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Thank you very much Adam. My condolences on Peter Siddle robbing you of endless material. If you get nostalgic for the venomous vegan he has a series of instructional videos on YouTube. My favourite is the bouncer edition where he terrorises some patsy on a net wicket that should be roped off with crime scene tape.

Look at the state of that strip. And Siddle’s wearing dark colours. That is an accident waiting to happen.




26th over: New Zealand 77-3 (Blundell 35, Nicholls 24) The Australian fielders are talking loudly around the bat. Simon Katich, also on SEN radio, reckons they are discussing their respective Australian Rules football careers. As my OBO colleague Sam Perry rightly says, cricket is just footy in the summer these days. Lyon concedes four singles this time around, the final of those very, very close to a run out. Indeed, had Cummins hit from mid-on, Nicholls was gone by a long way. And after that moment of chaos, drinks are on the field. New Zealand have made it through the third hour without loss, which isn’t for nothing with both of these players trying to make a something of a statement before this Test is over. I’ll take this moment to hand over to JP Howcroft. Thanks for your company. Bye for now!

























































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#Conservative win marks bad day for people of Britain, says #GUE/NGL


A statement by GUE/NGL Co-President Martin Schirdewan on the Conservative Party’s victory in the British general election: “Today is a sad day for people living in Britain.

“It is bitterly disappointing that the message of hope has not carried in the face of a dirty and dishonest campaign by the Conservatives.

“Voters who had voted for change, for an end to austerity, for social and tax justice, will now have to endure a government bent on social inequality, deregulation, discrimination and xenophobia.

“It is also now clear that Britain will be leaving the EU at the end of January. As the Left in the European Parliament, we will continue to hold the British government to their commitments under The Good Friday Agreement,” he added.

“Furthermore, we will protect the interests of people across the EU in the negotiations on the future relationship. We will also seek to safeguard the interests of the people in Britain, and will work with the broader labour movement and progressive forces in Britain to this end,” said Schirdewan.

Also commenting on the vote’s impact on Brexit, Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin, Ireland) said: “The people in the North of Ireland want to remain in the EU. The result of this election shows that the only way that this can happen is through Irish unity – a referendum on which is guaranteed under The Good Friday Agreement.”

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UK weather forecast: Chilly and damp day across the country as voters go to polls


The country is set for a cold and damp day as voters prepare to go to the polls in the general election .

It will be unsettled across the UK with temperatures getting colder as votes are cast on Election day.

There wll widespread showers and motorists have again been told to be on their guard with challenging windy conditions expected on roads for a second day.

The Met Office has issued four weather warnings as an icy snap is forecast.

Temperatures could go as low as -4 in northern parts of Scotland with frost expected.

The Met Office said surfaces and roads could be slippery, and advised people to take care when walking or driving, as voters prepare to head to the polls.

It’s a huge day across the country as the nation goes to the polls

“We have showers passing through many parts of the UK today, and there’s a risk of that turning to ice and there could be some snow in parts of Scotland,” said Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.

Mr Claydon explained that wintry showers were only expected in areas above 200m, and said: “We are not expecting they will cause any real disruption.

“That is why it is an ice warning, rather than a snow warning.”

The two yellow weather warnings are in place from 6pm on Wednesday, overnight to 10am on Thursday.

The larger warning in central Scotland includes large parts of one of the closest election fights in the country – Perth and North Perthshire, where the SNP is defending a majority of just 21.

Ice is expected and weather warnings have been issued

The problem places where it will be very cold

Steven Keates from the Met Office told Sun Online: “It is going to be a bit of a miserable sort of day.

“Most people will see some rain, it is going to be quite breezy as well.

“If you are going out to vote take a brolly.

“The rain will be quite widespread tomorrow, with the wettest areas parts of south and western Britain.”

