Two men died after the driverless Tesla they were traveling in crashed with no one behind the wheel on the night of Saturday, April 17, officials in The Woodlands, Texas, said.The 2019 Tesla Model S ran off a suburban parkway, hit a tree, and burst into flames, killing two men, aged 59 and 69, in the car, according to local news reports. One person was found in the front passenger seat and the other was in the backseat.According to Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, investigators are “positive” that no one was driving the vehicle involved in the crash, local media reported.Video filmed by Scott Engle shows officers from the Harris County constable, firefighters, and a hazardous materials team at the scene of the crash and blaze that took nearly four hours to extinguish, Engle told Storyful.Investigators said on Monday they were still trying to determine if Tesla’s autopilot or self-driving systems were in use, according to local media.A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told Storyful that two of its investigators were expected to arrive at the scene Monday afternoon to conduct a safety investigation of the crash.Tesla had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.A Tesla vehicle with autopilot engaged has a “10 times lower chance” of being in an accident compared to an average vehicle, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday prior to the crash, citing the company’s safety report for the first quarter of 2021.Storyful has reached out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Harris County authorities for comment. Credit: Scott Engle via Storyful
NASA's miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars early on Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, the U.S. space agency said."I don't think I can ever stop watching it over and over again," Aung said of the video, noting scheduled upcoming flights will push Ingenuity to its limit, by going faster, farther and against the wind.
Sharpton, arms locked with family members and eyes closed, said, "We went through the crucifixion of Floyd, give us the resurrection through this jury."Rev. Jesse Jackson and civil rights attorney Ben Crump were also in attendance.Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is being tried for allegedly killing Floyd last May while he was in police custody.Although prosecutor Steve Schleicher emphasized to jurors that they were weighing the guilt of one man and not a system, the verdict is expected to be seen as a reckoning of the way the United States polices Black people.
The UK can look forward to sunny weather for the rest of this week - but the pleasant daytime conditions will be followed up in some parts by sub-zero temperatures once night falls.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday the company planned to launch several audio products - including a competitor to audio app Clubhouse - and features for finding and playing podcasts.Speaking in an interview on Discord with journalist Casey Newton, Zuckerberg said the world's largest social media network planned in the coming months to launch audio features including short-form audio clips called Soundbites.Plus, a way for users to discover and play podcasts.He also said Facebook was exploring live audio rooms, taking on the buzzy audio-only app Clubhouse, which experienced explosive growth in the past year as more people stayed home.The app is a voice-only social media platform which allows users to chat or listen in on conversations.Facebook joins a host of social companies that have announced audio features in recent months. Twitter, for example, is also testing its live audio feature Spaces.As part of the announcements, Zuckerberg also said Facebook is working with Spotify to make sharing content easier for musicians and listeners.
"I am prepared to compromise and prepared to see what we can do and what we can come together on," Biden said at the outset of the meeting. "I've noticed everybody's for infrastructure. The question is who's going to pay for it."The group is made up of five Democrats, four Republicans and one independent. Senators include John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). House Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Carlos Giménez (R-Fla.), Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.) will also attend.Biden said he selected a group of former local leaders because they know how to "get things done." Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, also a former mayor, attended the meeting as well.Monday's meeting marks the second time Biden will host a bipartisan group of lawmakers to try to craft an infrastructure bill both parties will support. The White House's welcoming on Monday of a lawmaker who tried to block Biden's presidency outright highlights the hurdles to doing so.While fixing the country's crumbling roads and bridges, and asking companies to pay the bill is popular with U.S. voters, Republicans in Congress say the bill Biden has proposed is too big and mostly oppose raising corporate taxes.Last week, Biden met with eight members of Congress in the Oval Office for nearly two hours to discuss the bill. Afterwards, Republicans indicated little signs of support.Biden is pushing a more than $2 trillion jobs-and-infrastructure proposal, branded the American Jobs Plan, that calls for spending on traditional infrastructure projects like roads and bridges alongside other priorities such as addressing climate change and expanding access to home and community-based care.The money allocated would be spent over eight years and be paid for by increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, and by limiting the ability of American companies to avoid taxes by shifting profits overseas.
