World AM News Briefs For Friday, 6 July 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Trump's corruption-soaked environment chief quits - Could a deadly fireworks blast in Mexico have been anticipated and prevented? - Lions get the drop on some poachers - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The scandal-plagued head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt has suddenly resigned, although at least some of the 14 separate investigations into his conduct and alleged corruption will continue. Pruitt has spent huge piles of taxpayer money on high-tech spy gadgets for his office, such as biometric locks and a "cone of silence"; continually flew first-class so he wouldn't have to deal with the poors; sent staff out on personal errands. The orange clown kept him around this long because of the damage he has done to US EPA policy; Pruitt has gutted regulations and enforcement, leaving a legacy of more pollution, more brain-damaging chemicals in the environment, and less protected land. He's being replaced with a former coal industry lobbyist, as least for the time being.
At least 19 people are dead and 31 are hurt in a fireworks explosion in the Mexican town of Tultepec, north of the capital. The casualties include firefighters and rescuers who had arrived at the blazing warehouse following the initial explosion. Tultepec is Mexico's pryotechnics manufacturing center, and more than 40 people were killed there in an earlier blast at a fireworks marketplace in 2016; instead of heeding national calls to shut it down, President Enrique Pena Nieto promised to rebuild it and help hundreds of local artisans who had lost their livelihoods. His time in office is coming to an end, and President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obreador is scheduled to be inaugurated on 1 December.
Thai rescuers are now acknowledging that they are in a race against time to pull a dozen young boys and their football coach out of a flooded cave before heavy rains make the situation even worse. This comes with reports that at least two of the boys and the 25-year old coach are weaker than first revealed due to the lack of food. They now have food, foil blankets, and medical attention, but they're still trapped at least three kilometers in the cave with narrow, flooded passage in between them and safety, and the boys don't know how to swim, let alone use scuba equipment. Heavy weather arrives in the region on Sunday.
Canada says the heat wave that arrived late last week is responsible for 33 deaths in Montreal and outside the city in Quebec. The heat wave is part of a disturbing pattern of record shattering heat that has been recorded across the northern hemisphere. Cops and firies are going door-to-door, checking on some 15,000 vulnerable residents, and Montreal has opened pools and air conditioned spaces to the public.
Lions attacked and ate at least two poachers in South Africa's Sibuya reserve, near the south-east town of Kenton-on-Sea. Rangers discovered the remains in a lion enclosure, along with a high-powered rifle and an axe. That led them to believe that the deceased were intent on killing a rhinoceros and hacking off its horn to be sold on the Asian black market, where some wrongly consider it to be an aphrodisiac. "They strayed into a pride of lions - it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time," said the reserve's owner Nick Fox, "We're not sure how many there were - there's not much left of them."
Police in India arrested a worker at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity for allegedly selling a 14-month old baby. Investigators also recovered around AU$2,400 at the center in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, and are detaining two more workers for questioning. Mother Teresa died in 1997; her Missionaries of Charity Roman Catholic order has more than 3,000 nuns worldwide.