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Clarence Thomas rejected an emergency request to block the mask requirement despite the Court’s willingness to disrupt other Covid-related regulations

The request was brought by a man seeking to leave Florida by airplane, who said his Generalized Anxiety Disorder prevented him from wearing a mask.
While the Supreme Court has been willing to disrupt other coronavirus-related regulations, particularly as they affected religious gatherings, there was no apparent appetite for disturbing the public transportation mask mandate.
The request was filed with the Supreme Court on Monday by Lucas Wall, who was unable to board a flight last month from Orlando because of his unwillingness to wear a mask. His court filings said that, due to the mask mandate, he has since been “stranded” at his mother’s residence in The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida. He said that that the federal mask requirement for travel would prevent him from taking a flight he planned to Germany later this week.
He alleged the policy, which was implemented by the Biden administration soon after the President’s inauguration, was unconstitutional and that it violated various regulatory authorities.
Thomas considered the request as he oversees the appeals circuit that includes Florida, where Wall’s initial lawsuit was filed. Thomas denied the request for a Supreme Court intervention without any additional explanation.

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Journalist Andreas Kluth Receives The American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA) Thomas Paine Award

American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA) is pleased to announce its awarding of the ACA Thomas Paine Award to journalist Andreas Kluth.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA), the largest non-profit, non-partisan, Washington DC headquartered organization representing Americans overseas, is pleased to announce its awarding of the ACA Thomas Paine Award to journalist Andreas Kluth.Created in 1995 ACA, Inc. Awards | Washington, DC | (americansabroad.org), the Thomas Paine Award acknowledges common sense, creativity and boldness in the journalistic coverage of overseas Americans. ACA is pleased to confer this excellence in journalism award to Andreas Kluth in recognition of his balanced and straight-forward coverage of Americans living and working overseas.

Andreas Kluth is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. From March of 2017 to February of 2019, he was editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Global, the English-language edition of Germany’s leading business newspaper. For the two decades before that, he wrote for The Economist — in London, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Kluth is also the author of, Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure. Hannibal and Me: life lessons from history (andreaskluth.org)

Andreas Kluth is a dual national, US and German, and has written passionately about Americans living and working overseas; writing not only about their concerns and issues but also about who they are and their reasons for living overseas. His opinion pieces in Bloomberg and elsewhere have been cited by ACA and other organizations in their efforts with the U.S. Congress and Administration. “Andreas’ work to draw media attention to Americans overseas is an invaluable asset to the community for which we are most grateful,” said Jonathan Lachowitz, ACA Chairman.

Kluth proudly follows in the journalistic footsteps of Thomas Paine. Paine’s Common Sense, written in January 1776, made the argument for the U.S. Colonies to separate from England and described a revolution for independence as not only achievable but inevitable. Paine’s ability to present plain and forthright arguments helped garner the Colonists’ support for independence.

Paine lived in the nascent United States and abroad as an expatriate or American overseas, and in both places, he demonstrated the extraordinary power of the pen in stoking revolutionary fires to promote greater freedom and a more equal sharing of human rights by all mankind. “Andreas ability to communicate with forcefulness and resolve are clearly in the spirit of Thomas Paine. We hope his efforts will provide similar results for positive change for Americans overseas,” added Marylouise Serrato, ACA Executive Director.

Award ceremony to be determined based on scheduling. For more information on ACA, please see: www.americansabroad.org. For more information on Andreas Kluth, please see: https://andreaskluth.org/.

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Thomas Cook chief predicts huge holiday breakthrough on way – ‘data is starting to speak'

At the last traffic light review, holidaymakers faced devastation as no new nations were added to the list, and popular Portugal was rapidly removed. With the next travel review just days away, expected on or around June 24, Thomas Cook’s chief executive has shared a sunnier outlook this time aro

Speaking on GB News, the travel boss said he on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most positive outlook, his confidence in summer travel resuming sits at “an eight”.

“I think we will see, particularly people who have been vaccinated, able to travel to amber countries,” he explained.

“There will be, I think, some tests involved but I think that has got to be the direction of travel given the rate of the incidence of coronavirus.

“Given how much is coming back from amber countries at the moment.

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Should the traffic light list suddenly change, with more nations added to the green list, travel bosses are anticipating an influx in bookings.

According to Mr French, Thomas Cook is well prepared for this and is hopeful Britons will begin to book en masse.

“We can cope [with a surge in bookings],” he said.

“We are really hoping that will be the case and we would love to take people on holiday.

“I actually went to Portugal when it freed up and it was amazing just how cheerful everybody was.

“From the immigration officials when you arrived in Portugal who are actually genuinely pleased to see you to the hotel staff to the bar staff and everybody else.

“I really would like to see that come back again this summer.”

Unfortunately, as it stands, there is no clear indication as to if or when the Government will add more countries to the green list.

However, reports have suggested the Government is reviewing current restrictions and considering options when it comes to international travel.

This could mean the removal of quarantine rules in favour of testing instead, particularly for those who have received both COVID-19 jabs.

The Prime Minister said: “When it comes to travel we will certainly be looking at that, but I stress that this is going to be whatever happens this is going to be a difficult year for travel.”

He added: “There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in.”

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Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia explains reason for giving Thomas Tuchel a new contract

Speaking after the win over City in Porto last Saturday, the 47-year-old insisted the victory was just the start of something special.

“We have a strong group who can really defend and defending is a huge part of football,” Tuchel said.

“They have a huge energy together and they can deliver under pressure.

“So this sets the level for us and once the celebrations are over and we have all digested this experience, it’s the moment to grow, to evolve, and to use it to become better.

“A lot of young players had this huge success and now it’s a big challenge to stay hungry and to go for the next one.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sends message to Roman Abramovich and makes transfer statement

Thomas Tuchel wants to become the first long-term manager of the Roman Abramovich era and has told the Chelsea owner he can build a dynasty. Victory in the Champions League final against Manchester City capped a stunning turnaround in four months for the German.
But he laid out his long term vision to Abramovich at a meeting yesterday to hammer out a new deal which could see him stay at the club until 2024.

Asked whether he could be the man to end the hire-and-fire policy at Stamford Bridge in order to create sustained long-term success, Tuchel said: We have to check with the owner if this is his plan, I think it’s possible.

“It’s always possible because the foundation is very, very strong.

“If we really want to build something, I’m all in, I can tell you. And I’m happy to talk about it and discuss it. If our beliefs match, we go from there.”

Saturday’s victory over Manchester City triggered an extension clause in Tuchel’s 18-month contract which was set to run out next summer.

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“It’s a constant thing to never deny change.

“That you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.”

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5x Grammy winner BJ Thomas dies of lung cancer complications at 78

Grammy winner BJ Thomas dies

ARLINGTON, Texas — B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” has died. He was 78.

Thomas, who announced in March that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, died from complications of the disease Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas, his publicist Jeremy Westby said in a statement.

A Hugo, Oklahoma-native who grew up in Houston, Billy Joe Thomas broke through in 1966 with a gospel-styled cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and went on to sell millions of records and have dozens of hits across genres. He reached No. 1 with pop, adult contemporary and country listeners in 1976 with (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” The same year, his “Home Where I Belong” became one of the first gospel albums to be certified platinum for selling more than 1 million copies.

His signature recording was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” a No. 1 pop hit and an Oscar winner for best original song as part of the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of 1969, the irreverent Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Thomas wasn’t the first choice to perform the whimsical ballad composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Ray Stevens turned the songwriters down. But his warm, soulful tenor fit the song’s easygoing mood, immortalized on film during the scene when Butch (Paul Newman) shows off his new bicycle to Etta Place (Katharine Ross), the girlfriend of the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford).

“Raindrops” has since been heard everywhere from “The Simpsons” to “Forrest Gump” and was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. But, at first, not everyone was satisfied. Thomas was recovering from laryngitis while recording the soundtrack version and his vocals are raspier than for the track released on its own. Redford, meanwhile, doubted the song even belonged in “Butch Cassidy.”

“When the film was released, I was highly critical – how did the song fit with the film? There was no rain,” Redford told USA Today in 2019. “At the time, it seemed like a dumb idea. How wrong I was.”

Thomas would later say the phenomenon of “Raindrops” exacerbated an addiction to pills and alcohol which dated back to his teens, when a record producer in Houston suggested he take amphetamines to keep his energy up. He was touring and recording constantly and taking dozens of pills a day. By 1976, while (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” was hitting No. 1, he felt like he was “number 1,000.”

