Flash flooding in much of Colorado’s high country on Tuesday, August 3, had a dramatic effect on the color of the Fryingpan River in Basalt, Colorado.The National Weather Service issued a flash food alert for Pitkin County Wednesday morning and warned that wildfire burn scar areas were at an increased risk of flooding.Video by Basalt resident Barry Stevenson shows the confluence of the Fryingpan River and the larger Roaring Fork River.The brown water of the Fryingpan River is seen in stark contrast with the Roaring Fork River, as the two-toned water masses flow side-by-side before fully mixing several hundred yards downstream.Stevenson attributed the brown water to burn scar runoff and compared the scene to Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate river. Credit: Barry Stevenson via Storyful
Toyota posted record quarterly earnings on Wednesday (August 4). The world's biggest automaker saw operating profits hit $9.15 billion. That was ahead of analyst forecasts. The rebound came as sales recovered to almost pre-crisis levels. Favourable foreign-exchange movements also helped. But Toyota held off on raising its outlook for the year. Rising prices for raw materials are one reason. The global chip shortage is also a drag. Though Toyota has enjoyed some protection thanks to business continuity plans developed after the giant Fukushima earthquake in 2011. They require suppliers to stockpile up to six months' supply of chips. The health crisis also remains a worry. Last month Toyota had to suspend output at three plants in Thailand as crisis-related disruption caused parts to run short. Shares in the firm closed lower on the day, with some investors disappointed by its cautious outlook.
(Former F1 world champion Nico Roseberg) ''The future of motor racing is sustainable.’’That’s according to former Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg.Despite a gas-guzzling reputation, Formula 1 plans to be net-zero carbon by 2030.But some unfavorable comparisons have been made to the all-electric Formula E series.So, can the two co-exist? According to Rosberg, the answer is yes.In London for the Formula E Prix, Rosberg told Reuters that even though FE now has a significant manufacturer presence… F1 will always have its place."You've got Formula E being the pinnacle of electric motor racing and then I think you'll have Formula 1 being the pinnacle of synthetic fuel motor racing. And both are very exciting paths and both can have a very positive impact on our on our world.’’Days after winning the 2016 Formula One World Championship, Rosberg retired.He's now a shareholder in Formula E and runs his own Extreme E team, FE’s all-electric off-road sister competition.He has also invested in numerous start-ups working in sustainable mobility.''….the emissions that we’re blowing out in the mobility space is huge, it's a huge percentage, up to 20 percent in some places. So, both are important. And for climate change, it's electric mobility and the energy transition that's going to be a big, big driving force there in the positive direction and for road safety, it's going to be autonomy.”For decades F1 was seen as the auto industry’s incubator for motoring innovation, a title now being claimed by Formula E.Christian Silk is team principal of FE Team Nio 333.He says their electric cars are almost twice as efficient as Formula 1 cars.The energy created when the electric version brakes feeds back into its battery to charge it up again…rather than being burned to create heat and pollution.“Formula E in five years time, the technology on the motors, the batteries, the control systems is accelerating at such a rapid rate. There's a lot of very smart engineers in this formula and as we work longer on it, we realise rather rich vein of development. So certainly we will harvest more energy under braking. We will release more energy under acceleration and our batteries will allow us to go further. But that's happening now. We see that every year we're getting better and better at that. But I think also formula E, we're trying to spearhead the lead in terms of sustainable sport, sustainable motor sport. So behind the scenes, the bits you don't necessarily see we're working very hard on to try and cut our carbon footprint as a sport and we're working very hard on logistics, on foods, on materials to try and improve the sustainability of the whole sport. And I'm really hopeful the work we do on sustainability can carry forward to other sports.”
