Muslims across Canada are observing their second pandemic Ramadan with a variety of gathering restrictions, but it’s also raised questions about whether COVID-19 vaccines meet religious dietary and fasting requirements.
Muslims across Canada are observing their second pandemic Ramadan with a variety of gathering restrictions, but it’s also raised questions about whether COVID-19 vaccines meet religious dietary and fasting requirements.
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An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes. But there’s a big caveat: People had such a strong preference for the lower dose that it’s unclear if the results can establish that the treatments are truly equivalent, some independent experts said. Half who were told to take the higher dose took the lower one instead or quit using aspirin altogether. “Patients basically decided for themselves” what they wanted to take because they bought the aspirin on their own, said Dr. Salim Virani, a cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who had no role in the study. Still, the results show there’s little reason to take the higher dose, 325 milligrams, which many doctors assumed would work better than 81-milligram “baby aspirin,” he said. Results were published Saturday by the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at an American College of Cardiology conference. Aspirin helps prevent blood clots, but it’s not recommended for healthy people who have not yet developed heart disease because it carries a risk of bleeding. Its benefits are clear, though, for folks who already have had a heart attack, bypass surgery or clogged arteries requiring a stent. But the best dose isn’t known, and the study aimed to compare them in a real-world setting. It was the first experiment funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, created under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help patients make informed decisions about health care. About 15,000 people received invitations to join through the mail, email or a phone call and enrolled on a website where they returned every three to six months for follow-up. A network of participating health centers supplied medical information on participants from their electronic records and insurance claims. The participants were randomly assigned to take low- or regular-dose aspirin, which they bought over the counter. Nearly all were taking aspirin before the study began and 85% were already on a low dose, so “it was an uphill task right from the get-go” to get people to use the dose they were told, Virani said. After roughly two years, about 7% of each group had died or been hospitalized for a heart attack or a stroke. Safety results also were similar — less than 1% had major bleeding requiring hospitalization and a transfusion. Nearly 41% of those assigned to take the higher dose switched at some point to the lower one, and that high rate “could have obscured a true difference” in safety or effectiveness, Colin Baigent, a medical scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, wrote in a commentary in the medical journal. One study leader, Dr. Schuyler Jones of Duke University, said the study still provides valuable guidance. If patients are taking low-dose aspirin now, “staying on that dose instead of switching is the right choice,” he said. People doing well on 325 milligrams now may want to continue on that and should talk with their doctors if they have any concerns. For new patients, “in general, we’re going to recommend starting the low dose,” Jones said. Virani said people must remember that aspirin is a medicine and that even though it’s sold over the counter, patients shouldn’t make decisions on its use by themselves. “Don’t change the dose or stop without talking to someone,” he warned. “This is important, especially for a therapy like aspirin.” ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
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Bit.Country Raises $4M in Seed for Individualized Metaverses Bit.Country Raises $4M in Seed for Individualized Metaverses SINGAPORE, May 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ZEXPRWIRE Humans have never stopped expanding their consciousness and sphere of exploration. We are composing a new chapter in the web3.0 paradigm for mass adoption with sustainable technologies. Ever since the internet came into our lives, we have benefited from the high speed of information exchange, and then blockchain networks provided us with a trustless flow of value. We now envisage that the metaverse will bring civilization a highway of imagination and happiness. Today, we are excited to announce a new era of the metaverse. The Bit.Country team has secured US $4M in the first round of funding and is backed by some amazing metaverse enthusiasts. The first round was led by four top web3 and metaverse pioneers along with another 56 metaverse-future believers around the world. Bit.Country Investors & Partners A large network of influencers, Walsh Wealth Ventures co-leads the round by bringing a powerful network of KOLs and influencers reaching 200 million fans on classic social media platforms. Their network includes CryptoGodJohn, Mr Beast, KSI, Tobias31, Lazarbeam, MrFreshAsian, LachlanYT, CryptoWizardd and others. A global leader in blockchain gaming, Animoca Brands joins in co-leadership of the round, and brings in vast knowledge and connections to metaverse games. As an owner of many popular blockchain games, we are looking