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    SKYGAZERS across the world were treated to a dazzling supermoon last night. The special moment in the Moon's cycle makes it appear larger and brighter than usual. 7The last supermoon of the year rises over Lower Manhattan, New York CityCredit: Getty 7What an EiffelCredit: Getty 7Supermoon roams over RomeCredit: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project From London, to New York, and Paris to Rome, people waited to catch a glimpse of the celestial spectacle - and they weren't disappointed. A supermoon takes place when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full. 7The Shard in London gets a lookCredit: Alamy 7Moon shines bright over LiverpoolCredit: Alamy 7The supermoon over Kosice, SlovakiaCredit: Getty This year's full moon, known as the Sturgeon Moon, peaked on Thursday night as expected. The name is said to have been coined by North American fishing tribes as the celestial event coincided with the appearance of sturgeon fish around this time of year. Read more about spaceONE SMALL STEP Musk's SpaceX launches 1st Moon mission in major step for lunar base plansANYONE OUT...
    A SECOND monkeypox fatality in Europe has been confirmed today. Another patient has died of the highly-infectious virus in Spain after Europe's first monkeypox death yesterday evening. 1Over 4,000 cases have been reported in Spain so farCredit: AFP Health chiefs confirmed the tragedy today it revealed 4,298 cases have so far been reported in Spain. No further details are known about the people who have died. The vast majority of those diagnosed with the disease in the country have been men. Just 64 female patients have been treated. Spain has been particularly badly-hit by the disease. Read more HealthNIGHT FRIGHT I’m a dream expert and here’s what the 4 most common nightmares meanMUM'S INSTINCTS Docs said my twins were just 'lazy' - now they're fighting for their lives The earliest cases, recorded in May, were linked to a gay sauna in Madrid and a Pride festival in Gran Canaria. Brazil also reported its first monkeypox death yesterday. The man who died was described as a 41-year-old who also suffered from lymphoma and a weakened immune system. Last week, the World Health Organisation declared monkeypox...
    The World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency. The declaration marks the second time the WHO has activated its highest public health alert in the last two years, with the first instance being used to alert global citizens to the threat of COVID-19 which ravaged the international community. OFFICIALS OUTLINE LATEST STEPS TO FIGHT MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK “We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria” for a public health emergency, Tedros Ghebreyesus, director of the WHO, told reporters, per the New York Times. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER This is a breaking story and will be updated. Monkeypox News World Health Organization pandemic
    (CNN)As farmers across Ukraine attempt to bring in their wheat harvests in the coming weeks, it could be make-or-break for global food supplies. Last year, Ukraine was the fifth largest exporter of wheat onto the global market. The invasion in February followed the planting of the winter wheat crop, which, despite the incursion of Russian tanks, is now ready for harvest.But this harvest will be markedly different as the war continues to rage. Those farmers who have stayed are wary of unexploded missiles and ordnance that lie scattered in their fields. Some are musing burning crops rather than risk losing their combine harvesters and tractors -- or their lives -- bringing them in. Wheat is harvested on July 7 near Kramatosk in the Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. Adding to the crisis, Russia's deliberate blockade of Odesa's ports is preventing the grain harvested last year being shipped from Ukraine to import-dependent countries like Egypt, Libya and Somalia -- all now in desperate need. In occupied areas of Ukraine, there are reports of grain being illegally trucked to ports in Crimea, or even...
    LINKEDIN is down, according to frustrated users. Thousands of reports of a LinkedIn outage are flooding into Downdetector. 1LinkedIn isn't working for thousands of users According to the monitoring site, 76% of reported issues are associated with the LinkedIn website. It's unclear what is causing the problems. It could be due to LinkedIn or it could be due to the devices people are trying to access it with. There have been over 5,000 reports of issues in the US. Most read in News TechAPPLE CRUMBLE Apple Store DOWN just hours before huge WWDC 2022 iPhone update eventBURNING UP Solar flare predicted to hit Earth today sparking power grid changing stormLIFT OFF The wild story of Elon Musk's first SpaceX launch – from explosions to orbitMADE OF MONEY From a submarine to a Gucci smart ring – four tech items for the ultra-rich More to follow...For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and...
    Along with the lockdowns, the local Communist Party apparatus announced a sophisticated testing regiment to regulate the health of its residents. Chinese President Xi Jinping said, at the time, that the Chinese Communist Party’s goal was to “minimize the impact” of the virus on the economy as authorities work to uphold the country’s extremely aggressive “zero-COVID policy.” However, the Shanghai lockdowns not only caused disruptions in the local and national economy of China but have reverberated across the globe and worsened preexisting economic conditions. For instance, CNN reported that the port of Shanghai is the world’s busiest port for shipping container traffic. Shanghai is also a major aviation hub. The recent covid lockdowns have made port delays worse and caused the price of air freight to soar thus greatly exacerbating the ongoing supply chain crisis across the globe. During the early stages of the lockdown, food orders were being canceled because delivery drivers and suppliers could not meet the demand of Shanghai residents and food delivery services, and people in government-run quarantine facilities were given folk remedies in...
