"It's completely out of whack," Kramer told Reuters. "It's like valuations have lost their mind. And there's all this speculation. It's almost like Tesla is the equivalent to bitcoin."
A snowstorm moved over the Greater Lake Tahoe area early on October 25, dumping 5 inches of snow on South Lake Tahoe, where this footage was shot, and up to 20 inches on higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno.A winter storm warning remained in effect until 11 pm Monday, though the NWS said conditions would gradually improve as the weather shifted south. Credit: Denyse Bliss via Storyful
Record rainfall was reported in San Francisco, California, on Monday, October 25, after an atmospheric river swept over the Bay Area, the National Weather Service said.This footage shot by Elizabeth Mansfield shows strong winds and rain battering her community.Up to 16.55 inches of 48-hour rainfall was measured across the region as of Monday, according to the NWS. Credit: Elizabeth Mansfield via Storyful
BROADCAST: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBUDIGITAL: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBUA former Facebook employee-turned-whistleblower on Monday (October 25) told British lawmakers the social media site was fueling violent unrest around the world."A core part of why I came forward, was I looked at the consequences, and choices Facebook was making, and I looked at things like the global south, and I believe situations like Ethiopia are just part of the opening chapters of a novel that is going to be horrific to read."Frances Haugen was a product manager for Facebook, and recently went public with her accusations that the company knowingly permitted harmful content on the platform, putting profits before safety."I think there is a view inside the company that safety is a cost center, not a growth center."The world's biggest social network rejected the charges.Haugen – who testified earlier this month in the U.S. Congress - turned over a trove of internal Facebook documents to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which were made available to Reuters and other news organizations.They showed Facebook knew it hadn't hired enough staff with the language skills and knowledge of local events needed to flag harmful content in a number of developing countries.CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this month that it was deeply illogical to argue that Facebook deliberately pushed content that made people angry, saying advertisers don’t want to be associated with harmful content.But on Monday, Haugen pushed back."An ad that gets more engagement, is a cheaper ad. We have seen, over and over again in Facebook's research, it is easier to provoke people to anger, than to empathy or compassion. And so we are literally subsidizing hate on these platforms."Some U.S. lawmakers have said it’s time for big tech to face public health regulations akin to those imposed on tobacco companies.Britain is bringing forward laws that could fine social media companies if they fail to remove or limit the spread of illegal content.Haugen isn’t finished with Facebook. She’s scheduled to speak at a major tech conference, the Web Summit, next week.
Lava flowing from Spain’s Cumbre Vieja volcano had covered more than 906 hectares (3.5 sq. miles) of La Palma and destroyed at least 2,162 buildings by Monday, October 25, according to the EU’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service.The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (Involcan), reported on Monday evening that the cone of the volcano had broken, “causing more lava overflows and landslides.” This footage shows lava flows on the volcano following the cone’s collapse. Credit: Idafe.com via Storyful
Location: Rocinha favela, Rio De Janeiro, BrazilThis skateboard is made of around 500 bottle caps(SOUNDBITE) (English) CREATOR OF NA LAJE DESIGNS, ARIAN RAYEGANI, SAYING: "It's made 100% from recycling plastic that is collected, recycled and fabricated here in Rocinha."Na Laje Designs is a project created by Arian Rayeganiwho is a Canadian mechanical engineerThe project gives food donations in exchange for bottle caps"We are not a skateboard factory, it's bigger than this. We want to create a hub and a center of innovation for recycling here in Rocinha.”The caps are crushed, melted, then placed into a moldand "cooked" in an industrial pizza ovenEach skateboard takes an average of two hours to completeRayegani says the project helps to raise awareness about recycling“Rocinha produces 230 tons of garbage per day and there is no recycling and waste management locally here that actually deals with this implementation and that is what we want to do. Today we work on plastic but tomorrow we want to be able to recycle paper, metal, glass and beyond that. We want to bring the next generation, bring the kids here, to learn about it, to prevent the issue.”
Thousands of New York City municipal workers, including firefighters, police officer, teachers and sanitation workers, marched on Monday, October 25, in protest against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees.Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on October 20, which applies to approximately 160,500 city workers. The deadline for vaccination was set for 5 pm on October 29.Footage from protester Joe DiGiacomo shows a mass of people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, many holding anti-vaccine placards, as well as people singing and chanting in City Hall Park.“There’s a lot of people here,” DiGiacomo says to the camera. “De Blasio, you better make up your mind.”The march prompted the closure of Manhattan-bound lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge for more than two hours, the NYPD said. Credit: Joe DiGiacomo via Storyful
"The Biden administration seeks cooperation with Turkey on common priorities and, as with any NATO ally, we will continue to engage in dialogue to address any disagreements," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. "We believe the best way forward is through cooperation on issues of mutual interests."President Tayyip Erdogan, who said over the weekend he had ordered the envoys to be declared "persona non grata" for seeking the release of a jailed philanthropist, told a news conference they had stepped back and would be more careful."Our goal is never to create crises, it is to protect the rights, laws, honor and sovereignty of our country," Erdogan said in a televised address after chairing a Cabinet meeting."With a new statement made by the same embassies today, a step back was taken from this slander against our country and our nation. I believe these ambassadors ... will be more careful in their statements regarding Turkey's sovereign rights."The ambassadors, including the United States envoy, had called on authorities last week to free Osman Kavala, a philanthropist detained for four years on charges of financing protests and involvement in an attempted coup. He denies the charges.
