These are the companies supporting the global climate strike

(CNN)A handful of brands and retailers are backing the global climate strikes, as a message to government leaders that it’s time to do something about the climate crisis. Here is a growing list of some of the companies showing their support for the strikes: 3P Partners, Inc. 450 Architects, Inc. A Better World A.K. A Coach and Company Aegis Renewable Energy AGL Media Group Allbirds Alston C Lundgren, MD, PC American Sustainable Business Council Amicus Solar Cooperative Appropriate Technology Group Arcadia Power Aspen Leaf Wealth Management At The Epicenter Attention To Details B Lab US/Canada Bandidas Taqueria Bee’s Wrap Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. Bensonwood Bikmo BitTorrent Blackledge Furniture Blue Earth Planning, Engineering & Design, PC Brand Geek/Law Office of …

The billions Saudi Arabia spends on air defenses may be wasted in the age of drone warfare

(CNN)Saudi Arabia has spent billions on state-of-the-art air defense and early warning systems, but a mix of cruise missiles and drones was able to penetrate its airspace on Saturday, inflicting substantial damage on the world’s largest oil processing plant at Abqaiq. In the aftermath of the attacks, US President Donald Trump has ordered new sanctions on Iran. While Trump has not definitely stated that Iran was behind the strikes, others in his administration have pinned blame on Tehran. Iran has denied responsibility for Saturday’s attack. According to a source familiar with the Saudi/US investigation into the attacks, the cruise missiles flew at very low altitude to avoid detection and would have avoided traveling over the Persian Gulf where US and …

FAA needs to be ‘humble’ after 737 MAX crashes, administrator says

Washington (CNN)Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson says his agency must be “humble” about areas for improvement after approving the Boeing 737 MAX, the plane models that crashed twice in less than six months killing 346 people. He spoke prior to visiting Boeing’s Seattle-area headquarters on Thursday where he operated a 737 MAX simulator. The agency said company management briefed him on their work to fix the plane’s systems. Earlier this month, CNN reported on the signs of a disconnect between worldwide regulators, which a Boeing official acknowledged could lead to the plane returning to service in the US while remaining grounded in some other countries or regions. Dickson, who took the agency’s helm just over a month ago, said …

Colliery and tunnel on ‘most at risk of ruin’ list

Victorian Society president Griff Rhys Jones said this year’s examples include “gems” and “real historical moments”. He said: “It is both inspiring and saddening to see this list. Who would have thought that a call to arms would reveal such a wealth of distinguished and absorbing architecture?” The 2019 top 10 are: Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Staffordshire Image copyright Flickr.com Grade I-listed Shadwell Court was built in 1715 but was remodelled beyond all recognition in 1840 by Edward Blore and again 20 years later by SS Teulon. The gothic mansion has been empty since the 1990s and is owned by a member of the Dubai ruling family, the society said. Mr Costelloe said it would be a “scandal” if the mansion, …

NASA remixed an Ariana Grande song to promote its mission to put a woman on the moon

(CNN)NASA is relying on a bit of star power to educate youth about space and promote its upcoming mission to the moon. The interns switched the lyrics to: “ISS in orbit, oh the views will make you wonder. Back to lunar orbit there is still more to uncover.” According to NASA, the “educational parody” is a part of a volunteer outreach project. “The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center,” NASA said on YouTube. “Through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before,” the …

Susan Olsen talks ‘A Very Brady Bunch Renovation,’ says voting for Trump got her fired from radio show

Brady Bunch cast: (left to right) Maureen McCormack / Marsha Brady, Christopher Knight / Peter Brady, Susan Olsen / Cindy Brady, Mike Lookinland / Bobby Brady, Eve Plumb / Jan Brady & Barry Williams / Greg Brady in front of the original Brady home, as seen in “A Very Brady Renovation.” (HGTV via AP) But since the show came to an end — and before the “Brady” home became the subject of its new reality TV series, Olsen has kept herself busy not in Hollywood, but pursuing her passion for radio. Most recently, the now-58-year-old, along with ‘50s actress Kathleen Hughes, attended The Hollywood Museum to commemorate the life of Ida Lupino, as well as Olivia De Havilland’s 103rd birthday. The …

Excelsior! New York license plate design shows more than Manhattan

(CNN)There’s more to New York state than New York City. The fifth showed a bridge named for late former Gov. Mario Cuomo. It tied for last place. All the finalists used blue and gold, an outline of the state, and the word “Excelsior,” which is the Latin motto on the state seal that means “Ever upward.” People across the state had two weeks to vote online or at the state fair in Syracuse, and about half of the 325,000 votes cast went to the eventual winner, affiliate WABC reported. “The design overwhelmingly selected by New Yorkers showcases some of our most iconic symbols and truly represents what the Empire State is all about — our diversity, our unparalleled architecture and …

What’s it like to live in a castle?

