UK ‘not acting fast enough’ on climate change

She also aspired to the UK hosting a hugely important global climate summit next year. But the CCC said that the UK was already stumbling over measures needed to achieve the previous target of an 80% emissions cut. Its report says new policies must be found to help people lead good lives without fuelling global warming. Policies are needed to ensure that people living in care homes, hospitals and flats can stay cool in increasingly hot summers. And ministers must show how funds will be found to protect critical infrastructure – like ports – from rising sea levels. The committee said unless it delivered on these issues, the government would not have the credibility to host a global climate change …

Hundreds Turn Out For 9/11 First Responder Luis Alvarez’s Funeral

“These heroes responded to calls for help. They did not hesitate; that’s who they were and still are,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at the funeral for Detective Luis Alvarez, 53. “He and they viewed their efforts as an obligation that they promised long ago to the people we serve.” “Before he became an American hero, he was mine,” said Alvarez’s son, David. Alvarez died Saturday in a hospice center after a three-year battle with colorectal cancer. He attributed his illness to the three months he spent digging through rubble at the World Trade Center’s twin towers after the terrorist attack. “I did not want to be anywhere else but ground zero when I was there,” Alvarez said at the …

Texas woman discovers horde of black worms known to carry dangerous parasite in backyard

The New Guinea flatworm (Platydemus manokwari) is a species of large predatory land flatworm. (iStock) The parasite could cause eosinophilic meningitis and severe gastrointestinal or central nervous system disease in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts caution people not to touch the worms with their bare hands, and instead use gloves or disposable forceps. ‘RAT LUNGWORM’ EXPLAINED: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE PARASITIC ROUNDWORM The species is a nocturnal worm native to New Guinea, according to TISI. They range from 1.6 to 2.6 inches and prey upon snails. It uses a “white pharynx-like feeding tube” to completely drain the snails of fluids. “When they are crawling their nose points up like a snout – it’s like …

Ohio firework company receives multiple bomb threats after Trump tweets out praise

The Youngstown Police Department received a 911 call from the Phantom Fireworks headquarters on Belmont Ave. after the office received two calls threatening that “there was a bomb in the building.” (Google) Police were dispatched to the building and the bomb squad appeared a short time after. Ditullio said that he called the Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital to use their bomb sniffing dog to secure the property. It took authorities around an hour and a half to clear the building, eventually finding that there was no explosive in the building. DEMS FUME AS TRUMP MOVES TO AMEND DC’S JULY 4 CELEBRATION, POSSIBLY ADDRESS THE NATION Several hours before the threatening calls were made, Trump tweeted out a thank …

The case for US stimulus just got weaker. Europe’s is only getting stronger

London (CNN Business)1. America vs. Europe: The United States and Europe could both soon turn on the stimulus taps. The events of the past week have bolstered the case in Europe, but undermined it in the United States. The picture in Europe is different. In Germany, the regional manufacturing powerhouse, factory orders nosedived 2.2% in May compared to the previous month. The year-over-year drop was much worse. “In one line: dreadful,” said Claus Vistesen, chief eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. The health of German factories is often seen as a proxy for global demand. Such figures, which have weakened in recent months amid trade disputes, point to trouble ahead. Eurozone retail sales for May announced last week were similarly weak. …

No, I Don’t Want To Have Kids And I’m Tired Of Having To Explain Why Not

At first, this startled me. I would feel tempted to stop this stranger and explain what he could not possibly know: I am no one’s mother. It felt blasphemous to receive well wishes for a holiday I hadn’t earned. However, over the last decade, I’ve learned to simply appreciate these moments of kindness. I smile, say thank you, and keep walking ― even though I do not want kids. With few exceptions, even among loved ones, the most favorable response I get is forced politeness: a quick cough, an awkward chuckle, a few blinks of the eye before we find a new subject. Many people, though, are not so delicate. There will be an immediate change in tone — of …

Evangelical Pastor: Democrats Have Created An ‘Imaginary God’

Robert Jeffress is claiming that the Jeffress, a longtime supporter of Democratic 2020 presidential candidates talk about their faith.  “When they talk about God, they are not talking about the real God — the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who revealed Himself in the Bible,” Jeffress said Saturday, according to Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas and an evangelical adviser to the president, was delivering a speech on the final day of the Faith & Freedom Coalition policy conference, an event that highlights evangelical voters’ top issues. The Faith & Freedom Coalition  During his speech, Jeffress offered an analysis of Democrats’ attempts to reach faith-based voters. Democrats have realized that they have a “God problem,” Jeffress said, and …

Poll: Biden only Democratic candidate with wide lead over Trump in hypothetical matchup

Washington (CNN)A recent poll found that former Vice President Joe Biden is the only 2020 Democratic candidate to hold a wide lead over President Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup. Polls conducted in June before Biden’s performance at the first Democratic debate — where Harris attacked Biden’s record opposing federally mandated desegregation busing — both had Biden ahead of Trump by a significant margin (10 points ahead in a Fox News poll and 13 points ahead in a Quinnipiac poll). Foundational to Biden’s 10 point lead over Trump in the Washington Post-ABC News poll is a strong support among independent and self-identified moderate respondents — Biden found a seven point lead among independents and a 28 point lead …

I Had Plastic Surgery On My Labia. Heres Why I Did It And What Happened After.

