Edinburgh brothers break world record by rowing across the Atlantic in 35 days

Three Edinburgh brothers have become the fastest trio to row across the Atlantic Ocean, beating the previous record by six days.

Lachlan, Ewan and Jamie MacLean completed the row from La Gomera to Antigua in 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes, and as well as being the fastest to row the Atlantic, they are also the youngest trio to do so.

The three brothers finished third overall in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, beating several teams who had more members.

Ewan MacLean, the oldest brother, said: “This was, without doubt, the defining experience of my life. It was incredibly difficult, but the way we came together, the way our bodies and minds coped with every single challenge, will stay with me for a long time.”

The brothers celebrate after smashing the previous record by six days. (Photo Credit: BROAR)

The three of them had to overcome seasickness, battery issues, dehydration, and storms in order to complete the journey.

After their cables were damaged by seawater and the sub, resulting in no music, podcasts or audiobooks for the final 20 days of their voyage, the brothers found entertainment in their bagpipe, harmonica and ukulele.

The trio are also trying to reach their fundraising target of £250,000 for Feedback Madagascar and Children First.

Managing Director of Feedback Madagascar, Jamie Spencer OBE, said: “Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan are an amazing team; it seems like there’s nothing they can’t do.”

And Ewan has expressed interest in trying something similar in the future: “Who knows what comes next. We’ll be eyeing up other oceans.”

How has Khamenei responsed to Iran plane crash?

Owen Garner gives us a rundown of Iran’s plane crash after their armed forces admitted to shooting down a flight from Tehran to Kyiv.

US Senate passes Hong Kong human rights bills

The US Senate passed two bills on Wednesday that will support human rights in Hong Kong prompted by the ongoing siege of Polytechnic University.

President Donald Trump has eight days left, excluding Sundays, to sign the bill or use his veto.

The siege at the university has been ongoing since last Sunday where the Chinese authorities surrounded buildings and arrested surrendering protesters.

Over 1,000 protesters have been arrested with just under 100 students left inside Polytechnic .

Some remaining protesters stuck in Polytechnic attempted to use the sewers as an escape route.

Six people were arrested after they emerged from the sewers on Wednesday and dozens are still inside.

Due to the escalated circumstances, Scottish universities including Edinburgh and Aberdeen have called on their students currently studying abroad to return home for their own safety.

The Background

The protests began in April of this year as a response to a planned extradition bill which would mean suspected criminals under investigation by Chinese authorities could be transferred to China.

Within weeks of the protests, the bill was suspended.

However, demonstrations continued as protesters demanded the bill to be completely abolished.

The protesters have also demanded an investigation into police brutality to start as the demonstrations grew violent and want changes to be made in the way mainland China handles Hong Kong.

The issue is that after being under British Rule and passed over to China in 1997, a mini constitution was formed making Hong Kong a semi autonomous state but this document is only valid for 50 years.

It is yet unclear what will happen when it expires in 2047 and if more violence will follow.

Trump’s Impeachment: How Does Impeachment Work?

Listen to Neil McGlashan and Elise Kennedy talking through the impeachment process in America. With Trump’s inquiry just starting and the first vote on how the inquiry should proceed getting underway, they discuss Trump’s ongoing inquiry while looking back at previous Presidents who have faced impeachment.

 

See below how Trump’s impeachment inquiry is playing out in comparison to Bill Clinton’s, Richard Nixon’s and Andrew Johnson’s:

 

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International Correspondent Christopher Lamb shares the latest International Headlines!

Body of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge found at sea, say Cambodian Police.

The body of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge has been found at sea, Cambodian police say.

 

The 21-year old Worthing student’s body was discovered by fishermen near the Thai border over 60 miles away from where she went missing. Bambridge who was on a gap-year was last seen at a beach party on Koh Rong island at 3am last week (24 October). 

“The body is being transported to a marina from the Thai border. It will take two hours to reach the mainland,” says Chouin Nairn, police chief of the Preah Sihanouk province.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been helping the Bambridge family throughout the past week, confirmed Amelia’s body had been recovered.

They tweeted: “We are aware of the very tragic news from Cambodia. Amelia Bambridge’s body has been found at sea.

“We are assisting her family. Please respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

More to follow…

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Pakistan train fire claims over 70 victims

More than 70 passengers on a train travelling between Karachi and Rawalpindi in Pakistan have been killed in a horrific fire in one of the country’s worst rail disasters.

The blaze was originally caused by a gas cylinder explosion, whilst being used by passengers who were cooking breakfast, with the fire then spreading between three different carriages.

According to local officials, the majority of the victims died trying to flee the burning train, with a further 40 people suffering injuries.

The accident occurred near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province.

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Three carriages were set alight, officals say, with 54 people in the 11th carriage and 78 each in number 12 and 13, most of which were travelling to one of Pakistan’s largest annual religious festivals.

Some of the bodies were believed to be so badly burnt that the victims could not be identified, according to District deputy commissioner, Jamil Ahmed, with several reports blaming an electrical fault on board for the fire as people say they believe a short-circuit caused the blaze.

On Twitter, Prime Minister, Imran Khan said he was “deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy”, adding that he has ordered an “immediate inquiry.”

In Pakistan, travelling by train is the most common form of transport as not many people can afford cars or bikes. The tracks connect the length of the country.

Although some trains have dedicated dining carriages, most are low-quality and often overcrowded, meaning passengers choose to bring their own amenities and cooking equipment for long journeys.

The security is also very sparse so locals take advantage of this by bringing items that are usually frowned upon on-board, such as cooking stoves and oil canisters, items that are believed to have caused the explosion.

So far, this has been recorded as Pakistan’s worst rail disaster for over a decade. The country has a history of incidents such as this and fatalities are usually high due to the cramped nature of trains and the inability to inform others when a fire breaks out

In 2007, at least 56 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a crash near Mehrabpur and in 2005, more than 130 people were killed when three trains collided in Sindh province in one of the country’s worst rail disasters.

 

Australian Authorities find Million Dollars Worth of Meth in Sriracha Bottles

By Caitlin Gallagher and Heather Miller

 

Australian authorities have made four arrests linking to the criminal network thought to have smuggled around 400kg of methamphetamine into the country in 768 Sriracha bottles.

An air cargo shipment of the hot sauce contained a potential street value of 300 million Australian dollars’ worth of the drug.
State Crime Commander Stuart Smith spoke to the press regarding the inquiry into the drug smuggling operation.

“This has been a complex investigation and we know the methylamphetamine in this import was headed for a clandestine lab in the Sydney Metropolitan area for the extraction process to occur.”

An estimated 9.6 tonnes of crystal meth are consumed in Australia yearly. The drug releases the brains stress hormone norepinephrine and ‘feel-good’ chemicals dopamine and serotonin.

Officials are aware of the “insatiable demand” for illegal substances with the country suffering a “serious epidemic” of drug use.
Criminal organisations are not naive to smuggling process with substances being brought in through items such as stereo speakers, raw cowhides and commercial refrigerators.

Methamphetamine or commonly known as crystal meth is a super strength amphetamine stimulant.
It’s street name ‘ice’ originates from the drugs white or colourless crystals which can be crushed into powder.

Twitter to ban all political advertising worldwide

Twitter has announced its plans to stop all political advertising globally. Jack Dorsey the co-founder and CEO of the app went online yesterday evening to state that:

“We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.”

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Twitter’s ban will be enforced on 22 November.

The announcement has caused many to turn to Facebook to seek that Mark Zuckerberg implements the same.

Even Hilary Clinton being amongst those questioning the Facebook founders’ actions.

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However earlier this month the Facebook chairman ruled out a ban on political ads.

During a conference call with journalists Zuckerberg said:

“In a democracy, I don’t think it’s right for private companies to censor politicians or the news.”

Whenever you agree with Dorsey or Zuckerberg it will certainly be interesting to see how these implementations will affect the future of politics.

International News: Lunchtime Headlines Thursday 24th of October

Catch up with the latest International news with our International News Editor Elise Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

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