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DOTA 2 Battle Pass news as Valve reveal The International TI10 plan

The International is returning in August and Valve will be offering new ways to support your favourite team.

While cash is usually generated by the DOTA 2 Battle Pass, there are already funds in place for this year’s event.

The TI10 prize pool already boasts $ 40,018,195 and will not need to pull from any of the other Summer events being planned.

According to Valve, the DOTA 2 International will take place this August in Stockholm, Sweden.

Things will kick off with the Group Stage, running August 5 – 8 and setting the field for what’s to come.

This will be followed by the Main Event, which starts on August 10 and continues through August 15, when the final teams battle in the Grand Finals to be crowned TI10 champions – and claim their share of the $ 40,018,195 prize pool.

It’s unclear if there will be a DOTA 2 Battle Pass this year, with Valve instead focusing on other plans, telling fans this week:

“We’ve previously mentioned our aim to deliver content on a more regular schedule throughout the year rather than drop everything during one period for the traditional Battle Pass. We’ve experimented with this style for Diretide, the New Player Update, and our continued seasonal Dota Plus updates.

“With that in mind, this year’s slate will continue to look a bit different than in the past. To start, we’ll be shipping two separate events over the coming months instead of one overarching summer event.

“The first will arrive in mid-to-late June, and another will follow sometime after The International ends. Neither of these events will fund The International prize pool, as the TI10 Battle Pass “prize pool still remains to be claimed. For fans that want to support players and organizations, the new Supporters Club provides a more flexible and direct way to contribute to your favorite teams.

“As The International approaches, there will be more ways for fans to engage with the tournament itself. We’ll post updates here as we have them, so stay tuned for everything summer has in store.”

It was also announced this week how new features like The Supporters Club will work.

According to Valve, content in Supporters Clubs is provided by the teams themselves, and 50% of all sales goes to the teams you choose. This content will last until The International commences, and in future seasons, it will last through each respective Major.

“Each team has three bundles to choose from, with an increasing amount of content inside,” a message from Valve explains.

“The Bronze Club includes a badge for your favourite team, the Silver Club includes sprays and emoticons, and the Gold Club includes a special in-game HP-bar badge, loading screens, and voice lines.

“Badges will appear in multiple places throughout the game, including your friends list, player profiles, the Versus Screen, and the in-game scoreboard.

“Today we are adding content from 17 teams. As more content from other teams is submitted and approved, they will be added to this list regularly. Teams that aren’t able to submit high tier content might be added as well without Silver Club and/or Gold Club enabled.”

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Vancouver International Airport 'shooting' leads to disruptions and heavy police presence

Police are at the scene where a number of services are suspended. Unconfirmed reports suggest a shooting has taken place.
The airport wrote on Twitter: “We are working with the RCMP and responding to reports of a police incident outside YVR main terminal.

“Please follow here for the latest info — airport is currently open and safe with restricted access, please check with airline for flight information.”

They added: “UPDATE ON EVOLVING POLICE INCIDENT: We can confirm the situation has been contained at YVR. The airport is open and safe.

“Flights are operating. We will release more info as it becomes available. Check with your airline on the status of your flight before leaving for YVR.”

Multiple routes to Richmond, British Columbia, were closed during the incident, according to a RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts.

She said it was not immediately clear if there were injuries, or whether reported shots were fired inside or outside of the airport.

She added: “We do not have anybody in custody.

“We have not had additional reports of additional shootings underway, which is what I would classify as an active situation.”

As of 4pm local time (12am BST), routes like the Massey Tunnel were being reopened.

Police have still not provided details as to what had occurred at the airport.

According to Postmedia News sources, a shooting occurred between 3:00pm and 3:25pm outside the domestic terminal.

Two RCMP officers were seen running across the skybridge linking the covered airport parking lot to the domestic terminal at 3:35pm.

Paramedics received a call at aroun 3pm local time.

“Bike paramedics at the airport responded and two ground units and a paramedic supervisor were also dispatched. No patients were transported to hospital,” a spokesperson said.

