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Miles Teller is in Hawaii with Aaron Rodgers and the actor just sent out a very interesting Packers tweet



There seems to be a new twist in the Aaron Rodgers drama nearly every day and today is no different. The Packers quarterback is currently on vacation in Hawaii and he’s been spending a lot of time with actor Miles Teller, who is on the island with him (Rodgers is there with his fiancée Shailene Woodley and they’ve been spending all their time with Teller and his wife Keleigh). 

The group has been in Hawaii for more than a week now and over that period, it’s probably safe to assume that Rodgers has talked about his situation in Green Bay at least once or twice. There’s a good chance that Teller has some inside information about what’s going on, which is why we’re pointing out the fact that the actor sent out this very interesting Packers-related tweet on Thursday night. 

Teller went a full week without tweeting about the trip, but then at 11:03 p.m. ET on Thursday, he sent this tweet out: 

Um what. 

There are really only two explanations for this tweet: Teller is either breaking some major news or he’s trolling every Packers fan alive. 

If Rodgers ends up signing some sort of new deal with the Packers over the next 48 hours, then we can go ahead and credit Teller for breaking the story. Teller’s tweet came three days after Rodgers appeared to throw the Packers a tiny olive branch during his first football-related interview that he’s held since his feud with the team became public. 

On Monday, the Packers quarterback basically said that he loves everyone in the organization except for the front office. 

“I love Jordan [Love], he’s a great kid,” Rodgers said. “A lot of fun to work together. I love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. It’s been an incredible 16 years.”

Of course, if Rodgers never plays another down in Green Bay, then it’s pretty clear that Teller was trolling Packers fans and if that’s the case, there’s a good chance that every movie he’s in for the rest of time is going to bomb at Green Bay theaters.

As for the rest of that Hawaiian trip, Keleigh Teller has been documenting it and you can check out some of the pictures by heading to her Instagram.   

If you head there, not only will you get pictures of Rodgers on a hike with his new best friends… 

…but there’s even video of him trying to sing Taylor Swift. Basically, it’s definitely worth checking out. 

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Arcane season 2 Netflix release date: When is season 2 out? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV



Arcane season two will air on Netflix in the near future and it will continue to take inspiration from the video game, League of Legends. The adult animation TV series continues to hold one of the top spots in the streaming platform’s top 10 worldwide. Here is everything we know so far about the recently-announced second season.

When is Arcane season 2 out?

Arcane is set within the League of Legends universe and it was announced alongside the game’s 10th anniversary.

The TV adaptation serves as a prequel to the game and it provides insight into the origin stories of the characters.

Fans fell in love with the animated series when it arrived on November 6, 2021, and it has witnessed overwhelming success.

Sadly, Netflix and Riot Games suggested season two will not arrive until after 2022.

With this in mind, fans will have to wait until at least 2023 to see the characters again.

READ MORE: Arcane creators detail hidden League of Legends Easter eggs

Production for the series is of a huge scale, so a long wait could be in order.

Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent took to Twitter to share the bittersweet news with fans.

He said: “So yeah, we are working on #arcane season 2. The good news: you won’t have to wait for 6 years (the time it took us to making season 1)

“The bad news: it’s not coming in 2022.” Back in 2019, he said he hoped the series would continue for many seasons.

The CEO added: “It is very important for us to keep both creative and financial control as we enter the world of TV.

“Especially Jinx’s storyline – her fights with her inner demons & trauma is so raw & captivating.”

Lara added: “Arcane was so good I want to watch it over and over again until season 2 comes.”

Shakey commented: “I finished watching #Arcane today. Great show, there were suspenseful moment that kept me wondering what will happen, characters are very interesting, animation is fantastic and I will be waiting for season 2.” [Sic]

However, Avery said: “Please Arcane Season 2 – Take. Your. Time. I’ll honestly be so disappointed if they’re are forced to churn out seasons and the quality of the writing/animation slips. It’s okay to wait for top notch content. #Arcane.” [Sic]

Arcane season 1 is on Netflix now

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Inside Donald Trump’s 86m superyacht



First published in 1989 as part of The Superyachts Vol. 2

BOAT dives into the archives to tell the full story of how Donald Trump bought the 86 metre Benetti superyacht Nabila and transformed her into Trump Princess.