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Thursday:

Colder with rain. In the evening, rain will affect most areas but clear spells and showers are likely in Wales and south-west England. Snow is likely at times over northern hills. Through the night, rain will slowly clear eastwards, but Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern and eastern England will remain wet. Windy

Friday:

It will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and hill snow in the north and east. It will be dry and bright for a time in Wales and southern England before outbreaks of rain spread into the south-west during the evening. There will be a brisk westerly breeze. Temperatures slightly below average

Weekend:

On Saturday it will be bright with showers. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the west, some of which may be wintry. Strong south-westerly winds. Sunday is forecast to be cloudy with rain in southern parts of England and Wales. It will be bright with wintry showers in the north

Monday

More rain is expected but it should be milder. It will again be cold is Scotland.





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World Human Rights Day: Chileans mark day with protests | News


Antofagasta, Chile – The military loaded people onto boats and some were never seen again. It happened 46 years ago, but it is something Carlos Martinez will never forget.

“Everyone saw what was happening,” he told Al Jazeera.

A food vendor in his 60s, Martinez now lives in Antofagasta, in northern Chile. But in 1973, he lived 1,360km (845 miles) south in Valparaiso. General Augusto Pinochet seized power in a military coup that year, and the dictatorship appropriated boats in the Valparaiso harbour to use as detention and torture centre for political prisoners.

“People from all over were tortured,” said Martinez. “Others were weighted and dumped into the sea.”

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Thousands of Chileans were executed, forcibly disappeared, tortured and imprisoned for political reasons during the 17-year dictatorship. Martinez sees echoes of the past in current President Sebastian Pinera.

“He continues the repressive stance of the dictatorship,” he said.

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Relatives of people detained and forcibly disappeared during the 1973-1990 dictatorship protest every week for truth and justice [Sandra Cuffe/Al Jazeera] 

Pinochet died at age 91 under house arrest 13 years ago on December 10, International Human Rights Day. The day commemorates the United Nations adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but many Chileans are marking the day this year not with celebrations but with protests.

Demonstrations against structural inequality are in their eighth week in Chile, and crackdowns by security forces continue to draw criticism.

Pinera gave a speech for Human Rights Day, saying “over the past 52 days, we have been made aware of many cases and reports of human rights abuses, and each and every one hurts us.”

Secondary student protests in October sparked nationwide protests for systemic change, and political and economic measures announced by the government have so far failed to quell the movement. Following an initial nine-day state of emergency that entailed military deployment, police have continued to crack down on daily protest actions around the country.

Pinera faces allegations of rights abuses

At least 24 people have been killed during the crisis, including five by military and police forces.

The National Human Rights Institute, an autonomous state body, has documented 192 cases of sexual violence by authorities and 405 cases of torture or other cruel treatment. The institute has also visited 3,449 people hospitalised for injuries, including 352 eye injuries, most of them caused by projectiles fired by police.

In his speech Tuesday, Pinera recognised the hard work in recent weeks by the 10-year-old National Human Rights Institute. It has facilitated greater awareness and increased capacity to identify and if necessary also punish all human rights violations, he said.

“Chile has a beautiful, noble and recognised tradition with regard to the protection of human rights,” said Pinera, pledging commitment to truth, justice, and assistance for victims.

But Pinera himself could face consequences for alleged human rights violations during the continuing crisis. Legislators this week are deliberating constitutional accusations against the president and Andres Chadwick, Minister of the Interior and Security at the outset of the crisis.

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At a march in Antofagasta in northern Chile, a protester carries a sign that reads: ‘Bullets will not silence us. Chile woke up’ [Sandra Cuffe/Al Jazeera] 

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on the accusation against Chadwick, after it passed a vote by legislators of the lower house of Chile’s bicameral congress. Chadwick was removed in a cabinet shuffle, but would be barred from holding any public office for five years if the Senate votes against him.

On Thursday, legislators from the lower house will debate and potentially vote on the constitutional accusation against Pinera. In the unlikely event the accusation were to pass both in the Chamber of Deputies and Senate, Pinera would be immediately removed from office and barred from holding any other for five years.

International human rights NGOs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both published reports last month condemning police and military repression of protests. The government strongly repudiated allegations of intentional harm and indiscriminate attacks.

A team from the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights spent three weeks in Chile last month, documenting the situation. Their report is almost set to be released, high commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Monday. Bachelet served two nonconsecutive terms as president of Chile, both times followed by Pinera.

