Paralysed man from Norwich fundraises for local hospital in exoskeleton suit.
Paralysed man from Norwich fundraises for local hospital in exoskeleton suit.
Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury Department, says women seeking to pursue careers in economics face a number of obstacles from the way beginning economics courses are taught to overly aggressive questioning questions in college seminars. “There is a cultural problem in the profession, and we need to change the culture,” Yellen said Monday.
Poles took to the streets on Monday to mark International Women's Day, in demonstrations around the country that took on added significance months after a constitutional court banned almost all abortions. In Warsaw, several dozen protesters brandishing placards with slogans such as "I am a feminist warrior" gathered in the city centre, where they were outnumbered by a heavy police presence. Previous protests organised by the Women's Strike movement, which opposes the tightening of restrictions regarding abortion, have been marred by violence, with the police criticised for heavy-handed tactics.
A metal barrier erected around Mexico’s National Palace ahead of planned International Women’s Day demonstrations has been turned into a memorial by activists.This footage, posted to Twitter, shows the mural honoring women identified by activists as victims of femicide.According to local news reports, the mural also displayed several women’s rights messages, including a call for the legalization of abortion and criticism of Felix Salgado Macedonio – a candidate for governor of the state of Guerrero who has been accused of rape.El Universal reported that the barrier was erected to prevent damage to the National Palace, but dozens of families and women’s rights groups converted the metal fencing into a memorial. Credit: Leslie Pérez/ Heraldo de México via Storyful
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which awards the Golden Globes, has already taken steps to make good on the group’s onstage promise at its Feb. 28 telecast to add Black members to its ranks, but some longtime observers say it may be too late for the group to make meaningful change. The 40-second statement at the Globes by HFPA president Ali Sar, former president Meher Tatna and Helen Hoehne, a member from Germany, followed a Feb. 21 Los Angeles Times exposé highlighting the fact that the 87-member HFPA has no Black members, as well as a Feb. 26 demand to diversify its membership from Time’s Up. “I know inside (HFPA) they are completely panicked, the people on the stage are panicked. They don’t know what to do,” one HFPA member who asked not to be named told TheWrap. Reps for the HFPA did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. The L.A. Times is hardly the first to examine the lack of HFPA diversity as well as other questionable practices at the organization. TheWrap called out the lack of Black members as long ago as 2013, when a Black applicant from the U.K. was rejected by...Read original story Inside Golden Globes’ Diversity Promise: Too Late for Meaningful Change? At TheWrap
Venezuelan human rights activists protested on Monday to demand the release of 17 women they consider political prisoners, as well as to demand punishment for perpetrators of femicide, the term used for homicides that deliberately target women. In a demonstration outside the U.N. Development Program's Caracas office on International Women's Day, attorney Ana Leonor Acosta told a crowd that some of the 17 women were being held in order to blackmail wanted relatives into surrendering or confessing. Rights groups say that President Nicolas Maduro's government is detaining at least 328 Venezuelans, including civilians and members of the military, for political reasons.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Ravi Ahuja as chairman of Global Television Studios and its corporate development operations, where he will lead Sony Pictures TV’s domestic and international productions, the studio’s game show franchises and its India business, according to the company. Ahuja will also oversee the company’s corporate development and mergers and acquisitions alongside […]
Holding signs such as "Respect my existence or expect my resistance," thousands of women on Monday protested across Spain against gender violence and in support of equal rights at International Women's Day rallies. The largest protest was in Barcelona where several thousand assembled in the city centre, mostly women wearing purple clothes and with banners saying: "It will be a happy day when none of us is missing." The protest was authorized but attendance was capped at 3,500 people, who had to maintain social distance due to the pandemic.
South African billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe will be crowned the new head of African football later this week in a tame end to tumultuous weeks of campaigning. The 59-year-old Motsepe, ranked by Forbes among the richest men on the continent, has been anointed as the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) president after a deal brokered by FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The last impediment to his coronation, which will come at the CAF Congress in Rabat on Friday, was removed on Monday when the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a ban on CAF President Ahmad Ahmad for corruption, although reducing his suspension from five to two years.
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that China's planned changes to the electoral system could further delay a vote for the city's legislature, but she was still uncertain on the timing. China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), is expected to approve on Thursday a resolution that will reduce democratic representation in Hong Kong institutions and vet any candidates for "patriotism". The measures will tweak the size and composition of Hong Kong's legislature and the committee selecting the chief executive further in favour of pro-Beijing figures.
Brandy Norwood, best known by the stage name Brandy, has signed on for one of the lead roles in the ABC drama pilot “Queens.” The pilot is about four estranged and out-of-touch women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty Bitches […]
“Moesha” alum Brandy has been cast as the third lead in ABC’s hip-hop drama pilot “Queens.” The pilot, which hails from writer Zahir McGhee, centers on four estranged and out-of-touch women in their 40s who “reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty Bitches — their ’90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.” Brandy will star as Naomi, a.k.a Xplicit Lyrics, “the highly skilled musical engine of the Nasty Bitches.” Per ABC, “A true artist with boundless musical talent — Naomi was certain she’d go on to mainstream success after the group’s demise. She hasn’t, singing and playing her guitar in crappy dive bars where all people want is her old persona. When the group gets back together, Naomi is reunited with the only man she ever loved, and the rival bandmate who stole that man from her. But what Naomi wants more than anything is to build a relationship with the daughter she was never really there for — if she only knew how.” Also Read: Prince From Brandy's 'Cinderella' Credits Whitney Houston for 1997 Musical's Diverse Cast Brandy joins fellow series regulars Eve, Naturi Naughton and Pepi Sonuga, marking her return to television after previously starring on the Fox musical drama “Star.” In addition to acting on “Queens,” Brandy will also provide original music for her character. McGhee, a Shondaland veteran who worked on both “Scandal” and “For the People” at ABC, is writer and executive producer on the ABC Signature pilot alongside Sabrina Wind. Read original story Brandy Joins ABC Hip-Hop Drama Pilot ‘Queens’ At TheWrap
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden's administration was monitoring efforts tied to Russia's intelligence services aimed at undermining the Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc coronavirus vaccines. "We are aware of it, we are monitoring it and we are taking steps to address," Psaki said at a news briefing. The United States has identified three online publications directed by Russia's intelligence services that it says are seeking to undermine COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, a State Department spokeswoman said on Sunday.
This food blogger is boosting African-inspired content onlineLocation: Dakar, Senegal (SOUNDBITE) (English) KARELLE VIGNON-VULLIERME, SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER, SAYING:"I know that my followers really love African food because it's colourful, it's tasteful. I prepare all kind of food, but I know that my followers, when I post African recipes, they really, really react. They like, they comment, they share. I know that that type of content, they really like that."Karelle Vignon-Vullierme has almost 100,000 Instagram followersShe says 'influencing' is still new to sub-Saharan Africa"The main thing I think people don't think about when they talk about Influencers is that this is a real job. It's not a 9 to 5 job - I answer messages all day, all night. Ok, this is what I choose to do, but I create content every day for my community. Because they want, I don't know how to say it, I have to feed them with content, and to create that content is 24/7 work."
This henna artist is swapping hands for canvasesThe dark dye is used for traditional body artused to adorn hands with intricate patternsJORDANIAN HENNA ARTIST, BALQEES AL-ABBADI, SAYING:"To be honest, you cannot imagine how happy I am when I explain to people how much I love this work and my passion can be felt while I explain the project and the painting. This house is an old building in Salt built by the yellow stone. I try to paint the things I like and discuss the things I like through henna paintings. I have been working in this field for three years so there is a special bond between me and my work."
The number of people treated in French intensive care units (ICUs) for COVID-19 reached a 14-1/2-week-high on Monday, at 3,849, while total hospitalisations for the disease increased for the second day running, to 25,195. The number of people in ICUs is still almost two times lower than the 7,184 peak recorded in April 2020 but remains well above a government target level of 2,500-3,000 for easing coronavirus limits on the circulation of people. Illustrating the stress on the French health system, medical authorities of the greater Paris region - which accounts for roughly one-sixth of the French population - have ordered hospitals to cancel 40% of their planned normal activity to make space for COVID-19 patients in critical condition.
Two Saudi women have revved up to make historyLocation: Dahran, Saudi ArabiaMashael Alobaidan and Dania Akeel are the the first Saudi women to compete at an international rally(SOUNDBITE) (English) SAUDI FEMALE RALLY DRIVER, MASHAEL ALOBAIDAN, SAYING:"I say this message, not only to girls but to boys and everyone in the world, every human: If you love something, just go for it. If you see obstacles, just push push push until you do the things you love and enjoy life."Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on female drivers in 2018
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab praised Myanmar's ambassador to London who on Monday called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, both of whom were detained in a military coup last month. "I commend the courage and patriotism of Myanmar Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn in calling for Aung Sung Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint to be released and for the results of the 2020 election to be respected," Raab said in a statement.
France full-back Thomas Ramos said on Monday he will miss the remainder of the Six Nations due to a calf injury he picked up while playing for Toulouse at the weekend.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak aims to balance Britain's public finances by relying 60% on tax rises and 40% on spending cuts, a sharp reversal of the government's approach after the 2008-09 recession, the country's budget watchdog said on Monday. Sunak's budget plans last week showed Britain's budget deficit falling to 4% of gross domestic product in 2023/24 from a peacetime high of 19% of GDP in 2020/21, when borrowing paid for most of the financial cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. "If you look at the ratio of this budget's consolidation to what's been done in the past, it's about 60% being done by tax and about 40% being done through spending," Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) chairman Richard Hughes told parliament's Treasury Committee.