Despite cancellations for various international sporting events all around the world, the IOC which handles logistics for the Olympic games refuses to cancel games with Japan proclaiming that they will provide the utmost care for the spectators as well as the athletes. While the Olympic Flame parading through is an extremely humble and proud moment for any country, Japan, in particular, has been criticized heavily for green-lighting the Olympics games to proceed as usual despite the huge scare. The previous stop before Japan, Greece, was canceled as the Hellenic Olympic Committee announced last week that it would cancel the Olympic torch relay across Greece, “in order to contribute to the containment of the virus." The handover which usually takes place in much grandeur and amid hundred
On the eve of International Women’s Day, a huge band of women walked around in droves stretching for miles in solidarity in the UK. The main topics for discussion on board behind the long walk were climate change, coronavirus, and femicide. While for the most part, the protests went on smoothly, masked “activists” attacked the women’s rally by creating a ruckus among the ranks. Acts such as grabbing and tearing up of banners were carried out by these masked “activists”. Following the incident, a dozen arrests were initiated. The vandalisms fled the site before local police showed up. After the police showed up on-site, around 60 activists -mostly female activists were arrested. The citing lawyer Babytbek Aftandil later revealed that the arrested detainees were later released. Additional r
On February 6, the coldest place in the world recorded a temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius, which is pretty high for its regular state. Scientists at an Argentine research base measured the high temperature on a peninsula that is adjacent to Antarctica facing the southern tip of South America. Notably, the highest recorded temperature previously was 17.5 degrees Celsius or 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Last week, researchers from Brazil claimed that they recorded temperatures of 20.75 degrees Celsius on an island off the peninsula beating the overall record for the entire Antarctica region set at 19.8 degrees Celsius in January of 1982. However, the UN weather agency quotes that official numbers will take months to verify. A spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organizations further ame...
The Chinese officials breathed a sigh of relief during the following days as the novel coronavirus showed signs of slowing down. However, it was the calm before the storm as the virus strain came back with a vengeance. On Friday, the total number of confirmed cases across mainland China rose to 66,492 after the addition of 2,641 cases on Friday alone. The death toll saw the most rise as deaths rose to a whopping 1,523 from a low of 143. The entire city of Wuhan is in complete lockdown as the resources starting to look scarce day by day. Notably, the city houses 11 million residents. A variety of reports also quotes that including the population of Wuhan around 500 million people across the mainland of China have been subjected to some kind of lockdown and restrictions in order to fend the...
China’s National Health Commission in their daily report to China’s Central government published that 2,829 new cases of coronavirus were reported nationwide on February 2nd. The total number of infected cases in China alone has risen to 17,205 and it is said to be rising gradually. The death toll has risen to 361 with 57 deaths reported on Sunday alone. New cases in the numbers of 5,713 were added on Sunday. 186 patients turned seriously ill while 147 people were discharged after given the all-clear. However, 2,296 people remained in extremely severe condition and an additional 21,558 people were suspected of being infected with the virus. China is turning into a war-zone against the deadly coronavirus and at the moment the latter seems to be winning. The spread of the virus has taken a
A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava at an alarming rate, as authorities warn that an impending eruption might be possible in the upcoming days. During the early hours on Monday, a weak stream of lava begun spewing out of the Taal Volcano, which is located around 45 miles south of Manila. The stream of lava comes after a huge plume of ash led to a mass evacuation of around 8,000 of the population surpluses based in the area. Taal is considered as the second most active volcano in the Philippines. It is located on a small island in the middle of a lake and is considered as one of the smallest volcanoes in the world. However, despite its smaller size, it is considered extremely active as it records around 34 eruptions in the last 4 centuries. “Taal volcano entered a period o
In an unprecedented move, Nobel Prize winner and former human rights defended, Ang San Suu Kyi defended her country Myanmar against allegations of rape, killings, and displacements. Appearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday, Suu Kyi defended the military against all allegations labeled against them. The Gambia is a small West African country that was first to accuse Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. However, in a bold move, Suu Kyi could not hear anything about that. "The Gambia has placed an incomplete and misleading picture of the factual situation in Rakhine state," said Suu Kyi. “Gambia has placed an incomplete and misleading picture of the factual situation in Rakhine state in Myanmar,” she further reiterated. While Myanmar’s military may ha
Pentagon has fired the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer over the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. The Pentagon in a statement issued on Sunday said that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked that Richard V. Spencer resigns as Navy secretary following the way he handled the case of a Navy SEAL, accused of committing war crimes in Iraq. According to the statement, Spencer's “lack of candour” during discussions with the White House regarding the SEAL’s case caused Esper to lose trust and confidence in him. The Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher was in 2017 convicted of illegally taking pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State prisoner. Although Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder by a military jury, he was demoted in rank and pay grade. Earlier this month, the U.S. preside
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has warned President Trump not to harass the whistleblower whose anonymous complaint triggered the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, the speaker defended the impeachment process and issued a stern warning to the president about the whistleblower. “I will ensure that he does not intimidate the whistleblower,” Pelosi said to the host, Margaret Brennan. “I told the president you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower," she continued. Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on to ridicule president Trump for berating Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. She said that that Trump insulted Yovanovitch out of his insecurity as an imposter in the White House. The president had claimed during live public t
The United State's president has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court to seek protection from New York prosecutors who are demanding access to his tax record of eight years. Mr. Trump's private lawyers are asking the Supreme Court to stop New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. from obtaining the president's tax returns for eight years on the grounds that the president has immunity from criminal investigations while in office. However, the New York grand jury who issued the subpoena directed it to Mazars USA, an accounting firm in charge of the president's personal finances and not the president himself. It was for this reason, the Court of Appeals dismissed the argument of Trump's lawyer's last week. After the court's verdict, one of Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, stated that they...