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Mittens the cat has paws all over New Zealand capital

'The best thing about Wellington': Mittens the cat has paws all over New Zealand capital
Turkish Angora roams tattoo parlours, office towers and churches, posing for social media snapshots along the way

Link to story: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/04/the-best-thing-about-wellington-mittens-the-cat-has-paws-all-over-new-zealand-capital

A feline that roams New Zealand’s capital city and is welcomed into tattoo parlours, hairdressers and office towers has become a social media star, with 30,000 followers who track his every movement online.

Mittens first came to attention in 2018 after repeatedly wandering inner-city dwellings, including the university, the post office, and a Catholic church. Mittens was also reportedly taken to the police station by concerned locals.

After repeated encounters with Mittens, an SPCA employee started a Facebook page to reassure locals that the cat wasn’t lost and didn’t need to be “rescued” – he was just adventurous.

The Facebook page now has 30,000 followers with locals tracking Mittens’ daily activities around town.

The article includes links to the Facebook page and other related sites..........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Mar 4, 2020, 05:59 AM (2 replies)

Wednesday morning global updates on coronavirus....

From live update page on Guardian UK

Coronavirus live updates: Italian citizens in India test positive as WHO warns of protective gear shortage
Panic buying in Australia and Japan cancels ceremony marking anniversary of the tsunami.
Fears of global slowdown grow as US stimulus fails to rally markets
Japan to cancel tsunami anniversary ceremony
How parents are coping with coronavirus school closures in east Asia
Podcast: Is Britain prepared for a mass outbreak of the coronavirus?

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/04/coronavirus-live-updates-who-global-recession-fears-update-latest-news


The global death toll is now 3,190. More than 93,000 people have been infected in more than 80 countries. South Korea, the nation worst hit by the outbreak outside China, reported 516 new cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 5,328. In India, 17 Italian citizens have tested positive. There have been more infections recorded in Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

Fears of a global recession are mounting, after stock markets gave a lukewarm reaction to the emergency cut in US interest rates and new data showed that China and Hong Kong came to a virtual standstill in February.

Japan cancelled a ceremony commemorating the 2011 tsunami. The national ceremony was due to be held in Tokyo exactly nine years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed more than 18,000 people.

Washington state residents are struggling to get tested. In Seattle, an Amazon employee tested positive for the virus. US Vice President Mike Pence announced new screening measures, including for all travellers to the US on direct flights from South Korea and Italy.

The WHO warned that protective gear “rapidly depleting”, amid panic buying and the manipulation of markets.

Panic buying hit Australia, causing a rush on essentials, canned food, and toilet paper.

In India, fifteen Italian citizens have tested positive for coronavirus, Indian state and private media said on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources. Reuters reports that on Monday, an Italian citizen tested positive in the state of Rajasthan, according to a health official.

The situation in India is most worrying because a mass outbreak in that nation could wreak havoc across the globe....

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Mar 4, 2020, 02:53 AM (1 replies)

More winning: Iran triples stockpile of enriched uranium

Iran triples stockpile of enriched uranium in breach of nuclear deal
Watchdog says country may also be storing material at three undeclared sites

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/03/iran-triples-stockpile-of-enriched-uranium-in-breach-of-nuclear-deal

Iran has nearly tripled its stockpile of enriched uranium since November in violation of its deal with world powers and is refusing to answer questions about three possible undeclared nuclear sites, the UN atomic watchdog agency has said.

The agency said that as of 19 February, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,021kg, compared with 372kg noted in its last report on 3 November 2019. The stockpile puts Iran within reach of the amount needed to produce a nuclear weapon, which it insists it does not want to do.

The JCPOA promised Iran economic incentives in return for curbs on its nuclear programme, but since Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the deal in 2018, Iran has been slowly violating the deal’s restrictions. Tehran has said it hopes to put pressure on the other nations involved to increase economic incentives to make up for hard-hitting sanctions imposed by Washington after the US withdrawal.

The world is now a much more dangerous place after just three years of GOP executive rule.

Donald Trump is a loser and total failure.....
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 05:09 PM (2 replies)

Here's what to know about the tornadoes that killed 23 in Tennessee

Source: Channel 5 TV, Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Twenty-three Tennesseans were killed after severe storms and tornadoes ripped through the state overnight. At 5 a.m., TEMA declared a level three State of Emergency. The National Weather Service said an EF-3 tornado hit the Five Points area of East Nashville.

DAVIDSON COUNTY (Nashville area): Two people in East Nashville were killed and at least 156 others in the county have been treated. More than 50,000 people woke up Tuesday without power. The Five Points area was severely damaged in the storm. Metro Nashville Schools will be closed on March 3.

PUTNAM COUNTY (Cookeville area): Seventeen people in total were killed in the county. The sheriff's office said the tornado hit between the city limits of Cookeville and Baxter. Sheriff Eddie Farris said several homes have been flattened.

WILSON COUNTY (Lebanon area): Three people were killed in Wilson County. Officials said one of victims suffered a medical emergency at the time of the tornado. Wilson County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the week. The sheriff's office said damage is too extensive to list specific roads and businesses that have been affected.

Read more: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/seven-killed-in-middle-tennessee-storms-widespread-damage-reported

These are the areas where I was born and raised and went to college. We're still getting reports from friends and family.


Johns Hopkins and other Coronavirus Global Cases tracking web sites

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Link: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Also note links to other important coronavirus sites below the map (WHO, CDC, etc.).

WHO Situation Reports: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) main web page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, An agency of the European Union: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 04:48 PM (3 replies)

Nashville news coverage and an eye witness video. Two killed as of now.

Local coverage (WSM):

Tornado moves across Nashville and Middle TN; claims 2 lives in East Nashville

Link: https://www.wsmv.com/tornado-moves-across-nashville-and-middle-tn/article_25675646-5d1f-11ea-b4ea-6393042279d4.html

Eye-witness video of the tornado:
Radar before it hit:

Very damaging storm. Some areas had hail the size of baseballs!

That's right in the general area where I was raised.......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 04:39 AM (0 replies)

Good Twitter pages to monitor during this virus crisis....

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus @DrTedros
Director-General of the World Health Organization

Link: https://twitter.com/DrTedros


CDC's official Twitter source for daily credible health & safety updates from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Atlanta, GA

U.S. CDC Link: https://twitter.com/CDCgov


CDC Emergency
The handle for CDC's Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR). We tweet ways to #PrepYourHealth, abt public health preparedness, & during emergency responses.
Atlanta, GA

U.S. CDC Emergency link: https://twitter.com/CDCemergency


WA Dept. of Health @WADeptHealth
Always working for a safer and healthier Washington.

Link: https://twitter.com/WADeptHealth

Other affected states will have similar pages to monitor in our local aeas.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Mar 2, 2020, 07:23 PM (0 replies)
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