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  1. Rain storms are soaking the Denver metro area for the second day in a row, causing flash flooding and temporary road closures. In Broomfield, the National Weather Service recorded more than 3.5 inches of rain in less than two hours at one of its monitors. The rain has already had an impact, with a flash flood shutting down a community park and closing Spader Way from 1st Ave to DesCombes Drive for several hours. Local authorities have reported no injuries so far. A flash flood warning for Broomfield lifted at 11 a.m. and no evacuations have been ordered. Weather forecasters warn storms will move through the south-central metro area this afternoon and evening, which could lead to more flash flooding in communities around Denver.
  2. We received 7 reports about a fireball seen over TX on Tuesday, August 16th 2022 around 09:13 UT. For this event, we received one video.
  3. According to Dr. Naomi Wolf, who runs a crowdsourced project to analyze 300,000 Pfizer documents released via a FOIA request, 44 percent of pregnant women who participated in the drug maker's COVID-19 vaccine trial lost their babies. As first reported by American Greatness, research released by feminist activist and author Dr. Naomi Wolf through her website The Daily Clout indicates that 44 percent of pregnant women in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial lost their babies. Wolf, who runs a crowd-sourced analysis project of 300,000 pages of Pfizer documents ordered released in a January ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman of the Northern District of Texas, appeared on Steve Bannon's show "War Room" on Tuesday.
  4. There are warnings of thunderstorms in many parts of France on Wednesday, in an abrupt interruption to the heatwave the country has been experiencing for weeks. Violent storms and flooding was forecast for much of southern France, where an "orange" alert — the second highest level — was issued in five Mediterranean departments. Paris was already struck by intense storms on Tuesday evening, dumping a large proportion of the French capital's average monthly rainfall in an hour and a half. By 7 pm, more than 40 millimetres of rain had fallen in the space of 90 minutes, according to the French national meteorological service Météo-France. This was almost "70% of what normally falls in a month altogether", a spokesman told AFP.
  5. A giant tornadic waterspout has emerged off the south coast as the UK is warned about further flooding and thunderstorms. The rare weather phenomena was captured by eagle-eyed witnesses Martin Jezard and Mark McCartney near Fowey, Cornwall, on Tuesday. They can occur when cold air moves across a body of water and results in a large temperature difference, and can last for several minutes, moving at speeds of up to 15 knots. Waterspouts have similar characteristics to land tornadoes and are often accompanied by severe thunderstorms as well as high winds.
  6. Stunning footage captured a towering waterspout off the coast of Destin, Florida on Tuesday during a "seriously wicked" thunderstorm. A witness said the waterspout, similar to a tornado over water, travelled to the East through the stormy skies for about 20 minutes before dissipating and did not make landfall.
  7. An emergency warning system, allowing alerts about severe weather and other life-threatening events to be sent to mobile phones, will go live in October in England, Scotland and Wales. The Cabinet Office says the technology will alert up to 85% of the population. The messages will be sent automatically to any smartphone which is switched on, although it is possible to opt out by changing a mobile phone setting.
  8. A dramatic waterspout was spotted circling around the three Maltese islands earlier this morning. Footage and photographs sent to Lovin Malta show the waterspout going around various locations around the Maltese islands, at around 10am this morning. The waterspout was spotted from Comino's Blue Lagoon, on the way to Ramla Bay from Xagħra, Gozo, Paradise Bay, and other localities in the north of Malta. Waterspouts occasionally form when cold air moves across and results in large temperature differences between the warm water and the overriding cold air. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lovin Malta (@lovinmalta)
  9. Three farmers were killed by lightning in Wagan town and three canals and their tributaries in Qambar-Shahdadkot district developed breaches, which destroyed recently planted paddy saplings on hundreds of acres during heavy rain on Tuesday. In Larkana, it started raining heavily in the morning, inundating low-lying areas and main roads. The Met office recorded 35 millimeter rainfall in the city within 55 minutes, which caused gutters to overflow and pool rainwater before trade centres and hospitals. The rainwater also accumulated in two underpasses connecting the city with healthcare facilities and district and divisional offices.
