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Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

World
Yellow vest activists are urging French citizens to empty their bank accounts and spark a massive run on French banks in their long-standing fight with the government. Ahead of a ninth straight weekend of planned protests in Paris and across France, yellow vests are issuing calls on social media for massive cash withdrawals from banks. Protesters hope the move will force the government to listen to their demands, notably their call for more direct democracy through the implementation of popular votes that allow citizens to propose new laws. Activist Maxime Nicolle called it the "tax collector's referendum." In a video message, Nicolle said "we are going to get our bread back ... You're making money with our dough, and we're fed up."Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Climate change: Huge costs of warming impacts in 2018

Climate change: Huge costs of warming impacts in 2018

Science
Extreme weather events linked to climate change cost thousands of lives and caused huge damage throughout the world in 2018, say Christian Aid.The charity's report identified ten events that cost more than $ 1bn each, with four costing more than $ 7bn each.Scientists have shown that the chances of heat waves in Europe were influenced directly by human-related warming.Other events, say the authors, are due to shifts in weather patterns, said to be a consequence of climate change.According to the report the most financially costly disasters linked to rising temperatures were Hurricanes Florence and Michael, with costs said to be around $ 17bn for the former, and $ 15bn for the latter. Research published at the time showed that the ...
Mnuchin calls big US banks after huge stock market falls

Mnuchin calls big US banks after huge stock market falls

Business
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made calls to the heads of the country's six largest banks, in an unusual move aimed at reassuring investors after big falls in US stocks.Last week, US stocks suffered one of the worst weekly falls in a decade, as an interest rate rise and US-China trade tensions rattled markets.Mr Mnuchin said banks confirmed they had "ample liquidity" for operations. It also comes amid a partial government shutdown over spending plans."The [bank's chief executives] confirmed that they have ample liquidity available for lending to consumer, business markets, and all other market operations," the Treasury said in a statement attached to a tweet from Mr Mnuchin."[Mr Mnuchin] also confirmed that they have no...
Nation's botanical treasure troves 'under huge threat'

Nation's botanical treasure troves 'under huge threat'

Science
A million plants from every corner of the globe are tucked away inside the cabinets that line the walls.It's a scientific collection that goes back centuries, gathered by the likes of Carl Linnaeus, the "father of taxonomy", and Charles Darwin.They could have had no inkling that pressed, dried collections of plants would have modern uses in assessing extinction risks.Estimates suggest one in five of the world's plant species is threatened. Collections of pressed, dried plants are an important "living" resource, say scientists."People think of Herbaria as being dead, old plants and not relevant," says Kathy Willis, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford."It's living in the sense that the information it has is as rel...
Tottenham vs Chelsea: Blues’ predicted line-up for huge London derby Premier League clash at Wembley

Tottenham vs Chelsea: Blues’ predicted line-up for huge London derby Premier League clash at Wembley

Sports
likely 11 The Blues will be hoping for a repeat of last season's Wembley triumph when they travel for Saturday's late kick-off Chelsea put their unbeaten record and Premier League title credentials on the line when they travel to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur. While the international break momentarily halted proceedings in the league, the Blues will be keen to lay down a marker with an impressive showing on Saturday, in a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT. Chelsea drew their last match 0-0 with Everton In their last Premier League match, Chelsea were forced to share the points as they drew with Everton at Stamford Bridge. That result allowed Liverpool to climb above Chelsea into second and left the Blues four points beh...