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Kanye West slammed for naming Yeezy shoes after Islamic angels - Arab News
DUBAI: US musician and fashion designer Kanye West has received a backlash on social media this week after naming two of his new Yeezy trainers after Islamic angels. The rapper, who created his brand in 2009 in collaboration with Adidas, named the pairs “Yee…
CHICAGO: From the mountains of Birzeit in Palestine to the concrete confines of New Yorks Brooklyn comes Etaf Rums novel, A Woman is No Man. The brilliant debut and New York Times bestseller is an incredible Palestinian-American story of unhappy relationships, crippling patriarchy, and endless generational trauma. Between Rums main characters, Isra and Deya, the struggles of living in a patriarchal society, guised as tradition and culture, is central, following the distress of being exiled and making a life in a new country. Focusing on three generations of the same family, Rum begins her novel in 1990 with Isra, a 17-year-old who lives in Palestine. The teenager is preparing to get married because as often reminded, a daughter is only a temporary guest in her fathers home. When Isra is whisked away to New York with her new husband, she dreams that life will be different and that her freedom will go beyond the kitchen and tending to the men in the family. But life in the Big Apple is not so different, especially after she gives her husband four girls and no son. The constant pressure from her mother-in-law, Fareeda, to bear a male heir and tend to the home forces Isra to realize that a womans place is the same in New York as it was in Palestine. The book then moves to 2008 and Deya, Isras eldest daughter, who lives with her three younger sisters and her grandparents. She hardly has any memories of her parents, and the ones she does have are joyless. Her parents were killed in a car accident when she was 8 years old, so Deyas future is shaped by Fareedas rules, as was her mothers. But Deya refuses to succumb to her moms fate and fights against her grandparents. However, in doing so, she unearths shocking family secrets. Rums novel is a page-turner, brimming with generations of lovelessness and trauma that is repeated to preserve a culture that is slowly fading due to exile and migration. All characters are victims within their own right, all three generations make decisions out of fear, not love. In an exploration of relationships, Rum dives deep into patriarchal society where women have no voice. However, there is a resilience to her voiceless characters, like the women who move to new countries with no one but their husbands and their families, to give their children some semblance of life. But the generational misunderstandings can hurt the very same people it empowers. Reality is harsh in Rums novel, and dreams are distant, but fate can be changed with courage.
UK vaccine frontrunner could be available in first half of 2021 - Arab News
LONDON: A leading British scientist has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the country as early as the first half of next year. Professor Robin Shattock leads the team working on Imperial College London’s vaccine, one of the UK’s two most prom…
LONDON: A leading British scientist has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the country as early as the first half of next year. Professor Robin Shattock leads the team working on Imperial College Londons vaccine, one of the UKs two most promising research programs. He told Sky News: We anticipate if everything goes really well, that we'll get an answer as to whether it works by early next year. Assuming that the funding is there to purchase that vaccine, we could have that vaccine rolled out across the UK in the first half of next year. Shattock also warned that there was no certainty that any of the vaccines currently being developed would work, but said the risk of that is very, very low. Imperial College London is now conducting human trials of their vaccine, with 15 volunteers having received it so far. Shattock said this will be ramped up in the coming weeks to include another 200 to 300 patients. I think we're very lucky in the UK that we have two very strong candidates, the one from Imperial, the one from Oxford, and so were pretty well placed, but there's still not a certainty that either of those two will work, he said. Oxford University is also developing a vaccination for Covid-19, in partnership with British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. While Shattock said he hopes Imperial College Londons vaccine will be available for the whole of the UK in the first half of next year, it is unclear how long it would take for it to be available outside of the country. The UK, European Union and the US have all invested huge sums into vaccine development, and struck deals with pharmaceutical companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars each to ensure first-in-line access to successful vaccinations. However, international organizations such as the UN, International Red Crescent and Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders have raised concerns that the worlds poorest countries will be unable to access vaccinations and effective Covid-19 treatments due to rich countries outspending them.