forward to a collaborative future in this space. Top funds in the Polkadot ecosystem, Hypersphere Ventures, and Digital Financial Group (DFG) are the co-leaders from the Polkadot community and they bring us a clear future of the internet of chains and the composition of chains on Polkadot/Kusama. Visionaries and trendsetters, Anti Fund backed by Geoffrey Woo and Jake Paul (20M subscribers on YouTube); and Cao Yin (the first Crypto-art collector in China) of DRF.EE, are both sound supporters in this round. The crypto and digital Investment communities, Republic teams have a strong belief in what we do. Both Republic Labs and Republic Realm have joined in, allowing us to have access to the most elite communities from crypto retail investment to digital real estate development. Apart from the co-leaders of the round, it is our great honor to have the following amazing friends, investors and partners, Kernel Ventures, Shima Capital, Genblock Capital, Longhash, CMS, Illusionist Group, Altonomy, LD Capital, SevenX Ventures, GFS Ventures, Polka Warriors, Moonwhale Ventures, Moonrock Capital, Paka Capital, and NGC Ventures. Vendetta Capital, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, Remarxs, Polkaworld, NxtBlock, Sky Vision Partners, SSSNode, Coinblox Capital, Waterdrip Capital, Marshland capital, Mr Block, YBB, BlokeGlobe, Lotus Capital, 18Ventures, MGNR, and Ratio Ventures along with many other amazing parties that support our metaverse initiatives. About Bit.Country Bit.Country enables everyone to start their own metaverse with token economy and NFT, and takes community engagement to a new dimension on web3.0. In each bit country, there is a local social token backed by our native token $NUUM, the local marketplace, and the local DAO that governs the community and makes decisions for issues such as the supply of assets. We are also transitioning social engagement to a 3D virtual world while still allowing access to the classical web social timelines with text and multimedia. Our Purpose While our team is excited about web3.0 development, our destiny is to create a network that brings real world impact. We want to provide ordinary people with opportunities of value access in this paradigm shift. Our vision and dream comes true when the common people of the world are able to earn a modest income by contributing to their Bit.Country communities; and Bit.Country owners distribute value to their followers by generating greater influence through network expansion. Our Approach Education is the door to many great things, as founding members of Industry Connect, a well-known global tech educator, our proven strength is to educate people for success. We have launched several courses to bring people to benefit from the Web3.0 movement. Those are the Substrate Runtime Developer Academy (partnered with Acala Network), and the world's first Metaverse Career Academy. Education will allow us to bring awareness to this new paradigm while growing an elite community for the metaverse future. More The Inception In early 2018, Ray Lu, our Co-founder & CEO, while attending the US-China blockchain conference in San Francisco, visualized a future digital world for virtual assets and virtual life. Making it meaningful and real through trustless value, which is a strong link between the metaverse and reality. He bought the domain name bit.country right on the spot and started imagining a new venture. Since then, his team Justin, Shannon, and Daniel, with their master-apprentice culture, started the proof of concept. In late 2018, Ruitao, CEO and Co-Founder of Acala Network, also his former colleague and friend, introduced Substrate/Polkadot technology to him. This new technology excited him as he found that it was the only framework available on the market that can implement the ultimate vision of Bit.Country. “We could have raised capital eight months earlier in the current market, however, we chose to build milestones first and create a long-term thinking culture. Not only for the community, but most importantly for ourselves, the co-founding team members. This long term thinking is evidenced by our seed round valuation, we aimed for a humble valuation to give our end users room for growth,” says Ray Lu. Ray Lu is a seasoned entrepreneur and has successfully launched three multi-million dollar startups in tech, and his group currently has an AUM of $US 50M. (Pre Bit.Country) “Now, I am committing the next 10 years of my life for a metaverse future, it is a great feeling that we can bring web3.0 to everyday people like us,” says Ray Lu. Our Team & Partners Everyone in the team are believers of a metaverse future, and we have talented staff from Europe, Silicon Valley and Asia; with a diversity of skills and experiences accumulated from large scale solutions to great community development. Our secret weapon is education. Industry Connect has been serving the world in the tech education space since 2013, and our group has benefited greatly by having a direct relation to some of the top talent at the beginning of their journey. With some becoming co-founders in the startups we have launched over the years. Moreover, with Ruitao and the Acala team as our advisor and partner, our vision is aligned with the Polkadot native economic model, and we will strive to build our culture as one of the serious builders in the ecosystem, and create long term value for users. After recent acceptance into Berkerley Blockchain Xcelerator, we are mentored by experienced blockchain experts, and