Early Bird: An Explosion in Nashville. New type of coronavirus arrives in France. Queen Elizabeth II's speech
A massive explosion shook the center of Nashville. In her Christmas speech, Queen Elizabeth II. said the year 2020 has brought people around the world closer. The first case of the new type of coronavirus has been confirmed in France. And we've got some news for sneaker fans, too - the limited Nike LeBron 18 "X-Mas in LA" Christmas collection is here!
Queen Elizabeth II. said that 2020 has brought us closer
Queen Elizabeth II. gave her annual Christmas Eve speech in the UK. The 94-year-old queen spoke of the importance of light to people of all faiths, adding that words such as "hope" and "unity" prevail, although communities couldn't gather and celebrate as usual this year.
Furthermore, the queen voiced her thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had led to many challenges, but also to a sense of unity within the UK as well as around the world. She touched the subject of the holiday season being "tinged with sadness", as some people are mourning the loss of those dear to them and others missing friends and family members distanced for safety.
Three people injured in an explosion in Nashville this morning
A powerful explosion that shook downtown Nashville in the early morning hours injured three people and disrupted communications systems across the state. A parked van exploded in the American city right in front of a building that belonged to telecommunications giant AT&T. Buildings in the area suffered structural damage, windows were smashed and trees were felled. Videos posted on social media also showed water running out of the damaged pipeline.
"It looks like a bomb went off,"
said Nashville Mayor John Cooper, urging people to stay away from the area.
Officers responding to reports of gunshots just before 06:00 found a camper van, which exploded several minutes later. A police officer was knocked off their feet by the force of the blast. The police believe that the explosion in front of the telecommunications building was caused intentionally. However, no motive has yet been established, nor do the police know who was behind the incident. On Friday night, Nashville Subway Police Chief John Drake stated that investigators found tissue near the site of the blast. According to them, it will be examined to see whether it is human remains. However, he could not say how close the tissue was to where the motor home exploded.
France confirms first case of new, more contagious coronavirus strain
On Friday, the French Ministry of Health said a French citizen who had recently returned from London tested positive for a new strain of coronavirus. This more contagious type of coronavirus had first been detected in the United Kingdom. The ministry said the case - first in France - had been found in the city of Tours. The man in question arrived from London on December 19, and is currently asymptomatic and self-isolating, the ministry added.
Cases of a new variant of coronavirus have also been reported in other countries. On Friday, Japan confirmed five infections in passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, with previously reported cases in Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands.
China turns off the lights in the "Christmas city"
Factories in Yiwu, known as China's "Christmas Village," have been producing tinsel, decorations, and other festive ornaments that are now hanging on Christmas trees around the world for months. However, production almost stopped in mid-December as local authorities struggled to meet goals of energy-efficiency. Power restrictions in Yiwu first gained attention last week when photos and videos from the dark streets began circulating on Chinese social media.
"We have a lot of orders, but we don't have enough time to complete them,"
said Ma Hairu, who works for a manufacturer of paper decorations for Christmas and New Year.
Officials in China's Zhejiang Province are trying to meet the central government's five-year energy consumption target of December 31. Efforts to reduce energy consumption have disrupted millions of lives. In Yiwu, heating in offices, shopping malls, schools and hospitals has been turned off. Daily temperatures have dropped as low as 10 degrees Celsius.
Enoy your Christmas with Nike LeBron 18 "X-Mas sneakers in LA"
Riding on the wave of the festive spirit, the American company continues to celebrate Christmas with the Nike LeBron 18 "X-Mas in LA" collection, which has become one of the most sought-after versions of sneakers.
The upper design is made of red Knitposite 2.0 with a Christmas holiday motif and, together with the snow-white details on the tongue, channels the Christmas holidays. Gold spots on the sole and heel and the green Nike logo only underline the magic of Christmas. The limited edition of legendary basketball player LeBron James Nike 18 "X-Mas in LA" will be launched on December 30 and you can get it on the Nike SNKRS e-shop as well as in selected stores. How much will the shoes cost? $ 255, which is about 5,500 crowns!
That's all from us today. Enjoy these relaxing and peaceful holidays in the circle of your loved ones! American writer Carole Nelson Douglas said that: