Authorities in India recorded the world's highest daily tally of 314,835 infections on Thursday, as a new wave of the pandemic spreads faster than ever across the country, threatening access to medical supplies and an ailing health system. Health officials in the north and the west of the country said they were going through a crisis, with most hospitals full and running out of essential supplies. India has reported nearly 16 million infections since the start of the pandemic, with the death toll nearing 185,000. Doctors in some areas were advising patients to stay at home. A crematorium in the eastern city of Muzaffarpur said it was being overwhelmed with bodies and grieving families had to wait their turn. "Right now there are no beds, no oxygen. Everything else is secondary," Shahid Jameel, a virologist and director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, told Reuters. "The infrastructure is crumbling." The previous record one-day rise in cases was … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: India records world’s highest daily rise in infections
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Fallon Fox, the only openly-transgender MMA fighter, is to have a movie made about her life. Fox's biopic will be produced amid the backdrop of US states legislating against transgender people in the US, with many denying them the right to play sports with the gender they identify as. When Fox first started the sport, she had initially held back that she was transgender over fears it could end her career if she was outed. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Why trans people are self-medicating hormones However, a journalist threatened to out her to the world, so instead she revealed that she was transgender on her own terms in an interview with Outsports and Sports Illustrated in 2013. After revealing she was transgender, debates ensued that questioned whether someone who was assigned male at birth should be allowed to fight in the women's MMA leagues. Advertisement In a statement, the now-retired fighter said: … [Read more...] about Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox to have film made about her life
THE Southern Co-op is to start selling out of date food including fruit, vegetables and pasta in a bid to cut down on food waste. The food is passed its best before date - by up to two days if its fresh or seven days if its dried - and prices will start at 20p. It means shoppers will be able to pick up discounted tinned fruit, veg, dried pasta and rice, confectionary, condiments, sugar and sweetners, coffee, tea and jams. From the fresh food aisles, customers can expect to bag bargain soft fruits and fruit juices. The grub is perfectly safe to eats as long as it's been stored correctly as the best before date indicates when food is at its best in terms of quality. Food that has passed its best before date may not taste as good or have a different texture, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Which Southern Co-op stores are running the scheme? THIRTEEN Southern Co-op stores will be trialling the food waste scheme. These are: Widcombe Hill, Bath … [Read more...] about Co-op to sell out of date food including fruit, vegetable and pasta – with prices starting from 20p
MARVEL Studios have sparked more excitement among its hardcore fanbase following the teaser trailer of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Shang-Chi will become the first major superhero movie backed by an American studio to star a predominantly Asian cast, the film aims to break ground for Asian representation on a blockbuster scale. Who is Shang-Chi? Shang-Chi has actually been a character within the Marvel universe dating as far back as 1972, first introduced as a way for Marvel to capitalise on the growing popularity of the popular TV show "Kung Fu". He goes on to become a master of the martial art of kung fu, with the teaser trailer recently dropped showcasing the brutal training regimes he was forced to go through to achieve that title. This makes his decision to leave it all behind for a life of anonymity in San Francisco all the more shocking, though it is there he meets best friend Katy, who is inevitably embroiled in his superhero drama. Who is … [Read more...] about Who is Shang-Chi?
IT’S a film about fossils, dinosaur remains and the beautiful Dorset coastline – and features passionate same-sex romps between its two main characters. New movie Ammonite promises a scorcher of a romance between pioneering 19th-century palaeontologist Mary Anning and her younger married lover Charlotte Murchison. But the film, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Charlotte, has angered some of Mary’s descendants, as there is no evidence to show she was a lesbian, or anything more than just friends with Charlotte. Even so, Kate, 45, said: “It was very clear to me that they were quite capable of passionate moments , and Saoirse and I both wanted to embody that . “And for me, at the age I am now, t hat felt quite good, actually .” Saoirse added: “I had a wonderful time. I’ve never done a sex scene so intense and full-on before.” But Mary’s descendant Barbara Anning posted on an online discussion: “I do not believe there is any evidence to back up … [Read more...] about Kate Winslet on passionate same-sex romps and ‘lesbian’ controversy over new film Ammonite