Leaky Gucci and Adidas ‘sun umbrella’ sparks China outcry

A parasol set to be sold in China by top western brands Gucci and Adidas for 11,100 yuan ($1,642; £1,329) is causing an outcry for not keeping out the rain. Criticism of the item the firms call a “sun umbrella” has gone viral on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. It comes as Gucci’s website says it is “not waterproof and is meant for sun protection or decorative use”. The parasol is part of a joint collection that is being promoted online ahead of its release next month. A hashtag on Weibo which translates to “the collaboration umbrella being sold … Continue reading Leaky Gucci and Adidas ‘sun umbrella’ sparks China outcry

Stock markets fall amid concern over rising prices

Stock markets in Asia and the US have fallen sharply over concerns that rising prices will send the global economy into a slowdown. US shares saw their biggest one-day drop since 2020 after downbeat earnings reports from some of America’s biggest retailers. Target said unexpectedly high fuel and freight costs had cut into profits, which halved compared with a year ago. That followed a similarly downbeat update from rival Walmart earlier. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index was 2.6% lower in Asia morning trade, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 3.3%. That came after the S&P 500 index, which tracks shares … Continue reading Stock markets fall amid concern over rising prices

Airborne: Woman gives birth on plane with help from ‘exemplary’ flight attendant

A plane travelling between Denver and Orlando touched down with one more passenger than it had taken off with after a mother unexpectedly gave birth thousands of feet above the Midwest prairies. A flight attendant Diana Giraldo stepped up to help the mother who went into labour in the middle of a Frontier Airlines flight, the company said in a Facebook post on Tuesday without disclosing the specific date the unexpected delivery took place. Ms Giraldo took the mother into the plane’s back lavatory to assist in the delivery where the baby was safely welcomed into the world, something that the captain … Continue reading Airborne: Woman gives birth on plane with help from ‘exemplary’ flight attendant

Ex-police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter in killing of George Floyd

A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.Late George Floyd Thomas Lane was one of three ex-policemen who watched fellow officer Derek Chauvin kill Floyd by kneeling on his neck. By entering the plea, Lane avoided an upcoming trial in June on the more serious charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill has agreed to a three-year jail sentence for him. The two other ex-officers involved in Floyd’s arrest, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, are scheduled to go on … Continue reading Ex-police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter in killing of George Floyd

Just in: Finland and Sweden submit applications for NATO membership

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said that Finland and Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, in a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Mr Stoltenberg said after receiving application letters from the two Nordic countries’ ambassadors. The applications must now be considered by the 30 member countries. That process is expected to take about two weeks, although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed reservations about Finland and Sweden joining. If … Continue reading Just in: Finland and Sweden submit applications for NATO membership

Mali arrests suspects after announcing foiled coup attempt

Malian authorities have arrested suspects after an announcement by the ruling junta that it had foiled a coup attempt supported by an unnamed Western government.Col. Assimi Goita Security forces thwarted the counter-coup against two-time coup leader Col. Assimi Goita, according to a government statement. The army on Tuesday said that authorities arrested suspects who are being questioned. “For the moment, investigations and interrogations of those arrested are underway and it is after this work that details can be communicated to the public,” Mali army spokesman Col. Souleymane Dembélé said. Early Tuesday, a list of several Malian military personnel suspected in … Continue reading Mali arrests suspects after announcing foiled coup attempt

Man with nine wives ‘anxious’ as all partners want to be first to bear his kids

A man who had a total of nine wives is planning to have children, and states that it is a “first come, first served” basis as to who will be their mother after one partner left the unusual marriage.The wife who left is circled Brazilian model Arthur O Urso has said that he wants to marry two more women, despite having a “sex rota” in order to keep his partners satisfied. However, after one of his partner’s left, Arthur hopes to expand his family with a baby, the Mirror reports. Arthur and his first wife, Luana Kazaki, are swingers who formalized the union with … Continue reading Man with nine wives ‘anxious’ as all partners want to be first to bear his kids

PSG player criticized for not playing in anti-homophobia day game

Paris Saint-Germain football player Idrissa Gueye has been asked to explain himself, after he missed a game last week amid reports that he refused to play because he did not want to wear a rainbow-coloured number on the back of his jersey.Idrissa Gueye The Senegal midfielder traveled with his teammates to Montpellier last weekend for Saturday’s French league game in the southern city but did not play, with PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino citing “personal reasons” to justify his absence on the field. For the second consecutive season, professional clubs in the country had been invited to label their players’ shirts with … Continue reading PSG player criticized for not playing in anti-homophobia day game

Global firms are boosting baby formula supplies in the US

Global firms are boosting supplies of baby formula in the US as the country grapples with a shortage. Gerber-maker Nestle said it was flying additional shipments to the country from the Netherlands and Switzerland. UK-based Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Enfamil and has factories in the US, has also said it has ramped up production by 30% this year. The move comes as US officials warned that resolution of the shortage remained months away. On Monday, Abbott Laboratories, the biggest US supplier of powder infant formula brands such as Similac, reached a deal with regulators on steps needed to restart production … Continue reading Global firms are boosting baby formula supplies in the US

Netflix cuts 150 US-based jobs after losing subscribers

Netflix has laid off about 150 staff, just a month after the entertainment giant said it was losing subscribers for the first time in a decade. The redundancies, announced by the streaming service on Tuesday, will mainly affect its US office in California. They account for about 2% of its North American workforce. Netflix said the job losses were due to the slump in the company’s revenue. The streaming service is battling an exodus of viewers this year. “These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want … Continue reading Netflix cuts 150 US-based jobs after losing subscribers

Matriarch accused of leading drug clan captured

Police in Honduras have captured a woman accused of leading a drug trafficking clan with four of her sons. Herlinda Bobadilla, 61, was arrested in the mountains of Honduras after a shoot-out in which her 32-year-old son, Tito Montes, was killed. US authorities had requested that she and her sons Tito and Juan Carlos Montes be extradited to the US and had offered a $5m-reward (£4.1m) for each. Thirty-five-year-old Juan Carlos Montes remains on the run. Police in Honduras say they received many tip-offs after the US State Department offered the multi-million dollar reward for the three two weeks ago. … Continue reading Matriarch accused of leading drug clan captured

US accuse attorney-general of Guatemala of corruption

The US has barred Guatemala’s Attorney General Consuelo Porras from entering the country, accusing her of being involved in corruption. The US state department said Ms Porras had “repeatedly obstructed and undermined anti-corruption investigations in Guatemala”. Ms Porras has denied any wrongdoing and said that fighting corruption has been her priority. On Monday, she was sworn in for a second four-year term in office. As he re-appointed her, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei described Ms Porras as “a professional who meets all the constitutional requirements” to serve another term. He also said that the independence and autonomy of the attorney general’s … Continue reading US accuse attorney-general of Guatemala of corruption