Why Is Gabby Windey’s Partner Val Chmerkovskiy Not on ‘DWTS’ Tonight?

Val Chmerkovskiy has been forced to miss the October 31 episode of Dancing with the Stars.

The professional dancer, 36, has been partnered with The Bachelorette star Gabby Windey on Season 31 of the Disney+ competition, which also boasts actor Wayne Brady and Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Shangela on the cast.

For the Halloween episode, Windey, 31, will be dancing with Alan Bersten instead, with the duo set to perform an Argentine tango to “Shivers” by District 78 featuring Mikayla Lynn.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about why Windey has had to change partners on Dancing with the Stars this week.

Gabby Windey’s partner on “Dancing With the Stars,” Val Chmerkovskiy, is missing the show’s Halloween-themed episode.
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Why Is Val Not on Dancing with the Stars Tonight?

Chmerkovskiy confirmed on October 28 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would not be taking part in Week 7 of Dancing with the Stars 2022.

He revealed the news on Instagram, telling his 1.1 million followers: “I got some bad news. I, unfortunately, tested positive for COVID and will not be able to perform this Monday.

“It sucks majorly for lack of a better, more profound word.”

In the video the former champion, who won the show in 2015 with actress Rumer Willis, confirmed that Windey had tested negative and would be paired up with Bersten, 28, this week instead.

Bersten was also a competitor on this season of Dancing with the Stars and had been paired up with musician Jessie James Decker.

The pair were ousted from the competition last week after the judges chose to save Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater in the elimination.

Chmerkovskiy continued to his fans: “This is a huge bummer, I’m very disappointed, I feel like I let some people down.” He also revealed he had “selfishly” been “really looking forward” to performing an Argentine tango with Windey.

On Week 7 of “Dancing With the Stars” Gabby Windey will be partnered up with Alan Bersten, who was eliminated alongside Jessie James Decker last week.
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“Hopefully you guys will vote us through for another week,” he added, before concluding: “This is a minor setback for a major comeback.”

Windey and Chmerkovskiy have had a successful run so far on the show and scored earned a 46 out of 50 for their rumba in Week 6. The week before they achieved a perfect score for their Prom Night-themed tango to “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship and Leighton Meester.

Chmerkovskiy’s wife, Jenna Johnson, is also a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars but she is not taking part this season as she is pregnant with her and Chmerkovskiy’s first child.

Windey shared her concerns for both Chmerkovskiy and his wife after the news broke, commenting underneath Chmerkovskiy’s post: “We’ll miss you!! Just want Jenna to stay safe and you to feel better!”

Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy achieved a perfect score during the Prom Night-themed episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”
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Angela Ribeiro, who is married to Dancing with the Stars host Alfonso Ribeiro, also responded to the news and wrote: “Ugh sorry Val…feel better and see you next wk!”

Decker, who was previously partnered with Windey’s dance partner this week Bersten, said: “Feel better,” alongside a series of prayer hands and love heart emojis.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Disney+. The episodes will then be available to stream.

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Who said a falling rupee is good for exports? Doesn’t really work that way, data shows – ThePrint

New Delhi:  The Indian Rupee has depreciated by about Rs 9 per dollar since the beginning of 2022, falling from about Rs 74 in January this year to Rs 83 in October. While conventional economics would suggest that a depreciating rupee should be good news for the country’s exporters, this does not, in fact, seem to be the case in the real world, as shown not only by trade data but also the testimonies of industry players.

ThePrint analysed 126 months worth of trade and foreign exchange data from April 2012 till September 2022, and spoke to exporters’ bodies and industry players to understand the relationship between the rupee value and India’s export performance.

Both the data and the inputs from the industry players show that the rupee’s exchange rate actually has a negligible impact on India’s export performance.

This goes against conventional understanding since, when the rupee depreciates, it means a dollar can buy more goods and services from India. In other words, imports from India become cheaper for the country’s customers abroad who pay in dollars. But exporters’ bodies in India have told ThePrint that things aren’t as simple.

Ajay Sahai, Director General and CEO of the Federation of Indian Exports Organisation (FIEO), an exporters’ body recognised by the government of India’s export promotion councils, says that while there are multiple factors affecting export performance, currency isn’t a strong one.