Italy’s national fire service used a helicopter to battle forest fires burning south of Rome on August 3.The fire service said teams of firefighters, supported by an Erickson S64 helicopter and a number of other aircraft, were battling the fires in the communes of Maenza and Carpineto Romano. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
Two Texas Congressman, Reps Al Green and Ron Reynolds, were arrested during a voting-rights protest in Washington on August 3.The congressmen were among activists, black religious leaders, and over 100 state legislators who rallied outside the Capitol on Tuesday to urge the Senate to delay its summer recess until passing the For the People Act, which aims to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box.Congressman Al Green, who represents Texas’s 9th Congressional district, was arrested for blocking traffic, according to local media. Capitol Police cited the congressman’s offence as crowding, obstructing or incommoding, and he received a $50 fine.Footage shows protesters singing “We Shall Overcome” and chanting “the people, united, will never be defeated,” in response to the congressmen’s arrest.Rep Ron Reynolds, representing Texas’s District 27, wrote on social media that he was arrested while “peacefully protesting against voter suppression, protecting access to the ballot and preserving our precious right to vote”.In a social media post, Rep Al Green said, “I’d do it all again in the name of voting rights.”“Texas Democrats are still risking it all to protect our democracy – including facing arrest for protesting to defend our right to vote,” the state’s Democratic Party wrote on social media on Tuesday. “We proudly stand with @ronereynolds and @RepAlGreen for being unapologetic voices for our rights during this movement. #GoodTrouble”. Credit: Congressman Al Green via Storyful
More people staying at home is good news for Sony.It reported a jump in first-quarter profits Wednesday (August 4) thanks to a boost in sales of PlayStation 5 consoles, TVs, cameras, music and movies. Operating profit for the quarter beat estimates after it rose to just over 280 billion yen, or $2.57 billion. That was up from almost 222 billion yen a year earlier.Sony has benefited from strong demand for its PlayStation 5, although a global shortage of semiconductors means it can't produce enough consoles to meet demand.The Japanese firm said in May that it expected to sell 14.8 million PS5 units in the fiscal year ending March 2022.It sees the console as a way to connect its traditional consumer electronics with its growing content business.In December it agreed to buy AT&T's animation business Crunchyroll, with 3 million subscribers worldwide.Sony also offers movies on Disney's streaming service as well as Netflix.
More than 500 firefighters battled the blaze on the lower slopes of Mount Parnitha, assisted by nine helicopters, seven aircraft and hundreds of police in a densely vegetated area in the suburbs of Varympopi and Adames, some 20 km north of central Athens.Temperatures of more than 104 Fahrenheit and winds have fanned wildfires in different areas of Greece in recent days. On Tuesday, some places recorded temperatures of over 115 Fahrenheit.The blaze north of Athens had three main fronts at the suburbs of Varympopi, Adames and Thrakomakedones, scorching homes and cars and forcing residents to flee.On Wednesday morning, helicopters dropped water to try and contain fires spreading near an industrial area outside Athens.Europe is grappling with a summer of extreme weather, from heavy flooding in the north to the severe heatwaves and fires that have engulfed several areas in the Mediterranean region.
A landscape and weather photographer captured stunning timelapse footage showing the sunset in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on August 3.Photographer Robert Wright took the timelapse footage from Four Tree Island facing up the Piscataqua River looking at Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge.Wright said the video was compiled from 1,331 images and took about an hour in total to take. Credit: Robert Wright via Storyful
Ubisoft Singapore's Managing Director Darryl Long sat down with Yahoo Esports and Gaming to discuss the Singapore studio as well as how his experience in Ubisoft's other offices has helped him in this role.
Chesterman said he was "deeply disappointed" by the incidents on Thursday's Japan Airlines (JAL) flight, which involved excessive drinking, refusing to wear masks, ignoring cabin crew and one incident of an athlete vomiting in a toilet."This behaviour is clearly unacceptable and does not meet the standards set by this team," he told a news conference.
