Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Several foreigners were caught for not wearing face masks on an Indonesian resort and were made to pay a fine; those without money had to do push-ups.

Police authorities in Bali took to a surprise when they made a sudden visit to a resort and caught foreigners for not wearing a mask.

A Video footage circulating on social media shows tourists in T-shirts and shorts being made to do the exercise in sweltering tropical heat as masked security officials stood over them.

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Meanwhile, more than 70 people paid a fine of 100,000 rupiah ($7), however, about 30 foreigners said that they did not have the cash, hence they were ordered to do push-ups.

Those who were not carrying a mask had to do up to 50 while those who were wearing a mask improperly were punished with 15 push-ups. Bali’s authorities have also warned that foreigners who break virus regulations could be thrown out of the country, although so far there have no reports of anyone being deported for failing to wear a mask.

The island, which has been hammered by the epidemic, remains officially closed to overseas tourists but is home to many long-term residents from abroad, however, foreigners living elsewhere in Indonesia can still visit.

The authorities made wearing a face mask in public mandatory in 2020 as Indonesia battled a raging Covid-19 outbreak. It is to be mentioned that 60 per cent of Bali’s (GDP) gross domestic product used to come from tourism.

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

However, the island’s economy has been the hardest hit in Indonesia by the coronavirus pandemic. The government has imposed restrictions on international arrivals from certain countries since April last year and completely shut down the country last month amid reports on the new strain of coronavirus from the United Kingdom.

Apart from coronavirus, Indonesia has also experienced a series of natural disasters that include landslides, floods, and volcanic eruptions over the past week.

However, environmentalists blame the deforestation done by mining, palm oil, and agricultural industries for these calamities. Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs.

Mohammed Siraj stars against

Mohammed Siraj stars against Australia with 5-wicket haul

Mohammed Siraj stars against Australia with 5-wicket haul

India’s Mohammed Siraj did not go home in November when his father died, deciding instead to stay in Australia and try to fulfill his dad’s dream.

In a matter of weeks, the 26-year-old has been elevated from a back-up bowler – picked for the tour as cover following some injuries to veteran pacemen – to leading India’s injury-depleted attack in the series-deciding test match at the Gabba in Brisbane.

He snared his maiden five-wicket haul on Monday, helping to dismiss Australia for 294 late on the penultimate day of the fourth and final test, leaving India a target of 328 to win. “If he was alive, he would’ve been so happy,” Siraj said. “But I had his blessings and that’s why I took five wickets today. I’m speechless today, about this performance.”

Mohammed Siraj stars against

Siraj said he recalled a conversation with his mother, who encouraged him to stay our tour in Australia and to do his father proud.

“I spoke with my people at home. I felt strong after talking to my family, talking to my mother, and I was also strong mentally about this.  My focus was that to accomplish my dad’s wish for me. Thank God, it got accomplished today. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

The highest successful run chase at the Gabba was in 1951, when Australia finished 236-7 against the West Indies. The Australians have not lost at the Gabba since 1988, but nobody is counting India out.

And it is because of the way the likes of Siraj and the other players drafted in to fill voids left by the absence of regular starters – have taken on the game that gives the tourists so much confidence.

The openers faced 1.5 overs before rain stopped play and India was four without loss, one scoring stroke from Rohit Sharma. Stumps was called shortly after 5pm local time, giving India three sessions, weather-permitting, to try to get 324 more runs.

Siraj put down two catches before picking up the key wicket of Steve Smith for 55 in the middle session. Australia was 243-7 at tea on day four – a rain shower forcing an early break – with an overall lead of 276 and a declaration seemingly imminent. But the hosts continued batting when play resumed in gloomy conditions in the evening session, adding a further 51 runs for three wickets.

Nathan Lyon, in his 100th test, took Australia’s lead past 300 when he hooked a six off Siraj but was out soon after for 13, giving Thakur his fourth wicket of the innings and seventh of the match. Thakur took the catch off Siraj’s bowling to dismiss last man Josh Hazlewood (9).


Siraj, leading the India attack in just his third test in the injury-enforced absence of Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, returned 5-73 for his career-best figures.

Smith said the match was well-poised and typical of a series that has “ebbed and flowed” throughout. Australia won the first test by eight wickets in Adelaide, India responded with an eight-wicket win in Melbourne – where Siraj made his debut – and then got the emotional better for a draw in the third test in Sydney, where the tourists batted through the last four sessions to salvage a draw.

