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Tesla Model S reportedly laps Nürburgring way faster than Porsche Taycan
Tesla's Model S might be on its way of becoming the electric king of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack.  An upgraded version of the Model S is currently being tested at the Nürburgring, weeks after Porsche's upcoming electric car, the Taycan, set the lap record for a production electric vehicle with a 7:42 time.  And while there's still no official time for the Tesla, German outlet Auto Motor und Sport (via Clean Technica) claims the Model S has been informally measured doing a 7:23 time at the Nordschleife.  An official time will be needed for a fair comparison, but that 19-second difference is nothing to be sniffed at. If the Model S manages to achieve a similar result officially, it would place it far above any production electric car, and roughly among such cars as the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Ferrari 488 GTB.  Read more...More about Tesla, Electric Cars, Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Tech
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First four tests for Daniel Jones: One of them is the Patriots
Now that Daniel Jones is the Giants’ starting quarterback, here’s a look at his first four opponents: Sunday at Tampa Bay Jones’ first chance to prove he can succeed in New York comes against someone who couldn’t. Despite inheriting a defense ranked 27th overall last season, former Jets coach Todd Bowles’ first year as Buccaneers...
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Brexit: Juncker says risk of no deal 'palpable' as MEPs debate UK's departure from EU - live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day two of the supreme court hearing to decide if Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament was lawful 9.05am BST These are from my colleague Jennifer Rankin.Masses of empty seats as Brexit debate in the European Parliament begins.Brexit party out in force, cheering, when Brexit mentioned. pic.twitter.com/lbLth1ObD5The European parliament Brexit debate is a bit of a Punch and Judy show. Jeering and heckling from the Brexit Party. Applause from UK remainers and other MEPs.Note also how Guy Verhofstadt uses French pronunciation of Eurosceptics - Euroseptics. 9.00am BST The European parliament debate was opened by the Finnish European affairs minister Tytti Tuppurainen. She was there to represent the European council, because Finland holds the EU presidency.She said the EU was facing a “rather bleak situation”. She went on:In July the UK got a new government and a new prime minister. Unfortunately it is increasingly clear that it has not helped to clarify the situation or the UK’s negotiating position. When it comes to the most difficult questions - such as the Irish border - the UK has not tabled any new concrete proposals yet.We are faced with more, rather than less, uncertainty. Continue reading...
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Marc Thiessen: NY Times guilty of journalistic malpractice in reporting on Justice Kavanaugh
NY Times mishandling of Kavanaugh story shows why half of Americans have little confidence in media.
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Life after Syria: the migrants' tale – a photo essay
More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees now live in Turkey as a result of a conflict that has raged since 2011. Many take to the seas off Turkey to make the short but perilous trip to GreeceWith migrants only allowed one backpack each on the smugglers’ boats that carry them from Turkey to Greece, Ahmed, his wife, Hanin, and her family packed a few possessions and sent the rest of their belongings to friends. Then they waited.It should have been the defining moment of a journey that began as Syria’s conflict escalated, forcing two Palestinian families to flee their homes in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. Hanin and her family left in 2014, and Ahmed two years later for Turkey, where they were introduced in the winter of 2017. Continue reading...
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Koch-Backed Groups Launch Campaign to End War in Afghanistan
Earlier this month, Trump scrapped secret peace talks with the Taliban
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Google Assistant adds 9 new AI-generated voices
Google Assistant is gaining new voices generated by WaveNet, an AI system pioneered by Alphabet's DeepMind, across multiple languages.
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Google Assistant gets a second voice option in nine countries
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is launching new voices for Google Assistant in nine countries today, adding a secondary voice option outside the US for the first time. When users set up a new Android phone, the default voice will also be chosen at random, so there’ll be a mix of people getting the old and new voices, though you can still change later if you want to. New voices are available for Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Norwegian in their respective countries. New English voices are also being launched in India and the UK. Voices will be referred to by colors and randomly assigned Google’s Assistant — like all of the other major smart assistants — launched with a traditionally female-sounding voice. Google has been trying to move away from gendering its assistant, though. These new voices will be traditionally male-sounding, but neither voice will come with a gendered name or description. Instead, Google will refer to the voices by colors. So one might be named “red” and the other might be named “orange.” The colors and the order they’re presented in will even be randomized, so as to not tilt the scales toward one voice or another if users go to change the voice later on. Google began randomizing Assistant’s presentation like this last year, and on Google Nest and Home devices in the US, it’s already randomized the default voice. Multiple voices have only been available in the US, though, and only in English. Today’s update changes that, even if their availability is still unfortunately limited. International voice options aren’t as expansive either: in the US, there are 11 English-language voices... including John Legend.
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Fortnite adds cross-platform voice chat based on Houseparty
Fortnite today added cross-platform voice chat, a feature that lets friends talk even if they’re not currently playing the game. Party Hub, which is available in the game’s mobile apps, lets you see which of your friends are online and start audio conversations with them. The feature is based on similar technology developed by Houseparty, the group video chat app that Fortnite maker Epic acquired in June. For now, chat is limited to audio, though the company says that text chatting is under development. (Whether it someday adds video chat, which is Houseparty’s core feature, remains an open question.) You can talk to friends in the Party Hub even if they’re playing a game and you’re not. Or, if you start a conversation in the mobile app but want to play on a PC or video game console, just open Fortnite on that device while you have the app open and the chat will transfer there. You can also prevent people from starting chats with you or joining your party by tapping a lock icon over your avatar. Or you can invite new people to your chat by ringing one of the game’s llama bells on various screens throughout the app. “Right now we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible.” In a blog post, Epic said that “Party Hub creates new possibilities for syncing up with your squad and staying in touch with friends, and right now we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible.” When Epic acquired Houseparty, it promised to “build even more fun, shared experiences” using that app as a foundation. With today’s introduction of the Party Hub, that idea is coming into view. “Games can be a foundation for socially connected community in a way that is different from some of the other platforms that are out there, that are increasingly too political or controversial,” said Sima Sistani, Epic SF studio director and Houseparty CEO. Fortnite, which is free to play but has been massively successful selling in-game cosmetic items, has effectively become a social network unto itself for a generation of young teenagers. The majority of current players play with friends, the company says. Viewed from that perspective, adding social features like audio chats is only natural. “We have this opportunity now, because of the business model,” Sistani said. “It allows us to really take a stab at building social in a way we aspire it to be — a more positive, complimentary community.” Party Hub will be rolling out today in Fortnite’s apps for Android and iOS.
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Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages
Google Assistant users outside the US haven't had much choice when it comes to voice options -- until now, as Google launches a second voice for Assistant in French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Korean, Italian and English for India and the UK...
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Risk of no-deal Brexit 'very real', EU's Juncker says
A deal to ensure a smooth British exit from the European Union is still possible but the risk of a no-deal is also "very real", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.
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Number of abortions in U.S. drops to lowest since they became legal nationwide
Figures indicate that the number of abortions are decreasing in all parts of the country.
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Saudi Arabia promises 'material evidence' linking Iran to oil attack
Saudi Arabia said it would show evidence on Wednesday linking regional rival Tehran to an unprecedented attack on its oil industry that Washington believes originated from Iran in a dangerous escalation of Middle East frictions.
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Lindsey Graham says any Kavanaugh impeachment 'dead on arrival' in Senate
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blasted those Democratic lawmakers who have publicly considered whether Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should be impeached.
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Amazon’s Alexa assistant now speaks Hindi
Amazon officially today announced suppor for Hindi in its Alexa virtual assistant, allowing users to issue voice commands in the fourth most spoken language in the world. The development comes more than a year after Google introduced Hindi support in Google Assistant. Signs of Alexa‘s Hindi integration emerged in July, when the retail giant added the language’s voice model to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers. Based on a internet trends report released by Google and KPMG, the number of Indian language internet users is expected to hit a record high of 534 million by 2021, with Hindi speakers (at 201 million) outnumbering… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon
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'Amazing' ancient seabird fossil found in New Zealand sparks rethink of bird's evolution
Canterbury Museum says find overturns presumption pelagornithids evolved in northern hemisphereThe discovery of a toothed seabird fossil north of Christchurch is forcing scientists to rethink theories of the bird’s evolution.A fossil of a protodontopteryx, believed to have lived 62 million years ago, was found at the Waipara Greensand site on New Zealand’s South Island last year. Continue reading...
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Yankees piling up wins and injuries while defying logic
We are well past the point of reason. The Yankees keep falling, keep getting back up and keep falling back down again. That’s the way it happened with Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. With Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks. With CC Sabathia and Edwin Encarnacion. And that’s the way it happened with Luis Severino and...
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Engineer dies while working on travelator at Waterloo station
Transport for London (TfL) says man died at station on Wednesday morningA man has died at Waterloo station while working on a moving walkway.Transport for London (TfL) said the engineer died at the station on Wednesday morning. Continue reading...
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Non-binary pronouns are now dictionary official, alongside 'inspo' and 'dad joke'
Included in a list of over 500 words and new meanings just added to the Merriam Webster dictionary is a new definition for the word "they" — specifically, as a singular pronoun used by people whose gender is non-binary. The expanded usage sits alongside embiggened definitions for "inclusive" and "colorism", as well as new entries for pop culture phrases ranging from "dad joke" and "vacay" to "sesh", "escape room", and "coulrophobia". (That's the word for fear of clowns, which certainly has some increased relevance right now.) "It's an expansion of a use that is sometimes called the 'singular they' (and one that has a long history in English)," explains a post on the dictionary's official site. "When a reflexive pronoun corresponding to singular use of they is needed, themself is seeing increasing use." Read more...More about Lgbtq, Merriam Webster Dictionary, Nonbinary, Social Good, and Identities
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UPDATE 1-Airbus revises up jet demand forecast, shaves traffic growth
Airbus on Wednesday revised up forecasts for jetliner demand over the next 20 years, led by growth in the new industrial hubs of Asia despite short-term concerns over global trade tensions.
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UK's best sea view photography competition 2019
National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.Having reviewed more than 800 fantastic entries, the judges decided to award Laurence Hartwell the prize for overall winner for 2019, with his entry ‘Landing Mackerel’ Continue reading...
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Dorothy Byrne on calling Boris Johnson a liar: ‘Nobody has said that isn’t true’
Channel 4’s head of news caused a storm with her extraordinarily frank MacTaggart lecture. She talks about sexism, ageism – and the surprising way she was trained to speak outWhen Dorothy Byrne described Boris Johnson as “a known liar” and compared his media strategy to Vladimir Putin’s, she must have known she would get into a dispute with Downing Street. “Oh, I’m never in a dispute with anybody,” she answers with a speed that seems almost combative. “People can have a dispute with me. But I don’t have disputes with other people.” This sounds like the beginning of a dispute in itself, but perhaps she thinks I am having one with her.Byrne, the head of news and current affairs at Channel 4, made headlines herself last month when the prime minister’s office cancelled an interview with one of her teams following her outspoken comments during Edinburgh television festival’s annual MacTaggart lecture. According to the editor of Channel 4 News, Ben de Pear, a team of journalists was invited to Biarritz to interview Johnson during the G7 summit – only to find access denied. Continue reading...
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Uber’s new RideCheck feature could turn out to be a life saver
Uber is rolling out its RideCheck feature across the U.S. RideCheck uses a smartphone's sensors to monitor a vehicle’s movement. If it detects something is amiss, it’ll make contact to check if everything is OK.
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Pakistan PM to accuse Modi of complicity in Kashmir 'terrorism'
Imran Khan will use UN address to highlight alleged atrocities carried out by Indian armyPakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, is to follow a speech by his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, at the United Nations general assembly by accusing him of being complicit in the torture and mass detention of protesters in India-administered Kashmir.Khan will use his own address in New York next week to highlight alleged atrocities being carried out by the Indian army in the Jammu and Kashmir state since Modi’s government revoked the region’s autonomy by abrogating article 370 of the constitution. Continue reading...
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Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest
As counting gets underway in Israel's unprecedented repeat general election, exit poll projections show the country's longest-serving Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and former military chief, Benny Gantz, locked in a tight race.
