Rio Tinto says its chair and a board director will step down. The mining giant has bowed to pressure from investors over the destruction of two Aboriginal sites in Australia.There was uproar last year when the 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge rock shelters were destroyed in the course of mining operations. Chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques eventually resigned over the affair. But campaigners were outraged by the board's handling of an investigation into the matter. The probe found no single person accountable. Now chair Simon Thompson and board director Michael L'Estrange will both step down in the coming months. Investors welcomed the move as a sign of accountability. Rio Tinto last year chose Danish executive Jakob Stausholm as the firm's new chief executive. Some Australian investors had pressed for a leader with strong experience of local indigenous issues.
Protests against the military coup showed no sign of abating with more planned across the country, as Southeast Asian neighbors struggled for consensus in their efforts to end the month-long crisis.Video obtained by Reuters showed protesters using the fire extinguishers as well as smoke grenades as they retreated after shots were heard in Sanchaung in Yangon.Meanwhile, Myanmar security forces and protesters faced off in Mandalay, with protesters using a fire extinguisher to create cover and throwing objects towards police.At least 21 people have been killed since the Feb. 1 coup against Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically elected government.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to make any breakthrough in a virtual meeting on Myanmar by its 10 foreign ministers. While they were united over call for restraint, only four members - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore - called for the release of detainees including Suu Kyi.
These gloves give people with a tremor a helping handUK start-up GyroGear has invented this wearable technologyto help people with debilitating shakes regain control of their hands(SOUNDBITE) (English) GORDON MCCABE, GYROGEAR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER SAYING: "The GyroGove is essentially, you have what we call our little puck which sits on the back of the hand. It is a spinning flywheel and while that spins, that flywheel, it exerts a gyroscopic force. So much like a spinning top that will always stay upright as long as it's spinning, your hand will always stay level while the flywheel is spinning."56-year-old Jenny Field has had to develop a range of strategiesto cope with her tremors(SOUNDBITE) (English) JENNY FIELD, ESSENTIALTREMOR SUFFERER, SAYING:"Essential Tremor is quite a hidden disability. You don't see how much it affects us, how our muscles hurt, the beating they take with the tremor on the move all day. As soon as you put GyroGlove on it puts your muscles at ease because they are not under so much pressure all the time so it just frees you up. You can enjoy your hobbies more, you could work more effectively at typing. The GyroGlove is huge because there is not a lot out there to help us."
Parts of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt were lashed by intense rainfall on Tuesday, March 2, causing flash flooding in the town of Northam.According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the town was drenched by 108 millimetres of rain in the 27 hours to midday on March 3.The Avon river in Northam swelled to 14 meters at 2pm local time, and was expected to rise further on Wednesday.This video provided by Anthony Deegenaars, shows flood waters carrying debris down a street, as a thunderstorm rumbles in the distance. Credit: Anthony Deegenaars via Storyful
Boeing has raised concern over the design of a jet made by its European rival Airbus.The model in question the extra-long range version of its newest plane, the A321neo.Boeing says it could pose a fire risk due to its fuel tank.In a submission to European regulators, Boeing said the design of the fuel tank intended to increase the plane's range posed many potential hazards.In most jets, fuel is carried in wings and central tanks, but to meet demand for longer routes Airbus plans to mold a tank directly into the fuselage.Its shape would follow the contours of the jet and carry more fuel.The design is crucial to the A321XLR's main marketing ploy - to be the longest range of any single-aisle jet - and is due for release in 2023.Boeing's intervention is not unusual in a global system which regularly allows manufacturers to chime in when safety rules are being interpreted.But the timing is pivotal.The U.S. plane giant is trying to repair its image following the crisis over its 737 MAX.That plane model was grounded for almost two years following two deadly crashes.The airline industry, which has been battered by the global health crisis, is now facing tougher scrutiny.While insisting they never compete on safety, Airbus and Boeing have a record of goading each other on technical issues.
