Nicolas Sarkozy: Former French president found guilty of illegal campaign financing

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of the illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.


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James Michael Tyler Death: Friends Stars Pay Tribute To Gunther Actor Following His Death, Aged 59
The cast of Friends, including Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, have paid tribute to their former co-star James Michael Tyler, saying the show “would not have been the same” without him.The 59-year-old, who played Gunther in the US comedy, died at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, his representatives said.The star was beloved by millions of fans for his portrayal of the quirky manager of coffee shop Central Perk who possessed a head of bleached hair and an unrequited love for Rachel, played by Jennifer.Jennifer shared an Instagram post which included a clip of the pair in the final episode as Gunther declares his love for Rachel before being let down gently.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jennifer Aniston (@jenniferaniston)“Friends would not have been the same without you,” the 52-year-old wrote in the post’s caption.“Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed.”Co-star Courteney Cox posted a photo of James in a pink-striped collared shirt and tie to express her “gratitude” to her former co-star.She wrote: “The size of gratitude you brought into the room and showed every day on set is the size of the gratitude I hold for having known you.“Rest In peace, James.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by Courteney Cox (@courteneycoxofficial)Matt LeBlanc shared a still of the pair either side of Central Perk’s counter.“We had a lot of laughs buddy,” he wrote in the Instagram post’s caption.“You will be missed. RIP my friend.”James revealed in June he had prostate cancer, telling a US TV show he was diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease in 2018 which had spread to his bones.In a statement announcing his death, his representatives said: “The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Friend’), from the hit series Friends, but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate, and loving husband.“Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and would often find himself in fun and unplanned adventures.“If you met him once you made a friend for life.”James was dubbed by many fans as the “seventh Friend” due to his ubiquity on the series.As well as playing Gunther, his other TV roles included teen sitcom Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and medical comedy Scrubs.Kevin S Bright, an executive producer on Friends, also paid tribute following the death, saying: “James Michael Tyler Our Gunther passed away last night. He was an incredible person who spent his final days helping others. God bless you James, Gunther lives forever.”The official Friends Twitter account said: “Warner Bros Television mourns the loss of James Michael Tyler, a beloved actor and integral part of our FRIENDS family. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans.”James Michael Tyler Our Gunther passed away last night. He was an incredible person who spent his final days helping others. God bless you James, Gunther lives forever.— Kevin Bright (@kbrightELA) October 24, 2021In 2021, James’ spoken word performance of Stephen Kalinich’s poem If You Knew was adapted into a short video to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.He is survived by his wife,  Jennifer Carno.
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Will Covid Ever End?
Rising Covid cases mean the UK has become one of the world’s hotspots for the virus, despite having a trailblazing vaccine rollout.Although 79% of those aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated against Covid, the NHS is warning that rising cases will overwhelm the health service across the winter, prompting calls for restrictions to be re-introduced.The UK has seen more than 50,000 new Covid infections in one day for the first time since lockdown this week and Britain appears to be struggling especially when compared to western Europe.Some have argued that the UK death rate is much lower than that compared to any of the previous infection peaks, and that is the real metric which matters.Prime minister Boris Johnson is facing growing calls to implement “plan B” or stricter measures to curb the virus ahead of the colder months.Johnson has not yet ruled out a winter lockdown, but said “we see absolutely nothing to indicate that that’s on the cards”.Downing Street is currently relying on voluntary mask-wearing in crowded areas, the booster vaccine scheme, testing and the upcoming arrival of two new antiviral drugs to combat Covid.Is this the most protected we can ever expect to be in the fight against Covid – or will we need to be more cautious every winter?Will we ever be able to eradicate Covid?“I believe the opportunity for global eradication was gone very, very early in the pandemic,” Francois Balloux from the UCL Genetics Institute explained, according to the magazine Wired.He said: “You can eliminate it locally but as long as there’s a focus somewhere in the world, whether that’s Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, it will eventually come back.“As of February 2020, it was clear that elimination would be impossible.”Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust also tweeted in August that Covid is now endemic, meaning it is a virus which will circulate among the population for an indefinite amount of time regardless of any attempts to contain it.This prediction has become more prevalent in recent months, especially after New Zealand renounced its “Zero-Covid” strategy once the Delta variant struck in August – the country had been a virus-free nation for most of the pandemic.Why is Covid so hard to eradicate?The widespread nature of Covid means that a range of variants have been able to crop up since it was first detected. More mutations reduce the likelihood of herd immunity. Animal populations can also become a hotbed for viruses which makes it even more difficult to erase Covid.President of the Asia-Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Paul Tambyah also told Wired: “We probably have no alternative to living with the virus, protecting the vulnerable, and ensuring the smooth running of the healthcare system.”But Covid vaccines make a difference, right?Professor of vaccine epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases, Mark Jit told HuffPost UK: “Vaccines have been a game changer.”Vaccine have reduced the fatality of the disease although everyone vaccinated can still catch it and pass it on, and it can still cause a serious illness.Yet even if everyone in the UK was vaccinated, many have pointed out that until the less developed nations are vaccinated Covid-19 will continue to be deadly.According to Our World in Data, only 48.3% of the global population have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.Without vaccine equity, Covid is even more likely to continue mutating and infecting.The director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemned vaccine nationalism among world leaders earlier this year and said: “Even as they speak the language of equitable access, some countries continue to prioritise bilateral deals, going around Covax, driving up prices and attempting to jump to the front of the queue.”The lesser developed countries themselves provide another hurdle. Some don’t have the infrastructure to roll out a mass vaccination programme.Vaccine also can’t work aloneJit also pointed out that “the vaccines aren’t perfect” and none of them offer 100% protection – meaning other restrictions are still needed.“With no other control measures in place, we’re seeing over a hundred people dying and tens of thousands of people getting Covid every day,” he continued.“Over the course of a year, this will be a good deal more deaths than we typically see from flu, for instance. Having this much transmission also raises the risk of new variants emerging.”Prioritising vaccinations and dropping all restrictions has been a problem outside of the UK, too.Israel experienced the world’s highest per capital infection rate back in September despite being the first country in the world to fully vaccinate the majority of its population against Covid. The nation is now looking to administer just the third and fourth shots among the elderly.Alternatively Singapore has completely opened up and is using surveillance of symptomatic people and contact tracing to keep the virus at bay. Will there be more lockdowns?Jit told HuffPost UK: “We all hope never to go back into full lockdown again.“However, milder control measures may be inconvenient but not massively disrupt our lives and economy. These hard choices are what learning to live with Covid meansProfessor Mark Jit“For instance, mandating mask wearing in some public spaces, working from home a few days a week for those who can do so easily, getting fully vaccinated and tested before we attend a big gathering.“Such measures combined with vaccination will hopefully keep Covid spread to a low level.”Yet the government is still refusing to put any new restrictions into law.Health secretary Sajid Javid has just pushed for people to choose to wear masks. Many believe until the slower we are to bring in restrictions, the more likely a winter lockdown lies ahead.Future lockdowns are likely to depends on how the NHS copes, hospitalisations, the backlog from patients who need attention from other medical conditions and the impact of flu over the winter.How many Covid deaths should we expect? Accepting Covid will never leave sadly also means accepting a certain number of deaths from the virus every year.Farrar estimated that 30,000 deaths a year could be considered “acceptable” as 29,000 people died from flu in 2018 in the UK.For context, approximately 69,000 Covid-related deaths were recorded in 2020.Balloux predicted that in a few years Covid will cause a lower death toll than flu among the immunised population.Professor Jit explained that the UK will have to decide when the death rate is at an acceptable level – and if we can cope with the impacts of long Covid.He said: “We have to make hard decisions about how many cases and deaths we want to see every year and what level of restrictions we can live with in order to keep those numbers low.”What will the UK do?The government has been inconsistent with its recent messaging around whether a “plan B” exists and whether it could be implemented any time soon. Jit explained: “Science alone can’t tell us that we ‘should’ do anything.“Whether we put up with these measures to prevent some of the extra cases and deaths depends on our values as a society. In the long term, we might eventually find even better vaccines and treatments that make even these measures unnecessary.“Until then, these hard choices are what learning to live with Covid means.”Related...Is It Really Time For Covid Plan B? Here's What 5 Specialists SaySo, Is Christmas Going To Be Cancelled Again?Who Has Covid Right Now In The UK?
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