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Norwegian Food Safety Authority warns against eating mussels in several places

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority now warns against eating mussels in several places in the country. The warning is valid until July 23.

The warning does not apply to Pacific oysters, but the Norwegian Food Safety Authority still asks people to be aware of the danger of algae toxins, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

The warning against eating the shells applies to the entire Oslo Fjord. It also applies to Agder, as well as parts of Sør-Rogaland.

On the other hand, you can eat mussels in Northern Norway and large parts of Central Norway, according to the warning.

If you ingest toxic shells, you may experience symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority provides advice on mussels every week from 34 different places along the coast.

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Marbella horror: Several injured in serious incident as car ‘runs over’ pedestrians

Shocking footage taken at the scene in Avenida Miguel Cano and posted on social media portrays the horrific incident. A woman covered in blood can be seen lying on the ground while others attend to her. Chairs and tables are turned upside down and a waitress can be heard screaming. A white car appears to have crashed into a storefront. The video shows a distressed woman crying while others hold her back from getting to the vehicle. Police and paramedics can be seen behind a cordon. 

According to reports, the car rammed into people walking along the boulevard which is lined with shops, restaurants and cafés. 

Five people were reportedly injured, one seriously, and have all been take to the Costa del Sol Hospital.

However, one witness said none of the victims appeared to have been seriously hurt. 

An employee of a pub on the street told Okdiario Andalucia the car was going “very fast” when it ploughed into the terraces.

The person said: “He has run over all the tables on the terrace, and run over people.

“But there are no very serious injuries, the ambulance has taken several but no deaths at the time or anything tragic.

“Much more could have happened.”

The bar worker claimed the suspect appeared to be around 30 was “travelling with his parents in the car” when he rammed people.

READ MORE: US Capitol building on lockdown after car rams into police officers

She posted photos which appeared to have been taken from a nearby balcony.

Several ambulances and at least one fire brigade can be seen near where a car appears to have crashed into the front of a jewellery store. 

A policeman can be seen guarding a cordon, preventing onlookers from getting closer to the scene of the crash. 

She said she heard an “awesome rumble” caused by the car “trampling everything in its path”.

She also claimed the driver had been arrested, adding: “The occupant of the vehicle faces the police who have to take it away. Confusion. Horror.”

A police spokeswoman told The Associated Press that officers arrested the driver and are investigating the incident.

Videos show the car crashed into a sushi restaurant at the end of the street. 

The front window of a jeweller’s appears to be smashed after the car rammed into it. 

Nearby, crowds of shocked onlookers gathered outside the police cordon. 

Miguel Cano Avenue is one of the main streets of the city of Malaga, a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international travellers.

So far this summer, Spain has not experienced its usual influx of British tourists due to Covid restrictions. 

Under the current rules which came into effect today, only fully vaccinated Britons are exempt from quarantine requirements when they return to the UK from Spain. 

Everyone else has to spend 10 days in self-isolation.

This is a breaking news story… More to follow… 

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Germany floods: Several dead, dozens missing after heavy rains

Torrential downpours trigger flash floods in parts of western and central Germany, causing property damage and transport disruption.

At least six people have died and dozens are missing after heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of Germany, damaging homes and disrupting transport.

Police in the western city of Koblenz said in a Twitter post on Thursday that four people had died in Ahrweiler county, with some 50 others trapped on the roofs of their houses awaiting rescue.

Many of those reported missing were on the roofs of at least six houses that were swept away by floods in the municipality of Schuld, where the rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks, local police said.

Large parts of North Rhine-Westphalia state were hit by heavy rains [Sascha Steinbach/EPA]
Rail, road and river transport was disrupted [Friedemann Vogel/EPA]

Authorities have declared an emergency in the region after days of torrential downpours caused disruption in rail, road and river transport. Large parts of western and central Germany, as well as neighbouring countries, have experienced widespread damage.

Police said an 82-year-old man died after a fall in his flooded basement in the western city of Wuppertal, which was among the hardest hit.

A firefighter drowned on Wednesday during rescue work in the western German town of Altena, and another man was missing in the eastern town of Joehstadt after disappearing while trying to secure his property from rising waters, authorities said.

Heavy rainstorms are expected in southwestern Germany on Thursday, with continuous rains until Friday evening, the German Weather Service warned in a morning bulletin.

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Chinese nationals among several killed in Pakistan blast: Report

Eight people, including four Chinese nationals, killed in a blast targeting a bus in northern Pakistan, Reuters reports.

Eight people, including four Chinese nationals, have been killed in a blast targeting a bus in northern Pakistan, multiple sources told Reuters news agency.

