As Tuesday also marked the first day of Myanmar's new year's holiday, or Thingyan, the Dawei protesters carried flowers, normally displayed during festivities to mark the new year.Opponents of the military government across the country have canceled traditional festivities and instead showed their anger through silent displays of defiance and small protests across the country. The five-day holiday is usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples, the displaying of ornate flowers, and high-spirited water-dousing on the streets.The coup mounted against an elected government on Feb. 1 has plunged Myanmar into crisis after 10 years of tentative steps toward democracy.
The streets of Soho in London were busy with revelers visiting pubs and restaurants as coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased on April 12.Footage from the Black Book wine bar shows people eating and drinking on the street.“There’s not an empty seat in Soho! We’re ecstatic to have our doors open,” they wrote on Facebook. Credit: The Black Book Soho via Storyful
The rhinos at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire celebrated the reopening of zoos in England on April 12.This clip, shared by the zoo, shows the group of southern white rhinos eating their breakfast and crashing into a “We Are Open” sign made out of cardboard boxes.Keepers said the sign was created to welcome visitors back to the zoo as it reopened after more than three months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.“Clara and our other rhinos may be in a playful mood, but sign or no sign, the hardworking keepers and staff at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will ensure every visitor knows how happy we are to see them once more, and how much we appreciate their support through such a difficult year for ZSL," team leader Mark Holden said. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo via Storyful
China's exports rose sharply in March while import growth surged to the highest in four years.It's another boost to the nation's economic recovery.And signals improving global demand as worldwide vaccinations pick up speed.The data suggests the world's second largest economy will continue to gather momentum.But it's not without challenges.Lagging consumer rebound, and a resurgence in cases in many countries, as well as Sino-U.S. tensions, have raised risks for the outlook.Exports soared over 30% in March from a year earlier.But at a slower pace from the record 154.9% growth in February.Authorities have been able to largely contain the virus.Asian stock markets were broadly positive after the data, with strong imports giving investors confidence that domestic demand is improving.The data showed total Chinese imports jumped over 38% year-on-year last month, the fastest pace since February 2017.Resurgent infections abroad and constraints in global trade though have left some companies grappling with prolonged delivery timeframes and surging prices of raw materials.Makers of cars and electronic devices from televisions to smartphones are also sounding alarm bells about the global shortage of chips.
Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing and food delivery company, Grab, is set to announce a merger with U.S.-based Altimeter as early as Tuesday in what will be the biggest blank-check company deal ever.That’s according to three Reuters sources that say Singapore-based Grab will be valued at nearly $40 billion in preparation for a public offering.Grab’s agreement includes a $4 billion private investment in public equity from global investors like Fidelity International and Janus Henderson, the sources said.Grab declined to comment and Silicon Valley-based Altimeter did not respond to a request for comment.The deal is a big win for the company’s early backers in Japan and China and a U.S. listing will give Grab extra value in its main market in Indonesia, over its local rival Gojek.Grab has yet to turn profitable, but it expects the food delivery business to break even by the end of the year, as consumers shift to online food delivery.With operations in eight countries and hundreds of cities, Grab is already Southeast Asia's most valuable start-up.
Japan says it will release more than a million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station into the sea.On Tuesday, the government announced a plan to begin releasing the water in about two years.The plant's operator, TEPCO, will filter the water to remove harmful radioactive isotopes.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga again made his country's argument that the water must be released to decommission the Fukushima plant."We will secure safety which is far above the regulation standards, and the government as a whole will conduct exhaustive measures against harmful rumours. We've judged that oceanic release is a realistic (option)."One isotope that has sparked anxiety is called tritium, as it is difficult to separate from water.However, it is considered to be relatively harmless because it does not emit enough energy to penetrate human skin.Suga says that even still, its concentration in the water Japan dumps would be reduced to around one-seventh of the drinking water standard defined by the World Health Organisation.Other plants around the world routinely pump water with lows levels of tritium into the ocean.But local fisherman have opposed dumping the water for years.And neighbours aren't happy either.China called the move 'extremely irresponsible' on Tuesday, and spokesman for South Korea called the decision unacceptable.Japan has been working closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency since the meltdown.Despite the outrage, the government has pointed out there is simply no more room at the site in the huge tanks that hold waste water.The Japanese government has been keen to stress the filtering and dilution processes.A senior government spokesperson emailed media outlets on Monday to request the term "contaminated" not be used in reporting, arguing it was misleading.
COURTESY: MUNDO MARINOWaddling to freedomLOCATION: SAN CLEMENTE DEL TUYU, ARGENTINAThese Magellanic penguins are returning to the Atlantic Oceanafter conservationists nurtured them back to healthNAME: SERGIO RODRIGUEZ, HEAD OF MUNDO MARINO FOUNDATION"We found these animals in a state of malnutrition and dehydration. And in some cases they had an issue with moulting, so the natural replacement of their feathers had been interrupted for various reasons including the lack of nutrients. That means they lacked the feathers to withstand the cold sea waters."There are up to 3.2 million adult Magellanic penguinsThey are named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand MagellanMost are found in Chile and Argentina
Large hailstones pelted down in Llano County, Texas, on April 12, as the National Weather Service warned of a dangerous and severe thunderstorm in the area.The service said the storm was capable of producing “very large hail of baseball size or larger.”In video shared on Facebook by John Bolgiano, giant hailstones can be seen bouncing off the ground. Bolgiano told Storyful he thought the hail might have dented his metal roof. Credit: John Bolgiano via Storyful
Fireworks were fired towards police at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, Oregon, on April 12, as dozens of protesters gathered in response to the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.This footage shot by Independent Media PDX shows fireworks exploding while police retreat from outside the sheriff’s office. Voices can be heard taunting the officers.On April 11, Wright was stopped for a traffic violation and shot by an officer after re-entering his vehicle when officers tried to arrest him over an unrelated outstanding warrant. Wright was pronounced dead after his vehicle had traveled several blocks. Credit: Independent Media PDX via Storyful
Protesters marched across the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan on April 12 in solidarity with Daunte Wright, the black man who died after being shot by police in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, the day before.The protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace!” and “If Daunte doesn’t get it? Shut it down.” Credit: Jason Rosenberg via Storyful
This eye scan can detect COVID-19 in three minutesThe app could usher in a new era of testingwith a hit rate of 95%Location: Munich, GermanyIt scans people's eyes to evaluate "pink eye"and identify disease carriers(SOUNDBITE) (German) SEMIC RF MANAGING DIRECTOR, WOLFGANG GRUBER, SAYING: "Specialists realized that there is a connection between COVID-19 and the so-called "pink eye syndrome". That is the pink coloring in the sclera - which is what we are investigating here. That is, the white around the pupil, not the iris - these are often mixed up - but the sclera. And we managed to isolate the pink color of COVID-19 from over two million different pink shades and put this in the app."Semic RF hopes for a U.S. roll out in May 2021pending regulatory approval
The Minnesota National Guard said it would double its presence in Brooklyn Center on April 12, in response to protests following the death of Daunte Wright.In a press conference on Monday, a spokesman for the National Guard said personnel would increase from 500 to more than 1,000 in the area.This footage, posted on Facebook by Jasmine Booker, shows a large National Guard presence gathered at a car park in Brooklyn Center.Police used tear gas as demonstrators gathered in large numbers in Brooklyn Center on Monday night, despite a 7 pm curfew.Demonstrations began after a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on April 11. Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as an “accidental discharge”, saying to reporters that the officer in question drew a hand gun instead of a Taser. Credit: Jasmine Booker via Storyful
Fireworks exploded near police at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, Oregon, on April 12, as dozens of protesters gathered following the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.Footage filmed by Grace Morgan shows fireworks being shot at police. In another video, a dumpster fire burns on the sheriff’s office driveway while protesters chant “say his name! Daunte Wright!”.Portland Police declared the gathering “unlawful” on Monday evening. Credit: Grace Morgan via Storyful
LOCATOR: BEIJINGThese Chinese men are working out in an old bicycle shedSome of their equipment is made out of scrap metal from a factory The walls feature bodybuilders from the 1980s and 1990sNAME: XU WEI, MANAGER, ERQI GYM CLUB"These are all the world champions. Look, this one and this one, they are all of our goals. We spent several nights pasting these on the wall to make our space more beautiful and to set goals."The gym was founded in 1984 one year after a government ban on bodybuilding was lifted The Communist Party had thought the sport 'bourgeois'The gym has never closed in its near 40-year history
The UK's former Prime Minister David Cameron has found himself at the centre of a lobbying scandal.Britain's government has opened a formal investigation into Cameron's lobbying efforts for Australian banker Lex Greensill, and his finance firm Greensill Capital.UK newspapers have reported that Cameron contacted ministers directly to lobby on behalf of the now insolvent firm.Cameron wanted Greensill to have access to the government's COVID-19 loan schemes at the start of the pandemic.The former leader sent text messages to finance minister Rishi Sunak and arranged a private drink between Greensill and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.Cameron said on Sundayhe had not broken any rules, but accepted that his communications with government should only be through formal channels.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said there was, quote "significant interest" in the matter, and wanted to start the review to ensure government is completely transparent.Cameron's relationship with banker Lex Greensill dates back to when he was in government.Greensill was brought in as a government adviser from 2010 to 2016 when Cameron was leader.Two years after he left office, Cameron in turn became an adviser to Greensill's finance firm.
A high school student in Knoxville, Tennessee opened fire on his campus on Monday, wounding an officer, before being shot and killed by police.The shooting erupted at about 3:15 p.m. at Austin-East Magnet High School on the east side of the city.It's the latest in a string of shootings across the U.S. since mid-March.Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch told reporters Monday the wounded officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment."One officer returned fire. He was pronounced& the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, and has since been identified as a student at Austin East."Austin-East was locked down following the gunfire and parents who rushed to the scene were directed to pick up their children at a rear entrance. The Austin-East community has been shaken by gun violence this year.Four other students at the school have been killed in shootings across the city in recent months, according to media reports.Monday's incident joins a growing list of mass shootings which have shaken communities in Texas, Georgia, Colorado and California in the past month alone.
Daunte Wright’s mother showed her grief as she appeared at a vigil in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 12, to remember her son who was shot by police on Sunday.This footage, filmed by Jared Goyette, shows Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, holding a box of tissue and shedding a silent tear as she listening to a trumpet at the start of the vigil.On Sunday, Wright was stopped for a traffic violation and shot by an officer after re-entering his vehicle when officers tried to arrest him over an unrelated outstanding warrant. Wright was pronounced dead after his vehicle had traveled several blocks.Brooklyn Center Police Chief told reporters on Monday it was his “belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet.”Minneapolis Governor Tim Walz issued curfews across multiple locations, including Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota and Anoka counties from 7 pm Monday to 6 am Tuesday following Wright’s death on Sunday. Credit: Jared Goyette via Storyful
GameStop is searching for a new CEO as it pivots from a video game retailer to an e-commerce firm, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.GameStop stock has surged nearly 4,000% from a year ago, thanks to a trading frenzy sparked by amateur investors betting on so-called "meme stocks" featured in Reddit chat groups.Sources say the new shift would be GameStop's biggest shake-up since Ryan Cohen, former CEO of online pet food company Chewy, joined the board in January, laying the groundwork for a shift in company culture and strategy.They added that GameStop's board is working with an executive headhunter on the CEO search.A GameStop spokesman declined to comment.The search is the latest in a string of changes Cohen has spearheaded since joining the company.George Sherman, who had served as GameStop CEO since 2019, has been credited internally with slashing costs and steering the company through the global health crisis, as many other retailers went out of business.But sources say Sherman's 25 years of experience have mainly been with brick-and-mortar retailers like Home Depot, a far cry from the digital transformation Cohen is aiming for.Cohen has pushed for a number of hires from e-commerce giant Amazon as well as Chewy.But many Wall Street analysts are skeptical about the company's ability to reinvent itself.GameStop shares fell roughly 11 percent on Monday.
