Nino Romano, 21, said he felt degraded after being detained in a police car when challenged on his way to work by an officer citing Covid legislation in Dorridge, near Solihull, West Mids.
Nino Romano, 21, said he felt degraded after being detained in a police car when challenged on his way to work by an officer citing Covid legislation in Dorridge, near Solihull, West Mids.
Les Miles is out as Kansas' head coach just days after he was placed on administrative leave amid sexual misconduct allegations from his tenure at LSU. Kansas announced Miles' departure Monday night, describing it as a mutual agreement to part ways. Last week, LSU released a 148-page review by a law firm about the university's handling of sexual misconduct complaints.
Global investors fleeing a shakeout in U.S. and other developed market bonds are finding harbour in the higher yields and relative stability offered by Asian junk-rated debt. The rise in long-term yields in major economies to multi-year highs is reminiscent of the 2013 taper tantrum, except that India, Indonesia and others in Asia aren't seeing the selloff in bonds and currencies they did back then. Foreign investors have bought a net $41.5 billion of Chinese bonds since the start of the year, already about a third of what they did in all of 2020.
Japan's Terumo Corp said on Tuesday it has developed a new syringe that can get seven doses out of each vial of COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc, at least one more than accessible with existing syringes. The health ministry approved the design on Friday, and Terumo will begin production at the end of March, a Terumo spokesman told Reuters. The Kyodo News agency, which first reported the development, said Terumo is aiming to make 20 million units this year.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 8, on the anticipated first day of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.Footage taken by the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger shows a crowd chanting “If George don’t get it, shut it down.”Jury selection for Chauvin’s trial was set to begin on the Monday, but was delayed for “at least a day” as officials worked to determine if a third-degree murder charge could be added to Chauvin’s other charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, according to the Star-Tribune.Protesters had also marched on the Sunday, on the eve of the anticipated start of the trial, the Star-Tribune reported. Credit: The Longfellow Nokomis Messenger via Storyful
Harry and Meghan interview stirs debate about Australia becoming a republic. Republicans say the Oprah TV special shows ‘a family in crisis’ and ‘out of touch with everyday Australians’ . Palace under pressure to respond to Harry and Meghan racism claims
Migraine is much more than just a bad headache. It’s an incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe throbbing recurring pain on one side of the head, sometimes on both sides.
The Germany playmaker had a hand in both goals as the Blues strengthened their top-four hopes.
Myanmar: military revokes licences of five media outlets in blow to press freedom. The outlets have reported extensively on protests over the coup over recent weeks, as well as the brutal response by the security forces
(Bloomberg) -- Five years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government offered Indian women a chance to dramatically improve their lives with cooking fuel subsidies in what became one of his administration’s most celebrated campaigns.Now, hamstrung by a widening fiscal deficit, New Delhi has been slowly reducing the size of those handouts -- a shift that risks upsetting women voters and potentially exposing millions to heavier levels of pollution.In Allauddinnagar, a village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, Laxmi Kishore, a 35-year-old homemaker, is worried. Cooking food for her family used to be an ordeal that involved using cheap fuels like cow dung, crops and wood, which burn with a sooty flame and left her teary eyed and choking. When Modi’s program made liquefied petroleum gas cylinders affordable to her some years ago, she breathed more easily.Now Kishore is preparing to return to her earthen stove and the smoggier fuels her ancestors used because the subsidy that landed in her account each time she refilled a cylinder has stopped arriving. Her husband lost his job as a cashier in a highway restaurant during last year’s Covid-19 lockdown, making a cooking cylinder unaffordable to them without the handout.