Paris-based AI startup Mistral AI announced a new large language model to rival OpenAI’s GPT-4 and a distribution partnership with Microsoft. Microsoft is investing €15 million in Mistral AI, converting to equity in the next funding round. Mistral AI’s valuation remains at $2 billion following a recent funding round. The new language model, Mistral Large, is not open source and can be accessed through Mistral’s API platform. Microsoft’s investment in Mistral AI adds to its existing investments in OpenAI and Meta’s Llama models on Azure. EU regulators may scrutinize Microsoft’s relationship with AI companies.
Prince William had to pull out of a memorial service due to a personal matter, while his wife Kate is recovering well from surgery. King Charles III is undergoing treatment for cancer, with his first public statement thanking supporters. The news article mentions the reporter Haley Ott from CBS News London bureau. Prince William and Kate are mentioned in relation to the events, while King Charles III’s health is the central focus of the article.
Former ISRO chief K Sivan confirmed that all tests for India’s Gaganyaan project have been completed, and the mission is ready for a successful launch. The project aims to send humans to space and bring them back safely. The astronauts underwent training in Russia, with the second part to be held in India. Initially, test pilots will be sent on the mission, followed by mission scientists. Additionally, a joint satellite mission with NASA is in the works.
The death of a patient at Palmerston North Hospital in a suspected suicide occurred just a day after an attempt using the same method. This incident was the latest in a series of deaths involving patients with mental health needs at the hospital over the past decade, leading to calls for accountability. The hospital is under review, and there have been concerns raised about the lack of proper mental health assessments and supervision for patients at risk of self-harm. Families of the deceased are demanding accountability and improved safety measures at the hospital.
President Biden stated that a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is close, with hopes for it to be in place by the following Monday. The deal would bring a period of calm for at least six weeks and potentially pause Israeli military operations during Ramadan. Despite previous support for Israel’s response to Hamas, Biden has criticized its military operations as “over the top.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu indicated that a hostage deal would delay a planned ground operation in Gaza, but if necessary, the operation would proceed to achieve “total victory.”
A Toronto-based research team conducted a survey of 10,000 Canadians and found deep dissatisfaction with the health-care system, particularly in terms of access to primary care. The report highlighted an “attachment crisis” where 22% of adults do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Canada lags behind other countries in primary care access, leading to increased emergency room visits. The report recommends bringing in more doctors and nurse practitioners to address the crisis, urging governments to invest more in primary care and remove barriers for foreign-trained health professionals. The federal government’s recent health accord falls short of the investment needed for meaningful improvement.
Peru has declared a health emergency due to a significant increase in dengue fever cases, with over 31,000 cases and 32 deaths recorded in the first eight weeks of 2024. The emergency will cover 20 of Peru’s 25 regions. Dengue is a mosquito-borne illness with symptoms including fevers, severe headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and body aches. The country has been experiencing high temperatures and heavy rains since 2023, attributed to the El Nino weather pattern, which has led to an increase in mosquito populations.
John Cena has joined OnlyFans and is offering fans a mix of controversial and wholesome content, promoting his upcoming film “Ricky Stanicky”. He teases ‘fisting’, ‘dirty talk’, and ‘scissoring’ on his page, but it actually features arts and crafts and casual activities. Cena’s OnlyFans is free to subscribe to, with around 50,000 followers. The film, where Cena plays an imaginary friend turned real, will be released on Prime Video on March 7th. Fans have expressed surprise and amusement at Cena’s unexpected move to OnlyFans.
Layne Staley, the lead singer of Alice in Chains, struggled with a severe drug addiction that ultimately led to his tragic death in April 2002 at the age of 34. Staley’s addiction to crack and heroin was well-documented, and his bandmates and friends struggled to help him as he became a recluse. Despite occasional reunions with Alice in Chains, Staley’s drug addiction worsened over the years, leading to his isolation and eventual overdose. Staley’s tragic story highlights the devastating effects of addiction and the struggles of those who try to help loved ones in need.
The article discusses how Evens Luxama, a Haitian migrant, has found a new home in Mexico due to the opportunities and acceptance offered to foreigners. Luxama fled Haiti due to gang violence and now works in Mexico City. Haiti has been plagued by security issues, leading to a sharp rise in homicides. Many Haitian migrants are now choosing to stay in Mexico instead of continuing their journey to the United States. The Mexican dream is becoming a reality for some migrants, who are finding work and building lives in the Latin American nation.