A deadly cyclone ripped through India’s east coast on Friday, unleashing torrential rains and gale-force winds as hundreds of thousands of people fled its destructive path. Cyclone Fani made landfall near the eastern Indian holy city of Puri at 8 a.m. local time (0230 UTC) as an "extremely severe" cyclonic storm packing wind gusts of up to 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour, the India Meteorological Department said. Read more: The world's deadliest hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones The Meteorological Department warned of 1.5-meter (4.9-foot) storm surges inundating low coastal areas with heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal states. It projected "total destruction" of thatched houses, uprooting of power and communication poles, damage to roads and the loss of crops and orchards. Local airports, train lines and roads and schools were closed. Watch video 01:08 Share Cyclone Fani lashes east India Send … [Read more...] about Cyclone Fani slams India’s east coast
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Fishing continued at the site of a massive oil spill in the East China Sea for days after the incident, satellite images obtained by the BBC suggest.Most of the fishing vessels in the affected region were identified as Chinese.There have been major concerns over possible contamination in seafood and marine life in and around the region.The spill occurred after an oil tanker collided with another cargo ship on 6 January before sinking days later.It was transporting 136,000 tonnes, or almost one million barrels, of ultra-light crude oil, known as condensate, to South Korea.It is feared to be highly toxic and is invisible, unlike the shimmering slick on the sea-surface seen after crude-oil leaks.Experts say it is the first time petroleum product of this type has spilled in such huge quantity.Independent experts say fishing was not stopped until much later and reports in the Chinese media indicate the same. The BBC obtained satellite images and data showing the presence of fishing boats … [Read more...] about ‘Fishing continued’ after East China sea oil spill
JUST 10,000 voters in battleground seats have the destiny of Brexit in their hands. Swing voters in knife-edge constituencies will be crucial on Thursday in deciding if Boris Johnson gets it done. But there are fears Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could gain enough votes to stop him returning to No 10. Election analyst Lord Hayward said: “For those who want to return a pro-Brexit MP, they will need to support the Conservative candidate.” The Tory peer’s eve-of-poll reckoning shows that between ten and 15 thousand — a tiny fraction of the UK’s 47million electorate — hold the country’s fate in their hands. Mr Johnson winning a majority in the early hours of Friday morning will see a Commons vote before Christmas Day and ensure the UK leaves the EU at the end of January.But a hung Parliament would likely lead to Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, propped up by the SNP and the Lib Dems — leading to another EU vote and a new … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: Just 10,000 voters in battleground seats have destiny of Brexit in their hands
THEY are gangster-film icons who have joined forces for The Irishman, in what the critics are calling "the ultimate mobster movie". Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, with a combined age of 231, make up the Hollywood holy trinity in the Netflix film — directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese. It is a film of epic proportions: 12 years in the making and a bum-numbing three-and-a-half hours long. And at £110million, so big that most studios refused to make it. It was down to streaming service Netflix to fork out for the story about real-life mobster assassin Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Last night De Niro, 76, Pacino, 79, and director Scorsese, 76, were on the red carpet at The Irishman’s London premiere. The film is based on 2003 book, I Heard You Paint Houses, written by Sheeran’s lawyer Charles Brandt.Among other murderous tales, it recounts Sheeran’s role in the suspected killing of corrupt US union boss Jimmy Hoffa, played by Pacino. … [Read more...] about The Irishman is out in cinemas today and it may be the mob’s greatest HIT after £112m splurge and 12 years in the making
In agreeing a deal to guarantee the Irish border remains invisible, with no checks fuelling inter-community tensions, the UK is moving the border to the Irish Sea. But the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) fears it will create an unwelcome new Brexit burden in Great Britain, forcing manufacturers to take on a mountain of paperwork and breaching Theresa May’s promise that east-west trade would remain unfettered. While the DUP softened its previous opposition to such an outcome, Sammy Wilson, the MP for East Antrim, raised concerns about the impact facilitating Boris Johnson’s new deal would have on businesses exporting from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Why is a barrier in the Irish Sea being discussed? If all goods entering the island of Ireland are checked before arrival for standards and tariffs, then cross-border trade can continue to flow unimpeded. It will also protect the single market and reduce the chance of suspect goods making their way to the continent via … [Read more...] about The ‘Irish Sea border’: what does it mean for GB business?