Mohammed Siraj stars against

“The game is in a nice place for us,” Smith said. “The wicket started to play a few tricks today, a couple of balls shot up, so tomorrow is going to be [about] letting the natural variation of a day five wicket do its work, and hopefully we can hold onto our chances.” Smith said there was a lot more happening with the wicket at the Gabba and it was different to the Sydney Cricket Ground, where India batted for 130 overs to save the match.

Australia started Monday on 21 without loss and cruised to 89-0 before losing four wickets in six overs to slip to 123-4.

Smith then combined with Cameron Green to boost the total to 196 before a sharply-rising ball from Siraj hit him on the glove and deflected away to Ajinkya Rahane in the gully.

Smith, who got a reprieve on 42 when he advanced to off-spinner Washington Sundar and Siraj put down a chance in the deep, reviewed the decision, thinking his hand wasn’t on the bat at the time. But replays clearly confirmed the dismissal – a big one for Siraj.

Green (37) had a reprieve when Siraj put down a sharp return catch, but his 90-ball innings ended when he edged Thakur to Rohit Sharma at second slip to make Australia 227-6.

Australia captain Tim Paine scored a quick 27 before he attempted to hook Thakur and was caught behind.

Thakur got things rolling on day four for India when Marcus Harris (38) gloved a catch to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in the 25th over.

Sundar, on test debut, trapped David Warner (48) in the next over before Siraj got among the wickets by removing Marnus Labuschagne (25) and Matthew Wade (0) in the same over to keep India in contention. News: AlJazeera.

Freezing weather hits much

Freezing weather hits much of Europe, from Poland to Turkey

Freezing weather hits much of Europe, from Poland to Turkey

Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish city of Istanbul and smog spiking as coal was being burned to generate heat.

In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche on the weekend died in a hospital of his injuries, authorities said Monday.

The country had issued avalanche warnings several days earlier after heavy snowfall hit various regions. Officials said the skier and his two companions were buried by an avalanche while they were skiing off marked trails in the Gstaad area on Sunday afternoon.

One man was able to free himself from the snow and then extricate one of the others, but the third man could only be found by rescue crews who arrived later on the scene. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died a short time later, authorities said.

Temperatures dropped to minus 28 degrees Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) in some Polish areas overnight, the coldest night in 11 years.

Freezing weather hits much

Many trains were delayed on Monday after tracks at two Warsaw railway stations cracked. Hand-in-hand with the cold came a spike in smog in Warsaw and other parts of Poland, as the cold prompted an increase in burning coal for heat.

Air pollution levels were so high in Warsaw that city officials urged people to remain indoors. Just across Poland’s southwestern border, the Czech Republic experienced the coldest night this year with temperatures dropping below minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in many places.

The lowest temperature, of minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus 16 Fahrenheit), was recorded Monday in Orlicke Zahori, a mountainous village 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Prague and near the Polish border, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.

The freezing weather was expected to ease and be replaced by heavy snowfall in the northeastern Czech Republic, the institute said.

Wintry weather and freezing temperatures have also been reported throughout the Balkans in the past days, which has created problems with power supplies in some parts of Serbia and brought some snow even to Croatia’s Adriatic Sea islands.

In eastern Albania temperatures dipped as low as minus 13 degrees Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) in Peshkopi, 110 kilometers (70 miles) east of the capital Tirana. The deep freeze has caused water supply pipes to freeze and created dangerous driving conditions.

Freezing weather hits much

The icy roads in the city of Pogradec prevented firefighters from arriving in time at a home fire in which a man died early Monday. The man’s brother, Nikolin Xhukellari, told the Balkanweb online portal that he managed to get his two children and wife out of the building but his brother, who was on the second floor, could not escape.

In Istanbul, traffic was brought to a halt by the layer of snow covering the city, with cars stalled or skidding on the roads. In Germany, fresh snow, slippery roads and fallen trees led to several car accidents on Sunday and overnight, the dpa news agency reported.

A driver died in southwestern Germany after his car shot over a mound of snow. The Nordic region also saw snow and subfreezing temperatures, with the coldest temperatures predictably recorded in the Arctic.

