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    LEWIS HAMILTON turned down a part in Top Gun: Maverick alongside Tom Cruise due to his F1 commitments. The seven-times World Champion was desperate to make an appearance on the big screen in the huge summer blockbuster. 1Cruise and Hamilton are good friends, and the Hollywood star can often be seen attending racesCredit: Getty His mate, Tom Cruise, starred in the sequel as he did in the original 1986 Top Gun, which Hamilton was a big fan of. The driver revealed he would have taken any minor part to just be in the film. He was offered the chance to be one of the fighter pilots in the action movie, but could not make it because of his day job. Hamilton told Vanity Fair: "Basically I'm a friend of Tom [Cruise]. One of the nicest people you'll ever meet. "He invited me to his set years ago when he was doing 'Edge of Tomorrow', and then we just built a friendship over time. "When I heard the second one was coming out, I was like, 'Oh,...
    The Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters due to a faulty component that could prevent pilots from safely ejecting, according to a new report. A spokesperson for Air Combat Command confirmed Friday's temporary stand-down order in a statement to Breaking Defense, saying in a statement the measure was taken 'out of an abundance of caution.' The F-35 Lightning II is the latest generation of US fighter jet and first entered service in 2015. The Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters due to a faulty ejector seat component. Pictured: An F-35B Lightning II attached to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 idles on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli The Department of Defense currently operates about 450 F-35 aircraft.  It was not immediately clear whether the temporary grounding order also applied to F-35 aircraft operated by the Navy and Marine Corps.  The Pentagon referred an inquiry from DailyMail.com to officials with the Air Force and the F-35 Joint Program Office, who did not immediately respond to request for...
    MORE than a third of women under 45 don’t participate in sport – because they’re worried about how their skin looks. A study of 2,000 women aged between 18 and 45 found concerns about cellulite and stretch marks mean many avoid exercising. 1A third of women under 45 don't participate in sport due to concerns over their appearanceCredit: PA While others shy away from it due to conditions such as eczema, hyperpigmentation, or rosacea. It also emerged 26 per cent have quit playing sport entirely due to a lack of general confidence in themselves and their appearance. The research was commissioned by Venus as part of its ‘Move Your Skin’ campaign ahead of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament. Olivia Hughes, from the female razor brand, said: “We’ve come a long way in celebrating women’s bodies for what they can do, not how they look, but there’s sadly still a lingering self-consciousness in all manner of perceived imperfections in skin when it comes to sport. “Whether it’s what skin to show or what skin to hide, there are many rules...
    The mother of a member of white supremacist group Patriot Front kicked her son out of her home after he was shown rioiting at an Idaho Pride march online even though he told her not to 'believe the media, mom. We were there to stop them grooming kids.' Karen Amsden, mother of Patriot Front member Jared Michael Boyce, 27, who lives in Springfield, Utah, made her mind up after 31 Patriot Front members were arrested with riot gear at the LGBTQ+ event after a tipster reported seeing people loading up into a U-Haul like 'a little army' at a hotel parking lot in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, police said. Among one of the arrestees was Boyce, who has struggled to fill 'a void' in his life following his father's departure from his family after he came out as gay, his mother Karen Amsden told the Daily Beast.  The mother-of-one, who is a licensed clinical social worker, admitted that she is going public with her coup to sabotage of her son's standing in the group after previous attempts to persuade him to leave...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Authorities have shut down all eastbound lanes of I-580 near the Seminary off-ramp in Oakland due to a possible shooting investigation.Police say the shooting victims were found with a car on a freeway embankment.Their condition and exact location of the shooting is unknown at this time.Police are asking drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.Stay with ABC7 News on this developing story. If you're on the ABC7 News app, click here to watch live
    SHELBURNE, N.H. (CBS) – Part of the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire is closed as crews continued working Wednesday night to contain a 48-acre brush fire in White Mountain National Forest. The Centennial Fire started Monday. The U.S. Forest Service said it spoke to a person of interest and found it was likely a warming fire that started the flames. READ MORE: Massachusetts toll collections top $300M so far this fiscal year, a sign traffic is backAs of Wednesday night, the fire was about 85% contained. READ MORE: 14-year-old Everett boy hospitalized after drive-by shooting in CanadaThe Appalachian Trail Corridor is closed to the junction from the Lead Mine State Forest to the junction of Centennial Trail and the Mahoosuck Trail until the fire is extinguished. About 35 firefighters are fighting the brush fire, including members of the U.S. Forest Service and the New Boston Space Force Station. MORE NEWS: Massachusetts gas prices continue record climb with new high of $4.45 a gallon“Members of the public are encouraged to be vigilant and do their part to prevent human-caused wildfires,” the...
    BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- A highway in Brooklyn was shut down Sunday morning due to a shooting involving police.According to officials, all westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway at Cropsey Avenue were closed due to the incident. ADVISROY: Due to a police investigation, all westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway at Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn are closed. Expect traffic and delays in the area. Please use an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/nDxVgEXfqI— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 10, 2022They say police fired shots at a suspect along part of the highway.So far, no injuries have been reported.No further details have been revealed.This is breaking news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.----------* More Brooklyn news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A part of Minnesota State Mankato’s college campus is in lockdown Friday morning due to a bomb threat. According to an alert from the university, the threat targeted Armstrong Hall and Otto Recreation Center. Both buildings are closed while the threat is being investigated.
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    BOSTON (CBS) – The connection between the war in Ukraine, Russian sanctions, and thefts of catalytic converters. Police in several communities say those thefts are on the rise. Catalytic converters are valuable on the black market because they are made using rare metals. READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Poll Reveals Majority Of People Say Public Schools Are Going In The Wrong DirectionOne of those rare metals comes from Russia. Now with high demand to replace the stolen catalytic converters and U.S. sanctions on Russia, the price of the already expensive auto part could be going up. Thieves hit 17 trucks on one night at the meat distribution center in Boston, stealing the catalytic converters. Kevin Clougher tells the I-Team, the parts are easy to get to, using a battery operated Sawzall. In minutes the brazen thieves are gone. Clougher owns Limerick Meat. He says his trucks were targeted three times in the past few months. Police are investigating but so far there have been no arrests. “We don’t know what it’s going to take to stop them,” Clougher said....
    A weight loss influencer who was put into a medically-induced coma due to multiple organ failure has updated fans about her health, revealing that she is 'working to heal' while on dialysis. Lexi Reed, 31, from Indiana, told followers that she has finally left the hospital to recover at home after spending almost a month in the intensive care unit (ICU). The social media star, who has gained more than a million followers while documenting her weight loss of 312 pounds through diet and exercise, was rushed to the hospital last month after she started getting 'severely sick.' There, she was told that her kidney and liver were failing, and was put on a ventilator and forced into a medically-induced coma, which left her unable to walk.  Now, Lexi - who is still in a wheelchair and undergoing dialysis three days a week - said she feels 'ready to overcome the next part of her story' and is just 'happy to be alive.' A weight loss influencer who was put into a medically-induced coma due to multiple organ failure has shared an...
    The number of homeschoolers in Virginia has increased by nearly 40% since 2019, making up about 5% of Virginia’s total public school enrollment. There are now around 62,000 homeschoolers in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Education. That number is down slightly from more than 65,500 homeschoolers during the 2020-2021 school year. Many families opted to homeschool their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “When public schools moved online, many students experienced Zoom fatigue, failing grades and other trouble learning in a virtual environment. They wanted an alternative,” Andrea Cubelo-McKay, president of the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers, told Virginia Mercury. “At the same time, more parents were working from home, had flexible schedules or were furloughed from their jobs. That made them more available for home schooling.” Concerns over critical race theory and other cultural values were another key factor causing families to turn to homeschooling in recent years. Cubelo-McKay lives in Loudoun County, where angry parents often attended school board meetings contesting the use of critical race theory in curricula. ...
    AFP — A huge fire that destroyed a large part of South Africa’s parliament has been brought under control, firefighters said on Monday, a day before a suspect was due to appear in court over the blaze. The fire broke out early Sunday in the oldest wing of the parliament complex and dozens of crews battled throughout the day to extinguish the flames. “The fire was brought under control during the night,” spokesman Jermaine Carelse said, adding that the blaze was still burning in the part of the building where it began, which was completed in 1884 and has wood-panelled rooms. Officials said the entire part housing the National Assembly had been destroyed. “The most damage is in the National Assembly building,” Carelse said. “That won’t be used for months.” Earlier, parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said the roof of the National Assembly had collapsed and that the fire was “so intense” in that part of the building that firefighters had been forced to withdraw. “The entire chamber where the members sit… has burned down,” he said. No casualties were reported....
    A website offering €200  spa vouchers to every adult in Italy as part of the government's Covid-19 scheme has crashed immediately after it was launched due to high demand.  The padigitale.invitalia.it site crashed for 'technical reasons' yesterday after users flocked to secure their voucher and overwhelmed the web page.   Platform host Invitalia explained yesterday members of public should book appointments directly with spas which can then apply for the discount via the website and blamed the crash on too many users trying to access the site.  Italy's government have pledged €53million in spa vouchers for adults across the country as part of an initiative to help the leisure sector recover from the pandemic.  Once the fund - over €43million of which has already been spent - is empty Italians will have to pay for their beauty treatments.  Padigitale.invitalia.it, a site offering €200 spa vouchers to every adult in Italy as part of the government's Covid-19 scheme crashed yesterday, immediately after it was launched, due to high demand Italy's government have pledged €53million in spa vouchers for adults across the country as...
    Anne Heche says her romance with Ellen DeGeneres led her to be blacklisted professionally, declaring herself 'patient zero in cancel culture.' The actress, 52, chat Monday with Page Six about what she felt were professional ramifications she faced being in a same-sex relationship from 1997 to 2000 with DeGeneres, 63. Heche, a native of Aurora, Ohio, said that she 'didn’t do a studio picture for ten years' in the wake of the relationship, which went public after they emerged as a couple to the premiere of her movie Volcano in 1997. The latest: Anne Heche, 52, says her romance with Ellen DeGeneres led her to be blacklisted professionally, declaring herself 'patient zero in cancel culture.' She was snapped last year in LA  'I was fired from a $10 million picture deal and did not see the light of day in a studio picture,' Heche said. Heche said that the 'repercussions that happened' to her also helped create 'a part of the change' that has seen greater inclusion of the LGBTQ community. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    LONDON has been plunged into travel chaos by flooding after an inch of rain hailed down on the city in just an HOUR – with more wet weather to come. Flash flooding has caused havoc on several tube lines and roads in the capital have been submerged underwater as drains were quickly overwhelmed. 4Parts of Knightsbridge were submerged due to flash floodingCredit: Twitter / Brojames_music 4Cars and buses struggled to make their way through the flood waterCredit: Twitter /GregMcTweets The Circle and District Lines are both part suspended due to a signal failure caused by flooding at Gloucester Road, according to the TfL website. Transport for London are advising that tickets will be accepted on London buses. The Metropolitan Line is also experiencing minor delays due to flooding near Aldgate. London Overground is also part suspended with no service between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction, due to flooding in the Imperial Wharf area. Southern Rail have also been affected by the floods, warning that there would be around half an hours delay in travelling. They tweeting: “Due to flooding at...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are seeing increases in weekly coronavirus cases as students return to classrooms across the state. More than 100 facilities from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported infections last week, according to a weekly COVID-19 report released by the Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday. The figure is up from previous weeks but remains a fraction of the number of infections reported in schools during a surge in virus cases statewide late last year. Growth in hospitalizations has slowed in the past week as more than 660 patients are hospitalized with complications due to COVID-19, including 178 in intensive care. Nearly 95% of intensive care beds statewide remain in use, however, which state officials say is due in part to more accidents during the summer months. Just over 72% of Minnesotans 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, and more than 68% have been fully inoculated as of Tuesday, according to a state dashboard. Gov. Tim Walz stopped in Northfield on Thursday to meet with students returning to school as part of a...
    An on-going police incident has caused a closure of several streets in Middletown. People are asked to avoid North Union between Spring and East Water streets. “All homes and businesses on North Union Street between East Water Street and Spring Street are to evacuate immediately,” police said in a statement. Residents in the area are asked to go to 60 West Emaus St for safety. All pedestrian or vehicular traffic was suspended in the area starting at 2:30 p.m. The Middletown School District is rerouting busses to avoid the area, according to the school district’s website. Students who live in the evacuation area will be taken to the borough building on West Emaus Street. Middletown police and Dauphin County dispatchers have not released any details about the incident. This is a developing story, follow Daily Voice for updates.
    In general terms, from the point of view of Allianz GI, Fidelity and Vontobel the central scenario for the second half of the year continues to be that of a recovery with economic activity still expanding, but marked by certain thresholds: growth momentum peaks and a desynchronization between regions; an inflationary environment that is torn between transience and persistence and where reflation trades are still worth it; peaks in monetary and fiscal stimuli; and, as he points out Stefan Hofrichter, Head of Global Economics & Strategy at Allianz GI, also peaks in valuations in some assets or markets and before which there is great satisfaction on the part of investors. And it is that “we are investing in times of peaks,” he says. Regarding inflation, Jihad Younan, Client Solutions Investment Director of Fidelity International, emphasizes “the war between temporary and persistent inflation.” Although part of the transitory inflation is due to the reopening of many economies and interruptions in the supply chain, he adds that there are factors that may be more persistent, especially the data on wage growth...
    (CNN)Officials in Northern California are warning residents to stay indoors due to widespread hazardous air quality from the thick smoke produced by wildfires raging across the region.The Placer County Public Health and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District issued an air quality advisory Thursday, forecasting hazardous smoke impacts and warning residents to stay indoors. JUST WATCHEDVideo shows town leveled by wildfire in CaliforniaReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHVideo shows town leveled by wildfire in California 00:54"Sad to say, the prediction is correct," Ann Hobbs, associate planner at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, told CNN. Hobbs said officials had anticipated a change in the wind would bring poor air quality and smoke to residents living in the area."Avoid all unnecessary outdoor activity," Hobbs said, adding that the air quality is the worst the area has seen all year. The thick smoke extended far beyond California, causing alarm in Utah. "Our dispatch centers are getting overwhelmed with calls about smoke; unfortunately, we are unable to change the jet stream," the Centerville Police Department said Friday in a tweet.Read MoreReminder that air...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Sunday the rates of COVID-19 infection are rising in his home state due “in significant part” to illegal aliens the Biden administration is releasing. Cruz was asked at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit whether he thought the rates in Texas were rising due to lower vaccination rates or illegal immigration. Cruz responded that while both were factors, he believed the border crisis in Texas was significantly contributing to the rise in rates. “We have a border crisis in the state of Texas. We’re seeing it first-hand…500,000 people have crossed into this country illegally in the first six months. We’re on pace for over two million people this year. That is the highest rate of illegal immigration in 20 years,” he said. He said when he visited the border of the Rio Grande Valley a couple of months ago with 19 senators, they visited a tent facility that with COVID protocols in place, could house 250 people. “We visited, it had over 4,200 people packed into that 1700% in excess of its capacity,” he said....
    DANVILLE (BCN) — A portion of Diablo Road in Danville is closed late Friday afternoon due to a minor injury collision that resulted in a utility pole being knocked down. A spokesperson for the Danville Police Department said power lines are also down in the area as a result. READ MORE: Neighbors Express Frustrations Over Homeless Camp Next To Mineta San Jose International Airport Diablo Road is a main link between the northeast portion of the town and Blackhawk. The road is closed between Avenida Nueva and Diablo Creek Place until further notice. There is no estimated time of reopening the roadway. READ MORE: Suspects Sought, Reward Offered After Woman Attacked During Santa Rosa Carjacking For motorists intending to use Diablo Road to head east to Blackhawk, an alternate route is eastbound Camino Tassajara to northbound Blackhawk Road. MORE NEWS: Concord’s Summer ‘Music & Market’ Concert Series Returns July 15 © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A veteran mail carrier is fed up and speaking out – exposing the behind-the-scenes issues affecting your mail delivery. He shared his frustrations with CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov, and hopes some of them will finally get fixed. READ MORE: 1 Man Dead, 2 Injured After Shooting In Wentworth Gardens Through fall, winter, spring, and now summer, mail delivery issues continue to plague the Chicago area. “It’s ridiculous how they let this go on,” the postal worker said. And according to the veteran postal worker, it is for reasons most customers don’t even realize. “Eighteen routes – five people come to work,” he said. The carrier, who wants to remain anonymous, believes the severe USPS staffing shortage is partially due to the emergency federal employee leave enacted this year – which gives postal workers up to 600 hours of paid leave for COVID-related reasons. That’s right, 600 hours – roughly four months of paid time off if employees qualify. “There’s rumors that people that’s using that COVID leave don’t need it,” the carrier said. And that’s...
