LOL: Indonesian officials give away live chickens to residents willing to get vaccinated

Live chickens are being given away by local authorities in rural Indonesia as an incentive for older residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19.Residents age over 45 in Cianjur regency, West Java are gifted live chickens if they get vaccinated. The program, in Cianjur regency, West Java, is part of the district’s effort to increase the number of vaccines administered to citizens age 45 and over. Galih Apria, assistant police commissioner in the sub-district of Pecat, said older residents had been very hesitant about getting the shots during the early rollout of the government’s vaccination program. “Early on, there was a lot … Continue reading LOL: Indonesian officials give away live chickens to residents willing to get vaccinated

Flash floods kill 10 people in Bhutan, seven missing in Nepal

General view shows houses hit by flash floods along the bank of Melamchi River in Sindhupalchok Flash floods triggered by heavy rains washed away a remote mountain camp in Bhutan on Wednesday killing 10 people and injuring five, while floods in neighbouring Nepal left seven people missing, authorities said. The Bhutan villagers, who had been collecting cordyceps, a fungus used in medicine, were sleeping when the floodwaters hit just after midnight. Their camp near Laya, about 60 km (37 miles) north of the capital Thimphu, was washed away, local media reported.A helicopter flies past houses hit by flash floods during … Continue reading Flash floods kill 10 people in Bhutan, seven missing in Nepal

Star Power: Coca-Cola lost $4 billion in market value after soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo suggested people should drink water instead

Coca-Cola’s market value dropped sharply after Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed the drink at a media event. The Portugal captain shifted two bottles of Coke away from him at a Euro 2020 press conference in Budapest. He then held up a bottle of water and appeared to indicate he preferred it to the soft drink. All-time soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s gesture at a Euro 2020 press conference wiped $4 billion off Coca-Cola’s market value on Monday. Ronaldo, sat beside Portugal manager Fernando Santos ahead of his team’s match against Hungary, irritably set aside two bottles of the soda drink placed before him. He then … Continue reading Star Power: Coca-Cola lost $4 billion in market value after soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo suggested people should drink water instead

Airbnb reportedly pays tourist $7m after rape

Airbnb paid a tourist $7m (£5m) after she was allegedly raped at knifepoint at a rental property in New York City, according to media reports. Bloomberg News reported an Australian traveller received the payout after an attack on New Year’s Eve in 2015. The victim and her friends picked up the keys to the property from a nearby shop that evening, it says. The report suggests the suspect had made a copy of keys to the apartment, which he accessed before an attack. The traveller returned shortly after midnight, as the suspect, 24-year-old Junior Lee, allegedly hid in the bathroom, … Continue reading Airbnb reportedly pays tourist $7m after rape

Beijing tells NATO to stop hyping up China threat

China has accused NATO of slandering its peaceful development after alliance leaders warned about “systemic challenges” coming from Beijing. China’s actions, including expanding its nuclear arsenal, threatened “rules-based international order”, NATO said. It was the first time NATO had placed China at the centre of its agenda. In its response, China said its defence policy was “defensive in nature” and urged NATO to “devote more of its energy to promoting dialogue”. “Our pursuit of defence and military modernisation is justified, reasonable, open and transparent,” China’s mission to the European Union said in a statement. It added that NATO should view … Continue reading Beijing tells NATO to stop hyping up China threat

Billionaire Mackenzie Scott gives away £2bn more

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has donated another $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to a range of charities. Ms Scott said in a blog post that she wanted to give the money to those “that have been historically underfunded and overlooked”. She wrote that she had chosen 286 organisations working on racial inequality, the arts and education. Ms Scott is one of the world’s richest women. Much of her fortune comes from her 2019 divorce from Mr Bezos, who is currently the world’s richest man. As part of the deal, Ms Scott ended up with 4% of Amazon’s shares, having … Continue reading Billionaire Mackenzie Scott gives away £2bn more

LOL: American distance runner blames burrito for positive test

American middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan says she has been banned from athletics for four years after testing positive for a prohibited substance – which she blamed on a burrito. The 28-year-old says she was told in January the anabolic steroid nandrolone had been found in a doping sample. Olympian Houlihan said it may have come from eating a pork burrito, which she said could lead to a false positive for nandrolone, the night before her test. She has denied ever doping. She says she was handed the four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Friday. … Continue reading LOL: American distance runner blames burrito for positive test

Somalia’s army camp rocked by deadly suicide attack

At least 15 army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a military training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Army officer Mohamed Adan said the bomber behind Tuesday’s attack was disguised among recruits queueing up outside the General Dhegobadan Military Camp when the explosion occurred. “I have counted about 15 new recruits who have been killed in the blast,” Adan said, adding that the death toll could be higher. The injured people were taken to Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital, according to the Reuters news agency. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in … Continue reading Somalia’s army camp rocked by deadly suicide attack

Update: IKEA fined $1.2 million for spying on French employees

The company’s logo is seen outside an IKEA Group store in Pace near Rennes A French court on Tuesday ordered IKEA to pay a 1 million euro ($1.21 million) fine for spying on its French staff, after the world’s biggest furniture retailer was found guilty of improperly gathering and storing data on its employees. The French branch of the Swedish company was accused of snooping on its workers over several years, and breaching their privacy by reviewing records of their bank accounts and sometimes using fake employees to write up reports on staff. Prosecutors had been pushing for a 2 … Continue reading Update: IKEA fined $1.2 million for spying on French employees

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the US Navy said, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waterway. The carrier is being accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, the US Navy said on Tuesday. China frequently objects to US military missions in the South China Sea, saying they do not help promote peace or stability, and the latest mission comes after China condemned the Group of Seven (G7) … Continue reading US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

‘I’m fine’: Eriksen gives a thumbs-up after Euro 2020 collapse

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country’s opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing “fine” in an Instagram post from the hospital on Tuesday. “I’m fine – under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up. He issued the thank-you message for all the support he has received since the incident on Saturday. “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. … Continue reading ‘I’m fine’: Eriksen gives a thumbs-up after Euro 2020 collapse

Christiane Amanpour says she has ovarian cancer

CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour has announced she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Amanpour, 63, told viewers she had had “major successful surgery to remove it” and will now undergo several months of chemotherapy. The veteran reporter made the announcement from her home studio in London after four weeks off air. Amanpour has spent decades reporting across the globe, covering a wide range of conflicts and crises. In Monday’s announcement, she said she was sharing the news as “a shout out to early diagnosis”. Noting the “millions” of people around the world with ovarian cancer, Amanpour urged women … Continue reading Christiane Amanpour says she has ovarian cancer