  10. Four farm workers were killed and three others injured due to a lightning strike in Andhra Pradesh's Eluru district. The incident occurred in Bhogole village on Tuesday. The victims were working in an eucalyptus farm and had been resting in a tent in the field. They had come for work from Annavaram in Kakinada district. The injured were rushed to a government hospital at Eluru and were later shifted to Vijayawada for treatment. The deceased were identified as Kondababu (35), Raju (28), Dharmaraju (25) and Venu (19). The bodies were taken to a hospital in Eluru for autopsy. Ganesh, Arjun and Bullaiah were undergoing treatment. Source: IANS
  11. The shell of Jupiter's famous ice moon may be formed, in part, by pure underwater snow that floats up instead of falling down. A new study, published in the August issue of the journal Astrobiology, finds that Europa's icy crust might be built partially by "frazil ice," a fluffy accumulation of ice crystals that also builds up beneath ice sheets on Earth. This frazil ice holds a fraction of the salt found in ice that grows from the ice shelf itself, suggesting that Europa's ice sheets may be less salty than previously believed. "When we're exploring Europa, we're interested in the salinity and composition of the ocean, because that's one of the things that will govern its potential habitability or even the type of life that might live there," study lead author Natalie Wolfenbarger, a graduate student researcher at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, said in a statement.
  12. China-born MIT professor Gang Chen, whose name was cleared earlier this year following a high-profile investigation into his alleged China ties, has led a team to discover what they say is the best semiconductor ever found. In a paper published in the journal Science last month, Chen and colleagues said that a material known as cubic boron arsenide could conduct heat 10 times better than silicon, the most widely used semiconductor. The new material's extraordinary thermal conductivity makes it a promising candidate for next-generation electronics, according to the paper by Chen and co-authors from MIT, the University of Houston and other US institutions.
  13. Finland said it will cut the number of Russian tourist visas it issues by 90 percent due to rising discontent over the war in Ukraine. The decision, announced on August 16 by Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, is the latest in a series of moves by the country in direct response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in Helsinki, Haavisto said Russian tourist visas would be cut to 10 percent of current volumes as of September 1.
  14. Three passports, Privileged documents. A file on a presidential pardon. As evidence surfaces about what FBI agents seized during the raid of former President Donald Trump's estate in Mar-a-Lago, new questions about the real focus of the investigation and new avenues for legal challenges are bubbling to the surface. The Justice Department informed Trump's team Monday that agents gathered the former president's passports and are obligated to return them, and that officials are also reviewing seized materials that may be covered by various privileges, multiple sources told Just the News. DOJ has designated a process for separating materials that could be covered by executive privilege or attorney client privilege and hopes to return such memos to Trump within a couple of weeks, the sources said.
  15. Videos circulating on social media Sunday show the moment chaos ensued at an Ikea store in Shanghai, China, after authorities ordered it to shut down over a COVID-19 scare. Shoppers rushed for the exits as health authorities attempted to lock down the building after learning that someone who had been in contact with a COVID-19 patient had visited. In one video, an announcement can be heard inside the store saying authorities asked for an immediate shutdown and to stop people from entering or exiting.
  16. The alleged move has prompted the head of recruitment for the Royal Air Force (RAF) - herself a senior female officer - to resign in recent days in protest. The head of RAF recruitment has resigned in protest at an "effective pause" on offering jobs to white male recruits in favour of women and ethnic minorities, defence sources have claimed. The senior female officer apparently handed in her notice in recent days amid concerns that any such restrictions on hiring, however temporary and limited, could undermine the fighting strength of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the sources said.
  17. Cheney was the most high-profile of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman — who was heavily supported by former President Donald Trump — has captured the GOP nomination for Wyoming's at-large congressional seat after embattled Rep. Liz Cheney conceded Tuesday. Cheney, who was losing by more than 30 percentage points when she said she called Hageman to concede, was the most senior of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, which was waged by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt congressional certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.