A powerful storm system over northern California brought heavy rain and snowfall to parts of the region on Monday, October 25, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.Video filmed by the University of California Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab (CSSL) shows snow falling at their remote site on Monday at Donner Pass. The lab said 26.6 inches of snow had fallen since 10 pm local time the previous night, according to their measurements.Heavy rainfall caused flooding in other parts of the state, according to the NWS. Credit: UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab via Storyful
An 11.5-foot (3.5-meter) tall puppet, known as “Little Amal,” arrived in London after completing a 5,000 mile journey across Europe as part of a project aimed to “focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.”The puppet, depicting a Syrian girl named Amal, is at the heart of project called ‘The Walk’, which followed Little Amal as she traveled from the Turkish-Syrian border to Manchester.The artwork was made by the Handspring Puppet Company and was inspired by a character who “represented the hundreds of unaccompanied minors in the Calais camp who were separated from their families” in the Good Chance theater company’s award-winning play “The Jungle.”This video, filmed by Attila Kulcsar, shows crowds gathering to greet Little Amal in Trafalagar Square to celebrate her journey across Europe and the character’s tenth birthday. Credit: Attila Kulcsar via Storyful
Biden visited New Jersey to sell his "Build Back Better" agenda after talks on Sunday with moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, whose vote is critical to the package, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a fellow Democrat."That’s my hope," Biden told reporters as he departed Wilmington in his home state of Delaware en route to neighboring New Jersey.Democrats are seeking to coalesce around two key pieces of legislation - an up-to-$2 trillion social spending and climate change package and a $1 trillion infrastructure bill - to make good on Biden's campaign promises.
Tesla is riding high and crossed a $1 trillion stock market valuation for the first time in the company's history on Monday as the electric car maker received its biggest order ever.The struggling rental car agency Hertz announced it will buy 100,000 electric rental cars from Elon Musk.Interim Hertz CEO Mark Fields told Reuters in an interview that the order of mostly Model 3 vehicles should be delivered by the end of next year, and the Tesla cars should start being available for rental in November 2022 – with access to Tesla’s supercharging stations throughout Europe and the U.S.The price for the cheapest Tesla Model 3 starts at about $44,000, which would make this order worth about $4.4 billion if the entire order was filled with the Model 3.Fields declined to say how much Hertz was paying for the order. Hertz also plans to install thousands of chargers throughout its network. Fields said electric vehicles are now mainstream and Hertz would work with other automakers producing EVs as well.Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection last year as the health crisis grounded travel to a halt and talks with creditors failed.The mega-Hertz deal wasn't the only good news for the world's most valuable auto company.The Model 3 became the first electric vehicle to top monthly sales of new cars in Europe. Shares of Tesla - which was not available for comment - hit an all-time high in mid-day Monday trading.
Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen answered questions from the UK Parliament’s Joint Online Safety Committee in London on October 25.Haugen — an American data scientist who released internal Facebook documents to the media and the US government’s Securities and Exchange Commission — answered questions from members of parliament and gave her opinions on the company’s internal workings and safety measures in regards to child safety, misinformation, and extremism.The Joint Online Safety Committee invited Haugen to speak as a witness as it is in the process of drafting its Online Safety Bill. Credit: Parliament TV via Storyful
A 37-year-old man, Micah Beals, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief on October 25 in relation to an attack on a memorial statue of George Floyd in Manhattan’s Union Square on Saturday morning, October 3, police said.Videos previously released by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) showed a person hurling paint over the George Floyd bust at Union Square as they passed on a skateboard, and passing through a subway turnstileNearby busts of late Congressman John Lewis and Breonna Taylor, the Louisville, Kentucky, woman shot and killed by police in 2020, did not appear to be defaced.The defacing of the statue at its new Union Square location occurred two days after it was unveiled there. It was also the second time the statue had been defaced, having been vandalized in late June at its previous location at Brooklyn’s Flatbush Junction. On that occasion, four suspects spray-painted the name of a white supremacist group on Floyd’s head and covered up text on the statue’s pedestal, according to the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force. Credit: NYPD via Storyful
These disabled skaters aim for Paralympic inclusionafter the success of skateboarding in the Tokyo OlympicsLOCATION: Sao Paulo, BrazilSOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) 24-YEAR-OLD BRAZILIAN SKATER, VINICIUS SARDI, SAYING:"Skateboarding is a really fantastic sport because everyone can practice in their own way, everyone has their own style. It doesn't matter if the guy has one leg or no legs, he's skating, and that's skateboarding! Skateboarding is about having a good time."Skateboarding is hugely popular in BrazilThe country has produced some of the sport’s greatest exponents(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENT OF THE BRAZILIAN SKATEBOARDING CONFEDERATION, EDUARDO MUSA, SAYING:''Paraskate won't be in Paris (in 2024), we're running to see if we can make it to Los Angeles (in 2028), but my hope is that Paraskate will be included in Australia in 2032."
