Monday, August 19, 2019
"If we don't have it, we don't need it," pronounces Daniel Fagre as we throw on our backpacks. We're armed with crampons, ice axes, rope, GPS receivers, and bear spray to ward off grizzlies, and we're trudging toward Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park, Montana. I fall in step with Fagre and two other research scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey Global Change Research Program. They're doing what they've been doing for more than a decade: measuring how the park's storied glaciers are melting.
So far, the results have been positively chilling. When President Taft created Glacier National Park in 1910, it was home to an estimated 150 glaciers. Since then the number has decreased to fewer than 30, and most of those remaining have shrunk in area by two-thirds. Fagre predicts that within 30 years most if not all of the park's namesake glaciers will disappear.
"Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime," says Fagre. "It's like watching the Statue of Liberty melt."
Scientists who assess the planet's health see indisputable evidence that Earth has been getting warmer, in some cases rapidly. Most believe that human activity, in particular the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, have influenced this warming trend. In the past decade scientists have documented record-high average annual surface temperatures and have been observing other signs of change all over the planet: in the distribution of ice, and in the salinity, levels, and temperatures of the oceans.
We've all been tempted to bring a little bit of paradise home from our holidays. But the urge has backfired on a French couple, who are facing up to six years in prison for removing sand from a beach in Sardinia, where they had been on vacation. The Italian island's white sand is protected, and tourists face fines and even jail time for removing it from local beaches -- but the couple say they did not realize they were committing a crime.
Police in the northern city of Porto Torres found the sand while making routine checks on cars waiting to board a ferry to Toulon in southern France. They spotted some bottles filled with sand through the window of the car, and arrested the couple, a man and woman in their 40s, police told us.
Overall, 14 plastic bottles containing around 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of white sand were seized, police said. The couple were reported to a court in the city of Sassari for aggravated theft and they risk a fine of up to €3,000 ($3,300) and between one and six years' imprisonment.
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Hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters of all ages returned to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday, in a massive show of solidarity for a movement that appeared on the verge of losing popular support.
Protesters defied torrential rain, a police ban and menacing threats from the Chinese government to come back out for the 11th consecutive weekend of mass demonstrations. Organizers claimed as many as 1.7 million people joined the rally, with protesters thronging westwards from Victoria Park through the downtown areas, transforming much of the city center into a sea of slow moving umbrellas.
A police estimate put the number of people at the rally's starting point at 128,000. CNN cannot independently confirm either figure.
Aerial shots show wide paths and parkways crammed full with families, young people and seniors.
The demonstration was widely viewed as a test of the movement's durability following weeks of escalating violence between police and protesters. One of the slogans of the march was "Hong Kongers Assemble: Peaceful, Rational, and Non-Violent Protesters Stand Out."
The rally was organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, a more traditional pro-democracy organization responsible for arranging two huge peaceful marches in June which attracted hundreds of thousands of participants.
Police had not given permission for protesters to march out of the park to Chater Garden in Central District as planned. But by 6 p.m. local time protesters had congested several main roads through the city's main shopping area of Causeway Bay and some had pushed on to Admiralty district, near to the city's Legislative Council offices.
The days when antibiotics were doled out like Smarties for every cough and sniffle are long gone. Overall, prescription rates for antibiotics have dropped dramatically in the last few years as doctors try and combat the rising problem of antimicrobial resistance.
Last week, researchers warned that antibiotics may actually harm children who take them. Scientists at the University of Oxford and Public Health England found that preschoolers who take antibiotics for coughs and colds are more likely to get ill in the future.
Their study, published in the latest issue of the British Journal of General Practice, looked at the data from 250,000 children aged one to five and found that those who had more than two courses of antibiotics from their GP were 30 per cent more likely to visit a doctor or spend time in hospital. Scientists believe the drugs may kill beneficial bacteria in the gut which help keep other bugs and germs in check.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, says: “This research drives home how important is it for patients – and particularly the parents of young children – to understand that antibiotics do not work for every infection and should not be prescribed for the most common childhood conditions such as colds, coughs, ear infections and sore throats, which are usually caused by viruses.”
Friday, August 16, 2019
A young Nigerian medical doctor has died after being stabbed by a lady from Ukraine with the support of her father. Gbolade Ibukun Ejemai was stabbed by a lady identified as Victoria Popravko after which her father hit him on the head with a hammer in Ukraine. According to reports, Gbolade was in a relationship with Victoria, a mother-of-two. They got into an argument and she went for a weapon. Narrating how Gbolade was stabbed to death, Dr. Ajayi, a friend of the deceased, said: "Victoria Popravko invited Gbolade Ejemai over to her house on on Friday, August 8, 2019, to talk things over in the morning. "They’ve had some prior discussions which nobody really knew for sure as they were in a relationship.
He went over to hers, it wasn’t his first time visiting her but turned out to be his last. "They got into some arguments and one thing led to another, she stabbed him in his abdomen, twice, puncturing a couple of organs and landing him in coma. He lost about 40% of his blood volume and that led him to a very critical condition. "He was taken in for the first surgery on the same day and we waited almost 24 hours for him to get conscious. On Sunday, he opened his eyes and was able to recognize people. "Then he told his side of the story about how Victoria’s father realized that he wasn’t dead after the stab wound and went ahead to hit him with a hammer on his head. "We didn’t know about the hammer and its impact until Gbolade himself woke up and spoke up. We were hoping for a miracle and praying he got better until Monday when he developed a complication and had to be operated on the second time "He was taken in for the second surgery and it went well.
He didn’t come conscious though. By Tuesday afternoon, he gave up the ghost." Victoria was arrested at the scene of the incident but has now been released on bail less than 24 hours later because "she had two kids to cater for" and they couldn’t keep her until the investigation was done and over with Lamenting the injustice, Dr. Ajayi said: "This is unfair judgement because she was caught at a murder scene. It is a serious case and we need to put our voices together to avenge our brother’s death. We will not be silenced! We will not be cheated! Gbolade deserves justice and we can make it happen."
During the 2010s there have been 351 deaths from mass shootings in the US. Gun control has been a big debate in the US government and has determined the fates of political leaders. But why is it so hard to control, and why can’t the US just implement a strict gun ban?
For those living in the UK it seems unfathomable to hear news reports about mass shootings taking place around the world and in particular the United States. It's difficult to comprehend why people want/need guns considering a variety of countries have very strict gun laws whilst on the other side of the pond they consider it an important, almost integral, part of their lives.
Gun control has been a very serious and very real debate in the US for many years now with many politicians and celebrities advocating for different sides. As easy it seems to place a total ban on guns, sadly there’s no one answer to the debate. Some feel as though it's their god-given right to have those guns as much as others think it’s their right to make a cup of coffee each morning - and that is why this argument is so messy. To begin the debate it has to start with the matter of culture and then, perspective. For anyone reading this who doesn’t live in the US or isn’t aware of the culture difference then you must first understand why it is they want to avoid bans and restrictions.
Going back to the 2000s when George W. Bush was President of the United States, his Vice President Al Gore began advocating for stricter gun laws. Al Gore in his younger days never fought for gun safety after believing that guns didn’t pose a national threat to public safety. The turning point in his political stance on the debate came one month after the Columbine High School shooting, where 13 people died. After that, he became a prime advocate for change and in turn became the key target of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The famous Charlton Heston speech was given at the time of him being the president of the NRA; “for everyone who can hear the sound of my voice, to hear and to heed and especially for you Mr [Al] Gore, [you can take it] from my cold dead hands”. The historic speech caused eruption amongst those listening in front of Heston putting their hands together and cheering. The impact was huge to have the Hollywood legend at the forefront of the NRA showing his support for guns and since then the NRA has become a major political force with over five million members and even more capital. It can make or break politicians that either stand with or against the use of guns. Today there are many politicians and celebrities who have shown support for the organisation, including Chuck Norris, Whoopi Goldberg and the current President of the United States who was given $30 million USD during his 2016 presidential campaign to help him get elected.
After rebuffing Donald J. Trump’s hypothetical proposal to purchase Greenland, the government of Denmark has announced that it would be interested in buying the United States instead.
“As we have stated, Greenland is not for sale,” a spokesperson for the Danish government said on Friday. “We have noted, however, that during the Trump regime pretty much everything in the United States, including its government, has most definitely been for sale.”
“Denmark would be interested in purchasing the United States in its entirety, with the exception of its government,” the spokesperson added.
A key provision of the purchase offer, the spokesperson said, would be the relocation of Donald Trump to another country “to be determined,” with Russia and North Korea cited as possible destinations.
If Denmark’s bid for the United States is accepted, the Scandinavian nation has ambitious plans for its new acquisition. “We believe that, by giving the U.S. an educational system and national health care, it could be transformed from a vast land mass into a great nation,” the spokesperson said.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
'Today we honor you King'- Lauren London remembers her late partner Nipsey Hussle on his 34th birthday
Lauren London, the partner of late American rapper, Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered on March 31st, 2019, has remembered him on his first posthumous birthday
The rapper would have been 34 today, August 15. His untimely death left the Hip-pop World heartbroken.
