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Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after their basecamp in the Himalayas was ravaged by a storm, local police and hiking officials said on Sunday.

The disaster, which claimed the life of record-breaking Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, is the worst climbing accident to hit the Himalayan nation in two years.

Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said rescuers helped by locals retrieved the bodies of the nine climbers on Sunday from near their basecamp at Mount Gurja, a 7,193 metre-high peak (23,600 feet), located roughly 216 km (135 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
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Hurricane Leslie has devastated Lisbon as it batters Portugal with 109mph winds.

Authorities urged people to stay indoors and to stay away from coastal areas as the storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and surging seas.

At least 27 people have suffered minor injuries, according to civil defence officials.

The storm was the most intense overnight bringing localised flooding and uprooting thousands of trees.

Civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said after Saturday night that “the greatest danger has passed”.

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It’s been just a week since Amazon announced a new $15-an-hour pay minimum for its warehouse and customer service workers, but the backlash is in full force.

In conversations with several media outlets over the last few days — including Wired, the New York Times and Recode — some Amazon warehouse workers believe the new pay change will actually result in a lower total compensation than they earned under the previous pay structure.

“It is a pay raise in minimum wage, but not necessarily a pay raise,” one Amazon employee, who has worked inside company warehouses for five years, wrote to Recode.

In this instance, the upset employee already made $15 an hour, plus between several hundred dollars and a couple of thousand dollars a year in bonuses, partly based on attendance, he said. Amazon also previously granted some workers, including this one, company stock — currently valued at around $1,880 per share.

But with the new increase in minimum pay at Amazon, the company is removi
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ng incentive-based bonus pay right before the busy holiday season, where bonus pay used to increase. Amazon will also no longer give away stock grants for hourly workers.
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Fire crews dealing with the clean-up operation after Hurricane Florence are having to move thousands of dead fish from roadways after storm surges and flooded rivers brought shoals far inland. A team was deployed to interstate 40 where a large number of fish were hosed off the highway after the hurricane dropped eight trillion gallons of water on North Carolina.
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For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 metres, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, new research by University of British Columbia zoologists has found.The study -- the first broad review of its kind -- analyzed shifts in elevation range in 975 populations of plants, insects and animals.
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For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 metres, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, new research by University of British Columbia zoologists has found.The study -- the first broad review of its kind -- analyzed shifts in elevation range in 975 populations of plants, insects and animals.
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Jair Bolsonaro was attacked as he was being carried on the shoulders of supporters in southeastern Minas Gerais state. Doctors say it could take months for him to fully recover.
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Don't worry. This isn't an announcement of a new invasion from elsewhere, but a leap into the past in the Paleozoic: the time of giant insects, 100 million years before the dinosaurs, during which insects also had their T-Rex: Carboniferous and Permian giant dragonflies that terrorised the skies of those times, sometimes call "griffenflies"). A short trip back in time to a kind of another Earth in search of insects that were already major actors of the ecosystems.

This unique specimen in the world is a giant dragonfly that lived 300 million years ago in the huge equatorial warm forests that at the time covered the center of France. It was almost 40 cm long and 70 cm wingspan. It is one of the largest known insects.

During the Carboniferous (from 360 to 299 million years ago), other insects were also very large, such as cockroaches (Dictyoptera) and Palaeodictyoptera. This gigantism has long been explained by the high percentage of oxygen in the air (twice the current level, i.e.,
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nearly 40%) which would have favoured the physiology of flight during this period. Explanations based on ecological factors more related to the absence of flying predatory vertebrates at this time would explain these large insect sizes. A combination of both phenomena should be considered.

For many millions of years, during Carboniferous, large quantities of plant debris accumulated in shallow waters. Their burial, protected from the air by the sediments that contained them, contributed to the formation of very fossiliferous layers of coals.

Meganeura was described and named by Charles Brongniart in 1885, shortly after its discovery. This dragonfly from the depths of time is the emblem of the city of Commentry in the Auvergne region, the former mining town where it was found. It was long emblematic of the giant insects of the Palaeozoic, remaining the largest known insect until the discovery of a Meganeuridae in the United States in the middle of the 20th century, which are a few centimeters larger.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-paleozoic-era-giant-dragonflies.html
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A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London.

The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 - which only applies to same-sex couples - is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ms Steinfeld said she hoped the government does the "right thing" and extends civil partnerships to all.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44627990