Both sets of fans were left happy after France and Portugal drew 2-2 in their Euro 2020 match on June 23, and it showed outside the stadium as they enjoyed some friendly fun.Footage by David Chapeleiro shows them having a blast crowd-surfing outside the Puskas Arena in Budapest.A draw was enough to see both teams progress to the last 16. Credit: David Chapeleiro via Storyful
An elephant herd migrating through China’s Yunnan Province was spotted moving southwards towards Yuxi City, between June 22 and 23, according to authorities.The herd had been travelling north, spotted as far north as Kunming, but more recently had been moving southwards.The government agency monitoring the migration said a single elephant was about 32 km away from the main group on Wednesday and that all 15 elephants were safe.The herd’s long journey, which began in Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve, has been the source of some bafflement for scientists. Credit: Yunnan Provincial Headquarters, Safety and Precaution of Asian Elephants via Storyful
The Alpine emergency service released a photograph showing a pixellated image of the child with the rescue crew after being found safe in Palazzuolo sul Senio.Local media said that the toddler had been missing since Monday (June 21) and was discovered when a reporter sent to cover the story heard noises from a nearby gorge.
This is methane gas, spewing from an energy facility in Italy,caught on infrared footage that’s been made available to Reuters.It’s one example of many.The potent greenhouse gas is seeping from natural gas facilities across the European Union, through leaking and venting.“The images I've taken, I've taken over the last three months and I've been to over two hundred sites across Europe.”This is the man who captured the leaking – James Turitto – a campaigner at non-profit Clean Air Task Force, or CAFT.“Most of these sites have been leaking emissions in some way or another. And some sites I actually go back to, to see if they're continuing to leak. And I'm finding that they are.”Methane is colorless and cannot be seen with the human eye. Using a $119,000 camera, CATF found methane seeping into the air at 123 oil and gas sites since February 2021.Methane is the biggest cause of climate change after carbon dioxide.It’s the main component of natural gas and over 80 times more potent than CO2 in its first 20 years in the air.At the moment, none of the companies running the sites surveyed by CATF have done anything illegal.That’s because the EU neither regulates methane emissions nor forces firms to monitor emissions during the production or transport of gas in Europe.But, that's set to change.The EU is proposing legislation this year that will force oil and gas companies to monitor and report methane emissions.What the footage reveals is that leaking could be avoided if infrastructure owners use existing technology.In many cases, leaks can be fixed at no net cost, since the captured gas could be sold for more than the cost of the repairs, according to the International Energy Agency.At one gas storage site in Italy, methane appeared to be leaking out of a rusty hole in the side of a tank.(James Turitto) “Whether it's a leak or some sort of operational practice, most of these emissions can be reduced at negative or marginal cost to the company. For instance, when you look at the video of the rusted hole in the tank from Italy, you see that could have been detected with a leak detection and repair program and then the company could have gone and fixed the tank. ”The company said the leak was from a water tank and that it had been detected and fixed during regular maintenance. The company also said it is supportive of EU regulations to address methane emissions.Experts say the new rules will shake things up for every oil and gas firm in Europe.But it’s not just the EU.The New York Times used an infrared camera to show methane leaks were also widespread at U.S. oil and gas sites in 2019.Globally, the concentration of methane in the atmosphere is rising.A U.N. report in April said that without deep cuts in methane emissions this decade,the Paris Agreement's goal of limit warming to 1.5 Celsius would slip out of reach.
Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, reported a double digit rise in new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.Officials are fighting to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.Eleven new cases were reported, taking the total in the latest outbreak up to more than 40.State Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that the state's capital, Sydney, was on edge:"Since the pandemic has started, this is perhaps the scariest period that New South Wales(NSW) is going through. . . . It is a very contagious variant but at the same time we are at this stage comfortable that the settings that are in place are the appropriate settings, but that's so long as everybody does the right thing."And with that stern message came new restrictions, including mandatory mask wearing in all indoor locations in Sydney and home gatherings are limited to five people.Restricted movement regulations have also been imposed for seven council districts in the east and inner west of the city.Western Australia responded by closing its border to NSW.And neighboring New Zealand is on alert and watching the situation closely. It reported no new local cases on Thursday, but there have been concerns after an Australian tourist tested positive upon returning to Sydney after a weekend visit.
