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UK weather: Met Office warns of hazardous snow and ice

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Temperatures expected to plummet with Scottish Highlands dropping as low as -10C

Conditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January as the Met Office gets ready to put in place five new weather warnings for snow and ice.

Further heavy rainfall, which caused severe flooding in the wake of Storm Christoph, is not forecast until next Wednesday – but plummeting temperatures are expected.

Continue reading…Temperatures expected to plummet with Scottish Highlands dropping as low as -10CConditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January as the Met Office gets ready to put in place five new weather warnings for snow and ice.Further heavy rainfall, which caused severe flooding in the wake of Storm Christoph, is not forecast until next Wednesday – but plummeting temperatures are expected. Continue reading…

U.S. Navy enters Black Sea near Russia

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The U.S. Navy destroyer is back in the Black Sea for the first time since last year. On Saturday, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Afric has announced that Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the Black Sea. “The first FDNF [Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe] destroyer to visit the Black Sea in 2021, #Donaldcook […]

The post U.S. Navy enters Black Sea near Russia first appeared on Defence Blog.The U.S. Navy destroyer is back in the Black Sea for the first time since last year. On Saturday, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Afric has announced that Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the Black Sea. “The first FDNF [Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe] destroyer to visit the Black Sea in 2021, #Donaldcook
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Taking it to the streets: ‘The movements making noise are being led by young people’

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In spite of all the challenges of the world they will inherit, young people are embracing activism to make change

When Alice Rummery sees a problem, she has one overriding thought: “What are we going to do about it?”

That’s been the driving force of an activism that was first ignited as a university student in 2018 when she was a critical part of a campaign for women’s safety in cities. Trained and supported by Plan International’s Activist Series, she worked to enable women in five cities in the world to map precisely where in that city they felt safe or endangered. Now, she is working in the public service, tasked with implementing the Women’s Safety Charter for the city of Sydney and taking the momentum of her campaigning work into practical application.

Continue reading…In spite of all the challenges of the world they will inherit, young people are embracing activism to make changeRead how the pandemic-fuelled recession will affect Australia’s young peopleWhen Alice Rummery sees a problem, she has one overriding thought: “What are we going to do about it?”That’s been the driving force of an activism that was first ignited as a university student in 2018 when she was a critical part of a campaign for women’s safety in cities. Trained and supported by Plan International’s Activist Series, she worked to enable women in five cities in the world to map precisely where in that city they felt safe or endangered. Now, she is working in the public service, tasked with implementing the Women’s Safety Charter for the city of Sydney and taking the momentum of her campaigning work into practical application. Continue reading…

Set up shop in Europe, government advisers tell Brexit-hit businesses

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Exporters advised by Department for International Trade officials to form EU-based companies to circumvent border issues

British businesses that export to the continent are being encouraged by government trade advisers to set up separate companies inside the EU in order to get around extra charges, paperwork and taxes resulting from Brexit, the Observer can reveal.

In an extraordinary twist to the Brexit saga, UK small businesses are being told by advisers working for the Department for International Trade (DIT) that the best way to circumvent border issues and VAT problems that have been piling up since 1 January is to register new firms within the EU single market, from where they can distribute their goods far more freely.

Continue reading…Exporters advised by Department for International Trade officials to form EU-based companies to circumvent border issues Brexit nightmare: British businesses at breaking pointBritish businesses that export to the continent are being encouraged by government trade advisers to set up separate companies inside the EU in order to get around extra charges, paperwork and taxes resulting from Brexit, the Observer can reveal.In an extraordinary twist to the Brexit saga, UK small businesses are being told by advisers working for the Department for International Trade (DIT) that the best way to circumvent border issues and VAT problems that have been piling up since 1 January is to register new firms within the EU single market, from where they can distribute their goods far more freely. Continue reading…

Chaos of Trump’s last days in office reverberates with fresh ‘plot’ report

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Ex-president, whose Senate trial will start in two weeks, reportedly planned to oust acting attorney general in bid to overturn election

Donald Trump was at his Florida resort on Saturday, beginning post-presidency life while Joe Biden settled into the White House. But in Washington and beyond, the chaos of the 45th president’s final days in office continued to throw out damaging aftershocks.

Related: Deborah Birx ‘always’ considered quitting Trump coronavirus taskforce

Continue reading…Ex-president, whose Senate trial will start in two weeks, reportedly planned to oust acting attorney general in bid to overturn electionCourtrooms and creditors loom large for TrumpDonald Trump was at his Florida resort on Saturday, beginning post-presidency life while Joe Biden settled into the White House. But in Washington and beyond, the chaos of the 45th president’s final days in office continued to throw out damaging aftershocks. Related: Deborah Birx ‘always’ considered quitting Trump coronavirus taskforce Continue reading…

Their Hope for a Brighter Future Inspires Us All

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NEW YORK, Jan 23 (IPS) – Looking back upon 2020, we all bear the scars of a devastating year; none so much as girls and boys around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education for over 1.6 billion children and youth globally and continues to do so. It has also deepened socio-economic inequities and heightened insecurities around the world, further impacting the lives of girls and boys everywhere. Ongoing, protracted conflicts, forced displacement and the worsening climate crisis were no less forgiving.

Read the full story, “Their Hope for a Brighter Future Inspires Us All”, on globalissues.org

NEW YORK, Jan 23 (IPS) – Looking back upon 2020, we all bear the scars of a devastating year; none so much as girls and boys around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education for over 1.6 billion children and youth globally and continues to do so. It has also deepened socio-economic inequities and heightened insecurities around the world, further impacting the lives of girls and boys everywhere. Ongoing, protracted conflicts, forced displacement and the worsening climate crisis were no less forgiving.Read the full story, “Their Hope for a Brighter Future Inspires Us All”, on globalissues.org →

Michigan Mega Millions Ticket Wins $1 Billion Jackpot

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DETROIT — Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which was the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The winning numbers for Friday night’s drawing were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, with a Mega Ball of 24. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said.

“Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning, and Kroger Michigan congratulates the newest Michigan multimillionaire,” said Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain. She declined to comment further.

The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The lottery’s next estimated jackpot is $20 million.

Friday night’s drawing came just two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot.

Only two lottery prizes in the U.S. have been larger than Friday’s jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.

The jackpot figures refer to amounts if a winner opts for an annuity, paid in 30 annual installments. Most winners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Millions estimated jackpot would be $739.6 million before taxes.

In Grosse Ile, a suburb south of Detroit, 126 people bought more than 600 tickets for the Friday drawing but didn’t win the jackpot. They hoped to win enough money to replace a publicly owned bridge on their island in the Detroit River that has been closed indefinitely for major repairs. The only other transportation option for the island’s 10,000 residents is a privately owned toll bridge.

“We used this to lift our spirits and dream a little bit,” said organizer Kyle de Beausset. “Of course we’re open to any help with the bridge, but I can’t imagine the winner would want to finance it.”

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot were incredibly steep, at one in 302.5 million.

The game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said