NEWS DIGEST 25.10.2020: Hornets, cats and aspiring rappers make a news impact

Today’s News Digest is brought to you directly from current news posts in my Facebook feed. In the United States, the department of agriculture for the state of Washington has destroyed a nest of an invasive and potentially species of … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 25.10.2020: Hornets, cats and aspiring rappers make a news impact

NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

Good morning. Today’s news digest is some of the leading stories from HEM News Agency’s HEM Journalism Portal on Twitter. International press freedom activist network Index on Censorship is now gathering nominations for its Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021, … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

HANGING AROUND: Why do bats roost upside down?

  VIJAY SHAH   Imagine you’re in a dark forest. It’s getting late and the shadows are getting longer. You decide to find somewhere to bed down for the night, and by chance, you stumble upon a cave. Out comes your sleeping bag and jim-jams, and as you switch on the nightlight, you become aware of fluttering motions above your head. Hundreds of small shadows flutter erratically about the cave ceiling above you. Parts of it appear to be moving, a strange fuzzy mass with leathery wings sprouting from it and then flying towards yo as you cower!. Now if … Continue reading HANGING AROUND: Why do bats roost upside down?

MEGALODON: An ancient shark of mega proportions

VIJAY SHAH and SUNNY ATWAL Every year around six people are killed by sharks and dozens more injured, often seriously. Feared for their aggression, speed, size and taste for human flesh, the shark has been the stuff of legends for thousands of years and more recently, have been the subject of Hollywood blockbusters. Forty years ago, cinemagoers queued up for popcorn, ready to be terrified by the protagonist of the Jaws films, a bloodthirsty great white who snacked on sunseekers visiting the beach of sleepy little Amity Island.  On the 10th of August, 2018, a new movie resurrecting the familiar … Continue reading MEGALODON: An ancient shark of mega proportions

FAIRLOP WATERS: Local conservationists protest lorry road plans for Ilford nature reserve

Hainault – VIJAY SHAH via AARON WALAWALKAR and Ilford Recorder Redbridge environmental campaigners are protesting against plans to construct a ‘haul road’ for heavy-duty lorries near the scenic Fairlop Waters nature reserve in Ilford, Essex, in the UK, according to a report published by their local newspaper, the Ilford Recorder. They fear the constant stream of large and noisy trucks carrying gravel on the new route will destroy the peace and feel of the Fairlop Waters Nature Park, which lies in the Hainault area, close to the A12 road and is Redbridge’s largest nature reserve and leisure spot. The park … Continue reading FAIRLOP WATERS: Local conservationists protest lorry road plans for Ilford nature reserve