Amazon’s Prime Day saw a strong online sales growth in the U.S. on Monday, even though discounts were limited by blocks in the supply chain.Amazon uses the event to boost Prime subscriptions with product discounts.This year, total online sales across the U.S. jumped nearly 9 percent, according to Adobe’s Digital Economy Index released on Tuesday.Analysts estimate total sales will range from $9.5 to $12 billion, which would be a record for the event.Some sellers have reported challenges this year caused by the global health crisis, including supply shortages and limited warehouse capacity.As a result, shipping costs rise and discounts fall.The products most discounted included toys, home appliances and electronics.Although, those deals were relatively low compared to markets in Europe, as Amazon said deals will vary by country.Reuters found, for example, that the JBL Go 2 Speaker was discounted by 6 percent on Amazon’s website in the U.S., but in parts of Western Europe, the same product was discounted by over 30 percent.
Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino died in hospital on Thursday at the age of 61.Aquino was the only son of two of the Southeast Asian country's democracy icons, and was leader from 2010 until 2016.Known popularly as Noynoy, he rode a wave of public emotion all the way to the presidency after his mother Corazon Aquino died in 2009.She herself president from 1986 until 1992 and Aquino still carried a bullet wound from an attempted military coup in 1987 against her government.His father was a key opposition figure who was assassinated in 1983 upon his return home from political exile.Aquino won plaudits for leading the Philippines through a period of economic growth that helped dispel the country's "sick man of Asia" reputation.But his time in office wasn't without crisis.In 2013, Aquino had to deal with the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms to hit the country. That same year his clean image was tainted by scandals over lawmakers' misuse of public funds.He also faced criticism when in his fifth year in office 44 commandos were killed in a botched operation to capture a wanted Malaysian militant.He squared up to China over the South China Sea, bringing a case to the Hague.Beijing ultimately ignored the court's 2016 ruling that China has no historic title over the disputed waters.According to local media reports, he has been unwell for the past two years and was admitted to hospital earlier on Thursday. An easygoing figure - Aquino never married, drove fancy cars and smoked heavily.
BIDEN: "We'll make sure you can't sell death and mayhem on our streets."U.S. President Joe Biden pledged on Wednesday to crack down on a crime spike across the country, targeting illegal gun dealers and boosting support for local law enforcement.The new measures will revoke gun licenses for dealers operating illegally, including those who fail to conduct required background checks.Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland also announced strengthened efforts to stop illegal gun trafficking across states, and boost federal funding for community policing."...In the study we did, showed that 90 percent of illegal guns were found at the crime scenes sold by five percent of gun dealers, five percent sold 90 percent of the guns found at crime scenes. And these merchants of death are breaking the law for profit. They're selling guns that are killing innocent people."The Biden administration faces growing pressure and impatience from gun safety activists.Meanwhile, the Republican Party issued a statement saying Biden "should have stood up" to fellow Democrats who do not sufficiently support law enforcement.U.S. gun sales soared last year as protests erupted over police brutality and a contested presidential election, and homicides in several American cities surged 30% from the year before.Protected by the Constitution's Second Amendment, gun rights are a hot-button issue in America, which sees far more gun deaths than other wealthy countries.
Brazil's Environment Minister stepped down on Wednesday amid a criminal inquiry into whether he obstructed a police probe of illegal logging in the Amazon.A Supreme Court justice authorised an investigation into Ricardo Salles this month.That's after federal police raids targeted the minister and other officials alleged to have allowed illegal wood exports.Salles addressed a crowd of reporters in the capital Brasilia."I understand that Brazil throughout this year and next on the international stage and also in the national agenda needs to have a strong union of interests. So that this can be done in the most serene manner possible, I submitted my resignation."Salles had been leading U.S.-Brazil talks over funding to preserve the world's largest rainforest.But sources familiar with the matter say, with the last meeting held more than a month ago, those negotiations have stalled.The sources also say that it was unclear if the delay was related to the outgoing minister. Both Salles and right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro have been widely criticised by activists over surging deforestation in the Amazon, since Bolsonaro took office in 2019. In a recorded cabinet meeting, Salles said the Brazilian government should push through environmental deregulation while the public was distracted by the global health crisis.
