Bunny Wailer reggae legend who found fame with Bob Marley dies, aged 73

One of reggae’s most important voices, Bunny Wailer, has died at the age of 73. The musician, from Kingston, Jamaica, was a founding member of The Wailers alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley. Together, they achieved international fame with reggae classics like Simmer Down and Stir It Up, before Wailer left to go solo in 1974. He went on to win three Grammys and was given Jamaica’s Order Of Merit in 2017. His death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe, and Jamaica’s Culture Minister, Olivia Grange. The cause of death is unknown, but he had been in hospital since having … Continue reading Bunny Wailer reggae legend who found fame with Bob Marley dies, aged 73

Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to fly to moon

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight members of the public to join him for a trip around the moon on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight. “I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join,” he said in a video via Twitter, where he also shared a link to application details. He said he will pay for the entire journey, so those who come onboard will fly for free. The mission, called dearMoon, is scheduled to fly in 2023. Applicants need to meet two criteria: they should advance “whatever activity” they are in to “help other people and greater society in … Continue reading Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to fly to moon

Rio Tinto chief to step down over cave destruction

Rio Tinto’s chairman and a director will step down over the destruction of two ancient Aboriginal rock shelters. The 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge rock shelters were destroyed for an iron ore mine in Western Australia last year. A public and investor backlash led to the resignation of then-chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques and two deputies. However, last month the mining giant’s remuneration committee handed large payouts to all three executives. Simon Thompson will step down as chairman after next year’s annual general meetings, while non-executive director Michael L’Estrange will retire from the board after this year’s meetings. “I am ultimately accountable for … Continue reading Rio Tinto chief to step down over cave destruction

Hedge fund billionaire pays $105 million to settle NY tax fraud case

New York State Attorney General Letitia James The billionaire hedge fund manager Thomas Sandell has paid $105 million in back taxes and damages to settle charges he defrauded New York state and New York City out of taxes on a decade’s worth of fees, officials said on Tuesday. Sandell, a principal at Sandell Asset Management Corp, did not admit or deny wrongdoing in settling claims by state Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Corporation Counsel James Johnson, who jointly announced the settlement. The claims arose from Sandell’s having deferred paying taxes on $450 million of management and performance … Continue reading Hedge fund billionaire pays $105 million to settle NY tax fraud case

China expands first foreign frontline military channel with U.S. ally South Korea

China has expanded upon its first-ever frontline military hotline with a foreign force, South Korea, a U.S. ally wedged between the geopolitical rivalry of Washington and Beijing. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) greet prior to their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, in 2020. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Senior Colonel Tan Kefei announced Tuesday that the People’s Liberation Army and Republic of Korea Armed Forces revised a November 2008 memorandum of understanding that established lines of communication between the navies and air forces of the two nations. “This current … Continue reading China expands first foreign frontline military channel with U.S. ally South Korea

Mausoleum built for Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, finally reopens

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline A mausoleum built two millennia ago for the first Roman emperor, Augustus, has finally reopened to the public after 14 years and a $12.25 million restoration project. The funerary monument took five years to restore and make safe before it could be reopened to the public, including removing rubbish and clearing surrounding trees. Towering above Rome’s historic centre, the ancient tomb was once used as a military look-out point and hosted the lavish parties of the Roman dynasty. The site fell into disrepair, trees grew from the walls and rubbish filled the pathways, and was finally … Continue reading Mausoleum built for Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, finally reopens

Israel army faces battle over beards

Israel’s military is facing a challenge on the home front unrelated to traditional threats against the Jewish state: it’s over facial hair, and activists say the army’s future is at stake. Bar Pinto and Gilad Levi are campaigning for Israeli soldiers to be allowed to grow beards Bar Pinto and Gilad Levi, two red-bearded 29-year-olds, have founded “Beard Exemptions for All” (“Ptor Zakan Lekulam” in Hebrew), a campaign challenging Israeli military rules compelling all male troops to be clean-shaven. Pinto and Levi have taken issue with a system that grants exemptions to that rule on religious grounds, while the faces of … Continue reading Israel army faces battle over beards

Jack Ma loses title as China’s richest man after coming under Beijing’s scrutiny

 Alibaba Group’s Jack Ma attends the WAIC in Shanghai Alibaba and Ant Group founder Jack Ma has lost the title of China’s richest man, a list published on Tuesday showed, as his peers prospered while his empire was put under heavy scrutiny by Chinese regulators. Ma and his family had held the top spot for China’s richest in the Hurun Global Rich List in 2020 and 2019 but now trail in fourth place behind bottled water maker Nongfu Spring’s Zhong Shanshan, Tencent Holding’s Pony Ma and e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo’s Collin Huang, the latest list showed. His fall out of the … Continue reading Jack Ma loses title as China’s richest man after coming under Beijing’s scrutiny

Teenagers sue private school for $20M

A pair of teenage boys who were removed from a prestigious California Catholic school due to an alleged “blackface” photo are suing their former school for $20 million, claiming they were using acne treatment facial coverings. The former students, identified as H.H. and A.H., allege St. Francis High School in Mountain View wrongfully punished them for an “innocent” selfie and claim their punishment was increased due to heightened racial tensions over the fallout of George Floyd’s death, according to court records reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. “This lawsuit is our attempt to redeem our names and reputations, and to correct the … Continue reading Teenagers sue private school for $20M

Glow-in-the-dark sharks found off New Zealand coast

Scientists say they have found that three deepwater shark species living off New Zealand glow in the dark. The species were collected from the Chatham Rise – an area of ocean floor to the east of New Zealand, in January of last year, according to the study. One of them, the kitefin shark, is now the largest known luminous vertebrate and can reach up to 180cm (5ft 11in). Bioluminescence was also confirmed in the blackbelly lanternshark and southern lanternshark. The three species were already known to marine biologists but this is the first time that the phenomenon of bioluminescence – … Continue reading Glow-in-the-dark sharks found off New Zealand coast

Thirteen die in southern California crash near Mexico border

In what can be described as a tragic occurence, at least 13 people have died and more were injured after an SUV collided with a trailer truck in southern California, near the US-Mexico border. Twenty-five people were said to have been travelling in the SUV, which would legally have had a capacity for eight or nine. Police say the vehicle drove directly into the path of the truck, which had a full load of gravel, the truck’s driver suffered minor injuries. Fire officials said they were called to an incident in Imperial – about 11 miles (18km) north of the … Continue reading Thirteen die in southern California crash near Mexico border

Three female media workers shot dead in Jalalabad

Three women who worked for a TV station in the Afghan city of Jalalabad have been shot dead, in what seems to be the latest in a wave of targeted killings. Reports say the women, aged 18-20, were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks, a fourth was critically hurt. Police say they arrested the lead gunman, linking him to the Taliban. The group deny any involvement, a wave of killings has rocked the country with journalists, activists and other political figures being targeted. The three women killed had recently finished high school and worked in the dubbing department of … Continue reading Three female media workers shot dead in Jalalabad