Hundreds of protesters, many wearing hard hats and clutching makeshift shields, gathered behind barricades in different parts of Yangon to chant slogans against military rule.There were no reports of injuries in Yangon but four people were wounded in the northwestern town of Kale, where police fired live ammunition to disperse a crowd after protesters threw things at advancing police, a witnesses said.At least 21 protesters have been killed since the turmoil began. The army has said one policemen was killed.The Feb. 1 coup halted Myanmar's tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, and has drawn condemnation and sanctions from the United States and other Western countries, and growing concern among its neighbours.
A majority of Japanese people are opposed to holding the Tokyo Olympic Games this year, due to concerns over the global health crisis.That’s according to a Yomiuri daily poll released on Wednesday.The Tokyo Games were already postponed last year and rescheduled for this July.While 70 percent of those surveyed said they were at least “somewhat interested” in the Summer Games, Yomiuri found that 58 percent were against holding the event this year.If the Games were to go on, over 90 percent said the crowd should be kept to a minimum or not allowed at all.The poll was conducted between mid-January through February, when much of the country remained under a state of emergency.A Reuters poll last month showed nearly two-thirds of Japanese companies also oppose holding the Games this year, a shift from the last survey which showed most in favor.As for now, Greater Tokyo remains in a state of emergency, with restrictions on gathering, business hours and foreign travel into the country.Local media reported earlier this week that those restrictions are likely to extend two weeks longer than expected.
Demonstrators also targeted the road to the airport and near the city of Baalbek while others shut down a foreign exchange bureau in the southern city of Sidon, local media said.The financial collapse, on a scale Lebanon has never seen, has slashed about 85% of the currency's value in a country relying heavily on imports.The cost of scarce dollars hit 10,000 Lebanese pounds on Tuesday, said three currency dealers on the informal market, a main source of cash since banks stopped dispensing dollars. Two other dealers said earlier the greenback had traded at 9,900.That makes Lebanon's minimum wage worth about $68 a month.Political leaders have failed to agree a rescue plan since the crisis, rooted in decades of state graft, erupted in late 2019 as dollar inflows dried up.At the time, protests had gripped the country, fuelled by anger over economic hardship and new tax plans, including a daily 20-cent fee on Whatsapp calls.Prices of many consumer goods such as diapers or cereals have nearly tripled since then and charities warn of rising hunger.
A pilot from the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia successfully navigated an intense storm on February 6, landing his plane on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.This video uploaded to Facebook shows the pilot tactfully approaching a runway through heavy rain, strong winds and limited visibility.According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a tropical low swept the region on February 6 bringing heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Credit: Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia via Storyful
Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision on March 2 to lift a statewide mask mandate and allow businesses to operate normally.“I’m very disappointed by the decision of the governor,” Sylvester said on Tuesday. “Quite frankly, to put it in very stark terms, it makes no sense.”Sylvester also questioned whether Abbott made the decision to draw attention away from the state’s handling of deadly winter weather in February that left many Texans without power.On March 2, Texas reported some 6,613 new cases — as well as 1,761 probable cases — and 271 new deaths tied to the virus. Credit: Mayor Sylvester Turner via Storyful