These bejeweled Mughal-era spectacles are up for sale and could fetch up to $3.5 million each in auctionLocation: Sotheby’s Auction House, London(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPECIALIST, ARTS OF ISLAMIC WORLD AT SOTHEBY'S, ALEXANDRA ROY, SAYING:"We are offering these two pairs of extraordinary spectacles in our sale of the Arts of the Islamic World and India which is taking place on the 27th of October."The glasses were commissioned by an unknown prince in the 17th centuryThey are believed to boost spiritual enlightenmentThis pair is called 'Gate of Paradise'and features emerald lenses set in diamond-mounted framesThis one is called ‘Halo of Light’with diamond lenses set in diamond-mounted frames“There are so many stories behind these spectacles. I think I will start with the fact that the emeralds came all the way from Colombia in the 17th century through Portuguese merchant ships to the Mughal empires, the Mughals absolutely loved gemstones. The diamonds came from the Golconda mines and at the Mughal court, these were cleaved from stones which will have originally weighed two to three hundred carats, and so you must imagine the amount of mastery involved. And they were also originally another side, is that originally they would have been in the shape of purslanes so their current settings are 19th century settings, so they were re-fashioned in their current 19th century spectacle like fashion."
BROADCAST: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBUDIGITAL: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBUTestifying before the British Parliament, Haughen described a lack of experience among the upper-echelon of management at Facebook, saying, "Mark [Zuckerberg] came in when he was 19, and he's still the CEO. There's a lot of people who are VPs [vice presidents] and directors, who, this is the only job they've ever had."Haughen suggested that this lack of experience partially explained the company's view on harmful content.She said Facebook managers' response to hate speech on the platform was to say, "'we didn't invent hate, we didn't invent ethnic violence,' and that's not the question. The question is, what is Facebook doing to amplify or expand hate? What is it doing to expand ethnic violence?"Asked by one lawmaker if she thought Facebook was making hate worse, Haughen answered, "unquestionably, it's making hate worse."Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, appeared before a parliamentary select committee in Britain that is examining plans to regulate social media companies.
BROADCAST: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBUDIGITAL: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBU"Facebook claimed this was just about a second check, making sure the rules were applied correctly. And because Facebook was unwilling to invest enough people to do that second check, they just let people through," Haughen said.Referring to reporting in the Wall Street Journal, Haughen said that Facebook did not disclose the existence of its "crosscheck" program to an independent oversight board reviewing how the site made decisions about what content to permit on the platform."We should be able to know that systems like this exist, because no one knew how bad the system was, because Facebook lied to their own oversight board about it," Haughen said.Haugen, a product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, appeared before a parliamentary select committee in Britain that is examining plans to regulate social media companies.
