Neymar NYE party, controversy, models,


Neymar laughed off controversy over reports he was throwing a mega New Year’s party for 500 guests, posting a video online of preparations for what he called a “low-key dinner” with family and friends.

The superstar footballer has faced a flood of criticism in his native Brazil and beyond over reports that despite the coronavirus pandemic he was ringing in 2021 with a week-long bash for hundreds of people at his mansion outside Rio de Janeiro.

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However, he took to Instagram several hours before midnight to show his New Year’s Eve plans, which he described as small-scale.

The 28-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker posted a video of a dinner table that appeared to be for about 40 guests, decked out with white flowers and an empty chair between each place setting.

“Marvellous decoration for this beautiful, low-key little dinner at home, with social distancing,” he said.

“And it’s not for 500 people, OK?” he added with a laugh.

“Social distancing. Everyone tested,” he wrote in a caption.

Earlier, he posted videos of himself and his nine-year-old son getting what he called his “50th test” for the new coronavirus.

Neymar, who hasn’t played since injuring his ankle against Lyon on December 13, had previously avoided commenting on reports about his supposed party in the seaside town of Mangaratiba.

Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors have opened an investigation into the reports.

They said Neymar denied on Thursday hosting any party in Mangaratiba, according to news site G1.

The footballer has reportedly travelled to Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil to ring in the New Year there.

His press office did not immediately respond to questions from AFP on his plans.

Brazil has the second-highest death toll in the pandemic, after the United States, with nearly 195,000 people killed by COVID-19.



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Rocky Hill MTC NYE celebration was in fine voice | Goulburn Post


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Lots of us missed doing our favourite things during 2020, but for the performers among us, it was a particularly painful year. Nothing beats the thrill of sharing a song on the stage, so when the house lights went down in March, many songbirds went back to singing in the shower. Which is why the Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company’s New Year’s Eve celebration last night featured a dozen or so people belting it out at the microphone. “It was a great opportunity to celebrate the year out with a bit of fun rather than all the doom and gloom we’ve had this year,” said organiser (and Goulburn Mulwaree councillor) Alfie Walker. READ ALSO: Three new cases of COVID-19 in Western Sydney If family violence is a problem this Christmas, there is help The company’s Hills Are Alive NYE event focused on songs of celebration, and the community embraced it with enthusiasm. Guests were allowed to nominate a song then perform it (in a COVID-19 approved fashion) from the stage. In March, the Rocky Hill MTC had to drop the curtain on their revue About Time just as it reached dress rehearsal stage. While there is no word on when the show will be able to go on, the company does have other irons on the fire for 2021. It announced on December 26 that is has received Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding – along with eight other organisations – for a collaborative writing project for teens called ‘How To Write A Musical’. “For a number of years now, we’ve been collating ideas for educational workshops and training for kids, youth and adults in our region,” said the announcement. “It was meant to launch in 2020 but Covid crushed those plans. The timing, people and possibilities have all aligned for us to launch our educational workshops in 2021. “Thank you to Create NSW and Southern Tablelands ARTS for providing the support and funding for our first program. We are one of eight local groups to receive funding in this round and we pass on our congratulations to the other region’s recipients.” If you (ages 14-21) or a youth you know: then keep an eye out in January for all application requirements. This program will run after school hours, both online and face to face, in Term 1, 2021. Do you have photos to share from New Year’s Eve? Send them through:

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NYE police pursuit ends in Coffs Harbour crash



The driver of stolen Landcruiser which led police on a chase into Coffs Harbour has evaded capture after crashing into a parked car.

Just before 11pm on Thursday, December 31, highway patrol officers were doing speed checks on the Pacific Highway at Corindi Beach when they detected a Toyota Landcruiser allegedly exceeding the speed limit.

Police were unable to stop the vehicle and a pursuit commenced towards Coffs Harbour.

Officers then deployed tyre deflation devices in Korora which successfully deflated the tyres, however the Landcruiser continued into Price Street where it collided with a parked van.

