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Just Stop Oil protesters arrested after spraying Stonehenge orange

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73-year-old Vandal Rajan Naidu Joins Niamh Lynch to Damage Historic Stonehenge Monument
Feeling Young: 73-year-old vandal Rajan Naidu joins Niamh Lynch to damage historic Stonehenge monument

What would you do on a sunny British afternoon to help save the planet? If you are an entitled Just Stop Oil protester, you target something to spray with orange paint – their favorite color.

On June 19th, the chosen target was the historic Stonehenge monument, a prehistoric megalithic structure on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Two activists have been arrested on suspicion of damaging some of the stones at the ancient site.

One of the people behind the stunt and arrested earlier today is Niamh Lynch from Birmingham, a 21-year-old Poundland version of Harry Potter and a student at the University of Oxford.

“Stonehenge at solstice is all about celebrating the natural world – but look at the state it’s in! We all have a right to live a life free from suffering, but continued burning of oil, coal and gas is leading to death and suffering on an unparalleled scale,” said the activist in a video posted on the Just Stop Oil Twitter account to inform their cult of followers.

Her partner in crime was Rajan Naidu, 73. Video footage posted on social media showed both of them wearing white shirts with the slogan “Just Stop Oil,” approaching the monoliths with canisters and spraying orange powder paint.

The action may have gained media attention, but the public is far from supporting the actions of Just Stop Oil, a group known for disrupting traffic and attacking artworks in the name of climate change.

“Mandatory psychoanalysis for anyone who feels compelled to throw paint on artworks or at heritage sites,” suggested Nina Power, Senior Editor at Compact Magazine.

Science fiction author C. R. Walton suggested that the disgruntled vandals should find cleverer ways to get their point across: “Defacing shared cultural heritage is shameful. Stonehenge belongs to everyone. It is not a canvas for activism. What might be more effective is convincing people with compelling logical argument and data.”

And Madrid-based Spanish writer Alejandro Suárez Basso didn’t mince his words expressing what would be suitable to punish the activists behind the Stonehenge damages:

I hope they rot in jail”

The stones at Stonehenge (which are protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act) have multiple rare lichen growing on them, which are also protected species.

“At around noon, we responded to a report that orange paint had been sprayed on some of the stones by two suspects.

Officers attended the scene and arrested two people on suspicion of damaging the ancient monument.  

Our enquiries are ongoing, and we are working closely with English Heritage,” the Wiltshire Police said in a statement released earlier today.

Some Twitter user shared humoured suggestions about how the Police should deal with the pair caught spraying

Warrington-born Alan Horn tweeted: “Make them clean it up, with tooth brushes,” whereas Royalist Naomi Ripley left a length reply to Naimh:

“Dear Naimh, Personally I would give you a toothbrush and make you stand there and brush it all off. You see child (and you are a child) you have no right to deface those stones. You have an opinion and that is fine but no opinion is able to be given using criminal damage. Grow up and you know what.. GET A JOB. and do something useful for society. I hope your parents are ashamed of you, I would be.”

Twitter/X user Duncan McDonald expressed his views and why he is not supporting Just Stop Oil:

“Well unless Naimh walked naked from Oxford to Stone Henge without anything about her person, I can’t but help think that everything used from the start of the journey to the conclusion of lobbing of orange shit all over the ancient monument involved oil, from the transport, clothes worn, glasses, mobile phone and all the tech to record this vandalism, even the package containing the orange shit and probably the orange shit itself. Until these arseholes supporting this idiotic protest mechanism stop using oil themselves, I won’t take them seriously at all. Only when they live their lives by embracing a policy of not using ANYTHING that has oil in it or used oil in its manufacturing process in any way can anyone take them seriously. Until then it’s just an exceptionally ironic annoyance that they are causing. So come on Just Stop Oil, show the world how to live without using oil, in EVERY aspect of your lives. Come on, eat your own dog food, practice what you preach, I challenge you to do it. And I bet you any money you like, once all your uneducated knuckle dragging followers realise what they would have to give up, they would immediately stop supporting your cause. Which is why I bet you are so economical with the truth to them. Just be honest, explain that all tech uses oil in its manufacturing processes. Manufactured clothing, the same, glasses and lenses, medicines, food, books and paper, the internet, you name it; oil is involved in it somewhere along the line.

