Month: June 2020

South Pole warmed 3 times the global rate over the past 30 years, new study suggests

At the South Pole, considered the coldest point on Earth, temperatures are rising fast, which scientists say is a cause for concern. A new study has found that the South Pole has warmed at least three times the global warming rate over the past 30 years. (Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters) At the South Pole, considered the coldest point on Earth, temperatures are rising fast. So fast, in fact, that Kyle Clem and other climate researchers began to worry and wonder whether human-driven climate change was playing a bigger role than expected in Antarctica. Temperature data shows that the desolate region has warmed at three times the global warming rate over the last three decades up through 2018, the South Pole’s hottest year on record, the researchers report in a study published Monday in Nat...

India bans TikTok, WeChat and dozens more Chinese apps

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing India’s government has banned TikTok and dozens more Chinese-made apps it says are a danger to the country. In a statement, it said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. In total, 59 different apps were banned – including popular messaging app WeChat. It follows weeks of escalating tensions along the disputed border between the two countries. Both India and China deployed more troops to the Ladakh region in June, and minor clashes have left at least 20 Indian troops dead. Satellite images also appear to show that China has built new structures overlooking the Himalayan border region. India’s Ministry of Information Te...

Golden State Killer suspect pleads guilty to murder in California

An ex-police officer accused of terrorizing California with a string of slayings, rapes and break-ins attributed to a serial predator dubbed the Golden State Killer pleaded guilty on Monday to the first of 13 counts of first-degree murder charges against him. Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. attends a hearing on crimes attributed to the Golden State Killer on Monday. (Fred Greaves/Reuters) An ex-police officer accused of terrorizing California with a string of slayings, dozens of rapes, and break-ins attributed to a serial predator dubbed the Golden State Killer pleaded guilty on Monday to the first of 13 counts of first-degree murder charges against him. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, entered the plea as part of a broader agreement with prosecutors from 11 California counties t...

US Supreme Court declines to take up federal inmates' execution appeal

File photo of US Supreme Court The first executions to be carried out by the US federal government since 2003 can proceed after the US Supreme Court declined to rule on an appeal. In turning away the case, the top court lets stand a lower panel ruling allowing the executions to take place in July and August. Four inmates convicted of killing children had challenged the federal execution protocols. However, only two of the nine Supreme Court justices voted to hear the case. After a district judge’s initial injunction last year stayed the executions, an appeals court reversed the order in April. That reversal ended a nearly two-decade hiatus on capital punishment for federal inmates – though executions have still occurred at the state level. How many countries still have the deat...

U.S. natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy goes bankrupt

Bankrupt U.S. shale pioneer Chesapeake Energy on Monday laid out its long-term plans and detailed dramatically reduced drilling through the end of the year, with half the rigs as it had to start 2020. Chesapeake on Sunday became the largest U.S. oil and gas producer to seek bankruptcy protection in recent years as it bowed to heavy debt and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on energy markets. Chesapeake Energy was once one of the most influential companies in the U.S. energy sector, but the natural gas giant declared bankruptcy over the weekend. (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press) Bankrupt U.S. shale pioneer Chesapeake Energy on Monday laid out its long-term plans and detailed dramatically reduced drilling through the end of the year, with half the rigs as it had to start 2020. Chesapeake ...

Black Americans experiencing deadly secondary trauma during pandemic and protesting, experts say

Protests over the killing of George Floyd have pushed to the forefront a particular fact long known by medical professionals: Racism kills, and it may be the main cause of health disparities between whites and Blacks. In a recent essay, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, wrote: “As a doctor and a policymaker, I often hear the question ‘what is it about black and brown people’ that makes us more vulnerable to the virus? That question infuriates me. Science makes clear how powerfully our experiences and environments shape our biology.” In her essay, Burke Harris said the images of masked protesters carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs are starkly juxtapose “the heroic efforts we are all making to protect our communities...

Detroit police SUV drives through crowd after protesters climb on hood

DETROIT – What had been a mostly peaceful protest took a dangerous turn late Sunday when a Detroit police officer drove an SUV through a crowd of protesters after they surrounded the vehicle and began pounding on it. With the overhead lights flashing, the officer behind the wheel gunned the accelerator, sending protesters flying onto the pavement while others scurried out of the way as the vehicle lurched through the crowd. At one point, the SUV jerked to a stop and then sped away with at least two protesters on the hood, throwing them to the ground a dozen yards later. A protester is shown on the hood of a Detroit Police Department SUV before being thrown from the vehicle on Vernor Highway on Sunday, June 29. One of the men thrown from the hood clutched his leg and limped after he s...

Kayleigh McEnany: Trump ‘Didn’t Hear’ White Power Clip but Shared It to Stand With ‘Demonized’ Supporters

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday morning told Fox News that the reason why President Donald Trump tweeted a video featuring one of his supporters chanting “white power” is that he was trying to voice support for his “demonized” supporters. The president sparked intense backlash on Sunday morning when he shared a clip of residents of Central Florida senior community The Villages confronting protesters. At the beginning of the clip, one of the residents repeatedly shouts out the racist catchphrase, prompting Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to publicly call for Trump to take down the tweet. Roughly an hour after Scott made his remarks on CNN’s State of the Union, the tweet was deleted. White House spokesperson Judd Deere attempted to clean up the mess by claiming Trump “did not he...

Canada Day 2020: What’s open and closed in Guelph

This year’s Canada Day celebrations in Guelph are going to look a little bit different on Wednesday thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Groups are still limited to no more than 10 people and they must be two metres apart unless they are from the same household, as per restrictions implemented by the province. The Rotary Club’s annual Canada Day party at Riverside Park, which usually draws in 30,000 people, has been cancelled. With Guelph now into Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan, there are several businesses that have opened this month but will close their doors to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday. Keep in mind, anyone entering an indoor business must wear a mask due to an order by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Story continues below advertisement 5:40InstaChoir r...

Ontario reports 257 new COVID-19 cases, the majority in Windsor-Essex

Ontario reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with 177 of those cases confirmed in the Windsor-Essex public health unit following targeted testing of migrant farm workers over the weekend. Mucci Farms posted this image of temporary workers waiting to be voluntarily tested for COVID-19 at one of its locations in Kingsville. (Mucci Farms/Facebook) A single farm in Windsor-Essex, Ont. was the site of some 175 cases of COVID-19 and further testing is likely to find more cases at other farms in the region, Premier Doug Ford says. Ontario reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with 177 of those cases confirmed by the Windsor-Essex public health unit following targeted testing of migrant farm workers over the weekend. The farm where the 175 cases were identified employs about 450 p...

2 new coronavirus cases in Manitoba on Monday

Manitoba health officials said two new cases of the novel coronavirus — involving a woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s, both from Winnipeg — were identified in the province Monday morning. With four others identified on Saturday, the new infections bring Manitoba’s total to 324 lab-confirmed positive and probable cases. Saturday’s cases were three men: two in their 30s and one in his 40s. The province said most of the new cases are related to travel or are close contacts of previously identified cases. [signup_text] Manitoba’s death toll from the novel coronavirus remains at seven. There are currently no individuals in hospital or intensive care, and the province is seeing 17 active cases, while 300 people have recovered. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement A total of 2...

Blue Jays closer to training in Toronto for upcoming season amid coronavirus pandemic

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays appear one step closer to being able to train at Rogers Centre for the upcoming season. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday that “municipal, provincial and federal health folks” have given the team the OK, but they are still awaiting federal approval on the issue of quarantining. The Blue Jays, the lone MLB team north of the Canada-U.S. border, had to ask for special permission from the Canadian government last week to use their Toronto stadium. The border remains closed to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s unclear if the Blue Jays would also be playing their home games in Toronto, or if permission is being granted for training only. Story continues below advertisement Players would arrive in Toronto on Wednesday with camp officially ...

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