    EVERYONE loves a cheeky Big Mac or a classic McFlurry. Whether your grab one from the drive-through or go inside, the nostalgic lure of McDonald's is pretty strong. 4The convention took place in Orlando, Florida earlier this monthCredit: @smallgirlbigeatz/Tiktok But did you know the menu isn't the same in every one? That's right, despite there being around 37,000 McDonald's locations in about 120 countries around the world, loads of them have exclusive treats. If you want to try some of the chain's global menu items, but want to save on the plane tickets, there is another option. The McDonald's global convention brings together the best each country has to offer. This TikTok user went and was amazed at all the food we're missing out on. First the food lover tried a Macha McFlurry from Japan, which was tinged green but look delicious. Next was a  Pistachio McFlurry from Italy. One viewer commented: "OMG I'm so jealous about the McFlurries!" Most read in LifestyleSecret sippin I'm a Chick-fil-A super fan - you can order off-menu items using this trickSLIM MARGINS I...
    President Joe Biden on Thursday said there will be food shortages around the globe because of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. 'It's going to be real,' he said. 'Because both Russia and Ukraine have been the breadbasket of Europe in terms of wheat, for example.' Food security, along with general humanitarian assistance, was one of the main topics of conversation in Biden's trifecta of emergency meetings with NATO leaders, the European Union, and the G7. The summits were called to deal with the invasion of the Ukraine. 'We are in the process of working out with our European friends, what it would be what it would take to help alleviate the concerns relative to food shortages. We also talked about a significant major US investment among others in terms of providing for the need for humanitarian assistance, including food as we move forward,' he said.  Ukraine is a heavily agricultural country with winter wheat, spring barley, and corn as some of its main crops.  The United States, through the Feed the Future initiative, will provide over $11 billion over the...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Aside from its rich agriculture, Ukrainians in the Bay Area explained their country is also known for its massive community of tech workers."We have a strong school of math, physics, and by extension, software engineering as well," Victor Sergienko told ABC7 News. "If you're a good software engineer, where should you go? Here!"Silicon Valley is where Sergienko was referring to. The region, a home far away from home for Sergienko and many other Ukrainians working in Western tech.They're watching the news of the Russian invasion, witnessing the destruction, and waiting on any word from loved ones.RELATED: US banning Russian oil imports as Biden warns of 'costs' to Americans"It's a horrible thing to hear when you call your friends on the phone, and hear some explosions on the backgrounds," Denys Mamrak said. Also a software engineer living in Silicon Valley, he said his first impulse was to fly back home and fight."But then I realized that I'm not military trained. I was never in military service," he added. "And most likely, I will be a burden....
    An alarming new United Nations report warns that the number of extreme wildfires is expected to increase 50% globally by the end of the century, and that governments are largely unprepared for the burgeoning crisis. Even the Arctic, previously all but immune to the threat, faces growing wildfire risk because of climate change and other factors, according to the report, which was published Wednesday ahead of the upcoming U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The findings likely sound all too familiar to California residents, who for years have been living with the reality of hotter, more frequent and more intense wildfires. The five largest blazes recorded in the state have all occurred since 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Yet the new report shines a light on the hard lessons California is learning — including what it’s getting right and what more needs to be done. In the fire-prone American West and around the world, too much focus remains on response instead of preparation. What’s more, wildfires pose urgent questions about land use and...
    HUNDREDS of thousands of Americans are victims of extreme cyber invasiveness, where data and personal details are stolen as opposed to physical valuables.  Over the last 30 years, the rate of reported burglarization in United States homes has gone steadily down. 2Stalkerware apps are often named and modeled to look like unsuspicious apps Americans come home to ransacked homes less frequently, but when they do, evidence of a break-in in the form of a shattered window or kicked in door can be obvious.  Perpetrators of cybercrime are motivated by different ends. In an academic paper titled A Comparative Study on the Difference Between Conventional Crime and Cyber Crime, tech experts note that some people hack somewhat aimlessly–they open locked doors in an act of exploration or as a gesture of intellectual superiority to government security techies and bureaucrats.  While some parade the legal gray area of cyberspace to make an example of government security, others are more nefariously motivated. Stalkerware is an all-encompassing term for apps that covertly monitor a device’s activities. Stalkerware apps can trace keystrokes, track...
    The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) warned Tuesday the very personal protection equipment it pushed people to wear during the coronavirus pandemic, such as surgical masks and gowns, is having an unexpected impact on the environment. The W.H.O. announced in a report some “87,000 tons” of discarded Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that was used between March 2020 to November 2021 has ended up discarded as waste. Coronavirus vaccines have also contributed to a rise in medical waste with 143 tons of extra waste being created by the use of vaccines and needle boxes around the world. Dr Margaret Montgomery, the W.H.O.’s technical officer for water, sanitation and hygiene and an environmental engineer said the U.N. subsidiary has found people are currently “wearing excessive PPE” and so have updated their message so the public can “become more of a conscious consumer”. A health worker carries medical waste for disposal at a government hospital in Kolkata on January 18, 2022. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images) Dr Michael Ryan, the W.H.O.’s emergencies chief, said “it is absolutely vital to provide health workers with the...
    The Korean zombie drama All of Us Are Dead has topped Netflix's global streaming charts. The action-packed series shot straight to No. 1 in more than 25 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France and Japan. It narrowly missed the top spot in the United States, coming in at No. 2 behind Kristen Bell's black comedy murder-mystery The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. Chart topper: The Korean zombie drama All of Us Are Dead has topped Netflix's global streaming charts All of Us Are Dead centres around a high school that becomes ground zero for a zombie outbreak, and stars Squid Game actress Lee Yoo-mi.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Netflix releases trailer for bizarre Korean rom-com Love and... How a Korean influencer FAKED her lavish life and designer... Single's Inferno star Shin Ji-yeon is accused of FAKING her... Netflix boss says backlash to South Korean dating show... Share this article Share Yoo-mi played Ji-yeong, a.k.a. Player No. 240, in the blockbuster Korean drama and become...
    A screen displays an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping next to exhibits depicting medical workers' fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China November 11, 2021.Carlos Garcia Rawlins | Reuters China's zero-Covid policy and broader economic circumstances could be weighing on currencies that should be reaping the benefits of higher commodity prices, strategists at BMO Capital Markets have suggested. Although commodity prices have soared so far in 2022, with Brent crude on Wednesday notching its highest price since October 2014, commodity-based currencies such as the Norwegian krone and Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollars have been relatively subdued. As of Friday morning in Europe, the Aussie dollar was down 0.9% and the kiwi by 1.45% against the greenback year-to-date. The Canadian dollar was also down 0.9% year-to-date, while the U.S. dollar had gained 0.55% against the Norwegian krone. "What we would typically expect to see is the New Zealand dollar rallying alongside agricultural commodity prices and Aussie rallying alongside base metals, but thus far this year, Aussie and...
    Demonstrators holds a banner with 'Covid slave ticket' written while they protest against the compulsory vaccination campaign against SARSCoV2, Belgium.Thierry Monasse | Getty Images News | Getty Images New research from the organizers of the annual Davos gatherings in the Swiss Alps warns of inequalities stemming from the coronavirus pandemic that could flare domestic and cross-border tensions around the world. This year's Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum describes a "global divergence" — where poorer nations have much lower Covid-19 vaccination rates and , therefore, face more prolonged economic troubles. "Covid-19 and its economic and societal consequences continue to pose a critical threat to the world. Vaccine inequality and a resultant uneven economic recovery risk compounding social fractures and geopolitical tensions," WEF said in the report published Tuesday. "The resulting global divergence will create tensions — within and across borders — that risk worsening the pandemic's cascading impacts and complicating the coordination needed to tackle common challenges." Aside from the catastrophic death toll, one of the most immediate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been the ensuing rise...
    The head of the World Health Organization has said he is 'confident' that this year will be the end of Covid. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the 'acute' stage of the global pandemic should finish this year, provided countries share vaccines and work together. Speaking at a Covid press briefing on Thursday, Mr Ghebreyesus warned that the Omicron variant was likely to cause a 'tsunami of cases' around the world. But he struck a more positive note in his New Year's Eve message, highlighting the range of tools available to countries that should see cases, hospitalisations and deaths across the world be a thing of the past. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the 'acute' stage of the global pandemic should finish this year, provided countries share vaccines and work together RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next WHO tells wealthy nations 'you can't boost your way out of... Share this article Share WHO tells wealthy nations ‘you can’t boost your way out of the pandemic’ The World Health Organisation has told wealthy countries they 'cannot boost...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden made a Christmas Eve call to North American Aerospace Defense Command on Friday at the White House, updating children on Santa's progress across the globe as part of what NORAD Commander Gen. Glen VanHerck on the call called "DOD's largest outreach program." The first call was plagued by poor reception. Caleb, aged 9, hailing from Washington, told Biden he wanted a horse, prompting first lady Jill Biden to remark, "How is Santa gonna get a horse in his sleigh?"Father Jared called in next on behalf of his four children Griffin, Hunter, Piper and Penelope. Biden told Jared, "You know, Dad, we have a Hunter too. We have a son named Hunter and a grandson named Hunter."Son Griffin told Biden he wanted a piano for Christmas, while Hunter requested a Nintendo Switch and Piper wanted a Barbie. Penelope, age 2, was too young to make any requests. Closing the call, the father told the Bidens, "I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas as well, Merry Christmas and let's go Brandon," referencing a shorthand joke that has...
    One of the most worrying elements about the new variant is its "constellation" of more than 30 new mutations, said Tulio de Oliveira of the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa. "We can see that the variant is potentially spreading very fast," de Oliveira added. "We do expect to start seeing pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks." "[The] very high number of mutations is a concern for predicted immune evasion and transmissibility," he explained. What has been the international reaction? News of the new variant has caught the attention of scientists and public health officials around the world. The British government on Thursday announced that it would be banning flights from South Africa and five other southern African countries effective Friday. Other European countries, such as the Netherlands, have followed suit. Video surfaced on social media Friday appearing to show travelers from South Africa being instructed not to exit their plane after landing in Amsterdam. NOW - Passengers from South Africa are currently...
    People around the world gathered Wednesday in a mass effort to protest vaccine mandates sweeping the U.S., as well as other nations, kicking off a worldwide “walkout.” According to the Children’s Health Defense (CHD), a “Worldwide Walkout” event was planned for Nov. 3. The CHD said they planned to partner with other organizations and individuals to encourage a global “walk out” of work by calling in sick, taking a personal day, and pulling children out of schools to join in on the protests. FINAL UPDATE: TODAY’S THE DAY ???? Be safe out there + we’ll see you at the barricades! “No government in history has ever surrendered power in the absence of a demand.” — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., CHD chairman and chief legal counselhttps://t.co/ZW06q1p7UJ pic.twitter.com/J0qcGH1yRM — Children’s Health Defense (@ChildrensHD) November 3, 2021 The live broadcast event in New York City was sponsored by other organizations NY Freedom Rally and Teachers For Choice. The event in the city featured notable speakers such as Michael Kane of Teacher’s For Choice, President Mary Holland Esq. from CHD, CHD NY President...
    A HUNTER'S Moon brightened the night sky last night and in the early hours of this morning. The Full Moon helped to create some stunning photographs and observers even spotted a reddish hue to it. 5The Hunter's Moon over Portland, DorsetCredit: Alamy 5Hunter's Moon over LondonCredit: Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency A full Moon at this time of year is traditionally called the Hunter's Moon. This is because it appears around the time that Native American tribes would gather meat for the winter ahead. Hunters and farmers would use the light of the Full Moon to harvest crops and track prey, stockpiling for the winter. Traditionally this also meant preserving the meat they caught to keep them going through the cold months. A Hunter's Moon, much like the Harvest Moon in September, can appear to have a red colour due to the short time between sunset and moon rise. Most read in ScienceExclusiveTALKING WITH DINOSAURS Dinosaurs loved to gather for a gossip 200m years ago, study findsNORSE HOLIDAY Viking settlers were living in America in 1021, ancient solar storm...
    THOUSANDS of Netflix users across the globe have reported the streaming service is down. The outage appears to have hit around 8pm in the UK with users in many other countries also reporting problems. 1Netflix users have been reporting the service has crashedCredit: Reuters Website Down Detector has received thousands of reports that Netflix isn't working. The independent outage tracker monitors social mentions around certain topics to detect when services go down across the world. At the time of writing over 6500 people were reporting problems, with 4700 of those coming from the UK. Around two thirds of them said it was related to streaming. Around quarter of complaints were about the website and a fifth relating to the app. Many users trying to access the platform has met with the error message 'tvq-st-145'. Some took to social media to vent their frustration with one woman tweeting: "Now is not the time for Netflix to be down." Another added: "Guess it's not just my Neflix that's down, FURIOUS!!!!!" Earlier this year, Netflix users reported problems in the United States. We...
    Antifullah Ahmadzai, an Afghan national, takes a selfie inside of a U.S. military cargo aircraft before an evacuation flight from Kabul.Courtesy: Antifullah Ahmadzai WASHINGTON – One month ago, Atifullah Ahmadzai boarded a flight from Connecticut to Kabul, eager to hold his wife and five young children again. The purpose of this trip was nearly a decade in the making as Ahmadzai, a former interpreter for the U.S. military, was carrying the final documents needed for his family to complete a coveted special immigrant visa. While in Kabul, Ahmadzai planned on saying goodbye to friends and extended family members before bringing his wife and children to America, where he had spent the last two years preparing for their new life. Ten days into his plans, after the rest of Afghanistan had already fallen during the U.S. military's withdrawal, the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul. The swift collapse of the Afghan national government forced Ahmadzai and thousands of others to flood the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport, where Western forces were conducting evacuation flights out of the country. The...
    It is increasingly clear that much resistance to vaccination in the United States is driven by partisanship. Fox News has spent months comparing vaccination efforts to apartheid and forced sterilization. Conservative politicians have been vaccinated in private, if at all. GOP voters have declared that their opposition to vaccination is driven by opposition to liberals. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, hundreds of thousands have participated in anti-vaccination protests throughout Europe. Many far-right politicians in Europe have aligned themselves with these movements. In France, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called mandatory vaccination for health workers an "indecent brutality," while her Italian counterpart, Giorgia Meloni, has described vaccination passports as "totalitarian." This swell of international activity has left some journalists wondering, why is anti-vaccination emerging as a distinctly right-wing phenomenon across the globe? The answer is multiply determined, as is typical of socio-political phenomena. There is, nonetheless, a clear explanatory variable for much of this trend: anti-vaccination sentiment is perfectly aligned with extant populist ideology, particularly within the far-right. The meaning of "populism" is contested. It's often used imprecisely...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The delta variant is soaring around the U.S. and the world. Here at home, travel restrictions are returning including in Chicago where 14 states are now on the city’s travel advisory list. READ MORE: Olympic Champ Simone Biles Withdraws From Thursdays All-Around Competition Expect changes internationally, too. CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory takes us inside the shifting COVID-19 tides overseas. Peter Greenberg’s video of Santorini, Greece, is enough to make you drool. The European destination is always beautiful, but almost never empty like it is in his footage from Tuesday. “It would be wall-to-wall people on a day like today, and today it wasn’t,” said Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News. From St. Marteen in the Caribbean to Turkey in the Middle East, Greenberg is tasked with reporting on COVID-19 recovery in countries around the world. This week, he’s on board the first sailing of a Grecian cruise: Silver Moon. “Once you’re here, you’re free to go anywhere. Keep in mind that Greece is still in a somewhat of a lockdown situation, but nothing that’s abusive. You...
    (CNN)Yakuts in Russian Siberia is known as the world's coldest city. In a place where even an exposed nose during the winter months can cause biting pain, people are accustomed to taking precautions against freezing temperatures, including spending extra time in the morning to dress in many layers.But now the city is blanketed in haze as nearby wildfires tear through forests that have been parched by weeks of heatwaves. The fires are so big, and the winds strong, smoke is traveling as far away as Alaska. In the US, the Bootleg wildfire in Oregon has grown into a monstrous complex with its own weather, sending the dense smoke some 3,000 miles across one end of the continent to the other. New York City on Wednesday woke up to an intense red sunrise, the smell of wildfires and a thick brown haze.Firefighters in both countries, as well as British Columbia in Canada, are fighting a near-impossible battle to smother the infernos with water bombs and hoses, and preventing their spread by digging firebreaks. An aerial view shows a wildfire in Yakutia,...
    By uprooting carbon trapped in the soil, wild pigs release some 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide across the globe each year, a study has warned. This is the equivalent of the carbon emissions of 1.1 million cars, said experts from the Universities of Queensland, Australia, and Canterbury, New Zealand. In their study, the researchers combined predictive population models with advanced mapping techniques to determine the impact of wild pigs on the climate. The team simulated 10,000 maps of potential wild pig densities across five continents based on existing data on the animals' numbers and distribution. They then modelled how much soil would be disturbed by these pigs based on previous studies into foraging damage across various climatic conditions. The findings, the team said, highlight the impact that invasive species like wild pigs can have and the need for better controls to manage the their populations. Wild pig populations are typically managed using approaches like hunting, baiting, deploying traps and installing barriers to stop their spread into new areas. By uprooting carbon trapped in the soil, wild pigs release some...
    A SOFTWARE bug ground Snapchat to a halt on Monday, leaving thousands of miffed users unable to access the photo-sharing app. The glitch on the iOS version of Snapchat caused the app to crash almost immediately after launch. Read all the latest Phones & Gadgets news Keep up-to-date on Apple stories Get the latest on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram 2The Snapchat app ran into issues on iOS on MondayCredit: Getty - Contributor The issue has now been fixed following the release of a software update, The Verge reports. It doesn't appear that the bug affected the Android version of the app. Prior to the update, users attempting to launch Snapchat on their iPhone were shown an error message before the app crashed. After updating to the latest version, 11.34.1.35, the error message no longer shows and users can send snaps as normal. Oh snap pic.twitter.com/yC2BKjhzmw— Mitchell (@strawberrywell) June 28, 2021 Issues with the app began around 2pm BST (9am ET) following the release of an update on iOS. Users took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at the...
    Brief internet outages on Thursday hit multiple entities across the globe, including banks, airlines, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. AT&T, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Southwest Airlines, ADP, and Akamai, a content delivery service that represents several of the largest banks across the world, among others, reported stoppages at similar time frames, according to Downdetector.com. At 6:42 a.m., Akamai addressed the disruption in service. "Akamai is aware of the issue and actively working to restore services as soon as possible," the company wrote in a tweet. MASSIVE INTERNET OUTAGE LEAVES REDDIT, CNN, AND NEW YORK TIMES AMONG WEBSITES OFFLINE The Hong Kong Stock Exchange was one of the most high-profile victims on Thursday morning as it alerted its clients of a stoppage in service. Access quickly resumed. Australia Post, Australia's mail service, also reported an outage. "An external outage is currently impacting a number of our services," it wrote. "We are investigating and will keep you updated as more information is available. While most of our services are coming back online, we are continuing to monitor...
    A "couple of beers" between U.S. and Australian law enforcement officials morphed into a sprawling, sophisticated international criminal underworld takedown that thwarted dozens of murders, netted a mountain of drugs and led to more than 800 arrests, authorities said. The operation dubbed "Trojan Shield" in the U.S. duped criminals across the globe into buying cellphones that had pre-loaded FBI software on them — and exposed Asian Triad gangs, Middle Eastern organized crime outfits, Latin American drug cartels and even biker crews to police investigators. It has netted some 8 tons of cocaine, 2 tons of amphetamine, 55 luxury cars, 250 guns and more than 20 tons of marijuana and hash after raids in countries across the globe, Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, deputy director of operations at Europol, said at a press conference in the Netherlands on Tuesday. FBI OFFERS INFORMATION REWARD AFTER WALMART FIRES IN ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI A total of 250 guns were seized during the sting operation. (NSW Police Force) The dragnet, which was hatched by U.S. and Australian law enforcement authorities, employed at least 9,000 law enforcement officials across the globe...
    More On: fbi FBI encrypted phone app leads to hundreds of global underworld arrests Romanian tycoon hired Hunter Biden, ex-FBI chief to help him avoid jail: emails NYPD botched grope probe of FBI agent, accuser says ‘Stop the plane!’ Flight diverted after unruly passenger tries to breach cockpit A “couple of beers” between US and Australian law enforcement officials morphed into a sprawling, sophisticated international criminal underworld takedown that thwarted dozens of murders, netted a mountain of drugs and led to more than 800 arrests, authorities said. The operation dubbed “Trojan Shield” in the US duped criminals across the globe into buying cellphones that had pre-loaded FBI software on them — and exposed Asian Triad gangs, Middle Eastern organized crime outfits, Latin American drug cartels and even biker crews to police investigators. It has netted some eight tons of cocaine, two tons of amphetamine, 55 luxury cars, 250 guns and more than 20 tons of marijuana and hash after raids in countries across the globe, Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, Deputy Director of Operations at Europol, said at a press...
    Panama is reportedly struggling to handle a significant surge of migrants from outside the Americas entering their country illegally en route to the U.S. amid the Biden administration’s lenient border policy that has driven a record number of people to try to enter the United States. It appears Biden’s welcoming message and partially open-border policy, overseen by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, has been heard across the globe. Non-Latin American migrants sneaking into Panama have been the canary in the coal mine for an impending wave of migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and other places outside the Western Hemisphere heading to the U.S. Citing Panama’s Foreign Minister (FM) Erika Mouynes, Bloomberg reported Thursday that Panama is having trouble addressing “a five-fold increase in migrants who trek for days through its dense southern jungle in the hope of reaching the U.S.. Thousands of migrants traveling from outside the Americas, including Africa and Asia, are beginning to overwhelm Panama’s shelters, the FM revealed, describing a situation similar to that at the U.S. southern border. Mouynes told Bloomberg:...
    'These are deaths related to heat that actually can be prevented. It is something we directly cause,' epidemiologist Ana Vicedo-Cabrera said. More than one-third of the world's heat deaths each year are due directly to global warming, according to the latest study to calculate the human cost of climate change. But scientists say that's only a sliver of climate's overall toll — even more people die from other extreme weather amplified by global warming such as storms, flooding and drought — and the heat death numbers will grow exponentially with rising temperatures. Dozens of researchers who looked at heat deaths in 732 cities around the globe from 1991 to 2018 calculated that 37% were caused by higher temperatures from human-caused warming, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. That amounts to about 9,700 people a year from just those cities, but it is much more worldwide, the study's lead author said. "These are deaths related to heat that actually can be prevented. It is something we...
                      by Mary Margaret Olohan  An “avalanche” of “expanding and accelerating” demographic forces is driving global birth rates down at alarming rates, demographers warned The New York Times. “A paradigm shift is necessary,” German demographer Frank Swiaczny, former United Nations chief of population trends and analysis, told the Times. “Countries need to learn to live with and adapt to decline.” The publication described ghost cities in northeastern China, South Korean universities scrambling for students, hundreds of thousands of demolished properties in Germany, and shut down maternity wards in Italy, and warned that countries like Hungary, China, Sweden and Japan are already pushing to balance the combination of “swelling” older populations with the needs of young people. Professor Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, called the report “jaw-dropping.” “From South Korea to South America, from Italy to the U.S., we’re witnessing an epochal fall in fertility,” the professor warned. A host of factors, which the Times described as “an avalanche” of “demographic forces,” appear to be accelerating toward more deaths than births almost...
    An “avalanche” of “expanding and accelerating” demographic forces is driving birth rates down, demographers warned The New York Times.  The publication described ghost cities in northeastern China, South Korean universities scrambling for students, hundreds of thousands of razed properties in Germany and shut down maternity wards in Italy. Demographers predicted to the Times that by the second half of the century — or earlier — the global population will enter a sustained decline. “A paradigm shift is necessary,” German demographer Frank Swiacznyn told the Times.  “Countries need to learn to live with and adapt to decline.” An “avalanche” of “expanding and accelerating” demographic forces is driving global birth rates down at alarming rates, demographers warned The New York Times. “A paradigm shift is necessary,” German demographer Frank Swiaczny, former United Nations chief of population trends and analysis, told the Times. “Countries need to learn to live with and adapt to decline.” The publication described ghost cities in northeastern China, South Korean universities scrambling for students, hundreds of thousands of demolished properties in Germany, and shut down maternity wards...
    The Pentagon is wielding United States' power through a shadowy army of 60,000 soldiers, civilians and contractors working under assumed identities and carrying out top secret domestic and overseas missions, according to a Newsweek investigation.   The force includes NSA agents, cyber security experts and special forces operating behind hostile enemy lines in places like North Korea and Iran, and is serviced by around 130 private companies, and supported by dozens of secretive Government agencies at an annual cost of $900million, according to the report. The 'army' operate in an amorphous new area of combat known as 'signature reduction', that exists in the 'twilight between covert and undercover', according to one senior intelligence officer.  A Department of Defense spokesperson told Newsweek that 'signature reduction' 'is not an official term' and that it is used to describe 'measures taken to protect operations.' The Defense Intelligence Agency says signature reduction could be described as  'operational security (OPSEC) measures for a variety of activities and operations'. The true size of the force of undercover operatives, which is completely unregulated and has never been the subject of...
    Kyle, left, and his boyfriend, George went two months without seeing each other at the start of the pandemic. Kyle Glick The COVID-19 pandemic changed the dating landscape and took a toll on many relationships. Four people shared their stories about finding love, or questioning it, during the pandemic. From virtual dating across the globe to struggling through lockdowns with family, here are their stories. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Like many people, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, Megan, 39, was bummed she had to cancel her upcoming vacation plans abroad. But more than a year later, she feels a bit differently about the situation. "I met my husband because of the pandemic," Megan told Insider. Dating and relationships, like most aspects of American life, were upended by the coronavirus. Social distancing guidelines and lockdowns disrupted classic dinner dates and bar meetups. Some people found themselves moving in with partners earlier than they normally would, while others found their marriage under tremendous strain. Insider spoke with four people whose dating life or relationships were...
    Senators ask Biden to ease rules that are holding up vaccinations across the globe
    INTERNATIONAL Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women around the globe. It has been marked on March 8 every year for more than a century and each year has a different theme. 2An activist at Schouwburg Square in Rotterdam, NetherlandsCredit: Rex Features What is the theme of International Women's Day 2021? The theme of IWD 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. It urges us to call out gender bias and inequality to create a more inclusive world. How can I get involved? There are plenty of ways to get involved with IWD 2021, despite the pandemic. One easy way is to take part in the Choose To Challenge pose on social media. IWD organisers are asking people to pose with their hand high to show their commitment to challenging inequality, calling out bias, questioning stereotypes, and helping to forge an inclusive world. Participants can submit their photos online and some will be featured on the IWD website and social media feeds. Another way to get involved could be to fundraise for a female-focused charity. IWD raised a six-figure...
    Despite the global pandemic putting a halt on many gatherings, people from around the world have already come together to show support for International Women's Day ahead of the annual observance on 8 March. This year's theme 'Choose to Challenge' has racked up thousands of posts across social media, with many posting selfies on Instagram with one hand in the air alongside a detailed caption explaining the bias and inequalities they're championing. On Twitter, the hashtag has become a way of spreading awareness of protests taking place in over 40 countries - with people spotted in China and Russia arranging flowers, and women in Israel laying in mock coffins to represent those who've been killed as a result of domestic violence. Meanwhile the streets of Turkey, Netherlands and India has been filled with people protesting for equality and seeking justice for individual women. Elsewhere in the UK and Canada, virtual panels have been organised to celebrate women who have campaigned for positive change.  Social media has been flooded with posts about International Women's Day ahead of the annual observance on 8 March....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The first months of the coronavirus pandemic were full of confusion and change. How was virus spread? Who was most at risk? What can we do to control it? READ MORE: Cuomo: First Positive Coronavirus Case In NYC Confirmed While we have many answers now, new variants are raising important questions about the future, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported Monday. It was New Year’s Eve 2019 when word began to trickle out of a cluster of viral pneumonias of unknown origin in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China. It would soon be determined that the cause was a novel, meaning previously unknown, coronavirus. What was initially thought to be a flu-like disease that had made an unusual jump from animals to humans, likely in Wuhan’s live animal market, quickly spread in the community. The virus had mutated to allow for person-to-person transmission. The pandemic had begun. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info...
    The Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate culture and family. Hollis Johnson/Insider New Year's traditions look different depending on where you are and what religion and customs you follow. We looked at five New Year's celebrations around the world — from the Chinese Lunar New Year to the Hindu lunar festival Diwali — to see how people around the world reflect on the past and prepare for the future. Read more stories like this on Insider. The Lunar New Year is a time for families to come together and celebrate with food, snacks, parades, and good company; it is a time to slow down and catch up with loved ones. It is celebrated in Chinese communities across the world as well as many other Asian ethnicities that follow the lunar calendar. 2021 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox, which symbolizes strength, movement, and hard work. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world and impact the way families celebrate, these values are more important than ever. New Year's looks different depending...
    Coronavirus lockdowns have stripped the world of democratic freedoms, with 2020 returning the worst scores in the 15-year history of an annual democracy index. The United Kingdom slipped two places, while France and Portugal joined the US in the 'flawed democracies' categories compiled in the Economist's Democracy Index. Norway, Iceland and Sweden were unchanged at the top, the Central African Republic, the Congo and North Korea, stayed bottom. But overall the democracies were dented throughout the world as draconian measures were introduced to control the pandemic.  Police officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower during a government enforced quarantine on March 17. The French and Portuguese democracies were the most dented in Europe because of their extreme lockdowns, the report said While repressions were most extreme in authoritarian states, the report said 'the removal of individual liberties in development democracies was the most remarkable feature of 2020.' The index's top 30 democracies Norway Iceland Sweden New Zealand Canada Finland Denmark Ireland Australia Netherlands Taiwan Switzerland Luxembourg Germany Uruguay United Kingdom Chile Austria Costa Rica Mauritius Japan Spain South Korea France...
    For over a decade, CouldYou? has driven innovation in the non-profit sector offering transformational programming providing menstrual health education and the CouldYou? menstrual cup in The United States, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Liberia. San Diego, United States, Jan. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — San Diego, CA-The CouldYou? Women and Girls’ Health Initiative promotes empowerment of women and girls through the distribution of the CouldYou? menstrual cup, menstrual health education, monitoring and evaluation. The data driven program is rooted in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3-6, 8, 12 and 17, and to date has helped change the lives of more than 19,500 girls and women. The CouldYou? program which was developed and launched by grass roots strategist Christine Garde Denning, began in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on Ghana and Mozambique to defeat a scourge of young women and school age girls around the world experiencing “Period Poverty” . “Period Poverty” which occurs at the onset of puberty forces millions of young women globally into a well documented downward spiral where girls end up not...
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blamed Facebook for spreading lies about everything from the pandemic to politics, calling the social media giant “a malignant force across the globe.” Scarborough devoted an entire segment of Friday’s “Morning Joe” to a rant calling for regulation that would break up Facebook’s monopoly and stop the dissemination of the type of disinformation that he said led to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. (RELATED: ‘Beyond Grotesque’: Joe Scarborough Flames Fox News Over Newt Gingrich Claim That Democrats Want To ‘Exterminate’ Republicans) WATCH: Scarborough began by saying that Facebook’s algorithms were designed to cater to extreme views and to push people toward radicalization rather than away from it. Calling for Facebook to be regulated and broken apart, Scarborough continued, “Facebook is a monopoly. It controls over 50 percent of news gathering, and they are reckless as hell! There is no accountability! And they are destroying not just American democracy, they’re destroying democracy across the globe. They are actually working with tyrannical governments to help chase out freedom fighters in certain countries. They are a...
    Facebook has long been a favorite target on Morning Joe. And now, Joe Scarborough is amping up the pressure on the social media giant in a big way. In an utterly brutal eight-minute tirade Friday on Morning Joe, the MSNBC host laced into Facebook over rapidly spreading conspiracies on their platform — accusing the company of having “set up algorithms that radicalize people.” Scarborough further called for the company to be split up. “No more socialism for [Mark] Zuckerberg,” Scarborough said. “No more protection for Facebook. They need to be thrown into the free market system. They’re a monopoly, they need to be broken up.” He added, “Facebook is a monopoly. It controls over 50 percent of news gathering, and they are reckless as hell! There is no accountability! And they are destroying not just American democracy, they’re destroying democracy across the globe. They are actually working with tyrannical governments to help chase out freedom fighters in certain countries. They are a malignant force across the globe!” Scarborough raised the temperature even higher by assigning the company significant blame for...
    Oregon health workers administer Covid-19vaccines in snowstorm to stranded motorists Federal Appeals Court Denies Qualified Immunity to Officer Who Tear Gassed Reporters Covering 2014 Ferguson Unrest Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Seniors Are Getting These Unsold 2020 SUVs For Dirt Cheap Ad Microsoft A slam dunk if you need a balance transfer Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © Shutterstock.com As soon as news broke that life would be put on pause to battle the novel coronavirus, nearly every industry was affected. The automotive market in particular — both on the production and purchasing sides — had to alter its mode of operations almost entirely. Drive: 30 Cars With the Highest Resale Value Now, with plants...
    The Guardian ‘I want to go home’: Filipina domestic workers face exploitative conditions Many of the Filipina women we interviewed across Asia, Europe and the Middle East lost jobs or had salaries cut since the pandemic – others were subjected to physical abuse ‘They’ve got no support whatsoever.’ Illustration: Susie Ang/The Guardian This story is published in partnership between the Guardian and the Fuller Project. Every morning, Rowena wakes early on the pile of blankets where she sleeps, curled up against a desk in the corner of the office she used to clean. It’s not yet 7am, but if her manager catches her alone in her pyjamas, he’ll try to grope and stroke her, as he’s tried to do several times a week for the past six months. Rowena, who is 54 and asked to be identified only by her first name, left the Philippines for Bahrain in April 2019. After she had been in the Gulf country for a year, her boss told her that due to the pandemic, he could no longer pay her monthly salary of 120...
    Google workers across the world are coming together to form a global union alliance. The newly formed coalition, called Alpha Global, is comprised of 13 different unions representing workers in 10 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. The announcement comes weeks after workers in the US and Canada launched the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), a minority union affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. AWU grew from 230 members to more than 700 within a week after it launched. Alpha Global is affiliated with the UNI Global Union, a federation of labor unions representing 20 million people worldwide, including workers at Amazon. “We know that organizing for justice at a global company like Alphabet does not stop at national boundaries,” said Parul Koul, executive chair of the Alphabet Workers Union and a Google software engineer, in a statement. “That is why it is so important to unite with workers in other countries. In a world where inequality is tearing apart, our societies and corporations are hoarding more influence than ever, reclaiming our power through...
    An Italian photographer has spent two years travelling the world capturing pictures of people with albinism, in a bid to highlight the discrimination that still exists against them in many parts of the world. Silvia Alessi, 44, from Bergamo, took photos of people with the disorder, which is caused by pigment being completely or partially missing from skin and hair, for her latest art project after being inspired by an Instagram post.  Among her subjects are three elderly siblings from India, who have never been photographed together before, and a Kurdish boy with white hair and very pale skin who lives in a house decorated completely in white.  Scroll down for video  A young Kurdish boy named Arya, who is seen posing amongst the pristine white décor of his family's home, features in Skin Project by Italian photographer Silvia Alessi, who spent two years taking pictures of people with albinism Stigma: the photographer says there's still prejudice around the world against people who are born with the condition, which is caused by pigment being completely or partially missing from...
    A good perfume is a staple in any woman's life and whilst different people may prefer varying scents, it seems one fragrance has come out on top.  Research from online beauty retailer Lookfantastic analysed Google searches across the globe to reveal the most popular women's and men's perfumes worldwide.   Caroline Herrera's Good Girl placed first for women, closely followed by Black Orchid by Tom Ford and Daisy by Marc Jacobs, while the top spot for men's fragrances went to 1 Million by Paco Rabanne.  Good Girl was the number one most-searched for women’s fragrance in 42 countries - including Paraguay, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Vietnam. Caroline Herrera's Good Girl (pictured) was the number one most searched for women’s fragrance in 42 countries and the most popular around the world This was closely followed by Black Orchid by Tom Ford and Daisy by Marc Jacobs (right) - which was the UK's top fragrance for women  The powerful perfume was released in 2016 but has since become a favourite amongst shoppers, with top notes of Almond, heart notes of Jasmine...
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