Three occupants ran from the car before police arrested an 18-year-old passenger and he was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with breach of bail and carry in conveyance.

He was refused bail and will appear in Port Macquarie Local Court on Friday.

The vehicle was stolen from the Maclean area on Thursday and police are continuing investigations into the location of the two other males.

As police begin the New Year phase of their statewide road safety operation, 340 drink drivers have been charged across New South Wales since Christmas Eve.

Double-demerit points are in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

So far, 6,978 speeding fines and 6,128 infringement notices have been issued for other driving offences and Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, is appealing to all road users to make a safe start to 2021.

“Drivers should be aware that alcohol can remain in their system for some time, and many drivers are caught out driving the next day after a big night, thinking they are OK to drive despite not drinking for a number of hours,” Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

“Experience has shown that alcohol, exceeding the speed limit and driving while fatigued are major factors in fatal and serious injury crashes, not just in regional NSW, but across Metropolitan Sydney as well.

“Clearly from some of the examples detected in the last 24 hours, some drivers believe the law doesn’t apply to them, and such driving behaviour puts not only their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other road users.”Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, is appealing to all road users to make a safe start to 2021.





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Portland Police declare riot, claiming protesters hurled ‘firebombs’ during NYE unrest (VIDEOS) — RT USA News



The Portland Police Bureau cleared the streets on New Year’s Eve after the Oregon city was once again targeted by violent demonstrators who vandalized buildings and reportedly attacked officers.

An activist group in the city announced that they intended to demonstrate on Thursday night “in solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement, but it appears that things quickly got out of hand. 

After assembling in downtown Portland around 9pm, the protesters marched through the streets, stopping to break the window of a Starbucks coffee shop. They also vandalized several other buildings, including a police station, local media reported. 

The mob then turned its attention to the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, previously the target of weeks-long nightly protests which often descended into violence. Videos posted to social media show fireworks being launched near the federal building.

Multiple fires were lit in the downtown area, according to reports. 

Eventually, the PPB declared a riot, claiming that protesters had “thrown multiple firebombs at officers and launched commercial grade fireworks at the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center.”

Footage appears to show fireworks going off as officers in riot gear advance on a group of demonstrators. Some eyewitnesses said that they believed that the police fired pepper balls or some other kind of non-lethal munition into the crowd as they dispersed the rioters.

The PPB later issued an update saying that the mob had fragmented into several smaller groups and that there was still “burned debris” in the street. 

The unrest comes just a day after dozens of protesters vandalized nearly a dozen businesses and public buildings, including Portland City Hall, the Oregon Historical Society, and the PPB headquarters. 

Earlier this year, Portland became a near-warzone between protesters and federal officers tasked with protecting the federal courthouse. The nightly street skirmishes, sparked by BLM demonstrations held in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police in May, made national headlines and even caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who accused Portland authorities of abandoning their city to “anarchists.”



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NYE 2020 sees arrests double as more stay home in Western Australia



Arrests this New Year’s Eve doubled in Western Australia compared with last year, with police saying they had to deal with a large number of disturbances at residential properties as many people chose — or were forced — to ring in the New Year at home.

COVID-19 event restrictions, including the two-square-metre rule and the need for many celebrations to comply with government-approved COVID plans, meant many events that went ahead were forced to cap numbers far lower than usual.

Acting Commander Tony Flack said while the evening was “in the vast majority a peaceful entry to the new year,” arrests were up from last year.

“Whilst we had no serious incidents and no deaths, we saw a large increase in the number of disturbances, mainly on residential properties and private homes,” he said.

“It would appear that people have chosen to stay at home rather than go out.”

Acting Commander Flack said many of those dealt with by police were young people.

“We continue to be plagued by young people and young adults whose whole social being is around alcohol and the violence that goes with alcohol,” he said.

He said those factors meant police attended 88 more disturbances than last year and charged 50 extra people.

