Nestle, the world's biggest food company, said Thursday that it will spend 3.2 billion Swiss francs ($3.6 billion) over five years to improve its climate footprint. Nestle said the investment will increase the Switzerland-based company's use of renewable energy, which it aims to use exclusively by 2025. The money will also boost what it called “regenerative agriculture” throughout Nestle's supply chain with the planting of hundreds of millions of trees over the next decade.
An early version of robot chef DK-One is being demonstrated and evaluated in Hammersmith
France will ensure free COVID-19 vaccinations for all who are in its social security system and has earmarked 1.5 billion euros of next year's social security budget to cover the cost, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday. Castex said the vaccination campaign would begin in a matter of weeks, pending regulatory approval by the European Medicines Agency. "The vaccination will be free for all," Castex told a press conference.
Romanians vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday with rural voters' anger over coronavirus restrictions set to complicate efforts by its centrist prime minister to restore judicial independence and the country's reputation among investors. Limits put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus have angered many farmers, a key constituency in the largely-agricultural eastern European state, swelling support for the leftist PSD party that now controls parliament. In power for a year despite his opponents' parliamentary strength, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has pledged to overturn years of efforts by leftist-led cabinets to take control of courts amid allegations of corruption and misuse of funds.
Iran is ready to engage in further prisoner swaps after last week exchanging a jailed British-Australian academic with three Iranians detained abroad, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. "We can always engage in that, it is in the interests of everybody," Zarif told an Italian diplomatic conference speaking via video-link. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, had been serving a 10-year sentence for alleged espionage when she was freed on Nov. 25.
One Oscar nomination isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Multiple Oscar nominations. A few filmmakers, performers and artists may hear their names called several times when the Academy announces its nominations March 15. These contenders hail from all categories, including acting, writing and technical pursuits. For context, no one is in a position to break […]
Iconic drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya will co-host the 2020 YouTube Streamy Awards — for which the duo will tool around L.A. in a party bus as they honor the year's top digital video creators and productions. The 10th Annual Streamy Awards will livestream exclusively on YouTube on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. […]
“I’m a two-hit wonder — officially,” crows Lewis Capaldi, who, last year at this time, was actually using “one-hit wonder” as his temporary Twitter handle. “The jury is out on three and four, but one and two are in the bag.” Those would be “Someone You Loved,” a No. 1 song from 2019 that has […]
Russian-born actor Alex Sparrow has joined the cast of Sean McNamara's Ronald Reagan biopic, Variety has confirmed. In "Reagan," Sparrow will portray an up-and-coming Russian political leader named Andrei Novikov. Sparrow will act alongside Jon Voight, who plays a KGB agent who tracked Reagan for 40 years. In search of answers about the Soviet Union's demise, […]
President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Obama administration official Jeff Zients to be his White House coronavirus coordinator and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to return in that role, Politico reported on Thursday. Politico, citing two people familiar with the decision, also said Marcella Nunez-Smith, a co-chair of Biden's COVID-19 advisory board, will play a key role in the incoming administration's response to the pandemic, focusing on health disparities. Dealing with the health crisis and resultant economic fallout is one of Biden's top priorities once he takes office on Jan. 20.
Universities must stagger the return of students over five weeks after the Christmas break, according to official guidance. Coronavirus tests should be offered to all students when they return to campus in the new year to identify any asymptomatic cases. Medical students and those on placements or practical courses with a need for in-person teaching in England should return to university between January 4 and January 18, according to the Department for Education (DfE) guidance. But the remaining students should be offered online lessons from the beginning of term to protect students, staff and local communities. They will be allowed to return to their university gradually over a two-week period from January 25, the DfE has said. The guidance has been published hours before the start of the "travel window" in England - where students can return to their families for Christmas. Many universities are rolling out mass asymptomatic coronavirus testing this week in a bid to get students home safely ahead of the festive break. The DfE has now said all students should be offered Covid-19 asymptomatic tests when they return to university in the new year. All universities will be offered testing facilities to give students two rapid lateral flow tests, three days apart, to control the spread of the virus. Students should restrict contact in the period between their tests - and if they receive a positive test they will have to self-isolate in their accommodation, the DfE said. The Government has also announced a one-off fund of up to £20 million to help students most in need of support in these exceptional circumstances. Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said: "The health and wellbeing of students, staff and local communities is always our primary concern and this plan will enable a safer return for all students. But we must do this in a way which minimises the risk of transmission. "I know students have had to make sacrifices this year and have faced a number of challenges, but this staggered return will help to protect students, staff and communities." The DfE has said universities should also consider prioritising students who may need to return to campus earlier for other reasons - such as those who do not have access to appropriate accommodation or study space. Students who have spent the winter break in Tier 3 areas where mass community testing is on offer should take a test before travelling back to university if possible, the Government has suggested. A spokesman for Universities UK, which represents vice-Chancellors, said: "While January will undoubtedly be challenging for the country, a staggered approach will allow enhanced testing capacity to be maximised so that Covid-safe in-person teaching can begin at the start of term for some students, and shortly after for others. "Universities now need further clarity from the Government on how they will be supported to deliver testing in the new year, given the significant resource requirements associated with the pilots so far."
