Radio suspended over insult
The Media Commission on Monday ordered a US-owned Christian radio station shut for three months after a “vile” sermon against women. Amazing Grace FM on Jan. 29 broadcast a sermon by local pastor Nicolas Niyibikora in which he called women dangerous, evil and against the plans of God. The broadcast sparked outrage and prompted separate complaints from the National Women’s Association and the Women’s Journalist Association to the commission, which oversees journalist ethics. “The sermon was denigrating women in the most vile manner,” commission chief Edmund Kagire said in a statement, demanding the station and preacher “issue a public apology for the damage they have caused.” The radio station is owned by US evangelist Gregg Schoof, who has been previously warned for airing inflammatory shows.
Rainsy crazy, stupid: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called a rival “crazy and stupid” over his petition to try to get Facebook to release details of the way the nation’s ruler has used social media. Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s legal team filed the lawsuit in California last week, saying that Hun Sen was using the platform to commit human rights abuses and deceive the electorate. Among other allegations was that Hun Sen was paying for false Facebook “likes” to mislead voters about his support. “This person is crazy and stupid,” Hun Sen told thousands of university graduates in the capital, Phnom Penh, saying Rainsy was just jealous because his official Facebook page had 9.4 million “likes” compared with only 4.5 million for Rainsy’s. The case has drawn attention to the central role of Facebook in political discussion in the nation, where the government has shut the main opposition party, arrested its leader and cracked down on media and civil rights groups over the past year.
Pakistan warned over attack
The government warned Pakistan that it would “pay for this misadventure” following a deadly attack by militants on an army camp in the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir. Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters on Monday evening that the army has ample evidence to prove that “the handlers of the terrorists were back in Pakistan.” Saturday’s attack on the camp near Jammu was the worst in months, with six soldiers and the father of a soldier killed. Among the 10 wounded were women and children. “Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror ... resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration,” Sitharaman said. “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure.”
Woman had 14 eye worms
An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of 26-year-old Abby Beckley in August 2016. Scientists reported the case on Monday. Beckley was diagnosed with Thelazia gulosa — a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern US and southern Canada, but never before in humans. They are spread by a type of fly known as “face flies,” which feed on the tears that lubricate the eyeball, scientists said. She had been horseback riding and fishing in Gold Beach, Oregon, a coastal, cattle-farming area. After a week of eye irritation, Beckley pulled a worm from her eye. She visited doctors, but removed most of the additional worms herself during the following few weeks.
A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific might seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic, but residents on Palau said that life right now is far from idyllic. The microstate of 18,000 people is among a dwindling number of places on Earth that still report zero cases of COVID-19 as figures mount daily elsewhere. The disparate group also includes Samoa, Turkmenistan, North Korea and bases on the frozen continent of Antarctica. A dot in the ocean hundreds of kilometers from its nearest neighbors, Palau is surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean, which has acted as a buffer against the
Dutch scientists have found the coronavirus in a city’s wastewater before COVID-19 cases were reported, demonstrating a novel early warning system for the disease. SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — is often excreted in an infected person’s stool. Although it is unlikely that sewage will become an important route of transmission, the pathogen’s increasing circulation in communities would increase the amount of it flowing into sewer systems, Gertjan Medema and colleagues at the KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein said on Monday. They detected genetic material from the coronavirus at a wastewater treatment plant in Amersfoort on March 5, before
TRUE TOLL? Some Chinese are skeptical about official data, particularly given the overwhelmed medical system and initial attempts to cover up the outbreak The long lines and stacks of urns greeting family members of the dead at funeral homes in Wuhan, China, are spurring questions about the true scale of casualties at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, renewing pressure on a Chinese government struggling to control its containment narrative. The families of those who succumbed to the coronavirus in the city, where the disease first emerged, were allowed to pick up their cremated ashes at eight funeral homes last week. As they did, photographs circulated on Chinese social media of thousands of urns being ferried in. Outside one funeral home, trucks shipped in about 2,500
KEEN INTEREST: India is trying to procure medical gear from domestic producers and abroad, and China has emerged as a possible supplier as its factories reopen India is to buy ventilators and masks from China to help it deal with COVID-19, a government official said yesterday, even though some countries in Europe had complained about the quality of the equipment. India has recorded 1,251 cases of the coronavirus, with 32 deaths, but health experts said the country of 1.3 billion people could see a major surge in cases that could overwhelm its weak public health system. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government said that it was trying to procure medical gear, including masks and body coveralls, both from domestic firms and from countries such as South Korea and