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Ice and fire: The shortlist for 2020 Siena International Photo Awards

Ice and fire: Stunning images of volcanic eruption tempest and seals swimming around an iceberg feature among photographs shortlisted for this year’s Siena International Photo Awards

  • The collection of snaps include natural phenomenons, human endeavour and animals in some unusual places
  • Under the award’s storyboard category, the collection also shows Indonesian orangutan conservation efforts
  • Greg Lecoeur won the overall prize with ‘Frozen Mobile Home’ showing seals swimming through an iceberg

Stunning images of a volcanic eruption tempest in Chile and seals swimming around an iceberg in Antarctica feature among a series of photographs shortlisted for a prestigious photography award.  

The series includes pictures of natural phenomenons, human endeavour, orangutan conservation efforts and animals in some unusual places.

One of the most breathtaking among the collection shows an eruption illuminated by lightning as a huge plume of ash reaches up into the sky and over a forest.

In others, seals weave in and out of a floating iceberg, a one-armed swimmer surges through the water, and pigs run down the isle of a train to the astonishment of its passengers.

Snapper Greg Lecoeur won overall photo of the year at the prestigious Siena International Photo Awards 2020 with his picture, Frozen Mobile Home. 

The award-winning professional ocean and wildlife photographer shot the image in Antarctica, capturing Crabeater Seals swimming around an iceberg in the underwater snap.  

A dirty storm occurs during the 2011 eruption of the Cordon Caulle located in the region of the Rivers in Chile. The storm scared thousands of people who lived in areas near the volcano while hundreds of people were evacuated and the ash covered many kilometres of forests and field and sent a cloud of ask as far away as Argentina

Icebergs are huge, mysterious and dynamic habitats that are home to a great variety of marine life. They carry nutrients from the earth, they are responsible for life blooms by developing phytoplankton and influence the carbon cycle by sequestering carbon dioxide from the air. They also thus shelter big animal such as Crabeater seals, as seen swimming in this photo

New York on the day after the rain. While taking this picture of New York reflected in the water, a puppy greeted the photographer out side the the famous Flatiron Building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District neighbourhood in Manhattan 

A juvenile fish protecting himself inside a stinging box jellyfish. The photo was taken during a blackwater dive in the Lembeh strait, Indonesia.

The photographer waited for three weeks in their garden to snap this photograph of a squirrel nibbling on dandelions as a few of the seeds are scattered to the wind. Another squirrel hunches over next to its friend below the grass

A Great Grey Owl perches on a branch and stalks its prey by moonlight in Swedish photographer Jonas Classon’s Night Hunter photo, which won the animals and their environment category.

British photographer Ian Macnicol won the sports gong for Diogo Cancela, a stunning underwater image of the Portuguese athlete at an international para-swimming competition.

The photo shows a stream of bubbles erupting from his nose as he surges towards the camera while swimming through the pool.

Riccardo Marchegiani from Italy won the under 20 category with Utopia, a shot of a Baboon and its baby in Ethiopia, surrounded by lush green jungle and cloud-capped cliffs.      

Luca Venturi, the founder and art director of the Siena Photo Festival, said: ‘A few years ago we started this adventure in order to bind a uniquely beautiful and historic city like Siena with a photo festival and contest: the Siena International Photo Awards.

‘In these six years our project has become, year by year, a highly anticipated event appreciated worldwide.

‘We are happy that our dream has been enthusiastically supported since the beginning, both by the local authorities in Siena and private partners, without whom we couldn’t have started this adventure.’  

Professional ice climber Will Gadd climbing on the remaining glacial ice on the crater of Mount Kilimanjaro. This ice wall is freestanding and looks like an iceberg emerging from the sand

Muslim women praying in Hamedan, Iran for Eid al-Fitr. The last day of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all over the word with special prayers and gatherings

An elephant reaches the tip of their trunk forward, scanning the area. This photo was taken from a photographic hide at ground level, allowing the photographer to get this unique angle. The herd of elephants were near a watering hole at sunset in Mashatu Reserve in Botswana. The temperatures soared above 122F (50°C)

A dolphin swims along-side a sperm whale with a damaged tail. Sometimes, very rarely, sperm whales allow you to be with them on days they socialise. It’s a unique experience and the key is not to disturb them to avoid any change in their behaviour

A diver equipped with lights in minus two degree Celsius water in East Greenland under the ice in a frozen fjord swimming around and underneath icebergs

Mandarinfish usually mate every afternoon during sunset in very shallow water. These two emerged from the coral reef in the clear water, when the female left her eggs and the male his sperm.

Only a single apartment’s windows are lit in Tsing Yi district, a densely populated area of Hong Kong, right before sunset. Over 75 percent of the district residents live in public housing

The name orangutan means ‘man of the forest’ in the Malay language. There are 3 varieties of Orangutan, the one in this picture is Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Adult male orangutans can weigh up to 200 pounds. Flanged males have prominent cheek pads called flanges and a throat sac used to make loud verbalizations called long calls

A young baboon looks through a porthole in a photographic hide. He noticed the photographer moving around inside the hide and stopped to look, posing in a unique way

Nevigeser Wallfahrtsdom church has a truly unique architecture, with this concrete ceiling that seems to be an abstraction in reality. The church is a pilgrimage church and parish in Neviges, Germany

During a night storm, the lights of the skyscrapers of a Chinese metropolis seem to disappear in the presence of the imposing illumination of the sky radiated by a lightning

This image was taken on the steps of a Notting Hill house in London. The neighborhood comes alive every year for a colorful and joyful Notting Hill carnival

Amputated dancer Koichi Omae plants a hand-stand. Originally from Osaka, Omae was entering his career when he was in a car crash that at 23. He had his left leg amputated below the knee. With great willpower he decided to continue his career as a dancer, aware that without the limb

Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion of the rainforest. This series of photographs in the award’s storyboard category shows stories behind orangutan conservation efforts

 

 

 

 

 

As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, road construction, mining, hunting and other development continue to proliferate, orangutans are being wiped out as their habitats are destroyed

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‘Die in a fire’: Twitter employees reveal deep hatred for Trump

The tweets are running the asylum.

Twitter’s senior executives have a long history of anti-Trump hatred, a Post review of dozens of accounts of top employees found.

The venom, vitriol and, in some cases, vows to help Joe Biden across the finish line in next month’s presidential election continue to live online as the company earlier this week decided to censor The New York Post’s revelations about Hunter Biden’s emails to a consultant for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

“GET HIM OUT,” posted a senior site reliability engineer on Aug. 18. “What a f–king baboon.”

One manager with almost nine years on the job said he was quite keen to watch Biden “crush [Trump] in the election” and that he hoped the president would “be utterly humiliated while also suffering greatly from #COVID19.” In another post he fantasized about the president being put on a ventilator.

He calls Trump “a f–king idiot” and the voters who elected him — “hysterically f–king stupid people.”

At the same time the employee has been a consistent cheerleader of his company’s efforts to rein in the president on the platform and curb the spread of “misinformation.”

“I’m really proud of how quickly we’ve worked to make this possible for the US elections,” he wrote.

Others publicly wish the president harm.

One Twitter engineering manager said Trump should “die in a fire” in a January 2017 tweet. A year later, he rang in the new year by saying “Happy 2018! Donald Trump is dead!”


None of these comments have ever been flagged by Twitter or been subject to any other form of official sanction, even as the social-media giant dishes out discipline to others for sharing legitimate news stories that might hurt Biden. The company finally ordered the vicious tweet to be deleted on May 29 — years after being posted.

A consistent theme among employees is a desire to see Trump defeated.

A talent brand program manager cried after Trump was elected president and publicly vowed to oppose him.

A global project manager with more than a decade on the job posted proudly that he was phone banking for Biden.

A vice president in sales finance said supporting Biden alone was not enough, and urged colleagues to spread cash to Dems in competitive Senate races.

After a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during his debate with Sen. Kamala Harris on Oct. 7, the Twitter veep noted crudely that flies are “drawn to sh-t.”

One woman has worked at Twitter since 2012, with her only career interruption being a four-month stint as a data analyst for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She boasted how her husband twice sued the Trump administration.

“Trump must be defeated,” opined another exec, a group product manager.

One employee took to Twitter last month to inform the world that her pup was part of the resistance as well.

“Every night my dog takes a crap on the lawn of the one house on our street with a Trump sign,” she said proudly.

Ad hominem jabs toward Trump and his administration were commonplace among Twitter’s longtime ranks.

The company’s global creative partnership head has called Trump “swine.” An associate brand strategist labeled the president an “egomaniacal blowhard.” A sales manager in New York called Trump “the Enron of presidents.”

Spreading lies about the Trump family is also not beneath Twitter’s sentinels. A senior staff engineer inquired why the media wasn’t looking into Melania Trump’s “possible stint as a sex worker.” (The first lady denied this allegation and successfully sued over it.)

Twitter’s “head of integrity” Yoel Roth was infamously busted over a series of old tweets revealing him to be a die-hard Trump hater.

In his posts, Roth — who helped author the policy update used by the company to flag and label posts from President Trump — compared White House officials to Nazis and Trump to a “racist tangerine.”

Conservative critics — who have long complained of Twitter’s systemic bias against Republicans — were not surprised.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why they only selectively enforce these rules. It’s because the people who work there all believe the same things,” GOP strategist Chris Barron told The Post. “A liberal [verified account] never has to pay a price for advocating violence.”

“We do not hire based on political beliefs and completely support our employees’ right to express themselves and support the causes they care about,” Twitter’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jennifer Christie said in a statement to The Post.

“Our employees are professionals, and we require them to bring objectivity to their work regardless of their personal views. We will not be dissuaded from continuing to work to fairly and impartially enforce our rules.”

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Seattle cop car set on fire with cops inside, man arrested

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A man tried setting a Seattle police vehicle ablaze Thursday while officers were inside, authorities said.

Officers were in a neighborhood near the downtown area when they were flagged around 2 p.m. by someone concerned about a man holding what appeared to be a "torch," Seattle police Sgt. Randy Huserik told Fox News. 

"As officers went up to contact him, he was somehow able to get the torch into a sensitive area of the patrol car that it caught fire," he said. 

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Officers were inside the vehicle at the time but were not injured. The unidentified suspect was arrested at the scene. 

Further details about the incident and the extent of the damage to the patrol vehicle were not immediately available. 

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Ice Cube Under Fire For Working With Donald Trump

Ice Cube, perhaps best known for his fiery social commentary on racism and state violence, and his willingness to speak truth to power, is defending his decision to work with President Donald Trump on a “Platinum Plan” for the Black community.

The “Are We There Yet?” star, born O’Shea Jackson, has been increasingly critical of the Democratic Party, as many people are. He defended his decision on Twitter, saying that he’d reached out to politicians on both side of the aisle, but only Trump followed through on discussing a plan for Black America.

So in the tradition of when keeping it real goes wrong, he decided that joining forces with a man who has been clear about his nostalgia and support of state violence to subdue protesters is the move—in 2020.

CBS News reports that police officers in the United States have killed 184 Black people in the first 8 months of 2020 alone.

Trump previously praised law enforcement in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the wake of the August 2020 police shooting of Jacob Blake—and the protests that followed—while not disavowing the actions of alleged murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who gunned down two protesters and seriously injured a third.

As a protester was removed from a 2016 rally in Las Vegas, Trump said, “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”

“See, in the good old days this doesn’t happen,” Trump told the crowd at a 2016 rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after one of his supporters assaulted a Black protester being led out police officers. “Because they used to treat them very, very rough. And when they protested once, you know, they would not do it again so easily. But today they walk in and they put their hand up and they put the wrong finger in the air at everybody and they get away with murder because we’ve become weak, we’ve become weak.”

The president has also publicly refused to condemn white supremacy.

That doesn’t bother Cube, though, who claimed on Twitter that he has not endorsed Trump, he’s merely working with him.

“[Democrats] doing a lot when it comes to safety and police, and all this sh*it, but you know, that dough is thin,” Ice Cube—who claims “over the last few months” that he’s “gone deep into this political space”—said in a video posted to Twitter.

Biden led Trump among Black men 76 percent to 17 percent, according to the Nationscape survey of likely voters from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9. Trump won about 14 percent of the Black male vote in 2016.

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Puppy set on fire at an Ohio park, suspect still on the loose

A puppy inside a cage at an Ohio park was set on fire last weekend — and investigators are still looking for those responsible for the heartless act.

The dog, who survived the horrifying ordeal, was found by firefighters at Walnut Hill Park in Columbus just after noon on Sunday, authorities said.

When members of the Columbus Division of Fire first arrived, they noticed the burning remnants of a plastic cage underneath a tree.

The firefighters then spotted the dog running around the park. The pooch had black plastic melted onto her back, authorities said.

The puppy was treated, and subsequently adopted, by staff at the Diley Hill Animal Medical Center and “is doing remarkably well,” according to the Columbus Division of Fire.

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Derbyshire fire: Blaze rips through second school in 48 hours

Devastating blaze rips through second Derbyshire primary school in 48 hours as 12 fire engines battle flames overnight

  • Ravensdale Infant School in Mickleover, Derbyshire, has been damaged by fire
  • Some 12 fire engines from across the county were called at 1.38am this morning
  • There were no casualties as a result of the blaze, according to the fire service
  • Comes after ‘devastating’ fire at another school just four miles away on Saturday 

A fire ripped through an infant school building in the early hours of this morning – causing ‘extensive damage’ just two days after a school four miles away was razed.

Ravensdale Infant School in Mickleover was seen alight at 1.38am and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) was called.

Some 12 fire engines from across the county raced to the scene and two aerial ladder platforms, a command unit, water carrier and welfare unit were used. 

There were no casualties as a result of the blaze, the fire service said.

Ravensdale Infant School in Mickleover was seen alight at 1.38am – prompting Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) to race to the scene. Pictured, flames ripped through the building

The incident comes after a ‘devastating’ fire just more than four miles away at St Mary’s School in Darley Abbey, which resulted in the total loss of the building.

Six fire engines spent the day tackling the blaze after they were called to the scene at 5.24am on Saturday.

Commenting on the Mickleover fire, area manager Clive Stanbrook said: ‘Firefighters from across Derbyshire have been working hard since early this morning fighting the fire at Ravensdale Infant School.

‘Crews worked swiftly to control the spread of the fire, with the fire now under control; however, sadly, large parts of the infant school have suffered extensive damage. We expect to have a presence at the fire throughout the day.

Photographs show the after-effects of the fire, with collapsed ceilings leaving debris and charred wood scattered across the floor of the school

Other images show plumes of black smoke rising over the building as firefighters try to dampen the roaring flames

‘Tragically this is the second school fire in Derbyshire in less than 48 hours, with St Mary’s School in Darley Abbey being destroyed by a severe fire on Saturday morning.’

‘Both fires are now under separate investigation and we will continue to work jointly with our police colleagues to investigate the cause of each of these fires.’

Photographs taken of the fire showed plumes of black smoke rising over the building as firefighters tried to dampen the roaring flames.

Other images show the after-effects of the fire, with collapsed ceilings leaving debris and charred wood scattered across the floor of the school. 

Some 12 fire engines from across the county were called to the school and two aerial ladder platforms, a command unit, water carrier and welfare unit were used

There were no casualties as a result of the blaze (pictured), the fire service said. Fire crews will remain at the scene today

Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson, tweeted after the blaze, saying: ‘Shocked and saddened that Derbyshire has seen a second devastating school fire in the same weekend.

‘Crews from DFRS have been firefighting throughout the night.

‘Tragically most of the infant school lost. Will work with the National Fire Chiefs Council to make new schools safer.’

Residents living near Ravensdale Infant School have been asked to keep windows and doors closed and to avoid the area due to smoke from the fire.

A firefighter aimed a hose at the blaze as it continued throughout the night. Crews in attendance were from Nottingham Road, Alfreton, Ripley, Ilkeston, Melbourne, Clay Cross, Crich, Duffield, Kingsway, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Ashbourne and Nottinghamshire’s Stapleford

Anyone living nearby has been advised to shut their doors and windows to keep smoke out as the fire continued to smoulder this morning (pictured)

Police are investigating Saturday’s fire as a possible arson after an apparent break-in before firefighters were called, according to reports. 

The blaze was said to be ‘well-developed’ when firefighters arrived and despite their efforts, the fire resulted in the ‘total loss’ of a building, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has said.  

According to the BBC, the city council was told an alarm was raised about a break-in shortly before the fire service was called. 

In a statement on Twitter, the force said: ‘Investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire and anyone with information should contact the force with ref 160-031020.’  

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SNP under fire as party & Parliament knew Margaret Ferrier tested positive but news remained secret for hours

NICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP are today under fire as it emerged members of the party and Parliament knew an MP tested positive for coronavirus but the news remained a secret for hours.

Margaret Ferrier is today being urged to resign after she broke isolation rules to travel from Scotland to London and back – and spread the virus around Westminster.


Mounting pressure is growing on who knew about the ordeal when, and why it took so long for the news to become public.

She could have spread the virus on Monday and Tuesday to members of the public on public transport, or to colleagues and staff in the House of Commons – but the days of delay means they could have gone on to infect even more people.

The MP – who is now independent after having the whip removed – revealed the stunning news in a dramatic statement on Thursday evening, but was only suspended after a furious backlash.

Westminster leader Ian Blackford claimed he only found out on Thursday morning.

However, the MP went home on Tuesday morning, meaning a delay of hours before action was taken among the party and Parliament.

It was claimed that the SNP whips were told she went home because a family member was ill, not herself.

In her statement she said she "deeply regretted" her actions and took "full responsibility".

But questions are also mounting about when the Speaker and Parliamentary authorities found out and when they took action.

Police Scotland said the MP informed them of her behaviour on Thursday and officers are "looking into the circumstances" along with the Metropolitan Police.

What we know so far:

  • Margaret Ferrier felt unwell and had a coronavirus test on Saturday
  • Before receiving her results she took a train on Monday to attend Parliament, where she spoke in the House of Commons at 7pm
  • On Monday evening she got her positive test result
  • She then travelled home by train on Tuesday morning and is now self-isolating at home
  • She has had the SNP whip suspended over the ordeal and now faces calls to resign from her fellow MPs
  • This morning Nicola Sturgeon demanded she quit as an MP after her "dangerous and indefensible" actions
  • One person is isolating after being in close contact with her

An SNP spokeswoman insisted the party did not know until Thursday that Ms Ferrier had taken a test prior to travelling to London.

"Ms Ferrier informed the SNP on Wednesday, when she was in Glasgow, that she had tested positive," she said.

"The SNP's chief whip immediately informed Parliament authorities.

"The SNP only became aware on Thursday that Ms Ferrier had been tested prior to travelling to London and had travelled back to Glasgow, knowing that she had a positive result."


She faces being fined under both English and Scottish laws – which are slightly different.

She could get at least a £60 penalty for breaking self-isolation rules in Scotland while waiting for her test.

And in England new laws came in this week which can fine people £4,000 if they "knowingly" infect others.

Several of her own colleagues have called on her to resign.

David Linden told Question Time last night: "I don't think her position is tenable and she should resign."

Ian Blackford has said she should "do the right thing".

Kirsty Blackman, MP for Aberdeen North, said she agreed with Mr Linden that she "must resign".

She said: "Margaret's actions cannot be overlooked".

MP for Aberdeen South Stephen Flynn said he was "beyond livid" and that it was "impossible to disagree" with calls for her to quit.

"The public will expect nothing less," Mr Flynn added.

In May, Ms Ferrier called for Boris Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings to resign after he was accused of breaking lockdown to see family 260 miles from his home.

Mr Cummings travelled 30 miles to Barnard Castle from Durham, which he said was to test his eyesight.

At the time, Ms Ferrier said: "Dominic Cummings’ actions have undermined the sacrifices that we have all been making in lockdown to protect each other from coronavirus.

"His position is untenable and he must be removed from his post now."

 

 

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