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Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen wins rare double gold at road cycling worlds

Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen wins rare double gold at road cycling worlds

Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen made it two wins out of two at the road cycling world championships in Imola, Italy, adding the women’s road race title on Saturday to her time trial gold medal.

Van der Breggen became the first rider to win both races at the same championships since Jeannie Longo in 1995.

“It’s incredible. It was a really hard race, fighting from the beginning,” she said. “The climbs were really tough and on the penultimate lap I felt strong and we discussed in front trying to make the race hard. We did it and I just went for it.

“I thought that in the last lap everyone would be tired and that it would be difficult to make the difference on the climbs so I went but it was really far.”

Van der Breggen’s compatriot, defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten, edged out Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy in the sprint for second. They were one minute 20 seconds slower than Van der Breggen at the end of the 143-kilometre race which started and finished on Imola’s auto racing circuit.

Alison Jackson of Vermilion, Alta. was the top Canadian in 30th. Sara Poidevin of Canmore, Alta., was 42nd, Winnipeg’s Leah Kirchmannwas 59th and Karol-Ann Canuel of Amos, Que., was 66th.

Van Vleuten was riding with a special brace after having a metal brace inserted into her wrist following a crash at the Giro Rosa just nine days previously.

Van der Breggen won the women’s time trial on Thursday. She claimed gold in the road race two years ago but finished second to Van Vleuten last year.

Widens lead ahead of final climb

“I’m really happy. I never expected this,” Van der Breggen said. “It’s incredible. The season has been incredible so far.”

On Saturday, Van der Breggen attacked with 41 km remaining and rapidly built a significant advantage.

She had a lead of more than 1 1/2 minutes heading into the fifth and final lap of the circuit, which featured two steep climbs on each lap — the Mazzolano and the Cima Gallisterna.

Van der Breggen had stretched that by a minute as she crested the final climb, 12 km from the finish.

And she started smiling as she rode to the finish line, before sitting up and raising her arms over her head as she crossed.

The worlds were moved to Imola after Swiss host Aigle-Martigny backed out because of a government ruling limiting mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The revised event features only elite men’s and women’s categories, eliminating junior and under-23 races.

The men’s road race takes place on Sunday, exactly a week after the Tour de France ended.

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Andy Murray forced to wait for hip checkup after COVID-19 test result delay – tennis

Andy Murray forced to wait for hip checkup after COVID-19 test result delay – tennis

Andy Murray said a delay in receiving his COVID-19 test result on his return to Britain made him wait to seek treatment for a pelvic issue, but he was fit ahead of the French Open, which begins on Sunday.

Murray reached the second round at the U.S. Open this month in his first Grand Slam after hip surgery last year, but after developing a pelvic issue at Flushing Meadows the 33-year-old had to wait for a few days at home before meeting his doctor.

The BBC reported a scan later showed Murray had tendonitis of the psoas – a muscle which runs from the lower back to the top of the leg.

“We had to get a (COVID-19) test when we got back from New York and test negative before we could leave the house,” Murray was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday.

“There was a bit of an issue with my test. It took five or six days to come back, so I was in my house and I couldn’t get that checked out.”

Former world number one Murray, a finalist at Roland Garros in 2016, said he had since been practising without discomfort having arrived in Paris for the year’s final Grand Slam.

“Once I started practising on the clay, I actually felt pretty good. I’ve been playing, I think, quite well,” Murray, who received a wildcard entry to the French Open, said.

“Usually, it feels like it takes quite a long time to get used to the surface again, and it didn’t feel like it had been three and a bit years since I had last played on it. It was better than what I expected.”

Murray will meet Stan Wawrinka in the first round at Paris.

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Uptick: New York logs more than 1,000 daily Covid-19 cases – world news

Uptick: New York logs more than 1,000 daily Covid-19 cases – world news

More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for Covid-19 in a single day Friday, marking the first time since June 5 the state has seen a daily number that high.

The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily inching up in recent weeks, a trend possibly related to increasing numbers of businesses reopening, college campuses reopening and children returning to school. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday there were 1,005 positive cases tallied on the previous day out of 99,953 tests, for a 1% positive rate.

