Bosnia plans to order Russian and Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines fearing that deliveries ordered under the COVAX scheme for poor countries and from the European Union will be too little too late, officials said on Thursday. Inoculations in the Western Balkans have begun in Serbia, which has directly ordered Pfizer/BioNTech, Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines. But Bosnia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo have not received any vaccines as yet.
An Ethiopian journalist and his friend have been shot dead by an unidentified person in the northern Tigray region's capital Mekelle, an aid worker and a resident said on Thursday. Rights groups say press freedom has eroded since a November war between federal troops and forces loyal to the former ruling party of Tigray, which lost Mekelle at the end of that month. Dawit Kebede, who worked for Tigray regional state TV, was shot on Tuesday night while in a car with friends, one aid worker said.
Ronaldo scored his 760th career goal in Juve’s 2-0 Italian Supercup win over Napoli and was hailed by several media outlets as the most prolific scorer in the history of the game, having beaten Austro-Czech striker Bican’s supposed total of 759. But the Czech FA says Bican's total is actually 821 goals, following a review of his career statistics. "The History and Statistics committee of the Czech FA counted all the goals scored by the legendary Josef Bican and we can declare he scored 821 goals in official matches," read a tweet by the Czech FA.
Salt can ruin soil structure so it wads up into an airless mass. Older plants can sometimes recover from salt injury, especially if spring and summer rains are abundant. Using less salt can help; highway studies have found that, in de-icing roads, salt was effective in smaller amounts if sprayed as a brine rather than spread as crystals.
Michael Milosh’s third full length shows that he is paying attention to our current music moment; even during pandemic times, legions of musicians are taking us back to the dance floor
Hindi ululations, Bulgarian choirs and Turkish pop (overheard in kebab shops) have all left their mark on this internationally influenced record
Beirut university student Mohammad El Sahily was close to graduating in computer science, but uncertainty now clouds his future following a plunge in the Lebanese pound that has left him and thousands like him unable to pay their tuition fees. With Lebanon facing its worst economic crisis ever, two private universities, the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU) have raised the exchange rate their fees are based on to 3,900 Lebanese pounds per dollar - at a stroke making teaching almost three times more expensive for students paying in the local currency.
The president's poet woke up a superstar on Thursday, after a powerful reading at the U.S. inauguration catapulted 22-year-old Amanda Gorman to the top of Amazon's best-seller list. "I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!" Gorman, a Los Angeles resident, wrote on Twitter. Gorman's debut poetry collection 'The Hill We Climb' won top spot in the online retail giant's sale charts, closely followed by her upcoming 'Change Sings: A Children's Anthem'.
The senior nurse in the intensive care unit of Barcelona's Sant Pau Hospital is anxiously watching the wards fill up and fears that Spaniards are letting their guard down against the coronavirus, numbed by the daily litany of deaths. Wearing double masks, goggles and gowns, they fitted patients with tubes to assist their breathing or helped them into comfortable positions.
Russia said it could supply Hungary with its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine from next month, after Budapest gave initial approval to the shot, which was also registered for domestic use on Thursday by the United Arab Emirates. Russia is seeking international endorsement for Sputnik V, named after the satellite that triggered the Cold War space race, and is steadily building up its global customer base. It has signed numerous supply deals and regulators in eleven countries have now granted approval for the shot's domestic use.
U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry said on Thursday measures to tackle climate change needed to be ramped up significantly, and achieving net zero global carbon emissions by 2050 would require a radical transformation of the economy. "Failure at the COP (climate conference) in Glasgow is not an option," Kerry said in an online event organised by a business forum linked to Italy's presidency of the G20. New Democratic President Joe Biden named former Secretary of State Kerry as special climate envoy back in November, a sign that he was putting climate change at the centre of his foreign policy.
Manchester City's record goalscorer Sergio Aguero said on Thursday he has contracted coronavirus and is self isolating.
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Italian police arrested 50 people on Thursday and placed a prominent centrist politician under investigation in a crackdown on the 'Ndrangheta mafia that prosecutors say lays bare its efforts to launder cash and buy influence. The 'Ndrangheta is based in the southern region of Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot, and has surpassed Sicily's more famous Cosa Nostra to become the most powerful mafia group in the country -- and one of the largest crime gangs in the world. Among those placed under investigation was Lorenzo Cesa, head of the small UDC party, who was in the national spotlight last week after he rejected overtures from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to join the ruling coalition, which has lost its absolute majority in parliament.
Further retreating from record highs, Bitcoin slumped 10% on Thursday (January 21) to a 10-day low. The world's most popular cryptocurrency has lost nearly a quarter since touching a record $42,000 on January 8th. The pullback comes amid growing concerns that bitcoin is one of a number of financial market price bubbles. Traders also said that fears U.S. President Joe Biden's administration could attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies have weighed on sentiment. During a Senate hearing on Tuesday (January 19) Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to head the U.S. Treasury, expressed concerns that cryptocurrencies could be used to finance illegal activities. She said: "I think we really need to examine ways in which we can curtail their use and make sure that money laundering does not occur through these channels". One cryptocurrency broker told Reuters that the comments had a substantial impact. Adding that it was still unclear exactly what, if any, moves the Biden administration would take.
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Warner Bros has announced an origin story for Roald Dahl's bizarre factory boss, with Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet on the casting shortlist.
Footage showed water racing through Northwich, in the UK county of Cheshire, after the town was hit by severe weather caused by the storm. Footage shared online also showed heavy flooding in residential areas in north Wales on Wednesday (January 20) evening, including near the site of a Welsh factory involved in the supply chain of COVID-19 vaccines. Storm Christoph has been causing havoc in England and Wales with widespread flooding.
Lockdowns have devastated Europe's ski season. And left skiers and snowboarders looking for something to do. Now that's creating a surprise winner amidst the business turmoil. Demand for snow shoes has rocketed. Using them doesn't require a ski lift. And hiking into the wilderness is natural social distancing. Philippe Gallay is the boss of TSL, the world's biggest maker of snow shoes. He says orders are off the chart: "For us, it is quite stressful, but it's a good stress, because we are crumbling under orders, we don't know how we will make it - it's rather a good stress." Last month TSL's factory in Annecy took orders for 100,000 pairs. That's three times what it would normally do in a whole year. Gallay has quadrupled his usual workforce, and has the factory running 24/7. But he still has a backlog of 40,000 orders. Over at the ski school, director Gregoire Chavanel has noticed the change: "We rent equipment at the ski resort, and we have around 100 snowshoes, which usually is enough. But right now, on busy days, it is taken by storm, and at 9 a.m., or around 9:30 a.m., there is not a snowshoe left." Government sources say France's ski lifts look set to stay closed until the end of the season. Snow shoes at least offer something to do instead. That is, if you can get a pair.
Faith and Dylan's lives hang in the balance.