“A certain level of quality.” That is the phrase that Donald Trump returns to again and again to explain just why he bought Adnan Khashoggi’s 86 metre yacht Nabila. And an explanation is needed.

After all, Trump doesn’t water-ski or go in for swimming in a big way, and he’s always tried to avoid the sun. As a matter of fact, he has never owned a big boat before. He doesn’t even particularly like boats. “I’m not into them,” he says with a shrug, “I’ve been on friends’ boats before and couldn’t get off fast enough.”

Trump Princess cruises at 17 knots with a top speed of 20 knots. Photo: Smith Aerial Photography

So why spend close to $30million on a yacht? Trump will admit that she is an “incredible toy”, even “the ultimate toy”. But words like that make the whole venture seem frivolous, so he prefers to refer to the boat which he has re-named Trump Princess, as “a work of art.” And what makes her a work of art is, of course, the “level of quality”.

To really appreciate the level of quality, Trump says you have to see the interior. That is where Khashoggi lavished money with utter abandon. Trump points out, for example, the walls of the cabins covered in chamois leather and bird’s eye maple.

Bathrooms are done not in marble but in onyx — and not just any onyx either, but onyx hand-carved by the finest craftsmen in Italy. Donald Trump bought Trump Princess, he says, “because I was buying a great piece of art at a ridiculously low price”.

Take a look inside the 86 metre Trump Princess. Photos: Michael Boys

Unlike Trump, Adnan Khashoggi has always had a thing about boats. The arms dealer, who took advantage of connections with the Saudi royal family to amass a fortune worth around $3billion at its peak, acquired his first yacht when he was 18 and traded up as his wealth increased.

In the 1970s Khashoggi owned two yachts and while these were impressive, neither made quite the naked assertion of fantastic wealth he required, so he commissioned the British designer Jon Bannenberg to design the most sumptuous, the most incredible yacht the world has seen.

“He wanted the best yacht in the world,” says Bannenberg, “and we achieved that at the time.” The vessel Bannenberg created cost $35million to build, but Khashoggi also commissioned Italian designer Luigi Sturchio to produce the interior and that is believed to have cost more than the yacht itself.

Trump Princess features more than 100 cabins

“No-one really knows what she originally cost,” says Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess, the broker that arranged the sale to Trump. Named Nabila, after Khashoggi’s only daughter, the vessel was launched in 1980. Insisting that she be totally self-contained, Khashoggi had included in the specification everything from a patisserie and three-chair hair salon to a screening room with an 800-film library and a hospital with an operating theatre.

There is accommodation for a crew of 52 people. To get to and from shore, there is a helicopter landing pad and a pair of nine metre tenders. Fuel tanks holding 618,256 litres of diesel give a maximum range of 8,500 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 17.5 knots. Three water-makers produce 45,000 litres of fresh water a day from the ocean and six mammoth refrigerators carry a three-month supply of food for 100 people.

Many of Khashoggi’s most lavish parties took place aboard Nabila, but the yacht was also an invaluable business instrument. Not only movie stars but also political leaders and diplomats were invited aboard. On one occasion five heads of state — including three kings — were entertained simultaneously.

Trump Princess has a long and storied history. Photo: Smith Aerial Photography

Often, Nabila’s guests were Arab princes as well as European and American businessmen of all descriptions. Ensconced in the various suites, they used the 150 telephones and the satellite communications system to arrange arms sales and commodities trades. When contracts were ready to be signed, the yacht could quickly slip into international waters, where sovereign restrictions on business transactions do not apply. On many occasions, several deals were conducted simultaneously, in different suites.