“I’m dreading a return to my earlier pain,” she said. “It will mean less sleep and suffering in the smoke again.”Provisions for the LPG cooking fuel subsidies were halved in the federal budget for the fiscal year ending March 2022 to 124.8 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) from 255 billion rupees a year earlier. A spokesperson at India’s oil ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.The government continues to modulate the “effective price” for subsidized domestic LPG, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in a written response to questions from parliament. “The subsidy on the product increases/decreases with the increase/decrease in the product price in international market and decision of government on subsidy,” he added.The program launched in 2016 by the Modi government offered cash rebates for purchasing an LPG connection and a loan for the first canister of the fuel and stove. More than 80 million women from extremely poor households had received such LPG connections by Jan. 1 this year. The government announced plans in the latest federal budget to extend the benefit to another 10 million households, mostly located in the remote forests and hilly areas.To help the poor struggling with lockdowns, the government last year also offered free LPG refills of three cylinders. India’s LPG consumption in 2020 surpassed gasoline for the first time ever over a calendar year, government data show.But the free supplies were a one-off move and the finance director of Indian Oil Corp., the largest retailer of the cylinders, said last month that the government had last year stopped subsidizing the fuel for consumers except in the most remote areas.Meanwhile, prices of LPG have surged across the country. Cost of a typical LPG cylinder sold by Indian Oil in Delhi has increased by 40% since November to 819 rupees. Some opposition parties are focusing on the issue of high LPG prices for regional elections against Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Providing cooking gas has been one of the biggest successes of Modi’s flagship welfare programs which also included building toilets and houses for the poor.“The elephant in the room is the price rise,” said Arati Jerath, a New Delhi-based author and political analyst. “The LPG program started as a very popular scheme, but has been petering out because of the price increase. Modi will have to come up with a new emotive issue as the government is running out of money to indulge in populism measures.”LPG is crucial for reducing domestic pollution in India. The country has the highest instances of premature deaths in the world due to emissions from burning fossil fuels, including coal and oil products, according to research done by Harvard University in collaboration with other academic institutions.“Withdrawal of subsidy and increase in prices is likely to affect LPG consumption, particularly in rural areas where alternatives such as firewood, agricultural residue, dung cakes are readily available,” according to Ashok Sreenivas, a senior fellow at Prayas, an Indian advocacy group that works in energy policy.An increase in the use of alternative solid fuels will “definitely impact the health” of rural women and children as these release particulate matters that can cause illnesses including lung cancer, heart ailments and even stroke, he said.India faces issues other than price in getting poorer populations to adopt cleaner fuel. Availability is also a problem in far flung areas that are hard to reach, Prayas said in a December report. India’s oil ministry has said beneficiaries of the program availed of less than two refills of the three free ones offered over nine months last year.Air pollution inside houses, primarily due to burning solid fuels like wood, dried dung and biomass, contributed to more than 1 million deaths in 2010, making it the second- biggest health risk factor in India, according to a 2015 report by Steering Committee on Air Pollution and Health Related Issues.The International Energy Agency in a special report last month said that despite the recent success in expanding coverage of LPG in rural areas, 660 million Indians haven’t fully switched to modern, clean cooking fuels. Higher costs and fewer subsidies might only make it harder to draw new users. Vehicular exhaust, industrial emissions and other factors have already made India home to 14 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world.The task of encouraging the poor to use the cleaner fuel becomes even more challenging with millions losing their jobs during the pandemic. Poor households are more sensitive to higher fuel prices as they can easily shift to cheaper alternatives for which they need to pay just a few cents every day, rather than spending as much as $11 per cylinder upfront.“Prices are rising and the government has stopped compensating us,” said Kaushal Kishore, Laxmi’s husband. “I can’t afford LPG any further and this is my last cylinder till I find myself a job.”(Updates with Indian minister’s comments in the seventh paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- The nomination of Nomura Asset Management Chief Executive Officer Junko Nakagawa for the Bank of Japan’s board is seen maintaining the existing balance of opinions among the bank’s nine policy-setting members.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government nominated Nakagawa, who pioneered a route for women to reach the upper echelons of Japan’s biggest securities firm, to replace the only woman on the board now, former banker Takako Masai, according to a parliamentary document on Tuesday.Little is known of Nakagawa’s specific policy leanings, but as she hasn’t been a vocal advocate of adding extra stimulus, she is expected to take a centrist’s position rather than a dissenter’s.Her nomination comes as the BOJ heads into a policy review next week. With inflation now running in negative territory, the bank is expected to unveil policy tweaks designed to help it keep its stimulus in place for years to come, making its communication with financial market increasingly vital.“It’s important to install someone who knows markets and communicates well,” said Hideo Kumano, chief economist at Dai-Ichi Research Institute and a former BOJ official. “They also wanted to have someone who doesn’t have any strong view on monetary policy with some staunch easing advocates already at the board.”Before taking the top job at Nomura Holding Inc.’s asset management unit, Nakagawa served in the early 2010s as the holding company’s first female chief financial officer.A spokesman at Nomura declined to comment on her nomination.Now 55, she was the only woman among a group of executives handpicked by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to meet with Donald Trump when he visited Tokyo as U.S. president. She also serves as an adviser to the Tokyo Olympic Committee.Nakagawa is the second nominee to the BOJ board this year, a crucial one for the bank and for the Japanese economy as it struggles to shake off the pandemic.Her nomination is likely to ease market concerns over the BOJ board tilting too much toward an easing bias after Suga surprised economists and investors by picking a known reflationist to the board earlier this year. With four out of the nine seats to be filled by reflationists, an increase would have secured them a majority, potentially complicating Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s room for maneuver.Asahi Noguchi, an academic economist known for his reflationist views, joins next month, replacing Makoto Sakurai.Nakagawa is likely to fit in with the majority group around Kuroda, said economist Takahide Kiuchi at Nomura Research Institute Ltd. and another former BOJ board member. “Even with Noguchi, reflationists won’t be a majority, and so another neutral-stanced member will give Kuroda more of a free rein.”(Updates with no comment from Nomura Holdings.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Oil resumed gains in Asian trading with the market turning its focus back to the robust outlook after a blip caused by a stronger dollar.Futures in New York rose toward $66 a barrel after slipping Monday for the first time in four days. A rising currency wiped out solid gains following an attack on a major Saudi Arabian export crude terminal. The assault appears to have had no impact on shipments, but it’s the latest in a series of incidents in the region amid a rapidly tightening market and improving demand.U.S. refineries are resuming operations after the unprecedented cold blast last month and should start consuming more crude, while gasoline demand in California -- the biggest American state -- is picking up.Oil has rallied this year amid output cuts from Saudi Arabia and OPEC+, and an improving demand outlook with the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. Prompt timespreads have firmed in a bullish backwardation structure, helping to unwind bloated inventories built up during the coronavirus pandemic, while investment banks continue to raise their crude price forecasts.“There’s a number of bullish signals on both the supply and demand side,” said Will Yun, a senior commodities analyst at VI Investment Corp. in Seoul. “However, upward momentum will be volatile and bumpy.”See also: Saudi Oil Attack Is Nothing Like the Last One: Liam DenningU.S. gasoline and distillate stockpiles -- a category that includes diesel --- declined last week, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey before government data on Wednesday. Crude inventories, however, expanded for a third week, the poll shows.“It looks like some bargain-hunting buying today, but I wouldn’t rule out some more pullback,” said Vandana Hari, the founder of Vanda Insights in Singapore. “A settlement above $69 for Brent, even after the surprising OPEC+ decision, seemed like an over-reaction.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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The ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) will hold a launch ceremony for the "Future Leaders’ Declaration on ASEAN-Japan Cooperation for International Marine Plastic Waste" on March 16, 2021. Organized by the AJC, this project has been the first attempt to adopt and present a student-initiated declaration on international marine plastic litter between Japan and 10 ASEAN member countries.1 Twenty-two undergraduate and graduate students representing Japan (Okayama, Shizuoka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Mie, and Yamaguchi prefectures) and 10 ASEAN member countries were selected after a rigorous screening process from a total of approximately 60 applicants who are currently studying in Japan.