Last year, police charged 148 people and arrested 51, while this year it was 236 charged and 101 arrested.

Major nightspots fairly quiet

Police continued to maintain a heavy presence in nightspots like Northbridge and Fremantle, with additional officers on bike and horseback.

Acting Commander Flack said revellers in those areas were generally well behaved.

“Can I … compliment the licensed owners and managers of licensed premises for the way they managed their premises and their functions during the night?” he said.

“It was very well managed and we had very few problems on licensed premises.”

NYE cancelled for recent Victorian arrivals

Celebrations were dampened for thousands of recent arrivals from Victoria though, after yesterday’s decision by the WA Government to reintroduce its hard border with the state.

The reclassification of Victoria from “very low risk” to “medium risk” means people coming from Victoria from today will not be allowed in, unless they are an exempt traveller.

It also means that anyone who had arrived since December 21 would have to go into self-quarantine until 14 days had passed from when they arrived in WA.

For those travellers, it meant New Year’s Eve celebrations were all but cancelled.

“It is really unfortunate, but it is necessary that they stay home. We just cannot afford to take the risk,” Acting Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook said yesterday.

“We share the pain of our friends on the east coast.

“But at the same time, we will take the necessary measures in the interest of the people of Western Australia to keep our community safe.”



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NYE celebrations across the world reflect success in fight against pandemic


New Zealanders were amongst the first in the world to celebrate the arrival of much-anticipated 2021 with a fireworks display that erupted from Auckland’s 328-metre tall Sky Tower.

Revellers on the waterfront watched the five-minute show with brightly coloured fireworks and laser lighting shooting into the night sky over the city’s harbour.

Crowds were allowed to gather in the city to mark the occasion as the nation continued to record a low number of new coronavirus cases.

It will be one of the few places in the world to have greeted the new year in relatively normal fashion as 2020 draws to a close.

No light show will illuminate Beijing from the top of the TV tower. The lions of London’s Trafalgar Square will be barricaded off. In Rome, crowds will not assemble in St Peter’s Square, the Pope will lead no mass, and revellers will not make their yearly dive into the Tiber.

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The New Year’s Eve ball will drop on Broadway. But in place of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers packed shoulder-to-shoulder into Times Square, the audience will be a small pre-selected group of nurses, doctors and other key workers, their families kept six feet apart in socially distanced pens.

The area around the Brandenburg Gate is usually the main place for New Year’s celebrations in Berlin.(AP: Markus Schreiber)

With more than 1.7 million people dead and 82 million infected around the globe since last New Year’s Eve — yet hope that new vaccines can help tame the pandemic — this year’s end is like none other in memory. Angela Merkel, in her 16th New Year’s Eve address as German chancellor, said as much.

“And never have we, despite all the worries and some scepticism, looked forward to the new one with so much hope.

“I can only imagine how bitter it must feel for those mourning loved ones lost to corona or who are having to fight against the repercussions of an illness when the virus is disputed and denied by some hopeless individuals,” said Ms Merkel, who added she would get vaccinated as soon as practicable.

Germany has banned the sale of fireworks to discourage crowds. Authorities in Berlin said police would “punish violators consistently”.

Chinese President highlights success in fight against pandemic

In the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic originated a year ago, thousands were expected to gather at popular landmarks across the city centre for the countdown to 2021.

Some said they were being cautious, but weren’t particularly worried.

“Safety is the priority,” Wuhan resident Wang Xuemei said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping used his new year speech to underscore China’s victory against the coronavirus pandemic and to mark its major progress in developing its economy.

“In the face of the sudden coronavirus pandemic … we wrote the epic of anti-pandemic with concerted efforts and perseverance,” Mr Xi said in his annual televised comments on New Year’s Eve.

At the end of his speech, Mr Xi called for increased international cooperation in fighting the virus.

Much of Japan was welcoming 2021 quietly at home, alarmed after Tokyo reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases. It was the first time that daily cases in the capital have topped 1,000.

