Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke warned Thursday in his first presidential campaign stop that parts of the planet will soon become uninhabitable, driving a massive wave of climate 'refugees' across the U.S. border, if America's government doesn't adopt emergency measures within the next 12 years. O'Rourke, 46, had formally announced an hour earlier that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation over whether he would try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. In the southwestern Iowa town of Keokuk, a sweater-clad Beto told a smallish crowd that by the time his 12-year-old son is his age 'we may not be able to live in cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas. We may not be able to grow our own food and fiber, feed and clothe ourselves in this country.' And in a silent nod to his differences with President Donald Trump on immigration issues, he downplayed the present national security threat of … [Read more...] about Beto: Earth doomed, we face ‘hundreds of millions’ of climate refugees
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A pair of leading East Yorkshire business names have joined the board of a regional charity which helps young people find work. Deb Oxley OBE and Terry Moran have become trustees at CatZero, joining an impressive line-up which includes former Smith & Nephew executive Jim Dick as its chair. Both Deb and Terry have been integral in leading national change in their respective fields. CatZero works with young people who have fallen out of work, and has an impressive success rate at equipping them with the skills to help secure jobs. Deb, who recently received an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours, is also the CEO of the Employee Ownership Association. She said: “As a society, we are experiencing increasing levels of inequality in all areas of life, from education, to employment and housing. “When I witness this and hear stories of how some people are forced to live their lives and the resulting lack of opportunities, I am motivated to try to make a difference, to help … [Read more...] about Business heavyweights join board of regional charity CatZero
PUBLISHED: 19:50 11 February 2019 Steve Russell ‘My grandma Sylvia Wynne in the late 1920s, whose determination and love of life inspired my character Rose’ Picture: Rachel Clare Archant Rachel Clare had a real-life family tragedy she wanted to tell people about, and dreamed of writing a novel. Then a holiday in East Anglia provided the spark to make it happen. Rachel at the school where she's a teaching assistant. 'I’ve had a dream of becoming a writer since I was nine' Picture: PETER EVANSNearly half the tale she went on to write is set in Lavenham, the historic “wool town” that feels like a permanent film set (and where a key character lives).The book Roses of Marrakech is about fictional primary school teacher Ivy Fielding. The 36-year-old has low self-esteem because of a facial birthmark. The story links wartime Suffolk and the vibrant present-day souks of Morocco. Love stories interweave and Ivy follows a trail of … [Read more...] about Five reasons Rachel loves Lavenham. Can you think of even better ones?
A rare species of bird has been captured on camera by twitchers across Nottinghamshire. Three Waxwings were spotted in Sherwood, in the Winchester Street car park, with crowds gathering yesterday (Monday January 21) to catch a glimpse. Photographers and keen twitchers jumped at the chance to capture the rare sighting, with one woman describing it as 'the holy grail' of birdwatching. It's thought that birds were attracted to the area because of an abundance of their favourite food, the Rowan berry, which grow on trees that are in the car park. The Waxwing is not native to the UK but has been spotted in the winter months in various parts of the country, in it's search for a good food supply. Gill Savage, 61, lives in Mapperley and was shocked to hear the news the bird was just around the corner. The semi-retired business owner said: "Waxwings really are the holy grail of birding in the UK - they're rare, so it's very exciting. "People took over the car park to catch a glimpse, it was … [Read more...] about ‘Holy grail’ species of bird spotted in Nottinghamshire
Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both the depth of her knowledge and the range of her writing. Here are some samples of her three decades of journalism for this newspaper, with links to the full articles. 1988: Tolstoy From Making sense of TolstoySaturday, May 21st, 1988Lev Tolstoy (1828-1910), monomaniac, psychological realist, domestic monster and saint, is one of contradictions and puzzles... Born into one of imperial Russia’s grand old families – albeit one on the slide – Tolstoy was the fifth son. He spent his adolescence staring in the mirror, hoping for beauty and lusting after the servants. He had his first sexual experience at 14 and promptly burst into tears. His brothers were the usual Russian mix – Nikolay went into the army on graduating, Sergy committed himself to fornicating with gypsies and Dmitry became a “Holy Idiot “ for … [Read more...] about The best of Eileen Battersby, from Tolstoy to Paul Simon