“We are the United Nations. We are not an NGO. It is just about to be presented to the government of Chile so that it can be known by everyone,” she said when confronted about the report by Chileans attending the COP25 climate conference in Madrid.

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A demonstrator holds false eyes during a protest against Chile’s government, in Santiago, Chile [Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters] 

International human rights bodies have left the country, but alleged human rights violations continue. In a presentation to the Senate human rights commission Monday, the National Doctors Association of Chile reported multiple cases of severe burns from unknown chemical agents added by police to water cannon used on protesters.

In spite of the abuses, protests continue. Martinez supports them, and he is far from alone. More than two-thirds of Chileans think protests should continue, according to a recent poll by a trusted marketing and polling company.

“The new generations have woken up,” said Martinez. “The atomic bomb of youth has been exposed.”





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The latest news in the run up to polling day


BORIS JOHNSON and Jeremy Corbyn will go head to head in tonight’s live BBC election debate.

The Conservative and Labour leaders will lock horns for a second time in front of a tv audience in an hour-long duel from 8.30pm.

Follow our General Election 2019 live blog below for all the latest news and updates…





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Canadiens Game Day: Keith Kinkaid will start in goal vs. Flyers


Keith Kinkaid will start in goal Saturday afternoon when the Canadiens take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre (3 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) looking to end a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

When Canadiens coach Claude Julien met the media at 12:45 p.m. at the Bell Centre he said that Carey Price will start Sunday when they Canadiens play the Bruins in Boston (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens have allowed 20 goals in their last three games — all losses on home ice — and are coming off a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

“It’s pretty simple … we got three games in four nights,” Julien said when asked to explain his goaltending decision. “Boston tomorrow gives an opportunity for Carey to get a little bit of rest. He’s played quite a bit. Again, those back-to-back games Carey, to me, has always played well in Boston. So there’s no reason why we don’t give him that rest and we don’t give Kinkaid an opportunity here tonight. So to me it’s a calculated decision on our part and we’re going forward with that.”

The Canadiens have an 11-9-5 record and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (14-7-5) are coming off a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday afternoon in Philadelphia and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

When asked what his message is to his players as they try to end their six-game winless streak, Julien said: “Same thing as what most coaches would normally say: less is more. Don’t try and do somebody else’s job. Trust the people you’re out there with to do their jobs and once that comes back everything kind of falls into place. Right now everybody wants to win so badly, they see a little mistake they want to cover up right away and sometimes they don’t give that guy a chance to cover his mistake. We just need a little bit of patience and trust and I think if those two things happen I think it’s going to change the outcome of our defensive game a lot.”

This is the second of three games between these teams this season after the Flyers beat the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 7 in Philadelphia. They will wrap up the season series on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.

Olofsson will make Canadiens debut

Defenceman Gustav Olofsson, called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Friday, will make his Canadiens debut against the Flyers on the third pairing with Cale Fleury.

That means Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak will be the healthy scratches.

In 20 games with the Rocket this season, Olofsson had 0-7-7 totals and was plus-1.

“From what I’ve seen and what I’ve been told, overall he’s been playing well,” Julien said about Olofsson. “He skates the puck, moves the puck well. He’s a guy that has a little bit of experience in this league.”

The Canadiens acquired the 24-year-old Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 3, 2018 in exchange for forward William Bitten. Olofsson played only two games for the Rocket last season before having season-ending shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder played 56 games with the Wild over three seasons, posting 0-11-11 totals. The Wild selected the Swedish defenceman in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

“The injury last year really set him back,” Julien said. “So now he’s got about 20 games under his belt (in Laval) and seems to be coming around. In the circumstance that we’re in right now, I think it’s a great opportunity to see if he can help us out and bring a dimension to our back end that we can certainly use right now. So we’re going to have a look at him this afternoon and hopefully be able to come out of this with a real good evaluation of him.

Longest slump in two seasons

The Canadiens’ six-game winless streak is their longest season and is one game longer than their longest slump last season, when they went 0-3-2 from Nov. 19-27.

The last time the Canadiens had a six-game winless streak was two seasons ago when they went 0-4-2 from Feb. 8-20. They also had a seven-game winless streak that season, going 0-6-1 from Oct. 7-20. The Canadiens finished 28th in the overall NHL standings that season.

“It’s a long season,” the Canadiens’ Max Domi said Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “It’s how it goes, right? You’re going to go through, obviously, ups and downs throughout a year. We know that there’s no one who wants to win more than the guys in this locker room. So we’re doing everything we possibly can and it’s something we’re going to have to stick together. We’re a real close group and we believe in one another and we believe in each other. Keep doing that, keep working hard and just trust the process here. We just got to get one win and then go from there.”

Sense of urgency

There’s a sense of urgency surrounding the Canadiens heading into the back-to-back games this weekend.

“We have the same urgency for every game,” Domi said Friday. “We want to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s October or hopefully in June. That’s our goal. So every game’s the same and you got to elevate your performance and your compete level and all that on a daily basis. All we’re focused on is tomorrow against Philly. We haven’t won a game in a while and we got to win the next game against Philly. That’s all we’re focused on right now.

“We’re a team here,” Domi added. “We’re going to stick together and every guy’s got to pull their weight. Obviously, we can be a lot better for Carey. We know that and he knows that, too. So we got to be better for each other and as a team, I think as a whole, when we’re all going we’re a tough team to play against. That’s all we can control so we got to find ways to get back to that.”

Supporting Price

Kinkaid has been doing his best to support Price during this tough stretch for the No. 1 goalie.

“I think just motivate him,” Kinkaid said Friday morning when asked what he can do to help Price as his backup. “Give friendly competition. Give stick taps on big saves in practice and whatnot. He does that constantly to me. So he’s been great with that … even saves that I think are relatively routine,  you hear him at the other end tapping his stick

“I think it’s just being encouraging,” Kinkaid added. “He knows what to do. He’s a top-notch professional. He’s the best in the game. Everyone goes through this, so it’s nothing we’re going to stress about. We just got to get out of it and sometimes it’s ugly when you get out of it, but you need that ugly game to get over the hump I think.”

Kinkaid was also asked about Price breaking his stick in frustration after giving up the fifth goal in Thursday night’s loss to the Devils.

“That was just maybe a shot he knows he can save,” Kinkaid said. “Right now, like I said, people go through this. Even I know there’s a few shots I should have saved during the season, like the one (game) in Vegas. I let in two shots I knew I should have and we still got the win (5-4 in overtime). It’s just getting back to the basics, focusing on keeping your body in front of the puck and tracking everything. I know (goalie coach Stéphane Waite) worked great with him. He’s been working great with me to help my game, too. So I’m not worried for us at all. We’ve been resilient to start the season and we’ll come out of this.”

Where the Canadiens rank

The Canadiens rank ninth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game, and 29th in defence, allowing an average of 3.52. They rank 17th on the power play (18. 4 per cent), 30th in penalty-killing (72.7 per cent) and 15th in faceoffs (50.1 per cent).

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-15-22 totals, followed by Shea Weber (8-12-20), Brendan Gallagher (10-9-29), Phillip Danault (6-12-18) and Domi (6-11-17).

Where the Flyers rank

The Flyers rank 14th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game, and rank sixth in defence, allowing an average of 2.69. They rank 11th on the power play (20.2 per cent), third in penalty-killing (86.5 per cent) and first in faceoffs (53.9 per cent).

Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in scoring with 8-16-24 totals, followed by Sean Couturier (8-12-20), Jakub Voracek (6-13-19), Claude Giroux (8-10-18) and Oskar Lindblom (10-7-17).

What’s next?

The Canadiens will fly to Boston after Saturday’s game and play the Bruins Sunday night (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Next week, the New York Islanders will be at the Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), followed by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before the Canadiens travel to New York to face the Rangers next Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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How much does a float in Macy’s 2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade cost?


A holiday tradition, the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held the morning of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Known for its larger-than-life parade float ideas, the world-famous procession kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp in New York City.

Creating a truly fantastic parade float is never cheap or easy, but you won’t believe the preparations that go into this annual event. Find out how much each float costs and other expenses associated with this spectacular Thanksgiving Day tradition

Total costs for the Macy’s parade average between $11.6 million and $13.4 million 

Annual costs for parade float supplies, float decorations, property taxes and staff salaries total $2.7 million to $4.5 million, according to calculations by GoBankingRates. The sheer magnitude of the Macy’s parade is overwhelming, and so are the assets associated with the event.

Macy’s also has its own studio space and a massive supply of costumes to prepare for the parade. Those assets are worth $8.9 million. Combine the parade’s total annual expenses with its total assets and the price tag reaches $10.4 million to $12.3 million.

Giant balloons rack up at least $510,000 in helium costs

Inflating balloons that can soar up to five or six stories tall is seriously expensive. Each balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade uses 300,000 to 700,000 cubic feet of helium. Filling every ballon costs a minimum of $510,000.

Each helium-filled giant requires 50 to 90 volunteer handlers, but sometimes that still isn’t enough. In 1997, winds up to 43 mph damaged several balloons, including Barney, the Pink Panther, the Quik Bunny and the Cat in the Hat, forcing them to exit the parade route early.

New balloons cost sponsors nearly $200,000

Companies sponsoring brand-new balloons pay a seriously pricey construction and parade fee, totaling nearly $200,000 at last count. The cost is high, but advertising at the Thanksgiving parade is a huge marketing opportunity — there’s certainly not a shortage of businesses willing to shell out the cash. 

Thirty balloons are scheduled to float down this year’s parade route, weather permitting. The five new balloons set to debut at the 2019 parade include the Astronaut Snoopy, Green Eggs and Ham, Love Flies Up to the Sky, Smokey Bear and a new SpongeBob Squarepants and Gary balloon. 

This year’s parade will also feature 19 floats, including five all-new floats. Among the new additions are New York Life’s Toy House of Marvelous Milestones, The Lego Group Brick-Changer, Coach’s Rexy in the City, Home Sweet Home from Cracker Barrel and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You. The blue puppy dog was first seen in the parade in 1999 as a balloon and a float. 

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Sponsors pay $90,000 for returning balloons

Backing a balloon in the Macy’s parade is a huge investment, so many sponsors opt to participate for several years. Since a new balloon doesn’t need to be constructed, the fee to join in this Thanksgiving Day extravaganza drops to $90,000.

Several balloons will be returning for the 2019 parade, including the Pillsbury Doughboy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Sinclair’s Dino. One major question mark is the absence of Snoopy — with 39 Macy’s Thanksgiving parade appearances, Snoopy has shown up more than any other character. He was replaced by a Charlie Brown balloon in 2016 and 2017.

This year might be the coldest Thanksgiving on record in New York City. The National Weather Service forecast is calling for temperatures in the 20s with high winds gusting up to 35 mph. If that forecast stays true, it may dampen the celebration, as the parade balloons are not allowed to fly if the wind gusts are more than 35 mph. The Thanksgiving Day parade balloons were last grounded in 1971.

Construction costs for each float average $30,000 to $100,000

These Turkey Day spectacles are certainly not your average parade float — those on display at the Macy’s parade can take four to nine months to get from concept to completion. In 2017, a total of 26 extravagant floats were be in the parade, with average construction costs ranging from $30,000 to $100,000 for each float.

Parade float supply costs add up fast, especially considering one float can contain 100 to 200 pounds of glitter. One 2017 float included the three-story Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by the Hallmark Channel featuring a 3-D calendar.

Costumes have a total price tag of $2 million

The perfect parade float doesn’t just boast beautiful construction. Approximately 700 elaborate costumes are designed each year to bring parade float ideas to life. Costumes currently in storage are valued at $2 million. Balloon handlers wear jumpsuits, but those riding on floats are provided with custom-made garments, according to Business Insider.

On Thanksgiving Day, 200 costume fitters are on-site to help participants into their outfits. When the parade is over, costumes are packed into 10 trucks and sent back to the warehouse.

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Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016, in New York. 