  18. The US branding Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism would lead to a severing of ties, a Foreign Ministry official says. If the US designates Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, it would represent "a point of no return" in relations between the two countries, and Washington is aware of that, Moscow has explained. In an interview with TASS published on Saturday, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's North American Department, Aleksandr Darichev, was asked about the possibility of downgrading relations with the US over its support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia and the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Moscow. "I wouldn't want to philosophize about what's possible and what's not in the current turbulent situation when the US-led West has trampled upon international law and absolute taboos in diplomatic practice," he said.
  19. There has always been a hunger for new discoveries and revelations of the truth, but often, in the past, it took great effort to get past the "agenda" — there has always been one. Think of the Daniel Ellsberg exposure of The Pentagon Papers as well as many pieces coming out of Viet Nam during the '60s by a group of idealist journalists covering the war there. None of these were popular publications with the editors (or the powers that be), and had their difficulty getting published, but they were not altogether censored. Then jump a few decades ahead and think of Julian Assange, still being held against his will for his revealing publications in WikiLeaks on war crimes committed by the United States. And we certainly must not forget the courageous work of Edward Snowden who exposed illegal CIA surveillance in the summer of 2013 having The Guardian, in the UK, and The Washington Post, in the US, publish his story. Again, although unusual considering today's climate that his story...
  20. It was a good but bizarre day when the CDC finally reversed itself fundamentally on its messaging for two-and-a-half years. The source is the MMWR report of August 11, 2022. The title alone shows just how deeply the about-face was buried: Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022. The authors: "the CDC Emergency Response Team" consisting of "Greta M. Massetti, PhD; Brendan R. Jackson, MD; John T. Brooks, MD; Cria G. Perrine, PhD; Erica Reott, MPH; Aron J. Hall, DVM; Debra Lubar, PhD;; Ian T. Williams, PhD; Matthew D. Ritchey, DPT; Pragna Patel, MD; Leandris C. Liburd, PhD; Barbara E. Mahon, MD." It would have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall in the brainstorming sessions that led to this little treatise. The wording was chosen very carefully, not to say anything false outright, much less admit any errors of the past, but to imply that it was only possible to say these...
  21. Some of us started reviewing the evidence of the effects of physical interventions on the spread of viral respiratory infection two decades ago. The Cochrane review, now in its fourth update, concludes there is still uncertainty about the effects of face masks. "Physical interventions" include hand washing, distancing, disinfection and barriers, including all types of masks. SARS-CoV-2 had not been identified when we did the last update (published in November 2020), so we reviewed what physical interventions did to affect the spread of influenza and influenza-like illness. Most identify these two as "Flu". We have already shown the lack of knowledge that accompanies this microbiological simplification. Influenza-like illness is a syndrome made up of a constellation of signs and symptoms: fever, cough, runny nose, malaise, fatigue and so on, with which everyone is familiar. It is a multiagent syndrome caused by scores of known viruses (including seasonal coronaviruses) and many more...
  22. This episode of Objective:Health is another in our ongoing In The News segments. This week we look at a study out of Thailand that found 1 in 3 teens suffer cardiovascular side effects while 1 in 43 suffer heart inflammation. We also look at what some are calling 'Turbo Cancer,' aggressive cancers that are coming up after receiving mRNA vaccinations. Some are new cancers, some are old cancers that were previously in remission, but they're coming on much stronger than doctors have previously seen. We also talk about the CDC's 'too-little-to-late' Covid policy change that basically shifts all of the US to policies Florida was implementing two years ago. Join us for all of this and more on this episode of Objective:Health. And check us out on Brighteon! For other health-related news and more, you can find us on: ♥Twitter: ♥Facebook: ♥Brighteon: ♥LBRY:...
