A shortage of CO2 gas in the UK could cause Christmas to be ‘canceled,’ warns industry boss

sign on empty shelves inform customers of a lack of products at a Sainsburys supermarket on September 19, 2021 in London, England. Gaps in supermarket shelves have appeared more frequently as a shortage of lorry drivers disrupted supply chains. Now, rising energy prices have disrupted the production of C02, a gas critical to the production and transport of meat, bread, beer and more.
sign on empty shelves inform customers of a lack of products at a Sainsburys supermarket on September 19, 2021 in London, England. Gaps in supermarket shelves have appeared more frequently as a shortage of lorry drivers disrupted supply chains. Now, rising energy prices have disrupted the production of C02, a gas critical to the production and transport of meat, bread, beer and more.

  • An energy shortage has cut the supply of CO2 in the UK – an essential element in meat production.
  • Industry bosses are warning this may mean a winter shortage of poultry, causing Christmas to be ruined.
  • It is the latest of several shortages in the UK, including beer and medical equipment.
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Britain is facing a severe shortage of CO2, a vital component in meat production, industry leaders are warning.

The gas is used to slaughter farm animals by making them lose consciousness. It is also used to package meat products to extend shelf life.

The shortage faced in the UK – attributed to high gas prices – could potentially “cancel Christmas,” the head of a major poultry manufacturer said.

The shortage is caused by the closure of two fertilizer plants in the UK – which produce CO2 as a byproduct – crippled by an energy shortage and high gas prices hitting the UK, the Guardian reported.

The energy shortages compounded by labor issues, partly linked to Brexit and the lack of foreign workers, could spiral into the festive period, said the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, a major turkey company

“There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies,” Ranjit Singh Boparan told Sky News.

“The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys this Christmas was already compromised as I need to find 1,000 extra workers to process supplies. Now with no CO2 supply, Christmas will be canceled.

“Without CO2, the bottom line is there is less throughout and with our sector is already compromised with lack of labor, this potentially tips us over the edge,” said Boparan.

Ian Wright, the chief executive of the UK Food and Drink Federation, warned that without rapid government intervention on the price of gas, the impact would be felt in two weeks, the BBC reported.

“And of course, that’s concerning because we’re beginning to get into the pre-Christmas supply period when warehouses begin to pick up, build up their stocks, ready for the push to Christmas a few weeks later,” said Wright.

Britain’s looming shortage crisis threatens empty shelves in supermarkets, empty beer barrels in pubs, and even a shortage of blood test tubes.

A Defra spokesperson said to The Guardian: “We are aware of the issues faced by some businesses and are working closely with industry to provide support and advice. We have had extensive meetings with representatives from the meat production and processing sectors, and we are continuing those conversations over the weekend.

“The UK benefits from having access to highly diverse sources of gas supply to ensure households, businesses and heavy industry get the energy they need at a fair price.”

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The Republican Party is more like ‘Tinder for terrorists’ than the party of Abraham Lincoln, a former homeland security official told MSNBC

Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor.
Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor.

  • A former homeland security official said the Republican Party is like “Tinder for terrorists.”
  • Miles Taylor made the comments on MSNBC while talking about the right-wing “Justice for J6” rally.
  • The self-proclaimed Republican said the GOP no longer resembled the party of Abraham Lincoln.
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A former homeland security official said the Republican Party is like a “Tinder for terrorists,” where radicals around the country can “swipe right and match with an extremist politician who amplifies their views.”

Miles Taylor, former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, commented on MSNBC on Saturday to discuss the “Justice for J6” rally.

Miles Taylor said he found the “spike in support for political violence” across the country to be “disturbing.”

“This is a rally being held to free the insurrectionists. And let me be clear, these are not political prisoners. These are criminals. Some of whom are responsible for the death and injury of police officers.”

The right-wing rally, organized in support of more than 600 people arrested for the Capitol riot, was ultimately sparsely attended.

However, in the days leading up to the event, Donald Trump spoke out in support of the Capitol rioters, calling them “political prisoners.”

Taylor, a self-proclaimed Republican, criticized his party for excusing the Capitol rioters and repeating the widely disproved claims that the 2020 election was rigged.

Donald Trump and his allies have filed dozens of lawsuits challenging the 2020 election results, but all of them failed.

“The Republican Party, my party, in many cases has continued to promote the Big Lie, but worse, has offered and vocalized support for these criminals,” Taylor said.

Miles Taylor said the Republican Party had to ask itself whether it wanted to continue being the party of Abraham Lincoln and founding ideals.

“Today, I think we look more like a Tinder for terrorists where radicals around the country can swipe right and match with an extremist politician who amplifies their views, and then when they get into trouble and commit crime tries to go bail them out from prison,” Taylor said.

“So if you ask me right now, we look a little bit less like the party of Lincoln and more like a Tinder for terrorists.”

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Patrick Byrne, the pro-Trump former Overstock CEO admits funneling cash to his ex-lover Maria Butina, the glamorous spy elected to Russia’s parliament this week

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne (L) and Russian agent Maria Butina (R)
Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne (L) and Russian agent Maria Butina (R)

  • Former Russian agent Maria Butina has won a seat in Russia’s parliamentary elections.
  • In 2018 Butina was jailed for acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the US.
  • Butina recently received large sums of money from her ex-boyfriend Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of online retailer Overstock.com and Donald Trump supporter.
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Maria Butina, the Russian agent convicted and jailed for trying to infiltrate political organizations in the United States, has been elected to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament in Russia, this week.

The 32-year-old won the seat for President Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party as a candidate in the rural region of Kirov Oblast.

It is the latest chapter in a political thriller of a life for the young Russian. She has played the role of the girlfriend to powerful men on the US Right and grabbed the headlines when she was arrested for spying. She was imprisoned before being deported to her homeland to a hero’s welcome.

The Russian agent arrived in the US in the guise of a guns-rights activist and focussed on the leadership of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to meet high-profile Republican politicians and set up a “back-channel” of communications with the Kremlin, according to reports.

But Butina was arrested in July 2018 in Washington DC and accused by federal prosecutors of infiltrating powerful political circles at the direction of Russian officials.

She pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent and was jailed for 18 months. Putin called the sentencing “an outrage.” After her release in October 2019, she was deported back to Russia.

‘I have one weakness as a woman – I really like smart men’

maria butina
Maria Butina appears in a police booking photograph released by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. August 18, 2018.

Insider can reveal that Butina has not severed all her connections with the US. She has received large sums of money in the last year from Patrick Byrne, 59, the former CEO of online furniture retailer Overstock.com and Donald Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist.

When asked about the monetary gifts, Byrne told Insider, in an email: “I made a gift to Maria out of a desire to let her land on her feet and restart her life in Russia.”

Byrne and Butina had been in a romantic relationship, and Byrne later claimed that he had been passing information on his lover to the FBI.

Federal prosecutors said that Butina traded sex-for-favors while networking in political circles in Washington DC.

Butina formed a romantic relationship with Paul Erickson, 59, a longtime Republican strategist and guns-rights activist, who she met in Moscow in 2013 and with who she also lived for some time.

In 2015, Butina emailed him about her plan to influence US policy towards Russia by making inroads with the GOP through the NRA, and Erickson responded with advice.

Around this time, Butina also began a romantic relationship with Byrne.

Butina said of Byrne, according to The New York Post: “I have one weakness as a woman – I really like smart men. That’s my biggest weakness, and that I guess gets me in trouble all the time.”

Byrne later said he continued his relationship with Butina at the direction of the FBI. Butina once claimed that he tried to poison her in order to interrogate her while under the influence.

Despite the apparent betrayal, a video made by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team revealed that Byrne gifted Butina tens of millions of Russian rubles in the last year, according to her asset disclosures.

Recalling their unique relationship, Byrne told Insider the money he recently sent her was to make amends: “Because I felt badly for Maria, for the role I had played in helping the FBI set her up, and in the way I had misused her in my own designs.”

But, he added, the couple will never be reunited.

“Maria and I know that we will never meet again, but it seemed like the right thing to do. When I performed this act of generosity I made sure it was done with full legality and notification to the proper authorities.”

Last month Russia’s Communist Party called on election officials to reject Butina’s candidacy on the grounds that she is the recipient of “foreign funding,” specifically referring to Byrne’s gifts.

Insider could not reach Butina for comment.

Butina was photographed with top GOP politicians at NRA events

Maria Butina poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia on April 22, 2012.
Maria Butina poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia on April 22, 2012.

Butina’s foray into politics began in 2011, when she founded a Russian gun-rights group called Right to Bear Arms, and started working as a special assistant for former senator and current Central Bank official Alexander Torshin.

Butina and Torshin formed close relationships with the NRA, regularly flying to the US to attend conferences and being named “life members” by the organization.

In 2014 and 2015 Butina was photographed with senior Republican politicians at NRA events, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

She also met Donald Trump Jr. at an NRA convention and asked Donald Trump a question about relations with Russia at an event.

In 2016 she moved to the US on a student visa, at which point the FBI supposedly started monitoring her and eventually snared her as a spy.

After serving her jail sentence, Butina returned to Moscow and took a job at the Russian state-funded television channel RT.

In April 2021 Butina filmed a segment in which she visited Alexei Navalny in prison to report on the “exemplary” jail conditions and to counter the opposition leader’s protests that he was being poorly treated.

At the time Navalny was on a hunger strike after being denied medical treatment.

This weekend’s parliamentary elections in Russia have been widely described as lacking transparency and fairness after the Kremlin cracked down on political opposition and limited press freedom.

Alexei Navalny had encouraged voters to vote tactically in order to beat United Russia candidates, as part of a movement called “smart voting.”

It remains to be seen what kind of politician the reinvented Butina will be, and what this next chapter will hold.

In a recent campaign video Butina said she delt indebted to her country and her people after “everyone from the President to residents in the depths of Russia fought for my release.”

“I will be very glad to be useful to the Kirov region,” she said.

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$10 million home owned by Google billionaire Larry Page destroyed by fire

Larry Page
Larry Page, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

  • A Palo Alto mansion owned by Google billionaire Larry Page has been partially destroyed by fire.
  • The fire was spotted by a neighbor on their security camera.
  • It is unclear who is living on the property, but neighbors claim it’s being used as an office space.
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A Palo Alto mansion linked to Google billionaire Larry Page has been partially destroyed by a blazing fire, according to The Daily Beast.

Local firefighters responded to a fire at the 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home located on Bryant Street on Tuesday morning after a neighbor, who was not home at the time, spotted it on their security camera.

Nobody appeared to be inside the residence at the time and there were no injuries.

It is unclear how the fire started, but firefighters say the blaze was primarily the rear of the home, which is attached to a long driveway and has a basement.

“That structure is done. It’s probably gonna need to be rebuilt,” said Battalion Chief Shane Yarbough, according to Palo Alto Online.

The fire did not reach the main part of the house, although flames also damaged a fence and a tree, Yarbough added.

It is unclear who is currently living in the California mansion, valued at more than $10 million according to county records cited in The Daily Beast.

But neighbors are now demanding answers on whether the property, one of many homes in the area owned by Page, is being used unlawfully as an office for Google workers.

One neighbor told Palo Alto Online that the home is only ever used in the daytime as what appears to be an office space for a small group of tech workers.

Another neighbor told The Daily Beast that the Google co-founder bought the home as a guest house.

Public records confirm that the property is owned by an LLC that has shared two addresses with Page’s family foundation, the Daily Beast reported.

Page owns multiple homes in the area and likes to guards his privacy. His current whereabouts are a mystery, although Insider previously reported that he spent most of the coronavirus lockdown in a remote part of Fiji.

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Afghan women protest their freedom outside the Taliban’s virtue and vice ministry, which replaced the ministry of women’s affairs

Afghan women protested outside the former ministry of women affairs which has been replaced by the ministry of virtue and vice in Kabul, Afghanistan-September 19, 2021.
Afghan women protested outside the former ministry of women affairs which has been replaced by the ministry of virtue and vice in Kabul, Afghanistan-September 19, 2021.

  • The Taliban closed the women’s ministry in Kabul and replaced it with the ministry of virtue and vice.
  • Afghan women gathered outside the building to protest the closure and to call for their rights to be protected.
  • Women in Afghanistan have been leading the resistance movement against the militant group.
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Afghan women protested outside the offices of the Taliban morality police in Kabul on Sunday after the militant group shut down the ministry of women’s affairs, local news reported.

The protesters demonstrated against the closure of the women’s ministry and called for their rights to employment and education.

The women held signs with messages including, “elimination of women = elimination of human beings.”

On Thursday, women who worked at the women’s ministry were locked out, Reuters reported.

The next day, the signage was changed to the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice.”

Although there is little information about the new ministry, it is expected to enforce strict religious doctrines.

The chief of the morality police in Kandahar told The Observer that new rules include women only being allowed to leave home if accompanied by a male guardian, compulsory prayer, and stipulations on beard length for men.

Women in Afghanistan have been fearful of the future after the militant group took control of the country last month.

During the Taliban’s previous rule in the 1990s, severe restrictions were placed on women’s lives. Although the group has promised to be less severe, they have already begun limiting women’s freedom.

This week the Taliban banned girls from attending secondary school. The group permitted women to attend universities as long as they wore Islamic dress and segregated classrooms by gender.

However, if girls are not permitted to attend secondary school, their ability to attend university will be meaningless.

The group also said that women were not permitted to work alongside men, virtually prohibiting them from most workplaces.

Although the militant group has continually promised to allow women to work in accordance with sharia law, it is unclear what that will mean.

Afghan women have been leading the opposition movement against the Taliban, staging several protests in the last few weeks.

The new virtue and vice ministry is an indication of the kind of strict Islamic society the Taliban wants to shape.

Although the group includes a call to respect women in the department’s guidelines, they also stipulate that women should not have contact with any men outside of immediate family and should not leave the house without a guardian or a hijab.

The Kandahar morality police chief told The Observer that Afghans would be encouraged to call in and report on their neighbors if they break the rules.

Leaders of the new department are likely aware of how it is perceived internationally, The Observer said. When they handed out an English language list of new cabinet appointments earlier this month, the vice and virtue ministry was the only one not translated.

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Texas megachurch preacher and Trump devotee says there is no ‘credible religious argument’ against COVID-19 vaccines

Pastor Robert Jeffress with then-President Donald Trump
Pastor Robert Jeffress participates in the Celebrate Freedom Rally with then-President Donald Trump on July 1, 2017.

  • A preacher at a Texas megachurch is refusing to offer his congregation religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
  • He told the Associated Press that there is no “credible religious argument” for turning down a shot.
  • Religious exemption letters are becoming more widely used as a “loophole” to avoid vaccine mandates, the AP said.
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As Republican lawmakers rage against President Joe Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandates, the Associated Press reported that religious exemptions are becoming more widely used as a “loophole” to avoid getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

But a Trump-loving preacher at a Texas megachurch has decreed that there is “no credible religious argument” for turning down a shot, the Associated Press said.

The Rev. Robert Jeffress, a pastor at the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, told the news agency that he and his staff are neither “offering” exemption letters nor “encouraging” members of their congregation to seek out religious exemptions from coronavirus vaccine mandates.

“Christians who are troubled by the use of a fetal cell line for the testing of the vaccines would also have to abstain from the use of Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Ibuprofen, and other products that used the same cell line if they are sincere in their objection,” said Jeffress in an email.

Jeffress, who once suggested that he would vote for former President Donald Trump over somebody who embodies the teachings of Jesus, is one of many religious leaders who have recently opposed the use of religious exemption letters.

The AP reported that leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Thursday that, aside from medical reasons, “there is no exemption in the Orthodox Church for Her faithful from any vaccination for religious reasons.”

Similarly, the news agency reported that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York have also said that they are not in support of exemption letters, according to the AP.

But not all churches share the same view. The AP said that some Catholic bishops, including those at The Colorado Catholic Conference, have made it easier to object to the vaccine on religious grounds by posting online templates for a letter that priests can sign.

One pastor in Tulsa has even said that he will sign a religious exemption letter if people donate to his church, The Washington Post reported.

According to a senior fellow for religious freedom at the Freedom Forum in Washington, religious exemptions are likely to be at the center of fierce legal battles in the coming months.

“As vaccine mandates continue to expand in schools and workplaces, there is bound to be more litigation on the issue of religious exemptions – especially in cases where no exemptions (except medical) are allowed,” said Charles Haynes in an email to The Washington Post.

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Bar worker’s final pay check was thousands of 5 cent coins in a bucket, say reports

Three buckets of gold coins
Three buckets of gold coins

  • Rian Keogh had to chase his final pay cheque after quitting his hospitality job.
  • When he finally got his money of €355 ($416) – it was a bucket full of 5 cent coins.
  • ‘I thought I legally had to take it, but found out I … actually didn’t. If I had known that, I would have put up a fight,’ he said.
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Leaving a job, especially in a time of a labor shortage, can cause tensions between yourself and your former employer.

Rian Keogh from South Dublin, Ireland, was chasing his final paycheque from his bar job. He had been employed by Alfies, a bar and restaurant in the Irish capital, for two months when he decided to quit.

When he finally got paid – it was in a bucket full of coins.

Whilst the Irish student said he initially laughed when he saw the payment method, it was less amusing when he had to carry the bucket of 7,100 coins, weighing 66 pounds, when took the bus home.

Speaking to Extra.ie, Keogh said that he had waited two weeks for his pay, and tried to be amenable by agreeing to accept the outstanding pay of €355 ($416) as cash in hand.

A bucket of coins isn’t exactly what he meant.

The boss made a manager give the unorthodox payment and she was “really embarrassed,” Keogh told Extra.ie.

‘I thought I legally had to take it but found out through Twitter that I actually didn’t. If I had known that, I would have put up a fight,’ he explained.

Irish law states – according to the Economic and Monetary Union Act of 1998 – that one person does not have to accept more than 50 coins in one transaction.

Alfie’s owner Niall McMahon told the thejournal.ie it was a “personal matter” and would rather not comment on the coin payment.

“It’s between me and that employee and that’s it,” he reportedly said.

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Mossad assassinated Iran’s top nuclear scientist using an AI-powered, remote-controlled machine gun, report says

Scene of the attack that killed  Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
The scene of the attack that killed prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside of Tehran, Iran, on November 27, 2020.

  • Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, “father” of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, was on Israel’s hit list since 2007.
  • In November 2020, the Mossad pulled off a hit using a remote-controlled, AI-powered machine gun.
  • It was controlled by operatives outside of Iran, who killed Fakhrizadeh in under a minute, per NYT.
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The “father” of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was at the top of Israel’s hit list for 14 years. On November 27 2020, after a failed attempt to kill him a decade earlier, the Mossad finally managed to assassinate Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Their weapon of choice? A remote-controlled machine gun that required no on-site operatives and utilized advanced artificial intelligence technology, according to a report by The New York Times.

The deadly weapon was a special model of a Belgian-made FN MAG machine gun, which was attached to an advanced robotic apparatus, The New York Times reported.

It weighed about a ton and was controlled by Mossad operatives outside of Iran, thus ensuring the safety of Israeli agents, intelligence officials told the media outlet.

In order to get the weapon into the country, The Times said, it was smuggled into Iran piece by piece and was secretly assembled in time for the hit.

FN MAG machine gun
Israel used a special model of a Belgian-made FN MAG machine one, pictured, which was attached to a robotic apparatus.

The Mossad had been following Fakhrizadeh since 2007, The Times reported, and the Israeli national intelligence agency reportedly set in motion plans to assassinate him in late 2019 after discussions with former President Donald Trump and high-ranking US officials.

Fakhrizadeh was a top target because Israeli intelligence officials said he was leading Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

Israeli had considered a variety of methods to assassinate Fakhrizadeh, according to The Times, and the Mossad had weighed up detonating a bomb near his armed convoy, forcing him to halt, and attacking him with snipers. The plan was shelved.

Instead, the remote-controlled machine gun idea was floated. The New York Times reported that the computerized weapon was attached to an abandoned-looking pickup truck, which was fixed with cameras and explosives. It was positioned at a major junction on Fakhrizadeh’s route to his country home by Iranian agents working with the Mossad,

Once Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle arrived at the junction, in November 2020, Mossad operatives outside of Iran used the cameras to positively identify their target and unleashed a hail of bullets from the remote-controlled machine gun.

He got out of his car, The New York Times said, and was hit with three more bullets that “tore into his spine.” Reportedly, his bodyguards looked confused as they could not see an obvious assailant.

The kill took less than 60 seconds and only injured Fakhrizadeh, the paper reported.

The explosives on the pickup truck were supposed to damage the machine gun beyond repair but, instead, remained largely intact.

As a consequence, The Times said, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were able to correctly assess that a remote-controlled machine gun “equipped with an intelligent satellite system” using artificial intelligence had carried out the attack.

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Biden administration plans to deport 10,000 Haitian migrants sheltering under a bridge in Texas, reports say

Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas.
Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas.

  • Around 10,000 Haitian migrants are sheltering under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.
  • The Biden administration is planning to deport the migrants, with flights due to begin on Sunday.
  • Del Rio’s mayor declared a state of emergency, describing the situation as “unprecedented” and “surreal.”
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The US government is planning to fly back thousands of Haitian migrants who have gathered under a bridge in Texas, reports say.

The Biden administration has three flights planned for Sunday, an official anonymously told The New York Times, and starting on Monday, they plan to run four flights a day.

Around 10,000 migrants have been sheltering in a makeshift camp under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, which crosses the Rio Grande from Mexico to the US, The Washington Post reported.

Aerial footage showed thousands of Haitian migrants wading through ankle or waist-deep wateracross to reach the US from Mexico.

Del Rio’s mayor Bruno Lozano has declared a state of emergency, describing the situation as “unprecedented” and “surreal,” the BBC said.

Migrants told Reuters that they were facing food and water shortages amid rising temperatures reaching around 99 Fahrenheit.

Migrants seeking asylum walk into the Rio Grande river to cross the border between Ciudad Acuna, Mexico and Del Rio, in Texas, U.S., after buying supplies at the Mexican side, in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 18, 2021.
Migrants seeking asylum walk into the Rio Grande river to cross the border between Ciudad Acuna, Mexico and Del Rio, in Texas, U.S., after buying supplies at the Mexican side, in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 18, 2021.

US authorities said on Friday that they were temporarily closing the border crossing “to respond to urgent safety and security needs,” The Associated Press reported.

The migrants are mostly Haitians, with some Cubans, Peruvians, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans present, AP said.

The influx of Haitian migrants comes after a summer of political instability and tragedy in the Caribbean nation.

In July, Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home, and in August, a powerful earthquake killed 2,100 people and left others struggling for basic necessities.

Over 29,000 Haitians have arrived over the past 11 months, The Washington Post said, citing the latest Customs and Border Protection figures.

The migrants were part of a wave of Haitians heading north, many of whom arrived in South America after the 2010 earthquake, the paper reported.

Many have embarked on dangerous journeys to reach the United States, trekking through jungles and dodging criminal gangs, the paper said.

After the events of this summer, the Biden administration curtailed deportation flights to Haiti, according to the paper.

The decision to now deport the migrants reflects a change in approach, as the government struggles to cope with record numbers of migrants.

Republicans have criticized the Biden administration for allowing hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants to cross the border into the United States, The Times said.

Democrats counter the claims.

“We have reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey,” Marsha Espinosa, assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, said, according to The New York Times.

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COVID-19 vaccines impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

Late period
A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control.

  • 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal.
  • Periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response and poses no danger to one’s body, say experts.
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Since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, thousands of women in the UK have been saying that their periods have been disrupted, say experts.

More than 30,000 women said their menstrual cycle being somewhat altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, reported Sky News.

The UK’s Yellow Card scheme, where people can voluntarily report their side effects to any medication – including vaccinations – has shown that many women have seen a disruption in their periods.

Dr. Victoria Male, a reproductive immunologist from Imperial College London, wrote in the British Medical Journal that while these changes are safe and short-lived, has stated that an investigation as to why this happens is crucial.

In the US, the National Institute of Health is investing $1.67 million into understanding how the COVID-19 vaccines impact periods.

Dr. Male states that periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response, and poses no danger to one’s body.

“Robust research into this possible adverse reaction remains critical to the overall success of the vaccination program. One important lesson is that the effects of medical interventions on menstruation should not be an afterthought in future research,” wrote Dr. Male.

Writing in The Telegraph, Caroline Criado-Perez, author of Invisible Women, said: “As with most clinical studies, the Covid-19 vaccine trials did not investigate menstrual cycle effects – in fact, in many trials women are wholesale excluded because of potential menstrual cycle effects.”

There is no reason to be significantly concerned about menstrual changes and long-term impacts, writes Dr. Male, as the vast majority of those reporting the post-vaccine alterations state that normality ensues quickly.

Meanwhile, the data available shows that the COVID-19 vaccine has no adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy.

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