Norway’s meteorological institute tweeted a tongue-in-cheek message on Monday, saying: “we encourage all knitting lovers to send woolen clothes to their friends in the north.” In Denmark, police said 17 people were found ice bathing naked Sunday morning in a lake near Roskilde, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Copenhagen.

Everyone in the group, aged between 26 and 51, was preliminary charged with violating pandemic restrictions banning the public gathering of more than five people. Police said they will all receive a fine, which is 2,500 kroner ($405) for first-time offenders. News: ABC



Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office

Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office

(TN) In his final days in office, President Donald Trump has found the parts of the job he loved replaced by cold legal warnings, forced video addresses and a shrinking circle of downtrodden aides, all anxiously wondering what life will be like after noon on January 20. Gone are the clicks of flashing cameras.

Absent is the roar of a cheering crowd. Instead of a commanding final full week of winning, the President is playing the role of victim and not a gracious leader departing office.

Trump has been consumed by the unraveling of his presidency during his last days in office, according to people around him, which included a casual discussion among advisers recently about a possible resignation.

Trump shut the idea down almost immediately. And he has made clear to aides in separate conversations that mere mention of President Richard Nixon, the last president to resign, was banned.

He told one adviser during an expletive-laden conversation recently never to bring up the ex-president ever again.

During the passing mention of resigning this week, Trump told people he couldn’t count on Vice President Mike Pence to pardon him like Gerald Ford did Nixon, anyway.

Eager for a final taste of the pomp of being president, Trump has asked for a major send-off on Inauguration Day next week, according to people familiar with the matter, before one last presidential flight to Palm Beach.

But the signs of his impending departure are everywhere  including right outside his window. Workers hung bunting Thursday that read “2021 Biden-Harris Inauguration” from temporary stands across from the White House North Portico.

It was visible from his third-story residence. Inside the building, Trump has been weathering a second impeachment and growing isolation from his onetime allies in sullen desolation.

He has grown more and more worried about what legal or financial calamities may await him when he is no longer president, people who have spoken to him said, fueled by warnings from lawyers and advisers.

He is weighing pardons, including for himself and his family, as he attempts to muster a legal team for another impeachment trial. And he is resentful of Republicans who he feels abandoned him in his hour of need, including the GOP leaders of the House and Senate.


SmartDot radiation-protection phone stickers ‘have no effect’

SmartDot radiation-protection phone stickers ‘have no effect’

Stickers supposed to protect users against mobile-phone radiation have no effect, scientists have found.

Energydots says they “counteract the harmful energy emitted by wireless and electronic equipment” to aid sleep, cure headaches and give a clearer mind.

But University of Surrey tests for BBC News found no evidence of any effect.

The Devon-based company told BBC News the stickers were programmed with “scalar energy”, which the scientists’ equipment would be unable to detect.

Energydots markets a range of stickers, including the SmartDot, the SleepDot and even the PetDot.

BBC News bought five SmartDots – a special offer for £55 – and sent them to the university’s 6th Generation Innovation Centre.

Researchers tested 4G mobile phones and wi-fi access points with and without the stickers applied to them. News: BBC

And a spokesman for the lab said: “We could not find any evidence that these products had any effect on frequency or power when used as instructed.”

An Energydots spokeswoman told BBC News: “We state clearly that our products harmonise the fields. “And the way to test this is to assess via biological testing.”

But most scientists say even the higher part of the electromagnetic spectrum that may be used by 5G should not harm humans.

International guidelines limit radio-wave exposure. And within those limits, there are no known consequences for health, the World Health Organization says.


Hunger Games Fans Just Realized The Boys’ Jack Quaid Killed Rue, And His Response Was Awesome

Hunger Games Fans Just Realized The Boys’ Jack Quaid Killed Rue, And His Response Was Awesome

The Hunger Games came out back in 2012, which, after the way 2020 unfolded, feels like about 50 years ago. This is almost enough time to forget about Rue’s death in The Hunger Games franchise’s first film.

Almost, but not quite. Marvel, the tribute from District 1 who killed Rue, was played by Jack Quaid, a star of Amazon’s original series The Boys. Quaid’s response to being called out as Rue’s killer was pretty great.

Jack Quaid responded to a tweet that outed him as Marvel, Rue’s killer. He basically acted like he also forgot all about his involvement in her death, but he knows what he did!