From late July through the start of September the state was seeing an average of around 660 people test positive per day. In the seven-day period that ended Friday, the state had averaged 817 positive tests per day.

Cuomo didn’t comment on the 1,000-case threshold in his daily Covid-19 update, but reiterated his call for vigilance.

“It’s vital that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that drive our ability to fight Covid-19 as we move into the fall and flu season,” Cuomo said in a prepared release. “Wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands make a critical difference, as does the deliberate enforcement of state guidance by local governments.”

That number of daily positive tests in a state of more than 19 million people still puts New York in a much better position than many other states. And it is worlds better than the situation in the state in April, when the number of positive tests per day routinely topped 9,000, even though tests then were hard to get and people were being encouraged not to seek one unless they were gravely ill.

The higher number of positive tests lately could be related to more people seeking tests — or being required to take them — with the start of the academic year.

Still, the uptick has been a cause for concern. In New York City, health officials have sounded alarms about a rising number of cases in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where many private religious schools opened for in-person instruction in early September, warning that those communities could see severe restrictions on public gatherings reinstated if current trends continue.

Public school students in New York City’s elementary, middle and high schools are set to resume in-person instruction next week Sept. 29 and Oct. 1.

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Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer on claim that Sushant Singh Rajput was strangled: ‘Conclusion on basis of photo is dangerous’ – bollywood

Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer on claim that Sushant Singh Rajput was strangled: ‘Conclusion on basis of photo is dangerous’ – bollywood

Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde has reacted to lawyer Vikas Singh’s claim that a doctor told him Sushant Singh Rajput died of strangulation after looking at his pictures. Satish said making statements on nature of death “on basis of photographs” is dangerous.

Satish Maneshinde said in a statement on Saturday, “Disclosure of a conclusion by an AIIMS Doctor in team headed by Dr Gupta in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, on basis of photographs is dangerous trend. To keep investigation impartial, CBI must constitute new Medical Board.”

He also claimed that the investigation agencies are under pressure to reach a predetermined result amid Bihar elections. ‘“The agencies are being pressurised to reach a predetermined result for obvious reasons on the eve of Bihar Elections. We have seen the VRS of DGP Pandey unfolding few days back. There should not be a repetition of such steps,” he said.


Vikas Singh, who is the lawyer appointed by Sushant’s father KK Singh, recently said, “The family feels that the probe is being taken in a different direction. All attention is being diverted towards the drugs case. AIIMS doctor told me that Sushant’s death was by strangulation.”

Expressing his disappointment on the shift in focus, he added, “Why is CBI converting this to murder from abetment? The investigation is not on track. I will not say I am not happy with CBI, but it’s the lack of importance that the case is getting is what I am worried about. The forensics response of the AIIMS should be made public that is what will satisfy the family.”

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However, Dr Sudhir Gupta, the panel chief of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) forensic team conducting an examination of Sushant’s death told Times Now, “No conclusion or conclusion opinion of homicide or suicide could be made by seeing ligature marks and scene of occurrence. It’s difficult for doctors and next to impossible for general people, needed solely internal link discretion and forensic interpretation.”

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Dropped from top party post in favour of TMC defectors’: BJP Bengal leader Rahul Sinha on rejig

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Former ‘Housewives’ star Barbara Kavovit wants to run for NYC mayor in 2021: ‘They need a woman in office!’

Former ‘Housewives’ star Barbara Kavovit wants to run for NYC mayor in 2021: ‘They need a woman in office!’

One former reality television star has announced interest in running for office in New York City.

Barbara Kavovit, 54, who previously starred on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York” and is the CEO of Evergreen Construction, admitted she’s got her sights set on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s seat in office when it becomes up for grabs next November.

In an interview with Page Six, the former reality TV housewife said she’s “strongly considering” running in 2021.

“Well, I have to say, if Donald Trump could be President of the United States, I can be Mayor of New York City,” the former Bravo star told the outlet.


With a successful career in construction, Kavovit says she knows “how to rebuild.”

Barbara Kavovit and Luann de Lesseps attend the Bluebird London New York City launch party at Bluebird London on September 5, 2018 in New York City. Kavovit recently announced interest in running for mayor of New York City in 2021.

