Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities

The long read: They have become a menace in European cities. In Barcelona, where wild boar are jostling tourists and raiding rubbish bins, the fightback has begun Collserola Natural Park looms over Wildlife Services, a division of the US Department of Agriculture, who often does the shooting. But cheap on a per-pig basis. Because weve got so many pigs! The only thing to put a crimp in his kill rate was the recent federal government shutdown. We lost a month of flying, said Bodenchuk, which put them behind their kill targets. Barcelona takes a different approach. Shortly after the calamitous 2013 police shooting, the city hired a team of veterinary scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The vets …

Notre Dame fire: activists launch lawsuit over ‘toxic fallout’

Authorities accused of failing to act swiftly to contain potential lead poisoning French authorities are under growing pressure over possible health risks from the Mediapart this month said Paris authorities were not being open enough about risks and had waited a month after the fire before conducting tests in the nearest schools. Health officials insisted they had been transparent about testing for lead levels and were keeping parents informed. Sbastien Delavoux, a firefighter and representative of the CGT union, said he was concerned that not enough had been done to decontaminate fire engines and equipment used to put out the fire and questioned whether sufficient health support and testing had been given to fire officers. He said his union had …

Two sets of triplets born within 24 hours in the same hospital

(CNN)Only four sets of triplets were born in Northern Ireland between 2017 and 2018, according to the province’s Public Health Agency — and yet in one hospital last week, two healthy sets were born within 24 hours. The babies were expected to arrive on Friday, she said. “They decided on Wednesday morning it was their time to arrive so it was all a big rush,” she said. According to father Johnny Stewart, there were more than 20 members of staff in the room during Claire’s labor, but the birth was “very calm” all the same. Zoey, Cameron and Brody McMenamin weighed between 4.7 and 5 pounds, while Annie, Libby and Evie Stewart weighed between 4.4 and 5.1 pounds, the South …

This Guy Came Up With A Plan To Turn Any Backyard Into A Beach

Here’s a bit of good news — you can have your very own personal beach right in your backyard. Founder of the Zydeco Construction company, Eric White builds private oases that look stunning, like they came from the pages of an exotic travel guide. Zydeco Construction | Zydeco Construction Zydeco Construction White According to Image credits: Zydeco Construction Eric White Europeans practically melting under the blazing sun. From London to Paris, everyone’s health is in danger and people have been asking. What. In. The. World. Is. Going. On. suggests that you stay inside during the hottest hours of the day, stay well hydrated (avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water), and refresh yourself by splashing yourself with water. But avoid …

The angry chef or the Michelin guide: which giant ego are you rooting for? | Dale Berning Sawa

The standoff between Marc Veyrat and the famous guide is about power and who has the last word, says food writer Dale Berning Sawa Marc Veyrat, the French weekly Le Point, saying: Hello, call me back please, its urgent. And when they did, he proceeded to relay, in great, indeed in operatic detail, quite how awful the fallout has been. He has been depressed, he has had dark thoughts. He hasnt been able to sleep or feed himself. He has cried as if his parents had passed away all over again. He has envisaged the very worst. The worst, of course, to his mind, had already happened. The Michelin, he said, would never be able to atone for this terrible …

Women arrested after reporting ‘hitman’ they hired to Spanish police

Mother and daughter say man swindled them out of 7,000 fee to kill mothers partner A Spanish woman and her daughter have been arrested after going to a police station to complain that the man they hired to carry out a murder had swindled them out of the 7,000 (6,300) they paid him. The investigation began earlier this month, when the pair told police in Madrid that the mothers partner had cheated them out of a total of 60,000. It later emerged the daughters partner, who claimed to be a senior member of Spains secret services, had suggested they recover the lost money by killing the mothers boyfriend. They paid him a 7,000 downpayment on the understanding he would arrange …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

Zava bags $32M to expand its AI-free telehealth service in Europe

More money is being injected into the telehealth space in Europe. Zava, a long-time player that bills its online service as offering a “discreet and convenient” alternative to an in-person doctor visit, has just announced a $32 million Series A round, led by growth equity firm HPE Growth. Zava relies on patients filling in an online medical questionnaire which is reviewed by a person from its team of in-house doctors/clinicians as part of the remote consultation process. Test kits and/or medicine can follow in the post or be sent to a pharmacy for the patient to collect. “Zava provides reliable and convenient access to a qualified clinical team, via written communication, which drives an effective patient:doctor relationship,” says co-founder and …

Brexit effect forces women to go to Netherlands for abortions

Charity says visa delays making it harder for immigrant women in Ireland to travel to UK A pro-choice charity that for decades has helped thousands of Irish women access abortions in England is sending foreign nationals to the Netherlands due to tighter UK visa regulations and the effects of Brexit. The Abortion Support Network (ASN) said it was guiding immigrant women in Ireland towards Dutch abortion facilities because it was taking too long to obtain visas for English clinics. The London-based organisation also warned that even EU citizens living in the republic may have to travel to Holland for terminations after Brexit rather than crossing the Irish Sea. ASN saidit was focusing on helping women from Ireland who were more …

GetYourGuide picks up $484M, passes 25M tickets sold through its tourism activity app

As we swing into the summer tourist season, a company poised to capitalise on that has raised a huge round of funding. GetYourGuide — a Berlin startup that has built a popular marketplace for people to discover and book sightseeing tours, tickets for attractions and other experiences around the world — is today announcing that it has picked up $484 million, a Series E round of funding that will catapult its valuation above the $1 billion mark. The funding is a milestone for a couple of reasons. GetYourGuide says it is the highest-ever round of funding for a company in the area of “travel experiences” (tours and other activities) — a market estimated to be worth $150 billion this year …

What is the European parliament and do the elections matter?

As Europe prepares to go to the polls, we look at the workings of the union and where its power lies Why do the European elections matter? Europes twice-a-decade parliamentary elections are the second largest democratic contest in the world after Indias (which are incidentally still ongoing). An estimated 374 million people are old enough to vote in European Union elections that will see MEPs elected for a five-year term. First contested in 1979, the vote is now being taken more seriously than ever before. Both pro- and anti-EU politicians see the elections as a springboard to seize control of Europes agenda. French president Emmanuel Macron has said the contest will be decisive at the most perilous moment for Europe …

Flipkart ranked highly for fairness of working conditions in India gig platform study

The Oxford Internet Institute has published what it bills as the world’s first rating system for working conditions on gig economy platforms. The Fairwork academic research project is a collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, the University of Cape Town, the University of Manchester, and the University of the Western Cape. As the name suggests, the project focuses on conditions for workers who are being remotely managed by online platforms and their algorithms — creating a framework to score tech firms on factors like whether they pay gig economy workers the minimum wage and ensure their health and safety at work. The two initial markets selected for piloting the rating system are India and South Africa, and …

Vatican faces growing list of scandals and secrets ahead of historic clergy abuse summit

Rome (CNN)For the first time in Catholic history, nearly 200 church leaders from around the world will gather at the Vatican starting Thursday to confront the scourge of clergy who sexually abuse children. • Earlier this month, the Pope for the first time called the sexual abuse of nuns by Catholic clergy a “problem,” even saying that some women had been sexually enslaved by religious men. • The Vatican’s ambassador to France is under investigation for sexual assault. • A new salacious book to be published Thursday calls the Vatican “one of the biggest gay communities in the world,” in which clergy regularly break their vows of celibacy. • The Pope defrocked a prominent American former cardinal on Saturday but …