ANTAKYA: Rescuers in Turkey pulled two women alive from the rubble of collapsed buildings after they had been trapped for 122 hours following the region’s deadliest quake in two decades, authorities said today. The death toll exceeded 24,150 across southern Turkey and northwest Syria a day after Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said authorities should have reacted faster to Monday’s huge earthquake. Earlier, the World Food Programme said it was running out of stocks in rebel-held northwest Syria as the state of war complicated relief efforts. A similarly powerful earthquake in northwest Turkey in 1999 killed more than 17,000 killed in 1999. In the Samandag district of Turkey, rescuers crouched under concrete slabs and whispered “Inshallah” – “God willing” – as they carefully reached into the rubble and plucked out a 10-day-old newborn.
K-pop’s rapid growth during the pandemic is now slowing, triggering fears that momentum in the genre might be peaking. A takeover of SM Entertainment Co is crucial to solidify K-pop’s influence and make it mainstream globally, Hybe Co’s chief executive officer said, underscoring the BTS label’s determination to control its K-pop rival. K-pop’s rapid growth during the pandemic is now slowing, triggering fears that momentum in the genre might be peaking, he said. That in turn would give the two firms more global clout to advocate for K-pop around the world, he said. Even with a controlling stake, Hybe would face hurdles.1 month ago FMT
Yeoh is nominated for best actress this year as a worn-down laundromat owner who transforms into a high-kicking heroine, in the wildly inventive “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. Yeoh’s kung-fu science-fiction film received 10 Bafta nominations, as did the pitch-black Irish comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” co-starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Only one, Gina Prince-Bythewood, is nominated for best director, for “The Woman King”. Its Bafta nominations include best film, best director, foreign film, adapted screenplay and cinematography, as well as supporting actor for Albrecht Schuch. The best actor category will pit Farrell against Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”), Daryl McCormack (“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”), Bill Nighy (“Living”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”).1 month ago FMT
WELLINGTON: Military helicopters winched stranded storm survivors to safety in New Zealand on Wednesday after Cyclone Gabrielle killed four people and displaced 10,500 more. The New Zealand military deployed three NH90 helicopters on reconnaissance and rescue flights to the hard-hit Hawke’s Bay area, finding families, pets and workmates clustered on sodden zinc rooftops – surrounded by a sea of murky, debris-filled floodwater. “The devastation is widespread and has taken a toll beyond property and livelihoods to people,” New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said. Cyclone Gabrielle formed off the northeastern coast of Australia in the Coral Sea on Feb 8, before barrelling across the South Pacific. Many parts of northern New Zealand were already waterlogged when Cyclone Gabrielle hit, having been drenched by record rainfall two weeks ago.1 month ago FMT
Asean foreign ministers met Saturday, with the envoy from East Timor invited for the first time. At the meeting, ministers from the current members adopted guidelines regarding East Timor’s observer status in the group. Despite the progress, some experts say East Timor has a long way to go before it becomes a full member. He referred to how East Timor’s trade deficit might represent a burden to the other Asean countries, rather than adding value. “Embracing East Timor, for me, has always been of geostrategic importance, amid the global rivalry between China and the US, as well as Australia,” said Kharisma.1 month ago FMT
LONDON: Harry Kane has set his sights on breaking the Premier League’s all-time goals record after becoming the leading scorer in Tottenham’s history. The 29-year-old’s predatory finish also made him only the third player to reach 200 goals in the Premier League, behind record holder Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208). Now his place in Tottenham history is secured, Kane admitted he would love to break Shearer’s record as well. After graduating from Tottenham’s youth academy, Kane was sent on a series of loan spells in the lower leagues before finally being given his chance to shine in the Premier League. “I’m extremely proud to represent this club and score 267 goals for them and 200 Premier League goals for them is something I’ll never take for granted.1 month ago FMT
WASHINGTON: A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted over Latin America, the Pentagon said today, a day after a similar craft was seen in US skies, prompting the scrapping of a rare trip to Beijing by US secretary of state Antony Blinken. Later yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said: “We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America.”“We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon,” he added, without specifying its exact location. But President Joe Biden’s administration described it as a manoeuvrable “surveillance balloon”. That’s what we’re focused on,” Blinken told reporters. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Wang said the two discussed the incident “in a calm and professional manner”.1 month ago FMT
But despite these few prominent examples LBGT people face multiple obstacles during their careers because of their sexual orientation. Taboo for some, a private matter for others, sexual orientation remains a factor associated with discrimination in the professional sphere. Numerous surveys show that LGBT employees are often victims of discrimination within their company, whether it is in recruitment, in the missions they are given or in their pay. Researchers at the University of Sydney recently looked at the effects of this glass ceiling on gay men. “Both gay men and heterosexual men prefer masculine-presenting men for high-status roles,” the researchers concluded in a press release.1 month ago FMT