A flight radar animation from Flightradar24 shows Thanksgiving-eve air traffic over North America, including the continental United States and parts of Canada and Mexico, between 6 am and 2 pm EST on Wednesday, November 25.As Thanksgiving approached, warnings against holiday travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appeared to have been heeded. Passenger throughput figures from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for November 24, published on November 25, showed a steep decline in pre-holiday air travel compared to 2019.According to the TSA, passenger throughput totaled 912,090 on November 24, 2020, as opposed to 2,435,170 on the same day in 2019.An animation from Flightradar24 shows flights over the US on November 25, from 6 am to 2 pm EST.The TSA had not yet published their passenger throughput figures for November 25 at the time of writing. Credit: Flightradar24 via Storyful
The S&P 500 and the Dow retreated Wednesday, with the blue chip index falling back below the 30,000 milestone it had topped for the first time ever the day before. The unexpected rise in weekly jobless claims signaled the labor market recovery was stalling. Bokeh Capital Partners chief investment officer Kim Caughey Forrest: "It’s been a busy November, but that still doesn’t really show us what we really want to see which is the economy moving. In fact, we’re seeing it slide the other way. That’s what makes us a little bit queasy when the market goes up.” Energy, materials, and industrials pulled the Dow down more than a half percent and the S&P more than one-tenth percent from its all-time high. But a rally by Amazon, Tesla and Apple drove the Nasdaq up half a percent. Shares of Slack spiked higher. The office messaging app was the day’s top mover on the Big Board. A source tells Reuters cloud-based software company Salesforce.com has approached Slack with an acquisition offer. Both companies were not immediately available for comment. Shares of Salesforce declined. Gap was the biggest loser on the S&P 500. The apparel retailer’s quarterly profit missed Wall Street’s targets as a shift to online sales caused marketing and shipping costs to balloon. Shares of Nikola fell after eight straight days of gains. In a CNBC interview, the electric truck maker’s CEO Mark Russell failed to reassure investors that his company’s deal with General Motors would still go through.
Ring-tailed lemurs at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois chowed down on their annual Thanksgiving feast “with all the trimmings” on Wednesday, November 25, zoo staff said.The lemurs enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner for their seventh year in a row, with Wednesday’s feast featuring a turkey made of primate biscuits with honey, steamed corn, pumpkin pie with a primate biscuit crust, and more.Zoo staff said the lemurs — named Moses, Dogwood, Ramses, and Butch — also “practiced social distancing” as animal care staff set up a laptop with images of other lemurs to “simulate a virtual visit.” Credit: Lynette Kleisner/Chicago Zoological Society via Storyful
VIDEO SHOWS: TWO SOUNDBITES MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA SENDING HIS CONDOLENCES TO DIEGO MARADONA'S FAMILY AND ON HIS MEMORIES ON THE SOCCER LEGEND EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS A WHITE FLASH COMPLETE SHOTLIST AND SCRIPT TO FOLLOW
Bokeh Capital Partners’ Kim Forrest tells Reuters’ Fred Katayama investors should put their money in so-called GARP stocks that offer "growth at reasonable prices." She names a cheaply priced Dow stock that she says is poised for growth.
Soccer fans gathered in Naples on November 25 to honor their idol, Diego Maradona, after his death was announced.Maradona brought unprecedented success to the Napoli club during his time there, from 1984-1991, which assured him godlike status in the city.This video shows fans gathered at a mural in Naples’ Quartieri Spagnoli, where they sang, chanted and lit flares.Maradona died at his home in Buenos Aires, of a reported heart attack. He was 60 years old. Credit: Mario Pala via Storyful
Sea otters munched on a seafood feast at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, on November 9, celebrating Thanksgiving a few weeks early.Footage filmed by staff at the Shedd Aquarium shows the marine mammals chowing down on various seafood, including clams, pollock, and whole crabs.According to an Aquarium press release, the Shedd is home to a total of six otters, five of which were found in the wild in need of rehabilitation. Credit: Shedd Aquarium via Storyful
Soccer World Cup winner and one of the sport's biggest icons Diego Maradona died on Wednesday (November 25) He suffered a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, less than a month after his 60th birthday and just weeks after brain surgery. Maradona is described by many as the best ever soccer player. His greatest achievement came at the 1986 World Cup, where he was instrumental in Argentina's eventual victory. In the quarter-final against England he scored two of the most famous goals of all time. First came the notorious ‘hand of God’, where he punched the ball into the net, followed by a sublime solo-dribbling effort past most of the opposition before hitting the target. But his career also suffered tremendous lows, starting with defeat in the final of the 1990 World Cup. That was followed by a failed drug test at the tournament four years later in the United States, when Maradona was ultimately sent home in disgrace. Years of drug use, overeating and alcoholism punctuated his stellar career. He nearly died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000. Maradona’s club career saw him win trophies in his native Argentina with Boca Juniors, in Spain with Barcelona and most famously in Italy with Napoli, where he is still held in great affection. He also edged out his great Brazilian rival Pele... to be named FIFA’s player of the century.
