Tokyo stocks extend losses amid fears of virus spreading in U.S.
Tokyo stocks extended losses Wednesday morning as the global sell-off continued amid fears of economic slowdown worldwide after U.S. health authorities warned of the likely spread of the coronavirus in the world's largest economy.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 248.02 points, or 1.10 percent, from Tuesday to 22,357.39. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 17.33 points, or 1.07 percent, at 1,600.93.Decliners were led by mining, real estate and air transportation issues.
New Disney chief Chapek at home in the Magic Kingdom
San Francisco (AFP) - The newly anointed chief of Walt Disney Company has spent decades in the Magic Kingdom overseeing its theme parks, product licensing, and film distribution while rising to the throne.Disney made a surprise announcement on Tuesday that chief Bob Iger has handed off the top executive post after building the media-entertainment powerhouse into the undisputed Hollywood leader.Disney's board named Bob Chapek, a 27-year veteran of Disney, the new chief executive, effective immediately.Iger, who has been CEO for 15 years, will assume the role of executive chairman and "will dire...
Qatar eyes diplomatic win with US, Taliban deal
Doha (AFP) - Providing neutral space for talks on ending Afghanistan's 18-year conflict has boosted Qatar's international profile and helped it defy a painful embargo enforced by neighbours and former allies.After quietly brokering dialogue between the warring sides in Afghanistan, Qatar is on the verge of reaping a major diplomatic dividend if a deal is signed in Doha this Saturday that would see the Pentagon withdraw thousands of troops.The negotiations have created incongruous scenes of Taliban fighters-turned-dealmakers rubbing shoulders with guests in revealing outfits in the lobby of a l...
Commentary: Stop scapegoating Asian American culture to justify bans on 'sex-selective' abortions
Right now, the New York City Council has an opportunity to be a leader for abortion access — by denouncing state legislators’ attempts to use racist stereotypes to push abortion out of reach for Asian American and Pacific Islander women.Last March, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, legislation that would penalize any medical provider who performs an abortion based on the sex, gender, color or race of the fetus. Eight states have already passed laws banning “sex-selective” abortions based at least in part on a debunked racist stereotype that Asian and Paci...
New York Daily News
Made in Albania: carnival masks that travel the world
In a quiet studio in northern Albania, artists delicately paint, gild and bejewel tens of thousands of Venetian masks that revellers around the world have been donning for carnival season.Some 50 staff hand-craft the one-of-a-kind pieces from their factory in lakeside Shkoder, which exports up to 30,000 masks around the globe every year."At first every (mask) is a mystery, you have to be patient to do it, but you can't wait to see the final product," explained Nora Gjonaj, a 41-year-old artist who has been working in Albania's Venice Art Mask Factory for two decades.The masks range from relati...
After all the Tank for Tua talk, Dolphins and Tagovailoa officially getting to know each other during NFL combine
INDIANAPOLIS — Tua Tagovailoa has tried to not pay attention to the “Tank for Tua” craze that has surrounded him and the Miami Dolphins for much of past year.But thoughts of the possible connection have been unavoidable.“My teammates would tell me, ‘Hey, bro, look at this. Dolphins want you.’ I’d be flattered,” Tagovailoa said Tuesday as he was flanked by media during the NFL scouting combine.“But as a kid growing up, that’s like a dream to have an organization want you, especially the fans there.”Tagovailoa and the Dolphins have been linked to each other through the media narrative for much o...
Free counseling offered to accusers in high-profile U-M sex assault cases
DETROIT — The University of Michigan sought Tuesday to reassure a growing number of accusers of two different employees that an independent investigation of sexual misconduct will get to the truth of what happened. At the same time, the school said it would pay for counseling for accusers of either former football team doctor Robert Anderson or Provost Martin Philbert.“The university is in the midst of engaging a national counseling firm to coordinate this care with local counselors in communities where these individuals now live,” a statement issued by the university said. “We are working dil...
Detroit Free Press
Mayo Clinic's operating income soars past $1 billion for the first time
Mayo Clinic’s operating income topped $1 billion for the first time in 2019 as the Rochester-based health system saw more hospital patients and surgery cases across its primary medical centers in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.The earnings figure surged by 72% compared with 2018, an increase fueled by patient demand that looked surprisingly strong compared with the flat or declining inpatient volume being reported at many medical centers.Mayo says the income will help drive future growth and continued investments in facilities and personnel, yet the profitability also rekindled questions about...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
‘It is quite startling’: 4 photos from space show Australia before and after the recent rain
Warragamba Dam, SydneyStuart Khan, water systems researcher and professor of civil and environmental engineering.This map from Digital Earth Australiashows a significant increase in water stored in Lake Burragorang. Lake Burragorang is the name of water body maintained behind the Warragamba Dam wall and the images show mainly the southern source to the lake, which is the Wollondilly River. A short section of the Coxs River source is also visible at the top of the images.The Warragamba catchment received around 240mm of rain during the second week of February, which produced around 1,000 giga-l...
Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus untruths
San Francisco (AFP) - As the new coronavirus spreads globally, the online battle to keep misinformation about the disease is also stepping up.Google, Facebook and other platforms are struggling to keep ahead of scammers, trolls, and others with ill intent who routinely use major tragedies or disasters as opportunities to swindle or manipulate people."The public concern about coronavirus is being used as a vehicle to get people to transmit misinformation and disinformation," said University of Washington biology professor Carl Bergstrom.Internet companies took part in a meeting with the World H...