Earth’s Glaciers Melting Much Faster Than Previously Thought: Study

The most comprehensive measurement of glaciers worldwide found that thousands of inland masses of snow compressed into ice are shrinking 18 percent faster than an international panel of scientists calculated in 2013. “Over 30 years suddenly almost all regions started losing mass at the same time,” said lead author Michael Zemp, director of the World Glacier Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich. “That’s clearly climate change if you look at the global picture.” “In these regions, at the current glacier loss rate, the glaciers will not survive the century,” Zemp said. Since 1961, the world has lost 10.6 trillion tons of ice and snow (9.6 trillion metric tons), the study found. Melted, that’s enough to cover the lower 48 …

An exclusive look inside Russia’s Arctic military base

Kotelny Island, Russia (CNN)Six time zones east of Moscow, on the frozen landscape of the New Siberian Islands, a new military race is taking shape. Russia’s Northern Fleet moved into the base in 2016. There, military personnel don’t have to face the harsh Arctic weather unless on duty. The “closed cycle” base has its residential and operations blocks, interconnected and the only standalone building there is a tiny Orthodox chapel some 20 meters from the heart of the base. Russia is also tightening its grip on the Northern Sea Route, which falls into the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone and cuts the shipping time from Europe to Asia by 40% compared to Suez Canal route. This month, Moscow announced that foreign …

Nike Slams Avenatti’s ‘Disgraceful’ Accusations That It Bribed Teen Athletes

Michael Avenatti on Saturday after he accused the company of paying off high school athletes to play basketball at colleges associated with its brand. Nike said in a statement to HuffPost that the company “will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the [NCAA basketball] tournament.” Avenatti Avenatti linked in his tweets to a 41-page Dropbox file that he claims provides “only SOME of the evidence.” Within the documents appear to be bank records listing alleged payments from 2016 and 2017 to individuals linked to three players. According to Avenatti, those include the players’ so-called …

U.S. Wants 2 Years To Find Thousands Of Migrant Children Separated From Parents

Trump administration seeks up to two years to track tens of thousands of additional immigrant children who may have been separated from their parents under President zero-tolerance” policy. court filing on Friday in San Diego. possibly up to 24 months,” according to the filing. Records would be assessed using data analysis, statistics and a manual review of whatever records exist. Government officials propose releasing any information as it’s obtained to the American Civil Liberties Union, which The organization blasted the government’s timeline. Last month, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in California issued a 14-page ruling since July 2017 — long before the zero-tolerance policy was announced. It’s estimated that close to distant relatives, family friends and others, according to ABC News.

J Hus performs with Drake after release from jail

“I waited for this all week so I could give you this stage so you can do exactly what you’ve been waiting to do,” said Drake. The day after the performance, J Hus shared a video thanking Drake and showing parts of the show and footage of him reuniting with friends. Skip Twitter post by @Jhus Last night was mad. Beh love to all my fans, friends and family. Been seeing all the support while I was away. Trust me I appreciate you all. Shout out to @Drake The Farda is back!! pic.twitter.com/7R6HrqiO3p — J HUS (@Jhus) April 6, 2019 It is not yet known when J Hus was released from prison – but it has been suggested it may …

CBP terminates controversial $297 million Accenture contract amid continued staffing struggles

Washington (CNN)Customs and Border Protection on Thursday ended its controversial $297 million hiring contract with Accenture, according to two senior DHS officials and an Accenture representative. This week, the entire contract was terminated for “convenience,” government speak for agreeing to part ways without placing blame on Accenture. While government hiring is “slow and onerous, it’s also part of being in the government” and that’s “something we have to accept and deal with as we go forward,” said one of the officials. For its efforts, CBP paid Accenture around $19 million in start-up costs, and around $2 million for 58 people who got job offers, according to the officials. Over the last couple of months, CBP explored how to modify the …

Trump’s Space Command to be based in Colorado, Alabama or California

(CNN)The Air Force has identified the six military bases that could house the military’s newest combatant command, US Space Command, according to an Air Force memorandum obtained by CNN. Following Waltz’ comments, Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado joked: “With all due respect to my colleague from Florida, Colorado is a mile closer to space than Florida is and a great place for space assets.” The six finalist locations are Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base — all in Colorado — as well as the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The memo, which has been approved by Secretary of the Air …

Trump’s threat to override new NAFTA with tariff on Mexican cars could undermine ratification

Washington (CNN)In walking back his threat to close the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump said Friday he would override his pending US-Mexico-Canada Agreement to impose a 25% tariff on cars made south of the border if Mexico doesn’t help stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States. The statement could undermine the ratification of the trade deal, which is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has called the original pact one of the worst deals he’s ever seen, and has touted the USCMA as a shining achievement of his administration. It would keep vehicles made within North America free from tariffs, as long as most of its parts were made inside the three countries …

Court papers show Gillibrands father worked for Nxivm sex cult: report

Rutnik was sued when he attempted to distance himself from the group before reaching a settlement. “Her father Doug Rutnik came to work as a consultant for NXIVM. … He was fired, they sued him, and they had to pay him $100,000,” former NXIVM employee Frank Parlato told Big League Politics. “Her father’s wife, her stepmother, was also a member of NXIVM. … Doug got her into the cult, Gillibrand’s father got Gillibrand’s future stepmother into the cult. Doug left the cult because he was sued. Clare Bronfman, after her father was sued, donated money to Gillibrand. Gillibrand accepted it.” SEAGRAM HEIRESS SECRETLY PAYING SEX CULT’S LEGAL FEES: PROSECUTORS An unnamed witness described how Gillibrand once sat at a Nxivm table …

Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max pilots followed expected procedures before crash, aviation officials say

(CNN)Pilots flying Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 repeatedly performed all of the aircraft manufacturer’s procedures, but could not control the Boeing 737 Max 8 before it crashed, killing all 157 people aboard, Ethiopian officials said Thursday. Ethiopian authorities appeared to recommend a Boeing review of the plane’sautomated anti-stall software, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), and that aviation regulators ensure the issue is dealt with before authorizing future flights. Without specifically naming the MCAS system, Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges said that the plane experienced “repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose-down conditions.” That description echoes the behavior of another Max 8 plane — Lion Air Flight 610 — which crashed in October last year. Investigators believe MCAS played a key …

Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Emergency Procedures Laid Out By Boeing: Report

It was not immediately clear whether the crew had chosen to re-deploy the system, which pushes the nose of the Boeing 737 MAX downwards, but one person with knowledge of the matter said investigators were studying the possibility that the software had kicked in again without human intervention. The Journal report, citing unidentified people briefed on the matter, said The pilots then cranked a manual wheel in an attempt to stabilize the plane, the report said, but they eventually decided to restore power to the usual electric trim on their control yokes, likely because the manual attempt did not achieve the desired results. Boeing’s MCAS software is at the center of investigations into both the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month …

Where being gay is illegal around world

(CNN)Brunei has enacted strict new laws that make gay sex punishable by stoning to death, prompting widespread condemnation. In 26 other countries, the penalty for sex between members of the same sex vary from 10 years in prison to life. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘Grindr car-jacking’ suspects arrested

Two attacks happened off Yardley Green Road on 5 January and 18 March with a third off Hob Moor Road on 24 March. Latest news from the West Midlands Ch Insp Sarah Tambling, of West Midlands Police told an LGBT open meeting on Thursday that she is “convinced there have been more than three” attacks and encouraged any other victims to come forward. Grindr’s safety guide advises meeting people from the app in a safe location and to “take as little with you as you can”. Related Topics Birmingham Yardley Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Lionel Messi brace guides Barcelona to victory in Catalan derby

(CNN)A Lionel Messi brace guided Barcelona to victory over rivals Espanyol in Saturday’s Catalan derby. READ: Why Messi is the world’s best player Messi has now scored eight goals in his last four games for Barca. Such is his goalscoring form at the moment that his Barca teammate Luis Suarez is the second top scorer in La Liga, but he is 13 goals behind Messi. This was Barca’s sixth successive win and as Ernesto Valverde’s team extended their unbeaten league run to 17 matches. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Why the founder of Mother’s Day hated greetings cards

The UK, however, marks the day on the fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March this year – thanks to its revival of a medieval tradition called Mothering Sunday. But it took an American to give us the idea. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Over the years Mother’s Day simnel cakes became elaborately decorated confections A later custom of live-in apprentices and domestic servants going home to visit their mothers, which started in 17th Century Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, also inspired Ms Smith’s Mothering Sunday revival. But these visits had a very practical purpose, says Prof Ronald Hutton, an expert in British ritual history at the University of Bristol. “It was one of the leanest times of the year, when …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …