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  • Volunteer firefighter Paul Parker, who swore at Scott Morrison, says he has been sacked
    by Calla Wahlquist on February 16, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    In an interview on Channel Ten’s The Project, Parker said he had been told to leave RFS leading to the hashtag #IStandWithPaulParker trending in Australia A volunteer firefighter who told the prime minister to “get fucked from Nelligan” in a viral news clip says he was sacked from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service for foul language.Paul Parker told Channel Ten’s The Project on Sunday that he was chastised by the RFS for directing the expletive toward Scott Morrison and that he had been booted from the organisation, contrary to reports from the time that he had been stood down due to exhaustion. Continue reading... […]

  • William Barr must quit over Trump-Stone scandal – former justice officials
    by Ed Pilkington in New York on February 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    More than 1,000 public servants decry presidential interferenceAide Conway claims justice system rigged against TrumpRobert Reich: assaulting justice, Trump has out-Nixoned NixonMore than 1,000 former US justice department officials, including some of the top government lawyers in the country, have called on attorney general William Barr to resign in the wake of the Roger Stone scandal. Related: William Barr: how the attorney general became Trump's enabler-in-chief Continue reading... […]

  • Storm Dennis: six severe flood warnings in place across England and Wales – as it happened
    by Clea Skopeliti (now), Jessica Murray and Frances Perraudin (earlier) on February 16, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Highest number of warnings on record in place across the country as authorities warn of risk to life‘Life-threatening’ flood warnings in south WalesAnger and fear across UK as second storm wreaks havoc 8.05pm GMTChris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, has set up a GoFundMe page to support local people affected by Storm Dennis.He said: “Seeing the floods devastate our communities is truly heartbreaking.“Homes & businesses across the Rhondda have been affected by the winds and rain of Storm Dennis and many families will have lost everything. “We’ve been inundated with offers of support and help. At present the emergency services are advising volunteers to stay safe but will require support in the aftermath.”Lots of families and individuals have been really hit by the flooding in the Rhondda. I have set up a fund to help people, so please be generous. For families who are really struggling insurance is a luxury. Rhondda Flooding Relief 7.41pm GMTThe search for a woman who went missing in Worcestershire has been called off until tomorrow, according to the BBC. The woman went missing in floodwater earlier today. Continue reading... […]

  • Human composting could be the future of deathcare
    by Hannah Devlin Science correspondent on February 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Washington becomes first US state to legalise practice as interest in green burials surges in UKIt is viewed as a fitting end for a banana skin or a handful of spent coffee grounds. But now people are being urged to consider human composting and other environmentally friendly “deathcare” options.Speaking before a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seattle on Sunday, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a professor of soil science and sustainable agriculture at Washington State University, said: “Death certainly isn’t the biggest environmental impact we have in our life process. But we can still look for new alternatives.” Continue reading... […]

  • Families of Troubles victims warn against amnesty for soldiers
    by Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor on February 16, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Emmett McConomy, whose 11-year-old brother died in 1982, said cases ‘not going away’A man whose 11-year-old brother was killed by a soldier in Northern Ireland nearly 40 years ago has warned that victims’ families “were not going to go away” if the British government tried to introduce an amnesty for military personnel.Emmett McConomy, whose older brother Stephen was shot in the back of the head with a plastic bullet, said the new Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, needed to understand the strength of feeling among families who had not yet seen cases involving British soldiers come to court. Continue reading... […]

  • Ugandan student, 15, who starred in Queen of Katwe dies of brain tumour
    by Associated Press in Kampala on February 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Nikita Pearl Waligwa was much-loved following the 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigyA Ugandan student who played a memorable role in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy has died at the age of 15.Nikita Pearl Waligwa died on Saturday at a hospital near the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The cause was a brain tumour, according to the girls’ secondary school she had attended since 2018. Continue reading... […]

  • German court orders Tesla to stop felling trees for Gigafactory
    by Reuters in Berlin on February 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Ruling comes after state environmental office greenlit clearance of 92 hectares of forestA German court has ordered Tesla to stop clearing forest land near Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory, in what is being hailed as a victory for environmental activists.The US electric carmaker announced plans last November to build a “Gigafactory” in Grünheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg. Continue reading... […]

  • Pete Buttigieg 'won't take lectures' from Rush Limbaugh or any Trump supporter
    by Martin Pengelly on February 16, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Radio host doubts Americans ready for gay candidateDemocrat ‘saddened for what Republican party has become’Pete Buttigieg is “not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J Trump as the moral as well as political leader of the United States”, the Democratic presidential contender said on Sunday. Related: Biden and Sanders take aim at Bloomberg as Nevada caucuses loom Continue reading... […]

  • Church group criticises US plan to rein in smaller shareholders
    by Kalyeena Makortoff Banking correspondent on February 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Exclusive: investors say SEC plans will make it harder to push for better governanceManagers of the Church of England’s £8.3bn investment portfolio have criticised US regulators for planning to deny smaller shareholders, such as the church, the right to challenge US companies over excessive executive pay and the climate crisis.A group of 70 church investors, including the C of E, have written to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opposing its plans to “modernise” shareholder rules by adding stricter criteria for filing resolutions voted on at a company’s annual meeting. Continue reading... […]

  • Elton John cuts short New Zealand gig after catching pneumonia
    by PA Media on February 16, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Singer ‘deeply upset and sorry’ for cutting short farewell concert in AucklandSir Elton John has said he is “deeply upset and sorry” for cutting short a concert in New Zealand after being diagnosed with a mild form of pneumonia.The musician, 72, was performing at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday when he lost his voice and broke down in tears on stage. Continue reading... […]