    The number of gun-related homicides in the U.S. has skyrocketed since last year, and some are concerned a new wave of gun violence this summer could be even worse than the record-breaking number of homicides in 2020. A series of mass shootings in Austin, Texas, and other cities earlier in June brought the total number of such incidents this year to 294, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The nonprofit research group reported 611 mass shootings in 2020 amid a surge in violent crime attributed in part to civil unrest following George Floyd’s death. (RELATED: Homicides In Minneapolis Have More Than Doubled In Year Since George Floyd’s Death) But mass shootings, which the Gun Violence Archive defines as shootings involving four or more people who were shot, are just one portion of the total number of gun-related homicides. More than 9,300 people have died from such incidents in the U.S. this year and experts worry “we may be entering a new period” of gun violence, according to The Associated Press (AP). Visit https://t.co/GKwiFAIflG for up-to-date statistics and information pic.twitter.com/wu8RAY7oPi —...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — American Airlines is the latest business to be affected by labor shortages — and that’s part of the reason that the airline is canceling hundreds of flights. This has to be a nightmare for those who were planning on taking a flight. According to the company, the pandemic has something to do with the cancelations. According to a spokesperson from the airlines, hundreds of flights through at least mid-July are canceled due to the massive travel demand, while still dealing with the pandemic. In addition to that, they say they’re trying to work around the weather from earlier this month that impacted their operations and several crew members. Plus, the company says they’re trying to deal with labor shortages. The company says they’re looking to cancel 50 to 80 flights per day moving forward. They say customers who have booked through July 15 will be notified or have already received notifications that their flight has been canceled or that they need to make adjustments. It’s unclear if or how many flights out of...
    (CNN Business)American Airlines is canceling hundreds of flights through at least mid-July as the company strives to maintain service in the midst of massively increasing travel demand while the coronavirus pandemic continues to recede in the United States, according to a spokesperson from the airline."The first few weeks of June have brought unprecedented weather to our largest hubs, heavily impacting our operation and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crew member schedules and our customers' plans," Shannon Gilson, a spokesperson for the airline, told CNN. "That, combined with the labor shortages some of our vendors are contending with and the incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand, has led us to build in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flying through mid-July."FAAs new cleaning methods at air traffic towers aim to curb flight delaysStill, the fraction of targeted cancelations adds up to hundreds of flights through mid-July. On Saturday, American Airlines (AAL) had 120 cancellations, and the company is projecting 50 to 80 flight cancelations per day going forward, according to...
    An LGBT police group has stated it will not be taking part in a Pride parade in Paris which is set to start in the no-go suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis, over fears regarding officer safety. The police LGBT group FLAG! released a statement this week saying that due to safety concerns for officers, they would not be participating in the Pride march this year. Johan Cavirot, the president of the association, was clear that the reason for the move was due to the fact that the march will start from the commune of Pantin this year, saying: “It will leave Pantin, in Seine-Saint-Denis, to reach République through neighbourhoods where police officers are not always welcome,” French LGBT magazine Tetu reports. “The route of the march coupled with the terrorist threat and attacks with weapons towards the forces of law and order require that the securing of the procession of FLAG! is much more important than in previous years in order to guarantee the safety of our members,” Cavirot added. Cavirot added that many officers were also exhausted due to the Wuhan...
