Biomedical grantmakers’ diversity push gains new momentum

One and a half billion dollars is a big mea culpa, but that is what one philanthropy is throwing on the table to address what it admits is a longstanding problem: the failure to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health research. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, one of the nation’s wealthiest philanthropies, in… Continue reading Biomedical grantmakers’ diversity push gains new momentum

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Lebanon hopes to repatriate Syrian refugees within months

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon hopes to start repatriating Syrian refugees within months over objections by the United Nations and rights groups, a minister said in an interview Wednesday. Lebanon has one of the world’s highest numbers of refugees per capita and currently hosts over 1 million Syrians who fled the decade-old conflict. Officials say the… Continue reading Lebanon hopes to repatriate Syrian refugees within months

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Facing severe drought, Somalia calls for Turkish support

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Somalia’s president on Wednesday called for assistance from Turkey to combat the effects of severe drought that is threatening the Horn of Africa. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the comments during his first visit to Turkey since returning to office following an election in May. The two countries have forged close ties… Continue reading Facing severe drought, Somalia calls for Turkish support

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Putin’s aide warns US against pressing for war crimes court

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian official warned the U.S. Wednesday that it could face the “wrath of God” if it pursues efforts to help establish an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s action in Ukraine. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, denounced the U.S. for what he… Continue reading Putin’s aide warns US against pressing for war crimes court

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Clement Virgo’s ‘Brother’ to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTO — Clement Virgo’s adaptation of a coming-of-age novel set in Toronto’s hip hop scene is bound for the Toronto International Film Festival.  “Brother,” based on the 1990s-set book of the same name by David Chariandy, will make its world premiere at TIFF in September. Chariandy’s novel won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in… Continue reading Clement Virgo’s ‘Brother’ to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

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UN: 2.3 billion people severely or moderately hungry in 2021

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World hunger rose in 2021, with around 2.3 billion people facing moderate or severe difficulty obtaining enough to eat — and that was before the Ukraine war, which has sparked increases in the cost of grain, fertilizer and energy, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. “The State of Food Security… Continue reading UN: 2.3 billion people severely or moderately hungry in 2021

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Air Canada, Pearson again rank No. 1 in delays worldwide; Montreal check-in freezes

MONTREAL — Air Canada and Toronto’s Pearson airport again claimed the top spots for flight delays on Tuesday, marking at least four days in a row where the country’s biggest airline has placed No. 1 of any large carrier worldwide. Air Canada saw 65 per cent of its flights arrive late, while Jazz Aviation, which… Continue reading Air Canada, Pearson again rank No. 1 in delays worldwide; Montreal check-in freezes

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Key witness: Netanyahu received gifts from billionaires

JERUSALEM (AP) — A key witness in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has testified that her billionaire boss ordered her to deliver gifts of champagne, cigars, and expensive jewelry to the then-Israeli premier in a scandal at the center of the country’s political crisis. The expensive gifts lavished upon the former… Continue reading Key witness: Netanyahu received gifts from billionaires

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US job openings slip, though remain at healthy level

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in May amid signs that the economy is weakening, though the overall demand for workers remained strong. Employers posted 11.3 million job openings at the end of May, the Labor Department said Wednesday, down from nearly 11.7 million in April. Job openings reached 11.9 million in March,… Continue reading US job openings slip, though remain at healthy level

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Carlos Santana ‘Doing Well’ After Collapsing Onstage At Pine Knob Music Theatre

DETROIT (AP) — Guitar icon Carlos Santana collapsed on stage during a show at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston and was rushed to a hospital, later blaming the episode on forgetting to eat or drink water. Santana, 74, was “doing well” Wednesday after being taken from his show to the emergency department at McLaren… Continue reading Carlos Santana ‘Doing Well’ After Collapsing Onstage At Pine Knob Music Theatre

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