My inner labia naturally protruded significantly outside my outer labia, and, at just 12 years old — thanks to that health class and hushed conversations between preteens — I was already being fed sexualized body ideals and realizing that I failed them because my own anatomy was considered fundamentally and physiologically wrong. I stumbled into my first relationship during my senior of year of high school and was much too excited that someone found me attractive to be very aware of his lack of respect for me. After months of pressure, I disrobed. When he saw my vulva, he responded, “Oh wow, is that what they look like in real life?” My worst fears were confirmed: my body was wrong. …

Plastic surgery ‘addict’ who had ribs removed says family fears procedures will kill her

Kristen Snider, 28, first went under the knife in 2010, and has had over 20 procedures since including getting several ribs removed to achieve her “dream look.” (MDW Features) But photos allegedly taken after Snider’s procedure do purportedly show that the 10th ribs were removed. “In the typical person you’re not losing protections of your organs,” Dr. Barry Eppley, who has performed rib removal procedures, previously said. “I wouldn’t recommend it for an athlete though.” Snider also told the news outlet that she had several procedures done on her face to drastically change her appearance. “I had jaw contouring, chin contouring, a lip rift, rhinoplasty, cheek implants, forehead reshaping and a brow life,” she said, according to mirror.co.uk. “My first …

Freeman ‘overruled’ opening of sick kids hospital

Image caption The new hospital had been due to open in autumn 2017 The health secretary said she was informed on Tuesday that the “final validation check” of the ventilation system in Critical Care at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People was not meeting national standards. She said: “Because this was picked up so late I want to be sure that all other safety checks in the rest of the hospital are also conducted again. “The decision I took was that it was too great a risk.” Image caption Staff were ready to leave the old Sick Kids hospital Ms Freeman said she should have the results of the additional safety checks “very soon”. If everything was …

Seaside resort holds first Pride festival

“Recent television documentaries and my son inspired us to come out in support of groups fighting prejudice,” Ms Waugh said. Image caption Friends Ben, Howard, Paul and Darren attended the event together Mr Jeal, who is serving his second term as mayor, said the day had been “absolutely fantastic and I hope similar events will be staged in the future”. Great Yarmouth and Waveney Pride plans to hold similar days in future to raise awareness of its work in promoting equality, diversity, mental and sexual health. The organisation’s stated aim on its website is: “We believe that every human, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation …

Is there a Brexit ‘war chest’?

At the time of the announcement this money was widely referred to in the media as Mr Hammond’s Brexit “war chest”. He said the release of that money for spending and tax cuts – combined with the end of Brexit-induced uncertainty – would result in a “deal dividend” for the economy. Both Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson have ideas about what they’d like to do with the £26.6bn – see below – when it is one of them (and their choice of chancellor) in charge of the public purse. However, in his Mansion House speech earlier this month, Mr Hammond warned that a no-deal Brexit would soak up this money so an incoming prime minister could no longer call on …

This interstellar visitor was not an alien spacecraft, researchers say

(CNN)On October 19, 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted something strange zooming through our solar system. It turned out to be a visitor from beyond our solar system, and several of its odd features still confound astronomers. But the shape, 10 times as long as it is wide, has never been seen before. This complex and convoluted shape means the object varies incredibly in brightness. At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system. But based on its orbit, the astronomers realized that the object came from interstellar space. They acted fast, and multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what …

California investigators kept DNA from 3 violent crime scenes for decades. A suspect was just arrested in Georgia

(CNN)For more than two decades, all California authorities knew about the man behind three violent sex crimes was his DNA profile. “This case represents so much: the dedication of law enforcement, the critical importance of keeping rape kits and testing those kits no matter how long ago those crimes occurred, the need for passion and persistence, and a desire to pioneer our law enforcement tools so that violent criminals can be identified and brought to justice,” Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said during a Monday news conference. The cases in which Manteuffel stands accused represent the latest in a series of recent breaks made in long-dormant criminal probes thanks to the growing availability of DNA. Using popular online …