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on special coverage documentaries discussions under pullups exploring the consequences of our actions and inactions and showcasing ways in which some must see to turn the tide a season of programming exploring the time of crisis ahead of the day on al-jazeera . the arab world war the war. i'm can but alan doha with the top stories on al-jazeera u.s. president joe biden has called on russia to deescalate after him post fresh sanctions against moscow moscow rather for alleged election interference and cyber attacks it's prompted warnings all of a retaliation from the kremlin but biden says there is still room for the 2 countries to work together a white house correspondent kimberly helka reports. there are some of the most punitive u.s. measures taken against russia in years today i've approved several steps including
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the expulsion of several russian officials just days after a phone call between u.s. president joe biden and russian president vladimir putin to secure a u.s. desire for a predictable relationship the united states announces surprise that russia sanctions we cannot allow foreign power to interfere in our democratic process with impunity more than 30 russian entities are being targeted at least 10 russian diplomats will be expelled from the united states and some tech firms are being punished for allegedly providing support to russian intelligence the sanctions also put in place rules banning some financial dealings involving russia's sovereign debt to choke off lending and inflict economic harm we want a stable predictable relationship and russia continues interfere with our democracy i'm prepared to take further actions to respond. the white house says the sanctions are retaliation for russia's alleged aggressive actions including the occupation of
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crimea interference in u.s. presidential elections and last year solar winds hack that infiltrated the computers of thousands of u.s. businesses and government agencies. the sanctions also respond to unconfirmed intelligence alleging russia offered bounties as high as $100000.00 for killing u.s. soldiers in afghanistan intelligence officials haven't confirmed the raw. ship bounty program still the white house says we have course will not stand by and accept the targeting of our personnel by any elements including a foreign state actor this information really puts the burden on russia and the russian government to explain their engagement here earlier this week both putin and biden pledged to meet to potentially work out their differences they've agreed to a summit at a 3rd party country but so far no dates been worked out the sanctions come just
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days after u.s. intelligence identified russia as one of the most serious threats to the united states and officials warn that sanctions may not be the only retaliation suggesting clint destine actions may still be yet to come can really help get al-jazeera the white house the former policeman accused of murdering george floyd has decided not to testify their children invoke the 5th amendment of the u.s. constitution which is the right to remain silent defense team is finished presenting its case closing arguments and jury deliberation are expected on monday officials have released body cam footage of a chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13 year old boy last month it shows an officer running after adam tomato in an alleyway the early hours of the morning the teenager appeared to raise his hands right before a shot was fired. a police woman who fatally shot a young black man in minnesota has appeared in court for the 1st time 20 year old
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dante wright was shot on sunday after being stopped for a traffic violation police say officer composer shot right accidentally having mistakenly drawn her gun instead of a taser she's been charged with mansell. brazil's supreme court has confirmed its decision to a novel criminal convictions against former president lula da silva last month the court ruled that lou was not treated fairly in a series of corruption investigations now eligible to run in next year's presidential election. france's coronavirus death toll has surpassed 100000 making it the 8th country to reach that number it's been struggling to contain a new outbreak 1st with localized lock downs and now the national one the country is ramping up its vaccine rollout from saturday jobs will be available for many government workers over the age of 55 as the headlines when you see here on al-jazeera after witness say that by.
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check. your program here. at. the center of the fuse or. to. let. you know to make everything less wrinkled. i've come from a trapeze family and the last time i performed with bianca and my sisters and my
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mom it was actually one of the saddest days of my life i remember like it was yesterday to the last show and i was actually balling up there smiling to the audience with tears in my sisters were crying because that was the last time i was going to form with them. but i can't leave show business it's in my blood. when we read that it was the only i'm standing there with randy and i listen to what the people say and you know i can tell if they are thinking old leader maybe it's time for you to hang it up and i don't get that i get
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a lot of them letting me know that i'm inspiring. so i know maybe they should have a circus for artists over 50 what do you think. i the reason we have so many retired show people here is because this is where john ringling bros i'm. a one time it was great to have elephants in sarasota county. i mean i was there in the
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fifty's when we got television and circus was going to die forever and now this is how many years later to start my dad. and they're funny i'm collecting myself. so i saw my watchlist. you're bidding on to a circus collector's plates kancheli no. wonder if it has the certificate. of authenticity. ladies and gentlemen boys and. i must ask you for the silence as mistake it for penn to perform the full summer school to
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a single road full even the scene of red herring. dolly she did a full flower somersault without a name she's here today to tell a story so you know but there were many times where hands were slipping from the heat to spray sion the group was in there and you could have talked yourself you going to talk yourself because people bought a ticket they going to see showed you cause oh i don't feel like doing it now now. and you talk yourself into the new do or you just going to do it. in monaco they have 40 acts from around the world so it's like the oscars of the circus and it's not categorize like animal to acrobatic or it's all 40 acts from around the world competing so the best actor ring when's the gold
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clown 1st place and 2nd place is the silver cloud so i was. lucky enough to win this over clown in 88 presented to me by prince albert. taught me a trick that as far as i know there's only been 2 people in the world that have done it and it's a double somersault with a triple twist so it's 5 different things and one feet and i did that in 1999. it's weird though as you get older the time seems to go by quicker you know. you know i have a half before we have
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a family friend that when i turned 21 he said enjoy it because from now on the time the years will go by quickly and he was right i mean here i am 52 and it just seems like yesterday i turned 21. life large. let's ask let's go and. i can't wait to have dinner with my. interest as. she seems like you like me so i think you can feel good in these teens. feel like you can do good in the next day and the day before. it's hard to explain the feeling.
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here you can swing all the way off til you can touch up there. my baby blah. blah blah good day. and into. the opening night. to day they have started. painting. no more lines no more. everything is changing totally changes well. if i had a chance i would like to make dad in 20 again could talk michael sheen i don't blame all of that my big 12 and individually you missed when i come to the last
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tweak it wasn't in i keep dropping into that one need all the normal and then i will come. it tells me it's over but. anyhow. that's business show patience the show must go on. here when minute of it was beautiful. i have kids that. want this and so i hide it because i don't want it to disappear. and cowher learned that made this.
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but they don't make them like this no more this is why it's an empty. i've been asked to put it in the museum down there but i don't want to. be selfish . this is probably in 52 this is either 62 or 63 on the way and this is what broke out there and then i come flying mail i ended up with a sprained ankle lots of little tiny pieces of block charcoal in my back though because we were on a cinder lot. yeah. how long did it take you to get back up oh i was up the next day. i mean when you get off a cart on the circuit you have to keep going. keep going less you got
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a broken down. don't have 360. be doing good. and i know. that. this is like an inventory basically you would have in a grocery store so here are all the jugglers i have percent and they are all the clowns and then we have the animal it's just becoming a short department because i don't know where to put them and some of the produce i don't want to deal with these people these fanatic people so they don't even hire any anymore and then we have to aerial act and that's a very very big wide range. for people don't understand because anything aerial would be high. flying top piece single top piece girl
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that's a big department all the way to here. this thing started in 6 in london then 91 and the next one was born in 730 and he was a banker and now comes the 1st perform and he was born in 1760 and that's why it all started the other brotherhood out yes my grandfather yes all the girls and the boys my mother. has myself yes count on his stomach and. my family are animal people and they are the most situation is becoming so difficult what would be a good performing for dominic what at the alamo should that be i call body sure the be dead of all. the top this will circus is in jeopardy here so what do
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you want for your grandson i really don't know i can't answer this exactly. did you write the elephants to. your member no. more and. that's great news uber. is very dramatic. and this is some problem for all the british this is my last year in my role with girls this is an hour a teacher. and i think that's been part of bigger than me you know. my mother lives with myself and pedro and as long as we've been home
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and off the road from travelling she's with us. you know. it's funny because in good shape were you. here are better. off oh. yeah. i have a pick your or there is the. whole good for you. yeah trace here yeah.
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oh yeah you're. the reason i'm home now and not performing is because my father has parkinson's and he's very ill and i'm helping my mom take care of him. he was like me just like me he was the catcher you know he was the strongest one of the true and to see him in the world here and now parkinson's is taken its toll pretty to. this is what i usually do at night after dinner when our parents go to bed i'm not much of a t.v. watcher there are a few shows that i like to watch on t.v. but i i sit down in my music. and costumes or ideas that i have. but it's tough sometimes you know
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when i'm not performing i dreamed about it i'm glad i was a circus performer and even though it doesn't make you rich or enormously famous or at least i'm content and i'm happy about that. that the places i've traveled the people i've met. you know where i've performed and it's it's been an amazing life. and i think that every night i can die happy and peaceful that i did what i enjoy. it's great it's a great feeling. welcome to you all i'm so glad you came i was really excited about it really wonderful come
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right in and come right and answer my little studio in my little my little wisdom area here come right ahead this is truly you know apartment and actually very obvious with a good affordable one came in but i love it dearly because it's just like i want it . you'll notice what i do with the make up i start here. and let's see. and i follow my laugh line watch the laugh line. you know just what i'm doing is more to life and you know it's fun doing this younger look and that's nice. and. my walking came all hand me down my walking cane and my.
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and. thanks. to little clowning in some of the things here not much of anything but it's my nature i mean i can't help it. i can't get a life and i'm very unhappy.
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that when i say we have somebody that's doing aerial work normally by the time they're 40 they're down to an area work. when a performer gets to the point where they're having trouble booking or their health won't let them work they have a major transition to make the transition is from what they've done to something new and different but they don't yet want to give up maybe tomorrow they'll get their booking or maybe tomorrow they'll be able to work again. if everybody was honest enough and knows when to quit that would be a good thing then i want her to last. people would say she worked 18 horses and one morning before she came to america
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she had 24 stallions you know it wasn't done again great but if i would have dragged on and tried to go back and do so with one horse maybe a high school horse that would say she used to do. and. it hurt cried a lot right for yeah. i was all by myself oh my god i died and opened you know but i died.
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i want to go a little. closer to ground 0. for. those pretty bloomingdale's who think that why is it twisting. look underneath it looks pretty level these are actually their rings that i performed on. the. ice something rings and i believe it was 2000 and i was already diabetic. and my back was had a herniated disk so that year was little bit difficult and i. had to have back surgery on that disc. it's
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a very dangerous act anything you do in the air is dangerous but there are things you know 32 feet high full swing completely letting go you know only hanging on by your fingertips and with my back it was time to. teach the kids now though the rings and. and i enjoyed it actually i get up and demonstrate and that whole feeling is back. in a while. to look like. somebody said. i'll give you a job on the road would you go oh yes. in a heartbeat. in a heartbeat. i do wish that. because i enjoyed traveling with the
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circus. whether we were in mud up to our knees all wheel or on nice cracks. or whether we were in pouring rain. or not. i mean i i still say that people say. sword ask gets under your feet. i wish i just stayed with the circus and not listen to my mother. i mean my mother said children need an education. so as soon as my one child turned 6 that's when i quit the circus. oh i've done many jobs working after getting off the road i went to work at tropical fish been doing that for so many years now my job just closed.
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so now i'm looking for another job and i have a pet shops are not interested in somebody my age. i've always had $2.00 and $3.00 jobs at a time. i took care of trailer park took care of sick people. some circus people. but i've worked cheap otherwise i would have had money. i don't have money. i have nothing. when the covert 19 pandemic hit iran. a filmmaker cut the drift from his crew began documenting life from the made ongoing international sanctions.
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expect of us they want the questions oncet. that is what we've always sometimes but we will continue to do. move through or the or. i'm kim burrell in doha with the headlines on al-jazeera u.s. president joe biden has called on russia to deescalate tensions after he imposed sanctions against moscow for alleged election to ferrets and cyber attacks bosco has threatened retaliation the biden insists there's still room for the 2 countries to work together i was clear with president putin that we could it could have gone further but i chose not to do so to be i chose to be proportionate united states is not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with russia we want
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a stable predictable relationship and russia continues to interfere with our democracy i'm prepared to take further actions to respond it is my responsibility as president of states to do so in the form of policemen accused of murdering george floyd has decided not to testify their children invoke the 5th amendment of the us constitution which is the right to remain silent the defense team has finished presenting its case closing arguments and jury deliberation are expected on monday. officials have released body cam footage of a chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13 year old boy last month chosen and identified scuse me officer running after adam to ledo in an alleyway in the early hours of the morning the teenager appeared to raise his hands right before he was shot if it's to save his life were unsuccessful. a police woman who fatally shot a young black man in minnesota has appeared in court for the 1st time 20 year old
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style day rice was shot on sunday after being stopped for a traffic violation police say officer composer shot right accidentally having mistakenly drawn her gun instead of a taser she's been charged with manslaughter the death has led to several months on rest brazil's supreme court has confirmed its decision to a no criminal convictions against former president lula da silva last month that lou was not treated fairly in a series of corruption investigations is now eligible to run in next year's presidential election francisco a diverse death toll has the past 100000 making it the 8th country to reach that number it's been struggling to contain and you are break 1st with localized lockdowns and our national one record of more than 5000000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. was the headlines taking you back now to witness they'll see in about 25 minutes by fidel.
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it's very cruel sissoko. elvis is entered to fill their. offices and tour the building. now watching kato i'm going you're looking at me. don't look at me like that anymore. ah thank you we are. going down memory lane. this is in the very beginning. very very beginning of this track fact. we get that.
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all that hair page very back. that is that caught me he made the cape talk and i've never seen anybody use a cape the way he did this what sealed the deal is look at that he could really kate think of that beautiful making the case this is the softer from sell a certain way for their heart up as you can see the bridge you know so and that's where dolly and i met kind of when the glue was said i was practicing the sailor circus and dolly was prepped and so the circus and so that's me flying from the classroom i let go the class ring and use the rope ok so when i catch the rope right in the top and was a red mark one more was there the string would break and i would fall about 20 feet . 2025 feet and then my bungee would stop me and i would be in the floor in 2
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seconds you know but one day i was. booked in new york and unfortunately. i couldn't set the record myself there was a horse at liberty act that were performing is so my rope and string and everything was said stage left. and so are both mustering up it's a very high swing in the lungs when i jumped. and i grabbed the rope perfect. felt the string break down and the next thing i know i was on my back you know like i was like in shock because this was abnormal i had the rope in my hand i didn't miss the rope my brain was trying to compute what had happened and my ankles that were talking to me and say you're in pain because we're broken but what did happen is they had moved the rope untied the string and if you got the shock of the bungee so
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there was no nothing to stop me and yeah that was the basic. the how do you say they they they killed the flame. they used to be young and beautiful now i'm just beautiful. concert. circus today is changing a lot because my son chimes people are saying so many things that it's clearly a good beach fantasy and it's not real said takes take an awful lot from. sackless it's leo p. . working which to day life i know lord. and new kind of don't fit don't get to emplace with dad and you won't because to
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say too much turn on your t.v. i knew she did most impossible things i love to watch sexual lay because. every change is. on. its plate and there you have some great performers on there but you don't know who they are. don't have a name. beautiful and entertainment but something. norma has made this. and she's made it from a picture and the picture is of my dad and my mom and willie and edelsten had been made in 1948 or 49 and it was her gift to me for what i've done for her they call me for anything that relates to the non circus world the business side
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i've been called to go to the funeral home to make final arrangements i've been called about wills and plan giving and trusts and how do i get medicaid and how do i get help for this or how do i get help for that. it started because my mother and father were circus people i respect what they did my mother said help these people. i came home from work the day my job clawed roost. and i see this big sign instead of a proper propertius he had it up for sale and now i don't know what's going to happen and my trailer is 79 thing. way too big to move to another trial. and even if it went to another trailer park i cannot
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afford the rent. hi i haven't seen your of their so. did kathy speak to you about me 1st oh yes you have kathy said yeah my has a problem do you care if i have a car you know i really appreciate what she did for me so thelma has to make a choice of what she's going to do she cannot stay here for ever because the properties for sale and the like most of the property up here. the state of florida is in transition we're going from a place where people could come live modestly live in trailers live in small quarters to a place where people come and live in big quarters brand new big quarters.
