Indigenous peoples manage or own at least one quarter of world’s land surface

A new study sheds light on the large portion of the world’s land that Indigenous peoples own and the implications of this ownership.

A new study reveals that Indigenous Peoples have use, management, and ownership rights over a minimum of the one quarter of the world’s land surface. The data supports the push for the recognition of Indigenous rights to their waters and lands as both an ethical obligation as well as to meet both local and global conservation efforts.

“Understanding the extent of lands over which Indigenous Peoples retain traditional connection is critical for several conservation and climate agreements,” said Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University in Australia, who led the international consortium that created the maps. “Not until we pulled together the best available published information on Indigenous lands did we really appreciate the extraordinary scale of Indigenous Peoples’ ongoing influence,” he said.

“We are not surprised this has never been done before,” said Ian Leiper, also from Charles Darwin University. “It has taken three years to track down credible sources of data from around the world.”

“In many countries Indigenous peoples are taking an active role in conservation,” said Neil Burgess of the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge. “What this new research shows is the huge potential for further collaborative partnerships between indigenous people, conservation practitioners and governments. This should yield major benefits for conservation of ecologically valuable landscapes, ecosystems and genes for future generations.”

But these partnerships must be created quickly to beat pressure for the development of Indigenous lands.

“Where I work in central Africa, Indigenous Peoples are synonymous with tropical rainforests in the best condition,” said John E.Fa, co-author on the study. “But change is happening fast. Empowering Indigenous Peoples will be key to conserving these forests.”

‘Charmed’ Actress Rose Mcgowan turns self in over drug possession warrant

‘Charmed’ actress Rose McGowan surrenders herself to arrest by Loudon County, Va. authorities for a warrant charge of alleged drug possession.

On Tuesday, actress Rose McGowan turned herself in to face a felony drug possession charge, said authorities in the suburban Washington D.C. area. After her arrest by the Loudon County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, she was released on a $5,000 bond.

A warrant was issued for the Charmed actress’ arrest back in February for an incident on her United Airlines flight to Washington Dulles International Airport. Authorities said an investigation of her belongings left on the flight tested positive for narcotics.

According to The Hollywood Reporter police declined to say what specific substance was found on McGowan’s belongings

The warrant for McGowan’s arrest wasn’t made public until October leading her to believe it was a retaliating effort made to silence her recent sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan has been a very vocal accuser about the sexual misconduct in Hollywood ever since she opened up last month about allegedly being raped by him back in 1997. McGowan said she was offered a $1 million non-disclosure agreement, but decline any sort of agreement after an article published by the New York Times shed light on the sexual harassment and misconduct acts Weinstein committed allegedly.

Unclear as to when McGowan was made aware of the warrant, she had this to say on twitter at the end of October: “Are they trying to silence me? There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of HORSESH*T.”

Adriana Lima reveals how much longer she’ll walk Victoria Secret runways

Victoria Secret Angel Adriana Lima reveals just how much longer she thinks she’ll walk the catwalk for the sexiest runway in fashion.

Brazilian model Adriana Lima was named Victoria Secret’s 2017 Most Valuable Angel, and after 18 years of owning the runway there’s no doubt she’s earned that title.

The 36 year old revealed that she doesn’t planning on retiring soon either. Rumors have swirled that Tuesday’s runway show will be the last for her fellow longtime  Angel Alessandra Ambrosia. But Lima says she has at least two years left on the VS runway.

“I plan to be at 20. Two more years. Maybe more, I don’t know,” the mother of two told People magazine, “It’s nature. I’m working out. I’m being healthy, so let’s see how the body is going to turn out. But I enjoy it. So let’s say 20.”

The runway show which took place at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China showcased the model at her sexiest yet in semi-sheer briefs when she first took to the catwalk with her colorful pair of wings.

Lima is the longest running model for VS and has worn it’s signature fantasy bra three times for the fashion show.

“I feel very emotional to be part of it, in a good way. After so many years and to have a chance to see Victoria’s Secret go and have their fashion show internationally, it’s really an honor for me to be part of it,” She said to People, “And every girl who is here deserves to be here. They’ve got what it takes to be an Angel. They have unbelievable personalities.”

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m. on CBS.

Gwyneth Paltrow engaged to ‘Glee’ producer Brad Falchuk

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and ‘Glee’ producer Brad Fulchuk have been engaged for over a year sources confirm

Gwyneth Paltrow and her boyfriend Brad Fulchuk are engaged after three years of dating, sources confirmed to US Weekly.

