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Clydebank-made coffee Sons of Amazon is the strongest in the UK – we put it to the test

We’re not afraid of a challenge here at Glasgow Live – even when it comes down to a cup of coffee.

News that the UK’s strongest brew was launching from Clydebank had to be investigated – and you may have caught us on Facebook Live tentatively trying a fresh cup of Sons of Amazon.

Created by two Glasgow-based foodies – Eric Witham, with a background in whisky brands and Marco Giambastani, the man behind Italian Aroma Coffee – the ethical cuppa’s main selling point is that it has 200% more caffeine than your average jar coffee.

There’s even a warning label on the website, not to mention the biker-heavy marketing on the bag. Gulp. Tiny, tiny gulp.

Co-owner Eric Witham told Glasgow Live: “We’re trying to educate people that it’s an acquired taste, like a 25 year old single malt, and it should be appreciated like it.”

To give you just an idea of the potency of the stuff, a cup of Sons of Amazon packs around 440mg of caffeine – compare that to a can of Coca Cola, with just 22.4mg, or even Red Bull, at 75.7mg, and you’ll realise how strong we’re talking.

Of course, coffee fans will still be tempted to try it – and we have to say, it’s a pretty smooth, tasty cup of coffee.

Created by two Glasgow-based foodies – Eric Witham, with a background in whisky brands and Marco Giambastani, the man behind Italian Aroma Coffee – the ethical cuppa’s main selling point is that it has 200% more caffeine than your average jar coffee.

There’s even a warning label on the website, not to mention the biker-heavy marketing on the bag. Gulp. Tiny, tiny gulp.

Co-owner Eric Witham told Glasgow Live: “We’re trying to educate people that it’s an acquired taste, like a 25 year old single malt, and it should be appreciated like it.”

To give you just an idea of the potency of the stuff, a cup of Sons of Amazon packs around 440mg of caffeine – compare that to a can of Coca Cola, with just 22.4mg, or even Red Bull, at 75.7mg, and you’ll realise how strong we’re talking.

Of course, coffee fans will still be tempted to try it – and we have to say, it’s a pretty smooth, tasty cup of coffee.

Papua New Guinea volcano: Islanders flee worsening eruption

About 1,500 people are being evacuated from islands off Papua New Guinea, where a long-dormant volcano has started erupting, the Red Cross says.

The volcano on Kadovar island began emitting smoke and ash last week, prompting the evacuation of more than 500 people to nearby Blup Blup island.

But as the eruptions have become more violent, those who fled Kadovar will now have to be taken to the mainland.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is home to a number of active volcanoes.

Witnesses on Blup Blup, to the north of Kadovar island, reported a large explosion from the volcano on Friday and a fiery red glow coming from the summit. Scientists later detected large amounts of toxic sulphur dioxide emitting from the volcano.

PNG Red Cross Secretary General told Reuters news agency that funds had been made available to help evacuees move to the mainland.

“The people there, as the volcano erupted, they rushed immediately to escape. So they are in immediate need of food, water, shelter and clothing as well,” he said.

A dome of lava could be seen on Kadovar, scientists at the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said, adding that steam clouds were rising to 600m (1,969ft).

Volcanologists say there are no confirmed records of a previous large-scale eruption on Kadovar.

Iraqi returnees surpass number of IDPs for first time since 2013

The number of Iraqis returning to their areas of origin has surpassed those who remain internally displaced for the first time since December 2013, the International Organisation for Migration has said.

At the end of last year IOM identified 3.2 million people who had returned to their homes since January 2014, compared with 1,370,862 at the end of 2016 and 468,780 at the end of 2015.

“The significant return trends monitored in the last few months are largely due to the retaking of all Iraqi areas by the Iraqi Security Forces,” IOM media and communications officer Sandra Black told The National on Saturday. “This, coupled with the improved security situation, has encouraged large groups of displaced individuals to return to their place of origin.”

It marks the first time since ISIL’s 2014 blitzkrieg in Iraq that the number of people returning to their towns and cities has surpassed those still internally displaced. More than 1.2 million people have returned to Anbar province, while 30 and 14 per cent of the population has returned to Nineveh and Salah Al Din provinces respectively.

The three provinces were the worst affected by ISIL’s occupation, accounting for 86 per cent of the internally displaced population. Anbaris were the first to suffer the brutal rule of the extremist group, beginning in late 2013, while Nineveh’s Yazidis were subject to systematic persecution, killing and enslavement in the summer of 2014.