The owner of a pet goat got the giggles when the quadruped sauntered down the driveway of their home in Oberlin, Ohio, with a shipping label stuck to his hoof, video shared on November 14 shows.Footage recorded by Tammy Tunison of Alex the goat shows him trotting around with a label attached as her dog, named Q, approaches his animal companion.Speaking to Storyful, Tunison said Alex had been playing with an “Amazon box” when he tore the label off and it got stuck. “It was so funny, it reminded me of when people have toilet paper stuck to their shoe and no one tells them,” she said.Tunison added, “I noticed my dog Q kept going up to Alex trying to tell him there was something wrong but did not know exactly how to tell him.”Tunison regularly films humorous videos of her goats from her home and posts them to her social media. Credit: Tammy Tunison via Storyful
Nour Sunbol left her job and chased her dream of being an international chocolatier Location: Damascus, Syria She created an online shop selling extravagantly designed chocolate all hand-crafted using high-quality ingredients (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHOCOLATE MAKER, NOUR SUNBOL, SAYING: "Online marketing is easier than shops because we are in the age of social media. You can reach a larger segment of customers than if you open a shop. For instance, there are groups on Facebook or Instagram, there are bloggers who buy my products and post pictures of them on their pages, so their followers contact me and tell me, 'We saw your products on this page and we would like to try your chocolate.' Online marketing is easier and makes you more famous than a shop would."
Texting drivers, be aware. Smart cameras are watching you. Dutch police are cracking down on distracted drivers. They’re testing a camera which can identify when a motorist is driving with a mobile phone in their hand – and then fine them. The software comes from Australian company ‘One Task’, where Alex McCredie is the director. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF 'ONE TASK', ALEX MCCREDIE, SAYING: "The camera takes images of every vehicle that passes and then the computer analyses those images to work out which one is a driver holding the phone. And if the driver is not holding the phone, it gets deleted immediately. And if the driver is holding the phone or interacting with their phone, then it's sent through to the police (in the Netherlands, it's sent directly to the public prosecutor's office) to review, a final manual check by an authorized officer before a fine is sent out." According to Statista, 661 people were killed on the roads in the Netherlands last year. Public Prosecutor for road safety Achilles Dames says distracted drivers are one of three main causes of severe road accidents in the country. But the camera system doesn’t present a further distraction for drivers. As the cameras are infrared, drivers will not see a flash. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PUBLIC PROSECUTOR FOR ROAD SAFETY, ACHILLES DAMEN, SAYING: "It (the smart detection camera) doesn't detect the face of the driver. It only seas the steering wheel, the hands, eventually (he means possibly) the mobile device and of course the licence plate of the car, because that's what we use to ... we send the fine to the owner of the car." In the Netherlands, operating a mobile phone while driving is punishable by a fine of up to 240 euros.
Protesters gathered in Rome, Italy, on November 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.This footage shows demonstrators with placards gathered in Rome’s Piazza di Monte Citorio.The day was marked by the United Nations, which led various online events.Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said: “Violence against women and girls is a global emergency requiring urgent action at all levels, in all spaces and by all people. On Wednesday’s International Day to End Violence against Women I reiterate my appeal to end this shadow pandemic once and for all.” Credit: NonUnaDiMeno via Storyful
An investigation has been launched after a woman said she sustained “life-changing injuries” after being bitten by a police dog at an illegal rave in Bristol, United Kingdom, on October 31, British media reported.Jessica Mae Andrews told The Independent that the dog had bitten her without warning as she was dancing at the event in Yate, just outside Bristol.“The dog came out of nowhere, grabbed me by the thigh and pulled me to the floor,” she told the newspaper in an interview published November 21. “After biting through my thigh, it let go then and started to maul me again – this time biting my calf and foot where it did the most damage,” Andrew said.Andrew was taken to hospital following the attack, where she was reported to have undergone reconstructive surgery involving skin and muscle grafts.The footage here shows the moments of the incident. Andrew is seen on the ground, surrounded by police, as a dog bites at her leg, and as a line of officers in riot gear faces toward the remaining revellers.Storyful is seeking comment from Avon and Somerset Police regarding the incident.The police service did release a statement about the rave on November 24, in which they said 12 people had been arrested and two organizers had been given £10,000 fixed penalty notices. The press release included body-worn camera footage from police as they entered the rave, and an appeal for help identifying people who were at the event.The statement included no mention of the incident involving Andrew and the police dog.At least 500 people were estimated to have accessed the premises by the time officers established a cordon, the statement said, adding that officers “were pelted with items, including bottles, as they dealt with the incident (…) and deserve credit for the courageous and professional manner in which they handled it.” Credit: Anonymous via Storyful
Jordanian collector renovates waste books Location: JERASH, JORDAN Mohammad Salem Abu Zakaria is on a mission to save cultural books and copies of the Quran SOUNDBITE) (ARABIC) WASTE BOOKS COLLECTOR MOHAMMAD SALEM ABU ZAKARIA SAYING :"I collect (waste books) from all over the Kingdom including collecting books left on the streets especially school books at the start and end of the academic year. Sorry for this expression but I collect books from trash containers, houses and from everywhere. He then renovates the books in his library and distributes them among his fellow Jordanians Abu Zakaria estimates he has collected more than 100,000 books
The Dow fell back below 30,000 minutes after the market opened Wednesday, one day after the index breached the major milestone for the first time. The blue chip index and the S&P 500 got off to a negative start after an unexpected rise in weekly jobless claims signaled the labor market recovery was stalling amid a rise in COVID-19 infections. Investors also brushed off the report showing a half-percent rise in consumer spending last month. Tech was about the only bright spot, nudging the Nasdaq higher in early trading. But energy, financials and industrials dragged the Dow and S&P 500 lower. Multivariate economist Max Wolff has been skeptical of the market’s recent surge. “I think we’re partying for something that hasn’t quite arrived with a tough intermediate period. And I don’t think the market has the earnings or the earnings growth to justify this.” The biggest decliner on the broader index: Gap. Shares plunged by nearly a fifth after the apparel retailer’s quarterly profit fell short of analysts estimates. A pivot to online sales drove up marketing and shipping costs. But investors snapped up shares of HP, pushing the stock up for a third straight session. At least five brokerages hiked their price targets after the PC maker’s quarterly revenue beat expectations. Tesla shares fell the day after its valuation topped the half trillion-dollar mark. The electric auto maker is issuing two recalls covering about 9,500 vehicles for roof trim that may separate and bolts that may not have been properly tightened.
A line of people waiting for coronavirus testing stretched along a block in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn, New York, on November 25, as the city geared up for Thanksgiving.This footage, posted to Twitter, shows the long line near a CityMD urgent care center.A spokesperson for CityMD recently told local news that demand for testing “has never been higher.” Credit: @DanielJDuggan via Storyful
"I am an Afghan citizen, and my name is Murtaza." When Murtaza Khademi left his home in Afghanistan and smuggled himself into France, he did so hoping to escape violence in his homeland. However, he says he found himself in a situation in a central Parisian square this week that was far from the safe haven he'd dreamed of. An operation, which he says, resulted in him being beaten with batons by French police. "Yesterday we set up tents there, but then something terrible happened; the police arrived and starting beating people. Although the French people supported and protected the immigrants, which we are grateful for, the police also beat them. The police forces had no mercy. We thought they were humane people, but unlike ordinary people (of France), they are not like that at all." Khademi and dozens of other migrants and asylum seekers had pitched the tents as part of an organized protest - intended to attract attention to their precarious living conditions. But police in riot gear moved in to disperse them. "French people and the other migrants witnessed the police beating me inside my tent. The police forces even beat me with their baton." (…) “I have nothing with me because when we were escaping from the police, my belongings remained in the tent." Many ordinary French people were supportive, he said, but the police were hostile. "When I see behavior like that, I feel like I am in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Iran because those countries' police treat people the same way. I even feel that the French police treated us like the Taliban and Islamic State. My body still trembles when I remember last night's incident." Originally from northern Afghanistan, Murtaza traveled through Pakistan, Iran, and the Balkans to reach France. He now says he has no other choice but to stay in the city and endure the situation on the streets.
A passenger on an American Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 24, complained of the lack of social distancing on the aircraft.The Center for Disease Control warned against travel during the holiday season. Figures published by the TSA on November 25 for the previous day’s travel across the country showed a passenger throughput of 912,090. The same day in 2019 saw 2,435,170 passengers travel.American Airlines does not have a social distancing policy in place; however, their regulations allow passengers to “move to another seat within their ticketed cabin subject to availability.” They also said they require “all customers to certify that they have been free of COVID symptoms for the past 14 days.”Storyful has contacted American Airlines for comment but had not yet received a reply at time of publication. Credit: @SashaEats via Storyful
Footage filmed by North Korea's state media KCNA, which could not be verified by Reuters, showed the residents waving and cheering as trains carrying party members arriving Pyongyang railway station and buses drove past the streets. The footage also showed a large number of members attending a welcome ceremony in front of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the embalmed bodies of former North Korean leaders lie. In September, leader Kim Jong Un sent an open letter to party members in the capital noting that this year has witnessed "uncommon difficulties due to the protracted worldwide public health crisis" and natural disasters. It added that the Party Central Committee decided to dispatch 12,000 party members from Pyongyang to the typhoon-hit areas to help communities recover. KCNA has reported that more than 1,000 houses were destroyed in coastal areas of South and North Hamgyong provinces and reported that farmland and some public buildings had been inundated.
