Dozens of students were rescued after the school bus they were travelling on became trapped in floodwaters in Picture Rocks, Arizona, on Friday, August 19, local officials said.Footage by Branderose Marie shows the children being lifted out of the bus from the rear exit and moved onto a new bus.The Pima County Sheriff’s Department reported that 39 school children and two bus drivers were rescued by deputies and firefighters. No injuries were reported.The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Picture Rocks on Friday and warned against driving through flood waters. Credit: Branderose Marie via Storyful
STORY: The South Island city of Nelson has been the worst affected, with hundreds of homes evacuated over the week, and some rendered uninhabitable. Towns in the North Island have also been cut off, as floods submerged roads and homes."Things going forward look quite different from this past week," the Metservice weather forecaster said in a Twitter post. "Most of the rainfall activity is still mainly in the west, but with much lower accumulations."Earlier, it had said warnings and watch alerts were lifted after rain eased in northern and central areas.Nelson saw more evacuations on Saturday, said Kieran McAnulty, the emergency management minister, who thanked those assisting in the rescue effort but added that the area's recovery would be a "long and difficult" process."States of emergency remain ... in Nelson-Tasman, Marlborough and West Coast," he said on Twitter.There were about 100 new evacuations overnight, the New Zealand Herald said.In the Tasman district neighbouring Nelson, a total of 508 homes had been evacuated, emergency authorities said, and the figure could grow."That looks set to increase even more," Nelson Tasman civil defence officials said on Facebook.The overnight rains had widened the inundations to the Cannan-Upper Takaka area and the Richmond ranges, they added.A warning stays for heavy rain in Fiordland on the South Island, Metservice said on its website.
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STORY: Drone images showed a cloud of smoke covering the city of San Fernando, around 350 kilometers (217 miles) far from the area where wildfires ravaged the wetlands since Thursday (August 18).According to authorities, the fire was partially under control last Sunday (August 15), but it started to spread due to high winds on Monday (August 16).Before the fires started, 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) had already been burned in the Parana River pre-delta area.The lack of rain and high winds were worrisome for the region.The Parana River, South America's second-longest waterway after the Amazon, saw its water level last year shrivel to its shallowest since 1944, according to official data, due to several drought cycles plus less rainfall in upstream Brazil. Its level remains very low.
STORY: Organized by the New York Public Library, PEN America, and Penguin Random House, the event featured writers like Gay Talese, Amanda Foreman, Paul Auster, Andrew Solomon, Kiran Desai, and others.“I am here because Salman Rushdie’s words matter. And I am here because today he cannot say those words to you, but we can,” said poet Reginald Dwayne Betts as he addressed the crowd from the library steps.“Freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental, important universal rights that we all should insist upon,” Iranian-American writer Roya Hakakian told Reuters.The authors read excerpts from Rushdie’s lectures, essays and novels, including “Midnight’s Children” and “The Satanic Verses.” Others shared reflections on their friendship with Rushdie.PEN America supporters stood in a line in front of the speakers, holding up black and white posters with Rushdie’s photograph, quotes from the author, and the hashtag #StandwithSalman.The attack on Rushdie came 33 years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran's supreme leader, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on Muslims to assassinate the author a few months after "The Satanic Verses" was published.Rushdie sustained severe injuries in the attack, including nerve damage in his arm, wounds to his liver, and the likely loss of an eye, his agent said. But his condition has been improving since the weekend, and he was taken off a ventilator.“I think that the attack on Salman, after the fatwa had lain 30 years without being realized, represents an increasing hostility toward independent thought and freedom of expression,” said author Andrew Solomon.Writer Mark Wish told Reuters he was worried about the "chilling effect" the attack could have on all writers.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola does not expect his side to do any more business in the transfer window. City made Sergio Gomez their fifth summer arrival earlier this week, with the Anderlecht left-back following Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega to the Etihad Stadium. But Guardiola has been told that is it with less than two weeks left in the transfer window.
