A BABY shark with a "human face" has been dubbed the real-life baby shark after it was discovered in Indonesia. The mutant shark was caught by Abdullah Nuren, 48, in the waters near Rote Ndao in the East Nusa Tenggara province. He had accidentally caught an adult shark in his trawler net, and when he cut open its stomach, he found three pups inside. Nuren was stunned when he saw one of the sharks had a face that looked human. The pup had two round eyes, with almost a cartoon character look to them. "I initially found a mother shark caught in the trawler net. The next day I split the belly of the mother shark and found three pups in the stomach. "Two were like the mother and this one looked like it had a human face." BABY SHARK He took the baby shark home to his family, who have helped him preserve it. He said he was offered money from neighbours who wanted to buy the shark off him, but he rejected their offers. "My home has been crowded with people who want … [Read more...] about Bizarre mutant fish with a ‘HUMAN FACE’ dubbed the real-life baby shark
This week's Antiques Roadshow saw an expert reveal the true eye-watering value of jewellery its owner had been told wasn't "worth anything". In Sunday night's episode on BBC One from Windermere Jetty Museum in the Lake District, two pieces of jewellery offered some surprises for one guest. Described by expert John Benjamin as an "eclectic" group of items, more was then revealed by the female guest. According to the guest's grandmother who had written down the person's name who she believed had designed the pendant, a Cooper. The guest revealed that her great-grandmother and her husband had been involved in the arts and crafts movement, with the pendant being designed for her. Benjamin then cited a "highly important craftsman" named John Paul Cooper who was likely behind the pendant. However, the lack of signature made it impossible to definitely attribute to Cooper, despite various aspects of the piece being in line with his style. It was also noted that a water … [Read more...] about Antiques Roadshow guest learns real eye-watering value of ‘worthless’ jewellery
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal. Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. Legal group Foxglove announced today that it was bringing a court case against the health service to force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m. Government's failure to publish COVID contracts details was unlawful, High Court rules The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. It comes as a batch of internal government emails uncovered by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and seen by Sky News reveal that … [Read more...] about NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir
As of Tuesday, the German capital is one year into its five-year "rent freeze," and the data collected so far has given both opponents and supporters fuel for their arguments. A survey published last week by property ad portal ImmoScout24 found that while Berlin's average rent has indeed dropped in the past year, by 7.8%, the number of new flats on the market eligible for a rent reduction had dropped too — by some 30%. That has had a major effect on the competition for new apartments, ImmoScout24 said, with an average of 214 people answering each rental advert in January 2021, compared to 128 in the same month last year. Many cities around the world have some kind of rent control measures in place, but Berlin's rent cap law, in effect since February 2020, is unique. It meant that rents for 90% of Berlin's apartments were frozen for five years at the level they were at in June 2019. New rental contracts could not be above that level, and as of November 2020, any existing rents … [Read more...] about Berlin’s revolutionary rent cap — success or flop?
We spend 90% of our time in the buildings where we live and work, shop and conduct business, in the structures that keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. But immense energy is required to source and manufacture building materials, to power construction sites, to maintain and renew the built environment. In 2019, building operations and construction activities together accounted for 38% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, the highest level ever recorded. To ensure that the Paris climate targets are met, the building and construction industry needs to become a climate leader by moving towards net zero construction. Its CO2 emissions need to be cut in half by 2030 for building stock to be carbon free by 2050, according to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In response, a raft of new net zero building initiatives are focused on curbing emissions across the whole building lifecycle. DW looks at 5 key points in understanding the … [Read more...] about 5 things to know about carbon-free construction