WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon approves deployment of 1,000 active duty troops to help deliver COVID-19 shots, first to California next week.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon approves deployment of 1,000 active duty troops to help deliver COVID-19 shots, first to California next week.
Deutsche Telekom said on Monday it had submitted a pitch to the German government to design a digital vaccination passport, as part of European efforts to reopen travel for those who have protection against COVID-19. A spokesman confirmed that the telecoms group had submitted a bid under a tender that was called last week and closed on Monday. CEO Tim Hoettges told reporters on Friday that Deutsche Telekom planned to put in a bid.
In Jamaica, which won praise for containing its coronavirus outbreak last year, patients now overflow into corridors on chairs and stretchers in some hospitals, prompting the Caribbean nation to open three emergency field hospitals. While global new infections start to decline, a handful of countries across the Caribbean, including the larger islands of Jamaica and Cuba, are suffering their worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic following social gatherings over year-end, quarantine violations by visitors and growing complacency. The number of total confirmed cases has almost doubled in the first two months of the year in Jamaica.
Dubious intermediaries have offered governments across the European Union a total of about 1 billion non-existent COVID-19 vaccine doses worth about 14 billion euros, the bloc's anti-fraud agency told Reuters on Monday. Such middleman are asking for advance payments and giving no delivery details, Ville Itala, the head of the European anti-fraud office OLAF, said, stressing that pharmaceutical companies insist they sell directly to governments.
Officials in Nigeria's Zamfara state are in touch with the gunmen who abducted 317 schoolgirls last week and are negotiating their release, two state officials told Reuters on Monday. The armed men took the girls from a boarding school in the increasingly lawless northwestern part of Nigeria early on Feb. 26, the region's second school kidnapping in a week. Zamfara Information Commissioner Sulaiman Tanau Anka told Reuters via phone that officials knew where the girls were being held and who had them, but would not send in armed security forces for fear of harming the girls.
The visits are a sign of international competition for influence in Sudan, which sits in a volatile region bridging the Horn of Africa, the Gulf, and North Africa, following the 2019 overthrow of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir. Some 300 marines standing at attention aboard the USS Winston Churchill were greeted by a Sudanese military band in Port Sudan, a strategically important city on the Red Sea that serves as Sudan's main port. Russia plans to set up a navel base there capable of mooring nuclear-powered surface vessels, and on Sunday the Admiral Grigorovich frigate became the first Russian warship to enter the port, Interfax news agency reported.
At least five people were injured on Monday when Iraqi security forces wielding clubs broke up a street protest in Baghdad's central Tahrir Square, security and hospital sources said. Pope Francis plans a March 5-8 visit to Iraq despite deteriorating security in some parts of the country which has seen the first big suicide bombing in Baghdad for three years. About 200 people protested in Tahrir Square in a reaction to security force violence against protesters in the southern city of Nassiriya on Friday that left at least eight demonstrators dead and some 250 injured.
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Uruguay, the last country in South America to receive delivery of coronavirus vaccines, started its inoculation campaign Monday with a focus on teachers, soldiers, police and firefighters.
At a time when it’s seemingly impossible to reach consensus about anything from science and meteorology to how economies function and who should benefit from them, it’s either daring or divisive for “Raya and the Last Dragon” to make a case for reaching out to our enemies and trusting them to put the common good above factional rivalry. How viewers will respond to that kind of message in a family-friendly period fantasy will no doubt vary, but the film itself is a gorgeous piece of work that features elaborate and ambitious world-building, stunning visuals and an A-team of impressive voice actors. It’s a film with a lot on its mind and plenty of plot and character plates to spin, but the results are both impressive and exciting. Screenwriters Adele Lim (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Qui Nguyen craft a plot that’s easy to follow yet hard to summarize, but here goes: Five hundred years ago, plague creatures known as the Druun stalked the land of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in peace and harmony, turning people and dragons alike into stone. They were stopped only when Sisu, the remaining dragon, put the last bit of dragon magic into a gemstone. Watch Video: 'Raya and the Last Dragon' Trailer: Meet the Dragon and a Butt-Kicking Baby Following the end of the plague, Kumandra splintered into five provinces. When one of the five tries to steal the gemstone for itself, it shatters into pieces, weakening its powers and bringing back the Druun. Benja (voiced by Daniel Dae Kim), who had dreamed of reuniting Kumandra, is turned to stone. Six years later, Benja’s daughter Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) manages to summon the spirit of Sisu (Awkwafina), and the two put together a crew that includes Boun (Izaac Wang, “Good Boys”), an orphan who runs a floating restaurant; a con-artist infant (Thalia Tran) and her team of simian henchmen; and warrior Tong (Benedict Wong), the last soldier standing from the Spine province. Each piece of the stone endows Sisu with the power of her sibling dragons, who sacrificed themselves to stop the Druun, but Raya must put aside her anger — particularly at rival princess Namaari (Gemma Chan) — and learn to trust in her enemies if Kumandra has any chance of being restored. Also Read: Disney Moves 3 Films to Disney+, But 'Black Widow' Will Still Open in Theaters “Raya and the Last Dragon” has a moral that’s open to various interpretations, but it’s a fable that succeeds on many levels, from its rich sense of atmosphere to its dynamic female leads. (Frenemies Raya and Namaari may technically be “Disney princesses,” but they’re more Xena than Sleeping Beauty.) Directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, along with co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, give each province tangibly distinct looks, not only in the various color schemes but also in terrain, weather and even lighting. Even when the script throws a lot of characters and situations at us, it’s always clear where we are in the film’s geography as well as the status of the quest. Given that the film’s mythology is both dense and tragic in the early sequences, the comic appearance of Awkwafina as the titular last dragon is a little jarring at first, like dropping Robin Williams’ genie from “Aladdin” into the middle of “The Hunger Games.” Her presence eventually softens the film (as does the eventual appearance of Boun and the rest of the crew that tags along), making the storyline ultimately able to balance earth-shattering stakes and charming character development. Watch Video: 'Raya and the Last Dragon' Star Kelly Marie Tran on 'Unfair Pressure' of Playing Disney's First Southeast Asian Princess There’s neither a love story nor musical numbers here, and neither are missed; this is a film brimming over with humor and adventure, breathtaking fight choreography and eye-popping fantasy. (These dragons come in every color of the rainbow, and they’re fuzzy rather than scaly.) That Disney has gotten to a place where it can accommodate complex storytelling, characters of color (the voice cast also includes Sandra Oh, Sung Kang and Patti Harrison) and women with strength and agency makes “Raya and the Last Dragon” both a groundbreaker for one of Hollywood’s most venerable animation studios and, one hopes, a harbinger of more challenging entertainments in the years to come. (Attached to “Raya and the Last Dragon” is “Us Again,” a dance-centric animated short about an older couple rejuvenated by a walk in the rain. Like “Raya,” it represents new achievements in the visual representation of water in CGI animation, but beyond that, it’s absolutely lovely. “Us Again” screens exclusively in theaters before premiering on Disney+ in June.) “Raya and the Last Dragon” opens in select theaters and Disney+ PVOD March 5. Read original story ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Film Review: Disney Animated Epic Offers a Dynamic, Complex Saga At TheWrap
Press Secretary Jen Psaki Deputy and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas hold a briefing at the White House.
