Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  'I can't believe this is happening': Travelers recount tales of getting stuck in Mexico after positive COVID tests.  Top career coaches share the best tactics for post-COVID-19 growth.  New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app.  Nashville flash flooding triggered by record rainfall.  Hauliers face new COVID rules in England as Heathrow seeks holiday easing.  EU's Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe's summer tourist season.  Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More.  UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea - FT.  Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar.  Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Coronavirus pandemic slowdown has made the oceans quieter, which has been good for whales.  A Late-Pandemic Boom Has Hit Australia’s High-End Markets.  On the Return to Abnormal: The Pandemic Has Changed Us, but It Shouldn’t Define Us.  UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea: FT.  Pope Francis prays for victims of Indonesia attack.  Wine Prevents Dementia, But Scientists Aren’t Sure Why.  1 dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library.  Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic.  Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April.  Pope on pandemic's second year: Weariness, economic hardship.  
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'I can't believe this is happening': Travelers recount tales of getting stuck in Mexico after positive COVID tests
       
Korey Mudd wasn't fazed by the cleaning crew outside his Mexico hotel room when he and his wife returned from the pool. Here's what COVID-19 has and hasn't changed about the Mexico vacation meccaDo you need a COVID test to fly? Test positive, and you can't fly home until you are cleared by a doctor or provide proof of a negative test. How many vacationers are testing positive for COVID-19 and getting stuck? Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky recounted the story of an unnamed constituent who went to Cabo San Lucas and tested positive.
Top career coaches share the best tactics for post-COVID-19 growth
       
She accepted the unplanned job loss, using it as fuel to forge a new path. As a career coach working with unemployed clients, Debra Wheatman, president and founder of Careers Done Write, learned that people need someone they can talk to candidly. Say, a college athletic coach for a recent college grad or a friend in software engineering if you work in advertising. Carolyn Kleiman, a career coach at ResumeBuilder.com, added that job seekers should spend an hour each day reading up on news in their respective fields. “Browsing the same big job board day after day is likely not going to yield the result you want.
New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app
       
State officials have launched a digital pass New Yorkers can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The Excelsior Pass will be accepted at major entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union Center. TEXAS COVID NUMBERS DECREASE 17 DAYS AFTER MASK, OTHER RESTRICTIONS LIFTEDThe app is similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out. Officials said the technology doesn’t store or track private health data within the app. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCuomo announced Saturday that more than 8.5 million total vaccine doses have been administered across the state, including more than 1 million doses over the past week.
Nashville flash flooding triggered by record rainfall
       
A flash flood emergency was issued Sunday morning in Middle Tennessee due to record rainfall. More severe weather is expected as this storm system pushes east. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar has the forecast. Source: CNN
Hauliers face new COVID rules in England as Heathrow seeks holiday easing
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Certain lorry drivers arriving in England will need to take COVID-19 tests in a bid to tackle the spread of any future variants, the government said on Sunday as Heathrow Airport lobbied for the easing of an overseas holiday ban from mid-May. “This is to ensure we keep track of any future coronavirus variants of concern,” transport minister Grant Shapps said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France. Culture minister Oliver Dowden told Times Radio on Sunday a number of factors were being considered amid rising infections on parts of the continent. “We need to ensure that if there is international travel, it’s done in a safe way,” he said.
EU's Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe's summer tourist season
       
REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriPARIS (Reuters) - European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday that he hoped Europe will have a summer tourist season this year, supported by a ramp-up in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Breton, who heads the European Union’s executive’s vaccine task force, reiterated on RTL radio and TV channel LCI that the European Union should deliver 420 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by mid-July, enough to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity. “We have to shift to the next gear,” he said of the EU’s vaccination campaign. The EU has blamed big shortfalls of AstraZeneca doses for its slow vaccine roll-out, in a dispute that has created tensions with former EU member Britain. Breton reiterated that the EU will ensure that coronavirus vaccines produced by AstraZeneca within the bloc stay there until the company returns to fulfilling its delivery commitments.
Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More
       
Trial BeginsJury selection for Chauvin’s trial began March 9 and lasted roughly two weeks before wrapping up on Tuesday. 44 is a white woman in her 50s who serves as an executive of a nonprofit health care advocacy organization. 55 is a white woman in her 50s who works as an executive assistant at a health care clinic. 91 is a Black woman in her 60s who worked in marketing before retiring. 118 is a white woman in her 20s who is a social worker.
UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea - FT
       
FILE PHOTO: Liberty Steel's Sanjeev Gupta smiles outside the company's Liberty Steel processing mill in Dalzell, Scotland, Britain April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne(Reuters) - British ministers have rejected a request from mining magnate Sanjeev Gupta for a 170 million pound emergency loan to prevent his group, GFG Alliance, from collapsing, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. GFG, a holding company for Gupta’s assets, was the biggest recipient of financing from Greensill, a British financing company, which filed for insolvency last week. The British government wrote back to Gupta formally rejecting the request last week due to multiple concerns, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The conglomerate had been in talks with administrators of its former financial backer Greensill on a so-called standstill agreement.
Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar
       
He was shot dead by junta forces in Mandalay’s Chan Mya Thar Si Township, his family said. Bhamo Platform said security forces told her family to sign a document absolving them from responsibility in her death. Funeralgoers said security forces had opened fire at the ceremony on Sunday. Barricades had been set up in the area and security forces opened fire, although there were no protests at the time, they said. A neighbour said security forces took away his body in a blue plastic sheet.
Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases
       
FILE- In this March 19, 2021, file photo, a nurse tends to a patient affected by COVID-19 virus in the ICU unit at the Ambroise Pare clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. The sobering warning was delivered Sunday in a newspaper opinion signed by 41 Paris-region doctors. Since January, Macron’s government has instead imposed a nationwide overnight curfew and followed that with a grab-bag of other restrictions. ADVERTISEMENTBut with infections soaring and hospitals increasingly running short of intensive care beds, doctors have been stepping up the pressure for a full French lockdown. The doctors predicted that softer new restrictions imposed this month on Paris and some other regions won’t quickly bring the resurgent epidemic under control.
Coronavirus pandemic slowdown has made the oceans quieter, which has been good for whales
       
“It's probably the most popular activity for visitors, foreign and domestic,” Heimir Hardarson, captain at North Sailing, said. “Very mystical creatures,” he said, “floating around in their weightlessness.”Captain Heimir Hardarson takes whale watchers out on his boat in Húsavík, Iceland. But the global slowdown has actually been good for the whales, as human interference has decreased. He is studying how the quieter oceans have affected whales by measuring their stress levels through hormone samples. Carlo AngererHe acknowledged that animals are also affected by whale watching tours but said the experience helps motivate people to protect them.
A Late-Pandemic Boom Has Hit Australia’s High-End Markets
       
A three-bedroom oceanfront apartment on Main Beach Parade sold in January through Kollosche for A$5.6 million. “And then in Victoria, we’ve seen several Mornington Peninsula suburbs really taking off, which is definitely Covid-related. Forrest, in the nation’s capital of Canberra, is a standout on the newcomer A$3 million list as it is the only coastal neighborhood. In addition to its sought after warmer weather, Main Beach, is only a one-hour commute to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. Main Beach is geared more toward owner occupiers, as opposed to investors, and a lot of new product is being built there for downsizers.
On the Return to Abnormal: The Pandemic Has Changed Us, but It Shouldn’t Define Us
       
When the pandemic finally sputters out, this will be a changed country and we will be a changed people. The husband and wife have been vigilant in isolating themselves from other people since the pandemic began. “I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe,” our friend told us. I hope to return to a more normal life after I’m fully vaccinated next month. Yet I don’t think withdrawing from the world is the answer.
UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea: FT
       
The Illinois Board of Pharmacy told The Daily Beast it does not comment on investigations.“I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to steal from your job. When contacted by The Daily Beast, the board said it does not comment on investigations. Sounds like the beginning.”The backlash against Walker and Sparks’ crusade to uncover anti-vaxxer health-care workers on TikTok has been harsh. You can go to Google right now and pull up images about it yourself,” Stauffer told The Daily Beast. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Pope Francis prays for victims of Indonesia attack
       
"We will make sure that everything stays in Europe until the company will come back to its commitments. "We have now in Europe 52 factories. (...) They are working extremely hard. This will make our continent probably the first continent in terms of vaccine production by the end of this year, giving us a capacity to produce between two to three billion doses. "Breton also said Europe should have vaccinated enough people in the summer, possibly around mid-July, to achieve a "global immunity" level.
Wine Prevents Dementia, But Scientists Aren’t Sure Why
       
Even if the transformation itself sneaks up on you under the cover of mundanity, well, most transformations are that way, aren’t they? Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingYou know you have work to do. You can feel the flow of energy building up behind you and you haven’t been ignoring it, not exactly, and yet. It’s just the way life keeps happening — keeps stealing your attention and asking you to attend to everyone and everything else. Sometimes, the only way to feel a part of things, to feel a sense of connection, is to actively seek it out.
1 dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library
       
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A man went on a stabbing spree inside and around a library Saturday, killing one woman and injuring six other people in North Vancouver, British Columbia, authorities said. He said the man is in his 20s and has had interactions with police in the past. They then saw several victims within about 100 meters (yards) of each other, he said. “There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom — a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time," Mossop said. On Twitter, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair expressed shock and sadness over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”
Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic
       
By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter's Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the pope ordered cardinals and other clerics to take pay cuts to save the jobs of other employees. "The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord," he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. In a small-scale version of a traditional Palm Sunday service, the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processed to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope's Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, will also take place with a limited number of participants.
Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April
       
Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..A third covid vaccine - Moderna - will arrive in the UK next month, ministers have confirmed. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden clarified that April is the month when the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK. But complex relationships with neighbouring superpowers have pushed both countries to bet on home-grown coronavirus vaccines. 08:17 AM12-week vaccine schedule will be met, insists ministerCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden has insisted everyone will get a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine within 12 weeks of their first. 07:49 AMModerna vaccine could arrive in the UK 'later this month'Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has suggested Moderna vaccines could arrive in the UK "later this month".
Pope on pandemic's second year: Weariness, economic hardship
       
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists clutching olive branches and braided palms before celebrating an outdoor Mass. “For the second time we are living it (Holy Week) in the context of the pandemic," Francis said, with around 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families or couples, sitting far apart in the pews. Francis has long suffered from sciatica, and recently had a bad bout of the condition, which can trigger leg and back pain. Those measures include a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants or cafes and on travel between regions and towns. People are allowed only one holiday visit per day to homes of family or friends from April 3 to 5.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
The Suez Canal Authority’s chief declined to set a timetable for re-floating the ship and said the task remains “difficult.”The pile-up of ships is creating another problem for global supply chains already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Moller-Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have redirected vessels around southern Africa. About 12% of global trade transits the canal and around 1 million barrels a day of oil.Highlights:Two more tugs will arrive at the Ever Given by Sunday, ship management company saysU.S. Once the Ever Given’s moved, there will be an assessment to determine whether it’s fit to leave the canal. Seven vessels loaded with 92,000 livestock that were supposed to arrive to Aqaba on March 21 are stranded.
The things migrants carried — and dropped — as they crossed the border
       
These, too, are scattered along the trail by migrants, their footsteps quiet in the night after they’ve crossed the river. A child’s jacket and pair of pants left on the banks of the Rio Grande by migrants. Three plastic rafts used by smugglers to get migrants across the Rio Grande, later confiscated by Border Patrol agents. Backpacks, purses and a belt left by migrants on the path leading north from the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas. “I’m not here legally, but I’ve never done anything against this country.”A child’s shoe, in pristine condition, dropped by migrants after they crossed the Rio Grande near Roma, Texas.
Editorial: Stop killers from getting their guns
       
We must squeeze the pipeline that pumped nearly 40 million new guns into America last year. First, we must limit the kinds of new guns being sold. Banning assault rifles is one route that could work, and we encourage Congress to pass a new and improved version of the 1994 assault weapons ban. In fact, gun manufacturers currently sell guns with fixed magazines to comply with California laws, and a product is available on the market to convert guns with a quick-release magazine to fixed magazines. Depending on the count, there are somewhere between 350 million and 450 million guns in America.
Drones vs. hungry moths: Dutch use hi-tech to protect crops
       
MONSTER, NETHERLANDS — Dutch cress grower Rob Baan has enlisted high-tech helpers to tackle a pest in his greenhouses: palm-sized drones seek and destroy moths that produce caterpillars that can chew up his crops. The drones instantly kill the moths by flying into them, destroying them in midair. We are targeting moths and we are taking out moths every night in an autonomous way without human intervention,” said PATS CEO Bram Tijmons. “I think they still need too many drones … but it will be manageable, it will be less,” he said. “I think they can do this greenhouse in the future maybe with 50 small drones, and then it’s very beneficial.”
Colorado health care workers grapple with burnout, trauma as pandemic stretches into a second year
       
But as days went by and spring turned into summer, Alderfer’s fear transformed into exhaustion after months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a year later, several Denver-care health care workers who spoke to The Denver Post said they feel forgotten and let down by the government and public’s response. Health care professionals have spent a year enduring trauma — and it’s still not over. But mental health professionals worry that the worst is yet to come, especially for health care workers who have experienced even higher levels of stress and bore witness to the most tragic moments of the pandemic. Mental health is still heavily stigmatized in the health care industry, and it is difficult for physicians to say they need to take time off of work, Olson said.
Post Premium: Top stories for the week of March 22-28
       
That’s how long the horror lasted inside a King Soopers store in south Boulder this past Monday. Ten dead, including grocery store employees and shoppers, and a Boulder police officer who ran toward the gunfire. it’s a look inside the terror that Americans — and Coloradans in particular — know all too well, the mass shooting. And this time it happened in Boulder. — Matt Sebastian, managing editorFive don’t-miss stories from last weekPhoto of the weekSee more great photos like this on The Denver Post’s Instagram account.
How to get a Peloton-style workout without splurging
       
Capitalizing on this trend, Apple last year released Apple Fitness Plus, an instructional fitness app that is exclusively offered to people who own an Apple Watch, which requires an iPhone to work. The minimum prices of an Apple Watch and iPhone add up to $600, and Apple Fitness Plus costs $10 a month. Peloton and Apple Fitness Plus addressed many of the problems plaguing the free exercise content. For one, workouts were organized into categories by the type of workout, including yoga, strength training and core, and then by the difficulty or duration of the workout. And $10 a month is reasonable for Apple Fitness Plus, but only if you already have an Apple Watch and iPhone.
Church tower renovation in Whiting-Robertsdale honors late pastor: ‘He wanted to hear those bells ring in the truest of fashions’
       
“I just think it is such a neat way to remember him. I think I’ve just always heard the bells,” she said, adding she grew up a couple blocks from the church in Whiting. She said the tone now is very different from the original sound of the bell. Gajewski said she looks forward to hearing the original tone again.
Thunderstorms expected across the Island today
       
Rain showers are expected throughout Sunday, with thunderstorms possible after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Sunday’s high temperature is forecast to be 59 degrees and a low of 40, forecasters said. Total rainfall accumulation is expected to be between three-quarters of an inch and one inch. Monday will bring sunny skies, with a high near 50 and a breezy, northwest wind, and a low of 36. Tuesday will be sunny, but there is rain in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday.
Hartford police investigating two Saturday shootings
       
Upon arrival, the victim, Alton Veal, 30, of 665 Garden Street, Hartford, was located suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased, police said.
Trust no one becomes cyber mantra after massive hacking attacks
       
You also have to put strict limits on the people already inside, thus the shorthand for the security model: "zero trust." The embrace of zero trust has occurred in part because of U.S. failures to prevent major breaches linked to Russia and China. But so far, more than a half a decade later, zero trust remains an aspirational goal across much of the U.S. government. Zero trust may not have blocked the hacks, experts said, but they likely would have limited the damage. But adopting a zero trust model can be costly and time consuming.
Oklahoma City's economy shows signs of recovery from COVID-19 collapse
       
That would leave Oklahoma City with employment still below pre-pandemic levels in 2019. A March survey by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber indicates many of those workers will return as long as COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. Vaccinations soon will be available to all in Oklahoma City, and current predictions suggest a return to some normalcy by summer. In the forecast prepared for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Evans and Long caution their forecast is not guaranteed. The shift in oil and gas and what that means for Oklahoma City moving forward hasn’t gone away.
Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season
       
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Hundreds of people age 70 and above gathered at Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square to get a jab in two big tents. “We are so happy.”Vaccination has proceeded slowly in the Balkan country since mid-January before the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine, with Albania receiving less than 100,000 Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V doses. Albania, which has a population of 2.8 million, has signed contracts for a total of about 2.5 million vaccine doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V and Sinovac. The government is continuing to work on securing new vaccine contracts so the entire population can be fully vaccinated by early 2022.
Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?
       
In a separate survey of 1,000 adult smokers, Rigotti and her colleagues found about a third reported smoking more during the first six months of the pandemic. Alli Comstock of Los Angeles had been smoke-free for seven years when she lost her child care job last March because of the pandemic. Facing her first long-term stretch of unemployment, she started smoking again, out of a combination of boredom and anxiety. “It just felt like something else to do and it made me feel calmer,” said Comstock, 32, adding that she knows cigarettes, which contain the stimulant nicotine, don't help relieve anxiety. Research has linked other traumatic events to relapses among ex-smokers, including after the 9/11 attacks.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark “stay at home” message that has curtailed everyday life — and kept the virus in check — for almost three months. From Monday, it will be replaced in England with a message to stay local. People will be allowed to meet in groups of six outdoors and can resume outdoor sports such as basketball, tennis and golf. The other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are taking broadly similar steps.
Film on undercover journalist baiting and exposing ISIS recruiter gets US release
       
In 2014 a French journalist took to social media in an attempt to bait and expose a Syria-based Islamic State recruiter. Establishing a connection with a recruiter turned out to be surprisingly easy, and it happened to be with a prominent figure. Now, ”Profile” has been picked up by Focus Features and is slated for a U.S. release, the studio announced. After confirming the film’s American release, Bekmambetov commented that its relevance is greater now than ever due to an online migration fueled by COVID-19. “The authorities, fearing the terrorists could trace my address and my identity, have twice asked me to change my phone number.
Nashville flash flooding triggered by record rainfall
       
Parts of Tennessee, including Nashville, were under a flash flood emergency early Sunday morning as a powerful storm system rolled through the region -- with reports of people clinging to trees and taking refuge in their attics to avoid the rising water.
Health-Care Workers Are Bragging on TikTok About Forging Vax Cards
       
Since Monday, Walker and Sparks have, combined, posted more than half a dozen TikTok videos calling out health-care workers who’ve talked online about forging or attempting to forge vaccine cards. Sounds like the beginning.”The backlash against Walker and Sparks’ crusade to uncover anti-vaxxer health-care workers on TikTok has been harsh. Reached by The Daily Beast, Stauffer admitted to writing the posts but denied she’d made eight cards. “When people hear that health-care workers are doing this, it undermines the faith the public has in these institutions and their ability to keep them safe,” Schaffner said. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey review – definitive life of a literary great in thrall to his libido
       
The two great and lasting traumas of Roth’s life were his marriages. The liberations from these tortured relationships propelled the two great breakthroughs of Roth’s writing career. Bailey notes that his fictional selves, Nathan Zuckerman and the rest, often showed Roth in the worst possible light. “She’s a great adultress, but not a great mate,” Roth noted in a letter. “The same was arguably true of Roth,” Bailey suggests (that “arguably” is one of the few redundant words in his beautifully written book).
Boy finds fossil up to 500m years old in his West Midlands garden
       
A six-year-old boy has found a fossil dating back millions of years in his garden after receiving a fossil-hunting kit for Christmas. Siddak Singh Jhamat, known as Sid, said he was excited to find the fossil in his garden in Walsall after digging for worms. I was really excited about what it really was.”Siddak Singh Jhamat identified the fossil through a Facebook he is a member of. “The period that they existed from was between 500m and 251m years ago, the Paleozoic era,” he said. Vish Singh said: “Lots and lots of people have commented on how amazing it is to find something in the back garden.
Mel Giedroyc: 'I’ve never been one of the cool gang. It’s a good feeling'
       
Giedroyc loved every minute of the writing: “Hand on heart, I just want to write another one.”We rented a 70s flat for nearly two years. I don’t want people to think I’m saying: ‘Come on chaps, we’ve got nothing and it’s all great.’ But I wrote this in the winter of 2019, pre-corona. Growing up, money was never discussed but, “we always knew money was not the thing we should strive for”. It’s a good feeling.” Another good feeling is being the youngest of four: “I adore my siblings [Miko, a musician, Kasia, a diplomat’s wife, Coky, a TV director]. Invisibility…oh my God, that’s the best thing.”
True-crime fanatics on the hunt: inside the world of amateur detectives
       
Most members dedicate hours of spare time to the siteWebsleuths allows true-crime fanatics like Griffith to connect and collaborate with other amateur sleuths around the world. Over the years, a multitude of cases have been picked over by Websleuths members – and they have recorded considerable success investigating murders, missing people and unidentified-persons cases. RBI boasts nearly 444,000 members and uses “the power of Reddit to solve crimes/mysteries” and hunt down open-source clues. When he stumbled upon a hit-and-run case that RBI had solved, the forum seemed a natural place for his interests. At their best, they combine expertise, skill and knowhow from around the world for the common good.
Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat is a feast of favourite recipes and high camp
       
A still-warm yorkshire pudding is placed in a bowl. It is hard to describe this dessert as a recipe, although, of course, the yorkshire pudding demands one. It’s more of an idea and a bloody good one at that: normally you eat yorkshire puddings that way but you could, you know, try it this way. ‘There’s a gentle chorus of sighs’: yorkshire pudding with cream and golden syrup. How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson is published by Vintage, £14.99.
'Lack of perspective': why Ursula von der Leyen's EU vaccine strategy is failing
       
Forging unity within the European Union is rarely easy for a president of the European commission but Ursula von der Leyen managed at least to bring together two strange bedfellows in recent days. As for Juncker’s intervention, sources close to the ex-president say his target was not Von der Leyen but instead the EU’s member states. It has been seen by many in Brussels as a reflection of the growing exasperation, both within the institution and the governments, of some of the member states at Von der Leyen’s performance. “We’re tired of being the scapegoat,” Von der Leyen said in a recent interview. Von der Leyen, he suggests, may have been guilty of letting Boris Johnson get under her skin.
Paloma Faith documentary branded both ‘depressing’ and ‘empowering’ by viewers
       
Fans are reacting to Paloma Faith’s new BBC documentary, which shines a light on the difficulties she faced after giving birth while trying to continue her career. Paloma Faith: As I Am shows Faith behind the scenes as she tries to care for her baby while setting out on a world tour for her 2017 album, The Architect. “The Paloma Faith doc is a depressing, but I fear quite accurate look at the mundanity of the big money pop world,” he wrote. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Paloma Faith: As I Am is available on BBC iPlayer now.
Musical notation branded 'colonialist' by Oxford professors hoping to 'decolonise' the curriculum
       
Musical notation has been branded "colonialist" by Oxford professors hoping to reform their courses to focus less on white European culture, The Telegraph can reveal. Academics are deconstructing the university's music offering after facing pressure to "decolonise" the curriculum following the Black Lives Matter protests. The Telegraph has seen proposals for changes to undergraduate courses, in which some staff question the current curriculum's "complicity in white supremacy". Professors said the classical repertoire taught at Oxford, which spans works by Mozart and Beethoven, focuses too much on "white European music from the slave period". Documents reveal that faculty members, who decide on courses that form the music degree, have proposed reforms to address this "white hegemony", including rethinking the study of musical notation because it is a "colonialist representational system".
Channel Nine cyber attack disrupts live broadcasts in Australia
       
Assistant Defence Minister Andrew Hastie said access to IT and emails at Parliament House had been cut as a precaution. He said this was done in response to issues affecting an "external provider", without elaborating.
Good news: Asteroid Apophis won’t hit Earth for at least 100 years, says NASA
       
An asteroid thought to be one of the most likely to pose a threat to Earth won’t collide with the planet for at least another 100 years, NASA has said. Apophis is named after a Greek god, enemy of the sun god Ra, and is associated with darkness, death and destruction. “A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility anymore, and our calculations don’t show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years,” said Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. “With the support of recent optical observations and additional radar observations, the uncertainty in Apophis’ orbit has collapsed from hundreds of kilometers to just a handful of kilometers when projected to 2029. It will be visible to observers on the ground in the Eastern Hemisphere without the aid of a telescope or binoculars, NASA said.
Iraq's Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five
       
More than 2,500 years later, in Ottoman-ruled Baghdad, Jews were the second largest community in the city, making up 40% of its inhabitants. Today, “one prays at home”, said a Baghdad resident knowledgeable of the city’s Jewish community, who also chose to remain anonymous. A turning point for Jewish history in Iraq came with the first pogroms in the mid-20th century. In June 1941, the Farhud pogrom in Baghdad left more than 100 Jews dead, properties looted and homes destroyed. ‘Normal life’ elsewhereDecades of conflict and instability — with the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, the invasion of Kuwait, an international embargo, the 2003 American invasion and the ensuing violence — completed the erosion of the Jewish community.
HRH Crown Prince Announces: “The Saudi Green Initiative and The Middle East Green Initiative” The official Saudi Press Agency
       
Riyadh, March 27, 2021, SPA -- “The Saudi Green Initiative and The Middle East Green Initiative:“, the two initiatives that are to be launched soon, aim to chart a path for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region in protecting the planet, by clearly defining an ambitious road map that rallies the region and significantly contributes to achieving global targets in confronting climate change.HRH the Crown Prince noted, as a leading global oil producer, the Kingdom fully recognizes its share of responsibility in advancing the fight against the climate crisis. Just as the Kingdom underpinned energy markets during the oil and gas era, it is going to become a global leader in forging a greener world.HRH the Crown Prince added, The Kingdom and the region face significant climate challenges, such as desertification, an immediate economic risk to the Kingdom and the region (USD 13Bn is currently lost due to dust storms in the region every year), Air pollution from greenhouse gases also is estimated to have shortened average Saudi life expectancy by 1.5 years. This is all part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote public health and raise quality of life for its citizens and residents.HRH the Crown Prince noted, at a global level, these initiatives emanate from the Kingdom‘s leadership role towards common international issues, and a continuation of Kingdom’s efforts to protect the planet during its presidency of the G20 summit last year, in which a dedicated environmental declaration was issued, concept of Circular Carbon Economy were adopted, and the first environmental taskforce was established, alongside the launching of two global initiatives to reduce land degradation and protection of coral reefs.HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman concluded his statement by saying: “I am proud to announce the Saudi and Middle East Green Initiatives, but this is only a start.The Kingdom, the region and the world needs to go much further and faster in combatting climate change. Given ou
Diana's designer admits constantly dressing up was 'relentless' for Princess of Wales
       
A designer who dressed Princess Diana for ten years says she was the 'perfect client' throughout their friendship. It was through children's charity Barnardo's that Oldfield met Diana - who was president of the charity from 1984 to 1996. Oldfield previously explained how customers stopped buying from him when Diana stopped wearing his gowns. It means everybody looks at you as if to say "You're rubbish, we're not going to buy from you any more".' However during lockdown, the designer started a new business, re-employing his old staff and working from a new studio.
Duchess of Cambridge recycles Sézane Margeurite Blouse
       
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared effortlessly stylish as she recycled a Sézane blouse for a portrait inside her new photo book released today. It is not the first that she's worn her now out of stock Sézane Margeurite blouse, having previously teamed it with a wine coloured jumper for the Cambridge's Christmas card 2020 and with a Troy London jacket at an engagement in 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) recycled a Sézane Margeurite blouse and wine colour sweater for a photograph to accompany her new photo bookKate's photograph for her Hold Still project is believed to have been taken during the Christmas card photoshoot, as she is seen wearing the same minimalist make-up and subtle accessories. Fashion stylist Rochelle White, told Femail: 'I love that Kate opted for the wine colour jumper and frilly blouse under it. However, Kate has been know for recycling her garments and this jumper we have seen before on the family Christmas card in 2020.
Over 70s in poor health are facing ban on night time driving in licence shake up
       
Drivers over the age of 70 who suffer from poor health could be allowed to retain their licences if they stick to roads in their local area. New proposals being discussed by the DVLA and Driving Mobility would also see elderly motorists installing a tracker on their vehicle as part of a 'graduated driving licence' scheme. Edward Trewhella, chief executive of Driving Mobility, said that many elderly drivers tend to stick to their local areas anyway when driving, making short trips to carry out personal errands. At present, a driving licence expires when a motorist reaches the age of 70 and those who wish to stay on the road have to contact the DVLA. There are 5,525,452 drivers aged 70 and over holding a full driver's licence in the UK.
Police now questioning if missing Brit Sarm Heslop boarded her boyfriend's boat as he claims
       
Police officers investigating the disappearance of Sarm Heslop in the US Virgin Islands are now looking into whether she ever returned to her American boyfriend's boat. Tony Derima, a spokesman for the Virgin Islands Police Department said: 'Nothing so far actually confirms the couple went back to the yacht together that night.' He was similarly reluctant to talk about the night Heslop vanished when DailyMail.com caught up with him on shore Wednesday, stonewalling our questions by saying 'no comment' four times. While police confirmed they are scouring CCTV to understand whether Ms Heslop returned to the catamaran, DailyMail.com has learned of further possible stumbles in the inquiry relating to the video evidence. 'Sadly that's the Virgin Islands.
Mega Wheels drive-through event to offer contactless car show content
       
As summer descends upon us, the itch to get out and enjoy car shows and events grow ever more… itchy. The Mega-Wheels Drive-Thru experience hopes to offer all the excitement of summer car events while remaining safe during the pandemic. As we are still in a pandemic, the event is completely drive-through, which means no contact with other humans. Specific displays will also be entered into a contest, and patrons can vote for specific vehicles to win prizes. To get tickets for the event, just log on to the Mega-Wheels website and book a time slot.
How to open a country in 90 days — a six-step plan to Fourth of July cookouts
       
Here, we propose a set of six interim goals for reducing the burden of COVID-19 in the U.S. over the next 90 days. Certainly, a widely expanded communications and behavior change campaign would be needed to reach this interim goal. This interim goal should be achieved immediately and kept in place until at least June 30. David Holtgrave, Ph.D., is the dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health and SUNY Distinguished professor. Ronald O. Valdiserri M.D., MPH is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Latest Attempt At Owning The Libs Backfires
       
Every time I think "she can't be that dumb" you come out and say something like this. You can't vote on the same day you register in GA - but you can get a gun. Now that I think about it, the GA and CO shooters both purchased theirs gun within days of the murders.
Former eBay security director arrested for harassing journalist with live cockroaches
       
Six former eBay employees have been charged with a bizarre stalking campaign against an e-commerce newsletter. According to an affidavit, the team was attempting to stifle negative coverage from the newsletter, as well as insults from an anonymous commenter. They created anonymous Twitter accounts to send insults and threats to the Massachusetts couple, then escalated this into in-person harassment. eBay apologizes to the affected individuals and is sorry that they were subjected to this,” the statement reads. eBay confirmed to The Verge that one was eBay’s then-CEO Devin Wenig.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi's visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
Violence has raged on since Modi’s departure as anger has swelled over the deaths. On Friday, dozens of people were injured in the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured, a police official said. “They attacked the train and damaged its engine room and almost all the coaches,” the official told Reuters, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Protesters also vandalised and burned several buses in Dhaka as they blocked many roads, a police official said.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
The Islamist groups accuse Modi of discriminating against minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India and violence escalated rapidly during his visit. On Friday, dozens of people were injured in the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Thousands of Islamist activists marched down the streets of Chittagong and Dhaka on Saturday in protest. On Sunday, activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured. “Police opened fire on our peaceful supporters,” Hefazat-e-Islam’s organising secretary Azizul Haque told a rally in Chittagong on Saturday.
Chinese digital art mocks Western criticism of labour conditions in Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - A digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labour conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China’s social media. A digital illustration titled "Blood Cotton Initiative" by Chinese artist Wuheqilin is seen in this handout image provided to Reuters March 28, 2021. Western governments and rights groups have accused authorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uighurs in camps, drawing fierce denials from Beijing, who says the camps are vocational training centres that help combat religious extremism. Earlier this year, BBC reported that women in the camps had been subject to rape, sexual abuse and torture. Entitled “Blood Cotton Initiative”, the illustration also refers to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), an international group that promotes sustainable cotton production which said in October it was suspending its approval of cotton sourced from Xinjiang, citing human rights concerns.
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
       
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. Ever Given container ship is seen in Suez Canal in this satellite image taken by Satellogic?s NewSat-16 on March 25, 2021. At least 369 boats are waiting to transit the canal, Rabie said, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. ‘POSITIVE INDICATORS’“There are positive indicators from yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is a key source of foreign currency revenues for Egypt.
Vaccine Line-Jumping in the Philippines Is Getting So Bad That WHO Might Punish the Country for It
       
In a televised speech late Wednesday, Duterte himself acknowledged the conditions set by WHO and its COVAX Facility, ordering health authorities to investigate. The problem here is that we’re still in the first group [of health workers],” he said. Advertisement“We targeted healthcare workers and we’re strict with the screening, unless they duped us and pretended to be healthcare workers,” she said. But healthcare workers on the ground are losing patience and growing frustrated with the laissez-faire approach to line-jumping. Our vaccine supply is very limited for now and it’s not enough for healthcare workers in the country,” the doctor who shared the Instagram story screenshot said.
Rape case involving major film star and senior politician reignites Serbia's #MeToo movement
       
In the show “Pressing” on N1 TV, Štajnfeld said that she did not report the rape because certain close friends in whom she confided implied that she might not be an innocent party. The mission of the film “Hold me right” was to direct attention towards the experience and position of the victim. Regarding the accusations lodged against him by Štajnfeld, Le?i? has said that he is prepared to report at the Prosecutor's office to answer the charges. Another claim against Le?i?After Danijela Štajnfeld's accusation against Branislav Le?i? became public, the journalist Hristina Stoiljkovi? came forward with a similar claim. Serbian pro-government tabloids are also having a field day gloating about an alleged rapist who is also an opposition politician.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after Covid screening
       
If one overlooked the white face masks dotting the tightly packed crowd of music lovers, it was almost like pre-pandemic times in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi concert hall Saturday night. Five thousand rock fans enjoyed a real-as-can-be concert after passing a same-day coronavirus screening to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organisers. Things that nowadays aren’t that normal, sadly.”The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities to perform. Instead, concertgoers agreed public health authorities could inform Revollo’s team if they came down with coronavirus in the weeks after the concert.
Large block trades that caused selling raises questions about cause
       
FILE PHOTO: The Goldman Sachs company logo is seen in the company's space on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 17, 2018. Bloomberg and the Financial Times on Saturday reported thatGoldman liquidated more than $10 billion of stocks in the blocktrades. The Financial Times reported that Goldman toldcounterparties that the sales were prompted by a “forceddeleveraging”, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The Financial Times reported that Morgan Stanley sold $4billion worth of shares earlier in the day, followed by another$4 billion in the afternoon. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.
Mother of 6 Fatally Shot in Road Rage Episode, Police Say
       
A mother of six children was fatally shot in North Carolina during a case of road rage on Thursday as the woman and her husband were on a getaway trip, the authorities said. Officials said they responded around noon to a report of a person shot on Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., about 125 miles from Charlotte, N.C. She was taken to Southeastern Health in Lumberton, where she later died, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said. The couple celebrated their anniversary this week, Sheriff Burnis Wilkins of Robeson County said on Facebook. They were headed to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for a getaway, the sheriff said.
Q&A with Rhett & Link: Battling YouTube sensations, keeping the team together and blood oaths
       
Rhett: Yeah, I do appreciate that when you say YouTube sensations, a lot of times it needs to come with a disclaimer. They watch YouTube endlessly and see those guys playing the video games and they're just screaming. But I think in the way you interact with a spouse, the most healthy relationships have high frequency but low amplitude conflict. We had these two rocks — one was a little rock and one was a big rock. And you could only speak if you were on the little rock, and then you could speak freely if you were on the big rock.
Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar
       
He was shot dead by junta forces in Mandalay’s Chan Mya Thar Si Township, his family said. Bhamo Platform said security forces told her family to sign a document absolving them from responsibility in her death. Funeralgoers said security forces had opened fire at the ceremony on Sunday. Barricades had been set up in the area and security forces opened fire, although there were no protests at the time, they said. A neighbour said security forces took away his body in a blue plastic sheet.
Putin: Russia to reach herd immunity to COVID-19 by end-summer - Ifax
       
FILE PHOTO: People rest on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island with the St. Isaac's Cathedral in the background on the first day of holidays ordered by President Vladimir Putin to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Saint Petersburg, Russia March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Anton VaganovMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he expected Russia to reach herd immunity to coronavirus and lift pandemic-related restrictions by the end of summer, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing his televised comments. Putin, who got vaccinated this week with a Russian-made vaccine, also said the only side effects he experienced were slight pain in his muscles the next morning and an uncomfortable feeling in the site of the injection.
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny asks for painkiller injections: public commission
       
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny asked for help from a public commission to get access to painkiller injections for severe pain in his leg, the head of the commission said in a statement, published on Saturday night. Slideshow ( 2 images )Navalny was jailed last month for two and a half years on charges he called politically motivated. Members of a local Public Monitoring Commission, a semi-official body with access to Russian prisons, visited Navalny in his penal colony 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow on Friday. The commission did not say if Navalny received the painkiller injections he asked for. Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev, who visited the politician the day before the public monitors, said he was not aware of his request for the painkiller injection.
Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic
       
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter’s Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis receives in audience members of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission in the Vatican March 26, 2021. “The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord,” he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. In a small-scale version of a traditional Palm Sunday service, the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processed to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope’s Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, will also take place with a limited number of participants.
EU's Breton sees similar summer tourist season to last year
       
FILE PHOTO: Tourists are seen at the Caffe Quadri at St. Mark's Square a day before Italy and neighbouring EU countries open up borders for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak hit the country, in Venice, Italy June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriPARIS (Reuters) - European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday that he hopes Europe will have a summer tourist season “comparable to last year”, supported by mass vaccination against COVID-19. Breton, who heads the EU executive’s vaccine task force, reiterated on RTL radio and TV channel LCI that the EU should deliver enough COVID-19 vaccines by mid-July to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity.
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
       
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. Slideshow ( 5 images )Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded vessel have so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand, to a depth of 18 metres, and efforts would continue around the clock according to wind conditions and tides, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered preparations for the possible removal of some of the ship’s cargo to help refloat it, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie told Egypt’s Extra News. “There are positive indicators from yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal.
Maharashtra imposes night curfew after record COVID spike
       
MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Authorities in India’s western state of Maharashtra imposed night curfews on Sunday to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases with the financial capital Mumbai reporting 6,123 new cases, the highest single-day spike since March last year. FILE PHOTO: A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of a passenger amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a railway station in Mumbai, India, March 21, 2021. Residential areas with five or more reported COVID-19 cases in the city have been ordered to be sealed off. India recorded 62,714 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, the highest single-day tally since mid-October last year. ELECTION SEASONThe surge in COVID-19 cases in India comes amid a vital election season, as the eastern state of West Bengal and Assam started voting for state assemblies on Saturday.
Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'
       
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In scenes very different from last year, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre was open to the public on Palm Sunday, allowing Christians to attend mass at the start of Holy Week on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Palm Sunday commemorates the day the gospels say Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was hailed by the people, only to be crucified five days later. This year, Roman Catholics celebrate Easter on April 4 and Orthodox Christians nearly a month later, on May 2. Later the patriarch was expected to take part in a Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City. The procession will take place under Israeli COVID-19 restrictions with a limited number of participants.
An Open Letter To My Shelter Dog's First Owner
       
When I say “our,” I mean me and my husband ? but also you, our dog’s first owner. Less than a week after his fifth birthday, you left him at the shelter with the excuse that you were moving. A year later, I came into his life ? an innocent volunteer, whose intent was just to spend some time playing with dogs. Little did I know that he’d steal my heart almost immediately. Two weeks later, after receiving a clear bill of health, I couldn’t bear to take him back to the shelter.
I Found a Rainbow At the End of My Hunt For a Vaccine Appointment
       
There was even a rainbow-y halo around that big moon, another lucky omen if you’re hungry for such things. He’s a co-creator of RainbowChase, an app that alerts users when nearby conditions are conducive to rainbow sightings. “The Hawaiians thought the rainbow was a path to a higher dimension, and in a real sense, it is,” says Businger. There are Earth-clinging rainbows (uakoko), standing rainbow shafts (k?hili), and barely visible rainbows (punakea). A vertical rainbow, or K?hili over Hawaii Photograph courtesy of Steven Businger/University of Hawai'i in ManoaUnfolded by rainbows are the faces of the flowers.
Pope on pandemic’s second year: Weariness, economic hardship
       
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists clutching olive branches and braided palms before celebrating an outdoor Mass. ADVERTISEMENT“For the second time we are living it (Holy Week) in the context of the pandemic,” Francis said, with around 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families or couples, sitting far apart in the pews. Francis has long suffered from sciatica, and recently had a bad bout of the condition, which can trigger leg and back pain. Those measures include a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants or cafes and on travel between regions and towns. People are allowed only one holiday visit per day to homes of family or friends from April 3 to 5.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
Pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and all stores selling nonessential items such as books and footwear have spent much of the past year closed. Pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and all stores selling nonessential items such as books and footwear have spent much of the past year closed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. Most nonessential businesses remain closed, along with pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports stadiums. While many European nations are seeing a new surge in the pandemic, Britain is counting on a rapid mass-vaccination program to help it end lockdown.
Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season
       
Albania started a mass vaccination campaign trying to inoculate half a million people opening the way to a more relaxed incoming summer tourism season. Albania started a mass vaccination campaign trying to inoculate half a million people opening the way to a more relaxed incoming summer tourism season. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Edi Rama went to Turkey and brought back the 192,000 Sinovac doses. The remainder of the 500,000 Sinovac doses Albania is due to receive will come in two months.
Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?
       
Anti-smoking advocates are warning that the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed efforts to get more Americans to quit in 2020. Anti-smoking advocates are warning that the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed efforts to get more Americans to quit in 2020. But services to help smokers quit -- delivered via phone and online -- would seem well-positioned to withstand the disruptions of the pandemic. In a recent report, the coalition of anti-smoking counselors cited the pandemic and the drop in public awareness messaging. Smokers who called Minnesota’s hotline reported smoking more, but also said they were more motivated to quit because of COVID-19.
Amid A Myriad Of Crises, Lebanon Now Confronts An Ecological Disaster On Its Shores
       
Enlarge this image toggle caption Ruth Sherlock/NPR Ruth Sherlock/NPR"It's too terrible. Enlarge this image toggle caption Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP via Getty ImagesThe oil spill has already claimed victims. In neighboring Israel, the oil spill has been declared the biggest ecological disaster in years, with tar damaging more than 90% of the coast. Enlarge this image toggle caption Ruth Sherlock/NPR Ruth Sherlock/NPRA hampered responseIn Lebanon, where the oil spill comes after a year of myriad crises, the government has been unable to organize anything resembling a similar response. Enlarge this image toggle caption Ruth Sherlock/NPR Ruth Sherlock/NPREven with machinery like this, Dbouk worries they may not be able to thoroughly clean the beach.
'It's Hurtful': Trans Youth Speaks Out As Alabama Debates Banning Medical Treatment
       
So Hall is watching with alarm as the Alabama legislature advances bills that would outlaw hormone treatment for him and other trans youth in the state. Alabama is one of 20 states that have introduced bills that would prohibit gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. Hall and his mother, Carla Saunée, found a clinic in Birmingham that provides medical care to trans youth. The swift progress of the trans medical care ban through the Alabama legislature has caused anxiety for families like theirs. This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement calling bills that prohibit trans medical care, or that ban trans girls from women's sports teams, "dangerous."
Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'
       
Stocks like Marriott are now trading right around pre-pandemic levels as investors pile into any turnaround play they can find. If you’re more bullish than the market, Marriott stock will be one to watch closely. Nordstrom (JWN) Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Higher-end retailer Nordstrom is a bellwether stock more than any of its retail peers. This is because a rather wide swath of retail stocks have been swept up by “meme stock” fever of late. Rather, Nordstrom has been a retail stock with a stock chart that more closely approximates the other reopening plays right now.
Honda agrees to sell British car plant to logistics giant Panattoni
       
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda has agreed to sell its only British car plant at Swindon in southern England to logistics giant Panattoni, a company spokesman said on Saturday, as the new owner reportedly plans to make a large investment at the sprawling site. The Japanese automaker, which builds about a tenth of the 1.5 million car output in Britain, made the decision two years after it announced its intention in 2019 to cease production at its Swindon plant. The plant closer is expected to lead to 3,500 job losses. Panattoni said it was making a 700 million pounds ($965 million) investment in its logistics-related development, with the aim of creating new jobs, once Honda completes decommissioning of the plant that builds its Civic hatchbacks, likely next spring, the Financial Times reported earlier. ($1 = 0.7254 pounds)(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu and Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
Virginia Beach Police Chief Admits Cops Have No Idea if Black Man Shot by Officer Was Armed
       
But the circumstances of the second shooting, during which Lynch was killed, remain unclear. At this point, no.”Neudigate also could not say how many times Lynch was shot. And if anyone was hoping the bodycam footage could clear things up, the police chief said the camera was not on at the time of the fatal shooting. Story continues“There is no bodycam footage. There is an expectation [officers] activate the body camera.”Investigators had not yet interviewed the officer who shot Lynch, he said.
Colombia accuses FARC dissidents over car bomb attack
       
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia on Saturday accused FARC dissidents of detonating a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the country's Cauca province, which left 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and caused material damages. The attack, which took place on Friday, was condemned by the government and a United Nations mission in Colombia. The attack was carried out by the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Molano said. FARC dissidents reject a 2016 peace deal which ended the group's part in Colombia's armed conflict, which has left 260,000 dead and millions displaced. Government officials and the armed forces estimate there are between 2,500 and 3,000 FARC dissidents throughout the country.
Op-Ed: My Hong Kong is now a paradise lost
       
A year later, I was caught by Chinese fishermen near Hong Kong after I had struggled for eight hours in the rough sea. When I finally stepped on the soil of Hong Kong on my third attempt, I believed I had reached paradise. Hong Kongers proudly proclaimed: “Hong Kong never sleeps!” My heart cheered: “Hong Kong is the pearl of the Orient!”My father was working in Taiwan’s customs office in Hong Kong when Mao took over China in 1949. But now, even as an American citizen, I dare not visit Hong Kong again. I’ve made many trips to Hong Kong after I left for America in 1975.
Mexico’s real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000
       
Mexico’s government acknowledged Saturday that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. The only way to get a clear picture is to review “excess deaths” and review death certificates. As of the end of December, excess death estimates suggested a total of about 220,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in Mexico. Excess deaths are determined by comparing the deaths in a given year to those that would be expected based on data from previous years. A review of death certificates found about 70.5% of the excess deaths were COVID-19 related, often because it was listed on the certificates as a suspected or contributing cause of death.
Buildings don’t design themselves
       
Last Sunday’s article about the new Somerville High School (“Gleaming High School rises in Somerville,” Metro, March 21), by John Laidler, made for good reading for this architect. I was disappointed, however, to read not a single mention of the architects or engineers. Buildings don’t design themselves — they take prodigious energy and creative work on the part of talented professionals to ensure that they skillfully accommodate complex functions, the physical context, and a sense of pleasure in appearance. Just as you wouldn’t discuss a book without mention of its author, or a painting without crediting the artist, please, in the future, be sure to connect buildings to their architects and consultants. They surely deserve credit for their work.
A refreshing look down the road at 65+
       
As a 76-year-old resident of Boston, I read with great interest Elizabeth Dugan’s article on understanding and building age-friendly communities (“How Mass. can become a living laboratory for aging,” Opinion, March 22). It is refreshing to see that someone is looking down the road as the over-65 population grows. There is a progressive organization, Beacon Hill Village, that has been enhancing the lives of seniors for years. It is a model for addressing needs and developing programs.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. AdvertisementThe other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are taking broadly similar steps. While many European nations are seeing a new surge in the pandemic, Britain is counting on a rapid mass-vaccination program to help it end lockdown. Remaining restrictions are to end June 21, if the country isn't facing a new virus surge. “It’s really important that people who are vaccinated can remember that they aren’t completely protected,” he told the BBC.
Valet Living Part-Time Trash Collector in Dfw, TX
       
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Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family
       
Dear Amy: My wife doesn’t discard anything! – Worried I’ll be BuriedDear Worried: Your wife might have a hoarding disorder. This probably did not come on overnight, and you likely adjusted to the conditions in your home as her hoarding behavior increased. Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. (You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Dear Abby: My mother buys old-lady clothes for me, my teen daughters
       
DEAR ABBY: My mother keeps buying me (and my now-teenage daughters) clothes from a catalog for elderly women. — WINCING IN LANSING, MICH.DEAR WINCING: Do NOT tell your mother you and your daughters have been donating the clothes she orders for you. DEAR ABBY: I have meddling in-laws. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Historic Las Olas would look vastly different after extreme makeover. That pretty median may disappear.
       