The Biden administration announced a new, limited moratorium banning home evictions in the U.S. for another 60 days, based on areas hit hard by the coronavirus.A temporary ban on evictions expired a few days ago and put millions of people at risk of living on the street.Progressive politicians like Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren fought to keep the moratorium, which yielded a success.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday's order for areas with high levels of COVID-19, covering about 90 percent of the nation's population.The CDC said it will expand protections to other areas if they see a rise in infections, as the Delta variant sweeps the country, mostly in the South.According to an Aspen Institute study, more than 15 million people in nearly 7 million households are behind on rental payments, and collectively owe more than $20 billion to landlords.CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement, "This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads."This new order protects renters through October 3rd - but almost certainly faces legal challenges.The National Apartment Association, which manages nearly 10 million rental units - sued the government last week for billions of dollars in unpaid rent.The group called the CDC's new order "an unfunded government mandate that forces housing providers to deliver a costly service without compensation and saddles renters with insurmountable debt."Biden has said the extension would give the federal government time to distribute unused, Congressionally approved funds, over $40 billion, to help pay unpaid rent and ultimately keep people in their homes.He also acknowledged the legal risks of moving ahead, but said he’ll leave it up to the courts.
The Missouri couple who went viral for waving guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year have been pardoned by the state's Republican governor.In June, 64-year-old Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, while his wife, Patricia, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and a misdemeanor, according to online court records.Both husband and wife were fined and ordered to turn over the weapons used in the incident.Videos circulated on social media last year showed the white couple shouting at what appeared to be an unarmed crowd to keep off their property, at the height of the George Floyd protests.Patricia McCloskey pointed a handgun at the protesters while her husband held a semi-automatic weapon.The couple has claimed they were frightened for their lives.A St. Louis grand jury later indicted the couple on felony unlawful use of a weapon and tampering charges, which then-President Donald Trump said was an abuse of power.The McCloskeys later addressed the Republican National Convention in August and Mark McCloskey announced last month he would be running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.In addition to the McCloskeys, Missouri Governor Mike Parson also pardoned 10 other people on Friday, according to documents from his office.
New evacuation orders were issued in northern California’s Plumas County as the Dixie fire reached 253,052 acres on August 3, according to the latest incident report.The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuation orders on August 3 for more areas as the fire grew.This video, filmed by Ty O’Neil on July 31, shows Meadow Valley engulfed by smoke and flames from the Dixie Fire at night.The Dixie fire was 35 percent contained as of the morning of August 3, according to official reports. Credit: Ty O’Neil via Storyful
Video of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un with a plaster on the back of his neck has led some to raise concerns about his health. Source: Reuters
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both also called for reinstatement of the ban on evictions that expired at midnight on Saturday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later on Tuesday issued a new 60-day moratorium on residential evictions in areas with high levels of COVID-19 infections citing the raging Delta variant after having rejected an earlier push by the White House.The order applies to about 80% of U.S. counties that have substantial or high COVID-19 community transmission rates and covers about 90% of the U.S. population. The CDC said it will expand the protections to additional counties if they see a rise in COVID-19 cases.
In the footage aired on Friday, which Reuters cannot independently verify, Kim was seen with a bandage on his head at meetings held from July 24 to 27 in Pyongyang.The bandage had been removed on the last day of the meeting and a dark spot could be seen in its place in video aired by KRT.Amid speculation over Kim's health, South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) assessed the leader had not health issues and there was no scar on his head, lawmakers said on Tuesday after being briefed by head of NIS.