A winter storm warning was issued for regions of Newfoundland and Labrador as blizzard-like conditions swept across Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, March 2.Footage shared by Corina Norris Reid shows a calmer winter scene in the coastal town of Winterton just a few hours after it was hit by piercing winds.Environment and Climate Change Canada warned of active winter weather through Tuesday bringing -20 wind chills and blowing snow. Credit: Corina Norris Reid via Storyful
Drone footage taken on March 2 shows the extent of flooding in Breathitt County, Kentucky, where officials ordered mandatory evacuations on Tuesday.Communities in eastern Kentucky have struggled against rising tides after the Kentucky River burst its banks.This drone footage, taken by David Lorimer, shows floodwaters in and around Jackson, Kentucky. Among the locations filmed by Lorimer is Kentucky Mountain Bible College in Jackson. Credit: David Lorimer via Storyful
An elderly man vowed to walk 100 miles in Belford, England, as part of a campaign to save Britain’s pubs.Footage taken by Twitter user @JMarkDodds shows the man, identified as @JMarkDodds’s father, walking in Belford.According to the Campaign for Pubs, the 91-year-old, Roy, had walked to “give many pubs a better, sustainable future.”“The Campaign for Pubs exists to be a powerful voice representing pubs, publicans and pub campaigners, fighting to support, promote and protect our pubs in all communities across the United Kingdom,” wrote the organization on their website, advocating for pub protection against large corporate interests and high taxes, as well as pushing for a “better and stronger planning system that recognizes the community value of pubs.” Credit: @JMarkDodds via Storyful
An 86-year old woman has become the first person in the United States to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2.This video uploaded to Twitter shows Barbara Schmalenberger getting vaccinated at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.After receiving the vaccine, Schmalenberger encouraged others to get the jab, telling reporters that she felt “a huge relief”. Credit: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center via Storyful
A confirmed E-1 tornado touched down in Cumberland City, Kentucky, on February 28.Drone video taken by Jay Tee Hardin on March 1 shows the tornado’s damage.The National Weather Service confirmed that an E-1 tornado with 100 mph winds had touched down in the area. Credit: Jay Tee Hardin via Storyful
Stocks on Wall Street ended Tuesday lower, a day after a blockbuster rally that saw the S&P 500 have its best day since June. The Dow dropped nearly 150 points while the S&P also fell.And the Nasdaq lost about 1.7% as Apple, Facebook, Tesla and other big technology names tumbled.The tech-heavy index's fall came as investors continue to rotate out of stocks that outperformed due to the coronavirus pandemic and into others viewed as likely to do well as the economy recovers, such energy and travel companiesNicholas Colas of DataTrek Research says - given history - the recent volatility in markets is par for the course."This one is playing very much true to form with past cycles, we tend to get initially a big surge off the bottom when we first see fiscal stimulus, we got all of that last year. It was a little bit heavily skewed towards technology because of the unique nature of what happened with the pandemic, but it is the kind of classic lift off the bottom that we always get. At this point in the cycle, call it six to 12 to 10, even a year on from the bottom, we do get these first rumblings of inflation that begin to lift interest rates and the market begins to go a little bit wobbly. The same exact thing happened virtually to the day during the 2010 recovery, after the '09 crisis.Stocks on the move included Target, which said it will invest $4 billion annually over the next several years as the big box retailer upgrades stores and strengthens its online business. Shares are up sharply over the past year but fell nearly 7% on Tuesday on the expected hit to margins.Meanwhile, mortgage provider Rocket Companies bucked the trend, skyrocketing as much as roughly 70 percent, as the heavily shorted stock drew interest on Twitter and Reddit’s popular WallStreetBets.