STORY: For Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Dovzhenko, embracing his family back in Poland after six months on the front line brings a special poignancy… as he tries to clear his mind of images of war."I am home now. I am where my wife and my children are. I am home. Of course, [in Ukrainian] I am happy. I am happy.”Dovzhenko and his family moved to Poland from Ukraine in 2019. But after Russian forces attacked his native land earlier this year, he returned to fight.Months of combat later, the 41-year-old can now savor the daily routine of home life - cooking, cuddling his two small children and going for walks with his wife Oleksandra.OLEKSANDRA: "When he's here, it's always a holiday. He's a wonderful husband and father...we are doing everything so we can be together."The current war is not the first time Dovzhenko has battled Russian troops. He fought against them in the Donbas region in 2014, the year Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine.But this time, he said, the conflict is more brutal."There used to be a battle line - our country is here and there was a legal delineation. Now there's no such line. And all of the rockets, the shots, everything that Russia is using now wasn't there before."With no sign of a let-up in the Russian advance and the Ukrainian army outgunned, Dovzhenko has little patience for western voices that express concern but offer no tangible help.“Someone is concerned and we have rockets falling on our heads. If you're so concerned, we can switch spots. I invite them to Kharkiv or Mikolaiv. Their concern will be very much needed there."He described the image of a mother and child in Irpin, whose mutilated bodies had been tied together. He also showed Reuters cell phone footage of bodies laid out in a hospital he said he visited in nearby Bucha.The defense ministry in Moscow did not respond to a request for comment on Dovzhenko's accounts of the war, which Reuters was not able to independently verify.Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting civilians.While home, Dovzhenko and his wife stayed focused on enjoying their last hours together before he returns to Ukraine.“Tomorrow I will come back to my work, to my army unit. It is work, work that needs to be done. I might have a very small chance of being able to return again to my wife and kids. But this work needs to be done."
STORY: From a gathering of central bankers to a dark milestone in Ukraine, these are the big stories in business and finance to look out for in the week ahead.The world’s top central bankers will head for their annual get-together in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Investors will scour for clues on future rate moves and thoughts on inflation. Recession fears may mount in the euro zone. Purchasing managers’ index numbers on Tuesday are predicted to show business activity contracting again. The same figures are due for the U.S. and UK. China is bucking the trend for rising rates. The country’s central bank is expected to cut key borrowing rates on Monday. But experts doubt that will do much to boost an economy battered by property crisis and lockdowns. Friday will see more clues to whether U.S. inflation has peaked, or just paused. The personal consumption expenditures index is the Fed’s favored price indicator, meaning it could sway bank policy. And the war in Ukraine reaches the six-month mark Wednesday.Now bankers have the tough task of trying to rein in its market impact. The conflict has sent European gas prices soaring, triggering an energy crisis. But oil, wheat and other commodities have proved more resilient, with prices coming right back down.
STORY: The White Helmets rescue group earlier put the death toll at nine.It said that figure might rise further as rescue and search operations continued, adding that children were also among at least 30 people wounded in the attack.The warring factions in Syria's 11-year conflict have carved up the north into a patchwork of zones of control.Al-Bab falls within the areas of Aleppo province held by Turkish-backed rebels. Other parts are held by Syrian government troops backed by Russia.The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), spearheaded by Kurdish groups who have opened a dialog with the Damascus-based government, also control parts of the north and northeast.The head of the SDF's media center, Farhad Shami, said the group had nothing to do with Friday's attack.Activists in Al-Bab had been planning a protest after Muslim midday prayers on Friday to denounce comments by Turkey calling for reconciliation between the Syrian government and the opposition.In a statement after Friday's attack, they canceled the demonstration over fears of further violence.
STORY: Britain’s Dan Bigham has smashed the men's Hour recordLocation: Grenchen, SwitzerlandHe completed a distance of 34.516 milesaround Switzerland’s Tissot VelodromeBigham is an aerodynamics specialist and arace engineer for British cycling team Ineos GrenadiersFive riders had tried and failed to beat the men’s record since 2019Bigham was congratulated by his familyafter completing his run and collapsing on the trackHis fiancée Joss Lowden broke the women’s Hour record in 2021
STORY: As residents continue to flee the Donetsk Region of Ukraine… Explosions erupted overnight near military bases deep in Russian-held areas and Russia itself… an apparent display of Kyiv's growing might far from front lines. Inside Russia, two villages were evacuated after explosions at an ammunition dump.But Kyiv has been coy, remarking on the blasts without claiming direct responsibility.More directly, the Ukrainian government is raising alarms about a nuclear power station it says Russian occupation forces are using as a staging ground for military strikes.On Friday, Kyiv said it suspected Moscow was planning a "large-scale provocation" at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as justification to disconnect it from the Ukrainian power grid and connect it to Russia's. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, visiting the Ukrainian port of Odesa on Friday, said the nuclear site belonged to Ukraine and said all military forces should be withdrawn."...If we demilitarize the plant as we propose, the problem will be solved. Obviously the electricity from Zaporizhzhia is Ukrainian electricity and it's necessary especially during the winter for the Ukrainian people. And this principle must be fully respected.” Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Kyiv for shelling the nuclear complex and said there is risk of a nuclear catastrophe. The Kremlin said that during a call between Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin confirmed Russia's readiness for a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency to Zaporizhzhia… and that Putin would provide inspectors with the necessary assistance.
A Texas zoo filmed heartwarming footage of a baby elephant playing with bubbles inside his enclosure.The Fort Worth Zoo released footage showing almost-10-month-old baby elephant Brazos playing with bubbles for the very first time, they said.Brazos was born on October 21 last year and was the fourth Asian elephant to be born at the zoo. Credit: Fort Worth Zoo via Storyful
STORY: With wreaths, “R.I.P.” signs and weeping women, protesters marched through Buenos Aires’ streets holding a coffin on their shoulders and a banner reading “Wage is dead.”Maximiliano Maita, a delegate of the social organization Frente de Organizaciones en Lucha, said Argentines are suffering the lowest wage in the region.According to local media, Argentina’s minimum monthly salary of 47,850 pesos (350 dollars) has seen its purchasing power shrink as the inflation upward trend hit 7.4% in July, the highest monthly rise in two decades.
STORY: Wall Street snapped a four-week winning streak Friday, ending the week lower with a broad selloff led by mega-cap tech stocks.The Dow finished almost a percent lower. The S&P 500 fell about a percent and a quarter, while the Nasdaq ended down 2%. Investors have been weighing how aggressive the Federal Reserve may need to be as it raises interest rates to battle inflation. Zach Stein is chief investment officer and co-founder of Carbon Collective.“I think what we're seeing is simply a reaction to yesterday. This speaks to the volatility of what we're seeing right now, where we're firmly kind of in that neutral place between bearish and bullish, and we're seeing the two camps pull at each other of what is this long-term trajectory. As we see more information come out, especially around what, how the Fed is going to react, given that we're seeing inflation start to come down or slowdown in some key categories, I think that we might see one camp start to win out more and some more at more consistent trends rather than the kind of back and forth seesaw we've been seeing on a day to day basis.”Shares of Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all fell, putting pressure on the S&P 500. Meme stock Bed Bath & Beyond plunged more than 40% as billionaire investor Ryan Cohen exited the struggling retailer by selling his entire stake.On the positive side, shares of General Motors gained 2.5% after the automaker said it would reinstate quarterly dividend payouts after more than two years without them.And shares of Foot Locker jumped 20% after the retailer said it had appointed former Ulta Beauty chief Mary Dillon as its new CEO, and also reported second-quarter profit above estimates.
STORY: Participants, including women, played the "Dahi Handi," where they form human pyramids to break suspended clay pots full of curd and honey.The event is meant to imitate a widely known part of Lord Krishna's childhood – he is believed to have been fond of butter, curd, and other dairy products. Lord Krishna is worshipped as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, one of the principle deities in Hinduism.Earlier in the day, prayers were offered in several parts of the country as Hindus thronged temples to mark the occasion.The festivities conclude at midnight – the time it is believed that Lord Krishna was born.
Michael Gove has backed Rishi Sunak to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister, as he accused Liz Truss of taking a "holiday from reality".
A man suffering from a heart attack was saved when his neighbors sprang into action and administered CPR after he rang their doorbell in York Haven, Pennsylvania, viral video shows.Footage captured from Christopher Mowry’s home surveillance camera shows their neighbor walking up to their porch, showing obvious signs of distress, ringing the doorbell, and then lying down. Another neighbor rushes up to assist. Mowry, a firefighter, and his wife, a practicing nurse, emerge from their house and call 911 before beginning to administer CPR as the man goes into cardiac arrest.After the EMTs arrived at the scene, Mowry’s wife rode along to assist as the patient was transported to the hospital.Additional photos and video show the neighbor return to their home a few days later to express his gratitude for their help.In Facebook post, Mowry stressed the importance of knowing CPR and defibrillation and said he and his wife would be organizing a CPR class for the neighborhood. Credit: Christopher Mowry via Storyful
STORY: 68-year-old farmer Chen Xiaohua combs through his plot of land in southwestern China. Normally at this time in August, his sweet potato leaves would be growing think and plentiful. Instead, they’re burnt to a crisp under the sweltering sun. “All scorched, you see, certainly cannot grow. The high temperature is slowly roasting the sweet potato leaves to death.”China’s Yangtze river is quickly running dry amid a two-month heatwave. And it’s not the only one. Sixty-six rivers across 34 countries in the Chongqing region have dried up, according to state broadcaster CCTV. One district reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, the hottest in the country.Rainfall is down 60% compared to the seasonal norm, putting the autumn harvest in jeopardy.China is taking emergency action, sending specialists to vulnerable regions to help allocate water resources. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Water Resources put out a warning about deteriorating soil moisture in several provinces. Regional governments are being urged to draw up schedules for farms to take turns tapping what water remains.The fresh water Chen has been relying on from a nearby mountain stream has dwindled to nothing in recent days. He’s turned to a nearby pond, carrying buckets of water every morning to try and save his crops.But the leaves and stems continue to die.Chen says he hasn’t seen the temperatures this high since a historical heatwave over a half-century ago."This year is drier than 1960. The temperature is higher this year. It wasn't as high as this in 1960 ... The temperature is so high every day. We have to work in the morning. In the afternoon we only stay in the house. We are afraid to go out."
South Carolina state representative Neal Collins delivered emotional comments about the real-life effects the state’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban has had on women during a House Judiciary Committee meeting in Columbia on August 16.Collins, a Republican, voted in favor of the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection From Abortion Act, which bans all abortions after six weeks when a heartbeat is detected in the fetus. The bill was signed into law in February 2021 and went into effect on June 27, 2022, after a federal judge lifted an injunction blocking enforcement, local reports said.Collins began by reciting statistics about women’s health and maternal mortality rates in South Carolina, which consistently ranks among the worst in the United States, before describing the case of a 19-year-old woman who was denied an abortion for an unviable fetus and discharged from the hospital due to the state’s fetal heartbeat bill.Collins said he was contacted by a local doctor who told him about the case.“First, she’s going to pass this fetus in the toilet. She’s going to have to deal with that on her own. There’s a 50-percent chance — greater than 50-percent chance that she’s going to lose her uterus. There’s a 10-percent chance that she will develop sepsis and herself die. That weighs on me. I voted for that bill and we’re having a meeting on this…. That whole week I did not sleep,” Collins said.“Out of respect for the process, I’m not voting today. But I want it to be clear that myself and many others are not in a position to vote for this bill without significant changes to the bill,” Collins said.Collins’s comments came during a South Carolina House Judiciary Committee meeting on South Carolina House Bill 5399, which would amend South Carolina’s code of laws to prohibit abortions in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the bill to the House floor. Collins and several others abstained. Credit: South Carolina State House via Storyful
STORY: An ISIS militant who helped propel the group to global notoriety for the brutal killings of hostages was sentenced to life in in prison by a federal court on Friday.Thirty-three-year-old El Shafee Elsheikh was found guilty by a jury earlier this year of conspiring to kill four American hostages: James Foley, Steven Sotloff - both journalists, Peter Kassig - an aid worker, and Kayla Mueller who was raped repeatedly by the group’s leader at the time, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before her death in Syria, according to U.S. officials.Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, spoke to reporters after the sentencing: “Let this sentencing make clear to all who dare to kidnap, torture or kill any American citizen abroad that U.S. justice will find you wherever you are, and that our government will hold you accountable for your crimes against our citizens." Elsheikh, who was born in Sudan and raised in London, was part of an Islamic State cell, nicknamed "The Beatles" for their British accents, that had beheaded American hostages in Iraq and Syria.The deaths of Foley, Sotloff and Kassig were confirmed in 2014; Mueller's death was confirmed in early 2015.The charges against Elsheikh, whose British citizenship was withdrawn in 2018, carried a potential death sentence.But U.S. prosecutors had previously advised British officials that they would not seek the death penalty.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in coastal areas of South Carolina on Friday, August 19. This footage was posted to Twitter by Jim O’Neil, who said he captured it in his neighborhood in Socastee, which is located close to Myrtle Beach.A flash flood warning remained in place for the area until 1 pm on Friday. Credit: Jim O’Neil via Storyful
STORY: Investors have been weighing how aggressive the Federal Reserve may need to be as it raises interest rates to battle inflation.Richmond Federal Reserve President Thomas Barkin said on Friday that U.S. central bank officials have "a lot of time still" before they need to decide how large an interest rate increase to approve at their Sept. 20-21 policy meeting.
STORY: President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law a $430 billion bill that is seen as the biggest climate package in U.S. history, designed to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions as well as lower prescription drug prices and high inflation.The bill would divert nearly $370 billion to climate and energy security measures, aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions around 40% by 2030 and curbing consumer energy costs at the same time.Much of the spending would go to new or expanded tax credits to promote clean energy generation, electrification, energy efficiency and wider adoption of electric vehicles.A good chunk of the bill, however, is also devoted to supporting fossil fuel development by protecting federal drilling auctions and supporting upgrades of coal and gas facilities - concessions required to win over West Virginia's Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in the party-line vote.
In a hustings event hosted by GB News, Rishi Sunak outlines how he plans to tackle inflation and support 'the most vulnerable' through a cost-of-living crisis caused by soaring energy bills. He goes on to pledge to cut income tax but insists that he will 'do it responsibly' without increasing national debt. Liz Truss declares that 'we need to be bold' and promises to prioritise a plan for growth to 'deliver for the entire country'. She goes on to explain that she would remove EU laws from statue books by the end of 2023. The leadership candidate also admits that the country 'shouldn't have raised national insurance' and concludes by saying she is 'on the side of people who do the right thing as a conservative'.
Michael Gove has endorsed Rishi Sunak to be the next Conservative leader, accusing Liz Truss of taking a “holiday from reality” with her plans to slash tax during the cost-of-living crisis. The former Cabinet minister suggested the Foreign Secretary’s proposals would put “the stock options of FTSE 100 executives” before the nation’s poorest people. Mr Gove said he does not expect to return to frontbench politics as he backed the underdog in the race to replace Boris Johnson in No 10. Writing in the Times, he said: “I do not expect to be in government again. But it was the privilege of my life to spend 11 years in the Cabinet under three prime ministers. I know what the job requires. And Rishi has it.”