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Amazon defeats historic Alabama union effort

Amazon defeats historic Alabama union effort

Technology
Getty ImagesAmazon has defeated activists hoping to establish the company's first unionised warehouse in the US.Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse voted 1,798 to 738 against the effort, labour officials said. That represented a majority of votes cast in the contest, which was seen as a key test for Amazon after global criticism of its treatment of workers during the pandemic.The union said it would challenge the results.It accused Amazon of interfering with the right of employees to vote in a "free and fair election", including by lying to staff about the implications of the vote in mandatory meetings and pushing the postal service to install a mailbox on company grounds in an effort to monitor the vote."Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to gaslight its own employees...
Merkel’s party suffers historic defeats as Germans react to handling of COVID crisis

Merkel’s party suffers historic defeats as Germans react to handling of COVID crisis

World
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has suffered historic defeats in regional elections as voters reacted to her handling of the COVID-19 crisis.The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost out to the Greens in the southwest automotive hub of Baden-Wuerttemberg and to the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) in neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate. Mrs Merkel has been in power since 2005 and will not be standing again at the federal elections in September following four consecutive national election victories. Image: Christian Baldauf, the top CDU candidate in Rhineland-Palatinate, reacted as results came in The record defeats in the regional elections, only held in the two wealthy southern states and seen as a bellwether for September, ...
Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting

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PLAINS OF UR, Iraq -- Pope Francis and Iraq's top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority during an historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf.Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said religious authorities have a role in protecting Iraq’s Christians, and that Christians should live in peace and enjoy the same rights as other Iraqis. The Vatican said Francis thanked al-Sistani for having “raised his voice in defense of the weakest and most persecuted” during some of the most violent times in Iraq’s recent history.Al-Sistani, 90, is one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam and his rare but powerful political interventions have helped shape present-da...
National Trust maps out climate threats to historic places

National Trust maps out climate threats to historic places

Science
National TrustThe National Trust has mapped climate change threats to its stately homes, countryside and coastline.The map paints a "stark picture", which will help plan interventions to save its sites, says the charity.The data is based on a "worst-case scenario" where emissions of heat-trapping gases continue unabated.Sites facing a high level of threat from the likes of extreme heat or flooding could rise from 5% in 2020 to 17% in 2060, the map predicts. The map will be used to help pinpoint locations for peat bog restoration to counteract flooding or tree planting to provide shade in areas likely to experience high temperatures.National Trust"While the data draws on a worst-case scenario, the map paints a stark picture of what we have to prepare for," National Trust director for land a...
Historic new images from Mars show Perseverance rover landing

Historic new images from Mars show Perseverance rover landing

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- NASA's newest Mars mission sent back the first-ever photos of a rover -- Perseverance -- landing on another planet. NASA released the photos during a news briefing Friday afternoon following the rover's successful arrival at Jezero Crater the day before. One image shows the rover hanging underneath the jetpack device that provides the final descent. Advertisement NASA's team on the project said the images exceeded their expectations. "I mean this is something that we've never seen before. It was stunning and the team was awestruck," said Aaron Stehura, a NASA flight system engineer. "You can see the dust kicked up by the rover's engines, probably about two meters or so above the surface of Mars," said Adam Steltzner, chief engineer for the mission. Other i...