The climate crisis is messing with birds’ body shapes

Researchers have studied information on more than 15,000 non-migratory birds spanning 77 species over a 40-year period that were captured in the Amazon rainforest, tagged and then released. The scientists found that nearly all of the birds’ bodies have become lighter since the 1980s, losing on average about 2% of their body weight every decade,… Continue reading The climate crisis is messing with birds’ body shapes

Nicaraguan exiles blame Ortega’s regime for attacks and threats, as he secures fifth term in office

“I was afraid to talk with you,” said the man, a local official who requested anonymity for his safety. “It could have terrible consequences for my security if it leaked. But at the same time, the conviction and the hope that our voice will reach others around the world make us take risks.” He had… Continue reading Nicaraguan exiles blame Ortega’s regime for attacks and threats, as he secures fifth term in office

Ortega wins again in Nicaraguan elections panned as ‘parody’ by international observers

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega claimed victory on Monday, with over 97% of votes counted, according to the country’s Supreme Electoral Council — a win that resulted after a months-long government crackdown on his potential political rivals. According to Nicaragua’s electoral council, 65.23% of voters turned up to the polls. “Massive participation in all the municipalities,”… Continue reading Ortega wins again in Nicaraguan elections panned as ‘parody’ by international observers

‘Go be happy’: Thousands of baby river turtles released in Peruvian jungle

The river turtles are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and have for many years been killed for human consumption, or kept as pets. “The importance lies in the conservation of the species in the area because it has already been threatened for a long time,” said Sabrina Pipa, a biologist… Continue reading ‘Go be happy’: Thousands of baby river turtles released in Peruvian jungle

Marília Mendonça, chart-topping Brazilian musician, dies in plane crash

She was en route to a concert at the time of the crash, which killed four other people in addition to the singer. Mendonça, 26, is survived by her 1-year-old son, according to CNN Brasil. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but in a statement on Friday, the Minas Gerais Electric Company… Continue reading Marília Mendonça, chart-topping Brazilian musician, dies in plane crash

Nicaragua’s looming election poses two challenges to the rest of the region

With seven opposition candidates behind bars and thousands of critics abroad to escape the oppressive control of Ortega’s police, the septuagenarian leader and his colorful wife, Rosario Murillo, look undisputedly in control of the vote outcome. The biggest question now isn’t who will win — but how the rest of the region will react once… Continue reading Nicaragua’s looming election poses two challenges to the rest of the region

ICC to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela

ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan and Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro signed a “‘Letter of Understanding’ to facilitate cooperation and mutual assistance to advance accountability for atrocity crimes,” the court said. The Maduro government has been under preliminary examination at the ICC since February 2018. The court is determining whether Venezuela merits a trial for… Continue reading ICC to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Cuba is cracking down on critics. Yunior Garcia Aguilera says he’ll protest anyway

But Cuban officials are increasingly taking aim at Yunior Garcia Aguilera and his proposal to hold a peaceful political march later this month — for which the state has already denied permission. “Cubans have spent too much time in silence,” Garcia Aguilera said during an interview in his cramped apartment in the downtrodden San Agustín… Continue reading Cuba is cracking down on critics. Yunior Garcia Aguilera says he’ll protest anyway

UV radiation is broiling Bolivia’s highlands

Levels of UV radiation have at times in recent weeks hit 21 on a scale that normally only goes up as far as 20. According to the World Health Organization, a UV index of 11 is regarded as “extreme,” with people cautioned to avoid exposure to the sun. “The sun is burning. This sun isn’t… Continue reading UV radiation is broiling Bolivia’s highlands

Wayne Gretzky Fast Facts – CNN

Father: Walter Gretzky, telephone technician Mother: Phyllis (Hockin) Gretzky Marriage: Janet Jones (July 16, 1988-present) Children: Emma, Tristan, Trevor, Ty and Paulina Other Facts Nicknamed “The Great One.” Only player to have his jersey number (No. 99) retired by the entire NHL. Won four Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers (1984-1985, 1987-1988) and was… Continue reading Wayne Gretzky Fast Facts – CNN