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UK gets new lung cancer drug under international scheme thanks to Brexit deal

The nation was signed up to the US-led Project Orbis in January to work with other countries to review and approve promising cancer ­medicines quickly and efficiently. Hundreds of patients are now expected to benefit from the new post-surgery treatment.
The UK’s involvement was revealed by the Daily Express in October, when Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced “teaming up with the fastest regulators in the world to get safe licences as fast as the science allows”.

He said at the time: “One of the benefits of Brexit will be faster access to life-saving treatments on the NHS.”

The other nations involved are Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore, and Brazil.

The lung cancer drug – called Osimertinib – is made by AstraZeneca and sold under the brand name Tagrisso.

Given in tablet form, it was originally licensed to treat patients with mid and later-stage non-small cell lung ­cancer who carry a gene mutation called EGFR – which is around 12 percent of sufferers. But it has been extended to include those in early-stage disease after the cancer is surgically removed.

Mr Hancock said: “It is absolutely vital NHS patients have access to the most promising, ­cutting-edge treatments as quickly as possible.

“Leaving the EU ­presented us with the opportunity to join Project Orbis – a ­collaboration with the top regulators around the world – to speed up the time it takes to get new medicines to patients.

“I am delighted we are able to see the first results – a groundbreaking drug for lung ­cancer which will soon benefit hundreds of patients and I look forward to seeing what further ­innovations it will bring to the table.”

Project Orbis was launched by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2019 to streamline drugs reviews.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will make the final decision to authorise any medicines.

Chief executive Dr June Raine said: “We know that the earlier we can treat patients, the better their outcomes.

“The MHRA is cementing the UK’s global position at the centre of life ­sciences and healthcare access.”

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4 Astronauts Float Into the International Space Station and Open Arms

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“Endeavour arriving.”

With those words, the four members of the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour began floating one by one into the International Space Station on Saturday morning, about 24 hours after their capsule lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Dragon Endeavour docked onto the space station shortly after 5 a.m., according to Space X, the company run by Elon Musk that built the spacecraft.

Waiting to greet the crew were seven astronauts who beamed and hugged each of the new arrivals as they slowly made their way through a hatch and into the station.

“Their arrival means there are now 11 humans aboard our orbiting laboratory, a number not seen since the space shuttle era,” NASA said on Twitter.

The crew that arrived on Saturday included two NASA astronauts, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, as well as Thomas Pesquet of France and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan, according to NASA.

The journey to the station was relatively smooth, though at one point the crew was warned that a piece of space debris was going to whiz past the capsule at about 1:43 p.m. Eastern time on Friday.

The astronauts were told to put on their spacesuits, get back in their seats and lower their protective visors. The debris was not immediately identified. NASA said the debris ended up passing about 28 miles from the capsule, a safe distance, and that the spacecraft was not at risk.

The crew will remain with three other astronauts: Mark Vande Hei of NASA, and two Russians, Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, all of whom arrived at the station on April 9.

The four members of Crew-1, who arrived in November on the Dragon Resilience, will spend five days with Crew-2 before returning to Earth.

Crew-2 will stay in space for six months. Their journey to the space station is a continuation of an effort by NASA to turn over to the private sector the business of taking people to low-Earth orbit.

The successful mission on Saturday was the third time Space X carried astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.

“This is a thrilling time for human spaceflight and this new success of the commercial crew program embodies it,” said David Parker, director of human and robotic exploration at the European Space Agency.

NASA has hired two companies — SpaceX and Boeing — to provide transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX was the first to be ready to take astronauts to orbit.

Its first mission was last May, when the company took two NASA astronauts — Douglas G. Hurley and Robert L. Behnken, who is married to Ms. McArthur — to the space station for a test flight to work out any remaining glitches in the systems.

Earlier this month, NASA awarded SpaceX a $ 2.9 billion contract to develop a giant rocket called Starship, which the company said will one day take people to Mars. Its first mission, however, will be to drop off NASA astronauts on the moon.

Kenneth Chang contributed reporting.

Oscars 2021: International celebration for best song nominee has Iceland residents literally painting the town red

Oscars 2021

HOLLYWOOD — Residents of Iceland have embraced an Oscar-nominated song with a strong sense of local pride. The town’s main street has been painted red for citizens to create their own red carpet moments in honor of “Husavik.”

The song, which is about the little Icelandic town of Husavik, is nominated for Oscar’s Best Original Song. It’s featured in the Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams comedy, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” Award-winning songwriter and record producer Savan Kotecha is a behind-the-scenes pop music superstar – and one of the Oscar-nominated songwriters of “Husavik.”

“At this point in my career, I kind of want to just do something that was fun and unexpected. And, you know, Will Ferrell was attached to the movie. It’s kind of hard to say no to that, you know?” said Kotecha.

Residents of Iceland have embraced the song.

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“Yeah and it’s fun to see it played out in real life with, like, with Husavik, you know? They’re so proud and so–and are so excited,” said Kotecha.
In addition to literally painting the town red, the children of Husavik are committed!

“They’re closing schools the day after the Oscars so families can say up late and watch it!” said Kotecha. “I’m an Indian kid from Texas who was supposed to be a doctor or a lawyer so to be nominated for an Oscar is something I couldn’t have even imagined in my wildest dreams.”

Mark your calendars: April 25 is Oscar Sunday. Live coverage begins Sunday morning and continues all day with special “On The Red Carpet” coverage leading up to the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony. After the last award is handed out, stay with “On The Red Carpet” for continuing coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscar news and information.

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Top European football clubs agree to form new Super League, ignoring threats of BANS from domestic & international leagues

Manchester United, Real Madrid and 10 other top European football clubs have formed a new Super League, promising investments in “higher-quality” football and greater revenues for themselves, despite threats of bans from UEFA.

The 12 founding clubs said in a statement Sunday that they will govern the breakaway league themselves, and the inaugural season will be “as soon as practicable.” Three additional founding clubs are expected to join, and five other teams will qualify annually based on their performance in the prior season.

Besides Manchester United and Real Madrid, founding clubs include Liverpool, Juventus, AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico de Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale Milano, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. They agreed to go forward with the plan despite threats of being banned from participating in their domestic leagues.

“Going forward, the founding clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new league and for football as a whole,” the 12 clubs said.

Ahead of the announcement, UEFA already expressed its fury over the plan, claiming it would undertake “all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening.”

As previously announced by FIFA and the six Confederations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.

In the meantime FIFA issued a more reserved statement, expressing its “disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’,” but not threatening any imminent bans.

The new midweek Super League games would allow clubs to continue participating in their national leagues, presuming they’re not banned. Seasons will start in August with clubs participating in two groups of 10 teams. The top three teams in each group would qualify for the quarterfinals, while fourth- and fifth-place finishers would compete for the remaining quarter final positions.

“The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues,” the founding clubs said.

On top of that, the clubs were promised a grant of €3.5 billion to support infrastructure investments and help cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The clubs also plan to start a corresponding women’s Super League as soon as practicable after the new men’s league commences competition.

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Liverpool stars set for huge workloads as they gear up for international duty

Premier League clubs may have had a request for a delayed season start granted, but Liverpool[1] players are still set for a huge workload over the next 12 months.

The 2021/22 season had been set to begin on August 7, but it will now start a week later.

The current campaign had to be condensed due to the coronavirus[2] pandemic and this summer’s international tournaments meant it couldn’t over run.

Reds’ stars have nine games remaining of the current campaign as well as at least two Champions League games before a summer of football begins.

A delayed Euro 2020 will take place in June and July whilst the Copa America was always scheduled for this year.

January and February 2022 has also been pencilled in for the Africa Cup of Nations, which itself had to be delayed.

It means, despite players being given extra time off, that domestic and international commitments will prove testing.

Liverpool could be hit harder than most though given their squad.

Jordan Henderson has been an England regular
Jordan Henderson has been an England regular

Star players are always going to feature for their country, but rarely have the dates fallen like they have over the next 12 months.

A newly expanded Euros means the likes of Scotland have qualified, ending a long wait for a major tournament appearance.