Fans will have to wear face masks when they return to Premier League grounds in small numbers at the weekend and avoid hugging each other when celebrating goals, clubs have been told. The Premier League's protocol for the return of up to 2,000 fans to 10 of their 20 venues makes clear that even though sitting outdoors does not require a face mask in the UK, fans will have to cover up inside stadiums. Fans have not been allowed in Premier League stadiums since the stoppage in March caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and all games since have been played behind closed doors.
Hundreds of British troops have arrived in Mali to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, which is the world's deadliest, UK officials said on Thursday. Britain already has three Chinook helicopters and 100 personnel in a logistics role in West Africa's Sahel region to support France's Barkhane operation against Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State. The UK mission to the United Nations said the latest deployment, which was first announced in July 2019, would "provide a highly specialised reconnaissance capability" to the 14,000-strong mission, known by its French acronym MINUSMA.
Video shows the moment the receiver of the telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell and damaged the reflector dish on December 1.In the video, recorded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the receiver can be seen starting to fall toward the ground as cables snap, spraying debris into the air.Another angle, filmed by the observatory’s drone, shows the wires and debris breaking away up close. The drone then retreats and swings around to view the reflector dish, fallen platform, and other damage below.The NSF reported the instrument platform of the Arecibo Observatory telescope, the second-largest single-dish radio telescope in the world according to space.com, fell on December 1.No injuries were reported on the date of the collapse. Credit: National Science Foundation via Storyful
The shootings occurred in August in Kenosha, Wisconsin amid civil unrest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse's lawyers have said he was helping protect property and that he acted in self defense. Rittenhouse, 17, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide and five other criminal counts related to the shootings, in which Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were killed and Gaige Grosskreutz was wounded.
In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. A celebrated moment in history, just two years after the first man in space: Yuri Gagarin. But since that pioneering flight, more animals have been into space than women. Since 1961, 556 people have travelled beyond Earth. Research by RS Components shows that of that number only 65 have been women, compared to 57 dogs, 32 chimps and two tortoises, not to mention mice, fruit flies, frogs, jellyfish, and spiders. So, which countries are leading the way for women in space? The UK has the highest percentage. It’s sent two people into space. One was a woman. Canada, China, Japan, and the U.S. come in after that with roughly 15% - 20% female representation among their astronauts. In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American women in space. She said “If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys.” The most recent women in space were NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch who completed the first all-female spacewalk in 2019. ASTRONAUT JESSICA MEIR: "We hope that we can provide an inspiration to everybody, not only women, but to everybody that has a dream, and has a big dream and is willing to work hard to make that dream come true." Koch also set the record for the longest duration a female has spent in space during a single mission: 328 days. However it’s Peggy Whitson who has the record for cumulative time spent in space at 665 days. "What was really important to me was to work hard. I always said I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed but a lot of work and effort went into contributing to my success. And I think that young people have a great opportunity and they need to find what it is, find their passion and try and work really, really hard to make it come true that is an amazing journey along the way."
* There is no guarantee that Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine will be distributed in English care homes but the health service is working on a solution, an official said, as total UK deaths surpassed 60,000. * U.S. President Donald Trump said he would support a coronavirus relief bill, as lawmakers in Congress seek to hammer out an agreement to help Americans hit by the economic fallout before the end of the year. * Mexico's president said he hopes distribution of Pfizer's vaccine will begin this month, a day after the government said it had agreed to acquire 34.4 million doses.
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], December 3 (ANI): The team of elite javelin throwers including Neeraj Chopra, Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani led by coaches Uwe Hohn and Dr Klaus arrived in Bhubaneswar on Thursday to train and prepare for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021.
President Alexander Lukashenko's attempts to stifle opposition in Belarus through violent repression are no longer working, giving life to a popular uprising against his rule, leading human rights activist Ales Bialiatski said on Thursday. Bialiatski, founder of the organisation Viasna that supports political prisoners, spoke to Reuters in an interview in Stockholm, where he was due to pick up the 2020 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize. Tens of thousands have been detained and leading opposition figures were jailed or driven into exile.
Now that it's clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles. At a board meeting earlier this week, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a big industry trade association, recognized that change is coming. Alliance CEO John Bozzella said automakers are committed to working with the Biden administration, which will renew the fight against climate change and likely will undo gas mileage rollbacks under President Donald Trump.