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have no time to soak up the plaudits during their record-breaking run as the Premier League leaders chase an unprecedented quadruple.
Olabisi Boyle, vice president of product planning and mobility strategy at Hyundai Motor North America, has seen plenty of change during her decades in the industry. Before joining Hyundai in August, Boyle was vice president of connected commerce at Visa, where one of her roles was to expand in-car payment technology. Before that, she held several leadership positions at Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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Actor Idris Elba and supermodel Naomi Campbell were among signatories of an open letter published Monday criticising Ghana's stance on gay rights.
This carbon neutral sailboat delivered cacao to France, all the way from the Dominican Republic.Brittany-based chocolate and coffee manufacturer Grain de Sail sent their own vessel - which functions almost completely on renewable energy - on a cross-Atlantic voyage via New York in a bid to make the movement of their goods by sea pollution free.International shipping by sea transport emits around 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually, accounting for about 2.2% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. That's according to a 2014 study by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Grain de Sail’s boat is more environmentally friendly than most cargo ships – featuring two hydrogenerators, two wind power generators and three sets of solar panels.Its small diesel motor is only used for minor manoeuvres at harbors.According to Jacques Barreau, the director general of Grain de Sail, the mission was partly inspired by tall ships – a type of sailboat dating back to the 18th century."It's about making maritime transport carbon neutral again, because we should not forget that in the past, tall ships, which were sailboats, had the capacity to transport cargo, and they didn't have motors. They were already carbon neutral. But we have lost this habit a bit, with the use of large cargo ships and container vessels, and what we're doing with this very modern ship, which really uses today's technology, is that we're reinitiating all of this. We're going back to a more virtuous maritime transport, and it's true that it's something that's extremely important considering all of today's environmental matters."The sailboat started its maiden voyage in November 2020 and docked in New York City in December.It then set off to the Dominican Republic, where staff collected 33 tonnes of cacao beans before heading back to France – making a total round trip of three months.During the voyage, the crew enjoyed Brittany's trademark crepes, lying in the hammock, and spotting the occasional dolphin swimming nearby.But it wasn’t all plain sailing, said the boat’s captain, Loic Briand."We took a route around the north, all while staying close to the Gulf Stream. We had a bit of depression, four anticyclones, we chose to test the boat in some depressions, meaning we crossed storms with wind speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour and seven to eight meters of waves that came crashing, but the boat resisted quite well."The company aims to develop an inter-Atlantic network of cacao and coffee producers in the future, with the implementation of more cargo sailboats."Little by little, we will develop, on both sides of the Atlantic, a manufacturing network, of roasting and chocolate production, both on the European level and in the east coast of the United States. Then, we will eventually link these sites together with one cargo sailboat, then a second sailboat, a third, a fourth, so that this group of ships could serve each site in a pooled manner."
Tech giant Apple has now reopened all 270 of its retail locations in the U.S., in some capacity, nearly a year after shutting them down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Apple had announced the closure of all Apple Stores on March 13, 2020, outside of China as a precaution to curb the spread of COVID-19. […]
Gauzere came in for criticism from English supporters and pundits as Eddie Jones' England saw their title defence come to an end in Cardiff on Saturday. The first Welsh try came when England were breaking out of a huddle after the Gauzere had instructed captain Owen Farrell to address his players and they were unprepared for Dan Biggar's kick to the corner that Josh Adams collected in acres of space.
Mar.01 -- Spotify Technology SA is offering cheap plans in countries with low purchasing power as the audio streaming platform plans its broadest market expansion to date across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, said vice president of markets and subscriber growth Gustav Gyllenhammar in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg's Juliette Saly.
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A Canadian dad revealed his tips for building the perfect snow shelter after he hollowed out a small cave for himself in a huge snow bank.In this footage, Montreal resident David Freiheit demonstrates how to build a quinzhee, a snow shelter made from a large pile of loose snow.In this video, Freiheit explains how he shoveled around four feet of snow from the roof of his apartment building onto the sidewalk.After leaving it to harden overnight, Freiheit said he then used a variety of garden tools to shape and hollow out the structure. He also demonstrated how much space was inside the quinzhee, cheerfully lifting a coffee mug in a hunched-over posture. Credit: David Freiheit via Storyful