Black Friday sends shoppers into a frenzy every year Here are some memorable moments from around the world British shoppers wrestle over televisions Discounted Nutella caused quite the stir at this French supermarket in 2018 Courtesy: Clement Dezon Courtesy: Times Live With social distancing restrictions still in place in many cities across the globe Black Friday is likely to look a little different this year
The City of Fort Lauderdale announced that a coronavirus testing site at Holiday Park reached its full daily capacity shortly after opening on November 25.This footage shows a long line of cars at the site and a sign advising of a three-hour wait for a test. Credit: City of Fort Lauderdale via Storyful
Flooding affected dozens of locations in Chennai on Wednesday, November 25, the Times of India said, citing local officials, as Cyclone Nivar approached the Tamil Nadu coast.The storm was due to hit in the early hours of November 26. Authorities declared that day a public holiday in 13 districts, according to local media.Around 10,000 people from Cuddalore district were taken to relief shelters ahead of the storm, while 50,000 more people were expected to be transferred.Almost 1,200 rescue personnel were deployed to Tamil Nadu and other areas as a precautionary measure. Credit: @KabeemKubaam via Storyful
Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is marching ahead with special measures Location: New York Instead of passing through Manhattan the parade will be a television-only event There will be giant character balloons and floats but no children and no spectators (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSAN TERCERO, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, SAYING: "I think this year, more than ever, it's really important that we still have something for everybody to tune into on Thanksgiving morning. You know, with everything that's going on, what we really need right now is a little bit of hope and a little bit of entertainment and relief from what we're going through."
Britain will borrow almost 400 billion pounds this year - or close to $526 billion - to pay for the massive coronavirus hit to its economy. That's according to finance minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (November 25) as he announced a one-year spending plan. It means the the budget deficit will jump to its highest level since World War Two. Sunak said Britain's economy is likely to shrink by just over 11% this year, before growing around 5.5% in 2021. "Our health emergency is not yet over and our economic emergency has only just begun. So our immediate priority is to protect people's lives and livelihoods." Public borrowing would be the equivalent of around 19% GDP - the highest ever during peacetime. Sunak said the cost of the fight against the virus was now $373 billion - well up from a previous estimate of about $267 billion. There were signs of early moves to offset some of his spending. Sunak announced a pay freeze for most public sector employees, except health workers, And a reduction in Britain's foreign aid budget - a move which drew criticism from aid groups and the spiritual head of the Church of England. "I want to reassure the House that we will continue to protect the world's poorest, spending the equivalent of 0.5% of our national income on overseas aid in 2021, allocating 10 billion pounds at this spending review." Wednesday's announcement comes with pressure also ramping-up over a Brexit trade deal. Britain has just five weeks until its post-Brexit transition expires, and a new deal has not yet been agreed with the European Union.
Mocked-up banknotes are the latest creation by Thai anti-government protesters. They are branded with rubber ducks, an emblem of the demonstrations. Protesters made calls for the King to give up control of the royal fortune on Wednesday (November 25). The crown assets are estimated to be worth more than $30 billion. "Mai" is a protester. "At first, we intended for the banknotes to be coupons for protesters to use and buy food at the demonstration, but people now want them as souvenirs instead. We also chose the duck on the banknotes because it became a symbol in the fight, protecting us." The demonstration on Wednesday came a day after police summoned many of the best-known protest leaders on charges of insulting the monarchy, which can mean up to 15 years in prison. It had originally been scheduled at the Crown Property Bureau, which manages the royal assets. But after police built siege barricades of shipping containers and razor wire, the venue was moved to the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank. The king holds 23% of the bank's stake, making him the biggest shareholder. A 28-year-old protester known by the nickname "Gift" said there are too many unanswered questions about the monarchy. "We could not scrutinize anything about the monarchy. There were many questions left unanswered, whether it be the monarch's assets or the taxes that they used. The people were left with so many unanswered questions." The palace has made no comment since the protests began, but when the king was asked about the protesters recently he said they were quote "loved all the same". Since July, protesters have been calling for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader. The protesters also seek to make the king more accountable under the constitution.