A homeless, naked intruder who allegedly broke into a Bel Air home in California on June 17 was charged with four felony counts on June 21.Mat Sabz’s home security cameras recorded video that show a naked man walking around his property before Sabz confronts him at the stairs.“Hey, who are you? What are you doing here?” Sabz says to the man.“It’s my house, what are you doing here? I am going to call the police,” the intruder replies.Sabz then quickly shuts the door, jumps from his balcony before calling the police. The police later arrest the man at Sabz’s home.Los Angeles Police Department identified the man as 34-year-old Paul Kiyan, who was later charged with breaking into a home and killing two pet birds, according to a news report citing officials. Credit: Mat Sabz via Storyful
Trawlers lined the mouth of Ireland’s River Liffey on June 23 as fishing industry workers protested EU catch quotas.National broadcaster RTE reported that Ireland’s €1 billion ($1.2 billion) fishing industry had the value of the national fishing quota cut by 15 percent following Brexit.This footage by John Rooney shows the vessels moving through Dublin Port and protesters holding placards.“We will block the ports if they don’t listen,” one protester tells Rooney. “We will block down the ports, we’ve done it before.” Credit: John Rooney via Storyful
Two young children now face life without their mum and dad after the couple were killed during a “horrific” attack following a “very minor” car accident.The tragic incident occurred as Yasmin Perez, 23, and her partner Gyovanny Arzuaga, 24, were leaving a Puerto Rican Day parade in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighbourhood on Saturday night (local time).
Professor Michael Mahony speaks to frogsLocation: Cooranbong, AustraliaHe’s mastered imitating frogshrills, croaks and whistlesMichael Mahony, Biology Professor:"I always get a thrill when you (get a) call back and sometimes you forget to work because you know you'd just like to talk to the frogs for a while and it's sort of good fun."30% of Australia's 240 species of frog are threatenedby climate change, water pollution,and habitat lossLocation: University of NewcastleMahony has helped develop a method to preserve frog speciesThey have created the firstgenome bank for Australian frogsMichael Mahony, Biology Professor: “At heart we are about saving animals in nature, but we also recognise when things become really bad, we have to take an insurance policy. And the insurance policy is to store their genome for the future.”One of Mahoney’s former studentsnamed a species after himIt’s called 'Mahony's Toadlet.'
Firefighters issued evacuation warnings near the community of Pala Mesa north of San Diego on June 23 after a wildfire broke out and burned at least 350 acres.The warnings were lifted later in the day after the fire’s rate of spread slowed.This timelapse video posted to Twitter by Luis Camacho shows smoke billowing from the vegetation fire. Credit: Luis Camacho via Storyful
According to local authorities, sea lions' descent on the coast could be caused by the presence of killer whales or orcas, one of the sea lion's natural predators. Gale force winds lashing the Bio Bio region could be another factor.Authorities have asked people to not feed or approach the mammals.Sea lions in Chile are protected by a 10-year ban on removing these animals from their natural habitat.
Gladys Berejiklian warned residents face masks do not fully protect people from the virus or prevent people from transmitting the virus, particularly with the highly-infectious Delta variant.
The man behind the mask turned out to be Mattia Villardita, 27, from northern Italy. He was given a place in the VIP section because of his work dressing up in superhero costumes and visiting sick children in hospitals. Source: Reuters
Fans and members of the so-called #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles on June 23 as Britney Spears spoke out against her conservatorship.“I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” Spears said, in a rare public testimony. Spears told the judge during the 23-minute address, “I just want my life back.”Jamie P. Spears was granted control over his daughter’s personal and financial affairs in a court-ordered conservatorship in 2008, following a number of widely reported incidents, including Spears shaving her head and driving with her infant son on her lap.Footage captured by Jolene Latimer shows a large crowd outside the courthouse, many holding #FreeBritney signs. Credit: Jolene Latimer via Storyful
Joe O'Brien said he has been tested for Covid-19 and everyone in the studio, except for presenters, is wearing a mask. Source: ABC News
Software pioneer and wanted fugitive John McAfee died by suicide in a Spanish prison cell on Wednesday, after the country's high court authorized his extradition to the United States on charges of tax-evasion and fraud.That's according to his lawyer, who said the software mogul died by hanging because he could not stand any more time in jail, adding: "This is the result of a cruel system that had no reason to keep this man in jail for so long."Known for his eccentric behavior and bizarre videos, the 75-year-old entrepreneur who sold his McAfee anti-virus software company to Intel in 2011, had been indicted in Tennessee on tax evasion charges. He was also charged in a cryptocurrency fraud case in New York. McAfee was arrested in Barcelona as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul in October.In a tweet posted June 10, McAfee told his 1 million Twitter followers: "There is much sorrow in prison, disguised as hostility."McAfee, who ran for president of the United States as a libertarian in 2016 and said in 2018 that he had fathered at least 47 children, lived in Belize for several years but fled after police sought him for questioning in the 2012 murder of a neighbor. McAfee said in 2019 that he had not paid U.S. income taxes for eight years for ideological reasons. The same year, he left the U.S. to avoid trial, largely living on a megayacht with his wife, Janice, who he said he met when she solicited him as a prostitute while he was on the run. Janice McAfee said in a Twitter post on Sunday: "...the U.S. authorities are determined to have John die in prison to make an example of him for speaking out against the corruption within their government agencies... There is no hope of him ever having a fair trial in America."
