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Extreme heat and wildfires ravage Europe



Europe swelters as a heatwave causes wildfires, leading to evacuations, extreme heat warnings and fatalities

Wildfires are causing damage to much of southern Europe.

France, Spain and the UK have issued red alerts and extreme health warnings because of the soaring temperatures.

Hundreds of firefighters in Portugal, Spain, Italy and France were tackling multiple blazes on Monday.

The heatwave is pushing temperatures well above 40 degrees celsius, with Spain recording a high of 46 degrees.

According to Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission’s vice-president for inter-institutional relations, the droughts and prolonged heatwave on the continent “could become the worst ever.”

Water bombing aircraft criss cross the skies above southwestern France, Spain and Portugal, with the EU taking other measures to assist fires in other countries.

Fires in the southwestern region of France have now spread over 14,800 hectares.

In southern Europe there were some signs conditions were starting to ease following hundreds of heat realated deaths across multiple countries.

But the heatwave is sweeping northwards, leaving even the traditionally colder countries of northern Europe dangerously exposed.

In the UK, train companies have urged people not to travel, as the heat causes overhead wires to sag and railway tracks to buckle.

Train company LNER went as far as to cancel services between York and London on Tuesday because of the heat.

While no UK-wide heat record has been set, Wales broke its own highest ever recorded temperature.

Hawarden in Wales reached 37.1 degrees celsius.

Luton Airport, north of London, was temporarily closed to flights as faults were detected in the runway because of the extreme heat.

But a spokesperson for the airport later confirmed all flights had resumed.

Tuesday is set to bring even higher temperatures to the United Kingdom.

The Met Office – the UK’s national weather service – predicts temperates that could reach 40 degrees celsius.

If that occurs, it will be the highest temperature in the United Kingdom since records began.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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