Barbara Kavovit and Luann de Lesseps attend the Bluebird London New York City launch party at Bluebird London on September 5, 2018 in New York City. Kavovit recently announced interest in running for mayor of New York City in 2021.
(Lars Niki/Getty Images for Bluebird London NYC)

Asked what fueled Kavovit’s desire to transition into politics — she described herself as a “tough Democrat” — she said it was when she started to feel “unsafe on the street” that she figured she could be the one to provoke change in the city.

If she does kickstart a campaign for next year, Kavovit said her first goal would be to “rebuild a safer and more inclusive New York City.”

“I feel like the city is not a safe place,” she said, adding she believes “people don’t want to come to New York City. People don’t want to stay in New York City.”

She discussed the need for “more affordable housing,” in addition to creating an ownership program that places more responsibility on residents.


She also vowed to crack down harder on criminals in New York City which she called the “toughest city in the world.”

“I’m not going to stand for crime. I am going to help businesses. I am going to promote a safer New York City, very structured, so people feel comfortable about being here, so they want to have their business here. So they want to go on the subway and go to work,” Kavovit said.


The mayoral election in New York City will be held next November. In addition to her plans to curb crime and create safer living situations for New Yorkers, the former reality star added that the city’s residents “need a woman in office!”

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7 in custody after stabbing near Charlie Hebdo’s former office in Paris

7 in custody after stabbing near Charlie Hebdo’s former office in Paris

Seven people were in custody on Saturday after a stabbing outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, including the suspected assailant, authorities said.

Counterterrorism authorities are investigating what officials called an Islamic extremist attack linked to Charlie Hebdo, which lost 12 employees in an al-Qaeda attack in 2015. The weekly, which routinely mocks religious and other prominent figures, recently republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that outraged many Muslims.

The suspected assailant in Friday’s stabbing had been arrested a month ago for carrying a screwdriver but was not on police radar for Islamic radicalization, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said. He said the screwdriver was considered a weapon but did not explain why.

The suspect arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity was still being verified, the minister said.

This image shows the building where one of the suspects was living in Pantin, a suburb of Paris. (AFP via Getty Images)

Seven others were detained in the aftermath of Friday’s attack, but one has been released, according to judicial officials. Five of those in custody were detained in the Paris suburb of Pantin in a residence where the suspect is believed to have lived, a police official said.

Two people were wounded in Friday’s attack, when a woman and a man working at a documentary production company had stepped outside for a smoke break.

The interior minister conceded that security was lacking on the street where Charlie Hebdo was once headquartered, and he ordered special protection for all “symbolic sites,” noting in particular Jewish sites around the Yom Kippur holiday this weekend. A Jewish grocery store was targeted days after the Charlie Hebdo newsroom massacre, in what authorities say were co-ordinated attacks.

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P.E.I. restaurants suffered the worst downturn in the country in July

P.E.I. restaurants suffered the worst downturn in the country in July

While the pandemic hit the bottom line of restaurants across the country, as summer arrived it was restaurateurs on P.E.I. who were hit the hardest.

Tourism numbers released by the province last week showed the Atlantic bubble, which opened July 3, did not bring large numbers of travellers to the Island, and a Statistics Canada report released this week showed that impact on restaurants.

Compared to last July, P.E.I. showed the largest percentage drop in revenues among the provinces, down 34.6 per cent. Nationally the decrease was 24.5 per cent.

Table service is bearing the brunt of the pandemic. Limited-service restaurant business was running at more than 90 per cent of 2019 levels, while full-service restaurant business was cut in half. (Full service means table service, and limited service is everything else from cafeteria style to takeout).             

Shrunken dining rooms

Beyond the lack of tourists, full-service restaurants suffered cuts to the number of tables allowed under public health measures brought in to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For restaurants that could manage it, patios became a saving grace.

The deck overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence has always been an important feature of the Sou’West Bar and Grill in New London.

‘The weather was awesome so basically the deck was in business every day we were open,’ says Sou’West Bar and Grill owner Mitch Gallant, showing off the view from the deck. (Submitted by Mitch Gallant)

“Obviously it’s a tough season,” said Sou’West owner Mitch Gallant.