In South Korea, Seoul’s city government cancelled its annual New Year’s Eve bell-ringing ceremony in the Jongno neighborhood for the first time since the event was first held in 1953, months after the end of the Korean War.

The ceremony, in which citizens ring a large bell in a traditional pavilion when the clock strikes midnight, normally draws an estimated 100,000 people and is broadcast live.

Hard-hit Europe spending NYE at home

One of Trafalgar Square's famous lion statues can be seen behind a temporary metal barrier.
Barriers were erected in London’s famous Trafalgar Square to dissuade people from coming to celebrate NYE.(AP: Dominic Lipinsk)

In Britain, where a highly contagious variant of the virus is rampaging and most people are under strict restrictions, authorities ran a public messaging campaign on billboards and in the media urging people to “see in the New Year safely at home”.

Barriers were erected in public places such as London’s Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

In Italy, the European country which has seen most COVID-19 deaths, bars, restaurants and most shops were closed, and a curfew in place for New Year’s Eve between 10:00pm and 7:00am.

Pope Francis cancelled plans to lead New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day services because of a flare-up of his sciatica condition, the Vatican said.

In France, where a night curfew will also be in force, no more than six adults will be allowed to gather around the dinner table, but there will be celebrations — small, perhaps, but with style.

At A la Ville de Rodez, an upmarket Parisian delicatessen, manager Brice Tapon was preparing packages of foie gras, truffles and pate for groups of two or three.

“I will… stuff myself with foie gras, champagne and all this food,” said Annie Chaplin, a customer. “And I’ll stay home.”

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NYE celebrations will be different this year. Here’s a state-by-state guide to what you can and can’t do


Australians will face more subdued New Year’s celebrations this year, with the coronavirus pandemic keeping restrictions in place across much of the country.

Many fireworks events have been cancelled, limits on guests in households are in place and people have been told not to kiss or hug others as they celebrate the end of what’s been a horror year for many.

With a slew of restrictions, here’s a guide to what you can and can’t do today.

New South Wales

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There will be no 9pm family fireworks around Sydney Harbour, but there will be a short fireworks event from the Harbour Bridge at midnight. It’s best to catch this on the telly because access for the general public will be closed to all areas of the ‘Green Zone’.

Exceptions are those who are residents of the Green Zone, people with restaurant bookings or workers.

A ‘Yellow Zone’ is also being established around the Green Zone.

Entry to the Yellow Zone is not restricted to residents or visitors, but people gathering in these areas in large numbers may be moved on by police, NSW Health says.

If you live in Greater Sydney (which includes Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) you’ll only be allowed to have five guests, including children, in your home.

You’ll also only be allowed 30 people for outdoor gatherings, down from the previous 50.

Residents living in the northern zone of the Northern Beaches remain under strict stay-at-home orders until at least 9 January, however residents are getting an exemption on New Year’s Eve that allows them to host up to five people, including children, in their home from the same region.

Those in the southern zone of the Northern Beaches will also be allowed to host up to five people, including children, in their home, also from the same zone, but will not be allowed guests from Greater Sydney.

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Bars, restaurants and venues in both zones of the Northern Beaches will remain open for takeaway only.

Outside of Sydney, check with your local council to see what they have planned and what restrictions and guidelines are in place.

Queensland

Brisbane’s main fireworks have been cancelled, and kissing and hugging strangers has also been advised against.

“We all like to on New Year’s Eve give the closest person a kiss or cuddle, I would suggest you limit that to your known close friends and family,” the state’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said earlier this week.

Households can have up to 50 guests, including the occupants of the house.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are also allowed.

Victoria

From 5pm today Victorians will have to wear a mask indoors if they’re outside their homes.

Victorians will also only be allowed 15 guests in their home with household gathering limits halved from 30 people.

Victorians in Wollongong or the Blue Mountains or Wollongong who travelled from 27 December may have to cancel their plans entirely and will have until 11.59pm tonight to return to Victoria.

Travellers will also have apply for a new travel permit to return, get tested within 24 hours and self quarantine at home for 14 days.

Melbourne’s annual fireworks display over the Yarra River has been cancelled and the state government has urged people to stay away from the Melbourne CBD saying that only those with bookings at a venue in the city would be allowed in.

Bars, restaurants and other venues such as nightclubs are open, but with a limit on the number of patrons.

Western Australia

There will be various fireworks displays across the state from 8pm onwards – the full list can be viewed here

The state has no maximum on the number of people allowed to gather, provided there is no more than one person for every two square meters.

South Australia

Fireworks have been cancelled in Adelaide but they’ll still be held in the local councils of Murray Bridge, Whyalla, Victor Harbour and Port Lincoln.

Household gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, provided there is no more than one person for every two square meters.

Up to 200 people can gather at a venue for a private function, if they comply with the same square meter rule.

NSW residents will also be shut out of South Australia from midnight Thursday, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has announced.

There will be a 100km buffer zone for cross-border communities and some exceptions will be in place for returning residents, those permanently relocating or essential travellers.

They’ll still need to undertake 14 days of quarantine, however.

Tasmania

Hobart will ring in the new year with both the 9.30pm and midnight fireworks in the River Derwent. This year, however, the fireworks will be displayed much higher than usual to it’s visible from more vantage points.

Tasmania has a two square meter rule, but with an upper limit of 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises.

Outdoors, 1,000 people are allowed to gather in spaces or premises.

Hobart City fireworks

Hobart City fireworks

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ACT

There won’t be a fireworks display this year in Australia’s capital for a second year in a row (last year they were cancelled because of the bushfires).

Instead, residents are being urged to celebrate at local eateries with festive lighting displays on different venues.

The ACT doesn’t have any restrictions on the number of visitors people can have in their home. 

Outdoor gatherings in the capital Canberra are limited to a maximum of 500 people, where the two square meter rule can be observed.

Northern Territory

There are no limits as to how many people can gather indoors or outdoors in the Northern Territory, but it is still recommended people stay 1.5 meters from people they don’t live with at all times.



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NYE celebrations dampened after BOM forecasts wet and wild weather for NSW and Greater Sydney


The year is likely to end on a gloomy note for NSW residents, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting rainfall and thunderstorms to continue through New Year’s Eve and the whole week.

Wet and wild weather is expected to put a dampener on New Years Eve plans for Sydneysiders’ wanting to take advantage of the 50 person outdoor gathering cap.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian encouraged outdoor gatherings where possible to reduce coronavirus transmission risks, but the BOM expects powerful thunderstorms to develop across the state in coming days.

“We have had quite a lot of rainfall and a fair few thunderstorms overnight and into this morning,” meteorologist Helen Reid said.

“Sydney was woken by thunderstorms this morning just for good measure.”

An electrical storm is believed to be responsible for a gas explosion in Western Sydney earlier this morning.

Fire crews worked to put out the blaze, which they say was caused by lightning rupturing a gas main, near a house in Telopea.

While the BOM is not anticipating destructive storms, the state is expected to get drenched.

“Today and tomorrow we’re looking at widespread showers and thunderstorms through the east and northern parts of the state,” Ms Reid said.

“Into Thursday [New Years Eve], we can expect it to remain wet along the coast and thunderstorm activity is more likely to be more on the ranges and further west.

“Those thunderstorms have got a lot of power in them with all that moisture in the air so we just need to keep an eye on them each day as they develop.”

The rain is in stark contrast to the smoke blanketing Sydney this time last year from rampant bushfires across the state.

But it will still cause concern for those with outdoor plans.

“I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief we’re breathing cleaner air … but I don’t know that it’ll be great for fireworks.”

Ms Reid said there would be no reprieve from the rain in the short term.

“The start of the new year is looking like it will be a continuation of this wet theme,” she said.

“Thunderstorms and shower activity is expected across pretty much the whole state, right into the new year.”



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