Large crowds of protesters took to the streets of New York City on Monday, April 12, to protest the police killing of a 20-year-old man during a traffic stop in Minnesota.According to local reports Duante Wright was shot and killed by an officer on Sunday, April 11, sparking a fresh round of anti-police brutality protests.Footage uploaded by Andy Ratto, shows large groups of demonstrators chanting ‘no justice, no peace’ and ‘say his name, Duante Wright’ as they marched through Manhattan and Brooklyn. Credit: Andy Ratto via Storyful
A volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on April 9, produced a 20,000 feet high plume of ash, the St Vincent and Grenadines government said.The La Soufrière volcano began erupting on the morning of April 9, following a day of seismic activity that prompted evacuations, according to The University of the West Indies Seismic Research CentreIn video shared on Instagram by Terissa Antoine, a giant ash plume can be seen billowing upwards, following the explosive volcano eruption.The National Emergency Management Organization in St Vincent said on April 12 that explosions and accompanying ashfall were likely to continue over the coming days. Credit: Terissa Antoine via Storyful
Barricades were erected outside Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota on Monday, April 12, as protesters gathered to demonstrate over the police shooting of Daunte Wright.This footage, shot by Brendan Gutenschwager and compiled by Storyful, shows authorities installing the barricades shortly before protesters swarm the police building’s lawns chanting, “Revolution, ain’t nothing to f*** with!”. The protesters can later be heard chanting Wright’s name.On Sunday, Wright was stopped for a traffic violation and shot by an officer after re-entering the vehicle when officers tried to arrest him over an unrelated outstanding warrant. Wright was pronounced dead after his vehicle had traveled several blocks.Wright died of a single gunshot wound to the chest with the manner of death determined to be homicide, the Hennepin County medical examiner reported on Monday.“Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent,” the examiner wrote.Brooklyn Center Police Chief told reporters on Monday it was his “belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet.”“For all intents and purposes, I think we can look at the video and ascertain whether or not she’ll be returning,” Chief Gannon said, as cited by The New York Times. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police department in Minnesota on Monday, April 12, to protest the death of Daunte Wright during a police shooting the day before.Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest with the manner of death determined to be homicide, the Hennepin County medical examiner reported on Monday. “Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent,” the examiner wrote.On Sunday, Wright was stopped for a traffic violation and shot by an officer after re-entering the vehicle when officers tried to arrest him over an unrelated outstanding warrant. Wright was pronounced dead after his vehicle had traveled several blocks.Footage shared by Mike Griffin shows a crowd of protesters chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” and “Say his name, Daunte Wright” as they confronted a line of officers equipped with riot gear.Protesters continued to arrive in Brooklyn Center on Monday evening despite a 7 pm curfew issued by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Credit: Mike Griffin via Storyful
A semi-truck driver crashed his vehicle into a murder suspect’s car fleeing a police pursuit in Pomona, California, on April 6.The suspect drove a black pickup truck through several counties as police tailed him, according to local news reports.A GoFundMe was set up for Ahmed Shaaban’s truck as he believes insurance would not cover the cost due to the deliberate action, according to news reports. Credit: Ahmed Hosny Shaaban via Storyful
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police department in Minnesota on Monday, April 12, to protest the death of Daunte Wright during a police shooting the day before.Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest with the manner of death determined to be homicide, the Hennepin County medical examiner reported on Monday. “Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent,” the examiner wrote.On Sunday, Wright was stopped for a traffic violation and shot by an officer after re-entering the vehicle when officers tried to arrest him over an unrelated outstanding warrant. Wright was pronounced dead after his vehicle had traveled several blocks.Footage shared by Amudalat Ajasa shows a crowd of protesters chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” and “Say his name, Daunte Wright” as they confronted a line of officers equipped with riot gear.Protesters continued to arrive in Brooklyn Center on Monday evening despite a 7 pm curfew issued by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Credit: Amudalat Ajasa via Storyful
Three bystanders called police, banged on windows, and shouted from a second-floor apartment as a man of Asian descent was attacked on a street in Oakland, California, on Saturday morning, April 10, in what was reported to be an attempted robbery.According to local reports and the bystander who shot this video, the victim was a 57-year-old Asian man who spoke only Cantonese.The attack occurred on 10th Street, near Jefferson Street, just after 7 am. The witness asked for their name to be withheld, saying, “It detracts from my goal of wanting to find the person that did this.”Their footage shows a person wrestling and punching the victim on the sidewalk. The victim manages to get back on his feet and returns some blows on the attacker. A few moments later, the suspect runs across the street away from the victim, and into a parked vehicle. The victim briefly gives chase, but stops as the suspect pulls away in the car. The suspect failed to take the victim’s wallet, reports said.As he runs, the bystanders, all of Asian descent themselves, are heard talking to police on the phone, banging on the windows and yelling, “We’re calling the police!”According to those witnesses, the victim of the attack spoke only Cantonese, so they assisted him in filing a police report. "This person could be my grandpa, my uncle, my dad. It’s scary and it’s sad. Violence should not be tolerated. It needs to stop,” one of the witnesses said.Storyful has reached out to the Oakland Police Department for more information about the incident, but we have not yet heard back. Credit: Storyful via Storyful