“I don’t like any of it,” said Ken Cooper, a resident of the Isles who lost a race for mayor last year. The whole project is insane. They wanted to take out 72 royal palms from the median between 15th avenue and the Las Olas bridge. They want to take out the black olives. If you take out the median and the black olives, you’ve just lost all the charm of Las Olas.”
On vaccinations, we’ve acted locally. Time to start thinking globally | Letters to the editor
       
Since I like history, I did read the story, but nevertheless I thought this would have been more suited to somewhere inside the paper, like page 18 or 27. But the real reason you ran the story, along with its placement, is that Sen. Mastiano supported President Trump and you wanted to smear him somehow with this bizarre attack on his academic career and, in so doing, also smear President Trump by association.
21 Oklahoma community health centers to get over $63 million in COVID relief funding
       
Community health centers across Oklahoma will receive over $63 million in funding to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations. The funding is going to 21 community health centers in Oklahoma as part of the American Rescue Plan, President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and will be awarded in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The money is aimed at bolstering existing COVID-19 efforts and allows health centers to use the funding to expand their capacity and deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at a higher risk for COVID-19. “Along with the nation, our COVID response message continues to evolve,” Variety Care CEO Lou Carmichael said in a statement. "This historic funding will help us continue to deliver preventative and primary health care services to community members at risk for COVID-19," said Dr. Lydia Nightingale, Variety Care's chief medical officer.
Connecting the Dots of History — Celebrating Kate Barnard
       
By Trait Thompson and Elizabeth M. B. BassFor The OklahomanOklahoma’s history is full of the stories of women making a difference. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we are focusing our attention on “Oklahoma’s Good Angel,” Kate Barnard. Her diary, housed in the collections of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center, provides critical insight into her years as an advocate for those forgotten by society. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we look back on her life and legacy. They are Connecting the Dots of history to provide a better understanding of where we have been and where we are going as a community.
The Latest: No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
       
———PELHRIMOV, Czech Republic — A year after the Czech Republic recorded its first death from the coronavirus, the central European nation paused this week to remember all the citizens who lost their lives in the pandemic. Few imagined in March 2020 that the country of 10.7 million eventually would have one of the world’s highest per capita death tolls. But it’s not just grim statistics that have torn the fabric of Czech life. There’s always a personal story behind each life lost. ———MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government is acknowledging that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000.
Richmond neighbors: Obituaries for March 28
       
In loving memory of Frank M. Johnson, Jr. They say grief is easier to bear as time goes by, However it doesn't stop me from wondering why?
Oklahoma County jail inmate shot, killed after hostage situation
       
Oklahoma City police shot and killed an inmate at the Oklahoma County jail after a hostage situation Saturday night involving a guard. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office responded just before 4:30 p.m. after the detention officer was taken hostage. Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department officials asked for help from the Oklahoma City Police Department because the sheriff's office didn't have enough staff to enter the jail. “The inhumane conditions of the Oklahoma County jail are horrendous.”Dickerson joined others standing outside the jail earlier in the day, waiting for word of what happened. The control of the jail shifted to the Oklahoma County Jail Trust in July from the sheriff's department.
Personalised number plates linked to Covid-19 banned by DVLA
       
Personalised numbers plates that refer to Covid-19 and the pandemic have been banned by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Unique number plates can change hands for between £150 and £200,000 with some people viewing the most valuable ones as potential investments. Last year, the number plate 1NHS sold at the height of the pandemic for £120,000 at an online auction. “Backed by a massive government campaign, NHS plates are now collectors’ items and have a real value. Thirty years after selling personalised registrations, the Government revealed nearly six million private plates had been sold to motorists, generating around £2 billion for the Treasury.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after Covid-19 screening
       
The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organisers. Things that nowadays aren’t that normal, sadly.”The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities to perform. “Some of the musicians are crying over here.”Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they could take a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. Spectators a nderwent Covid-19 rapid antigen tests and were required to wear face masks. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/APInstead, concertgoers agreed public health authorities could inform Revollo’s team if they came down with coronavirus in the weeks after the concert.
Princess Eugenie got into trouble with royals for sharing behind-the-scenes palace photo
       
Princess Eugenie got into trouble with the Queen for sharing a photo of an "off-limits" area of Buckingham Palace. In June 2018, Eugenie posted a picture of her father Prince Andrew in Buckingham Palace. Eugenie told Vogue in 2018: "I recently got in trouble for posting a picture of Papa in a corridor of the palace that was off-limits to the public." Last week, Eugenie shared a new photograph of baby son August to mark her 31st birthday. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
When is Easter 2021 and why does the date change every year?
       
Unlike Christmas, the date of Easter is subject to change, as its date is determined by a lunisolar calendar. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world South Africa Nuns carry a cross during a silent march celebrating Good Friday in Durban. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Mexico Masked penitents prepare before the start of a procession, a part of Holy Week celebrations, in Taxco. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Philippines Penitents wearing masks, known locally as "Morions" take a selfie during the start of Holy Week celebrations in Mogpog, Marinduque. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Hungary Hungary Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Philippines Resident portraying Roman soldier pulls up a nail on a foot of penitent Ruben Enaje in Pampanga, Philippines.
The £1bn shocker: 10 years on, is The Book of Mormon too offensive to stage?
       
Among those photographed on the red carpet that night were Jeff Daniels, Ron Howard, Aaron Sorkin and Alan Cumming. The show they were there to see – The Book of Mormon, the debut stage musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the potty-mouthed animated sitcom South Park – was unquestionably the season’s hottest ticket, but it was also the riskiest prospect. In an April 2011 article for National Public Radio, Janice C Simpson took Parker and Stone to task for “indulging in cultural colonialism of the most insidious kind”. The Book of Mormon had its roots in Stone and Parker’s chance encounter in 2003 with Robert Lopez, the co-composer of the scabrous hit adult puppet stage show Avenue Q. Stone and Parker took Lopez on a field trip to Salt Lake City, but progress was fitful.
Piers Morgan admits he shouldn’t have stormed out of Alex Beresford debate on GMB
       
Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has admitted he was wrong to walk out during a debate with his then-colleague Alex Beresford, during a heated discussion about Meghan Markle. The now-infamous incident saw Morgan defending himself over his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, as Bereford challenged him about his frequent criticism of her. Writing for the Mail on Sunday about his subsequent departure from the ITV breakfast show, Morgan claimed he was under considerable strain at the time. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. ITV announced Morgan had “decided to leave” Good Morning Britain on 9 March, shortly after Ofcom said it had launched an investigation under its harm and offence rules.
Bachelor star Bekah Martinez says she was sexually assaulted while out with her children
       
Bachelor star Bekah Martinez has posted a lengthy post after being sexually assaulted while out with her children. I’m mad,” Martinez wrote, as she revealed she had suffered a similar experience five years ago. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“I don’t care what you have to do to teach your sons to respect the people around them. She also received several messages of support from her fellow Bachelor alumni.
Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei
       
Japan is set to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining China, the EU and other countries that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. In line with international standards, the certificate can be managed on a mobile app, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel, the report said. PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
ICYMI: Hotdogs, hungry horses and orange skies
       
In our weekly In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) round-up video, we bring you a selection of stories that might have passed you by during the preceding seven days. This time we bring you volcanic fast food and orange skies, then barge in with hay for hungry horses.
Covid updates: Oliver Dowden says Moderna vaccine expected in April
       
He said an increase in the number of virus cases is "inevitable as we relax restrictions". Without the entire adult population being vaccinated "there is still potential for the virus to spread" he said. "The question is whether or not those increasing cases will translate into a large number of hospitalisations and deaths." He said the vaccine's efficacy so far was " excellent - and very encouraging" but "we have to be careful". He added that another national lockdown "would be a failure of public health policy" and that we had "all the tools in place" to avoid it.
U.S., Japan and South Korea eye foreign minister meeting in April: source
       
The United States, Japan and South Korea are arranging a meeting of their foreign ministers, possibly in late April, a diplomatic source said, with policy coordination on China and North Korea expected to be high on the agenda. If realized, it will be the first such meeting since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January. The source said their talks are expected to be held in the United States. The news of the plan follows Pyongyang’s recently resumed ballistic missile tests after a year-long hiatus.
Japan, Indonesia defense chiefs opposed to assertive moves by China
       
The defense ministers of Japan and Indonesia on Sunday agreed to send messages to the rest of the world that the two countries will strongly oppose any action by China that could escalate tensions in regional waters. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi also told reporters after holding talks with his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto in Tokyo that they will urge China to refrain from trying to unilaterally change the status quo in the South and East China seas. On Myanmar’s situation, Kishi said they agreed to work closely toward the early restoration of a democratic government. The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Indonesia are scheduled to hold talks together on Tuesday in Tokyo. The so-called two-plus-two talks will be the second of their kind since December 2015.
Video: Oklahoma corrections officer held hostage by inmate
       
Video: Oklahoma prisoner is shot dead after he took a guard hostage and stole his keys to free other inmates, who then livestreamed the harrowing incidentAn Oklahoma corrections officer was held hostage by inmates during an attempted riot at a detention center.
Race to free the Ever Given enters SIXTH day: Two tugboats speed to Suez Canal to join efforts
       
Two heavier tugboats sped to Egypt's Suez Canal on Sunday to join efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway. Workers planned to make two attempts to free the vessel on Sunday, coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. Asked about when they expected to free the vessel and reopen the canal, he said: 'I can't say because I do not know.' Berdowski said two large tugboats were on their way to the canal and are expected to arrive over the weekend. Pictured: Two boats are seen at the entrance of the Suez Canal on SundayThe Ever Given is wedged about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the canal's Red Sea entrance near the city of Suez.
Philippines deploys air force jet over Chinese ships
       
Around 220 boats were first spotted earlier this month at the boomerang-shaped Whitsun Reef around 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island, sparking a diplomatic row. But China, which claims almost the entirety of the South China Sea, says the flotilla is made up of fishing vessels sheltering from bad weather. "We are ready to defend our national sovereignty and protect the marine resources of the Philippines," Lorenzana said, repeating a call for the Chinese ships to withdraw. The resource-rich South China Sea is contested by several countries, including the Philippines and China. But the shift has failed to stem Chinese ambitions in the South China Sea, or unlock much of the billions of dollars of promised trade and loans.
Tugboats sent speeding to Suez Canal to aid attempts to free megaship
       
A satellite image from Maxar Technologies showing the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, March 27, 2021. Two additional tugboats sped Sunday to Egypt's Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the vessel may take even longer to free. Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Moller-Maersk, warned its customers that it would take anywhere from three to six days to clear the backlog of vessels at the canal.
Hong Kong says BioNTech vaccine probe finds no systemic flaws
       
Hong Kong likely to resume its inoculation drive next week, local media say, after probe into defective packaging rules out systemic errors. The suspension came as Hong Kong faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China’s Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. The latter is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership between BioNTech and China’s Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China. It was not related to the cold-chain and logistical management of the vaccine and random testing of intact vials delivered to Hong Kong did not uncover any issue of leakage, it said. “The findings currently show that more than one million remaining vaccines in Hong Kong are safe to use and it should be individual cases that some bottles with defects were found,” Lam was quoted as saying.
Army fires at funeral as Myanmar mourns day of ‘mass murder’
       
There was no immediate comment from the Myanmar military. ‘Day of terror, dishonour’The violence came as the military staged a major show of might for its annual Armed Forces Day. The European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said that the 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day “will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour”. Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin attended Saturday’s military parade in Naypyidaw, having met senior military leaders a day earlier. He also urged the global community to designate Myanmar’s military as a “terrorist organisation”.
Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 14 wounded
       
Police officers inspect the area near a church where an explosion went off in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding a number of people, police said. (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)Police officers inspect the area near a church where an explosion went off in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding a number of people, police said. Wilhelmus Tulak, a priest at the church, said he had just finished celebrating Palm Sunday Mass when a loud bang shocked his congregation.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. The explosion took place on Sunday at a time the congregation was inside the church on the island of Sulawesi, just as the mass was ending. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Why going to church during Holy Week (and beyond) is good for your mental health
       
A recent Gallup survey found that those who have prioritized weekly attendance at worship services throughout the pandemic have emerged — not merely unscathed — but mentally improved. This lines up with historical research on mental health and church attendance. Broad-based evidence demonstrates that attendance at worship services is indispensable to a happy, generous and flourishing society. Despite the option of in-person attendance, most people still opt out. Ericka Andersen is writing a book about the importance of church attendance in the lives of women.
Overlooked No More: Kitty Cone, Trailblazer of the Disability Rights Movement
       
This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. It wasn’t long after Kitty Cone had enrolled at the Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington that she felt the grip of discrimination. Cone walked with a cane, and the headmistress of the seminary, a private women’s school, began imposing strange rules that segregated her from the rest of the student body. For instance, she demanded that Cone bathe in a separate tub outside of the suite that she shared with three other girls. “I think she was worried about liability, looking back on it, because she gave me these prohibitions.”
Consumers filed 106 injury claims from COVID-19 vaccines, ventilators and hydroxychloroquine. Here's why none have been paid.
       
The 106 injury claims for vaccines, hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 treatments remained under medical review as of March 15, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Resources and Services Administration, the agency within HHS that runs the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, provided data to USA TODAY showing injury claims for 20 types of COVID-19 treatments. 'Exactly the wrong way'Last March, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared all claims of injury from COVID-19 vaccines would be handled through the countermeasures program. The program, established in 2010, handles injury claims from vaccines and other treatments authorized during a public health emergency. “There’s ‘s never been any vaccine that has been placed under such careful scrutiny as these COVID-19 vaccines are going through."
Would the Pandemic Stop Paul Theroux From Traveling?
       
And Theroux agrees. Theroux seems aware of this, or at least of the notion that his way of writing about the world is fading. His new novel tells the story of Joe Sharkey, an aging North Shore surfer who resembles characters Theroux has gotten to know on the beaches near his home. For him, surfing was a way of life, an existence centered on catching waves, a commitment to the ocean. Theroux sees surfing as a metaphor for his own life.
On ‘S.N.L.’, Maya Rudolph Hosts a Unity Seder as Kamala Harris
       
This weekend, “Saturday Night Live” added one more question to the four that are customarily asked at a Passover Seder: Why wasn’t this sketch chosen as the cold open? You had to wait until just before midnight for the topical, politically themed satire that usually kicks off an “S.N.L.” broadcast — this one featuring the host, Maya Rudolph, in her recurring role as Vice President Kamala Harris. a Passover meal intended as a call for unity. “This has been a difficult year for all of us,” Rudolph's Harris said. And what better night to celebrate a new beginning than Passover — or as my adopted people call it, Pesach.”
For Them, New York City Will Never Be The Same
       
This is the new New York, and these are some of the new New York lives:Andrew S. Gonzalez, 31, was a chef and menu planner for a chain of restaurants in Qatar. “Families come, they say, ‘Thank you, thank you, it’s all I have to eat today,’” she said. An apartment rearranged by absence. “I work hard in a restaurant,” she said. It’s too hard, because I love my sister.”If the city has long had millions of stories, many of them have been changed, rearranged.
A Volunteer Army’s Mission: Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South
       
Mississippi and Alabama are among the dozen states whose Republican-led governments have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. “Until we get a better system, we have to come up with these workarounds, but it gets really tiring,” Dr. Rayford said. “The options are increasing very quickly and pretty soon people are not going to have to go to a drive-through site,” he said during a news conference last week. But she added that the overwhelmingly rural composition of the state had made the task daunting given Alabama’s limited resources. Still, the logistical challenges remain stark in rural areas of the Deep South, where years of spending cutbacks and a lack of jobs have made life more difficult for the shrinking number of people left behind.
‘Beyond Comprehension:’ 10 Lives Lost in Boulder
       
To her children, Olivia, 24, and Pierce, 22, Ms. Murray was a fashion expert of a different sort, with a knack for designing their Halloween costumes. Ms. Mahoney, the news director for KAZU Public Radio in the Monterey, Calif., area, wrote on Twitter that she was heartbroken. “I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter,” she posted, noting that she is now pregnant. The son of Serbian refugees who had fled central Bosnia during the violence of the 1990s, Mr. Stanisic was born in the United States. His profile picture shows him in a blue cap and gown, posing with friends from his Lakewood, Colo., high school.
Suez Canal Live Updates: Crews Scramble to Free Ship as Economic Toll Mounts
       
Live Suez Canal Live Updates: Crews Scramble to Free Ship as Economic Toll Mounts Officials reported steady progress in dislodging the giant cargo ship blocking the crucial maritime route. A satellite image of tug boats and dredgers on attempting to free the Ever Given lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across Egypt’s Suez Canal, on Saturday. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said that water had started running underneath the vessel. MEDITERRANEAN SEA Port Said EGYPT Suez Canal Sinai Peninsula EGYPT SUEZ GULF 25 MILES MEDITERRANEAN SEA Port Said EGYPT Suez Canal EGYPT SUEZ GULF 25 MILES MEDITERRANEAN SEA Suez Canal EGYPT EGYPT SUEZ GULF 25 MILES Salvagers are determined to free the vessel this weekend, but their best chance may be on Monday, when a spring tide will raise the canal’s water level as much as 18 inches, analysts and shipping agents said. Video The Ever Given container ship on Saturday remained lodged in the Suez Canal in Egypt, where it had been stuck since Tuesday.
D.C.-area forecast: Mild today with early showers and strong to severe late-day storms
       
Today (Sunday): Showers are likely this morning, with some thunder possible as well, as a warm front tries to push its way to our north. Winds turn gusty from the south during the afternoon, pushing afternoon highs to the upper 60s to mid-70s under mostly cloudy skies. Some storms could be severe with damaging winds near or past 60 mph, heavy rain and lightning, and a lesser chance of large hail or an isolated tornado. And winds still gust from the northwest around 30 mph before starting to diminish later in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-HighTomorrow night: Winds finally settle down heading into the evening and leave us with more tranquil conditions overnight.
Ten Months After George Floyd’s Death, Minneapolis Residents Are at War Over Policing
       
Minneapolis was no exception: it saw a 25 percent increase in homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults. But zero in on the four neighborhoods surrounding George Floyd Square, the name given to the corner where Mr. Floyd died, and the story is far bleaker and deadlier. The area has become something of an autonomous zone, with barriers and signs calling it “the free state of George Floyd.” The police have stayed away for almost a year to avoid inflaming tensions. Residents and city leaders have tussled over the role that the Police Department’s depleted ranks have played in the violence plaguing the entire city. The City Charter allows for 888 officers, but there are currently 648 on active duty, city officials said.
Alabama Shakes drummer Steven Johnson arrested on child abuse charges
       
A drummer for Grammy Award-winning band Alabama Shakes was arrested in Alabama last week on child abuse charges. Steven William Johnson, 35, has been indicted on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under age 18, according to reports. Johnson also pleaded guilty in March 2020 to violating a domestic violence protection order in Limestone County, Ala., and was given a suspended sentence of a year in jail, with 24 months on probation. SAINTS STAR MARSHON LATTIMORE ARRESTED IN CLEVELAND: REPORTJohnson’s Alabama Shakes band members, who went on hiatus three years ago so the lead singer could pursue a solo career, have not commented on the arrest. He was booked into the Limestone County Jail with a bond set at $21,500.
A state program offers health coverage to seniors regardless of legal status
       
CHICAGO – While teaching music classes for children, Juan often used to find himself bouncing between health clinics to get treated for diabetes. At 67 years old, he’s now getting access to health insurance for the first time. Illinois is implementing a first-of-its-kind program to offer health care access to low-income immigrant seniors, whether they’re legal permanent residents who previously didn’t have access, or if they’re undocumented. Under federal law, Americans who lack legal status are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or "Obamacare" enrollment. Juan's family said the program has given them peace of mind when it comes to his health.
China tightens scrutiny over credit rating industry
       
REUTERS/Jason LeeChina’s credit rating agencies are urged to improve their credit rating models, strengthen corporate governance and bolster information disclosure, according to rules jointly published by five government agencies including the central bank and the finance ministry. Beijing has also deregulated the country’s credit rating market to global players such as S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings. But bond credit rating in China has long been a source of complaint for investors. Rules published on Sunday urge rating agencies to boost consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of credit rating, and build a quality inspection system using default ratio at the core. Rating agencies are also encouraged to install independent directors, and urged to take measures to avoid conflict of interest and strengthen internal control.
Pope leads scaled-down Palm Sunday service, says remember the downtrodden
       
In pre-Covid times, Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week and leads to Easter, tens of thousands of people would pack St. Peter’s Square holding olive branches and intricately weaved palm fronds in an outdoor ceremony. Instead, only about 120 members of the faithful participated in Sunday’s Mass, joining the pope and about 30 cardinals in a secondary wing of the huge basilica. Nearly everyone who took part in the Mass, except the pope and the choir, wore masks. The Vatican re-created the traditional Palm Sunday service, albeit on a much smaller scale, with the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processing to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope’s Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, also will take place with a limited number of participants.
Romanian police investigate death threats against prominent Jewish actor
       
FILE PHOTO: Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern, who portrays Virgin Mary in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", answers questions during a press conference after the Romanian premiere of the movie in Bucharest April 16, 2004. REUTERS/Bogdan CristelBUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian police were investigating on Sunday death threats made against award-winning film and theatre star Maia Morgenstern and her children at the start of Passover celebrations. Police said they were tracking the IP address of the email sender. The ultra-nationalist party AUR was formed a year ago and surprised in a December general election to become the fourth-largest party in parliament. Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany until August 1944, when it changed sides, and hundreds of thousands of Romanian and Ukrainian Jews and Roma were killed in areas it controlled.
UK on track for second vaccine doses despite supply concerns - minister
       
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is confident second doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on time without mixing jabs, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday amid concerns over a slowdown in supplies. The European Union has also threatened to block vaccine shipments to countries such as the UK with higher vaccination rates. “We are confident that it won’t require mixing of vaccines.”Dowden also said that the government still expects the Moderna vaccine to arrive in Britain in April. “Should we get to the point where we have a surplus of vaccines, we’d make decisions on the allocation of that surplus,” he told Sky News.
Some hauliers arriving in England to face COVID-19 tests
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Lorry drivers arriving in England from outside Britain and Ireland for more than two days will need to take COVID-19 tests in a bid to tackle the spread of any future variants, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Sunday. Affected hauliers will need to take a test within 48 hours and one every 72 hours thereafter as part of the new rules. “This is to ensure we keep track of any future coronavirus variants of concern,” Shapps wrote on Twitter. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France, including truck drivers. Britain has banned foreign travel until at least May 17, although essential workers such as truck drivers have been allowed to cross borders to supply the country’s food stores and manufacturing plants.
What the prosecution and the defense are expected to argue at Derek Chauvin's trial
       
Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd's death. Here’s what the prosecution and the defense are expected to argue when opening statements in the high-profile trial begin Monday. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was nonresponsive,” the complaint adds. Mr. Floyd’s active resistance required an escalation of force,” they wrote. “Combined with sickle cell trait, his pre-existing heart conditions, Mr. Floyd’s use of fentanyl and methamphetamine most likely killed him,” they wrote.
Libraries Are Key Tools For People Getting Out of Prison, Even During A Pandemic
       
And you had to go to the kiosk and I didn't know how to work the kiosk. We didn't know how to do it. When he got out he didn't know how to send a text. In prison libraries are known as safe welcoming places. Nicole Warren, a social worker with Fresh Start, says her meetings with her clients are meant to be confidential like at the doctor's.
The Latest: No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
       
The government banned religious activities during the Holy Week as it enters into stricter lockdown measures starting next week while the country struggles to control an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The government banned religious activities during the Holy Week as it enters into stricter lockdown measures starting next week while the country struggles to control an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is celebrating solemn Holy Week ceremonies for a second straight year without the usual throngs of pilgrims and tourists, kept away by pandemic safety concerns and travel restrictions. — Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims. — Mexico’s real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000.
Vaccines appear effective vs New York virus variant; super-spreader events drive variants
       
New York variant does not escape vaccinesAntibodies induced by the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and the antibody therapy from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals all are able to neutralize a coronavirus variant on the rise in New York, lab experiments show. The New York variant contains mutations - E484K, S477N and D235G - that experts feared might reduce antibody efficacy. The researchers exposed replicas of the New York variant to blood from recipients of either the vaccines or the Regeneron antibody combination used to treat infected patients. His team's new mathematical models, posted on Wednesday on medRxiv ahead of peer review, show that early super-spreader events infecting more than five people are critical to a variant's survival, while super-spreader events infecting more than 20 people are critical to its eventual predominance. Even a very infectious new variant usually needs a super-spreader event to help it overtake a current variant, Reeves explained.
Word Game: March 28, 2021
       
TODAY’S WORD — ASPIRED (ASPIRED: uh-SPIRED: Sought to accomplish a particular goal.) Average mark 43 wordsTime limit 60 minutesCan you find 59 or more words in ASPIRED? For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.
Two tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — Two additional tugboats sped Sunday to Egypt’s Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the vessel may take even longer to free. Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. On Saturday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told journalists that strong winds were “not the only cause” for the Ever Given running aground, appearing to push back against conflicting assessments offered by others. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa's Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Horoscopes March 28, 2021: Lady Gaga, change is all around you
       
4 starsVIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pay attention to financial, medical and contractual issues before they escalate into something you cannot handle independently. 3 starsLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Share your emotions and plans with someone you love. 3 starsSCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t share personal information, possessions or expenses. Don’t let uncertainty cause you to miss out on a good deal. Don’t let a change someone makes upset your plans.
A sun filled Sunday ahead
       
In the wake of Saturday’s cold front, Sunday will be breezy, dry and cooler. Winds will be out of the north at 10 to 20 mph. But we will see a south wind returning by Monday, which means warmer weather again Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances return as a stronger cold front arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. There is a low chance of additional showers or thunderstorms at that time, followed by a drop in temperatures the rest of the week, But Easter weekend looks dry and warmer again.
Doggie day care and indoor dog parks on Long Island
       
Best Bets Get the scoop on events, nightlife, day trips, family fun and things to do on Long Island. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date. COST: $33 daily; packages are availableFIDO FUN: Dogs play inside or out; there's a monthly "Puppy Bowl" dog party where participating pooches can have fun and score treats. COST: $25 daily; $15 for four or less hoursFIDO FUN: Play space is mainly indoors, there is an outdoor area as well. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
Walking paths on Long Island that are stroller friendly
       
Open dawn to dusk daily, nassaucountyny.gov, Searingtown Road, north of Long Island Expressway, Roslyn, 516-571-8113. VALLEY STREAM STATE PARK The walking paved trail is lined with trees and shrubs. Open dawn to dusk daily; Robert Moses State Park, parking field 5, Fire Island, nps.gov, 631-687-4780. CAUMSETT STATE HISTORIC PARK PRESERVE Paved paths for approximately 3 miles; open dawn and dusk daily; Caumsett State Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, parks.ny.gov, 631-423-1770. SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK Strollers are allowed on the boardwalk and along the paved paths around the park.
COVID-19 death toll may be higher due to people afraid to go to the doctor
       
Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, chairwoman of family medicine for Northwell Health and for the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell., on Thursday talked about some of the reasons people may have been afraid to go to the doctor during the coronavirus pandemic, which may have led to a death toll higher than originally believed. Credit: Barry Sloan
Spring is here, and weeds are already sprouting. Here’s how to get a head start on weeding to lessen the spread.
       
“Philosophically, any plant growing where we don’t want it may be considered a weed,” Yiesla said. However, certain species of plants are most likely to be problematic in gardens and are commonly recognized as weeds. They often have long growing seasons, sprout easily in poor or disturbed soil, tolerate a wide range of conditions, and reproduce prolifically. Most plants that are considered weeds in North America came from Eurasia and have few natural enemies here.
The Onion Tree in Sea Cliff faces a year of coronavirus challenges — and emerges stronger
       
A year after that first dinner, I returned to The Onion Tree. The Onion Tree opened for business on March 6, 2020, and was instantly busy. The eclectic menu was better received in Sea Cliff than it had been in Oakdale. The Village of Sea Cliff stepped up too, closing Sea Cliff Avenue for outdoor dining, first on Fridays and Saturdays but, eventually, from Thursday to Sunday. "It’s our one-year anniversary but it feels like years that we’ve had The Onion Tree,'' she said.
Residents launch effort to restore beauty of Mastic Beach waterfront
       
Once upon a time, almost a century ago, real estate developers ran ads in New York City newspapers promoting the joys of spending summers in bucolic Mastic Beach. But the decades passed and Mastic Beach became a typical suburban community. Spery and others formed the Mastic Beach Conservancy, a community effort to clean up a waterfront ravaged by pollution and Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico said the conservancy’s mission aligns with the town’s goal to revitalize Mastic Beach. "There’s so much potential in Mastic Beach.
Developer seeks variance to build 17 homes at Owl Hill estate in Smithtown
       
An Amityville developer is seeking a variance from Smithtown zoning officials to build 17 houses at Owl Hill, a Fort Salonga estate near Sunken Meadow State Park that town officials once hoped to buy and preserve. The site is zoned for 1-acre lots, but leaving that land undisturbed would yield just two lots, Smithtown environmental planner Allyson Murray said in an interview last week. Two smaller lots, designated for workforce housing, would be located off Fort Salonga Road to the north. Vincent Trimarco Sr., a lawyer representing Owl Hill LLC, said Friday that his client’s cluster design yielded no more lots than area zoning permits. Owl Hill was designed by Henry K. Murphy, an architect best known for his work in Asia in the early 20th century.
Q&A: Michael-jon Pease, first executive director of St. Paul Parks Conservancy, wants to raise $5M
       
After eight years as Park Square’s executive director, he joined the St. Paul Parks Conservancy in September as its first executive director and only full-time paid staffer. What is a parks conservancy, exactly? Like a Friends of the Library group, a park conservancy can take all kinds of forms. Supporters and dignitaries cut the ribbon on the revamped Rice Park on June 11, 2019, in downtown St. Paul. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)An adorned "the Source" stands in the fountain at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul on June 11, 2019.
Lagging in COVID-19 vaccinations, Hartford steps up campaign to reach city residents
       
Cruz, from the Hispanic Health Council, says she still sees plenty of hesitancy — but also plenty of people who only need a nudge. One employee, she said, told her that he didn’t want to get vaccinated out of fear he’d be used “as a guinea pig.” She didn’t tell him to get vaccinated, only that she had gotten her shot and that doing so would help life return to pre-pandemic normal. Just like that, he changed his mind.
Experts: U.S. death toll related to virus is higher than the estimated 550,000
       
Most were from COVID-19, but 33% of those nationwide, and 22% in New York, were attributed to a cause other than COVID-19, researchers estimated. Frederick worried that "we may see some sliding back" in recent improvements in life expectancy for some cancers because of the pandemic. There was a: 63% drop in breast cancer screenings 64% drop in colon cancer screenings 67% drop in cervical cancer screenings. "We call those deaths of despair," said Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of the Mineola-based Family and Children's Association. COVID-19 meant that people were isolated from in-person contact with mental health professionals and friends and had difficulty coping, he said.
April tasks | a monthly guide to things to do inside and outside the home
       
The Columbus DispatchA guide to things to do inside and outside next month. For outside• If fertilizer was applied in October or November, make one application in late April or early May. • If you use weed-control products, apply pre-emergent weed control about the first week of April to reduce crab grass, barnyard grass and other annual grassy weeds. • Clean windows. Wash windows early in the morning or on a cloudy day.
Plant Primer | Mini monstera
       
The Columbus DispatchMini monstera, Ginny philodendronLight: bright indirectHeight: 6 to 12 feet (vine)Spread: 18- to 24-inchUSDA Hardiness Zones: 9b to 12Origin: southern Thailand and MalaysiaSmall plants for the home are all the rage, and a cutie is the mini monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma). The plant is not a true monstera or even a philodendron; however, are all in the same family, aroids (Araceae). The mini monstera has dark-green, split leaves about five inches long. Mini monstera is a vine and uses aerial roots to cling to trees and rocks in their native habitats. Find mini monstera in the bridge when exiting the Pacific Island Water Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Salt Fork, Seneca Lake will be ready when health orders are lifted
       
"We do not have any special activities planned through May 31," said Adam Sikora, Salt Fork State Park manager. "The park continues to adhere to the governor's current orders regarding masks and social distancing," said Matt Steffen, manager at Seneca Lake Park. Outside, Salt Fork Park offers visitors 7,229-acres of recreational opportunities that include modern cabins, a large family and primitive campgrounds, hiking trails, marinas, a golf course, and Salt Fork Lake for boating and fishing. Salt Fork Lake offers an abundant fishing opportunity with sizable populations of largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, walleyes, and muskellunge. For more information, contact Salt Fork State Park, 740-439-3521 or Seneca Lake Park at 740-685-6013.
Biology: Intellectual property rights key to fighting COVID-19, but might come back to bite
       
Steve RissingFor The Columbus Dispatch USA TODAY NETWORKWhen it comes to defeating SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, intellectual property rights protections oppose insights of evolutionary biology. Patents and international accords protect intellectual property rights of inventors. The pharmaceutical companies using this new NIH technology are also applying for patents for COVID-19 vaccines they developed using it. Many in the developed world argue that denial of intellectual property rights will stifle innovation and our ability to confront the next pandemic. And to do that, we may have to waive intellectual property rights to molecular biology technology, including patents held by the U.S. government.
Book review: 'The Hospital' explores the state of rural health care
       
Margaret QuammeSpecial to The Columbus DispatchJournalist Brian Alexander examines the dire state of health care in the United States by focusing on one small hospital in northwest Ohio. Community Hospital and Wellness Centers is the largest employer in largely conservative Bryan, a city of 8,500 about 50 miles west of Toledo. As a small, independent community hospital, it is, Alexander says, "part of a dying species," because many local hospitals have either been absorbed by regional health systems or gone bankrupt. Interwoven with the hospital drama is context about the American health care system — if "system" is not too generous a word — in general, including the devolving state of health insurance, the competition for business among giant health care groups, price-fixing by drug companies, and the relationship between economic class and wellness. While not exactly a subtle critique, the book raises alarming questions about where health care is headed, and does so in the context of an absorbing story of one small hospital in a state of rapid transition.
Restaurant reflections | Readers share fond memories of dining destinations of yore
       
When we invited readers recently to share stories set in their favorite bygone Columbus restaurants, they responded with tales of fateful meetings, embarrassing miscues and funny conversations. It figures prominently in Tom Duncan’s memory of a Wehrle High School prom night. Because Wehrle called other schools to verify that prom dates were old enough, Duncan’s friend recruited two Walnut Ridge High School juniors to pretend they would be the dates. After obtaining the treasured signature, Mom told me I couldn’t keep the cloth napkin since it was owned by the restaurant. I asked her if she had ever asked John how he got the scar on his cheek.
Syria forced to ration fuel as stricken ship keeps Suez Canal blocked
       
"We cannot set a specific date for the ship to float, it depends on the ship's response." Around 9,000 tons of ballast water have been removed from the ship, Rabie said, with the dredging taking place during low tides while 14 tugs worked during high tides. Rescue teams managed to temporarily restart the rudder and propellers on Friday night before a low tide stalled their efforts, he said. Two additional tug boats are expected to arrive by Sunday to help in the refloating efforts, according to the technical manager of the ship, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Rabie said the reasons behind the accident remain unclear.
Vaccines haven’t cured loneliness in New York nursing homes
       
(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — Vaccines have begun saving lives in New York’s nursing homes, but they haven’t yet cured another crisis caused by the pandemic: loneliness. Persistently high rates of COVID-19 have left the majority of the state’s nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them. The federal program to vaccinate nursing home residents has helped drive down COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes nationwide. Federal and state guidance allows compassionate care visits, but families in New York and elsewhere say nursing homes don’t always allow them. But many New Yorkers with relatives in nursing homes say their loved ones can’t wait for companionship.
In and out of lockdown: the most uplifting and surprising videos from the past year - video
       
As many countries faced restrictions and lockdowns to battle the coronavirus pandemic, communities adapted in surprising ways, with some of the most uplifting moments being filmed and shared across the world. From concerts for plants, to animal roaming empty streets, here are some of the most memorable videos from 12 months of fight against Covid-19
Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April
       
A third covid vaccine - Moderna - will arrive in the UK next month, ministers have confirmed. More than than 500,000 doses of Moderna are due to arrive in the first batch, the Mail on Sunday reports. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden clarified that April is the month when the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK. Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the data on the Moderna vaccine was very promising. When asked on BBC Breakfast on Sunday if the Moderna vaccine could open the door to people under 50 being vaccinated, he said: "We examined the data from Moderna which looks very promising.
Brilliant British hotels with half-term availability
       
That most glamorous of riverside hotels, Cliveden, still has a couple of rooms available this half-term, but if the price point proves a problem, row on down to The Runnymede on Thames. Better still, families can hire one of the hotel’s three boats for a day on the river. Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, a mock-medieval mansion near Arundel, is great fun for families with its castle-style corridors, stone staircases and “secret” underground tunnel. More modern diversions include a pool and spa complex (with family times) plus a giant jenga set. The hotel can organise beach picnics, otherwise stop by the Thomas Heatherwick-designed East Beach Cafe for a beer­-battered fish sandwich.
The best traditional hot cross buns for 2021
       
Everyone can appreciate the joys of a classic hot cross bun – filled with vine fruit and ideally with a delightful citrus aroma – which makes the challenge of achieving the perfect balance a hard one. This year’s offerings range from dark and glossy domes to much paler bakes, and from heavily fruited numbers to those that major more on spices. There are those that have immediate curb appeal, thanks to their plump, fluffy domes or neatly piped crosses, but only a few nail the holy grail of elements that make a toasted bun a memorable treat that you'll want another bite of straight away. Read on to find out which were flops, and which were fantastic this year. Aldi Specially Selected luxury hot cross buns
European jihadists' children 'at risk of radicalisation'
       
Thousands of European nationals -- mainly jihadists' widows and children -- have been driven out of former IS stronghold Baghuz over the past two yearsAdvertising Read moreBrussels (AFP)The children of European jihadists left trapped in a Syrian camp after their fathers' defeat on the battlefield now face radicalisation in their turn, a Belgian expert warns. Belgium has been one of the main sources of foreign fighters who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight under the banner of the Islamic State jihadist group. - 'New tension' -But researchers estimate that there may be 40 Belgian children in the camps. "At one point the children turned on us and called us kufar, infidels, and started to throw stones," she said. "We need to get the children home as quick as possible for both humanitarian and security reasons."
US-China relations: Beijing’s plan for aviation supremacy faces bumpy ride as American export controls show no signs of easing
       
China’s plan to accelerate development of its aircraft industry could be disrupted by tensions with the US. Photo: Xinhua
Recovering k?kako population not out of the woods yet
       
North Island populations of the kōkako have recovered significantly in the last 20 years, said Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan at an event marking the milestone. Recovery efforts over more than two decades have seen the iconic North Island k?kako brought back from the brink of extinction. Protection of the species began in the late 1990s, after the k?kako dropped to as few as 1000 individual birds scattered across the North Island. “There are now 2000 breeding pairs of this secretive forest bird across the North Island, up from just 330 pairs when recovery efforts began,” Allan said. “This is a true conservation success story, and a massive testament to the individuals, iwi and community groups who have worked alongside the Department of Conservation (DOC) to rebuild the population.
Optimism but concern as megaship still stuck in Suez
       
The Italian-flagged Carlo Magno and the Dutch-flagged Alp Guard were in the Red Sea en route to the Suez Canal, the ship-tracking websites said. Billions of dollars of cargo are now stalled at either end of the Suez Canal and each passing day results in millions of dollars in losses for Egypt and commercial enterprises around the world. Several notes of optimism were struck on Saturday, including from Suez Canal Authority chief Osama Rabie, who told a news conference that the megaship could be afloat by Sunday night. Hopes have been pinned on the spring high tide expected to start Sunday night. "If they don't manage to dislodge it during that high tide, the next high tide is not there for another couple of weeks, and that becomes problematic," Plamen Natzkoff, an expert at VesselsValue, has said.
Mozambique urged to ‘move in swiftly to protect civilians’ after jihadists seize town
       
Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, speaks with FRANCE 24 on March 27, 2021 about the jihadist insurgency in Mozambique. "We are calling on the Mozambique authorities to move in swiftly to protect civilians," said Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, speaking with FRANCE 24. As a result of this, it is difficult to get the precise numbers of civilians affected," Mavhinga added. "It is an indiscriminate attack targeting unarmed civilians," said Mavhinga. "The authorities must swiftly intervene.
Troops fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup
       
(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces opened fire on Sunday, witnesses said, at people gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup on Feb. 1. One person was killed when troops opened fire overnight on a group of protesters near the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar Now news reported. Fighting erupted on Sunday between another armed group, the Kachin Independence Army, and the military in the jade-mining area of Hpakant in the north. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Blue Lamé geometric jacquard shirt dress
       
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The 5 Key Dos And Don’ts Of Wearing SPF
       
British Vogue asked dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting for the five key dos and don’ts of SPF – so you can absorb that much-needed vitamin D with confidence. Do: Choose a broad spectrum SPFTo protect skin against both UVA and UVB light – both of which cause damage to the skin – broad spectrum SPF is a must. “What’s really crucial when we’re talking about a good skincare routine is blocking the daily UVA rays which are present all year round,” explains Dr Bunting. UV light is a known entity that not only causes premature ageing but also cancer, and they are both proven without a shadow of a doubt. Both of those things are highly preventable,” Dr Bunting says.
Holi 2021: How to protect your skin and hair before you play
       
But if colours are part of the plan for you this year, it is best to prep your skin and hair before you play. How to prep for Holi before you play“Avoid facials, waxing or threading or laser treatments in the week preceding Holi. Before you play, slather your skin, body and hair with a barrier cream or oil to prevent colour from sticking. To protect your body skin from colour, wear clothes that cover most body parts. How to get rid of the Holi colour from your skin and scalpDr Pai suggests against scrubbing or over-zealously washing the skin as that could cause tears or micro-injuries in the skin, which can promote infection, acne or rashes.
5 fitness lessons you need to learn from Priyanka Chopra
       
As she tries different workouts to find one she really likes (swimming and skipping are her current favourites), here's what you can learn from her fitness routines now. Find a way to workout, even when you travelChopra is always on the go, and her travel schedule means that a regular gym workout may not always be possible. I learnt it really really well in school and then I learnt it even better during Mary Kom, so I try to get my cardio in my skipping. Find a cardio workout that serves as a stress-busterFor Chopra, her usual gym regimen involves cardio and resistance training (squats are a common addition to her repertoire). Also read:5 cardio exercises you can add to your workout routine if you hate runningThese benefits of skipping will make you want to pick up your rope againCurious about Priyanka Chopra’s beauty routine?
5 common mistakes you make that could be impacting your sleep
       
If the statistics are anything to go by, good quality sleep is less easy to come by nowadays. Drinking alcohol (and caffeine)Are you aware that even just a glass of wine can impact the quality of your sleep? “Alcohol is a sedative so while you might lose consciousness quicker upon getting into bed, you’re not actually falling asleep quicker,” says Maja Schaedel, clinical psychologist and co-founder of The Good Sleep Clinic. “One of the problems I’m seeing a lot during lockdown is that clients eat their dinner earlier then get peckish later on,” she says, advising against this for good sleep. A common problem among her clients, having a nap (wherever it may be) reduces “sleep pressure” (or the mounting movement throughout the day towards sleep) which means that when one goes up to bed, you’re wired or can’t sleep.
‘House Of Gucci’: Everything We Know So Far About Lady Gaga’s Patrizia Reggiani Biopic
       
Patrizia Reggiani at the funeral of her husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci. © Luca Bruno/AP/ShutterstockRead more: ‘The Crown’ Season 5: Everything You Need To KnowWhat is the plot of Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic? In 1972, Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite, married Maurizio Gucci – the 20-something grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci. Who will star in Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic? © Ipa/ShutterstockWhen will Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic be released?
Kylie Jenner’s Latest Manicure Combines Every Single Nail Trend Into One
       
On March 24, Jenner revealed her latest manicure (from right-hand nail artist Chaun Legend) on TikTok and Instagram Stories… and we’re not even sure where to begin describing it. First thing’s first, this look is painted on what appear to be gel extensions or acrylics in the lengthy, rectangular shape Jenner’s long been known for. Each nail has a multi-colored retro swirl design that’s only on the tips — and each nail’s swirl pattern has a different color scheme. Instead of dipping her brush straight into the polish, she drags the brush through it, going in different directions to fully saturate the bristles. Read Next: Meet The Nail Artist Extraordinaire Behind Dua Lipa’s Maximalist ManicuresOriginally published on Vogue.com
Confidence, ageing, and why a holistic beauty approach can include aesthetic tweakments, according to Gwyneth Paltrow
       
In 2021, pure and holistic beauty has a more inclusive meaning, according to Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award-winning actress, entrepreneur, mother, and founder of lifestyle brand, goop. Whether it’s through mental, physical, or spiritual well-being, I want people to feel empowered to make their own choices, without judgement,” says Gwyneth Paltrow on authenticity. That’s one of the many reasons underscoring my partnership with Merz Aesthetics.” You may know them better for their suite of aesthetic treatments including skin tightening, dermal fillers and non-invasive anti-ageing injections, however Merz Aesthetics is the world’s largest dedicated medical aesthetics business. A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow)On confidence “When I was younger, I was a lot less confident. And so I really believe in a great skincare routine, of course, using Merz Aesthetics to help a little bit here and there, and drinking a lot of water.
How It Feels To Navigate The Dating World When You’re Non-Binary
       
© NineSince coming out as non-binary, I haven’t really dipped my toe back in the dating pool. When we have such strict lines, gay men are attracted to “men”, straight men are attracted to “women”, people like myself slip between the cracks. Men like men or men like women, that’s it. Personally, I don’t really have a clear idea yet on what non-binary romance looks like, or feels like. I’m not a man, and I’m not a woman, but I am a human.
“I Still Believe In Every Word We Chanted”: 10 Years On, Waad Al-Kateab Shares Her Memories Of The Syrian Revolution
       
As for so many, the pandemic has upended our lives: schools are closed; we must work at home; we’re isolated. A virus has us under siege, and I am reminded in a way I didn’t expect of life in war-torn Syria. I was 20 years old and a student at the University of Aleppo when everything changed for my country. Enormous crowds gathered in Assi Square in Hama; hundreds around the giant clock in Homs; thousands of students – myself among them – at Aleppo university. Suddenly, millions of us were fighting together for a new way of life, protecting each other, beating with one heart.
What Has Biodiversity Got To Do With Fashion?
       
But we’re also facing another crisis when it comes to biodiversity – the variety of living species on our planet. “Biodiversity and these functioning ecosystems provide us with the fresh water we need, it provides us with the food we eat. “About 30 per cent of the solution to climate change needs to come from nature.”Read more: Repairing Your Clothes Can Be Revolutionary, Here’s How To Do It RightWhat impact does fashion have on biodiversity? Thankfully, the fashion industry is slowly waking up to its impact on biodiversity. More than 200 fashion brands have committed to restoring biodiversity as part of The Fashion Pact, including a commitment to supporting zero deforestation and sustainable forest management by 2025.
How To Style A Vintage Or Vegan Leather Jacket Like A Model
       
This is Vogue’s guide to wearing vintage and vegan ‘leather’ jackets now, with a little help from our favourite model friends. Embrace longline© Acielle / Style Du MondeOur key takeaway from Paris’s street style round-up? Don’t shy away from the drama of a calf-grazing vintage leather silhouette. © Gianluca SeneseThe vegan ‘leather’ blazer you already own is still it© Acielle / Style Du MondeThere’s literally nothing to dislike about a cruelty-free ‘leather’ blazer (foremost the practical pockets), but the right cut is key. © Acielle / Style Du MondeShirting© Acielle / Style Du MondeChances are you already own a cruelty-free ‘leather’ shirt.
Most DEI efforts fail. Here are 4 strategies to ensure they don’t
       
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) rose to prominence in the 1960s , driven by Civil Rights legislation. Now, as racial awakening has brought DEI back into focus, it’s hard to find a U.S. company that hasn’t prioritized diversity and inclusion over the past year. While each era helped advance the national conversation, change has been limited, especially at the top of the corporate ladder. Why progress has been so incrementalAlongside the renewed focus on diversity hiring, there’s a silent undercurrent pushing in the other direction. These employees start to receive fewer opportunities, less exposure to senior executives, and fewer chances to learn and improve.
10 Brands and Organizations Rocking TikTok Marketing
       
Did you know that TikTok is set to reach 1.2 billion average monthly active users in 2021? Download our guide, created with Student Beans, for an inside look at what it takes to create content that engages, entertains and converts Generation TikTok.
COVID: Remember how we segregated smokers? It could be a lot worse for the unvaccinated
       
Smokers and non-smokers mingled easily in offices, hospitals and bars — wherever people tended to gather in clumps large and small. According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 62% said unvaccinated people should not be allowed to travel on airplanes. Furthermore, 55% believed that unvaccinated people should not exercise in public gyms, sit in movie theaters or attend concerts. When it came to avoiding those who could cause them potential ill, non-smokers had it much easier than the vaccinated will. Stadiums and arenas may provide VIP-only entrances, allowing the vaccinated to pass safely to their “Vaccinated Only” seats down front.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
COX’S BAZAR (Reuters) - Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a train in eastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police and a local journalist said, as violence spread across the country in the wake of a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering before flagging off the "Dandi March", or Salt March, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence, in Ahmedabad, India, March 12, 2021. Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s nationhood, and he left on Saturday after gifting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina some 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. The Islamist groups accuse Modi of discriminating against minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India and violence escalated rapidly during his visit. On Sunday, activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured.
China's Sinopec raises 2021 capital expenditure by 23.8%
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, better known as Sinopec, plans a 23.8% increase in capital spending to 167.2 billion yuan in 2021 following recovery of oil prices and energy demand as the COVID-19 epidemic subsided. Sinopec expects to spend 66.8 billion yuan on upstream exploration focusing on shale gas development in southwest China and construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in coastal areas, up from 56.4 billion yuan last year. The company on Sunday also reported a 42.9% drop in net profit to 32.92 billion yuan last year, the lowest since 2015, as the pandemic dented fuel consumption amid months-long lockdowns. That just beat analysts’ forecast for net profit of 32.3 billion yuan, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Its crude oil production was 280.22 million barrels in 2020, down 1.4% year-on-year, and natural gas output at 1,072.3 billion cubic feet, was up 2.3% from 2019.
Nike Accused Of 'Using Disability' To Hype New Hands-Free Sneaker
       
Nike Accused Of 'Using Disability' To Hype New Hands-Free SneakerEnlarge this image toggle caption Nike NikeCooper Lewis wears his Nike FlyEase sneakers, which are designed to be quick and easy to get into, every day. So Lewis was really looking forward to the latest in the product line, the GO FlyEase, Nike's first completely hands-free shoe. toggle caption Cooper Lewis and Gabriel RiaziStephanie Thomas, founder of the disability fashion website Cur8able, understands the frustration that Lewis and his husband have with Nike's marketing strategy. Thomas has three criteria for disability fashion: Is it accessible to wear? "And that'll make Adidas, that'll make Puma, that'll make everybody be like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesia church
       
Each option was evaluated for its effectiveness in tackling climate risk and its impact on monetary policy. Back to the FT (my emphasis added): Global warming has shot up the agenda of major central banks in the past year. Arguments for devastation typically claim that extreme weather (like droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes) is already worsening because of climate change. Late last Friday, he ousted the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Naci Agbal, replacing him with Islamist ?ahap Kavc?oglu. To understand the revolving door that faces Turkey’s central bank governors, we must understand what makes President Erdogan tick.
All 8 Highest-Yielding S&P 500 Stocks Are Beating The Market
       
Over the course of generations, penny stocks have always attracted speculators for their low price and high profitability potential. But because of the lack of predictability, penny stocks are more casinos than proper investments. Of course, with pharmaceutical penny stocks, it’s really anyone’s guess where this ultimately ends up. 8 SPACs That Are Worth a Gamble Like any pharmaceutical penny stocks you find, you’ll want to be ultra-careful. That’s because these “penny stocks” are frequently the playground for scam artists and market manipulators.
Ask Amy: Why should he be allowed to say offensive things about women?
       