A tour of the entire yacht, which has five decks and some 100 separate areas, would take too long, but a description just of the owner’s suite should be sufficient to give an idea of the exquisite luxury on board Trump Princess.

The Ruby Suite is one of the more extravagant staterooms on Trump Princess

The bedroom occupies the full beam of the hull. It has a tortoiseshell ceiling, a three metre wide bed, and bedside remote controls for the entertainment centre, for room service, even for the curtains. It also has a secret exit.

From the bedroom, we head down a corridor past a mirrored dressing room and into Trump’s bathroom, where the onyx floor tiles are carved in a sunburst pattern. To one side is a room with the owner’s barber chair. Next to that is the shower and sauna. The shower has 13 nozzles and is carved in the shape of a scallop shell from a single piece of onyx — a task that took a team of workers a year to complete.

The owner’s en suite on Trump Princess features plenty of onyx

From the bathroom we proceed into Trump’s television area, then into his large sitting area, panelled in the inevitable chamois leather. From there we take the owner’s private elevator (there is another one for guests and a third for crew) to his private sundeck.

An enclosed section houses the bar, pantry, video games, and another sauna and shower. Outside, behind bullet-proof glass, sits a circular swimming pool that measures 2.4 metres in diameter.

That may seem a bit small, but there is a water jet so you can swim all day against the current and never reach the other side. A hydraulic lift raises the sunbed high above anyone else on the boat, enabling the sunbather to bask in total privacy.

Each cabin on Trump Princess has its own en-suite bathroom

When Khashoggi’s empire began to crumble during the mid-1980s, he procured a loan for $50million, putting up Nabila as collateral. When Khashoggi defaulted on his loan in 1987, a Swiss holding company took possession of the yacht. She was therefore placed in the hands of Burgess with instructions to dispose of the yacht quickly at an asking price of $50million.

In September 1987, almost as soon as he learned that Nabila was for sale, Donald Trump made a cash bid for the yacht. Burgess had already received two other offers, one of which was equal to that made by Trump, but subject to several conditions. Jonathan Beckett flew to New York and countered Trump’s offer with a proposal of $32million. Trump responded with $28million, and half an hour later he had agreed to pay $30million — for a yacht he had never boarded.

As soon as the news was broken, Beckett was suddenly deluged with higher offers from potential buyers who had been sitting on the fence. Meanwhile, Trump was arranging to pay less. He was contacted on behalf of Khashoggi, who was said to be upset that his daughter’s name would now be on a yacht belonging to someone else. Negotiations ensued and Trump agreed to rename the boat Trump Princess if the cost were reduced by about $1million. “He got an unbelievable deal, in retrospect,” says Beckett.

Trump Princess was sold in 1991 and renamed Kingdom 5KR. Photo: Raphael Montigneaux

Trump then spent $8.5million having the yacht refitted in the Netherlands by Amels who repainted the hull, rebuilt the main engines and replaced 320 metres of chamois leather. One of the more garish cabins became the children’s room and the hair salon a cloakroom.

Renamed Trump Princess, the yacht, which Trump says will cost about $2.5million a year to operate, set sail from the Azores in June 1988 and arrived in New York on July 4 in time for the huge party the Trumps threw on it that night.

In addition to private cruising with his family, Trump, like Khashoggi, uses Trump Princess as a business instrument — though in a somewhat different fashion. Trump Princess spends the summer months cruising the East Coast from her base in Atlantic City, where she docks at the marina in full view of Trump’s Castle Hotel. Trump makes the boat available for selected charities and “very high rollers who spend millions of dollars a year in the casinos”.

Trump Princess was used to attract visitors to Atlantic City’s Farley Marina. Photo: Flickr / Jason Mrachina

“There is a whole market there,” Trump explains. “While I was building Farley Marina, I was trying to get the boat, because I knew that she would blow everybody’s mind. She would become a spectacle.”

