Seafood company under investigation after allegations of animal abuse

Campaigners say animal welfare was disregarded at a salmon hatchery run by Cooke, one of the worlds largest seafood companies, in Maine A major global seafood company is under investigation by state officials in Maine after allegations of animal abuse. Undercover footage sustainability policy includes a pledge to raise fish with optimal care and consideration of animal welfare practices. Campaigners said animal welfare was disregarded at the Cooke facility in Maine. They said the video shows some of the salmon at the farm suffered from spinal deformities, and that some had fungus growth eating away at their faces. Workers also slammed and stomped on the fish, COK said. I watched as their bodies were slammed into the ground over and …

NBA’s China reaction shows the league is only woke when it doesn’t cost money

The NBA has won plaudits for supporting social issues in the US. But like any other sports league, it is an entertainment vehicle built to maximize profits anti-government protests have swept Hong Kong. The movement has since expanded to include the question of Hong Kongs legal independence from China. Police and pro-democracy protestors have clashed, with Reports suggested the Rockets discussed removing Morey in order to halt the financial bleeding. Part of owner Tilman Fertittas calculations when spending an NBA record $2.2bn to but the Rockets in 2017 was that he was buying into China, the biggest in terms of population market on Earth, whether that market was run by an autocratic government or not. The Rockets had been one …

China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green tickets the leading carbon emitter. It generates 60% of its electricity from coal-fired power and coal consumption and carbon emissions have risen for two years in a row after a plateau between 2014 and 2016. Emissions are expected to rise …

Barcelona’s car-free ‘superblocks’ could save hundreds of lives

Report predicts radical scheme could cut air pollution by a quarter as other cities including Seattle prepare to follow suit Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its the new tobacco by the head of the World Health Organization. Over 90% of the worlds population suffers toxic air and research is increasingly revealing the profound impacts on the health of people, especially children. Children and babies developing bodies are most at risk from toxic air, with 300 million living in places where toxic fumes are six times above the international guidelines. A comprehensive global review found that One in 20 deaths in the UK is still attributable to small particle …

The American left’s 2020 mission: defeat Trump and change the world

For many on the left, getting rid of Trump is insufficient. Victory must be accompanied by fundamental political change In some ways, it feels like the left in America has been here before. Shortly before the 2004 election, previously inactive liberals were being energized into the electoral process to prevent George W Bushs re-election, which they believed would fundamentally undermine American democratic norms. In Derry, New Hampshire, drove over 2,000 miles from Kerrys home in Boston to Bushs former home in Midland, Texas, and met a lot of people like Pam and Patrick, who were drawn into the process for the first time. But I never met a single person who was enthusiastic about John Kerry. They just wanted to …

The moderate squad: swing-state Democrats wary of leftward path

Trumps racist attacks on four progressives lit a fire but many say the middle of the road is the best way to the White House Two years ago, a chastened group of Democrats came to Berryville, Virginia. In a town of 4,300, in a Republican district they hoped to win, they unveiled a new economic agenda A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future. It was their roadmap back to power in 2018 a populist pitch to voters who left them for Donald Trump. Too many Americans dont know what we stand for, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told a crowd in a park off Main Street. The new vision, he said, would change that. Democrats took the House. …

Babies in Nepal get quarter of calories from junk food, study finds

Diets heavy on snack foods linked to undernutrition and stunting, say researchers Children under the age of two in Nepal are getting a quarter of their calories from junk food, according to groundbreaking research that warns their diet is linked to Assessment and Research on Child Feeding project. Packaged snack food products typically high in sugar and salt and low in micronutrients are increasingly available across the globe. There is already growing global concern in the health community over the role of junk foods or Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Scores of protesters wounded and seven dead on Sudan’s streets

Security forces block roads and fire teargas in Khartoum in first protests since army crackdown Seven people have died and nearly 200 have been wounded during huge demonstrations in Sudan, the first large-scale protests since a crackdown on a camp early in June left at least 128 people dead. Tens of thousands took part in protests across the country on Sunday. In Khartoum, the capital, protesters demanded that the ruling transitional military council (TMC) hand over power to civilians, as security forces fired teargas at them. Kabashi, you are a liar the revolution has just started, the protesters chanted, referring to the TMC spokesman Gen Shams Eddin Kabashi, and: Blood for blood, we wont accept compensation. Soliman Abdel-Gabar, acting undersecretary …

Toxic caterpillars spark health scare across Germany

People suffer rashes and breathing difficulties as warm weather brings infestation Marauding caterpillars with toxic hairs have brought parts of Germany to a standstill, leading to closures of swimming pools, restaurants, public parks and sections of the motorway. Oak processionary moth caterpillars, named after the nose-to-tail processions they form to travel between the oak trees they devour, have fine, long hairs with an irritating toxin that can cause blistering rashes, feverish dizzy spells and asthma attacks. For years, the caterpillar used to be a relatively rare sight in Germany, found only in isolated areas of woodland. But following a this years mild spring and warm, dry summer, the oak processionarys nests have been found in large numbers all over the …

Ten years after abortion doctor’s murder, one woman carries the fight for reproductive rights

In 2009, George Tiller was shot dead in Kansas. Today, as Americas discord over abortion reaches fever pitch, Julie Burkhart is keeping the flame alive Julie Burkhart remembers all too vividly the morning of 31 May 2009. It was a Sunday and she was in a meeting in Washington DC when, shortly after 10am, her phone started buzzing incessantly with calls from her home town of Wichita, Kansas. When she got through to one of her co-workers she thought at first he was making a surreal joke. George Tiller, her mentor with whom she had worked side-by-side for the past eight years at the frontlines of Americas abortion wars, had been accosted at Sunday service in his Wichita church and …

Use of male mice skews drug research against women, study finds

Male animal bias is unjustified and can lead to drugs that work less well for women The male mind is rational and orderly while the female one is complicated and hormonal. It is a stereotype that has skewed decades of neuroscience research towards using almost exclusively male mice and other laboratory animals, according to a new study. Scientists have typically justified excluding female animals from experiments even when studying conditions that are more likely to affect women on the basis that fluctuating hormones would render the results uninterpretable. However, according to Rebecca Shansky, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University, in Boston, it is entirely unjustified by scientific evidence, which shows that, if anything, the hormones and behaviour of male rodents are …

Pakistan doctor arrested after 400 children diagnosed with HIV

Authorities investigating if Muzaffar Ghangharo, who has Aids, knowingly spread virus A few months ago, Fatima Emaan came down with a persistent fever. So her father, Syed Shah, took the infant to a few doctors, including a local child specialist in Ratodero, a small city in Pakistans south. But the visits seemed only to worsen the 16-month-old girls condition. In February, a doctor told Shah his daughter was presenting the symptoms of HIV. On 1 March, her results came back. They double- and triple-checked it and told us that Fatima is suffering from HIV, Shah said. Shah says his daughter was the first child to be diagnosed in what has become an HIV epidemic in the district, with doctors in …

Japan’s Naruhito makes first public appearance as emperor

Imperial family greet Tokyo crowds six times from palace balcony in Tokyo Tens of thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of Japans new emperor, Naruhito, as he greeted the public for the first time since his fathers abdication. A smiling Naruhito, 59, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday alongside his wife, Empress Masako, and other members of the imperial family. The forecourt was transformed into a sea of red and white as many wellwishers waved Japanese flags while others snapped photos on their phones. In a short speech, Naruhito told the assembled crowds that he was delighted and deeply grateful. A sea of red and white: the crowd waves Japanese …