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Russian Orthodox priests speak out to back jailed protesters
Several dozen Russian priests have signed a public petition, condemning a series of recent trials and prison sentences for anti-government protesters
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Leadsom intervenes in takeover of defence supplier Cobham
National security cited after investors accept offer from America’s AdventThe government has intervened in the £4bn takeover of Cobham, a UK aerospace and defence supplier, by a US private equity firm on the grounds of national security.In a rare move, Andrea Leadsom, the business secretary, has instructed the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the takeover of Cobham, a world leader in systems for planes to refuel in mid-air, by Advent International. Continue reading...
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Finnish minister says no-deal Brexit is quite likely
It is quite likely that Britain will leave the European Union without a deal at the end of October, Finland's minister for European affairs told EU lawmakers on Wednesday.
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Nissan plans sale of Trading unit in $1 billion deal: Bloomberg
Nissan Motor Co Ltd is looking to sell its vehicle parts and materials distribution business in a deal that may be valued at about $1 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, as the struggling Japanese automaker seeks to slim down.
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Saudi envoy says Iran was behind attacks on oil facilities
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to London said on Wednesday that Iran was almost certainly behind attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
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What Mets are showing fans even though dream is likely over
“The answer is … four?” — Thornton Melon, “Back to School” DENVER — Yes, after the Mets’ 6-1 defeat of the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field, combined with the Cubs’ 4-2 loss to the Reds over in Wrigley Field, the Mets’ miracle fantasy rests at four. Four games separate the Mets from both...
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The iPhone 11 has the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 6 and you shouldn’t give a shit
Apple revealed its new series of iPhones last week. While the company released almost all specifications of these devices such as processor, camera sensors, and screen resolution, their RAM and battery sizes were unknown. Now, thanks to the Chinese certification site, TENAA, we know about these specs too. All three phones – the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max – have a RAM of 4GB. This is the same amount of RAM as in the iPhone 6 (or whichever model). It doesn’t matter because, regardless of what specifications sheets and benchmarks tell you, Apple… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,iPhone 6
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New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents
Under the plan, tuition to all state colleges would be free for students regardless of family income.
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'Not for Sale' Jadon Sancho Says He 'Can't Tell the Future' Amid Man Utd Links
Jadon Sancho has said he wants to " win titles" at Borussia Dortmund but " can't tell the future" amid ongoing links to Manchester United. Earlier this year, Sancho was reported as United's No...
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Over 13.7M US medical test records found unsecured on servers
Medical records belonging to millions of patients across the world, including echocardiograms and X-rays, are stored on insecure servers that did not have basic security precautions in place, a new investigation by ProPublica has found. “Data from more than 13.7 million medical tests in the US were available online, including more than 400,000 in which X-rays and other images could be downloaded,” the report said. The findings — published by the investigative journalism non-profit and German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk — found 187 unprotected servers in the US and five in Germany, which were used to host sensitive data such as patient… This story continues at The Next Web
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Pinterest's latest Lens update makes it easier to buy items in your photos
Online shopping can be daunting, especially if you're looking for one very specific type of item. Rather than search for "green Jaipur tapestry" or "blue plaid button-down shirt", it might be easier just to snap a photo. Pinterest announced today tha...
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'We see with the brain': creating a comic book for blind people
Chad Allen explains how losing access to comics after becoming blind inspired Unseen, the first audio comic aimed at readers who see with their mindComic books were not at the top of the list of the things that Chad Allen would desperately miss when he went blind, but they were certainly on there. Growing up in Rhode Island, a friend’s older brother had a huge collection of Marvel and DC comics, which the two younger boys would carefully remove from their protective sleeves to immerse themselves in the four-colour world of superheroes – especially Allen’s favourites, the Hulk and the Punisher.From a young age, Allen was dealing with some of the effects of what would develop into full-blown sight-loss: “It started off as night blindness, and if I came out of a movie theatre into the sunlight I wouldn’t be able to see for a while.” Continue reading...