But that is what Trump Princess has been all along — a spectacular statement of astronomic wealth, a massive piece of equipment designed to arouse envy in those who behold it. Khashoggi had stipulated that the boat be huge enough to intimidate even the owners of the big yachts — and it does.

A few years ago, a friend of Trump’s was at the helm of his own very large yacht in the Mediterranean — and feeling quite proud — when Nabila roared by, practically swamping him. “He said it gave him a total inferiority complex,” Trump says. And that, no doubt, is another reason Trump bought her.

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Covid-19 variants may not evolve to be less dangerous, says Neil Ferguson | Coronavirus



People should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.

Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Imperial College London, told MPs on Wednesday that while evolution would drive Covid to spread more easily the virus might not become less dangerous.

“Most of the transmission has already happened by the time people get hospitalised,” Ferguson told the Commons science and technology committee. “The virus cares about replicating very fast within the respiratory tract and getting out into the environment. If that happens to kill somebody 10 days later the virus really doesn’t care.”

His comments came as minutes from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) revealed that the experts urged UK ministers last week to take “early and robust actions” to limit the transmission of the Omicron variant.

The scientists noted that firm data was not yet available but early analysis of the variant provided “sufficiently worrying signals” for them to recommend “early and robust actions to prevent introduction and onward transmission”.

First detected in South Africa and named Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO), the B.1.1.529 variant has prompted the government to reintroduce mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport and to dramatically increase the pace of the booster vaccine programme.

Ministers have also introduced more stringent self-isolation policies for those in contact with positive Omicron cases, and placed South Africa and a string of other countries on the travel red list.

The minutes of the Nervtag meeting, published on Wednesday, stressed that it remained unclear how serious the health outcomes of the variant could be but said a large wave of infections could potentially overwhelm the NHS. The group said preparations should be made to update vaccines and antibody treatments.

“Although data on disease severity associated with B.1.1.529 are not yet available, a large wave of infections will be accompanied by a wave of severe cases and the subgroup cannot rule out that this may be sufficient to overwhelm NHS capacity,” the minutes said.

Separately, leaked minutes from a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), to which Nervtag reports, suggested experts had called on the government to introduce pre-departure testing for travellers returning to the UK. The BBC reported that minutes of a meeting held on Monday revealed scientists saying such testing – which Labour has called for – could be valuable.

Ferguson told MPs that while some viruses did become less dangerous over time this was not always the case. Two of the most prominent variants of Covid-19, the Alpha and Delta variants, had each caused more severe disease than their predecessors, he said.

He said: “It’s too early to say whether Omicron is going to be more or less severe than previous variants, but what we have seen so far is, Alpha has been more severe than the previous strain, a little in terms of severe outcomes counterbalanced by the fact that we have treatments, and Delta was more severe again.

“The trend we have seen so far is toward greater severity, not lesser severity, thankfully countered by better treatments … that mean people have a much better chance of surviving severe Covid today than they did at the outset of the pandemic.”

Viruses mutate all the time as they replicate in infected bodies. Most of the mutations have a detrimental or neutral impact on the virus, but some can improve its ability to spread. This might happen if a variant binds better to human cells, or multiplies faster inside cells, or causes people to be infectious for longer.

In a highly immune population such as the UK, a variant can gain the upper hand if its mutations make it harder for the immune system to attack.

Mutations in the Omicron variant are expected to make it both more transmissible and harder for antibodies to recognise. The concerns have sparked an urgent global effort to understand how well vaccines and immunity after infection protect against the variant. The first results are expected in the next week or two, but Ferguson said it would take longer to gain a fuller understanding of the threat posed by Omicron.

When the Alpha and Delta variants emerged it took several weeks for epidemiologists to gather enough data to work out how much more transmissible they were, and the extent of any immune evasion.

Ferguson said it would probably take “three to four weeks” to get an indication of the transmission and real-world vaccine effectiveness. “We have to be patient. It is likely to be towards the end of this month, when we have a clearer picture.”

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