According to IOM, intra-governorate returns of internally displaced persons (IDPs) account for 55 per cent of returnees. The most significant concentration of IDPs is currently in Nineveh (57 per cent), which has an intra-governorate internally displaced population of 97 per cent.

Images taken this month in Wana village, west of Mosul, show children in colourful garb carrying zip-locked bags stuffed with bright acrylic blankets, often found in Iraqi households. Other returnees lug large rolled-up carpets and IOM non-food item kits back to their homes after months or sometimes even years of displacement.

A large number of houses were either totally or partially destroyed during the violent battle between ISIL and coalition-backed Iraqi forces. Countless buildings can be seen to bear the scars of the violent conflict.

According to the IOM, nearly one third of returnees are reported to have returned to houses that have suffered significant to complete damage and 60 per cent to moderately damaged residences. “[In] the long term, the intention to return is high among IDPs. [In] the short term, the preference is to voluntarily integrate locally,” said the IOM’s Ms Black.

The latest figure for returnees comes just days after refugees and aid workers revealed that a large number of displaced Iraqis were being forcefully returned to their areas of origin to ensure that the country’s upcoming election takes place on time. People must be in their area of origin to vote and if they do not return home, this could delay the election.

Aid workers estimated that between 2,400 and 5,000 people had been forcibly returned by the Iraqi army between November 21 last year and January 2.

“These returns are not safe,” one aid worker told Reuters. “Even those who don’t openly resist really have no other choice. They cannot really say no to a bunch of people with guns.”

Statement of the Ministry of Interior and Defense

The Ministry of Interior and Defense issue a decision appointing the brothers of the martyrs before and after 2014 who has a brother of a martyr in the security forces and is unemployed from the place of his brother martyr in Baghdad and the rest of the provinces soon will open the electronic application form

News from UNFPA Iraq:

 

In 2017, UNFPA in Iraq supported a total of 16 primary health care clinics in East and West Mosul and 3 maternity wards in different hospitals in the area. Last year alone, we deployed 6 mobiles reproductive health clinics and teams in the city.

 

 

Source and photo: UNFPA Iraq

Andy Grammer Says His Worst Quality as a Parent Is Being a ‘Touring Musician’

For Andy Grammer, being a musician on the road has its pros and cons when it comes to parenting.

The “Honey, I’m Good” singer — who just released his newest album, The Good Parts, in December — opened up to PEOPLE recently about how his career choice plays into his role as a new dad to daughter Louisiana “Louie” K, 5 months.

“Because of my touring schedule, I’m up all the time anyway — I don’t get a lot of sleep,” says Grammer, 34. “So right now, I’m not getting a lot of sleep with this teeny little infant, but it’s not that big of a deal to me.”

“So when she wakes up at 3 and she’s like, ‘What are we doing?’, I’m like, ‘Let’s ride!’ ” he adds with a laugh.

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The drawbacks are tough too, though. As Grammer explains, “My worst quality as a parent is something that’s not even my fault — it’s that I’m a touring musician.”

“I just had to leave her for the first time this week and it was freaking brutal,” says the singer. “She smiled for the first time right as I was leaving — it’s like she knew.”

“And I was like, ‘Okay, I gotta go, goodbye!’ and she’s like [eyes wide], ‘Really?’ ” he continues. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is gonna be so hard.’ ”

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While she’s a little young to put the golden rule into effect just yet, little Louie will have a solid springboard from her dad and mom Aijia.

“My dad taught me, right before I went into high school, he said, ‘All the cool kids change, so be nice to everybody,’ ” Grammer recalls. “I’m hopefully gonna make sure she knows that.”

Oklahoma jury: Woman guilty in daughter’s crucifix death

A jury in Oklahoma has convicted a woman of killing her 33-year-old daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed the woman was possessed by the devil.

Fifty-one-year-old Juanita Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the 2016 death of Geneva Gomez. Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Police found Geneva Gomez lying on the ground inside her mother’s Oklahoma City home with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified. A large crucifix had been placed on her chest.

Court documents indicate Juanita Gomez told police she forced a crucifix down her daughter’s throat and watched her die.

A psychologist found her competent to stand trial and said she was feigning memory problems to appear incompetent.

US Ambassador calls on Kurdistan’s parties to unite

The US Ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday called on Kurdish parties in the region to unite during this time of crisis and rearrange their ranks, noting that the existing rift negatively affects dialogue between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Federal Government of Iraq.