“India’s exports are generally commensurate with the global trends in trade. When the global exports go up, India’s exports also grow and at times with better speed. Currency value does play a role but not significant enough to cause substantial shifts in exports,” he said.

Trade and foreign exchange data from April 2012 to September 2022

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Weak Correlation

This weak relationship between the exchange rate and exports is backed by the data.

ThePrint took the year-on-year change in the average monthly value of the dollar in terms of the rupee (Rs per dollar) and checked it with the corresponding month’s exports figures. The data shows that the relationship between the two is weak. In fact, the data shows that even imports do not exhibit any pattern corresponding to currency fluctuations.

The coefficient of correlation, a measure of the strength of the interdependence between the annual percentage changes of average currency movements and exports was -0.3, establishing a weak relationship between the two.

The coefficient of correlation is used to define the magnitude of a relationship between two independent events. It can range between -1 and 1, with -1 implying a very strong but inverse relationship, while a reading of 1 implies a strong positive correlation. A correlation coefficient at or near zero implies there is either no correlation or a weak one.

What a correlation coefficient of -0.3 simply means is that a movement in the currency value does not exhibit any significant impact on exports. Often, exports have moved in ways that belie the conventional rupee-export dynamics. That is, sometimes, when the rupee has depreciated significantly, India’s exports have fallen. Other times, when the rupee has appreciated strongly, exports have surged.

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Other Factors At Play

Sahai further explained that a depreciating currency has consequences for export industries that have to rely on imported inputs from other countries.

“A depreciating rupee means that importers will have to shell more rupees in order to get the same product,” he said. “For exporters who have to import input goods, the increased cost actually nullifies the gains they could have made from currency depreciation. Further, currencies across the world are depreciating, and not just the rupee, so the competitive advantage of devalued currency is also ruled out.”

Another factor that affects the performance of the export-oriented sector is inflation, industry players say.

SK Saraf, chairman of the Technocraft Industries India Limited, a company exporting industrial goods from India said that there is “hardly any relationship” between exports and a depreciated currency.

“Even if the rupee depreciates by 10%, the exporters may gain only by upto 0.1 – 0.3% that too depending on the circumstances. The potential of gaining from depreciating currency is lost out on higher inflation. Then, the customers also start asking for discounts. Hence, the exporters generally do not gain much when currency depreciates,” he added.

Rajeswari Sengupta, associate professor of Economics at Mumbai-based policy research centre, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) said that the relatively weak relationship between the exchange rate and export performance might also be a result of a delay in the transmission of the benefits of a depreciating rupee.

“I don’t think that exports respond to exchange rate changes within the same month. The lags are much longer,” she said, adding that the international prices of commodities also play a crucial role in determining the direction of trade.

“For example, when commodity prices are high, petroleum and metals exports will increase, which may lead to an appreciation of the rupee (as in the mid-2000s),” she explained. “So, then, you would see an inverse correlation between exports and depreciation. These factors (and some others) mean that one needs to do a careful econometric analysis. A simple correlation will not show the relationship.”

Besides time lags and commodity prices, Rajeswari also says that trade movements involve “immense institutional complexity”.

“It takes a long time to build relations in international trade and gain trust and credibility and then to participate in the global production chain,” she said. “Once the production and exporting process takes off, everyone would be reluctant to rock the boat. This would tend to drive down the short-term impact of USD-INR changes.”

(Edited by Anumeha Saxena)

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Bharti Airtel Q2 results: Profit up 89% to ₹2,145 cr; ARPU rises to ₹190 | Mint – Mint

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday posted a lower-than-expected quarterly profit, flagging a headwind for the telco operator, as it begins to roll out 5G services across India. Airtel reported a consolidated net profit of 2,145 crore for the quarter ending 30 September, 2022. This is an increase of 89% when compared with 1,134 crore in corresponding quarter of last year.

On sequential basis, Airtel reported a 33.5% rise in consolidated net profit for the quarter.

The company’s revenue from operations rose 21.9% year-on-year (YoY) to 34,527 crore in the quarter under review (Q2FY23), backed by strong and consistent performance delivery across the portfolio and crossing 500 million customers globally.  It had reported a revenue of 28,326 crore in the same period last year, the telco said in a regulatory filing.

Bharti Airtel’s average revenue per user (ARPU) increased to 190 in Q2FY23 from 183 in Q1FY23.

The company missed the 2,544 crore average profit estimated by analysts in a Bloomberg survey.

Consolidated EBITDA or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization jumped 6.7% for the quarter to 17,721 crore, while the operating margin improved to 51.3% from 50.6% on QoQ basis.

“We have delivered yet another quarter with competitive revenue growth and improved margins. Our consolidated revenue grew sequentially by 5.3% and EBITDA margin expanded to 51.3%. The consistency of our execution is driven by the strength and resilience of our portfolio,” said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, India & South Asia.

Vittal further said, “Our B2B and Homes business continued their strong growth momentum while Mobile ARPU expanded to 190 on the back of premiumization and deep customer understanding.”

Airtel 5G service

Airtel recently said its 5G services have gone live in eight cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi. The customer availing 5G services will have to pay as per their existing 4G plan.

“We are now rolling out 5G and are confident that Airtel 5G Plus will deliver the best experience in India while being kinder to the environment. I do believe that 5G technology has the potential of bringing tremendous innovation into India. At the same time we remain concerned about the low ROCE that our business delivers due to pricing that is the lowest in the world. Given the large investments required to drive digital adoption in India we believe there is a need for tariff correction,” Vittal added.

Bharti Enterprises Founder and Chairman Sunil Mittal had announced launch of 5G service in 8 cities on 1 October.

At present, 5G models of Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Realme and OnePlus are compatible with Airtel 5G Plus service.

The compatible models include Samsung’s flagship devices including Fold series, Galaxy S 22 series, Samsung M32, iPhone 12 series and later models, Realme 8s 5G, Realme X7 series, Realme narzo series, Vivo X50 onwards smartphones, Vivo IQOO series, Oppo Reno5G Pro and other device in same series launched later, OnePlus 8 and beyond smartphones etc.

Mobile subscribers will get up to 600 megabit per second speed in 5G network during the launch phase and handsets are expected to work at par with professional computers for accessing apps and data processing, according to industry players.

On Monday, ahead of the results, Airtel’s scrip on NSE closed 1.85% higher at 832.00 apiece. So far this year, shares of Airtel have rallied 19.4%.

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Janhvi Kapoor says filming Mili hurt her mental health, gave her nightmares – Hindustan Times

Updated on Oct 31, 2022 09:58 PM IST

Janhvi Kapoor has shared about how her upcoming film Mili gave her nightmares. Eventually, she said she fell sick as well.

Janhvi Kapoor’s Mili will release on November 4.

Actor Janhvi Kapoor is all set for her first survival thriller, Mili releasing this Friday. Ahead of the film’s release, she recounted how the month-long film shoot affected her physical and mental health. In the film, she plays a girl who gets trapped inside a storage freezer for hours. Also read: Mili trailer: Janhvi Kapoor is stuck in a freezer with no way out

Directed by Mathukutty Xavier, Mili is the Hindi remake of the filmmaker’s 2019 Malayalam hit Helen. Said to be based on true events, the film traces the struggles of Janhvi as Mili, who races against time to stay alive inside a freezer. According to the actor, a special freezer was built by the film’s team, where they shot for 20 days at minus 15 degrees Celsius temperature.

Recalling her experience at a press conference in Delhi, Janhvi said, “I remember it (film) taking a genuine toll on my mental health because I would come back home after wrapping up shoot and I would go to sleep and dream that I was still in the freezer. I fell ill and I was on severe painkillers for two-three days and even the director was unwell.”

“If you spend 15 hours of your day in a freezer in a closed environment crying for the majority of the day, sometimes with a rat that keeps nibbling your fingers, it is not glamorous for sure,” Janhvi added. She also said that she was asked to gain 7.5kg for the film, as per the director to look more relatable to the audience.

Besides Janhvi, Mili also features Sunny Kaushal and Manoj Pahwa in key roles. It is Janhvi’s first professional collaboration with her father Boney Kapoor, who is backing the film. The film will hit theatre screens on November 4, 2022. A Mili, Janhvi will also be seen next in Bawaal and Mr and Mrs Mahi.

