caption It’s show time. source © Hasan Baglar/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019 The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CWPA) recognize the most hilarious candid photos of animals in the wild striking flamboyant poses, pulling faces, and seemingly laughing at themselves for how ridiculous they look. The founders of CWPA, Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, started the competition to raise awareness of wildlife conservation issues in partnership with the Born Free Foundation. The photo contest remains open until June 30, and there are already some hilarious entries. Here are 18 of the best submissions so far. Captions have been condensed and edited for clarity. “Queen of Smile” by Abu-Galy caption A Kingfisher in Chennai, India. source © Abu Galy/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019 “One usual morning after a tea with my friends, we found this bird as she had an accident while flying and fell unconscious. We kept her in a box … [Read more...] about 18 hysterical photos from the Wildlife Comedy Photography Awards
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PURI, India: Two people died Friday after Cyclone Fani slammed into eastern India, officials said, as the storm sent coconut trees flying, blew away food stands and cut off power and water.The monster weather system, which made landfall at the eastern holy city of Puri in the morning, is one of the strongest to come in off the Indian Ocean in years, with winds gusting at speeds of up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour.In recent days authorities in Odisha state, where 10,000 people died in a 1999 cyclone, have evacuated more than a million people as they fret about a possible 1.5-metre (five-foot) storm surge sweeping far inland.One man died of a heart attack in one of several thousand shelters that have been set up."Another person went out in the storm despite our warnings and died because a tree fell on him," Odisha special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi told AFP."The winds outside right now must be around 200 kph," he said by phone from Odisha state capital … [Read more...] about Two dead as monster cyclone batters eastern India
PURI: Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in years, slammed into India on Friday, sending coconut trees flying, blowing away food stands and cutting off power and water. The monster weather system, which threatened to bring a dangerous storm surge that could flood low-lying areas, was packing winds of up to 180 kph as it ripped into the east coast. Forecasters say the area could see gusts of up to 200 kph, equivalent in strength to a Category 3 to 4 hurricane. In recent days authorities in Odisha, where 10,000 people died in a 1999 cyclone, have evacuated more than a million people as they fret about a possible 1.5-m storm surge sweeping far inland. Hundreds of thousands more people in West Bengal state have also been given orders to flee. Local airports have been shut, while train lines and roads were closed. “It just went dark and then suddenly we could barely see five metres in front of us,“ said one resident in the holy town of Puri … [Read more...] about Monster cyclone smashes eastern India
By Audra D. S. Burch The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 ATLANTA—On the fifth floor of the Atlanta Police Department headquarters, more than a dozen investigative files of dead children are neatly spread across three tables. A handwritten list, scribbled in red ink, provides the names of some of the children who were killed. The years of each killing — 1979, 1980 and 1981 — are taped on three walls, along with grainy photos of the children, almost all of them smiling. Old homicide logs are stacked on another table. Inside the pages, among the details is the story of the Atlanta child killings, one of the most vexing cases in the city’s history. Forty years ago, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed two dozen children, aged 7 to 17. They vanished with spine-chilling regularity, only to have their bodies discovered weeks or months later. In rivers. Under a bridge. Behind dumpsters. The menacing drumbeat of child … [Read more...] about Who killed Atlanta’s children?
By Sonaiya Kelley Los Angeles Times Tues., April 30, 2019 LOS ANGELES—The streets of South L.A. were marked and divided by gang warfare when Boyz n the Hood arrived in America’s movie houses, a violent and profane yet somehow deeply sentimental look inward for a troubled city. A coming-of-age story amid the destructive cross-currents of inner city life, the film marked the debut of a brash 24-year-old filmmaker, who had polished off the script in just 3 1/2 weeks during his senior year at the University of Southern California. In every sense, it was his story, his neighbourhood. The 1991 film, nominated for two Academy Awards, pulled John Singleton into the company of emerging Black moviemakers such as Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles and Matty Rich. Relevant and thoughtful, Singleton remained prolific over the decades. On Monday, 13 days after suffering a stroke, Singleton died after being removed from life support. He was 51. In a statement, his family … [Read more...] about John Singleton’s first film, Boyz n the Hood, arrived like a thunderbolt