“We’re certainly happier with the numbers than what I had originally forecasted. Coming into the season, I didn’t think we’d be anywheres close to where we are now.”

Locals turned out to support the business, said Gallant, and because of the deck, sunny weather was also a factor.

“The weather was awesome so basically the deck was in business every day we were open,” he said.

‘Patio has been a lifesaver’

In Charlottetown, Slaymaker & Nichols Owner Steve Murphy is doing what he can to extend the deck season.

Slaymaker & Nichols was always a small restaurant, but with pandemic restrictions inside, space shrunk to seven tables. A patio was added in the spring.

Diners at Slaymaker & Nichols can cuddle up on the patio in a P.E.I.-made woolen blanket. (Submitted by Steve Murphy)

“The patio has been a lifesaver for us,” said Murphy.

“Without it we would have had such limited seating inside we would never have survived.”

As the weather gets cooler, Murphy is trying to extend the season. He has put Plexiglas up on top of the low wooden walls, providing wind protection to a height of just over two metres. With patio heaters and blankets, he hopes to create a cosy outdoor space well into October, and reopen it as early as April.

“We’re going to go as long as people are willing to sit outside,” he said.

“With only seven tables inside we really need to make this work.”

‘We have seats inside’

Kevin Murphy, CEO of Murphy Hospitality Group, which operates 16 restaurants, is not making any changes to patios. He doesn’t see the benefit of investing in a few extra weeks of added space.

“A small restaurant with fewer seats inside might look at closing in a patio and heating it,” he wrote in an email to CBC News.

“Very difficult for us to go there when we have seats inside.”

Murphy would like to see P.E.I. change its rule about a maximum of 50 people in a dining room. He would like the Island to adopt restrictions similar to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which focus solely on the distance between tables, without setting a maximum room occupancy.

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US elections 2020: Donald Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection bid

US elections 2020: Donald Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection bid

HARRISBURG: President Donald Trump‘s campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds.

The president will travel to the state for the second time in a week on Saturday, hoping to attract the same rural and white working-class voters who delivered him a narrow victory here in 2016. The in-person touch, in what may become the most important battleground on the map, complements an aggressive get-out-the-vote operation that has been working for four years to find new voters by knocking on doors in competitive neighborhoods.

Trump narrowly flipped three Great Lakes states — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — from blue to red in 2016. He has virtually no path to reelection without keeping at least one of those states in his column. His campaign has long viewed Wisconsin as his best option, but aides who requested anonymity to discuss strategy said their thinking has begun to shift.

There are growing concerns inside the campaign, the aides said, about Trump’s ability to retain Wisconsin. Even winning that upper Midwest battleground wouldn’t provide the needed votes if Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, claims Arizona.

But Pennsylvania would be enough.

“With Pennsylvania, I don’t have to make a play, we’ve got Pennsylvania,” boasted Trump at a rally Tuesday night just outside Pittsburgh.

That may be harder than Trump suggests.

Despite fervent Republican efforts, no GOP nominee since George H.W. Bush in 1988 had captured the state until Trump did four years ago, winning by just 44,000 votes out of nearly 5.9 million cast. And as someone born in Scranton, Joe Biden is also heavily focused on the state.

Recent Pennsylvania polls disagree over the state of the race: Some show Trump and Biden in a competitive race, while others have Biden slightly ahead of Trump.

And just as “Florida, Florida, Florida” became the moniker in 2000 for the electoral delays and controversies in the state that decided the election that year, Pennsylvania, which may be 2020’s tipping point state, may have its own drama looming.

With 3 million or more voters expected to cast ballots by mail, lawmakers, party officials and election officials are warning that the conditions are ripe for a presidential election result to be left hanging in limbo on a drawn-out vote. A partisan stalemate and lawsuits have held up fixes to glitches in the state’s fledgling mail-in voting law, and Democrats are warning that as many as 100,000 or more mail-in ballots — dubbed “naked ballots” — could be invalidated if they aren’t put in the proper envelope by people unaccustomed to voting by mail.

