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There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

World
A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us.It's truly terrifying feeling such power, so near. I looked about me, wondering where I would I hide if the volcano's eruptions suddenly intensified. And then I realised - and it's obvious really - there is nowhere to run and hide. Image: It’s truly terrifying feeling such power, so near Up here, perched high on the side of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano, at the closest monitoring point to the peak of the volcano, one feels very insignificant.To my right, away from the belching crater, a vast lava field plummets towards the valley floor and, in the distance, the towns and villages directly in its path.
Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules

Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules

Health
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis have participated in a pair of funerals for two prominent rabbis in Jerusalem, flouting the country’s ban on large public gatherings amid the pandemicBy ILAN BEN ZION Associated PressJanuary 31, 2021, 9:59 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJERUSALEM -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis thronged a pair of funerals for two prominent rabbis in Jerusalem on Sunday, flouting the country's ban on large public gatherings during the pandemic.The initial funeral procession, for Rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik, who died at age 99, wended its way through the streets of Jerusalem in the latest display of ultra-Orthodox Israelis' refusal to honor coronavirus restrictions.The phenomenon has undermined the country's aggressive vaccination
Google investigating ethical AI team member over accessing thousands of sensitive files

Google investigating ethical AI team member over accessing thousands of sensitive files

Technology
Google is investigating a member of its ethical AI team after they were found to have taken thousands of sensitive files from its servers and shared the information with external accounts.The investigation follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a Black woman and prominent researcher on the team whose departure provoked controversy over Google's attitude to employees from ethnic minority backgrounds. One of Ms Gebru's colleagues, Margaret Mitchell, "had been using automated scripts to look through her messages to find examples showing discriminatory treatment of Gebru," as Axios reported.In a statement sent to Axios, Google confirmed the investigation."Our security systems automatically lock an employee's corporate account when they detect that the account is at risk of compromise due to ...
Tier 4 restrictions could put thousands of jobs at risk, retail sector warns

Tier 4 restrictions could put thousands of jobs at risk, retail sector warns

Business
Britain's retail sector has warned of "severe" consequences from new Tier 4 restrictions, meaning non-essential shops in affected areas will have to close in the week before Christmas.The British Retail Consortium said thousands more jobs could be at risk - in an industry already devastated by months of pandemic disruption. It criticised the government's "stop-start approach" as "deeply unhelpful" and joined other groups in calling for an extension of a business rates holiday to help struggling firms. BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said the Tier 4 announcement, which will affect London and much of the South East, was "hugely regrettable" after retailers had invested hundreds of millions making their premises COVID-secure."The consequences of this decision will be severe," she said...
Thousands more back Dr Timnit Gebru over Google ‘sacking’

Thousands more back Dr Timnit Gebru over Google ‘sacking’

Technology
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