Country diary: a nocturnal predator cuts life shortMarshwood Vale, Dorset: I found the pair of mallards on the water, paddling in agitated circles. Something wasn’t right A mallard’s nest with nine eggs. Photograph: Sara Hudston
Industry figures have condemned plans to make UK travellers take Covid tests even when vaccinated.
Tomas Hertl had two goals and an assist in his 500th career NHL game and Erik Karlsson scored a go-ahead goal in the third period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Evander Kane added three assists and Josef Korenar made 30 saves as San Jose scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0.
Tursunjan Mamat, a practicing Muslim in western China’s Xinjiang region, said he's fasting for Ramadan but his daughters, ages 8 and 10, are not. Religious activity including fasting is not permitted for minors, he explained. It seemed he was giving a matter-of-fact description of how religion is practiced under rules set by China's Communist Party.
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is poised to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympic Games, a move that will reignite debate over the ethics of trans sport.
Jailed Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was handed an additional 10-month sentence on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in an "unlawful" protest last year over the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Britain holds its first local and regional elections since Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, with Scotland the main focus due to calls for a new independence referendum that could reshape the country. Voting begins at 7:00 am (0600 GMT) for local councils in England, regional mayors, including in London, and for the devolved legislatures in Wales and Scotland.Polls on what has been dubbed “Super Thursday” close at 10:00 pm, with most results expected from Friday, over the weekend and into early next week.Most attention is being paid to the vote for the Scottish Parliament as the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) wants a new independence referendum when the pandemic subsides.The SNP’s leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is seeking a parliamentary majority after boosting her popularity with strong public engagement during the pandemic.She stressed in a televised debate on Tuesday: “Getting through this crisis is my priority.”The SNP has capitalised on widespread disillusion with the UK parliament in London to become the dominant political force in Scotland but currently forms a minority government.In Glasgow, Lorna McClure, a 60-year-old cleaner, said she was “all for Nicola Sturgeon”.“I think she is really good for Scotland and I want independence,” she told AFP.But Raghav Jay, a 35-year-old MBA student said: “I think I would rather if Scotland stayed within the UK. So I’d prefer a party which is going to support that.”The latest polls suggest the SNP will gain a slim majority for the first time since 2011, keeping it in power, although other surveys have indicated a coalition was likely.Securing the powers from London to hold a new referendum on independence and a “yes” vote is less certain, however, with indications of a fall-off in support for going it alone.‘Reckless, irresponsible’Most Scots rejected Brexit, which has boosted independence sentiment, although fears of fresh economic upheaval after the pandemic are bolstering support for staying in the UK.The SNP promises an independent Scotland would seek to rejoin the European Union but the practicalities of that are sparking concern.“We need strength in unity and to start having new borders... would be madness,” said Alec Telfer, 64, president of the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association in Selkirk.Scots cast two votes: one for a constituency MSP (member of the Scottish parliament) and one electing regional MSPs in a proportional representation system.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the 2014 referendum where 55 percent of Scots voted “no” closed the debate for a generation.“This is not the time to have a reckless and I think, irresponsible, referendum,” he said Wednesday.The SNP insists it will only hold a referendum that is legally valid, although Sturgeon’s predecessor, Alex Salmond, and his newly formed Alba party, want an immediate vote.Red WallLocal council elections in England will test backing for Johnson’s Conservative Party after he led Britain out of the EU and through the pandemic, suffering Europe’s highest death toll but also its fastest vaccine rollout.Johnson has recently shrugged off a scandal over costly renovations to his Downing Street flat.The results will be watched to see whether Johnson’s party manages to hold on to gains in the 2019 general election and previous local votes after the 2016 Brexit referendum.The main opposition Labour party, led by Keir Starmer since last year, is hoping for gains in its so-called “Red Wall” seats in northern England that it lost to the Tories in 2019.It also wants to hang on to the northeastern port town of Hartlepool, which has had Labour MPs since the 1970s, in a UK parliamentary by-election being held at the same time.Victory there would boost Johnson, and heap pressure on Starmer, as he tries to reposition the party after the hard-left leadership of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.In London, Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan—Britain’s most prominent Muslim politician—is predicted to win a second, four-year term in the high-profile mayoral race.No candidate has the profile of Jihyun Park, who is standing as a councillor for the Conservatives in Bury, near Manchester, northwest England.She arrived in Britain 13 years ago after fleeing a North Korean prison camp.“The UK people welcomed me to this land and I finally found my freedom. I want to pay back,” she told AFP in February.(AFP)
Goga Bitadze appeared to tell Greg Foster to "sit the f*** down," which prompted the feud between the two on the court.
