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09/02/20
« on: Sunday, 09 February, 2020 @ 14:01:10 »
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Crisis in Lesbos as more refugees arrive
Greek island a ‘powder keg ready to explode’ as boat landings lead to tensions with local people

Greek authorities are struggling to cope with rising tension on islands where pressure from a new influx of refugees and migrants has reached a critical point.

Friction is growing between local people and asylum seekers landing in boats from Turkey. Last week the region’s most senior official likened the situation on Lesbos to a “powder keg ready to explode”. Kostas Moutzouris, governor of the north Aegean, said: “It’s crucial that a state of emergency is called.”

More than 42,000 men, women and children are estimated to be on Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos. Unable to leave because of a containment policy determined by the EU, they are forced to remain on the islands until their asylum requests are processed by a system both understaffed and overstretched.

Aid groups have repeatedly called for the islands to be evacuated. On Friday an estimated 20,000 refugees were on Lesbos, forced to endure the grim reality of Moria, a camp designed to host 3,000 at most.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/09/tensions-refugees-and-islanders-crisis-on-lesbos

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Re: 09/02/20
« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 09 February, 2020 @ 14:05:16 »
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BBC One goes off-air due to Storm Ciara
The broadcaster's flagship channel struggles amid destructive weather: 'Causing us some problems'

BBC One went off-air for more than seven minutes on Sunday morning due to interference by Storm Ciara.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bbc-one-down-storm-ciara-not-working-uk-weather-latest-a9325506.html

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Re: 09/02/20
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 09 February, 2020 @ 14:08:34 »
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British Airways records fastest ever New York-London flight at more than 800mph, as Storm Ciara winds see airlines battle for speed record over Atlantic
Boeing 747 arrives moments ahead of Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 to clinch crossing time feat

A British Airways flight has likely broken the fastest-ever subsonic New York to London crossing time after reaching speeds of more than 800mph.

Passenger plane records over the Atlantic tumbled overnight on Saturday and Sunday as Storm Ciara hurtled towards Britain on the back of a 200mph jet stream.

It was just a minute faster than a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 flight which landed at Heathrow moments later, and three minutes quicker than another Virgin plane which arrived at 5.12am this morning.

Flights travelling in the opposite direction were taking more than two and a half hours longer.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/storm-ciara-flight-record-new-york-london-time-atlantic-winds-british-airways-a9325396.html


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Re: 09/02/20
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 09 February, 2020 @ 14:11:49 »
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After the fires come the floods as Australia’s wild summer continues

Australia’s wild summer weather has continued over the weekend with torrential rain lashing the east coast, extinguishing a major wildfire but causing widespread flash flooding.

Rain put out the Currowan Fire south of Sydney late on Saturday after it destroyed 312 homes and razed 1.2 million acres over 74 days, the New South Wales state Rural Fire Service said.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said he hoped the heavy rain would move inland from the coast and drench more major fires that have burned for months.

Some east coast towns have received their heaviest rainfall in five decades over recent days.
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-02-09/after-the-fires-come-the-floods-as-australias-wild-summer-continues/

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Re: 09/02/20
« Reply #4 on: Sunday, 09 February, 2020 @ 19:41:56 »