connecting with more partners. Where Are We Bit.Country’s team started from New Zealand, a wonderful country that brought the world many great creations including the Lord of the Rings films, digital human ventures, launching rockets, the Jet Pack, air taxi, bungy jumping, Zorbing, Hobbiton, Beef Wellington, McLaren Cars, the finest milk powder and many others, all from the “middle earth”, Aotearoa and the middle metaverse. Be a Meta-Human & Join Us Official Links Website — https://bit.countryOur Blockchain — http://explorer.bit.countryWhitepaper — https://bit.ly/3dP5TNvNew Ideas — https://bit-country.ideas.aha.io/ Social Channels Twitter — https://twitter.com/BitDotCountryMedium — https://bitcountry.medium.comLinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/bit-countryFacebook — https://www.facebook.com/bitcountryFB Group — https://www.facebook.com/groups/326320685509939/Telegram Announcement — https://t.me/bitcountryofficial Chat Groups Telegram Group — https://t.me/BitCountryOfficialTGDiscord Channel — https://discord.gg/PaMAXZZ59N Signups Ambassador Program — https://bit.country/ambassador-programEarly Access Waiting List — https://bit.country/request-access Ticker $NUUM (Taking from Continuum and it is about ‘U’) Media contact Company: BC innovation Pte Ltd.Contact Name: Ray LuAddress: SingaporeE-mail: email@example.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8d389f97-f95f-4a40-86ad-b23a5f4cf5b7
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PARIS (AP) — Marches in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were being held Saturday in a dozen French cities, but the focus was on Paris, where riot police got ready as organizers said they would defy a ban on the protest. Paris police chief Didier Lallement ordered shops closed around the starting point of the planned march in a working-class neighborhood in northern Paris after an administrative court confirmed the ban. Authorities noted a banned July 2014 pro-Palestinian protest against an Israeli offensive in Gaza that degenerated into violence and running battles with police to justify the order against Saturday’s march. Organizers said they intend to “denounce the latest Israeli aggressions” and mark the fleeing of Palestinians after Israel declared independence in 1948. “Stop Annexation. Palestine Will Vanquish,” read one poster in a small crowd facing off with police, who blocked off the neighborhood. Police said water cannons would be used against those who defy the Paris ban. Protests were permitted in numerous other cities, including Lille in the north to Marseille on the Mediterranean Sea. Escalating deadly rocket attacks between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas in Gaza have French authorities on edge, fearing the conflict could also play out in France in the form of violent protests. The Associated Press
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday, hours after another air raid on a densely populated refugee camp in the city killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children. The strike on the high-rise came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the 12-story building, which also housed Al-Jazeera, other offices and residential apartments. The strike brought the entire structure, which collapsed in a gigantic cloud of dust. There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked. The earlier Israeli airstrike on the Gaza City refugee camp was the deadliest single strike of the current conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Both sides are pressing for an advantage as cease-fire efforts gathered strength. The latest outburst of violence started in Jerusalem and spread across the region over the past week, with Jewish-Arab clashes and rioting in mixed cities of Israel. There were also widespread Palestinian protests Friday in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces shot and killed 11 people. The spiraling violence has raised fears of a new Palestinian “intifada,” or uprising at a time when there have been no peace talks in years. Palestinians on Saturday were marking Nakba (Catastrophe) Day, when they commemorate the estimated 700,000 people who were expelled from or fled their homes in what was now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation. That raised the possibility of even more unrest. U.S. diplomat Hady Amr arrived Friday as part of Washington’s efforts to de-escalate the conflict, and the U.N. Security Council was set to meet Sunday. But Israel turned down an Egyptian proposal for a one-year truce that Hamas rulers had accepted, an Egyptian official said Friday on condition of anonymity to discuss the negotiations. Since Monday night, Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which has pounded the Gaza Strip with strikes. In Gaza, at least 139 people have been killed, including 39 children and 22 women; in Israel, eight people have been killed, including the death Saturday of a man killed by a rocket that hit in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv. The strike on the building housing media offices came in the afternoon, after the building's owner received a call from the Israeli military warning that it would be hit. AP's staff and others in the building evacuated immediately. Al-Jazeera, the news network funded by Qatar’s government, broadcast the airstrikes live as the building collapsed. “This channel will not be silence. Al-Jazeera will not be silenced,” an on-air anchorwoman said, her voice thick