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Weather disasters hit college students hard. Climate change is making it worse

Weather disasters hit college students hard. Climate change is making it worse

Climate-driven disasters are getting more frequent. They can be particularly destabilizing for college-age people who are in socially and financially formative years. Here, debris piled outside a home after a massive flood in Baton Rouge, La., in 2016. Zhang Chaoqun /Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Zhang Chaoqun /Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images In August 2016, Maameefua Koomson had just moved into her dorm at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Sophomore year was shaping up to be excellent. Koomson was a strong student, she was pursuing her dream of studying creative writing and she had landed a plum job as a Resident Assistance, or RA, in an honors dorm. “I was, like, I’m going to be the best RA to these freshmen,” she remembers. “I did a Sponge Bob-themed hall. I had events planned out.” And then, just a few days before classes began, it started to rain. At first it seemed like just another rain storm in a part of the country where heavy rain is normal. But …

Britain’s rising rural homelessness is a hidden crisis made worse by looming council bankruptcy

Britain’s rising rural homelessness is a hidden crisis made worse by looming council bankruptcy

A number of local councils in England, including Birmingham, Nottingham and Croydon, have effectively declared themselves “bankrupt” in recent years, and many more are at risk. A decade of cuts to local authority budgets and increasing demands on services such as social care are forcing councils to make difficult financial decisions. But it’s not just inner-city councils in low-income areas whose threadbare services are overwhelmed. Last year we published a report on the rising, yet often hidden, problem of rural homelessness. Our findings show how cuts to local funding and services are affecting people and driving a rise in homelessness in the countryside. We surveyed 157 housing professionals in local authorities across the UK, and interviewed people experiencing homelessness in Herefordshire, Kent, South Cambridgeshire and North Yorkshire. We spoke to people working in foodbanks, support services, housing providers and health care to map a picture of the current situation. The vast majority – 91% – of our survey respondents told us that homelessness in rural areas had increased over the last five years. And 83% …

“The Sopranos” finale made Journey hot again — and the timing couldn’t have been worse

“The Sopranos” finale made Journey hot again — and the timing couldn’t have been worse

On June 10, 2007, less than a month after Jeff Scott Soto’s last performance with Journey, HBO aired the final episode of the popular Mafia TV show “The Sopranos,” one of the most celebrated, and debated, endings in television history. Set in northern New Jersey, the series follows a modern-day “godfather,” Tony Soprano, in his travails as the leader of a secondary Italian crime family in decline. While not a comedy per se, much of the plot was comedic, starting with the premise that the lead character would be in treatment with a classic Freudian psychoanalyst (not unlike a contemporary Mafia comedy film, “Analyze This,” starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal). Over six seasons, the protagonist gets deeper into his own angst even as the world of the American Mafia is fading. In the final scene, Tony, actively hunted by rival gangs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and possibly even members of his own “crew,” sits in a diner in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Joined first by his wife, then by his son, while his …

Rubymar: Miles-long oil slick from Red Sea cargo ship attack could get worse

Rubymar: Miles-long oil slick from Red Sea cargo ship attack could get worse

CAIRO (AP) — An attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a Belize-flagged ship earlier this month caused an 18-mile (29-kilometer) oil slick, the U.S. military said Saturday. It also warned of the danger of a spill from the vessel’s cargo of fertilizer. The Rubymar, a British-registered, Lebanese-operated cargo vessel, was attacked on Feb. 18 while sailing through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, U.S. Central Command said. The missile attack forced the crew to abandon the vessel, which had been on its way to Bulgaria after leaving Khorfakkan in the United Arab Emirates. It was transporting more than 41,000 tons of fertilizer, CENTCOM said in a statement. The vessel suffered significant damage, which led to the slick, said the CENTCOM statement, warning that the ship’s cargo “could spill into the Red Sea and worsen this environmental disaster.” “The Houthis continue to demonstrate disregard for the regional impact of their indiscriminate attacks, threatening the fishing industry, coastal communities, and imports of food supplies,” it said. The Associated Press, …

AI could help soften cloud sticker shock – or make things worse

AI could help soften cloud sticker shock – or make things worse

Eugene Mymrin/Getty Images With bursty workloads and constantly fluctuating streams of user requests, cloud services have given many a chief financial officer a headache at the end of the month. A monthly charge of $25,000 could suddenly jump to $200,000 the next month. CFOs, as we know, don’t like such volatility.  Most companies, 69%, spend more than $1 million a year on cloud computing, a survey out of Flexera confirms. Nearly a quarter of respondents (24%) are currently spending more than $12 million per year on public cloud. Even among small to medium businesses in the sample, 26% spend more than $1 million annually.  Also: Want to work in AI? How to pivot your career in 5 steps These costs would be less of a headache to CFOs if they were more predictable. They can be, but there is another wrench being thrown into the mix: Artificial intelligence, which relies heavily on cloud services for processing power and storage capacity. Few organizations are tracking AI costs at this time, new research on 1,245 cloud-consuming companies by the FinOps …

