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Smugglers stealing boats to transport migrants across channel

Smugglers stealing boats to transport migrants across channel

World
It wasn't easy getting to our vantage point.Climbing up steep and deep sand dunes in the black of the night, unable to use torches or lights for fear of alerting anyone on the beach below us. At the top, we have a clear view of a cluster of small wooden beach huts along the shore near Calais. Image: The smugglers are even more brazen during the lockdown with fewer people out We'd heard the locks on three of the huts had been prised open in the last few hours and our local contact - a fisherman who knows this coastline like the back of his hand - is sure what that means. Smugglers are preparing to launch migrants on their way to the UK.He tell us the huts are used by the smugglers to hide inflatables, outboard motors and often migrants...
Coronavirus: ‘Plandemic’ virus conspiracy video spreads across social media

Coronavirus: ‘Plandemic’ virus conspiracy video spreads across social media

Technology
Major social networks are rushing to take down a new coronavirus conspiracy theory video which has rapidly spread across the internet.The so-called "Plandemic" video is edited in the style of a documentary, with much higher production standards than many conspiracy videos.The video is filled with medical misinformation about where the virus came from and how it is transmitted.Despite efforts to remove it, users are constantly re-uploading the clip.Since the 26-minute video first appeared earlier this week, it has exploded across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other websites, prompting an attempt to remove it. Among its claims are that the virus must have been released from a laboratory environment and could not possibly be natura...
Central Bank of India cuts MCLR on loans by 40 bps across all tenors

Central Bank of India cuts MCLR on loans by 40 bps across all tenors

Finance
The Central Bank of India, announced on Tuesday, that it has reduced its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) on loans by 40 basis points (bps) across all tenors. (1 bps = 0.01 per cent) The new rates will be effective from April 15, 2020.After the reduction, the one-year MCLR rate now stands at 7.6 per cent a year, down from 8 per cent earlier.MCLR for various tenors with effect from April 15 Tenor MCLR Overnight 7.05% 1 month 7.05% 3 month 7.35% 6 month 7.50% 1 year 7.60% Source: Bank website"With this reduction, the rates being offered by the Bank have become quite competitive in the market," stated the bank in a press release.After the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) slashed the repo rate by 75 bps in March, many banks have followed suit and reduced MCL...
Deadly olive tree disease across Europe ‘could cost billions’

Deadly olive tree disease across Europe ‘could cost billions’

Science
Researchers say the economic costs of a deadly pathogen affecting olive trees in Europe could run to over €20 billion.They've modelled the future worst impacts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen which has killed swathes of trees in Italy. Spread by insects, the bacterium now poses a potential threat to olive plantations in Spain and Greece. The disease could increase the costs of olive oil for consumers.Xylella is considered to be one of the most dangerous pathogens for plants anywhere in the world. At present there is no cure for the infection. It can infect cherry, almond and plum trees as well as olives. It has become closely associated with olives after a strain was discovered in trees in Puglia in Italy in 2013. The organism
Pollution drops 30 percent in cities across the northeastern United States

Pollution drops 30 percent in cities across the northeastern United States

Science
April 10 (UPI) -- Air pollution has declined by as much as 30 percent in cities across the northeastern United States. With COVID-19 spreading across the country, mayors and governors have issued stay-at-home orders to slow transmission and protect residents. The movements of residents throughout the Northeast have been restricted for more than two weeks, and many businesses have been closed for days. The reduction in transportation and commerce has resulted in significant improvements in air quality. Scientists often use nitrogen dioxide as a proxy for the influence of human activity on air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is mostly emitted via fossil fuel combustion for transportation and electricity production. In March, NASA's Aura satellite and its Ozone Monitoring Instrument measured th...