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Suddenly, it’s OK to be German and to talk about race | Mithu Sanyal
For years if you wanted to discuss racism, people looked at you as if you were a Nazi, but now there’s a new opennessWhen I was growing up there was no racism in Germany. In the 1980s every child learned at school that race was a construct that fascists had used to justify segregating and killing people. So if race didn’t exist, it naturally followed that racism didn’t exist either. If you wanted to talk about it people looked at you as if you were the Nazi.All this is changing. It is dizzying to watch my motherland grapple with the concept of race. And, to be honest, to grapple with it myself because when you stop speaking about something you stop thinking about it eventually too. So we’re all walking on eggshells; the discussion about racism is on the agenda but we’re whispering “race” as if it were a dirty word. Except for members of Alternative für Deutschland, the far-right party, who keep pushing the boundaries of what you can and can’t say, and at every opportunity tout their worries about “other races” outbreeding white Germans. Germans of colour, meanwhile, worry about the AfD’s success in winning a quarter of the votes in recent state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg. Continue reading...
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Off grid: the best checks for women– in pictures
Square up to the latest looks with the capes, boots, blouses and bags worth checking out for autumnRead more from the spring/summer 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement Continue reading...
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The best dance of the 21st century
Ferocious flamenco, bittersweet ballet and a harrowing masterpiece are among our pick of the best new dance productions since 2000Crystal Pite: dance genius behind our No1 Continue reading...
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Festicket enables group festival bookings with ‘Pay with Friends’
Festicket, the U.K.-headquartered festival booking platform, is launching a new feature that allows users to pay for festival tickets as a group. Described as removing the the pain of being the lead booker, “Pay with Friends” lets a single user reserve tickets for a whole group while only having to pay for part of the […]
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U.S. lawmakers urge Trump administration to restore India's trade privileges
Forty-four members of the U.S. Congress have urged President Donald Trump's trade representative to restore trade concessions to India, saying the withdrawal of the privilege had led to retaliatory tariffs from New Delhi which were hurting U.S. industry.
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Starbucks Japan is selling pens with built-in NFC wallets
Starbucks is releasing a new hardware product in Japan this month, and it’s a pen. Not a stylus or anything — an actual pen, with “coffee brown” gel ink, a drip coffee machine-inspired design, and the built-in ability to pay for things at Starbucks. “Starbucks Touch: The Pen,” for that is its name, contains an NFC reader that’s linked to a digital wallet. It works with FeliCa technology, which is ubiquitous in Japan and powers Starbucks’ popular domestic card system. I’m not totally sure how this is better than using mobile payments, but I guess if you want to leave your phone at home and get down to Starbucks for a hardcore study session, this could be useful. This is actually the fourth product in the Starbucks Touch line in Japan, which has also included a phone case and a flask. Most recently, Starbucks launched a tiny NFC-equipped handbag called “The Hug” that was only available by lottery for a few days in July. The pen should be a little more easily available, as Starbucks is putting it on sale in its online store next Wednesday. There are three colors — black, silver, and white — and they each cost 4,000 yen (~$47), including 1,000 yen pre-loaded.
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Woman and man injured in north London shooting
Police called to Lordship Lane in Haringey on Tuesday nightA 46-year-old woman was left in a critical condition and a man also injured after a shooting in north London.Police were called at about 9.50pm on Tuesday to Lordship Lane in Haringey. Continue reading...
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Queensland government loses battle to cull sharks on Great Barrier Reef
Fisheries department will no longer be able to use nets and drumlines to control sharksThe Queensland government has lost its battle for the right to use nets and drumlines to catch and kill sharks in a bid to protect swimmers on the Great Barrier Reef.The state government appeal to maintain its controversial management program was dismissed on Wednesday in the federal court in Sydney. Continue reading...
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Democratic donor Ed Buck charged in man's overdose at apartment
Two men have previously died of accidental drug overdoses at Ed Buck’s apartment, but he has not been criminally charged in those cases.
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Wales attempt to steady ship after Rob Howley bombshell at Rugby World Cup
WRU knew about suspected betting breach a week agoThe ‘devastated’ assistant coach has returned homeThe Welsh Rugby Union have revealed they were first made aware of Rob Howley’s suspected breach of World Rugby’s betting regulations last Wednesday following contact from one of the gambling industry’s integrity teams. Wales head coach Warren Gatland has admitted the bombshell news surrounding Howley and his World Cup departure has sent shockwaves through his team. Continue reading...
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