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Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Technology
Environmental groups are asking the U.S. government and international organizations to pressure Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world's most endangered marine mammalByThe Associated PressApril 1, 2021, 8:31 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMEXICO CITY -- Environmental groups called Thursday for an international ban on trade in a range of Mexican seafood and wildlife, seeking to force Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal.The United States already has an embargo on imports of shrimp from the upper Gulf of California. Also known as the Sea of Cortez, the body of water is the only place where the vaquita lives, and as few as 10 remain.The Natural Resources Defense Council, the...
How ‘religiously targeted’ vaccine misinformation circulating on WhatsApp is being dealt with by faith groups

How ‘religiously targeted’ vaccine misinformation circulating on WhatsApp is being dealt with by faith groups

Technology
Faith groups are leading the fight against vaccine misinformation on what one called the "lawless wasteland" of WhatsApp.Messages spreading fake COVID-19 information are widely shared on the private messaging app. This is often through a simple "forwarding" feature that copies messages to other contacts. But the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and other groups have been pushing back on that disinformation.Sky News has been collecting and analysing messages to monitor what type of misinformation is shared on WhatsApp, while also speaking to groups which are tackling the problem head on.One example of a vaccine misinformation message on WhatsApp is a video showing two unidentified women falsely claiming that a type of COVID-19 vaccine will change people's DNA. ...
Former SBI chief Rajnish Kumar to be exclusive advisor for Kotak Group’s USD 1 billion-stressed assets fund

Former SBI chief Rajnish Kumar to be exclusive advisor for Kotak Group’s USD 1 billion-stressed assets fund

Finance
Mumbai: Former chairman Rajnish Kumar was on Friday appointed as the exclusive advisor to a USD 1 billion-stressed assets fund floated by the group. Kumar retired as the chairman of the country's largest lender in October last year after an over four-decade career. Earlier this week, there were reports of global private equity major Baring Private Equity Partners appointing Kumar as an advisor. In a statement, Kotak Investment Advisors (KIAL) on Friday said Kumar will be the "exclusive advisor for its USD 1 billion special situation fund". KIAL had announced a fund raise of USD 1 billion in August 2019, anchored by a USD 500 million commitment from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund. According to reports, KIAL was to invest the money over a four-year period while the...
England ‘on track’ for vaccinating Covid priority groups

England ‘on track’ for vaccinating Covid priority groups

Health
The NHS is "firmly on track" to offer everyone in the top four priority groups in England a Covid vaccine by Monday, says the head of NHS England. Sir Simon Stevens said it had been "the fastest and largest vaccination campaign in history".The UK government's aim is to reach 15 million of the most vulnerable by mid-February - and 14 million have been vaccinated so far.Wales said on Friday it was the first UK nation to meet its target.Speaking at the Coventry hospital where the first person in the UK to be vaccinated - 91-year-old Maggie Keenan - received her first dose, Sir Simon said it had been an "incredible achievement" by staff and volunteers."The uptake has been fantastic - we thought three-quarters would say yes to the vaccine but more than nine out of 10 have done so," he said.Anyo...
Survey: Heterosexual men like sports more than all other groups

Survey: Heterosexual men like sports more than all other groups

Science
Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Most Americans like sports at least a little bit, but according to new survey data, no demographic enjoys sports quite as much as heterosexual men. Of the 4,000 survey respondents asked about their interest in sports, just 11 percent said they weren't at all interested in sports. Nearly 90 percent of the country, it turns out, is at least a little bit of a sports fan. Advertisement In fact, results showed 40 percent of respondents deemed themselves passionate sports fans. For heterosexual men, the number was 60 percent. Approximately 40 percent of respondents who identified as heterosexual or lesbian females said they were "quite a bit" or "very much so" sports fans. Just 30 percent of gay men identified as passionate sports fans. Researchers detailed the results of thei...