Ciudad Juarez, 16 September The executioners burst through the gates of the Anexo de Vida (Annexe of Life) drug rehabilitation centre at almost the exact moment that Mexico's president, Felipe Calderón, and mayors across the country, including the one in Juárez, rang bells to proclaim the 199th anniversary of independence from Spain. Next morning the courtyard was still full of the bittersweet stench of fresh blood congealing in pools. The killers threw a grenade into the first room on their right, occupied by a 16-year-old guard. They had soaked up his blood into the soles of their boots and stamped it around in footprints that anyone who cared to might examine. But no one did care to. The carnage divided, along each side of the courtyard. To their left, the killers entered the room of the centre's director, who made it outside, where the pond of his blood putrefied on the cement. Next were the quarters of his deputy, a woman. Her blood was flecked across a floral bedspread … [Read more...] about Life and death in Juárez, the world’s murder capital
Glasgow most dangerous city in the world
Glasgow has been named among 11 urban areas in the UK and Ireland which have breached air pollution safety levels. The city featured in the data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The health body warned poor air quality caused more than three million deaths around the world every year. A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said it took its responsibility to monitor air quality "very seriously" and its data showed it met air pollution targets in 2015. As air quality declines, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases among residents, WHO said.One way the global health body assesses air quality is by examining the levels of a type of pollution known as particulate matter (PMs).Glasgow was one of a number of places which breached the safe limit set for PM10. Port Talbot, Stanford-Le-Hope, London, Scunthorpe, Leeds, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Southampton and Oxford, as well the town of Longford in … [Read more...] about Glasgow breaches WHO air pollution safety levels
Gang members who were caught in a firearms plot involving Royal Mail disguises have been jailed.Ezekial Aremu, 21, Cade Johnson, 21 and Richard Carty, 38, admitted they were part of a serious organised crime conspiracy in Glasgow.Officers who apprehended them discovered a fake parcel designed to conceal a pistol addressed to a vets' practice at the Forge Retail Park.Lord Arthurson said all three were at significant risk of re-offending.Carty, from Salford, was jailed for six years and six months, Aremu for six years and Johnson for five years and nine months.Armeu and Johnson are both from Prestwich, Bury. The High Court in Glasgow heard police watched the three men who were staying at an Airbnb in Springfield Gardens, Parkhead, from 7-8 March.Aremu, Johnson and another man drove a grey Mercedes car along East Wellington Street near the Forge shopping centre when they were stopped by armed officers.The car contained a balaclava, £1,000 of counterfeit £20 notes and two cans … [Read more...] about Gang plot involved guns and Royal Mail disguises in Glasgow
A team of scientists is heading to the Arctic on a research mission deemed too dangerous for humans to go alone. The team will use an underwater robotic vehicle (AUV) to help them understand the extent of melting from glaciers. The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, will send the AUV to one of the most hostile environments on the planet. The robot will gather data and take measurements such as temperature and salinity from as deep as 100m (330ft).It will help scientists learn more about the effect of meltwater on a process known as "calving", which can cause large pieces of ice to break off the glacier edge. Simply too dangerousWeighing less than 4kg (9lbs) and around one metre (3ft) in length, the ecoSUB will gather data from below Kronebreen glacier on Svalbard. Leading the expedition is Professor Mark Inall, who says it is too dangerous for boats to go towards glaciers at this time of year. This is where the ecoSUB will be utilised, working at the front line. He … [Read more...] about Underwater robot to take on ‘dangerous’ Arctic mission
In the front seat of his car, John Wilson passes me a dossier of scientific research reports and diagrams. At his feet are carefully curated ring binders of correspondence with city council officials, and albums with six years’ worth of photographs documenting brown patches of earth and scorched grass around trees, beside kerbs and along playground fences. In the back of Wilson’s Toyota Yaris is colleague Lydia Koelmans and dog Kim, and we’re parked on a side street of Spital Tongues, a residential area north-west of Newcastle city centre popular with students and families. We’ve met to view examples of the damage done by glyphosate, the world’s most widely produced herbicide. Glyphosate is used liberally in the streets and parks of many towns and cities to control grass and weeds, but was classified last month by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as “probably carcinogenic to … [Read more...] about Glyphosate is a ‘probably carcinogenic’ herbicide. Why do cities still use it?