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Tropical Storm Lisa Projected to Become Hurricane, Make Landfall Wednesday

Tropical Storm Lisa formed on Halloween in the western Caribbean Sea. It’s expected to become a category 1 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, shortly before making landfall.

The National Hurricane Center during its 5 p.m. advisory on Monday stated that TS Lisa has sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving west toward Central America at 14 mph. The storm is expected on Wednesday to slam into a region of Central America from Honduras and up north along the shores of Guatemala, Belize and southern Mexico. The current path has the eyewall making landfall in Belize.

The United States and the Gulf of Mexico will not be affected by Lisa, according to data on the NHC website.

“Hurricane conditions are possible in the Bay Islands of Honduras early Wednesday and along the coast of Belize by Wednesday afternoon, where a Hurricane Watch has been issued,” the NHC stated. “Tropical storm conditions are possible in portions of Jamaica, the north coast of Honduras, the Caribbean coast of Guatemala and the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.”

Wind blows palm trees ahead of Tropical Storm Julia in San Andres Island, Colombia, on October 8, 2022. Tropical Storm Lisa is expected to turn into a hurricane before slamming Belize on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
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A dangerous storm surge is expected along the coast of Belize as Lisa makes its way on shore, as well as local flash flooding in nearby countries.

Once a defined tropical system reaches 35 mph, it becomes a tropical storm. It becomes a Category 1 storm when it hits a minimum of 74 mph sustained winds.

Although tropical systems in the Atlantic season have seen a rather dormant season, this storm comes on the heels of Hurricanes Ian and Julia within the last month. Ian crushed Florida on September 28 as a high-level Category 4 storm. It leveled many structures on the barrier islands from Naples to Sarasota, with winds clocking more than 150 mph in some places.

Ian left more than 100 people dead, hundreds injured and hundreds of thousands displaced and without power or running water for at least more than a week.

Ian traversed northeast across Florida, wreaking havoc in Orlando and up through Jacksonville. Ian downgraded into a tropical storm but regained Category 1 strength before it made landfall again in South Carolina.

Julia took a somewhat similar path as Ian’s. Both storms began in the Atlantic, about 10-12 degrees north of the equator. Ian took a northward turn once it got into the Caribbean but Julia stayed on a westward path. Julia continued to a landfall as a Category 1 storm in Nicaragua on October 8.

Hurricane season, which begins annually on May 1, officially ends on November 30. There are no other tropical systems in the Atlantic or Pacific basins at the time, according to the hurricane center.

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Man Expecting Special Treatment for Suspected Dairy Allergy Slammed Online

Members of a popular internet forum were quick to call out one man who said his girlfriend and her family don’t take his dietary restrictions seriously enough.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA******, Redditor u/aitafamdinner (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) detailed his sensitivity to dairy products and lamented over the notion of having to bring his own food to family events, despite needing to eat differently than everyone else.

Titled, “[Am I the a******] for expecting certain treatment at my girlfriend’s family’s house?” the since-deleted post has received more than 8,000 upvotes and 4,200 comments since October 26.

“It’s important to know that I suspect I have a dairy allergy,” OP began.

Continuing to explain that his girlfriend’s family frequently serves “cheese-laden” meals followed by dairy-filled desserts, OP said that accommodations for his suspected allergy are rare, despite his status as a guest at their house.

OP also said he was sorely disappointed when the topic of holiday dinners arose at a recent family birthday party.

“I asked my girlfriend – out of earshot of her parents – what was on the menu for the holidays. She answered turkey for Thanksgiving…[and said] that every year for Christmas her grandmother serves lasagna and cheesecake,” OP wrote. “I felt my face fall.

“I told [her] I could not eat any of those foods. I wasn’t expecting her to say that I am welcome to bring any foods that I wish,” OP continued. “My response [was] that guests shouldn’t be asked to bring food when there is an invitation.

“She told me that I ‘needed to get it straight what exactly I was allergic to’…she even asked me how certain I was that I don’t eat dairy with the amount of frozen, prepackaged meals I stock,” OP added. “I was angry that I was basically being called a liar and [about] her implying that my allergy is fake.”

