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Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years of marriage

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Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bill Gates has announced that he and his wife of 27 years, Melinda, are to divorce. The world’s 4th wealthiest person posted a joint statement from the pair on his Twitter account yesterday, according to an NPR report.

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Bill Gates is reported to be worth more than US$130 billion dollars, having made his fortune with the Microsoft Corporation, which he co-founded with Paul Allen in 1975. He stepped down as a board member early last year. The Gates say they will continue to work together as chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which they founded in 2000. According to the NPR report, the foundation is now the largest private charitable foundation in the world. It provides funding to projects that focus on reducing poverty and improving health in developing countries. It’s understood Bill Gates has donated over US$35 billion in Microsoft stock to the foundation.

The Covid-19 pandemic thrust Bill Gates into the spotlight, when the foundation announced its intention to spend US$300 million on fighting the virus, including funding the development of medical treatments and a vaccine. His high-profile involvement sparked a range of conspiracy theories among sceptics on social media, each more outlandish than the last. He has been accused of leading the New World Order – a cabal of global elites. Others claim he plans to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory – because he’s managed to embed 5G chips in each dose.

In 2019, his wife Melinda, a former general manager at Microsoft, published a book in which she discussed the challenge of being a mother and the wife of one of the wealthiest men in the world. In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, she also discusses the problem of women’s inequality within and outside of marriage in the US. She is the founder of Pivotal Ventures, which she created to advance social progress and promote equal opportunities for all in the US. The organisation is a separate entity to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

SOURCE: NPR

 

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    Pattaya Lover

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Who cares?

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    Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    They say money doesn’t bring you happiness but at least no one sees your tears while your in the jacuzzi……..27 years was a good run……..good luck to them both……..

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    A nice statement – pure West Coast USA.
    Where would the world be now without Bill Gates?
    He invented windows and released computers to the understanding of the masses.
    Now he is spending $300 million on fighting the virus. A stirling chap, or in American: What a guy.
    Nobody can find anything on him. I bet he has never even had a drink in Soi Cowboy.

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    I have to agree with all you say there @Toby Andrew’s. He has done, and continues to do so much for the world. Never seen his wife interviewed but she seems to have her priorities right. Media all over the story trying to dig up the crap. I wish them both luck and congratulate them for remaining friends and hopefully doing more great things in the world.

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    sam

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Since they have decide to part ways,let them be.Media and critics should not try to dig up dirt to discredit them.They had contributed generously,time and personal efforts to make a better world for the future of mankind.Stay healthy and be happy in this chaotic world.

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I can never forgive bill gates for Windows 10!

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Laos prime minister orders an extension on lockdown measures

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While the majority of countries across the globe have been grappling with Covid-19 outbreaks for the past year, Laos, just North of Thailand, has only reported 1,177 cases with the vast majority of the infections detected over the past month.

Laos PM Phankhan Viphavanh says ordered an extension on lockdown measures, now until May 20, saying it is essential in containing the Covid-19 outbreak, which spiked in mid-April with some daily new cases surpassing 100. Yesterday, the country recorded 105 new cases. In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, the government has prepared 3 field hospitals with 1,200 beds.

“The government is aware that extending measures will cause difficulties in people’s daily lives… But we ask everyone to understand the situation and to be patient so that we may control and eventually overcome this virus outbreak.”

Over the next 2 weeks, the Covid-19 situation will be monitored by the Laos government, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, and local task forces. In areas where the virus is contained, officials will look into easing restrictions. In areas with clusters of infections, restrictions will remain tight.

Apparently, some Laos residents caused problems for local health officials who are trying to contain the virus. Phankham some people who have tested positive for Covid-19 have refused to be admitted into healthcare facilities while others residents break Covid-19 prevention rules such as holding large gatherings.

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Active Covid-19 cases in Laos as of 6 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

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Daily new Covid-19 cases in Laos as of 6 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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It’s cicada season and America is preparing for billions to emerge after 17 years of hiding

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Americans are preparing for billions of cicadas to emerge after spending 17 years underground. Some are thinking it’s their worst nightmare to see and hear the insects as they will undoubtedly swarm their yards and porches. Their semi-hard skin, that is shed, will also be a sight to see, if there are, indeed, billions coming out.

In Thailand, and most other countries, cicada season is just about here, with the deafening noises sure to grace the outdoor air. But Thai people are more accustomed to seeing Cicadas in food form. As it is a delicacy in the northeastern or Isaan areas of the country, the females are more prized as they are considered to have more meat. Cicadas are also used in traditional Chinese medicine formulations.

The arrival of the swaths of cicadas in the US is being called Brood X, as it features billions of cicada nymphs that will burst from the soil, shed their skin, mate, lay eggs and then die. And, the noise of the male cicadas trying to find a female to “make eggs with”, will be deafening. The last time Americans had to deal with a cicada invasion, was during George W Bush’s time as president.

For those interested in the arrival of cicadas, or who may want to eat them, there are websites and social media groups being dedicated to their arrival, which could be any day now. One person says just watching them morph into their adult form in under 1 hour is fascinating.

Another, who is more interested in using them for cooking, says there are websites that feature the insects in recipes. From mixing them with mushrooms or chocolate, or even frying them, it’s sure spark anyone’s curiosity as they sit inside, hearing and seeing billions of cicadas invade their lawns. Ranging from cicadas with mushrooms or with chocolate, there is something for everyone’s palate. Or at least, for those happy to eat bugs.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Diplomatic spat between China and Australia, Chinese suspend economic dialogue

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A diplomatic spat between China and Australia has the Communist State suspending all economic dialogue “indefinitely” between the 2 countries as of today. A statement by China’s National Development and Reform Commission detailed some of the reasoning behind the move, which is under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue.

“Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination.”

But the statement didn’t elaborate on what specific actions prompted the suspension, however, it most definitely signifies the growing tensions between the 2 countries. Back in 2018, Australia became the first country to ban the Chinese tech giant of Huawei from its 5G network. And, as Covid-19 ravaged the world, Australia called for an independent investigation into its origins. China responded by restricting trade between the nations.

Last December, Australia’s federal parliament granted veto power over foreign deals by states amid worsening diplomatic relations with China, which has handed down trade sanctions on Australian exports.

Australia, has also refused to sign agreements on directly participating in China’s new foreign policy initiative, which previously was agreed upon by Australia’s trade minister to cooperate with third-party countries in Belt and Road projects. In April, Canberra cancelled 2 of those projects struck by the state of Victoria, which prompted a warning from the Chinese embassy that bilateral ties would get worse. Just this week, Reuters reported that Australia was reviewing a 99 year lease of a northern port to a Chinese firm.

But Atilla Widnell, the managing director of Navigate Commodities says trade won’t be affected.

“We believe the iron ore trading relationship between Australia and China will remain ring-fenced in relation to current political tensions between the two nations. This is a co-dependent relationship whereby either party cannot survive without the other.”

Today has seen the Australian dollar nosedive, reaching as low as $ .7701 to the US dollar, compared to yesterday’s $.7747.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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