A man who spent more than two months in a cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) in Reno, Nevada, after contracting COVID-19 was released on February 21, after 85 days in the hospital, and was reunited with his children, said Renown Health.Staff at Renown Health’s Cardiac ICU lined a hallway on February 21 to applaud and bid farewell to Fernando, who had been mechanically ventilated for 60 days and placed in a chemically induced coma during his stay.“For weeks, doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists at Renown worried Fernando wouldn’t recover,” Renown Health wrote. “Fortunately, his fighting spirit prevailed, and even when he was unable to respond to his family or those taking care of him, he made small steps toward recovery.”Renown said Fernando’s success story had been “particularly touching to the staff” and boosted morale.“The past year has brought forth unprecedented challenges as Renown care providers have fought to adapt to the changing needs of their patients, hospital, and community,” the company wrote. “At times, the staff felt defeated and uncertain for what would come next. However, as COVID cases decline in our community as well as our hospitals, there truly is no better way to share this renewed sense of hope than through stories like Fernando’s.” Credit: Renown Health via Storyful
A Kentucky family rescued several cats from rising flood waters on Monday, March 1, after heavy rain wreaked havoc across eastern Kentucky.According to the City of London, the Dishman family fled their home in the early hours of Monday morning as the Little Laurel River swamped the area.This video shows the family members using a raft to rescue cats that were trapped inside the flooded home.The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the region, cautioning locals to avoid travelling through floodwaters. Credit: The City of London, KY via Storyful
The Chicago Zoological Society is seeking the public’s help to name a month-old North American river otter being hand-reared by caretakers in Brookfield, Illinois.Video filmed on March 1 by the Chicago Zoological Society shows the baby otter feeding and playing with zookeepers.The society determined that his mother, Charlotte, was not able to provide him with the necessary nourishment and will introduce him back to his family after he is weaned, near the end of March.Meanwhile, the society is inviting the public to vote for the otter pup’s name on the Brookfield Zoo’s website starting on March 3. Credit: Lynette Kleisner/Chicago Zoological Society via Storyful
Communities in eastern Kentucky were still inundated with water on Tuesday, March 2, after a weekend of heavy rain caused the Kentucky River to burst its banks.Winchester resident Wayne Keeton shared footage from Clays Ferry Bridge in Lexington, where a submerged camper was swept away by the current of the Kentucky River.Police said the Lexington Fire Department had “been busy” Monday with multiple water rescues, and urged drivers not to attempt to cross flooded roadways. Credit: Wayne Keeton via Storyful
An eighth grader in Covington, Kentucky, reunited with his brother who has been on Air Force duty for over a year during a surprise visit on March 1.Footage released by Covington Latin School shows Aiden Foley hugging his brother Matthew, who was back home for the first time since February of last year, a school spokesperson told Storyful.Covington Latin School’s dean called for Aiden, who thought he was in trouble, the spokesperson said.“If this doesn’t make your day, nothing will,” the school wrote in a Facebook caption. Credit: Covington Latin School via Storyful
Medical workers administered COVID-19 vaccines in Ivory Coast on March 1, among the first doses given in Africa under the global COVAX vaccine initiative.Over 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine arrived in Ivory Coast on February 26. That week, some 600,000 doses were also shipped to Ghana.COVAX is a joint program led by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi, a global vaccine alliance.The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines received by Ivory Coast were produced in India, UNICEF reported.This footage shows doses being administered at a vaccine center in Abidjan. Among those who received a vaccine on March 1 was a health worker named Phénix Azian.“This morning I came to have my vaccination against COVID-19. The health of the public begins with our health, so as a health worker, as a nurse I’m getting vaccinated, to protect myself and all those dear to me," he said. Credit: UNICEF via Storyful
Twelve thousand doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the FEMA community vaccination center at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, on March 2.The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the single-dose vaccine, also known as the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, on Friday, February 27.“Overall, the vaccine was approximately 67% effective in preventing moderate to severe/critical COVID-19 occurring at least 14 days after vaccination and 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe/critical COVID-19 occurring at least 28 days after vaccination,” the FDA said in a press release.“Additionally, the vaccine was approximately 77% effective in preventing severe/critical COVID-19 occurring at least 14 days after vaccination and 85% effective in preventing severe/critical COVID-19 occurring at least 28 days after vaccination.”A representative of the Harris County Public Health Department told Storyful that while the doses were initially delivered to NRG Park they would not be administered at that location. Harris County Public Health also said 6,000 of the doses would be handled by the Houston Health Department. Credit: Harris County Public Health via Storyful
Wall Street was mixed on Tuesday, with Apple and Tesla losing ground, while materials and energy companies climbed.Most S&P 500 sectors traded higher, while technology shares dipped in an ongoing rotation by investors out of stocks that outperformed due to the coronavirus pandemic and into others viewed as likely to do well as the economy recovers.