Wildlife documentary experts defend crew’s decision to help trapped birds
Leading wildlife camera operators and film-makers have defended the film crew on David Attenborough’s latest BBC series over their decision to break with convention and intervene to save a group of penguins that had become trapped in a ravine.
Nature film-makers are discouraged from intervening in the events they are attempting to capture on film. While the general principle is to avoid interfering with the natural course of events, the crew on the Dynasties series stepped in when they saw the birds’ predicament.
Fiona Onasanya is accused of colluding with her brother to pervert the course of justice
A Labour MP accused of deliberately misleading the police over a speeding ticket has claimed that her chaotic life as a new parliamentarian meant that she struggled to answer correspondence such as letters and phone calls from the police.
Fiona Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough, is accused at the Old Bailey of colluding with her brother to pervert the course of justice after her Nissan Micra was recorded driving over the speed limit in July 2017.
About 4,000 residents have been evacuated from Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire as red-hot lava spewed down its side when it erupted on Monday, threatening the communities below. The Fuego volcano is one of the most active in Central America. An eruption in June killed 194 people
President Trump has refused to attend the annual dinner
Historian Ron Chernow will be main speaker next April
The White House correspondents’ dinner is abandoning comedy, instead hosting the historian Ron Chernow as its featured speaker at next year’s event.
The annual black tie dinner hosted by the White House Correspondents Association has traditionally featured a prominent comedian roasting the president, who in turn shares his own wisecracks with the assembled journalists and celebrities. But Donald Trump, who frequently attacks the press, has refused to attend the dinner.
Energy company says importing LNG will firm up renewable energy projects but critics say gas is already more expensive than clean alternatives
Controversial plans to import liquefied natural gas into Australia to fill a shortfall as domestic gas is exported to Asia would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, AGL has conceded.
Energy companies have proposed four LNG import terminals for the east coast to ensure gas supply and ease high prices. The imported natural gas would effectively replace the two-thirds of gas sold overseas from export plants in Queensland.
Jenny Leong is suing NSW police over a series of derogatory posts made or ‘liked’ by serving officers
A New South Wales Greens MP who is suing the state’s police force over a series of racist and sexist Facebook posts made or “liked” by serving officers says her case shows why “police should not be investigating police”.
More than two years after officers from Sydney made or “liked” a series of derogatory posts about Jenny Leong on Facebook, the state MP for Newtown is suing the NSW police force in the Human Rights Commission under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Volcano of fire sends ash drifting eastwards towards capital
About 4,000 residents have been evacuated from Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year.
Guatemala’s volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300ft (3,763-meter) mountain shook homes with “constant sounds similar to a train locomotive”.
One of several cables holding elevator broke and car fell rapidly
Six people including pregnant woman rescued by firefighters
People rescued from a trapped elevator in one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers later learned they had dropped 84 floors.
The Chicago Tribune reported on Monday that six people, including a pregnant woman, got into the elevator early on Friday after leaving a restaurant on the 95th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly the John Hancock Center. They heard noises and experienced a faster and bumpier than expected ride.
Norwegian company to fuel liners with biogas made from leftovers of fish processing
Waste fish parts will be used to power ships in a new initiative to use green energy for polluting cruise liners.
The leftovers of fish processed for food and mixed with other organic waste will be used to generate biogas, which will then be liquefied and used in place of fossil fuels by the expedition cruise line Hurtigruten.
Javad Zarif insists restrictive measures will strengthen Iranian resolve to resist
Iran’s foreign minister has said his country will not only survive newly reimposed US sanctions but it will thrive.
This month, the Trump administration announced sanctions covering banking, oil exports, and shipping, aimed at forcing Tehran to stop what the US described as its “destabilising activities” in the Middle East.
Significant progress is still needed in the Brexit negotiations to flesh out the final political declaration on the future relationship, Downing Street has said, including addressing some language on customs that alarmed Brexiters.
Theresa May would play a negotiating role in the final stages before Sunday’s summit in Brussels, her spokesman said, although there is no day set this week for her anticipated meeting with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.
Rick Hasen, an election law expert and law professor at UC Irvine, has an important piece out on Slate about the aftermath of the Georgia gubernatorial election, which was riddled with allegations of voter suppression.
Hasen, a progressive, argues that Democrats should tone their rhetoric claiming that election was stolen, a phrase Ohio senator Sherrod Brown used last week.
Rhetoric about stolen elections feeds a growing cycle of mistrust and delegitimization of the election process, an attack pushed by President Donald Trump and other Republicans who have been yelling “voter fraud” every time they are behind in the count. I’ve already set out my fear that Trump could refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election if he is ahead in the count on election night and then ballot counts inevitably shift toward Democrats as the counting continues. A democratic polity depends on losers accepting election results, even if the election was not conducted perfectly. I would hold “stolen” election rhetoric for conduct even more outrageous than Kemp’s decisions, which, while odious, either have not been found to be illegal or that courts allowed to remain in place for this election.
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One of the more bizarre minor melodramas of the midterms is taking place in Iowa where a former Democratic state representative, Dan Kelley, funded a hitpiece in another state legislative district alleging that the incumbent Democrat there, Scott Ourth, was responsible for the suicide of a former congressional chief of staff.
It turns out that the money for the letter had been funneled through Ourth’s opponent, the uniquely named Rebel Snodgrass. The result is a campaign finance investigation in Iowa. The entire saga, written up by Patrick Rynard at Iowa Starting Line, reads like All The President’s Men remade by the Coen Brothers in small town Iowa.
Residents say they are dreading heating bills after delay in replacement of flammable insulation
Residents of a Salford block of flats stripped of its dangerous cladding fear they will have to endure freezing temperatures and higher heating costs this winter.
Plane Court, managed by the company Pendleton Together, a PFI contractor with Salford council, had its cladding removed between August and the end of October this year after post-Grenfell tests found it to be flammable.
Numismatist whose studies of the coins of Offa, the king of Mercia, changed orthodox views on Dark Age monetisationMichael Metcalf, who has died aged 85, understood the quantitative significance of medieval coins long before historians or other numismatists appreciated it.
His detailed study in the 1960s of the coins of Offa, the eighth-century king of Mercia, enabled him to assert that these coins were struck in much greater numbers than anyone had realised. This in turn suggested that early Anglo-Saxon coins were far too numerous to have been reserved for the use of an elite. Instead the numbers argued for a much greater degree of Dark Age monetisation than previously assumed.
Broward county supervisor of elections who missed recount deadline by two minutes intends to leave her post in January
An embattled Florida elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, has resigned following the tumultuous and at times bitter voting and recount process in the knife-edge midterm election in her state, according to reports.
• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials • Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s governing body, Fifa, has stood down as an International Olympic Committee member pending an ethics committee hearing into allegations of forgery.
Theresa May has told business leaders they must “play their part” in creating a successful post-Brexit Britain as she promised that her deal with the EU would set the UK on a path to a more prosperous future.
Two helicopters and one boat sent to rescue people who had attempted sea crossing to Greece
Turkey’s coastguard has rescued 44 people stuck on an island after they attempted the crossing to Greece.
The coastguard said in a statement that it dispatched two helicopters and one boat following a rescue request call by someone on the island. Aerial footage showed groups of people on an island off the coast of the western province of Balıkesir.