As vegetarian and vegan diets grow in popularity across the U.S., the number of people looking to incorporate certain plant-based replacements has also grown substantially.

A OnePoll survey of 2,000 Americans revealed last year that 47 percent of the U.S.—including more than half of respondents aged 24 to 39—consider themselves “flexitarians,” meaning they eat mostly plant-based diets, but consume meat and dairy products occasionally.

However, while more and more people in the U.S. move toward plant-based lifestyles, and an increasing number of restaurants and eateries across the country offer vegan options, the social response to such dietary adjustments can be less forgiving.

When dealing with friends or relatives who push back against alternative diets, it is recommended that vegans, vegetarians and others with dietary restrictions be prepared to provide their own food choices.

According to Amy Morin, editor-in-chief of Verywell Mind, expecting others to make accommodations at every turn can make for many tense interactions, especially within romantic relationships.

“It’s tough to have a healthy relationship when you’re focused on what you should be getting, rather than what you have to give,” she told Newsweek. “Those kinds of thoughts interfere with your ability to have a functioning relationship.

“Everything you do may become transactional and you’ll struggle to truly connect with others,” she added.

While a certain level of special treatment within a relationship is to be expected, Morin said that entitlement is often magnified in romantic partnerships and can quickly infiltrate an individual’s connection with their partner’s family.

“Entitlement issues often play out with extended family,” she said. “Someone who feels entitled in their relationship may expect their in-laws to extend special treatment as well.”

Man upset with girlfriend over dairy dishes. Members of Reddit’s r/AmITheA****** forum slammed one man who complained that his girlfriend’s family doesn’t accommodate his suspected dairy allergy.
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Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, many Redditors echoed that sentiment, taking issue with OP’s expectation for special dishes at his girlfriend’s family’s home without making any effort himself.

“[You’re the a******],” Redditor u/gertyorkes wrote in the post’s top comment, which has received nearly 29,000 upvotes. “I’m a vegan, and I regularly bring my own dishes to events so I know I’ll have something to eat.

“Your offense of ‘guests shouldn’t have to bring food!’ is incredibly entitled,” they continued.

Redditor u/hannahsflora, whose comment has received nearly 13,000 upvotes, offered a similar response.

“You don’t even know for sure that you have a dairy allergy, and if you do have one, you don’t seem to be doing much to educate and empower yourself about it,” they wrote. “Your girlfriend – and her family – are not villains for refusing to change their long-held traditions for a newcomer boyfriend and his allergy that might or might not be real.

“Expecting them to cater to you with a new level of care that you don’t even give to yourself is next-level entitlement,” they added.

“[You’re the a******],” Redditor u/lihzee chimed in. “You can opt not to attend. They don’t have to change their traditions to accommodate you, and you’re welcome to bring your own food.”

Newsweek reached out to u/aitafamdinner for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.

If you have a personal dilemma, let us know via life@newsweek.com. We can ask experts for advice on relationships, family, friends, money and work and your story could be featured on Newsweek‘s “What Should I Do? section.

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How to Become an Actor in BitLife

BitLife is an interesting mobile game in that you can become just about anything you want. You can choose the career path that calls to you, whether that means becoming an auditor, a stay-at-home mom or even a pilot. So it makes sense that you can also become an actor.

Becoming an actor requires that you follow a specific path as soon as you start the game. It’s a lot like real life: You need to be born with the right attributes to head into show business, as bleak as that may sound. Being an actor come with several perks, including fame points and a higher salary than other jobs offer.

Really, also like in real life, it’s in your best interest to become an actor. You’ll find there are a vast amount of positive reasons to do so, but really, the most important one is because it makes BitLife a lot more fun. Who doesn’t want to be in movies as well as a successful, famous person?

If you’re looking to become an actor in BitLife, we’ve got your back. Just follow the steps we’ve outlined for you and you’ll be BitLife royalty in no time. Just make sure you save some time to sign all those autographs.

In BitLife, you can pursue just about any career you’d like, including an actor or actress. Doing so will require rolling an attractive character, however.
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How to Become an Actor in BitLife

If you want to make it to Hollywood in BitLife, you’ve got to get started on the right foot. One thing that means is choosing a starting character that looks as attractive as humanly possible. Unfortunately, your stats are randomized, and your score in each category up to 100 isn’t something you can customize. You need to worry about Happiness, Health, Smarts and Looks.