The couple had actually been engaged for over one year, and the Goop owner had been spotted sporting several rings on her left hand including one on her ring finger.

“She’s had the ring a long time,” a source told Entertainment Tonight about how the couple was keeping their engagement under wraps.

While they’ve already taken engagement photos, the 45-year-old actress is “waiting to announce it on her website” sources said.

Paltrow and Fulchuk, 46, met on the set of Glee back in 2014 where Fulchuk was an executive producer and co-creater. Paltrow guest starred as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. Their first official outing was on Sept. 15 at the Scream Queens premiere in LA.

“She’s crazy about Brad,” a source close to the actress previously told People. Though she’s “cautious about marriage” and “very happy with how things are,” the source said it wasn’t “out of the question” for the couple to walk down the aisle in the future.

Paltrow famously went through what she coined a “conscious uncoupling” with her ex husband, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin back in 2014 after 11 years of marriage.

She and Martin share two children, daughter Apple and son Moses. Fulchuk also has two children, Brody and Isabella, from a previous marriage to Suzanne Bukinik.

Buzz Aldrin reveals what it’s like to go to the moon

Buzz Aldrin recently spoke on the “magnificent desolation” of the moon for the 25th anniversary of the mission.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently recalled what it was like to go to the moon a quarter-century after the moon landing. He began by revealing the words that entered his mind when he first got a close look at the lunar surface.

“Magnificent desolation,” he said to CBC’s Midday on the 25th anniversary of the historic mission, which saw humans step foot on the moon for the first time in history.

Aldrin claims that the phrase expressed the contrast between “the magnificence of our achievement and our accomplishment… and the utter desolation of the surface that we were on.”

Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, but Aldrin walked on its surface during the same mission. Both men spent two hours walking along its surface and approximately 20 hours on the moon in total. Their colleague Michael Collins remained in orbit in the command module.

The late Neil Armstrong revealed in a 1970 interview that he believed humans will eventually make bases on the moon.

“Oh, I am quite certain that we will have such bases in our lifetime, somewhat like the Antarctic stations and similar scientific outposts – continually manned,” he said. “Although, certainly there is the problem of the environment, the vacuum, the high and low temperatures of day and night.

“Still, in all, in many ways, it’s more hospitable than Antarctica might be.”

“There are no storms, no snow, no high winds, no unpredictable weather phenomena that we’re yet aware of, and the gravity is a very pleasant kind of place to work in – better than here on earth. I think it would be quite a pleasant place to do scientific work, and quite practical.”

Private plane crash kills five people in Mumbai

A plane crash in the city of Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital.

A plane crash in the city of Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital claimed the lives of five people including one person on the ground after a small private plane crashed Thursday into a busy area in the city. A former aviation minister said the pilot avoided a much higher toll by hitting an open area at a construction site.

The Press Trust of India news agency said two pilots and two technicians on the aircraft lost their lives. Police officer Vishnu Kolekar, said one person on the ground was killed and two others were injured. Police earlier said two were killed on the ground.

Police said the 12-seat Beechcraft King Air C90 crashed on a test flight after it was repaired and had taken off from Mumbai’s Juhu airstrip, which is used by small planes.

It was reported that it plowed into an open area at a construction site for a multistory building in the Ghatkopar district, a crowded area with many residence apartments. Fortunately, workers at the construction site had left for lunch.

The pilot prevented many more casualties by avoiding residential buildings, said a Mumbai resident and former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

“Salute to the pilot who showed presence of mind to avoid a big mishap, saving many lives at the cost of her own,” he tweeted.

Starbucks launches new policy guidelines in lieu of Philadelphia arrest

The new Starbuck policy gives employees step-by-step instructions on how to handle an incident with disruptive customers.

Starbucks has introduced a new policy that will allow customers to use their restrooms as well as sit in their cafes and patios without having to make a purchase, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times.

The new policy that was given to employees outlines the exact steps that Starbucks workers need to take should there be a disruptive customer incident. According to the policy guidelines, customers need to use the spaces that the company provides as intended as well as being considerate of others. Customers should also refrain from smoking, drinking, panhandling, or sleeping.

Starbucks introduced the new guidelines about a week before it will close 8000 stores for its unconscious bias training. The training will be provided for 175,000 employees on May 29. The new training is in light of the arrests of two black males at a location in Philadelphia that were waiting to have a business meeting when the manager called the police on them for loitering.