An Ohio teen was arrested on Wednesday after making a number of threats to law enforcement online, officials say.
The FBI first started investigating Justin Olsen, 18, in February when a user with the handle “ArmyOfChrist” posted threats in the chat room iFunny, according to an affidavit obtained by The Vindicator. The account was eventually traced back to Olsen’s computer, the affidavit states. After his arrest, Olsen admitted to posting under the screen name, the FBI said.
Officials say ArmyOfChrist posted about his support of mass shootings as well as attacks on Planned Parenthood. In June, ArmyOfChrist wrote “in conclusion, shoot every federal agent on [site],” during a discussion with another user about the 1993 siege on a Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, according to the affidavit.
FBI officials say shootings of two offices for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Antonio early Tuesday morning were a “targeted attack” against employees, media outlets report.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said an unknown number of shooters fired bullets at two neighboring ICE offices where federal employees were still at work about 3 a.m., according to KSAT.
No injuries were reported, and police were still looking for suspects, media outlets report.
The shots were potentially fired from across an interstate, shattering windows, police said, according to the San Antonio Express News.
Though the offices are located in commercial buildings with other businesses, Combs said it was obviously an attack on ICE officials, and bullets nearly hit a federal official, according to KSAT.
“I don’t think there is a question that they knew which floor the ICE office is on,” Combs said at a news conference, according to KSAT. “To fire indiscriminately into any building is not an act of a protest but an act of violence.”
The man accused of opening fire on Philadelphia police officers, wounding six and triggering an hours-long standoff that stretched into the night, has been arrested at least a dozen times since turning 18 -- a rap sheet the city's top cop described as an "extensive" criminal history.
With his hands in the air and a police light illuminating his every movement, alleged gunman Maurice Hill, 36, surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the north Philadelphia neighborhood home he'd barricaded himself in.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said he spent hours Wednesday negotiating with Hill over the phone, said the situation that unfolded "could have been far worse."
“I am surprised he came out because he was indicating to some that he wasn’t going to do that and that he was not going back,” to prison, Ross told reporters early Thursday regarding some of Hill's alleged statements. “Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system. This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making.”
Court documents obtained by us show Hill's lengthy criminal history, including a least a dozen arrests since he turned 18.
The 36-year-old has been in and out of prison since 2002 after convictions for such crimes as illegal possession of guns and aggravated assault, according to the documents obtained.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
EXPOSED: Miley Cyrus kisses Kaitlynn Carter on holiday in lake Como after splitting from husband Liam Hemsworth
MILEY Cyrus and Brody Jenner's ex Kaitlynn Carter couldn't take their hands off each other after the singer split from Liam Hemsworth.
Miley, 26, married actor Liam in December while Kaitlynn, 30, wed Kylie Jenner's half-brother in Indonesia last summer.
Now it seems the women have moved on as sensational pictures show them kissing and cuddling on holiday in Lake Como, Italy, over the weekend.
The pair lay sprawled on a mattress overlooking the lake and their legs were entwined as they snogged and canoodled in the sizzling heat.
The women were inseparable for the rest of the afternoon, frolicking in their private pool not far from where George Clooney owns a £26 million mansion.
Miley wore a black bikini and sunglasses as Kaitlynn contrasted her dressed in white and with a straw hat.
Met Police ‘poster girl’ faces sack for ‘having sex’ on Nigerian Big Brother after being told not to take part #BBNNaija #BBNaija2019
POLICE poster girl Khafi Kareem defied her bosses to appear in a series of steamy romps on TV.
The PC, who once stood alongside Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to promote female and black recruitment, was told not to take part in Nigeria’s Big Brother.
But the 29-year-old had already been granted unpaid leave and joined the show, where she has romped three times with businessman Ekpata Gedoni, 31.
Their romance has viewers gripped but she is facing an investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
One colleague said: “She’s a serving British police officer — it’s outrageous. She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway.
“Her out-of-office email reply blatantly says that she is away from work, yet no one does anything.
“Other officers working with her are furious that she can just disobey orders then swan off the Africa and tarnish the reputation of the force.”
Former bit-part actress and shop assistant Khafi joined the Met as a PC based at Lambeth station in 2015 after working part-time as a special constable for four years.
She was inspired to sign up after a 16-year-old pal was stabbed to death but has spoken out against police stop-and-search tactics.