People marched and chanted in the streets of Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city, on October 25, amid what the country’s information ministry described as a “military coup.”Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was arrested by a “force from the army,” the ministry added, and taken to an “unknown location.”In a subsequent statement, the ministry said: “Employees in the ministries and federal and state civil service institutions announce that they are entering into a general and open strike and civil disobedience, rejecting the military coup until power is handed over to civilians.”General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of the Sudanese military announced a dissolution the Council of Ministers, but said that power would be handed back to elected officials, BBC Arabic reported.Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, tweeted, “I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan,” adding: “Prime Minister Hamdok & all other officials must be released immediately. There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition. The UN will continue to stand with the people of Sudan.”According to the Associated Press, “The takeover comes more than two years after protesters forced the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and just weeks before the military was supposed to hand the leadership of the council that runs the country over to civilians.” Credit: Magid Halim via Storyful
Climate activists blocked sections of two major highways in New York City on October 25, calling on US President Joe Biden to push through his climate agenda.Footage posted by Extinction Rebellion NYC shows protesters blocking FDR Drive, as another group of activists also blocked the West Side Highway on the other side of the city.The joint protests were organized by Extinction Rebellion NYC and Sunrise NYC, organizers told Storyful.Police warned motorists to expect delays due to the protests. Credit: Extinction Rebellion NYC via Storyful
A powerful atmospheric river and bomb cyclone drenched Northern California on October 24, with the National Weather Service issuing flood warnings.The downpour broke the one-day rainfall record for downtown San Francisco, while also making it the area’s second-wettest October on record. Some rainfall totals passed the one-foot mark.The National Weather Service said heavy rain, high-elevation snow, and gusty winds were forecast for central and northern California, the Sierra Nevada, and the Great Basin on Monday.This video, posted to Twitter by @joycezc, shows a child attempting to walk through the floodwater before shrieking and retreating. The post was captioned “OK maybe a little bit too much rain today.” Credit: @joycezc via Storyful
The UN weather agency said on Monday (October 25) that greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record in 2020. It warns that the world was "way off track" for capping rising temperature. A World Meteorological Organization report showed that carbon dioxide levels in 2020 has risen more than the average rate over the last decade. Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said this could result in a 2.5 to 3 degree Celsius temperature rise. That's around 37 degrees Fahrenheit, rather than 1.5 to 2 degrees - a target that was made in the 2015 Paris Agreement."And last time that we saw such high concentrations of carbon dioxide, it was around 3 to 5 million years from now and there was an estimate that the temperatures were 2 to 4 degrees higher than today, and the sea level was 10 to 20 meters higher than today. So, this is demonstrating that already, this current level of carbon dioxide is too high."Carbon dioxide can remain in the atmosphere for centuries. So even though emission rate dipped during lockdowns in 2020, the report confirmed it "did not have any discernible impact on the atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and their growth rates."The report also flagged concerns about the ability of the ocean and land to absorb roughly half of CO2 emissions. These so-called "carbon sinks" should act as a natural buffer for dramatic temperature increases. But the data collected by WMO over ten years showed that some of these carbon "sinks" have turned to carbon "source" for the first time, including the Amazon rainforest. Taalas urged leaders who are heading to the COP26 conference to make a quote "dramatic increase" in commitments in tackling global warming.
BROADCAST: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBUDIGITAL: (ACCESS ALL, NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS USE ONLY, CANNOT BE USED FOR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRICAL PURPOSES, PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST USAGE MUST BE CLEARED WITH PBU"An ad that gets more engagement is a cheaper ad. We have seen that, over and over again in Facebook's research, it is easier to provoke people to anger, than to empathy and compassion," Haugen said."And so, we are literally subsidizing hate on these platforms."Haugen, a product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, appeared before a parliamentary select committee in Britain that is examining plans to regulate social media companies.
A powerful atmospheric river and “bomb cyclone” drenched Northern California on October 24, with the National Weather Service issuing flood warnings.The downpour broke the one-day rainfall record for downtown San Francisco, while also making it the area’s second-wettest October on record. Some rainfall totals passed the one-foot mark.The storm led to hundreds of thousands of power outages, according to Pacific Gas & Electric.The National Weather Service said heavy rain, high-elevation snow, and gusty winds were forecast for central and northern California, the Sierra Nevada, and the Great Basin on Monday.This video shows the waters of San Anselmo Creek in Marin County, California, raging on October 24.According to the NOAA, atmospheric rivers are “relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River.” Credit: @Lambo_Gambo via Storyful
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Monday (October 25), after soldiers arrested most of the members of Sudan's cabinet, and detained the prime minister, in an apparent military coup.Injuries and gunfire have been reported. Footage from local broadcasters shows protesters carrying the national flag near the military headquarters, with plumes of black smoke and fire. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a general who headed the Sovereign Council, a power-sharing ruling body, announced a state of emergency across the country and dissolved the council and the transitional government.Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was detained and moved to an undisclosed location after refusing to issue a statement in support of the coup, according to the information ministry, which was still apparently under the control of Hamdok's supporters.The ministry called for resistance against the coup, and civilians, like this man who did not provide his name, followed suit:"An urgent call to all Sudanese civilians who want to protect their revolution, what the military is doing is a betrayal to all civilians on all fronts. It is the duty of all civilians to move and to block all the roads outside to prevent any military force to move. Right now, all of us must unite to show the truth. It's to be or not to be, and we will."Sudan had been on edge since a failed coup plot just last month.Military and civilian groups have been sharing power following the toppling of Omar al-Bashir two years ago.The military was meant to pass leadership of the joint Sovereign Council to a civilian figure in the coming months. But transitional authorities had struggled to move forward on several issues, including whether to hand over Bashir to the International Criminal Court, where he is wanted for war crimes.