Previously Starbucks did not have a policy regarding what to do if customers did not make a purchase while residing in the store. What to do in these instances was left to the discretion of the manager at the time.

The new policies also allow for employees to call 911 if there has been a medical emergency, burglary, and physical assault.

Border Patrol to stop referring migrant parents for prosecution

A DOJ spokesperson denied the change in policy, but the decision to refer migrants for criminal charges after crossing illegally rests with the U.S. Border Patrol.

The U.S. Border Patrol will stop the practice of referring migrant parents who cross into the U.S. illegally with children to federal courthouses for criminal charges, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told The Washington Post on Thursday.

The announcement comes just one day after President Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s widely condemned practice of separating children from families after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump’s order said the government would maintain a “zero tolerance” policy toward those who break the law, but the senior U.S. official told the Post that Border Patrol agents were instructed Wednesday evening to stop sending parents with children to federal courthouses to face prosecution.

Sarah Isgur Flores, Justice Department spokesperson, said “zero tolerance” remained in effect, and that “there has been no change to the Department’s zero tolerance policy to prosecute adults who cross our border illegally instead of claiming asylum at any port of entry at the border.”

Still, the decision to refer migrants for criminal charges after crossing the border illegally rests with the U.S. Border Patrol, and the senior CBP official said the agency will no longer send parents who arrive with children to federal courts.

“We’re suspending prosecutions of adults who are members of family units until ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) can accelerate resource capability to allow us to maintain custody,” the official told the Post.

Otto Warmbier dies a week after release from North Korea

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor and fell into a coma shortly after being sentenced in March 2016.

The American college student who spent more than a year in captivity in North Korea and was released last week in a coma has died.

Otto Warmbier suffered a “severe neurological injury, ” sometime during his 17-month captivity, doctors said, but added that the cause is unknown, according to the Associated Press. Apparently unaware of his surroundings, Warmbier experienced widespread loss of brain tissue along with severe weakness and contraction of his muscles.

Warmbier — raised in a Cincinnatti, Ohio, suburb — was arrested in North Korea while visiting with a tour group. He was convicted of subversion for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda banner and then was paraded in front of North Korean officials and journalists for a televised ‘confession,’ the AP said.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor and fell into a coma shortly after being sentenced in March 2016. North Korean officials attributed the coma to Warmbier contracting botulism and then taking a sleeping pill.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experience today,” said Warmbier’s parents.

His father, Fred Warmbier, said he believed his son had been staying alive so he could return to his family.

“He was at peace. He was home, and we believe he could sense that,” his parents said.

DOJ accuses two Iranian-Americans of spying for Tehran

The Justice Department has arrested two Irananian-Americans on charges of spying on Jewish organizations and anti-Tehran groups in the United States for Tehran, whom the Justice Department alleges intended to use the intelligence for terrorist attacks.

The Justice Department has charged two Iranians with spying on U.S.-based Jewish and Iranian opposition groups in the United States for the Iranian government. Justice Department agents believe that the suspects, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, were gathering intelligence to select targets for possible assassinations and bombing attacks.

Agents released a wiretap recording of Ghorbani, a California resident, saying of one opposition figure: “Mother-(expletive) needs one, one shot.”

Ghorbani was born in Iran and became a legal U.S. permanent resident in 2015. Doostdar was born in the United States and has dual citizenship, having spent most of his life in Iran and Canada.

The two men were specifically targeting Jewish centers in Chicago, as well as a rally last year in New York against the Iranian government and a similarly anti-Tehran convention this year in Washington, D.C., according to Justice Department charging documents. The New York protest’s organizer was Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a main component of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a coalition of groups calling for the overthrow of Iran’s ruling mullahs.

The FBI was the source of some of the evidence against the two suspects. An FBI search of Doostdar’s electronic devices indicated that he had canvassed a number of the targets and that he traveled in July 2017 from Chicago to Tehran. FBI agents put him under physical surveillance and followed him to the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago where, according to the affidavit, he “moved through the museum in an unusual fashion and was alone in a small room with an unidentified female for a short time.”

The affidavit states that Doostdar photographed several Jewish centers afterward and later traveled to Costa Rica, where he met with Ghorbani. Ghorbani observed the MEK rally and photographed several anti-regime protesters, the document also states.