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Rainfall on Australia’s east coast is expected to decrease, but flooding is expected to continue.

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Rainfall On Australia'S East Coast Is Expected To Decrease, But Flooding Is Expected To Continue.
Rainfall On Australia'S East Coast Is Expected To Decrease, But Flooding Is Expected To Continue.

Rainfall on Australia’s east coast is expected to decrease, but flooding is expected to continue.

 

Heavy rain was expected to ease across Australia’s east coast, but floodwaters are expected to persist for days in New South Wales, where 15,000 people were nervously waiting for evacuation orders on Tuesday.

Since last week, 18,000 residents of Australia’s most populous state have fled their homes, with reports that the cleanup could take until April.

Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, said on Tuesday that many weather fronts were still affecting vast swaths of the state.

In less than a week, some areas of the state received two-thirds of their annual rainfall.

The rain emergency is expected to end by late Wednesday, but “floodwaters will continue for some time,” according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Morrison said, “I’m advised that the rain and flood situation remains volatile and extremely complex.”

By late Tuesday, the skies were expected to clear over parts of Sydney and the north coast.

“It’s almost unbelievable, but we’ll see blue skies and sunshine in western Sydney and the Mid North Coast later this afternoon,” government meteorologist Agata Imielska said.

“It is important to note that even though the sky will clear and the sun will shine again, flooding will continue and the flood risk will persist,” Imielska said.

According to Morrison, the New South Wales government has already asked 1,000 security staff to assist in the flood clean-up.

The flooding rain had spread down the New South Wales coast, almost as far as the Victoria state border in the south, and across the Queensland state border in the north.

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An Aurora man who defrauded relief programs is sentenced to federal prison.

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An Aurora Man Who Defrauded Relief Programs Is Sentenced To Federal Prison.

An Aurora man has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for defrauding COVID-19 relief programs.

Russell Ray Foreman, 39, was sentenced to 66 months in prison on Friday for money laundering and wire fraud, according to a press release from the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office.

From March 29 to October 6, 2020, Foreman submitted seven fraudulent loan applications to the Small Business Administration, according to a plea agreement in the case. Two of the claims were approved and funded by the SBA, resulting in fraudulent proceeds of $196,500.

Foreman “knowingly misrepresented each company’s number of employees, gross revenue, cost of goods sold and date each company was established,” the statement said.

On May 14, 2020, Foreman filed a false and misleading Paycheck Protection Loan application, fraudulently obtaining $20,052. He also “aid and abetted” a co-defendant who falsely applied for a $150,000 loan.

The defendant had been associated with unsuccessful CARES Act claims totaling more than $2 million, according to the statement.

“We will continue to prosecute anyone who attempts to defraud the U.S. government with money purported to be used to keep small businesses afloat during this national emergency,” U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan said in the statement.

The sentence handed down by Judge Raymond P. Moore includes a $367,000 restitution order. The case was investigated by the Denver Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson enjoying training camp with little drama: ‘I like it like this’

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Ravens Qb Lamar Jackson Enjoying Training Camp With Little Drama: ‘I Like It Like This’

Though it’s strange to use the word boring in connection with Lamar Jackson, the first two and a half weeks of his training camp have been relatively uneventful, blessedly so if you ask the Ravens’ franchise quarterback.

Coming off a year in which he missed significant practice and game time because of illness and injury, he has not been absent for a moment of camp. He has not hit peak form in every practice but has thrown with more zip and accuracy than in any previous summer of his career.

“I like it like this,” he said Saturday, speaking with reporters for the second time since camp began. “I was able to start Day One. And what is it, like Day 15 for us? And I’m feeling pretty good. Nothing is wrong with me.”

Jackson surfed into his fifth season on a wave of speculation about a possible contract extension. Would he hold out? Hold in? Set a public deadline for the end of negotiations?

He offered no update Saturday but did say he does not want talks with general manager Eric DeCosta to extend into the regular season, which begins Sept. 11 at the New York Jets. The greater point, as coaches and teammates see it, is that Jackson has not let the contract story impinge on his practice form.

“He’s doing a great job. He’s practicing every day. The business part of it is the business part,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I’m very confident that will get done. You can’t really rush it. Neither side wants to rush anything. Both sides want to be happy when it’s all said and done, and probably both sides unhappy … to some degree, but that’s kind of how it works. But he’s doing a great job, he’s practicing well and he’s a great leader.”

