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- Polar bear cubs, born in captivity, rejected by mother & raised by humans celebrate first birthday. Team of ‘foster parents’ made a cake for the bears, celebrating milestone achievement. The cubs were each size of a palm when they were born in December 2020 to a 7-year-old mother bear Seryozhka, from the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, and an 18-year-old father bear called Sedov, from Krasnoyarsk in Central Siberia. The mother bear paid no attention to the cubs, and the team of six people – four ‘foster mothers’ and two vets – from the Gelendzhik Safari Park had to spend the next several months working round the clock to nurture the tiny bears to safety.
- Hillary Clinton claimed that if Trump “or someone of his ilk were, once again, to be elected president, and if especially he had a congress that would do his bidding, you will not recognize our country.” She added that a Trump victory in 2024 “could be the end of our democracy.” Clinton did not specify, though, what exactly the 45th US president was guilty of, in her opinion.
- Pluto was discovered in the ring of bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune, known as the Kuiper belt, back in 1930, being declared the ninth planet in the Solar System. However, its status was questioned after several other objects of the same size were found in the Kuiper belt, with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) eventually downgrading Pluto to “dwarf planet” in 2006. It happened in line with the new definition of a “planet” adopted by the IAU, which stated that a celestial body has to orbit the Sun, have a nearly round shape and be gravitationally dominant, clearing its own orbit, to meet the criteria. The rule demanding a planet to clear its own orbit “was really developed post facto to keep an orderly, small number of planets,” Philip Metzger, from the Florida Space Institute at the University of Central Florida (UCF), said.
- At least eight people have been injured at a convent in the Russian city of Serpukhov, 100km south of Moscow, after a teenager blew himself up with an improvised explosive device on Monday in an apparent attempted suicide bombing. Police have identified the suspect as an 18-year-old graduate of the school, with some media reports suggesting that he may have been motivated by a hatred of the teachers and nuns, or was previously bullied at the educational facility.
- The owner of a Cardiff micropub has apologized for abusing the Test and Trace system to send “creepy” messages to a female customer. It’s not the first time a woman has been harassed after providing her info to a business. St Canna’s Ale House proprietor James Karran has apologized for “letting down the community” by messaging a woman who visited his bar using the contact details he’d obtained from her Test and Trace input – the method by which customers who may have been in the proximity of a customer who subsequently tested positive for Covid can be contacted. The woman and her partner were outraged by the message, which they described as “creepy.”
- Prince Andrew may have been filmed on Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘paedo island’, one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers has said. Sarah Ransome has spoken about her ordeal on the island, during which she was raped by Epstein and tried to escape by swimming across shark infested waters. The royal has strenuously denied any wrongdoing and strongly refuted the allegations made in the lawsuit. Ransom has now revealed said that Epstein’s high-profile friends, including the Prince were monitored by hidden cameras on the island. “I once lit a cigarette and Jeffrey, who hated smoking, came out of nowhere,” she told the Mail on Sunday.
- The so called “zombie fires” that continue to burn in the depths of peat deposits despite minus 60 degrees Celsius temperature outside in the vicinity of the village of Oymyakon, one of the places regarded as the northern Pole of Cold. “I filmed them near to grasslands close to the village of Khara Tumul, not far from Oymyakon,” Semyon Sivtsev said. “It was in the area where wildfires were burning in the summer.” He also remarked that he knows of “at least one zombie peat fire” that was burning for several years in an area not far from Oymyakon, though said fire was eventually extinguished “by a combination of snowmelt and heavy rains.”
- India may become the first in line to but Russian air defense system S-500, if it expresses such a desire, after the Russian Armed Forces receive them in required quantity, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said. “India will probably be the first on the list if it expresses a desire to buy these modern means,” Borisov said in an interview with the RBC broadcaster. He specified that Russia would export the S-500s only after these systems are delivered to the Russian troops in the required quantity.
- The United States, Japan and Australia will jointly fund the creation of a 5G network in the South Pacific to counter China’s growing influence in the region and to prevent Beijing’s monopolization of critical infrastructure, Kyodo reported on Monday, citing sources privy to the matter. On Sunday, the three countries unveiled plans to build an undersea cable to boost internet access in the Pacific island nations of Micronesia, Nauru and Kiribati. “We must avoid a situation in which democracy is threatened by China’s control of our telecommunications networks,” the source was quoted as saying by Kyodo.
- The Swedish Coast Guard has launched an investigation into “gross sea drunkenness” and gross negligence after a British-flagged cargo ship reportedly changed course and collided with a smaller Danish dredger. Coast Guard prosecutor Jonatan Tholin said a preliminary investigation had been opened into the collision between the Scot Carrier and the Karin Hoej, which capsized. Two crew members from the 55-metre Danish ship are believed to have been washed overboard during the collision with the 90-metre long Scot Carrier. Sweden and Denmark are carrying out a joint rescue mission at the site, but the missing sailors haven’t been found yet.
- Austria ends COVID lockdown measures for the vaxx’d as tens of thousands protest mandatory jabs. Austria lifted its lockdown on Sunday for people with a “2G” pass, meaning they were vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently recovered from the illness. People without the certificate are only allowed to leave their homes to go to work or for other essential purposes. There is an 11pm curfew for restaurants and an FFP2 mask is required on public transport and in indoor spaces.
News Burst 14 December 2021