Many holidaymakers will have visited castles this summer, but what about owning one, or living or working in one? Three people reflect on life behind the battlements. Bamburgh Castle: Looking after an icon Image copyright EPA Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong now lives on a nearby farm but grew up in the castle The oldest parts date to the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it was in a poor state when it was bought by the industrialist William Armstrong in 1894. He rebuilt large parts of it and the castle became the family home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong’s family also used to own the Farne Islands and Cragside House Living in a centuries-old building filled with spiral …

Businesses Are Finally Stepping Up To Help The Homeless Crisis

SEATTLE ― Rita was homeless when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2016. Fortunately, Medicaid covered her prescription costs. Not so fortunately, her medication acted as a diuretic — she had to urinate frequently. If she had a permanent place to stay, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But in Seattle, where she had become homeless after struggling with addiction for years, many of the shelters closed every morning and didn’t reopen until 9 p.m. That meant Rita had to spend most of her day looking for bathrooms. Businesses, she learned, were out of the question. Rita remembers telling a restaurant hostess about her condition and begging to use the bathroom. The hostess refused. “There were times when …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

Georgia to Scotland by bike for the love of rugby

Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Getting ready to leave from Tbilisi He noticed that relatively few Georgian fans would travel abroad with the national rugby team and he wanted to show other supporters what was possible. He told the BBC Scotland News website: ” In Georgia, rugby is a very popular sport but Georgians don’t really support their team in other countries. “I wanted to show that we can support our team anywhere and this was a big game – the last before the World Cup.” Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption A river side stop in Budapest, Hungary Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Munich in Germany was also on Sandro’s route Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption …

Roman mosaic discovery ‘one of three in world’

Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the Roman find Mr Nichol, who worked on the dig, said: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved. “There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.” Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Workers used toothbrushes to painstakingly clean it without damaging the ancient tiles Image caption Roman art and architecture expert Anthony Beeson uncovered the story held within the mosaic Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologist Matt Nichol described it as “second to none” Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson said: “The pavement …

The ‘goners’ caught on film forever

Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption The buildings Peter used to shoot were known as “goners” – this one in Seacroft was already halfway there in 1974 Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption A billboard is framed by the half-demolished Marsh Lane tenements Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption John Murray, right, owned the Racing Pigeon Shop and remembers “great times” on Blake Grove John, who still runs a racing pigeon business, remembers “great times” on the street and often passes by his former shop, which closed in 2010. “Shops weren’t allowed to trade on Sundays, but we’d open our doors for a few hours to let the pigeon boys come in,” said the 60-year-old. “I remember we had to …

‘Bruised and shaken and coming home’

Both are members of Killymoon Golf Club in Cookstown and Ryan had gone to Georgia on his own hoping to see a McIlroy victory. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning struck a tree close to the 15th green Ryan told his father he had been sheltering under a tree when the lightning struck and all he could remember was waking up “yards away” with the emergency services all around him. “He’s had scans just to make sure there is no internal damage,” said his father. Ryan was back in his hotel by Sunday afternoon and is hoping to fly home to Northern Ireland on Tuesday. He had only finished camp a week ago and had headed to Chicago before …

In seeking to control Kashmir, Modi may look to China’s actions in Xinjiang and Tibet

Hong Kong (CNN)The gleaming white bullet train whips through the Chinese countryside, past endless construction sites and new towns. Kashmir and Xinjiang share many similarities. Both have long been regions of disputed sovereignty, where a predominantly Muslim minority has pushed against control by a non-Muslim state, and both are now facing increased pressure in countries once committed to multiethnic pluralities that have taken a turn for majoritarian assimilation. Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang have been minoritized in many cities and faced increased competition for jobs from Han migrants. At the same time, they have been subjected to draconian surveillance and policing, with up to 2 million people detained in what critics call “re-education camps,” according to expert estimates. Uyghur activists have …

New missile defense tech destroys incoming nukes faster

If a Space-Based Infrared satellite detected a launch, it would quickly send sensitive data signals to an Air Force command center where the information would be evaluated by computers. Then, the command center would send a wide-sweeping “alert through the ballistic missile defense system,” a senior Pentagon official told Warrior. “When a satellite recognizes something that looks like a launch, it has a mathematical formula in a computer that tracks the heat source,” the official said. “Then we start turning on radar”… he added. Response decisions, which could involve the immediate deployment of a well-armed and ready U.S. nuclear triad…. hinge almost entirely upon .. time. In effect, the faster tracking, targeting and countermeasure analysis can take place, the greater …