Andy Robertson is among the Scots’ leading lights meaning he will be in action this summer.

Wales have also made it to the final and are likely to include second choice Reds right-back Neco Williams.

England, who are among the pre-tournament favourites, have some of their contingent playing at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson is a regular while Trent Alexander-Arnold will be looking to win his place back.

Virgil van Dijk is in a race to be fit
Virgil van Dijk is in a race to be fit

Joe Gomez, who has been out injured since the autumn, will be eyeing a return.

Virgil van Dijk is also pushing to play for the Netherlands despite being out for much of the season.

He is recovering from an ACL injury and Jurgen Klopp’s worst fears could be realised if he rushes back.

Diogo Jota’s performances, especially this term, have seen him become part of the Portugal squad.

Liverpool also have three South Americans in their squad – all of whom are set to represent Brazil this summer.

Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino will all be hoping to win the Copa America for a second successive tournament.

Roberto Firmino' Brazil are defending Copa America champions
Roberto Firmino’ Brazil are defending Copa America champions

Fast forward six months and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are almost certainly going to be off on international duty.

Cameroon will host the tournament, but cannot call upon Joel Matip who has retired.

Naby Keita’s Guinea side are aiming to win it for the first time.

Of course several of Liverpool’s players may or may not make the grade for their international teams, but given the strength of the Reds’ squad many will.

Klopp’s side will be looking to make amends next term and regain their league crown following a poor defence this year.

That coupled with Champions League aspirations and ending a domestic cup drought that dates back almost a decade.

Liverpool’s players are certainly set for a busy 12 months. We take a look at all the players who may have international commitments to attend to.

Scotland will feature at the Euros
Scotland will feature at the Euros

Euro 2020

Andy Robertson – Scotland

Neco Williams – Wales

Virgil van Dijk – Netherlands

Georginio Wijnaldum – Netherlands

Thiago – Spain

Diogo Jota – Portugal

Jordan Henderson – England

Joe Gomez – England

Trent Alexander-Arnold – England

Ozan Kabak – Turkey

Xherdan Shaqiri – Switzerland

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are all set for international duty
Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are all set for international duty

Copa America

Alisson – Brazil

Fabinho – Brazil

Roberto Firmino – Brazil

Africa Cup of Nations

Naby Keita – Guinea

Mohamed Salah – Egypt

Sadio Mane – Senegal

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Opposition player warns he will “deal with” Mohamed Salah on international duty

Kenya defender Joash Onyango has insisted he is not worried about the threat of Mohamed Salah ahead of his nation’s upcoming game against Egypt.

The two countries take each other on in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday, with Egypt currently top of Group G and Kenya lying in third place.

Salah has had another superb individual season for Liverpool[1] despite the Reds’ struggles, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League[2], and is widely considered one of the most dangerous attacking players in world football.

But Onyango seems confident that he and his teammates will be able to deal with the star during their encounter in Kasarani.

Mohamed Salah has been training with Egypt this week
Mohamed Salah has been training with Egypt this week

Speaking to Goal[3], he said: “We all know they have arrived with their big-name players, and we all know what Salah can do, he is a good player and we have seen him win matches for Liverpool, but it will be a different ball game, I will deal with him.

“I like to cherish such opportunities because they give me the chance to gauge my level if I am improving or I am still where I am, so I will keep Salah in check, not only Salah but any player Egypt will use to attack us, we will deal with them.”

Salah’s future has been the subject of speculation recently, with some reports claiming he could seek to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

Liverpool fans will be desperately hoping Salah comes back from the international break unscathed
Liverpool fans will be desperately hoping Salah comes back from the international break unscathed

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For now, however, the 28-year-old will simply be focusing on international matters, and Reds fans will be desperate he avoids injury while he is away.

They have some huge games coming up after the international break, with Arsenal[5] their opponents in the Premier League on April 3 before the first leg of their mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid[6] three days later on April 6.

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Top industry groups press administration for May 1 roadmap to reopen international travel

Top travel industry groups on Monday called on the Biden administration to develop a roadmap by May 1 to prepare for reopening international travel this summer.