Investors have to be "somewhat more nimble and also be somewhat more cautious and circumspect about the individual companies that they're willing to invest in today," Morganlander said, as some companies have seen their market valuations head toward what he called logic-defying highs.Morganlander sees investment opportunity in healthcare, industrials and consumer staples such as Pepsi.
Evacuations were underway in parts of Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday, April 19, after a wildfire spread toward a southern suburb of the city overnight, officials said.Officials said firefighters were battling the fire near the Cape Town suburb of Vredehoek, Philip Kgosana Drive, and the University of Cape Town.Local resident Dylan Baitz said this footage of the fire was filmed from Vredehoek at 7 am on Monday.The fire was “largely under control” by Monday morning, local media reported, citing fire officials. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said an arson suspect was arrested and an investigation was ongoing into the fire’s origin. Credit: Dylan Baitz via Storyful
A “late-season winter storm” was expected to bring snow and gusty winds to northern and central Wyoming on Monday, April 19, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.The NWS issued a winter storm warning, in effect until 11 pm on Monday, with snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches expected in some areas.This footage, streamed live to Facebook by park rangers at Yellowstone National Park, shows light snow falling at Lookout Point near Canyon Village on Monday morning. Credit: Yellowstone National Park via Storyful
Football fans protest outside Leeds' Elland Road stadium as the angry reaction to plans for a European Super League continues.
A labor group that failed to secure enough votes from Amazon warehouse workers to form a union in Alabama earlier this month, is now formally objecting the election results, alleging that the online retailer played dirty. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union late last week submitted nearly two dozen objections to Amazon's conduct during the election, which it said prevented employees from a "free and uncoerced exercise of choice" on whether to create the company's first-ever U.S. union. Amazon has denied the outcome resulted from intimidation of its employees and said it did not threaten layoffs or a facility closure. Workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama warehouse rejected joining the union by a more than 2-to-1 margin. In the filing to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, shared with Reuters, the union requested the election results be set aside. Amazon responded in a statement, (quote):"The fact is that less than 16% of employees at BHM1 voted to join a union. Rather than accepting these employees' choice, the union seems determined to continue misrepresenting the facts in order to drive its own agenda. We look forward to the next steps in the legal process."
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has urged loyalists contemplating further protests over the Irish Sea border to think again. Mrs McDonald said such demonstrations had the potential to escalate into violence. She said concerns expressed by loyalists in recent weeks had been heard and she highlighted that there were political mechanisms for addressing those issues. The republican leader said it was also vital that unionist politicians showed leadership.
Nelson repeated a single phrase scores of times, saying Chauvin behaved as a "reasonable police office" would in dealing with a man as "large" as George Floyd, who was struggling against being put in a police car when Chauvin arrived at the scene responding to a call for back-up.Earlier, the prosecution repeated a phrase: "Nine minutes and 29 seconds," — the length of time Chauvin was captured on video on May 25, 2020, with his knee pressed into the dying Floyd's neck.Nelson said the prosecution's focus on that time frame "ignores the previous 16 minutes and 59 seconds.""It tries to reframe the issue of what a reasonable police office would do," Nelson said.
Football fans have condemned plans by 12 elite teams to create a ’European Super League’. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among the 12 clubs.
The Minnesota National Guard appeared on street corners in downtown Minneapolis over the weekend.The deployment comes as the city braces for a verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing 46-year-old George Floyd last year.Jury deliberations are expected to begin this week.Floyd’s death touched off widespread protests, riots, looting and arson here and local businesses are worried the end of trial could bring new unrest. The owner of a Minneapolis steak and sushi restaurant told a local TV reporter he was glad to see the National Guard out in force. “If people are assaulted who is going to stop the criminals? If we don't have police or national guard or anybody else you have a real problem.” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said police and guardsmen would try and protect both peaceful protesters and private property. "Amongst those peaceful protestors there's folks that are willing to shoot at police, burn buildings, do those things, and we're trying to strike that proper balance.”Local residents are eager for the trial to be over, and for the city to move one. “I’m sick of cops doing the things they do, and I’m sick of destroying buildings.” On a more optimistic note, local artists have turned storefronts, boarded up against protests, into murals for progress. Simone Alexa said she needed to express herself after the recent police shooting of Daunte Wright. “It made me sick, like I couldn’t sleep."Twenty-year-old Wright was killed earlier this month during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Like George Floyd, he was unarmed. "It wasn’t until I started planning these murals and just planning on doing something that I felt like I could get some rest. And I think that energy really transfers from me into the piece, and other people can feel that too when they see it.”
Nearly 7000 feet below the earth's surface, miners work to build the foundation of what mining giant Rio Tinto hopes to be one of the world's largest underground copper mines.Rio buys materials for its Resolution Mine site from Darrin Lewis's Superior Hardware & Lumber located in the tiny town of Superior, Arizona.Lewis paid $800,000 for the hardware store early last year and now Rio's purchases account for a third of the store's sales."We put everything we had into the store - everything - and so we want it to succeed, we want the town to grow, we want the town to succeed."But the mining project was put on hold last month by U.S. President Joe Biden in response to the concerns of Native Americans, such as Elder Sandra Rambler of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, who say it will destroy sacred land."It is our religion, and no one, no one can take that away from us, nobody - I don't care who you are - I am bound by our traditional culture and spiritual law to believe there. If I want to go there and be able to pray there, I should have that right. And I don't, no foreign company to come and tell me no you can't do that."The dispute centers on Oak Flat Campground, which some Apache consider home to deities -- and where religious ceremonies are held.The ongoing fight pits environmentalists and Native Americans against local officials and residents who support the project's economic benefits and it's a harbinger of battles to come as the U.S. aims to build more electric vehicles, which use twice as much copper as those with internal combustion engines.Biden ordered more government analysis of the project, which was set in motion in 2014... when the Obama administration and Congress started a complex process intended to give Rio 3,000 acres of federally-owned land in exchange for 4,500 acres that Rio owns nearby. In halting the project, Biden reversed a decision by predecessor Donald Trump that would have given Rio land for the mine.Later this Spring, Biden is expected to decide whether Rio gets the land. For Lewis, the hardware store owner, he hopes his plight will be considered among all the competing interests.Lewis: "If I had one thing to say to President Biden, it would be 'Let the mine open.'"While Rambler hopes the administration will take into account their mission to protect and preserve the Oak Flat campground.Rambler: "We have the freedom of religion, and this is our religion, this is who we are, this is us as Apaches."
"I'm Jin So-hee, 28years old, and the youngest 'haenyeo' on Geoje Island."South Korean haenyeo, or ‘sea women,’ like So-hee spend their days free diving to the seabed.. to collect mollusks, seaweed, and other marine life to sell at local markets.But their centuries-old livelihood is under threat from climate change, environmental pollution and advances in fishing practices.JIN SWIMMING, COLLECTING SEA CUCUMBERS, COMING TO SURFACE AND SAYING (Korean): "This is the biggest one, what do we do?" JIN'S PARTNER, WOO JUNG-MIN: "We should still catch them though. There aren't any (bigger ones)."JIN SO-HEE: "The boss is going to be mad. He told us to bring in really big ones today."The vast majority of living haenyeo are now over the age of 70.But So-hee and her 35-year-old partner Woo Jung-min are on a mission to keep their tradition alive and salvage their seas.They've set up a YouTube channel – called ‘Modern Sea Women’ - chronicling their lives and work will help their plight."Though our YouTube channel, I hope the culture of haenyeo will be preserved and will be passed on (to the next generation). And I hope subscribers have more awareness on the environment preservation.''Every year the waters off the rocky shore of Geoje Island are a little less icy - warming as much as 2.6 times more than the world average, changing the undersea habitat and casting doubt on the future of the haenyeo.Since 2011 the South Korean government has been working to reverse the ocean desertification caused by climate change.The Marine Forest Creation Project involves planting new seaweed, which helps absorb carbon dioxide from the water, and removing the invasive sea urchins that eat the marine plant. Jeon Byung-hee is an official with the Korea Fisheries Resources Agency's Ecological Restoration Division."If seaweeds disappear, it takes away a source of food for animals, spawning grounds, and habitats. And this leads to a decreased amount of sea life and resources and eventually ruins the marine ecosystem."With less seaweed, which the haenyeo also harvest as food, the women increasingly have to dive deeper. It’s becoming more physically challenging and dangerous ever year – especially for the older divers like 86-year-old Ko Bok-hwa. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 86-YEAR-OLD HAENYEO, KO BOK-HWA, SAYING:"In the past? compared to the past (when I began the job), the amount is just one-tenth. It wasn't good today."So-hee says she makes half the amount of money that she did last year and finds more golf balls than sea cucumbers. She worries that next year her income won’t be enough to put food on the table or that her job could disappear altogether because of climate change.But the haenyeo will keep on diving, while they still can."I'll keep working unless I'm sick and my wish is for the sea life to live until then so I can continue this work."