The responses to the exchange are pretty killer as well. There’s the initial mind-blown shock, because, well, how could we ever forget the face that killed Rue? Then there’s feigned anger, my personal favorite reaction being “You’ll rue the day you did that” from Twitter user Jacob McBaggins.

At least he says sorry, right? Okay, so it was never really a secret that he killed Rue, but The Hunger Games was actually Jack Quaid’s first appearance on screen as an actor himself.

He pretty much went under the radar, as no one really knew him back then. Besides, Marvel gets what is coming to him in the sequel. The fact that no one really knew him back then is weird in itself, as he is the child of two Hollywood icons: Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid. He’s basically been on sets his entire life. And with that, the plot thickens!

Jack Quaid seems to have a talent of staying under the radar; how did no one point out that Meg Ryan and Dennis Quad’s kid killed Rue until now?! It seems Jack Quaid’s time sidestepping the spotlight is over, though.

He’s been keeping busy since his murderous first role, playing over 30 smaller roles in movies and TV shows over the last decade. More recently though, he landed a couple knockout parts as Hughie in The Boys and Boilmer in Star Trek: Lower Decks.

The original poster of the call-out tweet no doubt was re-watching The Hunger Games and recognized Quaid from one of these recent roles. We can expect even more from Jack Quaid, as he’s joined the main cast in the long-awaited 5th Scream film. Scream 5 (Or just Scream, I guess?) is set to release at the beginning of next year, and with just that news 2022 is already off to a better start than this one. A year is a long time to wait, though, so check out our updated movie schedule for 2021. Source-Cinema Blend.

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Manchester United to host Liverpool in fourth round

Manchester United to host Liverpool in fourth round

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool will meet at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup later this month.

Non-league Chorley will host Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers after beating a depleted Derby County in the third round.

League Two Cheltenham Town are set to welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Whaddon Road.

The fourth-round ties will be played the weekend of 23-24 January.

Crawley Town, who celebrated a famous 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday, will travel to Championship side Bournemouth in the next round.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, while Fulham take on Burnley in an all-Premier League tie.

Chorley would face 14-time winners Arsenal in the fifth round – if the National League North side overcome Wolves and the Gunners beat either Southampton or Shrewsbury.

David Moyes could return to former club Manchester United in the last 16 if West Ham beat League One Doncaster Rovers and United seal victory over Liverpool in the fourth round.

The fifth-round ties will be played 9-11 February.


Ajinkya Rahane: Draw at SCG ‘as good as winning a Test match’

Ajinkya Rahane: Draw at SCG ‘as good as winning a Test match’

To Ajinkya Rahane, who remains unbeaten as India’s Test captain thanks to the amazing rearguard to bat out 131 overs in the fourth innings of the SCG Test, the draw is as good as a win. India had to fight great odds as they started with an already depleted side but then Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin sustained injuries during the Test. News: ESPN

“For me this is as good as winning a Test match,” Rahane said. “When you come abroad and play a match like this, it was really special. Credit to [Hanuma] Vihari, [R] Ashwin, the way he batted, [Cheteshwar] Pujara, Rohit [Sharma] at the start and also Rishabh [Pant]. I think everyone chipped in for the team’s cause but credit to those two guys who batted almost two-and-a-half house till the end.”

In the end, with five wickets still in hand, the match might not have reached the thrilling crescendo some of the great Tests do, but Rahane said the afterglow of this draw will be bright. “I am extremely proud of the way we played and I think the whole nation would be proud of us with the way we have played after Adelaide,” Rahane said. “Melbourne and today, these were different games, we made a good comeback with a win.

“If we have to talk about today, Australia was dominating in the first innings but from 200 for 2, they were all out for 330. Credit goes to our bowling unit for taking the last eight wickets in 130-odd runs. Obviously they batted well in the second innings but I think today will end up being one of the most memorable days in Indian cricket. Perhaps we cannot get the magnitude of today’s achievement right away but possibly after the series we will realize it.

“It was a special day for me as a captain. I believe that we cannot really control the result but it’s imperative to fight till the end. That’s the main thing I’ve learnt in cricket, to keep fighting till the end. This Test match was almost similar. That’s why the result is as good as a win for us. When we play overseas and save such a match, it’s a special feeling and I am proud of everyone, the players and the management.”

