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Wildlife experts urge action on pesticides as UK insect populations plummet | Insects

Wildlife experts urge action on pesticides as UK insect populations plummet | Insects

[ad_1] The UK’s insect populations are declining at alarming rates and the next government must put in place plans to monitor and reduce the use and toxicity of pesticides before it is too late, wildlife experts say. In recent years, concerns have been raised over earthworm populations, which have fallen by a third in the past 25 years. A citizen science project that monitors flying insects in the UK, meanwhile, found a 60% decline between 2004 and 2021. The overall trajectory, as government monitoring figures show, has been downwards since the 1970s. Yet despite the evidence of the harmful effect of pesticides on our insect population, governmental action has been slow, and experts are concerned that the UK is failing to monitor pesticide use correctly. “There is an almost complete lack of effective monitoring of pesticide use in UK agriculture,” said Nick Mole, the policy officer at Pesticide Action Network UK. “What little we do have is incomplete, out of date and on such a broad scale as to be virtually meaningless. “The UK urgently …

Netanyahu Threatens Military Action Against Hezbollah as Biden Pushes for Truce

Netanyahu Threatens Military Action Against Hezbollah as Biden Pushes for Truce

[ad_1] “The odor of blood in the hospital’s emergency room this morning was unbearable,” Karin Huster, a medical adviser for Doctors Without Borders in Gaza, said in a statement. “There are people lying everywhere, on the floor, outside.” Israel’s military said it was conducting military operations “above and below ground” against Hamas militants in Bureij and the eastern part of Deir al-Balah, both in central Gaza, and that it had “eliminated” several. Hamas also reported clashes with Israeli forces in the area, and said on Wednesday that it had fired missiles at Israeli troops in the east of Bureij. “There is no place to flee to now,” said Hani Ahmed, a teacher and father of five who lives near the center of Bureij. He said two buildings in his area had been struck. “Khan Younis is rubble. Rafah is under attack. The north is destroyed,” Mr. Ahmad said. “I might take my family in my small bus and live at the beach as I have no tent. We are terrified.” As the bloodshed in Gaza …

‘I love campaigning’: Angela Rayner on being back in action after being cleared in tax row | Angela Rayner

‘I love campaigning’: Angela Rayner on being back in action after being cleared in tax row | Angela Rayner

[ad_1] Angela Rayner has been described as a huge electoral asset by Labour’s campaign chief, but until this week she has been one the party was unable to fully deploy. For months, Labour’s deputy leader has faced questions about her historical living arrangements, with the police investigating claims by the Tory party that she may not have paid the right amount of tax. This week Greater Manchester police cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing, while the local council and HM Revenue and Customs both announced that they were taking no further action. Rayner is, finally, let loose on the campaign trail. “I’m going to [be] powering up my battlebus and going up and down the country making the case for a Labour government,” she says gleefully. “I love campaigning and getting out to speak to ordinary people and I really feel like this is a time where people are calling out for change.” Despite her enthusiasm, she admits the last few weeks have been tough. “It was very difficult personally, because I’ve never been in …

Woman who was raped held on to ‘guilt and shame’ for years but then took action to ‘show the world no means no’ | UK News

Woman who was raped held on to ‘guilt and shame’ for years but then took action to ‘show the world no means no’ | UK News

[ad_1] A rape survivor who held on to “the guilt and the shame” for years before reporting her attacker has told Sky News she has now “passed it on to him” after he was jailed for seven years. Warning: The following article contains details of serious sexual assault The woman, who is retaining her legal right to anonymity, was raped by DJ Alisdair Randalls when she was just 18 in December 2015. She told Sky News that she “never wanted to go to the police” but after years of suffering in silence she realised she had to take action to avoid anyone else potentially being hurt and to “show the world that no means no”. Randalls, who was 21 at the time of the attack and is now 30, denied any wrongdoing but in April was found guilty of rape following a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen. He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on 15 May. The woman, now 27, said: “I just felt like I had to help and …

Baby Reindeer: Woman alleged to be inspiration for stalker character to take legal action over Netflix show | Ents & Arts News

Baby Reindeer: Woman alleged to be inspiration for stalker character to take legal action over Netflix show | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] A woman alleged to be the inspiration for the stalker character of Martha in hit Netflix series Baby Reindeer has branded the show “defamatory” and plans to sue. Fiona Harvey said she had been “forced” to come forward after receiving online death threats from “internet sleuths”. In the Netflix drama series inspired by the real-life experiences of comedian and writer Richard Gadd, his character Donny is stalked by a woman named Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning, after he serves her a free cup of tea in the pub where he works. But in an interview with Piers Morgan posted on YouTube, Ms Harvey repeatedly denied being a stalker and described the series “a work of fiction”. X This content is provided by X, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable X cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via …

Tata steelworkers vote to take industrial action over job losses | Tata

Tata steelworkers vote to take industrial action over job losses | Tata

[ad_1] Members of a steelworkers’ union have voted to take industrial action in protest at planned job losses at Tata. The company last month rejected a plan by unions to keep open a blast furnace at the Port Talbot steelworks, ending hopes of avoiding as many as 2,800 job losses. Community said more than 85% of its members backed industrial action. Unions are campaigning against plans by Tata to change production at its site in Port Talbot, south Wales, to a greener method of steelmaking. The Community national officer Alun Davies said: “Today our members delivered their verdict on Tata Steel’s job cuts plan, and they have voted to demand a better deal for the workforce. “Community balloted more than 3,000 members across all Tata Steel UK production sites, and more than 85% have voted for industrial action. “It should be noted this resounding mandate has been delivered in spite of the company’s bullying and unacceptable threats to slash redundancy payments. “We will now be consulting our members on next steps, and we urge Tata …

Club World Cup: FIFA threatened with legal action by players and leagues over new men’s competition | World News

Club World Cup: FIFA threatened with legal action by players and leagues over new men’s competition | World News

[ad_1] FIFA has been warned of a threatened mass revolt and legal action by the world’s footballers and leagues over its new men’s Club World Cup amid welfare concerns. A letter has been sent by global players’ union FIFPRO and the World Leagues Association to FIFA president Gianni Infantino demanding the 32-team competition is not played as planned in June and July next year. Chelsea and Manchester City have qualified for the event, lined up for the United States as part of Mr Infantino’s expansion of FIFA competitions. The union fears this has congested the calendar and endangered the health of players. The leagues and players’ union claims FIFA is being “inherently abusive” in adding games and urges Mr Infantino to use a council meeting next week to back down from its plans. Sky News revealed in December concerns from players in England that they are being asked to play too many games with a threat of legal action against football authorities. Image: Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez. Both teams have …

Apple M4 iPad Pro In Action (Video)

Apple M4 iPad Pro In Action (Video)

[ad_1] The 2024 Apple M4 iPad Pro introduces groundbreaking enhancements that redefine the capabilities of modern tablets. With its ultra-thin design and the introduction of the powerful M4 chip, this device is not merely an update—it’s a significant leap forward in the realm of tablet technology. Apple has once again pushed the boundaries of what’s possible, delivering a product that seamlessly blends elegance and power. Sleek Design Meets Advanced Technology At just 5.3 mm for the 11-inch model and 5.1 mm for the 13-inch model, the new iPad Pro boasts a remarkably thin profile. This sleek design does not only contribute to its aesthetic appeal but also enhances its portability, making it both a visual and practical choice for users who value style and convenience. The iPad Pro’s aluminum body is precision-crafted, offering a premium look and feel that sets it apart from other tablets on the market. Despite its thin profile, the iPad Pro is built to withstand the rigors of daily use. Its durable construction ensures that it can handle the demands of …

Lawmakers Urge U.S. Action To Halt China’s Organ Trade

Lawmakers Urge U.S. Action To Halt China’s Organ Trade

[ad_1] Authored by Susan Crabtree via RealClearPolitics, A group of leading China critics in Congress is urging the State Department to step up its efforts to curb Beijing’s gruesome $1 billion forced organ harvesting trade, which targets ethnic and religious minorities, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims, Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners.  Six members of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, or CECC, sent a letter last week to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking him to utilize existing agency reward programs to provide monetary incentives for information that will “deter and disrupt the market for illegally procured organs” in China. Rep. Chris Smith, who chairs the CECC, and Sen. Marco Rubio, the commission’s ranking member, joined Democrat Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia and GOP Reps. Michelle Steel of California, Zach Nunn of Iowa, and Ryan Zinke of Montana in signing the letter.  The State Department manages two programs that offer awards of up to $25 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of members of significant transnational criminal organizations. One focuses on violators of U.S. narcotics law, …