Beyoncé: 'Vote like our life depends on it' - Arab News
LOS ANGELES: Beyoncé used her platform this week while accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct appeal to viewers: Go vote. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said the superst…
DUBAI: US reality TV star Khole Kardashian celebrated her 36th birthday this week and she glittered in a golden gown by Kuwaiti designer to the stars Yousef Al-Jasmi. The mother of one teased with behind-the-scenes snaps of her birthday bash on her Instagram stories. Her pink-themed celebration had everything anyone would need to escape quarantine. The star had massive balloons spelling her nickname Koko. (Instagram/@khloekardashian) The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star had massive balloons spelling her nickname Koko and colorful flower bouquets decorating her house. It is still not a party without some treats and fun activities. In Kardashian style, the celebration had delicious desserts, which featured some of the birthday girls most liked pictures, laid against a dreamy setup. The treats were not the only thing that had Kardashians pictures on, but the celebration had an inflatable slide and pillows that featured the stars head. The celebration had an inflatable slide and pillows that featured the stars head. (Instagram/@worldwidesavas) In honor of her special day, the party had her two-year-old daughter True and many members of her famous family, as well as her ex-partner Tristan Thompson who shared a touching tribute to the Kardashian ahead of the celebrations. By the end of the festivities, the Good American founder got into a playful fight with her sisters, Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, in which Jenner was seen wearing a hoodie that says on its back Happy Birthday Koko. Jenner shared the clips on her Instagram writing: They didnt want us to go home. After the celebration, Kardashian shared a few pictures of herself championing Al-Jasmis design. She wore a sparkling mid-length dress. Birthday Glam. Tomorrow Im flooding my time-line with party pics, she teased her 155 million Instagram followers. It is not the first time the Kardashian clan have dazzled in Al-Jasmis creations. In April 2019, the family celebrated eldest sister Kourtneys 40th birthday and Khloe collaborated with the designer. Khloe and her stylist Janelle Miller worked with the designer, known for his extensive use of Swarovski crystals, to create a dazzling column dress with a high collar and matching headpiece. And he seems to have fans across the Kardashian-Jenner clan, as Khloes half-sister Kylie Jenner has been spotted in Al-Jasmis creations on numerous occasions.
'Major breakthrough' as UK scientists find $6 steroid cuts coronavirus deaths - Arabnews
LONDON: A common steroid drug has been found to reduce coronavirus death rates by a third for patients on ventilators, and by a fifth for patients needing oxygen. Dexamethasone has been around for roughly 60 years and is normally used to treat a range of infl…
LONDON: A common steroid drug has been found to reduce coronavirus death rates by a third for patients on ventilators, and by a fifth for patients needing oxygen. Dexamethasone has been around for roughly 60 years and is normally used to treat a range of inflammation issues, but tests at Oxford University have now uncovered its effectiveness in treating COVID-19. Englands Chief Medical Officer Prof. Chris Whitty said the discovery is the most important trial result for COVID-19 so far. Key to the importance of the discovery is the drugs low cost. Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor who is co-leading the trial, said: It costs in the order of £5 ($6.31) ... for a complete course of treatment in the NHS (National Health Service), and substantially less probably less than $1 in other parts of the world, for example in India. It is a major breakthrough. The discovery comes as other scientists study the effects of the disease on the body. One such area is the impact on patients lungs. A professor of cardiovascular science told the UK Parliament on Tuesday that COVID-19 can leave the lungs of people who die from it completely unrecognizable. Prof. Mauro Giacca of Kings College London said COVID-19 can create such massive damage to the lungs that it results in complete disruption of the lung architecture. Giacca studied the autopsies of patients who died in Italy after 30-40 days in intensive care, and said he discovered large amounts of the virus persisting in lungs as well as highly unusual fused cells. His findings, he said, showed the potential for real problems after survival. What you find in the lungs of people who have stayed with the disease for more than a month before dying is something completely different from normal pneumonia, influenza or the SARS virus, he added. There is a complete disruption of the lung architecture in some lights you cant even distinguish that it used to be a lung. Giacca was providing evidence to Parliament half a year after the virus first emerged in Europe, as governments continue to grapple with the nature of the disease, as well as its treatments, vaccines and effective policy responses. Despite advances in treatments and understanding, the race to develop and quickly distribute a vaccine remains of primary importance for governments. Countries have been pouring huge sums of money into pre-emptive vaccine deals to ensure that they can access the inoculations as soon as they are available and safe. One of the leading vaccines is being developed by Oxford University in partnership with British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. The company announced on Tuesday that it expects its vaccine to provide protection from the disease for about a year, and that the first doses should be available in October after clinical trials conclude in September. The US signed a deal in May worth £940 million with AstraZeneca to provide the country with 300 million doses. Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy struck a joint £662.5 million deal over the weekend for 300 million doses. Excluded from the European deal, the UK, which has invested over £65 million in the Oxford vaccine, has said it will be the first to access the inoculation. But while rich countries use their wealth to guarantee first access, experts fear that poorer countries could be left behind. Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development, said: Theres no way we will produce 5 billion doses of a new vaccine within a month, so theres going to be staggered production. She added: The question is how likely is it that a European or US company will take a few million doses for frontline health workers and people at higher risk and give the rest to everyone else before waiting their turn for the next batch to then vaccinate others? That wont happen.