“There is a huge explosion in the bus carrying the Chinese engineers … in Upper Kohistan. Eight people lost their lives,” a senior administrative officer of the Hazara region told Reuters on Wednesday.

He said the bus was carrying over 30 Chinese engineers to the site of Dasu dam in Upper Kohistan.

Two paramilitary security men with the engineers also died, he said.

More details awaited.

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Statement on the remarkable progress made by several African countries as part of the Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM)

The Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) was launched by H.E Felix Tshisekedi, Chair of the African Union and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a virtual summit hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on 12-13th April 2021 under the theme “Expanding Africa’s Vaccine Manufacturing for Health Security: Building back better, bolder and bigger.

This landmark global summit was attended by over 40,000 participants from the Private sector, Industry, World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization, Public Health, Ministries of Health and Finance, philanthropic foundations, academia, community health organisations and health professionals from over 100 countries. Strong political commitments were made to drive momentum for the African Union’s bold vision to manufacture about 60% of its vaccines on the continent by 2040, an initiative that will be led by Africa CDC. Amongst the African leaders in attendance were:

• H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. • H.E President Cyrill Ramaphosa, Champion and President of the Republic of South Africa, • H.E President Paul Kagame, Health Financing Champion and President of Republic of Rwanda, who called for more African countries to rapidly build capacity to adopt advanced technologies to enable manufacture of mRNA vaccines.

Since the Summit, several countries have made remarkable progress: • On the 10th of July 2021, Senegal, the European Union, the United States, several European governments, and partners, signed an accord to finance vaccine production at the Institut Pasteur of Dakar. • On the 5th of July 2021, Morocco; under the chairmanship of H.M King Mohammed VI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swedish company “Recipharm” to establish and scale-up COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity in the country. Moroccan pharmaceutical producers also discussed different public-private partnerships and subcontraction opportunities for vaccine manufacturing. • On the 28th of June 2021, South Africa; signed an agreement between Biovac, Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines, a network of universities, WHO, COVAX, and Africa CDC established the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in Africa. • On the 29th of April 2021, Egypt; signed two agreements between Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) and Sinovac for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in the country. • On the 7th of April 2021, Algeria announced production of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with Russia, and part of the production is intended for African countries.

You can find the post-summit communique by clicking on the following link – Communique (https://bit.ly/2TYUOTi)
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

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Several of the men involved in the operation that killed Haiti’s president previously worked as US law enforcement informants, sources say

At least one of the men arrested by Haitian authorities previously worked as an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA said in a statement in response to CNN.
“At times, one of the suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was a confidential source to the DEA,” the DEA said in a statement.
“Following the assassination of President Moïse, the suspect reached out to his contacts at the DEA. A DEA official assigned to Haiti urged the suspect to surrender to local authorities and, along with a U.S. State Department official, provided information to the Haitian government that assisted in the surrender and arrest of the suspect and one other individual,” the DEA said.
The DEA said it is aware of reports that some assassins yelled “DEA” at the time of their attack. The DEA said in its statement that none of the attackers were operating on behalf of the agency.
Others also had US ties, including working as informants for the FBI, the people briefed on the matter said. The FBI said in response to CNN’s reporting that it doesn’t comment on informants, except to say that it uses “lawful sources to collect intelligence” as part of its investigations.
Moise was killed Wednesday in an operation that Haitian authorities say involved at least 28 people, many of them Colombian mercenaries hired through a Florida-based security company.
Authorities on Monday announced the arrest of a suspect who they say orchestrated the assassination. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, entered the country on a private jet in June, Police Chief Leon Charles said at a news conference.
Haitian authorities say that Sanon hired Florida-based CTU Security, which they alleged recruited men initially to provide security for Sanon, though their mission appears to have changed thereafter.
It’s not clear that the men who worked as US law enforcement informants wittingly participated in the assassination plot or were aware of the mission, the people briefed on the matter said.
CNN has not been able to reach Sanon or his representatives for comment since his arrest.
Haitian authorities have provided limited details on the investigation, but the growing number of Florida connections to the plot appears to portray an operation at least partly hatched in the United States.
That may increase the likelihood that the US Justice Department could bring charges against any US participants in the plot. Haitian authorities have said three US citizens are under arrest for their involvement in the assassination.

Big cat ‘sighting’: CCTV captures suspected beast ‘walking like a lion’ several times

Housing manager Pauline Jones told The Leader she watched the footage several times on her laptop.

She insisted the creature, which she describes as “walking like a lion”, is too big to be a domestic cat.

She told the outlet: “It’s quite difficult because the camera that it is on has mesh around it.

