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    What a lot of rubbish Western leaders and commentators are extruding about Taiwan.  If the Western world is really prepared to defend Taiwan against the arrogant aggression of mainland China, why don’t they invite the last free bit of China to join Nato?  After all, Nato these days operates all over the world, bombing Libya and sending troops to Afghanistan. It cannot say that China is outside its area.  And Taiwan maintains very serious armed forces which would be a credit to the alliance.  If the Western world is really prepared to defend Taiwan against the arrogant aggression of mainland China, why don’t they invite the last free bit of China to join Nato? After all, Nato these days operates all over the world, bombing Libya and sending troops to Afghanistan. It cannot say that China is outside its area. And Taiwan maintains very serious armed forces which would be a credit to the alliance (Pictured: Taiwanese fighter jets) But no such invitation will be offered because our defence of ­Taiwan is bluster, a lot of noise made to hide utter...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip were exchanging fire Saturday in the worst bout of cross-border violence since an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas last year. Israeli airstrikes have killed 11 people, including a senior commander from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed militant group, who was slain in a targeted attack. That came following the arrest this week of another senior Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank in what’s been a monthslong Israeli operation to round up Palestinians suspected of attacks. Militants have fired dozens of rockets at Israeli cities and towns, disrupting life for tens of thousands of people. Here’s a look at the latest round of violence: IN HAMAS’ SHADOW Islamic Jihad is the smaller of the two main Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, and is vastly outnumbered by the ruling Hamas group. But it enjoys direct financial and military backing from Iran, and has become the driving force in engaging in rocket attacks and other confrontations with Israel. Hamas, which seized control of...
    More than half of the country is now experiencing some form of drought for the fourth week in a row with no region of the country free from the harsh conditions. A combination of extreme heat coupled with low amounts of rainfall is also pulling moisture from plants and soil resulting in tinder dry conditions, ripe for wildfires.  Wildfire season has become longer and blazes more intense, scorching temperatures have broken records and lakes are shriveling.  While it may come as no surprise that the western portion of the country including California is enveloped in a drought which has lasted for several years, even the northeast of the country is now experiencing a 'flash drought'. More than half  the country is in some level of drought for the fourth week in a row, the US Drought Monitor reported on Thursday Ventusky Privacy Policy Wildfire season has also become longer and blazes more intense, scorching temperatures have broken records and lakes are shriveling. A Billings 4AJ helicopter makes a water drop at the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California last month The...
    The University of West Georgia professor who shot dead a student in an as-yet unexplained attack over the weekend  previously posed with an assault rifle for photos plastered over his Facebook page.  Richard Sigman, 47, is in custody on seven felony charges including murder for the death of 18-year-old Anna Jones, a freshman who was due to start classes before she was gunned down on Saturday night during an evening out with friends in Carrollton, Georgia. Police say he shot into the vehicle Jones was in after getting into an argument at Leopoldo's, a nearby pizzeria.  Much of the incident remains unexplained, including who Sigman argued with, or whether that person is any way connected to Anna.  Richard Sigman, 47, is shown in an unearthed Facebook photo practicing shooting with an assault rifle. It's unclear what type of gun was used in Saturday's attack  Sigman is shown in his booking photo, left. He is accused of murdering Anna Jones, right, who was in a car with her friends when he opened fire  After being thrown out of the pizzeria, Sigman...
    (CNN)The University of West Georgia is grieving the death of an 18-year-old freshman and grappling with the notion that a former professor is charged in her death. Richard Sigman, 47, has been arrested and charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime for his involvement in the death of Anna Jones, the Carrollton Police Department said. Jones was fatally shot in a parking garage early Saturday morning. Sigman got into a verbal altercation with another man at an Italian restaurant in Carrollton, according to police. The other man told security that Sigman threatened to shoot him, police said. Security at the restaurant saw Sigman had a weapon and told him to leave. Sigman then left and walked to the parking deck."The investigation then indicates Sigman walked into the parking deck and began shooting into a parked vehicle striking the victim. Friends immediately drove her to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased," Carrollton police wrote on Facebook.Read More"This case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carrollton...
    Russia is losing the economic war with the West and its economy is in catastrophic and irrevocable decline even as it cuts off the gas supply to Europe, a new report  has claimed.  As panic spreads across Europe over the prospect of gas rationing and spiralling energy prices, it is in fact Russia which is on the ropes, with business in retreat and sanctions catastrophically crippling their economy. And while Putin causes panic in European governments by throttling gas supplies, the strategy is unsustainable for the dictator as he burns through reserves and his budget goes into deficit.   This is the verdict from a Yale-authored report that has looked beyond the Kremlin's cherry-picked economic figures to access private Russian language and other unconventional data sources. The report looked at high frequency consumer data, cross-channel checks, releases from Russia’s international trade partners, and data mining of complex shipping data, to produce an economic analysis measuring the state of Putin's economy and what the future might have in store for it. Vladimir Putin is losing the economic war with the West and his...
