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Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 05:12
One minute they were taking photos, the next tending the burns of fellow tourists in New Zealand. It was a beautiful, clear day in Whakatāne, a town on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the air fresh with the beginning of summer. Suddenly and silently, just after lunch, a massive plume of smoke spewed into the blue sky. Just off the volcanic White Island, or Whakaari, a boatload of tourists who had been standing at the crater just 20 minutes earlier watched in surprise, and then horror.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 05:08
Demonstrators wearing gas masks glue hands to breeze blocks outside tube station. Climate change activists wearing gas masks have blocked a central London road to demand the next government tackles "deadly levels of air pollution" in the capital. Six Extinction Rebellion protesters dressed in hi-vis suits glued their hands to yellow breeze blocks in the middle of Cranbourn Street, outside Leicester Square tube station.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 05:00
Timothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaign. An Ohio legislator who said he had "no knowledge" of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign. The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the .
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:59
Anti-corruption inquiry hears Jamie Clements took trips for business and ‘entertainment’ when NSW Labor general secretary. Former NSW Labor boss Jamie Clements travelled on a private plane organised on behalf of Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo when he was general secretary of the state party, an anti-corruption inquiry has heard. Huang’s former executive assistant Tim Xu told the Independent Commission Against Corruption that Clements used the plane for "probably meetings and sometimes entertainment, sometimes a tennis match".
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:45
In the US, it is still perfectly legal to doctors to perform ‘hymen checks’ as proof of virginity. Michelle Northcote doesn’t remember her paediatrician’s face, but she does remember the ceiling in his office. It was covered with large tiles probably made of foam or cork-board. Each tile was large and rectangular, an off-white color flecked with grey. From the age of six to 13, Northcote spent a long time staring at it. Once a year, for the longest two minutes in history, she would force herself to concentrate on those tiles right after her doctor repeated the familiar phrase:
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:34
RFS commissioner says despite lower wind speed on Tuesday, high temperature and low humidity will make it a ‘difficult day’. NSW is facing a potentially "lethal" cocktail of bushfire conditions with smoke pollution set to smother Sydney and temperatures to soar past 40C. The Rural Fire Service commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, says wind speeds won’t be as high as previous dangerous days, but this will be cancelled out by high temperatures and low humidity.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:16
New report says greenhouse gas emissions equal carbon footprint of a quarter of passenger cars in Europe. Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping equal the carbon footprint of a quarter of passenger cars in Europe and stand , new analysis reveals. Despite the scale of shipping emissions from both container and cruise ships in Europe, they are not part of European emissions reduction targets.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:00
US technology allows fruits to stay ripe for twice as long and reduces plastic packaging. that stay ripe for twice as long as usual thanks to an edible coating on their skin made from plant materials will go on sale in Europe for the first time this week. Large supermarket chains in Germany and Denmark will stock the fruit, which is treated with a tasteless coating that has the potential to reduce fresh fruit and vegetable throughout the supply chain and cut the use of .
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:00
The scandal surrounding Der Spiegel journalist Claas Relotius is back, with a book by the colleague who exposed him. Fiction and non-fiction can feed off each other in unusual ways. In the winter of 2018, Germany was shaken by the biggest media scandal since the forged Hitler diaries, after it emerged that the country’s bastion of investigative journalism had published stories by a reporter who had “fictionalised” his prize-winning articles with armies of invented characters. Now the “Relotius scandal” has gone into its second round, with the publication of a non-fiction book by the journalist who exposed his fraudulent colleague: a detective story about the search for truth in the era of fake news that makes a more gripping read than most n.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:00
Ocean species endangered as black market trade devastates marine life across Puglia region. Every night, dozens of wooden boats loaded with fishing equipment pass under the Punta Penna bridge and into the protected waters of the Mar Piccolo, a unique saltwater lagoon in the southern Italian port city of Taranto. Trawling nets, cage traps and even homemade bombs are deployed into the moonlit waters by those in search of lucrative prey.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:00
The 2010s brought seismic change to the UK’s culinary landscape says critic and restaurateur Tim Hayward. Talking about the British food renaissance is easy for those of us in the industry. Depending on your point of view, it either kicks off with the publication of in 1984, which gave us a name, or the first TV series fronted by Jamie Oliver and in 1999, which gave us our most significant public figures. We tend to view the years that followed as a period of constant growth and success, but, as a new decade begins, the story of the 2010s seems more complex.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 04:00
Film expo will open Monday with a smaller program after Bolsonaro slashed public funding for the arts earlier this year. When Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, slashed public funding for the arts earlier this year, the director of the country’s top film festival knew her event was in trouble. "We realized we wouldn’t have the funding to put together a festival ...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 03:58
Five people are confirmed dead and more are unaccounted for after an eruption hit White Island in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. Five people have been confirmed killed, a figure that is expected to rise, after a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island. A double-digit number of people remain on the island, according to John Tims, the deputy commissioner of New Zealand police, although the exact number remains unknown. Tims told a briefing that police and rescue crews had still not been able to access to island, after advice from volcano experts.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 02:58
Disruption to transport and power cuts possible in run-up to election day on Thursday. The UK has been buffeted by gales of up to 70mph on two coasts, with weather alerts in place from north Wales to the Isle of Wight, and an area from Middlesbrough to Norwich on the North Sea. There is also a further yellow warning in place from 6am on Tuesday that covers the entire west coast of Scotland, as gusts of up to 100mph are expected that could cause disruption continuing through to Thursday, potentially affecting the general election.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 02:37
The scale of the bushfires burning in eastern Australia can be hard to grasp. This interactive map shows the total area burned overlaid on different capital cities. The ongoing bushfires in eastern Australia have killed six people and destroyed more than 680 homes in New South Wales. The scale of the area burned by the fires is immense, with at least 2.2m hectares burned or currently burning in NSW and Queensland.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 12/09/2019 02:00
Good sound, solid battery life and effective noise cancelling wrapped up in a tiny, potent package. Apple’s true wireless earbuds have gone “pro” and in doing so deliver on the promise of the 2017 originals. The new AirPods Pro are worth the wait. Apple managed two pieces of magic in 2017 with . They just worked without the skips, blips or audio delay, and came in a tiny battery case that kept them charged and safe – a combination that competitors still find hard to match.

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