LONDON — It is not normal for the United States to have two diplomatic channels for dealing with a foreign ally at war, as the U.S. apparently did with Ukraine under President Donald Trump, as the acting ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told the House impeachment inquirythis month. The first was the official one run by Taylor, aimed at supporting Ukraine in its war with Russian-backed separatists. The other was "irregular, informal" and unaccountable to Congress, with the goal of getting Ukraine's new leader to do President Donald Trump "a favor" by investigating a political rival, as described by a number of witnesses — most explosively by the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland,on Wednesday. What is also not normal is the United States' current standing in the world and the way other countries have engaged with it since Trump took office, but particularly since the revelations about his actions toward Ukraine prompted the impeachment inquiry against … [Read more...] about Trump recasts way U.S. deals with the world. And this is a big deal.
There is never a shortage of doom-mongers warning of the impending end of the world, but rarely does Nasa feel the need to intervene to put people's minds at rest. In response to a rumour that has gone viral around the world, the US space agency has insisted claims that an asteroid will hit the Earth in September have 'no scientific basis'. The predictions were first made by an online community of biblical theorists who claimed the space rock will hit sometime between 15 and 28 September. Internet rumours based on a 2010 prophecy by a self-proclaimed prophet have predicated an asteroid will hit the ocean near Puerto Rico in September. Nasa has now taken the unusual step of releasing an extensive rebuttal to the claims. An artists impression of an impending asteroid impact is shown above. They warned the impact, which was said will occur near Puerto Rico, would cause widespread destruction along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the US, Mexico, and much of Central and South … [Read more...] about Relax! The world will NOT end next month: Nasa denies rumours of a massive asteroid impact bringing worldwide destruction
Fast bowler Naseem Shah was the notable name when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced a list of 28 Under-19 players for a high performance training camp, with a view to prepare players for next year’s U-19 World Cup.Naseem, who is currently a part of the national team facing Australia in the first Test in Brisbane, qualifies for the 19-and-below age group as he is only 16.The PCB’s inclusion of Naseem in the training camp means that it sees a future for him in the U-19 setup as well as the highest level.The camp, to be held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, will begin from Monday and last six weeks. The players who are currently away with other teams can rejoin after fulfilling their commitments.The 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup will be played between January 17 and February 9 in South Africa. … [Read more...] about PCB names Naseem Shah in U-19 World Cup 2020 training camp
"Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto" and "Fortnite" are just some of the super-popular video games that have captured the imaginations of gamers around the world. But health officials have become increasingly concerned about what all those hours lost in gaming worlds might actually be doing to mental health. This week, the World Health Organization said that gaming can be highly addictive and that "gaming disorder" will be added to the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). In the U.S., 60 percent of Americans play video games daily, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Video games are designed to be riveting, the reaction designers hope for is "I couldn’t stop playing." But the desire to keep players going and wanting more is actually becoming an addiction for many. The definition of gaming disorder The ICD defines gaming disorder as an "impaired control," meaning that increasing priority is given to gaming. Over time, … [Read more...] about Playing video games too much might lead to a real problem, World Health Organization says
A villa in Los Angeles and a church near Chicago have been granted the same level of cultural recognition as the pyramids of Giza and the Great Barrier Reef, and have been declared Unesco World Heritage sites. They are part of a group of eight projects by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright to be added to the list of 1,000 heritage sites around the world. The Wright structures are the only US modern architecture on the prestigious list. Hollyhock House, for instance, sits in the middle of a park in east Hollywood, and at first it occasioned great displeasure. Designed by Wright as a residence for the oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, and built from 1919–1921, it was envisaged as part of a larger art and theater complex, but that project never materialized. Wright was fired from the site in 1921 for cost overruns. The heiress, frustrated with the expense of maintaining it, donated the house to the city of Los Angeles in 1927. Arranged around a central courtyard, its many terraces and … [Read more...] about ‘Beauty available to all’: groundbreaking US buildings added to Unesco list