President Biden called for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after a state attorney general’s investigation published on August 3 found Cuomo had sexually harassed several women.The 165-page report found that Cuomo had harassed 11 women, detailing inappropriate behavior over the course of years. “I believe women, and I believe these 11 women,” attorney general Letitia James said at a press conference on Tuesday.Asked by a reporter at a White House press conference if Cuomo should resign, Biden answered “yes.” Asked if he should be impeached and removed from office, Biden said “let’s take one thing at a time here, I think he should resign.”“Our investigation revealed that the Governor’s sexually harassing behavior was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other State employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail and members of the public,” reads the report’s executive summary.“We also conclude that the Executive Chamber’s culture—one filled with fear and intimidation, while at the same time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based comments—contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist.” Credit: White House via Storyful
Hikers climbed to safety after almost being swept down a river in the Zion National Park on July 23, as the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the park.Makayla Lamb-Ramirez filmed dramatic footage that shows walkers staggering in the Virgin River at the Narrows section of the park. A man can be seen rushing to try and help a woman but falls with her. Another person also tumbles into the water and can be seen struggling.Other hikers can be heard shouting “run to the rocks”, before all three individuals manage to wade through the water to safety.Lamb-Ramirez told Storyful that she went hiking with her boyfriend and two cousins that day. Later on that afternoon, she said they stopped hiking and turned back after seeing clouds and hearing thunder. She said she filmed this video just after they made it back to a safe place.“It definitely gave me perspective on how dangerous hiking could be and that at any moment everything could go wrong,” Lamb-Ramirez said. Credit: Makayla Lamb-Ramirez via Storyful
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said data suggests most people are complying with lockdown rules, but some are still shopping for unessential items. Source: ABC News
A “smokenado” formed during a fire at a recycling and salvaging plant in Burnsville, Alabama, on August 2.This video, filmed by a lineman at the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, shows the smoke funnel.The cooperative told Storyful that their crews were waiting for the fire to be controlled enough to work on the damaged power lines. In a Facebook post they thanked the first responders who worked on the fire, saying “y’all are true heroes! #smokenado.”The fire had been burning at the National Salvage and Recycling Corp for three days as of August 3, according to local news reports. Credit: Central Alabama Electric Cooperative via Storyful
BIDEN: “I think he should resign.”U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday joined a chorus of lawmakers calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign, after a report by the state's attorney general found that he had sexually harassed 11 women.BIDEN: “I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach.”Carl Heastie, speaker of the New York State Assembly authorized an impeachment investigation into Cuomo’s conduct and called the 168-page report from the attorney general's office (quote) ‘disturbing.’CUOMO: "I never touched anyone inappropriately..."In a video statement, 63-year-old Cuomo denied he acted inappropriately and said he had no plans to resign.But the findings could signal a swift fall for Cuomo, who had become a popular national figure last year in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.In a Tuesday statement, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth. Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.”New York's two U.S. senators, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, also said Cuomo needed to go.SCHUMER: “No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor's office, we continue to believe that the governor should resign.”Some former staffers and accusers also spoke out on Twitter, including Ana Liss, who said, "Thank you, thank you to everyone who expressed support out loud and in whispers. For hugs and hand squeezes and texts. Thank you."
The woman said there was 'no excuse' for the disgusting milk fridge she came across on a recent visit to Woolworths. Source: Facebook
BIDEN: "I say to these governors, please help. But if you aren't going to help, at least get out of the way."President Joe Biden singled out the Republican governors from Florida and Texas on Tuesday to urge them to follow rather than oppose public health guidelines as the United States races to contain the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, particularly in southern states with relatively low vaccination rates.BIDEN: "Just two states, Florida and Texas, account for one-third of all new COVID-19 cases in the entire country... If some governors aren't willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it."Florida and Louisiana have emerged as the latest hot spots in the United States, with both reporting record numbers of hospitalized COVID patients, straining hospitals.In Louisiana, intensive care unit nurse Felicia Croft, who has been on the frontline since the pandemic began, said the current wave of COVID-19 has been toughest for her.CROFT: "The Delta wave that we are seeing now, people are younger and sicker and we are intubating and losing people that are my age and younger."The outbreak in Louisiana has prompted Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards to order residents to wear masks again indoors.But in Florida, which has reported roughly a fifth of all new U.S. cases, Governor Ron DeSantis has opposed many COVID-19 restrictions and, last week, issued an executive order blocking mask mandates in the state's schools.The U.S. is now averaging about 72,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the U.S.Earlier on Tuesday, Biden's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he expects that number to rise.FAUCI: "We are going to be between one hundred and two hundred thousand cases before this thing starts to turn around."
Plane passengers were forced to restrain a 22-year-old man with duct tape during flight over the weekend after he allegedly groped two attendants.