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Pope Francis held the largest mass of his historic Iraq trip Sunday after visiting war-scarred cities to comfort Christian survivors of the Islamic State group's reign of terror. The pontiff was greeted by thousands in a sports stadium in the Kurdistan region's capital Erbil who had gathered despite fears the event could become a Covid-19 "super-spreader".The 84-year-old was driven in his white, windowless "pope-mobile" into the stadium, where jubilant worshippers sat socially distanced on white chairs spread out on the greens.Others stood, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Francis, in the stands ringing the Franso Hariri Stadium, named after an Iraqi Christian politician who was assassinated by extremists 20 years ago. The faithful wore hats featuring pictures of Francis, and face-masks to protect them from Covid, as a second wave has driven up cases to around 5,000 new infections per day in Iraq.The stadium seats around 20,000, but large swathes of the stands were empty after authorities had trimmed down the allowed attendance in recent days. "It's a special trip, also because of the conditions," said Matteo Bruni, the Vatican's spokesman, who described the visit to Iraq as "a gesture of love for this land its people". Iraq's Christian population has shrunk to fewer than 400,000, from around 1.5 million before the US-led invasion of 2003. Erbil has been a place of refuge for many Christians who fled violence over the years, including the onslaught from 2014 by the Islamic State group. The heaviest deployment of security personnel yet is protecting Francis in northern Iraq, on what is perhaps the riskiest day of his historic trip.The city was targeted just weeks ago by a deadly rocket attack, the latest in a series of strikes blamed on pro-Iranian forces.'The most beautiful day' The visit to the north embodies a cause close to the pope's heart: reaching out to Iraq's traumatised Christian community. Watching from afar in 2014 as IS swept across the northern province of Nineveh, Pope Francis said at the time he was ready to come and meet the displaced and other victims of war in a show of solidarity. He fulfilled that promise on Sunday, first visiting Mosul, the onetime bastion of the Islamic State group, still largely in ruins. With the partially collapsed walls of the centuries-old Al-Tahera (Immaculate Conception) Church behind him, Francis pleaded for Christians in Iraq and the Middle East to stay in their homelands.He said the "tragic" exodus of Christians "does incalculable harm not just to the individuals and communities concerned, but also to the society they leave behind". Francis spoke to the faithful in the courtyard of the Al-Tahera Church, whose roof collapsed during fighting against IS in 2017. It is one of the oldest of at least 14 churches in Nineveh province that were destroyed by the jihadists. The pope was driven around the historic Old City – largely razed during the grinding fight to dislodge the jihadists – in a golf cart. "Today was the most beautiful day for us, being visited by the pope!" said Hala Raad, a Christian woman who had fled when IS seized Mosul but returned to see the pope."We hope to come back to Mosul in health and wellbeing. The most important thing is security – we want stability."'Do not lose hope!' The pontiff also held a prayer service in Qaraqosh, whose ancient church – named Al-Tahera, like the one in Mosul – was torched by the jihadists as they destroyed most of the town. Residents of Qaraqosh have since rebuilt their homes with little government help and Al-Tahera too has been refurbished, its marble floors and internal colonnades buffed to host its most important guest yet.Dressed in traditional embroidered robes, hundreds of the faithful – who speak a modern dialect of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ – welcomed the pontiff with hymns and olive branches."Do not stop dreaming! Do not give up! Do not lose hope!" Francis urged those gathered. "Now is the time to rebuild and to start afresh."Pope Francis's trip to Iraq as a "pilgrim of peace" aims to reassure the country's dwindling Christian community, but also to expand his dialogue with other religions. On Saturday, the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics met Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, the reclusive Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who agreed that Iraq's Christians should be able to live in "peace".(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Rangers fans had flouted COVID-19 lockdown restrictions to gather outside Ibrox before and after Saturday's 3-0 win over St Mirren which moved the team to within a point of the title and Celtic needed a win to delay their celebrations. But despite Celtic dominating possession and having more than 25 shots during the game, the visitors were unable to find a way past a determined United side. Steve Gerrard's Rangers have 88 points from 32 matches - 20 points more than Celtic - and have claimed a 55th league title, taking them four ahead of the total won by their neighbours.
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Note: This article contains spoilers for Lupin. Normally, ripping through a delicious new TV show means having to contend with an especially cruel hangover: the yearish-long wait to see what happens next. But just like its sly titular character, Netflix’s sleeper hit Lupin has a surprise up its sleeve. On Friday, Netflix dropped the trailer for Part 2 of the French heist show and announced that the next five episodes will premiere later this summer. Lupin tells the story of Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a French-Senegalese man who lives a double life as a successful con artist. Inspired by author Maurice Leblanc’s popular French fictional character Arsène Lupin, Assane is a “gentleman thief” who levels up from casual heists to revenge plot as he works to fight an injustice that occurred decades before. The trailer for the second instalment seems to pick up right where we left off (a torturously emotional cliffhanger). Now that Pelligrini has Assane’s son in his clutches and plans to use him as bait, his father has no choice but go embark on a Taken-esque mission to save him. Now that the people he loves most are involved, it seems Assane might have to leave the “gentleman” at the door. Watch the trailer for Lupin Part 2, coming to Netflix this summer. This isn’t a game anymore. Lupin Part 2 coming … soon pic.twitter.com/fHQAdIj2Gj— Netflix (@netflix) March 5, 2021 Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?15 Shows That'll Give You "Lupin" VibesNetflix's Lupin Has A Very Good Reason To WatchYou Have 5 New Netflix Treats To Binge
E' l'Italia il Paese che conta il maggior numero di astronome e astrofisiche al mondo presenti nell'Uai. Stando allo studio "Women in Italian astronomy", più del 26% dei membri italiani dell'Unione Astronomica Internazionale è donna, la percentuale di 'quota rosa' più alta fra i 107 Paese dell'Uai che, sul totale dei suoi 11.407 membri, conta solo il 18% di scienziate. Lo studio - firmato da Francesca Matteucci dell'Università di Trieste, Chairof Inaf Scientific Council, e da Raffaele Gratton, dell'Inaf Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova - colloca il nostro Paese in pole, seguito dalla Francia con il 24% di astronome nell'Uai e dalla Spagna (21%). "E' un'ottima notizia ma c'è ancora molto da fare per vedere una vera parità di genere le donne in ruoli apicali della ricerca e della scienza" scandisce all'Adnkronos l'astrofisica Patrizia Caraveo, dirigente di ricerca dell'Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica. Caraveo ritiene però che si possa 'festeggiare' questo 8 marzo con un po' più di 'femminile soddisfazione' visto che il 2020 ha portato un altro Nobel per la Fisica al femminile con Andrea Ghez, newyorkese dell'Università della California a Los Angeles, insignita del prestigioso riconoscimento 'per la scoperta di un oggetto compatto supermassiccio al centro della nostra galassia'. "E' il primo Nobel per la Fisica assegnato ad una astronoma" sottolinea Patrizia Caraveo. Ghez ha condiviso il premio con il tedesco Reinhard Genzel, mentre l'altra metà del Nobel per la Fisica 2020 è andato all'inglese Roger Penrose per la scoperta che la formazione dei buchi neri è una rigorosa previsione della teoria generale della relatività. "Ghez è stata la prima astronoma in assoluto a ottenere il Nobel per la Fisica, la quarta a conquistare questo riconoscimento se calcoliamo che Marie Curie é stata premiata due volte. Il Nobel per la Fisica è stato conferito 114 volte dall'inizio della sua istituzione per un totale di 2016 vincitori e solo 4 donne lo hanno ricevuto, appena il 2%, una percentuale assolutamente irrisoria" commenta ancora la scienziata italiana che nell'anno della pandemia ha dato alle stampe "Il cielo é di tutti" di cui sta ora lavorando alla traduzione inglese. Caraveo rileva come anche la pandemia abbia "accentuato le differenze fra uomini e donne" nella scienza. "Per me il lockdown è stato un periodo di grande produzione scientifica ed ora sto scrivendo con i colleghi della Bocconi Andrea Sommariva e Clelia Iacovino un libro sulla Space Economy, ma non per tutte le mie colleghe scienziate italiane è andata così". "Nel 2020 è stata fatta una ricerca per capire se il coronavirus avesse causato qualche differenza nella produttività degli astronomi italiani: purtroppo la produttività dei colleghi maschi è rimasta costante mentre quella delle donne è un po' diminuita. Il calo della produzione scientifica delle donne in lockdown è purtroppo una costante nelle scienziate che lavorano in smart working perché sono impegnate anche ad occuparsi di casa e figli" indica l'astrofisica dell'Inaf. "La pandemia -continua Caraveo- ha reso insomma ancora più evidenti le disparità che esistono già nel mondo accademico e scientifico italiano e che adesso sono solo diventate più evidenti. E' proprio vero quello che ha scritto un magazine americano: 'Non si ha l'impressione di lavorare da casa ma di vivere in ufficio' e ciò vale maggiormente per le donne". Infatti, "non ci sono più orari, a tutte le ore del giorno si fanno conferenze e chiamate, basta guardare le foto delle mamme: in molti scatti hanno su un braccio il figlio e con l'altra mano usano il computer" scandisce infine l'astrofisica Patrizia Caraveo che vede 'ancora in salita' la strada della parità di genere.
Democrats may delight in their brightening prospects in Arizona and Georgia, and may even harbor glimmers of hope in Texas, but their angst is growing in Florida, which has a reputation as a swing state but now favors Republicans and could be shifting further out of reach for Democrats. As the jockeying begins to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, Democrats' disadvantage against Republicans is deeper than ever, as they try to develop a cohesive strategy and rebuild a statewide party deep in debt and disarray. Former President Donald Trump’s brand of populism has helped power a GOP surge in Florida, where Trump defeated now-President Joe Biden by more than 3 percentage points last fall — more than doubling the lead he had against Hillary Clinton.
The wage proposal has sparked talk of industrial action, with demonstrations planned on Sunday.
A messy home in Montreal left a domesticated pig looking very guilty after its owner found the animal sitting in the middle of feathers from a ripped sofa.Footage captured by Melissa Trihey, who runs the @furballsinc Instagram account, shows Betsy the pig at the scene of the crime.“Always wonderful to come home to Betsy’s messes,” Trihey said in a post accompanying the footage. Credit: @furballsinc via Storyful
Anthony Davis is partnering with major brands, while enhancing his own, he told Yahoo Finance.
India's winning bubble firmly intact, while England have let theirs burstVirat Kohli’s men have been held together as a tight unit, whereas chopping and changing has disrupted Root’s charges India’s stars of the series, Rishabh Pant, left, and Axar Patel, savour victory with the winners’ trophy in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP
Steven Gerrard and his players ended the club’s 10-year wait for the trophy
The pandemic has already had a significant impact on what young people want from their careers, according to a new survey. Around two-thirds of young people in the UK and US who responded to the survey said their work expectations and career aspirations have changed because of Covid-19. Among young people who have rethought their career plans, 33% said they are now looking a better work-life balance, while 28% said they are now hoping to achieve greater financial security. The survey by Liberty Communications and Opinium also highlights the extent to which the so-called “dream job” now seems increasingly out of reach for many members of Gen Z. Just 52% of young people said they are currently scaling the career ladder they want to be on, while 39% said they doubted they would ever achieve their ideal career. Elena Davidson, CEO of Liberty Communications, said in response to the survey’s findings: “It’s clear that more and more young people in both countries are entering the workplace not only with altered priorities, but also with an increased uncertainty that they are in the right role.” The survey also highlights the difficulties of finding employment during the pandemic. Some 96% of young people said they had faced difficulties in applying for jobs. In the UK, 42% said the sheer number of people applying for each role was a problem, while 31% said virtual interviews made it hard to establish a connection with prospective employers. “The research shows that COVID-19 has drastically changed the landscape for young people and that money is no longer the main factor for incoming professionals across the UK and US,” said James Endersbury at Opinium. “As such, we would advise employers that they need to adapt their recruitment strategies to ensure they remain attractive to this next generation of talent.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How Gen Z Is Doing Workwear In 2020The UK's Best Cities For Flexible WorkingFor Gen Z, Thrifting Is A Lifestyle
Family of teenager who died call for more drug checking at festivals. Exclusive: Anya Buckley’s aunt calls for facilities so festivalgoers can test drugs for contamination
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The Gers boss says being crowned Scottish champions is down to a team effort.
Pep Guardiola has a wealth of options as his Manchester City side host rivals Manchester United this afternoon with a fully fit squad available. The return of defender Nathan Ake after a muscular problem this week means the Premier League leaders now have no players in the treatment room. It is a boost for quadruple-chasing City as they look to extend their 14-point advantage over second-placed United in the fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must ask his key men to go to the well again this afternoon as Manchester United travel to Manchester City in a Premier League derby. United have drawn a blank in their last three games - all 0-0 draws - with the goals drying up of late. The absence of Paul Pogba has left United relying on Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford for inspiration, but Solskjaer’s key men have looked tired of late and could do with a rest - but they won’t get one this weekend.