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we want everybody to be the norm i mean my term i like to use is manicured acres we want every town to be manicured acres so we're the ones make the rules it's not the government where the government so we're the ones that force these issues of we want how we want to control our neighbor what are unable to us with their property because it might affect our property so we make it difficult for anybody that is a little different a little special this special negative or special positive show people are special positive but they're special in this transition they don't want to get rid of the trappings of circus so they need a spot where they could go with these trappings and as society gets more and more sophisticated it's harder and harder to find those spots we've started down a we've got
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a little property up north where we subsidize we subsidize our own at 30 percent. so we've got to ready now wow i mean it's a big property just to have a chance trailers on it it seems like a nice piece of property really nice to have circus people next door tell you i'm going to go test the water go test of water oh that's good just to water that city water. tastes in the water because she deals with food. so she says what is this water to. one of us from think is a good for my fish. ok babies. and of course i'd have to have paper. to wrap them but i'm not going to run. as will go into. a whole. well. read scale let's read. didn't even know it why did that.
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wore out or out. when. ready doing i was going to cover it when you to try to make the march ok maybe on the outside i just didn't know what you were doing. here we're. showing this goodness all right here here. there's
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a new. my me i see you or your good the horse training shoes again well i wasn't supposed to be a horse trading i was just looking and yes that's not the right shoes for horse training. but i'm not a horse trainer anymore i will it as to where. i on the advice given advice so and i come in many shoes i wanted to find. that's a safety factor because my feet are already broken so many times can't be broken anymore. so i'm going to get up in the morning something else hurts i said but what can i do now i didn't even do anything. but you work through it.
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when i was given the opportunity to perform with dolly since we're both going away we're very similar you know our lives it was a it was an honor i've been wanting to work with her for years. dolly jacobson is fabulous. if you've never seen were she is a miracle in motion. because she's so beautiful out there. absolutely gorgeous. it took us a long time to perfect that trick because we couldn't get it in there was the time line where we were too old to do this. like in rehearsals i keep my knee holding
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her back as well just for safety but in performance i actually take my knee away so it's a complete just to complete one hold and she's laying on my and my arm. even at the show when i have the control in my hand i'm selling my tuxedo nobody sees me running the controls in a 3 person act you know. and that really person is so. so important to the act you know they can make or break you. i'm also a funny person when it comes to learning a trick. when i go to see the ring on show and i see girls that have got a lot john it takes it away from me i just and. i enjoy a anticipation of them doing their job perfectly
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without a problem. we're not a traveling circus have the facilities for a traveling circus we are. part of sarasota we're part of the community. dollar now we bought it can't we to bring to the bank borrowed some money for a used tent and put up a tent and you know if you build it they will come of course it's not true because is that a revival is that a car sales is that the service never knew what it was with them money for advertising there was a learning curve for us but as a nonprofit organization idea was to give back to the community you know really to give back to the circus and to raise the perception of the circus as an art form because young america has a preconceived perception that the circus carnival side show or one that is not
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true ok the circus is separate is an art form dishing people work their butts off hours 1000 hundreds of hours to perfect something or beauty that they can display to the audience. of. art so it's gotten pinion. you don't. think that. his. sketches are the ones you've done in the past they looked much better than me so i use them absolutely. all of the richer.