  23. CIA surveillance of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange while he was sheltering in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London included recording his conversations with American lawyers, journalists and doctors, and copying private data from visitors' phones and other devices, violating constitutional protections, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The suit - filed on behalf of four Americans who visited Assange - seeks damages personally from then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo for violating the plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. The suit also seeks damages against a Spanish security firm contracted to protect the embassy, and its CEO, alleging that they abused their position to illegally spy on visitors and passed on the surveillance data they collected to the CIA, which is also named a defendant in the suit. Legal experts, including a former senior intelligence official, told Newsweek that the allegations in the lawsuit, if proven, show the CIA crossed...
  24. How interesting the "civilised world" is. Every year, various representatives of the so-called "world community" gather in Hiroshima, make speeches, lay flowers and shed tears for the victims of the atomic bombing. The places of honour are always occupied by representatives of the country that carried out this very bombing. They say the right words, that it was a crime that should not be repeated, "we grieve...." etc. And not a word about who did it. Not just a single word - but subtle half-hints that there is, they say, a country on the planet that sleeps and sees how to attack someone. And it has nuclear weapons, very, very dangerous. And everyone present nods their heads in agreement: "Yes, yes, there is such a country! We condemn!" With a clear reference to Russia. As a rule, the UN Secretary General also comes to the event. He, along with everyone else, sheds tears, grieves and is horrified by the cruelty. And carefully does not name the country - "the culprit of the...
  25. In March of this year Russian troops captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. It has been in Russian possession ever since, although the Ukrainian forces have made desperate attempts to recapture it. These attempts have included bombing and shelling of the site. To describe this and incredibly stupid is an understatement. The plant is a nuclear plant and its wanton destruction could cause the dispersal of nuclear material far from the site. To say that it endangers the lives not only of the Russian occupiers and the surrounding Ukrainians living in proximity to the plant is a massive understatement. The destruction of the plant risks a nuclear contamination of a vast surrounding area that includes not only Ukrainian territory, but also that of its geographical neighbours, including Russia, Poland and Hungary. The Russians have protested the bombing and shelling of the plant, thus far without success. The Ukrainians seem impervious to the risks that are evident to all the...
  26. A major fire broke out in a Picnic store in Rotterdam on Sunday morning where the fire brigade turned up to extinguish the flames. According to local reports, an employee of this Picnic store turned up to start their shift for work and noticed the fire alarm was raised and three delivery trucks were set in a blaze. The cause of the fire is still unknown. This is the third Picnic store to go up in flames in less than a year. Rebel News was on scene for the aftermath of the second fire in Almelo, which videos online showed the huge fire that ultimately burned down the entire building.
  27. Analyzing data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019, losing a substantial part of its visible surface and producing a gigantic Surface Mass Ejection (SME). This is something never before seen in a normal star's behavior. Our Sun routinely blows off parts of its tenuous outer atmosphere, the corona, in an event known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). But the Betelgeuse SME blasted off 400 billion times as much mass as a typical CME!
  28. Germany had to introduce its new levy to help utilities cover the cost of replacing Russian supplies or else its energy market would collapse, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Monday. "The alternative would have been the collapse of the German energy market, and with it large parts of the European energy market," Habeck told reporters in Berlin.
  29. Russia's defence ministry has warned Britain against a planned spy plane flight over Russian territory, saying its air force has been given orders to prevent an intrusion. The ministry said on Tuesday that the UK had sent a notice informing about a planned flight of an RC-135 reconnaissance plane along a route that partly passes over Russian territory. "We regard this action as a deliberate provocation," the ministry said, adding that the Russian air force had been "given the task to prevent the violation of the Russian border".
  30. Check out this extreme footage of an unbelievable waterspout hovering off the coast, not far from the town of Paliouri. Wow, it looks so massive!
  31. Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has bought $7bn of shares in US companies including Starbucks, Zoom and Microsoft. The purchases bring the market value of the sovereign wealth fund's investment portfolio to about $40.8bn at the end of the second quarter. Bloomberg reported that the move echoed the PIF's strategy in early 2020, when the fund spent billions on stakes in US firms whose valuations had been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.
