Daily Archives: October 4, 2021

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram services returning after massive outage • FRANCE 24 English


FRANCE 24 EnglishOct 4, 2021
Facebook battled dueling crises Monday as potentially billions of users were impacted when its dominant social network went offline for seven hours, and the company fought against a whistleblower’s damning revelations.

China’s Role in Ghana’s Unfolding Fishing Catastrophe


The China Africa ProjectOct 4, 2021
While the Ghanaian government took decisive action earlier this year to crack down on illegal mining known as Galamsey where Chinese illegal mining interests have been active for years, Accra has done absolutely nothing to combat persistent illegal fishing in its waters.

Foreign fishing companies, predominantly from China, operate with impunity in full view of the government who together are contributing to an ecological and humanitarian catastrophe, according to the findings from a recent report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). In fact, EJF asserts that years of over-fishing by industrial fleets have decimated local fish stocks to the point where the small-scale fishing boats too often return empty.

Socrates Segbor, the Ghana fisheries program manager at EJF, and Professor Wisdom Akpalu, dean of the school of research and graduate studies at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration both contributed to the report and join Eric & Cobus to explain China’s role in this crisis and what, if anything, they think can be done to avert a full-blown disaster.

Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: The 60 Minutes Interview

60 MinutesOct 3, 2021
Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, “conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.” Scott Pelley reports. Read more here: https://cbsn.ws/2WLcQK4

Pandora Papers: Biggest offshore data leak exposes leaders’ hidden wealth


Al Jazeera EnglishOct 3, 2021
The secrets of the rich and powerful are exposed in the biggest trove of leaked offshore data in history. It has been revealed the king of Jordan has amassed a property empire worth more than $100m. He is among 30 world leaders and 100 billionaires detailed in the Pandora Papers – a collection of millions of files published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

To discuss the international reaction from the United States and Europe, we speak to our correspondents Mike Hanna in Washington, DC and Rory Challands in London.

COVID-19 mandate takes effect in New York City’s public schools


ABC NewsOct 4, 2021
Mayor Bill de Blasio said 96% of the city’s teachers have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Also, Johnson & Johnson will seek FDA authorization for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Major oil spill off California’s coast could become an ‘ecological disaster’


CNNOct 3, 2021
A swath of the Southern California coastline is now covered with oil after 3,000 barrels’ worth gushed into the Pacific Ocean this weekend, officials said. The spill — equal to about 126,000 gallons of post-production crude — is a “potential ecological disaster,” Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said Saturday. As of Sunday morning, “the leak has not been completely stopped,” the city of Huntington Beach said in a press release. It said preliminary patching has been completed to repair the oil spill site, and additional repair efforts will be attempted. “Currently, the oil slick plume measures an estimated 5.8 nautical miles long, and runs from the Huntington Beach Pier down into Newport Beach,” the press release said.

California crews race to contain massive oil spill


ABC NewsOct 4, 2021
Up to 130,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Pacific Ocean off of Orange Country. The oil has killed wildlife and shut down beaches. Officials say the pipeline is owned by Amplify Energy.

Deadly incident at farmers’ protests in India


CBC News: The NationalOct 4, 2021
Violence that left nine people dead during a farmers’ protest in India is fuelling even more determination within the movement to keep fighting changes to the country’s agricultural laws. But the Indian government is pushing back too by stepping up security measures.Food-matters,

Live: Spanish volcano gets more ‘aggressive,’ creating new fissures


CGTNStarted streaming 9 minutes ago
Live from La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands as lava streams continue to flow toward the sea. On October 1, the #volcanic eruption opened two more fissures on its cone, spewing out lava. The authorities reported “intense” seismic activity in the area, and scientists recorded several earthquakes. The eruption began on September 19 and had fully or partially destroyed more than 1,000 buildings so far. Join CGTN for a closer look.

RUNAWAY Climate Change


Peter CarterOct 4, 2021
The many now triggered feedbacks that lead to climate change runaway, with the latest research findings.