Pennsylvania also is where a federal prosecutor’s announcement that nine mailed-in military ballots had been found in the trash at a local election office was seized upon by Trump and his supporters. But there was little explanation of what had happened or whether investigators believed a criminal act had occurred in a county controlled by Republicans.

Pennsylvania is anchored by large cities — Philadelphia to the east, Pittsburgh to the west — on opposite ends, each with sprawling suburbs. But the rest of the state is largely rural, comprised of small cities and towns where Trump ran up the score four years ago.

He will likely need to again, as his prospects have slipped since 2016 in vote-rich suburban Philadelphia, where he underperformed by past Republican measures. This raises the stakes for his campaign’s more aggressive outreach to new rural and small-town voters across the industrial north.

In Chester County, for instance, Trump was the first Republican presidential nominee in more than 50 years to lose what is Pennsylvania’s fourth most-populous county and once a GOP stronghold. While 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried the county on the western edge of metro Philadelphia, Trump fell short by 10 percentage points.

If Trump is to carry Pennsylvania again, he cannot just add new voters in the state’s expansive rural areas but must stop the bleeding outside Philadelphia, former Rep. Ryan Costello, a Republican, said.

“If the hypothesis is Trump can increase his margin, he will have to first not allow regions where he didn’t perform well to perform worse,” Costello said. “That means he has to make up even more ground.”

Republicans also point to an aging population and a shrinking voter-registration edge for Democrats, down 20% from 2016’s election to 733,000, according to the latest state data, although the numbers also show that many more non-voting Democrats than Republicans fell off voter rolls in the last four years.

Despite the pandemic, Trump’s campaign has prioritized in-person events, including over 4,000 meet-ups that have drawn more than 38,000 people. The president and his allies are also hitting hard in TV ads accusing Biden of wanting to ban fracking, a sensitive topic in the No. 2 natural gas state behind Texas.

While Biden insists he does not want to ban fracking broadly — he wants to ban it on federal lands and make electricity production fossil-fuel free by 2035 — it may make it harder for him to win back rank-and-file union members who work on an expanding network of pipelines, power plants and processing facilities.

Biden may have an advantage in getting his message out in the state. He’s outspent Trump by more than 2-to-1 in Pennsylvania from last spring through this month, according to data from Kantar/CMAG, a market research and consulting firm. From April through mid-September, Biden had spent $27 million compared with the Trump campaign’s $12.5 million.

The campaigns had reserved similar amounts for the six-week stretch to Nov. 3, with Trump at $11.5 million and Biden at $10.1 million.

Pennsylvania, which is tied for the fourth most electoral college votes, is “personal” for Biden, the former vice president recently acknowledged during one of his trips to his native state.

Since the beginning of June, he’s made eight in-person trips to Pennsylvania, far outpacing other states with his pandemic-limited itinerary. Priorities USA, a pro-Democrat group, has identified Pennsylvania as the likely tipping point state in the Electoral College, and it announced Thursday a new $7.3 million TV and online ad blitz in the state that will pummel Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sincere Harris, a senior strategist for Biden in Pennsylvania, said the personal ties to the state are “huge” and open a path to votes that other Democrats might not get.

“Biden is in the perfect position to come back to these voters that Trump lied to four years ago,” Harris said.

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Will govt have Rs 80,000cr for distribution of Covid vaccine, asks Serum Institute CEO | India News

Will govt have Rs 80,000cr for distribution of Covid vaccine, asks Serum Institute CEO | India News

PUNE: Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer of Serum Institute of India (SII) which is producing the potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University, asked on Saturday if the government will have Rs 80,000 crore available to buy and distribute the vaccine.
“Quick question; will the government of India have 80,000 crores available, over the next one year? Because that’s what @MoHFW_INDIAneeds, to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India,” he tweeted.

This is the next “challenge” we need to tackle, he said, also tagging the prime minister’s office.

“I ask this question because we need to plan and guide, vaccine manufacturers both in India and overseas to service the needs of our country in terms of procurement and distribution,” Poonawalla added.
SII has signed an agreement to manufacture the potential vaccine developed by Jenner Institute of Oxford University in collaboration with British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca.
Earlier, SII had announced that it will make the Oxford vaccine available at USD 3 for low- and middle-income countries including India.

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