    (CNN)Scientists have found that, even though right whales are protected from direct catch, they are significantly shorter compared to 40 years ago due in part to commercial fishing, according to a new study. The study -- written by Joshua Stewart of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and his colleagues at the New England Aquarium, Oregon State University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution -- documents the challenges faced by right whales as indicated by changes in their life history characteristics, including size, according to a news release. "On average, a whale born today is expected to reach a total length about a meter shorter than a whale born in 1980," Stewart said. "That represents an average decline in length of about 7%. But that's just the average -- there are also some extreme cases where young whales are several meters shorter than expected." The whales were an ideal case study because they've been monitored consistently since the 1980s, with individual-level information on age and size and detailed records of attached-gear entanglements, the release said. Sea-level rise is accelerating to...
    More On: environment Cedar Rapids tries to turn city of stumps into tree oasis ‘Green’ jobs are booming in New York and the tri-state area For deep-diving elephant seals, it takes lots of work to stay fat John Kerry says Xinjiang solar panel production presents ‘problem’ for US climate strategy QUITO, Ecuador — The famed Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands has lost its top, and officials are blaming natural erosion of the stone. Ecuador’s Environment Ministry reported the collapse on its Facebook page on Monday. The rock structure — 141 feet high, 230 feet long and 75 feet wide — is less than half a mile from Darwin Island and it’s a popular spot for scuba divers. It’s not accessible by land. “Obviously all the people from the Galapagos felt nostalgic because it’s something we’re familiar with since childhood, and to know that it has changed was a bit of a shock,” said Washington Tapia, director of conservation at Galapagos Conservancy. “However, from a scientific point of view, it’s part of the natural process. The fall is surely...
    AN iconic rock formation in the Galapagos Island has dramatically COLLPASED into the Pacific Ocean due to erosion. Images show Darwins Arch, which is 43m tall, with only two supporting pillars remaining. 5The iconic rock formation called Darwin's Arch has collapsed into the sea due to erosionCredit: AP 5New images show the 43m tall rock with only two supporting pillars remainingCredit: AFP The formation was located in the northern part of the archipelago and was previously considered a major tourist attraction. In a statement to the press,the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment said: “The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge found less than a kilometre from the main area of Darwin Island, was reported. They added, that it fell into the sea due to “national erosion.” The landmark was named after English biologist Charles Darwin - whose studies of finches on the island during the 19th century informed the theory of evolution. The rock was frequently visited by tourists and was also a popular diving spot. However, geologists had warned the 28m natural arch had weakened...
    The famed Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos Islands has lost its top, and officials are blaming natural erosion of the stone. Ecuador's Environment Ministry reported the collapse on its Facebook page on Monday. The rock structure — 43 meters (141 feet) high, 70 meters (230 feet) long and 23 meters (75feet) wide — is less than 1 kilometer (about half a mile) from Darwin Island and it's a popular spot for scuba divers. It's not accessible by land. "Obviously all the people from the Galapagos felt nostalgic because it’s something we’re familiar with since childhood, and to know that it has changed was a bit of a shock," said Washington Tapia, director of conservation at Galapagos Conservancy. "However, from a scientific point of view, it’s part of the natural process. The fall is surely due to exogenous processes such as weathering and erosion which are things that normally happen on our planet." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The unique flora and fauna on remote islands, some 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off the coast of mainland Ecuador are...
    Quito, Ecuador — The famed Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos Islands has lost its top. Officials are blaming natural erosion of the stone. Ecuador's Environment Ministry reported the collapse on its Facebook page on Monday. "We report that the iconic Arc of Darwin collapsed," it said in Spanish. Photos posted on social media by the ministry showed rubble from the arch's curvature in the ocean but the two columns that held it up still standing, the Reuters news service said. The rock structure - 141 feet high, 230 feet long and 75feet wide - is less than half a mile from Darwin Island. Photo distributed by Galapagos National Park shows Darwin's Arch off the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, on  May 16, 2021. Ecuador's Environment Ministry reported the collapse of the top of the arch on its Facebook page the next day and blamed natural erosion of the stone. Galapagos National Park via AP It's a popular spot for scuba divers, photographers and cruise ships, Reuters notes. It's not accessible by land and tourists aren't allowed on it, Reuters...