The groups, including Airlines for America, the U.S. Travel Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, asked the administration to partner with stakeholders in making this roadmap, from airlines to unions to theme parks. 

They argued in a letter to Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsUS comes under pressure to share vaccines with rest of world Sunday shows preview: Democrats declare victory on COVID-19 stimulus; Vaccination efforts provide hope for summer Five things that must happen to get people vaccinated MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1], White House COVID-19 response team coordinator, that this roadmap could encourage travelers to prepare for and comply with requirements for when inbound and outbound international travel opens.

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The industry groups made clear they would not support easing public health protections like mask mandates, international testing requirements, and physical distancing measures during travel.

“However, the data and science demonstrate that the right public health measures are now in place to effectively mitigate risk and allow for the safe removal of entry restrictions,” the groups wrote.

They called for the roadmap to avoid vaccine requirements as a prerequisite to travel and to exempt vaccinated individuals from the international testing requirements. President BidenJoe BidenAstraZeneca says COVID-19 vaccine found 79 percent effective in US trial with no safety concerns The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran This week: Senate works to confirm Biden picks ahead of break MORE[8][9][10][11][12][7] has directed states to have vaccinations available to all American adults by May 1. 

They also called for an update to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to state that vaccinated individuals can travel safely. The CDC recently said it would not yet change its recommendation against traveling for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

If travel from the top inbound markets to the U.S is able to safely resume by July 4 and reaches an average of 40 percent of 2019 levels for the remainder of 2021, it would add $ 30 billion in incremental spending and 225,000 American jobs would return, the groups said.

Other groups on the letter included Airports Council International-North America, National Air Carrier Association, Travel Management Coalition, and the Association of Flight Attendants—CWA.

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Cruise: P&O boss predicts international cruise holidays could resume from the autumn

Cruise holidays have been on hold for some time in the UK, but there is hope for Britons who are eager to get away on their next ocean exploration. While international travel remains uncertain, P&O Cruises have turned their attention to sailing UK coastline itineraries from Southampton from June 27.
However, President of P&O Paul Ludlow has predicted sailings further afield could resume in the Autumn.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, the cruise boss said: “Initially P&O Cruises is launching UK coastal waters sailings from Southampton and we are going to run those through until September and then from the autumn we hope that we are going to pick up International cruises once again once the world begins to open up more widely.

“At the moment we are just focussing on those UK sailing.”

He remains confident passengers will return to sailing, despite the cruise industry being thrown into the eye of the storm when the COVID-19 pandemic first took its hold.

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“This is initially in response to what guests want this year.”

Sadly, this means all passengers of any age group who have not been inoculated, including young people who are not eligible for the vaccine yet, will be unable to sail in the summer.

“At the moment we are stipulating that all guests of all ages must be vaccinated to come onboard,” he clarified.

“Our policies and procedures have evolved, the vaccination policy we are discussing today is an example of that,” Mr Ludlow continued.

“Testing, of course, keeps everyone healthy and well.

“I think we have all moved through that now and our guests are telling us they can’t wait to come back and we can’t wait to welcome them on.”

Vaccines in the UK are being issued in order of priority depending on age and underlying health issues or certain workplace environments, such as nurses and doctors.

According to the latest statistics from the NHS, in the week ending March 7 an additional 1,783,136 people were reported to have received an NHS vaccination for COVID-19 in England.

This took the total number of people vaccinated with at least one dose as of March 7 to 18,962,627.

Of those vaccinated, 796,574 people have received a second dose, taking the total number of vaccinations given to 19,759,201.

P&O Cruises guests will not have to show evidence of their vaccine upon booking.

However, Mr Ludlow clarified they will need to show proof when they travel.

“When people book they don’t need to prove their vaccination but when they travel they will need to prove they are vaccinated,” he explained.

“This is moving at pace it is reported this morning, so we anticipate by June 27, which is our first sailing, there will be a Government accredited scheme to prove your vaccination but at the very least then a letter from your GP will suffice.”