  32. Buses taking on water, collapsing walls and heavy traffic frustrated Istanbulites on Monday as downpours and flash floods gripped the Turkish megalopolis. In the early hours of Monday, downpours began hitting the European and Asian sides of the city during rush hour. Streets and roads at lower altitudes that lack drainage were submerged with rainwater which also inundated some shops. The Grand Bazaar, the city's most famous and historic marketplace, was also hit by floodwaters while shopkeepers struggled to clean up their shops in the market and the nearby shopping district Eminönü. The main road in Eminönü was also clogged due to floodwaters. In Fatih, where Eminönü and the Grand Bazaar are located, downpours ripped apart pavement stones, blocking a street, while rainwater overflowing from clogged drainage pipes flooded the streets elsewhere. In the Yenikapı district, two vehicles were trapped in a flooded underpass, with firefighters helping the stranded drivers. In Sarıyer,...
  33. At least 19 people drowned in flash floods in Musa Khel in Balochistan and Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab while the rescuers fished out nine dead bodies. Reportedly, a dam in Musa Khel, Balochistan swept away following the torrential rains on Monday. As a result, 12 people drowned in the floodwater. The rescuers took out four bodies while the search for 8 others was underway. Confirming the news, Deputy Commissioner Yasir Iqbal Dashti said that hundreds of houses collapsed during the recent spell of heavy rains. According to official data, the death toll in Balochistan has reached 196.
  34. The rescue operation began in Solang Nala in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu on Tuesday after two people went missing in the flash floods caused due to heavy rain on Monday. The teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Police Fire brigade are deployed at the spot. According to the officials, the water level has currently been reduced. Two people drowned while crossing a temporary bridge built on a drain in Solang, Manali on Monday.
  35. While most of us thought that we had a government of the people, by the people, for the people, we do not and have not had one for many decades. The transformation has been in the works for over 100 years, but the final weapon to take us to a one-world government was the two-part President's Council on Sustainable Development/National Partnership for Reinventing Government. The first part embedded Agenda 21 into even the most minor areas of government — from federal to Podunkville. The second, while we heard even less about it, is the dangerous "focus on leading a fundamental culture change in the government", that transfers(ed) power from Congress to the bureaucracy; from representatives of the people to unelected bodies (and thus we have no ability to oust them) who "ultimately control international finance, all corporate & business activity, government policy, and international relations." And thus, they "have constructed a system that will enable them to seize the "global...
  36. The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan request for more information regarding the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property. In a letter reported by Axios, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote over the weekend to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting a classified briefing on the documents unveiled by the search, as well as an assessment of national security risks tied to any mishandling of those documents. A committee spokesperson told Axios: "The Senate Intelligence Committee is charged with overseeing counterintelligence matters, including the handling and mishandling of classified information, which appears to be at the core of the search of Mar-a-Lago." The effort by Warner and Rubio marks the first bipartisan effort at oversight of the FBI's decision, which Trump and his allies have...
  37. Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a rare act of what appears to be a Ukrainian sabotage operation in Crimea. This after video emerged online showing a series of explosions after a fire engulfed a munitions depot there. "On the morning of Aug. 16, as a result of an act of sabotage, a military storage facility near the village of Dzhankoi was damaged," the ministry said. "Damage was caused to a number of civilian facilities, including power lines, a power plant, a railway track as well as a number of residential buildings. There were no serious injuries," it added.
  38. One of former President Donald Trump's attorneys has revealed new details regarding the raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., early last week. Lawyer Christina Bobb said that the former president and many family members watched the FBI during "the whole" raid, meaning that they likely would have been able to see if agents planted any evidence, as Trump suggested last week. According to the New York Post, Bobb told the streaming network, Real America's Voice: "It's kind of funny. I think the folks in New York, President Trump and his family, probably had a better view than I did because they had the CCTV, they were able to watch. I was, you know, I was stuck in the parking lot there to you know, collect paper and answer questions. But they were actually able to see the whole thing. So they actually have a better idea of what took place inside." Bobb said that the FBI had initially instructed Trump's staff and his attorneys to shut off the closed circuit TV security...
