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Gang of condors ‘absolutely trash’ California home

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Gang of condors 'absolutely trash' California home

They turned her house into their own condor-minium.

Over the weekend, a crew of the largest flying birds in North America dive-bombed one woman’s Southern California house, where they proceeded to wreak havoc and refuse to leave. 

“Over the weekend ~15 California condors descended on my moms house and absolutely trashed her deck,” the woman’s daughter, Seana Lyn, wrote in a now-viral tweet on Tuesday. “They still haven’t left.”

That so many of the condors should congregate together in a random act of destruction at the abode is truly bizarre because the species is endangered, their numbers so few that they are tagged with numbers. 

“It sucks but also this is unheard of, there’s only 160 of these birds flying free in the state and a flock of them decided to start a war with my mom,” Lyn continued above four images of the birds hanging out on her mother’s deck, perched on the railing above a sea of wreckage including upturned potted plants, trash and bird poop galore. (A 2019 count by the US Department of Interior tallied 200 wild condors in California.)

In response to the avian invasion, Lyn’s mother attempted to gently tell the birds to scram. 

“Just got off the phone with mom. So, tho those that know her will all agree she is one of the strongest women ever. But I’m even more in awe knowing that my tiny little mom was staring down a bunch of birds half her size from less than 10 ft away trying to shoo them away,” Lyn wrote in a follow-up tweet. 

Still, Lyn continued, her mother did find the whole event “pretty amazing,” albeit “also the worst.” While she took no issue with the birds congregating on her property, their propensity for chilling on the roof and railings — and generally “messing with stuff and pooping everywhere” — was less than ideal. 

Subsequent updates have included the birds continuing to hang out “ominously,” the mom calling some condor groups to come observe the birds, the birds circling overhead for a bit, and the mom giving some of the birds a hose “shower” when they landed on her roof. 

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UK to ban daytime junk food adverts on TV and online

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UK to ban daytime junk food adverts on TV and online

LONDON, June 24 – Britain will ban adverts promoting unhealthy food from appearing on television during the day and on the internet as part of its drive to tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating.

The new rules, which will come into force at the end of next year, are designed to change the current trend where one in three children leave primary school overweight or obese, but they prompted an angry reaction from some media groups.

Under the plan, adverts for foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar will be banned from appearing on television or UK on-demand programming before 2100 hours. They will also be banned from paid-for slots online, allowing them to still appear on their producer’s website and social media pages.

The government said the restrictions would apply to all businesses with 250 or more employees that make or sell the products, helping to protect smaller companies that can only afford to advertise online.

“The content youngsters see can have an impact on the choices they make and habits they form,” Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said on Thursday.

“With children spending more time online it is vital we act to protect them from unhealthy advertising.”

Analysis cited by the government showed that almost half of all TV food adverts shown in a month in 2019 were for unhealthy food. A sugar tax introduced in 2018 prompted some drink manufacturers to cut their sugar levels.

The News and Media Association said it was very disappointed with the decision because it was not clear a link had been found between advertising exposure and childhood obesity.

“Instead of tackling the problem of childhood obesity, this draconian measure will harm news media publishers who rely on advertising revenue to fund the journalism which keeps us all informed,” the NMA’s Sayra Tekin said.

Shares in Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster ITV were down less than 1 percent while newspaper group Reach fell 1.5 percent and Daily Mail & General Trust fell 2 percent.

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COVID-19 contributes the biggest decline in US life expectancy in decades

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In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo, gravedigger Thomas Cortez watches as a refrigerated trailer is delivered to keep pace with a surge of bodies arriving for burials, mostly those who died from coronavirus, at the Hebrew Free Burial Association's cemetery in the Staten Island borough of New York.

The life expectancy in the US fell by about two years from 2018 to 2020, a decline blamed on the COVID-19 outbreak and the ripple effect the virus had on daily life.

Steven Woolf, who is from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and an author of the study, said a similar decline has not been seen since WWII, according to NPR.

“It’s a horrific decrease in life expectancy,” he said. 

The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, said the US had a much larger decrease in life expectancy in the timeframe than other high-income nations, “with pronounced losses among Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black populations.”

Woolf pointed to several factors that contributed to the death that included “disruptions in health care, disruptions in chronic disease management and behavioral health crisis, where people struggling with addiction disorders or depression might not have gotten that help they needed.”

The average life expectancy in the US back in 2018 was about 79 and by the end of 2020 was about 77. 

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Crisis PR pro snags Trump Tower condo in all-cash deal

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Crisis PR pro snags Trump Tower condo in all-cash deal

Crisis publicist/reputation management pro Josh Nass paid $1.8 million for a Trump Tower pad in all cash deal — far less than the $2.3 million that the seller, Dalimar Assets Inc., paid for it in 2006.

The sale was first reported by OK Magazine and Nass did not use a broker. 

Nass’s new unit at 721 Fifth Ave. was once on the market for $4.3 million back in 2014. Its last asking price had been brutally slashed to $2 million.

The two-bedroom, 2½-bath unit is 1,477 square feet and it is directly below a unit that Melania Trump bought from the Trump Organization.

Nass already had ties to the building before he bought in it, as he once arranged a meeting for Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, and Jason Greenblatt, who became President Trump’s Middle Eastern envoy.

The main bedroom comes with a large walk-in closet and a marble ensuite bathroom. There’s also a small chef’s kitchen, built-in sound, limestone floors and Fifth Avenue views.

Trump Tower prices were down during Trump’s presidency. In 2019, Vincent Gallo bought a unit for $1.47 million that had been asking $3.4 million in 2017. But now that the barricades are down, prices appear to be on their way up.

The purchase, Nass tells Gimme, is “not a bet on Trump.” Instead, he says, “It’s a bet on New York City’s comeback and Fifth Avenue and 56th Street being the center of the city and the world.”

The listing brokers are Leonel Piraino and Rafael Salas of Brown Harris Stevens. 

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