A blast smashed windows at a coronavirus testing center in a small town north of Amsterdam early Wednesday, police said. Police in the province of North Holland tweeted that “an explosive went off” near the testing center in Bovenkarspel just before 7 a.m. Police cordoned off the area, which is 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Amsterdam, and were investigating the cause of the blast.
The first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 shots to be dispatched to Africa under the global COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme were to arrive in Rwanda on Wednesday, as efforts to inoculate the world's poorest nations accelerate. The batch of 102,960 doses were due in Kigali hours after a flight landed carrying 240,000 AstraZeneca doses from the Serum Institute of India, the health ministry said. Rwanda plans to start its vaccination drive on Friday, prioritising frontline health workers and others at high-risk.
A motorist touring a safari-style park in Canada had to deal with a deer that poked its head into his car after being fed a carrot.Daniel Marsan and his family were touring Parc Omega in Quebec when they stopped to feed the deer a carrot. Perhaps wanting a bit more, the animal reached into the vehicle before being given a second feed by hand.Parc Omega runs a safari-style park; it has many of the animals found in Canada, such as elk, bison, wolves and bears. Credit: Daniel Marsan via Storyful
Doria Ragland and Oprah Winfrey have both attended Agape International Spiritual Center in LA.
After the contentious two-day test gave India a 2-1 series lead against England, the series and the World Test Championship equations are simple ahead of the fourth cricket test at Ahmedabad. A win or a draw for India will secure the series and a place in the test championship final against New Zealand. A win for England would seriously complicate matters for the hosts, and help Australia..
GlobalFoundries will invest $1.4 billion this year to raise output at three factories in the United States, Singapore and Germany, as a global shortage of semiconductors has boosted demand for chips, its chief executive said. The U.S.-based company, a unit of Abu Dhabi's state-owned fund Mubadala, may also bring forward its initial public offering to late 2021 or the first half of next year, from a previous target of late 2022 or early 2023. Automakers and electronics producers are facing a global shortage of chips which has fueled manufacturing delays.
A 70-year-old man was fined $3,500 on Wednesday (3 March) after he sold bottled water filled from a toilet tap.
Rio Tinto says its chair and a board director will step down. The mining giant has bowed to pressure from investors over the destruction of two Aboriginal sites in Australia.There was uproar last year when the 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge rock shelters were destroyed in the course of mining operations. Chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques eventually resigned over the affair. But campaigners were outraged by the board's handling of an investigation into the matter. The probe found no single person accountable. Now chair Simon Thompson and board director Michael L'Estrange will both step down in the coming months. Investors welcomed the move as a sign of accountability. Rio Tinto last year chose Danish executive Jakob Stausholm as the firm's new chief executive. Some Australian investors had pressed for a leader with strong experience of local indigenous issues.
Since you can’t be in Berlin this year, Variety is bringing Berlin to you. We’re publishing daily digital editions, running March 1-4, of coverage from the European Film Market. To catch up on Day 3, please click below.
Singapore could see a private university for the arts being set up, with two of the country's well-established institutions as its constituent colleges.
Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Angeles Hernández and David Matamoros’ feature debut “Isaac,” a genre-blend of drama, black comedy and an existential journey. Breaking Glass plans a third quarter 2021 release for the movie. The deal was struck by Richard Wolff, president of Breaking Glass Pictures, and “Isaac’s” world sales […]
At least 10 rockets hit a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, security sources said, two days before Pope Francis's historic visit to the country.
Protests against the military coup showed no sign of abating with more planned across the country, as Southeast Asian neighbors struggled for consensus in their efforts to end the month-long crisis.Video obtained by Reuters showed protesters using the fire extinguishers as well as smoke grenades as they retreated after shots were heard in Sanchaung in Yangon.Meanwhile, Myanmar security forces and protesters faced off in Mandalay, with protesters using a fire extinguisher to create cover and throwing objects towards police.At least 21 people have been killed since the Feb. 1 coup against Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically elected government.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to make any breakthrough in a virtual meeting on Myanmar by its 10 foreign ministers. While they were united over call for restraint, only four members - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore - called for the release of detainees including Suu Kyi.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected on Wednesday to agree a gradual relaxation of coronavirus curbs with regional leaders, but the rules can be tightened again if infections jump, according to draft plans seen by Reuters. It also allows for further opening if the number sinks below 35 per 100,000.
Taiwan will not be beaten by China's ban on pineapple imports and will rally round its farmers to turn crisis into opportunity with new markets and more sales at home, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, offering a defiant rebuke to Beijing. China last week stopped the import of Taiwanese pineapples, citing "harmful creatures" it said could come with the fruit. Taiwan's infuriated government called the ban a political move to further pressure the Chinese-claimed island, a charge that China denied.
The president of Seychelles says he hopes enough residents will soon be vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus in the Indian Ocean island nation. Seychelles began vaccinations in January, and by the end of February, about 44% of those vaccinated had gotten a second shot.
Britain will modernise its listing rules to attract more high-growth and "blank cheque" SPAC company flotations to London, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said after a government-backed review said the capital was on the back foot after Brexit. The London Stock Exchange is facing tougher competition from NYSE and Nasdaq in New York, and from Euronext in Amsterdam since Britain fully left the European Union on Dec. 31.
Nestled in a steep rocky hillside among the remote mountains of northern Iraq, the Rabban Hormizd Monastery has watched invaders come and go through Christianity's tumultuous history in this corner of ancient Mesopotamia. Mongols, Persians, Arabs, Kurds and Ottomans have sacked, surrounded or occupied the seventh century monastery and the Christian town of Alqosh, above which it perches, near the borders with Turkey, Syria and Iran. But Christians there survived the latest onslaught, this time by Islamic State militants who took over one third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017, including the city of Mosul just 20 miles (32 km) to the south.
These gloves give people with a tremor a helping handUK start-up GyroGear has invented this wearable technologyto help people with debilitating shakes regain control of their hands(SOUNDBITE) (English) GORDON MCCABE, GYROGEAR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER SAYING: "The GyroGove is essentially, you have what we call our little puck which sits on the back of the hand. It is a spinning flywheel and while that spins, that flywheel, it exerts a gyroscopic force. So much like a spinning top that will always stay upright as long as it's spinning, your hand will always stay level while the flywheel is spinning."56-year-old Jenny Field has had to develop a range of strategiesto cope with her tremors(SOUNDBITE) (English) JENNY FIELD, ESSENTIALTREMOR SUFFERER, SAYING:"Essential Tremor is quite a hidden disability. You don't see how much it affects us, how our muscles hurt, the beating they take with the tremor on the move all day. As soon as you put GyroGlove on it puts your muscles at ease because they are not under so much pressure all the time so it just frees you up. You can enjoy your hobbies more, you could work more effectively at typing. The GyroGlove is huge because there is not a lot out there to help us."
Data shows that the number of weekly coronavirus deaths in England and Wales has fallen by more than a quarter.