Thai students protest to remove gov't and reform monarchy

COVID-19: Peru sees spike in number of hospitalised children

Serious COVID-19 cases among children are still far from widespread but more are now being admitted to intensive care.

Peru is one of Latin America’s worst-hit countries by the coronavirus.

The health system has been pushed close to breaking point as case numbers have soared.

Now, doctors at the national children’s hospital are raising the alarm over a small-scale but worrying new outbreak.

Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports.

Cardi B Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Better Run for President' as Rep. Dances to 'Bodak Yellow'

In Ocasio-Cortez’s original Instagram Story, she went on to extol the virtues of Medicare For All, writing that “DENTAL HEALTHCARE IS HEALTHCARE.”

“If you are making fun of someone’s smile, you are likely making fun of the fact that they don’t have access to HEALTHCARE,” she wrote. “Don’t do that! It makes YOU ugly. Matter of fact don’t make fun of people’s bodies EVER – more often than not it’s tied to roots that are ableist, racist, colorist, classist, etc.”

“Know that if you’re in the same situation, and you are worried that your teeth are having a lil party, you are beautiful and I hope you soon get whatever healthcare YOU want and need,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I had to wait years, and hopefully our future won’t be like this.”

Surfer Saved After Friend Punches Shark in Australian Attack

Sydney (AP) — A woman has survived a great white shark attack on Australia’s east coast after her surfing companion repeatedly punched it until it let her go.

Paramedics were called to Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Sydney, on Saturday morning after the 35-year-old woman was attacked while surfing.

She was taken to a local hospital with serious leg injuries, but has since been flown to a nearby bigger hospital where she will undergo surgery.

New South Wales state police said the woman and a man were surfing when she was bitten on the right calf and the back of her thigh. Her companion then punched the estimated 3-meter (10-foot) shark until it let her go.

“We’ve had some really serious and tragic shark encounters over the past couple of months along the coastline, so to paddle out of your own safety zone, into an area where you know there is a large shark, I think is amazing … a tremendous act of bravery,” state Surf Life Saving chief executive Steven Pearce said.

Beaches in Port Macquarie have been closed for 24 hours as authorities attempt to track the shark.

There have been five fatal shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020, higher than the country’s average of three deadly attacks a year.

Mahindra unveils new Thar sport utility vehicle

Bookings for vehicle to start Oct. 2

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) on Saturday unveiled its Thar sport utility vehicle (SUV) in a modern avatar to attract new-age buyers and SUV fans from all age groups.

The all-new Thar has been developed on a completely new platform and is equipped with a powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine and 2- litre petrol engine, besides other modern features.

To come in multiple configurations, the vehicle has been entirely designed and developed at the company’s design studio in Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai and all the components are sourced from within India, making it a ‘truly Indian’ product, said Pawan Goenka, MD, M&M.

“This is the Thar in modern avatar. It is an embodiment of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.

The vehicle will be introduced in the market on October 2 and bookings would open on the same day, the automaker said.

Argentina May Add Changes to $200 Greenback Purchase Quota

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Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said his government may introduce changes to the $200 monthly limit on U.S. dollar purchases based on the official exchange rate.

“This is something that we are studying,” Fernandez said when asked during an interview with La Red radio station if he was considering restricting the monthly quota. He added that he will discuss the issue with the Economy Minister Martin Guzman.

In 2019, Argentina’s central bank imposed the $200 quota on monthly greenback purchases per person. Later that year, under Fernandez’s government, authorities added a 30% tax on those purchases. The tax would boost the current official exchange rate of 77.3 pesos per dollar in banks to about 100 pesos, which is still lower than the rate of around 130 pesos in the black market.

Fernandez also said that the country’s cash reserves are about $10 billion, at the same levels they were at when his presidency started on December 2019. “We received a country that was in default and in that context the pandemic began.”

Thai students protest to remove gov't and reform monarchy

The royal family is protected by laws designed to prevent criticism.

Protesters in Thailand are planning another large rally on Sunday as they continue their push to remove the government and reform the monarchy.

The mainly student-led protests are calling for significant changes to the royal family’s role in society, which is considered a taboo subject in Thailand.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports.