A statue in a face mask in Iran
A statue in a face mask in Iran
Jordan Banks was playing at Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club in Blackpool, Lancashire, when the incident happened.
During the gloomiest stretches of the pandemic, Dr. Diona Krahn's veterinary clinic has been a puppy fest, overrun with new four-legged patients.
Where there's muck there's brass.
One investigator behind Wednesday's explosive report highlighting the mistakes that allowed Covid-19 to flourish told AFP that urgent reform was needed to withstand future pandemic threats.
Pope Francis expressed his delight on Wednesday as he resumed his weekly general audience in public for the first time in six months, reflecting a decline in coronavirus cases in Italy. During the winter and early spring, the pope had delivered his weekly address via a video link from the Vatican's Apostolic Library. On Wednesday morning, he stepped out into the San Damaso Courtyard, where a few hundred faithful had gathered.
Dutch champions Ajax will melt down their Eredivisie trophy and turn it into a series of star-shaped souvenirs for supporters, who were unable to watch their team this season due to Covid-19 restrictions.
State after state, America's largest cannabis companies are paying up for land grabs as more states legalize marijuana.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk on Wednesday ruled himself out of the Netherlands squad for Euro 2020 in order to concentrate on being fit for next season.
Super Me is a cautionary fable against wishing for unearned wealth, but it needed more work in executing that idea.
The WHO is facing new sex abuse and exploitation claims against aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The White House said Israel had a legitimate right to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks but said Jerusalem "must be a place of co-existence". support for "Israel's security, for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people, is fundamental and will never waver".
A shirt worn by Napoleon during his exile on the island of Saint Helena in the south Atlantic and a letter he wrote there to practise his English have gone on display at a museum in Belgium ahead of an auction later this year in Britain. A silk scarf he wore around his head on the windswept British outpost is also on show, along with a walking stick made from a narwhal tooth, a rare and precious object from the exiled former French emperor's daily life on Saint Helena. The exhibition at the Battle of Waterloo memorial museum, near Brussels, is part of commemorations of the bicentenary of Napoleon's death aged 51 on May 5, 1821.
A Thai designer is making luxury handbags from banana leaves – helping provide income to farmers during the pandemic. Thanakorn Sodsai, 33, uses materials extracted from banana leaf fibres to weaved into accessories he designs in Ratchaburi province, western Thailand. His purse and bags designer line Tanee employs farmers to harvest the leaves. He is also teaching them how to process the raw materials until they become luxury products. The finished products such as handbags, hats, boxes, notebook covers, and other accessories last up to ten years as certified by the Community Development Department in the province. Thanakorn said he combines the farmer’s knowledge of the leaves with nanotechnology. He said: ‘We help the farmers and then they help us too with their knowledge of planting. The process starts by extracting the fibres from the leaves and drying them out in the sun to remove moisture that causes molds. ‘They are then ironed with mulberry papers before being shaped into designed products. Each piece of work is given precise attention and inspiration that are the community’s identity.’ The young designer added that the revenue from the bags is returned to the community to help their workers through the pandemic as most of them have lost their jobs. He said: ‘The pandemic affected us but we thought of a way to elevate our products. We shifted into luxury items and they have been well-received as they are environmental-friendly too.’ A regular-sized handbag costs around 1,000 baht each and they are available on Tanee’s online stores and outlets around Thailand.
While rental collections remain strong, Macerich's (MAC) Q1 results reflect a decline in mall occupancy and same-center net operating income.
The COB said they are looking to administer the second dose by June 21 -- two weeks before the start of the July 23-Aug. 8 Games. Around 1,800 people are set to be vaccinated across six cities, with COB vice-president Head of Mission Marco Antonio La Porta saying the Brazilian population would receive two doses for every person on the delegation who is vaccinated. "Even without the vaccine being mandatory for participation in the Games, there is no doubt that we will feel safer to represent Brazil in the Olympic Games."
Never-before-seen photos going on display in Paris this week shine a light on a dark moment in France's role in rounding up Jews to send to Nazi death camps during World War II.
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Hong Kong's opposition-devoid legislature approved new powers on Wednesday allowing the government to sack public office holders and bar election candidates from standing if they are deemed "disloyal" to local authorities or China.
Researchers in Singapore have found a way to talk to plants via a smartphone.Scientists at Nanyang Technological University managed to control a Venus flytrap using an app on their phone.The app was able to send a signal to tiny electrodes that had been attached to the trap part of the plant.The signals told the plant to close its trap, as it does when it's catching a fly.PHD student Luo Yifei:"We start from this plant (Venus fly trap) and use our device to study how the electric signals can control or reflect the status of the Venus flytrap and we also apply this technology to other plants like tobacco and sunflowers."They hope the innovation will have a range of uses from robotics to employing the plants as environmental sensors.Due to their size and dexterity, plants could be used as so-called soft robots to pick-up delicate items that might be damaged by industrial grippers.Furthermore, the communication between humans and plants is not entirely one-way.The NTU research team hopes their technology can be used to detect signals from plants."Plants are like humans, they generate electric signals, like the ECG from our hearts. So these signals tell us how healthy the plants are."They are also exploring using plants as living sensors to monitor environmental pollution like gas, toxic gas, or water pollution.But they stressed there was a long way to go before such plant technology could be used commercially.
The 84-year-old pope resumed his weekly audiences with public last September after a six-month break because of the contagion. After a rise in infections, he returned to virtual audiences from inside a Vatican library at the start of November.The limited number of visitors had their temperatures checked as they entered the Vatican six months later on Wednesday and everyone among the audience wore masks. The public sat in seats arranged to ensure social distancing, although many seats were empty.Francis, who has been vaccinated, appeared to be energised by the crowd - even though it was a far cry from the tens of thousands that can be held in St. Peter’s Square, where outdoor audiences were held before the pandemic.