One Third of Freshwater Fish Face Extinction,
New Report Warns
new report from a coalition of sixteen
conservation groups warns that almost
a third of freshwater fish species face
extinction because of human activity. “Nowhere is the world’s nature crisis
more acute than in our rivers, lakes and wetlands, and the clearest indicator
of the damage we are doing is the rapid decline in freshwater fish populations.
They are the aquatic version of the canary in the coal mine, and we must heed
the warning,” Stuart Orr, WWF global freshwater lead, said in a statement Tuesday announcing the
is one of the many organizations behind the report, along with the Alliance for
Freshwater Life, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy, to name
a few. Together, the groups emphasized the incredible diversity of the world’s
freshwater fish and their importance for human wellbeing.
are a total of 18,075 freshwater fish species in the world, accounting for 51
percent of all fish species and 25 percent of all vertebrates. They are an
important food source for 200 million people and provide work for 60 million.
It’s called ‘nerd immunity’: Wearing glasses
may protect against COVID-19, study finds
who wear glasses with a mask know how frustrating it can be to keep them from
fogging up. You may even be tempted to remove them at times, just so you can
see where you’re going.
when it comes to protection against COVID-19, a new study has found that wearing
glasses may be worth the frustration. According to a report by WKYC 3, multiple studies have
shown that of the people who contract COVID-19, those who wear glasses at least
eight hours a day make up a lesser percentage of that group than those who
don’t wear glasses.
U.S. carries out airstrikes against
Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria (Source Reuters)
President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern
Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed
militia, in a calibrated response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in
Iraq. The strikes, which were first reported by Reuters, appeared to be limited
in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation. Biden’s decision to
strike only in Syria and not in Iraq, at least for now, also gives the Iraqi
government some breathing room as it carries out its own investigation of a
Feb. 15 attack that wounded Americans. “At President (Joe) Biden’s direction,
U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against
infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of
it Mr. Potato Head or not?
created confusion Thursday when it announced that it would drop the “Mr.” from
the brand’s name in order to be more inclusive and so all could feel “welcome
in the Potato Head world.” It also said it would sell a new playset this fall
without the Mr. and Mrs. designations that will let kids create their own type
of potato families, including two moms or two dads. But in a tweet later that
afternoon, Hasbro clarified that the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will
still live on and be sold in stores, but under the Potato Head brand. In a
picture posted on Twitter, the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” names are less prominently
displayed at the bottom of the box, instead of the top.
it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping
the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going
anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD,” the company tweeted.
tweet came after news of the brand name change exploded on Twitter, with people
asking if Barbie will change her name next. “I think Hasbro needs to drop the
“Bro” and just be “Has,’” another person tweeted. Hasbro appears to want to
have it both ways: expand the brand, while not killing off its most iconic
characters, which appeared in the “Toy Story” films.
Zion hill, Jerusalem(Source Britannica.com)
in the Old Testament, the easternmost of the two hills of ancient Jerusalem.
It was the site of the Jebusite city captured by David,
king of Israel and Judah, in the 10th century BC (2
Samuel 5:6–9) and established by him as his royal capital. Some scholars
believe that the name also belonged to the “stronghold of Zion” taken by David
(2 Samuel 5:7), which may have been the fortress of the city. The Jewish
historian Josephus, in the 1st century AD, identified Zion with
the western hill of Jerusalem, where most of the city lay in his day.
incorrect identification of the site was retained until the late 19th or early
20th century, when the site of Zion was identified as the eastern hill (modern
Ophel). The site was not included in the walls of Jerusalem’s 16th-century
Old Slave Mart Museum brings to life dark
history of Charleston
into the Old Slave Mart Museum in downtown and you will be standing in a place
that holds a dark history of Charleston and America. “You’re going to step foot
on sacred ground. The museum itself is situated in an historic alleyway that
back in the 1850′s and 60′s was used as an auction location to sell people of
African descent,” museum research coordinator Rachel Campbell said. The Old
Slave Mart was originally part of a slave market known as Ryan’s Slave Mart,
which covered a large enclosed lot between Chalmers and Queen streets,
according to the museum’s website.