One of the moves Rahane made as captain was to promote Pant ahead of Vihari to partner with Pujara. Rahane said it put a right-left combination and also split two batsmen who rely more on defense. “About Rishabh’s batting number, we discussed and had that strategy and that paid off but credit to him,”

Rahane said. “Going out there at No. 5 – the captain or the team management can make strategies – but in the end it’s up to that individual to actually go out there and deliver for your team and Rishabh did that for us. The way he counter-attacked, the way he actually managed his innings throughout the day was really good to see.

“About his character, we know that he can actually win games for us from any situation. We have that belief in any him. I think he is improving day by day as a cricketer, which is a very good sign.” Vihari, who batted at No. 6 because of the move, ended up injuring his hamstring but batted out 161 balls to see India through to safety. “We knew Vihari was batting well throughout the last three Test matches,” Rahane said. “Unfortunately he couldn’t get those big scores.

Today, we all saw a special knock. I thought his knock was more special than his hundred. The way he batted after getting injured, to show that motivation, that hunger, to hang in there for your team was really good and that’s what we want from each and every individual. “To show that character on the field, because it’s all about what the team wants. Credit to him, the way he handled himself. There was pressure, yes, but the way he managed his batting, his injury, it was really special to see.”


President Trump’s disastrous end to his shocking presidency

President Trump’s disastrous end to his shocking presidency

President Donald Trump is leaving America in a vortex of violence, sickness and death and more internally estranged than it has been for 150 years. News: CNN

The disorientating end to his shocking term has the nation reeling from a Washington insurrection. The FBI warned Monday of armed protests by pro-Trump thugs in 50 states, which raise the awful prospect of a domestic insurgency.

Health officials fear 5,000 Americans could soon be dying every day from the pandemic Trump ignored. Hospitals are swamped and medical workers are shattered amid a faltering rollout of the vaccine supposed to end the crisis.

It took 200 years for the country to rack up its first two presidential impeachments. Trump’s malfeasance has led the country down that awful, divisive path twice in just more than a year.

With House Democrats expected to formally impeach the President for inciting a mob assault on Congress on Wednesday, he will rely on the Republican enablers who refused to rein in his lawlessness to save him from conviction again.

Millions of Americans have bought into the delusional, poisoned fiction that an election Trump lost was stolen, and there are signs that some police and military forces have been radicalized by the grievance he stokes.

The city Trump has called home for four years is being turned into an armed camp incongruous with the mood of joy and renewal that pulsates through most inaugurations. In a symbol of a democracy under siege, the people’s buildings — the White House and the US Capitol — are caged behind ugly iron and cement barriers.

This is the legacy President-elect Joe Biden will inherit in eight days when he swears to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution  an oath that Trump trampled when inciting the Capitol attack last week from behind a bulletproof screen while buckling the cherished US chain of peaceful transfers of power.

With unintended irony, Biden’s team has picked “America United” as the inaugural theme  a motto that is now more apt in defining Biden’s hoped for destination rather than the splintered land he will begin to lead.


FBI warns- Trump supporters planning armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration

FBI warns- Trump supporters planning armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests being held across the US as Trump supporters and far-right groups call for demonstrations before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. News- BBC

There are reports of armed groups planning to gather at all 50 state capitols and in Washington DC in the run-up to his 20 January inauguration.

Security will be tight for the event after a pro-Trump mob stormed Congress. House Democrats say a vote to impeach the president will happen on Wednesday.

They accuse President Trump of “incitement of insurrection” and say the vote will be held unless Vice-President Mike Pence invokes constitutional powers to remove Mr Trump from office. There is no sign Mr Pence is prepared to do so.

Mr Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris are expected to be sworn in at a ceremony at the Capitol. The Biden team had already urged Americans to avoid travelling to the capital because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a call that is now being repeated by local authorities.

Security officials have said there will be no repeat of the breach seen on 6 January, when thousands of pro-Trump supporters were able to break into the building where members of Congress were voting to certify the election result.

Five people died in the riot, which happened after Mr Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the November vote and encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol.

Since then, calls for Mr Trump’s resignation, removal from office or impeachment have grown among Democrats and some Republicans. Mr Trump has made no public statements since he was banned from several social media platforms – including Twitter – on Friday.

He became the third US president to be impeached in December 2019 over charges of breaking the law by asking Ukraine to investigate his rival in the presidential election. The Senate cleared him.