With the opening of LeBron James' I Promise School, basketball's biggest star showed how big an impact he wants his career to have off the court. The school will open with 240 at-risk children, each of them receiving free uniforms, meals, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron, as well as a bicycle and a helmet. James explained to The Wall Street Journal why providing every student with a bicycle was an important part of his mission, citing the freedom his bicycle allowed him as a child.
The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer’s heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent “hothouse Earth” report. Following an unprecedented 270,000 downloads of his study, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, said he had not seen such a surge of interest since 2007, the year the Nobel prize was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “I think that in future people will look back on 2018 as the year when climate reality hit,” said the veteran scientist.
One of the co-founders of fashion label Superdry has pledged £1m towards a campaign calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal reached by the Government. Julian Dunkerton donated the sum to the People's Vote group. Writing in the Sunday Times, he said the public know Brexit will be a "disaster".
Sir Peter Tapsell, one of few MPs in parliamentary history to have spent more than 50 years in the Commons, has died aged 88. The chairman of his former constituency party, Craig Leyland, said Sir Peter had served the constituency loyally and had never been afraid to speak his mind. The former party chairman Lord Pickles described him as a "formidable contributor" in the Commons chamber.
'Flexitarianism’ is set to balloon among Brits as plant-based food company Beyond Meat prepares to launch his hugely popular meat-free burger in the UK. The plant-based Beyond Burger, which chars like real meat and is coloured pink, is set to be launched in Tesco stores across the country this month. Seth Goldman, who founded the US chain in 2016, said the product is aimed at the rapidly increasing number of Brits who want to eat less meat but aren’t prepared to commit to vegetarianism – otherwise known as flexitarians.
Boris Johnson's official Facebook page is host to hundreds of Islamophobic messages, it was reported today. An investigation into online abuse carried out by the Sunday Times uncovered calls to ban Islam, deport Muslims and "vile" attacks on London mayor Sadiq Khan. Mr Johnson is currently facing an internal Conservative Party investigation for an article he wrote for The Daily Telegraph likening women who wear the Muslim full face veil to "bank robbers" and "letterboxes".
The poorest families, 55 per cent of the population, are being punished by a decrease in government spending of some R86bn over the next three years, this also a result of state capture. This is not unwarranted confidence.
The under-fire president of the German Football Association (DFB), admitted on Sunday that he should have given Mesut Ozil more support when the midfielder was the target of "racist attacks".
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say an Egyptian man who in 2016 hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and ordered it to land on the east Mediterranean island has been extradited to his homeland.
London is tiring, there’s no doubt about it. Which is why day trips and weekend breaks out of London are a must – even just to breathe in some fresh country air. You can currently chose from six different spa days and throughout the months of June and July you can bring a friend for free.
This the touching moment a father of two, who has been unable to stand for five years, trialled an upright wheelchair that would allow him to one day "walk" his daughters down the aisle. Martin Goode, 57, from Furnace Green, Crawley, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 11 years ago, which affects his balance, mobility, speech, eating and breathing. The former engineer, who stands at 6 foot 4, has been permanently confined to a bulky seated wheelchair for the last five years, affecting his independence and ability to carry out everyday activities, such as cooking or simply moving between rooms at home.
Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan. As China extends its influence across the Pacific, Palau is one of Taipei's 18 remaining allies worldwide and is under pressure to switch allegiances, officials and business people there say. "There is an ongoing discussion about China weaponising tourism," said Jeffrey Barabe, owner of Palau Central Hotel and Palau Carolines Resort in Koror.
German prosecutors are looking into an Iraqi refugee's claim her former Islamic State captor tracked her down in Germany but police could not help. Ashwaq Haji Hami, 19, told an Iraqi-Kurdish news outlet this week that she had twice encountered IS member Abu Humam in Germany on the streets. The Yazidi teenager said she reported the two incidents, in 2016 and outside a supermarket in February this year, to German police, but, fearing for her safety, she moved back to Iraq in June.
Britain's largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has left Portsmouth to embark on its maiden voyage. Navy chiefs have pledged to protect the 70,000-ton carrier from the "eye-watering" threat of Russian submarines as it sails to the US. Two F-35 fighter jets will be flown on to her deck for the first time during the 11-week trip across the Atlantic.
British Second World War wrecks in Asia have reportedly been plundered by grave robbers. The government is investigating claims that remains of four ships off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts have been looted. It comes after six wrecks, including Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were also feared to have been damaged or destroyed by scavengers.
Footage shows dust and rubble tumbling down Mount Rinjani in Indonesia this morning (August 19) after two earthquakes hit the region in quick succession. The shocks on the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province, struck at 10am and 11am local time - sending terrified locals fleeing to safety. They measured 5.4 SR and 6.5 SR. The first earthquake occurred at the epicentre 25 kilometres northeast of East Lombok with a depth of 10 kilometres on Sunday at 10.06 in the morning local time. Then the second earthquake with a strength of 6.5 SR with an epicenter 32 kilometers northeast of East Lombok NTB at a depth of 10 kilometres at 11.06 am. Head of the Indonesian Center for Information and Public Relations at the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said the impact of the first shock had caused landslides on Mount Rinjani. There were no fatalities because Mount Rinjani National Park is still closed after the devastation caused by previous quakes. There are no community and tourist activities inside Mount Rinjani. However, Search and Rescue officers (SAR) will check the area later. The BNPB Command Post has analyzed and confirmed the impact of the Lombok earthquake on the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD). Earthquake shocks were felt hard for 4-8 seconds, in East Lombok, North Lombok, West Lombok and Central Lombok Regencies. Moderate shaking for 4-6 seconds was felt in Mataram City, Denpasar City, Jembrana, Karangasem, Badung, Gianyar, Bangli, Tabanan, Klungkung and Buleleng.
Last week, New Zealand banned non-resident buyers from purchasing existing homes, to make housing more affordable for its citizens. It joins Switzerland, which has also banned non-residents from outside the EU from buying property. New Zealand’s property market is thoroughly overheated.
Motorists could face fines and possible penalty points for driving at 1mph over the speed limit under new police plans, it was reported today. According to a report seen by the newspaper, he thinks the 'buffer zone' rules make people think it is OK to break speed limits. Current rules set out that enforcement of speed limits must be "proportionate" and take into account how clear the signs are, and what the road "feels like".
Boris Johnson’s official Facebook page is host to hundreds of Islamophobic messages, a newspaper investigation has found. The Sunday Times said an examination of his web page uncovered calls to ban Islam, deport Muslims and “vile” attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan. It comes after the former foreign secretary mocked women wearing the niqab and burqa as looking like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”, with one Facebook follower praising him for having the “bottle to start getting rid of these bloody Muslims”.
"Since they are going to remove Franco, I wanted to see it. It's morbid curiosity," says Antonio Nevado, one of thousands of Spaniards who have rushed to visit the late dictator's tomb before his remains are moved.