    The deal that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin reached with Majority Leader Charles Schumer that contains billions for clean energy programs also would mandate offshore oil and gas drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, the package commits Democratic leaders to moving new legislation to streamline permitting process for pipelines and other projects – a move Manchin called essential to his own backing for the package, which would include $433 billion in new spending as well as $739 billion in new revenue over a decade. 'Without what you just mentioned there is no bill,' Manchin told MetroNews in West Virginia. 'Without permitting reforms, without the ability for America to do what it does best, produce, there is no bill,' he said. He predicted among the first projects to move would be a LNG pipeline through parts of West Virginia and southern Virginia. Many environmentalists are cheering a deal that Schumer estimates would lower greenhouse gases by 40 per cent by 2030 based on 2005 levels. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is defending his deal with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer on...
    Shipping containers are transported by automated guided vehicles (AGV) beside gantry cranes on the dockside at the Delta Terminal, operated by Europe Container Terminals BV (ECT), at the Port of Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images The sight last year of dozens of gigantic container vessels anchored for weeks off the coast of Los Angeles rocked the shipping industry and magnified the worldwide disruption of supply chains. Most of the ships, mainly bound from Asia, were waiting to enter the already backed-up ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and offload tens of thousands of multicolored containers jam-packed with everything from toys to Toyotas. More than 30% of all containerized U.S. maritime imports pass through the two facilities, which together comprise the nation's largest port complex. Hoisting that cargo, from ship to shore and onto anxiously awaiting destinations near and far, is the job of dockworkers belonging to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and who presently are embroiled in a logjam of their own. The union represents more than 22,000 longshoremen in 29 ports...
    PAGE, Ariz. — White sandstone cliffs create a ring around Lake Powell in contrast to the honey- and red-colored desert rock nearby. Evidence that water once, not all that long ago, filled America’s second-largest reservoir. Fed by the Colorado River, Lake Powell, in south-central Utah, has seen wet years and dry years over the past two decades. Mostly dry years. Buoys no longer bob, they tilt, sitting on dry sand. Beer cans, punctured pontoons and deck chairs litter miles of waterless lake bed. The last time entire sections of Lake Powell were this dry, the place was actually called Glen Canyon. That was before the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, which flooded the canyon and created the reservoir. The reservoir’s water is receding because the Colorado River is drying. Climatologists aren’t sure when, or if, Powell will ever fill again. Rather, they expect conditions to worsen. “They knew this was a problem and they elected to kick the can down the road. They knew better and they did it anyway.” — Brad Udall, water and climate scientist The...
    The timing is crucial and no coincidence. Just days after President Joe Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia and vowed the U.S. was prepared to use 'all elements of its national power' to stop a common enemy, Iran, from acquiring nuclear weapons, who should turn up in the Iranian capital? Vladimir Putin. And when the dark master of the Kremlin pays a rare visit outside Russia, it sends shivers down Western spines. With good reason. Iran is a pariah state for America, Britain and their allies. Its nuclear ambitions and the ayatollahs' support for terrorism has made the Islamic Republic a bogeyman. Just days after President Joe Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia and vowed the U.S. was prepared to use 'all elements of its national power' to stop a common enemy, Iran, from acquiring nuclear weapons, who should turn up in the Iranian capital? Vladimir Putin Hardline For much of his presidency, Putin has had as little interest as the West in seeing a nuclear-armed Iran flexing its muscles. Not only would Moscow's support for the ayatollahs have damaged...
    What Westerners call the West or Western civilization is a geopolitical space that emerged in the 16th century and expanded continuously until the 20th century. On the eve of World War I, about 90 percent of the globe was Western or Western-dominated: Europe, Russia, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia (with the partial exceptions of Japan and China). From then on, the West began to contract: first with the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the emergence of the Soviet bloc, and then, from mid-century onward, with the decolonization movements. Terrestrial space, and soon after, extraterrestrial space, became fields of intense disputes. This article was produced by Globetrotter. Meanwhile, what Westerners understood by the West was changing. It began as Christianity and colonialism, then changed to capitalism and imperialism, and then metamorphosed into democracy, human rights, decolonization, self-determination, and “rules-based international relations”—it was made clear that the rules would be established by the West and would only be followed when they served its interests—and finally into globalization. By the middle of the last century, the West had shrunk so...
    Mother Jones illustration; Evan Vucci/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Two of the most important days in Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election arguably were December 18 and 19 that year. That’s when Trump sought to take the kooky coup advice of “Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell and that of his QAnon–besotted former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to seize voting machines in a last ditch effort to claim that election fraud had delivered the election to Joe Biden. When White House lawyers effectively foiled those plans during a contentious Oval Office showdown, according to testimony gathered by the House committee investigating January 6, Trump switched his focus to pressuring Mike Pence with claims that his vice president could throw out electoral votes. Trump also stepped up efforts around that time to assemble a horde of supporters in Washington, to intimidate Pence and Congress with an unlikely and illegal scheme that might allow the defeated president to cling to power. “Big protest in D.C. on...
    THERE is a war going on: A war on the West. It is a cultural war, and it is being waged remorselessly against all the roots of Western tradition and everything good it has produced. 5Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London announced that it was seeking to become 'anti-racist' and to 'de-colonise' ShakespeareCredit: Alamy 5The British Library added poet Ted Hughes to its dossier of wrongdoers as a distant ancestor set up colonies in North AmericaCredit: Rex At first, this was hard to discern. Many of us sensed something was wrong, but we did not realise the full scale of what was being attempted. Not least because even the language of ideas was corrupted. Words no longer meant what they had, until recently, meant. Read More on WokeryMERCY MUROKI Scouts founder would turn in his grave if he knew how woke it has becomeUNI BAN Woke uni chiefs ban terms mankind and manpower over fears of offending students People began to talk of “equality”, but they did not seem to care about equal rights. They talked of...
    ONE of Vladimir Putin's most loyal allies has issued a chilling warning to the West that any attack on Russia would be a "threat to humanity". Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's former president, threatened the West with an all-out attack if it punishes Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. 3Dmitry Medvedev, former President of Russia, is seen as Vladimir Putin's 'Yes Man'Credit: EPA 3Medvedev warned the West messing with nuclear-armed Russia is a 'threat to humanity'Credit: East2West "The idea of punishing a country that has one of the largest nuclear potentials is absurd. And potentially poses a threat to the existence of humanity," Medvedev, now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said on Telegram on Wednesday July 7. Known as Putin's "yes man", 56-year-old Medvedev was previously seen as more moderate than the Russian leader, although he has taken an increasingly hard line in recent years. His warning comes amid heightened tension with the West over its involvement in the Ukraine war, and the near-daily threats by Putin’s propagandists to deploy atomic weapons. These threats also come as Putin staged terrifying nuclear drills with...
    A new Iron Curtain has begun to descend across Europe following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has declared today. Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Minsk after meeting with Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko, said Russia will not trust the US or EU on anything 'from now on.' 'As far as an iron curtain is concerned, essentially it is already descending,' on Europe he said. 'They should just be careful not to pinch anything.' It comes after the West heavily sanctioned Russia in retaliation for Putin ordering his troops into Ukraine, and began giving Kyiv weapons to drive back the assault. Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Minsk after meeting with Alexander Lukashenko, warned European leaders 'not to pinch anything' as a new Iron Curtain descends across the continent He spoke after NATO agreed to reinforce its eastern flank, and declared Russia to be the biggest threat to the continent's security Putin (right, meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo today) has been hammered by sanctions and largely cut off from Western trade since the invasion What was the original  Iron Curtain? The Iron Curtain...
    New York (CNN Business)Europe and the United States have barred the import of Russian oil to cut off a crucial revenue source for the Kremlin. But the plan to pile pain on President Vladimir Putin, forcing him to reconsider his war in Ukraine, hasn't worked. Russia is making just as much money from energy exports as it was before it invaded in late February. Meanwhile, inflation is surging globally, adding to political pressure on leaders such as US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.As leaders from top economies gather in Germany on Sunday for a G7 meeting, they'll try to reach a consensus on what to do next. Unfortunately, on oil, few good options are available.Several measures are being discussed, from price caps on Russian energy imports, centralized purchasing by the European Union, insurance bans on ships and targeting countries that continue to buy from Moscow. They all have downsides, and some could push prices even higher — risking popular support for the West's resolve to punish Putin. "There are tools available to...
    A CHILI'S server robot has left viewers divided after a TikToker shared a clip of it singing her Happy Birthday. Ally West was eating dinner at Chili's with her friends when the restaurant robot approached the table, exclaiming “ We heard it was your birthday!” 2The customer looked shockedCredit: TikTok/@allllllllllywestttttttt 2The robot server sang a birthday songCredit: TikTok/@allllllllllywestttttttt The robot then, belted “We’re going to celebrate with you, Chili’s style! Let’s do this! On three!” “ Happy Happy  birthday from the Chili's crew” "We wish it was our birthday so we could party too! “ Have a great birthday!” Read more on Chili'sUPDATE UPROAR I'm a Chili's fan - I was 'too stunned to speak' over a major menu changeBAKING BAD I'm a Chili's worker - what happens when we overcook chocolate molten cake “@Chili’s Grill & Bar as if you didn’t already impress us enough,” West captioned the video. It is unclear how the robot knew the table had a birthday and when the video was taken. The TikTok video has over 47,000 likes and has been viewed...
    Paris (CNN)"A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money" is one of those phrases from the height of the Cold War in the 1960s that has become embedded in the American political vernacular. David A. Andelman So when President Joe Biden in Washington, DC, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs chairman Mark Milley at NATO headquarters in Brussels simultaneously announced on Wednesday another $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, it would be entirely appropriate to ponder whether the needs and desires of Ukraine and its President Volodymyr Zelensky may be approaching the point of outstripping the West's ability -- or especially its will -- to satisfy them. The announcement could not have come at a more auspicious moment -- on the eve of the arrival in Kyiv by special train Thursday morning of the leaders of Europe's three anchor nations. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi were paying their first visit to the capital since the war began, joining Romanian President Klaus lohannis,...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Efforts by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies to bring down the country's governing coalition risk hurting the very cause the Israeli right has always championed: Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition lost a critical vote this week in parliament to renew measures that govern legal rights for the settlers, another major dent in the government's armor, although not yet the fatal blow. The defeat shows the fragility of Israel's ruling coalition and how parliamentary gridlock could bring issues of national importance to a complete halt. The right-wing prime minister leads a coalition of unlikely bedfellows from across the political spectrum, including the first Arab party to sit in an Israeli government. The coalition lost its razor-thin one-seat majority when a member of Bennett's own party decamped in April. This week's vote to renew an Israeli law covering settlers in the West Bank exposed all the fault lines in Bennett's coalition of unlikely allies. Read MoreBecause the law provides for Jewish settlers in the West Bank to be treated legally like...
