The Independent13 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
10 Best Wireless Headphones 2021: Lose Yourself In The Music With A Top-rated Pair Of Noise-cancelling Cans
You can’t go far without seeing someone with tiny wireless earbuds peeping out of their ears as they walk along. They are often, though not always, Apple AirPods: tiny and gleaming white. But maybe, although you’ve admired the freedom that no wires
The Independent5 min de lecture
Pingdemic: These Are Your Legal Rights If You’ve Been Told To Self-isolate By The NHS Covid App
Despite the remaining lockdown restrictions having been lifted in England on Monday as the final stage of the Prime Minister's “roadmap to freedom”, an increasing number of people are being told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app as the number of c
The Independent6 min de lecture
13 Movie Mistakes That Vastly Improved Their Scenes
Films are complex beasts with so many moving parts that mistakes are unavoidable. Even the blockbusters with the biggest budgets and most sets of eyes on them routinely make it to cinemas with a few errors, especially when it comes to continuity. Fro
The Independent8 min de lectureCooking, Food & Wine
8 Best Espresso Machines For Barista Quality Coffee At Home
Tired of handing over all your cash to your local coffee shop? Sounds like it’s time to invest in some home coffee-making equipment. An espresso machine should be your first port of call – after all, all coffee starts with a shot of espresso – but w
The Independent4 min de lecture
Pingdemic Chaos: Could The UK Run Out Of Food?
Shoppers are being urged not to stockpile as some supermarkets are already seeing empty shelves caused by the “pingdemic” in an eerie repeat of the early weeks of the pandemic. Thousands of workers are being forced to self-isolate after being “pinged
The Independent4 min de lecture
Olympic Games, Tokyo-style: The Pandemic Era, In Miniature
Ghostly airports, devoid of bustle. Cavernous arenas where no crowds will roar. Stringent rules that are spottily enforced — and spottily ignored. Complaints over restrictions, including comparisons to Nazi Germany. Worries about outsiders causing su
The Independent5 min de lectureAmerican Government
GOP's Vaccine Push Comes With Strong Words, Few Actions
Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some
The Independent4 min de lecture
Governors Pin Hopes On Full Vaccine Approval As Cases Climb
As U.S. regulators weigh giving the final stamp of approval for certain COVID-19 vaccines, governors in states hard hit by the pandemic hope the move will help persuade the many holdouts in their states to finally get the shot. The governors of Arkan
The Independent4 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Volunteers Hunting For Mexico's 'Disappeared' Become Targets
The mainly female volunteers who fan out across Mexico to hunt for the bodies of murdered relatives are themselves increasingly being killed, putting to the test the government’s promise to help them in their quest for a final shred of justice: a cha
The Independent10 min de lecture
The 35 Best Movie Movie Twists Of All Time, Explained
Being caught off guard by a well-deployed twist is an unrivalled cinematic joy. Over the years, writers and directors have imagined up fresh ways of keeping film audiences on their toes. Some remain astonishingly bold by today’s standards, while othe
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Canada Vs Zimbabwe: Two Divergent Paths Of COVID Vaccination
When mother-of-three Amanda Wood heard that hundreds of coronavirus shots were available for teens, only one thing prevented her from racing to the vaccination site at a Toronto high school — her 13-year-old daughter’s fear of needles. Wood told Lol
The Independent5 min de lectureInternational Relations
To Reach A Peace Deal, Taliban Say Afghan President Must Go
The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spo
The Independent4 min de lecture
For South Sudan Mothers, COVID-19 Shook A Fragile Foundation
Paska Itwari Beda knows hunger all too well. The young mother of five children — all under age 10 — sometimes survives on one bowl of porridge a day, and her entire family is lucky to scrape together a single daily meal, even with much of the money B
The Independent4 min de lecture
Vaccinations Rise In Some States With Soaring Infections
Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday in a sign that the summer surge is getting the attention of vaccine-hesitant Americans as hospitals in the South are being overrun
The Independent5 min de lecture
Turns Out That Stand-up Comedy Is A Hell Of A Lot Easier Than Homeschooling
This Monday’s “freedom day” was due to see theatres back to full capacity but it hasn’t quite worked out like that. When theatres closed 18 months ago, I was mid-tour and that tour was due to resume this coming weekend with the first three of my resc
The Independent12 min de lecture
Ted Lasso: An Oral History On The Rise Of Jason Sudeikis’s Feel-good Comedy For The Ages
Is there a series more charming than Ted Lasso? Not that I’ve seen. The Apple TV+ comedy, a paragon of positivity, follows a college-level American soccer coach (Jason Sudeikis) hired to oversee AFC Richmond, a flailing football team in England, desp
The Independent5 min de lecture
Death Rates Soar In Southeast Asia As Virus Wave Spreads
Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in Malaysia had to resort to treating patients on the floor. And in Myanmar’s large
The Independent5 min de lectureAmerican Government
Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate To Try Again
Senate Republicans rejected an effort to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vot
The Independent4 min de lectureAmerican Government
Pelosi Bars Trump Allies From Jan. 6 Probe; GOP Vows Boycott
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision the Republican denounced as “an egregious abuse of power.” McCarthy said the
The Independent4 min de lecture
Black Lawmaker Hopes Highway Project Can Right An Old Wrong
Harold Love Jr. raised his voice over the blare of traffic from the interstate above as he stood near the spot where his family's home was razed to rubble a half-century ago. Love recounted the fight his father put up in the 1960s, before he was born
The Independent5 min de lectureCrime & Violence
50-year War On Drugs Imprisoned Millions Of Black Americans
Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha An
The Independent4 min de lectureAmerican Government
Seemingly Safe GOP Incumbents Under Attack From Right-wing
Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford would seem to have all the conservative credentials he'd need to coast to re-election in deep-red Oklahoma A devout Baptist, Lankford was the director of the nation’s largest Christian youth camp for more than a d
The Independent5 min de lecture
Why Have Athletes’ Shorts Been Attracting Controversy Ahead Of The Olympics?
What sparked this? Before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony has even been held - the tournament having been delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic - controversy has already erupted over the kits athletes wear to take part
The Independent4 min de lecture
Let The Fashion Policing Begin On Opening Day Of Tokyo Games
Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open July 23, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively social m
The Independent5 min de lecture
Federal Government Distributes $1.5bn In Rental Aid As Eviction Crisis Looms For Millions Of Americans
The federal government distributed more than $1.5bn in rental assistance in the month of June alone, more aid than was distributed in the previous five months combined, for a total of roughly $3bn, according to the US Department of Treasury. But that
The Independent5 min de lecture
Yes, There Is Work To Do – But Progress Is Being Made Over The Climate Crisis
The deadly flooding in Europe has produced a torrent of political comment about the climate crisis. Participants in the upcoming Federal election in Germany have been urged to raise their ambitions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions accordingly. T
The Independent5 min de lecture
Pingdemic: These Are Your Legal Rights If You’ve Been Told To Self-isolate By The NHS Covid App
Despite the remaining lockdown restrictions having been lifted in England on Monday as the final stage of the Prime Minister's “roadmap to freedom”, an increasing number of people are being told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app as the number of c
The Independent4 min de lecture
Pig, Nicolas Cage’s New Film, Could Have Been A Trainwreck. Instead, It’s A Masterpiece
Pig, a new film starring Nicolas Cage as the reclusive owner of a stolen truffle pig, should have been an unmitigated disaster. Robin Feld, Cage’s character, is a former chef who now lives deep in the Oregonian woods. He showers rarely and forages of
The Independent6 min de lectureSmall Business & Entrepreneurs
7 Things You Need To Consider Before Going Freelance Or Starting A Side Hustle
There are lots of reasons that people decide to change up their working life, either by starting a side hustle while continuing with their principal job or by stepping off the corporate ladder and going freelance in their current profession. For some
The Independent5 min de lecture
A Small Victory: Used-car Prices Slip From Dizzy Heights
For months, anyone who wandered onto a dealer lot to look for a used car could be forgiven for doing a double take — and then wandering right off the lot. Prices had rocketed more than 40% from their levels just before the viral pandemic struck, to a
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