You need a 70 in the Looks category at the bare minimum if you want to make it as an actor. That means simply re-rolling or remaking your character until you get one that has the attributes you need. With that in mind, keep trying until you get a successful base player and go from there.

If the Looks category is still a little low, you can always take part in these activities to raise your attractiveness:

  • Going to the salon
  • Going to the gym
  • Going to the spa
  • Having plastic surgery
  • Getting haircuts
  • Having hair dyed
  • Waxing
  • Getting manicures and pedicures

Once you’ve played the game long enough to graduate from high school (with a high Attractiveness stat), you can opt to start working. Be sure to choose the Voice Actor job and get going right away. You’ll need to hold on to it for six in-game years to be promoted to Actor, then wait until your fame bar fills—you’ll become an actor!

Once you’re an actor, you can partake in a variety of different activities that will continue to help you stack paper. But getting there is the hard part, and once you’re there, you should be able to remain there for the foreseeable future.

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Ukraine Shoots Down 2 Russian ‘Alligators’ in 3 Minutes: Defense Officials

The Ukrainian Air Force says its anti-aircraft gunners shot down two Russian attack helicopters in the Kherson region, where the Ukrainian military is currently engaged in a counteroffensive.

Ukraine’s Air Command South reported on Monday evening that units of its Odesa-based anti-aircraft missile brigade had successfully struck each of the helicopters within three minutes of each other. The downed aircrafts were Ka-52 Alligators, considered to be Russia’s most deadly and effective attack helicopter, according to Ukraine’s air force. The reported victory comes as Russia has increased its air attacks and Ukraine presses forward with wresting control of its southern regions.

The air command said anti-aircraft gunners had shot down the first Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopter at 6:45 p.m. and the second at 6:48 p.m. local time. The times could not be independently verified by Newsweek.

A Ukrainian soldier keeps position on a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun at a frontline northeast of Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 3, 2022. The Ukrainian Air Force said on Monday evening it had shot down two of Russia’s deadliest attack helicopters.
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As winter approaches, Russia has launched waves of air strikes targeting Ukrainian cities and civilian infrastructure, leaving swaths of the country without electricity. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials have denounced the attacks as acts of “terrorism.”

During a national address on Monday, Zelensky said authorities were working to restore energy and water supplies to civilians affected by the strikes. He also reported that Ukrainian forces had defended themselves against Russian air strikes earlier in the day, shooting down 45 of 55 cruise missiles. A total of four Russian helicopters were downed, three attack Ka-52 Alligators and one Mi-8, according to the address.

“Today our air forces and everyone involved in protecting the skies did a great job,” said Zelensky. “Most of the objects that the terrorists identified as targets were saved.”

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry on Monday posted a video to Twitter of how to turn a Russian “Mi-8 into a flaming jack-o’-lantern.”

Monday marked the 250th day since the larger Russian military launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Ukrainian forces in late August launched a counteroffensive seeking to dislodge Russia from the Kherson administrative district in the south, which borders the Black Sea and the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

Reports emerged earlier this month that Russia was pulling troops back in the response to advancing Ukrainian forces. Kremlin-backed officials in the area have ordered evacuations of civilians and Russian forces are retrenching themselves on the east bank of the Dnieper River, in the Kherson administrative district.

Kirill Stremousov, a Kremlin-installed administrator in Kherson, told the state-run TASS news agency that Ukrainian forces had been repelled by Russian troops, who destroyed two tanks.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

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Rain postpones World Series Game 3 to Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA — Game 3 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros was postponed on Monday due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening. It will now be played on Tuesday with Game 4 set for Wednesday and Game 5 on Thursday.

Games 6 and 7, if necessary, will be played on Saturday and Sunday in Houston with Friday serving as an off-day. Originally, Thursday was supposed to be a travel day but MLB pushed games 6 and 7 back a day to allow for travel now on Friday.

The game is the first in the World Series to be postponed since Game 6 in 2011 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.

After each team split the two games in Houston, the World Series had moved to Philly for Monday night and the Astros were set to send right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. against Phillies righty Noah Syndergaard.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said McCullers would remain the starter for Game 3 if there was a rainout. There was no immediate indication if Syndergaard would pitch for the Phillies.

The Astros had not named a Game 4 starter and the Phillies were going with lefty Ranger Suárez.

The Phillies clinched the NL Championship Series with a win against San Diego on a rainy, gusty Sunday. The Phillies famously won the 2008 World Series with a Game 5 victory that took three days to complete because of heavy rain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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In Africa’s monkeypox outbreak, sickness and death go undetected – The Tribune India


Yalolia, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 31

At a village clinic in central Congo, separated from the world by a tangle of waterways and forests, six-year-old Angelika Lifafu grips her dress and screams as nurses in protective suits pick at one of hundreds of boils that trouble her delicate skin.

Her uncle, 12-year-old Lisungi Lifafu, sits at the foot of her bed, facing away from the sunlight that pours through the doorway and pains his swollen, weeping eyes. When nurses approach, he raises his chin, but cannot look up.

The children have monkeypox, a disease first detected in Congo 50 years ago, but cases of which have spiked in West and Central Africa since 2019. The illness received little attention until it spread worldwide this year, infecting 77,000 people.

Global health bodies have counted far fewer cases in Africa during the current outbreak than in Europe and the United States, which snapped up the limited number of vaccines this year when the illness arrived at their shores.

But the outbreak, and death toll, in Congo could be much greater than recorded in official statistics, Reuters reporting shows, in large part because testing in underequipped, rural areas is so limited and effective medicines are unavailable.

During a six-day trip to the remote region of Tshopo this month, Reuters reporters found about 20 monkeypox patients, including two who had died, whose cases were not recorded until reporters visited. None of them, including Angelika and Lisungi, had access to vaccines or anti-viral drugs.

The shortage of testing facilities and poor transport links makes tracing the virus nearly impossible, more than a dozen health workers said.

Asked about undercounting, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that its data did not capture the full extent of the outbreak.

In the West, only about 10 people have died of monkeypox this year, figures from the U.S. CDC show. Europe and the United States have been able to vaccinate at-risk communities.

Suspected cases are routinely tested, isolated and treated early, which improves survival rates, experts said. Case numbers in Europe and the United States have stabilized and begun to fall.

But in poorer African countries where many people do not have quick access to health facilities, or are not aware of the dangers, over 130 have died, almost all in Congo, according to the Africa CDC.

No monkeypox vaccines are publicly available in Africa.

Without treatment, Angelika and Lisungi can only wait for the illness to run its course. Ahead of them lies a myriad of possible outcomes including recovery, blindness, or, as was the case with a family member in August, death.

“These children have a disease that makes them suffer so much,” said Lisungi’s father Litumbe Lifafu at the clinic in Yalolia, a village of scattered mud huts 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) from the capital Kinshasa.

“We demand the government provides medicines for us poor farmers, and the vaccine to fight this disease.” HISTORY REPEATS

The World Health Organization last year called out the “moral failure” of the COVID-19 pandemic response, when African nations found themselves at the back of the queue for vaccines, tests and treatment.

But those failures are being repeated a year on with monkeypox, the health workers consulted by Reuters said. This risks future flare-ups of the disease in Africa and globally, experts said.

While the sudden demand from Western countries sucked up available vaccines, poor countries such as Congo, where the disease has existed long enough to be endemic, have been slow to seek supplies from the WHO and partners.

Congo health minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani told Reuters Congo was in talks with the WHO to buy vaccines, but no formal request had been made. A spokesperson for Gavi, the vaccine alliance, said it had not received requests from African countries where the virus was endemic.

A WHO spokeswoman said that in the absence of available vaccines, countries should instead focus on surveillance and contact tracing.

“History repeats itself,” said Professor Dimie Ogoina, president of the independent Nigerian Infectious Diseases Society. Time and again, he said, disease containment in Africa does not get the funding it needs until wealthier nations are at risk.

“It happened with HIV, it happened with Ebola and with COVID-19, and it is happening again with monkeypox.” Without adequate resources, the true spread of the virus is unknowable, he and other experts said.

“In Africa we are working blind,” said Ogoina. “The case counts are grossly underestimated.”