    HARRY REDKNAPP is a national treasure thanks to his long career in football. The former Portsmouth boss is now back on your screens as he takes charge of England in the 2021 edition of Soccer Aid.  6 Harry Redknapp is a former West Ham and Tottenham managerCredit: ReutersWhat is Harry Redknapp's background?Harry Redknapp, 74, is a former West Ham and Tottenham manager who won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008. He was born on March 2, 1947, in Poplar, London. He made 149 appearances for West Ham and 101 for AFC Bournemouth. The former midfielder finished his career at the Seattle Sounders as a player-coach, making 24 appearances before becoming an assistant at Oxford City for Bobby Moore.6 Harry played for Bournemouth - seen here in 1972Credit: Getty - ContributorHarry's coaching career spans from 1976 to 2017 when he coached Birmingham City. His first major coaching role was at AFC Bournemouth where he was assistant manager to David Webb. He stepped up to manager in 1983 and saw the club beat Manchester United in the FA Cup. Redknapp also...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday accused Russia of 'exporting starvation' by mining farmland in Ukraine, blockading Ukrainian food exports and of stealing grain to sell around the world as part of a plot to blackmail the West into lifting sanctions. It follows repeated warnings that the conflict in Ukraine was driving up global food prices and could trigger a disaster in Africa. During a meeting with aid agencies and private-sector groups, Blinken said that 20 million tons of wheat was trapped in silos near the Ukrainian port of Odessa, with more stuck on ships that could not depart because of Russian warships. 'This is all deliberate,' he said.  'We know that President Putin is stopping food from being shipped and aggressively using his propaganda machine to deflect or distort responsibility, because he hopes it'll get the world to give in to him and end the sanctions.  'In other words, quite simply put, it's blackmail. 'The Kremlin needs to realise that it is exporting starvation and suffering well beyond Ukraine quarters, with countries in Africa that are experiencing an...
    DIPLOMATS, they say, are sent abroad to lie for their country. Smirking Russian envoy Andrei Kelin surpassed himself yesterday. 2Nobody with a brain would believe a word from Mad Vlad Putin’s marionette Andrei Kelin 2Peace cannot be negotiated while Putin's guns are smashing a path to the Black Sea In a BBC interview, Kelin lied and lied and lied as he was shown CCTV footage — verified by the UN — of two Ukrainians shot in the back by uniformed Russian soldiers. This, scoffed Kelin, was “a computer game or a joke”, a hoax cooked up in Kyiv. He told another whopper as drone images revealed once-beautiful Mariupol flattened by Russian artillery. No, the Kremlin mouthpiece insisted, this showed Ukrainians were bombing their own citizens for propaganda purposes. Pictures from Bucha of civilians slaughtered in cold blood while Russian soldiers stepped over their bodies to flee the city were also fake, he said. “When Russian troops left Bucha, everything was clean and calm, no bodies on the street,” lied bare-faced Kelin. “It is a fabrication used to interrupt negotiations.” Read...
    After being off NBA rosters for more than a decade, 38-year-old NBA veteran Delonte West is heading back to the court as a part of The Big3 draft. The G League provides those on the cusp of the NBA the opportunity to play up for a chance in the league, which can sometimes give players the chance they need: Gary Payton II is a shining example of just how well the G League can develop great players. But there’s also veteran players who are no longer sought out through the league who don’t remain in the G League. For players nearing their 40s, there’s another way to play the game: in The Big3 League. The 3×3 basketball league, which was founded by Ice Cube in 2017, comprises 12 teams and often recruits former NBA players to fill their ranks. In a style à la summer music festival, The Big3 announced their draft pool, per Amy Trask. Time for the @thebig3 draft – its this Wednesday – heres the pool: pic.twitter.com/YWfA4LmadO — Amy Trask (@AmyTrask) May 23, 2022 One of...
    The virologist noted that the seemingly large presence of monkeypox in Western countries among people who have not traveled to Africa is perplexing. Tomori added, “This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West.” Christian Happi, the director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, agreed with Tomori that monkeypox’s seemingly spontaneous emergence in the West is perplexing. He said he has “never seen anything like what’s happening in Europe.” Although it is unlikely someone will die from the disease, WHO data estimates that monkeypox could be fatal for up to one-in-ten people. However, monkeypox’s similarity to smallpox may enable recipients of smallpox vaccines to receive some protection from the virus. Reportedly, symptoms of monkeypox appear one to two weeks after the initial infection occurs and invovle flu-like symptoms including fever, headaches, and shortness of breath. After about five days of infection, a “skin eruption phase” begins when a rash starts to appear and often spreads to different areas of the infected person’s...
    It’s another week chock-full of Republican fuckery, and The New Abnormal is all over it. In the latest episode is a tough interview with Bryan Jones, the Republican trying to take down creepy Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. First, however, is a conversation between co-hosts Molly Jong Fast and Andy Levy about how Republicans seem more interested in capitalizing on the baby formula shortage to score points against President Joe Biden than they are in fixing it and, you know, making sure babies can get fed. “This is another situation where there’s something that is a problem and Republicans have no incentive to fix it. They would rather run on it in the midterm. So this is like immigration. There’s no path to citizenship right now,” says co-host Molly Jong-Fast. “And the reason why is because Republicans wanna keep running on this so they don’t wanna ever fix it. That’s what this is with the baby formula.” If you listen to the Republicans, says Molly, tongue fully in cheek, “the real problem is that Joe Biden has been...
    An overturned and burned out van on the barren road to Popasna. For two solid months, Russia pounded away at the town of Popasna. Again and again, Russian forces crossed the 2 miles from the neighboring town of Pervomaisk, which has been under Russian occupation since 2014. Again and again the forces that survived to reach Popasna were pounded into scrap by artillery stationed west of the town. But gradually, after tremendous losses, Russia wore the defenders in Popasna down. They reduced the buildings in the east of the town to rubble. They reduced the buildings in the south and west of the town to rubble. They reduced the buildings in the north of the town to rubble. Finally, with not a single intact building remaining, Russia took Popasna. Sort of. "The Russians are not just destroying Popasna,” said the head of the regional military administration. “They are removing it from the map.” Russian drone footage showed the last survivors of the town being blasted out of the rubble with grenades. On May 7, Russia celebrated their capture of a town that...
    Vladimir Putin has developed a 'messianic obsession' with Russian greatness after being 'closeted away from the virus and the real world' for two years, a former NATO general secretary has said. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, who led the pact from 1999 to 2003, warned the West must avoid provoking the 'thin-skinned' leader who could further escalate his barbaric invasion of Ukraine. The Labour peer said in a lecture at St Anthony's College at Oxford University that the Russian president showed an 'emotional side' when they met before but now he has a 'dangerous mind-set' that could lead to even greater devastation. Vladimir Putin has developed a 'messianic obsession' with Russian greatness after being 'closeted away from the virus and the real world' a former NATO general secretary has said Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, who led the pact from 1999 to 2003, warned the West must avoid provoking the 'thin-skinned' leader (pictured in 2002) He said, according to The Times: 'Words matter and they are magnified and distorted and the reaction to loose language from Western countries can lead to...
    (AP) – After the Denver Broncos were rendered spectators on the first night of the NFL draft last month, John Elway said he turned to his successor George Paton and told him, “great first-round pick!” As in 10-year veteran QB Russell Wilson, whom Paton acquired from the Seahawks in exchange for Denver’s first- and second-round picks this year and next along with three veteran players. Elway, who transitioned into an outside consultant role to Paton after his contract as the Broncos’ president of football operations expired earlier this year, praised his handpicked successor’s shrewdness in acquiring Wilson. “We’re excited that he’s in town, there’s no question. He’s kind of the piece that we needed,” Elway said Wednesday following a news conference announcing the 2024 BMW Championship golf tournament would be played at Castle Pines Golf Course, where he’s a board member. Wilson, Elway said, has “a good football team around him. George did a tremendous job of putting that deal together and getting him up here. So, it’s great to see that fan base energized again, and we’ve got a...
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — After the Denver Broncos were rendered spectators on the first night of the NFL draft last month, John Elway said he turned to his successor George Paton and told him, “great first-round pick!” As in 10-year veteran QB Russell Wilson, whom Paton acquired from the Seahawks in exchange for Denver’s first- and second-round picks this year and next along with three veteran players. Elway, who transitioned into an outside consultant role to Paton after his contract as the Broncos’ president of football operations expired earlier this year, praised his handpicked successor’s shrewdness in acquiring Wilson. “We’re excited that he’s in town, there’s no question. He’s kind of the piece that we needed,” Elway said Wednesday following a news conference announcing the 2024 BMW Championship golf tournament would be played at Castle Pines Golf Course, where he’s a board member. Wilson, Elway said, has “a good football team around him. George did a tremendous job of putting that deal together and getting him up here. So, it’s great to see that fan base energized again, and...
    The White House on Wednesday condemned the killing of an American journalist during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, and demanded an investigation into the death of Al Jazeera's Shireen Abu Akleh. Akleh, 51, was a well-known Palestinian television reporter who also had U.S. citizenship. Al Jazeera quickly blamed Israeli security forces for her death during a raid on the West Bank town of Jenin. Qatar, where the TV station is headquartered, claimed Israeli forces 'shot her in the face.' White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre condemned the killing and said prosecuting anyone responsible for attacks on journalists was of 'paramount importance.' 'We strongly condemn the killing of Al Jazeera journalist and American citizen Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin today and we extend our deepest condolences to her family,' she siad.  'We call for a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of her death. 'Investigating attacks on independent media and prosecuting those responsible are of paramount importance.' Al Jazeera said Shireen Abu Akleh was shot 'deliberately' and 'in cold blood' by Israeli troops while wearing a press vest and...
    Former President Donald Trump's clout within the Republican Party will again be on the ballot Tuesday as Republican voters head to the polls in Nebraska and West Virginia. In Nebraska, Trump has backed gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster, who has been accused of groping at least eight women - allegations he denies.  In West Virginia, Trump put his weight behind GOP Rep. Alex Mooney, who is running against GOP Rep. David McKinley to represent the newly-formed 2nd Congressional District, after the state lost a House seat due to the population shrinking.   NEBRASKA: Former President Donald Trump (right) shakes the hand of his chosen Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster (left), who is facing a bevy of groping allegations  WEST VIRGINIA: Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Alex Mooney in a Republican primary against Rep. David McKinley, as the two incumbents go head-to-head to represent the newly-formed 2nd Congressional District In both cases, Trump's picks have gone against the endorsement of the governors of the states.  Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, who can't run for re-election due to term limits, has put his weight behind Jim...
