Rare ‘white red kite’ spotted by farmer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhite red kite is spotted over Powys farmland A rare white-coloured kite has been spotted in Powys. However, it is unclear whether it is a leucist (white red kite), of which there are only about six in Wales, or an albino kite. Farmer Sioned Thomas, of Abercegir, near Machynlleth, spotted it while feeding sheep on Tuesday. Wildlife presenter Iolo Williams said albino kites were also “extremely rare”, and it was “impossible” to tell from a video which it was. “I saw this big white bird, just above me and it stood out straight away, because it was completely white,” said Ms Thomas. Image caption Farmer Sioned Thomas initially thought it was a …

Brexit meaningful vote will go ahead, Theresa May says

Confirmation comes as Irish foreign minister suggests May will hold more talks with EU officials on Monday evening Theresa May has said the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal will go ahead on Tuesday, as MPs warned she would lose the confidence of parliament if it was pulled. The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said he understood May would travel to Strasbourg on Monday evening but Downing Street sources declined to confirm that, saying May had no confirmed travel plans yet and suggesting the Irish government was getting ahead of events. Coveney said negotiations were ongoing and said he had hoped there would be clarity at this stage, particularly in advance of the vote on Tuesday. The British prime minister …

Brexit has radicalized the UK’s political class

(CNN)Remember the days when British politics was like its weather and its food? Safely predictable, frequently disappointing, seldom extreme? Those days of moderation are behind us. The fish and chips haven’t changed, but everything else has. Stable, dependable Britain has become dangerously unhinged. So, what about that no-deal scenario? If, three years ago, you had predicted that the Prime Minister would be threatening an entirely voluntary policy that crashed the economy and necessitated food and medicine shortages, most sensible people would have laughed in your face. But this really is happening. The government has issued exhaustive guidelines, itemizing how our lives will change, and the health secretary has refused to guarantee that people will not die. If there is no …

Every River, Lake, And Loch Tested In A New Study Contained Microplastics

Microplastics are everywhere, from the bellies of sea turtles to the world’s deepest underwater trench. The latest study to add this heap of evidence saw a team of scientists and environments test a variety of different bodies of water for microplastics – all of the sites came back positive. The research by Bangor University in Wales and Friends of the Earth specifically looked at 10 rivers and lakes in the UK, spanning the whole country, including the iconic River Thames, the remote Scottish lochs, and the rural lakes once-romanticized by English poets. The team used an easy and low-cost method involving a fluorescence lighting system to identify and count microplastic pollutants (less than 5 millimeters in size) per liter of water, such …

Flavia, The World’s “Saddest” Elephant, Dies At 47

Known as the world’s “saddest” elephant, Flavia has died in captivity at the age of 47 years old. The female elephant was separated from her herd at the age of three and has spent the last 43 years living in solitary confinement at the Cordoba Zoo in southern Spain. According to Spanish newspaper The Local, Flavia suffered from a “deep depression” that had influenced her deteriorating health and weight loss over the last six months. She was reportedly euthanized after collapsing in her enclosure earlier this month. “On March 1, 2019, Córdoba woke up with the sad news of the death of our beloved elephant Flavia,” zoo staff said in a YouTube tribute to the Asian elephant. “With this audiovisual, we want …

‘House of fools’: what the papers said about May’s Brexit defeat

The word humiliation features strongly on todays front pages as PMs woes show no signs of easing Theresa May looks downcast on the front pages of most of the papers today, which all focus on the The Guardian (@guardian) The Guardian front page, Wednesday 13 March 2019: Another huge defeat for May. And just 16 days until Brexit March 12, 2019 The Daily Mirror focuses on the uncertainty ahead for the country, which it says has been plunged into: Brexit delay mayhem. May surrenders after another massive defeat leaving nation facing months of chaos, the paper reports. #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/qcjZYOigx6 #bbcpapers @AllieHBNews) March 12, 2019 The Daily Mail knows exactly who it blames for the situation, calling parliament: The house of …

Its Raining During Greenlands Winter Instead Of Snowing, Melting The Ice Sheet

As global temperatures rise, rainy weather is becoming increasingly more common over the Greenland ice sheet when it should be snowing, eating away at the ice, triggering sudden melting events, and priming the surface for future melting. Normally, a falling snowflake stays frozen when it lands on the 1,710,000-square-kilometer (660,000-square-mile) sheet, but when rain falls, the warmer liquid water melts snow and the ice below it. Some parts of the ice sheet are getting rained on even in the winter time – and it’s likely to get worse as climate change continues to warm the planet. It’s no secret that Greenland has been losing its ice. Since 1990, the average temperature has increased by as much as 1.8°C (3.2°F) in …

Trump admin seeks to zero out Syria stabilization fund

Washington (CNN)With the Syrian Civil War entering its ninth year this month, the Trump administration is proposing to zero out all new US funding for stabilization efforts in the country. Boyle points out the plan, which is contained in the administration’s State Department budget proposal, would hurt efforts to secure the release of American citizens being detained in Syria. As of last summer, the US had spent a total of $90 million in northeast Syria on counter-ISIS stabilization efforts, according to the former anti-ISIS envoy, Brett McGurk. That money had been spent on projects including efforts to get clean water running, supporting schools so that students can return, clearing extensive rubble and demining areas so they are livable for returning …

The Latest: US aviation team arrives at Ethiopia crash site

A team of U.S. aviation experts has arrived at the site where an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed, killing 157 people on a flight to Kenya. A Federal Aviation Administration statement said the American agency’s people were at the crash site outside Ethiopia’s capital on Monday with representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board. They are joining an Ethiopian-led investigation that includes authorities from neighboring Kenya and elsewhere. The new Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner went down six minutes after takeoff from the airport in Addis Ababa in clear weather on Sunday. The FAA says it plans to soon issue an update to operators of that Boeing model. Boeing will be part of the investigation. ___ 11:20 p.m. A witness to …

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is not a state of all its citizens

PM has been accused of demonising Israeli Arabs in lead-up to April election Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is not a state of all its citizens, in a reference to the countrys Arab population. In comments on Instagram, the prime minister went on to say all citizens, including Arabs, had equal rights, but he referred to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. Israel is not a state of all its citizens, he wrote in response to criticism from an Israeli actor, Rotem Sela. According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people and only it. As you wrote, there is no problem …

Is Zac Efron Dating Olympic Swimmer Sarah Bro? Fans Seem To Think So – Here’s Everything We Know So Far! – Perez Hilton

Is Zac Efron off the market? Fans seem to think so after the actor was spotted out and about with Olympic swimmer Sarah Bro a few times recently. We know there are rarely coincidences in Hollywood, so seeing these two out in the same places was sure to get the rumor mill churning! For those who may not know who the 23-year-old is, Sarah swam An eyewitness at the fight told E! News that the pair actually arrived together, and “looked like they were having a great time.” Efron and Bro apparently were “smiling and laughing in their seats” before the show. Zac was attending during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on 2 March, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Why …

McConnell tells GOP senators he has the votes for ‘nuclear option’ to speed nominations process

(CNN)Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Senate Republican Conference on Tuesday that he now has the votes to invoke the so-called nuclear option to significantly cut back the debate time on nominations, according to a person with direct knowledge of the remarks. The rule change would lower the debate time allowed once a filibuster has been defeated from 30 hours to two hours. The change would apply to almost all judicial and executive branch nominees but not those for high-level positions such as Cabinet officials, federal appellate court judges and the members of the Supreme Court. Democrats employed similar debate limits when they were last in the majority, ending in 2015, as they pushed through Obama administration nominations. But that …

Boeing stock falls sharply as crisis mounts over 737 MAX crashes

New York (CNN Business)The tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday is raising doubts on Wall Street about Boeing. Boeing declined as much as 13.5% on Monday before recovering somewhat. If Boeing closes down more than 10.4%, it would be its worst day since September 17, 2001, the first day of trading following the 9/11 terror attacks. The stock’s decline on Monday played an outsized role dragging down the 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average. Boeing is the index’s most expensive stock — and the index is price-weighted. The Ethiopian Airlines crash comes after a 737 MAX flown by Lion Air crashed off the coast of Indonesia in late October. All 189 passengers onboard the Lion Air flight died. Boeing said in …

This post about the craziest ‘incidents’ at high schools is scandalous and amazing.

image via Pixabay Every person who’s been to high school remembers that one “incident” that embarrassed the faculty and had every kid whispering about it in the hallways. Twitter user Katie Notopoulos asked “What was ‘the incident’ in your high school?” and the replies were pretty damn scandalous. A girl in my class received menacing letters from a stalker but then it turned out she was sending them to herself. She left the school. Her parents didn’t let her cut her hair so I feel like ultimately it was their fault? — Kate Spencer (@katespencer) December 26, 2017 the football players’ dads ordered strippers to the players’ party. the football players turned the strippers down. it made the news? SNL …

Can art help find these missing people?

She is one of 17 missing people whose portraits will feature in a new exhibition which opens next week. The show, entitled Unmissable, has been organised by the charity Missing People, which supports family and friends looking for their loved ones. Someone is reported missing in the UK every 90 seconds, according to the charity. ‘We would tell the boys ‘mum’s poorly” Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder after Georgina went missing but were later released with no further action. Since she was reported missing, investigators say they have responded to nearly 60 sightings of her. Image copyright Charming Baker Image caption Mohamed said Fatima was devoted to her family and always had a smile “After work I …