Jeimer Candelario hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers held off the Boston Red Sox for a 6-5 victory on Wednesday night. Robbie Grossman began the Detroit 10th on second and advanced to third on Jonathan Schoop's leadoff single. Candelario then went deep against Garrett Whitlock (0-1), sending a drive to right for his third homer.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. The search for the House speaker’s laptop had taken a U.S. Capitol Police officer thousands of miles away from home for an FBI raid on Hueper’s home, looking for something stolen during the Jan. 6 insurrection — and the person who did it. The agents would walk out of Hueper’s home with iPads, cellphones and a pocket-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Emerging Asian countries must raise tax revenue and mobilise domestic financial resources as they brace for U.S. interest rate hikes that could cause another financial crisis, Asian Development Bank President Masatsugu Asakawa told Reuters. Rises in U.S. long-term rates and some speculation that the Federal Reserve may shift to normalise monetary policy stoke worry about developing countries saddled with dollar-denominated debt, who could face capital outflow and currency devaluation. To help fix the issue, Asakawa said the regional lender launched on Monday an Asia Pacific tax hub to maximise regional and international resources to boost domestic resource mobilisation and international tax cooperation in ADB's member countries.
The influencer announced in an Instagram post Monday that she had made the decision to put down her dog, Bowser, after he bit her young son Logan
No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney was clinging to her post as party leaders lined up behind an heir apparent, signaling that fallout over her clashes with former President Donald Trump was becoming too much for her to overcome. Unbowed, Cheney on Wednesday implored her GOP colleagues to pry themselves from a Trump “cult of personality," declaring that the party and even American democracy were at stake. Trump issued a statement giving his “COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement” to Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to replace Cheney.
The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific, but from the Atlantic as well. U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Beijing is looking to establish a large navy port capable of hosting submarines or aircraft carriers on Africa’s western coast. Townsend said China has approached countries stretching from Mauritania to south of Namibia, intent on establishing a naval facility.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.” Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Joe Biden signed into law three months ago. The Republicans' favorite provisions represent a tiny sliver of the massive law, which sent $1,400 checks to millions of Americans, extended unemployment benefits until September, increased the child tax credit, offered housing assistance for millions of low-income Americans and expanded health care coverage.
U.S. soldiers were fighting in Korea when President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution calling for an annual National Day of Prayer. The 70th edition this week comes after a year wracked by a devastating pandemic, political polarization and turmoil related to racial injustice. The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, whose Middle Collegiate Church in New York City was gutted by fire Dec. 5, said she’ll share a prayer for the nation and the world with her multicultural congregation that goes beyond denominations and religion, what she called “a prayer to love, for love.”
The Panel for a Global Public Health Convention (GPHC) announces today the publication of a research study titled "Global Public Health Convention for the 21st Century" in the prestigious Lancet Public Health journal. The paper outlines 10 recommendations on how the world can better prevent and prepare for pandemics like COVID-19 by adopting a robust global public health convention or treaty.
The decline extends a volatile period for solar sector jobs, which have yet to return to a peak reached in 2016 before the U.S. imposed tariffs on foreign-made panels that increased prices. Still, the solar sector is among the fastest-growing segements of the U.S. energy industry, driven by demand from governments and businesses seeking to source cheap, emissions-free power to satisfy customer, taxpayer and investor demands to address climate change. There were 231,474 workers in the solar industry in 2020, according to the annual report from the Solar Energy Industries Association trade group, down from 248,034 in 2019.
At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Roger Kuebel. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today for KVH Industries' first-quarter results, which are included in the earnings release we published this morning. Joining me on the call are the company's chief operating officer, Brent Bruun; and CEO, Martin Kits van Heyningen.