Justin Timberlake’s health takes a ‘turn for the worse’ as he shares disappointing news with fans

Justin Timberlake’s health takes a ‘turn for the worse’ as he shares disappointing news with fans

Justin Timberlake is battling with his health after admitting his sickness has taken “a turn for the worse”.  The 43-year-old was “gutted” to share the disappointing news that a one-off show he planned for Friday in London has been canceled after he was struck down with the flu.  Taking to his Instagram Story on Thursday night, an emotional Justin admitted that he was no longer able to “power through” his sickness. Watch the full video below. WATCH: Justin Timberlake sounds awful as he cancels London show Captioning the video, Justin wrote: “Guys, I have the flu. I’m gutted that I have to do this.”  Unable to hide his disappointment, Justin sounded hoarse as he said: “This is an unfortunate video I have to send out.” He continued: “But I’m sure you can tell from the sound of things that I am not going to be able to make it to the show on Friday, which I’m gutted about.”  Justin added: “I’ve been here in London all week and was so excited to perform Roundhouse. But… I’ve …

A grim find led to a worse end: the case of two missing men that horrified Sydney | Australia news

A grim find led to a worse end: the case of two missing men that horrified Sydney | Australia news

It began when some blood-covered clothes, a phone, watch and wallet were discovered in a skip in the beachside suburb of Cronulla in Sydney’s south on Wednesday morning. A day after announcing that the find had raised “grave concerns” for two missing men in a relationship, New South Wales police charged one of their own constables – a former partner of one of the men – with two counts of murder. Ballistic tests showed he had used a force-issued handgun, police alleged. They believe he then hired a white van to dispose of their bodies. Beau Lamarre, 28, turned himself in to colleagues at a local police station and was charged with the murder of Jesse Baird – his ex-boyfriend and a former Channel Ten presenter – and Baird’s new partner, 29-year-old Qantas flight attendant Luke Davies. But police said Lamarre had not assisted them as they sought more information. The bodies of Baird and Davies had not been found by Friday evening, as Lamarre appeared in court for the first time. The selfie-enthused former …

Britain: Jewish father states ‘To be Jewish in the UK is very hard. And it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse and worse’

Britain: Jewish father states ‘To be Jewish in the UK is very hard. And it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse and worse’

In pre-war Nazi Germany, officials would scribble notes on the official documents of Jewish people. This eventually escalated to the slaughter of six million Jews in concentration camps. Now a similar thing is starting to take place in London, England, causing a Jewish father to exclaim, “To be Jewish in the UK is very hard. And it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse and worse.” According to an article in the Daily Mail, Israel and his wife, both Jewish, had applied for a passport for their recently born daughter Ronnie. However, when the government returned the child’s birth certificate not only had it been torn, but someone had taken a pen and deliberately scribbled out the birthplace of the child’s father, which in this case was Israel. Because of the damage, the document is no longer valid. The baby’s father, who is also named Israel, stated ‘It is completely warped and it hurts my heart that my daughter is not even six-months-old and she has already been discriminated on in the worst way.’ ‘I think …

After Alexei Navalny’s death, Trump’s cowardly groveling looks worse than ever

After Alexei Navalny’s death, Trump’s cowardly groveling looks worse than ever

News came last week of the death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny last week. He had survived an attempted assassination by poison in 2020 but eventually returned to Russia, where he was immediately detained and sentenced first to two and a half years, then nine years and ultimately 19 years in prison on charges of “extremism.” In December he was sent to a distant prison in the Russian Arctic. And now he is gone. Navalny was the most famous political dissident in the world, probably since Nelson Mandela. Those who care about such things held out hope that he would survive incarceration, as Mandela did, and prevail one day in a new Russia. In this era of rising authoritarianism, the death of this man — and his bravery in embodying a dream of freedom and liberty, now for the moment crushed — adds more fuel to fears of the creeping fascism now gaining traction around the world. For those of us in the U.S., this is particularly distressing because the timing of Navalny’s death feels …

Royal Family LIVE: Stripping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of title ‘would make it worse’ | Royal | News

Royal Family LIVE: Stripping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of title ‘would make it worse’ | Royal | News

Stripping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of their titles would only make them worse according to a royal expert. Writing in the Telegraph, Petronella Wyatt said removing their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles would elevate their brand as they would be known as the Prince and Princess of Sussex. Ms Wyatt wrote that “a prince always trumps a duke, due in part to the scarcity of such handles”. She added that their website “might then read princeandprincessharry.com which…would be even worse implying that they are the world’s preeminent royalty”. Ms Wyatt’s comments come as speculation grows over whether Prince Harry will try and improve his relationship with the rest of the Royal Family following King Charles’ cancer diagnosis. According to OK magazine, a source said: “Harry is of the opinion that he must repair the damage that has been caused. There have been plenty of emotional conversations and heart-to-hearts over the best way to handle the situation and move forward. Harry wants to put an end to the feud and regrets the way that …