Dear Amy: I am a widow in my early 70s, dating a widower (also in his early 70s) for the past two years. In the past, when I noticed he would make sexist remarks, I would bristle a bit but let it go. If I switch the gender, it would seem creepy to comment on men who are our children’s age to him. Please, hear me out.”Dear Amy: My wife doesn’t discard anything! You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Horoscope for March 28, 2021: Leo, you’ve got a green light for love; Scorpio, handle career matters with delicacy
       
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Widen your sphere of influence in the week ahead. CANCER (June 21-July 22): During the upcoming week, you may have the enthusiasm and desire to add creative touches to every project. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Love might be your favorite four-letter word in the upcoming week. You may shine in the reflected light of a loved one’s success and enjoy heightened romantic thoughts in the week ahead. Your home could be the center of dynamic activity in the week ahead.
Whether mourning a loved one or a lost job, central Ohioans share tales of COVID's effects
       
Sater-Wee joined the Facebook group Survivor Corps, whose 160,000 members share medical tips and information and support one another. 'My brain felt like that Jerry Seinfeld episode, `Bizarro World'Melissa Martin wants people to know that the COVID-19 symptom of “brain fog” is real. Martin, 60, is a professional clinical counselor and therapist who had been hired for a new job in December 2020. “My brain felt like that Jerry Seinfeld episode, `Bizarro World,’” said Martin, who lives in Hilliard during the week and in Wheelersburg, in Scioto County, on weekends. She said she is sharing her story because she wants people to understand that brain fog is a real thing.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month's military coup. Protests were held in Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s two biggest cities, as well as elsewhere. At least 114 people were killed Saturday as security forces cracked down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government, according to the online news service Myanmar Now. Similar tallies of the death toll were issued by other Myanmar media and researchers, far exceeding the previous highest death toll on March 14. The Saturday killings by police and soldiers took place throughout the country as Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the country’s capital, Naypyitaw.
Shanna Swan: 'Most couples may have to use assisted reproduction by 2045'
       
Shanna Swan is a professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City, studying fertility trends. If you follow the curve from the 2017 sperm-decline meta-analysis, it predicts that by 2045 we will have a median sperm count of zero. This means that most couples may have to use assisted reproduction. It has happened with different phthalates, BPA and flame retardants and it is unacceptable. If it says “BPA free” it probably doesn’t have BPA.
Chile imposes lockdowns to fight new Covid wave despite vaccination success
       
Despite mounting the world’s fastest per-capita Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Chile has been forced to announce strict new lockdowns as it plunges deeper into a severe second wave of cases which is stretching intensive care capacity. More than 80% of the country’s 19 million inhabitants, including all residents of the capital, Santiago, have been put under a strict lockdown that prevents them leaving the house even to buy groceries or pharmacy supplies. Its cumulative death rate relative to population remains far below that of Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. Chile continues to outstrip other countries in the region: its rate of 49.19 vaccination doses per 100 people is well above Brazil’s 7.79, its closest competitor. In early March, the Chilean government was even able to donate 20,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to Ecuador and Paraguay.
Long evenings, new freedoms – how to make the most of your extra hour
       
To mute the mongers of lockdown gloom, for just a second, let’s remind ourselves that things are getting better. Tomorrow, lockdown restrictions start to ease. My love for the endless night began in 1993. A veteran road tripper aged four, the endless night was now tangled in my DNA. Evenings are back to how they should be: light.
Asteroid Apophis will not hit Earth for at least 100 years, Nasa says
       
Nasa has given Earth the all clear from the chances of a much-feared asteroid hitting the planet - at least for the next 100 years. The US space agency had previously identified the Apophis asteroid as a major risk to Earth after its discovery in 2004. Scientists had predicted the asteroid could hit Earth in 2029 and 2036 but later ruled out the possibility. But for more than 15 years, astronomers feared there was still a possibility the Apophis could hit the planet in 2068. Now Nasa has announced that a new analysis of the asteroid revealed humans do not need to worry about the asteroid for decades to come.
The tragic life of Randolph Churchill, trapped in his father’s shadow
       
In April 1929, Randolph Churchill warmed up a crowd of 2,000 at one of his father Winston’s election rallies. His father proudly forecast that Randolph would prove the third Churchill in a row to scale the high reaches of British politics, eclipsing the two William Pitts. He had, in his own words, “imbibed politics in his mother’s milk” and sat in from an early age on much of his father’s political life. Randolph was 19 when Winston put an arm around him before confiding that he probably owed his success to his father’s early death. Josh Ireland’s Churchill & Son turns the volatile relationship between Winston and Randolph into a compelling tragedy, but one which casts valuable new light on the outsized human dimensions of both men.
'Biden' sake riding wave of presidential success in Japan
       
It was around April 2019 when Tadatsugu Inoue of the Mii no Kotobuki sake brewery noticed the name of future U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden appearing more regularly in the news, providing his business with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In 2019, the brewery shipped 120 bottles of Hojo Biden to the U.S. through a Tokyo export company, but orders dried up soon after. “I think there are folks who think it is amusing to give this sake as a gift,” Inoue said of the product that has “Hojo Biden” written in English on its rear label. Inoue only expects to expand the base of sake lovers at home and abroad into the future. “It is not easy to get people who have never drunk sake to try,” he said.
Divorce brings financial woes to 40% of affected children in Japan
       
A recent survey by Japan’s Ministry of Justice showed that 40.5% of people who as minors went through a parental divorce or separation said they experienced financial difficulties after the event. The proportion of respondents who lived with the mother after their parents’ breakup came to 78.6%, according to the survey. It was the first time for the ministry to conduct a survey on the impact of parents’ divorce and separation on children. Meanwhile, only 16.8% said the absent parent paid such support properly, while 14.9% said such money was only paid for a while after the breakup. Asked whether they had someone to talk to when their parents went through divorce or separation, 43.7% said they had nothing they wanted to talk about.
Louvre gives art lovers plenty to smile about as it puts entire collection online - for free
       
Art lovers will now be able to get their fix despite lockdowns and travel restrictions after the Louvre launched an online platform featuring its entire collection. The world's most visited museum has put more than 480,000 pieces on show - including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The website showcases artworks from collections at the museum's eight departments, ranging from Islamic art and Renaissance sculptures to Egyptian antiquities. The interactive site will allow visitors to explore the museum room by room and is available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese. The museum itself remains closed to visitors due to the pandemic and planned renovation works.
Suez Canal: Another day and container ship still stuck in waterway
       
The Ever Given is stubbornly refusing to be moved after getting stuck across the canal earlier in the week.
Video: The Suez Canal remains blocked by an enormous cargo ship
       
Video:A giant container ship remains stuck sideways in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day as authorities prepare for fresh attempts to free the vessel and reopen the crucial world shipping waterway.
Watch live: Pope Francis delivers Palm Sunday Angelus
       
Pope Francis is to lead the Palm Sunday celebration from the Vatican City on Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week before Easter. Like the previous year, the celebrations have been scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of Italy's regions reentered lockdown in mid-March following a spike of infections blamed on the spread of new variants. The rest of the country will also be put under lockdown for the Easter holiday next week.
Japanese female financial analysts urge change in male-dominated profession
       
With the gender gap still large among financial analysts in Japan, women who have blazed a trail in the male-dominated profession are calling for changes in the industry’s punishing workstyle as well as an end to what they see as society’s deep-rooted bias. Among some 27,000 people who hold the Certified Member Analyst designation of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan, only 7.9% were women as of late January, according to the association. As of 2016, meanwhile, women made up just 9.0% of those recognized as Chartered Financial Analysts in Japan, a certification given internationally by the CFA Institute in the United States. The percentage of female CFA holders stood at 31.3% in China, 21.6% in France and 16.4% in the United States. Analysts in Japan often work from early in the morning until late at night to monitor financial market movements and hold meetings across different time zones.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
       
— Russia has accused the United States of targeting its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by pressuring Brazil to reject it, the jab's developer said Monday. Feb. 25— Guatemala became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers announced Thursday. Feb. 24— The Egyptian Drug Authority gave emergency authorization to Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers confirmed Wednesday. Feb. 19— San Marino became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the shot's developers announced Friday. — Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been certified and approved for mass use in Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan's state coronavirus commission announced Wednesday.
Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombing
       
A Catholic cathedral in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday, police said. The blast, in the city of Makassar, wounded 14 people including church workers and worshippers, officials said. The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters. Priest describes bombingFather Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told local media that the suspected bombers tried to enter the church grounds on motorbikes, but had been stopped by a security guard. In 2018, a dozen people were killed when a family of suicide bombers blew themselves up at churches during Sunday services in the second-biggest city Surabaya.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesian church wounds 14 people
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two suspected suicide bombers attacked a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, officials said. The congregation was concluding their mass inside the church on the island of Sulawesi when the attackers detonated at least one device outside, police said. Authorities were looking into which radical networks the bombers came from and whether the attack was linked to recent arrests of suspected militants, national police spokesman Argo Yuwono said. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that a suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
Some Mexicans Travel To U.S. For COVID Vaccines As Their Country's Rollout Stumbles
       
The quest for shots comes as Mexico struggles to secure and distribute vaccines against COVID-19, with the country's confirmed deaths from the disease now surpassing 200,000. David Gutiérrez Inzunza, a Baja California state public health official in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, said the state has been hit hard by the coronavirus. He has been struggling to get vaccines and fielding lots of complaints of foreign nationals "jumping the line." "To make sure that the folks here in Texas are getting vaccinated before we can continue caring for others and our neighbors." In addition to the vaccines administered nationally, the U.S. has large stockpiles of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it hasn't authorized for use yet.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
This Wireless Bra Is So Comfortable, Shoppers Forget They’re Even Wearing It — and It’s on Sale
       
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Suez Canal live stream: Watch- Syria 'rations' fuel as Ever Given ship no closer to moving
       
Suez Canal live stream: Watch- Syria 'rations' fuel as Ever Given ship no closer to movingAdded: 28.03.2021 8:03 | 12 views | 0 commentsTHE CONTAINER ship blocking the Suez Canal remains wedged despite the vessel's Japanese owners hopes it would have been freed last night. Here's how to watch the action live.
Real legacy of Arab Spring is 'dramatic' rise in child soldiers, according to UN
       
Real legacy of Arab Spring is 'dramatic' rise in child soldiers, according to UNAdded: 28.03.2021 6:36 | 11 views | 0 commentsTHE real legacy of the Arab Spring is a "dramatic" rise in child soldiers, according to International United Nations Watch.
Conflict fear: Beijing outguns US in 'war games' simulating Taiwan invasion
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:49 | 21 views | 0 commentsCHINA'S splurge on defence spending and military arms has caused US officials and experts to raise concerns they will not be able to defend Taiwan in a war.
Kim Jong-un threat: North Korea to launch massive ballistic missile sub 'in near future'
       
Kim Jong-un threat: North Korea to launch massive ballistic missile sub 'in near future'Added: 27.03.2021 23:21 | 24 views | 0 commentsA North Korean shipyard is ready to launch a deadly new ballistic missile submarine, US intelligence has reported.
UK to send EU harsh warning in last-ditch bid to stop export ban- 'Taxpayers paid for it'
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:04 | 27 views | 0 commentsBRITAIN is preparing to send the EU a warning that it needs to take into account millions of pounds were spent by UK taxpayers to help create the AstraZeneca vaccine, in a last-ditch attempt to stop the bloc's export ban, according to reports.
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How Georgia's new 'Jim Crow' voter suppression law could backfire for Republicans
       
How Georgia's new 'Jim Crow' voter suppression law could backfire for RepublicansAdded: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 3 views | 0 commentsThere’s also the chance that this attempt to restrict voting could backfire for Republicans.
Suicide bomber targets Palm Sunday mass at Indonesian cathedral
       
Added: 28.03.2021 9:17 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe first batch of churchgoers was walking out while another group was coming in when the blast happened, said Wilhelmus Tulak, a Catholic priest.
Asian American official shows his military scars during meeting, asks 'Is this patriot enough?'
       
Asian American official shows his military scars during meeting, asks 'Is this patriot enough?' Added: 28.03.2021 7:17 | 17 views | 0 commentsLee Wong, chairman of the West Chester, Ohio, Township Board of Trustees, condemned anti-Asian violence during an unscripted moment that has gone viral.
Comic-Con announces in-person Thanksgiving convention
       
Comic-Con announces in-person Thanksgiving conventionAdded: 28.03.2021 5:17 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: news.usni.orgThe superhero convention in San Diego was forced to take a break because of the Covid-19 pandemic. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Oklahoma inmate fatally shot after corrections officer held hostage
       
Added: 28.03.2021 4:17 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe prisoner used the jailer's keys to free others being held on the 10th floor of the county jail in Oklahoma City, an official said.
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard
       
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heardAdded: 28.03.2021 0:09 | 21 views | 0 commentsWorkers who label content and help computers understand language want their own voices to be heard.
Easter celebrations set to rival Christmas
       
Easter celebrations set to rival Christmas - even down to the treeAdded: 28.03.2021 0:03 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: www.godfatherstyle.comEaster trees and garden furniture are being sought out by shoppers keen to make the most of lockdown easing. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Facebook freezes Maduro's page over Covid claim
       
Added: 27.03.2021 18:18 | 6 views | 0 commentsVenezuela's president will not be able to post for 30 days for disinformation over a herbal remedy.
Covid: Rapid home test kits to be available for workers
       
Covid: Rapid home test kits to be available for workersAdded: 28.03.2021 0:02 | 22 views | 0 commentsFirms in England with more than 10 employees that are unable to provide on-site testing can apply.
Calls for economic boycott grow after Georgia adopts voter restrictions
       
Added: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 7 views | 0 comments"I think all things should be considered on the table," said LaTosha Brown, cofounder of the group Black Voters Matter.
Earth Hour 2021: Turn off your lights, use COVID lessons to heal planet
       
Earth Hour 2021: Turn off your lights, use COVID lessons to heal planetAdded: 27.03.2021 23:12 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe annual night rite asks folks to kill the lights for an hour to promote environmental awareness. This year, it's also asking us to put lessons from the pandemic to good use. More in www.cnet.com »
Gmail and other Android apps crashing on phones: Here's Google's simple fix
       
Gmail and other Android apps crashing on phones: Here's Google's simple fixAdded: 27.03.2021 23:05 | 25 views | 0 commentsAn update to Chrome and WebView should resolve the issues.
Nonfilers and stimulus checks: 6 things to know if you don't usually file taxes
       
Added: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsIf you're exempted from filing taxes, do you need to do anything to get your third stimulus check? How do you claim a missing payment? We'll tell you what you need to know.
Best monitor under $200 you can get for 2021
       
Best monitor under $200 you can get for 2021Added: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 23 views | 0 commentsA second (or third) monitor can make working from home much more productive. You don't have to pay much to get a decent one from Dell, LG, BenQ or others ASAP.
COVID-19 vaccine passports: How they could clear travel for takeoff
       
COVID-19 vaccine passports: How they could clear travel for takeoffAdded: 27.03.2021 23:41 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: wpaperhd.comAdvocates say documentation that proves your COVID vaccination could create a bright future for post-pandemic travel, but others worry about privacy and discrimination. More in www.cnet.com »
Best VPN service of 2021
       
Added: 27.03.2021 23:30 | 22 views | 0 commentsLooking to maximize your security and anonymity online? Of course you are. A virtual private network can help.
No third stimulus check: 9 possible payment problems and what to do
       
No third stimulus check: 9 possible payment problems and what to doAdded: 28.03.2021 6:17 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comIssues with direct deposit? Or something more serious? Here are possible reasons your stimulus check hasn't arrived, when your friends' and family's payments have. More in www.cnet.com »
‘Bad Girls Club’ cast member Deshayla Harris among Virginia Beach shooting victims: reports
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:59 | 8 views | 0 commentsAuthorities in Virginia Beach, Virginia, have identified the two people killed and three people arrested in connection with three separate shootings Friday night in the city’s Oceanfront area.
Bad Girls Club Star Deshayla Harris Killed in Virginia Beach Shootings
       
Bad Girls Club alum Deshayla Harris died in one of the three separate shootings that occurred in the Virginia Beach resort area on March 26, E! News can confirm. She was 28. According to...
Cuomo aides receive subpoenas in sexual-harassment investigation
       
Added: 28.03.2021 9:53 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe New York state attorney general’s office has subpoenaed dozens of officials in the Cuomo administration, including his top aide, requesting that they produce documents as part of an investigation of sexual-harassment accusations against the governor, according to people familiar with the matter.
Virginia girl's shocking shooting death leads to arrest of teen suspect
       
Virginia girl's shocking shooting death leads to arrest of teen suspectAdded: 28.03.2021 9:26 | 4 views | 0 commentsA juvenile suspect was reportedly arrested on Saturday following a manhunt connected to the fatal shooting of a Virginia middle school student.
Tennessee flash flooding traps residents in homes, on roads, prompting rescues: reports
       
Tennessee flash flooding traps residents in homes, on roads, prompting rescues: reportsAdded: 28.03.2021 9:11 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comMajor flash flooding overnight in central Tennessee was leaving numerous people trapped by rising waters, according to reports. More in www.foxnews.com »
TikTok’s goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attention
       
TikTok’s goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attentionAdded: 28.03.2021 9:00 | 4 views | 0 commentsAnother fashion subculture is gaining traction on TikTok for its interesting take — this time on goblins. More in www.foxnews.com »
Today in History for March 28th
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:57 | 17 views | 0 commentsHighlights of this day in history: An accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant; Former President Dwight Eisenhower dies; The Spanish Civil War ends; Maria von Trapp of 'Sound of Music' fame dies; Singer Reba McEntire born.
Rally in Los Angeles against Asian hate crimes
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:41 | 14 views | 0 commentsHundreds of demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles on Saturday to demand an end to the surge in anti-Asian hate and violence in the United States.
Migrant families share what drove them to leave home and what awaited them at the border
       
Migrant families share what drove them to leave home and what awaited them at the borderAdded: 27.03.2021 22:41 | 12 views | 0 commentsMigrant families in shelters, in both Texas and Mexico, describe what drove them to leave their homes and what awaited them here at the border.
New York to legalize recreational marijuana; vote expected within days
       
New York to legalize recreational marijuana; vote expected within daysAdded: 28.03.2021 5:02 | 12 views | 0 commentsTop New York lawmakers announced a deal Saturday to legalize marijuana, clearing the way for a vote in the coming days.
'This affects all of us': Marches, rallies against Asian hate crimes see widespread participation
       
'This affects all of us': Marches, rallies against Asian hate crimes see widespread participationAdded: 27.03.2021 23:20 | 16 views | 0 commentsPeople united across the country this weekend against crimes targeting Asian Americans. Marchers gathered in cities like New York and Washington.
NASA: The latest in space exploration
       
Added: 27.03.2021 23:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsThis special special edition updates the latest in space exploration, including the Artemis moon launch, 30 years of the Hubble telescope and more.
Bodycam shows officers berating 5-year-old boy
       
Bodycam shows officers berating 5-year-old boyAdded: 27.03.2021 23:16 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: www.westernjournal.comA police department in Maryland has released body camera video that captured two of its officers berating a 5-year-old boy who had walked away from his elementary school, calling him a "little beast" and threatening him with a beating. (March 27) More in rssfeeds.usatoday.com » Police Tags: Maryland
Suez Canal: Effort to refloat wedged container ship continues
       
Added: 28.03.2021 5:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsTugboats will renew attempts to dislodge the Ever Given from the canal on Sunday.
Debris from SpaceX rocket lights up US skies
       
Debris from SpaceX rocket lights up US skiesAdded: 28.03.2021 4:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe lights streaking across US skies on Thursday stunned onlookers. But this wasn't a meteor shower.
Kenya's Mike Sonko: The rise and fall of Nairobi's ex-governor
       
Kenya's Mike Sonko: The rise and fall of Nairobi's ex-governorAdded: 28.03.2021 2:00 | 10 views | 0 commentsMike Sonko was elected governor of Kenya's capital despite a criminal past - and now faces more legal woes.
Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn lights off
       
Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn lights offAdded: 28.03.2021 4:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.ibtimes.co.ukFamous landmarks around the world have been switching off their lights to raise awareness of environmental issues. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
       
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeoverAdded: 28.03.2021 0:46 | 12 views | 0 commentsInternational leaders condemn the military after Saturday's violence - the deadliest since the coup.
India coronavirus: The high-risk young demanding Covid jabs
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:29 | 11 views | 0 commentsCancer patients who are under the age of 45 are struggling to get Covid jabs in India.
Hunting rare birds in Pakistan to feed the sex drive of princes
       
Hunting rare birds in Pakistan to feed the sex drive of princesAdded: 28.03.2021 0:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsA glimpse into the closed world of hunts for houbara bustards, thought by some to be an aphrodisiac.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:17 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe "enemies" will have fictional names, but when hundreds of US military personnel around the globe log on to their computers later this summer for a highly classified war game, it will be clear what a major focus of the scenarios will be -- how the US should respond to aggressive action and unexpected moves by China and Russia.
Coronavirus: Search after people flee Dublin hotel quarantine
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:57 | 6 views | 0 commentsTwo people remain missing after leaving a quarantine hotel on Saturday, but a third has been found.
Coronavirus: Search after people flee Dublin hotel quarantine
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:57 | 5 views | 0 commentsTwo people remain missing after leaving a quarantine hotel on Saturday, but a third has been found.
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
Added: 28.03.2021 6:44 | 6 views | 0 commentsPolice say suicide bombers attacked the church during a Palm Sunday service in Makassar.
Alex Honnold recalls taking phone call while rock climbing
       
Alex Honnold is a renowned rock climber who is known for climbing El Capitan — a rock formation that is about 3,000 feet tall — without any artificial aids for support or rope. However, he's like anybody else who needs to take phone calls and eat lunch. While on the Pat McAfee Show, Honnold recounted a time when he was rock climbing on a "rest day" in Yosemite National Park. "You definitely do have moments like that where you're like 'oh I'm still up here and I still have a long ways to go.'" Free Solo, which followed Honnold's journey over two years to prepare to climb El Captain, won an Oscar in 2019.
The 13 Best Noise-Canceling Headphones and Earbuds (2021)
       
Shaking off the world and sinking into a new album can feel like a train ride through the countryside … unless you're sharing that seat with two young toddlers. Below are the best noise-canceling cans and buds you can buy, handpicked and tested by the Gear team here at WIRED. Be sure to check out our other guides, like the Best Wirefree Earbuds, Best Workout Earbuds, and Best Wireless Headphones. Updated March 2021: We've added the Apple AirPods Max, Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, and Jabra Elite 85t. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off).
50 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Kitchen Accents
       
While we’ve rounded up the best accents for your bedroom, bathroom, and living room elsewhere, here we’ve done some digging to find a wealth of stylish and fancy-looking kitchen décor ideas that are surprisingly affordable. Below, you’ll find gussied-up basics and restaurant-worthy accessories to spruce up your kitchen, regardless of your cooking prowess. While all of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. $29 at Amazon BuyKikkerland Toucan Kitchen Shears $10 now 10% off $9 It would be enough if these kitchen shears just looked like a toucan. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
The Best Roller Skates, According to Roller Skaters
       
To find the best roller skates, we asked RousHer and eight other experts — including pro roller skaters and skating choreographers and instructors — about their favorites. $299 at Moxi Skates BuyBest roller skates for beginnersMoxi Skates Beach Bunny Roller Skates $229 $229 For beginners, three of our experts suggested going for this less expensive pair of Beach Bunny skates from our best-overall brand. $249 at Moonlight Roller BuyBest roller skates for rink skatingSure-Grip White Fame Roller Skate From $180 Bell, Heiden, and Bravo told us about the Fame skates from Sure-Grip. $220 at Derby Warehouse BuyBest roller skates for street skatingMoxi Skates Jack Boot Roller Skates From $279 If you know you want to get serious about street skating, investing in a high-quality, durable boot is a must. $129 at Pro Skater Place BuyBest roller skates for roller derbyAntik AR2 Roller Skates $649 Roller derby skates are designed with agility in mind and typically have a lower-cut boot and more padding than rink or street skates.
The Attico Wants to Join You at the Beach
       
MILAN — The Attico continues to expand its product offering. The Milan-based brand founded by Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini is entering the world of beachwear with the “State of Nature” capsule collection. “Summer is our favorite season and we really had a desire to create our own swimsuits,” said Tordini. The Attico, which is mainly known for its bold and flamboyant cocktail and evening attire, in February launched its first genderless streetwear capsule, called “Life at Large,” which is available at around 200 global retailers. See also:Beachwear, Resort Retail Weather Coronavirus StormEXCLUSIVE: Swimwear Brand Solid & Striped Expands Into ActivewearThe Swimwear Industry Floats Along
TikTok’s goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attention
       
The niched aesthetic is called "goblincore," and the hashtag dedicated to it has more than 285.6 million views on the short-form video app. In fact, one of the most popular goblincore videos on TikTok comes from TheWondersmith, a ceramist who made an impressive snail tea pot with matching cups. For example, the most liked goblincore video comes from a 20-year-old TikTok user named Dill, who showed off their soothing bookbinding skills. The video has more than 2.9 million likes and 10,000 comments from TikTokers who love Dill’s artwork. Goblincore overlaps with other subcultures that have similar aesthetic features like fairycore (306.5 million views), vulture culture (85.7 million views), crowcore (15.9 million views), elfcore (4.6 million views) and dragoncore (387,600 views), according to trending TikTok hashtags.
The Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal moved slightly, but a poor tide stopped its progress
       
The fifth day of the salvage operation illustrated the technical and weather challenges facing the international team seeking to dislodge the Ever Given from the eastern bank of the canal and stave off a global economic calamity. Both are scheduled to arrive on Sunday in the canal, said the ship’s technical manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Also unclear on Sunday was the reported arrival of a U.S. Navy team of dredging experts to assist in the operation. Naval Fifth Fleet spokesperson, said nothing had changed since U.S. Central Command made an offer to help on Friday. The ship is owned by a Japanese company, operated by a Taiwanese firm, its crew is Indian, and it sails under a Panamanian flag.
Virginia girl's shocking shooting death leads to arrest of teen suspect
       
A juvenile suspect was reportedly arrested Saturday afternoon following a manhunt connected to the shocking fatal shooting of a Virginia middle school student. Lucia Bremer was shot multiple times on Friday, forcing a nearby high school in Henrico County, Virginia, to be placed on a temporary lockdown. The eighth grader was taken to a hospital where she died of her wounds, the Richmond Times-Dispacth reported. The suspect was reportedly last seen fleeing the shooting before the manhunt began. VIRGINIA TEEN GIRL DEAD AFTER SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES NEAR HIGH SCHOOL; SUSPECT AT LARGE, REPORTS SAY"Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the night to follow up on leads provided by our community partners," Henrico police said while announcing the arrest Saturday.
Tennessee flash flooding traps residents in homes, on roads, prompting rescues: reports
       
Major flash flooding overnight in central Tennessee was leaving numerous people trapped by rising waters, according to reports. Accounts included reports of emergency responders assisting people at apartment complexes and drivers traveling along flooded area roadways. Other alerts were in effect until 7 a.m.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Major flash flooding is occurring with numerous roads, interstates and homes flooded with water rescues ongoing!" On Saturday afternoon, a powerful storm in Lexington, Tennessee, caused significant damage, the newspaper reported. A tornado had been warned for the area but it wasn’t immediately clear if a tornado had actually struck.
Covid vaccines mean the end of quarantine is in sight. For some, the view doesn't look so good.
       
People with social anxiety, introverts and others who find the “normal” expectations of life stressful woke up to a world that more closely resembled the one of their dreams. People with social anxiety, introverts and others who find the “normal” expectations of life stressful woke up to a world that more closely resembled the one of their dreams. While there’s been a very real increase in substance abuse during quarantine, mostly overlooked is the fact that others took this opportunity to get sober. “There is so much pressure to be around people and no one seems to understand that doesn’t make me happy,” she explained. Nudging reluctant people who’ve grown accustomed to, and even prefer, living in quarantine back into society requires understanding.
UK has planned for second COVID-19 vaccine doses, says minister
       
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives an Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium in Cwmbran, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Geoff Caddick/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain has planned to ensure second COVID-19 doses are administered on time, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday amid concerns over supplies due to friction with the European Union. “In all of our planning, we have factored in getting that second dose of the vaccine,” he told Sky News. When asked about a Mail on Sunday newspaper report that the Moderna vaccine would be deployed in Britain for the first time in mid-April, Dowden said: “We do expect Moderna to come later this month.”
Trade union calls for Deliveroo UK riders strike to highlight IPO risks
       
FILE PHOTO: A courier for food delivery service Deliveroo rides a bike in central Brussels, Belgium January 16, 2020. Insurer Aviva for instance highlighted a lack of rights for riders as an investment risk as the company might be forced to change its business model. The case sought to secure rights such as the UK minimum wage for riders, but the court ruled riders were self-employed. “Investing in Deliveroo means associating yourself with the exploitative and unstable business model,” IWGB President Alex Marshall said in a statement, adding the strike was planned for April 7, to coincide with the IPO. Deliveroo said job satisfaction levels among its 50,000 self-employed riders in Britain was at an all-time high, and that the flexibility they had was a big attraction.
Sinopharm needs trial results to decide if COVID-19 vaccine needs booster shot: executive
       
FILE PHOTO: A health worker counts used vials of Sinopharm's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File PhotoBEIJING (Reuters) - China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) will need to assess results from overseas Phase III clinical trials to decide whether its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine should be followed by a booster shot, a company executive said on Sunday. Regulators and vaccine developers are looking at whether booster doses are necessary amid concerns that emerging variants of the new coronavirus might weaken protection of vaccines designed against older strains. The answer should be based on the results of future phase III clinical studies,” Zhang said. Antibodies triggered by two COVID-19 vaccine products from Sinopharm both have “pretty good” neutralising effect on variants found in Britain and South Africa, Zhang told a news conference, citing results from lab tests using blood samples taken from clinical trial participants.
Philippines Catholics brave COVID-19 threat to celebrate Palm Sunday
       
MANILA (Reuters) - Dozens of Catholics in the Philippines braved the threat of coronavirus on Sunday to attend a mass outside the Baclaran Church in Manila to celebrate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of the Holy Week. Wearing face masks and observing physical distancing to protect themselves from COVID-19, they waved their palm fronds as the priest sprinkled holy water on them. Religious gatherings will be banned from Monday until Easter to comply with stricter quarantine restrictions the Philippine government reimposed in the capital and nearby provinces to slow the sharp rise in COVID-19 infections. At the St. Peter Parish in Quezon City, candles were attached to empty pews to represent parishioners taking part in Palm Sunday celebrations outside the church or online. The Philippines is battling a renewed surge in infections, including those of the new and more transmissible variants, prompting the government to tighten existing curbs in the capital and nearby provinces.
Indonesia president condemns church attack as "terrorism"
       
FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian president Joko Widodo strongly condemned a suspected suicide bomb attack outside a church that wounded 14 people in the city of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi on Sunday. In a video broadcast, he described the attack in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population as an “act of terrorism”, and urged people to remain calm, saying the government would ensure that everybody can worship freely, “without fear”.
Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims
       
Bookseller Jaromir Vytopil, left, appoints the youngest schoolchildren to the order of readers at a library in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2020. Some 25,000 have been killed by COVID-19 in the hard-hit Czech Republic. Some 25,000 have been killed by COVID-19 in the hard-hit Czech Republic. On March 22, 2020 and for some days to come, the Czech Republic reported daily COVID-19 deaths in the single digits. According to Johns Hopkins University, the Czech Republic has the world’s second-highest mortality rate after the microstate of San Marino.
Suicide bomber targets Palm Sunday mass in Indonesia, at least 14 injured
       
MAKASSAR, Indonesia — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 14 people, police said. The attack came as Indonesia was on high alert following the arrest of Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, the leader of Jemmaah Islamiyah in December. He said that police were investigating whether they were linked to a local affiliate of the banned Jemaah Islamiyah network or were acting independently. A court banned Jemaah Islamiyah in 2008, and the group was weakened by a sustained crackdown. Police said the father was the leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State group known as Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
No group has said it carried out the attackAn explosion outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar has wounded at least 10 worshippers. Militant Islamists have attacked churches in the past but no group has yet said it was behind the bombing. A priest at the church, Father Wilhemus Tulak, told Metro TV that security guards had tackled one suspected bomber. Makassar Mayor Danny Pomanto said that if the explosion had happened at the main entrance, it could have led to far more casualties. Gomar Gultom, head of the Indonesian Council of Churches, said the attack on people celebrating Palm Sunday was "cruel".
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. Add deafness or blindness on top of it and it’s that much more of one,” said Little, who is visually impaired and directs a regional center for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
GSK and Vir Submit Covid-19 Antibody for FDA Authorization
       
BenzingaGlobal chip shortage is severely impairing automakers, as evidenced by an announcement from Chinese EV maker NIO Limited (NYSE: NIO) Friday. The stalling comes due to a shortage in semiconductor supply, the company added. As a result of this development, Nio lowered its vehicle deliveries forecast for the first quarter from 20,000-20,500 vehicles to 19,500 vehicles. Increasing demand from sectors leveraging the "work-from-home" and "study-from-home environment" in the aftermath of the pandemic has exerted pressure on the chip supply chain. Traditional automakers, including General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), have announced production cuts at their North American plants, citing the issue.
Pregnant women 'didn't have the data' – until now: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, even for babies, study shows
       
COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at protecting pregnant women and likely provide protection for their babies as well, according to a new study. Earlier studies suggested the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna would be safe and effective. Large-scale clinical trials intentionally excluded pregnant women, leaving them to wonder whether to get the shots or not. Their study wasn't the definitive clinical trial some pregnant women have been waiting for, but it's pretty close, other OB-GYNs said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID and pregnancy: Vaccines safe, protect moms and babies: study
What we know about the case of a Dover woman allegedly killed by her surgeon husband
       
Here’s what we know about the allegations against Ingolf Tuerk, who is accused of killing 45-year-old Kathleen McLean. By Feb. 3, Tuerk was physically abusing McLean, she told Dover police. McLean obtained a restraining order but changed her mindTuerk was charged in February for two attacks against McLean and released on personal recognizance, which Pomarole revoked Monday. McLean obtained a restraining order against Tuerk, and on Feb. 7 she filed for divorce, documents show. On May 2, McLean said she did not want to pursue criminal charges and asked that the restraining order against her husband be vacated.
Dear Abby: They called me horrible names. My husband says I need to let it go.
       
DEAR ABBY: I have meddling in-laws. My husband insists on being around them, and we argue because I want our 9-year-old son to have only limited contact with them. DEAR ABBY: My mother keeps buying me (and my now-teenage daughters) clothes from a catalog for elderly women. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims
       
“People like him form the heart of the town,” Milan Pavlicek added. Vytopil used to leave his family's home in a nearby village on his scooter at 7 a.m. On the way, he stopped to have a coffee and to read newspapers. “What was shining from him was an appetite for life and an effort to give people what he knew well, and that was the books," Marie Vytopilova recalled. But he praised the people who visited his store for their choices and if needed, offered recommendations. “Many times, I laughed and called him a walking encyclopedia,” his wife said.
The lawyer who took on Chevron – and now marks his 600th day under house arrest
       
On Sunday, Donziger reached his 600th day of an unprecedented house arrest that has resulted from a sprawling, Kafkaesque legal battle with the oil giant Chevron. Chevron has never paid up, claiming “shocking levels of misconduct” and fraud by Donziger and the Ecuadorian judiciary. Despite lengthy attempts by Chevron, which bought Texaco, to block the case, the action ultimately went to trial and resulted in a historic judgement against the oil company. Chevron has “captured” the judge, Donziger said, and now the oil company seems omnipresent in his fate. Shortly before his house arrest, in the summer of 2019, Donziger toured some villages in Ecuador, discovering some people he’d previously met had died of cancer.
What you can and can't do from Monday March 29 as lockdown rules start easing
       
As the Easter holidays begin, the Government has allowed limited changes to lockdown rules to allow families to reunite. Social contactPeople will be able to meet outdoors either in groups of six or as two households as of Monday. This includes meeting in private gardens as the Government attempts to make it easier for friends and families to get together over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. A number of restrictions remain in place to limit movement, including guidance against people staying away from their main residence overnight. Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation remain closed until at least Apr 12, after the Easter holidays.
Notebooks activate brain more than gadgets, Japanese study shows
       
A Japanese team has said that writing in paper notebooks leads to stronger brain activity when recalling schedules than using tablet terminals or smartphones. In the team’s experiment, 48 people aged 18-29 were divided into three groups — users of paper notebooks, tablet terminals with special pens, and smartphones. They were asked to answer questions on two-month schedules they read from written conversations and recorded on the notebooks or devices an hour before, while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging examinations. But parts of brains related to memory and language processing grew more active for users of paper notebooks than the other two groups. The experiment was conducted in a joint research program with JMA Management Center Inc. Their study was published on the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience international journal.
Welcome to the woke age of cinema - where 'historical dramas' peddle revisionist lies
       
Well, Jamestown or Dickinson alone might not change the course of historical understanding. Take The Crown and Bridgerton, both watched by tens of millions of Netflix subscribers last year. The Crown was based on living characters and real events that most people dimly recognised, so it appeared to be history. The year 1619 is indeed a terrible and important one, but it’s not where American history starts – and ends. Nearly 30 million people watched the latest season of The Crown in the week after it launched, while 82 million saw Bridgerton.
How defunding the police backfired in Minneapolis, the city which sparked George Floyd protests across the world
       
Visitors to the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis must walk past concrete barricades and makeshift checkpoints to reach the site where the 46-year-old took his last breath with his face pressed to the asphalt. Signs marking the entrance to the birthplace of a global racial justice movement read: “You are now entering the free state of George Floyd” and “cops not welcome”. The world is set to revisit the death of Mr Floyd this week when the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who kneeled on his neck during his final moments, begins. His death not only triggered a hot summer of protests but also calls to "defund" the police that have reverberated across the US and as far as the UK. The four-block intersection where Mr Floyd died - renamed George Floyd Square - is now a test case, with concrete barricades and a regular swarm of activists manning an "autonomous zone", effectively barring police from the area.
Suicide bomber targets Mass in Indonesia, 14 wounded
       
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 14 people, police said. The attack came as Indonesia was on high alert following the arrest of Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, the leader of Jemmaah Islamiyah in December. He said that police were investigating whether they were linked to a local affiliate of the banned Jemaah Islamiyah network or were acting independently. A court banned Jemaah Islamiyah in 2008, and the group was weakened by a sustained crackdown. Police said the father was the leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State group known as Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.
COVID-19: Entire concert audience fast-tested for virus ahead of show in Barcelona
       
No social distancing was in place for the performance, but masks were required, in a first for Spain.
5,000 people attend Barcelona rock concert after taking Covid-19 rapid tests
       
People wearing protective masks attend a concert at the Palau Sant Jordi, the first massive concert since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, March 27 2021. Music fans in Barcelona hugged, danced and sang along at a sold-out rock concert on Saturday night after taking rapid COVID-19 tests in a trial that could revive the live music industry in Spain and beyond. Advertising Read moreSome 5,000 fans at the show for Spanish indie band Love of Lesbian had to wear masks but social distancing was not required in the Palau Sant Jordi arena. "It will be safer to be in the Palau Sant Jordi than walking down the street," concert co-organiser Jordi Herreruela told Reuters earlier on Saturday. Barcelona, Spain Love of Lesbian Concert ...5000 persons...no mask...no social distancing #tonight pic.twitter.com/HamGNR1vTx — Nicole Elisei (@EliseiNicole) March 27, 2021Pre-concert testing at three Barcelona locations was carried out by 80 nurses wearing full personal protective equipment.
Indonesia cathedral rocked by Palm Sunday suicide bombing
       
Advertising Read moreJakarta (AFP)An Indonesian cathedral was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday with body parts littering the chaotic scene as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week. "The bike was destroyed and there are body parts... We're still collecting parts and trying to identify the sex of the perpetrators." Makassar Mayor Mohammad Ramdhan said: "There are many body parts here at the church compound as well as in the street." Churches have been targeted in the past by extremists in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation. In 2018, a dozen people were killed when a family of suicide bombers blew themselves up at churches during Sunday services in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya.
Amazon stole tips from delivery drivers, FTC says. E-commerce giant will pay $62 million to settle case.
       
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Amazon didn’t pass on tips to drivers for more than two years, even though it promised shoppers and drivers it would do so. The FTC said Amazon didn’t stop taking the tips until 2019, when the company found out about the FTC’s investigation.
China To Crackdown On Illegal Yangtze River Sand Dredging – gCaptain
       
by David Stanway (Reuters) – China has launched a crackdown on illegal sand mining (dredging for sand used in construction) operations on the Yangtze river, which have affected shipping routes. Sand mining in the river and its connecting lakes and tributaries has also affected shipping routes and made it harder for authorities to control summer floods. Local authorities have been ordered to draw up plans to regulate sand mining more effectively, and to ban or restrict operations in sensitive regions. They must also crack down heavily on illegal mining and take action against illegal gangs involved in the business. Sand mining is believed to have lowered the bed of the Poyang Lake – a Yangtze river flood outlet and one of the world’s largest sources of sand used in construction – by at least 20 metres (60 feet).
Britain’s ‘brutal’ cuts to overseas aid put African science projects in peril
       
“My reaction was one of bitter disappointment, grief and disbelief that Britain could do something this brutal,” Etale told the Observer. Time is the one thing we don’t have when it comes to climate change,” he added. Chris Trisos at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is tracking how climate change will affect different species. Armed with a Flair grant, his team has developed ways to track how climate change will affect different species each year for the rest of this century. “We were about to start a new project to forecast how climate change will affect wild harvested food plants,” Trisos said.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesian church wounds 14 people
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. The congregation had been inside the church on the island of Sulawesi at the time of the explosion, police said, just as the mass was ending. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that a suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. Boy Rafli Amar, the head of the country’s National Counterterrorism Agency, described Sunday’s attack as an act of terrorism. Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
5-year-old boy allegedly detained, handcuffed and threatened by Maryland police
       
a male officer can be heard saying to the boy in the video. A female school employee held the boy's hand and said she would ride in the police car with him back to school. A female officer who is also on camera, says: "Does your mother spank you? At one point, the female officer said he should be put in a crate. Montgomery County Public Schools Board President Brenda Wolff and Superintendent Jack Smith said in a statement Friday, "Our heart aches for this student ...
Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death
       
Over about two weeks, lawyers for the prosecution and defense quizzed potential jurors about their knowledge of Floyd’s death, their opinions of Chauvin, and their attitudes about police, racial injustice, and the protests and rioting that followed Floyd’s death. Quote iconShe said she believes her community improved because of the massive protests that took place after Floyd’s death. Activists: Floyd's death spurred global change George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set the nation ablaze. Referring to the protestors who lashed out after Floyd’s death, she said, “maybe they felt they were never heard. The organization might bear a small measure of responsibility for the rioting after Floyd’s death, he said.
Oklahoma City police shoot and kill inmate who took officer hostage
       
Associated PressOklahoma City police officers fatally shot an inmate who took a correctional officer hostage at a county jail Saturday, authorities said. Officers had tried to deescalate the situation at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, but authorities fired their weapons after the suspect held something against the neck of the hostage, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said during a news conference. Officials did not give details about the officer's injuries, but Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said, “I'm just glad the detention officer wasn't more seriously hurt.”The inmate had overrun the officer while medications were being distributed, officials said. Authorities did not immediately release the names of either the inmate or the officer who had been taken hostage. As the incident unfolded, demonstrators went to the jail to protest how inmates are treated within the facility, KOCO-TV reported.
‘Bad Girls Club’ cast member Deshayla Harris among Virginia Beach shooting victims: reports
       
The other fatality was identified as Donovon Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach, WAVY-TV of Portsmouth, Virginia, reported. They were identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of Chesapeake; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach, according to WAVY. The suspects were being held at the Virginia Beach City Jail, pending further legal action. According to TMZ, Harris appeared on the season of "Bad Girls Club" that was titled "East Meets West." Last July, season 8 cast member Demitra ‘Mimi’ Roche, 34, also died from causes that were not immediately disclosed.
SNL invites Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris and Martin Short’s Doug Emhoff to host a Passover Seder
       
During “A Kamala D. Harris Unity Seder,” she would ask four questions: “How’s school? And, what’s with that haircut?” In the spirit of the holiday, Rudolph’s Harris continued, she had reached across the aisle and invited several Republicans to the Seder — starting “at the bottom,” with Aidy Bryant’s Ted Cruz. “Such a fun, solvable problem.”Moffat’s Biden brought along his retrained dog, Major, who attacked Short’s Emhoff until being “spooked” by someone else. When Rudolph’s Harris worried her Seder wasn’t actually bringing people together, Short’s Emhoff quoted “Dayenu”: “It would have been enough. On a more serious note, Yang added: “I can’t address any of this without bringing up class, or gender, or imperialism.
Covid cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued even as vaccinations increase
       
Covid-19 cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued in the U.S. even as the country set a new record for coronavirus vaccine doses administered in one day on Saturday. More than 3.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, according to tallies recorded by the CDC. Saturday's total broke the previous record for most Covid-19 vaccine shots given in one day set on Friday with 3.37 million doses reported. More than 140 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Saturday, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
Snatched, Vaxed Or Waxed: 'Saturday Night Live' Goes Spring Break Bonkers
       
The “Saturday Night Live” cast cut free of politics for a change to morph into a wild crew of Miami Beach spring breakers on a TV game show for the cold open. The host of the faux dating show for “hot, infected singles” was Cece Vuvuzela (Maya Rudolph). The program was sponsored by Spirit Airlines, offering $10 flights to Miami Beach. “You guys know no one partying in Miami is vaxed,” Vuvuzela piped up. Gardner revealed she was “anti-vax.”Fineman headed out with Mooney to Club Syph packed with 2,000 people chirping: “Pepper balls sound fun!
Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts: CEO
       
ZURICH (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa’s unit Swiss could announce additional job cuts in the second quarter as the pandemic crimps air travel, its chief executive told Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick. Last October, Swiss announced 1,000 job cuts through attrition over two years. The company has about 9,000 staff“From the 1,000 announced positions, we completed 500 of the job cuts through the end of 2020,” Dieter Vranckx told the newspaper. “How many additional positions we will potentially have to cut is something I can answer only in the second quarter. “That’s why non-vaccinated people need to be allowed to fly,” he said “That’s why testing is so important.”($1 = 0.9389 Swiss francs)
White House watching China closely on forced labor after U.S. firms pressured
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday criticized China for profiting from human rights abuses and said it was watching the issue of forced labor closely after U.S. and other international companies came under attack from Chinese consumers for committing not to use cotton from China's Xinjiang region. "The international community, in our view, should oppose China's weaponizing of private companies' dependence on its markets to stifle free expression and inhibit ethical business practices," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. She was responding to a question about reports China was exerting pressure on companies that had committed to not using products made with forced labor. "I would expect that (the departments of) State and Commerce will have more to say on this later today." (Reporting by Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)
Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts: CEO
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- A global semiconductor shortage has upended the supply of everyday devices from smartphones to gaming consoles to tech-dependent cars. It triggered a 6.7% drop in General Motors Corp. shares over three days last week. Daiwa Securities cited the chip shortage in downgrading the stock and cutting estimates for this year and next. Shares of Apple, for example, didn’t react in November to the impact of the shortage, and they’re up more than 5% since then. Most semiconductor companies should report strong results for the first quarter and give good guidance for the second, said Janardan Menon, an analyst at Liberum Capital Ltd.“This is all great news for the semiconductor vendor,” Liberum’s Menon said by phone.
Asian Americans, many for the first time, are giving children and elderly parents ‘The Talk’ on how to protect themselves from hate
       
Now many Asian Americans, for the first time, are having similar conversations with their children on how to gird themselves against a wave of anti-Asian sentiment, violence, and bullying. One Korean-American mom’s TikTok video — complete with flash cards “stop,” “Asian,” “hate” — has gone viral. Generations of Asian Americans have been raised to work hard, get an education, and quietly assimilate. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing community of color in Greater Boston and in the country.) The burden of “The Talk” has been placed on generations of Black families — and now Asian Americans.
Man shot in Roseland attempted robbery
       
A 48-year-old man was shot in an attempted robbery early Sunday in Roseland on the Far South Side. He was standing outside about 12:40 a.m. in the 10500 block of South Michigan Avenue when a person approached him and demanded his money, Chicago police said. The man refused and reached for the armed suspect’s handgun, according to police. The gunman fired a shot and struck the man in the knee before fleeing the scene, police said. The man self-transported to Roseland Hospital in good condition, police said.
Killer’s death may close book on horrific Eastern Plains story
       
His death will probably forever end the investigations into the disappearances of as many as 17 homeless men from metro Denver recruited to work on the McCormick Ranch on the Eastern Plains by Mike McCormick and his father in the 1980s. “At this point there were only two suspects in the McCormick Ranch murders and they are now dead,” said District Attorney Bob Watson of Kit Carson County, who reopened the McCormick Ranch murder investigation in 2005. Mike McCormick was later charged with killing Donoho when detectives found discrepancies in his story. She said the families were saddened by the woman’s death but happy that Mike McCormick was no longer walking around free. “I always felt he was responsible for those deaths, but I couldn’t prove it,” she said of Mike McCormick.
Q&A: When’s the best time to get vaccinated after an infection?
       