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. airlines are urging the Biden administration to develop virus passports as coronavirus cases spread at the slowest pace since the pandemic began almost a year ago. Global cases meanwhile are picking up speed again after dropping to the lowest level since October a few weeks ago.AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine has been cleared for emergency use in Indonesia, while hotels in Thailand are pushing for a quarantine waiver for vaccinated tourists.Key Developments:Global Tracker: Cases pass 117 million; deaths approach 2.6 millionVaccine Tracker: More than 306 million shots given worldwideU.S. Spotlight: Variant’s spread in Florida shows threat to recovery‘Hassle factor’ and distrust shadow wide U.S. vaccine hesitancyCelebratory ‘vaxications’ are giving the travel industry a boostAfrica can save the world from a never-ending pandemicHow the pandemic darkens the picture on women’s pay: QuickTakeSubscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on cases and deaths.AstraZeneca Vaccine Cleared for Use in Indonesia (12:15 p.m. HK)Indonesia cleared AstraZeneca Plc’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, a second shot made available by the government to bolster its inoculation drive amid concern over an influx of new virus variants.“We need to accelerate the vaccination program to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible,” Penny Lukito, head of the country’s food and drug regulator said in a virtual briefing Tuesday. The office, known as BPOM, first granted approval for Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s vaccine in January.Global Infections Rise Even as U.S. Cases Slow (noon HK)New global Covid-19 infections are picking up speed again after dropping to the lowest level since October a few weeks ago, as variants of the pathogen spread rapidly in places like Brazil and Europe. New infections for the seven days ended Sunday totaled 2.8 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg, increasing for a second week in a row following more than a month of declines.The pickup comes despite a significant slowing of infections in the U.S. as the nation ramps up its vaccination efforts. Brazil is seeing record cases and deaths, with its hospitals overflowing as it plays host to a more contagious variant. That country is on course to overtake India in the next week for the second-highest number of infections in the world.While variants are causing a spike in cases, global deaths continue to decline. Fatalities for the latest week totaled 62,646, the lowest number since November.Thai Hotels Seek Quarantine Waiver for Vaccinated Tourists (11:40 a.m. HK)Thailand needs to completely waive quarantine for vaccinated foreign travelers and provide Covid-19 shots to tourism workers for quick recovery of the industry, according to the Thai Hotels Association.“Not being able to welcome tourists for over a year now, we’re urgently requesting the government to reduce the lockdown days,” President Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi said in a Bloomberg TV interview Tuesday. Foreign tourists could be screened and tracked during their stay in Thailand to help alleviate concerns of virus spread, the group said.DBS Joins JPMorgan in Endorsing Office Work (10:40 a.m HK)DBS Group Holdings Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer Piyush Gupta said employees need to sometimes work from the office to develop a firm’s identity.“You need to build the soul of the company, and it’s very hard to do that if everybody is always working from somewhere else,” Gupta, who runs Southeast Asia’s largest bank, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “So you need to bring people in from time to time.”Gupta’s comments on the benefits of working from the office echo remarks from global counterparts including JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon, who has said that working remotely for too long could decrease productivity and Barclays Plc CEO Jes Staley who expects his largely homebound bankers to return to their offices this year.Japan Posts Double-Digit Growth at End of Pandemic (8:50 a.m. HK)Japan confirmed its economy grew by double-digits at the end of last year, according to revised data that continued to show strength even as this quarter’s virus emergency sets back the recovery for the time being.Gross domestic product grew an annualized 11.7% from the prior quarter in the three months through December, the Cabinet Office reported Tuesday in figures that were a touch weaker than an earlier estimate. Economists had forecast a revised growth rate of 12.6%.Airlines Urge U.S. to Develop Virus Passport (8 a.m. HK)U.S. airlines, joined by travel groups and labor, urged the Biden administration to take the lead in developing standards for temporary Covid-19 health credentials that would help reopen global travel by documenting vaccinations and test results.The U.S. “must be a leader” in efforts already underway in other regions to implement such travel passports, groups including Airlines for America said in a letter Monday to Jeffrey Zients, the head of President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 recovery team. It’s essential for the government to partner with carriers and the travel industry “to quickly develop” standards, they said.U.K. Variant Found in More Houston Wastewater (5:05 p.m. NY)The Covid-19 U.K. variant has spread to 79% of Houston’s wastewater treatment plants, alarming city officials concerned about a new surge in infections.As of Feb. 22 -- the most-recent date for which data was available -- the variant was found in 31 of the city’s 39 treatment sites, according to David Persse, Houston’s director of emergency medical services. That’s up from 21 plants, or 54%, two weeks earlier, Persse said.The announcement comes just two days before a statewide mask mandate and other business restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic will be lifted under an order by Governor Greg Abbott.Russian Vaccine to Be Made in Italy (4:45 p.m. NY)A Swiss biopharmaceutical company will produce the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at its Italian facilities, marking the first European production agreement for the Russian shot.Lugano, Switzerland-based Adienne Pharma & Biotech SA signed an agreement with Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF to manufacture the vaccine at its production site near Milan, according to a statement on the company’s website. Italian regulators must still approve the production but several million doses are expected to be made by the end of the year.U.S. Airline Fliers Top 1 Million a Day (4:35 p.m. NY)U.S. airlines carried an average of more than 1 million passengers a day in the past week, the highest non-holiday total since the Covid-19 pandemic began gutting travel demand in the country almost a year ago.Sunday’s total of 1.28 million was the third highest since travel collapsed in mid-March 2020, according to data reported by the Transportation Security Administration. The only equivalent periods with that many fliers since March 17, 2020, have been during the traditionally busy Thanksgiving and Christmas periods.Florida Lowering Eligibility to Age 60 (3:10 p.m. NY)Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the state is opening up the vaccine to everyone 60 and over starting on March 15, expanding general eligibility by five years from the previous starting age of 65.Speaking from Tallahassee Monday, DeSantis said the state still had more to do to vaccinate the 65-and-over community but that demand had started to “soften a little bit.”Official data show at least 2.6 million of the state’s 4.5 million seniors have gotten at least one shot, but the data are generally reported with a lag. DeSantis said he expected the number will increase to 3 million later this week.Dutch Lockdown Extended (2 p.m. NY)The Netherlands will extend its lockdown until the end of March, but slowly ease some restrictions, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday. A curfew from 9 p.m. until 4.30 a.m. will remain in place, but shopping on appointment will be expanded and adults are allowed to take part in outside sports with up to four people.The extension means the country, which suffered riots in January over virus curbs, will hold next week’s general election during a lockdown. Rutte also looked ahead to the summer, estimating that four more months are needed to reach a critical amount of vaccinated people to allow for significant easing of restrictions.WHO Concerned About Nations With Conflicts (1:35 p.m. NY)The World Health Organization expressed concern about nations facing conflicts that could halt or slow the response to the pandemic, including vaccinations, officials said at a briefing on Monday.“The response to the pandemic needs to be a public health response and we have to take out politics,” said Kate O’Brien, head of the WHO’s vaccination division. She said vaccines have a shelf life and risk being wasted if they’re not distributed on time.Myanmar, Yemen, Syria and Libya have all faced disruption to general health services.The WHO is having difficulty getting information on Covid and other health issues in many areas, according to Mike Ryan, head of the WHO health emergencies program.Chicago Ballparks to Allow Fans (1 p.m. NY)Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, and Guaranteed Rate Field, home to the Chicago White Sox, will allow up to 20% capacity, starting on each baseball team’s opening day in April. That capacity may grow as vaccination and recovery efforts continue, but any jump in Covid-19 cases could prompt closures, the city said.Wrigley Field, the oldest ballpark in the National League, will be limited to 8,274 fans per game starting on April 1, the city said. Normal capacity is 41,374. Guaranteed Rate Field, home to the Chicago White Sox on the South Side, will be limited to 8,122 fans. Normally, the ballpark seats just over 40,000 guests.The move follows the city’s steps to ease Covid-19 restrictions as numbers improve. Chicago has already increased capacity at bars and restaurants to 50%.U.K. Vaccinates One-Third of Population (11:55 a.m. NY)More than one-third of the U.K. population has received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as deaths from the disease continue to fall.Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the milestone at a news conference on Monday, the same day the government took its first major step in easing lockdown restrictions by reopening schools. “Today we’ve been able to take that crucial first step on what we hope is our cautious but irreversible roadmapto freedom,” he said. “The overwhelming feeling is one of relief.”CDC Loosens Rules for Vaccinated People (11:05 a.m. NY)Vaccinated people can visit indoors without masks but must still wear them in public and avoid large gatherings when around those who aren’t immunized or are at high risk for contracting Covid-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.The agency issued its long-awaited guidance for what fully vaccinated people can safely do, as inoculations rise but as health experts warn that the risk of the virus remains, especially with new variants.Broadly, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people can meet freely in private settings with other fully vaccinated people, but that several restrictions remain, including advising against travel and recommending mask-wearing in public.EU’s Von Der Leyen Rips Vaccine Critics (11 a.m. NY)The European Commission is “tired of being the scapegoat” for the slow rollout of vaccines, its president, Ursula von der Leyen, said as she continues to face pressure over the EU’s uncertain response to the pandemic.In a blistering counter-attack against criticism over the European Union’s sluggish Covid-19 vaccination program, von der Leyen refocused blame on manufacturers, notably AstraZeneca Plc, which she said hadn’t stockpiled doses as it started producing in Europe.Philippines Expects 20 Million Doses (10:50 a.m. NY)The Philippines expects to receive 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by June or July.About 1.1 million vaccine doses has arrived as of Monday, Carlito Galvez, who heads the nation’s vaccine-procurement efforts, said in a live-streamed briefing Monday evening. The government has administered about 44,000 doses, including in places outside the capital region, he said.Draghi Vows to Jump-Start Italy Vaccinations (10:50 a.m. NY)Prime Minister Mario Draghi pledged strong action to turn around Italy’s slow vaccination campaign, saying an exit path out of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t far away if the country can move faster on inoculations.Speaking via video, the newly appointed premier told a Rome conference that his priorities include fueling a recovery for Italy’s economy, which contracted 8.9% last year.NYC Mayor Praises J&J Shot (10:15 a.m. NY)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has begun deploying the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and praised the shot as a way to reach home-bound seniors and other people who weren’t able to get the vaccine before. The city has initiated a program to bring shots directly into senior homes.“Finally we have the vaccine we need,” de Blasio said on a Monday virus briefing. “People want the J&J vaccine because its one-dose and you’re done.”In other news, the city will reopen high schools for in-person learning on March 22, bringing students in the U.S.’s largest public-school system back into classrooms a year after the pandemic closed it down.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Scott Morrison didn't seek solicitor general's advice before ruling out Christian Porter inquiryThe prime minister says the attorney general, who has denied a rape allegation, will not be back at work when parliament returns next week Scott Morrison says he did not consult the government’s most senior independent lawyer before claiming an independent inquiry would undermine the rule of law. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP
Hundreds of young Myanmar protesters who had been trapped by security forces in a district of Yangon overnight have been able to get out, activists said on Tuesday, after calls from western powers and the United Nations for them to be allowed to leave. Thousands of people defied a night time curfew to take to the streets of Myanmar's main city in support of the youths in the Sanchaung district, where they had been holding a daily protest against the Feb. 1 coup.The army takeover and arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi has plunged Myanmar into chaos. Security forces have killed over 60 protesters and detained more than 1,800 since then, an advocacy group said.In Sanchaung, police firing guns and using stun grenades announced on Monday they would check houses for anyone from outside the district and would punish anyone caught hiding them.Youth activist Shar Ya Mone said she had been in a building with about 15 to 20 others, but had now been able to go home."There were many free car rides and people welcoming the protesters," Shar Ya Mone said by telephone, pledging to keep demonstrating "until the dictatorship ends."Another protester posted on social media that they had been able to leave the area at around 5 a.m. after security forces pulled out.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had earlier called for "maximum restraint" and the safe release of all protesters without violence or arrests, a call echoed by the U.S. and British embassies in Myanmar.An advocacy rights group said around 50 people had been arrested in Sanchaung after police searched houses, though checks were still being made.A junta spokesman did not answer calls requesting comment.State television MRTV earlier said: "The government's patience has run out and while trying to minimise casualties in stopping riots, most people seek complete stability (and) are calling for more effective measures against riots."Three protesters were killed in demonstrations in northern Myanmar and the Irrawaddy Delta on Monday, according to witnesses and local media.Myanmar ambassador in London backs protestsDemonstrations have been held daily for more than a month to demand the release of Suu Kyi and respect for the election her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won last November.The army took power citing fraud in the ballot - an accusation rejected by the electoral commission. It has promised another election, but without giving a date.The military has brushed off condemnation of its actions, as it has in past periods of army rule when outbreaks of protest were bloodily repressed.This time it is also under pressure from a civil disobedience movement that has crippled government business and from strikes at banks, factories and shops that shut much of Yangon on Monday.In a diplomatic blow to the junta, Myanmar's ambassador in Britain followed its U.N. representative in calling on Monday for the release of Suu Kyi - drawing praise from British foreign minister Dominic Raab.Britain, the United States and some other Western countries have imposed limited sanctions on the junta.The European Union is preparing to widen its sanctions to target army-run businesses, according to diplomats and two internal documents seen by Reuters.(REUTERS)
Independence Holdings Corp. (the "Company") announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 43,500,000 units at a price to the public of $10.00 per unit. The units are expected to commence trading on March 9, 2021 on The Nasdaq Capital Markets (the "Nasdaq") under the ticker symbol "ACQRU". The offering is expected to close on March 11, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
Dallas came to its senses and declined to let other teams set the table with Prescott. The result was the Cowboys absorbing a loss at the negotiating table that was two years in the making.
"We're not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn't expect," the Duchess of Sussex said in an unaired clip from her interview with Oprah Winfrey