On Tuesday, Chile’s Villarica volcano started spewing lava and smoke, prompting officials to evacuate thousands of people in the surrounding area. Erupting around 3AM, evacuations began earlier and during the time the volcano was completely active.
Villarica is one of South America’s most active volcanoes. Standing at 9,000 feet in the central valley of Chile, Tourists hike around the volcano and camp outside.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said that she would visit the area. She also advised evacuees to remain calm.
Chile had issued an orange alert on Monday with the increased volcano activity. Around 3,500 people had been evacuated, including tourists.
According to Local Police Chief Qasim al-Obeidi of al-Baghdadi in western Iraq, Islamic State militants have burned 45 people alive. He said that they believe the executed were Iraqi Security Forces. However, there was no precise data given. According to al-Obeidi, the town was under attack and it requested the government and the world to help.
The town of al-Baghdadi was captured on Thursday last week. The nearby Iraqi air base Ain al-Asad, occupied by 300 American Marines training local Iraqi forces, had defended against the militants’ attempts to capture the base.
Meanwhile, 90 per cent of al-Baghdadi now belongs to the Islamic State.
The new atrocity succeeds their video on Sunday where they have beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. In retaliation, Egypt has sent over an air strike against all Islamic State positions in Libya.
It is also the second case that Islamic State had burned alive people this year. Earlier, Jordan Pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh was placed inside a cage and was burned alive by the militants for “burning down homes and destroying families.”
General Practitioners do not end a day without receiving a call from the NHS Helpline. According to the British Medical Association, GPs and accident and emergency departments are feeling the strain because the NHS 111 helpline advises people with colds or sore thumbs to visit their doctors.
The average number of people calling to NHS 111 had increased by 186% from 2013-2014. Referrals to accident and emergency departments were also up by 192%
The Primary Care Foundation Research group estimates that self-care calls had fallen to 15% in 2013-14 from 48% in 2012.
British Medical Association GP Dr. Charlotte Jones spearheads the efforts to see the BMA’s work on NHS 111. She said the association endeavours to highlight serious concerns about the service and how the service fails to provide what is needed.
According to her, GPs also report to the BMA that people with colds, sore thumbs and other conditions that one could remedy at home easily without the help of a registered professional had been referred to them.
It would seem that the NHS 111 helpline’s advisory is inefficient.
She said the NHS could not afford to have “unnecessary workload created given the unprecedented pressure on our health service.”
Some BMA council members blame call handlers who have very limited experience with medicine. According to the council a trained professional could encourage and walk them through self care.
According to Europol Chief Rob Wainwright, the threat of terrorism has become “extremely difficult.” However, he said the police’s resolve to combat and prevent terrorism is still high.
“We are dealing with a very serious threat spread around many European countries and propagated by thousands of suspects radicalised on the internet and through conflict experience in Syria and Iraq.
“It is clearly an urgent and serious challenge we face now.
“The scale of the problem has increased over the last 10 years. But over the last ten years the sophistication of the police response has increased too.
“The public can be reassured by the determined response by the security authorities.
“Across Europe, we are engaged in quickly exchanging intelligence. Significant amounts of work are being done.
“Stopping everything is very difficult, containing the threat wholly is very difficult but I am sure we will prevail.”
His statement comes after last week’s attack on Paris’ Charlie Hebdo offices, which killed 12 famed cartoonists including its editor.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama said that Britain and America will join forces to counter the “poisonous and fanatical ideology” of extremists.
Cameron said: “Frankly, we’ve been in this struggle against extremist Islamist terrorism for well over a decade-and-a-half so we know what it takes to win, and it’s going to take a lot of perseverance.”
Sixty-two-years-old actor Michael Keaton will play as Birdman. Birdman, a down-on-his-knees Hollywood star about to lose himself to dementia, intends to produce his own script and act in his own film as he is desperate to prove he’s more than just the superhero he once played.
Along with Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis will be joining him.
Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had made 21 Grams and Babel, is a satirical depiction of the film industry’s lustful wanting of blockbuster comic book sequels.
The film is humorous as it is thought-provoking and touching. It also shows the human frailty behind being a celebrity and the fickle-fame-and-fortune stories many actors could relate to.
Keaton said that it was difficult to act in the movie as it is difficult to enjoy while it was acted. But one can enjoy the end result of each shot.
He was made to run around the side of the theatre and through Times Square to get back in the front wearing just underpants in one shot.
“It was really weirdly fun,” he adds of filming the scene. “It’s fun to play a guy who’s this screwed up. To literally get naked, I guess, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it so much. You get naked emotionally and then you get almost naked physically.”