    WASHINGTON, DC (WJZ) — A Michelin Star restaurant in Washington D.C. is temporarily closing in part due to cicada season. Little Pearl’s owner Aaron Silverman told The Washingtonian that they will close for about a month on May 10 to retrain, renovate and clean, but also because of cicadas season. READ MORE: Inside The Case: How Federal Agents Built Their Investigation Into Catherine Pughs Healthy Holly Book Scandal With 80% percent of their dining being outdoors in a garden area, cicadas could become an issue for diners, he told them. READ MORE: 3 Dead In Domestic-Related Laurel Shooting, Child Hospitalized Silverman said those with reservations can reschedule them with their sister restaurant Rose’s Luxury. MORE NEWS: Police Continue To Investigate Woodlawn Shooters Background, Neighbors Say They Have Been Complaining For Years Popville posted the email the restaurant sent to those with reservations.
    Hoover Institution Fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali explained in an opinion article published Monday that the culture in the United States is becoming more “tribal,” due to wokeness. Ali shared how about a decade earlier while she was working at the conservative think tank, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) she had been out to lunch with a friend who was trying to convince her to leave her job, continuing on to describe her friend’s position as “tribal,” according to Ali’s opinion piece in Unherd. “I remember trying to steer the conservation on to actual policies,” Ali wrote, explaining how she tried to have a “rational discussion,” with her friend who reportedly wasn’t interested in partaking in a rational discussion. “The more she spoke, the more I recognised her broad disposition as something I had experienced earlier in my life. Her attitude was almost entirely tribal,” Ali continues. “Two things, in particular, stood out: an almost blind hatred of a particular group (Republicans); and secondly, the use of deeply personal attacks on individual researchers to justify that hatred.” In Somalia, people were blindly...
    If you're moving forward with that home improvement project, looking to purchase a home or build a new one, you better factor in the rising price of lumber. It's more than doubled since June of last year.But why have lumber costs gone up?"We had a period - late 2019, early 2020 - demand was down a little bit, inventories were down across the board. People were concerned about where the pandemic was going to leave the economy. And so dealers cut back, naturally, and so did producers and then we had a surge starting last spring and we were all caught a little flat footed. Production was down and we've been playin catch-up since," said Pete Meichtry, the Vice President of Purchasing for Ganahl Lumber Company.The pandemic-induced lumber shortage has driven up the price of the building material. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the spike has caused the average price of a new single-family home to increase by more than $24,000 since this time last year."Let's say you're planning to start six months from now, you've go...
    THE WWE have released their financial figures for the first quarter of 2021 with the company pocketing £47million in profit. WWE CEO and chairman Vince McMahon has spoken of his delight at being able to grow his brand amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 2The WWE have earned £47million in profit in the first quarter of 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty The news of the company's finances comes just a week after WWE axed nine of their stars, including Samoa Joe, Mickie James and Billie Kay due to budget cuts. In figures released by Fightful, WWE's operating income was £47m - an increase of 22 per cent from last year, which equates to a whopping more £8.5m. The total operating figure was £189m, which was a decrease of nine per cent (£19.8m) from this time in 2020. WWE have claimed that drop is due to the absence of live ticketed events. Speaking of the financial report, McMahon said: "During the first quarter, we continued to effectively execute our strategy, demonstrating our ability to adapt to a challenging live event environment and...
    Reuters April 9, 2021 0 Comments Climate activist Greta Thunberg said she will not go to the United Nations climate conference due to be held in Scotland in November over concerns that inequality of access to COVID-19 vaccines will leave many countries unable to attend. “Inequality and climate injustice is already the heart of the climate crisis,” the 18-year-old Thunberg said on Twitter. “If people can’t be vaccinated and travel to be represented equally, that’s undemocratic and would worsen the problem.” Thunberg hit out at nations she said were unwilling to share vaccines with those that have little access to the drugs. “Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow #COP26,” she tweeted. “But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms. Right now many countries are vaccinating healthy young people, often at the expense of risk groups and frontline workers (mainly from global south, as usual…)” She was referring to Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific islands and developing countries in Asia and the Middle East. Thunberg shot to fame in 2018 when...
