Month: February 2019
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming
event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.
The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.
The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c
are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.
It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”
”So much has changed for giant pandas, for the better, in the past decade,” Steven Monfort, the John and Adri
enne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement.
”This updated exhibit is really inspiring because it shows how much of a difference we can
make with science and cooperation,” he said, noting that “Smithsonian and Chinese scientists have bee
n collaborating for decades, and visitors can see the results of our work as they walk through the panda house.”
(2 a.m. ET) and close at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Saturday, but reports soon emerged of widespread delays.
In the megacity of Lagos, CNN visited multiple polling stations, all of which opened hours la
ter than planned. Voters said they had lined up for hours before electoral officers arrived with voting materials.
To cast their ballots Saturday, voters were expected to complete an accreditation process in which officials from Nigeria’s Independent National Elec
toral Commission take their fingerprints and scan their permanent voting cards.
A nurse told CNN she turned up at a polling station after working a night shift, only to face a long wait.
”I am supposed to be resting now, but I came to the polling station (at) 7:30 a.m. thinking they the electoral commissi
on officials) will be here, but it’s two hours now, and they have not come,” Juliet Emoedin said.
Festus Okoye, a national commissioner for the electoral commission, sa
id stations that opened late would close an hour later, according to the Nigerian Television Authority, the state
rning to two ladies with improper hijab, people in the area surrounded them and prevented them from driving the two ladies a
way,” the police source told IRNA. “After the two ladies got off the police van, the crowd dispersed and that was the end of the incident.”
Threatened with acid, rape, abuseotesting Iranmpulsory hijab law
Threatened with ‘acid, rape, abuse’: Protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law
Video of the incident showed people honking their car horns in apparent protest. A man is
heard shouting “Let her go!” as a group of people surround the van. The sound of gunshots is then heard.
The headscarf, or the hijab, has been a mandatory part of women’s dress in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution led to clerical rule of the country.
But in recent years, some women have mounted opposition to headscarf rules by stagi
ng sporadic street demonstrations, some of which have gone viral on social media.
Many women have also observed the dress rules more loosely in recent years. While signs instructing women to wear hijab ad
orn the walls of nearly every shop and restaurant, many wear short scarves which only slightly cover their heads.
who rebel against the system. Permission is needed from a male guardian for many basic activities, including international travel.
Reem and Rawan say they had been planning their escape in secret for two years. They didn’t dare discuss it in case they were
overheard, so, instead, they swapped WhatsApp messages, even while alone at night in their shared room.
Before they fled, the Sri Lanka vacation was just like any other. They wore their niqabs
to the beach and sat away from the surf while their brothers swam and joked. They cooked the meals, and
spent most of their days inside. It was humid. Their niqabs stuck to their skin and made it hard to see.
”We travel to move from a box to another box. From home to hotel, nothing will change,” Rawan says. “They will go o
ut, they will live freely, the men, of course we will sit away, watching them doing what they want.”
Their five-year-old sister played in the sand, but their 12-year-old sister, like them,
didn’t. She too was learning that it’s OK to be a girl in Saudi Arabia — until you grow up.
During the trip, Rawan turned 18. The timing was no accident. The vacation was planned with gentle persuasion to co
incide with a birthday that, unbeknown to their mother, allowed Rawan to apply for an Australian tourist visa.
Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.
For so long, Juventus has dominated in Italy, winning seven successive league titles with an eighth almost inevitable.
But it is the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was s
upposed to be the man to deliver for a club that has lost out twice in the final in the past four years.
When Juventus turned to Ronaldo, a five-time winner, chasing a record-equ
aling sixth Champions League title, it was to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.
Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid.
Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Re
al, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor.
For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scor
ing record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet.
Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side.
”We must have faith,” Juventus coach Max Allegri told BT Sport.
”We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, that Atletico Mad
rid force you to play badly, with a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not in the second.
”We got the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that simple. These things can happen, there will be great disappoint
ment after this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It won’t be easy, we need a great second leg, but it can be done and we must have faith.”
In the night’s other game, 10-man Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 at German side Schalke.
Nabil Bentaleb scored two first-half penalties to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s opener and ensure Schalke led 2-1 at the interval.
City hit back in the second half, recovering from losing Nicolas Otamendi to a re
d card before goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling secured victory.
Pep Guardiola’s team had looked in control before the game was turned on its head by VAR.
ology in 5G networks, close allies might be less inclined to work with it in the future, the RUSI report warned.
America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world‘s 5G plans
Britain is part of the intelligence-sharing group know
n as Five Eyes, which also includes the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
”The maintenance of a ‘Five Eyes standard’ of cyber security in telecommunications is a vital strategic and secur
ity interest, the loss of which would go far beyond a reduction in intelligence reports exchanged and might lea
d to the UK being excluded from work on developing future technologies for intelligence collection,” the report said.
It also advised devoting more resources to protecting British universities, where technology of interest to Beijing may be under development.
”Ultimately, the United Kingdom’s goal must be genuine reciproc
ity and an equal, mature and comprehensive relationship with China,” the report said.
Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.