“At first I couldn’t make out what it was so I transferred it from my phone to my laptop.

“I thought there’s no way that’s a cat, it must be somebody’s dog – but if you look at its tail and the way it is walking there is no way it is a dog.

“When you look at him or her walking it has a different gait to a domestic cat, the way it lifts its paws is more like a dog, they are bigger and heavier.”

Author: Dylan Donnelly
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Two Indian soldiers among several killed in Kashmir gunbattles

Eight suspected rebels and two Indian soldiers have been killed in a series of counterinsurgency operations in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.

Many shops were shut in parts of the disputed region to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of a popular rebel commander whose 2016 killing triggered open defiance against Indian rule.

The deaths in five separate incidents starting on Wednesday came as violence in the Himalayan region has increased in recent weeks.

India’s military said two soldiers and two rebels were killed on Thursday in a clash along the Line of Control (LoC), the highly militarised de facto frontier that divides Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.

The fighting erupted after soldiers intercepted a group of armed men who crossed into the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the territory, the military said in a statement.

It was the first such skirmish near the de facto border with Pakistan since February 25 when the two nations agreed to reaffirm their 2003 ceasefire accord.

The Indian military, in its statement, called the incident “a fierce encounter in which two foreign terrorists from Pakistan have been killed”.

Surge in violence

Earlier, the Indian army said its soldiers killed a suspected fighter who was infiltrating into the Indian side of Kashmir on Wednesday.

Four suspected rebels were killed in two separate gunfights with Indian troops in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama and Kulgam districts early on Thursday, the Indian military said. It said soldiers recovered two rifles and two pistols from the sites of the clashes.

On Wednesday, troops apprehended a senior rebel, Mehraj-ud-din Halwai, in the northwestern Handwara area. After interrogation, he led them to a hideout where he was killed in a firefight, police said in a statement.

At the hideout, Halwai “picked up his hidden AK-47 rifle and started firing indiscriminately upon the joint search party which led to an encounter”, the statement said.

Police said Halwai was wanted in several killings of police and village officials.

It was the second such incident in 10 days.

On June 29, police said a suspected rebel commander being held in custody was killed during a gunfight between government forces and another rebel after he was taken to a house where he had allegedly concealed a rifle in the region’s main city of Srinagar.

Many rebels have been killed in the past when they were taken by government forces to recover weapons, in what rights groups and residents have called extrajudicial killings.

At least 24 suspected rebels have been killed fighting Indian soldiers in the last three weeks.

Officials said 71 armed rebels were killed this year so far in the Muslim-majority region where India has at least 500,000 soldiers deployed.

The surge in violence came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month held talks with 14 pro-India leaders from the region, the first political engagement from New Delhi after it scrapped the region’s partial autonomy and divided the region into two territories in August 2019.

Fifth anniversary of Wani’s killing

On Thursday, many shops and businesses in the Kashmir valley, the heartland of the anti-India rebellion, remained shut to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of popular rebel commander, Burhan Wani.

Government forces patrolled streets and sealed off Wani’s hometown in anticipation of anti-India protests. Wani was killed along with two associates in a brief battle with Indian troops on July 8, 2016.

Separatist leaders called for a general strike to honour Wani, whose death led to months of huge protests and clashes in the region.

At least 100 people, mostly young men, were killed and thousands wounded, including many who were blinded by shotgun pellets fired by Indian troops.

Wani’s death gave a new life to the rebel movement, which had declined to only about 100 fighters in scattered groups. Officials say that since his killing, hundreds of young men have joined the rebels’ ranks.

There was no independent confirmation of any of the five incidents.

Rebels in Kashmir have been fighting Indian rule since 1989. Most Muslim Kashmiris support the rebel goal of uniting the territory, either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

India insists the Kashmir rebellion is “Pakistan-sponsored terrorism”. Pakistan denies the charge, and most Kashmiris consider it a legitimate freedom struggle.

Tens of thousands of civilians, rebels and government forces have been killed in the conflict.

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Spielberg's Amblin to make several films a year for Netflix

The deal doesn’t specifically include any movies to be directed by Spielberg.

NEW YORK — Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant.

The partnership, one long courted by Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, is a major get for the company that, amid increasing competition, brings perhaps the most beloved film director more officially into the streaming fold.

The deal announced Monday doesn’t specifically include any movies to be directed by Spielberg. This December, he will release “West Side Story” theatrically with Disney’s 20th Century Studios. Amblin has a separate deal with Universal Pictures for theatrical releases.

“At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the center of everything we do, and from the minute Ted and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways,” Spielberg said in a statement. “This new avenue for our films, alongside the stories we continue to tell with our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly fulfilling for me personally since we get to embark on it together with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix team.”

Amblin, which takes its name from a 1968 short by Spielberg, has helped produce a wide variety of films outside of those made my Spielberg, including “1917” and “Green Book.” The two companies have previously worked together on TV series and the Aaron Sorkin movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a film co-produced by Amblin that was sold by Paramount Pictures to Netflix during the pandemic.

Spielberg has sometimes been seen as against a streaming future for movies. A Deadline Hollywood headline on Monday’s announcement wondered: “Hell Freezes Over?”

But Spielberg in 2019 argued against the anti-streaming impression associated with him. Reports around then circulated that Spielberg believed streaming releases — which he compared to made-for-TV movies — should vie for Emmys, not Oscars. “I’m a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever,” Spielberg said that year.

He clarified that big screen or small screen, “what really matters to me is a great story and everyone should have access to great stories.”

“However, I feel people need to have the opportunity to leave the safe and familiar of their lives and go to a place where they can sit in the company of others and have a shared experience — cry together, laugh together, be afraid together — so that when it’s over they might feel a little less like strangers,” Spielberg wrote in an email to the New York Times. “I want to see the survival of movie theaters. I want the theatrical experience to remain relevant in our culture.”

The lines have also blurred since then. While Netflix has given exclusive theatrical runs of a week or more to some of its most prominent releases, traditional studios like Disney and Warner Bros. have embraced more hybrid release models that send movies simultaneously to streaming services.

“Steven is a creative visionary and leader and, like so many others around the world, my growing up was shaped by his memorable characters and stories that have been enduring, inspiring and awakening,” said Sarandos. “We cannot wait to get to work with the Amblin team and we are honored and thrilled to be part of this chapter of Steven’s cinematic history.”

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Several Austin City Council members concerned about spending on homelessness services

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin City Council could vote as soon as Thursday to direct millions of dollars in federal pandemic relief funds to homelessness services. But several council members expressed concerns about the path forward and the city’s current spending on programs.

City of Austin staff has recommended that the city council direct 58% of funds the city will receive from the American Rescue Plan – nearly $ 84 million – to homelessness services over the next two years.

“I’m pretty sure my neighbors next door, who have direct access to me, don’t know what this means or what this contains,” Council Member Leslie Pool said during a special called meeting on Monday.

City of Austin staff recommendation for American Rescue Plan funds

The funds would be used to fill part of the $ 293 million funding gap for a plan to house 3,000 people experiencing homelessness in the next three years.

Council Members Pool, Natasha Harper-Madison, Kathie Tovo, Mackenzie Kelly, and Alison Alter, each said they need more details about how the federal funds will be used before moving forward.

“I need to be able to communicate to my constituents exactly what we’re investing in, what we’re getting, and how it’s different from what we’ve done thus far,” Alter said. “I’m not convinced by the model that I’m better off spending that money in the homeless system versus what I would call prevention.”

Kelly has called for an audit of city spending on homelessness services for the previous five years – a position shared by Save Austin Now, the group that successfully pushed Proposition B to reinstate the public camping ban.

But Kelly – often on an island within the council for her conservative positions – wasn’t alone in wanting evidence of which homelessness programs are working.

“I’ve spoken with community members and stakeholders and they, like I do, remain skeptical on the spending without a better understanding of how effective previous spending has been,” Kelly said.

Mayor Steve Adler described the federal funds as “transformational,” urging council members to act swiftly to approve some of the city’s allotment for homelessness programs. Council Member Ann Kitchen shared Adler’s position, warning that some council members appeared to be “bogged down” in the details.

“I think that on Thursday we have an opportunity to send a high-level message,” Adler said. “Our constituents are asking, why haven’t you acted?”

Leaders with Central Texas Interfaith – a non-partisan coalition of religious congregations – are also pushing the city council to act.

Jonathan McManus-Dail, the assistant priest at St. Julien of Norwich Episcopal Church, said the city should use available federal funds to make an immediate impact.

“I think many people, myself included, want more urgency around this issue because we see people suffering,” McManus-Dail told KXAN.

Austin has been criticized for not prioritizing permanent supportive housing efforts in the past. Homelessness advocates say the need for urgency has only intensified since the passage of Proposition B.

Eric Tars, legal director for the National Homelessness Law Center, said council members should be solely focused on creating more permanent supportive housing units.

“There’s been blue-ribbon panel after blue-ribbon panel that says Austin needs more affordable housing,” Tars said. “And yet, does it get built? No.”

Author: John Engel
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin