Amendment because it gets Trump out of office immediately.

‘There is a possibility that after all of this, there’s no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for president,’ CBS’ Lesley Stahl said to Pelosi in a clip released ahead of airing the full interview.

‘And that’s one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment,’ Pelosi explained.

She is, however, concerned that if Trump is not booted from the White House right now, he will use his last 10 days in office to pardon those part of the mob who descended on the Capitol Wednesday – or even himself and other allies. 

‘I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him – he’s out of office,’ Pelosi said. ‘But there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time.’

‘What if he pardons himself?’ Stahl asked.

‘What if pardons these people who are terrorists on the Capitol?’ Pelosi shot back.

Congress is moving to prosecute or punish any and all they can find who were involved in the riots at the Capitol – and have already found some who were pictured prominently.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday in an interview with ABC’s ‘This Week’ that half of the members of the House were at risk of dying during the riots.

'Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday of the pro-Trump mob descending on the Capitol

‘Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday of the pro-Trump mob descending on the Capitol

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Sunday that Democrats will vote on impeachment this week, but said the party might wait until after Joe Biden's first 100 days in office to move the articles to the Senate

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Sunday that Democrats will vote on impeachment this week, but said the party might wait until after Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office to move the articles to the Senate

WHAT DOES THE 25TH AMENDMENT SAY? CAN TRUMP’S CABINET REALLY TOPPLE HIM?

The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals with presidential authority in the event of death or removal from office, and was ratified in 1967, in the wake of John F Kennedy’s assassination.

What does the 25th Amendment say?

It is in four sections, all dealing with the president leaving office during his or her elected term. 

The first section states that the vice president takes over the Oval Office if the president dies or resigns – or is removed – something which the original Constitution did not clearly state.

Presidents of course can be removed by impeachment, a feature of the constitution from the start. They can also be removed through the 25th Amendment – of which more below.

Section II states that if the vice president dies, or resigns – or is fired – both the House and Senate have to confirm a new vice president. Until 1967, presidents could change vice presidents mid-term on their own if they got the vice president to agree to resign – not something that actually happened, but which was possible in principle.

Section III makes clear that a president can temporarily delegate his powers to the vice president, and later reclaim them when he – or she – is capable of serving. This is most often invoked if a president is under the influence of surgical anesthetic for a short period of time. 

Section IV is the amendment’s most controversial part: it describes how the president can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave on his own.

The vice president and ‘a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide’ must write to both the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, saying that ‘the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’

The term principal officers of the executive departments would normally mean the cabinet secretaries.

So at least eight of the president’s 15 most senior Cabinet members together with the vice president must agree that a president should be removed before any plan can move forward.

Notifying the House Speaker and the Senate president pro tempore is the act that immediately elevates the vice president to an ‘acting president’ role.

The deposed president can contest the claim, giving the leaders of the bloodless coup four days to re-assert their claims to the House and Senate. 

Congress then has two days to convene – unless it is already in session – and another 21 days to vote on whether the president is incapable of serving. A two-thirds majority in both houses is required to make that determination.

As soon as there is a vote with a two-thirds majority, the president loses his powers and is removed, and the vice president stops acting and is sworn in as president.

But if 21 days of debate and votes ends without a two-thirds majority, the president gets back his powers.

What could happen to trigger the 25th Amendment?

Vice President Mike Pence and eight of the 15 ‘principal’ Cabinet members would have to agree to notify Congress that President Donald Trump was incapable of running the country.

That group is made up of the Secretary of State, Treasury Secretary, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Labor Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretary, Transportation Secretary, Energy Secretary , Education Secretary, Veterans Affairs Secretary and Homeland Security Secretary.

Their formal notification would go to the House Speaker and, in the senate, to the ‘president pro tempore’, the Senate’s most senior member. As soon as the letter is sent, Pence would become ‘acting president.’

Alternatively, Congress could set up its own mechanism to decide if he is fit for office – maybe a commission, or a joint committee. Pence would still have to agree with its conclusion and then write formally to the Speaker and president pro tempore.

Or another possibility is that the pool of ‘principal officers’ is considered to be bigger than the 15 and a majority of that group call Trump incapable.

What if Trump does not agree?

If Trump claims he is capable of holding office, he would write to the House Speaker and the president pro tempore of the Senate within four days, setting up three weeks of intense debate in both houses of Congress.

Trump would be removed from office if both two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate agreed with Pence and his cabal. 

If either of both chambers fell short of that mark, Trump would retain his powers and likely embark on a wholesale housecleaning, firing Pence and replacing disloyal Cabinet members.

Are there any loopholes?

The 25th Amendment allows Congress to appoint its own panel to evaluate the president instead of relying on the Cabinet – the men and women who work most closely with Trump – to decide on  a course of action.

It specifies that some ‘other body as Congress may by law provide’ could play that role, but Pence would still need to agree with any finding that the president is incapable of discharging his duties.

That commission could hypothetically include anyone from presidential historians to psychiatrists, entrusted to assess the president’s fitness for office. 

Another loophole is that it does not spell out that the Cabinet is needed to agree, but says that the ‘principal officers’ of the departments are needed. That term is undefined in the constitution. In some departments legislation appears to name not just the secretary but deputies and even undersecretaries as ‘principal officers’, so many more people could be called in to the assessment of Trump’s fitness. 

But Trump’s cabinet has a swathe of ‘acting’ cabinet officer – and it is unclear if they could therefore take part in removing him. 

Could Trump fire Pence if he rebelled?

Yes, in principle.  If Trump smelled a whiff of trouble – if Pence and a cabal of Cabinet members, or Pence and a panel assembled by Congress seemed ready to judge him incapacitated – he could dismiss his vice president with the stroke of a pen to stop the process.

But installing a more loyal VP could be problematic since the 25th Amendment includes its own poison pill: Both houses of Congress must vote to approve a new vice president.

That means Trump would find himself up against the same Congress that would vote on his fitness for office, unless the process were to unfold in the weeks before a new Congress.

Theoretically, a Democratic-controlled Congress could make life dramatically more difficult for the president if it came into power in the midst of the constitutional crisis. 

One scenario has appeared to stump presidential historians, however: Firing Pence before the process is underway, and then leaving the vice presidency vacant, would give Congress no practical way forward. That would present its own constitutional crisis.

Is there any precedent for this?

No.  Only Section III, the voluntary surrender of presidential powers, has ever been used – and only very briefly.

In December 1978, President Jimmy Carter thought about invoking Section III when he was contemplating a surgical procedure to remove hemorrhoids. 

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both voluntarily relinquished their powers while undergoing procedures under anesthetic. 

Section IV has also never been invoked, although there have been claims that Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff Donald Regan told his successor, Howard Baker,  in 1987 that he should be prepared to invoke it because Reagan was inattentive and inept.

The PBS documentary ‘American Experience’ recounts how Baker and his team watched Reagan closely for signs of incapacity during their first meeting and decided he was in perfect command of himself.  

‘If another head of state came in and ordered an attack on the United States Congress, would we say that that should not be prosecuted? Would we say that there should be absolutely no response to that?’ the New York congresswoman told ABC host George Stephanopoulos.

‘No,’ Ocasio-Cortez asserted. ‘It is an act of insurrection. It’s an act of hostility. And we must have accountability, because, without it, it will happen again.

‘Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,’ she said.

Hakeem Jeffries, a fellow New York Representative, agreed with AOC’s points in an interview with NBC on Sunday, claiming: ‘Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people, as well as our democracy’ 

The representative, as well as the handful of members of her progressive ‘squad’, are fully on board with plans to again impeach President Trump.

Clyburn said Sunday that articles have already been drawn and he is expecting a vote in the lower chamber in the coming day. 

‘I think that will come – probably Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday, but it will happen this week,’ the No. 3 House Democrat told ‘Fox News Sunday’ when asked about the House taking action to impeach Trump. ‘The rest of the articles have been drawn up.’

‘If we are the people’s House, let’s do the people’s work and vote to impeach this president,’ Clyburn continued in his interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace. ‘And then we’ll decide later — or the Senate will decide later — what to do with that impeachment.’

Ocasio-Cortez said ‘every minute’ Trump is still in office, there is a looming threat.

‘I absolutely believe that impeachment should be scheduled for several reasons,’ she said on Sunday.

‘Our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States,’ AOC added. ‘Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger, not just to the United States Congress, but, frankly, to the country.’

While Democrats pursue impeachment, many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling for Trump to step down on his own volition to prevent Congress from having to intervene.

Lawmakers were forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers and shelter in offices or other locations on Wednesday after thousands of Donald Trump's supporters breached the Capitol and rioted through the halls

Lawmakers were forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers and shelter in offices or other locations on Wednesday after thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol and rioted through the halls

There are also talks of banning Trump from running for president again in the future – as speculation mounts he will pursue another run for the White House in 2024.

‘In addition to removal, we’re also talking about complete barring of the president – or, rather, of Donald Trump from running for office ever again,’ Ocasio-Cortez told ABC. 

‘And, in addition to that, the potential ability to prevent pardoning himself from those charges that he was impeached for.’

Jeffries also wants immediate action against Trump, expressing concern that the president still has ‘access to the nuclear codes.’

‘The goal at the present moment is to address the existential threat that Donald Trump presents at this time. Every second, every minute, every hour that Donald Trump remains in office presents a danger to the American people,’ the Democrat representative said on Sunday during an interview on ‘Meet the Press’.

‘You know, Donald Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes,’ Jeffries said, referencing Trump’s indefinite ban from Twitter. 

‘That’s a frightening prospect.’

He added: ‘Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion.’

Clyburn, however, said Sunday that House Democrats are weighing if they should hold off on sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate until after Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office.

This way, Democrats would allow the new president to install key members of his team and would have a new 50-50 split Senate to work with.

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Trump prepares his impeachment defense team with Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz in the running

Donald Trump has started putting together a defense team for a second impeachment trial with Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz said to both be in the running.

Two sources told CNN Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney and the man who spearheaded the president’s failed legal efforts to overturn the presidential election, is expected to represent Trump if the unprecedented event of a second impeachment trial materializes.

The sources said Trump is also considering hiring Dershowitz, the controversial celebrity attorney who represented him at his first impeachment trial in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Dershowitz, who has infamously worked on the defense teams for OJ Simpson, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein, said it would be an ‘honor and privilege’ to defend the president for a second time. 

House Democrats will introduce their impeachment resolution on Monday charging Trump with ‘incitement of insurrection’ for his part in stoking up the mob that stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that sent shockwaves around the world and left five dead. 

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the earliest a second trial would begin is Inauguration Day because the Senate is in recess until January 19.

Donald Trump has started putting together a defense team for a second impeachment trial with Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz said to both be in the running. Trump at Wednesday’s rally where he egged on his supporters 

Giuliani is Trump's personal attorney and the man who spearheaded the president's failed legal efforts to overturn the presidential election

Dershowitz represented him at his first impeachment trial and said it would be an 'honor and privilege' to defend the president again

Two sources told CNN Giuliani (left), Trump’s personal attorney and the man who spearheaded the president’s failed legal efforts to overturn the presidential election, is expected to represent Trump. Dershowitz said it would be an ‘honor and privilege’ to defend the president

Dershowitz appears to already be readying himself for the role of defending Trump, as he told Politico Wednesday’s rally where Trump egged on the crowd to march to the US Capitol was a ‘constitutionally protected’ speech. 

He denied that the president is guilty of ‘a high crime or misdemeanor’ or is ‘unable to govern’ and instead hit out at the Democrats and Republicans pursuing impeachment. 

‘It’s not a high crime or misdemeanor. What he said was protected by the First Amendment and it’s not subject to removal under the 25th Amendment,’ Dershowitz said. 

‘He’s not unable to govern, he’s not incapacitated and I think grave dangers to the constitution are being posed by those partisans who want to weaponize the Constitution for political purposes.’ 

Jay Sekulow, who was also a member of Trump’s first impeachment trial defense team, said pursuing an impeachment now would be ‘a gigantic mistake’ on his radio show Sekulow on Thursday. 

‘You could impeach him but he’s never going to be there for the trial. They’ll never have a trial in the Senate,’ he said. 

‘Why would you put the country through that when the man’s term is over with and you got the ultimate victory your candidate is going to be the president of the United States?’

House Democrats will introduce their impeachment resolution on Monday charging Trump with 'incitement of insurrection' for his part in Wednesday's riot. At the rally he told fans to 'fight'

House Democrats will introduce their impeachment resolution on Monday charging Trump with ‘incitement of insurrection’ for his part in Wednesday’s riot. At the rally he told fans to ‘fight’

Trump told the crowd to 'fight': 'Unbelievable, what we have to go through. What we have to go through - and you have to get your people to fight'

Trump told the crowd to ‘fight’: ‘Unbelievable, what we have to go through. What we have to go through – and you have to get your people to fight’ 

That said, CNN reported that Sekulow and two other members of Trump’s old defense team – White House counsel Pat Cipollone and attorney Jane Raskin – are not likely to join his team a second time round.

Cipollone led Trump’s defense during his first trial but is said to be on the brink of resigning out of frustration with Trump and him bringing in conspiracy theorist lawyer Sidney Powell, who has argued voting machines changes votes from Trump to Joe Biden. 

Dominion Voting Systems is suing her for the false claims about their machines.

It also emerged that Trump only agreed to his national address Thursday night – where he finally denounced the actions of the mob more than 24 hours after the violent insurgent – after Cipollone warned him he could face legal charges for stoking the mob, The New York Times reported. 

Cipollone is said to have stayed in the White House for the sake of national security.

Meanwhile, Robert Ray, who was also on the president’s first defense team, appeared to also signal himself out of the team when he told Politico he thinks the case for impeachment is stronger this time round. 

Jay Sekulow speaking during Trump's first impeachment trial

Pat Cipollone speaking during Trump's first impeachment trial

Other members of Trump’s first defense team are not likely to join. Jay Sekulow, who was also a member of Trump’s first impeachment trial defense team (left), said pursuing an impeachment now would be ‘a gigantic mistake’. White House counsel Pat Cipollone (right) led Trump’s defense during his first trial but is said to be on the brink of resigning

‘Unlike the last time, where they didn’t even charge a crime, I could imagine that you could draft an article of impeachment that would actually make a legal argument that the president aided or abetted or actually elicited a riot,’ said Ray.  

Giuliani was not part of Trump’s first team but led the president’s failed election legal battle to overturn the election.

The former New York City mayor worked with Trump to push unfounded claims of voter fraud – claims that were not been backed up with evidence, failed to gain any ground in dozens of lawsuits and were debunked by Trump’s own administration which said the election was fair and legal. 

Biden won the presidential election with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.  

Trump, his campaign and Republicans have mounted at least 42 legal challenges since November 3, all of which they have lost. 

Meanwhile, Giuliani may also find himself investigated for his part in Wednesday’s violence.  

A draft impeachment article charges Donald Trump with 'incitement of insurrection'

A draft impeachment article charges Donald Trump with ‘incitement of insurrection’

Less than two hours before hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the capitol Wednesday, Giuliani took to the stage at Trump’s rally and urged demonstrators to pursue a ‘trial by combat’. 

Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine told Good Morning America Friday the former New York City mayor could also be investigated for inciting Wednesday’s violence.   

‘Donald Trump Jr, Giuliani, even the president of the United States were calling on their supporters and hate groups to go to the Capitol and in the words of Rudy Giuliani ‘exercise combat justice’.

‘We’re going to investigate not only the mobsters but also those who invited the violence,’ he said.

If Giuliani does make the team, the president will hope he can have greater success at his potential second impeachment trial. 

The move to impeach a sitting president for a second time is an unprecedented event in American history. 

House Rep. Ted Lieu of California announced on his Twitter feed Saturday that 180 members of Congress have signed as co-sponsors of the article of impeachment that he helped draft alongside fellow House Reps. Jamie Raskin and David Cicilline

House Rep. Ted Lieu of California announced on his Twitter feed Saturday that 180 members of Congress have signed as co-sponsors of the article of impeachment that he helped draft alongside fellow House Reps. Jamie Raskin and David Cicilline

Trump’s initial impeachment trial came after it emerged that he had pressured the Ukrainian president for information on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

He was impeached in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress but was acquitted by the Senate in February after only one Republican – Mitt Romney – broke from party lines to back the impeachment article.

It is not clear if a second attempt would be more successful but some Republicans have already suggested they are open to impeachment this time.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who voted to acquit Trump last year, said he will ‘definitely consider’ impeachment.

And Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who also voted to acquit, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that she wants Trump to resign. 

Senator Pat Toomey told Fox News Saturday he believes Trump committed ‘impeachable offenses’. 

Two Republican Congress members told CNN they would support impeachment with one saying ‘I think you will have GOP members vote for impeachment.’   

Democrats will present the impeachment article which accuses Trump of ‘incitement of insurrection’ Monday, marking the first stage in the process.

House Rep. Ted Lieu of California announced on his Twitter feed Saturday that 180 members of Congress have signed as co-sponsors of the article of impeachment that he helped draft alongside fellow House Reps. Jamie Raskin and David Cicilline. 

Trump's first impeachment trial which started in December 2019. Pictured the trial on January 16 at the US Capitol

Trump’s first impeachment trial which started in December 2019. Pictured the trial on January 16 at the US Capitol

Lieu said that while all 180 co-sponsors are Democrats, he is confident that Republican members of the House will support to impeach. 

A draft of the article prepared by Cicilline, Lieu, and Raskin states that, ‘Incited by Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol,’ injured law enforcement, menaced lawmakers and the vice president, and interfered with the count of the Electoral College.   

McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, circulated a memo to the other members of his caucus in which he mapped out how a Senate trial would work if the House of Representatives follows through on its threat to impeach Trump.

In the memo, McConnell notes that the Senate will not reconvene for conventional business until January 19 – just a day before Biden’s inauguration, according to The Washington Post.  

Senate impeachment rules state that the upper chamber could begin a trial a day after it agrees to receive the articles of impeachment from the House. 

That means Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who will take up McConnell’s post as majority leader after Biden is sworn into office, will have to take up a trial.

An impeachment trial of Trump in the early days of Biden’s presidency could distract from the new administration’s efforts to get its agenda off the ground.  

The move to impeach Trump for a second time comes in the wake of Wednesday’s riot at the US Capitol where Trump supporters broke through barricades and entered the seat of government sending lawmakers fleeing for their lives. 

Protesters were riled up by the president during a rally near the White House where he told them to head to Capitol Hill where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Joe Biden’s presidential victory.  

Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that left nation stunned

Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that left nation stunned

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while Trump supporters gather in front of the Capitol on Wednesday

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while Trump supporters gather in front of the Capitol on Wednesday

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Trump told the crowd to ‘fight’: ‘Unbelievable, what we have to go through. What we have to go through – and you have to get your people to fight.’ 

A violent mob then stormed the Capitol, breaking through police barricades and smashing windows to enter the building.

Lawmakers were forced to go into hiding for several hours as Capitol police grappled to take back control while the mob defecated in the Senate and House, invaded Nancy Pelosi’s office and looted items potentially including state secrets. 

Five people were killed in the violent riot including a police officer who was reportedly hit over the head with a fire extinguisher by a rioter. 

Three top Capitol security officials have stood down as questions are being raised over the failure to stop the breach occurring in the first place.   

Dozens have been rounded up and arrested since the attack including a QAnon supporter, a 70-year-old who brought two handguns, a rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails to the riot and a newly sworn-in West Virginia delegate.

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in bringing all those responsible to justice. 

Meanwhile, House Democrats will start proceedings to impeach Trump Monday charging him with ‘incitement of insurrection’ after he egged on his supporters and then failed to condemn the violence or tell them to leave the Capitol for hours after the violence erupted. 

Twitter banned the president from its platform Friday saying in a statement that his recent tweets amounted to glorification of violence.

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Greedy chipmunk called Van Gogh stuffs its mouth with nuts before running off to hide them 

He’s bitten off more than he can chew! Greedy chipmunk called Van Gogh stuffs its mouth with nuts before running off to hide them

  • Van Gogh, a greedy little chipmunk, stuffed nuts inside his mouth, creating a set of hilarious photographs
  • He grabbed up to ten nuts at a time and stored them in his cheeks before adding more to his collection 
  • Ally Calmusky, 33, from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, pictured the hungry rodent in his rather cheeky antics

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A greedy little chipmunk called Van Gogh stuffed its face with nuts making his cheeks bulge before running off to hide them.

The ravenous rodent grabbed up to ten nuts at a time to stuff into its cheeks before scurrying off, storing them and rushing back for more.

As he built up his collection, saving them for later, he was photographed by social media manager 33-year-old Ally Calmusky, who often sees the chipmunk in her mother’s backyard in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.

His antics were pictured in a hilarious set of photographs taken in Aurora, Ontario, Canada

Van Gogh, a greedy little chipmunk, stuffed nuts inside his mouth resulting in a set of hilarious photographs taken in Aurora, Ontario, Canada

After shoving the nuts making in his mouth, his cheeks began to bulge

He ran off to hide them before rushing back to gather more

After shoving the nuts making in his mouth, his cheeks began to bulge before running off to hide them before rushing back to gather more

She said: ‘These wild chipmunks live behind my mum’s yard and visit everyday for snacks.

‘They run straight up to me, pack their cheeks full with the goods and then run back to their underground burrows to store the food for later.

‘The ‘regulars’ all have art-related names, voted for by my social media followers.

He stuffed his mouth with at least ten nuts at a time

He built up a collection which he appeared to be saving for later

He stuffed his mouth with at least ten nuts at a time in his quest to build up a collection which he appeared to be saving for later

He was photographed by social media manager 33-year-old Ally Calmusky

Ally said she often sees the chipmunk in her mother's backyard

He was photographed by social media manager 33-year-old Ally Calmusky, who often sees the chipmunk in her mother’s backyard

‘A couple of the chipmunks have been visiting for over three years now, but we get new visitors and babies each year.

‘They are always looking for food. They stuff their adorable cheeks because they’re hungry.

‘They sometimes struggle to fit the nuts in their cheeks. When this happens they will either drop the food and run off, or stay and try to figure out how to fit it in – almost like a Tetris piece.’

Ally said she has given all the 'regulars' art-related names, including Van Gogh

Van Gogh was given his name after a vote by her social media followers

Ally said she has given all the ‘regulars’ art-related names, including Van Gogh, voted for by her social media followers

A couple of the chipmunks have been visiting for over three years

New visitors and babies arrive each year looking for food

A couple of the chipmunks have been visiting for over three years but new visitors and babies arrive each year looking for food

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Technology US

Windows 7 is still running on at least 100 million PCs

Windows 7 appears to still be running on at least 100 million machines, despite Microsoft ending support for the operating system a year ago. ZDNet has been analyzing the proportion of PCs still running Windows 7 across various analytics reports. While each data source pegs Windows 7 at different percentages of market share, most agree that the OS still makes up for around 20 percent of PCs.

Microsoft has said for years that there are 1.5 billion users of Windows across multiple versions worldwide. It’s difficult to get an exact number of Windows 7 users owing to the different methods used by analytics companies, but it’s at least 100 million. If you drop Microsoft’s estimate of 1.5 billion users of Windows to just a billion (there are 1 billion active Windows 10 users), then Windows 7 is still on a massive amount of PCs. In reality, it could still be in use by more than 200 million devices worldwide.

Dell’s XPS 13 is a popular Windows 10 machine.
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Support for Windows 7 ended in January 2020, nearly 11 years after the OS first launched with its “I’m a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea” marketing campaign. It quickly became a massively popular version of Windows, especially with businesses. It was clear from looking at the market share of the operating system last year that it would take a year or two to get Windows 7 firmly below 10 percent market share.

It may take even longer for Windows 7 to finally disappear, especially after a year when many have turned to PCs for remote working and home schooling. Microsoft reported an increase in PC demand and usage due to the pandemic. It’s likely that part of that PC usage also came from households dusting off old PCs and laptops they haven’t used frequently, and some of these devices could still be running Windows 7.

It’s clear that the pandemic has also influenced the PC market over the past year. We’re still waiting on PC estimates from Gartner and IDC, but some analysts believe we could have seen nearly 300 million PCs shipped in 2020 alone. That would be a significant change for the PC market, after PCs saw a first year of growth since 2011 during 2019. That growth was boosted by the end of Windows 7 support, and most analysts didn’t expect the market to grow even further throughout 2020.

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Dubai: Unique four-stage running challenge for women announced

The Palm Jumeirah will take in Stage 2 of the run
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Dubai: The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) has announced an exclusive new event for ladies — a four-part Dubai Women’s Running Challenge — that will take participants to four unique locations across the emirate.

Organised in collaboration with Dubai Municipality under the slogan ‘It is good to compete in the World’s Coolest Winter’, Stage One of the Challenge will take place at the Dubai Safari Park on January 16.

The opening stage is meant to give participants an unforgettable experience as they run past lions, giraffes and many other exotic animals.

Stage Two will take place at The Palm Jumeirah on January 23, while Stage Three, which will be a night race starting at 9pm, will take the ladies to Dubai Garden Glow on January 28.