This is not the first time that Just Stop Oil has angered the public instead of getting people on their side to fight global warming. The group managed to shut down key roads such as the M25 and Dartford Crossing in November 2022. They also disturbed major sports events, including the Wimbledon tennis championships, and had supporters throw tomato soup over Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery. On another controversial occasion, they damaged the case around the Magna Carta at the British Library.

Marcio Delgado is a Journalist, Producer and Influencer Marketing Manager working with brands and publications in Europe, America and Asia.

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UK Charity Offers £20,000 for Information About Teenager’s Murder

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Claudyo's mother and her partner at a memorial where Claudyo died
Claudyo's mother and her partner at a memorial where Claudyo died

Claudyo Lafayette was just 17 when he was fatally stabbed on Granville Road in Brent, on Friday, 14 July 2023.

His mother Yzakia Jauad said: “I know whatever I say or do will not bring my son back, but I am pleading for your help to get the justice my son deserves.

“Claudyo had a real sense of injustice when it was done to other people. He would always go out of his way to help others. His friends and especially younger children would actually wait for him at the school gate for whatever reason, he was their safeguard which says a lot about his character.

“That’s why it’s my obligation as his mother to make sure we get justice for our son.”

The charity Crimestoppers is supporting the police investigation by offering up to £20,000 for information they exclusively receive – either via their website or by phone – that leads to the conviction of those responsible for Claudyo Lafayette’s murder. This reward is available for three months and is due to expire on 10 October 2024.

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers said: “Claudyo’s death has devastated his family and friends. We know there are a number of people at the birthday party who witnessed the attack and, for whatever reason, have not come forward.

“Maybe you saw something or heard something about the incident but don’t know who to tell, or you think it might not be important.

“We know that young people don’t want to speak to the police for fear of being labelled a snitch, but you can safely tell Crimestoppers. We are not the police. We can’t identify who you are and will never ask for any of your personal details, but we can pass on what you know.

“Claudyo had his whole life ahead of him and stood up to injustice – he now deserves someone to come forward and do the right thing for him.”

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, who is leading the investigation, said: “A year on from Claudyo’s murder marks a year into our investigation. We have made significant progress with our enquiries, but we are yet to secure a conviction.

“There were many people around on the night of Claudyo’s murder, some of whom saw or know what happened to him.

“I am asking you on behalf of the police and Claudyo’s family to tell us what you know.

“I also ask that anyone who may have captured any footage of the incident on their phone to get in touch.”

Five people have previously been arrested in connection with the investigation and remain on bail.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 or you can complete an anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.


Claudyo Lafayette was just 17 when he was fatally stabbed on Granville Road in Brent, on Friday, 14 July 2023.

Claiming a reward

The reward will only be payable for information passed directly to Crimestoppers and not to the police. A reward code must be asked for when calling the charity on 0800 555 111. If you contact Crimestoppers via the anonymous online form, the ‘keeping in contact’ facility must be used and a reward code must be requested on your initial contact with the charity.

More information about rewards can be found on the Crimestoppers’ website.

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Air pollution becoming the second leading risk factor for deaths

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Air pollution accounted for 8.1 million deaths globally in 2021. | Photo: Marcin Jozwiak

Air pollution is having an increasing impact on human health, becoming the second leading global risk factor for death, according to the fifth edition of the State of Global Air (SoGA) report.

The report, released this month by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), an independent U.S.-based nonprofit research organization, found air pollution accounted for 8.1 million deaths globally in 2021. Beyond these deaths, many more millions of people are living with debilitating chronic diseases, putting tremendous strains on health care systems, economies, and societies.

