Top headlines as of Oct. 12
New iPhone debuts Tuesday
With COVID-19 restrictions and high national unemployment, the holiday season will not be the same this year. Still, Apple plans to release a new version of the iPhone Tuesday, teased as having accelerated 5G capabilities. The Apple release runs parallel to Amazon Prime Day, Tuesday through Wednesday when the online retail giant plans to have its annual mega sale. Read more.
Supreme Court confirmation hearings kick off
The U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court started Monday. A panel of U.S. Senators began the four days of hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett with discussions about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump selected Barrett for the seat on the bench. Democrats said they believe the conservative judge will reverse Obamacare, which Trump has threatened to diminish since his 2016 election campaign. Read more.
Trump’s COVID-19 free
President Donald Trump tested negative for COVID-19 several times, putting him in the clear to continue campaign rallies, his doctor said. However, some scientists are skeptical about the results, which were obtained from a rapid antigen test. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against using the antigen test to end isolation. In a recent Harvard study, scientists found that antigen COVID-19 tests have a 50% false result rate. The number of COIVD-19 cases in the U.S. has now doubled what it was in June, according to NBC News.
Miami Carnival keeps mas going
Feathers, glitter, gems and waistline energy could still be seen in Miami over the weekend for the biggest carnival in North America. Instead of chipping down the road, mas was played virtually, streamed on social media. The event featured a kiddie’s carnival and a live concert with various artists from the Caribbean. Many local promoters held in-person fetes over the week leading up to Columbus Day Weekend.
D’Angel earns money, exposure on OnlyFans
Jamaican singer and actress D’Angel has joined the list of celebrities who have opened a social media account on OnlyFans. The subscription-based social media network gained its popularity by being a space for sex entertainment workers. However, with the pandemic limiting performances, other entertainers and celebrities have opened accounts on the platform. D’Angel, whose real name is Michelle Downer, told The Star that she had made enough money on OnlyFans to buy a house. Downer was also reportedly spotted with a new Porsche. Her OnlyFans sale list on the platform includes worn underwear and sexually provocative photos, The Star reported.