Jackson’s backup, Tyler Huntley, said he looks to the former Most Valuable Player as a model for shutting out extraneous noise.

“I look to him where’s that stuff like that,” he said. “He just blocks it out. Just focus on what’s going on right now instead of what’s outside, because we can’t control none of that stuff going on, what everybody’s talking about. One thing we can control is what’s going on on the field. He told me that.”

Huntley said Jackson is “throwing the hell out of the ball.”

Quarterbacks coach James Urban agreed, saying Jackson has built on his sharp performance during the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.

“And then some,” Urban said. “He’s looked as good and as sharp on many of the things that we worked at specifically and emphasized — I call them the squeaky wheels — and he’s in a great place.”

For example, Jackson has talked about trying to keep his left arm calm so he can follow through cleanly on his throwing motion.

“If you rip out your left elbow, your left shoulder, then you get wild,” Urban said, torquing his upper body to demonstrate. “Just generically speaking, watch any NFL quarterback throw and there’s some calmness to the left side. Watch a baseball pitcher, same thing. … Mechanically speaking, that is something we’ve talked a lot about.”

Urban went back to one of his favorite comparisons, saying Jackson is like a younger Michael Jordan, who needed to add a reliable jump shot and a sweet fadeaway to his drive-and-finish game. “What area of my game needs improvement?” the quarterbacks coach said. “What area of my game needs to grow?”

He said he and Jackson’s private throwing coach, Adam Dedeaux, have collaborated on steering the 25-year-old superstar through those refinements.

“Adam and I work very closely together; we’re very friendly,” Urban said. “We’re colleagues. He asks me questions. I ask him questions. It’s been a great symbiotic relationship.”

One question around Jackson never seems to change: Will he break down if he continues to average double-digit carries per game as a runner? “I’ve been good with how I’ve been playing, but when I tried to sit and stay in the pocket, I got hurt for the first time,” he said, referring to the ankle injury he suffered last season in Cleveland. “So I think it speaks for itself.”

He recently told NFL Network that his weight is up to 230 pounds, roughly 20 pounds of muscle north of where he played last season. Is the greater bulk designed to make him more durable?

Jackson mostly laughed off the question. “I just wanted to look the part,” he said. “I just wanted to look a little sturdy back there, look a little big. I feel like it worked. I’m still fast, still moving around like I was.”

Urban said he’ll never tell Jackson to stop using his unique gifts. “Don’t let me coach you out of being a great player,” he said he tells him. “Trust your instincts.”

Jackson did not play in the preseason opener Thursday. When asked if he will go in for a series or two in the Ravens’ Sunday night matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, he said, “I might give it a shot; I don’t know yet.”

If his camp has been calm compared to last year, when he missed the start because he was sick with COVID-19, he’s still never allowed to forget that all of the franchise’s hopes for a Super Bowl hinge on him.

Jackson lives another Beatles moment at the end of every practice as a mob of young fans, many wearing his No. 8 jersey, serenades him with cries of “Lamar! Lamar!” He tries to slap as many hands as possible without being swallowed up.

Does he ever leave home and not hear someone yelling his name? “No, I don’t,” he said.

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Travel news: Focus on the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777-9X

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Travel News: Focus On The Airbus A380 And The Boeing 777-9X

Editor’s note — Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news on when destinations open and close, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments.

(CNN) — A travel agency is urging travelers to visit Ukrainian bomb-ravaged cities – against international advice. North Korea has destroyed sites in the resort town of Mount Kumgang, once a symbol of reconciliation between North and South Korea. And Emirates CEO Tim Clark told CNN he wants Airbus to build a new superjumbo to replace the A380.

Here are the last trips of this week:

Is bigger better?

Dubai-based Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane.

Airbus has stopped production of the megacraft, so Emirates CEO Tim Clark wants the European manufacturer to build a new superjumbo. But is the demand high enough?
One of the largest aircraft currently in development is the Boeing 777-9X, which CNN was able to discover during the Farnborough International Airshow last month. Although it’s not scaled to the A380, it’s definitely a huge beast at 251 feet long (about 77 meters). Originally scheduled to enter service in 2020, the 777-9X is expected to debut in 2025.
So is bigger better? The United States Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comment on commercial aircraft seat sizes. But before you start complaining about your neighbor stealing your armrest, note that he’s only looking for comments related to security considerations.