Mine said to wait 90 days until getting vaccinated. My sister, who was hospitalized for covid, was told by her doctor to wait 90 days plus 14 days because she received antibodies in the hospital. In terms of timing, people should wait until they’ve recovered from a coronavirus infection before getting vaccinated. Earlier guidance for patients with prior infections was to wait 90 days, Ramey said in am email. “If you have that innate immunity for 90 days, probably best to get it (a vaccination) sometime before that 90 days is up,” Weismiller said.
Versace vestments: What one Richardson man is exposing about clerical dress in the age of Instagram
       
The world just met an Insta-famous social media influencer in Richardson who is calling out religious leaders for their over-the-top fashion choices. Kirby has continued to post anonymously, even using a pseudonym when The New York Times wrote about him in 2019. One of the most famous preachers in history, the man who baptized Jesus himself, was known for his threads. As church attendance declines and Christianity becomes less dominant, it’s natural for religious leaders to look for advantages in the marketplace of influence. “I’m probably having a conversation with whoever gave them to me like, ‘Hey man, you cool if I sell these?’”
UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID
       
“What the U.K. has just done by far best is the whole setup,” Albertsen said. Representatives from COG-UK took part in a recent call with American researchers and the Rockefeller Foundation aimed at building capacity in the United States. “To Peacock and the crew’s credit, they didn’t just stop at sequence,” Topol said. “They organized labs to do this other work, which is actually very intensive lab assessment. And then there’s the epidemiologic assessment, too.
Dear Abby: Man talks trash about his wife to his family, then expects her to hang out with them
       
Because of this, I have cut off contact with his relatives, and they cannot come to our house. My husband insists on being around them, and we argue because I want our 9-year-old son to have only limited contact with them. DEAR ABBY: My mother keeps buying me (and my now-teenage daughters) clothes from a catalog for elderly women. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding disorder may bury the family
       
Dear Amy: My wife doesn’t discard anything! – Worried I’ll be BuriedDear Worried: Your wife might have a hoarding disorder. This probably did not come on overnight, and you likely adjusted to the conditions in your home as her hoarding behavior increased. Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Ammonite review – a chilly love among the fossils
       
Kate Winslet is superbly flinty as Mary Anning, the 19th-century palaeontologist whose under-attributed finds have graced the display cases of the British Museum since her childhood. Anning runs a shop selling “Fossils and Curios”, which she gathers from the rugged coastline, striding purposefully over rocks and foam. It’s no accident that Ammonite opens with a woman industriously polishing a floor, only to recoil in head-bowed subservience as “gentlemen” march by. While Ralph Fiennes’s archaeologist Basil Brown was snubbed in The Dig for being largely self-taught, Winslet’s Anning faces the double whammy of being both an autodidact and a woman. At times, I was reminded of the austere atmosphere of Michael Winterbottom’s Jude, another critical triumph for Winslet.
Mark Moores will be Republican CD1 candidate
       
The Republican Party of New Mexico’s state central membership selected Moores on Saturday during a virtual meeting. We needed to open up safely.”New Mexico Democrats will pick their candidate Tuesday. Steve Pearce, the chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, said Moores captured over 40% of vote by the party’s state central membership. The 1st Congressional District seat for the last decade or so has been a launch pad for New Mexico Democrats. But Moores pointed out that before that run, a Republican had the post from 1969 to 2009.
Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
       
Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. The only way to get a clear picture is to review “excess deaths” and review death certificates. Since 15 February there have been an additional 26,772 test-confirmed deaths. At the end of December, excess death estimates suggested a total of about 220,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in Mexico. Excess deaths are determined by comparing the deaths in a given year to those that would be expected based on data from previous years.
‘It’s for the people’: how George Floyd Square became a symbol of resistance – and healing
       
The sign on a barricade on a once-unassuming street in Minneapolis reads: “You’re now entering the free state of George Floyd”. To activists and community members, it’s George Floyd Square. “It’s for everybody in the world that wants to come here.”Marcia Howard, left, a group organizer, addresses activists and neighbors at George Floyd Square on 4 March. Photograph: Nicholas Pfosi/ReutersGeorge Floyd Square falls between Minneapolis’ eighth and ninth wards, represented respectively by city council member Alondra Cano and council vice-president Andrea Jenkins. She recently told the Guardian that the prospect of Chauvin’s trial was “traumatic” and that the neighborhood of George Floyd Square was struggling amid the aftermath of Floyd’s death and the coronavirus pandemic.
Doug Emhoff: 'charming' second gentleman embraces supporting role
       
Seated behind a placard that with his official title, “second gentleman”, Emhoff was also the only gentleman at the event, marking Equal Pay Day. He is America’s first second gentleman, an honorific often abbreviated to Sgotus. “It’s odd – the second gentleman is their teacher,” Emhoff told reporters this month. “I’m excited to join you as the first-ever second gentleman, married to the first woman to serve as vice-president of the United States,” he said. Turning toward her husband, who beamed with pride, she said: “I’m so glad to see the second gentleman in his element.”
Miami Beach curfew for spring breakers prompts racism complaints
       
This came after Miami Beach engaged in an adversarial public relations campaign warning out-of-towners that they risked arrest if they did not party responsibly. People enjoy spring break festivities ahead of an 8pm curfew imposed by local authorities in Miami Beach this week. “The measures taken this year by Miami Beach and its officials wasn’t a very hospitable approach,” Pierre said. “Unfortunately, this was predicted based on what happened last year and we did see surges after spring break,” Roberts said. We’re gonna make the best of it.”The Baltimore, Maryland, native said he didn’t see a problem with the emergency measures Miami Beach put in place.
'Kardashian clones' teacher who was struck off remains defiant
       
He also said he took it down and offered his resignation as soon as he was suspected of being its author, but maintained he should not have been struck off.
Where is the best drinking water in Europe?
       
For a landmass that is six per cent covered in fresh water and glaciers (that’s around 2,750 km²) and home to 10,000 waterfalls, locals and visitors alike report Icelandic water is the ultimate hydration experience. Indeed, 95 per cent of Icelandic tap water comes from fresh springs, and it’s totally void of the calcium, chlorine and nitrate which is common in neighbouring countries. Iceland is 6% water Getty via CanvaNorwayNorway, with its majestic fjords, is another winner when it comes to drinking water quality. In built-up cities like London, the water quality takes a bit of a hit based on infrastructure. Being a relatively wealthy country, the procedures followed to ensure tap water is of top quality are some of the most thorough.
Foreign holidays 'are unlikely to be legal until AUGUST'
       
Foreign holidays are unlikely to be back on the cards until August, it was claimed today despite plans to lift the domestic lockdown in June. Even once the restrictions are eased destinations with higher infection rates are expected to face extra rules such as quarantine. The grim message comes as Europe faces another wave of the disease, amid its struggling vaccine rollout. Meanwhile, it has been claimed the UK is ready to offer 3.7million jabs to Ireland after Easter, partly to help ease lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland. In Wales, lockdown restrictions were eased when the 'stay local' requirement was dropped on Saturday and people were allowed to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation.
SARAH VINE: Sadly, there's no hate law to protect burly lads from Batley
       
It was a social media campaign that last year ultimately led to the beheading of Samuel Paty, a teacher in Paris. Meanwhile, teenage girls feel pressure to mimic the porn-pop icons of our time such as Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, by dressing and acting in ways far too precocious for their age. Isn’t it funny how, ever since #MeToo, all these once ballsy man-eaters have taken to recasting themselves as shrinking violets? As Hollywood’s wittiest sex siren, Mae West, put it: ‘When I’m good, I’m very, very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better.’
Tokyo posts 313 new COVID-19 cases Sunday
       
Tokyo reported 313 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, slipping below 400 new infections for the first time in two days. Among Sunday’s new cases in Tokyo, 88 people were in their 20s, 47 were in their 50s and 43 were in their 40s, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by three from a day earlier to 41. Osaka Prefecture reported 386 new cases, Hyogo Prefecture 164 new cases and Kyoto Prefecture 32 new cases, their highest levels since the government lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency for the three western prefectures at the end of February. Miyagi Prefecture confirmed 129 new cases, the fifth straight day above 100, and neighboring Yamagata Prefecture had 45 new cases, its second-highest level.
Family, business community mourns Nongshim Group chairman
       
BUSINESSShin Choon-ho, the late founder and chairman of Nongshim Group (Nongshim Group)Local business leaders and mourners paid tribute on Sunday to the founder of Nongshim Group, Shin Choon-ho, who died of chronic illness on Saturday at the age of 92.Shin led the country’s major food conglomerate and leading instant noodle producer for 56 years.The late chairman was born in Ulsan in 1930 and was the younger brother of the late Shin Kyuk-ho, who founded the South Korean retail conglomerate Lotte Group.At the funeral altar at Seoul National University Hospital on Sunday, Shin Dong-won, the late chairman’s eldest son and the vice chairman of the company, accepted condolences along with his sister, Shin Yoon-kyeong, and her husband, Suh Kyung-bae, who is the chairman of the country’s leading cosmetics company, Amorepacific Corporation. Shin Joon-ho, the younger brother of Shin Choon-ho and chairman of dairy firm Purmil, came to the funeral to pay tribute.Two nephews of the late chairman -- Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin and SDJ Corproation Chairman Shin Dong-joo, who are the sons of Shin Kyuk-ho and are reportedly staying in Japan -- sent floral tributes.Other industrial leaders, including Bank of Korea Gov. Lee Ju-yeol, GS Chairman Huh Chang-soo, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won and Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-yeon, extended their condolences as well, making visits and sending flowers.As soon as he graduated from university in 1958, Shin Choon-ho helped his older brother with his confectionery business. He decided to start his own business and observed that instant noodles were gaining popularity in Japan.Shin set his mind to the task of developing Korean instant noodles that were different from the Japanese variety.With seed money of 5 million won, he purchased equipment and established Lotte Industrial Company in 1965.In its first 10 years, his company built manufacturing plants and also introduced Shrimp Crackers, the country’s first snack, which remains popu
Are LFP batteries really safer than high-nickel batteries?
       
This is called thermal runaway. There used to be a notion that LFP batteries are always safe and do not explode. All three of Korea’s major battery firms -- LG Energy Solution, Samsung SDI and SK Innovation -- produce only lithium-ion batteries.Though lithium-ion batteries are more expensive than LFP batteries, they offer greater power, which translates to a longer driving range. In the same period, Samsung SDI plans to introduce lithium-ion batteries that contain 88 percent nickel. SK Innovation is developing lithium-ion batteries that contain 95 percent nickel and is set to mass-produce them in 2023.By Kim Byung-wook (kbw@heraldcorp.com)
Are LFP batteries really safer than high-nickel batteries?
       
Amid growing concerns, lithium iron phosphate batteries -- LFP batteries, which use iron instead of nickel -- have emerged as a safer alternative, though they are less powerful than high-nickel batteries. But despite the widespread belief that high-nickel batteries are more prone to fire, experts say high nickel ratios are not the direct cause and that LFP batteries have their own safety issues. LFP risksLFP batteries are not exempt from thermal runaway as they share the same structure as lithium-ion batteries. There used to be a notion that LFP batteries are always safe and do not explode. Though lithium-ion batteries are more expensive than LFP batteries, they offer greater power, which translates to a longer driving range.
Family, business community mourns Nongshim Group chairman
       
Local business leaders and mourners paid tribute on Sunday to the founder of Nongshim Group, Shin Choon-ho, who died of chronic illness on Saturday at the age of 92.Shin led the country’s major food conglomerate and leading instant noodle producer for 56 years.The late chairman was born in Ulsan in 1930 and was the younger brother of the late Shin Kyuk-ho, who founded the South Korean retail conglomerate Lotte Group.At the funeral altar at Seoul National University Hospital on Sunday, Shin Dong-won, the late chairman’s eldest son and the vice chairman of the company, accepted condolences along with his sister, Shin Yoon-kyeong, and her husband, Suh Kyung-bae, who is the chairman of the country’s leading cosmetics company, Amorepacific Corporation. Shin Joon-ho, the younger brother of Shin Choon-ho and chairman of dairy firm Purmil, came to the funeral to pay tribute.Two nephews of the late chairman -- Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin and SDJ Corproation Chairman Shin Dong-joo, who are the sons of Shin Kyuk-ho and are reportedly staying in Japan -- sent floral tributes.Other industrial leaders, including Bank of Korea Gov. Lee Ju-yeol, GS Chairman Huh Chang-soo, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won and Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-yeon, extended their condolences as well, making visits and sending flowers.As soon as he graduated from university in 1958, Shin Choon-ho helped his older brother with his confectionery business. He decided to start his own business and observed that instant noodles were gaining popularity in Japan.Shin set his mind to the task of developing Korean instant noodles that were different from the Japanese variety.With seed money of 5 million won, he purchased equipment and established Lotte Industrial Company in 1965.In its first 10 years, his company built manufacturing plants and also introduced Shrimp Crackers, the country’s first snack, which remains popular now.Because Shin Kyuk-ho objected to his brother’s proposal to produce instant nood
BMW Korea to introduce new cars, service centers to improve customer satisfaction
       
BMW iX (BMW Korea)BMW Group Korea will introduce 10 new cars to local customers this year, including electric vehicles and new Mini models, and will expand its facilities here, adding new service centers, showrooms and expanding its existing logistic center to improve customer satisfaction, the automaker said Sunday. In its first launch this year, the automaker in February rolled out the second-generation BMW 4 Series, to which the brand’s new “design language” has been applied. A series of new electric vehicles, including the flagship electric vehicle BMW iX and iX3, are scheduled for release in the fourth quarter. BMW iX3, which is a sport activity vehicle based on the BMW X3, and a compact coupe, the new 2 Series Coupe, are also planned for release in the fourth quarter this year, the automaker said. BMW logistics center in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province (BMW Korea)
Aides to New York Governor Cuomo subpoenaed in sexual harassment probe: WSJ
       
(Reuters) - The New York state attorney general’s office has subpoenaed dozens of officials in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration as part of a probe into sexual harassment accusations, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Friday. on.wsj.com/3lUDiZECuomo’s aide Melissa DeRosa, whose title is secretary to the governor, was among the officials to receive a subpoena earlier this month, the newspaper reported citing people familiar with the matter. Spokespersons for Cuomo did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comments. Cuomo, 63, is resisting pressure to resign following the flurry of accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct and revelations that his administration under-reported nursing home deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor has denied any wrongdoing, though he has acknowledged it had been a “custom” for him to kiss and hug people when greeting them.
Suez Canal: Time running out for 92,000 animals stranded on ships
       
Suez Canal: Time running out for 92,000 animals stranded on ships Author: QT-OnlineNumber of views: 459Of all the millions of tons of cargo that’s piled up in the Suez Canal, none is more delicate than the animals crammed into the hulls of several of the ships. Ships carrying 92,000 animals to Jordan are stranded, an official said. That could create a critical situation for ships to find feed supplies at a local port, or force them to turn around. Seven livestock vessels that were due to arrive to Aqaba on March 21 are stranded near the Suez Canal, Captain George Dahdal, Representative of Jordan Navigation Syndicate, said by phone. Some ships used to transport animals also have been converted from other purposes and aren’t ideally suited, he said.
Video shows Halifax officer saying, 'I will kill you for a ... laugh' at man with hands up
       
The audio on the 28-second video is poor, but at one point the officer can be heard saying, "I will kill you for a f--king laugh." In social media posts accompanying the video, Symonds and Clayton both say the man who has his hands up is Black. The video, which appears to have been taken from the balcony of a building, shows the man walking away from the white officer. The fourth man tried to flee, Kinsella said, which led to the incident caught on video. Kinsella told CBC News that police have not found the man in the video, but are hoping to talk to him.
Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, U.N. investigator condemns 'mass murder'
       
A man stands behind a barricade during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar March 27, 2021. REUTERS/StringerChildren were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses, in a crackdown that drew renewed Western criticism. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, had said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement. It is past time for robust, coordinated action.”Despite the Western condemnation, Myanmar’s junta has friends elsewhere.
MPs unite to call for total ban on ‘wicked’ foie gras in the UK
       
Foie gras has been served in one form or another at the banquets of the pharaohs and the court of Louis XIV. “Foie gras is the definition of animal cruelty and people are clearly united in their hatred for this wicked product. David Henig, director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the European Centre for International Political Economy, said that a foie gras ban would be similar to restrictions on chlorinated chicken. “It would have to be a policy to ban products produced in that way, not just to ban French foie gras.”Quite how popular foie gras is in the UK is uncertain. Foie gras is banned already in many places, including India and New York.
Public schools in Japan’s Saga Prefecture will no longer regulate/check students’ underwear color
       
One of the most controversial policies: schools that say students must wear white underwear. The major point of contention isn’t so much even whether or not kids should be allowed to wear other colors of underwear. In a meeting held this week, though, the board announced that all 14 schools have now abolished the rule, meaning no more underwear color checks starting with the 2021 school year, which is set to begin in the coming weeks. 13 of 38 schools which had rules regulating students’ sock and sweater color have also decided that students can make such choices themselves from now on without fear that it will bring a halt to their academic development. Source: Asahi Shimbun Digital via Livedoor News via Jin, KyodoTop image: PakutasoInsert images: Pakutaso? Want to hear about SoraNews24’s latest articles as soon as they’re published?
Inmate killed by police held corrections officer hostage and took his radio and keys to free other inmates, administrator says
       
(CNN) An inmate in the Oklahoma County Detention Center held a correctional officer hostage, took his radio and keys and released other inmates before being shot and killed by police on Saturday, the facility's administrator said in a news conference. Oklahoma County Detention Center Administrator Greg Williams said the hostage situation took place during a med pass, which is when medicine is given to the inmates. There were 37 inmates housed on the floor, but it's not clear how many were released and how many were involved in the incident, Williams said. The hostage situation occurred in a segregation pod, where the "inmates that are most difficult to handle are housed," Williams explained. Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said his department dispatched the senior tactical team to the scene just after 4 p.m. (5 p.m.
Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombing
       
A Catholic cathedral in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday, police said. They added that two suicide bombers were likely responsible. The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters. Priest describes bombingFather Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told local media that the suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. In 2018, a dozen people were killed when a family of suicide bombers blew themselves up at churches during Sunday services in the second-biggest city Surabaya.
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
       
It was the randomness of the killings that was particularly shocking. Armed with battlefield weapons, the security forces appeared willing to shoot anyone they saw on the streets. The brutality they showed they were capable of is on another level from what we have seen since the coup.
Suspected suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, many wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after suspected suicide bombers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suspected suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Chinese celebrities rush to defend Beijing's Xinjiang policy by cutting ties with international brands
       
accused of "smearing" cotton produced in Xinjiang, including H&M, Nike, Adidas, Puma and Calvin Klein. "Spreading rumors to boycott Xinjiang cotton while trying to make a profit in China? Political liabilityPartnering with famous Western brands has long been a coveted business opportunity -- they can be lucrative and help Chinese celebrities gain international clout. Following the uproar, a slew of Chinese celebrities, including model Liu Wen and actress Yang Mi, quickly cut ties with the fashion brands. In other instances, Chinese stars have been affected by politics as a result of direct orders from the Chinese government.
This TikToker Makes Coffee Drinks For Each Zodiac Sign, and They're Both Creative and Caffeinated
       
There's a coffee-flavored drink for each of the 12 zodiac signs, and they were crafted in the heavens themselves. TikToker Joanna Moss, or @lovelyoneontheinside, has a divine talent of making drinks — from caffeinated to alcoholic and everything in between. Her concoctions are as creative as one can imagine, complete with sweet syrups, bold blends, and drool-worthy combinations. If you've ever wondering what kind of caffeine-filled beverage matches your zodiac sign (or even if you haven't), now's your chance to find out. Keep reading to see which coffee-infused drink matches your astrological sign, ahead.
Chadwick Boseman's Wife Urges NAACP Image Award Viewers: "Be Proactive About Your Health"
       
Taylor Simone Ledward stressed the importance of routine cancer screenings and being proactive about one's health in an emotional speech during the 2021 NAACP Image Awards. Ledward accepted the award for outstanding actor in a motion picture on behalf of her late husband Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer at 43 last year. Now that the age for routine screenings has been lowered to 45, however, Ledward urged eligible viewers to get screened and familiarize themselves with the common symptoms. You don't have any time to waste even if you have no family history and even if you think that nothing is wrong . Please be proactive about your health.
Marsai Martin Looks Ready to Take Flight in Her Striking Dress For the NAACP Image Awards
       
Marsai Martin's latest award show outfit had us flocking to see more photos. The Black-ish actress and record-breaking producer recently wore a striking, feathery Christian Siriano dress to virtually attend the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, where she won the awards for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series and outstanding performance by a youth. The black dress featured a mini silhouette, mock neck, and long sleeves covered in matching black feathers. Styled by Jason Rembert, the outfit was complemented by gold Forevermark jewelry and satin platform sandals. See photos of Marsai's powerful look ahead.
April Is Comin' in Hot With 16 New and Returning Netflix Original Series
       
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39 Extremely Helpful Products That Save You A Ton Of Time
       
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Dig Your Car Out Of The Snow In No Time With These 3 Hard-Working Shovels
       
They may not be ideal for clearing your entire driveway or breaking ice, but the best snow shovels for your car can help keep you mobile when winter weather hits. Since you’ll likely be storing these snow shovels in your car, you’ll want to look for portable options that easily stow. With that in mind, the best car shovels are small, collapsible, and foldable; and a few picks have extendable features to help you reach further if needed. Take a look at the best snow shovels for your car. 1 An Emergency Snow Shovel For Clearing Snow Around Your Tires True Temper Emergency Car Shovel Amazon $26 See on Amazon The True Temper Auto Boss Emergency Car Shovel is compact, lightweight, and foldable.
Scores of protesters shot, killed by Myanmar security forces
       
Myanmar experienced its bloodiest day of state repression since a military coup in earlier February after more than 90 people were reportedly killed by security forces. Protesters had taken to the streets across the country before police and soldiers opened fire.
Mexico says country's true Covid death toll is 60% higher than official test-confirmed number
       
Mexico's government acknowledged Saturday that the country's true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is to review "excess deaths" and review death certificates. Since Feb. 15 there have been an additional 26,772 test-confirmed deaths. The higher toll would rival that of Brazil, which currently has the world's second-highest number of deaths after the United States.
Anguished mother of 9-year-old who died crossing Rio Grande: ‘She was everything to me’
       
Araceli Franco Cruz traveled from Guatemala to the U.S. border with her two children. She tells Telemundo they were overwhelmed by the current while crossing the Rio Grande. NBC News spoke to two women making the same treacherous journey with their daughters.
Two people carried out church bombing in Indonesia: police
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian national police said two people were suspected of carrying out a bomb attack in the city of Makassar, after local police said the bomber had acted alone. Fourteen people were hurt in the blast, Argo Yuwono, a police spokesman said. The counter-terrorism unit is investigating which network the attackers belonged to.
Large block trades that caused selling raises questions about cause
       
FILE PHOTO: The Goldman Sachs company logo is seen in the company's space on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 17, 2018. Bloomberg and the Financial Times on Saturday reported thatGoldman liquidated more than $10 billion of stocks in the blocktrades. The Financial Times reported that Goldman toldcounterparties that the sales were prompted by a “forceddeleveraging”, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The Financial Times reported that Morgan Stanley sold $4billion worth of shares earlier in the day, followed by another$4 billion in the afternoon. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.
Malaysia's key ruling coalition ally says will not work with PM Muhyiddin in polls
       
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s biggest political party and key ruling coalition ally UMNO on Sunday said it will not cooperate with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s alliance in the next national election, deepening conflict within the ruling pact. FILE PHOTO: A man stands in front of a United Malays National Organization (UMNO) logo at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 26, 2020. UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party will contest elections as part of the Barisan Nasional alliance it leads, and not cooperate with any other parties. This resolution is final,” Ahmad Zahid said at the party’s general assembly on Sunday referring to Muhyiddin’s ruling coalition. Ahmad Zahid said the election timing was still uncertain.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesian church wounds 14 people
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Authorities were looking into which radical networks the bombers came from and whether the attack was linked to recent arrests of suspected militants, national police spokesman Argo Yuwono said. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that a suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. Boy Rafli Amar, the head of the country’s National Counterterrorism Agency, described Sunday’s attack as an act of terrorism. Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
Progress Made in Moving Ship, More Vessels Diverted: Suez Update
       
A new attempt could be made Sunday to re-float the 400-meter-long container ship blocking the Suez Canal after progress was made to free it a day before. Key Highlights:Two more tugs will arrive at the Ever Given by Sunday, ship management company saysU.S. CMA CGM Diverts Two Vessels (8 p.m. London)French shipping company CMA CGM Group has diverted two vessels, the Leo and the Attila, around the Cape of Good Hope, according to the firm’s web site. Line of Ships Grows Longer (4:13 p.m. London)The number of ships waiting to enter the Suez Canal is lengthening as the waterway remains blocked. Livestock Vessels Stranded (9:24 a.m. London)Several vessels laden with livestock and containers en route to Jordan are stranded near the Suez Canal, Captain George Dahdal, Representative of Jordan Navigation Syndicate, said by phone.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Authorities are preparing to make new attempts to free the giant container vessel stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. (©Maxar Technologies via AP)This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Authorities are preparing to make new attempts to free the giant container vessel stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage.
Rally in Los Angeles against Asian hate crimes
       
Reuters VideosThe group, which crossed the Rio Grande River on rafts earlier, began walking just around sunrise.They encountered U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who provided them with large plastic bags to hold their belongings and arranged transportation to the wall.Drone video also showed migrants walking as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents drove behind them. U.S. President Joe Biden Biden has defended his handling of rising migration at the U.S.-Mexico border and his decision to roll back immigration policies of his Republican predecessor.The Trump-era order allows border agents to rapidly expel migrants without giving them a chance to claim asylum, but it has angered civil rights groups, who say it is illegal.The number of migrants caught at the border has climbed sharply in recent weeks, thrusting Biden into an emerging humanitarian and political crisis a little more than two months after he took office.The Biden administration has struggled to house the children arriving without a parent or legal guardian, which has left them stuck in crowded border facilities for days.
Don’t harass alligators, Fripp Island says as photo of man bugging gator is investigated
       
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is investigating a possible incident of alligator harassment, according to Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort. The golf resort posted a photo on Facebook Saturday morning showing a man holding a large alligator’s tail. Fripp Island Resort, in the post, said Fripp is a wildlife habitat and the “harassment, enticement or feeding of wildlife is both illegal and dangerous.”Representatives from Fripp Island did not return a call for comment Saturday. Those with information about the incident are asked to call Justin Gantt with DNR at 800-922-5431 or Fripp Island Security at 843-838-2334. Fripp Island Resort would like to remind all of our residents, guests, and visitors that Fripp is a wildlife habitat.... Posted by Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort on Saturday, March 27, 2021This isn’t the first time someone on Fripp Island has had a run-in with local wildlife.
Prep Rally: Weekend high school football scores
       
A homeless encampment that took over a large swath of Echo Park for more than a year appeared on the brink of extinction Thursday as city officials fenced off the area and police prepared to remove the relatively few remaining campers.
Man killed in Pullman shooting
       
A 36-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday in Pullman on the South Side. The man suffered gunshot wounds in the chest, arm and buttocks, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on his death. No one is in custody as Area Two detectives investigate.
Allie Severino: At 17, she faced life in prison for drug trafficking. After a lucky break, she's helping others on 'Dopesick Nation'
       
Her case drew headlines because of the severity of her charges, and the decision that she would be considered a youthful offender instead of getting the maximum she faced. Judge Jorge Labarga, now on the Florida Supreme Court, told her he and the prosecutor were “sticking our necks out for you.” She said the comments on that news story made her determined to turn her life around.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
As of early Sunday, over 320 ships waited to travel through the Suez, either to the Mediterranean or the Red Sea, according to canal services firm Leth Agencies. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Moller-Maersk, warned its customers that it would take anywhere from three to six days to clear the backlog of vessels at the canal. Already, the firm and its partners have 22 ships waiting there. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa's Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Avenues to inspiration
       
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Langford’s brand is called Obsidiopolis and the room aims to empower Black women. Langford says there’s a lot of inspiration from Michel Gondry, who directed “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”“But, as you can also see, my style is very flat illustration,” she says. “Very simplistic to use styles prevalent in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.”Langford also wanted the room to showcase the power of Black women. Once I ended the relationship, I started drawing again. For me, I can find different avenues to be inspired.”OnlineMeow Wolf will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday & Monday.
Stanley has the experience to lead needed culture change
       
In the time we have known Stanley, he has been a kind but tough presence, always willing to talk forthrightly about the issues. We believe as a lifelong law enforcement officer, he will bring an experienced but also community-informed perspective to take on reform at APD. His lifetime of experience will make him a fair arbiter of discipline when needed. In this new position, Stanley will be able to help make change and hold the department to high standards that will make a difference. With Sylvester Stanley, we believe that Mayor Keller and the city of Albuquerque have hired a heavyweight to get the job done.
Spring season of rejuvenation is just what we need after COVID-19 year » Albuquerque Journal
       
We remember their sweet melody and shed memories of cold and snow, as if they were old skins. Soon they would leave to make room for later bright spring color of snapdragons, petunias and calendulas. Before long, spring promises turn into splendid colors and scents to please our eyes and souls. Then the long summer days would descend. But I shake off these feelings and focus my senses on the splendor of the season.
Helping kids cope through the pandemic
       
I think for all of us being online all day long is very taxing, and really hard on kids and teachers,” she said. “And a lot of times, the families themselves are stressed,” O’Brien added. Many students in the Santa Fe school district, particularly those in Southside schools, come from low-income or impoverished families. “But we can give them strategies that can help.”O’Brien said grounding strategies, such as deep breathing, mindfulness and implementing Zen habits, can help kids cope with stress and anxiety. “When adults are stressed, they may not realize that kids don’t know that they have an invitation to share things or ask questions.
Cult classics: the faded glory of California's fringe sects – in pictures
       
Now, with the exception of some Scientology buildings and the occasional Hare Krishna devotee, you almost never encounter fringe spiritual groups from that California golden age. (The more nefarious side of fringe spiritual belief is also becoming increasingly mainstream, as seen in the rise of QAnon.) But some of California’s fringe spiritual groups are still out there – little pockets of commune dwellers, transcendental meditators, and UFO worshippers dotted around the state. The Ann Ree Colton Foundation of NiscienceThe Glendale, California, headquarters of the Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience. MorninglandThe Long Beach, California, headquarters of Morningland, an almost 50-year-old spiritual group with a focus on meditation.
State Police: Teenage girls abducted near Santo Domingo Pueblo
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Amber Alert was issued for two teenage girls late Saturday night after authorities say they were abducted by a man at a gas station in Santo Domingo Pueblo. Miller is described as 5-feet tall, 112 pounds, with dyed red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white V-neck shirt with black jeans and Vans shoes. Pinto is described as 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 199 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, black shirt, black jeans, Converse shoes and a silver necklace.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
The massive Ever Given, a Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck Tuesday in a single-lane stretch of the canal. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. On Saturday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told journalists that strong winds were “not the only cause” for the Ever Given running aground, appearing to push back against conflicting assessments offered by others. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world’s second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Meet Santa Fe’s new specialty grocers
       
I had just visited Beck & Bulow, the new meat purveyor on Cerrillos Road, to peruse a selection that ranged from ground elk to bison tenderloins to wild-caught Alaskan salmon. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................As my Depression-survivor grandpa would say, Santa Fe cooks are “living high on the hog” with a freshman class of specialty grocers. I could taste the difference in rich, flavorful and just fatty enough Beck & Bulow green chile pork sausage ($11.99/lb.) The noodles were lovingly packed separately with basil and chili garnishes, and I made two meals of the heady soup. But, even in its fledgling phase, Santa Fe’s first food hall has significantly boosted both the dine-in and dry goods options in the Railyard area.
The holiday roadmap: where you'll (probably) be able to go on holiday this year, and when
       
Admittedly, for now, the route out of our stasis is more cryptic, crumpled treasure map than exact military strategy. You have probably noted the key word in the previous sentence; the “may” that promises nothing. Rules and regulations are still manifold – and will follow a different rhythm if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, rather than England. But, with care, we can tiptoe across the inky parchment of this treasure map, to where X marks the beach. National Trust gardens in England and Northern Ireland are also accessible.
How to stop your pet cat killing garden birds
       
Humans love pet cats, cats love killing birds, humans love birds. Cats, by no means the sole problem – climate change, habitat loss, modern farming – nonetheless kill millions of birds and other wildlife each year. If one factor is cats killing birds, then that’s also one building block of the solution.”Researchers followed more than 300 pet cats, studying their behaviour before and after their diet was altered or playtime introduced. This, the scientists believe, was because the playing was mostly done at night; cats usually hunt birds in the morning. “Owners definitely need to ensure pet cats engage in hunting-like activities,” says Wedderburn.
County lines gangs have changed tactics during COVID - and their victims are getting even younger
       
Within months, she was being exploited by a local county lines gang. She soon found herself forced into running drugs, and even carrying weapons across a county in lockdown for a local gang. Several youth workers and organisations who work with girls associated with county lines gangs have told Sky News referrals for girls have increased during the pandemic. "If you're talking about girls caught up in county lines, they're not part of a gang - they are victims of gangs. "With the change in demands on policing due to lockdown, officers were able to increase proactivity and successful operations, closing more county lines than ever before."
The scarf so fine that its creation was deemed impossible - until now
       
The silk factory, based in Lyons, has been under Goineau's stewardship since 2009, but his story goes much further back than that. In 1987, as a business student, he began a six-month placement in the commercial department... and he never left. That said, the process involved in making the men's silk scarves, ties and shirts is remorselessly traditional and exceedingly painstaking. "We manage every single step in-house, which is exceptional," he says - other brands outsource certain parts of production. And every single step along the way has to be special, adding detail, upon detail, upon detail."
COVID-19: Second doses are 'protected' for when UK's vaccine supply falls in April, NHS England says
       
The UK has enough vaccine supplies to ensure that Britons can receive their second doses without disruption, NHS England's medical director for primary care has said. "We've got enough vaccine to give people the second doses, those second doses are protected, and we've got enough vaccine to protect those in the priority cohorts." "If you are one of those people yet to book a first dose, please come forward and get your life-saving COVID-19 vaccine, which will not only protect you but those around you." "The UK will be sitting on enough surplus vaccine doses to vaccinate the world's frontline health workers twice over," the letter said. Government data also shows a further 58 people had died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, taking the UK total to 126,573.
Police hunt for man who was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison by mistake
       
Police are searching for a man who has been released from prison by mistake - and are urging anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to call 999 immediately. William Fernandez was being held on remand at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in west London while awaiting trial. Fernandez did not have a fixed address prior to his arrest in 2020, but the Metropolitan Police believes he is most likely to be in the west London area. He has been known to travel on public transport, and spend time at transport hubs. Detective Inspector Rory Wilkinson said: "Officers are exploring every possible line of enquiry to track Fernandez down and return him to prison.
New multilingual website on Fukushima aims to assuage 3/11 fears
       
A new multilingual website has been launched by the government with the aim of assuaging concerns about Fukushima Prefecture, the area most affected by the 2011 nuclear accident, the world’s worst since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The website was established in early March by the Reconstruction Agency, which oversees recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that triggered the crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant. In ongoing efforts to eliminate negative reputation impact, we feel it is important to encourage people to know about Fukushima, eat foods from Fukushima, and come to Fukushima,” the website says. The content reflects surveys on Fukushima conducted in several countries prior to the launch that showed most people wanted to learn about food safety and the environment. The Fukushima Updates website is available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
Japan to give people a choice on which vaccine to receive
       
The government will let people choose which vaccine to get, Fumiaki Kobayashi, a senior official for the vaccination campaign, said Sunday. The government will give the choice to people by making information available on which type of vaccine is offered at each vaccination site, Kobayashi, an adviser to the Cabinet Office, said on a TV program. “We’ll create an environment where people have a choice,” he said. The nation’s vaccination campaign began in February, starting with medical workers. AstraZeneca PLC and Moderna Inc. have also applied to have their vaccines approved for use in Japan.
Miami Spring break partying could lead to spike in coronavirus cases
       
AdvertisementSpring breakers continue to flock to Miami Beach this weekend, despite warnings them and pandemic-weary travelers could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to health experts. According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently more than 2 million total positive cases in Florida, with more than 33,700 fatalities. Andrews is the associate professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and vice chair for pathology laboratories at Jackson Health System. Andrew added that the variant, first identified in the U.K., accounts for about 50 percent of the positive cases sampled at Jackson Health. Spring breakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami BeachWomen dance in the street on Ocean Drive as they enjoy the festivities on Miami Beach
Suspected suicide bombing targets Indonesian Catholic Church on Palm Sunday
       
Authorities were looking into which radical networks the bombers came from and whether the attack was linked to recent arrests of suspected militants, national police spokesman Argo Yuwono said. In January, a counter-terrorism unit raided a militant hideout in Makassar and killed two men suspected by police of involvement in twin bombings at a Philippine church in 2019 that killed more than 20 people. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that a suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. 'Act of terrorism'Boy Rafli Amar, the head of the country's National Counterterrorism Agency, described Sunday's attack as an act of terrorism. Indonesia's deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
International landmarks switch off their lights to mark Earth Hour
       
This picture taken on March 27, 2021, shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris after it was switched off as part of the Earth Hour environmental campaign. Advertising Read moreAfter starting in Asia, the call to action on climate change made its way around a planet reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. "It's fantastic news that parliament once again is taking part in Earth Hour, joining landmarks across the country and the world to raise awareness of climate change," said Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons. In Rome, the lights went out at the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, while police enforcing Italy's coronavirus restrictions checked the papers of a small crowd of onlookers. "One hour is not enough for us to remember that climate change is actually a problem -- I don't really see (Earth Hour) as very significant," he said.
Goldman Sachs dustup hits nerve as pandemic blurs work-life line
       
The issues underlying the Goldman Sachs controversy are "reflective of a broader problem," said Temple University sociologist Kevin Delaney, author of "Money at Work: On the Job with Priests, Poker Players and Hedge Fund Traders." In the wake of the dustup, Goldman Sachs Chief Executive David Solomon has urged staff to respect a firm-wide policy of not working on Saturdays, and praised the young staffers for speaking up. The coronavirus itself has also infected or killed many "essential" workers such as supermarket staff, transit workers, nurses and others who cannot telecommute. -All of the young Goldman bankers felt their work hours had negatively impacted relationships with friends and family and also created unrealistic deadlines. "When you take a job in investment banking, you know that you're going to be working long hours," the person said.
Seas around S. Korea get warmer over past 5 years: report
       
NATIONALMinistry of Oceans and Fisheries (Yonhap)Seas around South Korea have become warmer over the past five years, causing the habitats of marine life on the seabed to move northward, a report by the country's fishery ministry said Sunday.According to the research report by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, climate change raised the temperature of the seawater between 2015 and 2020 in the country, affecting the habitats of creatures living on the seabed, such as crabs and conchs.In 2011, conchs were found to have lived along the country's southern coast located at 35 degrees north latitude, but they expanded their habitats to 37 degrees north latitude in recent years, the report said.Ghost crabs living near the country's eastern coast moved their habitats to the coast of Uljin, 80 kilometers north of Pohang, 374 kilometers southeast of Seoul. "The findings mean that the boundary line that sea life can live moved northward due to seawater warming," an official at the ministry said.
Mirae Asset Global reaps record annual profit as diversification bears fruit
       
FINANCEA Nasdaq billboard at Times Square in New York City displays a congratulatory message in the wake of the launch of cloud computing exchange-traded funds by Global X, the US arm of Mirae Asset Global Investments. (Mirae Asset Group)Mirae Asset Global Investments, an asset management arm of investment banking group Mirae Asset, reaped a record annual profit for 2020 as its efforts to diversify its product pipeline and beef up its global profile paid off.The latest filing by the second-largest asset management firm in South Korea, overseeing 112.1 trillion won ($99 billion) in assets as of end-2020, showed that its net profit throughout last year came to 256.4 billion won, up 66.2 percent from a year prior.The figure marked the highest since its foundation in 1997. It also outstripped its domestic rival Samsung Asset Management’s 70.7 billion won.Mirae Asset Global said it strived to offer its clients a wider variety of investment schemes. These range from target date funds, which readjust the asset allocation mix in a more conservative way through an individual client’s life cycle; to thematic exchange-traded funds, which allow clients to capture specific market trends and gain exposure to assets well aligned with such trends.This translated into higher income from fees, which surged 22 percent to 560.8 billion won, as the company’s AUM rose 6.7 percent in 2020.The company added that the total net value of its portfolio assets as of end-2020 came to 132 trillion won, up 12 percent from the previous year.Moreover, Mirae Asset Global’s 15 overseas arms in 12 countries, including New York-based ETF provider Global X, have seen their combined AUM jump 37 percent to 26.4 trillion won.“(Mirae Asset Global) has diversified its financial product lineup by adding more thematic ETFs, TDFs and alternative investing schemes to our pipeline, and its overseas investment gains have crystalized,” Mirae Asset said in a statement. “We will continue to expand our footprint in the
More Koreans inclined to stock investing in wake of COVID-19: survey
       
FINANCEForeign currency dealers are seen working at a dealing room of Hana Bank in its headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)More South Koreans are becoming inclined to stock investing as they seek to take advantage of a turnaround from the COVID-19 financial market crisis, a survey showed Sunday.Of 1,000 respondents aged between 19 and 59, 67.8 percent said they were interested in investing via stocks, according to a survey conducted in February by Seoul-based market research firm Macromill Embrain Trend Monitor. Among them, 52.7 percent said they had begun to take an interest in stock investing since January 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak surfaced on a global scale.The younger respondents were, the more likely they were attached to stock investing, results also showed. Of those aged younger than 30, 70.8 percent showed interest in stock trading, showing a contrast from those aged 50 or older, 59.6 percent of whom responded they were interested.The finding implies that Korean income earners considered the COVID-19 crisis an opportunity for stock investing, setting the stage for the increased involvement of day traders, locally dubbed “ant warriors,” Macromill Embrain said.Of all respondents, 56 percent said they were holding listed stocks as of February, and 37.5 percent of them had spent less than 5 million won ($4,420) respectively for stock investing in the past year.In the meantime, the survey result also showed that those who feel insecure at work were more likely to be investing in stocks, as opposed to those who feel stable. Macromill Embrain noted that those suffering job insecurity tended to look for a breakthrough in hopes of a bull market.Also, 4 in 5 respondents regard themselves as having a “low level of education” in the field of personal finance, while 55.1 percent of respondents believed their stock investing would yield better returns by reading books or watching lectures.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
Fresh COVID-19 projections portend spring surge
       
NATIONALSpring vacationers spotted at a beach in Gangwon Province on Sunday morning. (Yonhap)Korea’s number of daily new COVID-19 cases is hovering near 500, a range recorded immediately before the start of the third wave. Nearly 3 percent of all tests being performed each day returned positive results, which ideally should be lower. The government said this move was “a breach of agreement.”Novavax, with which Korea has signed a deal for vaccines for some 20 million people, is also facing shortages in raw materials that are feared to disrupt its production.In late February, Korea got its hands on 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and 117,000 doses of Pfizer’s. As of Saturday midnight, 793,858 people had received at least a first dose of the vaccine.By Kim Arin ( arin@heraldcorp.com
Seas around S. Korea get warmer over past 5 years: report
       
Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (Yonhap)Seas around South Korea have become warmer over the past five years, causing the habitats of marine life on the seabed to move northward, a report by the country's fishery ministry said Sunday. According to the research report by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, climate change raised the temperature of the seawater between 2015 and 2020 in the country, affecting the habitats of creatures living on the seabed, such as crabs and conchs. In 2011, conchs were found to have lived along the country's southern coast located at 35 degrees north latitude, but they expanded their habitats to 37 degrees north latitude in recent years, the report said. Ghost crabs living near the country's eastern coast moved their habitats to the coast of Uljin, 80 kilometers north of Pohang, 374 kilometers southeast of Seoul. "The findings mean that the boundary line that sea life can live moved northward due to seawater warming," an official at the ministry said.
LIG Nex1 CEO calls for need of Korea’s own GPS
       
LIG Nex1 CEO Kim Ji-chan speaks during a meeting on space development policies held in Goheung, South Chungcheong Province, Thursday. (LIG Nex1)Korea will need its own global positioning system, dubbed KPS, for the sake of the country’s national security as well as space industry development, said Kim Ji-chan, chief executive officer of LIG Nex1. “Without the country’s own satellite navigation system, Korea relies heavily on the GPS developed by the United States,” Kim told a meeting on Korea’s space development plan attended by President Moon Jae-in Thursday. LIG Nex1 is a leading defense technology business in Korea. “To make KPS successful, Korea needs multiple satellites and control and monitoring centers on the ground,” Kim said.
More Koreans inclined to stock investing in wake of COVID-19: survey
       
More South Koreans are becoming inclined to stock investing as they seek to take advantage of a turnaround from the COVID-19 financial market crisis, a survey showed Sunday.Of 1,000 respondents aged between 19 and 59, 67.8 percent said they were interested in investing via stocks, according to a survey conducted in February by Seoul-based market research firm Macromill Embrain Trend Monitor. Among them, 52.7 percent said they had begun to take an interest in stock investing since January 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak surfaced on a global scale.The younger respondents were, the more likely they were attached to stock investing, results also showed. Of those aged younger than 30, 70.8 percent showed interest in stock trading, showing a contrast from those aged 50 or older, 59.6 percent of whom responded they were interested.The finding implies that Korean income earners considered the COVID-19 crisis an opportunity for stock investing, setting the stage for the increased involvement of day traders, locally dubbed “ant warriors,” Macromill Embrain said.Of all respondents, 56 percent said they were holding listed stocks as of February, and 37.5 percent of them had spent less than 5 million won ($4,420) respectively for stock investing in the past year.In the meantime, the survey result also showed that those who feel insecure at work were more likely to be investing in stocks, as opposed to those who feel stable. Macromill Embrain noted that those suffering job insecurity tended to look for a breakthrough in hopes of a bull market.Also, 4 in 5 respondents regard themselves as having a “low level of education” in the field of personal finance, while 55.1 percent of respondents believed their stock investing would yield better returns by reading books or watching lectures.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
Mirae Asset Global reaps record annual profit as diversification bears fruit
       
Mirae Asset Global Investments, an asset management arm of investment banking group Mirae Asset, reaped a record annual profit for 2020 as its efforts to diversify its product pipeline and beef up its global profile paid off.The latest filing by the second-largest asset management firm in South Korea, overseeing 112.1 trillion won ($99 billion) in assets as of end-2020, showed that its net profit throughout last year came to 256.4 billion won, up 66.2 percent from a year prior.The figure marked the highest since its foundation in 1997. It also outstripped its domestic rival Samsung Asset Management’s 70.7 billion won.Mirae Asset Global said it strived to offer its clients a wider variety of investment schemes. These range from target date funds, which readjust the asset allocation mix in a more conservative way through an individual client’s life cycle; to thematic exchange-traded funds, which allow clients to capture specific market trends and gain exposure to assets well aligned with such trends.This translated into higher income from fees, which surged 22 percent to 560.8 billion won, as the company’s AUM rose 6.7 percent in 2020.The company added that the total net value of its portfolio assets as of end-2020 came to 132 trillion won, up 12 percent from the previous year.Moreover, Mirae Asset Global’s 15 overseas arms in 12 countries, including New York-based ETF provider Global X, have seen their combined AUM jump 37 percent to 26.4 trillion won.“(Mirae Asset Global) has diversified its financial product lineup by adding more thematic ETFs, TDFs and alternative investing schemes to our pipeline, and its overseas investment gains have crystalized,” Mirae Asset said in a statement. “We will continue to expand our footprint in the overseas financial services market.”By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
Fresh COVID-19 projections portend spring surge
       
Korea’s number of daily new COVID-19 cases is hovering near 500, a range recorded immediately before the start of the third wave. Government statistics posted 482 new cases on Sunday for the day prior, despite tests roughly halving compared to the weekday average.Preventive medicine specialist Dr. Ki Mo-ran, who is advising the government committee on social distancing policy, said the recent case counts, test positivity rates and the reproduction number were all “sounding alarm bells.”She said cases were creeping up all across the country, even in remote regions that had been relatively spared through last year. Nearly 3 percent of all tests being performed each day returned positive results, which ideally should be lower. The government said this move was “a breach of agreement.”Novavax, with which Korea has signed a deal for vaccines for some 20 million people, is also facing shortages in raw materials that are feared to disrupt its production.In late February, Korea got its hands on 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and 117,000 doses of Pfizer’s. As of Saturday midnight, 793,858 people had received at least a first dose of the vaccine.By Kim Arin ( arin@heraldcorp.com
China pollution: Beijing sandstorm turns sky to yellow and sun to blue
       
A “blue sun” appears in the sky over Beijing on Sunday after the city was hit by its second sandstorm in less than two weeks. Photo: EPA-EFE
AOC played Among Us and achieved what most politicians fail at: acting normal
       