building sits along Chalmers Street, not far from the Four Corners of Law.
to the museum’s website, “throughout the first half of the 19th century, slaves
brought into Charleston were sold at public auctions held on the north side of
the Exchange and Provost building.”
the city prohibited public slave auctions in 1856, enclosed slave markets
sprang up along Chalmers, State, and Queen streets. One such market was Ryan’s
Mart, established by City Councilman and broker Thomas Ryan and his business
partner James Marsh.”
than 100 years after the end of slavery, the atmosphere of the building still
evokes a somber mood. But many visitors leave with a feeling of hope because of
all that descendants of Africans have achieved in America.
Are the Earth’s magnetic poles about to swap
inside the Earth, liquid iron is flowing and generating the Earth’s magnetic
field, which protects our atmosphere and satellites against harmful radiation
from the sun. This field changes over time, and also behaves differently in
different parts of the world. The field can even change polarity completely,
with the magnetic north and south poles switching places. Between South America
and southern Africa, there is an enigmatic magnetic region called the South
Atlantic Anomaly, where the field is a lot weaker than we would expect. Weak
and unstable fields are thought to precede magnetic reversals, so some have
argued this feature may be evidence that we are facing one.
our new study, published June 12, 2020, in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, has uncovered how long the field in the South Atlantic has
been acting up – and sheds light on whether it is something to worry about.
magnetic fields make us more prone to magnetic storms that have the potential
to knock out electronic infrastructure, including power grids. The magnetic
field of the South Atlantic Anomaly is already so weak that it can adversely
affect satellites and their technology when they fly past it. The strange
region is thought to be related to a patch of magnetic field that is pointing a
different direction to the rest at the top of the planet’s liquid outer core at
a depth of 1,795 miles (2,889 km) within the Earth.
Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to
(Source associated Press)
President Vladimir Putin ordered his nation’s top counterintelligence agency
Wednesday to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western
attempts to destabilize Russia.
at a meeting of top officials of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main
KGB successor agency, Putin pointed at the “so-called policy of containment of
Russia,” charging that it includes efforts to “derail our development, slow it
down, create problems alongside our borders, provoke internal instability and
undermine the values that unite the Russian society.” The Russian president
added that those activities by foreign powers, which he didn’t name, are aimed
at “weakening Russia and putting it under outside control.” The United States
and its NATO allies have rejected similar previous claims by the Kremlin that
they were seeking to undermine Russia. Russia’s relations with the West
plummeted to post-Cold War lows following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s
Crimea and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
recent arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a sweeping
crackdown on protesters demanding his release has been another source of
China overtakes U.S. as Europe’s main trading
partner for the first time
dethroned the U.S. last year to become Europe’s top trading partner for the
first time, data from the European statistics office has shown.
Union exports to China grew by 2.2% last year and imports rose by 5.6%. In
comparison, exports to the U.S. dropped by 8.2% and imports fell by
13.2%. The latest figures, released Monday by
Eurostat, showed that China now has an even bigger role in how European
reason behind it is clearly the fact that China/Asia is the only region going
through a nice V-shaped recovery,” ING Germany economist Carsten Brzeski told
CNBC on Tuesday.
Chinese economy is performing slightly closer to pre-Covid levels in comparison
with other parts of the world, where restrictions are still taking a toll on
activity. China is expected to register the second-highest growth rate
2021, according to forecasts from the International Monetary Fund.
Vaccination clinic hosted by the City of
Charleston, Harris Teeter and Gaillard Center
will be a vaccination clinic in Charleston hosted by the City of Charleston,
Harris Teeter and the Gaillard Center. The clinic will be held at the Gaillard
Center in Downtown Charleston and is for those in phase 1A. Participants must
make an appointment to be part of the clinic through Harris Teeter’s website.
Harris Teeter pharmacists will be administering the shots for the clinic.
clinic was originally planned as a three day clinic, but now will only consist
of one day due to the winter weather causing vaccine shipping delays.