with emotion. “We can guarantee you that right now.” Earlier Saturday, an airstrike hit a three-story house in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, killing eight children and two women from an extended family. Mohammed Hadidi told reporters his wife and five children had gone to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with relatives. She and three of the children, aged 6 to 14, were killed, while an 11-year-old is missing. Only his 5-month-old son Omar is known to have survived. Children’s toys and a Monopoly board game could be seen among the rubble, as well as plates of uneaten food from the holiday gathering. “There was no warning,” said Jamal Al-Naji, a neighbor living in the same building. “You filmed people eating and then you bombed them?” he said, addressing Israel. “Why are you confronting us? Go and confront the strong people!” The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hamas said it fired a salvo of rockets at southern Israel in response to the airstrike. A furious Israeli barrage early Friday killed a family of six in their house and sent thousands fleeing to U.N.-run shelters. The military said the operation involved 160 warplanes dropping some 80 tons of explosives over the course of 40 minutes and succeeded in destroying a vast tunnel network used by Hamas. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said the military aims to minimize collateral damage in striking military targets. But measures it takes in other strikes, such as warning shots to get civilians to leave, were not “feasible this time.” Israeli media said the military believed dozens of militants were killed inside the tunnels. The Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups have confirmed 20 deaths in their ranks, but the military said the real number is far higher. Gaza’s infrastructure, already in widespread disrepair because of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas seized power in 2007, showed signs of breaking down further, compounding residents’ misery. The territory’s sole power plant is at risk of running out of fuel in the coming days. The U.N. said Gazans are already enduring daily power cuts of 8-12 hours and at least 230,000 have limited access to tap water. The impoverished and densely populated territory is home to 2 million Palestinians, most of them the descendants of refugees from what is now Israel. The conflict has reverberated widely. Israeli cities with mixed Arab and Jewish populations have seen nightly violence, with mobs from each community fighting in the streets and trashing each other’s property. Late on Friday, someone threw a firebomb at an Arab family’s home in the Ajami neighborhood of Tel Aviv, striking two children. A 12-year-old boy was in moderate condition with burns on his upper body and a 10-year-old girl was treated for a head injury, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service. In the occupied West Bank, on the outskirts of Ramallah, Nablus and other towns and cities, hundreds of Palestinians protested the Gaza campaign and Israeli actions in Jerusalem. Waving Palestinian flags, they trucked in tires that they set up in burning barricades and hurled stones at Israeli soldiers. At least 10 protesters were shot and killed by soldiers. An 11th Palestinian was killed when he tried to stab a soldier at a military position. In east Jerusalem, online video showed young Jewish nationalists firing pistols as they traded volleys of stones with Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, which became a flashpoint for tensions over attempts by settlers to forcibly evict a number of Palestinian families from their homes. On Israel’s northern border, troops opened fire when a group of Lebanese and Palestinian protesters on the other side cut through the border fence and briefly crossed. One Lebanese was killed. Three rockets were fired toward Israel from neighboring Syria without causing any casualties or damage. It was not immediately known who fired them. The tensions began in east Jerusalem earlier this month, with Palestinian protests against the Sheikh Jarrah evictions and Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint located on a mount in the Old City revered by Muslims and Jews. Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, in an apparent attempt to present itself as the champion of the protesters. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Hamas will “pay a very heavy price” for its rocket attacks as Israel has massed troops at the frontier. U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed support for Israel while saying he hopes to bring the violence under control. Hamas has fired some 2,000 rockets toward Israel since Monday, according to the Israeli military. Most have been intercepted by anti-missile defenses, but they have brought life to a standstill in southern Israeli cities, caused disruptions at airports and have set off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. ___ Krauss reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, The Associated Press
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The BBC have confirmed Alex Scott will be the new host of Football Focus. Former Arsenal and England player Scott will replace Dan Walker, who will step down from the Saturday afternoon show at the end of the season. Scott has excelled as a pundit since retiring in 2018 following three spells with Arsenal, earning 140 caps for England and representing Great Britain at London 2012.