‘We needed the UAE’: Tom Cruise lifts the lid on his Abu Dhabi stunt

Tom Cruise. AFP
Updated 06 June 2018

‘We needed the UAE’: Tom Cruise lifts the lid on his Abu Dhabi stunt

DUBAI: The team behind the soon-to-be-released “Mission: Impossible Fallout” movie just tweeted an impressive video of exactly what superstar Tom Cruise was doing in the Abu Dhabi desert earlier this year.
While filming in the UAE in March, Cruise completed a HALO jump — a high altitude, low opening jump — a move typically used by the military when forces want to parachute behind enemy lines undetected.
In the video, the team behind the shoot explain that they had just three minutes to get the perfect shot every day, since the stunt had to take place while the sun was setting. Cruise jumped from 7,620 meters and then deployed the chute below 610 meters and it took more than 100 jumps to get the sequence just right.
Cruise appears in the video, saying: “We needed the UAE. Had they not stepped in, we would not have been able to accomplish this sequence.”


Indian monkeys snatch coronavirus samples

Updated 29 May 2020

Indian monkeys snatch coronavirus samples

  • Indian authorities often have to grapple with primates snatching food and even mobile phones
  • India’s coronavirus death toll passed neighboring China’s on Friday,

NEW DELHI: Monkeys mobbed an Indian health worker and made off with coronavirus test blood samples, spreading fears that the stealing simians could spread the pandemic in the local area.
Indian authorities often have to grapple with primates snatching food and even mobile phones.
After making off with the three samples earlier this week in Meerut, near the capital New Delhi, the monkeys scampered up nearby trees and one then tried to chew its plunder.
The sample boxes were later recovered and had not been damaged, Meerut Medical college superintendent Dheeraj Raj said on Friday, after footage of the encounter went viral on social media.
“They were still intact and we don’t think there is any risk of contamination or spread,” Raj said.
He added that the three people whose samples were stolen were retested for the virus.
Coronavirus has been detected in animals, though there is no confirmation that the disease can then be passed on to humans.
India’s coronavirus death toll passed neighboring China’s on Friday, with 175 new fatalities in 24 hours taking the total to 4,706, according to official data.
India, home to some of the world’s most packed cities and a creaking health care system, is emerging as a new hotspot with record jumps in new cases in recent days.
In many rural areas, farmers lose crops to monkey populations and have demanded local governments’ intervention to check their populations.
City authorities in New Delhi have famously used long-tailed langur monkeys to fight and scare away smaller primates from around the Indian Parliament.