Musician Bad Bunny performed a concert on top of a moving flatbed truck in Manhattan, New York City on September 20.Footage uploaded to Twitter shows the Puerto Rican musician performing on a moving vehicle designed to look like a subway car. Local news reported in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the route went though the Bronx and Washington Heights, stopping in front of Harlem Hospital.The concert steamed live on YouTube on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane which caused massive destruction in Puerto Rico in 2017. Credit: @JuanChoo94 via Storyful
Stocks tumbled across the board on Monday as investors digested the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fearing that her passing further complicates efforts in Congress to pass another stimulus package before the presidential election. RegentAtlantic chief investment officer, Chris Cordaro: “The political landscape was so divisive, her death just turns up the volume for both sides, makes it more important for both sides, and I think that will enhance volatility coming into the election.” The Dow declined 1.8%. The Nasdaq shed a tenth of a percent. And the S&P lost 1%. In a reversal of last week’s pattern, value-oriented sectors such as energy and industrials led the downturn, underperforming tech stocks. The possibility of a second national lockdown in the UK knocked down shares of U.S. airlines, hotels and cruise companies, including Delta, United, Carnival and Marriott. The announcement that Nikola founder, Trevor Milton, is stepping down as executive chairman amid allegations of fraud sent shares skidding 19%. That also took down shares of GM, which said two weeks ago it’s taking an 11% stake in the electric truck maker.
Tropical Storm Beta brought strong waves to Kemah, Texas, on September 21, with the National Hurricane Center warning of “life-threatening storm surges” in portions of Texas and Louisiana.Video shows waves lashing the Kemah coastline, with uploader Daniel Harrison writing: “An angry Galveston Bay as Beta’s wind and surge rip apart docks in Kemah area.”Local news reported damage from flooding across Galveston County.As of 2 pm on September 21, according to the the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Beta was nearing the central Texas coast with “rain bands with tropical storm force wind gusts spreading onshore the central and upper Texas coastal areas.” Credit: @danielharrison_ via Storyful
Tropical Storm Beta brought flooding to Galveston, Texas, on September 21, with the National Hurricane Center warning of “life-threatening storm surges” in portions of Texas and Louisiana.Home security video footage uploaded by Twitter user Zim Lovern shows a flooded driveway near Bay Harbor.Local news reported damage from flooding across Galveston County.As of 2 pm on September 21, according to the the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Beta was nearing the central Texas coast with “rain bands with tropical storm force wind gusts spreading onshore the central and upper Texas coastal areas.” Credit: Zim Lovern via Storyful
Hurricane Teddy whipped Devonshire Bay, Bermuda, with winds reaching 90 mph on September 21.According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 2pm on September 21, Hurricane Teddy is forecast to move north-northeast as it approaches Nova Scotia. NHC warned of “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”Local news reported power outages affecting 217 Bermuda Electric Light Company customers. Credit: @jriedererphotography via Storyful
RegentAtlantic's Chris Cordaro says the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could bring more downside to the equity markets. He tells Reuters' Fred Katayama how it could impact the prospects for a fiscal stimulus package.
Little Latte the pampered hamster dozed off in her tiny living room, her pretend laptop nearby, while being brushed by her owner Jaieden Ace Shen.The latter half of the video shows Little Latte sitting in a wee chair munching on lettuce.Shen told Storyful Little Latte was rescued in Singapore and “now lives a life of luxury, well-loved and spoiled as a princess should be.” Credit: Hamstars via Storyful
Flooding was reported along North Carolina’s coast on Monday, September 21, as a “strong, long period swell” from distant Hurricane Teddy was expected to affect the coast through midweek.Hurricane Teddy was forecast to bring high surf and coastal flooding on the US coast as it tracked to the east of Bermuda on Monday. The storm was expected to impact parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands, and Newfoundland by midweek.Footage captured by Janet Morrow Dawson, owner of the Cape Hatteras Motel, shows drivers on flooded roads in Buxton, North Carolina, on Monday. Credit: Cape Hatteras Motel via Storyful
Flooding was reported along North Carolina’s coast on Monday, September 21, as a “strong, long period swell” from distant Hurricane Teddy was expected to affect the coast through midweek.Hurricane Teddy was forecast to bring high surf and coastal flooding on the US coast as it tracked to the east of Bermuda on Monday. The storm was expected to impact parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands, and Newfoundland by midweek.Footage captured by the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead shows conditions in Morehead City, North Carolina, on Monday. Credit: NWS Newport/Morehead via Storyful
Supporters of US President Donald Trump in Riverhead, New York, joined ‘MAGA Gras II,’ a parade that traveled across towns in Long Island on Sunday, September 20.Footage captured by Ned Dougherty shows Trump supporters lining the sidewalk outside the Riverhead Plaza mall. Vehicles join the parade as it passes through the area.Participants on the sidewalk and motorists can be seen flying American flags, Trump flags, and black, white, and blue ‘Thin Blue Line’ flags amid honking horns.According to local reports citing police, about 1,500 cars, trucks, and motorcycles traveled in the caravan from East Northport to Riverhead on Sunday morning.Clashes broke out between Trump supporters and a small group of protesters near the Riverhead Plaza mall after the parade ended. Police arrived at the scene and kept the two groups apart. There were no arrests, according to local media. Credit: Ned Dougherty via Storyful
Chinese-U.S. ties are at their lowest point in decades. The most vital and sensitive issue for Beijing? Not trade, not Huawei… but Taiwan. In the middle of September, China sent jets close to the island for two days of military drills - prompting a scramble of Taiwan’s air force. Let’s look at why tension is rising around the small island and why it involves Washington. China claims democratically-run Taiwan as its own territory, to be taken by force if needed. The island has lived with that threat since 1949 when nationalist forces defeated in the Chinese civil war fled there. The U.S. has stepped up support for Taiwan lately, sending top officials for two visits in as many months. [U.S. health chief Alex Azar, saying:] "The United States knows that we will always have a friend in Taiwan." That plus major new arms sales. To China, the U.S. is effectively backing Taiwanese independence. Why is the island so vital? Two reasons: firstly, geography. It lies in a key location on the edge of the Pacific, between the disputed South China Sea and Japan. Secondly, it’s a tech powerhouse, home to the world's biggest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. The U.S. sees Chinese tech firms as a security risk and has moved to cut off its access to advanced chips, including those from Taiwan. Taiwan and China have no official dialogue mechanism, meaning any small spark could quickly escalate. Taiwan's military is well-trained and well-armed but dwarfed by China's People's Liberation Army, which is in the throes of an impressive modernisation programme. Taiwan's president has made upgrading the military a priority, stressing, quote, "asymmetric warfare." But China could easily overwhelm Taiwan with missiles, air attacks, cyberattacks, or a naval blockade. China’s foreign ministry spokesman: "Taiwan authorities are spending their taxpayers' money on defense, but no matter how much it spends on defense Taiwan is still a tiny place. Confronting the mainland is like an ant trying to shake a tree." A conflict over Taiwan may suck in the United States and its Asian allies, though it is an open question whether or not Washington would come to Taipei's aid.
Wall Street got slammed Monday morning - with the Dow plunging more than 800 points or 3 percent. Stocks fell across the board, sending indexes to their lowest level in nearly seven weeks as fears about another hit to the U.S. economy drove investors to sell stocks. Analysts said the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg adds another challenge to negotiations in Congress already deadlocked over another fiscal stimulus package. Another concern for investors – the resurgence of the coronavirus, especially in Europe, as the UK signaled the possibility of a second national lockdown, shares of U.S. airlines, hotel and cruise companies tumbled. United Airlines, Delta, Wynn Resorts and Marriott were among the biggest decliners on the S&P 500. Bank shares like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of New York Mellon also fell sharply. They were among several global banks that reportedly moved big sums of allegedly illicit funds over nearly two decades despite red flags about the origins of the money. They were in the report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and based on leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. And shares of Nikola opened nearly 30% lower. Its founder, Trevor Milton, stepped down as executive chairman amid allegations of nepotism and fraud from a short-seller. That also knocked down shares of GM, which had just taken an 11% stake in the electric truck maker two weeks ago. Since peaking September 2nd, the S&P 500 has fallen nearly 10%.
The main opposition leader of Belarus is urging the European Union to approve sanctions on officials accused of rigging her country's presidential election last month. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday (September 21). "I think that (European) leaders have reasons not to push these sanctions, but at this meeting, I asked (them) just to be more brave in their decisions." She fled to Lithuania after the election, while for a sixth straight weekend mass demonstrations took place against President Alexander Lukashenko in the capital of Minsk over the disputed August vote. The EU has yet to follow through on a threat to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, which it first threatened in late August. "Of course sanctions are very important in our fight, because sanctions (are) part of pressure that will force the so-called authorities to start dialogue with us in the Coordination Council that I have created." EU member states have yet to give approval to a final list of some 40 officials to be targeted. The issue has also become entangled in a separate debate about sanctions on Turkey over its energy dispute with Cyprus. The EU, like the United States, wants new elections in Belarus and for Lukashenko to quit after 26 years in power. Tsikhanouskaya, whose supporters say she won the election, has ruled herself out of running in a new vote.
With relations between China and the U.S. continuing to deteriorate, a new video released by China's air force may be another source of concern. The highly-produced piece released on a social media platform shows Chinese bomber aircraft, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, launching a simulated attack on what appears to be an America air base in Guam. The Pacific island and U.S. territory is home to major military facilities, and its air base would be a likely target for any conflict in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese video - named "The god of war H-6K goes on the attack!" - shows H-6 bombers taking off from a desert base. A pilot eventually presses a button which sends a missile towards an unidentified runway. When the missile homes in - a satellite image is shown that looks exactly like the layout of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The timing of the video's release coincided with China performing a second day of drills near Taiwan to express anger at the visit of a senior official from the U.S. state department. Neither China or the U.S. immediately responded to requests for comment on the video.
Coastal flooding was reported across Galveston County, Texas, as Tropical Storm Beta edged closer on September 21, according to local media reports.Video showed submerged piers and flooded gardens in Galveston Bay, as the National Weather Service reported that the storm would bring flooding to the area due to rising high tides and a storm surge.This footage shows coastal flooding in Clear Lake Shores, where local authorities said the city hall had been closed.Tropical Storm Beta was due to make landfall late on September 21, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, elevated tides, and heavy rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. Credit: @FenwickAmanda via Storyful
This is what an alligator on helium sounds like Scientists had the reptile inhale the air as part of an experiment to understand how they communicate The outcome? Something between a grunt and a belch (SOUNDBITE) (English) TECUMSEH FITCH, CO-AUTHOR OF STUDY "A CHINESE ALLIGATOR IN HELIOX: FORMANT FREQUENCIES IN A CROCODILIAN," SAYING: "Our question was whether alligators have vocal tract resonances like human speech. The key is that sound travels faster in helium. This makes the air passages seem shorter, making the resonances higher. So, if you breathe helium and the frequencies shift upward, that shows that they're resonances. The hard part is getting an alligator to breathe helium." Source: Journal of Experimental Biology Alligator 'bellows' are well known but the function of their vocalizations remains unclear (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHAN REBER, CO-AUTHOR OF STUDY "A CHINESE ALLIGATOR IN HELIOX: FORMANT FREQUENCIES IN A CROCODILIAN", SAYING: (REBER INHALES HELIUM) "Our subject was a Chinese alligator. (PLAYS VIDEO OF ALLIGATOR VOCALISATION). We recorded her inhaling normal air and heliox - a helium-oxygen mixture. And here we go, here's one calling air and one calling heliox (AUDIO PLAYS OF ALLIGATOR VOCALISATION, THE FIRST ONE JUST AIR, THE SECOND WITH HELIUM). They sound different, they look different and this is evidence that also non-avian reptiles have resonances in their vocalizations."
Coastal roadway flooding was reported across Galveston County, Texas, as Tropical Storm Beta edged closer to making landfall on September 21, according to local media reports.Video showed submerged piers and flooded gardens in Galveston Bay, as the National Weather Service reported that the storm would bring flooding to the area due to rising high tides and a storm surge.Further damage was caused in the area as a section of a fishing pier was discovered to have “come loose in the rough surf and tore away Sunday evening,” Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis told the Galveston County Daily News.Tropical Storm Beta is set to make landfall late on September 21, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, elevated tides, and heavy rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. Credit: @texasbug via Storyful
Ornately decorated and covered in hieroglyphs- archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 unopened coffins at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, that are estimated to be more than 2500 years old- according to the ministry of tourism and antiquities. The coffins were found stacked in two burial shafts at the UNESCO world heritage. Saqqara is home to one of the world's oldest pyramids. In March, Egypt reopened the Djoser’s Step Pyramid after a 14-year-restoration, costing nearly $6.6 million. The pyramid dates back about 4,600 years. In July, Egypt restarted international flights and reopened major tourist attractions after months of closure.
The images showed the panting deer, its tongue out of its mouth, collapsing on a stretch of asphalt next to a construction project outside the city of Compiegne on Saturday (September 19) , surrounded by hunting dogs, police and bystanders. In images released by anti-hunting group AVA on Monday, environmentalists are seen chasing away the dogs, after which the panicked deer gets up, crashes into metal fencing and then escapes back into the woods. AVA spokesman Stanislas Broniszewski said his group had been tracking a deer hunt on Saturday when they spotted the animal. In July, AVA and other environmental organisations launched a bid to organise a national referendum to ban hunting with horses and hounds. Hunting groups say the activity is legal and should not be interfered with. "Hunting with hounds is about respect for nature, certainly not about these images, which are regrettable and which society today does not accept, which we understand. We are taking measures to make sure certain things evolve," French hound hunting association head Pierre de Roualle said on BFM TV.
Police have released footage of the moment a demonstrator was struck in the groin by a non-lethal round during a protest in Hollywood, California, on June 2.This footage, shared by the Los Angeles Police Department on September 18, shows body camera footage of the incident in which an officer fires a foam projectile that strikes a man’s groin.Police said they launched an investigation into the incident after a Los Angeles Times report identified the man who was struck.In an Instagram post, the 28-year-old said he had to have emergency surgery to save one of his testicles after it swelled to “at least twice the normal size” following the June 2 incident.Police said the investigation is continuing. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department via Storyful
Taiwan’s plant hunters are in a race against time to protect the country’s biodiversity. They’re trying to collect as many rare species as they can before they are lost to climate change and human encroachment. Hung Hsin-Chieh is a research assistant at the Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Centre which oversees the project. "I started collecting plants when I was still at school. I didn't used to think it was that important. But since I began working at the conservation centre, I have realised that many (living) things that used to be there, are no longer there. So for many (living) things, if you don't conserve them properly then perhaps in the future you'll no longer be able to find them." The non-governmental conservation centre currently stores over 33,000 different species that have been collected across Taiwan. Manager at KBCC, Chen Ken-Yu: "This approach is obviously something we are only doing because there's no alternative. Obviously if we could, if we had the financial resources to, and the local government allowed it, of course it would be ideal to conserve them in their wild habitat. But the reality is we don't have the power to change a whole environment. It's hard for us to persuade the local government and realistically it's not like I could lock myself away in that habitat so as to ensure the conservation of that species." The goal is to collect 40,000 different species and become the largest shelter of tropical plants on Earth by 2027. In the end, researchers hope to re-introduce rare species to their natural habitat. Manager at KBCC, Chen Ken-Yu: "We hope that these species have a chance to return to their original habitat. Or one day, when we wish to create a (new) habitat, these species are able to live there happily." The plant hunters don’t have an easy job though. They often have to navigate through heavy rains, steep cliff-faces or climb up trees to find specific plants. Hung Hsin-Chieh: "Not everyone can get to the places I go to. I can stay a long time out in the wild, in the mountains or forests. I go in scattered directions. I am very good at climbing trees. Not everyone can climb trees." About 70% of Taiwan is covered in dense, mountainous forest, home to deer, wild boar and a highly threatened population of bears. But the island is best known for its mass production of technological goods. Even though the government has made environmental protection and shifting to renewable energy a key priority, the island ranks poorly when it comes to tackling climate change. In 2019, Climate Change Performance Index placed Taiwan third to last in the world, the worst rating it has ever received. Taiwan's government disputed the data.
Shares of electric-truck maker Nikola plunged on Monday after its founder Trevor Milton stepped down as executive chairman in the wake of fraud allegations against the embattled company. The stock plunged as much as 30% in trading Monday morning. A scathing report earlier this month alleged Milton made false claims about Nikola's proprietary technology in order to win partnerships with large automakers. The report from shortseller Hindenburg Research came soon after Nikola inked a $2 billion deal with General Motors. GM took an 11% stake in the company and agreed to work together to make electric pickup trucks with the goal of challenging Elon Musks’s Tesla. Nikola has rejected all the accusations, calling the report 'a hit job' and threatening to take legal action against Hindenburg. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are said to be probing the claims made in the report. Nikola named Stephen Girsky, former vice chairman of GM and a member of Nikola's board, as chairman, effective immediately.
PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL Toxins produced by bacteria found in water have been blamed for hundreds of mysterious elephants deaths in Botswana. A news conference on Monday (September 21) heard that the number of dead elephants had risen from 281 in July to 330, and that neurotoxins produced by the water-dwelling cyanobacteria had been detected. But Mmadi Reuben, the principal veterinary officer at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, said several unanswered questions remained - such as why it was only elephants that died, and why they were concentrated in one particular area. Africa's overall elephant population is declining due to poaching but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent's elephants, has seen numbers grow to around 130,000. At the end of last month neighboring Zimbabwe found more than 20 dead elephants near the country's biggest game park with authorities there suspecting they had succumbed to a bacterial infection.
Rolls-Royce shares sank to 16-year lows on Monday (September 21). That after it said it was considering a rights issue to raise as much as 3.2 billion dollars. The company makes engines for airliners, military jets and ships. It says no decision has been taken about exactly how much money to raise, or by what means. Shares in the firm were down around 8% by lunchtime in Europe. They have now shed about 76% of their value this year. The slump in air travel has hit Rolls-Royce hard, as airlines pay it according to how many hours its engines fly. In August the firm said it wanted to sell turbine blade maker ITP Aero and other assets to raise around 2.5 billion dollars. Two senior industry executives who deal with Rolls said it could look for a state bailout, or even re-nationalisation. The firm was last nationalised in 1971, and then later privatised. Now the UK owns a golden share in Rolls, and its importance to exports and military technology has fuelled talk of a state bailout. With public finances already strained, however, it’s not clear if there is government appetite for such a move. Meanwhile, planemakers Boeing and Airbus are both concerned about the health of a critical supplier. The Financial Times newspaper says Rolls is in talks with foreign sovereign wealth funds, including Singapore’s, over investment. But any move of that kind would need UK consent under rules which limit foreign ownership of the company.
CORRECTION: A PREVIOUS VERSION OF THIS EDIT HAS BEEN REMOVED DUE TO PATIENT PRIVACY CONCERNS, THIS EDIT HAS BEEN RESENT WITH ADDITIONAL OBSCURING "Hi, it's Dr. Walker. I'm calling from the Sutter Health electronic ICU. How are you doing today?” By clicking on a name and ringing a virtual doorbell, Dr. Vanessa Walker and her colleagues are able to speak to patients in 18 different intensive care units across a large hospital system in California. She doesn’t have to leave her elaborate set-up in Sacramento to care for patients. Their charts, scans and faces are right in front of her. "So he's having a hard time talking. Understood. Yeah. Save your breathe. You're doing well otherwise. We're happy to see you feeling better.” Sutter Health is among a growing number of hospitals relying on remote ICUs to cope with an unrelenting COVID-19 caseload.Walker says she can get into a room very quickly with her electronic ICU set-up, talk to a nurse or patient, and recommend certain medications or treatments. “We can talk to them. We'll try to talk to them. If not, then we can just examine them or evaluate them through the camera. We review their charts, do admissions, basically go through and identify all the problems. If we see something that maybe the bedside has missed, we call them and let them know, 'hey, let's try this' or maybe, you know, 'consider this diagnosis.’" It’s estimated that 43 states face a shortage of highly-trained ICU doctors, according to researchers at George Washington University. Telemedicine is one way to address that problem. Studies have shown remote ICU services can spread the best medical practices backed by science and reduce complications for patients. "The benefit of having an electronic ICU is that you have providers, nurses, everybody that sees the best practices throughout the whole system. And when I see something done really well at this hospital, I want to be able to get it, you know, spread it throughout the entire system.” Patient safety advocates say sufficient staff at the bedside is still needed, and doctors shouldn’t monitor too many people remotely at once, which can lead to poor decision-making or even medical errors. But Walker says her electronic system flags specific patients who need extra monitoring, helping out during an unprecedented time.