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Friday night under lockdown: The streets may be silent but the fun isn’t over

Friday night under lockdown: The streets may be silent but the fun isn’t over

Technology
The weekend has arrived and the country is in lockdown.It's midnight in London. The bright lights at Piccadilly Circus still shine, but there is not a single person in sight. Just a few empty, red double-decker buses pass through. Roads are silent. Streets usually filled with tourists, party goers and giggling couples on first dates, are now desolate.There is no smell of delicious Asian food as you walk through China Town, no laughter as people gather for post-work drinks in Soho and no runners, frantically weaving their way through pedestrians and gridlocked traffic. ...
Mikel Arteta: Arsenal to name Spaniard as new manager on Friday

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal to name Spaniard as new manager on Friday

Sports
Mikel Arteta is expected to be named as Arsenal's new manager on Friday.Arteta said his farewells to staff at Manchester City on Thursday morning. There has been annoyance at City over Arsenal's conduct but they will not stop Arteta, 37, succeeding Unai Emery. A seven-figure compensation payment will be made in order for the move to be completed.Thursday's news conference previewing the game against Everton was cancelled.Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg is expected to take charge of the team for the final time at Goodison Park on Saturday, with Arteta watching from the stands.The Gunners failed to mention their interest in Arteta despite the two teams meeting at Emirates Stadium on Sunday - a g...
Geminid meteor shower underway, set to reach climax Friday night

Geminid meteor shower underway, set to reach climax Friday night

Science
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- As the year nears its close, many people are already looking ahead to 2020, but stargazers remain focused on 2019 as one of the year's top meteor showers is about to put on a dazzling display in the night sky. "Arguably the best meteor shower of the entire year peaks on Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning," AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. "The Geminids shower is just as or slightly more active than the Perseids meteor shower of August." This meteor shower in particular is a good one for younger children that cannot stay up late into the night. "The Geminids are unique in the fact it produces a large amount of meteors during the evening," Samuhel said. Hourly rates will gradually increase as the night transpires, with the number of Gemin...
New Zealand volcano: Police to attempt recovery of bodies Friday despite increasing probability of eruption

New Zealand volcano: Police to attempt recovery of bodies Friday despite increasing probability of eruption

World
Dec. 12 (UPI) -- New Zealand Police said they are finalizing a plan to recover the bodies of eight people on Friday morning from White Island despite worsening conditions on the volcanic island and an increasing probability of a second eruption. Deputy police commissioner John Tims said in a statement read by Civil Defence Emergency Management Director Sarah Stuart Black during a press conference that he was briefing families on the plan Thursday afternoon. GNS volcanologists Graham Leonard said the status of the island known locally as Whakaari was uncertain, volatile and worsening with the probability of a second eruption within the next 24 hours increasing from 40-60 percent for Wednesday to 50-60 percent on Thursday as there is an ongoing and increasing tremor. "Today is less safe th...
Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores dropped by 6% as consumers spent record online

Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores dropped by 6% as consumers spent record online

Finance
Black Friday shoppers wait to purchase goods at a Best Buy store on November 29, 2019 in Emeryville, United States. Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping event of the year, and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.Philip Pacheco | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesBlack Friday brick-and-mortar retail sales fell by 6.2% compared to last year as consumers eschewed in-person shopping for online purchasing, according to preliminary data from ShopperTrak.The pullback corresponds with a jump in Black Friday spending online, which hit $ 7.4 billion, the largest online Black Friday total ever, according to Adobe Analytics."There is no longer one way to shop on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday," said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak....