According to Ruptly, the California-based ride-hailing company stopped operating in Spain in 2014.
After multiple complaints by taxi associations and numerous protests by taxi drivers, including nationwide taxi strikes, a Spanish court ordered to shut down the UberPop service, which used unlicensed drivers in its operations.
But in March 2016, Uber made its comeback in Madrid with its new UberX service, which connected riders with professional and licensed drivers.
This March, the company issued a statement putting forwards its intentions to bring the new services back to Barcelona.
According to Reuters, Uber will be making inroads again into the Barcelona transport market with UberX, a fully licensed ride-hailing service that meets local transportation laws.
The ride-hailing company stopped operating in Spain in 2014. After multiple complaints by taxi associations and numerous protests by taxi drivers, including nationwide taxi strikes, a Spanish court ordered to shut down UberPop service, which used unlicensed drivers in its operations.
However, in March 2016 Uber made its comeback in Madrid with its new UberX service, which connected riders with professional and licensed drivers.
This March, the company issued a statement putting forwards its intentions to bring the new services back to Barcelona.
The Kenyan conservancy taking care of the rhino, named Sudan, said the 45-year-old was euthanized after a rapid deterioration in an age-related condition led to changes in his muscles and bones and extensive skin wounds.
The Epoch Times wrote about Sudan being on death watch in early March, citing communications manager Elodie Sampere as saying that it was "only a matter of days" before the last male of the species met his end.
Sudan, as the rhino is named, became famous after he was listed as Tinder's "Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," and is only one of three northern white rhinos left in the world.
The elderly animal's failing health sparked a crowdfunding effort that at the beginning of March raised $1 million. According to Fox News, $9 million is needed to save the northern white rhino, a subspecies of the white rhino.
Reuters recently reported that the fundraising effort fell well short of target.
Conservationists said the price tag for saving the species is so high because it would involve in vitro fertilization and multiple surrogate pregnancies in the world’s last two female northern white rhinos.
“Giving birth to just one rhino won’t save the species,” said Sampere, “we need at least 10 babies.”
While there are thousands of southern white rhinos still roaming the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, rampant poaching drastically cut the numbers of northern whites.
Poachers can sell northern white rhino horns for 50-thousand dollars per kilo, making them more valuable than gold or cocaine.
Sprightly Joyce Harper has taught generations of aspiring ballerinas at the school she founded in 1946.
She still teaches lessons twice a week to dancers ranging from two to sixteen years old, and says the dance school is what “keeps her alive”.
Harper, who hails from Henleaze, Bristol, was honored by an award in 2011––Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to dance.
The award was presented to her by Princess Anne.
Fondly known by her students as Miss Harper, she has never been married, and says she thinks of her students as her family.
"I have taught ballet to generations of children,” she said.
''I've seen some right through from they were little ones, and then see them coming back with their own children and grandchildren.
"That's what makes it interesting. I think of them as my family - and the hall is like my second home. I do spend a lot of my time here.
"I don't know what I would do with myself if I stopped teaching there. It keeps me going, it keeps me interested."
Her fellow teachers at Henleaze School of Dance describe Joyce as an “amazing woman” and say that “dance is her life.”
"I think she'll still be going when she's 100. I think if she gave up now it would be the finish of her. She loves it so much," said Anne Choules, 79, who has been assisting Joyce at the school for 20 years.
Joyce founded Henleaze School of Dance, in St Peter's Hall, when she was just 26 years old.
Rosemary Carrington, 59, who teaches alongside Joyce, said "She's amazing. She's got the mindset of a dancer - never give in.
"Even when she had her accident in June 2014 - she was back in the studio in September.
"Mentally, she's still all there. She's so active. We all love her."
Edmund Phipps, 50, allegedly sent Catcher, who was posing as a “schoolgirl,” a series of sexually explicit messages before arranging the meet, the Mirror reported.
The former Royal Mail director used a fake name and knocked five years off his age in WhatsApp messages, claiming he was 45 and sending topless pictures.
But when Phipps arrived to meet the teen, he was confronted by pedophile hunter Danny Catcher who carried out a citizen’s arrest.
The messages he sent the “girl” included images of him shirtless, and after being told the decoy was 14 years old, Phipps wrote “am 45 young looking tho and very fit and muscular.”
After arranging to meet in Bath, Somerset, on July 4 2017, Phipps was charged with a child sex offense.
He admitted to one charge, of attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 13 to 15 into sexual activity with an offender aged 18 or over.
In video footage, Phipps denies trying to meet the girl for sex and says: “I have not done anything of the sort.
“I want to see the police, this is absurd.”
He is then shown a photograph of himself that he sent via WhatsApp.
Phipps was reportedly sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, and given 60 days rehabilitation at Bristol Crown Court.
He will spend seven years on the sex offenders' register.
Danny Catcher said “I do this because I want to protect children from pedophiles like Phipps, people who prey on vulnerable young people.
“He came to Bath in summer 2017 with the intention of having sex with a child. This is not acceptable behavior and he deserves the punishment handed out today.
“If he can meet a decoy child for sexual activity, he could meet a real child. He is a danger to children and I am pleased to hear that he's pleaded guilty to the offenses. I sincerely hope that this is a wake-up call and that he never goes online to groom or meet a child in the future.”
A Royal Mail spokesman said “We can confirm that Mr. Phipps is a former employee. He was off duties from the time he was arrested.”
This footage shows two people being airlifted via a helicopter at Praia da Ursa, a beach located in southwest Portugal.
Five people were camping on the beach when a landslide occurred and resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Brazilian. The man succumbed to his injuries after resuscitation efforts failed, Expresso reported.
An 18-year-old German woman was also injured in the rock slide, while the other three campers were unharmed.
The group was composed of Brazilians and Germans who had been staying at the beach for three days.
According to a report from TVI24, Praia da Ursa is classified as a beach unsuitable for swimming and is known for its potentially dangerous tides and collapsing rocks.
According to the Telegraph, skiers were being ferried downhill at the resort, located it the Caucasus mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, when the lift began to speed up, out of control.
Video shot by people next to the lift, posted on social media, showed skiers jumping or falling from the carriages, as horrified onlookers shouted in panic.
The lift appeared to be moving backwards and dangerously fast, leading to a pile-up of broken and twisted chairs at the lift’s lowest point.
The footage uploaded on March 12 by her mother, Jade Lennon, has now been viewed over 10 million times on Facebook.
Lennon said: “She’s practiced this so much!”
Lennon shared the following moving message the following day, on March 13: "Getting a message from a pregnant woman in America who, after watching Chloe’s video, has decided to continue with her pregnancy (baby prenatally diagnosed with DS) and is no longer as scared as she first was."
“Makes everything so [...] worthwhile. EXACTLY why we raise awareness.”
On hearing that the BBC would be coming to their house to take pictures of her, Chloe’s response was “Oh sounds fun mum, easy peasy!”
Oscar and Kiwa were released on Thursday, March 15 off the shore of Tutukaka, on New Zealand’s North Island, after spending about two years at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s. Both were found on Ninety Mile Beach suffering from various ailments, including infections, dehydration, and cold shock.
Rescuers said the turtles had gained about 15 kg (33 lb) since their rescue, and had been tagged so that their progress can be tracked, Newshub reported.
Staff called the release into the wild "bittersweet," but to see the turtles "back where they're meant to be" was "a happy moment for everyone," it was reported.
This video gives a rare look inside a Japanese prison trying to adapt to an aging population.
Reuters reporters visited the Tokushima facility - which has had to move it's elderly inmates to a special building with carers.
The prison is 520 km (323 miles) west of Tokyo, and is at the forefront of efforts to cope with the growing ranks of elderly inmates now posing a challenge to Japan's penal system.
Prisoners aged 60 or above make up 19 percent of the entire prison population in Japan according to 2016 government data. By comparison, only six percent of the U.S. prison population at state and federal levels were aged 60 or above, according to the 2016 Justice Department statistics.
About a quarter of convicts over 65 in Japan are repeat offenders.
Experts say that says a lot about the state of play in the outside world that they're trying to reintegrate into.
The reason for old people serving time repeatedly is "the fact that reintegration into society is so difficult for them", according to Yasuyuki Deguchi, professor of criminal psychology at Tokyo Future University
Jobs are scarce for the old, as is shelter. And so while some are anxious to leave prison, others willingly go back.
The tendency to re-offend amongst the elderly is a huge concern in Japan. One in four ex-convicts aged 65 and above, returns to prison within two years after release.
According to government data, this is the highest rate among all age groups.
World's Longest Sausage Sets a New Record tom.ozimek 2018-03-140 views Chefs in Kyrgyzstan crafted a giant chuchuk horse meat sausage measuring over 100 meters and well over a metric ton of a traditional Kyrgyz dish, in an attempt to set a new world record.
The culinary feat of exceptional proportions took place in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on Monday, March 12.
Apparently not wanting to let chefs from neighboring Kazakhstan get the better of them, culinary competitors from Kyrgyztan set out to beat the Kazakhstani record for the largest portion of beshbarmak, which last year topped the scales at a whopping 736.5 kilograms (1624 pounds).
In their bid for record-breaking glory, Kyrgyz chefs came up with a 1454 kilogram (3228 pounds) serving of the traditional dish. They also set a world record for the longest chuchuk, measuring 117 meters (384 feet).
When all was said and done, the beshbarmak was given away free to attendees. The rest was delivered to nursing homes and orphanages.
Chuchuk is a typical sausage of Central Asia and the Middle East. It consists of ground meat (either beef, pork or lamb, and horse), with various spices including fenugreek, cumin, sumac, garlic, salt, and red pepper.
Beshbarmak is the national dish of Kyrgyzstan and is common across Central Asia. It consists of boiled meat finely chopped with knives, mixed with boiled noodles, and spiced with onion sauce. It is usually served in a big round dish and eaten with the hands.
Spain’s Guardia Civil released CCTV footage of the March 4 incident, which shows the close call.
A grey car is seen attempting to cross lanes to enter the petrol station as a red car approaches. The driver of the red car swerves to avoid the grey car, hurtling straight into the forecourt and narrowly dodging the attendant and officer.
According to local news reports, there were no injuries following the incident. The driver of the grey car was investigated for reckless driving and endangering other road users.
Fluttering Butterflies Take Over San Diego Zoo tom.ozimek 2018-03-130 views Thousands of butterflies floated and fluttered around an aviary at the San Diego Zoo on Friday, March 9, for the opening of the zoo's annual butterfly jungle. At Butterfly Jungle, the walk-through aviary has been transformed into a temporary home for over 30 species of butterflies. As visitors make their way through the rain forest habitat, thousands of colorful, eye-catching butterflies surround them, fluttering lightly through the warm air to find flowers to feed upon. The aviary is also home to numerous green plants and 18 species of exotic birds. While fun for both adults and children, the five week long event also brings awareness to the plight of declining butterfly populations all over the world-as well as the local butterfly populations in San Diego. Reuters contributed to this report.
The academy collaborates with the coroner's office in Pima County, Arizona, to identify nameless corpses that have gone unclaimed, and put names to eight migrants who died trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S.
The hope is that the sculptures will help families claim the remains of their loved ones and bring them closure.
"The migrants, as they come across the border, they experience heat and usually they die of exposure," John Volk said, the school's director of continuing education.
"And people find skulls from their remains. And there's no way to identify them without DNA analysis and without dental records. So what we do is we try to reconstruct them so that people might be able to see one of their loved ones or family members and identify them."
While the New York medical examiner's office has used police sketch artists for years to help with identifications, the partnership with the New York Academy of Art, now in its fourth year, turns to art students to bring the sketches to life.
Six months ago, Volk asked the New York medical examiner's office to work with the Pima County medical examiner's office so that his students could help in some way with the migrant issue.
Since it's impractical for the art students to use actual human remains being studied at the medical examiner's anthropology laboratory, the office uses a 3D printer to print skulls that his students can work from.
Students reconstruct the faces using 3D images of skulls and the few facts available about ethnicity, sex, age and the like. In modeling the plasteline, an oil based clay, they also draw on their knowledge of tissue depth and other anatomical details.
They are told not to be creative because the point is to identify people. Two of the cases have been identified through DNA analysis, Volk said.
Kristen Pedote, a student involved in the project, said it takes about five days to create the busts. She said the process is an "emotional roller coaster because you do want to separate yourself from it but you also want to motivate yourself to kind of power through it, just to see."
The sculptures are on display at the New York Academy of Art's windows through March 29, and photos of the faces have been posted online to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
The video was released on Friday, March 9, Reuters reported.
Conservationists captured the video of female gorilla Mekome and her offspring in the rainforest of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. The scientists who captured the video believe that the baby gorilla was barely a week old when the encountered the pair.
A female gorilla generally gives birth to one infant approximately every four years, and this baby is Mekome's fifth offspring. A baby gorilla spends two to three years clinging to and riding on the back of its mother.
Only one of Mekome's offspring have made it into adulthood, as baby gorillas are threatened by predator attacks, disease, habitat loss and poaching.
Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, and scientists believe that about 100,000 individuals are left in the wild.
As is traditional for this annual event, adults and children got the opportunity to feed the friendly giants.
National Elephant Day began in 1998, initiated by wildlife conservationists to remind Thais of the significance of elephants. It also serves as a reminder for people to help support efforts to protect them from poaching.
For several decades, the pachyderms have been part of the country's tourist attractions as they are trained to perform in shows and give tourists rides around cities. The deputy manager of the Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal & Village, Riengthongbaht Meepan, said the tourist industry is the 'lightest job' for the pachyderms, for them and their handlers to be able to make a comfortable living.
"We have to accept that the world has changed. Everyone needs to earn a living, we all need to thrive to survive. Elephants entering the Hollywood, Bollywood scenes or in the tourist industry, that's actually the lightest jobs for them. We should be supporting elephant trainers who use correct training methods, are not violent with the animal, in order to improve their talent to be able to do world-class performances, which could then create a name for the country," said Meepan.
There are about 3,500 elephants left in the wildlife sanctuaries across Thailand, according to the Thai Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Watch the video to see footage of elephants, their handlers, and visitors interact on National Elephant Day.
Seven years on, Fujita and thousands like him along Japan's northeast coast have rebuilt their lives alongside huge sea walls that experts say will protect them if another giant tsunami, which some see as inevitable in a seismically active nation like Japan, was to strike.
The 12.5-metre (41-ft) concrete wall replaced a 4-metre breakwater that was swamped in the March 11, 2011 disaster. The earthquake and tsunami, which reached as high as 30 metres in some areas, killed nearly 18,000 people across Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant.
"It feels like we're in jail, even though we haven't done anything bad," the 52-year-old fisherman said.
Since the disaster, some towns have forbidden construction in flat areas nearest the coast and have relocated residents to higher land. Others have raised the level of their land by several metres before constructing new buildings.
A common thread, though, is the construction of sea walls to replace breakwaters that were overwhelmed by the tsunami. Some 395km (245 miles) of walls have been built at a cost of 1.35 trillion yen ($12.74 billion), some as high as 15 metres (49 feet).
Many residents initially welcomed the idea of the walls but have become more critical over time. Some say they were not consulted enough in the planning stages or that money spent on the walls has meant that rebuilding elsewhere, such as housing, has fallen behind.
Others worry the walls will damage tourism.
"About 50 years ago, we came up here with the kids and enjoyed drives along the beautiful ocean and bays," said Reiko Iijima, a tourist from central Japan, who was eating at an oyster restaurant across from the seawall, "Now, there's not even a trace of that."
Fisherman Fujita said that while the tsunami had improved oyster farming in the area by stirring up sea floors and removing accumulated sludge, the sea walls could block natural water flows from the land and impact future production.
Many municipalities said the giant walls had to be in place before permission could be granted for reconstruction elsewhere.
"I can't say things like 'the wall should be lower' or 'we don't need it,'" said Katsuhiro Hatakeyama, who has rebuilt his bed and breakfast business in the same location as before. "It's thanks to the wall that I could rebuild, and now have a job."
But many find the wall hard to adjust to.
"Everyone here has lived with the sea, through generations," said Sotaro Usui, head of a tuna supply company. "The wall keeps us apart - and that's unbearable."
Astori's death left Italian football in a state of shock. The well-loved player arrived at Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross in a white Maserati hearse as fans waved purple and white Fiorentina flags and held up their team scarves.
The audio of the service was broadcast to the thousands of fans, many of them crying, who filled the square.
One man wiped tears from his eyes and said there were no words to explain his grief. Another fan said Fiorentina had lost a great person.
Family members waved to the crowds as they left the Basilica and the Fiorentina fans responded by chanting "Only one captain, there is only one captain" and "Davide Astori.”
Fans and Players Say Goodbye to Fiorentina Captain Astori tom.ozimek 2018-03-090 views Thousands of fans and dozens of footballers turned out on Thursday, March 8, to a funeral service to bid their last farewell to Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the age of 31 on Sunday. Astori's death left Italian football in a state of shock. The well-loved player arrived at Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross in a white Maserati hearse as fans waved purple and white Fiorentina flags and held up their team scarves. The audio of the service was broadcast to the thousands of fans, many of them crying, who filled the square. One man wiped tears from his eyes and said there were no words to explain his grief. Another fan said Fiorentina had lost a great person. Family members waved to the crowds as they left the Basilica and the Fiorentina fans responded by chanting "Only one captain, there is only one captain" and "Davide Astori.”
This timelapse footage shows the giant vessel’s departure.
The US naval presence in the Pacific has increased in recent months, with aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson docking in central Vietnam’s Da Nang port on March 5 – the first instance a US aircraft carrier had been stationed in the country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
On that same day, a detachment of F-35B stealth fighters landed on the assault ship USS Wasp, marking the first time the combat aircraft had been deployed aboard a US Navy ship in the Indo-Pacific.
Sales fell last year for the first time since 2004.
Chief Executive Niels Christiansen says the time of extraordinary growth is over.
“So it's more a matter of this period of supernatural growth has kind of come to an end, and we've had some years will be a more flat,” Christiansen told Reuters.
And last year’s figures were less than flat, with sales falling by 8 percent. That’s down from a 6 percent increase in 2016 and a far cry from the 25 percent growth posted in 2015.
And it’s not just kids who care about Lego, investors are taking note, as well, as Lego kits have consistently delivered higher returns over the past decade since the S&P 500 or physical gold.
According to the Telegraph, investors are better off putting their money in Lego sets than shares or gold.
The paper writes that Lego sets kept in pristine condition have increased in value 12 per cent each year since the year 2000, while in that same span, the S&P 500 has returned about 4.2% annually, gold 9.6%.
Lego’s CEO tries to allay concerns, saying the plastic bricks are here to stay. He says the drop in sales is about clearing a build-up of inventories.
But there’s a twist.
Lego enthusiast site BrickPicker, rich with Lego investment advice, reveals a troubling trend when it comes to some products.
And for “Jason” at YouTube channel BrickShow, a Lego enthusiast channel with over 400 thousand subscribers, the writing’s on the wall for all physical toymakers, not just Lego.
He claims to have inside knowledge about the industry and reveals the biggest trend that now threatens physical toymakers.
Watch the video to see what some are saying is to blame for the drop in Lego’s sales and why bouncing back may not be so easy.
Colonel Tye Wallace, Commanding Officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, called it a historic deployment.
“The F-35B is the most capable aircraft ever to support a Marine rifleman on the ground. It brings a range of new capabilities to the MEU that make us a more lethal and effective Marine Air-Ground Task Force,” Wallace said in a press release.
The USS Wasp is currently conducting patrols in the East China Sea after leaving Sasebo Naval Base in Japan.
"Pairing F-35B Lightning II's with the Wasp represents one of the most significant leaps in warfighting capability for the Navy-Marine Corps team in our lifetime," said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7. "This 5th generation stealth jet is extremely versatile, and will greatly enhance and expand our operational capabilities.”
The United States naval presence in the Pacific has increased in recent months, with the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson docking in central Vietnam’s Da Nang port on March 5 – the first instance a US aircraft carrier has been stationed in the country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.