Tourism and Ukraine

Not only is the Russian invasion devastating Ukraine, but it is having a serious impact on tourism in neighboring Eastern European countries. We spoke to local businesses in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia and Romania about how they are coping.
And inside Ukraine, a travel company has just launched one-day guided tours of the country’s bomb-ravaged towns – despite international warnings against travel to the war-torn nation. The online platform promises walks among bomb debris, crumbling buildings and cathedrals, and burnt-out military hardware.
As the war nears its sixth month, Russia remains isolated from the international community, with airlines and countries abiding by flight bans and sanctions. But one airline has decided to resume a route to Russia, in response to what it says is passenger demand.

life on the water

And in Croatia, a charter boat offers a taste of the “superyacht” lifestyle for less. At $82,000 a week, you can gather 21 of your closest friends and cruise around the islands for less than a week on some luxury cruise ships might cost you.
A Swedish company hopes its electric hydrofoils could be the solution to Venice’s “moto ondoso” – that is, the damage caused to buildings and pavements by motorboats traveling through the city. Here’s how it works.
Finally, Disney has a new cruise ship in its fleet. Disney Wish is the first new Disney ship in a decade and can accommodate an incredible 4,000 passengers. It made its maiden voyage last month.

go west

The latest episode of the “Parts Unknown” podcast revisits Anthony Bourdain’s 2017 visit to Seattle, the “boom or bust” city of the Pacific Northwest.
Arizona’s Grand Canyon was the setting where Carrie and Kris Sorensen met as teenagers on vacation. Seven years later, they reunited and fell in love.
And in Colorado, a lesser-known area called Grand Valley could be the next must-see destination in the West. On the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, the area offers fruit and wine country, river activities, and access to a combination of alpine and desert mountain terrain for hiking, biking, and scenic road trips.

The best of Europe

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Paris, Barcelona and Rome are rightly must-see cities, but Europe’s smaller towns offer a different perspective on their country’s charms. From humble fishing villages to hilltop medieval power bases, we’ve rounded up 15 of the most beautiful.

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Steroid debates have become their own genre of internet content

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The once taboo topic of anabolic steroid use in the fitness and bodybuilding communities has become its own genre of Internet content.

“Natty or not” videos, in which people often speculate on who is “natty” (short for natural) and who uses steroids (not), now regularly rack up millions of views on YouTube and TikTok, while hundreds of commentators a day debate on a dedicated subreddit about influencers and celebrities who use steroids to power their physique. Podcaster Joe Rogan recently broached the topic, as did PewDiePie, one of YouTube’s most-followed people.

It’s a move championed by some notable names in bodybuilding who for years have exposed the secrecy around steroid use which they believe has also misled people into having inflated expectations for their own fitness goals. But the videos have also sparked a discussion about whether they are breaking stigma and secrecy or normalizing dangerous substance and unhealthy body norms.

“In a way, it almost puts more people in the sauce,” MK Angeletti, creator of YouTube channel Revival Fitness, said of the “Natty or Not” online content. “The basic intention is good, but then you open a door that spirals out of control.”

Steroids have been a part of the fitness world for decades, with some research estimating that up to 4 million Americans have used some kind of “anabolic androgenic steroid” to help build muscle despite its well-documented adverse health effects, including mental problems and possible liver and kidney damage. And although the possession or sale of anabolic steroids without a prescription is illegal, a growing number of fitness influencers are now speaking openly or strongly implying that they are not “classy”,

Meanwhile, the rise of social media and the fitness influencer community has already created well-known body image issues among young people.

“My social media homepages are filled with bodybuilders who appear to be on steroids but claim to be natural, which makes it very difficult for me to know what is realistically achievable as a youngster trying to break into the fitness game,” said Jacob Mathiasmeier, 21, who launched his own fitness page on TikTok this year.

Mathiasmeier said many young people, including teens and tweens, watch TikTok videos of bodybuilders who aren’t upfront about their diet. “How realistic is that for them?” he said.

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Among the first fitness influencers to openly discuss their own steroid use was Greg Doucette, a world champion powerlifter who later became a bodybuilder and fitness influencer. Doucette said he started talking openly about steroids, including his own use, when he started creating a lot of fitness content four years ago. It was these videos, where he was honest about his steroid use, that originally went viral, he said.

“When I was very open about what I was doing, rather than people saying they hated me, people responded by saying how refreshing it was to see someone being honest,” Doucette said.

As for concerns about whether talking about steroids might normalize their use, Doucette said he felt the idea that people wouldn’t be aware of steroids was short-sighted.

“Do people think an aspiring 16 year old bodybuilder has never heard of a steroid?” he said.

Doucette has been particularly transparent about her regrets about her steroid use on social media.

A broader fitness boom in recent years – spurred in part by the pandemic – has included the rise of many muscle-focused fitness influencers, many of whom now have millions of followers, with hundreds more with smaller followers.

Steroid-focused videos are only a small part of this larger scene, but they can spark some of the most heated debate. A video posted by Doucette in May explaining whether fitness influencer William Li takes steroids has over 670,000 views and over 2,000 comments. Li talked about steroids, saying he doesn’t use them.

A popular version of “natty or not” videos feature people asking people at gyms or fitness conventions if they use steroids. Very often these people will say that they use steroids.

Ryan Schmidle, a Los Angeles-based fitness influencer with over 500,000 followers on TikTok, uses his platform to discourage his followers from taking anabolic steroids and openly shares his use of medically prescribed steroids.

Bodybuilder Noel Deyzel posted a video on his Youtube account titled “Why I’m Open About My Steroid Use”. In the video, Deyzel tells his 2 million YouTube subscribers that he made his use clear because he hoped to help a younger generation that lacked guidance, even though he says he was told he would never get sponsors after talking about his use of PED.

Other influencers openly promote steroid use, referring to drugs with a variety of slang and sometimes meticulously tracking their steroid use.

Not everyone is so open. Mike Matthews, CEO of fitness brand Legion, said he believes the problem of “fake nattys” (people who don’t admit to using steroids) creates false expectations and drives people to use them.

“Being prepared for disappointment because their results aren’t as impressive as influencers on PEDs can actually encourage and lead kids to want to use steroids themselves because they mistakenly conclude they have a bad genetics,” Matthews said.

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Russia admits talks to swap Brittney Griner (diplomat)

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Russia has admitted it is in talks with the United States to swap a notorious arms dealer for basketball player Brittney Griner, a Russian diplomat has said.

The diplomat’s comments marked the first time Russia has said it is in talks to swap Griner for Viktor Bout, 55, who is in prison in the United States, according to a report.

“Discussions on the very sensitive topic of an exchange are taking place through the channels chosen by our presidents,” said Alexander Dachiev, head of the North America department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, as quoted by the official TASS news agency. . “The silent diplomacy continues and should bear fruit if Washington, of course, is careful not to fall into propaganda.”

Griner, 31, was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after vaping cartridges containing a small amount of cannabis oil were found in her luggage. Griner was charged with drug trafficking and sentenced to nine years in prison earlier this month.

Suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout has been dubbed “the dealer of death”.
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Brittney Griner Is Pictured Leaving The Courtroom After Being Sentenced To Almost A Decade In Prison On August 4.
Brittney Griner is pictured leaving the courtroom after being sentenced to almost a decade in prison on August 4.
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President Biden said earlier this month he was “hopeful” that Russia would release the hoop star, eight-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Bout, nicknamed “the merchant of death” for supplying weapons for conflicts in Africa and Latin America, was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the United States. He was accused of supplying weapons in some of the world’s worst conflicts and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012.

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Sean Mannion expected to start at QB in Vikings preseason opener

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Sean Mannion Expected To Start At Qb In Vikings Preseason Opener

LAS VEGAS — With Kirk Cousins out after testing positive for COVID-19, Sean Mannion is expected to start at quarterback for the Vikings in Sunday’s preseason opener at Las Vegas, a source said Saturday.

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell ruled Cousins out of the game Friday, although Cousins he might have sat, anyway, as a rested starter. O’Connell did reveal Friday who would start at quarterback, but said both Mannion and second-year pro Kellen Mond would play plenty.

Mannion, entering his eighth season, and Mond were listed as co-backups on the first Vikings depth chart, which came out on Wednesday.

Under NFL COVID guidelines, Cousins could return to practice as soon as Tuesday. The Vikings will hold joint practices with San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday at the TCO Performance Center and will play host to the 49ers in their second preseason game next Saturday.

The Raiders will play their second preseason game after defeating Jacksonville, 27-11, in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4.

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