    KANYE West has been dominating headlines in 2022 due to new music, public feuds, and a high-profile divorce. The rapper's newest business venture has also sparked attention from the world as he debuts his latest project in the video game industry. 2Kanye West has stepped into the video game industryCredit: Getty What is the Kanye West Heardle game? In 2022, many Americans became obsessed with an online word game called Wordle, and shortly after, a similar game called Heardle dropped. Instead of guessing the word, in Heardle, users guess the artist and title of a song after hearing a short snippet of it. In May 2022, West then dropped his own version of Heardle, however, it does not seem to be associated with the already established game. Read More on The US SunBACKSTABBED Kanye accuses Cudi of betrayal & crosses out Pete Davidson from photoYE'S REVENGE? Travis' son Landon, 18, shades his future aunt Kim as he raps to Kanye's song While the two websites seem similar, West's version is all about him and his...
    AN order by Vladimir Putin to strike Ukraine or the West with nuclear weapons will not be obeyed by his top commanders, says a Russia expert. Christo Grozev said Putin's leading military and security officials as well as oligarch cronies know the ailing despot is either dying or is gravely ill. 4Putin is so ill that his generals won't listen to orders to nuke the West, a Russia expert claims 4Christo Grozev said Putin's generals are too afraid of being persecuted for unleashing nuclear Armageddon The investigative journalist was confident his generals would not risk being hauled before a modern equivalent of the Nuremberg trials for unleashing Armageddon. Nor would they obey a Putin order to kill opposition foes, he claimed. Grozev, who works with Bellingcat, an investigative outfit, said on TV: "I can’t speak without information, but we know that oligarchs from his closest circle claim it.  "We also know that the Lubyanka [FSB secret service] sent a letter about a month ago to all regional FSB chiefs. MORE ON VLADIMIR PUTINNUKE THREAT Putin practises NUCLEAR missile strikes in...
    An order by Vladimir Putin to strike Ukraine or the West with nuclear weapons would be ignored by his top commanders, a senior investigative journalist has said. Many leading military and security officials as well as oligarch cronies believe Putin to be dying or gravely ill, said Christo Grozev, who is an expert on Russian affairs and is associated with the Bellingcat open source research group. Believing that Putin could soon die, his inner circle would not risk being hauled before a modern equivalent of the Nuremberg trials for unleashing Armageddon, nor would they obey a Putin order to kill opposition foes, Mr Grozev claimed. The Russian president placed Moscow's nuclear forces on high alert shortly after his invasion of Ukraine began February 24, raising fears he could press the button as the war in Ukraine continues to go against him.  And amid increasing Western support to Ukraine, Putin has made thinly veiled threats hinting at a willingness to deploy Russia's tactical nuclear weapons, which Russian military doctrine holds can be used to force an adversary to retreat. Meanwhile, Russia has increasingly resorted...
    WEST HAM hero Anton Ferdinand has called on boss David Moyes to give youth a chance in the Hammers' final four Premier League games. The Londoners are currently seventh in the league with games against Arsenal, Norwich, Manchester City and Brighton still to play. 3Alese is one of West Ham's academy stars Moyes could turn toCredit: REX FEATURES 3Ferdinand has called on Moyes to play some of West Ham's academy stars in the final four league gamesCredit: WILFRIED HAUBENBERGER/THE SUN But Moyes' men are fully focussed on their Europa League campaign with a spot in May's final up for grabs. However, West Ham are currently trailing Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 heading into Thursday's semi-final second leg. Rotation will be key if the Hammers are to pull off a historic win in Germany. West Ham have been plagued with injuries in their backline. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners ART SCHOOL How Arteta has brilliantly rebuilt Arsenal and re-booted Xhaka's career Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop all...
    Vladimir Putin is set to declare 'all-out war' on Ukraine 'within days' to enable Russia to launch a general mobilisation of the population, according to Russian sources and Western officials. Russian troops entered Ukraine at the end of February in what Putin called a 'special military operation' to demilitarise and 'denazify' Ukraine and barred the use of the word 'war', thinking it would be over in a few weeks. However, army chiefs - frustrated that the invasion has now stretched into the third week - have called on the Russian president to declare war which would enable a mass mobilisation of Russian troops and an escalation in the conflict. Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the Russian president might use Russia's victory day parade on May 9 to announce the mass mobilisation of his reserves for a final push in Ukraine.  It comes as ex-Nato chief Richard Sherriff warned the West must 'gear itself up' for a 'worst case scenario' war with Russia in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is set to declare 'all-out war' on Ukraine 'within days' to enable Russia to...
    (CNN)Charles Young, the first Black US Army colonel whose groundbreaking military career was hampered a century ago by the racism of the era, was posthumously promoted on Friday to brigadier general.Young's promotion retroactively makes him the first Black American recognized with that rank, the Army said. The honorary designation, following years of efforts to posthumously promote him, was the focus of an official promotion ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Friday.After Young was passed over for promotion before his death in 1922, a Black service member wouldn't join the general officers rank in the Army until Benjamin Davis Sr. was promoted to brigadier general in 1940.Young's "promotion today to brigadier general has been a long time delayed, but fortunately for all of us no longer denied," Under Secretary of the Army Gabe Camarillo said Friday in remarks during the ceremony. Camarillo also praised Young as a "model leader" and called his legacy "frankly inspiring."Read MoreMembers of Young's family were in attendance at the ceremony, including his great niece Renotta Young, who was presented with Young's...
    The red flatbed trucks began arriving after dawn, men in white hazmat suits unloading sections of green metal caging. Residents peered nervously from windows of tall apartment blocks, as the figures below erected the fencing across the entrances to their skyscrapers, caging them into their homes. This is the Pudong district of Shanghai, deemed a high-risk Covid area in need of what the city authorities call ‘hard isolation’, and where residents say they are being treated like animals. ‘Could we also put fences around the homes of Shanghai leaders?’ asked one, as their photos and videos coursed through Chinese social media, pursued by the Communist Party’s ever-zealous censors. The story is the same in the rest of Shanghai’s districts. One video shows more hazmat-suited workers drilling the doors shut at a restaurant in the city to prevent those inside from leaving. Two elderly men look out in disbelief. Dragged away: Authorities in hazmat suits manhandle a resident in Shanghai Elsewhere, more men-in-white beat a group of residents demanding food, lashing out viciously with long sticks. Phone cameras caught still more...
    (CNN)As California plunges even deeper into its multiyear megadrought after an alarmingly dry winter, officials are eyeing what experts say is one of the leading culprits in the crisis: water-guzzling grass lawns.Residents and businesses in the counties around Los Angeles were told this week that they would need to limit outdoor water use to one day a week starting June 1. It's the first time water officials have implemented such a strict rule."This is a crisis. This is unprecedented," said Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. "We have never done anything like this before and because we haven't seen this situation happen like this before."Lake Mead plummets to unprecedented low, exposing original 1971 water intake valveThe Great American Lawn has historically been a status symbol and portrayed as a place of leisure and comfort. But they require exorbitant amounts of water to maintain -- water that is rapidly running out.Grass was the single largest irrigated "crop" in America, surpassing corn and wheat, a frequently cited study from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
    Experts have warned how male celebrities like Jason Sudeikis and Kanye West are leading the trend towards strained divorces as men try to 'punish' their exes publicly in a bid to 'regain control.'   Olivia WIlde, 38, received legal documents from her ex and the father of her children Sudeikis while live on stage at the 2022 CinemaCon - where she was discussing her new movie, which sparked her romance with her current boyfriend Harry Styles. Variety has claimed that Sudeikis did not know Wilde would be served the papers in such a public and humiliating way.  However it's not the first time that a male celebrity has behaved acrimoniously with a former partner in recent months.  Kanye West has for months been lashing out at his estranged wife Kim Kardashian on social media for her parenting skills and choice to date SNL comedian Pete Davidson. Experts have now revealed how the male partners appear to want to 'punish' their partners, with eHarmony relationship expert Rachael Lloyd telling FEMAIL the 'compulsion to strike back and seize the higher ground is more compelling...
    (CNN)Jarrod Bowen joined West Ham United in January 2020 and as he looks back over the last few years with the club it's almost as if he can't quite believe what has happened.West Ham finished the 2019/20 season five points shy of relegation, having lost half of its matches during that campaign.Last season the club climbed 10 places up the Premier League table -- when the 25-year-old Bowen scored eight goals and made five assists -- and missed out on the Champions League by just two points. Now, the West Ham United striker is looking forward to his side's first European semifinal in 46 years in a fated reunion against Eintracht Frankfurt. "I think it's people seeing West Ham for what West Ham are about now. Since I've been here, we were staying up from relegation which was crazy to think," Bowen tells CNN Sport's Darren Lewis. Read More"Fast forward two and a half years and we finished in the top six and (are) on course to finish in the top six again, maybe even get to a Europa League...
    (CNN)The plummeting water level of Lake Mead has exposed one of the reservoir's original water intake valves for the first time, officials say. Amid the West's climate change-fueled megadrought, Lake Mead -- the largest manmade reservoir in the country and a source of water for millions of people -- has fallen to an unprecedented low. The valve had been in service since 1971 but can no longer draw water, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which is responsible for managing water resources for 2.2 million people in Southern Nevada, including Las Vegas.Photos taken Monday show the eldest of the agency's three intake valves high and dry above the water line.The original intake is no longer in use since it cannot draw water."When the lake hit 1060 (feet above sea level), that's when you could start to see the top of the intake number one," said Bronson Mack, public outreach officer for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.Read MoreLake Mead hit 1,060 feet above sea level on April 4 and stands at 1055 feet as of Wednesday, he said.As a result,...
    LAST month, as he started to float the idea of buying Twitter, Elon Musk said something very revealing. Since Twitter effectively serves as the “public town square”, he said, “failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy”. 3Last month, Elon Musk said before buying Twitter: 'Failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy'Credit: AFP 3We may not like the fact, but the platform that he just bought for $44billion has become the global town square, where reputations are made and destroyedCredit: PA He was completely right. We may not like the fact, but the platform that Musk just bought for $44billion (£35billion) has become the global town square. Issues of politics and culture are fought over bitterly there. Reputations are made and destroyed. The people who founded Twitter may not have expected this to be the case, but in the past ten years it became that. Donald Trump elbowed his way to the Presidency in part because with Twitter he had the means to speak directly to the public. But Twitter started to worry about this....
    Metaverse has been branded an 'online Wild West' by child safety campaigners after Channel 4's Dispatches uncovered evidence of sexual abuse and racism in the virtual reality world. An investigation has revealed that sexually explicit comments and threatening behaviour were made minutes after a Channel 4 journalist went undercover into Mark Zuckerberg's 3D community. Led by the Facebook founder, the Metaverse is a set of virtual spaces where you can game, work and communicate with other people who aren't in the same physical space as you. Users' avatars are able to explore the online world and meet, interact and visit a fast-growing network of virtual locations such as cities, country scenes or cafes. But the new technology has faced accusations over a lack of safeguarding and moderation, with mother Nina Jane Patel claiming she was sexually assaulted less than a minute after entering the virtual online world earlier this year. The Center for Countering Digital Hate also earlier found that users, including minors, 'are exposed to abusive behaviour every seven minutes'. Now a Channel 4 probe has raised further concern over...
    (CNN)Emmanuel Macron will serve a second term as the president of France -- the first person to do so since 2002 -- pollsters have projected. His victory over right-wing rival Marine Le Pen by a relatively comfortable margin of 58.5% to 41.5% will be met with a huge sigh of relief in the capital cities of France's most prominent allies -- most notably in Brussels, home of the European Union and NATO. While Macron was always the favorite to win this race, the Russian invasion of Ukraine for many highlighted the need for Western unity in the face of aggression from a belligerent who seeks to undermine it. Among NATO allies and the EU, that unity has more or less stuck during the crisis, but officials feared a Le Pen victory could rock the trans-Atlantic relationship. Le Pen could almost be purpose built as someone leaders of the Western alliance would least like running a country as important as France. France is a member of NATO, the EU and the G7. It has a permanent seat on the United Nations...
    Americans were breathing in more polluted air than ever in the years just before the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds. Researchers from the American Lung Association (ALA) reported that after over two-decades of declines, the number of days where the air quality in the U.S. fell under the umbrella of 'very healthy' or 'hazardous' reached an all-time high from 2018 to 2020. Polluted air has been tied to lung cancer, asthma and other respiratory issues, and can be tied to tens of thousands of U.S. deaths every year.  While the U.S. has certainly made leaps in recent decades to limit air pollution, experts tell DailyMail.com that more still needs to be done, warning that this situation will worsen if leaders remain inactive on climate change. The ALA publishes regular reports on the state of American air quality, and had noted declined air pollution levels for 23 years leading up to 2018. Researchers find that America experienced more days of high air pollution levels than ever before from 2017 to 2020, largely sparked by wildfires across the west coast RELATED...
    Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes and Shanina Shaik flaunted their assets as they turned up the heat on day one of this year's edition of the Coachella Music Festival this Friday. The sizzling trio of supermodels set pulses racing as they proved that the world-famous event is just as star-studded in the audience as onstage. Shanina, 31, put her amply endowed cleavage on display, tearing off her denim jacket to expose her sky blue matching bralette as she strutted her stuff in Indio, California. What a trio: (left) Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes and Shanina Shaik flaunted their assets as they turned up the heat at this year's edition of the Coachella Music Festival The Australian bombshell went for an eye-popping triple-denim ensemble, pulling on a high-waisted pair of jeans that perfectly matched her jacket. Sweeping her dark hair back into a ponytail, she added a touch of glitz with a pair of hoop earrings and sharpened her screen siren features with makeup. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Kendall Jenner goes TOPLESS while relaxing poolside in...
    THE Flash first premiered nearly 10 years ago in October of 2014. News regarding Jesse L Martin's appearance on the CW's The Flash was reported on April 13, 2022. 2Jesse L. Martin as Captain Joe West in The FlashCredit: © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. Is Jesse L Martin leaving The Flash? After being a series regular on the show for eight years, Martin is stepping back from the series Deadline reports. Martin no will longer be a series regular on the show but is still expected to appear in multiple episodes of the newly picked up season. The Flash is heading into its ninth season on the CW network. The 53-year-old actor is one of the original cast members of the drama series. Read more on The US Sun FLASH FORWARD Who is in the cast of The Flash season 8?FLASH FORWARD The Flash boss insists abrupt finale ‘will make season 7 stronger’ The other original cast members include Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker. These cast members' contracts were all up at the end of...
    Kyiv (CNN)What was once one of the most beautiful and thriving capitals in Europe has been transformed over weeks of Russian aggression into an eerie ghost town. Monuments to Kyiv's founders and notable Ukrainian cultural leaders have been boarded up to protect them from destruction. A statue of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko shrouded in protective scaffolding, in Kyiv on April 13.Michael BociurkiwIn front of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, a statue of its namesake Ukrainian poet is completely hidden behind protective scaffolding. Meanwhile the red-brick university building is shielded by sandbags and armed guards, with not a teacher or student in sight. Normally under Shevchenko's gaze, especially this time of year, students can be seen in the park socializing or cramming for classes.While life is slowly returning to Kyiv it will likely be months before it's anything resembling normality. Whether it is the capital, which appears a city in an induced coma -- or the bombed-out towns of Bucha and Borodyanka which are now mass crime scenes -- it is clear that so-called biting Western sanctions have been...