“We will soon hold meetings with Iraqi officials to help resolve differences between Erbil and Baghdad, and both sides will begin serious talks to address outstanding issues,” Douglas Silliman, the top American diplomat in Baghdad, told reporters at a press conference in the Iraqi capital.

Ties between Erbil and Baghdad have considerably deteriorated following the Kurdistan Region’s Sep. 25 independence referendum, which saw an overwhelming majority vote in favor of statehood.

The US has maintained its ‘one-Iraq’ policy since the independence vote and emphasizes the importance of the Kurdistan Region “as part of a unified federal Iraq.”

Silliman revealed Washington was “exerting pressure on Baghdad” to pay the salaries of government employees in the Kurdistan Region and to come to an agreement on the subject of international border crossings. He also stressed the need for stability and security “in coordination with the [KRG]” to return to Iraq.

As a show of good faith, the KRG offered to freeze the results of the referendum, but Baghdad refused, demanding a full annulment instead. Kurdish officials have also repeatedly stated their readiness to start a dialogue, with the Iraqi government showing no real response so far.

Silliman added that Washington was displeased with the “political rift between Kurdish parties.” He described it as an obstacle to constructive talks with Baghdad, saying it has a “negative effect” on possible negotiations.

“We have no doubt both the Iraqi government and the [KRG] want to resolve their disagreements and issues, especially with regards to Kirkuk, and we have seen serious steps being taken in that direction.”

Silliman also discussed the need for the Iraqi elections to be held on schedule and for all parties to abide by the Iraqi Constitution. Kurdish officials have consistently called on Baghdad to implement and respect the constitution fully, and for disputes to be resolved within its framework.

YouTube puts Logan Paul projects on hold after vlogger’s dead body post

YouTube has cut business ties with Logan Paul – after the vlogger received strong criticism for posting a video appearing to show the body of a suicide victim.

The 22-year-old said he felt ashamed and did not expect to be forgiven after filming in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest – which is known to be a frequent site of suicides.

The video service, owned by YouTube, has removed Paul from its Preferred Programme where companies can sell adverts on the top 5% of content creators, as well as putting original projects with the US star on hold.

A statement from the company said: “In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.

“Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of Foursome and his new Originals are on hold.”

The clip uploaded by Paul on December 31, which had millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering the body, which led to strong and continued backlash.

After the video was removed, Paul – who has 15 million YouTube subscribers – posted a written apology to Twitter, saying his intention was to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention”.

On Tuesday, YouTube said it was looking at “further consequences” after the posting of the video.

In a series of tweets, the company said: “It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying.

“We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”

A statement from the company said: “In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.

“Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of Foursome and his new Originals are on hold.”

The clip uploaded by Paul on December 31, which had millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering the body, which led to strong and continued backlash.

After the video was removed, Paul – who has 15 million YouTube subscribers – posted a written apology to Twitter, saying his intention was to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention”.

On Tuesday, YouTube said it was looking at “further consequences” after the posting of the video.

In a series of tweets, the company said: “It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying.

“We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”

Qatar Red Crescent, QFFD in Iraq health outreach

Under a strategic partnership between Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to support the health sector in Iraq, QRCS’ mission in Al-Anbar Governorate has launched a field hospital to offer emergency health care for patients and victims of the ongoing clashes across the country.
Set up in Ana District, west of Al-Anbar, the health facility provides a wide range of medical services for the displaced from western parts of the governorate.
Since its inception, more than 500 patients have been served, in addition to 35 surgical cases (Caesarean section, hernia repair, wound cleaning and stitching, appendectomy, shrapnel removal, and burn dressing changes).
The Ana Field Hospital comprises several departments (operations, intensive care, X-ray, laboratory, pharmacy, and sterilisation and equipment). Also, a blood bank was created to serve various kinds of patients.
The facility is located strategically in a region with no healthcare services due to the total destruction of infrastructure.
All the activities of the hospital are co-ordinated with the Governor and Health Directorate of Al-Anbar, who pay close attention to the workflow in all steps and services of the project.
The first case received by the field hospital was a patient with obstructed labour, who was admitted for surgery. As she had hypertension, the doctors opted for a C-section under local anaesthesia. The procedure was successful, and all the vital signs of the mother and her baby were stable when they were released from hospital.
These efforts are in line with Qatar’s supportive position for the vulnerable Iraqis in Al-Anbar. QRCS is working closely together with the local municipalities and health authorities to ensure the best services for the displaced Iraqis all over the governorate, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health of Iraq.