The Challenge will then wind up at Al Seef on February 6, allowing participants to soak in the atmosphere of the cultural and historic district of Dubai.

Registrations are now open now for all four stages of the Challenge on the Hopasports website, with participants having an options to choose from three distances, namely the 10km, 5km or the 2.5km.

Participants in the 10km run will be divided into five age groups starting from the juniors from 12 to 17 years and moving up to the 18-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years and the veterans 60-99 years categories.

Participants in the 5km race will be divided into two age groups, namely the 12-17 years junior category and the 18-99 years senior category. In the 2.5km race, there will be four age groups, namely from 5-9 years, 10-14 years, 15-17 years and 18-99 years.

To encourage and honour participants, the DSC has designed a unique set of medals for the Dubai Women’s Running Challenge. The medals for each stage have been designed to represent the landscape of that particular stage and, when put together, the four medals will spell ‘Dubai’.

The Dubai Women’s Running Challenge joins a growing list of initiatives and events launched by DSC to promote sports and a physically active lifestyle among all segments of the community, especially among women and children. The Challenge will be a boost for women of different age and nationalities, who are looking for such events to satiate their competitive urges.

The Challenge also comes as part of DSC’s strategic objective of empowering women, and promoting sports and physical activity among women through such competitions.

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Luke Campbell vs Ryan Garcia UK start time tonight and undercard running order

Luke Campbell walks into the dragon’s den tonight as he takes on hard-hitting prospect Ryan Garcia.

The Brit is surely staring at his final chance to earn a third world title shot having fallen short against Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Victory tonight will set him up for a shot at regular WBC champion Devin Haney but Campbell is the underdog against Garcia.

The 22-year-old American is a social media star but has proved he has more to his game than memes.

He is confident he can take a big step up tonight against the Olympic gold medalist from Hull.

Here is everything you need to know about tonight’s fight…

What time will the fight start?

Incredibly, despite the fight taking place in Dallas, Texas, it will start at 11pm UK time.

This is because the broadcasters are keen to attract a worldwide audience and so are going with an earlier start time.

How to watch on TV and stream online

Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia will clash on streaming service DAZN tonight.

The service is priced at an initial £1.99 a month – a bargain for fight fans used to paying £20 for a pay-per-view show.

To watch, download the DAZN app now on internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, and living room devices such as smart TVs, streaming sticks and game consoles.

For more information, visit www.DAZN.com.

Undercard

Rene Alvarado vs Roger Gutierrez

Felix Alvarado vs DeeJay Kriel

Raul Curiel vs Ramses Agaton

Franchon Crews Dezurn vs Ashleigh Curry

Alex Rincon vs Sergio Lucio Gonzalez

Sean Garcia vs Rene Marquez

Asa Stevens vs Francisco Bonilla

Tristan Kalkreuth vs Jorge Armando Martinez

Odds

Garcia 1/4

Campbell 3/1

Draw 20/1

Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell face off

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Christmas Day was just another day of the week for Luke Campbell – but he’s hoping to kick off the New Year with a bang.

The Hull lightweight spent the festive period in Dallas putting in the final preparations with trainer Shane McGuigan for his clash with Ryan Garcia tomorrow night.

Campbell, 33, spent Christmas Day away from his wife Lynsey and their three children to ensure he is in peak condition for the world-title eliminator in Texas.

“Christmas Day was certainly different but I treated it like any other Friday,” he said.

“Myself and Shane just treated it like any other day.

“It was spent away from family but you have to put in sacrifices to be ready.”

Campbell was due to facing rising American ace Garcia on December 5 but he caught coronavirus in training camp and had to halt preparations.

The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist didn’t suffer any serious symptoms though and was back in training following his isolation period.

There are no fears he won’t be ready for his chance to secure a shot at WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney for later in 2021.

Campbell has come up short in his previous two world-title attempts against Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

But now, at 33, he believes he is in the prime of his career for what could be the year he joins the illustrious club of winning Olympic gold for Britain and a professional world title alongside James DeGale and Anthony Joshua.

He said: “Me being the best I can be means I will beat anyone in the lightweight division.

“I honestly believe I’m coming into my prime now.

“Everything that has happened in the past has been a learning experience to get me here.

“I believe I’m going to win this fight, 100 per cent.”