  39. Due to the fact that the composite war of the West against Russia through the use of Ukraine as a springboard and tool is clearly failing, the puppet government of "independent Ukraine" has made a criminal deal with the Polish authorities, and sells to Warsaw for a penny what is still left in Kiev's zone of influence. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service reported that Poland, in addition to preparing a provocation with the introduction of an occupation contingent into the western territories of Ukraine under the guise of "Polish peacekeeping forces," is already trying to organise control over the most promising sectors of the neighbouring state's economy. With the obvious consent of the Ukrainian authorities, Polish companies organised the purchase of products of Ukrainian agricultural producers at low prices, condemning Ukrainian entrepreneurs to bankruptcy. The main goal is the purchase of assets and land from bankrupt enterprises for a penny. As an example, the Russian...
  40. Navigating the maze-like showroom that is an Ikea store has always been notoriously difficult. But last weekend, hundreds of shoppers in Shanghai found themselves barging their way past security guards just to get out of the doors at the Xuhui district outlet. On social media it looked like a closing-down sale or Black Friday scrum. But these shoppers weren't in search of a bargain Billy bookcase. They were simply trying to leave the store. China's draconian approach to tackling Covid-19 has previously left some shoppers trading their handbags for sleeping bags. In Shanghai, those unfortunate enough to fail in the escape from Ikea were trapped for hours behind the locked exit as authorities ordered swab tests for all customers, all because one shopper was in close contact with someone with the virus. They're not alone. Horror stories have emerged of people being locked in Uniqlo for 48 hours or being trapped in Disneyland as authorities mass-tested tens of thousands in the pursuit...
  41. It feels like old times. In the wake of the FBI raid on Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, the mainstream media are in a feeding frenzy the likes of which we haven't seen since he exited the White House. The usual suspects, like The New York Times and Washington Post, which spent the four years of Trump's presidency consistently and spectacularly beclowning themselves, are at it again. Dare we say that it has "all the hallmarks" of media incompetence? Take The Washington Post: Using its signature anonymous single-source style, it broke the alleged news that Trump was in possession of documents "related to nuclear weapons." What exactly does that mean? Honestly, based on Post's coverage of Russiagate, when so many "bombshells" fizzled when the details emerged, you have to wonder if it's the White House pastry chef's recipe for nuclear chocolate cake. The Times, meanwhile, informs us that Trump sought to send a secret message to Attorney General Merrick Garland, this according to — wait...
  42. The kingdom killed 120 detainees in the first half of the year, returning to the pre-COVID levels of executions During the first half of 2022, Saudi Arabia executed 120 people, a number higher than that of 2020 and 2021 combined, as the kingdom is on its way to surpass the record of 186 executions set in 2019. According to a report released by the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) last month, 101 of the individuals executed this year were Saudi nationals, 9 were Yemeni, while the rest were citizens from Egypt, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria. According to the report: "If Saudi Arabia continues to execute people at the same pace during the second half of 2022, they will reach an unprecedented number of executions, exceeding the record high of 186 executions in 2019." Most of the executions carried out this year took place on 12 March, when Saudi officials killed 81 detainees on charges of "terrorism-related activities."
  43. Minneapolis public school teachers of color will have additional job protections this upcoming school year under a new contract that would allow them to keep their jobs rather than white instructors with more seniority. The labor agreement's intent was to protect "underrepresented populations" and keep the district's predominantly white staff from becoming more homogenous, a report said Monday. About 60% of Minneapolis students are non-white compared to 16% of the district's tenured teachers and 27% of its probationary teachers, according to a June Minneapolis Star Tribune report. The agreement states that teachers of color "may be exempted from district-wide layoff[s] outside seniority order," according to Minnesota outlet Alpha News, which published language from the contract Sunday.
  44. Does anyone still recall the excitement in late 2020 when the vaccines against Covid-19 were finally in sight? The trial results were excellent, promising an end to the pandemic in 2021. The main worry was the availability of the vaccines and of course equitable distribution between countries. I believed in the narrative myself, even if scientists I know and trust had voiced doubts about the effectiveness against infection I saw no reason not to believe the trial results. Early 2021, when worries arose regarding vaccine sourcing for the Icelandic population I even took part in an attempt to have one of the manufacturers arrange a population-wide trial in Iceland, similar to what Pfizer did in Israel. Today I'm very glad we didn't succeed.
  45. JK Rowling's death threat from an Iran-supporting Islamic extremist did not violate Twitter's rules after the vile troll warned 'you are next' in response to her support of stabbed author Salman Rushdie. The British author received a harrowing threat from Meer Asif Aziz, based in Karachi, who described himself on Twitter as a 'student, social activist, political activist and research activist', who made tasteless 'jokes' about how to destroy Israel and branded it a Putin-savaged Ukraine - as well as Pakistan's chief geopolitical rival India - 'terrorist states'. The Harry Potter writer and free speech campaigner - who has been pilloried by trans activists for her beliefs on gender - had expressed her horror at the sickening attempt on Rushdie's life in upstate New York when she was issued the chilling threat on Twitter.
  46. Visitors at a waterfall in Rustaq, north of Oman, scream as a man is swept downstream during a flash flood. Sightseers make it out by scrambling up a rocky bank as fast-flowing flood water and debris surge in the southern Arabian Peninsula.
  47. At least 50 people have died and "many" displaced after recent torrential rains caused flooding in northern Nigeria, Sani Yusuf, executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for Jigawa State said. "When you go around [Jigawa State], we lost about 50 people to the flood," Yusuf told reporters on camera Sunday from the city of Dutse, which was broadcast by local media. Yusuf said at least 237 homes had been damaged in the area of Balangu alone, forcing people into temporary camps. Eleven temporary camps have been set up for those displaced, he said. Nigeria's Federal Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Farouq also visited Jigawa State recently to distribute relief materials, the federal ministry tweeted.
  48. A new Victorian law which forces mothers and fathers to accept their children's desire to change gender has left distraught parents fearing prosecution if they do anything to try to prevent potentially harmful and irreversible treatment. So far-reaching is the new law that even trying to arrange counselling and expert assessment for their kids could lead to parents - and the mental health professionals - being prosecuted if the advice did anything other than affirm the children's newly-discovered gender dysphoria. Many parents feel trapped, unable to do anything to prevent their children pursuing potentially irreversible and harmful changes - from chest-binding to taking hormone blockers and ultimately sex-change surgery.
  49. Weyburn area producers have begun harvesting, but a hailstorm on Sunday evening had an impact on some of the crops in the field, some suffering 100-per-cent damages. There were also some reports of vehicles damaged by hail on Highway 13 in the Weyburn area. While harvest is underway in other parts of the province, particularly in the southwest, farmers in the southeast are just getting underway with some crops. Just south of Weyburn, Dan Cugnet began his harvest a week ago with fall rye, and noted while that crop looks "exceptional", the hail from Sunday night is going to hurt the crops still in the field. "After a late start and cooker spring, we have had perfectly timed rains and this heat is bringing everything in. Other than some disease pressure in the area for pulse crops like peas and lentils, everything looks terrific," he said.
  50. RECORD-BREAKING CHILLS IN ECUADOR Historically cold mornings were suffered in Ecuador over the weekend, particularly across the nation's Highlands. Harsh frosts were noted as the merucy dipped below the freezing point. The town of Latacunga, for example, plunged to to -3.8C (25F) — a new record-low for the month of August, and a reading only 0.9C from the national monthly low (the -4.7C (23.5F) set in Pisayambo). The below graphic comes courtesy of Inamhi: