Glaciers on Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, are melting rapidly: Expert

WORLD NEWS Glaciers on Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, are melting rapidly: Expert

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, located in the Alps between Italy and France, has become a symbol of climate change as its glaciers continue to rapidly melt in response to the warming of the Earth.

As the ice melts and falls, it creates a dangerous hazard for both locals and the millions of tourists who visit the site annually while also drying up fresh water supplies, said Fabrizio Troilo, a geologist for the Safe Mountain Foundation, an Italian-based organization.

One glacier in particular is posing a particular threat, Troilo told ABC News. A portion of Planpincieux Glacier, on the Italian side of the mountain, is moving up to a meter per day, compared to a more normal movement of 10 centimeters per day.

The melting ice is a signifier of climate change, causing scientists to be on full alert, Troilo said.

The Safe Mountain Foundation and the Valle d’Aosta regional government stated in an analysis released last month that the glacier could collapse at any moment, releasing 66 million gallons worth of ice.

“What we are seeing today is the rate of change, which is very very high, and this doesn’t give us time to adapt,” Troilo said. “Every season we see new spots where there could be new risk.”

If the warming trend continues, future scenarios predict that the majority of glaciers will be gone by the year 2100, Troilo said.

While local governments in the area are paying attention to the issue of climate change, Troilo said the issue needs to be addressed on a more global scale.

The United Nations held a climate summit at last month’s General Assembly, which Rachel Kyte, the U.N.’s special representative for sustainable energy for all, said she hoped would be a “slingshot” toward global action.

One thing standing in the way of action on climate change has been President Donald Trump, who removed the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, and mocked 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter last month.

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Posted On 08 Oct 2019

‘The Voice’ recap: The blind auditions continue with Blake Shelton pulling off a stunning victory

Entertainment News  'The Voice' recap: The blind auditions continue with Blake Shelton pulling off a stunning victory


Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — The Voice blind auditions continued on Monday night with Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani continuing to build their teams.

As the coaches worked to finalize their teams, with Legend seemingly having to have the strongest one, Shelton pulled a stunning upset and landed the biggest artist of the night.

Here are some of the highlights from Monday’s show:

Joana Martinez ia a 15-year-old Miami, Florida art school student who was voted “Most likely to win The Voice,”  and she moved one step closer on Monday.  Her version of The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name” convinced Kelly, Gwen and Blake turned their chairs around.  One-by-one, each coach offered their argument for why Joana should join his/her team. Gwen was amazed at how well the teen connected with the song, as well as her command the stage. Kelly thought it was a great vocal performance, but pointed out Joana’s habit of closing her eyes every now and then, something Kelly said needed to be fixed.  Blake countered by insisting Joana keep on doing what comes naturally to her.  During her pre-performance package, Martinez said she hoped Kelly would turn around, but ended up joining Team Blake instead.

A Los Angeles resident by way of Connecticut, Brooke Stephenson attended Berkeley College and majored in Music Business.  However, after her first sales job, she changed course and became a performer.  Brooke sees The Voice as the next chapter in her career, and after hearing her cover of Patty Griffin’s “Let Him Fly,” Kelly, Gwen and Blake agreed.  Gwen touted her years of experience in the business, and Blake, as usual, bragged about how many artists he’s taken to the finals.  However, it was Kelly who won in the end, stressing her age and experience, along with her insistence that she could “challenge” Brooke.

Jared Herzog’s girlfriend is a big Voice fan.  She’s also a fan of Jared, who, as a Valentine’s Day gift, promised her that he’d audition for the show.  In addition to his girlfriend and family, joining Herzog to lend their support, season nine winner Jordan Smith also sent Jared a video message, wishing him luck.  The 21-year-old Niceville, Florida native didn’t disappoint, getting Blake, John and Gwen to turn their chairs around with his soulful take on Dan + Shay’s “Speechless.”  Gwen admired Herzog’s ability to “tell the story from [his] heart,” but it was Legend’s observation that the young artist took “the whole audience on a journey” was what convinced Jared to join Team Legend.

Soul-pop artist Matt New is a 29-year-old from Midland, Texas who put his music career on hold when he unexpectedly became a dad at the age of 18.  Now, with more free time to pursue a music, Matt is ready to take his career to the next level.  Blake and Gwen immediately turned around, followed at the very last minute by John, with his rendition of “Sunflower,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  Gwen said Matt had “star quality,” but thought she could help his personality come out.  Kelly, a fellow Texan, noted their obvious connection, but John had the magic words, complimenting Matt’s “lovely” tone, to go along with his “versatility” and “power.”  Legend picked up his second artist of the night.

Ricky Duran, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, is looking to turn his life around after a series of devastating events.  His father committed suicide when Ricky was 22, and his mother passed away last year after a long illness.  Duran now honors both his parents’ last wishes for him was to “live his best life and be happy.”  Ricky’s mom and dad would have been proud to see their son get all four coaches to turn around with his moving version of “River,” by Leon Bridges.  “You had us all from the beginning,” said Blake, who praised the 29-year-old’s stage presence.  John said Duran “elevated the song”; Gwen called it a “tasteful performance; and Kelly was jealous of Ricky’s “rasp.”  Ricky’s recollection that the first live concert he ever attended was by Stefani’s old band, No Doubt, had everyone thinking he’d pick Gwen, but in a major upset, he went with Blake.

The Voice returns with a one hour show on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.


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Posted On 08 Oct 2019

Dancing with the Stars season 28 “Top 10” recap: Lamar Odom sent home; four tie for first place

Entertainment News  Dancing with the Stars season 28 "Top 10" recap: Lamar Odom sent home; four tie for first place


(ABC/Eric McCandless)(New York) — It was a fight to the finish as the “Top 10” Dancing with the Stars contestants battled for first place, which ended with the season’s first four-way tie in the top spot.  Unfortunately, Lamar Odom’s run came to a close.

Odom, who couldn’t shake finishing every night in last place, was sent home by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli — choosing to spare Queer Eye‘s Karamo. 

For the fourth-time in a row, the worst dance of the night came from Odom.  The judges praised the NBA star’s “simple” Viennese Waltz with partner Peta Murgatroyd, but the pair couldn’t keep up with the other dancers and finished their run with a final score of 20/40 — falling into the bottom two for the second week in a row.

As part of ABC’s “Cast from the Past” week, there was a new addition to the judge’s table on Monday night.  Past competitor and season 17 fan favorite Leah Remini returned to the show as a guest judge — and grated Len Goodman’s nerves.  

Remini created the night’s two awkward moments by kissing Goodman on the cheek when he critiqued the competitors– subsequently causing him to freeze and lose his train of thought. 

The second time Remini gave him a quick peck, Goodman angrily snapped, “Go suck on other people.”

The testy exchange caused Bruno to step in and chastise the King of Queens star for downplaying Goodman’s constructive criticism.

With 40 points up for grabs on Monday, the night featured a variety of well-known songs including Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You.” 

Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Lauren Alaina, and Kel Mitchell tied for first and earned straight eights across the judges’ table — scoring 32/40.  However, because last week’s totals also counted, Brooke technically earned top spot with a combined 56/70.

Brooke also wowed the judges with her intense jive, which she credits to her dance partner Sasha Farber because he made the former Fifth Harmony artist attend his specialized stamina boot camp in order to whip her into shape.  The two performed an bold and complicated jive to “Proud Mary.”  All four judges marveled at the dance’s difficult choreography, which left Brooke gasping and grinning at the end of her routine.

Brown, who failed to impress the judges last week, embraced the fierce “Hannah Beast” for her aggressive Paso Doble with partner Alan Bersten.  The perpetually cheerful Bachelorette star was challenged not to smile once during her performance to Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care” and succeeded, which earned her praise from the judge’s table for controlling her emotions.

Mitchell was, by far, the most improved dancer of the night.  He was in danger of being sent home last week after being voted into the bottom two with Odom, but was saved because contestant Ray Lewis had to withdraw due to an injury.  The experience served as a wake up call for Mitchell, who obviously worked hard to not have history repeat itself — as evidenced by his energetic and precise cha-cha-cha with partner Whitney Carson. 

Alaina, who not only earned her first eights of the season, performed the most emotional dance of the night.  The American Idol finalist revealed at the end of her elegant foxtrot that her cousin, Holly, suffered a brain bleed last week and slipped into a coma — which forced her to put a pause on dance rehearsals with partner Gleb Savchenko.  Alaina dedicated her performance to her cousin, who remains hospitalized.

Another emotional announcement came from James Van Der Beek, who tied in third with Karamo with a score of 28/40.  Van Der Beek happily announced he and his wife are expecting their fifth child, but also revealed that the married couple previously suffered five miscarriages.  However, the family focused on the positive and celebrated the happy news with hugs and tears.

The Dawson’s Creek star channeled his excitement over the new baby into a delightful and spring-themed quickstep to Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine.”  While all four judges praised Van Der Beek’s dancing skills, Judge Len urged him to focus on the little details instead of big and flashy moves — causing him to slip from last week’s second-place finish to third.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday, October 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  The top nine will celebrate all things Disney next week, starting off with an opening number at Disneyland for the theme “Disney Night Magic.”  The live episode will also feature a glimpse of Disney’s upcoming Frozen II with a special performance of the song “Into the Unknown.”

Here are the current standings:

Tied for first:
Ally Brooke, former Fifth Harmony singer, with Sasha Farber — 32/40 with a combined score of 56/70
Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star, with Alan Bersten —  32/40 with a combined score of 53/70
Kel Mitchell, actor and stand-up comedian, with Whitney Carson  —  32/40 with a combined score of 52/70
Lauren Alaina, country singer, with Gleb Savchenko —  32/40 with a combined score of 52/70

Sailor Brinkley-Cook, model, with Val Chmerkovskiy —  31/40 with a combined score of 54/70
James Van Der Beek, Dawson’s Creek actor, with Emma Slater —  28/40 with a combined score of 51/70
Karamo, Queer Eye reality TV personality, with Jenna Johnson —  28/40 with a combined score of 44/70
Kate Flannery, actress from The Office, with Pasha Pashkov —  26/40 with a combined score of 50/70
Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, with Lindsay Arnold  — 21/40 with a combined score of 46/70

Lowest score:
**ELIMINATED** Lamar Odom with Peta Murgatroyd —  20/40 with a combined score of 32/70

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Posted On 08 Oct 2019