WHO stops hydroxychloroquine trials over safety concerns - Arabnews
GENEVA: The WHO suspended trials of the drug that Donald Trump has promoted as a coronavirus defense, fueling concerns about the US president’s handling of the pandemic that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans. Trump has led the push for hydroxychloroquine as…
GENEVA: The WHO suspended trials of the drug that Donald Trump has promoted as a coronavirus defense, fueling concerns about the US presidents handling of the pandemic that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans.Trump has led the push for hydroxychloroquine as a potential shield or treatment for the virus, which has infected nearly 5.5 million people and killed 345,000 around the world, saying he took a course of the drug as a preventative measure.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has also heavily promoted hydroxychloroquine while the virus has exploded across nation, which this week became the second most infected in the world after the United States.But the World Health Organization said Monday it was halting testing of the drug for COVID-19 after studies questioned its safety, including one published Friday that found it actually increased the risk of death.The WHO has implemented a temporary pause... while the safety data is reviewed, its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, referring to the hydroxychloroquine arm of a global trial of various possible treatments.Trump announced last week he was taking the drug, explaining he had decided to take after receiving letters from a doctor and other people advocating it.I think its good. Ive heard a lot of good stories, Trump told reporters then, as he declared it safe.Trump dismissed the opinions then of his own governments experts who had warned of the serious risks associated with hydroxychloroquine, with the Food and Drug Administration highlighting reported poisonings and heart problems.Trump has been heavily criticized for his handling of the virus, after initially downplaying the threat and then repeatedly rejecting scientific analysis.The United States has by far the worlds highest coronavirus death toll, reaching 98,218 on Monday, with more than 1.6 million confirmed infections.Despite the WHO suspension, Brazils health ministry said Monday it would keep recommending hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.Were remaining calm and there will be no change, health ministry official Mayra Pinheiro told a news conference.Bolsonaro is a staunch opponent of lockdown measures and like Trump has played down the threat of the virus, even as Latin America has emerged as the new global virus hotspot.Brazil has reported nearly 375,000 cases, widely considered to be far fewer than the real number because of a lack of testing, and more than 23,000 deaths.Chile also is in the grip of a virus surge, with a record of nearly 5,000 infections in 24 hours on Monday.While South America and parts of Africa and Asia are only just beginning to feel the full force of the pandemic, many European nations are easing lockdowns as their outbreaks are brought under control.In hard-hit Spain, Madrid and Barcelona on Monday emerged from one of the worlds strictest lockdowns, with parks and cafe terraces open for the first time in more than two months.Elsewhere, gyms and swimming pools reopened in Germany, Iceland, Italy and Spain.And slowing infection rates in Greece allowed restaurants to resume business a week ahead of schedule but only for outdoor service.Im thrilled to break the isolation of recent months and reconnect with friends, said pensioner Giorgos Karavatsanis.The cafe in Greece has a social dimension, its where the heart of the district beats.Despite the encouraging numbers, experts have warned that the virus could hit back with a devastating second wave if governments and citizens are careless, especially in the absence of a vaccine.The latest reminder of the threat came from Sweden, where the COVID-19 death toll crossed 4,000 a much higher figure than its neighbors.The Scandinavian nation has gained international attention and criticism for not enforcing stay-at-home measures like other European countries.The extended lockdowns, however, have started to bite globally, with businesses and citizens wearying of confinement and suffering immense economic pain.Unprecedented emergency stimulus measures have been introduced, as governments try to provide relief to their economies, with the airline and hospitality sectors hit particularly hard because of travel bans.Lufthansa became the latest major global company to be rescued, as the German government agreed a 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion) bailout for one of the worlds biggest airlines.But analysts have warned that the pandemics economic toll will be even more painful for countries far poorer than Western nations.In the Maldives, a dream destination for well-heeled honeymooners, tens of thousands of impoverished foreign laborers have been left stranded, jobless and ostracized as the tiny nation shut all resorts to stop the virus.We need money to survive. We need our work, said Zakir Hossain, who managed to send about 80 percent of his $180 a month wage to his wife and four children in Bangladesh before the outbreak.I heard that if a Bangladeshi worker dies here, they dont send his body back and he is buried here, he said. I am worried what will happen if I die.