After a hacker group attacked Sony Pictures and revealed all of its internal communications and information, US security agencies are now investigating their new threat against people who would watch the film “The Interview.”
According to the hackers, anyone who would watch the controversial comedy regarding the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un would face a “bitter fate.” They also warned that people living near cinemas showing the film must leave their homes.
According to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS): ”At this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theatres within the United States.”
NYPD’s Top Counterterrorism official John Miller said ”Having read through the threat material myself, it’s actually not crystal clear whether it’s a cyber-response that they are threatening or whether it’s a physical attack.
“That’s why we’re continuing to evaluate the language of it, and also the source of it. I think our primary posture is going to be is going to have a police presence and a response capability that will reassure people who may have heard about this and have concerns.”
The hacker group calling themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’ had published Sony Pictures’s emails in a public domain. Sony is the main publisher of the film.
North Korean denied any involvement in the attack but had praised the efforts of the supporters.
The Egyptian High Court had sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for attacking a police station in Cairo last year. Twelve policemen had been killed in the skirmish.
The Kerdasa police station was attacked on August 14, 2013 after Egyptian security forces cleared protest camps in Kairo. The security forces had killed hundreds of protesters in the most brutal crackdown in the country’s history.
More than 151 supporters are still in custody and many others were tried in absentia.
The sentence is still preliminary and is subject to a series of appeals. The top religious authority of Egypt is also subject to approve the sentence.
Meanwhile, Egyptian President and former Military head Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had curbed some freedoms won during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. However, Egyptian citizens are willing to tolerate the curbs believing them as necessary to restore stability and growth into Egypt’s poor economic performance due to the uprising against ousted President Mohammed Morsy.
No supporter has been executed so far.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s humble announcement of his marriage to Sophie Hunter in The Times newspaper had been received positively by the UK public, but not its women. The Sherlock Holmes star, who had always been unassuming and modest despite his immense fame worldwide, said that he was very happy to make the “most important heart happier” after being asked about what he felt breaking thousands of ladies’ hearts.
Benedict sets himself apart as the “real gentleman” in the sea of the modern day brash males. According to UK media, this is a result of the loving upbringing he received in his family, with his mother playing a huge role in his treatment of women.
His parents are as much in love today as they were 42 years ago.
Wanda Ventham, his mother, now at 79, was once a household name in British television. She was an extremely talented actress in her own time with a long list of TV shows and films.
Cumberbatch’s mother also had some raunchy roles, which he said he was embarrassed to talk about. His mother questioned him of his sexual orientation because of his sensitivity to the films.
However, it was Wanda and Benedict’s father that had urged him to pursue a career in being a film actor and performance art.
According to Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, being “a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit” does not fit the description of businesses. Her group, called The B-Team, works with different organisations to help push forward a better way to do business. They have identified that the well-being of employees are also crucial for business success.
Huffington’s Well-Being Committee discusses employment stories from these different organisations. These stories range from which plans work and not, coming up with innovative ideas, how to progressively scale a business and ensure a uniform effort.
The author identified that globally, businesses are becoming aware that the health of their long-term bottom line is aligned with the health of their employees’ motivation.
Business all over the world had introduced stress-reducing programs and better workload adjustments to allow employees a better breather than what they are used to.
Stressed employees are likely to have loss of productivity by acquiring stress-related conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. A Harvard study that Huffington pointed out indicated that the more a company focuses on employee wellness programs, the better profits the company makes.
Hong Kong protesters watched government and student protest leaders formally discuss the issue surrounding Hong Kong’s upcoming election candidates. The failure of the talks to break a deadlock had many protesters set a schedule for more protest to push for greater democracy in the financial hub.
The Hong Kong protests nearing its first month, has widened the gap between the protesters and the government. The government has labelled the Hong Kong protest activities as illegal. They also went to say the protester’s demands for open nominations were impossible under the laws of the former British colony.
Some protest leaders had called to march to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying to protest directly outside his house and ask him to step down. They also thought of expanding their movement to different places to lobby against the government to face and answer their demands.
While Hong Kong has the full right to assume universal suffrage under the “one country, two systems” rule under the Chinese, Beijing is concerned that allowing Hong Kong to have democracy will other groups in mainland China to imitate such demands.
Meanwhile, the protests were rarely violent as protesters were respectful of authorities. Student protesters said they had yet to decide to engage in further talks with the government. Yvonne Leung, one of the student leaders, said that the government did not give a concrete reply and just elaborated on some processes that people do not need to know.