Fromskateboardingto Fleetwood Mac to learning Cardi B's rump-shaking choreography, TikTok users got creative in a pandemic year with new songs, dances and memes in 60 seconds or less. The social media video app on Wednesday shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America during 2020, recapping a year of viral videos that were sometimes a needed distraction in a tumultuous year. “The through-line is that these are videos that brought joy and inspiration to millions of Americans in a year that has been a bit of a whirlwind for everyone as we all try to figure it out,” said Kudzi Chikumbu, director of creator community at TikTok. The platform has been widely associated with Generation Z and millennials who experiment with the app's digital effects like green screens and influencers who have launched careers based on the shared videos. The Weeknd's “Blinding Lights” and Jason Derulo's “Savage Love” inspired TikTok dance challenges that made them among the top songs used on the app, as well as the not-safe-for-grandma “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. For some TikTok creators, the pandemic itself became an inspiration to create a connection with other users. Comedian Caitlin Reilly used the app during quarantine to make fun of thoseannoying coworkerson Zoom for one of the top-liked videos. And rapper Curtis Roach made an anthem for the endless days at home with his song andmeme“Bored in the House." The second most popular video was an Idaho man named Nathan Apodaca who shot to fame after casually and coolly belting out “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac while skateboarding on an interstate. “It's really about capturing an essence and a moment,” said Chikumbu of Apodaca's video. “What Gen Z would call 'immaculate vibes.'” But the most liked TikTok video is actually even harder to explain to those who haven't used the app. Bella Poarch, who has 45 million followers, created a simple but cutelip-synch videowith a few seconds of well-timed head nods and eye rolls. “She’s gone on to create a lot of more dances and facial expressions and launching her own businesses and really turning her art form into her career," said Chikumbu. While the app might be geared toward youth, Chikumbu said that the growth of TikTok this year has pushed it more into mainstream culture. “You’re seeing everyone from the teenager to the college students with their parents and then their grandparents all making videos,” said Chikumbu. "And now TikTok truly transcends generations, particularly in this year when people had a lot of time to dig in and not only watch but try.”

People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the “2020 People of the Year.” The magazine revealed itslist Wednesday morningas part of a year-end double issue with four covers. The four will be celebrated for their positive impact in the world during a challenging 2020. Clooney, Fauci, Gomez and King will be separately featured on the magazine covers of the issue, which is out Friday. Clooney has received some Oscar buzz for his upcoming film “The Midnight Sky,” but the actor was also in the spotlight for his advocacy work. He donated $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative in wake of George Floyd’s death and $1 million for COVID-19 relief efforts in Italy, London and Los Angeles. As the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Fauci provided steady guidance during the turbulent pandemic. As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he has been one of the nation's leading sources of information about the fight against COVID-19. Gomez released her chart-topping album “Rare” and hosted the cooking show “Selena + Chef” on HBO Max. But the pop superstar also spread her message of inclusion through her makeup brand Rare Beauty, which set the goal of raising $100 million in 10 years to help give people access to mental health initiatives. King, who won an Emmy in September, used her voice to encourage people to vote. The actor also called for support of marginalized communities during the pandemic and end police brutality of unarmed Black people. Her directorial debut, “One Night in Miami,” has also been talked about as a possible Oscar contender.


In a photo provided by Triller, Mike Tyson throws a punch during the third round against Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition boxing bout Saturday, November 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photos: Joe Scarnici/Triller via AP)

Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years. The former heavyweight champion of the world traded lively punches with Roy Jones Jr. for eight entertaining rounds that ended with two middle-aged legends wearily hugging each other in mutual admiration. Their fight was only an exhibition, and it ended in a draw. But for Tyson, the experience evoked the joy and excitement he felt so long ago at the start of his boxing career — and it was likely the start of a new chapter in his epic life. “I'm happy I'm not knocked out," Tyson said. “I'll look better in the next one.” Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon's return to the ring against the 51-year-old Jones. Tyson had the most impactful punches, showing off versions of the footwork and combinations that made him the world's most feared fighter. After eight two-minute rounds, both Tyson and Jones emerged from Staples Center smiling and apparently healthy. “This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. “We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We've got to do this again.” Tyson's return to the ring for this show attracted international attention, and Iron Mike did his best to demonstrate his months of work to recapture a measure of the form that made him a legend to a generation of boxing fans. Tyson tagged Jones with body shots, head shots and a particularly nasty uppercut during a bout that was required by the California State Athletic Commission to be a reasonably safe, glorified sparring session. Tyson was exhausted two hours afterward, but also clearly energized as he recounted his emotions with his wife and team looking on. “I took my youth for granted,” Tyson said. “This event made me find out what I was really made of. ... My body feels splendid. I want to beat it up some more.” Tyson intends to fight in more exhibitions next year, perhaps heading to Monte Carlo next to challenge a European fighter. He didn't close the door on the possibility of a full-fledged comeback, although that would be many fights in the future. For one night, Tyson and Jones were back at the center of the sports world, and they reveled in it. “I'm happy to scratch that off my bucket list and move on with my life,” said Jones, the former four-division world champion widely considered the most skilled boxer of his generation. “He hit harder than I thought. Everything hurt. His hands hurt. His head hurts. Everything hurt when I made contact. He's an exceptional puncher still. He can do anything he wants next.” Neither fighter was deceived by the quality of the bout. While both came out throwing punches that evoked echoes of their glorious primes, they also tied up frequently on the inside, and their occasionally labored breathing could be heard on the microphones in the empty arena. Hip hop star Snoop Dogg's witty television commentary was among the loudest noises inside Staples, and he had a handful of zingers: “This is like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue!” But Tyson and Jones were the headliners in the most improbable pay-per-view boxing event in years, engineered by social networking app Triller and featuring fights interspersed with hip hop performances in an empty arena. The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely. Their fans were clearly enthralled, with the show getting enormous traction on social media. Some of that success was due to the co-main event, in which YouTube star Jake Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson in the second round of Robinson's pro boxing debut. Paul, in his second pro fight, recorded three knockdowns against Robinson, the three-time NBA Slam Dunk contest champion, before an overhand right put Robinson flat on his face and apparently unconscious. But most of the fans tuned in to watch Tyson, many for the first time. Any boxing fan who came of age after Tyson retired from boxing in 2005 had never seen a live fight from the legendary figure — and within the bounds of this event, Tyson delivered. Tyson said he no longer had “the fighting guts or the heart” after he quit in a dismal loss to journeyman Peter McBride in his final bout. Finally free of his sport's relentless pressure, Tyson gradually straightened out his life, kicking a self-described drug addiction and eventually succeeding in acting, stage performance, charity work and even marijuana cultivation while settling into comfortable family life in Las Vegas with his third wife and their children. The idea of a boxing comeback seemed preposterous, but Tyson started toward this unlikely fight when he started doing 15 daily minutes on a treadmill a few years ago at his wife's urging in a bid to lose 100 pounds. The workouts soon became multi-hour affairs encompassing biking, running and finally punching as he regained a measure of his athletic prime through discipline and a vegan diet. Tyson posted a video of himself hitting pads on social media early in the coronavirus pandemic, and the overwhelming public response led to several lucrative offers for a ring comeback. With the chance to make money for himself and for charity, Tyson eventually agreed to take on Jones long after the chance of their dream matchup seemed dashed. Tyson and Jones negotiated with the California commission over the limitations of their bout, eventually arriving at eight two-minute rounds of hard sparring with only ceremonial judging and no official winner. The WBC still stepped in to award a ceremonial “Frontline Battle Belt” to both fighters.

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp waits for the start of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at the Amex stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, November 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wiglesworth, Pool)

Already angered by fixture timings in a congested schedule and hindered by a long injury list in his squad, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was given another reason to be unhappy following the latest contentious incident involving VAR in the English Premier League. The champions dropped two points after conceding a goal from a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time in a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday. The spot kick was awarded following an intervention by the video assistant referee, who previously ruled out two Liverpool goals at Amex Stadium for offside — one of which couldn’t have been tighter against Mohamed Salah. “You cannot imagine how many things are hard to take (at) the moment,” said Klopp, whose list of gripes is getting longer by the day. Liverpool’s coach made clear his frustration by sarcastically applauding the assistant referee after Pascal Gross converted Brighton’s equalizer. He spoke to the match officials as they walked off the field after the final whistle. Klopp wasn’t finished there, continuing his complaints about broadcasters post-match regarding a schedule that has seen Liverpool forced to play on Wednesday night in the Champions League and then Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League. “The only thing we have to do is deal with it, recover, prepare again and go,” he said. Indeed, for a team that is back atop the league as it looks to retain the title, Liverpool is an unhappy bunch. Salah, who recently returned to action after contracting the coronavirus, was substituted around the hour mark — just like he was on Wednesday in the 2-0 loss to Atalanta in the Champions League — and didn’t hide his unhappiness. Klopp made it clear he was trying to protect his star attacker, who set up Liverpool’s goal scored by Diogo Jota. “We have to be careful (with Salah),” Klopp said. “He doesn’t like that, but that’s it.” Already missing Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Thiago Alcantara because of injury, Liverpool has another issue to contend with after the versatile James Milner hobbled off with a hamstring problem. Likely adding to Liverpool’s frustration was the sight of arguably its biggest threat to the title, Manchester City, regaining its scoring touch in a 5-0 win over Burnley a few hours later to close the gap to the champions. MAHREZ HAT TRICK There had been concerns about City’s once-prolific attack, with the team scoring just 10 goals in its first eight games. All it needed was a visit from Burnley to get City flowing again. Riyad Mahrez scored a hat trick while Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres added goals as Burnley was beaten 5-0 for a fourth straight time at Etihad Stadium. Three of those have come in the league in successive seasons. City should be in the goals in its next three home games, too, with relegation contenders Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle visiting in December. It was Mahrez's first hat trick for City, while Torres scored his first Premier League goal having already netted for the club in the Champions League and English League Cup since joining from Valencia. EVERTON'S SLUMP Everton's slide after its brilliant start to the season continued with a 1-0 home loss to Leeds. After opening with four straight victories, Carlo Ancelotti's side has won just one of the next six games and hasn't kept a clean sheet since the opening weekend. Raphinha grabbed a 79th-minute winner for Leeds with a 25-meter drive, and the Brazilian winger impressed throughout in just his second start since moving from Rennes in the summer transfer window. In an end-to-end contest at Goodison Park, Jack Harrison struck the post with a header and also had a shot cleared off the line.


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Barbados' Travel Health Notice level has dropped by two levels. As it relates to travel and COVID-19, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) nowranksBarbados as Level 2. The island was downgraded from a Level 4 warning at the end of last month and some islands which have remained at Level 4 have questioned the new rating. According to the CDC, lowering a Travel Health Notice (THN) level only occurs if the country can satisfy certain criteria. A destination is eligible to move to a lower level when it meets the primary criteria for a lower level for 28 consecutive days (2 incubation periods). The incubation period is the time it can take for a person to develop infection after being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. When a destination meets primary criteria for 28 consecutive days, then secondary criteria are reviewed. Secondary criteria are met when hospitalization rates are stable or decreasing and cumulative testing positivity rates are in line with primary criteria data. A destination’s THN level is lowered if both primary criteria and secondary criteria are met. If secondary criteria are unavailable or are inconsistent, the destination remains at its current THN level and is reevaluated. A moderate rating means for adestination like Barbadoswith a population of more than 200,000 that its Incidence Rate(cases per 100,000 people over past 28 days) is between 5–50 and itsCase Count(over past 28 days) is between 10–50. As it pertains to secondary criteria, the CDC site says that the Centre "useshospitalization ratesandcumulative testing positivity rateas secondary criteria to validate the primary criteria. Both primary and secondary criteria are measured over 28 days. Secondary criteria data are obtained from official sources, such as ministry of health websites. CDC reviews secondary criteria for all destinations, regardless of population size."

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The United States Centre for Disease Control has reclassified Antigua and Barbuda from high to moderate risk for COVID-19. Tourism officials in Antigua and Barbuda celebrated the announcement as it was feared that the previous classification would severely impact the already strained economy. Antigua and Barbuda has recorded 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. A state of emergency is currently in effect and barring changes, will come to an end on December 31. The CDC urged United States citizens to familiarise themselves with the country's entry and exit requirements. US citizens have been further advised that failure to comply with any order, guideline or direction of the Quarantine Authority can be fined EC$10,000 or face up to six months in prison. ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven (7) days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers. Children below the age of 12 years, entering Antigua, do not require a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health authorities upon arrival. Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities. Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. All travellers arriving by sea are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival. All arriving passengers must wear a face mask on disembarkation and in all public areas. Additionally, the wearing of face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to. Arriving passengers are required to register with the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment by providing information while transiting passengers/Crew members who require an overnight stay will be required to proceed to a hotel or government-designated facility.