    In this article VIPS TME 9888-HK DISCA VIACA The ViacomCBS logo is displayed on the Nasdaq MarketSite to celebrate the company's merger, in New York, December 5, 2019.Brendan McDermid | ReutersSome of the severe selling pressure in select U.S. media stocks and Chinese internet ADRs on Friday was due to the forced liquidation of positions held by the multibillion dollar family office, Archegos Capital Management, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Archegos Capital was founded by the former Tiger Management equity analyst, Bill Hwang.   Media stocks ViacomCBS and Discovery, which have seen massive gains this year, came under unusually heavy selling pressure late this week and were said to be at least two of the stocks in question, along with the Chinese internet names Baidu, Tencent, Vipshop and several others.   ViacomCBS and Discovery closed down more than 27% on Friday, with Viacom off more than 50% for the week while Discovery slid 45%. The companies have been heavily shorted amid investor skepticism about their long-term prospects in a crowded media landscape. For the...
    Alcohol-related liver diseases have increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to reports.   Liver diseases such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, have increased by 30% from the previous year, according to Dr. Jessica Mellinger, a liver specialist at the University of Michigan’s Health system, WABE reported. “In my conversations with my colleagues at other institutions, everybody is saying the same thing: Yep, it’s astronomical. It’s just gone off the charts,” Mellinger told WABE Atlanta. Liver diseases essentially eat away at the organ, causing damage. The damage can manifest in the form of potentially deadly hepatitis, which is sometimes reversible if the individual stops drinking. However, longer exposure to alcohol may eventually cause irreversible liver scarring called cirrhosis, and even liver cancer, both of which can lead to liver failure and death. Hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease at a University of California hospital increased 30% in 2020 in comparison to the previous year, according to a report published by Modern Healthcare. That report stated that the increase could be as high as 50% at the aforementioned University of Michigan, as...
    New York : View of Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo: Saúl Martínez / . MIAMI – The Mar-a-Lago club, where former President Donald Trump has his residence in Palm Beach (Florida, USA), was partially closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak between employees, according to an internal communication from the site. Mar-a-Lago, where Trump set up his home after losing the elections last November, closed the Beach Club (his beach club) and the a la carte dining room after an undisclosed number of employees tested positive for the disease. However, the statement added, banquet and event services remain open. “As some of our staff recently tested positive for COVID-19, we will temporarily suspend service at the Beach Club and in the a la carte dining room. We are taking this action as a precaution, as are other clubs in our area affected by COVID-19. We will inform you when the service resumes, ”says the note sent to guests. According to the Trump-owned club, “all appropriate response measures have already been taken in accordance with...
    PEP GUARDIOLA has told players due to fly to Covid ‘red zones’ in the international break they will not be allowed to travel. Many of Manchester City’s squad are due to jet off to play for their countries in just over two weeks’ time. 1Guardiola is set to ban players due to travel to Covid 'red zones' from international dutyCredit: Reuters But the Etihad boss says that any trip that involves a period in quarantine when they return to the UK will be blocked. Guardiola says it makes ‘no sense’ for clubs to do without the players they pay for what will be a crucial part of the season, echoing the sentiment of Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp. So City’s South American stars such as Ederson, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero could be told to stay at home - with Fifa fighting to move matches to non-'red zone' European nations. Guardiola said: “We will wait until after this game against United and I am pretty sure that next week we’ll talk about that. “But I think it makes no sense if...
    Miami : February 25, 2021 0 Enrollments for unemployment benefits fell in the United States last week due particularly to the cold snap that paralyzed part of the country, rather than an improvement in the labor market. Between February 14 and 20, 730,000 people signed up for subsidies, 111,000 fewer than the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Analysts expected 820,000 new registrations. Although the figures reflect an improvement in the market linked to the coronavirus vaccination campaign, they are mainly due to the cold wave that paralyzed part of the country last week. On the other hand, the number of people receiving help for unemployment or loss of income rose again in the first week of February. The United States has 19 million recipients of unemployment benefits, 701,000 more than the previous week. With information from . 0
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