Huge crowds were seen at bus stations in the Delhi-Up border area after the Delhi lockdown was announced Monday, April 19. The lockdown started at 10:00 pm Monday and continues until 5:00 am next Monday, April 26 to curb the surging COVID-19 cases in the city.
There was a visible police presence in front of the Russian embassy in Prague as 18 Russian diplomats are expelled from the Czech Republic on April 19. This comes after an investigation found that there was Russian intelligence involvement in an explosion that occurred at the Vrbetice ammunition depot in 2014, which killed 2 people. Russia has also expelled 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow The people who carried out the explosion are suspected of being the same 2 GRU agents who carried out the Sergei Skripal poison attack on 4 March 2018 in the city of Salisbury, England. A small anti-Russian protest took place at the front gates of the embassy, however, it passed off peacefully.
This Robodog is training with Dutch policeIts primary function is entering drugs labs before humans doThe robot is guided by an agent with a remote controlCourtesy: Dutch Police Central Unit(SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) DIVISION SPECIAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST SIMON, SAYING (SOUNDBITE CONTINUES OVER SHOTS OF 'SPOT' WALKING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE):"(In the past), we already had a robot with very good caterpillar track qualities, but it couldn't get up to a kerb. We had robots with very good wheels, but they couldn't get through difficult terrain. We had robots with very good cameras, but they could not be as mobile. And what we see in 'Spot', we are very enthusiastic about it, because it is a platform that we can move through all terrains, both at a slow and a fast pace. 'Spot' itself has some very good sensors, but we can also place on 'Spot' all kinds of sensors that we already use within the police organization."The four-legged robot dog named "Spot"is developed by U.S. company Boston DynamicsFuture applications for Spot could includeentering a crime scene and taking DNA samples
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says European Super League is 'fuelled by greed' and any players who take part will not be able to represent their countries at a World Cup or Euro tournament.
Liverpool fans protested the football club’s involvement in the European Super League by changing banners at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, on Monday, April 19.Twelve teams announced on Sunday that they would be joining the breakaway European Super League competition, according to reports. Another three clubs were projected to join the Super League for a total of 15 founding members.In response to the announcement, Liverpool fan group Spion Kop 1906 said on Monday it would remove its flags from The Kop at Anfield. The group initially adorned The Kop with flags and banners as a show of support during the pandemic.“We feel we can no longer give our support to a club which puts financial greed above integrity of the game,” Spion Kop 1906 said on Twitter.Signage against the European Super League was also placed outside Anfield on Monday. This footage shows a banner that says “LFC fans against European Super League” and a jersey painted with “FSG Out,” referring to Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group. Credit: Radio City News via Storyful
Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden has said the government will "do everything" to prevent the European Super League from happening, describing the proposal as "tonedeaf". He added the new competition goes against the spirit of football in creating a closed shop of elite clubs.
Greta Thunberg has criticised rich nations, like the UK and US, for vaccinating young and healthy people in their own countries, at expense of vulnerable in poor nations. Speaking at a World Health Organisation press conference. The 18 year-old used the platform to call on the UK and US to reconsider mass vaccination programmes of all citizens, and distribute vaccines to the vulnerable in other less wealthy countries. Ms Thunberg also said she believes Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has failed to safeguard humanity in his actions during the pandemic and the fight against climate change. It comes as MsThunberg announced she will donate €100,000 to WHO to be invested into the COVAX programme, to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, as part of the global effort to ensure access of vaccines to the most at-risk in all countries, including health workers, older people and those with underlying conditions.