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Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

World
Pope Francis has celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual in traditional fashion despite fears of the coronavirus outbreak in ItalyBy NICOLE WINFIELD and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressFebruary 26, 2020, 10:07 PM4 min readVATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual that marks the opening of the Catholic Church's Lenten season in traditional fashion while greeting the public in Rome as other Masses were canceled in northern Italy over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Francis and a long line of priests, bishops and cardinals walked in a procession through Rome's Aventine hill into the 5th-century Santa Sabina basilica for a late-afternoon Mass. Neither the priests nor the faithful wore face masks, but Rome has largely been spared the virus as Italy's national case count grew to...
Mastercard CEO says it’s important to know when it’s time to step aside

Mastercard CEO says it’s important to know when it’s time to step aside

Finance
Mastercard President and CEO Ajay Banga told CNBC Tuesday that he has led the company for more than a decade and that it is time to pass the baton.He will transition out of the roles next year, ceding the chief executive seat on Jan. 1 and the president title months later to current Chief Product Officer Michael Miebach."When I joined I told everybody that I'd give it a 10-year crack. This is the 11th year and so it's fine," said Banga, joined by Miebach, in a "Mad Money" interview with Jim Cramer. "Knowing when to step aside is as important as knowing when to drive."Banga endorsed the incoming CEO for his understanding of the payments industry, geographies and the company culture. Under Banga's tutelage since the summer of 2010, Mastercard stock rose from about $ 20 per share to $ 302.89 ...
No Time To Die: The verdict on Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time To Die: The verdict on Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

Entertainment
Billie Eilish's theme for the new James Bond film is a dramatic, unsettling ballad that hints the plot will centre around the secret agent's betrayal.The lyrics to No Time To Die reference lies and deceit, as Eilish sings: "You were never on my side."The song was released at 00:00 GMT, at the same time as a new trailer for the film, starring Daniel Craig.Eilish, who turned 18 in December, is the youngest singer ever to record a theme for the franchise.Its release was highly anticipated at the end of a week that saw her performing to a worldwide TV audience at the Oscars.No Time To Die opens with a haunting piano motif, with the star's voice weary as she sings, "I should have known I'd leave alone".A familiar tremolo guitar ushers...
Wild grey seal caught clapping on camera for first time

Wild grey seal caught clapping on camera for first time

Technology
A wild grey seal has been filmed clapping its flippers underwater for the first time.The underwater footage, filmed near the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland, shows the male seal repeatedly clapping its flippers to create a loud gunshot-like noise. The video is part of an international study led by Monash University, Australia, and has been published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Image: Seals make the noise during breeding season. Pic: Ben Burville Dr Ben Burville, a researcher at Newcastle University, has described the moment he captured the phenomenon."I've heard the distinctive shotgun-like cracks many times over the years and I felt sure this clapping behaviour was the source, but filming the seals in action h...
Genetically engineered moth released for first time

Genetically engineered moth released for first time

Science
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Scientists have for the first time released a genetically engineered, self-limiting insect into an open field. Researchers hope the field test marks the beginning of a turn in the momentum in the war between the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, and growers of brassica crops like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Every year, the diamondback moth, sometimes called the cabbage moth, does billions of dollars in crop damage. Scientists have been searching for a way to combat the pest without resorting to stronger and stronger pesticides. Oxitec, a British biotechnology company, has developed a solution, a self-limiting moth strain. In a first-of-its-kind field test, researchers at Cornell University released the company's genetically engineered males to interact and m...