Show caption Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch channel garnered a staggering audience of 439,000 viewers, all watching her in real time. Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch channel garnered a staggering audience of 439,000 viewers, all watching her in real time (the record for a Twitch stream is about 628,000 concurrent viewers) with approximately 5.2 million viewers watching the stream in aggregate. But Ocasio-Cortez and Omar aren’t just famous people playing an unusually popular video game; they’re members of Congress trying to get out the vote. And in this, they achieved something most politicians attempt and fail at daily: they looked like completely normal people. You go where people are, and in 2020, young people are watching video games played on Twitch.
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
Makassar Mayor Danny Pomanto said that if the explosion had happened at the main entrance, it could have led to far more casualties.
New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app
       
This undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, shows the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP)This undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, shows the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — State officials have launched a digital pass New Yorkers can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The Excelsior Pass will be accepted at major entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union Center. The app is similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out.
NJ pol ponders fatherhood and racism after son is taunted as ‘Chinese boy’
       
A New Jersey congressman tweeted poignantly about racism and fatherhood Saturday after his 5-year-old son was called a “Chinese boy” by an older child. “I was sad because my son shared what was likely his first ever experience of discrimination,” the Democrat wrote. “I was sad because I know this won’t be his last time facing racism,” Kim wrote. The thread concluded with Kim telling his followers he decided to have the tough discussion with his boy. He’s such a sweet boy and I don’t know how he will take it,” Kim tweeted.
Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years, says NASA
       
Whew, now here’s some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. The space agency announced this week that new telescope observations have ruled out any chance of Apophis smacking Earth in 2068. That’s the same 1,100-foot (340-meter) space rock that was supposed to come frighteningly close in 2029 and again in 2036. NASA ruled out any chance of a strike during those two close approaches a while ago. Scientists were able to refine Apophis’ orbit around the sun thanks to radar observations earlier this month, when the asteroid passed within 10.6 million miles (17 million kilometers).
Piers Morgan writes about Meghan Markle debacle, rails against cancel culture, 'woke brigade'
       
Piers Morgan is railing against cancel culture and "woke" liberals in a lengthy account appearing in the U.K.'s "Mail on Sunday" newspaper. — Piers MorganMorgan said people have unfairly called him "racist" and have wrongfully accused him of saying he didn’t believe Meghan felt suicidal. "My problem is with the increasingly insidious woke cancel culture ... "It's time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture." "It's time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture."
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he tested positive for COVID-19
       
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido attends a session of Venezuela's National Assembly at a public park in Caracas, Venezuela December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero(Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and has mild symptoms. Guaido said on his Twitter account that he is in isolation and expressed concern about the number of infections in the country. “I want to express my solidarity with the thousands of Venezuelans suffering during the pandemic,” Guaido wrote on Twitter. The opposition leader added that he considered the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to Venezuela urgent.
Night curfew in India's Maharashtra state after record COVID spike
       
MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Authorities in India’s western state of Maharashtra imposed night curfews on Sunday to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases with the financial capital Mumbai reporting 6,123 new cases, the highest single-day spike since March last year. India recorded 62,714 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday, the highest single-day tally since mid-October last year. With 312 deaths, single-day mortality figures were also at their highest since Christmas, according to ministry data. Officials in the health ministry in New Delhi said the government had decided to focus on its domestic vaccination programme following a spike in COVID-19 cases and there will be no immediate expansion of vaccine exports. Sinha, a health ministry official.
Indonesia police: one killed in church bombing was the attacker
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The one person killed in the church bombing in the Indonesian city of Makassar in South Sulawesi was suspected to be the attacker, the provincial police chief Merdisyam told reporters. Nine others were hurt in the blast, he added, while the police categorised the bombing as “high explosive”.
Mexican standoff: Tequila producers take on Heineken over Desperados beer
       
But it is now the EU, and more precisely the brewer Heineken, that’s on the back foot because Mexico is kicking up a fuss about the use of tequila in Desperados beer. Tequila-makers say the down-market brand, billed as “the world's first Tequila Flavoured Beer,” is besmirching the reputation of their precious liquor and flouting EU rules by using tequila as a mere flavoring rather than a major ingredient in Desperados, a 5.9 percent-alcohol-by-volume lager. The body regulating the use of tequila in Mexico last year revoked the export license of the main company supplying Heineken through a French drinks importer, and launched legal action. And the European Commission has been asked to weigh in on the dispute to decide whether the tequila lobby’s actions constitute a barrier to trade. That is not the case for Desperados beer, which uses tequila as a mere flavoring rather than a major ingredient.
Suicide bomber targets Mass in Indonesia, several hurt
       
Police officers stand guard near a church where an explosion went off in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Yusuf Wahil)Police officers stand guard near a church where an explosion went off in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Yusuf Wahil)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police in Indonesia say at least one suicide bomber has detonated outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral during Sunday Mass, wounding several people. There were no casualties among the congregation in Makassar city in South Sulawesi province. The chief of the South Sulawesi police said that the explosion happened at 10:35 a.m.
Here’s How the World’s Chip Shortage Is Playing Out for Stocks
       
(Bloomberg) -- A global semiconductor shortage has upended the supply of everyday devices from smartphones to gaming consoles to tech-dependent cars. Here’s a look at the companies with the most at stake as the global chip shortage rages on, and how their stocks have been affected:AutomakersAuto stocks have come roaring back from their pandemic lows. Now both the chip shortage and concern over a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic have pulled a Bloomberg index of global manufacturers down 14% from its Jan. 25 record high. It triggered a 6.7% drop in General Motors Corp. shares over three days last week. Daiwa Securities cited the chip shortage in downgrading the stock and cutting estimates for this year and next.
Turkey approves development plans for Istanbul canal: minister
       
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has approved development plans for a huge canal on the edge of Istanbul, Environment Minister Murat Kurum said on Saturday, advancing a project which has attracted criticism over its cost and environmental impact. "We have approved the Kanal Istanbul Project development plans and put them out for public consultation. We will rapidly take steps to enrich our country and sacred city with Kanal Istanbul," Kurum wrote on Twitter. The canal will connect the Black Sea north of Istanbul to the Marmara Sea to the south and is estimated to cost 75 billion lira ($9.2 billion). He has said spending resources on the canal while Turkey combats the coronavirus outbreak is "mind boggling."
India's Modi gifts Bangladesh 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine
       
By Ruma PaulCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh on Saturday, its foreign minister said, as Dhaka urged New Delhi to maintain a regular supply of shots to battle the pandemic. Bangladesh signed a deal in November with the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The country of more than 160 million people has already received 9 million vaccine doses from Serum. India has also previously gifted its neighbour 2 million doses of the shot that Serum is producing for many countries. "Bangladesh has requested a regular supply of the remaining vaccines purchased from the Serum Institute," the country's foreign minister A.K.
Mobile is a city of many charms, both old and new
       
MOBILE — We came to this bustling port city on the shore of massive Mobile Bay looking for vestiges of the Civil War as the 150th anniversary of the still-echoing conflict drew to a close. The 16-inch guns of the USS Alabama, a World War II battleship berthed on Mobile Bay and now a tourist site. Doug Warren for The Boston GlobeBelow decks, the ship is like a small city, with accommodations for nearly 2,000 men to live and work. AdvertisementThat evening, our last in the city, we enjoyed a taste of the new Mobile at NoJa on North Jackson Street. We sat in the secluded outdoor patio by a gently splashing fountain and toasted our trip to Mobile, a city with many charms both old and new.
Suicide bomber targets Mass in Indonesia, several hurt
       
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least nine people, police said. A cellular video obtained by The Associated Press showed body parts scattered near a burning motorbike at the gates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province. Wilhelmus Tulak, a Catholic priest who led the Mass when the bomb exploded at about 10:30 a.m., told reporters that a loud bang shocked his congregation who had just finished the service.
Horoscope for Sunday, March 28, 2021
       
Taurus (April 20-May 20)The energy of today’s full moon might affect your health. Gemini (May 21-June 20)Parents will have to be patient with their kids because of the hyped full moon energy. In other words, you are caught between two worlds because of today’s full moon. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)Be aware and mindful because the energy of today’s Full Moon could introduce an accident-prone situation for you. Keep your cool, especially dealing with relatives and neighbors.
Dear Abby: Trash-talking couple banned from daughter-in-law’s house
       
Anytime my husband of 20 years and I have a disagreement, he calls his parents to complain about me. Because of this, I have cut off contact with his relatives, and they cannot come to our house. My husband insists on being around them, and we argue because I want our 9-year-old son to have only limited contact with them. I don’t blame you for not wanting your son subjected to any smack talk from his grandparents. DEAR ABBY: My mother keeps buying me (and my now-teenage daughters) clothes from a catalog for elderly women.
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Forest Service opens public comment for horse removal plan
       
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has entered its final stages of public comment in its plans to remove or sterilize more than 300 wild horses in eastern Arizona. The Heber horse herd are the only horses in the state with their own dedicated territory, which was established in 1973. But a plan from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests proposes reducing the herd's size from about 420 horses to no more than 104, the newspaper reported. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests leadership has argued that the current amount of horses poses a threat to the resources in the area and creates conflicts with landowners. The federal forest service has said that killing horses is not a part of its plan, but the draft plan includes guidelines to use euthanasia.
PBS documentary looks at the violent act against a Black Army sergeant and how it spurred a racial awakening in America
       
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On a mission: New book looks at the various adobe churches from around the state
       
On April 5, the author will share what she’s learned with the world as “New Mexico Mission Churches” is released. St. Joseph Apache Mission : Another mission church, not connected to a pueblo, is St. Joseph Apache Mission in Mescalero, Blake Birchell says. Kewa Pueblo Mission Church: Kewa Pueblo (formerly known as Santo Domingo) Mission Church is a striking example of early Spanish Colonial architecture as its white, orange, and turquoise façade rises from the flat brown earth graveyard which lays in front of the church. “Please respect all the rules of the individual pueblos and unfortunately, no photography or sketching is allowed at the Kewa Pueblo Mission Church, so you must relay the images to memory.”4. Along this route are several historical mission churches which are accessible to the public.
In-home vaccine shots offer freedom, peace of mind to some Sandoval County residents
       
Barbara Butcher, supervisor at Sandoval County Health Commons, said, to her knowledge, the county is among the first in the Southwest to do home vaccinations. Butcher said the county is registering Sandoval County residents for home vaccination through its Elderly and Frail Senior Program, as well as through the New Mexico Department of Health. She said that to be eligible, Sandoval County residents with mobility problems must register for the vaccine and on their registration make it clear they are homebound. She hopes the program can expand to those who live in far-flung places in Sandoval County, such as Torreon. Around noon, Farrell and Sandoval County paramedic Greg Bobick pulled up to Trent’s house, where she lives with her granddaughter and two great-grandkids in a cul-de-sac in the middle of Rio Rancho.
Water writer wins prestigious Stockholm Award
       
But the call was from the Stockholm International Water Institute, informing the Corrales author, speaker and water educator that she had been awarded the 2021 Stockholm Water Prize. Her 1992 book “Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity” focused on how an impending global water crisis could threaten food security and political stability. “We were concerned on and off about droughts in Africa and scarcity in the Middle East, but not the global water supply.”Postel taught a water policy course at Tufts University before founding the Global Water Policy Project in 1994. Some of the river water reached the ocean for the first time in 50 years. Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize during World Water Week in August.
Man found dead in Barelas area
       
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Does this video show the moon going in reverse?
       
Engineers want to build an underground lunar ark, filled with millions of seed, spore, sperm and egg samples from Earth's species to provide a genetic backup in the event of a doomsday scenario.
Exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of Shuster’s NM arrival
       
Open at the New Mexico Museum of Art, “A Fiery Light: Will Shuster’s New Mexico” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the artist’s arrival here. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................By 1920, Shuster arrived in Santa Fe determined to live whatever remained of his life to the fullest. “Sloan was significantly older than Shuster,” Waguespack said. The only thing that’s not on fire is the thing that’s supposed to be on fire.”Shuster died in 1969 at age 75. “He lived a long life,” Waguespack said.
Coronavirus latest news: Britons prepare for big step towards normality amid Covid threat
       
The nation has been warned not to "squander the gains" made against coronavirus ahead of a major easing of the lockdown to allow greater freedoms outside. NHS England national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said Covid-19 still has the capacity to "wreak more havoc and ill health on a significant scale", citing concerns over new variants. He issued the warning ahead of groups of up to six, or two households, being able to socialise in parks and gardens as outdoor sports facilities reopen and the stay-at-home order ends in England on Monday. Writing in The Telegraph, Prof Powis said the prospects "look immeasurably brighter and more positive" but said that the easing "does not mean job done". "We've made enormous progress that we need to build on and not squander the gains we've made," he wrote.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Bank a Million' game
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Virginia Lottery's "Bank a Million" game were:Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The most indulgent experiences for each new stage of the roadmap
       
The prospect of rediscovered freedoms is providing respite in the dregs of lockdown. If you’ve squirrelled away savings over the past 12 months, now is the time to book a sumptuous reward. To usher in each coming stage of the roadmap in England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are following different reopening plans), we have some suggestions for indulgent experiences on home soil in the coming months. The stay at home rule comes to an end, although people will be asked to stay local as much as possible. Two households, or up to six people from different households, will be allowed to meet outside in public spaces or private gardens.
'I know first hand how barbaric LGBT conversion therapy is – it must be banned now'
       
“Instead, the treatment involved me being taken into a darkened room and strapped into a wooden chair. They showed me pictures of women on the wall in front of me and randomly they'd throw a switch and electrocute me. It wasn’t until I aligned my gender presentation with my gender identity in 2002 that things started to get easier. “Left-handed children used to develop stammers and speech impediments because they’d force them to stop using their dominant hand. I'm still working at it.”Joe Hyman, 28, a gay man and LGBTQ activist from North London who began conversion therapy in 2010
Cauliflower, avocado, pistachio, pomegranate and freekeh salad recipe
       
Crunchy cauliflower, Romanesco or calabrese would be delicious raw in this fresh salad. Or you could drizzle over extra-virgin olive oil and roast at 230C/210C fan/gas mark 8 for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly charred at the edges. Drain, season with salt, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, and toss well to coat the grains in the oil. Meanwhile, whisk together the 6 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, turmeric and honey in a small bowl. To serve, divide the freekeh, cauliflower and avocado salad between your plates.
Cressida Cowell: 'Every child should be able to write without worrying about spelling and grammar'
       
Best known for her How To Train Your Dragon series, the author and illustrator, 54, is the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate. I spent a great deal of time as a child on a tiny, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. Children are naturally creative and imaginative thinkers, but can get put off writing by the corrective red pen. I believe every child should have a notebook in which they can write down their ideas without worrying about spelling, grammar and neatness. I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ For me, writing for children is a privilege.
How Harry’s very LA relaunch has only just begun
       
Yet as Alexi Robichaux, who co-founded BetterUp in 2013, points out, Harry does bring a unique perspective. “I always said that if Harry and Meghan wanted to generate income, they should look to Silicon Valley. “I’ve met Meghan on a number of occasions and she is a hugely astute woman, very bright, incredibly impressive,” says Shalit. “So for Harry to keep up with his wife, he’s got to find his own name and identity and this is the start. But what this does is allow Harry to have relevance.”When it comes to making an impact, Royal relevance is clearly going to be the jewel in the crown of Harry’s very LA relaunch.
25 page turners that will get you back into reading books
       
There are too many distractions today keeping us from our desire to be better read. Tom Ough finds a 26-year-old who may be able to help outBeside my bed is a shelf of books that I am either yet to finish or yet to start. Most of my peers seem to have the same experience: wanting to spend more time reading, but never getting around to it. Last year, the National Literacy Trust’s survey of under-18s found that children are spending less time reading books than at any point since the first such survey in 2005. In the battle for our attention, books are bringing a rolled-up paperback to a gunfight.
How to restore your love of food after losing taste and smell due to Covid
       
One of the cruellest features of Covid has been loss of a sense of smell, and with it taste, and for thousands with long Covid, this symptom has lingered. From Monday 29 March, their new book, Taste & Flavour, is available to order (with a £3 p&p charge), or to download as an eBook, free from lifekitchen.com thanks to sponsors Greek food suppliers Odysea. “There are the people who have Covid, lose their sense of taste for a couple of weeks then go back to normal. Perhaps the most alarming Covid symptom is parosmia, where people have a distorted sense of smell and flavour. Life Kitchen lessons: how to boost flavour for long Covid sufferersIdentify “trigger” foods that smell and taste bad to you – often onions, garlic, roasted meats and coffee.
The 20 best unusual family days out in the UK to book this spring
       
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: finally, the family outing in all its glory is once more allowed, and we can get the children out of the house and entertained by someone else at last. Theme parks, castles, and nature trails and adventurous locations of every kind across the country are gearing up to reopen this spring, with many adding new and exciting activities to keep children – and adults – entertained. The most obvious big-name attractions are already becoming well booked up, so we have looked beyond the usual suspects to bring you 20 out-of-the-ordinary family days out. Opening days vary, so do check websites before you travel and…enjoy! Wookey Hole, Somerset
Garden not ready for the Rule Of Six? Why not hire someone else’s...
       
Well, there’s a thoroughly 21st century answer: hire somebody else’s back garden for the day. For a private reunion in a decent amount of outdoor space – away from the world and his wife down the park – people are willing to pay frankly eye-watering sums. I sit back on one of two outdoor sofas and pretend the garden is my own. Ellie George used the Yates’s garden for a family birthday party with about 20 guests last summer, and loved it. With the disappointing news that holidays in Europe look uncertain this summer, you could even rent a particularly large garden and stay for the week.
As the clocks go forward, here's how to beat your 'lockdown jetlag'
       
But now, with groups of six allowed to meet outside from Monday, we are coming out of hibernation - just as the clocks go forward. Even in normal circumstances, the biannual resetting of the clocks has an impact, says Dr Bostock. “On average, most people lose around 40 minutes of sleep when the clocks go forward. So what, if anything, can we do to beat lockdown jet lag? “Even if you’ve been desperately looking forward to an end to home-schooling, change of any kind can be unsettling.
The best bold prints to buy now, according to our fashion editors
       
Spring is here and although the unpredictable weather might have other ideas, it's time to break out the bright colours after a winter in muted tones and jumpers. Whether you choose florals, checks or something more graphic, a bold print is the easiest way to inject a bit of fun into your wardrobe. Our fashion editors have chosen their favourites to buy now...A coat of many colours'Stine Goya is my go-to for a loud print. Although pricey, this beautiful jacquard coat is worth every penny. Sophie Warburton, Style Director
Virginia Chadwyck-Healey on the best pieces from Marks & Spencer under £40
       
I wondered how long it would take me to work today’s brand into this column. I want you to take a guess, just from the pictures... and then be pleasantly surprised to discover it is Marks & Spencer. More than that, each garment I’ve picked costs less than £40. For a brand that sells one in every 10 pairs of jeans purchased in the UK, M&S doesn’t get nearly enough attention for its denim collection. Instead, elasticated waistbands, multipack pants and, of course, the new collection of brands at M&S (Ghost, White Stuff, Phase Eight...) are what many of you will know M&S for.
County Lines star Conrad Khan: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever shouted at anyone – it was challenging to get into a violent headspace’
       
This is one of many desperate, harrowing moments in County Lines, Henry Blake’s brutal social-realist drama. Blake, a former social worker, was moved to tell their story after witnessing the human toll of county lines first-hand. He’s now nominated for the EE Rising Star Award at the Baftas for County Lines, a prize that’s predicted the success of Daniel Kaluuya and Tom Holland. “The county lines networks have adapted and have not stopped even under the circumstances of a global pandemic. Covid restrictions have put more vulnerable people and children at risk.”Khan first heard about county lines through music.
Benny Blanco interview: ‘I’m not even good at making music!’
       
Answer: they’ve all sought the help of songwriter and producer Benny Blanco, the man behind some of the most indelible pop hits of the past decade. Born Benjamin Levin, Blanco was, in his words, “a chubby Jewish kid from Virginia” who started out with dreams of making it as a rapper. With additional guidance from pop alchemist Max Martin, the 20-year-old Blanco helped hone Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and Kesha’s “Tik-Tok”. This year, he’s called in the favours for his own album, Friends Keep Secrets 2, assembling enough pop and rap royalty to line a Grammys red carpet. “I'm not even good at making music; I'm just good at having comfy chairs and good snacks,” he laughs.
How to avoid conflict when the parent-child roles reverse
       
She knew I’d always dreamt of writing a novel and had given up my 25-year career at the BBC to do it. That changed when Imogen was 21 and my husband (and her father) Peter became seriously ill with a blood cancer. That’s what happened to Mary*, whose mother Veronica* developed rapid-onset dementia five years ago when she was only 53. Mary’s father Trevor* tried to manage his wife’s care alone, while working full-time and looking after their younger children, then 10 and 13. ‘At first it was very tough, getting used to taking my mother to the toilet and changing her.
1 dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library
       
A man went on a stabbing spree inside and around a library Saturday, killing one woman and injuring six other people in North Vancouver British Columbia, authorities said. He said the man is in his 20s and has had interactions with police in the past. One witness, Steve Mossop, said he and his partner stopped in traffic when they saw a bloodied woman who told them she had just been stabbed. “There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom — a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time," Mossop said. On Twitter Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair expressed shock and sadness over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
Officers also told Reuters news agency that there were body parts at the scene, and that it was unclear whether those were only from the attacker.
Sunday's national newspaper front pages
       
The guests on tonight's paper review at 10.30pm and 11.30pm are journalist and author Christina Patterson and Ali Miraj, columnist at TheArticle.
Boy finds 480 million-year-old fossil in garden using set he got for Christmas
       
A six-year-old boy has found a fossil up to 488 million years old while digging in his garden with a fossil-hunting set he received for Christmas. Pic: Vish Singh/PAHis father Vish Singh said: "We were surprised he found something so odd-shaped in the soil. Fortunately for the pair, Mr Singh was able to identify the findings courtesy of a fossil group on Facebook which he was a member of. "The period that they existed from was between 500m and 251m years ago, the Paleozoic era," Mr Singh explained. Mr Singh said: "Lots and lots of people have commented on how amazing it is to find something in the back garden.
Many Japanese cities have yet to set a vaccination timeline
       
About 40% of the nation’s major cities have yet to determine when they can finish vaccinating people age 65 or over against the novel coronavirus, a survey has shown. The Jiji Press group survey found that as of the end of February, 43 major cities had yet to decide when they might end vaccinations for older people. They have been unable to set clear vaccination schedules due to a lack of information about vaccine supply from the central government, the survey showed. Vaccinations for older people in 11 cities are projected to end between August and March next year. A total of 89 cities said they plan to start vaccinations for older people by the end of April.
University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial'
       
The University of Oxford is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculums. University staff have argued that the current curriculum focuses on 'white European music from the slave period', according to The Telegraph. The University of Oxford (Merton College pictured) is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculumsDocuments seen by the publication indicate proposed reforms to target undergraduate courses. It comes after one Oxford college removed the name of an 18th-century slave trader from its main library earlier this year - but has defied calls to take down his statue. The former college fellow who died in 1710 bequeathed £10,000 to the library which has since been unofficially known as the Codrington Library.
[Newsmaker] Diplomatic spat between NK and Malaysia deepens
       
He also denied allegations that he laundered money through front companies and issued fraudulent documents to support illicit shipments to his country.The North’s Foreign Ministry said Mun had engaged in “legitimate external trade activities in Singapore,” claiming that it was a “fabrication … to argue that he was involved in ‘illegal money laundering.’”The ministry said in a statement that Malaysian authorities “committed an unpardonable crime … of forcibly delivering the innocent citizen (of North Korea) to the US,” warning that the US will “pay a price.”The statement comes after Pyongyang refused Washington’s calls for talks and Blinken criticized the North’s human rights violations and nuclear threats during his visit to Seoul.Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry immediately refuted North Korea’s move to sever diplomatic relations. The ministry emphasized that Malaysia has tried to normalize ties with North Korea despite the 2017 assassination case of North Korean leader’s half brother Kim Jong-nam. It also accused North Korea’s latest decision of being “clearly unwarranted, disproportionate and certainly disruptive” for regional peace and stability.North Korea and Malaysia established diplomatic ties in 1973, but their relations deteriorated after two women -- an Indonesian and a Vietnamese -- were charged with colluding with four North Koreans to murder Kim Jong-nam by smearing his face with VX nerve agent on Feb. 13, 2017. The four North Koreans fled Malaysia the day Kim died.Malaysian prosecutors made it clear throughout the trial that they suspected North Korean involvement, although Kuala Lumpur never officially pointed its finger at Pyongyang for Kim’s death.Malaysia scrapped visa-free entry for North Koreans, and expelled North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol after he rejected Malaysia’s investigation and insisted the victim was an ordinary citizen named Kim Chol who died of a heart attack.In a tit-for-tat move, North Korea banned Malaysians from leaving at the time,
Korea scrambles to respond to migrant worker shortage amid pandemic
       
The South Korean government and National Assembly are looking to ease regulations on employing foreign nationals and for immigration in the face of labor shortages brought on by the prolonged pandemic.On Friday, a bill to revise the act on the employment of foreign workers, which was proposed by Rep. Lee Jong-bae of the main opposition People Power Party, passed the plenary session of the National Assembly.The main focus of the bill is to increase the number of industries that can hire foreign workers and to extend the period of employment for foreign workers, for whom it has been difficult to enter and leave the country due to the pandemic.Rep. Lee said, “Some industries in Korea are suffering from manpower shortages due to the decrease in the number of employable people. They have no choice but to rely on foreign workers.”“In particular, due to the pandemic, foreign workers cannot leave the country even after the expiration of their employment period, and they are restricted from entering the country even if they wish to reenter the country,” he added.The revised bill newly added the mining industry to allow hiring foreign workers, joining the construction, services, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing industries.Also, the bill allows the employment period of foreign workers to be extended by an additional year if it is deemed difficult for foreign workers to enter and leave a country due to the spread of infectious diseases and natural disasters.The Ministry of Justice also recently announced a legislative amendment to the enforcement decree of the immigration control act, which aims to expand the scope of industries that allow foreign workers.Under the current immigration law, H-2 visa holders can gain employment across 39 industries, including manufacturing, livestock and fisheries with fewer than 300 employees.When the enforcement ordinance changes under the revision, foreign workers will be allowed to work in jobs such as package sorter, the wholesale of f
Korea scrambles to respond to migrant worker shortage amid pandemic
       
NATIONALWorkers sort goods at a parcel distribution center in Seoul. (Yonhap)The South Korean government and National Assembly are looking to ease regulations on employing foreign nationals and for immigration in the face of labor shortages brought on by the prolonged pandemic.On Friday, a bill to revise the act on the employment of foreign workers, which was proposed by Rep. Lee Jong-bae of the main opposition People Power Party, passed the plenary session of the National Assembly.The main focus of the bill is to increase the number of industries that can hire foreign workers and to extend the period of employment for foreign workers, for whom it has been difficult to enter and leave the country due to the pandemic.Rep. Lee said, “Some industries in Korea are suffering from manpower shortages due to the decrease in the number of employable people. Things have not changed this year.Farm owners applied for support of more than 4,500 manpower nationwide this year, but this does not seem likely to be fulfilled as the pandemic continues.Local governments are seeking self-help measures.In North Gyeongsang Province, the regional government is requesting permission from the Ministry of Justice to allow H-3, E-9, F-1 and F-3 visa holders to work in rural areas.The province requires around 230,000 people during the spring farming season in April-June and October-November, when manpower shortages are most severe.Considering the situation in rural areas, the Ministry of Justice introduced this month a temporary seasonal labor system for one year, until March next year.It allows F-1 and E-9 visa holders to work as seasonal workers in rural areas even if their stay period is over. Through this program, 82 people applied for jobs in North Chungcheong Province early this month.The provincial government expects that if foreigners whose stay periods expire apply as seasonal workers, the worst of the labor shortage in rural areas like last year will be avoided.By Shin Ji-hye ( shinjh
Myanmar: At least 114 killed in bloodiest day of protests yet
       
At least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said, according to Reuters. Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Family members cry after a relative was shot during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Yangon, Myanmar, on Saturday, March 27. Hide Caption 1 of 89 Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Smoke rises over Thaketa township in Yangon on March 27. Hide Caption 3 of 89 Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Anti-coup protesters gesture during a march in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, March 26. Hide Caption 10 of 89 Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Protesters take positions on Yangon's Bayint Naung Bridge on March 17.
Biden Commits to Investing ‘Closer to 2%’ of GDP in Science Research
       
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Trump Claims ICE and Border Patrol Are Asking Him to Visit the Border
       
Trump Claims ICE, Border Patrol Invited Him to Visit Border‘A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT ME TO’“I feel I sort of owe it to them,” he said.
One dead, nine wounded in suspected suicide blast outside Indonesian church
       
JAKARTA - A blast outside a Catholic church in South Sulawesi’s provincial capital Makassar on Sunday (March 28) killed the suspected suicide bomber and wounded nine people, the police said. The South Sulawesi police chief told reporters that based on initial findings, one person died during the blast at the gate of the church compound. “The body was attached to a motorbike; apparently (he) had yet to descend because he was stopped by a church officer. " The police have set up a cordon around the church and a disaster victim identification team is investigating the incident. Earlier, priest Wilhelmus Tulak told Kompas TV that he heard a “very loud explosion” at around 10.30am, after a second mass finished.
Nine wounded as suspected suicide bomber targets Indonesian church
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding nine people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, police and a witness said. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that the suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Boy Rafli Amar, the head of the country’s National Counterterrorism Agency, described Sunday’s attack as an act of terrorism. Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
Dublin hospital told to stop giving Covid jabs after sharing surplus with private school
       
Stephen Donnelly said it was “completely unacceptable” and has asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to suspend vaccinations at the Beacon hospital, with the exception of already scheduled appointments. St Gerard’s school in Bray, where staff received Covid jabs from Beacon hospital. “The provision of vaccines by the Beacon hospital to a school was entirely inappropriate and completely unacceptable. I have considered this matter carefully and have worked with the HSE to assess the operational implications of suspending vaccine operations at the Beacon hospital in Dublin,” he said. The HSE confirmed it would be suspending vaccine operations at the hospital.
Explosion Rocks Indonesian Church Compound on Palm Sunday
       
An explosion ripped through a Roman Catholic cathedral compound in the eastern Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday morning, shattering the calm of Palm Sunday, a holy day for Christians. Unverified video said to have been taken at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral showed smoldering wreckage and palm fronds scattered on the ground. Father Wilhelmus Tulak, a priest at the cathedral, told Metro TV, an Indonesian network, that a parking attendant had been burned as he tried to stop a suicide bomber. Ten people were injured, the priest said. The cathedral was between Masses when two motorcyclists approached, looking suspicious, Father Wilhelmus told Metro TV.
Four killed in Bangladesh during protests against Modi visit
       
Protesters were killed in Chittagong as Modi begins a tour for Golden Jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence. At least four people were killed in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong after police fired at protesters during a demonstration against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police officials said. The protesters in Chittagong were from the Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, an Islamist group opposed to the visit of Modi, who critics say has been pushing a Hindu-first agenda in India. ‘We don’t want him’Friday’s was the latest in a series of protests held across Bangladesh to oppose the visit by Modi, who many Bangladeshis accuse of stoking religious tensions and persecuting Muslims in India. Faisal Mahmud contributed to this report from Dhaka, Bangladesh
If Businesses Were Run Like the Republican Party
       
This is a public domain image obtained from Unsplash.com. I modified it by adding extra space at the top and bottom and adding text. If you’re the Republican party, what should you do when people are not voting for you? You could look into where you might have gone wrong and modify some of your policies to broaden your appeal to more voters. So, you might try looking into the people who tend to vote for the other party, and making it as hard as possible for them to vote at all.
WOW2: Late March's Trailblazing Women and Events in Our History
       
March 22, 1808 – Caroline Sheridan Norton born, English author and social reformer. The jury threw out the claim, but the scandal almost brought down the government, and Caroline was unable to get a divorce. She was passionately involved in the campaigns to pass the Custody of Infants Act 1839, and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857. An English wife did not have the right to leave her husband. Caroline Norton was not in favor of women getting the vote, and never espoused women’s equality.
Global landmarks turn off the lights to mark annual 'Earth Hour' (& 8:30 pm tonight)
       
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I Really do not care what faith You Follow, or none at all!
       
This is a week that many faith hold as holy. I believe in G-d, I just don’t think She cares about how a person worships. The important thing to him is how we treat with each other with care. The him/she was on purpose. God gave up to Great artist to express the thoughtx YouTube Video:
Let My People Go!
       
What's Your Fucking Problem? We Want To Know! Last year I did nothing — this year I am having guests. This week has been rough — the ENT swore my ears weren’t infected, but they are sensitive and I still have crap coming out of them. I suppose I should get on with getting on with things for now, but that’s been my FP — what’s yours?
21: How to make Ghormeh Sabzi, the 'Iranian National Dish'
       
Ghormeh Sabzi, essentially a beef or lamb stew cooked in sauteed herbs, has been described as the “Iranian national dish.” This Diary will tell you how to make it. You can fake the dried limes with aGhormeh Sabziquarter cup of lime juice, but it’s not the same. As far as the dried limes go, I was able to go to my local specialty spice shop and get them (just ask for “dried limes” If you ask for dried “Persian limes” the store owner won’t likely know what that is). Do you use kidney beans or black-eyed beans? And how much dried fenugreek leaf?” Recipes vary, but the one provided here seems to be recognized as a template.
Books So Bad They're Good: Postponement
       
Tonight was supposed to be the next installment in my ongoing series on Curtis D. MacDougall’s book Hoaxes. I’ve also been including modern books that either are hoaxes, debunk hoaxes, or discuss hoaxes in some way. Tonight was supposed to be Chapter III, “Suggestion,” and the case I was going to discuss was a beauty. Forgeries, a major religious institution, two dead people, a major governmental institution, even a library two towns away from me...this one truly had it all. One good thing this week: I was able to schedule my first Covid shot for next Wednesday.
Brazil may be experiencing the same COVID horror Italy experienced
       
As we all know, the first COVID horror story outside Asia played out in Italy. Well, an article in today’s New York Times suggests that Brazil is headed for that same horror. Take the situation in Porto Alegre, which anchors Brazil’s fifth-largest metropolitan area (after Sao Paulo, Rio, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia). The patients began arriving at hospitals in Porto Alegre far sicker and younger than before. In Rio Grande do Sul, home to Porto Alegre, there’s a 240-person waiting list for ICU beds.
Boycott Georgia businesses for their Jim Crow voting legislation
       
I have compiled a list of the top 85, or so, of the largest companies and employers based in Georgia if anyone is interested in joining me in a boycott effort. I will reach out to all avenues I can think of to promote a wide based boycott. The more that join me the more effective we can be.
Vaccine survey
       
Got my first dose of Pfizer, at Six Flags Park, Bowie, Maryland. Wife gets her’s in two days. What about you?
Ode to Autoreload, or Why I Canceled The Hill
       
One of those for the past several years has been The Hill. Something changed in their site software, though, which has caused me to delete their bookmark and stop using them as a source. They have every story page set up to autoreload on about a ten minute cycle. Apparently they use the same tech as Firefox as their software is ineffective in stopping The Hill pages from reloading. I have to presume that the reason they do this is to artificially inflate their page load counts.
Overnight SCIENCE News Digest: Decolonizing Paleontology Edition
       
Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago. [...] These 'zombie genes'—those that increased expression after the post-mortem interval—were specific to one type of cell: inflammatory cells called glial cells. But Horizon Europe also includes new elements that reflect increasing attention to open science, equality, interdisciplinary research and practical applications. An international team of researchers including the University of Leeds unearthed the previously unknown form of basalt after drilling through the Pacific ocean floor. After a long slog exploring the quirks of cyanobacteria gluing themselves to an invasive water weed, a research team has found a toxin that could be the culprit.
IAN: March 28, 2021
       
If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc. ), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!
Recycled Solar Cloche
       
How to make a three tone tuned solar cloche using plastic 2 liter soda/pop/tonic bottles, water, and string. Plant seeds and seedlings in your garden a month early.
PWB Peeps Caturday Open Thread: Writing Our Stories.
       
Peeps or critters, we all have stories to tell. Maybe we write them down. we might start small, with letters and diary entries. my life is an open book. PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers.
Top Comments: You're Vaccinated for Covid. Now What? What You Can and Can't Do Now.
       
Now that people are getting vaccinated, there’s a lot of misinformation that’s circling around and I’d like to set the record straight. The vaccines prevent us from getting severe disease requiring hospitalization. You can visit friends and family that have been fully vaccinated. Yes, you can visit fully vaccinated people inside without masks or social distancing as long as everyone is fully vaccinated. It’s best to stay home — after all, we don’t have “fully vaccinated” tattooed on our foreheads so it would look like we’re flouting the rules.
It moved! There is hope for a recovery this weekend at the Suez Canal
       
The twitter site of “Guy With The Digger At Suez Canal” has been very informative and timely (and funny too at times) with news from the accident site. ???#SuezBLOCKED #suezcanel #Suez #Evergreenship #Evergiven pic.twitter.com/YGuJaQv4mQ — Guy With The Digger At Suez Canal (@SuezDiggerGuy) March 27, 2021Other news organizations are corroborating the news -x Ship blocking Suez Canal moves slightly, unclear when it will refloat https://t.co/cYIZHND9mE pic.twitter.com/NtMOC4xOBd — Reuters (@Reuters) March 27, 2021Dredging and heavy lift experts Boskalis (which owns Smit Salvage) are on the scene. pic.twitter.com/qoDoOcOEkB — Maxar Technologies (@Maxar) March 27, 2021High capacity dredging ship, moving sand away from the bow, at 2,000 cubic meters per hourWhat Next? #Suez #SuezBLOCKED #SuezCrisis #Evergreenship #Evergiven #Egypt pic.twitter.com/otLDW20t7d — Guy With The Digger At Suez Canal (@SuezDiggerGuy) March 27, 2021Two additional high-power tugs will be arriving on Sunday - the ALP Guard registered in the Netherlands and the Carlo Magna, registered in Italy. The "SCA - Rules of Navigation" document has more detailed information about allowed sizes at the Suez Canal.
Cops Commit Cultural Genocide Cutting up Sweat Lodge
       
Image from first tweet belowThese aren't churches, so what the ignorant cops don't get is, what they're doing is tearing down the womb of the Earth Mother. The ignorant cops also do not understand that it's work, a lot of hard work. And it's not just ignorant cops that don't understand that - it's most Americans. After arresting us, cops took selfies w/our lodge & laughed as they cut it apart. @JoeBiden @ginamccarthy46 pic.twitter.com/jMQXXyMN3f — tara houska ???? (@zhaabowekwe) March 27, 2021x Today, we experienced police protecting & serving the interests of Dakota Access, LLC.
Insurrectionist insists that she won't go to jail because she has 'blonde hair, white skin'
       
Insurrection Karen, aka Jenna RyanSadly, she might have been right. But the cardinal sin in our justice system that she broke is that you don’t say the quiet part out loud. Realtor and part-time insurrectionist Jenna Ryan stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, took a selfie by the smashed window where the insurrectionists entered, and for some reason thinks its a good idea to keep the incendiary rhetoric going on her social media. Most people aren’t very supportive of her on Twitter. One guy told her she was going to jail.
Citizen science is still there, and you can make a big contribution while waiting out the pandemic
       
One the United States occupied the islands a couple of decades later and enforced the use of English, native language newspapers began to fold. Though there are many ways the physical world records climate change, from the width of tree rings to the type of oxygen trapped in ice cores, these records are often on a large scale level. But there are other sources besides Hawaiian newspapers. For example, there are U.S. Navy records collected during World War II. And data on UK sea levels that also extends into the 19th century.
A Short, Little, "Pipple" Poem
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"In this book, Rob Kall is fueling a discussion that is long overdue, one that can perhaps shake us out of our current herd mentality, back to true community and intertwined purpose. His bottom-up discourse may serve to turn us all upside down just long enough to view our current politic from a different perspective." Dr. Mari K. Swingle, author of i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species
Latvian FM has banned entry to Latvia for Belarusians, but something went wrong
       
The following individuals [see link] have now been placed on the list of persona non grata in Latvia. The Foreign Minister's decision has been taken in accordance with Paragraph 61(2) of the Law on Immigration. However, this decision was coordinated with the Foreign Ministries of Estonia and Lithuania, but was not coordinated with the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. According to the head of the Interior Ministry Andrei Parshin, Luponosov engaged in targeted espionage. "We have certain grounds to say so, it was stated by a former employee Luponosov," - said the head of GUBAZIK Interior Ministry.
NATO troops in Lithuania neglect Covid-19 quarantine rules
       
Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania. It should be noted that last year cases of infection in the NATO Battlegroup, as well as now, were confirmed precisely after the weekend. This may indicate that the Norwegian servicemen of the Battlegroup on weekends neglected Covid-19 quarantine rules in Lithuania. It is understood that many (not only Norwegian) NATO troops experienced psychological discomfort during the Covid-19 lockdown. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian government will not pay attention to infection cases among NATO troops because it wants them to remain their "defenders".
Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)
       
Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful. Grand Prismatic Spring: As its name suggests, the largest hot spring in the United States is essentially a rainbow ring of vibrant colors. Grand prismatic spring. STAY IN THE KNOWIf you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
Latvian government turned population into prisoners
       
Baltic States' authorities decided not to "reinvent the wheel" and just found "hot" topics to divert attention from situation at home. Distrustful Baltic leaders typically favor political pressure and are confident in their ability to wield it effectively. It would be more logical to stop and think - maybe we're doing something wrong, maybe there is some other solution and maybe we can learn something from other countries' experience? It could be concluded that Latvian government, which does not seem too interested in taking care of residents' health. Why does it take care of prisoners in Russia and Belarus but really does not think about its own population turned into prisoners in their own homes by silly government decisions.
Wake up, Greta - the Baltic Sea is under attack!
       
Immediately after World War II, Soviet Navy ships disposed of thousands of tons of Nazi Germany chemical weapons in the Baltic Sea. Metal is very prone to corrosion in seawater, and it is also believed that the chemical aerial bombs in the Baltic Sea are decayed. There is a reason doctors don't suggest eating fish caught in the Baltic Sea more than once a week. Those familiar with genetics won't need any convincing that the chemicals left in the Baltic Sea by the communist regime are more dangerous to the health of humans than radiation. I hope Russia, being the heir of the USSR, will be made to clean up the Baltic Sea from the chemical weapons.
At least 5 killed in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh
       
At least five people were killed and dozens more injured when police attempted to disperse protests in various cities against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh. Four protesters were killed in the country's largest port city Chittagong and another was killed in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, Islamabadi added. Hefazat spokesman Jakaria Noman Foyezi told AFP some 100,000 supporters of the group staged protests in at least 22 cities and towns across the country. Hefazat is known for its nationwide network and large-scale protests demanding blasphemy laws in Bangladesh, according to Deccan Herald. Ruhul Amin, the government administrator of Hathazari town, said up to 1,500 supporters of Hefazat attacked a police station chanting anti-Modi slogans.
Signs of Collapse Across Brazil as Covid Spirals Out of Control
       
Of Brazil's 26 states plus its federal district, only one or two on any given day have ICU occupancy rates below 80%. More than half are above 90%, which means if the healthcare systems haven't yet collapsed already in those states, they are at imminent risk of doing so. Health systems have been inundated with patients they can no longer adequately take care of due to a critical lack of space and supplies. As Brazil suffers through its worst days of this pandemic so far, there are signs of collapse at every level of the healthcare system in nearly every state across the country.
New Yorkers Delighted as Dolphins Spotted Swimming in East River
       
A video of a pair of dolphins swimming in New York’s once famously polluted and dirty East River has served as a reminder that the body of water is cleaner than it has been in more than a century. It has also triggered a degree of fascination among New Yorkers who have greeted the rare sight of the aquatic mammals swimming in the shadows of Manhattan’s soaring skyscrapers with delight on social media.
Next Indo-Pacific U.S. Military CommanderWarns of China's Threat to Taiwan: Killer Reaper Drones Coming to the Pacific
       
Aquilino told the committee that the "annexation of Taiwan is the number one priority of China" and asked the Senate committee to fund the $27.3 billion Pacific Deterrence Initiative. The Hawaii-based Reapers, which will be operated by hundreds of Marine Corps personnel with new job specialty designations, could be armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, officials said. In another aspect of the new Marine stategy, on March 15, the entire Marine Corps fleet of CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters in Hawaii began leaving the islands to be replaced by a squadron of KC-130 cargo and refueling aircraft. Eliminating from the Marine Corps inventory of all tanks is another move to use of longer-range missiles over conventional, tubed artillery shelling. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Gemini Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
If you fall out with a loved one this week, don’t take it to heart and don’t let any bad feelings that might arise last too long. There are far more important things you should be talking about and cooperating on, so get past it as quickly as you can.
Leo Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
You need to make sure that if you go along with what a colleague is planning this week you won’t be left with the blame if it goes wrong. You enjoy taking risks but you won’t enjoy taking the rap for what was only partially your fault.
Virgo Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
Your way with words will get you what you need this week, but don’t think you will get it for free. A full moon in the money area of your chart means you will be expected to pay an appropriate price. Be happy about it, and part with the cash.
Sagittarius Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
If you try to ram your ideas down other people’s throats you could turn them against you in a big way. Do you really want that? Strive to see all shades of opinion over the next few days. You’re not the only one with strong beliefs.
Libra Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
Because there is a full moon in your sign, you must not let other people make decisions for you – nor should you offer to make decisions for other people. Misunderstandings are likely this week, so steer clear of anything that might complicate matters. Yesterday's HoroscopeYou have never been the type to follow the herd and with a full moon in your sign this weekend you will deliberately do the opposite of what friends and family are doing. That might be amusing to you but not everyone will see the funny side.
Scorpio Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
A full moon in the most sensitive area of your chart means you won’t be in a light-hearted mood. But that could be a good thing in that it will encourage you to take what happens seriously – and quite likely you’ll profit from it.
Aquarius Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
You won’t hesitate to speak your mind this week – which is good – but you will ignore people who disagree with you – which is bad. There is a little bit of truth in what everyone says, so listen carefully and find ways to add all those little bits together. Yesterday's HoroscopeYou will enjoy yourself more this weekend if you are on the move. It does not matter if you go on a long trip or a short one, the act of getting up and going some place new will inspire you. Expand your horizons both physically and mentally.
Pisces Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
You don’t have to go to extremes, but you probably will. You don’t have to tell colleagues how much they’ve messed up, but you probably will. In a way your honesty is refreshing, but don’t expect to make any new friends this week.
Carolyn Hax: A friend is leaning hard, and it’s weighing heavily on this reader
       
I am exhausted from being a constant therapist, when she already has one, and seemingly only support system. We know this because your friend is not getting any less miserable, as far as you can tell. Meanwhile, you’re always there for her to keep dumping on, so nothing has forced her to reckon with such a hard truth. ADThere is no shame in either side — in having bigger issues than a friend’s love can resolve or in being the friend who tries so hard to help. ADThe hard part is for you to figure out why an instinct to protect yourself didn’t kick in much sooner.
Beijing enveloped in hazardous sandstorm for second time in two weeks
       
People pose for a picture before the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters during a sandstorm in Beijing on March 28, 2021. The Chinese capital Beijing woke on Sunday morning shrouded in thick dust carrying extremely high levels of hazardous particles, as a second sandstorm in two weeks hit the city due to winds from drought-hit Mongolia and northwestern China. Readings of smaller PM2.5 particles were above 300 micrograms per cubic meter, far higher than China's standard of 35 micrograms. The China Meteorological Administration issued a yellow alert on Friday, warning that a sandstorm was spreading from Mongolia into northern Chinese provinces including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Liaoning and Hebei, which surrounds Beijing. Beijing might face more sandstorms in April due to the unfavorable weather this year, the meteorological office said.
Frustration among women in China as new divorce law stalls process
       
For Qi Jia, an office worker and blogger in China, the decision to divorce her husband was not one she took lightly. Just three days before the law took effect at the start of this year, Qi divorced her husband. Like many other countries, China's divorce rate has steadily increased in recent years. The new law is meant to urge couples to reconsider hasty divorces, but the legislation has instead only generated frustration among women who fear that seeking a divorce has now become more difficult. The feminist writer Xiao Meili called the law a "step backwards" for women and said it limited their rights to freely seek separation from a spouse.
Beijing enveloped in hazardous sandstorm, second time in two weeks
       
Construction workers are seen in front of the CCTV headquarters shrouded in dust as the city is hit by a sandstorm, in Beijing, China March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Martin PollardBEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese capital Beijing woke on Sunday morning shrouded in thick dust carrying extremely high levels of hazardous particles, as a second sandstorm in two weeks hit the city due to winds from drought-hit Mongolia and northwestern China. The China Meteorological Administration issued a yellow alert on Friday, warning that a sandstorm was spreading from Mongolia into northern Chinese provinces including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Liaoning and Hebei, which surrounds Beijing. The meteorological office said the recent sandstorms to hit Beijing originated from Mongolia, where relatively warmer temperature this spring and reduced rain resulted in larger areas of bare earth, creating favorable conditions for sandstorms. Beijing might face more sandstorms in April due to the unfavorable weather this year, the meteorological office said.
Beijing enveloped in hazardous sandstorm, second time in two weeks
       
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the city shrouded in smog after a sandstorm, in central Beijing, China March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu WangBEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese capital Beijing woke on Sunday morning shrouded in thick dust carrying extremely high levels of hazardous particles, as a second sandstorm in two weeks hit the city due to winds from drought-hit Mongolia and northwestern China. Readings of smaller PM2.5 particles were above 300 micrograms per cubic metre, far higher than China’s standard of 35 micrograms. The China Meteorological Administration issued a yellow alert on Friday, warning that a sandstorm was spreading from Mongolia into northern Chinese provinces including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Liaoning and Hebei, which surrounds Beijing. Beijing might face more sandstorms in April due to the unfavorable weather this year, the meteorological office said.
Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi rigged boats, drones: state media
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi forces has destroyed two explosive-laden boats that the Iran-aligned group planned to use in an “imminent” attack launched from the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Saudi state media reported on Sunday. The coalition also said it intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched towards southern Saudi Arabia. U.S. Special Envoy Tim Lenderking on Thursday returned to the region to push for the initiative, which includes a nationwide ceasefire. The Houthis want the coalition to fully lift its sea and air blockade on areas the group controls. The conflict, seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has caused what the United Nations says is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
Indonesia police: explosion in Makassar suspected to be a suicide bombing
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - An explosion outside a church in the Indonesian city of Makassar was suspected to be a suicide bombing, South Sulawesi police chief Merdisyam told local news TV One. Reporting by Yuddy Cahya; Editing by Michael Perry; Writing by Fransiska Nangoy Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Australia's Nine network hit by suspected cyber attack: source
       
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment was unable to air its Sunday news bulletin from its Sydney headquarters due to “technical difficulties” which a source with knowledge of the matter blamed on a suspected cyber attack. “At this stage we’re working through the impacts and will provide updates as we resolve the systems.”The network, which owns the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and The Age newspapers, did not confirm the cyber attack. But the source who did not want to be identified as he was not allowed to speak to media said Nine management had informed staff that a “malicious” cyber attack was suspected. The Australian Financial Review which is also owned by Nine, also reported that the media house was likely the target of a suspected cyber attack, the effects of which could last beyond Sunday. The suspected attack also disrupted operations at Nine’s publishing business, with internet access unavailable at its Sydney headquarters while some publishing tools were also down, the AFR reported.
Suspected suicide bomber at Indonesia church wounds several
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding some people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, police and a witness said. Slideshow ( 2 images )The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Metro TV that one person had been wounded holding off a suspected suicide bomber and that 10 people had been wounded in total, some of them seriously. TVONE said the one person killed was the attacker. Video from the scene showed police had set up a cordon around the church and cars parked nearby were damaged.
Thousands of women protest in Turkey
       
President Tayyip Erdogan stunned European allies with an overnight announcement that Turkey was withdrawing from the convention which it had been the first nation to sign. The European treaty is known as the Istanbul Covention having been drafted in the Turkish city in 2011. Demonstrator Selin Asarlar Celik said the women were protesting to get their freedom and rights back, and that they would not give up. World Health Organization data shows 38% of women in Turkey are subject to violence from a partner in their lifetime, compared to 25% in Europe. Femicide rates, for which there are no official figures, roughly tripled in Turkey over the last 10 years according to a monitoring group.
Oregon colleges latest to be sued by students over cost of learning during pandemic
       
Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon (Getty Images)Two colleges in Oregon are being sued by three students claiming that they should be reimbursed their tuition fees given the transition to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Undergraduate Danielle Pranger and graduate student Garrett Harris filed a class-action lawsuit against Oregon State University (OSU) on 5 March. The schools maintain that they continued to provide students with a high-quality education. Story continuesSteve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing, commented: “Oregon State University has remained open since winter term 2020 during the pandemic on its campuses in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades in Bend. Institutions were forced into lockdowns or a return to remote learning.
N.Y. trooper dies three years after being struck by distracted driver
       
A New York state trooper has died after suffering traumatic brain injuries more than three years ago when a distracted driver's vehicle struck him, officials said Saturday. Trooper Joseph Gallagher died Friday, said Kevin P. Bruen, New York State Police acting superintendent, in a statement. Image: State Trooper Joseph Gallagher (New York State Police / AP)Gov. Gallagher was assisting a driver whose vehicle broke down on Dec. 18, 2017, when he was struck on an overpass connected to the Long Island Expressway, Bruen said. Gallagher, a trooper since 2014, worked out of the state police office in Brentwood, New York, Bruen said.
Microstates, island nations and overseas territories speed ahead in global vaccination race
       
The United States is currently vaccinating well over 2 million people a day, far more than the entire population of all of these nations. In the Pacific, some small island nations like Palau and the Marshall Islands have benefited from their close relationship with the United States. Barbados' health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for further details, such as how many vaccine doses would be set aside for tourists. There are many small countries that have not begun vaccinations, or expect the process to take years rather than months. Though the Vatican is on its way to being fully vaccinated, it has seen a number of cases among its small population and staff.
Fatal car accident on Altamont Pass in Dublin
       
One person is dead after a solo crash Saturday evening on Altamont Pass Road in Dublin, according to police. Related Articles Lanes reopen on Carquinez Bridge following crashAt least 32 dead in Egypt train collisionOlympic snowboarder Julie Pomagalski killed in avalanche; from Poma ski lift familyNorth Bay police seek man who crashed into homeless encampment, killing womanCrane for Netflix series falls on California homeThe California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 6:54 p.m., blocking the westbound lanes of the road. The coroner pronounced the driver dead at the scene. Check back for updates.
Today in History
       
Today is Sunday, March 28, the 87th day of 2021. In 1898, the US Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 that Wong, who was born in the United States to Chinese immigrants, was an American citizen. In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C., at age 78. In 2000, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court, in Florida v. President Donald Trump considered and then rejected ordering a quarantine for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
A surge in COVID-19 deaths in Fayette County in December staggers Uniontown Hospital | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
       
The holiday season passed for Ms. Pierce — who raised her family in a frame house built by a coal company for miners — with her still hospitalized. Later, Dr. Wardeh, who tells families he’s always available to talk, called with bad news. At a church reception following the funeral, the Christmas cookies Ms. Pierce had baked were served. “That’s my biggest fear.”The surge in cases didn’t break the staff, though; ICU nurses cried with patients and families. So many questions remain about COVID-19 that the likelihood of another storm is not fully understood, Dr. Wardeh said.
Zion’s Angels Landing closing due to ‘hazardous conditions’
       
The popular Angels Landing trail at Zion National Park in Utah is closing Sunday due to “hazardous conditions,” park officials said Saturday night. Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)Angels Landing is seen in Zion National Park in Utah (Las Vegas Review-Journal)The popular Angels Landing trail at Zion National Park in Utah is closing Sunday due to “hazardous conditions,” park officials said Saturday night. In a tweet, officials said the trail will be closed “beyond Scout Lookout” on Sunday “due to hazardous conditions. (The) West Rim Trail remains open.”Angels Landing Trail will be closed beyond Scout Lookout on Sunday, 3/28 due to hazardous conditions.
Frustrations, victories: Pima County residents with preexisting conditions anxious for shots
       
They were anxious to get vaccinated themselves, or vigilant for a loved one to get a chance. Doug Ducey announced Monday that everyone 16 and older could get an appointment at state-run vaccination sites starting Wednesday, March 24, many of these Pima County residents were distraught that their category, 1C, had been skipped. On Wednesday, Pima County also expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility at its distribution sites, but only to certain groups based on age, risk or work. County officials said these groups were selected in order to get shots to the most vulnerable residents first — including most of those in category 1C, which included people with medical risks. Grass had been waiting weeks, and then months, for the chance to protect his vulnerable child from the potentially lethal virus.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash4Life' game
       
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Crispin Odey’s troubles shine a spotlight on City’s hedonistic past
       
He is known throughout the Square Mile as one of the last of a City old guard fond of a long lunch. “Things change, if you’re running a business for 30 years you sometimes don’t see how much the world is changing culturally. “Crispin is both a personal friend and a valued member of 5 Hertford Street. “There is no truth at all in the claim that he has ever been banned from the club,” he says. Many hope the hedonistic boys’ club where wealthy financiers such as Odey once felt so at home will finally begin to change.
The expert guide to styling the ultimate Easter table
       
After a long hard winter of restrictions, the slow lockdown ease up means that this Easter is going to be a special one, even if you have to keep festivities small. It’s all about creating an impact for your selected guests - and nothing says ‘welcome’ like a beautifully-set dinner table. Florist Phillipa Craddock and creative director of White Company Mark Winstanley joined us for a Style Surgery online workshop, offering their expert tablescaping advice. According to the pair, creating the ultimate dinner set-up is a lot simpler than you may think. Watch the entire talk now below.
My secret Soho: Christopher Howse takes a nostalgic tour of his favourite part of London
       
The best way to approach Soho is on foot down Flitcroft Street. Flitcroft Street is too narrow for traffic and begins at the church of St Giles in the Fields (1734), designed by Henry Flitcroft. Halfway down the alley, before the stage door of the Phoenix Theatre, stands the wonderful Elms Lesters Painting Rooms. Red brick with a narrow green door three storeys high, it was built in 1903 for painting stage scenery, up to a size of 50ft by 30ft. Across Charing Cross Road lies the high street of Soho, Old Compton Street... which the local layabouts and ne’er-do-wells I knew in the 1980s always called Compton Street, as though it had recently been opened.
The 4 best Easter decoration trends for 2021
       
Easter is a celebration of hope and positivity: for many, a symbol of the end of winter, and the promise of summer days to come. You may not decide to go that far, but crafts inspired by the arrival of spring are a lovely way to entertain children. Start with the tableSpending time setting the table will turn a meal into an event – whether you’re inviting friends into your garden or having a festive family brunch. Stylist Melanie Lissack suggests using soft pastels rather than bright colours ‘to create a sophisticated Easter table that isn’t too childlike’, and mixing in accessories made from natural materials such as hessian, rattan and jute. ‘Paint ceramic eggs with old tester-pot paint and add an eyelet name tag for a personalised place setting,’ she adds.
Butter-basted roast lamb with wild garlic sauce and crushed potatoes recipe
       
Nettles are perfect right now, barely mid-shin high – once they are knee height and growing tasselled flowers, they are too big to eat – so grab some rubber gloves and head to the park. Cooking them removes all the sting and turns them into a vivid purée with wild garlic, the most fantastic sauce for lamb. If it still doesn’t appeal, substitute spinach leaves for the nettles, and a sliced leek (sautéed in butter until tender) for the wild garlic. Prep time: 40 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutesSERVESFour (or six with a few extra potatoes)INGREDIENTS1kg boned, rolled shoulder of lamb (choose a neat joint with a thin even layer of fat all round)20g anchovies20g wild garlic80g unsalted butter500g new potatoes50g hazelnuts1 tbsp balsamic vinegar50g watercress or pea shootsFor the sauce30g nettle leaves30g wild garlic leaves120ml chicken stock60ml double creamMETHOD
Simon Godwin on his new Romeo and Juliet: ‘With Shakespeare, hiding in history no longer works’
       
When lockdown ends and we can have parties again, I suspect a lot of them will look like the ball scene in Simon Godwin’s new filmed version of Romeo and Juliet. Against a sultry techno beat, a group of beautiful people sway ecstatically together, barely able to stop touching one another. When Romeo (The Crown’s Josh O’Connor) first catches sight of Juliet (Jessie Buckley), she’s practically having an orgasm in front of a microphone. Was drenching the film in hedonistic sensuality a conscious reaction against the sterile estrangement in which we’ve all been living? “The film really leans into the honesty and intensity of Jessie’s screen acting and she has this amazing chemistry with Josh.
Get a grip – why we can't let Covid kill off the handshake
       
As a boy scout, much of my early handshaking was done with the left hand (as is scout tradition), leading to derision when I unthinkingly proffered my left hand outside scouting circles. Human connection is.”Al-Shamahi – a palaeoanthropologist by day and a stand-up comedian by night – is a handshake proselytiser. She emphasises the symbolic importance of such moments as Princess Diana shaking hands with AIDS patients, and scorns the WHO’s favoured alternative, the elbow bump. Instead, she argues, shaking hands is not “a learnt cultural tradition” but “something deeply biological in origin”; it is, after all, also practised by our near relative, the chimp. There’s a quick whiz through the science, with explanations of how shaking hands stimulates the nucleus accumbens and other reward-giving parts of the brain.
Your ultimate al fresco Easter menu: Five simple recipes for a glorious outdoor feast
       
Tiny pea-green points swelled to carpets of wild garlic on verges in a matter of days. So when it comes to Easter lunch, lamb may be the sine qua non, but leaves are the seasonal treat. Then put on a jumper and take Easter into the open air, because we all need to get out more. Cooking them removes all the sting and turns them into a vivid purée with wild garlic, the most fantastic sauce for lamb. If it still doesn’t appeal, substitute spinach leaves for the nettles, and a sliced leek (sautéed in butter until tender) for the wild garlic.
Julia Ormond: 'I'm over sun tans – now I just want extraordinary experiences'
       
I had the most extraordinary glamping experience on Vancouver IslandI was filming in Vancouver and we went to Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge which was the most relaxing destination. You can go outside of Vancouver itself to areas such as Deep Cove where you can do gorgeous hikes through northern rainforests. It’s hard to explain the vividness of seeing the icebergs, the different colours, these deep blues and turquoises, and the changing landscape. When we went dog sledding, we came down this hill and went across a frozen lake at sunsetIt was the most magical experience. The travel I do for pleasure tends to revolve around seeing my family in EnglandWe recently went to Rye, which blew me away.
Caravans are part of our national psyche – here's how to have the perfect holiday in one
       
Suitably equipped, the great British caravanner toured Dorset and Deutschland, Sutherland and the Sahara Desert until caravans made way for troop carriers. Along with lead crystal glassware and Wedgwood bone china crockery, the Colonial II featured a sideboard dressing unit with glass-lined recesses for handkerchiefs, ties, cosmetics and hair and make-up brushes. The Colonial II cost £1,675, slightly more than the price of an average new house. His Sprite went on to become the most popular of all British caravans. But this was also the decade of those streamlined, polished aluminium US caravans based on aeronautical and marine design.
Japanese eyeing domestic trips and dining-out after pandemic
       
A majority of people in Japan want to take domestic trips or dine out with family and friends once the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, a survey by Central Research Services Inc., a Jiji Press affiliate, has shown. With multiple answers allowed, domestic trips were cited by 64.4% of respondents, the largest proportion, when asked what they want to do once the pandemic subsides. Visits to theme parks, amusement parks or zoos were cited by 32.6%, outdoor shopping by 32.4% and events or concerts by 31.6%. The survey showed that 79.4% of respondents said the pandemic had an impact on their life, far surpassing the 16.5% who said there was no such impact. Asked about what impact the pandemic had, with multiple answers allowed, 76% of respondents said they did not go out frequently and 68.6% said they had less interactions with relatives and friends.
Where people go to bars to drink milk
       
You see, at Kuruhimbi and hundreds of similar bars across Rwanda, there's only one thing on tap, and it's milk. Unique and distinct to Rwanda, milk bars bind many of our communities together. And at milk bars, markets or elsewhere, if you want to make a woman blush, Rwandans might say, "ufite amaso nk'ay'inyana" (you have eyes like a calf's). Mugabowagahunde estimates that the number of milk bars was at the peak between 1998 and 2000. “I love the milk here," he said, washing down his chapati bread and beans with a litre of hot milk.
Suez Canal: Effort to refloat wedged container ship continues
       
John Denholm, president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, earlier told the BBC that transferring the cargo to another vessel or the canal bank would involve bringing in specialist equipment, including a crane that would need to stretch more than 60m (200ft) high.
Suspected bomb blast at Indonesia church causes casualties
       
A suspected bomb blast rocked a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday and caused some casualties, police said. The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan said. “We see that there are victims and parts of human bodies have been torn apart. We do not know yet whether they from the perpetrator or from the people who were close by,” he said. Video from the scene showed police had set up a cordon around the church and cars parked nearby were damaged.
5 window producers fined for exaggerated advertising
       
This image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows the exterior of the Korea Fair Trade Commission in the central administrative city of Sejong. (Yonhap)South Korea's antitrust regulator said Sunday it has decided to fine five manufacturers of windows a combined 1.28 billion won ($1.13 million) for exaggerated advertising. LG Hausys and its four rivals ran advertisements that misled consumers to believe that installing their products can sharply reduce energy costs, according to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC). The companies did not specify in ads that such results on energy efficiency could be generated in a strictly controlled environment. The KFTC also ordered them to take corrective measures.
[Herald Interview] South wind of Tongyeong to carry hope
       
LIFE&STYLETongyeong International Music Foundation CEO Lee Yong-min speaks during an interview with The Korea Herald. (Im Eun-byel/The Korea Herald)TONGYEONG, South Gyeongsang Province -- The hosting of the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival may bring hope to the entire music performance scene, says the festival foundation’s new head Lee Yong-min. Lee has been appointed as CEO of the Tongyeong International Music Foundation, following the previous German CEO Florian Riem.“I have been part of this team for a long time. Since 2002, he has been part of the music foundation.“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there were concerns that holding a music festival may be too risky. “They can spread the word about Tongyeong, promoting this beautiful city.”Lee is set for a three-year term.By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
Russian newspaper fights on despite threats and attacks
       
It was hardly the first attack on Novaya Gazeta, and far from the worst. Since the early 2000s, six Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed in connection with their work -- their black-and-white portraits now hang together in the newspaper's office. "It's no secret that when they killed Anna Politkovskaya I wanted to close this newspaper... Muratov was among a group of journalists who founded Novaya Gazeta in 1993, inspired by the newfound freedoms that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. But Novaya Gazeta soldiers on, publishing three times per week with reports on rights abuses and corruption despite repeated attacks.
Kenya to continue working with Huawei on 5G roll-out, IT minister says
       
ICT Minister Joe Mucheru says the Kenyan government vetted the 5G networks built by Huawei and they ‘met set standards’. Photo: Handout.
Myanmar: At least 114 killed in bloodiest day of protests yet
       
At least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said, according to Reuters. Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Family members cry after a relative was shot during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Yangon, Myanmar, on Saturday, March 27. Hide Caption 1 of 89 Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Smoke rises over Thaketa township in Yangon on March 27. Hide Caption 3 of 89 Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Anti-coup protesters gesture during a march in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, March 26. Hide Caption 10 of 89 Photos: Unrest in Myanmar Protesters take positions on Yangon's Bayint Naung Bridge on March 17.
Explosion rocks church in Makassar: Police
       
An explosion occurred outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, police said. News footage showed police had set up a cordon around the church and cars parked nearby were damaged. #BREAKING NEWS????#INDONESIA #MKASSAR #SOUTHSULAWESI #EXPLOSIONAccording to Reuters, a blast occurred outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, which is located in the province of Southern Sulawesi. pic.twitter.com/t8UJPnUFRq — Xy5Z89???? (@Xy5Z89) March 28, 2021Local media reported that Christians were performing Sunday service inside the church when the explosion happened. The explosion occurred when locals gathered to spend their Sunday morning in the nearby Karebosi square.
The Oregonian's coverage of Saudi students fleeing U.S. justice draws national media attention; read the stories
       
With him is his attorney, Ginger Mooney, who represented several Saudi students facing legal troubles in Oregon. Don't EditThe Oregonian/OregonLive found criminal cases involving at least five Saudi nationals who vanished before they faced trial or completed their jail sentence in Oregon. Don't EditFeb 8, 2019: Not just Oregon: Saudi students in at least 8 states, Canada vanish while facing criminal chargesDon't EditDon't EditThey're not just in Oregon. Sen. Ron Wyden learned of the probe Wednesday during a meeting in his office with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, an aide to the lawmaker told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Then the king of Saudi Arabia got involvedColorado case shows the lengths to which the Saudi government will go in criminal cases involving Saudi nationals.
Myanmar Regime Unwittingly Acknowledges ‘Shoot-to-Kill’ Policy Against Protesters
       
Burma Myanmar Regime Unwittingly Acknowledges ‘Shoot-to-Kill’ Policy Against ProtestersKyal Sin, 19, was fatally shot in the head by regime troops in Mandalay on March 3. It was the regime’s first acknowledgement of the high incidence of fatal head and torso gunshot wounds among the protester casualties. As of Saturday morning, at least 350 civilians, including a 6-year-old girl, had been slain since Feb. 1. Many sustained visible gunshot wounds to the head and back—just as the regime unwittingly confirmed on Friday. You may also like these stories:Protest Fatalities at Hands of Myanmar Military Regime Now Stand at 327Myanmar Coup Leader Snubbed by Karen Rebel Leader Over Killing ProtestersHow Myanmar’s Security Forces Murder Children Through History
Philippines sends fighter aircraft over Chinese vessels in South China Sea
       
FILE PHOTO: Some of the about 220 Chinese vessels reported by the Philippine Coast Guard, and believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, are pictured at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, March 7, 2021. The boats were moored at the Whitsun Reef within Manila’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone.. Lorenzana said the military will also beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to conduct “sovereignty patrols” and protect Filipino fishermen. It has said the vessels at Whitsun Reef were fishing boats taking refuge from rough seas and that there were no militia aboard. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, China and Vietnam have competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, through which at least $3.4 trillion of annual trade passes.
Suspected bomb blast outside Indonesian church causes casualties: Police
       
JAKARTA - A suspected bomb blast occurred outside a Catholic church in South Sulawesi’s provincial capital Makassar on Sunday morning (March 28), causing casualties, the police said. “Likely there are victims, but we still don’t if they are perpetrators or nearby residents,” South Sulawesi police spokesman E Zulpan told Metro TV. The police have set up a cordon around the church and a disaster victim identification team are investigating the incident. Priest Wilhelmus Tulak told Kompas TV that he heard a “very loud explosion” at around 10:30am (10:30 Singapore time) after a second mass finished. “Two people on a motorbike wanted to enter (the church compound), but a security officer held them (at the gate) and the explosion occurred,” he said, adding that the security officer had earlier observed the two “suspicious” perpetrators.
'Slap an Asian' challenge has San Francisco police, Muni on alert
       
I’m hearing there’s a “slap an Asian” challenge going on with the youths in the Bay Area now. RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS:SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Claims that there is a "slap an Asian" challenge going on in the Bay Area have put San Francisco police on alert.Word of the so-called "challenge," in which people are told to slap people of Asian descent on public transit, has been spreading on social media this week. "We have not located any reports related to this post and we are not able to corroborate claims of a 'slap' challenge taking place in the Bay Area," SFPD said in a tweet. "We encourage anyone who becomes a victim of crime in San Francisco to file a police report. "The department reminded everyone that dispatchers and first responders have access to interpreters for those not fluent in English.
3 students cited in theft of rare tree in Wisconsin
       
The three admitted to purchasing a chainsaw, renting a U-Haul and stealing the 25-foot Algonquin Pillar Swiss Mountain pine. The three admitted to purchasing a chainsaw, renting a U-Haul and stealing the 25-foot Algonquin Pillar Swiss Mountain pine. ( Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police who were stumped by the theft of a rare pine tree in November from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum said Friday that they have cracked the case. Police said they acted on a tip, and that the three admitted to purchasing a chainsaw, renting a U-Haul and stealing the 25-foot Algonquin Pillar Swiss Mountain pine. Each of the students was cited for removing the tree, which is punishable by a $200 fine.
1 dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library
       
Associated PressVANCOUVER, British Columbia – A man went on a stabbing spree inside and around a library Saturday, killing one woman and injuring six other people in North Vancouver, British Columbia, authorities said. He said the man is in his 20s and has had interactions with police in the past. One witness, Steve Mossop, said he and his partner stopped in traffic when they saw a bloodied woman who told them she had just been stabbed. “There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom – a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mossop said. On Twitter, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair expressed shock and sadness over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”
Graphic video shows moment of deadly Uber Eats carjacking by teen girls
       
As an Uber Eats driver lay dying on a Washington, DC, sidewalk, the two teen girls who allegedly stun-gunned and carjacked him easily climbed from the wreck — and even tried to run away, graphic new video shows. “They’re thieves!” Anwar can be heard shouting as he leans into the dark-colored Honda, struggling with the teen in the passenger seat. “This is my car!”Seconds later, with the driver’s side car door open and Anwar half in and half out of the vehicle, the car speeds off. Warning: Graphic videoThe car sideswipes a nearby metal barrier and light pole, causing the open driver’s side door to violently slam into Anwar’s body. The teens are charged with felony murder and armed carjacking and are being held pending their next court date on March 31.
Oklahoma City sees protest outside jail following hostage drama
       
A group of protesters gathered outside the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday night, after the jail was placed on lockdown following a hostage situation that resulted in officers killing an inmate. The guard, who was not identified, was able to leave the building under his own power, Williams told The Oklahoman. Outside the lockup, the leader of the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter said the Oklahoma County jail was known for adverse conditions for inmates. "The inhumane conditions of the Oklahoma County jail are horrendous." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPInmates have complained of moldy food, lack of water and lack of showers, Dickerson told the newspaper.
How Volkswagen aims to beat Tesla at its own game
       
Volkswagen this week announced a massive expansion of its electric car plans with multibillion-euro moves on battery cell production and software development aimed at cutting off Tesla by copying its strategy. "I think for a non-sporty car it's pretty good," Musk told Diess of the electric VW ID.3 that has become a flagship e-model for the company. GigafactoriesThe battle between upstart Tesla and Diess' 83-year-old German giant is centered just outside Berlin, where Tesla is building a car plant capable of producing 500,000 electric vehicles a year. “There is only one complex software domain where Europe still has a chance to play a leading role: the next generation of automotive software,” Diess said Tuesday. That sentiment echoes what Musk told German politicians late last year during an event on battery technology organized by the country's economy ministry.
Judge Backs Austin After Texas AG Sues To Block City's Mask Mandate
       
A judge has blocked a move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to rescind a mask mandate in the city of Austin and the surrounding county. Travis County District Court Judge Lora Livingston on Friday denied Paxton’s demand for a temporary injunction against Austin and Travis County’s orders that require masks in public spaces. Greg Abbott’s decision early this month dropping almost all COVID-19 safety precautions, including a mask mandate, against the advice of health experts. “For however long the city’s mask mandate is in effect, our community is more safe because the message is clear that masking works and is effective,” Adler said in a statement. The Austin COVID-19 mortality rate is less than half of the state’s average, according to Adler.
One dead, five wounded in stabbing at Vancouver library, suspect in custody
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada (Reuters) - One woman was killed and five others were wounded in a stabbing at a public library located near a busy shopping area of a Vancouver suburb on Saturday, and police said they had the lone suspect in custody. The attack occurred in the early afternoon and investigators appealed for witnesses, especially those who had shot videos that later posted on social media. Video from the scene appeared to show a man injuring himself with a knife before being taken into police custody. While there was no report on his condition, Jang said that the suspect has a criminal record. “My heart is in North Vancouver tonight,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.
Explosion rocks church in Indonesia: police
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - An explosion occurred outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, police said. News footage showed police had set up a cordon around the church and cars parked nearby were damaged.
UK's Johnson says no reason to change COVID-19 unlocking plans
       
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said he saw nothing in the COVID-19 data to change his plans for a piecemeal easing of lockdown in England, with the next major steps due to take place next month. On Monday, there will be a smaller change, allowing groups of 6 to meet up outside. Although Johnson has outlined dates at which he plans to ease restrictions, he has been clear that it is "data, not dates" which will determine whether the unlocking can proceed to schedule. His comments came after data showed a recent steep fall in infections were starting to level off. Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday said the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is no longer falling and has levelled off at an estimated 1 in 340 people.
COVID-19 prevalence in England no longer falling, UK's ONS says
       
LONDON (Reuters) - The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is no longer falling and has levelled off at an estimated 1 in 340 people, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday, a possible side-effect of England's emergence from full lockdown. "In England, the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to have levelled off in the week ending 20 March 2021," the ONS said. The estimate of prevalence at 1 in 340 people was unchanged on the previous week. It is the first time prevalence has not fallen in the closely watched estimate of community infections since late January. England's third national lockdown was introduced on January 5.
Covid infections in England no longer falling and have plateaued, official data shows
       
The ONS said the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in north-west England, and there are possible signs of a rise in Yorkshire and the Humber. (PA)Covid-19 infections are no longer falling and have plateaued at an estimated 1 in 340 people, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday. It is the first time community infections have not declined since late January. “In England, the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) is likely to have levelled off in the week ending 20 March 2021,” the ONS said. Story continuesThe estimate for Scotland for the week to 20 March is around one in 240 people, up from one in 275.
At the Suez, hoping a rising tide will lift a boat four football fields long
       
MANSHIYET RUGOLA, Egypt — The gargantuan container ship that has blocked world trade by getting stuck aslant the Suez Canal has towered over Umm Gaafar’s dusty brick house for five days now, humming its deep mechanical hum. Already, shipping analysts estimated, the colossal traffic jam was holding up nearly $10 billion in trade every day. Their best chance may arrive Monday, when a spring tide will raise the canal’s water level by up to about 18 inches, analysts and shipping agents said. “The Suez Canal, as a passage, has nothing to do with the incident.”In Manshiyet Rugola, whose name translates to “Little Village of Manhood,” traffic jams of any kind would be difficult to imagine in usual times. Villagers and shipping analysts had the same question about the Ever Given, if rooted in different expertise.
One person killed in multi-vehicle crash in Kingston
       
One person is dead after a multi-vehicle crash on Route 3A in Kingston Sunday, police said. The crash happened in the area of 96 Main Street and included a motorcycle, Kingston police said in a Facebook post around 6 p.m.Police posted a statement around 2 p.m. to notify motorists of the crash and caution that the road would be closed from Prospect Street to Howland Lane while officials investigated the scene of the crash. The road was reopened as of the 6 p.m. statement.
3 killed in crash northwest of Las Vegas
       
Three people were killed Saturday in a head-on crash between Beatty and Scotty’s Junction, northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada Highway Patrol (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Three people were killed Saturday in a head-on crash between Beatty and Scotty’s Junction, northwest of Las Vegas. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Nye County Sheriff’s Office were called just after 4 p.m. to a crash on U.S. Highway 95 near mile marker 99, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. A photo from the Sheriff’s Office showed a white vehicle had flipped over and rolled into the dirt to the right of the road, while a photo from Highway Patrol showed a silver truck with severe front end damage. The Highway Patrol said three people died in the crash.
Blocked main leads to sewage overflow in streets of Southeast Portland
       
A blocked pipe sent sewage spewing through a school, a commercial building and a mall parking lot Saturday in Southeast Portland. Portland crews responded to calls around 10 a.m. to reports of contaminated water flowing onto parking lots around Mall 205 and a Home Depot store in the area. They found a significant blockage in the vicinity of Southeast 106th Avenue and Southeast Cherry Blossom Road. Sewage overflowed from toilets and floor drains in a nearby elementary school and adjacent commercial building. The volume was great enough for the flow to exit the school and contaminate its playground.
Flint's $641M settlement registration ends Monday; 38K residents file so far
       
Flint residents have until end of day Monday to register to be part of a $641 million settlement to compensate for health and property damages sustained when lead leached into water lines of city residents. As of Friday, about 38,000 of Flint's roughly 95,000 residents had registered with the claims administrator. Residents who still need to register can do so online at officialflintwatersettlement.com or by mail. Eligible individual include people who lived in a home serviced by or businesses connected to the Flint water treatment plant. Attorneys for the civil plaintiffs have asked for a $202 million share of the $641 million settlement, but Levy has yet to rule on the request.
Looking Glass: What do you mean you don’t think I’m a cop!? … Oh, I see
       
A 60-year-old man was arrested twice in Bunnell, Fla., for impersonating a police officer, using a badge to avoid paying a $2 toll. This time, the toll booth attendant showed him a newspaper article about his previous arrest, so he put away the badge and paid the toll. Alerted by the noise, officers went up there, and saw a large amount of smoke and smelled burnt rubber. WAKEY, WAKEY, EGGS AND BAKEY: A heavily intoxicated young man fell asleep in the McDonald’s drive-thru lane in Columbus, Ohio. The cops tapped repeatedly on the windows and windshield but failed to wake him up, so they start shaking the car.
Oklahoma City police kill inmate who took officer hostage
       
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police officers fatally shot an inmate who took a correctional officer hostage at a county jail Saturday, authorities said. Officers had tried to deescalate the situation at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, but authorities fired their weapons after the suspect held something against the neck of the hostage, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said during a news conference. The correctional officer was then rescued safely and taken to a hospital for treatment. Officials did not give details about the officer's injuries, but Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said, “I'm just glad the detention officer wasn't more seriously hurt.”The inmate had overrun the officer while medications were being distributed, officials said. Authorities did not immediately release the names of either the inmate or the officer who had been taken hostage.
Strong Voices 2021: Enjoli Moon, finding space for creativity and connection
       
But honestly, how do you authentically connect with people you don’t know and have never talked to? We welcomed crowds of Black creatives to art venues, introducing broader groups of Richmonders to circles they may have been missing but who share their interests. In this fresh space, I want to represent people who typically are left out of art institution conversations, connecting that space and its art to the community. Afrikana and the ICA would not have had a place in the Richmond of my youth. There is so much more underneath our surface, but we need more people to invest in getting diverse ideas off the ground.
Hunting rare birds in Pakistan to feed the sex drive of princes
       
A former spokesperson from Pakistan's Foreign Office said that they tried to end this "entire embarrassment" but to no avail. The former spokesperson said that "it is evident to many within the government that these trips are useless and futile for us on a diplomatic front but the powers that be have decided to persist with it".
Strong Voices 2021: Melissa Chase, with a letter to her younger self
       
There is comfort in this: You start finding your passions and working hard at them to develop your skills. You’re going to love a career — as radio personality and programmer — that combines both. They’re totally going to ask if you can help them get concert tickets and party with rock stars. But you’ll learn about true friendship when your girlfriends stay on the phone for hours to comfort you. But you’ll learn to develop a thick skin — and let me tell you, girl, you’ll need that when you discover social media later on!
The lost letters that found New York drag scene's secret trailblazers
       
"I don't think they have any regrets at all about their lives, they all said they needed to be happy and would have done the same things over again," she says. "They just had to be true to themselves, and kept saying to us, 'I don't know why you guys want to tell this story.'
Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn lights off
       
Famous landmarks in cities such as Paris, Moscow, Athens, Rome, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro have turned off their lights to raise awareness of environmental issues. Earth Hour is an annual global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature. This year's event highlights the link between the destruction of nature and increasing outbreaks of diseases like Covid-19.
Nutritionist Jessica Sepel shares the 'lazy' dinner she swears by for corn and zucchini fritters
       
A top Australian nutritionist has shared the 'lazy dinner' recipe she swears by, and it's quick and easy to make as well as healthy. Jessica Sepel, from Sydney, loves to make corn and zucchini fritters for dinner when she wants something nutritious and delicious - and she said they work just as well for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy Source: Jessica Sepel AdvertisementThousands who saw the simple recipe said they would definitely be trying it this weekend. Jessica Sepel, from Sydney, runs JS Health - a multi-million dollar supplement and recipe brand known for its $45 'miracle' vitamins that encourage hair growth and promote good skin. If she is still hungry after dinner, Jessica will have a cup of peppermint tea and a couple of squares of 70 per cent dark chocolate.
Taste and smell gone forever? The anguish of COVID-19 survivors
       
Three days after testing positive for COVID-19, “everything tasted like cardboard,” recalls 38-year-old Elizabeth Medina, who lost her sense of taste and smell at the start of the pandemic. Most COVID-19 sufferers who lose the ability to taste or smell recover “within three or four weeks,” according to Valentina Parma, a psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia. According to Parma, this works in 30% of cases, but only after three to six months of practice. In 2018, Katie Boateng created the Smell Podcast, a mine of information and advice for her companions in misfortune. “It’s almost exactly a year after I first lost my smell and taste and I’m pretty much okay now,” Dominika Uhrakova, who lives in Southampton, England, wrote on AbScent’s Facebook page.
Nathan Chen wins third straight figure skating world title as Yuzuru Hanyu slips
       
American Nathan Chen landed five quadruple jumps in the men’s free skate on Saturday to overhaul faltering Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and collect a third consecutive world title. “It’s amazing, the fact I’m able to be here at this world championships after this unprecedented year, it’s amazing. Chen needed to make up eight points on Hanyu who was skating last, and opted for a routine that included a daunting five quads. Chasing Chen’s huge score, Hanyu, the double Olympic champion, wobbled several times to slide to third. Kagiyama, skating to the “Avatar” soundtrack, succeeded with a quad salchow, quad toe-triple toe and quad toe as well as four more strong triples.
Japan joins a dozen nations to condemn lethal force against Myanmar protesters
       
The military chiefs of a dozen countries including Japan, the United States, Britain and South Korea joined together Saturday to condemn Myanmar’s use of lethal force against unarmed civilians. “A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves,” these officials said in a rare joint statement. “We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions,” the statement said.
Fitness star Kayla Itsines shares the gym errors everyone makes - and how to fix them today
       
Australian fitness queen Kayla Itsines has highlighted the common gym mistakes everyone makes and the correct way to complete several ab exercises. Kayla first completed one round of straight leg jack-knifes by laying on her back and raising her hands and legs upright. When performing this exercise many often overarch their lower backs, which isn't necessary and can place strain on the back. The final exercise Kayla demonstrated was the mountain climber, which is best to do with a straight back and eyes looking towards the ground rather than at the toes. Many others thanked Kayla for sharing the helpful insight, which will help prevent injury and increase overall fitness.
Smart doorbells are 'affluence cues' that could INCREASE the chances of a break-in, experts warn
       
Having a smart doorbell could increase the chances of a break-in, experts have warned. They said the doorbells, which are connected to the internet and use video to show homeowners who’s calling, were unlikely to have a ‘significant effect on residential burglary’. Cyber security expert Duncan Hodges, who led the research, said: ‘Experienced burglars are really good at detecting cues from the exterior of properties… working out which have a stash of laptops. If you have a smart device, you’re more likely to have high-value tech. 'If you’re using it as a security device, I’d suggest the money could be better spent elsewhere.’But a smart doorbell provider said customers insisted the devices ‘help them protect their homes’.
Duchess of Cambridge releases a new photography book
       
The Duchess of Cambridge has said a book of 100 photographs illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a 'lasting record of what we were all experiencing'The Duchess of Cambridge has said a book of 100 photographs illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a 'lasting record of what we were all experiencing'. The Duchess of Cambridge has announced a new book with the National Portrait GalleryLaunched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020, features images of key workers and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy. From more than 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were selected and shown in a digital exhibition before being displayed across the UK in communities. Writing in the introduction, Kate said the portraits illustrate a collection of 'poignant and personal stories' from the past year. Mind chief executive Paul Farmer thanked the duchess for supporting the charity, and those who submitted photographsMind chief executive Paul Farmer thanked the duchess for supporting the charity, and those who submitted photographs.
Lockdown stress is blamed as women pile on the pounds - and oestrogen levels soar
       
Women have gained weight since the start of the pandemic – and their oestrogen levels have soared, a survey suggests. Meanwhile, average oestrogen levels rose by roughly 50 per cent. Dr Sumera Shahaney, head of clinical operations at Thriva, said oestrogen can increase when women gain weight. Very high oestrogen levels are linked to a greater risk of blood clots and stroke, but the average increased amount was still within the bounds of what is considered normal. Varying oestrogen levels, however, can affect mood.
Iraq's Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five
       
More than 2,500 years later, in Ottoman-ruled Baghdad, Jews were the second largest community in the city, making up 40 percent of its inhabitants. Today, "one prays at home", said a Baghdad resident knowledgeable of the city's Jewish community, who also chose to remain anonymous. A turning point for Jewish history in Iraq came with the first pogroms in the mid-20th century. In June 1941, the Farhud pogrom in Baghdad left more than 100 Jews dead, properties looted and homes destroyed. - 'Normal life' elsewhere -Decades of conflict and instability -- with the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, the invasion of Kuwait, an international embargo, the 2003 American invasion and the ensuing violence -- completed the erosion of the Jewish community.
Taste and smell gone forever? The anguish of Covid survivors
       
Most Covid-19 sufferers who lose the ability to taste or smell recover "within three or four weeks," according to Valentina Parma, a psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia. On the organization's main Facebook page, the question that haunts Medina repeatedly comes up: "Will I ever regain my sense of taste and smell?" According to Parma, this works in 30 percent of cases, but only after three to six months of practice. The food expert, who had lost her sense of smell from 2016 to 2019, has helped six people recover from anosmia since the start of the pandemic. "It's almost exactly a year after I first lost my smell and taste and I'm pretty much okay now," Dominika Uhrakova, who lives in Southampton, England, wrote on AbScent's Facebook page.
[Herald Interview] South wind of Tongyeong to carry hope
       
Tongyeong International Music Foundation CEO Lee Yong-min speaks during an interview with The Korea Herald. (Im Eun-byel/The Korea Herald)TONGYEONG, South Gyeongsang Province -- The hosting of the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival may bring hope to the entire music performance scene, says the festival foundation’s new head Lee Yong-min. Lee has been appointed as CEO of the Tongyeong International Music Foundation, following the previous German CEO Florian Riem. But yes, I am learning that there are certain responsibilities tied to my post,” Lee told The Korea Herald during an interview Saturday at the Tongyeong Concert Hall. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there were concerns that holding a music festival may be too risky.
4 Things You Didn't Know About Oral Sex
       
Yes, that’s right.There are still many people who are uncomfortable or find it ‘dirty’ to engage in oral intercourse. While oral intercourse can be really pleasurable, here are four tiny things that may have slipped your mind while going down:Image: ShutterstockUnlike popular notion, you do not lose virginity with oral sex. Though oral sex can take away their emotional virginity,” as quoted by Dr. Megha Hazuria Gore, clinical psychologist, in Times of India. “During the oral sex act, the woman's clitoris gets stimulated and evidently, they find the orgasm more pleasurable and satisfactory. You can use condoms (flavoured ones, specifically designed for oral) to avoid uncomfortable situations during the act.
US-China relations: Blinken condemns China’s ‘baseless sanctions’
       
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on China to end its human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Photo: Ron Przysucha/US Department of State
Your Ultimate Guide For Pre and Post Holi Skincare Tips
       
We get skincare experts to answer some of the most common queries regarding skincare around Holi. Prepping Skin - Pre-Holi Skincare Tips- Hydrate The Skin- Care for Nails- Protect the Body- Stay HydratedPost-Holi Skincare Tips- Avoid Potent Formulations- Stick to Oil Cleansing- Be Careful While ShoweringHoli Dos and Don’ts - Skincare TipsAvoid skin exfoliation 48-72 hours before and after Holi. Using Oil On Acne-Prone SkinHair Removal Post HoliFAQs: Holi Skincare TipsQ. Post-Holi Skincare Tips 3. FAQs: Holi Skincare Tips Image: ShutterstockOne of the most crucial things during the Holi celebration is to prep thethe splashing of colours and water may have on it.
China accused of forcing 570,000 people to pick cotton in Xinjiang
       
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - China is forcing hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighurs and other minorities to pick cotton by hand, a U.S. think-tank said, sparking calls for governments to ban all cotton imports from the Xinjiang region. The vast western province, home to about 11 million ethnic Uighurs, produces 85% of China’s cotton and 20% of the global supply, which is used by fashion brands worldwide. The Washington-based Center for Global Policy said in a report it was very likely a major share of cotton from Xinjiang was “tainted with forced labour”. Author Adrian Zenz said it was clear that the work scheme involved “a very high risk of forced labour”. Earlier this month the United States banned cotton imports from a powerful Chinese quasi-military organisation - the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) - over forced labour concerns involving detained Uighurs.
COVID-19 rages in Brazil, with young victims bearing the brunt
       
As the rest of the world begins to emerge from the pandemic, Brazil is being ravaged by COVID-19 — with a more contagious variant spreading and deaths surging, particularly among younger people. The South American nation has already recorded more than 307,000 COVID-19 deaths — second in the world behind the US — and the daily total of fatalities could soon hit 4,000. Almost a third of those dying in Brazil are younger than 60, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has told Brazilians to “stop whining” amid a spike of coronavirus deaths in early March. In early March, after a spike in deaths, Bolsonaro told Brazilians to “stop whining” and move on.
Man in parked car ambushed, shot dead in NYC
       
A man was shot dead by two gunman while sitting in his parked car Saturday afternoon, sources said. Brentley Morgan, 31, was inside his vehicle in front of a building on Milford Street in East New York just before 1 p.m. when two unidentified shooters approached the car and opened fire, according to sources. Morgan was struck with bullets in his head and chest, and died at Brookdale Hospital, sources said. Police have not yet found suspects in connection with the shooting. Michael DaltonThe killers fled the scene of the ambush, and sources said police are scouring the scene for evidence that might lead to the suspects.
‘We’re going to take care of you, okay?’
       