“I was at the bottom with my addictions and my problems,” he said in 2020 on “The Debby Campbell Goodtime Show.” He cited a “spiritual awakening,” shared with his wife, Gloria Richardson, with helping him to get clean.

Thomas had few pop hits after the mid-1970s, but he continued to score on the country charts with such No. 1 songs as “Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love” and “New Looks from an Old Lover.” In the late 1970s and early ’80s, he was also a top gospel and inspirational singer, winning two Dove awards and five Grammys, including a Grammy in 1979 for best gospel performance for “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Fans of the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains” heard him as the singer of the show’s theme song. He also acted in a handful of movies, including “Jory” and “Jake’s Corner” and toured often. Recent recordings included “Living Room Music,” featuring cameos from Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill and Richard Marx. He had planned to record in 2020 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, but the sessions were delayed because of the pandemic.

Thomas married Richardson in 1968, and had three daughters: Paige, Nora and Erin. He and his wife worked on the 1982 memoir “In Tune: Finding How Good Life Can Be.” His book “Home Where I Belong” came out in 1978 and was co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins, later famous for the million-selling “Left Behind” religious novels written with Tim LaHaye.

Besides music, Thomas loved baseball as a kid and started calling himself B.J. because so many Little League teammates also were named Billy Joe. By his teens, he was singing in church and had joined a local rock band, the Triumphs, whom he would stay with into his 20s. He enjoyed Ernest Tubbs, Hank Williams and other country performers his parents liked, but on his own he was inspired by the soul and rhythm and blues singers he heard on the radio or saw on stage, notably Jackie Wilson, whose hit ballad “To Be Loved” Thomas later covered and adopted as a kind of guide to his life.

“I was raised in a fairly dysfunctional situation and I went through years of intense alcoholism and drug addiction so the song was always a touchstone for me. When you open yourself up to drugs and alcohol at such a young age it becomes something you have to deal with the rest of your life,” he told the Huffington Post in 2014.

“What a road block and heartbreak and times of failure these addictions have caused me. But I had that little piece of lightning from that song. That’s the essence of the whole thing. To love and be loved. And that takes a lifetime to accomplish. It’s always been an important part of my emotions.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel explains joy that Champions League superstition came true

“For Kai, I was so happy,” Tuchel said. “It would have been nice in the moment to have gone 2-0 up though!

“It’s so hard to defend, there was deflected shots, throw ins, long balls but we got out the other side.

“It was very intense on the sideline, very fast. It was a tough match to step in, step out constantly and not lose your shape.”

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount added: “I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible. I just mentioned then that I’ve played in two finals for Chelsea and we lost them both. The way that hurt… It’s all I’ve dreamt winning a trophy with Chelsea. To go all the way in the Champions League.

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Thomas Tuchel keeping PSG secret from Chelsea players ahead of Champions League final

“It is a different team and a very different situation,” Tuchel said on Friday ahead of the final.

“If I was a player, I wouldn’t like my coach to talk about his personal experience in the last year. If I was a player, that would only help me if we had that experience together that we could share, use and grow from it.

“But, for me and my staff, the experience is a crucial thing. After every match I am a smarter coach with more experience.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sends Roman Abramovich message on future before Man City clash

Thomas Tuchel has made it clear to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he’s keen to sign a new contract if one can be put on the table. Tuchel is six months into his current 18-month deal but insists he’s as happy as he’s ever been in his career at Stamford Bridge.
The German was axed by Paris Saint-Germain back in December and then took over from the sacked Frank Lampard at Chelsea in late January.

Chelsea had lost five of their previous eight league games under Lampard to slip down to 10th in the Premier League table.

But upon his appointment Tuchel oversaw a 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions and eventually led the Blues to fourth in the league in the final standings.

In Europe the Londoners also saw off Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid to reach a first Champions League final since 2012, in which they will face Manchester City in Portugal on Saturday night.

Chelsea reached the FA Cup final too but fell 1-0 to Leicester thanks to Youri Tielemans’ sublime long-range strike at Wembley.

Yet even though they could still end the season trophyless if they lose to City in Porto, their improvement under Tuchel has been immense.

And the former Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and PSG boss insists he’s never been happier as he hinted he’d like a new long-term contract from Russian billionaire Abramovich.

It is thought the original deal Tuchel signed would extend automatically if Chelsea reached the Champions League for each of the two years of his initial tenure.

But Chelsea are understood to be keen to extend Tuchel’s stay beyond his current deal meaning an agreement could be found after the Champions League final.

Tuchel said this week when asked about his future: “This is very easy. I’m just so happy to be here.

“I never felt so good since I was in Mainz and this feels like the perfect place and the perfect moment for the perfect place.

“I’m so happy to be here, so whatever will come will come. We cannot force things, but, of course, this is my point of view and this is very clear.”

He said: “It’s one of the nicest weeks that you can have in football. You’re one of the only two teams that are still in training. This is very, very special.

“Hopefully the players take their time to also picture it, to connect to where they came from when they were little boys with the ball under their arm in the park or in their first clubs and dreamed about becoming professionals.

“This is the moment to picture it. [This is] what we do it for. Why do you do it? Why was this dream so big? [This is the moment] to connect you to the little boy in you and feel the joy and at the same time the hunger to fulfil your dream.

“It feels like I’m in the perfect place at the perfect time. I feel very, very good.

“Hopefully it’s like this but I know we have to deliver. It’s about timing, not only about results sometimes but the chemistry, the moment, the team. Everything feels very, very good now.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants side to embrace fear

Chelsea take on Manchester City on Saturday in the UEFA Champions League final, where Tuchel will look to grab the opportunity to capture the first silverware of his tenure.

And, speaking ahead of the match, the Blues boss said he wants his players to embrace the fear ahead of the biggest football night of their lives.

That’s because, as a lifetime student of human nature, he knows how the body is designed to deal with adversity appropriately.

Moreover, he knows first-hand how odd it is if you don’t react quite as expected to major incidents that affect you.

On April 11, 2017, the Dortmund team bus was attacked by three pipe bombs filled with nails.

One player broke his wrist but thankfully the toughened glass of the vehicle prevented any further casualties to the squad.

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Blues boss Thomas Tuchel wants his players to embrace the fear ahead of the Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

“I can see still the nails sticking in the bus, I can see the nails sticking around where I even sat,” he said.

“My wife constantly tells the story that I went home late, of course. I drove home. I wrote to her that ‘everything is ok, don’t worry’.

“They were quite freaked out but I came home a little bit like a robot, not talking too much about it. I was in front of the TV watching Barcelona against Juventus because it was a Champions League night.

“She was, like, ‘that’s a bit weird…'”

“I hide it maybe somewhere, but it’s still there and it did not have the huge impact that you maybe can imagine.”

Tuchel revels in his role as a buffer between his players and their emotions – his high-energy style of motivating them giving little room for the doubts to creep in through the cracks.

“If they sometimes think the coach is crazy, good, good,” he smiles.

“If they sometimes are even a little bit in fear, good, even better! A little bit of fear is always good.

“And if we can laugh it out and if they are in the end not scared to express their feelings, then it’s the way.

“We are all a little bit crazy and this is part of the job.”

It’s almost as though Tuchel was born to be a “people person”.

His mother was a devoted carer.

“We have always treated everybody totally equally,” Tuchel said.

“I learned from my parents and from my mother, who worked her whole life with disabled and disadvantaged people, that there are no differences to make.”

Then when his football career ended abruptly and he was forced to fund his return to college by working as that most stereotypical of sounding posts – the local barman.

Although it was a respected position he had to earn the hard way.

“First of all I was a glass collector, collecting all the empty glasses and bottles,” he said.

“Then, the next step was I could serve because I was safe enough with the tray.

“Later, maybe after two or two-and-a-half years, I was behind the bar.

“Was I like Tom Cruise with the cocktails? Absolutely, yes.

“Well, maybe not quite like Tom Cruise, but I felt like Tom Cruise.”

One thing is for sure, win in Porto and it will not be Tuchel leaping about the bar at the party afterwards.

“Maybe I’m not the guy to dance on the table, but I will be so super-happy if we win and I see my team, my staff, the families and when I feel what it means to my family and to people around my family, to my grandma and to others.

“This is huge for me, and we will have fun if we go out.

“We will have fun. I don’t usually drink – maybe one or two gin and tonics. But I’ll not drink a still water all night.”

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