24 February 2020 The jury convicts Weinstein of a criminal sex act in the first degree for forcing oral sex on Miriam Haley – which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years and a minimum sentence of 5 years – and the third-degree rape of a victim the Guardian has decided not to name, as her wishes for identification are not clear, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and no minimum. Weinstein was acquitted of three further charges, including the two most serious counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a possible life sentence, and an alternative count of rape in the first degree. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein trial: how events unfolded
The BBC asked to interview British Airways, Easyjet, Lufthansa and Ryanair. No-one was available. It was the same with aircraft manufacturers Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier. Likewise the regulators, the CAA in the UK, EASA in Europe and the FAA in America. But they do collectively argue that cabin air is always safe - and that it would be wrong to conclude that any illnesses or deaths of those who work on airliners are a result of working or travelling in an aircraft. … [Read more...] about Fume events: The toxic gases that may be harming aircrew and passengers
Lake Hornborga lies north-east of Gothenburg and on arrival I waste no time in heading to the waterside from my accommodation in the nearby town of Falköping. I notice a few of the birds dotted about the fields as I approach the site but you don’t have to be a birdwatcher to spot this large, long-legged species. Towering up to 1.3 metres, they certainly stand out, with their elongated necks, black and white head stripes, grey plumage and bustle of feathers at the rear. … [Read more...] about The dancing cranes of West Sweden – a bucket list wildlife spectacle
Anywhere good to eat?The Wine House, which specialises in wagyu steak and seafood, has just started bottomless lunches: three courses and as many glasses of prosecco/cocktails as you can drink (£25, Friday to Sunday). Pom’s Kitchen & Deli is open from breakfast right through to dinner, and has regular events such as an upcoming beer (they brew their own), wine and food night (11 November, five courses, five beers, five wines for £45pp). … [Read more...] about Let’s go to … the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
While the debate continues over the use of advanced genetic and chemical crop-enhancers, technology is opening a whole new direction for food production, which will take farming away from the farm. Robotics and drones are reducing the need for humans to be on the land, while vertical farming, in which vegetables can be grown in sunless warehouses using LED lighting, gene editing and metagenics – the engineering of specific enzymes or proteins – are coming up with new definitions of food. According to a recent report by the thinktank RethinkX, within 15 years the rise of cell-based meat, which is made of animal cells grown in a bioreactor, will bankrupt the US’s huge beef industry, at the same time removing the need to grow soya and maize for feed. By 2035, the report predicts, an area a quarter of the size of the continental US “will be freed for other uses”. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?