Beijing is still playing its charm offensive on South America despite the controversies on the Amazonian Railroad deal that would reduce costs in transporting essential material out of Brazil’s inaccessible agricultural and mining regions.
The railway faces fierce opposition from South American Environmentalists and indigenous activists who had utterly faced defeat after the construction of the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam near Altamira, the amazon city.
The dam is claimed to have robbed indigenous communities their lands and has fuelled violence and prostitution in the area.
Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff intends to sign 30 agreements with China to help develop its infrastructure and logistics for her country embattled with economic troubles.
The new deals will help avert the £14.8 billion equivalent of a budget cut in Brazil, which would be finalised this week.
According to an opinion section from newspaper China Daily, Brazil is in a precarious situation where it wants to be taken out of its troubles caused by environmental, political and economic crises and that China’s wants into Brazil is timely for both countries.
Xinhua, China’s Official News Agency, said that it is “natural for China and Latin America” to partner up. It also highlighted that the US heightened alert with Beijing’s presence in South America shouldn’t be seen as so because the partnership is not directed against any third party.
For slapping a journalist, Saudi Arabian King Salman had sacked one senior aide who had followed right behind him.
The incident, caught on camera as King Salman greeted Morocco’s King Mohammed at Riyadh airport, Senior Aide Mohammed al-Tobayshi, who is the head of the Royal Protocol, turned to a photographer and slapped him.
Tobayshi was immediately removed as senior aide and was replaced by Khalid al-Abad, a 56-year-old official. However, Saudi Arabian journalists, including prominent journalist Abdullah al-Bergawi said that it was “a great day for journalists and the media.”
Al-Bergawi said that King Salman is showing that no-one, not even those closest to him is above the law. His actions also show that people, including officials, will hold their actions as their responsibilities and will pay for not respecting a person’s right to dignity.
One past incident had the King sanction a senior member of the Saudi Royal Family Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman after making racist comments in an Arabian TV Show.
Daily Trojan Writer Athanasius Georgy believes that the entire Middle East and the rest of the world had been blind to Yemen’s true state. Georgy states that Yemen is a failed state after Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had been ousted.
Saleh was ousted during the 2011 Arab Spring as protests in different Middle Eastern countries began to oust their long-time dictators. It was believed that Yemen would turn into a democratic country.
However, Saleh’s Vice President and first Voted President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi were seen as a corrupt government. As militant Houthis moved against the government, Iran’s Shiite ties with the Houthis ensured support for the militants.
Meanwhile, Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia had been displeased with Iran’s actions.
Georgy does not blame the Arab Spring nor the Hadi Government for starting another conflict in the country. He said that upon Saleh’s ousting, a vacuum appeared and deeply-rooted problems as people adjusted politically into a new spectrum of ideals had re-surfaced.
With the lack of genuine leadership, Yemen’s infrastructures and systems were dilapidated. All these crumbled slowly as days passed, according to Georgy.
Yemen’s ill-adjusted people had become oppressive as extreme water and food shortages cause grave incidents in different areas. Women are still mistreated.
Georgy said that negotiations would be the only way to guarantee peace and productivity in Yemen once again.
According to the medical community focused on finding a cure for cancer, making tailor-made cancer vaccines that target genetic errors in a patient’s tumor is quite exciting.
Their tests on three humans showed that the vaccine had been traiend to fight skin cancers. According to the American team, this marks the first “significant step” towards developing cancer vaccines. Cancer Research UK said the tests were “exciting despite being early-stage trials.”
Tumors are genetic messes where the DNA had been altered and is sending a different message to cell production, leading to mutations that could cause death.
Because the proteins of the DNA is altered, the St. Louis and Oklahoma City Research Teams have used different methods to predict the flags that would indicate cancer has already spread in the body.
Using a computer algorithm, they analysed the Neo-Antigens, which indicate the best targets for vaccinations.
The tests showed convincing results as one test subject had stayed cancer-free. The other has stable tumors. The last patient’s tumor had shrank in the months after the vaccine and had remained stable thereafter.
The team was successful in its objective to test the safety of the vaccine and if it provokes any form of immune response.
However, analysts and experts say that proper clinical trials are the only proof that the research is a success. Time, production and costs are another thing to talk about.
Tiny metal fragments have found its way into Kraft’s Mac and Cheese items. According to reports, more than 6.5 million boxes contain small pieces of metal inside. Customer support received a call about eight customers about the situation.
“Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.”
Around 242,000 cases of macaroni and cheese products will bring about a disastrous fiscal month for Kraft already struggling with a management shake-up and slow sales the previous months.
Miracle Whip and Oscar Mayer had split from Mondelez International Inc. 2012.
Kraft said that they deeply regret the situation and have issued apologies to many disappointed customers.
On Tuesday, Chile’s Villarica volcano started spewing lava and smoke, prompting officials to evacuate thousands of people in the surrounding area. Erupting around 3AM, evacuations began earlier and during the time the volcano was completely active.
Villarica is one of South America’s most active volcanoes. Standing at 9,000 feet in the central valley of Chile, Tourists hike around the volcano and camp outside.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said that she would visit the area. She also advised evacuees to remain calm.
Chile had issued an orange alert on Monday with the increased volcano activity. Around 3,500 people had been evacuated, including tourists.
According to Local Police Chief Qasim al-Obeidi of al-Baghdadi in western Iraq, Islamic State militants have burned 45 people alive. He said that they believe the executed were Iraqi Security Forces. However, there was no precise data given. According to al-Obeidi, the town was under attack and it requested the government and the world to help.
The town of al-Baghdadi was captured on Thursday last week. The nearby Iraqi air base Ain al-Asad, occupied by 300 American Marines training local Iraqi forces, had defended against the militants’ attempts to capture the base.
Meanwhile, 90 per cent of al-Baghdadi now belongs to the Islamic State.
The new atrocity succeeds their video on Sunday where they have beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. In retaliation, Egypt has sent over an air strike against all Islamic State positions in Libya.
It is also the second case that Islamic State had burned alive people this year. Earlier, Jordan Pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh was placed inside a cage and was burned alive by the militants for “burning down homes and destroying families.”
General Practitioners do not end a day without receiving a call from the NHS Helpline. According to the British Medical Association, GPs and accident and emergency departments are feeling the strain because the NHS 111 helpline advises people with colds or sore thumbs to visit their doctors.
The average number of people calling to NHS 111 had increased by 186% from 2013-2014. Referrals to accident and emergency departments were also up by 192%
The Primary Care Foundation Research group estimates that self-care calls had fallen to 15% in 2013-14 from 48% in 2012.
British Medical Association GP Dr. Charlotte Jones spearheads the efforts to see the BMA’s work on NHS 111. She said the association endeavours to highlight serious concerns about the service and how the service fails to provide what is needed.
According to her, GPs also report to the BMA that people with colds, sore thumbs and other conditions that one could remedy at home easily without the help of a registered professional had been referred to them.
It would seem that the NHS 111 helpline’s advisory is inefficient.
She said the NHS could not afford to have “unnecessary workload created given the unprecedented pressure on our health service.”
Some BMA council members blame call handlers who have very limited experience with medicine. According to the council a trained professional could encourage and walk them through self care.
According to Europol Chief Rob Wainwright, the threat of terrorism has become “extremely difficult.” However, he said the police’s resolve to combat and prevent terrorism is still high.
“We are dealing with a very serious threat spread around many European countries and propagated by thousands of suspects radicalised on the internet and through conflict experience in Syria and Iraq.
“It is clearly an urgent and serious challenge we face now.
“The scale of the problem has increased over the last 10 years. But over the last ten years the sophistication of the police response has increased too.
“The public can be reassured by the determined response by the security authorities.
“Across Europe, we are engaged in quickly exchanging intelligence. Significant amounts of work are being done.
“Stopping everything is very difficult, containing the threat wholly is very difficult but I am sure we will prevail.”
His statement comes after last week’s attack on Paris’ Charlie Hebdo offices, which killed 12 famed cartoonists including its editor.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama said that Britain and America will join forces to counter the “poisonous and fanatical ideology” of extremists.
Cameron said: “Frankly, we’ve been in this struggle against extremist Islamist terrorism for well over a decade-and-a-half so we know what it takes to win, and it’s going to take a lot of perseverance.”
Sixty-two-years-old actor Michael Keaton will play as Birdman. Birdman, a down-on-his-knees Hollywood star about to lose himself to dementia, intends to produce his own script and act in his own film as he is desperate to prove he’s more than just the superhero he once played.
Along with Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis will be joining him.
Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had made 21 Grams and Babel, is a satirical depiction of the film industry’s lustful wanting of blockbuster comic book sequels.
The film is humorous as it is thought-provoking and touching. It also shows the human frailty behind being a celebrity and the fickle-fame-and-fortune stories many actors could relate to.
Keaton said that it was difficult to act in the movie as it is difficult to enjoy while it was acted. But one can enjoy the end result of each shot.
He was made to run around the side of the theatre and through Times Square to get back in the front wearing just underpants in one shot.
“It was really weirdly fun,” he adds of filming the scene. “It’s fun to play a guy who’s this screwed up. To literally get naked, I guess, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it so much. You get naked emotionally and then you get almost naked physically.”