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‘Ted Lasso’ showrunner talks about writing with heart and empathy



Even Bill Lawrence found Ted Lasso’s optimism hard to believe at first.

The Ted Lasso showrunner recently sat down with Vanity Fair for an interview about the series ahead of its second season debut. When asked what the team is trying to accomplish with Ted Lasso, Lawrence said that they are trying to write a show with heart and empathy in mind.

“With what we call “optimistic comedy,” I think what we’re really talking about is, on some level, writing with heart and empathy. I always dug doing that in Scrubs. It was a lot easier in that case just because they were characters that were of service and cared about whether or not people lived or died. The medical adviser on that show was the real J.D. [Zach Braff’s character]. He’s actually still a cardiologist here in L.A. and an amazing guy. And his only [stipulation] about that show was, “You can do anything you want, but it can never be at the expense of the patients. These doctors always have to be trying their best.” He was in that same kind of hopeful, optimistic world.”

Some people have compared the character of Ted Lasso to the beloved Mister Rogers. When asked if Rogers was an inspiration for Lasso, Lawrence said it was actually much simpler than that.

“I can tell you that we’re fans, but the biggest influence on this, and it’s something I haven’t talked about a lot, is that Jason and I really connected over the idea of mentors. He made every writer that we met with answer who their mentor was, whether it was someone who got them into further education, or who convinced them they could be a writer. And I think that that was really the true spirit of this.”

Season two of Ted Lasso premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 23. If you want to enjoy the new season in the best quality Apple TV+ has to offer, check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV 2021.

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Wanna squad up in Pokémon Unite? Here’s how



Pokémon Unite is a new 5-v-5 free-to-play MOBA on the Nintendo Switch. In this multiplayer Pokémon game, players choose from one of 20 Pokémon and battle it against one another. And what better way to celebrate a hard-fought victory than with your friends? Playing Pokémon Unite with friends is the best way to play, but playing with friends on the Nintendo Switch isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is possible. Here’s how to invite your friends to a play in Pokemon Unite.

How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch

Inviting friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch is pretty simple.

  1. First, go ahead and exchange friend codes with the person you want to invite.
  2. Open Pokémon Unite.
  3. At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.

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  4. Select one of the plus signs around your character or press the Y button to open up your friends list.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Select one of the plus signs around your character, or press the Y button to open up your friends list.

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  5. Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.

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  6. Then select Invite Friends.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Then select Invite Friends.

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All your friend has to do at this point is accept the invitation.

How to invite players using a Lobby ID

If you want to play with someone you’re not friends with, you can still invite them to your game without adding their friend code.

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  1. Start Pokémon Unite.
  2. At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.
  3. At the top left of the screen, you’ll see a Lobby ID. Share that ID with whoever you’d like.

    How to invite players using a Lobby ID: At the top left of the screen, you'll see a **Lobby ID**. Share that ID with whoever you'd like.

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That’s all it takes. The player joining just has to input the Lobby ID into the Lobby Search option of the main menu.

How to invite cross-platform players

Pokemon Unite is available on the Switch but will come to iOS and Android in September. You won’t need their friend code to invite them, but you’ll need to share your Trainer ID.

  1. Start Pokémon Unite.
  2. At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.

    How to invite cross platform players:At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.

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  3. Share the code at the bottom of the screen to add your cross-platform friend.

We’ll have to put this to the test once the iOS and Android versions release this September.

Unite for the fight

Pokémon Unite is a great multiplayer game, made even better when you’re playing with friends. It also has a surprising amount of depth, so be sure to check out our Pokémon tier list to figure out who is the best Pokémon for your play style. And while you’re at it, check out all of the free gifts available for Pokémon Unite now. Coordinate with friends and claim victory!

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Explained: History of IPCC, the international body that reviews climate change effects-World News , Firstpost



The body meets next week to vet and validate a summary of part one of its first major assessment in seven years.

Representational image. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, addresses the Copenhagen meeting in 2014. Image: IPCC

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) compiles comprehensive reviews of scientific literature on climate change, past and future.

The body meets next week to vet and validate a summary of part one of its first major assessment in seven years. Here’s a thumbnail profile of the panel.


The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Environment Programme (UNEP).

Its mandate is to give policymakers neutral, science-based updates about global warming — physical science, climate impacts, and scenarios for bringing the problem under control. Providing explicit policy recommendations is not part of its mandate.

An intergovernmental body, the IPCC currently counts 195 member countries.


Based in Geneva, the panel is chaired by South Korea’s Hoesung Lee, an expert on the economics of climate change.

Its reports are compiled by thousands of atmospheric scientists, climate modellers, oceanographers, ice specialists, economists and public health experts, mostly drawn from universities and research institutes. They work on a volunteer basis.

The IPCC does not conduct new research but trawls through thousands of published studies and summarises key findings, indicating degrees of likelihood and confidence.

It is often described as the biggest peer-review exercise in the world.

Assessment reports

Every five or six years the IPCC produces vast overviews, typically several thousand pages long. The first came out in 1990, the most recent in 2014.

Three separate teams, or “working groups”, look at the physical science of global warming, climate change impacts and options for tackling the problem. Each working group’s report is published separately, followed by a final “synthesis report”.

The sixth assessment cycle, like those before it, will produce reports in four instalments: working group one’s findings will be made public on August 9; working group two’s in February 2022; working group three’s in March 2022; and a final synthesis in the autumn of 2022.

Summary for policymakers

The IPCC concludes each review with a crucial summary for policymakers that undergoes multiple rounds of editing, first by scientists and then by government officials.

The last draft is submitted to an IPCC plenary, which vets it line-by-line before approval by consensus.

Governments can seek amendments to the summary, which are approved if the argument is supported by what is in the underlying report written by the scientists.

Special reports

Member nations can request so-called “special reports” between major assessments. Since 2014, there have been three.

A special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius came out in October 2018; one on land use, agriculture and food security in August 2019; and another on oceans and Earth’s frozen regions, known as the cryosphere, in September 2019.

Nobel prize & critics

Defenders of the IPCC say that its exhaustive work, and a summary for policymakers endorsed by the world’s governments, give it exceptional clout.

“It’s unique in science, and it’s uniquely powerful in science,” Peter Thorne, a lead author of the sixth assessment and a professor at Maynooth University in Ireland, told AFP.

“There is no other field that has for decades undertaken such a robust assessment process.”

Its 2014 report provided the scientific underpinning for the landmark Paris Agreement, inked outside the French capital in 2015.

The 2007 edition earned the IPCC a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside former US vice president and climate campaigner Al Gore.

The IPCC’s image was later dented by several minor errors uncovered in the report that provided ammunition for sceptics who claim the IPCC is flawed or biased.

More recently, some scientists have said the panel is too conservative, leading it to underestimate the climate change threat.

The last published report, for example, did not factor in potential contribution to sea-level rise — widely recognised today — from melting ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland.

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Pfizer vaccine’s immunity ‘sweet spot’ is eight weeks between doses



Government-funded research into the Pfizer jab supports the UK’s decision to offer a long gap between doses (Credits: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

New research into the Pfizer jab supports the UK’s decision to narrow the gap between vaccine doses from 12 to eight weeks, scientists have said.

The interval offers a ‘sweet spot’ for both a strong immune response and protecting the public against the fast-spreading Delta variant, they said.

The ‘Pitch’ study, funded by the Government, found a 10-week gap offers a better immune response than the four-week one recommended by the jab’s makers, but given the Delta variant, the lead investigator said that eight weeks is a good balance as it will speed up second jabs.

Scientists found higher levels of both antibodies and T-cells, which help the body fight disease, in people who had a wider gap between their doses.

But their research has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Chief study investigator and Oxford University professor Susanna Duanchie described an eight-week gap between the jabs as a ‘sweet spot’.

Getting both doses is particularly important for protection against the Delta variant, as existing research shows one dose of either the Pfizer or Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs is significantly less effective than two.

But both vaccines offer good protection against the variant after two doses.

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The eight-week gap is the ‘sweet spot’ (Picture: Getty)

Prof Duanchie said: ‘The decision to put [the dosing interval] to eight weeks is really balancing all the wider issues, the pros and cons – two doses is better than one overall.

‘Also, other factors need to be balanced, [such as] vaccine supply, the desire to open up, and so on.’

She added: ‘I think that eight weeks is about the sweet spot for me, because people do want to get the two vaccine [doses] and there is a lot of Delta out there right now.

‘Unfortunately, I can’t see this virus disappearing so you want to balance that against getting the best protection that you can.’

Strong immune response

Prof Duanchie’s team recruited 503 healthcare workers who had the Pfizer jab with either a three to four-week or ten-week dosing gap.

Both intervals resulted in strong antibody and T-cell responses. But the scientists observed higher levels of both in people who had a wider gap between doses.

They also found higher levels of antibodies that could neutralise variants including the Delta variant in the longer interval group.

But they also noted these antibody levels dipped between the doses, potentially leaving participants vulnerable during this period.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) previously advised that first and second doses for all two-dose jabs should be given 12 weeks apart — eight weeks longer than Pfizer-BioNTech recommended.

At the time, the UK’s vaccine supplies were in short supply, and prevailing vaccine wisdom, coupled with early scientific evidence, suggested a longer gap between doses might boost immune response.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: ‘As we raced to offer a vaccine to all adults, we took the JCVI’s advice to shorten the dosing interval from 12 to eight weeks to help protect more people against the Delta variant.

‘This latest study provides further evidence that this interval results in a strong immune response and supports our decision.

‘I urge every adult to get both doses of the vaccine to protect yourself and those around you and we are looking to offer millions of the most vulnerable a booster jab from September to ensure this protection is maintained.’

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