Produced for the first time in partnership with UNICEF, the report finds that children under five years old are especially vulnerable, with health effects including premature birth, low birth weight, asthma and lung diseases. In 2021, exposure to air pollution was linked to more than 700,000 deaths of children under five years old, making it the second-leading risk factor for death globally for this age group, after malnutrition. A staggering 500,000 of these child deaths were linked to household air pollution due to cooking indoors with polluting fuels, mostly in Africa and Asia.

A Global Health Concern

The new SoGA Report offers a detailed analysis of recently released data from the Global Burden of Disease study from 2021 that shows the severe health impacts pollutants like outdoor fine particulate matter (PM2.5), household air pollution, ozone (O3), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are having on human health around the world. The report includes data for more than 200 countries and territories around the world, indicating that nearly every person on earth breathes unhealthy levels of air pollution every day, with far-reaching health implications.

More than 90 per cent of these global air pollution deaths – 7.8 million people – are attributed to PM2.5 air pollution, including from ambient PM2.5 and household air pollution. These tiny particles, measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, are so small they remain in the lungs and can enter the bloodstream, affecting many organ systems and increasing the risks for noncommunicable diseases in adults like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to the report, PM2.5 has been found to be the most consistent and accurate predictor of poor health outcomes around the world.

“We hope our State of Global Air report provides both the information and the inspiration for change,” said HEI President Dr. Elena Craft. “Air pollution has enormous implications for health. We know that improving air quality and global public health is practical and achievable.”

Progress is Being Made

The SoGA report provides good news as well. Since 2000, the death rate linked to children under five has dropped by 53 per cent, due largely to efforts aimed at expanding access to clean energy for cooking, as well as improvements in access to healthcare, nutrition, and better awareness about the harms associated with exposure to household air pollution.

Many countries, particularly those experiencing the highest levels of air pollution, are finally tackling the problem head on. Air quality actions in regions like Africa, Latin America, and Asia, such as installing air pollution monitoring networks, implementing stricter air quality policies, or offsetting traffic-related air pollution by moving to hybrid or electric vehicles, are all having measurable impacts on pollution and improving public health.

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Bloomberg New Voices Launches Initiative in Brazil

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Banco do Brasil CEO Tarciana Medeiros in conversation with Julia Leite, Bloomberg Managing Editor for Emerging Markets in Latin America.

Bloomberg announced the expansion of its New Voices program to São Paulo with a celebration and networking reception held at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. This marks the program’s first expansion into South America, and São Paulo now joins New York, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore, and more as the initiative’s 16th city. The New Voices program began in 2018 with the goal of increasing the representation of women as expert sources across media platforms. Bloomberg sponsors intensive media training for women and other under-represented executives in business and finance to prepare them for broadcast appearances on Bloomberg TV and other media outlets.

During the event Banco do Brasil CEO Tarciana Medeiros spoke with Julia Leite, Bloomberg Managing Editor for Emerging Markets in Latin America, about her growth outlook for 2024 and the legacy she hopes to leave as the bank’s first woman CEO. The event also featured a conversation with Nubank Brazil CEO Livia Chanes moderated by Bloomberg TV anchor Annmarie Hordern, where she discussed the fintech sector, Nubank’s expansion into other Latin America markets, and more.

Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor and Founder of New Voices at Bloomberg, and Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg’s Bureau Chief for Brazil also delivered remarks at the launch about the importance of amplifying diverse voices through the New Voices program.

Speaking at the event, Zelenko said, “We decide every day who gets to speak on our platforms, whose views inform our coverage, who gets to tell our audiences what is the outlook for the economy, for markets, for a particular industry.” She continued, “Standing here in São Paulo, I should add that even beyond gender, it’s important that we are bringing more voices from this country, from this region, to our global financial reporting.”

Since the inception of the New Voices Program, Bloomberg has more than tripled the number of on-air female guests to 36%. The initiative expanded in 2020 to include a cohort of Black executives of all gender identities, and in 2021, Latinx executives across the U.S. More than 600 executives in more than 15 cities have participated in the program.

To apply or nominate someone for the program, please click here.

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