“We’re going to take care of you, okay? “Okay, you’re going to be fine,” the nurse said, detecting some nervousness as she swabbed his arm. “They have one left — hurry.”* * *Residents wait in line at Cahaba Medical Care’s mass vaccination event at Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham. The impoverished and medically underserved town is one of many rural Alabama communities that Cahaba Medical Care is visiting with its mobile vaccination campaign. The impoverished and medically underserved town is one of many rural Alabama communities that Cahaba Medical Care is visiting with its mobile vaccination campaign.
Man dies after broad-daylight stabbing in Upper Manhattan
       
A man died after he was knifed by a stranger in Upper Manhattan Saturday, police said. The 21-year-old victim flagged down an ambulance near the intersection of 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue around 2:15 p.m. and told them that he’d been stabbed, police sources said. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. Before he died, the victim was able to tell cops he was standing on a street corner when his attacker came up and stabbed him once under his left arm, according to police sources. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Texas police say suspect wanted for shooting state trooper dies
       
The manhunt has ended for the wanted suspected accused of shooting a Texas state trooper after he died by suicide Saturday. DeArthur Pinson Jr. suspected of shooting DPS Trooper Chad Walker Friday evening, evaded police capture even after an expanded search and Blue Pint alert were launched Saturday. The group said the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Friday night outside of Mexica, Texas when Walker responded to a "motorist assist" alert. "Before Trooper Walker could stop his patrol unit [the suspect] immediately emerged from the driver’s seat of the disabled vehicle armed with a handgun and fired multiple rounds at Trooper Walker through the patrol unit’s windshield," the Officers Association said. The suspect, believed to have been Pinson, then retrieved a black backpack from his car before fleeing the scene on foot.
Trump rips Biden for halting border wall construction, says countries are losing respect for US
       
Former President Donald Trump reacted to Joe Biden's immigration policies on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday, criticizing the new administration for stopping construction of the border wall, saying other countries are "losing respect" for the United States. They should finish the wall, number one. He stopped construction of the wall. And this is a wall that it was -- look, we built almost 500 miles of wall, and it’s new wall. And they stopped construction.
Hong Kong says initial investigation of BioNTech vaccines shows no 'obvious systemic factors'
       
A staffer stands outside a closed community vaccination center administering the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma in Hong Kong on March 24, 2021. Hong Kong's government said an initial investigation by Germany's BioNTech and Fosun Industrial into its coronavirus vaccine did not show any "obvious systemic factors" during packaging after use of the vaccine was suspended in the city and neighboring Macau this week. The suspension came as the Asian financial hub has faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China's Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. Both Fosun and BioNTech considered the vaccines to have no safety risks and people who have received them "do not need to worry", the government said. The BioNTech vaccine is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership with China's Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China.
Oklahoma inmate fatally shot after corrections officer held hostage
       
An inmate was fatally shot Saturday after a corrections officer was taken hostage at the Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma, authorities said. "The person who had taken him hostage was shot by an Oklahoma City police officer," said Aaron Brilbeck, spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. The officer was taken hostage on the 10th floor of the Oklahoma County Detention Center, which was placed on lockdown at about 4:22 p.m., authorities said. Officers were distributing medication when "the inmate overran the officer," said Sheriff Tommie Johnson III, at the news conference. Authorities tried to de-escalate the situation, he said, but when the inmate held an unidentified object to the officer's neck, at least one Oklahoma City officer opened fire, killing him, Johnson said.
Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, U.N. investigator condemns "mass murder"
       
Children were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses, in a crackdown that drew renewed Western criticism. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, had said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement. It is past time for robust, coordinated action.”Despite the Western condemnation, Myanmar’s junta has friends elsewhere. Russia’s deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin attended Saturday’s military parade in Naypyitaw, having met senior junta leaders a day earlier.
Composer Malek Jandali Considers Syria's Civil War, A Decade On
       
Composer Malek Jandali Considers Syria's Civil War, A Decade OnEnlarge this image toggle caption Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty ImagesComposer and classical pianist Malek Jandali was raised in Homs, Syria, where he was visiting his family in 2011. Jandali's first public performance of the song was in Washington, D.C., at a march in support of Syrian protesters. "My love for you is fire in my heart, When am I gonna see you free," Jandali quotes from the song's lyrics. Jandali once received a letter from a woman in prison, who wrote that she was singing the song before a torture session. Jandali notes that of his region's major contributions include not only the alphabet, but also do, re and mi.
7 people shot in Fishtown section of Philadelphia; 4 in critical condition
       
The TelegraphAmazon was aware of drivers urinating in bottles and defecating in bags despite issuing a denial of the practice, according to leaked documents. The internet giant had denied on its official Twitter account that drivers were skipping restroom breaks as they sought to meet delivery targets. "This is the 3rd occasion in the last 2 months when bags have been returned to station with poop inside. The memo continued: “We’ve noticed an uptick recently of all kinds of unsanitary garbage being left inside bags: used masks, gloves, bottles of urine." This is so common that you’ll often find bottles from other drivers located under seats in the vans.
Hunting rare birds in Pakistan to feed the sex drive of princes
       
So started a long friendship, says Haji Hanif, as he's now known. MapEvery year between November and February, Haji Hanif welcomes royal parties who flock to his part of Balochistan province, about an hour's drive east from the strategic port of Gwadar. asked Haji Hanif, who was sitting on one of the sofas. Royal family members now mostly stay in hotels or homes made to their liking, of the kind provided by Haji Hanif. This winter, too, Pakistan keenly awaited the UAE prince's visit, hoping his hunting trip would help smooth over a recent wrinkle in relations.
As spring break crowds fade in South Beach, residents demand change
       
Miami Beach residents gather outside City Hall to protest the city’s handling of spring break on Saturday March 27, 2021. The event captured the tense dynamic unfolding across South Beach during the city’s spring break crackdown. Story continuesMujahid Hamzah, an 18-year-old Cleveland resident, said complaints from residents won’t keep him from visiting South Beach. The spring break crackdown didn’t seem to restrain the enthusiasm Crystal Comeaux, 22, and her two cousins had for Miami Beach. But after police put a new crowd-control plan into place, residents said things have been pretty quiet this weekend — for South Beach, that is.
First Lady Jill Biden to visit California next week for Cesar Chavez holiday
       
First Lady Jill Biden plans to visit the Forty Acres monument north of Bakersfield on Wednesday — the birthday of the late civil rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. The White House said the “Day of Action” event in Delano would include the Cesar Chavez Foundation, United Farm Workers, and the UFW Foundation. The location, now a National Historic Monument, is where Chavez — the son of migrant farm workers — first drew national attention to the harsh conditions for agricultural workers in the late 1960s with his union organizing, marches, boycotts and hunger strikes. President Biden has sought to highlight Chavez’s legacy, selecting a bronze bust of the labor leader for the most visible position behind his desk in the Oval Office. AdvertisementChavez’s birthday is celebrated as a state holiday in California.
Five killed, dozens injured in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh
       
Many Islamist groups in Bangladesh accuse Modi of alienating minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India. The two countries issued a joint statement celebrating their cooperation and partnership but the Bangladesh government made no comment about the protests. Protests raged across Bangladesh against Modi but also over the police killing of Islamists who had demonstrated against his two-day visit. Dozens were also hurt in the capital Dhaka on Friday when police used rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with protesters. On Saturday, hundreds of members of Hefazat-e-Islam and other Islamist groups marched through Chittagong and Dhaka protesting the deaths of their supporters.
Prosecutors in San Francisco, Seattle charge men with anti-Asian hate crimes
       
Prosecutors in San Francisco and Seattle have charged two men with hate crimes in separate incidents that authorities say targeted people of Asian descent amid a wave of high-profile and sometimes deadly violence against Asian Americans since the pandemic began. In San Francisco, Victor Humberto Brown, 53, made a first court appearance on Friday after authorities say he repeatedly punched an Asian American man at a bus stop while shouting an anti-Asian slur. Brown was initially booked on misdemeanor counts, but prosecutors recently elevated the case to a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, the latest in a series of rallies in response to what many said has become a troubling surge of anti-Asian sentiment. In the first instance, the woman told her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man.
1 dead, 1 hospitalized after crash between motorcycle and bicycle in Phoenix
       
One man died and another was hospitalized in "extremely" critical condition Saturday afternoon after a crash involving a bicycle and motorcycle in Phoenix, according to officials. Phoenix firefighters responded to a report of a crash and found two men at the site near 24th Street and Cambridge Avenue, said Firefighter David Ramirez II, a spokesperson for Phoenix Fire Department. One man was pronounced dead on the scene and the other man was taken to the hospital in critical condition, said Ramirez. It is unclear which man was riding the motorcycle or bicycle. Phoenix police will investigate what led to the crash, according to Ramirez.
Spain rock concert attracts thousands after COVID-19 screening
       
People react ahead of a music concert in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)People react ahead of a music concert in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Five thousand rock fans enjoyed a real-as-can-be concert after passing a same-day coronavirus screening, to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organizers. “We were inside our small concert bubble.
Broward Sheriff’s sergeant dies at 48 from COVID
       
“He was an asset to the organization, who always put forth the extra effort into his duties,” the Sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “His experience, knowledge and problem-solving abilities proved vital in helping his colleagues adjust to the uncertainties that arose due to the pandemic. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Sgt. You will be greatly missed.”
‘Tina’ review: HBO documentary tells Tina Turner’s story once again, but fails to ask key question
       
“Everybody was happy around my mother, and she was always sad,” says one of her sons. “She never had friends. She never had anyone she could confide in.” The band saw so much of this violence firsthand and yet these men said nothing. Isolation has a way of playing tricks on a person, feeding into doubt and fear and shame, but the filmmakers don’t really consider this in a larger context. The abuse was something that happened to her, rather than something we as a society allowed, and still allow, and then shake our heads mournfully and sigh pointlessly because, well, sometimes a man just has a bad day.
Highlights: St. John the Baptist vs. Kennedy Catholic football
       
St. John the Baptist defeated Kennedy Catholic, 49-27, in CHSFL action at St. John the Baptist on Saturday March 27, 2021. Credit: Newsday / Owen O'Brien
Today in History, March 28, 1884: Hamilton County Courthouse destroyed in riots
       
1884Three days of rioting erupted in Cincinnati when a mob converged on jail in response to the manslaughter verdict in the murder trial of William Berner. The Ohio National Guard responded, and violence led to nearly 50 deaths and the destruction of the Hamilton County Courthouse. 1898The U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 that Wong, who was born in the United States to Chinese immigrants, was an American citizen. 1969The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington D.C. at age 78. 2005The Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty in a rape-and-murder case because five of the trial jurors had consulted the Bible and quoted Scripture during deliberations.
Cincinnati weather: Low chance of severe storms and hazardous weather for Greater Cincinnati
       
The National Weather Service has forecast showers and thunderstorms overnight, with a low possibility of severe storms, damaging winds and large hail. Detailed forecastSundayShowers and a possible thunderstorm before noon and then a slight chance of showers between noon and 2 p.m. There's an 80% chance of precipitation, with new precipitation between a quarter and half of an inch possible. WednesdayMostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a high near 51 degrees. Partly cloudy at night, with a chance of showers before 9 p.m. and a low around 28 degrees.
Tucson economy: City fared middling among peers for 2020 job losses
       
Tucson did better than the nation but only in the middle of the pack among its Western peers for job losses during 2020, according to the Making Action Possible Dashboard, a project of the Economic and Business Research Center in the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.
‘No one deserves to die like that’
       
Jennifer Lannon, 39Chris Whitman, Jennifer Lannon’s brother, said he was the last of the family to speak with his sister on Jan. 12. He said, throughout the years, Sean Lannon was often silent at Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties and other family get-togethers. But Brown said Sean Lannon was “extremely controlling” and “just seemed real off.”When she heard what happened, she said her heart was broken. He said Jennifer Lannon always loved musical theater, taught herself to play the harp and was a social butterfly. No one deserves to die like that.”Matthew Miller, 21Juanita Schult said her grandson, Matthew Miller, had a rough go of it.
How to fill your time in Buenos Aires, without spending a single peso
       
Argentina doesn’t go in for the kind of state subsidies you’d expect in, say, France, or even the UK. BA is also full of green spaces, shady plazas and markets, and there’s some great architecture to see, with or without a guide. Hike BA’s history on a self-guided walkTo get orientated, start at the Plaza Congreso, where a Washington-style congressional palace sits on a large square. Highlights along the way include the Dante’s Inferno-inspired Palacio Barolo, the Hotel Castelar, where Lorca stayed, and the Café Tortoni. Then, go south along Defensa, to see the older, grungier side of the city, ending up at quaint Plaza Dorrego.
Your pictures on the theme of 'sculpture'
       
The pictures will be published later that week and you will be able to find them, along with other galleries, on the In Pictures section of the website.
The real reason humans are the dominant species
       
I've travelled all over the world for the BBC and seen evidence of environmental damage and climate change everywhere. It's the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. Tackling it means changing how we do virtually everything. We are right to be anxious and afraid at the prospect, but I reckon we should also see this as a thrilling story of exploration, and I'm delighted to have been given the chance of a ringside seat as chief environment correspondent.
ABC checking on presenter's wellbeing after expletives shouted during Adelaide news bulletin
       
An ABC radio presenter shouted an expletive twice during a late-night news broadcast in Adelaide before being abruptly taken off the air. The national broadcaster has said it is investigating the incident and making sure the staff member is OK. The audio for the story was then played but after about 10 seconds the presenter could be heard shouting “fuck off”. “There’s been problems with the wine situation with China maintaining restrictions of the Australian. The bulletin was cut shortly after and replaced with another which is believed to have been broadcast from Sydney.
Project 17: The photograph that united a family
       
When Muntaka Chasant set out to photograph "burner boys" on Agbogbloshie dump in Accra, Ghana, he had no idea that one of his photos would reunite a family. But despite runaway Malik being reunited with his family, his future remains uncertain. This video is part of Project 17, a BBC World Service series produced in partnership with the Open University, in which teenagers around the world look at progress on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Filmed by: Sulley LansahProduced by: Eleanor LayheEdited by: Woody MorrisFind more videos and programmes about Project 17 here.
COVID-19: 5,000 music fans attend Barcelona gig after passing same-day coronavirus screening
       
Five thousand people attended a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day screening test for COVID-19. The music fans piled into the Palau Sant Jordi arena where indie rock band Love of Lesbian were playing after having received the all-clear from a coronavirus antigen test taken earlier in the day. Those who tested positive were unable to attend the concert but would be entitled to a refund. Attendees received their antigen test results in 10 to 15 minutes via an app on their phones. Local authorities in Barcelona backed the event, which was preceded by a smaller concert of 500 people in December.
Fears over fourth COVID-19 wave growing in Japan as new cases creep back up
       
The government is increasingly concerned about a possible fourth wave of coronavirus infections as new cases, including those involving variants, are growing in many parts of the country. With some areas showing signs of a rebound in new infection cases, a fourth wave would complicate vaccination efforts. The government will soon start full-fledged talks to impose pre-emergency restrictions only days after lifting its second COVID-19 emergency on Sunday. The government is especially concerned over a surge in COVID-19 cases in Miyagi Prefecture and in the Kansai region. In Kansai, Osaka Prefecture reported 386 new cases and Hyogo Prefecture 164 new cases on Saturday, both the highest since the government lifted a COVID-19 state emergency there at the end of February.
Trump says he'll visit border in a few weeks and rips Biden for undoing 'Remain in Mexico' policy
       
Former President Donald Trump said he will visit the border in the next few weeks after he was invited by Border Patrol as he blasts Biden for undoing his 'Remain in Mexico' policy. Now they stay in the United States, by the way, stay in and never leave.' Frankly they weren't coming into Mexico,' Trump said. Trump also said that Mexico had 28,000 soldiers who stopped people from coming in to the United States, before then touting his signature border wall. President Joe Biden claimed on Wednesday that a 'surge' of migrants at the southern border started during the Trump administration.
Cities worldwide dim lights to mark Earth Hour
       
In Rome, the lights went out at Rome’s 2,000-year-old Colosseum, while police enforcing Italy’s coronavirus movement restrictions checked the papers of a small crowd of onlookers. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Moscow's Kremlin on Red Square also joined the annual initiative that calls for action on climate change and the environment. After Europe, Earth Hour moves west to the Americas with the Empire State Building in New York, the Obelisk of Buenos Aires and the Rio's Museum of Tomorrow among venues dimming the lights. - 'Impact on environment' -Earth Hour is about "more than just saving energy, it's more like remembering our impact on the environment," Ian Tan, 18, told AFP at the park. "One hour is not enough for us to remember that climate change is actually a problem -- I don't really see (Earth Hour) as very significant," he said.
Govt. to enforce 'no eating' policy at sports stadiums, libraries, museums as virus cases on rise
       
NATIONALThis photo shows an outdoor futsal field in Yongsan, central Seoul, on Friday. (Yonhap)The government will ban eating at mass gathering establishments like sports stadiums, libraries and museums starting Monday, officials said, amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases.Eating will be banned at 21 types of public places, which also include karaoke bars, public saunas and movie theaters, and violators will be fined 100,000 ($88) starting April 5 after a one-week grace period, officials said.Other facilities subject to the ban include cram schools, hair dressers, gyms, casinos and exhibition halls. But exceptions can be applied, however, if the facility has a separate area within the establishment that has been approved for eating.On Friday, the government extended the current Level 2 social distancing rules in the densely populated greater Seoul area, the third highest in its five-tier system, until April 11, citing signs of a new spike in virus cases. It retained Level 1.5 for the rest of the country for another two weeks.Gatherings of five or more people will continue to be banned, and restaurants and other public facilities in the greater Seoul area will be allowed to remain open until 10 p.m.The government has picked 33 types of establishments used by large numbers of the public, including the 21 places, and called for stringent efforts to comply with basic distancing rules, which also includes keeping a register of every visitor without exception.South Korea reported the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases of 505 in about a month Saturday, amid little sign of a letup. On Sunday, the country added 482 more cases, with the total infections reaching 101,757.
Govt. to enforce 'no eating' policy at sports stadiums, libraries, museums as virus cases on rise
       
(Yonhap)The government will ban eating at mass gathering establishments like sports stadiums, libraries and museums starting Monday, officials said, amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases. But exceptions can be applied, however, if the facility has a separate area within the establishment that has been approved for eating. Gatherings of five or more people will continue to be banned, and restaurants and other public facilities in the greater Seoul area will be allowed to remain open until 10 p.m. South Korea reported the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases of 505 in about a month Saturday, amid little sign of a letup. On Sunday, the country added 482 more cases, with the total infections reaching 101,757.
Author reveals her startling new theory on missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet
       
The US was responsible for downing missing flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014 with the loss of all 239 passengers on board, a new book claims. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in 2014. Pictured: The missing aircraft taking off in France in 2011As de Changy writes, 'It was not possible […] for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared.' The French reporter has put forward a new theory about what happened to flight MH370 in her new book. Investigating the cargo, de Changy writes that it had not undergone the proper security screening.
Brazil’s COVID-19 Crisis Spirals Out Of Control: ‘An Open-Sky Laboratory For Viral Mutations’
       
Brazil recorded its 300,000th COVID-19 death this week, a grim marker of a health care crisis that promises to worsen in the coming months in South America’s largest nation. The health systems in all but two of Brazil’s states are in dire condition, the institute said, leaving hospitals stretched for beds, oxygen and other basic medicines necessary to treat the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Brazil recorded more than 3,100 deaths, making it alone responsible for nearly one-third of the day’s global death toll. “The pandemic is not going to be controlled if Brazil is out of control,” Nicolelis said. “Brazil is the largest open-sky laboratory for viral mutations right now.
China erasing H&M from internet amid Xinjiang backlash
       
A man carrying an umbrellas walks past an H&M clothing store at a shopping mall in Beijing, Friday, March 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)A man carrying an umbrellas walks past an H&M clothing store at a shopping mall in Beijing, Friday, March 26, 2021. State media accused H&M and other brands of improperly profiting from China while criticizing it. Celebrities including at least one Uyghur announced they were ending endorsement deals with foreign shoe and clothing brands. It was unclear why the party targeted H&M, whose expression of concern about Xinjiang was similar to that of other companies.
'We will be heard' say Winnipeg's Asian communities at anti-hate rally
       
Members of Winnipeg's different Asian communities came together Saturday afternoon with a simple message: stop Asian hate. "Asian women are seen as sexual objects. Some participants at Saturday's rally against Asian racism held signs, while hundreds of others honked their vehicle horns as they drove around the museum. More than anything, Kil says she wants Canada to feel safe for the next generation. "As women from the Asian community, we feel scared.
Foreign vaccine-seekers flock to Serbia for COVID-19 shots
       
Marko Cadez, the head of Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday his organisation had 10,000 shots for business people across the region. “I came here because vaccines will never arrive in Bosnia,” said Elma, who declined to give her last name. Critics from across the region say that Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic has been using the vaccines to strengthen his country’s influence - a charge he denies. Serbia currently uses vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Russia’s COVID-19 Sputnik V and Chinese Synopharm. Daniel Bindernagel, a German psychiatrist from Switzerland, told Reuters he had travelled in and managed to apply for a shot on the Serbian government’s website.
'Don't Shoot,' Ethiopian Father Begged Eritrean Soldiers, Daughter Says
       
ADIGRAT, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Fourteen-year-old Mibrak Esayus recalls the day last November when she says Eritrean soldiers burst into her home in Ethiopia's Tigray region and killed her mother and father. Eritrean soldiers burst in around midday. Her father, a priest at the local Ethiopian Orthodox church, begged them "Don't shoot," she told Reuters. Mibrak is among more than two dozen civilians in Tigray who told Reuters they had been victims of, or witnesses to, shootings, gang rapes and looting by Eritrean soldiers. Asked about the accounts of killings and abuses by Eritrean soldiers, including those in Zalambessa, Eritrea's information minister Yemane Gebremeskel said by text message that it was not "in our military tradition to kill civilians."
Venezuelan soldiers killed civilians, refugees who fled to Colombia say
       
ARAUQUITA MUNICIPALITY, Colombia (Reuters) - Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia to escape clashes between the Venezuelan military and irregular armed groups have accused soldiers of abuses, including killing civilians. Slideshow ( 4 images )But the victims were residents of La Victoria and its surroundings, they said. “We are obliged to expel them, whatever they are called.”The accusations levied at Venezuela’s military do not reflect its ethics, Padrino said. Venezuelan armed forces are obliged to defend the country from irregular groups, he said, adding human rights would be respected and the events would be investigated. Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Tarek Saab wrote in a series of Twitter messages that Venezuela is investigating events in La Victoria, to see if rights were violated.
Some Alaska Costco shoppers say ravens steal their groceries
       
Some Alaska Costco shoppers say they’ve had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lotANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they've had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot. Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a short rib from his cart, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday. She said ravens hovered her in an attempt to steal her groceries. “I had two ravens, one that was on the car next to me and he kept squawking really loud,” Josey said. A manager at an Anchorage Costco declined to comment to the newspaper about the raven thieves.
Judges weigh banning Capitol riot suspects from the web
       
Beverly Hills esthetician and eyelash stylist Gina Bisignano was so current on social media that the federal felony criticism towards her virtually wrote itself. Not as a result of social media platforms banned her, however as a result of a federal decide did. “If it weren’t for social media, she wouldn’t even be a defendant,” stated Bisignano’s lawyer, Charles Peruto. Such considerations drove the U.S. Supreme Court docket in 2017 to strike down a North Carolina legislation that prohibited convicted intercourse offenders from utilizing social media platforms. The Ohio Supreme Court docket discovered as a lot in June, when it threw out a protecting order prohibiting a person from posting on social media about his mom and sister.
Cops called on Queen Elizabeth’s grandson over COVID travels
       
Peter Phillips, the 43-year-old son of Princess Anne, was seen outside the unidentified woman’s home in St. Cyrus this week, the UK Sun reported. Annoyed neighbors reportedly called the cops on Phillips, who is 17th in line for the throne and lives at his mom’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, officials said. “At around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, police received a report of a potential breach of coronavirus regulations at a property in St Cyrus,” a spokesperson for Scotland police said. The woman is reportedly a friend of Phillips’ sister Zara and a former classmate of Phillips’. The 39-year-old woman he was allegedly visiting is also separated from her husband.
On Discord, bots find a foothold as mini indie success stories
       
In fact, “Epic RPG” doesn’t even have its own executable. Since its release last year, “Epic RPG” has already made its way into more than 100,000 servers. Design-wise, most of them are similar to “Epic RPG”; simple, stripped-down, almost “Zork”-like in their spareness. Unlike “Epic RPG,” Karuta isn’t a numbers-driven stat grind full of beasties and catacombs. High-profile Discord games have abruptly vanished from the service in the past.
A 57-year-old woman who survived a brain tumor just gave birth, breaking a state record
       
When the couple explored whether it was right for them to have another child, doctors discovered a brain tumor in Higgins, as well, the Monitor reported. Outside the United States, women in their 60s and even 70s have given birth via IVF. “I’m inspired by the miracle of science,” Feinberg told The Washington Post. ADAD“There’s never been a live birth with a woman’s own egg over 46 years old,” Feinberg noted. Higgins maintained her rigorous workout routine until she gave birth, while her husband told the newspaper he feels better at 65 than he did a decade ago.
Derek Chauvin’s lawyer appears outnumbered at trial. But colleagues say Eric Nelson’s low-key style is easy to underestimate.
       
ADWhen one of the state’s lawyers criticized Nelson for raising concerns about pretrial publicity during a hearing instead of first filing a formal brief, the judge interrupted. But former colleagues and friends say Nelson’s understated approach is easy to underestimate. “The kinds of barriers that get in the way of a lot of trial lawyers communicating with jurors, Jerry is the best at bringing those down,” Goss said. Even other Minnesota attorneys named Eric Nelson were getting threats, he added. Nelson’s former colleagues say he is not rattled by the attention, that he is well-organized and known for thinking on his feet.
LA County increases police funding by $36 million after defund movement backfires
       
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to boost its contracts with law enforcement by $36 million through the end of this year amid a spike in crime across the city. The move will increase funding from $645,675,758 to $681,675,758, which is $75 million less than the $111 million that was originally proposed. The contracts are with the LAPD, the LA County Sheriff's Department, and the Long Beach Police Department. It comes as Los Angeles deals with a spike in crime throughout the city. LAPD CHIEF SPEAKS OUT ON DEADLY CRIME SURGE IN LOS ANGELES THIS YEARLos Angeles has seen rising crime rates this year, a trend that carried over from 2020.
What curfew? Miami spring breakers party on despite restrictions
       
Diehard Miami Beach spring breakers kept the party raging — despite a newly imposed curfew to try to stifle the boozy annual rite. But some revelers still wandered along parts of South Beach post-curfew on the first Thursday since the new regulations went into effect, the newspaper reports. MIAMI BEACH BRACING FOR ANOTHER SPRING BREAK WEEKEND"We’re trying to have fun," said Brad Kopp, 21, of Pittsburgh, who learned about the new rules just a few days earlier. Other tourists kept trekking along Ocean Drive as the curfew took effect, according to the report. But a Miami Beach police spokesman told The Post early Friday that no arrests were reported, although he needed to check department records to confirm.
Florida couple enjoys coffee while watching alligator swim in pool
       
A Florida couple was having their morning coffee when an unexpected reptilian visitor showed up on their porch Friday morning. Kelly told FOX13 that he called FWC to come corral the gator, but it went for a swim in the family's pool by the time the wildlife officers arrived. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"We were just sitting here having coffee just watching him swim around in the pool. He would come up here and rest on the steps, then sink to the bottom again," Kelly told the local news outlet. Good start to a Friday morning, good weekend starter, got us up, that’s for sure."
Hong Kong says initial investigation of BioNTech vaccines shows no 'obvious systemic factors'
       
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s government said an initial investigation by Germany’s BioNTech and Fosun Industrial into its coronavirus vaccine did not show any “obvious systemic factors” during packaging after use of the vaccine was suspended in the city and neighbouring Macau this week. A sign is seen outside a vaccination centre after Hong Kong suspended the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a single batch of Pfizer/BioNTech shots due to packaging defects, in Hong Kong, China March 24, 2021. The suspension came as the Asian financial hub has faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China’s Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. Both Fosun and BioNTech considered the vaccines to have no safety risks and people who have received them “do not need to worry”, the government said. The BioNTech vaccine is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership with China’s Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China.
Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup after junta crackdown
       
(Reuters) - Across Myanmar, opponents of the ruling junta on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup on Feb. 1, but vowed to keep protesting to end army rule. Children were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses, in a crackdown that drew renewed criticism from Western countries and was denounced by the U.S. envoy as “horrifying”. Saturday also brought some of the heaviest fighting since the coup between the army and the ethnic armed groups that control swathes of the country. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, had said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. Russia’s deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin attended Saturday’s military parade in Naypyitaw, having met senior junta leaders a day earlier.
One dead, multiple wounded in stabbing at Vancouver-area library, suspect in custody
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )(Fixes formatting of byline)NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada (Reuters) - One person is dead and multiple others were wounded in a stabbing at a public library in an affluent Vancouver suburb on Saturday, and a suspect, who apparently acted alone, was taken into custody. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said “multiple victims” were stabbed inside and outside the North Vancouver Library and that one suspect was in custody. North Vancouver is a mostly quiet and wealthy suburb with about 85,000 people on the north side of Burrard Inlet, Vancouver’s primary port. Two bridges and a foot ferry connect North Vancouver to the city of Vancouver. North Vancouver is also a popular destination for hiking and skiing, with part of the North Shore mountain range within its boundaries.
Australia's Queensland state coronavirus cluster grows to three
       
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s Queensland state reported one new coronavirus case on Sunday linked to the highly contagious B117 UK mutant strain, but officials said a wider lockdown was not yet needed yet. The newly diagnosed man is a close contact of the first case in an emerging cluster, a landscaper who tested positive on Thursday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said at a news conference. A third person tested positive on Saturday. Still, Young said a wider Queensland lockdown was not needed at this stage. “We just need people to not make any assumptions.”No other Australian state or territory has reported new cases of community transmission in recent days.
At Costa Rican resort, animals are the guests of honor
       
The hunger-inducing scents arrive courtesy of Naama Ariel, the resort’s head chef, and her staff. “I like showing people that they don’t have to eat meat to have a tasty and satisfying meal.”SAN LORENZO, Costa Rica — What first catches your attention are the signs: clever, colorful messages painted on wood, cat crossing warnings, and “happy hamburgers that are meat-free” advertisements. AdvertisementThe eco resort is located in San Lorenzo, about 60 miles from San Jose International Airport, easy to get to from Boston with a quick stop in Panama. All profits from Lands in Love go toward the resort and paying for animal care, including an animal hospital planned for the property and the on-site veterinarian. HOTEL LANDS IN LOVE Route 702, road San Ramón to La Fortuna, Costa Rica.
Fatal crash in Beatty closes part of US Highway 95
       
A portion of U.S. Highway 95 was closed Saturday as officers investigate a fatal crash in Beatty, about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada Highway Patrol (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)A portion of U.S. Highway 95 was closed Saturday as officers investigate a fatal crash in Beatty, about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Nye County Sheriff’s Office were called just after 4 p.m. to a crash on the highway near mile marker 99, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. A photo from the Sheriff’s Office showed a white vehicle had flipped over and rolled into the dirt to the right of the road. On March 18, two people were killed in a crash on U.S. 95 near mile marker 98 after a Subaru Forester and a Ford F-450 collided, killing both people in the Subaru.
Greatest Honour denied in Florida Derby by Known Agenda
       
Known Agenda appeared to be in a bit of a box around the run as pace-makers Nova Rags and Soup and Sandwich continued to duel. An opportunity presented itself for Known Agenda near the top of the stretch and Ortiz asked for his best. Known Agenda accelerated as if put into overdrive. By the time the leaders hit the run for home, Known Agenda had cleared the other two and the only question was would Greatest Honour’s stretch move be strong enough to make a race of it.
‘My baby. Somebody help my baby.’ Four-year-old boy dies after plane crashes into SUV
       
The six-seat airplane had just taken taken off when, for reasons that are unclear, the pilot decided to head back to the airport. The plane wasn’t in the air long enough or even high enough to be seen on radar at Air Traffic Control towers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Cook County judge orders release for man shot in deadly mass attack accused of having gun in ‘slide lock’
       
“I don’t know where you’re going with that case state, he’s been shot, he’s laying in the back seat of a car, who knows where that weapon came from,” said Willis to prosecutors after setting the $5,000 I-bond. “Sir, make sure you show up to court.”
Recap: Jury selection for Derek Chauvin trial completed, opening arguments to begin Monday
       
Jury selection was completed this week in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. She said the negativity mostly came from constant news reports about Floyd’s death. In the video, Chauvin is seen pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd is on the ground pleading for air. He said his workplace held a discussion about preventing racism after Floyd’s death, and that he read a book on the subject. Potential jurors have been questioned at length about their exposure to media coverage of Floyd’s death as well as on race and law enforcement.
Coronavirus herd immunity unlikely without vaccinating kids, says Johns Hopkins expert
       
The United States is unlikely to reach much-needed herd immunity against coronavirus unless children can be vaccinated too, according to a Johns Hopkins University public health expert. Barry said about 75 to 85% of the population would need to be immune to coronavirus to reach the desired threshold for herd immunity. But children make up about 22% of the United States population according to census data, and vaccines have not yet been approved for kids under 16 years old. Just this month, Pfizer dosed the first healthy children in a global study to further evaluate the safety of its coronavirus vaccine in kids 6 months to 11 years old. However, case rates in the United States have plateaued in recent weeks at around 50,000 cases per day, Keri Althoff, epidemiology professor at Johns Hopkins noted.
Kids and teens at ‘worst point of crisis’ in past year as pandemic stress piles up
       
Children and teens are at “the worst point of crisis” in terms of their mental health that we’ve seen in the past year, according to one Boston doctor, as pandemic stress wears on and psychiatric emergencies increase. Buonopane said that in the beginning of the pandemic, mental health issues spiked in adults as they suffered unemployment and other stressors. “We’re definitely at the worst point of crisis for kids that we’ve seen in the past year, the kids I think are really experiencing a prolonged disruption in their support systems and the stress in their families,” Buonopane said. Weekly emergency department visits for suicidal ideation in youths 24 and under averaged 333, and there were 55 weekly suicide attempts. The figures are is still preliminary though, and the full scope of mental health data from the pandemic is not yet available.
Navajo Nation extends, loosens its health order on COVDI-19
       
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open until 9 p.m. MDT daily, tribal officials said Saturday. The order also includes provisions allowing outdoor “drive-in” gatherings in which people remain in their vehicles, park at at least six feet from other vehicles, and wear masks, officials said. The tribe on Saturday reported 12 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and one more death, increasing its pandemic totals to 30,052 cases and 1,246 deaths. The Navajo Nation's vast reservation covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Saguaro census shows more giants, low reproduction in namesake park
       
Tucson loves its saguaros,” Swann said. Luckily, Swann said, most of the counting was finished by last March, when the pandemic shut down such group activities. The few remaining plots were surveyed later in the spring by park interns and crews from groups like the Arizona Conservation Corps. The census takers collected a host of data about each saguaro, including its height, GPS coordinates, number of arms and bird holes, and any crests or other growth abnormalities. The famously slow-growing plants have a low survival rate early in life, when they are less drought-resistant and vulnerable to being crushed, knocked over or snacked on.
'Heartbroken and devastated': Henrico girl mourned as boy is charged with murder in her shooting
       
The principal of Quioccasin Middle School, Melanie Phipps, sent a message to parents Saturday saying she is "heartbroken and devastated" by the loss. "Words can barely begin to describe the tragedy and loss for our community and beyond, but I will try," Phipps wrote. In fact, her mother told me that Lucia’s name means 'light,' which is just the perfect way to describe her. She said the school will have an additional police presence Monday to ensure that everyone feels safe. Bremer was involved in youth soccer, including as a traveling player for the Richmond Strikers organization.
Covid rules: On Monday we can put pandemic behind us, says NHS chief
       
Monday marks a "turning point" as the "toughest limits on our freedom" start to ease and Britons can start to return to pre-pandemic routines, a leading NHS official has said. Lockdown rules start to ease further on Monday for the first time in months, with up to six people or two full households allowed to meet in parks or back gardens. Golf, tennis and team sports can also resume as part of the first stage of the Government's roadmap to restore normal life in England by June 21. On Saturday Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told Conservative activists that he had seen nothing in government data to suggest that this timetable would have to slip. The future looks much brighter now than in those dark and anxious first days of March's shutdown."
Watch: How to manage the next pandemic - The six things we have to do differently in future
       
With around 2.6 million lives lost, and a global bill of $28 trillion according to the IMF, the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect. Scientists say zoonotic spillover events, like the one which caused this pandemic, are becoming more frequent, meaning future pandemics are not unlikely. So what lessons have we learned from this pandemic for next time? The Telegraph's Global Health Editor, Paul Nuki, says there are six lessons the UK needs to learn from in the case of another pandemic. From hospital capacity to pandemic wargaming, watch the video to find out more.
Watch: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay respects at Westminster Abbey on lockdown anniversary
       
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, the one year lockdown anniversary. The royal couple observed a private moment of reflection to remember those who lost their lives in the pandemic. Prince William and Kate then met with vaccination clinic workers. A vaccination centre was set up in Westminster Abbey earlier in the month and up to 800 vaccinations can take place there each day. For more videos from The Telegraph, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Watch: From filtered to surgical masks, what are the best ones to wear?
       
After a year of face masks, there's no sign of getting rid of them soon. Masks are mandatory in most enclosed public spaces with fines of up to £200 for non-compliance in England. Leading epidemiologist Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, has also predicted that we may need to wear face coverings for several years until we return to normality. There are an abundance of options available which range from material, to fit, to price, so finding the best option for you can be confusing. For more on how double-masking can protect you, the best option for a glasses wearer, and the optimum material for a homemade mask, watch the video above.
Coronavirus live news: Germany 'risks losing control' of Covid; Brazil deaths top 3,000 for second day
       
Brazil deaths top 3,000 for second day; Germany must suppress virus now or risk losing control, Merkel aide says; Australian state of Queensland records one new Covid case
If everything smells bad after Covid infection, you’re not alone
       
But in mid-November, about seven months after she’d been sick, a takeaway smelled so foul that she threw it away. “And it’s not because we don’t want to.”INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “It wasn’t until I joined a Facebook group that I learned people take this seriously.”Sarah Govier, a health care worker in England who experienced parosmia after getting Covid-19, created Covid Anosmia/Parosmia Support Group over the summer. Another Facebook group, AbScent, which was started before the pandemic and is associated with a charity organisation, has seen increased interest.
Police hunt for prisoner released in error in West London
       
Police are searching for a man who was mistakenly released from prison. William Fernandez, 24, was being held on remand at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in west London while awaiting trial. On Wednesday, police were informed by staff at the prison that Fernandez had been released from custody in error. Officers carried out searches at the prison and the local area, however it is believed that soon after being released Fernandez travelled by London Underground from East Acton station. At around 9.30pm on Wednesday night, he was spotted on CCTV walking along Wealdstone High Street, Harrow, in north-west London.
Anthony Bourdain’s posthumous new book is inspiring our post-pandemic travels
       
Nearly 22 years since Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling memoir Kitchen Confidential was published, fans are getting another book from the late travel author and television star. Swimming in highly quotable mantras to live by, we gathered our favourites from the book to channel when you hit the road again. It’s easy.’In the France chapter of World Travel, Bourdain instructs those lucky enough to visit Paris to do as little as possible. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Five picture books to help teach young children about death
       
As adults we may hope that our children won’t be aware of death and that we can protect them from it. One source of help with children between the ages of four and seven is the picture book. Since the 1980s, there has been an explosion in the production of good quality picture books often dealing with difficult subjects. The picture book is an incredible resource as the illustrations provide sources of information without the need to be able to read text. Roly’s children feel so sad they are unable to play or do any routine tasks.
India coronavirus: The high-risk young demanding Covid jabs
       
"Such patients [who are under the age of 45] need to be prioritised urgently. Not many can afford getting dialysis at home, and we can't leave them to their fate, they need our help," he says.
Kenya's Mike Sonko: The rise and fall of Nairobi's ex-governor
       
"I told my friend Sonko, if you need help I will try to get someone in, but he concentrated on putting on goggles and bragging about the work he said he was doing," the president said recently.
When a desert wind blew $10 billion of global trade off course
       
The forecast for Tuesday, March 23, showed wind gusts of more than 64 kph and sand storms sweeping through northern Egypt. The Suez Canal — one of the most critical, yet precarious waterways on the planet — remained open. The day before the Ever Given grounded, the Rasheeda was among the ships approaching the canal from the southern end. The Ever Given started its journey soon after daybreak and picked up two local pilots from the Suez Canal Authority. The Ever Given captain overseeing the bridge had made the journey through the Suez many times before and handled it through gusty wind, according to a former crew member.
How the 'world's worst sniffer dog' is helping the NHS
       
Meet Dexter who was sacked from his drug sniffer job because he was "too sociable". He used to be part of the Metropolitan Police's anti-drug squad but after failing their training programme they found him a new role as a "wellbeing dog". Now, he helps officers relax following tough assignments and has been visiting hospitals to offer NHS staff a wellbeing break during the pandemic.
Personal trainer Rachael Attard reveals what happens to your body when you're stressed
       
An Australian personal trainer has revealed what really happens to your body when you're stressed, and the common warning signs that you need to slow down. 'Though most people experience short-term stress, some also have to deal with long-term stress symptoms,' Rachael said. 'Cortisol may be the stress hormone that makes it easier for you to respond to stressful situations in productive ways,' Rachael explained. Musculoskeletal problemsWhen you're stressed, your muscles are often tight as you feel worried about something. Find a therapist you are comfortable working with, and then explore the reasons why you're stressed.
US State Department expert David Asher says lab leak is only logical explanation of Covid source
       
It is by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab conducting research into coronaviruses. A vaccine expert who suspects a lab leak said it may be 'a beautiful encapsulation of what everyone is surmising as the origin'. 'A lab leak is not 100 per cent certain but it seems at this stage the only logical source of origin. She denied this pointed to a lab leak, since Chinese officials told them that the scientists later tested negative for Covid-19. Liang Wannian, head of the official expert Covid panel, said there was no evidence of the virus in Wuhan before that month.
Queen deluged with hundreds of letters of support in wake of Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview
       
The Queen has been deluged with hundreds of letters of support and encouragement in the wake of the Meghan and Harry interview, The Mail on Sunday has learned. A source said the Queen has been 'pleased' to receive messages of support at what has proved to be a difficult time for the family. The Queen has been deluged with hundreds of letters of support and encouragement in the wake of the Meghan and Harry interview, The Mail on Sunday has learnedThe Queen's 83-year-old lady- in-waiting Dame Mary Morrison replies to every letter, with the help of other Palace aides, including fellow ladies-in-waiting. A source said: 'We have seen a spike in correspondence after the interview in the same way that it might spike after any other event.' A YouGov poll found that Harry and Meghan's popularity plummeted after their interview, but the Queen's remained high.
At least six people are injured after suspect stabs victims at Vancouver library
       
One person is dead and at least six people have been wounded in a mass stabbing at a Canadian library. Police say 'multiple victims' were stabbed within and outside Lynn Valley Library, in North Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. At least six victims were taken to the hospital with stab wounds and and one person has been confirmed dead, Global News reported. First responders are seen outside the Lynn Valley Library, in North Vancouver, B.C. 'Lynn Valley and the whole District of North Vancouver is a close-knit, quiet community.
[Eye Interview] Remembering Korean War heroes through photos
       
LIFE&STYLEKorean War veterans in Seoul (Courtesy of Rami Hyun)Korean War veterans in Portland, US (Courtesy of Rami Hyun)Korean War veterans in Puerto Rico, US (Courtesy of Rami Hyun)Col. William Weber (Courtesy of Rami Hyun)The late Capt. Hyun simply thought the marine’s uniform looked outstandingly charming.“When (the marine) introduced himself as a US Marine Korean War veteran, it felt different. He set up an appointment with British Korean War veteran Alan Guy who lived in Virginia Water, about an hourlong-drive away from London. The war veteran’s wife told Hyun that he had passed away a week before his visit.“That is the hard part,” Hyun said. “We are now lucky to have a chance to talk to war veterans (in person), but the fact is there are not enough records of their stories.
LG Uplus to supply 5G content to Thailand's top telco
       
BUSINESSThis undated file photo, provided by LG Uplus Corp., shows augmented reality content being filmed at the company's studio. (LG Uplus Corp.)LG Uplus Corp., a major South Korean telecom operator, said Sunday it signed a deal to export $11.14 million worth of 5G solutions and content to Thailand's top mobile carrier, Advanced Info Service (AIS).Under the deal, LG Uplus will provide AIS with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) 5G content and also oversee the rollout of the service from its testing to launch.LG Uplus said it expects its immersive 5G content, which includes Korean music shows, to gain popularity in Thailand.The latest agreement brings LG Uplus' total 5G exports to $22 million since 2019. The South Korean telecom operator has signed deals to supply 5G content to China Telecom Corp., Hong Kong Telecommunications Ltd., Japan's KDDI Corp. and Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. over the past two years.The South Korean carrier has recently boosted its presence in AR and VR technology.Last September, the company formed a global AR and VR alliance with global telecom operators to collaborate on developing 5G-based immersive content.The mobile carrier also released 5G-based AR glasses last August in the local market with Chinese mixed-reality developer Nreal.
[#WeFACE] S. Korea’s first ‘Period Shop’ draws eco-conscious consumers
       
NATIONALThe Period Shop offers a large variety of menstrual cups. (Kweon Ha-bin, Oh Da-eun/The Korea Herald)The Period Shop near Daebang Subway Station. (Kweon Ha-bin, Oh Da-eun/The Korea Herald)A plastic model of the vagina and instructions for measuring the vagina is displayed at the Period Shop. I know they are trying to be thoughtful, but I often think why we should be hiding these items,” Lee said.The store itself is an attempt to reshape the perception that periods are painful, shameful and dirty.“Our goal is to bring menstruation out into the open and to promote understanding it is a very natural phenomenon in women’s bodies that does not have to be hidden,” Kim, the shop staffer, said.“We hope to let people know menstruation is more than just a week when women bleed,” she said.Run by a social impact startup Ease & More, the Period Shop is open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except for Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. It is easily accessible from Daebang Subway Station exit 2.By Ock Hyun-ju ( laeticia.ock@herladcorp.com
New virus cases fall back below 500 on fewer tests
       
NATIONALHealth workers wait to transport new infected patients to hospitals at the gate of a closed primary school that's being used to lodge infected door-to-door water purifier salespeople on Ganghwa Island in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Saturday, in this photo provided by a citizen. Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, reported 32 more cases. The number of imported cases came to 20, up from 15 the previous day. Cases from Asian countries, except for China, stood at 15, with cases from the Philippines at four.The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 104, up from 103 the previous day, the KDCA said.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 380 to 93,855. (Yonhap)Related Stories
New virus cases fall back below 500 on fewer tests
       
The country reported 482 more COVID-19 cases, including 462 local infections, raising the total caseload to 101,757, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. After hitting the highest tally of 505 on Saturday since the 561 new patients reported on Feb. 19, Sunday's caseload dropped below 500. Of the total 462 locally transmitted cases, Seoul reported 135, and Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital city saw 150 new patients. Cases from Asian countries, except for China, stood at 15, with cases from the Philippines at four. The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 380 to 93,855.
[#WeFACE] S. Korea’s first ‘Period Shop’ draws eco-conscious consumers
       
The Period Shop offers a large variety of menstrual cups. The Period Shop, which opened in January near Daebang Station in Seoul, is a space for customers to openly explore, discuss and purchase period products. It offers a variety of sustainable menstrual products ranging from menstrual cups, reusable pads to washable period panties. The Period Shop near Daebang Subway Station. A plastic model of the vagina and instructions for measuring the vagina is displayed at the Period Shop.
LG Uplus to supply 5G content to Thailand's top telco
       
This undated file photo, provided by LG Uplus Corp., shows augmented reality content being filmed at the company's studio. (LG Uplus Corp.)LG Uplus Corp., a major South Korean telecom operator, said Sunday it signed a deal to export $11.14 million worth of 5G solutions and content to Thailand's top mobile carrier, Advanced Info Service (AIS). Under the deal, LG Uplus will provide AIS with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) 5G content and also oversee the rollout of the service from its testing to launch. LG Uplus said it expects its immersive 5G content, which includes Korean music shows, to gain popularity in Thailand. The latest agreement brings LG Uplus' total 5G exports to $22 million since 2019.
Roque: Authorities to do house-to-house search for people with coronavirus symptoms
       
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — With the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the Greater Manila area starting Monday, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said authorities will be do a house-to-house search for possible COVID-19 patients. In a briefing on Saturday, Roque assured the public this will not violate human rights since this is part and parcel of the quarantine. Roque also said the government wants to trace, isolate, and quarantine 95% of a COVID-19 patient's close contacts within 24 hours of notification. Currently, Roque said the Philippines can conduct 51,000 tests per day, far from the minimum requirement of at least 100,000 given the latest COVID-19 situation. To date, cases have reached more than 712,000, with a new all-time high for the number of active cases at 118,122.
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
       
Dozens of people were killed by security forces during protests on the deadliest day since last month's military takeover of the country. The US embassy previously said security forces were "murdering unarmed civilians", while the EU delegation to Myanmar said Saturday - officially Armed Forces Day - would "stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour". Image copyright Reuters Image caption Barricades have been erected in YangonWhat happened on Saturday? Image copyright Reuters Image caption A family grieving in YangonImages shared on social media showed people with gunshot wounds and families mourning. In an Armed Forces Day TV address, coup leader Min Aung Hlaing said the army wanted to "join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy".
US questions legality of Bolivian arrests of ex-officials
       
FILE in this March 13, 2021 file photo, standing behind bars, Bolivia's former interim President Jeanine Anez speaks to an unidentified woman at a police station jailhouse, in La Paz, Bolivia. The United States said Saturday, March 27, 2021, that it is concerned about increasingly ?anti-democratic behavior and the politicization of the legal system” in Bolivia following the arrests of officials from the country’s former interim government. The United States said Saturday, March 27, 2021, that it is concerned about increasingly ?anti-democratic behavior and the politicization of the legal system” in Bolivia following the arrests of officials from the country’s former interim government. He noted that the European Union, the Bolivian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as Bolivian and international human rights organizations, had also expressed concerns. Prosecutors accuse Áñez, who assumed the presidency following Morales’ resignation and exile, of terrorism and sedition for unrest that led to his ouster.
Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years, says Nasa
       
Nasa has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. Nasa ruled out any chance of a strike during those two close approaches a while ago – but a potential 2068 collision still loomed. New data confirm Earth is safe from #asteroid Apophis for next 100+ years. https://t.co/RMhuLQyHrZ pic.twitter.com/Q5A0RAfFUY — NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) March 26, 2021First detected in 2004, Apophis is now officially off Nasa’s asteroid “risk list”. Scientists refined Apophis’s orbit around the sun thanks to radar observations earlier this month, when the asteroid passed within 10.6 million miles.
Gaming firm Razer green-lights high-tech N95 face mask, says report
       
RazerWhen gaming lifestyle company Razer showed off its concept for the Project Hazel N95 facial respirator earlier this year at CES, it had been only a few weeks since the first coronavirus vaccines had been OK'd for emergency use. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told Yahoo Finance this week that the Project Hazel mask will become a reality. The high-tech Project Hazel mask design touted at CES is transparent and features internal LED lights to make your mouth visible in low light. The mask also features active ventilation and autosterilization; a separate case that can charge it wirelessly; and a UV sterilizer. Read more: Razer's Project Hazel is a high-tech N95 mask for COVID-19 times that looks neat too
California teenagers avoid jail for beating death of boy, 13
       
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Two 14-year-old Southern California boys who beat a fellow student in 2019, causing his death, won’t go to jail but must undergo anger management therapy, a judge ruled. On Sept. 16, 2019, the teenagers were videotaped attacking 13-year-old Diego Stolz outside classrooms at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, east of Los Angeles. One boy struck the teenager in the head from behind and he fell, hitting his head against a pillar. Stolz’s family sued the Moreno Valley Unified School District for wrongful death, alleging it failed to act after the assistant principal was told that the teenagers had been bullying the victims. Since the death, the district has changed its bullying reporting system and its training for assistant principals, the Press-Enterprise reported.
Insurgents Seize Mozambique Town, Killing Several People; Fate of Hundreds Unknown
       
The attack on Palma began late Wednesday afternoon when around 100 militants — divided into two groups — made their way into the area on foot, according to private security contractors in East Africa. On Friday afternoon, dozens of people who were trapped inside tried to escape in a 17-vehicle convoy but were ambushed outside the hotel. Only seven vehicles managed to escape the town, the private security contractors said. It is unclear how many people remained trapped inside the town on Saturday night. In a statement on Thursday, officials said the country’s security forces were “pursuing the enemy’s movement and are working tirelessly to restore security and order as quickly as possible.”
State trooper dies 3 years after being struck by car while helping Long Island motorist
       
A state trooper has died from injuries he suffered three years ago while helping a motorist on Long Island. Trooper Joseph Gallagher died Friday, the State Police announced Saturday. He was hit by a car on Dec. 18, 2017, while helping a driver whose vehicle was stuck on an entrance ramp from the Long Island Expressway to the Sagtikos Parkway. Jesse Cohen, the driver of the car that hit Gallagher, was allegedly distracted by three different text conversations, according to Newsday. Gallagher, who joined the State Police in 2014, is survived by his wife, two children, parents, sister and brothers.
Inmate fatally shot after officer taken hostage at Oklahoma juvenile jail: reports
       
An inmate at a juvenile jail in Oklahoma was shot and killed Saturday during a standoff with police, after a correction officer was taken hostage, according to reports. The officer was rescued and is recovering in a local hospital, News 9 reporter Storme Jones Tweeted, citing Oklahoma City police. The officer was delivering medication to an inmate on the 10th floor when the attack occurred, according to a source cited by KWTV in Oklahoma City. Inmates recorded a video of the hostage and posted a video to the officer’s Facebook page, KFOR reported. Footage posted to Facebook appeared to show the officer on his knees, his arms restrained behind his back and his face mask off, according to clips shared by a KFOR reporter.
Vietnamese tenants say a city worker called them ‘Chin Chong’ in an official letter
       
It was addressed to “CHIN CHONG.” Pham, who is 22, said he and his roommates are Vietnamese. A New York City Council member called the letter “infuriating.” The mayor’s press secretary tweeted out, “My god.”Pham, a Vietnamese citizen who moved to New York City for college, said he appreciates the responses that have poured in. AD“This is infuriating,” New York City Council Member Brad Lander tweeted early Friday morning, calling for the inspector involved to be fired. ADPham said he has worried little for his safety during his nearly five years in New York City. ADBefore the rampage in Atlanta focused new national attention on racism toward Asians, Pham had also heard of attacks in New York City.
Solutions for the stains and scratches pandemic life has left on our furniture and rugs
       
Use a soft, damp cloth with a touch of soap to clean your tabletop, then wipe with a dry cloth. If a hot mug has left a mark on your table, Caperton suggests trying Mohawk’s No Blush Plus Retarder. Rugs and carpetExperts say you should remove stains on a carpet or rug immediately, if possible. Cheryl Sigmon, vice president of merchandising and product development for furniture manufacturer Bradington-Young, says her company stocks bottles of touch-up colors for its own line, as well as leather cleaning and protection kits. For serious scratches or damage such as ink stains, she recommends a professional repair service such as Uniters or ServeCo.
Asian woman harassed in latest NYC bias crime
       
A 65-year-old Asian woman was harassed with racial slurs in Midtown, in what police are calling the latest hate crime against the vulnerable community. When the victim turned around to face the tormenter, his attacks became racial, sources said. “You stupid Chinese blue hair. “Why you have blue hair, b—h?” the man asked, as he continued to berate her, sources said. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the latest bias crime against the community, as reports of anti-Asian hate crimes soar nationwide.
Spectacular: 5,000 pack Barcelona rock concert after COVID tests
       
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Music fans in Barcelona hugged, danced and sang along at a sold-out rock concert on Saturday night after taking rapid COVID-19 tests in a trial that could revive the live music industry in Spain and beyond. Health controls at the entrance delayed the start of the concert, but could not dampen the celebratory spirit. The government-approved concert served as a test for whether similar events will be able to start up again. “It will be safer to be in the Palau Sant Jordi than walking down the street,” concert co-organiser Jordi Herreruela told Reuters earlier on Saturday. Pre-concert testing at three Barcelona locations was carried out by 80 nurses wearing full personal protective equipment.
Storm threat looms as South surveys damage from deadly tornadoes
       
The National Weather Service confirms at least 24 tornadoes struck Georgia and Alabama, leaving at least six people dead. As residents survey the damage, millions are bracing for more severe weather.
British royal Kate launches book of portraits to remember pandemic
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Sunday launched a book of photographic portraits taken during Britain’s COVID-19 lockdowns that she said would provide a lasting record of the pandemic. Kate, who is married to Prince William, the Queen’s grandson and second in line to the throne, began the project with the National Portrait Gallery last year, inviting people to submit photos taken during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown. A panel of judges including Kate chose 100 portraits from over 31,000 entries, which were shown in digital and community exhibitions before the book was announced. The book, called “Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020”, will be available from May 7, exactly a year after the project began. Net proceeds will be split between the National Portrait Gallery and the British mental health charity Mind.
2 in Seattle, San Francisco face anti-Asian hate charges
       
Protestors march at a rally against Asian hate crimes past the Los Angeles Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles , Saturday, March 27, 2021. Hate" initiative encourages people to call 211 if they are victims or witness an incident of hate. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Protestors march at a rally against Asian hate crimes past the Los Angeles Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles , Saturday, March 27, 2021. Brown was initially booked on misdemeanor counts, but prosecutors recently elevated the case to a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . In the first instance, the woman told her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man.
The Tokyo Olympics barred foreign fans. A ticket company won't offer full refunds.
       
Tens of thousands of American fans won’t receive full refunds for their Tokyo Olympics tickets — despite being told last week that, due to COVID-19, foreign spectators won’t be allowed to attend the rescheduled Games. CoSport, in an email to ticket holders, attributed its decision to Tokyo Olympics organizers’ refusal to cover this portion of the refund. The base cost of a ticket itself goes back to Olympic organizers. And CoSport appears to have recently modified its terms and conditions for Tokyo Olympics purchases. Japanese fans will be allowed to attend the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, but foreign spectators won't.
Transgender woman says airport security stopped her because her body was flagged as ‘an anomaly’
       
Ms Montoya says that she gets immense anxiety even though all of her documentation lists her gender as female – which she recognises is a privilege not yet available to every trans person. At security, she says that as a woman and looking like a woman she loves having cis-assuming privilege in places in which she feels unsafe, such as an airport. Ms Montoya then told the agent that she is trans and asked to be patted down instead. “I didn’t, but I ended up doing it, and then my boobs set off the scanner – because of course,” said Ms Montoya. Story continuesIn a follow-up video, Ms Montoya said the true problem with transphobia at airport security is a systemic one as it is rooted into every system of power in the nation.
Denmark prepares to break mould by lifting lockdown once over-50s are vaccinated
       
Danish officials are aware that the unlocking is likely to lead to an increase in Covid infections and hospitalisations but believe the problem is manageable. Discussing the first stage of lockdown easing in late February, Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister, said: "We are taking a calculated risk. Despite schools for younger children and most shops reopening in February, there have been eight weeks of relatively low infections. If hospitalisations head back to January's peak, when close to 1,000 patients were in Danish hospitals with Covid, restrictions will snap back. "I think we all expect to be more or less done with this when we get closer to herd immunity," said Prof Wejse.
Myanmar forces kill dozens to clear protesters
       
The four stocks fetch an average 23 times projected earnings for the next 12 months, in line with the three-year average, data compiled by Bloomberg show. “Bond yields might keep climbing, Beijing may have more tightening measures and de-listings from the U.S. market is a possible scenario.”Earnings season has also done little to revive sentiment. Tencent dropped 2.8% on Thursday after its results were broadly in line with expectations, while brokerages including Goldman Sachs, Macquarie and HSBC cut their share-price targets on Asia’s largest company for the first time in at least a year. Xiaomi Corp. shares sank even after posting a jump in profit.The Hang Seng Tech Index, whose members include many of China’s biggest tech giants, has plunged 26% from its February high, versus a 10% drop in Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index. Investors in mainland China, who accounted for about 40% of turnover in Tencent shares this year, have become net sellers of the stock in the past two days.
Chinese celebs, netizens slam 'two-faced' Hugo Boss over Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - At least three Chinese celebrities on Saturday dropped German fashion house Hugo Boss, the latest foreign brand caught in a concerted boycott by Chinese consumers over Western accusations of forced labour in Xinjiang. Activists and U.N. rights experts have accused China of using mass detainment, torture, forced labour and sterilisations on Uighurs in Xinjiang. Hugo Boss, in a post on its Weibo account on Thursday, said it would "continue to purchase and support Xinjiang cotton." Hugo Boss China did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment. Chinese internet users have accused Hugo Boss for backtracking on its position, saying the brand was being "two faced", with some vowing to boycott the brand for good.
As COVID-19 cases fall, L.A. County public health officials urge vigilance as holidays approach
       
The county recorded 700 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 related deaths. There were 669 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals as of Friday, a decline of nearly 30% from two weeks before. Indoor gatherings of up to three separate households are permitted by public health rules, provided there’s mask-wearing and distancing if participants aren’t fully vaccinated, but such activities still carry risk, officials said. Advertisement“We are so close, perhaps only several months away from having enough people vaccinated to accelerate our reopening without adverse effects,” Barbara Ferrer, the county public health director, said Saturday in a statement. “However, we remain quite concerned with reports of rising cases of COVID and hospitalizations in a growing number of states.
Apple releases iPhone, iPad, Watch security patch for zero-day bug under active attack
       
The problem is the supply," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a local TV interview this week after New York Gov. "We’re not seeing that people in the [age 50 and over] group are saying, 'I can’t get an appointment anywhere,'" said Quirk. "It makes you think this is a good, progressive way to open it to the age groups. "Between the lines: Some states are moving a lot faster than Biden's goal of making all Americans eligible for vaccinations by May 1. "It’s going to be a balancing act, and the messaging is going to be very important.
2 in Seattle, San Francisco face anti-Asian hate charges
       
By Daisy Nguyen | Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors in Seattle and San Francisco have charged men with hate crimes in separate incidents that authorities say targeted people of Asian descent amid a wave of high-profile and sometimes deadly violence against Asian Americans since the pandemic began. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, the latest in a series of rallies in response what many said has become a troubling surge of anti-Asian sentiments. In San Francisco, Victor Humberto Brown, 53, made a first court appearance after authorities say he repeatedly punched an Asian American man at a bus stop while shouting an anti-Asian slur. Brown was initially booked on misdemeanor counts, but prosecutors recently elevated the case to a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. In the first instance, the woman told her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man.
The Latest: Navajo Nation extends “safer at home” order
       
That increased the state’s totals to 839,334 confirmed cases and 16,912 confirmed deaths. ___RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil accounts for a quarter of the daily coronavirus global deaths, more than any other nation. There have been 12.4 million confirmed cases and more than 307,000 confirmed deaths in Brazil, second only to the United States. Pakistan has reported 649,824 total confirmed cases and 14,158 confirmed deaths. The nation of 10.7 million had 1.5 million confirmed cases with 25,639 deaths.
Roof partially collapses at Malden apartment building
       
Residents of a Malden apartment building were able to return to their homes Saturday, hours after a partial roof collapse forced their temporary evacuation, according to police. Parts of the front portion of the roof siding fell onto the sidewalk in front of the apartment building located at the corner of Salem and Mount Pleasant streets, said Malden Police Officer Noelle Pierce. No injuries were reported, she said.
Californians aged 50-64 rush to get vaccine before expansion
       
The California Department of Finance, which monitors population data, projects that there are 7.2 million people in the state between the ages of 50 and 64. “The two-week period is concerning given the challenges that remain with supply and access to technology,” Rafi Nazarians, associate state director at AARP, told the Los Angeles Times. “But I would expect, over the following several weeks, the demand will diminish a bit and things will open up, particularly as this vaccine supply continues to increase. He said he will urge state officials to make sure they reach older adults, particularly people who aren’t online or are homebound. Meanwhile, access to obtain an appointment has been an ongoing challenge as more people compete for available slots.
Cook County judge’s vehicle stolen at McKinley Park gas station
       
A Cook County judge’s vehicle was stolen Saturday at a gas station in McKinley Park on the South Side. A thief got in the 45-year-old woman’s vehicle and drove off with it just before noon while she was pumping gas in the 3400 block of South Ashland Avenue, Chicago police said. Mary Wisniewski, a circuit court spokesperson, confirmed the woman was a Cook County judge. No injuries were reported, police said. Area One detectives are investigating.
Column: After Loyola’s Sweet 16 loss in the NCAA Tournament, no one should blame Porter Moser if he were to take a more lucrative coaching job
       
“This one stings. All of my thoughts are with these guys and this program,” Moser said. I just need to take a breath with these guys. It’s very, very tough when you build a relationship with these guys and you see the season end. … It’s fresh off a loss, and I’m going to digest it with these guys.”
South Florida: New COVID cases on the rise, but vaccines appear to be working
       
The new White House report shows the metropolitan area of Miami-Dade and Broward once again led the state in new cases. However, the entire state saw an increase in the daily case average over the past week. In the last seven days, it was 4,957 per day compared with 4,465 in the seven days before that. The rise comes even as COVID testing has dropped significantly in the state, from an average of 32,500 tests a day in February to 25,500 in March.
Man arrested in deadly shooting in Port Jefferson, police say
       
A 19-year-old Port Jefferson man faces a murder charge in the shooting death of a Shirley man in broad daylight on Main Street on Wednesday, Suffolk County police said Saturday. Garcia shot Bliss and drove away. The suspect retrieved a gun from his car, then shot Bliss before driving away. The last fatal shooting in the four-square-mile village of about 9,700 residents occurred in October 2019, also on Main Street, not far from Wednesday’s shooting. Port Jefferson resident Theodore Scoville, 50, was fatally shot by the owner of an East Main Street liquor store, police said at the time.
The Latest: Navajo Nation extends "safer at home" order
       
———ATHENS, Greece — Authorities in Greece said students and teachers will have to use self-test kits for COVID-19 in order to attend classes when schools reopen. The program is designed to allow for the reopening of schools as well as restaurants and retail businesses which have remained mostly closed since the lockdown was imposed in early November. Vassilis Kontozamanis, the deputy health minister, said a legislative amendment in parliament would be needed to make testing mandatory for school attendance. Greece is currently grappling with a surge in coronavirus infections which has seen many hospitals run by the state health system reach capacity. The country’s center-right government says it plans to launch the tourism season in mid-May but has not yet given a date for schools and retail businesses to reopen.
Navajo Nation extends, loosens its health order on COVID-19
       
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open until 9 p.m. MDT daily, tribal officials said Saturday. The order also includes provisions allowing outdoor “drive-in” gatherings in which people remain in their vehicles, park at at least six feet from other vehicles, and wear masks, officials said. The tribe on Saturday reported 12 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and one more death, increasing its pandemic totals to 30,052 cases and 1,246 deaths. The Navajo Nation’s vast reservation covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard
       
But for Sherry Stanley, who has been working for the platform for six years, it is more like a full-time job, one that helped her financially bring up her three children, but one that has also made her feel like a very small cog in a very big machine.
Duchess of Cambridge launches photobook capturing loss and challenges of Covid crisis
       
They are images that capture the unimaginable pain and the loneliness of lockdown, but they also tell a different story. They remind us, said the Duchess of Cambridge, that we need each other “more than we had ever realised.”The 100 photographs chosen as finalists for the Duchess’s Hold Still project, designed to capture the national mood during the toughest days of the pandemic, are to be published in a new book. The glossy, hardback tome, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, will provide a unique record of the resilience, bravery and kindness shown during the crisis, whilst also encapsulating the utter human tragedy that came alongside it. In an introduction to the book, the Duchess said she had wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of the pandemic, to capture individual stories and significant moments for families and communities. “When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers,” she said.
Derek Chauvin trial: Why role of TV cameras could come into focus
       
There are notable differences between the OJ and Chauvin trials, of course. For a start, the cameras cannot zoom in or out on anyone in the courtroom. They can't show Mr Floyd's family, or any of the witnesses without their permission, either. Those restrictions will moderate the soap-opera instincts of Court TV, taking the emotional edge off its coverage.
Why do I cough all the time as if I have to clear my throat? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions
       
Feeling as though there's phlegm always in the throat (something stuck in your throat is a different sensation and could be cancer) is incredibly common. And more often than not, the underlying cause lies with the nose or stomach, rather than the throat. Patients feel as though they constantly need to clear their throat and swallow to get rid of the mucus. I’ve read many worrying letters from patients suffering with chest pain and serious infections who have been offered only phone consultations. WRITE TO DR ELLIE Do you have a question for Dr Ellie Cannon?
Bodycam footage shows two officers berating a five-year-old and handcuffing him
       
The video released Friday by the Montgomery County Police Department shows one of the officers repeatedly screaming at the crying child, with her face inches from his. The video shows an officer forcing the crying child onto a chair in the principal's office. Lawyers for the child's mother, Shanta Grant, said the video shows the officers treating her son 'as if he were a hardened criminal.' The boy's mother sued Montgomery County, the county's education board and the two officers. 'Officers were called to assist the school with a child who ran away from school staff.
Salvage firm boss reveals his masterplan to clear the huge tanker blocking the Suez canal
       
The boss of a salvage firm has revealed his masterplan to clear the huge tanker blocking the Suez canal using two large tugboats to tow the ship to safety. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said the authority planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. That makes a total 326 vessels waiting in the Suez Canal area.' It comes amid reports that around 10 vessels stuck in and around the Suez Canal contain animals, according to reports as desperate rescue efforts are underway. Some 326 tankers and cargo vessels are now stuck waiting to transit the Suez Canal which has been blocked for the past five days.
Planning a move to Mexico? Updated guide offers latest on immigration
       
Anyone considering a move to Mexico or looking to formalize their immigration status will find a wealth of information about the immigration process and visas in an updated guide available for download free of charge. Published by the website Mexperience, the 2021 edition of the Mexico Immigration Guide is an exhaustive resource about immigration and visas in Mexico. The guide, which takes into account the sweeping 2012 changes to Mexican immigration law as well as more recent minor changes, includes information about legal residency, the various types of residency permits, the qualification criteria for different visas, the documents required to support an application, visa fees, and rights obtained with each visa type. According to Mexperience, the 2021 Mexico Immigration Guide is a “definitive source of information about Mexican immigration and visas and an ideal resource for anyone who seeks to live, work, retire, invest, or start a business in Mexico.”All of the information in the guide is cross-checked with immigration experts and supported by more than a decade of readers’ feedback as well as practical experience helping people to apply for legal residency in Mexico, the publisher said. Mexico News Daily
A dozen anti-vaccine accounts are responsible for 65% of disinformation shared online, new report finds
       
A new report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate finds that "just 12 anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms." The so-called "Disinformation Dozen" remain prominent figures on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, despite repeatedly violating their terms of service, according to the center. The center identified the dozen "because they have large numbers of followers, produce high volumes of anti-vaccine content or have seen rapid growth of their social media accounts in the last two months." The center analyzed over 812,000 Facebook and Twitter vaccine-related posts shared between February 1 and March 16 of this year. "Anti-vaccine activists on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, making these the largest and most important social media platforms for anti-vaxxers," according to the report.
'We Not Human At All.' Why the Fight to Unionize an Alabama Amazon Warehouse Could Spur a Labor Union Resurgence
       
After months of organizing and infighting, he will learn whether he was successful in helping to unionize the first Amazon warehouse in the country after the seven-week voting period ends on March 29. Unlike many unionization battles, the central issue at stake for Amazon and its Bessemer workers isn’t just about money. In 2014, a tiny number of technicians and mechanics who maintained order-fulfillment equipment at a distribution center in Middletown, Delaware participated in the first-ever unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse. But there are signals of a union revival, and the Bessemer workers have gained support from prominent national politicians. Public support for labor unions is also widening: According to a September 2020 Gallup report, 65% of Americans approved of labor unions, a high point that hadn’t been reached in nearly two decades.
One dead, six hospitalized after ‘multiple’ people stabbed at North Vancouver library
       
One person is dead and multiple people were taken to hospital as police responded to a mass stabbing in North Vancouver on Saturday. North Vancouver RCMP said that “multiple victims” were stabbed within and outside the Lynn Valley Library. We were trying to find our daughter in the area, so it was a bit scary.”1:47 Multiple people hospitalized after stabbing at Lynn Valley Library. Multiple people hospitalized after stabbing at Lynn Valley Library. District of North Vancouver Mayor Mike Little issued a statement urging any witnesses to contact the RCMP.
‘Five killed, dozens wounded’ in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh
       
Hundreds of students clash with police and border troops in eastern Brahmanbaria district, as Indian prime minister wraps up visit. At least five people have been reported dead and dozens wounded in eastern Bangladesh, as security forces opened fire to quell protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dozens were also hurt in Dhaka on Friday when police used rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes with protesters. He left the country on Saturday after holding talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and gifting the country 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. The two countries issued a joint statement celebrating their cooperation and partnership but the Bangladesh government made no comment about the protests.
The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh
       
Dhaka reflects the trajectory of Bangladesh in the 50 years since independence, on 26 March 1971. At that time it was a small city of a million souls in a poor and underdeveloped nation, after decades of Pakistani neglect. Aerial view of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Photograph: SK Hasan Ali/AlamyKorail is one of the largest slums in Dhaka, accommodating a constant flow of new migrants to the city. If this unplanned development continues, this city will become uninhabitable Asaduzzaman AsadAsaduzzaman Asad sees benefits in the changes to the small city he came to in 1966.
Multiple wounded in stabbing at Vancouver-area library, suspect in custody: police
       
FILE PHOTO: The West End is seen on the mountain-backed skyline of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File PhotoOTTAWA (Reuters) - Multiple people were wounded in a stabbing at a public library in a Vancouver suburb on Saturday, and one suspect, who apparently acted alone, was taken into custody, Canadian police said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said “multiple victims” were stabbed inside and outside the North Vancouver Library and that one suspect had been taken in custody. It “appears this was a lone suspect,” the RCMP said on Twitter, adding that it was still looking for “potential additional victims”. Emergency Health Services said six people were taken to the hospital and that she was unable to release details on their condition, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) reported.
Met police hunt man charged with sexual assault released in error from prison
       
Police are searching for a man who was mistakenly released from prison. William Fernandez, 24, was being held on remand at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in west London while awaiting trial. The Metropolitan police said he was arrested and charged with sexual assault, indecent exposure and possession of a class B drug in April 2020. On Wednesday, police were informed by staff at the prison that Fernandez had been released from custody in error. Police are hunting for William Fernandez, who was being held on remand in HMP Wormwood Scrubs in west London before being released by mistake on Wednesday.
'This affects all of us': Marches, rallies against Asian hate crimes see widespread participation
       
Hundreds of people took to the streets this weekend to demonstrate against violence toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders following the shooting in Atlanta last week that killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent. Marchers gathered in major cities nationwide, including New York, Washington, Chicago, San Fransisco and Tusla, Okalahoma. There has been a significant increase in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide during the pandemic, including a 6% uptick in online harassment, such as the use of racist and xenophobic slurs. In one recent incident, a 75-year-old woman was punched by man in the streets of San Francisco. "We are Americans, we are mothers, we are friends, we live here," said Ling Liu, who marched in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Suicide and Self-Harm: Bereaved Families Count the Costs of Lockdowns
       
But as lockdowns in Britain dragged on and no job emerged, the young man grew cynical and self-conscious, his sister Yasmin said. Mr. Morgan felt he could not get a public-facing job, like working at a grocery store, because his mother, Joanna, had open-heart surgery last year, and Mr. Morgan was “exceptionally careful” about her health. He and his mother contracted the coronavirus in January, forcing them to quarantine in their small London apartment for over two weeks. But days before the end of his quarantine last month, Mr. Morgan, 25, took his own life. “He just sounded so deflated,” his sister said of their last conversation, adding that he said he felt imprisoned and longed to go outside.
Cheesemaking monks’ prayers answered as online supporters clear stock
       
These monks are cheese wheeling and dealing. A ancient monastery of cheesemaking French monks left with nearly 3 tons of overstock because of COVID-19 lockdowns cleared its cupboards with some modern help. But with restaurants in France closed since October and tourism limited, the abbey’s 19 Trappist monks saw sales drop by half. “We need to clear out our stock,” brother Jean-Claude, in charge of marketing at the monastery, told The Guardian. The abbey had 4,000 cheese wheels, totaling about 2.8 tons, and it needs to unload some of that.
2 killed, 5 wounded in shootings and a stabbing across NYC
       
Two men were killed and five other people were wounded in six separate shootings and a stabbing across the Big Apple Saturday, police said. The fatal shooting happened in East New York at around 1 p.m., when a 31-year-old man was shot multiple times in the head and torso on Milford St. Robert MillerThen, at 2 a.m. in the Bronx, a 31-year-old woman was shot once in the thigh on East 204 St. near Decatur Ave. cops said. Just before 4 a.m. in Brooklyn, a 21-year-old man was shot on Georgia Ave. in East New York, according to police. Authorities at the scene of a shooting where a 31-year-old man was fatally shot on Milford St. in East New York.
What’s behind the backup in new furniture and appliance orders
       
Businesses across the U.S. are seeing major delays in furniture and appliance deliveries. NBC News’ Jo Ling Kent reports on what’s contributing to the backlog and what shoppers should know before they buy.
Support for Merkel's party falls further in poll, Greens closing in
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has fallen further, a poll released on Sunday indicated, with the ecologist Greens closing in to just two points behind them ahead of a national election September. With popular frustration growing over Merkel’s government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian CSU sister party - together dubbed the ‘Union’ - dropped to 25%, the Kantar poll showed. The fall of two percentage points from the previous week was the fourth consecutive decline in support for the conservative alliance to a level not seen since early March last year. It needs new beginnings now.”Support for the Greens rose 1 percentage point to 23%, according to the poll for Bild am Sonntag by Kantar, which canvassed 1,447 voters between March 18-24. The business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) were unchanged on 10%, while the far-left Linke rose one point to 9%.
Multiple wounded in stabbing incident in North Vancouver library, suspect in custody: police
       
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Multiple people were wounded in a stabbing incident at the North Vancouver Library on Saturday, Canadian police said, and one suspect, who apparently acted alone, was taken into custody. “Informing the public of multiple victims stabbed within & outside #LynnValley Library. One suspect in custody. Appears this was a lone suspect. We are still looking for potential additional victims,” the North Vancouver Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter.
Large block trades involved more than $10 billion of stocks sold by Goldman: media
       
(Reuters) - Large block trades on Friday causing a wave of selling in a clutch of companies were driven by sales of more than $10 billion executed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, media reported on Saturday. bloom.bg/3lYOrZmFollowing this, Goldman sold $3.9 billion worth of shares in ViacomCBS Inc, Discovery Inc, Farfetch Ltd, iQIYI Inc and GSX Techedu Inc, according to the report. A source familiar with the matter said on Saturday that Goldman was involved in the large block trades. Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The Financial Times reported that Morgan Stanley sold $4 billion worth of shares earlier in the day, followed by another $4 billion in the afternoon.
Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei
       
FILE PHOTO: A visitor and an airline company staff member wearing protective face masks are seen at the arrival gate of the international flight terminal at Tokyo International Airport, commonly know as Haneda airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato(Reuters) - Japan is set to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining China, the EU and other countries that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel, the Nikkei reported s.nikkei.com/3stfAX6 on Saturday. In line with international standards, the certificate can be managed on a mobile app, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel, the report said. The app is also focused on foreigners staying in Japan and returning to their respective home countries, according to the report.
Germany must suppress virus now or risk losing control, Merkel aide says
       
REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must bring down coronavirus infections in the next few weeks or risk new virus mutations that are resistant to vaccines, and should impose night-time curfews in regions with high caseloads, said a top aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic,” Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “Then we would need new vaccines, then we would have to start vaccinating all over again,” he added. Braun said he expected the infection situation to ease in May, helped by the impact of vaccinations and the onset of warmer weather. “By Whitsun (May 23) we will see the first positive effects - provided the situation doesn’t get out of hand by then.”
U.S. hits new daily Covid vaccination record
       
NBC News’ Gadi Schwartz reports the latest news on the vaccination effort in the U.S., as 11 million more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are on the way and eligibility is set to expand in most states.
Asteroid Apophis Not A Risk To Earth For At Least 100 Years, NASA Says
       
Asteroid Apophis Not A Risk To Earth For At Least 100 Years, NASA SaysGood news from NASA: Earth is safe from the dangerous asteroid 99942 Apophis for the next 100 years. Apophis was first discovered in 2004, after which NASA says it was put on the list of most hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth. "A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility anymore, and our calculations don't show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years," said Davide Farnocchia of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Brozovic led the radar operations that ruled out any potential impact risk in 2068. Though the risk for impact in 2029 was ruled out long ago, Apophis will come within 20,000 miles of Earth's surface that year on April 13.
Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton battles Texas news media over records related to Capitol siege on Jan. 6
       
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas attorney general’s office is seeking to withhold or denying it has records related to the Republican official’s appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. But the attorney general’s office has said there are no responsive records or that the requested material is exempt from disclosure. Short of a court intervening, it is Paxton’s office that determines which records are public or confidential under Texas law. See: Texas attorney general’s affair tied to criminal allegations“Triggered Texas Fake News Cartel strikes again,” he said on Twitter. The attorney general has also spent most of his time in office under a separate felony indictment.
Germany must suppress virus now or risk losing control, Merkel aide says
       
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‘The Father’: Anthony Hopkins confronts the dying of the light
       
AdvertisementIn theaters this week and on demand March 26, “The Father” is also a reminder of the prodigious talents of Anthony Hopkins, which we tend to overlook because he’s still lodged in the culture’s head as Hannibal the Cannibal. but as Anthony, a blustery London widower whose grip on reality slowly comes unglued over the course of the film, Hopkins does it again. Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman in "The Father." He is still lord of the castle, tyrant enough to drive away any caregiver his put-upon daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) dares to hire. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Olivia Williams.
Fine French dining for all wallets
       
Chef-owner Ken Duckworth guesses that two out of three customers order half portions. With just 36 seats, plus four stools at a small bar in the corner, the small dining room was lively but not overly loud. Ordering a pork dish, we were surprised to be asked how we wanted the meat cooked. The aforementioned pork dish was flavored with maple syrup in a bourbon glaze with Swiss chard and a sweet-potato purée ($15 half, $28 full). Hidden in the risotto were other tasty morsels, including chewy chunks of sweet potato and grilled half Brussels sprouts.
Now vaccinated, older adults emerge from COVID hibernation
       
Spring has arrived with sunshine and warmer weather, and many older adults who have been vaccinated, like Griffin, are emerging from COVID-19-imposed hibernation. Visiting grandchildren is a top priority for many older adults. Isolated by the pandemic, older adults were hard hit by loneliness caused by restrictions intended to keep people safe. Plenty of older adults are eager to hop on a jet to travel. Indeed, many older adults are taking a cautious approach, especially when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined to ease recommendations for travel.
‘Will you hear us?’: Hundreds gather across Bay Area to protest anti-Asian American hate
       
Then on March 16, a shooting rampage at several Atlanta, Georgia, spas killed eight people, six of whom were Asian American women. The acts have stirred anguish and anger in the Bay Area, a longtime center for various Asian American communities. Sixty-seven percent of Cupertino residents are Asian American, followed by 48% in Saratoga, 38% in San Jose and 35% in San Francisco. “Tama na, sobra na — in Tagalog, that’s, ‘Enough is enough.’ ”The Bay Area’s history of Asian American political organizing spans decades. Thousands more have since gathered in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.
Clearing and cooler Sunday
       
It will be windy and cooler after the front arrives. The front will move also trigger scattered thunderstorms, with the best chances being east of Dallas-Fort Worth, between 6 and 10 pm. Behind the front, Sunday will be breezy, dry and cooler. But we will see a south wind returning by Monday, which means warmer weather again Monday and Tuesday. There is a low chance of additional showers or thunderstorms at that time, followed by a drop in temperatures the rest of the week, But Easter weekend looks dry and warmer again.
Teen boy caught in crossfire of East Garfield Park shootout
       
A 17-year-old bystander was wounded by a stray bullet Saturday in East Garfield Park on the West Side. The boy was walking about 4:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Ohio Street when someone in a vehicle drove by and fired shots at a nearby group of people, Chicago police said. Someone in the group returned fire, and the boy was caught in the crossfire, taking a bullet to the chest. Police said the boy was not the intended target of the shooting. Area Four detectives are investigating.
Life in Florida: The memes and GIFs that tell our story
       
Florida be like … an inspiration for countless memes and GIFs over the years. Memes, those jokey, usually captioned and intentionally amateurish-looking images that put a sardonic spin on a newsy or cultural moment and then go viral across the Internet, owe much to the Sunshine State. Same goes for GIFs, those video-like graphics that capture a few seconds of an existing movie, TV show or news clip and repeat it over and over. Recurrent Florida meme themes include weather, our unique cultural practices (like never using our turn signals), our wonderful weirdness and of course our Florida men and Florida women. Anyway, without further ado, here are a lot of Florida-centric memes and GIFs in one convenient spot:BuY2KEFn2UmBq-u3uuHzihBrkrjiuHFDMBp0XxvGH_CuBs5ukz-grDFBsHOrSSgECQBr6ZeUigeD7Bqp8oNnHfGaBqYdTpFHtvWBpX0h38HV7_via GIPHYvia GIPHYvia GIPHYvia GIPHY
Man wounded in mass shooting at Southwest Side party facing gun charges
       
A man who was wounded in a mass shooting at a “pop-up party” Friday in Wrightwood was slapped with gun charges and released from custody on his own recognizance Saturday. Police said the vehicle was leaving the scene of a nearby shooting in the 2500 block of West 79th Street which left eight people wounded, one fatally. Norvell was found laying on top of the gun in the backseat of the vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. He was taken into custody after being hospitalized at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was initially listed in fair condition. Norvell, who lives in West Chatham, appeared before a judge Saturday and was released on his own recognizance, Cook County court records show.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans decried at LI rally
       
Long Islanders, state and local officials gathered in Hauppauge on Saturday to protest violence against Asian Americans as the nation sees a spike in hate crimes. Newsday's Steve Langford has the story. Credit: Newsday / John Conrad Williams Jr.
Dear Annie: Stressed out, overworked employee considers a change
       
Dear Annie: I’m in my mid-60s and have worked for the same hotel chain for almost five years. I am a salaried employee, so I didn’t get overtime for the extra hours that I was putting in. While he was sick in the hospital, I visited him every night but never missed a day of work. Also, I have another job offer that could provide health insurance and other benefits that this hotel job doesn’t offer. Dear Annie: Why do so many restaurant servers use the same cloth to wipe off tables and chairs and even spills on the floor?
Police seek help locating male who attacked woman in Lakeville park Saturday
       
The Lakeville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect of a violent assault that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area of East Lake Community Park. The woman went to help and was attacked by the suspect. She was able to get free from the attacker and ran from the area to get help. The suspect is described as a male of unknown race wearing a black stocking cap and a black COVID-style face mask. Police are encouraging the public to take precautions when using East Lake Community Park until the suspect has been identified.
Hostage situation reported at Oklahoma County jail
       
A detention officer was taken hostage Saturday at the Oklahoma County jail, according to multiple media reports. Officials at the jail could not be immediately reached for comment. Video that appeared to be from inside the jail was shared online, showing an inmate speaking and standing next to another person who appeared to be restrained. Others are reading:Staff writer Dale Denwalt covers technology, aerospace and Oklahoma business news for The Oklahoman. Support Dale’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com or by using the link at the top of this page.
Police: 2 dead, 3 arrested in Virginia Beach shootings
       
“At that point, it just became a shooting gallery,” Montgomery said. Montgomery added that the Virginia Beach oceanfront, which includes a boardwalk, was packed with people who were shoulder-to-shoulder on a warm, but tension-filled spring night. “There was no wiggle room,” Montgomery said. “When you have no wiggle room, somebody is going to step on somebody. And somebody is going to try to be Mr. Tough Guy.”
Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges
       
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges. Steven William Johnson, 35, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18, news outlets reported. Johnson was taken to the Limestone County Jail. It was not clear if Johnson has an attorney who could comment on the charges. Johnson pleaded guilty in March 2020 to violating a domestic violence protection order in Limestone County.
Investigative commentary: Signs show border panic is overblown, politically motivated
       
Now there are around 80 per day, she said, and Tucson is receiving them from areas that stretch from Douglas to Yuma. Border Patrol officials have dropped off large groups of migrants in these towns that are ill-equipped to help them. Gila Bend Mayor Chris Riggs declared an emergency in his town, asking the governor to declare a statewide emergency so that Gila Bend could tap available funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “It’s funny that he went to a place that wasn’t really seeing the issue, (instead of) Ajo and Gila Bend,” Riggs said. But Ducey’s decision is understandable: A politician couldn’t get much buzz from standing in front of the Gila Bend Visitors Center & Museum talking about the need for more migrant buses.
Frustrations, victories: Pima County residents with pre-existing conditions anxious for shots
       
They were anxious to get vaccinated themselves, or vigilant for a loved one to get a chance. Some have a disability or preexisting medical condition that means getting COVID-19 could make them sicker than most, or might even kill them. On Wednesday, Pima County also expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility at its distribution sites, but only to certain groups based on age, risk or work. County officials said these groups were selected in order to get shots to the most vulnerable residents first — including most of those in category 1C, which included people with medical risks. Grass had been waiting weeks, and then months, for the chance to protect his vulnerable child from the potentially lethal virus.
Alexandria tech company founder gets 8 years in prison for fraud
       
ALEXANDRIA — Whether Daniel Boice’s idea for a company was any good is debatable — he billed it as a sort of “Uber for private investigators” called Trustify — but his timing was impeccable. He launched in 2015, just when the cheating-spouse website Ashley Madison was hacked and its customer base was released. But it was a one-time blip, and the company never turned a profit. Boice, 41, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Ellis III, initially imposed a nine-year sentence at the hearing but then lowered it to the 97-month term requested by prosecutors.
Police: 2 dead, 3 arrested in Virginia Beach shootings
       
A Virginia Beach police officer was also struck by a vehicle, police said. “We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital said four people wounded in the gunfire remained in the hospital on Saturday. They were identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of neighboring Chesapeake, Virginia; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach. Police said they are being held in a jail in Virginia Beach.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen
       
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five thousand music lovers are set to attend a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day COVID-19 screening, to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The show by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian has the special permission of Spanish health authorities. People with heart disease, cancer, or those who have been in contact with someone infected by COVID-19 in recent weeks were asked not to sign up. Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they must undergo a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. The tickets, ranging from 23-28 euros ($27-33), include the cost of the test and the high-quality face mask that is obligatory except when eating or drinking at designated areas.
Harry Kane: I cannot let debate over my future come between me and England goals
       
Harry Kane insists he will not allow talk about his future to distract from his bid to become the first man to captain England to international glory for 55 years. England will head into the delayed European Championships this summer hoping they can finally exorcise the ghosts of 1966. The England captain is hoping to win his first major trophy when Tottenham face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month. “I always like to be focused on one goal and one job and that’s to finish strong with Spurs, win these qualifiers with England and hopefully go on and have a great Euros. So I’d be the same as Wayne if I got to the end of my career and I haven’t won a trophy with England.
Video: Violent clashes at front of police barrier during Bristol protest
       
Video: Boris Johnson condemns 'mob intent on violence' after anti-police protesters riot in Bristol AGAIN and 10 are arrested for hurling fireworks and bottles at police horses and officersA police barrier was put in place during the Bristol protest to protect the police station which was vandalised last week during a similar demonstration. In this video we can see violence breaking out on the police...
Barrymore pool pathologist who missed evidence in Stuart Lubbock’s murder faces new probe
       
A discredited pathologist who missed evidence in Stuart Lubbock’s murder is under fresh investigation for failing to carry out a proper inquiry into a death, the Telegraph can disclose. The news comes two decades after serious questions were raised about his credibility. Dr Heath’s claim that Mr Lubbock had drowned meant that vital weeks were missed in the police investigation. Unreliability of Dr Heath’s earlier evidence led to the convictions for two murders being quashed and an appeal being granted for road rage killer Kenneth Noye, which later failed. In one case, an innocent man spent three years in prison after Dr Heath wrongly concluded that his girlfriend had been murdered.
The world turns off for Earth Hour as cities across the planet mark the green initiative
       
Cities across the world have turned off their lights to mark this year's Earth Hour during the pandemic. Famous landmarks went dark between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday as part of the international event organised by conservation charity the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to urge action to save the planet. It aims to highlight the impact humans are having on the planet through climate change, pollution, plastic and food production. The Palace of Westminster and the London Eye were among the UK landmarks that took part in the initiative this year. Last year's Earth Hour resulted in a 3.5 per cent reduction in electrical demand for the Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House.
HEALTH NOTES: Peanut allergies could get the brush off in toothpaste trial
       
Scientists are testing whether a toothpaste could help to protect people who suffer from peanut allergies. New York-based drugs firm Intrommune Therapeutics has enrolled 32 peanut-allergic adults in a trial that will see them use a toothpaste containing trace amounts of peanuts. Experts hope that by putting the doses in toothpaste, they can ensure patients are keeping up with their therapy. A Finnish study found that women aged 19 to 42 were 15 per cent less likely to reproduce in cities. Researchers believe this is because there is more competition for spouses in cities as women typically outnumber men.
Red tape farce of German vaccination roll-out as it emerges 80-year-olds have to fill in TEN forms
       
The vaccine roll-out in Germany has descended into chaos as it emerged that 80-year-olds have to fill in ten forms just to get the jab. Angela Merkel's coalition government is facing increasing criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with its vaccination programme now faltering. The UK has administered first doses to 55 per cent of its population and America 25 per cent - Germany does not even make the list of top 20 nations in terms of vaccination rates worldwide. 'You can't expect an over-80-year-old to fill out 10 pages and numerous consent forms and ask them to call a hotline to make an appointment. She made an astonishing plea for forgiveness as she said the plans were 'my mistake, and my mistake alone'.
Did Margaret two-time her war hero lover?
       
As third in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Princess Anne, Princess Margaret had to obtain the Queen’s permission before she married anyone – let alone a divorcé. Princess Margaret, pictured here with Eddie Fisher in 1953, with whom, she may have had an intimate relationshipBut times were changing. The couple’s fate would remain engulfed by uncertainty and fevered media speculation until November 1955, when Princess Margaret made a momentous broadcast. In a scrawled response to Eden marked ‘Top Secret and Personal’, Kilmuir stated that the Act probably did not even apply to Princess Margaret. As Princess Margaret walked along the receiving line, Carrie whispered to her co-stars, Sir Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill: ‘My father had sex with Princess Margaret.
Busting Covid myths: Why those Covid temperature tests aren't just pointless - they're dangerous
       
She revealed that some medical staff even called temperature scanners 'random number generators' as they were so inaccurate. Another woman, an NHS nurse who asked to remain anonymous, said the inaccuracies of the temperature scanners used in her clinic are obvious. She added that many people with Covid may register a low temperature using a temperature scanner. Earlier this month, the body informed the Government of its concerns about the widescale use of temperature checks. There are signs that businesses are waking up to the idea that temperature checks may offer little in terms of Covid security.
Kate Middleton's uncle says he 'doesn't believe for a moment that she made Meghan weep'
       
But Mr Goldsmith, the 55-year-old brother of Kate’s mother Carole, says he ‘doesn’t believe a word’ that Meghan said. ‘When Meghan first entered the Royal Family, I was made up for Harry,’ he said. But I don’t believe a word that comes out of her mouth. ‘I don’t believe for a second she had to Google the words to the National Anthem. He also questioned Harry’s response to the effects that joining the Royal Family had on Meghan’s state of mind.
US State Department expert David Asher says lab leak is only logical explanation of Covid source
       
It is by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab conducting research into coronaviruses. A vaccine expert who suspects a lab leak said it may be 'a beautiful encapsulation of what everyone is surmising as the origin'. 'A lab leak is not 100 per cent certain but it seems at this stage the only logical source of origin. She denied this pointed to a lab leak, since Chinese officials told them that the scientists later tested negative for Covid-19. Liang Wannian, head of the official expert Covid panel, said there was no evidence of the virus in Wuhan before that month.
Saudi Arabia unveils campaign to tackle climate change
       
There was no word on how Saudi Arabia will carry out its programme to plant 10 billion trees in a largely desert landscape with extremely limited renewable water sourcesAdvertising Read moreRiyadh (AFP)Top crude exporter Saudi Arabia on Saturday unveiled a sweeping campaign to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions, including a plan to plant billions of trees in the coming decades. Saudi Arabia also plans to plant 10 billion trees in the kingdom in the coming decades, he said in a statement released by the official SPA news agency. "The kingdom, the region and the world needs to go much further and faster in combatting climate change," Prince Mohammed said. Saudi Arabia currently draws on oil and natural gas to both meet its own fast-growing power demand and desalinate its water -- which consumes huge quantities of oil daily. Prince Mohammed said Saudi Arabia and the region face "significant climate challenges", including desertification, which poses an "immediate economic risk".
‘We hope Mazatlán will be full:’ city braces for crush of Holy Week tourists
       
Restaurants, hotels and authorities in Mazatlán are preparing for crowds of Holy Week tourists, even as Sinaloa remains at medium-risk yellow on the federal government’s coronavirus stoplight map. It is expected that all available hotel capacity will be filled during the week, according to Luis Terán Tirado, secretary of economic development, tourism and fishing. “We hope Mazatlán will be full, with the preventative measures for Covid-19, with a windfall of revenue close to 600 million pesos [US $28.9 million] this Semana Santa,” Terán said. Transit police will implement traffic redirection measures to accommodate the influx of tourists, which is expected to generate an increase in traffic of up to 90% starting next Wednesday. Encinas asked that residents continue to take precautions such as using face masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently.
Marco Rubio links his support for unionizing Amazon workers with an accusation of ‘wokeness’ at company
       
Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama got a surprise ally in U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, with the conservative lawmaker revealing on Friday that he supports their efforts to unionize. “ ‘When Senator Rubio says Amazon is “waging war on working class values,” does he mean our $15 starting wage, comprehensive benefits, or the paid parental leave we provide for hourly workers? This week, Amazon defended its decision, saying it did so because the book frames the LGBTQ identity as a mental illness. While the president didn’t mention Amazon by name, he said workers have a right to vote on unionization without interference from an employer. Also see: Congressional Democrats take the side of Amazon warehouse workers in AlabamaIn a statement Friday Amazon said, “When Senator Rubio says Amazon is ‘waging war on working class values,’ does he mean our $15 starting wage, comprehensive benefits, or the paid parental leave we provide for hourly workers?
Six taken to hospital after ‘multiple’ people stabbed at North Vancouver library
       
Multiple people were taken to hospital as police responded to a mass stabbing in North Vancouver on Saturday. North Vancouver RCMP said that “multiple victims” were stabbed within and outside the Lynn Valley Library. We were trying to find our daughter in the area, so it was a bit scary.”1:47 Multiple people hospitalized after stabbing at Lynn Valley Library. Multiple people hospitalized after stabbing at Lynn Valley Library. Read more: 4 people stabbed outside Vancouver nightclub where promoter was killed in 2018The Lynn Valley Library said it was closed for the remainder of the day, and the Lynn Valley Village asked people to avoid the area.
Mozambique insurgency: Islamist militants 'ambush workers fleeing hotel'
       
In a statement, the company said none of its staff were killed in the incident, but the "remobilisation of the project that was envisaged at the beginning of the week" had been halted.
Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee in Bottles and Even Defecate En Route, Despite Company Denial
       
If that were true, nobody would work for us.”1/2 You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? The employee also provided an email sent by an Amazon logistics area manager last May that chastised employees for defecating into bags. If you find urine bottle (s) please report to your lead, supporting staff or me. Amazon employees said their performance is monitored so closely by the firm’s vast employee surveillance arsenal that they are constantly in fear of falling short of their productivity quotas. This is so common that you’ll often find bottles from other drivers located under seats in the vans.
Two accused of federal sex trafficking charges in Fayette County
       
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two Fayette County residents, one of whom is in law enforcement, have been charged with federal sex trafficking allegations. Investigators say Clay paid Naylor-Legg $50 on two separate occasions to engage in sexual activity with a 17-year old girl. Clay was employed by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and was the Gauley Bridge Police Chief at the time of the two alleged incidents. Court documents indicate Clay actually wore his Gauley Bridge Police uniform in the first encounter. The second incident occurred inside the former Gauley Bridge High School and investigators were able to retrieve a DNA sample at the scene.
Boy, 14, beaten up and taunted about his mother's death a day after her funeral
       
A teenager was "mocked" and "kicked" after two boys allegedly attacked him and mocked him about his mother a day after her funeral. The day before the incident Zander had attended the funeral of his mother, 32-year-old Leah Flewers, who died earlier this month after battling an illness for a number of years. Sophie said even though Zander was the main carer he did have a "good network" of people around him. (Image: Sophie Evans) (Image: Sophie Evans)"We buried Leah on the Wednesday and it happened on the following day," added Sophie. As well as causing marks to his face the incident was said to have left Zander with broken glasses.
Met police hunt man charged with sexual assault released in error from prison
       
Police are searching for a man who was mistakenly released from prison. William Fernandez, 24, was being held on remand at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in west London while awaiting trial. The Metropolitan police said he was arrested and charged with sexual assault, indecent exposure and possession of a class B drug in April 2020. On Wednesday, police were informed by staff at the prison that Fernandez had been released from custody in error. Officers believe he is most likely to be in the west London area, but has been known to travel on public transport and to spend time at transport hubs.
Survey Dubs Prince William As Sexiest Bald Man
       
"Surely by the 24th century, they would have found a cure for male pattern baldness," the producer was asked. and a recent hotness survey, published in The Sun, has announced that Prince William is the sexiest bald man. Prince William notched 17.6 million such returns. The survey was initiated by a surgical group called Longevita, which provides, ironically enough, hair transplants. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Hold Up: Stockings Are Back In Style
       
Moving on from traditional tights, for autumn/winter 2021, Chanel’s iconic logo took shape as sparkling garters, and glittering detail at the top of snow-white stockings. Huishan Zhang autumn/winter 2021. The advent of stockings is a sign of dressier times ahead – apt considering their historic associations with liberation. Dries Van Noten sheer short stockings, £30, available at Net-a-porter.com. Calzedonia soft stockings, £10, available at Calzedonia.com.
Fear Over The Climate Crisis Has Made Me Reconsider Having Children
       
The daughter of a midwife, I’d always imagined that having children was unquestionably part of my future. I say this because I’m not a gen Z-er born with a seemingly innate purpose to combat climate change. But, in just three decades of my lifetime on this land, the evidence of environmental change is all too alarming. My fears about the climate crisis were further cemented when I read The Future We Choose (Random House, 2020), co-authored by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Our own prevailing rationale for not having children stems from the crisis and the limited time we now have to address the climate emergency.
3 Experts On Optimising Your Skincare Regime At Any Age
       
At the age of 30, I finally feel like I’ve got my skincare routine locked down. And, yes, I am one of those people who subscribes to the idea of skincare as a form of self-care. “It is never too late to start taking care of your skin. It is just as important to protect our skin from UV damage later in life. “The fundamentals of your skincare regime are the same no matter what: thorough cleansing, hydrating, exfoliating and application of the best anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and nourishing ingredient science.
How To Use Lunaology To Change Your Life
       
What is lunalogy and power wishes? “The zodiac is important from the perspective of the moon sign, which is the sign that the new moon or full moon takes place in. How do you make a power wish? Years of experimentation in her own personal life followed until she devised the idea of a power wish. “There are so many examples I know of people using power wishes to get what they want most,” says Keiko.
Emilia Clarke On Meditation, Moisturiser And The Hair Tool She Can’t Get Enough Of
       
In the morning I’ll also do a jade face roller to find my jaw and cheekbones, and chisel this nose out! I just brush them if I’m putting make-up on. On her approach to wellnessI’m into meditation and yoga but I’m not putting eggs up my vagina or steaming it – I’m not there yet! Even doing my yoga every morning – where I do the exact same routine every single day – is a meditation. I buy my Epsom salts online in bulk and I put an obscene amount of them in the water, making sure it’s really, really hot.
Yomi Adegoke: Has The Internet Killed Subcultures?
       
If video killed the radio star, then it was the internet that killed subcultures. Combined with the rise of sample culture, different cultural touchstones are now a dress-up box for Gen Z. There is evidence that subcultures of a sort are alive and kicking, however – just not as we know it. At one time, young people used make-up as a visual code to gain admittance into different subcultures: black lipstick for goths, winged eyeliner for punks. Subcultures were the safe spaces of yesteryear, but in many ways, identity in terms of gender, race, class, and sexuality has taken its place.
The 9 Most Compelling Sustainable Looks From The AW21 Catwalks
       
In some ways, this fashion month was arguably more eco-friendly than those pre-pandemic. But on the catwalks, the conversation around sustainability has been noticeably quieter for autumn/winter 2021, despite the urgent need for the industry to reduce its impact on the planet. Read more: How To Detox And Organise Your WardrobeStill, the likes of Gabriela Hearst have continued to champion eco-friendly practices, producing a debut collection