Alert, the northernmost inhabited spot on Earth, clocked up a record temperature of 21 degrees Celsius on Sunday, less than 900 kms (559 miles) from the North Pole MONTREAL - Temperatures hit a record 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit in Alert, the northernmost permanently inhabited spot on the planet less than 600 miles from the North Pole, the Canadian meteorology service said Tuesday."It's quite phenomenal as a statistic, it's just one example among hundreds and hundreds of other records established by global warming," Armel Castellan, a meteorologist at the Canadian environment ministry told AFP.The temperature -- 21 degrees on the Celsius scale -- was recorded on Sunday at Alert, a permanent military base on the 82nd parallel which intercepts Russian communications and which has been home to a weather station since 1950. In October, a landmark United Nations report warned that time is running out to avert global disaster and that avoiding climate chaos will require an … [Read more...] about ‘Arctic heat wave’ hits world’s northernmost settlement
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The tournament is the second of three 54-hole tournaments on the 2019 schedule and boasts a list of champions that held the World No. 1 spot including Jiyai Shin (2009), Yani Tseng (2010, 2011), Ai Miyazato (2012), Inbee Park (2013), Stacy Lewis (2014), Lydia Ko (2016) and So Yeon Ryu (2017). Defending champion Nasa Hataoka is making her 11th start on the 2019 season, returning to Rogers, Ark. for her title defense just after a T14 finish at the LPGA’s third major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Last year, Hataoka set a 54-hole tournament record while carding a final-round 63 to win the tournament two strokes ahead of runner-up Austin Ernst and six players tied for third place. Since then, Hataoka has earned two additional victories on the LPGA Tour including the 2018 TOTO Japan Classic and the 2019 Kia Classic. This week marks Hataoka’s third appearance of the … [Read more...] about Ex world No 1s lead actions in Arkansas
NEW DELHI: Results were due on Thursday (May 23) from India's acrimonious election, with exit polls pointing to a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the opposition clinging to hopes of a surprise win.After an exercise not short of staggering statistics, the roughly 600 million votes cast in the world's biggest and purportedly most expensive election were set to be counted in just one day.If there is a clear trend, this should be evident by around midday (0630 GMT). But if the result is close India's 1.3 billion people may have to wait a lot longer to know the outcome.In 2014 Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power with 282 seats in the 545-seat parliament, the first time a single party had won a majority in 30 years.It then cobbled together an alliance with 334 seats, and exit polls suggested the coalition this time will win anywhere between 282 and 313, enough to remain in power even at the lower end.However Rahul Gandhi of the Congress … [Read more...] about India awaits results from world’s biggest election
LONDON: Manchester City’s treble winners have been hailed as English football’s greatest ever team after their FA Cup final demolition of Watford completed an historic campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side became the first English club to win the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season thanks to their swaggering 6-0 success at Wembley on Saturday. Equalling the record margin of victory for an FA Cup final was the perfect way to cap a remarkable year for City, who followed their record-breaking Premier League triumph in 2017-18 with an even more astonishing run this term. They are the first English top-flight side to register 50 wins in all competitions in a single season. Guardiola’s men also scored a record 169 goals in 61 games this season, beating their own previous best of 156. City now rank high on the list of the greatest English teams of all-time. Only a select few can claim to be on a par with City, an elite group that includes Arsenal’s … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a sky blue world’: City hailed as England’s best ever
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?