Tank doesn’t know what to think of his new toy fish. It's alive!
Tank doesn’t know what to think of his new toy fish. It's alive!
A sharply divided U.S. Senate will begin a contentious debate on Friday on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill that is President Joe Biden's first major legislative initiative, with Democrats pressing ahead without any Republican support. The Senate voted on Thursday to take up the bill in a party-line 51-50 vote, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie. The Senate is expected to debate the bill three hours on Friday before considering a multitude of amendments, which could require a marathon voting session, before taking a vote on final passage in a process that could extend into the weekend.
The end of lockdown brought some relief for Kashmir's traditional copper utensil makers, renowned for their immaculate craftsmanship, but their industry is under threat and their earnings low. Feeling the ever-increasing competition from modern gadgets and home appliances, artisans and sellers were dealt a severe jolt last year by a months-long lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Artisans, mainly based in the old quarters of Indian-administered Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, engrave the traditional samovar used for boiling water, cutlery sets and other utensils considered a part of every Kashmiri family's heirlooms.
Researchers used the Fugaku supercomputer to model the flow of virus particles from people wearing different types and combinations of masks, according to a study released on Thursday (March 4) by research giant Riken and Kobe University.Using a single surgical-type mask, made of non-woven material, had 85% effectiveness in blocking particles when worn tightly around the nose and face. Adding a polyurethane mask on top boosted the effectiveness to just 89%.Wearing two non-woven masks isn't useful because air resistance builds up and causes leakage around the edges.In general, professional grade N95 masks were the best in protecting against infection, followed by non-woven masks, cloth masks, and finally polyurethane types, the study showed.
U.S. grocery delivery app Instacart is considering going public through a direct listing, concerned that it could leave money on the table through a traditional initial public offering (IPO), according to people familiar with the matter. The move would make Instacart the latest company to snub an IPO, for decades the primary path to a stock market debut, because it risks pricing its offering too low compared to where its shares end up trading. In a direct listing, companies go public without raising money through a stock sale.
Warren Buffett and Cathie Wood are polar opposites when it comes to investing. The former is a stock-picking legend with a history of skepticism of hyped-up technology concerns, while the latter seemingly can’t get enough of them. Each have cult followings—Buffett’s flock to see him at the company’s annual meeting, while Wood’s show their adoration on Twitter and TikTok.
The race to roll out vaccination passports is spurring competition among travel companies and tourist destinations for the large number of Britons set to receive COVID-19 shots before the summer. Thanks to its swift vaccine deployment https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps, Britain is the only major European country likely to inoculate a large share of working-age adults by summer. Airlines such as easyJet saw outbound bookings from Britain surge last week as the government raised the prospect of a return to quarantine-free summer travel, and the European Union agreed to develop vaccine passports under pressure from tourism-dependent southern countries.
Governments and airlines in Europe are hoping that vaccine certificates and digital health apps can help make travel for the masses a reality again this summer after a year of COVID-19 restrictions. A digital health or travel app would aim to show passengers up-to-date requirements for their destination and display their COVID-19 test results and any vaccination certificate. "These solutions will therefore be vital to reduce this complexity and make the customer journey smoother," said Luis Gallego, chief executive of British Airways owner IAG.
A Swedish court on Friday remanded the 22-year-old suspect in a knife attack in custody, a court spokesman said. The man is accused of seven counts of attempted murder over a rampage in the small town of Vetlanda in the south of Sweden on Wednesday in which seven people were wounded, none of them fatally.
World Health Organization officials said on Friday the risk of an Ebola outbreak spreading from Guinea to its neighbours was "very high" and that some neighbouring countries were not prepared for outbreaks or for future vaccination campaigns. WHO's Guinea representative, Georges Alfred Ki-Zerbo, told a virtual briefing that 18 cases had been identified and four of those people had died. So far, 1,604 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in the new outbreak in Guinea, the first resurgence of the virus there since a 2013-2016 outbreak - the world's worst - which spread to several other West African countries and killed thousand of people.
Oil prices jumped more than $1 a barrel on Friday (March 5), hitting their highest levels in nearly 14 months.It comes after OPEC and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, agreed not to increase supply in April.The oil producers' group is waiting for a more substantial recovery in demand amid the health crisis.Brent crude was up around 2 percent in morning trade.Investors were surprised that Saudi Arabia agreed to maintain its voluntary cut of 1 million barrels per day, particularly as oil prices have rallied over the past two months.Oil importing countries such as India and Turkey saw their currencies slip after the news.India's oil minister told Reuters on Friday that the move would hurt consumers.Analysts are reviewing their price forecasts to reflect the continued supply restraint by OPEC+, as well as U.S. shale producers.They have been holding back spending in order to boost returns to investors.
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At least a dozen people and possibly up to 23 have been killed in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province where Revolutionary Guards and security forces have used lethal force against fuel couriers from ethnic minorities and protesters, the United Nations said on Friday. Iran is investigating an incident in which at least two Iranians were shot dead this week at the border with Pakistan, and Islamabad has handed over the body of one of the victims, the Iranian foreign ministry said a week ago.
Senegalese authorities have restricted internet access as protests over the detention of an opposition leader intensify, internet monitor NetBlocks said on Friday. Over the past two days, at least one person has been killed in clashes between riot police and supporters of Ousmane Sonko, who say his detention on Wednesday in the wake of a rape allegation is politically motivated. NetBlocks said social media and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Youtube had been restricted early on Friday ahead of a planned demonstration by civil society and opposition parties led by protest movement "Y En A Marre" (Enough is Enough).
German movie and television company Telepool – which is co-owned by Will Smith and Swiss investor Elysian Fields – and its sales arm Global Screen are embarking on a strategic realignment to board projects at an earlier stage as co-production and co-financing partners, in addition to handling world sales, and have revealed the first three […]
Greenpeace activists painted part of an Air France airplane green at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on March 5 in a protest over what the organization called the French government’s “greenwashing on air transport”.In a post explaining the action, Greenpeace said it came days ahead of parliamentary debates on a climate bill, and said, “we would like to firmly remind you that the technological innovations so much praised by the Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, will not be enough to stem the climate crisis.”In footage posted by Greenpeace, activists are seen approaching then painting the airplane. One of the activists then addresses Djebbari in a piece to camera, saying that the activists were occupied with greenwashing the plane, skiping a “masquerade” and moving to a resolution. Credit: Greenpeace via Storyful
Using fictitious social media accounts, a man would send photos of his penis and sexually harass his colleagues.
Cyprus will open its doors from May 1 to British tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, a government minister said.
The siren heard over the opening seconds of “A Cop Movie” doesn’t emanate from a car at all, but from an actor, imitating the piercing sound of approaching police with her voice. That’s a fitting fake-out with which to begin Alonso Ruizpalacios’ astoundingly original look at what makes an effective Mexico City cop. Technically, this […]
Britain's coronavirus lockdown squeezed demand for staff last month, with spending on temporary workers growing at its slowest rate in seven months, a survey of employment agencies showed on Friday. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation said overall demand for staff had stabilised at a lower level after falling sharply in February, with a further decline in permanent hiring. "The jobs market remains on hold with hiring decisions stalled, people reluctant to seek new roles and the growth in temporary billings has also slowed," said James Stewart, vice chair of accountants KPMG, who sponsor the survey.
Bitcoin's broader bias remains bullish with prices holding well above the 21-week SMA.