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‘Desperate Housewives’ Cast: Famous Guest Stars You Forgot About

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Nearly a decade after Desperate Housewives concluded its run, two of the show’s most beloved stars are reuniting for a Christmas movie on Hallmark — but this isn’t about them.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re excited to see Teri Hatcher and James Denton together again in A Kiss Before Christmas. But the more we think back to the eight years we spent on Wisteria Lane (2004–2012), the more we can’t believe how many characters we’ve forgotten about.

Do you remember when Armie Hammer played Mike’s drug dealer? Or when Sarah Paulson and Carrie Preston guest-starred as Lynette’s sisters? Unless you recently completed a full rewatch (which we recommend!), there’s a good chance you’ve forgotten how many famous faces popped up, not to mention how many stars-to-be got their start on the primetime sudser.

Read on for a list of 30 familiar faces you (probably) forgot were on Desperate Housewives. And feel free to drop a comment with any additions you have from a recent binge.

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Telangana planning to achieve 100% Covid vaccination by December end

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Authorities in Telangana are preparing a special action plan to achieve cent per cent Covid vaccination in the state by the end of current month.


The cabinet sub-committee formed to tackle the situation in view of new variant Omicron and to expedite vaccination has directed the district collectors to prepare the plans in their respective districts to ensure vaccination coverage of all eligible persons by the end of December.





The four-member panel headed by Health Minister T. Harish Rao has asked the departments of medical and health, municipal administration, education and panchayat raj to work with coordination to achieve the goal.


It has asked people not to get panicked over the new variant. It noted that rumours are leading to confusion among people and the only way to check this is to provide correct information to people. It was also decided to revive 24/7 command and control room centre.


The panel, which held its first meeting on Wednesday, has advised people to follow all Covid precautions and take the vaccines without fail.


It observed that Telangana is ahead of other states in vaccination and it should create history by reaching the goal of 100 per cent by the month as desired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.


The officials have been directed to prepare action plans at ward, sub-division and mandal levels.


The ministers advised the health department to keep an eye on the misinformation being spread on social media and provide all the necessary information to the public through the media. The department officials were directed to make information available to people about the beds available in hospitals at the state and district levels.


Also, the officials were asked to take all necessary measures to check Covid in schools, colleges and hotels. They were directed to conduct vaccination camps in educational institutions and ensure 100 per cent vaccination of all teaching and non-teaching staff.


So far, around 90 per cent of the 2.77 crore of targeted people in the state have taken the first dose while 45 per cent have taken the second dose.


According to officials, nearly 25 lakh people did not take the second dose of vaccine despite completing the gap between doses.


Minister for Industry and Municipal Administration K. T. Rama Rao, Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy, chief secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials attended the meeting.


Meanwhile, Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan visited GMR Covid Care Center at Hyderabad International Airport.


Officials at the airport briefed about the preparations made in accordance with latest Covid-19 guidelines and rules for international passengers arriving from ‘at risk countries’ amid rising concerns of the new variant-Omicron.


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Indian weightlifters in limbo as new COVID-19 variant cast doubts over Weightlifting World Championship

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Indian weightlifters are scheduled to compete at the Weightlifting World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. However, they are in a state of limbo at the moment due to new travel restrictions caused by the new omicron variant of COVID-19.

Indian head coach Vijay Sharma said they are confused about the competition under the new circumstances. He revealed that the Uzbekistan Weightlifting Federation had assured them earlier that the Worlds would go ahead as scheduled. The first batch are set to leave on Wednesday. In an exclusive chat with Sportskeeda, Sharma said:

“We are not sure what is happening. I woke up today and read the news about the world weightlifting championship that might get cancelled. We talked to UWF and they told us the competition will be held. It is confusing now. For now, the first batch of weightlifting will be leaving for Tashkent on December 3.”

Visitors from nine African countries and Hong Kong were barred from entering Uzbekistan under new travel restrictions amid the Omicron variant. All inbound and outbound flights to these nations will be grounded as of Friday (December 3).

Moreover, weightlifters from another 10 countries will not be able to participate at the Worlds due to the 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Uzbekistan. These nations include Australia, Britain and Italy, who have collectively entered 22 athletes.

A total of over 60 weightlifters, including eight from China, will not take part in the marquee event. The number is expected to grow in the coming days.

Another major problem for the IWF is the depleted number of technical officials who will be unable to travel. Without them, conducting the competition, due to run from December 7 to 17, will be nearly impossible.

The Worlds’ body is monitoring the situation closely. They are expected to announce the cancelation of the weightlifting world championship tomorrow after consultation with Tashkent.

Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) President Sahdev Yadav said they are keeping a close watch and will take necessary action if needed.

What does the cancelation of Weightlifting World Championship mean for India?

The sporting calendar has been heavily impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commonwealth Championships is the main qualifying event for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. It was set to coincide with the Weightlifting World Championships.

However, under the current circumstances Australia, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and the British nations will skip the event. In their absence, the Commonwealth Championships cannot go ahead.

As for the Weightlifting World Championship, it was important for India to improve the rankings for the CWG qualification. Vijay Sharma said their chances for qualification will be hampered if the competition gets canceled. However, he found solace in the fact that the situation will be the same for everyone.

“Our main aim was to qualify for the CWG in Birmingham. If the world championship gets canceled, our chances will get hampered. But then, the situation is the same for everyone,” he said.

This is especially bad news for Jeremy Lalrinnunga, an outstanding lifter who is one of the medal contenders in 67kg in Taskent.

“Jeremy has been training well and is very technical. The world championship would be a good testing ground for him. A cancelation will be bad news for athletes,” Sharma added.

For now, the only hope of salvaging the Weightlifting World Championships lies with the Uzbekistan authorities. If they grant exemptions to teams flying in for the competition, the Worlds can go ahead. But then, there will still be hesitation amongst nations to travel for it.

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covid 19: What’s the status of the Covid-19 vaccine mandate in the US?

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WASHINGTON: The Covid-19 vaccine mandate in the US is on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require the shots.
To control the spread of Covid-19, President Joe Biden previously said businesses with 100 or more employees would need to require Covid-19 vaccination or have workers get tested weekly for the virus. The rule was to take effect Jan 4, affecting about 84 million workers nationwide.
But soon after the rule was issued by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it faced multiple legal challenges from businesses, conservative groups and Republican attorneys general that said the agency doesn’t have the authority to mandate vaccines.
On Nov 6, a federal appeals court in New Orleans put the rule on hold, saying it was “a one-size fits-all sledgehammer” that was too broad. Ten days later, all challenges to the requirement were consolidated in another appeals court in Cincinnati.
In a court filing, lawyers for the Biden administration said the mandate was needed to reduce transmission of the virus in workplaces. It asked that it be allowed to move ahead with the rule.
The requirement for employers is among several challenges to Biden administration vaccine rules. Two other mandates, one for healthcare workers and one for federal contractors, are also being contested.

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