Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on May 17, as flash flooding and severe weather hit the state’s southwest.This footage, by Jasmin Marie Conner, shows floodwater in downtown Lake Charles. The footage was filmed near the Capital One Tower, the city’s tallest building.The National Weather Service said more than a foot of rain fell on the city in the space of 12 hours.Special marine warnings and flash flood warnings remained in place for several areas of Louisiana on May 18.Local news reports said the severe weather hit as the region was still recovering from two damaging tornadoes. Credit: Jasmin Marie Conner via Storyful
The variant of concern has spiked in pockets of the country, throwing a further easing of restrictions into jeopardy.
The takeover talks for one of Hollywood's oldest movie studios come as the global streaming war hots up.
The City of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, declared a state of emergency as a wildfire burned nearby on May 17.This clip, posted by the City of Prince Albert on Facebook, shows smoke rising from the fire.The city ordered residents and workers north of Highway 55, east of Cloverdale Road, and west of the Honeymoon Road to evacuate, and set up an evacuation center. Credit: City of Prince Albert via Storyful
The unemployment rate fell to 4.8% in the three months to March, down from 4.9% in February.
Pakistani police said Tuesday they foiled an attempt by a mob to lynch a blasphemy suspect recently arrested on charges of insulting Islam. The mob stormed the Golra police station on the outskirts of Islamabad on Monday night, after police refused to hand over the suspect to the crowd outside for punishment, local police chief Asim Ghaffar said. The suspect, Shaukat Ali, was unharmed while six police officials were slightly injured in the attack, Ghaffar said.
Six Hong Kong opposition figures have been remanded in custody ahead of their sentencing next week for organising an unauthorised protest on National Day amid the anti-government movement in 2019. District Judge Amanda Woodcock’s ruling on Tuesday came a day after the group pleaded guilty to one count of organising an authorised assembly, alongside four co-defendants – media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying among them – already remanded over separate convictions or alleged offences. Woodcock will hear mitigation next Monday and sentence all 10 defendants on May 28.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Prosecutor Priscilia Lam Tsz-ying had asked the District Court to revoke the six defendants’ bail following their convictions. The six are Democrats Albert Ho Chun-yan, Sin Chung-kai and Yeung Sum; Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China; and League of Social Democrats members Avery Ng Man-yuen and Figo Chan Ho-wun. Chan, 25, is the youngest defendant in this case and convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, the group behind the annual July 1 protest, which coincides with the anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China in 1997. Together with Ho, alliance chairman Lee Cheuk-yan and ousted lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Chan also pleaded guilty to one count of inciting others to take part in an unauthorised assembly. Tsoi and Ng admitted to knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly. Freezing of media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s assets ‘nothing to do with press freedom’ Lai, the 73-year-old founder of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily, is already serving a 14-month sentence for his role in two unauthorised assemblies in August 2019, and faces a raft of other charges including ones related to the national security law. Leung, Lee and his Labour Party colleague Cyd Ho Sau-lan are also serving jail terms over similar charges stemming from the August 2019 protests.This article Hong Kong protests: six opposition figures remanded in custody ahead of sentencing for 2019 National Day rally first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The 50-year-old TV presenter has hosted the BBC2 spin-off of behind-the-scenes gossip from the hit dance show since 2011.
JOHOR BARU, May 18 — Police have arrested another seven people yesterday in connection with the flash mob protest in Parit Raja, Batu Pahat last week, bringing the total arrest to 27 individuals....
States that invest too little in public health could have their credit ratings cut, according to the chair of a World Health Organization panel that wants a new global body set up to spell out the risks to financial stability from healthcare failures. The comments by Mario Monti come before a global health summit on Friday in Rome at which leaders of the Group of 20 richest economies will discuss the coronavirus emergency and how to prevent major health crises in future. "A pandemic like this one poses huge threats not just to financial stability but to the whole economic and financial system," Monti told Reuters.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is hoping to use his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden this week to revive long-stalled talks with North Korea and urge the White House to embrace the issue with more urgency. South Korean officials say they were heartened by the new administration's recent policy review, which called for a focus on practical diplomatic steps to reduce tensions while maintaining the final goal of removing North Korea's nuclear weapons. But amid the global coronavirus pandemic, domestic economic and political challenges, and foreign policy crises elsewhere, the Biden administration has not signalled North Korea is a top priority, potentially complicating Moon's hopes of cementing his legacy.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Malaysians have rallied together to help a Kajang orphanage after one of its caretakers died of Covid-19. In true “kita jaga kita” spirit, Facebook user Azaad Mohamed...
The French rugby federation is allowing transgender people to take part in all France's domestic competitions from next season in a move going against recommendations from World Rugby. The French federation issued a statement saying its executive board unanimously voted in favor of the proposal from its Anti-Discrimination and Equal Treatment Commission. In October last year, World Rugby recommended that transgender women should not play in women’s elite or international teams for safety reasons, becoming one of the first major world sports to do so.
A report by the International Energy Agency says immediate action is needed to reshape the world's energy sector in order to meet ambitious climate goals by 2050, including ending investments in new coal mines, oil and gas wells. The Paris-based agency said in a report released Tuesday that it has determined there is a narrow but viable pathway for building a global energy sector with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Several countries, including the United States and the European Union, have pledged to achieve net zero emissions — meaning only as much planet-warming gas is released into the atmosphere as can be absorbed — by mid-century.
Pro-Palestinian protesters marched to the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Waving Indonesian and Palestinian flags and signs that read “Free Palestine,” several hundred demonstrators gathered along a major street in Jakarta that runs outside the embassy. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim majority nation, does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel and there is not an Israeli Embassy in the country.
Across the Brazilian state of Amazonas, more than 400-thousand people have been affected by flooding.Heavy rains in the Amazon rainforest have caused rivers to rise to near record levels.The streets of the state capital Manaus were under water on Monday - a city that has already seen so much devastation this year from the global health crisis.Now, the homes of almost 5,000 families are in danger. Further up the Amazon River, small riverside towns like Anama have been totally submerged.One local resident attempted to salvage his belongings from his wooden home.He said he had nowhere to keep his things.He's just one of thousands of people who've been forced to evacuate.Ezi Marques is the civil defence coordinator:"The city is 100% flooded, we are expecting a record flooding, more than in 2015 which was the biggest one here. This is because of the increase in water level and monitoring (changes), it will be a record flooding."Environmental researchers say climate change has led to extreme weather patterns, with some years, like this one, seeing particularly heavy rains and others seeing very dry weather.The deforestation of the Amazon may also contribute to long-term changes but does not impact rainfall year to year, researchers say.Rainforest destruction has surged since Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Several shopping mall and retail advocate groups have lambasted Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba for supposedly “stigmatising” shopping centres as potential...
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday defended the freezing of pro-democracy publisher Jimmy Lai's assets as a necessary move under the city's new national security law to protect the safety of all Chinese people. Lam told reporters the move was authorized under the sweeping law that was imposed on the city by Beijing last year and empowered authorities to “freeze suspicious assets involved that would undermine national security." “It means the Hong Kong government is very serious and rigorous when dealing with national security matters, because it involves something that endangers national security, not just the safety of Hong Kong society, but also the safety of 1.4 billion Chinese people,” Lam said.
Gaza health officials said on Tuesday they had no reports of Palestinians killed overnight in ongoing Israeli strikes on the enclave, the first apparent reduction of casualties since fighting erupted on May 10. The intensity of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel also waned between midnight and 1000 a.m. (0700 GMT), a Reuters witness said. Israeli rocket alerts indicated the latest salvoes were focussed on border communities rather than targets deeper within Israel.
Hong Kong’s first local Covid-19 patient found with a mutated strain of the coronavirus, arrested earlier this month for allegedly lying to health officials about his whereabouts, has been granted temporary release ahead of a court hearing at the end of the month. Syed Mohamed Rizvi returned to Kowloon City Court on Tuesday for a bail review after failing to secure release in his first court appearance on May 10. He was released on HK$30,000 (US$3,862) bail and HK$10,000 surety on the condition he stay in Hong Kong, surrender all travel documents and report to police three times a week.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. First two locally discovered variant patients charged for misleading officials The 30-year-old engineer, who flew in from Dubai on March 19, was charged on May 10 with providing false information to a health official. The prosecution previously said they were considering pressing an additional count of providing false information to an immigration officer. After completing his compulsory hotel quarantine on April 8, Rizvi tested positive in mid-April for the B.1.351 variant of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in South Africa and is thought to be about 50 per cent more infectious than other variants in circulation in the city. Prosecutors eye second charge for patient accused of lying to officer Rizvi was accused of lying to a health official on April 16 by only mentioning he had visited Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan from April 10 to 11 and stating he had not attended any gatherings. His 31-year-old friend, Victoria Marie Alcaide Guadiz, was released on a HK$2,000 bond on Friday after she was charged with failing to provide details to health authorities. She also tested positive for the mutated strain of the virus. The defendants, who have both recovered, will return to Kowloon City Court on May 31.More from South China Morning Post:Coronavirus: prosecutors eye second charge for Hong Kong variant patient accused of lying to contact-tracing immigration officerCoronavirus: Hong Kong’s first two locally discovered variant patients charged for misleading officials; 1,200 quarantined residents get early releaseThis article Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s first local patient with mutated strain granted bail while awaiting trial for alleged lies to health officials first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.