Monkeypox is spread through close contact with skin lesions.

For most, it resolves within weeks. Young children and the immune compromised are especially vulnerable to severe complications.

The Africa CDC says that Congo has had more than 4,000 suspected and confirmed cases and 154 deaths this year, based in part on health authority data. That is far lower than the 27,000-odd cases recorded in the United States and 7,000 in Spain. African nations with outbreaks include Ghana, where there are about 600 suspected and confirmed cases, and Nigeria, where there are nearly 2,000.

“Yes, there is an undercount,” said Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, acting director of the Africa CDC. “The communities where the monkeypox is spreading generally don’t have access to regular health facilities.” He said the CDC could not currently say how big the undercount was.

Congo’s health minister Mbungani said testing capabilities were lacking outside Kinshasa but did not respond to a request for comment about missed cases.


African countries hoped that the WHO’s decision in July to declare monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern would mobilise resources.

WHO dispatched some 40,000 tests to Africa, including 1,500 to Congo, said Ambrose Talisuna, WHO’s monkeypox incident manager on the continent.

This month, Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research began a clinical trial of the antiviral drug tecovirimat on monkeypox patients. While no vaccines are available for public consumption, trials are underway on health workers in Congo with Bavarian Nordic’s Imvanex vaccine, health minister Mbungani said.

But in central Congo, little has changed.

Yalolia, where Angelika and Lisungi are patients, is reachable only by motorbike tracks that thread tunnel-like through the dense jungle, or by canoes carved from felled tree trunks. An old road connecting to nearby villages was cut off years ago when a series of wooden bridges collapsed.

In August, Lisungi’s older brother developed a rash and had trouble breathing. The family thought it was smallpox. When his condition worsened, a doctor put him on an intravenous drip. He died before it was empty.

Grief stricken, Lisungi hugged his brother’s infected corpse. Two weeks later, in early September, he too developed a rash and his eyes swelled shut. Then Angelika fell ill.

Lisumbe took the children to Yalolia where they were diagnosed with monkeypox based on their symptoms. He sold his belongings to buy medicine to reduce their fevers.

The nurses caring for them seethe at the lack of treatments.

“If there is a vaccine, it is us who should have it. If there is a treatment, it is us who should have it,” said nurse Marcel Osekasomba.

None of the cases were reported to authorities until Reuters visited Yalolia with a local health official called Theopiste Maloko. He only went to the village at Reuters’ suggestion.

Without test results, they are now logged as suspected cases.


Tshopo, nearly as big as the United Kingdom, is heavily wooded and carved up by the Congo River and its many winding tributaries. Maloko’s job is to track cases over an area spanning 5,000 square kilometres. But he cannot afford gasoline and has no means of transport.

When nurses took samples from sores on Angelika’s leg and placed them in a polystyrene cool box strapped to the back of a motorbike, Maloko was sceptical.

To avoid spoiling, samples need to be kept cold and reach a laboratory within 48 hours, but they often do not, he said. The nearest testing lab is in Kinshasa; results take weeks or months.

“We are suffering. This is really our cry of alarm. We are raising our voices so that someone will hear,” he said.

Sometimes samples are not even taken.

The village of Yalanga is a day’s journey from Yalolia by land and boat. Surrounded by jungle, it has no phone network or electricity. When the light fades, patients at the health centre lie in the dark on beds of hard bamboo.

The clinic, a small building with a tin roof and five rooms, has had three cases in recent months. To notify authorities of a new case, nurses must travel half a day to get phone reception.

When they are busy, getting away is impossible. The recent cases were recorded weeks late, said nurse Alingo Likaka Manasse.

Lituka Wenda Dety, a 41-year-old mother, thinks she got sick from eating infected bush meat. At the height of her illness in August, her throat was so sore she struggled to swallow her own saliva.

Round scars still dot Dety’s body, and her bones ache. She is grieving. When she was ill in hospital, her six-month-old son caught monkeypox and died. He is buried in a patch of sandy earth beside her mud brick home.

At the end of the day, Dety and her family gather around the small rectangular grave. She whispers prayers.

“We want there to be a vaccination campaign,” she said.

“Going by what we have suffered, if many people catch this disease it will be catastrophic.”

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