The magnificent constellation of Orion, the hunter, is now visible in the evening sky from both hemispheres, and there’s added interest in looking out for it over the next few weeks. The red giant star Betelgeuse marks one of the hunter’s shoulders and is one of the brightest stars in the sky – or at least it was. In December, it grew conspicuously dimmer. Although known to be a variable star, Betelgeuse is now at its dimmest for more than a century. … [Read more...] about Starwatch: Betelgeuse – a fading star heading for an explosive end?
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If you fall victim to online fraud, you should contact your bank immediately and report it as a crime to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland). If you are based in Scotland, you can report to Police Scotland by calling 101. … [Read more...] about Public warned over criminals using celebrities to promote fake investments
A short delay to next spring was seen as a boon by some, as the US presidential election takes place this November. A spring conference would either have welcomed a new administration, or have given time for other countries to react to the reelection of Donald Trump, who is withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement. … [Read more...] about Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow likely to be delayed by a year
All the above have now overtaken Portugal's rate of 12.4 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, but despite this, Portugal remains on the list of countries from which all arrivals to the UK, including those returning from holiday, must quarantine for two weeks. … [Read more...] about £3,200 fines for shunning face masks: Boris Johnson unveils penalties for repeat offenders will keep DOUBLING – and introduces new £10,000 sanction for the organisers of illegal raves
The IS prisoners no-one wants How do countries deal with IS returnees? What is Islamic State? Under the so-called caliphate those enforcers belonged to the Hisbah, the female morality police, who meted out harsh punishments. Today, despite being behind barbed wire in the camps, they have effectively reconstituted themselves as the same thing. … [Read more...] about IS prisoner issue a ticking timebomb for the West