The FDA on Wednesday said it will add a warning about rare cases of heart inflammation in teens and young adults to fact sheets for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines – but that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks - and are still recommending the vaccine for all Americans over 12 years old.CDC advisory groups found the risk of the heart condition in adolescents and young adults is likely linked to the mRNA vaccines… And that the risk is notably higher after the second dose and in males.Doctors and hospitals have been warned by the CDC to watch for symptoms of myocarditis or pericarditis, and the FDA warning will further raise awareness.But in a Wednesday meeting, advisors said the benefits of the mRNA vaccines appeared to clearly outweigh the risk.In a separate report, the CDC said that the patients with heart inflammation following vaccination generally recover from the symptoms and do well.The cases are extremely rare. Data from the CDC suggests heart inflammation is seen at a rate of about 13 cases per million in the three weeks after the second shot in 12- to 39-year-olds. HHS - along with leading U.S. doctors groups and public health officials - issued a statement urging all eligible Americans to still get vaccinated.
The UEFA refused the mayor of Munich’s request to light up Allianz Arena with pride colors for Germany’s match against Hungary on June 23, with supporters at the stadium waving Pride flags in opposition.Footage captured by Daloha Rodriguez-Molina shows a gathering of people holding Pride flags and other displays outside Allianz Arena.Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter of Munich had lobbied the UEFA to light up the stadium in rainbow colors in order to “send a widely visible signal for our common understanding of values,” according to local news reports, as well as oppose Hungary’s newly passed law forbidding sharing LGBT content with minors.After Wednesday’s game, the German soccer team had qualified for the European Championship round of 16, while the Hungarian team was out, the UEFA said. Credit: Daloha Rodriguez-Molina/@darokun via Storyful
Tech stocks once again powered Wall Street on Wednesday, driving the Nasdaq to its second consecutive record closing high, but the buying didn't spill over to the broader market.The Dow was down 71 points. The S&P 500 dipped into the close. The Nasdaq gained 18 points.Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer, Independent Advisor Alliance says the market is still in a tug-of war between interest rate and inflation outlook expectations."Right now, it seems like we're in a trading range. I think, as people trying to decide is inflation transitory or is it something that's a little bit more persistent, that's really what's driving the push and pull. And you're seeing interest rates move slightly higher and lower and therefore cyclicals versus growth maybe slightly higher and lower. And I think that explains a lot of the market action today."Microsoft is one of the so-called growth stocks that was a standout Wednesday. The tech giant is poised to close with a $2 trillion market cap for the first time.Other market movers included vaccine makers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will add a warning about rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults to fact sheets for the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine as well as the Moderna vaccine, but added the benefits of the shots still appeared to clearly outweigh the risks. Shares of Moderna fell more than 4 percent. BioNTech lost nearly 3 percent. Pfizer was down more than 1 percent.On the economic front, sales of new homes slumped to a one-year low in May. Sales have fallen two straight months, hampered by high price tags and costly lumber prices. The median sales price for a new home soared 18.1 percent from a year ago to more than $374,000.And a measure of activity in the factory sector jumped to a record high this month, according to a preliminary private survey. Manufacturers are still struggling with supply shortages, however. The strength coming from factory floors is bolstering expectations that second-quarter economic growth could be in the double digits.