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Advance ticket sales for participating Broadway shows have climbed $300,000

Broadway shows vie for the chance to step into the national spotlight and perform in the Macy’s parade. The exposure has boosted advance ticket sales by roughly $300,000 in the past. The casts of Broadway’s “Come From Away,” “Waitress” and “Cats” entertained the crowd from the 34th Street stage in recent years.

Parade floats cost approximately $780,000 to $2.6 million

The Thanksgiving parade wouldn’t be complete without its fancy floats, but these roving works of art add $780,000 to $2.6 million to the parade’s bottom line. Beyond float decorations and supplies, considerable manpower is required.

Each parade float must be collapsed to a width of no more than 8.5 feet to get it through the Lincoln Tunnel, which is part of its journey from the studio in New Jersey to New York City. The floats are reconstructed from midnight to 8 a.m the morning of the parade.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade property taxes total $138,573

Even the Thanksgiving parade can’t get away from Uncle Sam. Previously located in Hoboken, N.J., the Macy’s Parade Studio completed work on its new Moonachie, N.J., home in 2011.

The 72,000-square-foot, $6.9 million building is nearly double the size of its previous 40,000-square-foot facility. A tremendous amount of space is needed to house each parade float, balloon, costume, accessory and still have room for employees. Large facilities come with considerable expenses, which can explain the sky-high property tax bill of $138,573 — the highest in the entire nation.

Salaries for Macy’s parade full-time staffers totals $1.3 million

Despite taking place just once a year on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s parade is an enormous undertaking that requires a full-time staff of 26 employees. Temporary staffers are hired during the busy fall months, bringing the total employee count to roughly 40. When combined, their salaries total approximately $1.3 million.

The Macy’s parade team includes painters, sculptors, carpenters, construction workers, metal workers and more. Employees start working long hours — including weekends — in September to make sure all preparations are in place for the big day.

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Thanksgiving parade marching bands apply two years in advance

For marching bands, it’s an honor to be selected to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The application process requires careful planning, as materials must be submitted nearly two years before the desired performance date.

Only 12 supremely talented marching bands are selected each year. Some of last year’s winners included the NYPD Police Band, the Ohio University Marching 110 and the United States Air Force Band. Groups pay their own way to the parade.

More than 50 million people watch the Thanksgiving parade

A major Thanksgiving tradition, approximately 50 million viewers tune into the parade from home each year. Another 3.5 million revelers head to the streets of New York City to watch the parade in person.

If you’re planning to visit Manhattan but don’t want to stand in the crowd, several hotels on the route have rooms overlooking the parade. Do note: Travel site Oyster warns hotels might charge up to three times the price of standard rates.

The Macy’s parade is the joint effort of 10,000 people

Putting on an event as large as the Macy’s parade requires a tremendous amount of assistance. A total of 10,000 people work together to make it a success, including more than 4,000 Macy’s employees from across the Northeast who volunteer their time to the parade. Staffers serve in a wide variety of roles, including balloon handler and balloon pilot.

From the artists who create the enormous helium balloons to the people who work all night to assemble the floats after they arrive in Manhattan, this is a major team effort. Considering roughly 10,000 people march in the Macy’s parade, it might seem like it’s relatively easy to join in, but it’s not. Since this Thanksgiving tradition launched in 1924, participation has been limited to Macy’s employees, their families and those with relationships to sponsors or others affiliated with the event.

Performing talent is the only exception to the rule. There are no reserved tickets available to purchase for the grandstand seating area, so arrive early if you want to stake out a good spot.





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Record number of people register to vote on deadline day after huge last-minute spike



A record number of people registered to vote on the final day applications were open, with a huge last-minute spike taking the number of people who registered on Tuesday to 659,666.

Before the final deadline at midnight on 26 November, there had been well over 3 million applications to register since the general election was called in October. 

The figure is around 40 per cent higher than the 2.3 million applications to register in a similar period in the 2017 election, and the Electoral Reform Society said on Tuesday that of the applications made since October, 67 per cent were made by people aged 34 or under – a figure which is generally seen to be beneficial to Labour.

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