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david remes from 24 he is yeah. yes 20. while 4 years it'll be 24 and 24 but i did overlap so i did a few years rings answer after. this age that she is in great physical shape strength the beauty. so raise the bar she raised the bar that's why i tell you got to keep going to physically cannot do with every year all i don't know bill mike know you're going to grab people's hearts and you spew emotion and only an artist can do that if you true artists. stop criticizing themselves and once that's my job. but honestly. there's there are days where you know you
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question yourself and then there's days that teaches you know you love it so much and you don't look in the mirror and you just feel like you're ageless. long. do you feel that you have to put on makeup on because see it getting older. don't
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go there you know. but i mean. i would i will say less is more. this is the only justice in life you know. those i don't know who it is going to be big tall short the feds rich for everybody gotta get old that's free it can only grow old gracefully what about now. are you willing to bet jacket tonight are you gonna wear the black and white chalk and. red jacket you gotta wear the black and white yeah hold the jacket. well how old are you when that was made for you ok let's see how. 4646 yes in america. where.
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they. are a. few gently. should grow slowly. oh. fuck.
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her. interest.
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here. all. week or the. last. thing is the fear ok i can save is the fear i think if you have fear you can get 100 percent. fear out of the rain and out of the stages is to what i love that's here. when i enter. during i feel i feel on top. and i don't want that feeling to go away .
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he's seen a family man. politicized by the forces of nature. filmed over 4 years i can name for my documents his struggle for his community survival and built a template for global action on climate change. the climate diaries a witness documentary on al-jazeera. once again it was time for big thunderstorms on the gulf coast and there they are with these yellow flashes lightning they were big storms that produced hail and
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flash flooding from the amount of rain and it's not unusual we are talking about spring weather but this unusually cold up in colorado and wyoming and that cold that snow has moved across into nebraska the coldest 6 hours we tend to get this meeting of minds of the the gulf air coming up in the cult the 2 together produce big thunderstorms a repeat performance quite likely friday name move east was into florida and that is for georgia that string saturday by this time the snow has faltered but the cold distill that not as cold as it was admittedly is warming up steadily we're talking about spring sunshine after all. and when these fronts leave the us are cut off and build bigger showers for the bahamas has been year in puerto rico and that's the last from that it the line is still visible and it stretches invisibly back towards panama or costa rica where the heaviest rain is light to be in fact mexico is looking quite dry the temperatures in eastern mexico quite on the high side 40 in monterrey a bit early in the for the telling in south america yes there are
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a few showers in paraguay maybe in the southeast of brazil but the heavier ones a lot further north. blue face masks a common sight in city centers around britain but as lockdowns elusive people will still be wearing masks for months or even years to come an ongoing nightmare for the environment this video shows stauffer to wildlife hospital helping a bird that's been caught up in discarded litter it's a face mask made of plastic now a recent survey found 70 percent of people using disposable boss didn't realize they were using single use rustics researches at university college london say if every person in the u.k. used one disposable mosque every day for a year it would create $124000.00 tons of waste half of which would be on we saw this factory there trying to provide an alternative for 90 viral coaching like
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other such mollusks can be washed and reduced the design that we've come up with is ethical sustainable and entirely made in the u.k. it looks like face was to be part of many people's lives at least in the short term whatever kind they where they're being urged to consider where it comes from and where it'll end up. after slapping new sanctions on russia u.s. president joe biden says it's time for deescalation if the 2 countries to work together. either this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up. i will invoke my for the privilege today. their children the former police officer accused of killing george floyd has chosen not to testify.

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