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KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 — Between 4,000 and 5,000 contract doctors are expected to join the #HartalDoktorKontrak (contract doctors strike) on Monday, said movement representative Dr Umar Baraka. Dr...
MBC, a major network in South Korea, used a photo of a pizza to represent Italian athletes and a photo of Chernobyl for Ukrainian athletes during the Opening Ceremony on Friday.
Tokyo 2020 organisers added to speculation that scandal-hit former chief Yoshiro Mori could return as an honorary adviser on Saturday when they stopped short of dismissing a report about his comeback. Moves are under way to name Mori an honorary supreme adviser of the organising committee, the Asahi newspaper said on Friday, quoting several sources. The appointment would likely renew global outrage after Mori was forced to resign over sexist comments early this year.
Two Kenyan 100 metre runners breaking new ground at the Tokyo Olympics are hoping to change perceptions that the country, known for its dominance in middle and long-distance running, cannot challenge for medals in the sprints. Ferdinand Omanyala and Mark Otieno believe they can spring a surprise in a race that is the most open for many years after the retirement of Usain Bolt. Kenya's distance pedigree is second to none but this will be the first time the country has competitors in the 100metres, according to Bernard Ouma, a coach with Team Kenya.
Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James has made her first ever podcast appearance, and has hinted at the return of Christian and Ana in the future.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 — Malaysia registered a second consecutive day of record-high Covid-19 numbers today, surpassing yesterday’s unprecedented 15,573 cases. According to Health director-general...
Firefighters worked through the night to tackle the Bootleg Fire, now at over 400,000 acres, in Oregon, officials said.This footage, released by authorities, shows the difference in fire behavior overnight versus daytime on July 22 into July 23.“This video illustrates the difference in fire behavior from night shift around 11 pm to this morning around 11 am,” officials wrote on Facebook. “We have most of our operational success at night on the Bootleg Fire, where many of our resources have been working on night shift since arriving to this wildfire.”“Night shift is tough on firefighters,” they continued. “Adjusting to sleeping during the day and not being able to see very well in the dark are just a couple of issues.” Credit: Bootleg Fire via Storyful
Germany's entire road race team are still in a state of uncertainty at the Tokyo Games following cyclist Simon Geschke's positive COVID-19 test, team officials said on Saturday. The 35-year-old, who has been vaccinated twice and was due to compete in Saturday's road race, has been isolated but questions remain over the other eight team members -- four men and four women -- who were all staying at the same hotel, away from the Olympic village. "From these 12 individuals (including staff members) who were considered close contact, who will remain at the end will become clear during the day," Germany's team doctor Bernd Wolfahrt said on Saturday.
For a Games billed as the most inclusive and diverse on record, one element of Friday's opening ceremony stood out for many Japanese: Olympic boss Thomas Bach spoke for 13 minutes, about twice as long as his Japanese female host, Seiko Hashimoto. Bach's speech, which drew on familiar themes of peace, solidarity and gratitude for overcoming the coronavirus hardships, immediately drew ire on Twitter and in traditional Japanese media. "From tomorrow, we'll give Bach the nickname 'the guy who gives long speeches'," said user @Riko_Murai in a tweet reposted 7,730 times and liked by more than 20,000 people.
Members of the recovery council must have record of speaking truth to power, says Lim Guan Eng.
Indian authorities said Saturday at least 125 people have died after torrential monsoon rains sparked major landslides and flooding in the western state of Maharahtra.Trees were uprooted, vehicles were displaced and roads were damaged, as dams and rivers overflowed.The country’s west coast received up to 23 inches of rainfall over 24 hours.Authorities have evacuated people from areas near riverbanks, while the navy and army were helping rescue people in coastal areas. Some 100 miles southeast of India's financial capital Mumbai, a landslide flattened an entire town.A few dozen people are believed to be trapped in other districts, after several homes collapsed in the landslides.Hundreds of villages have lost power and access to drinking water, while thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway as parts of the road were submerged.Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year.But they also deliver over 70% of India's rainfall, crucial for the nation's farmers.
Though born and raised in California, Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi is hoping his family connection to Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach will give him an advantage in the Olympic competition starting there on Sunday. When his father Tsutomu "Tom" Igarashi, a huge surfing fan, and his mother Misa found out she was pregnant, they quit their jobs in Tokyo and moved to Huntington Beach to give their son the best possible chance at becoming a pro surfer. It is a gamble that has paid off handsomely, as Kanoa will represent Japan on the beach where his father discovered a love of surfing long before it was an Olympic sport.
Samoa's first female prime minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, said on Saturday her government would formally take office next week, a day after the country's Court of Appeal affirmed her government was legal. In her first comments to the media following the court's decision, Mataafa said parliament would meet at the earliest opportunity next week to pass a temporary budget to keep the government running, giving her and her cabinet time to review the country's financial and economic circumstances. Samoa, which relies on subsistence farming along with tourism and fish and coconut product exports, has had to depend on foreign aid and is heavily indebted to China, which offered to back a port development by the previous government.
Another track manager reportedly promised the announcer would receive a standing ovation for his comments.
Taiwan's Tai Tzu-Ying said she will have to cut out the mistakes if she is to make an impact at the Tokyo Olympics and will only begin to think about the threat posed by China's Chen Yu Fei if they both advance to the final. World No. 1 Tai looked good in winning the opening game against Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet 21-7 in their group match but was less tidy in the second, allowing her opponent, ranked 45 places below her, to pick up 13 points before Tai secured the win. "I need to reduce the number of mistakes I make and try to get into the rhythm of the match faster ... I can't control my mistakes," Tai said after the match at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.
China's Hou Zhihui took the first weightlifting gold of Tokyo 2020 on Saturday as she dashed India's hopes of an elusive first women's Olympic title.
Lebanon's deepening economic crisis has piled pressure on hospitals, leaving them ill-equipped to face any new wave of the coronavirus, a top hospital director has warned.
China criticised NBC Universal for showing an "incomplete map" of the country in its broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, after a map displayed during the arrival of Chinese athletes included neither Taiwan nor the South China Sea. Comcast-owned NBC, which holds U.S. broadcasting rights to the Olympic Games, did not immediately reply to a request for comment sent through its official contacts page. The Chinese consulate did not specify why it objected to the map but said: "We urge NBC to recognise the serious nature of this problem and take measures to correct the error."
TOKYO (Reuters) -China's Zhihui Hou won the gold medal in women's 49-kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics, bagging the second gold for China in as many competitions, with a comfortable win over Indian and Indonesian medalists. Hou broke the Olympic records in all three categories of snatch, clean and jerk, and total with 210 kg, three kilos short of her own world record.
Britain's title defence in the men's eight got off to a rocky start in Tokyo on Saturday, as the Netherlands scored a stunning victory to force the reigning European Champions into Wednesday's repechage. Making her Olympic debut, 24-year-old coxswain Eline Berger guided the Dutch men's crew to a stellar 5:30.66 performance, seizing the early lead as the heavily favoured Britain struggled to hit their stride and finished third behind New Zealand. Elsewhere in the men's event, reigning world champions Germany fended off a robust challenge from the United States, turning on the gas in the final 500 metres to finish on top in 5:28.95.