The Daily Populous

Monday August 1st, 2022 evening edition

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Indigenous senator Lidia Thorpe was told to repeat the oath of allegiance for Australian parliamentarians on Monday after she initially described the Queen as a coloniser.

Thorpe, a Greens senator for Victoria, was chided by her parliamentary colleagues, one of whom yelled, “You’re not a senator if you don’t do it properly.”.

Thorpe was absent from parliament last week when other senators were officially sworn in, so took her oath on Monday morning.

“You are required to recite the oath as printed on the card,” Lines told the Greens senator.

Thorpe turned to speak to a Labor senator behind her who appeared to voice further criticism, before repeating the oath as printed.

However, under the Australian constitution all senators and MPs must swear an allegiance to the Queen and her heirs and successors before sitting in parliament.

Thorpe said she stood for parliament “to question the illegitimate occupation of the colonial system in this country”. »

Genetically engineered rice needs less fertilizer, makes more food

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It has more grain per branch, each grain particle is bigger and denser, and the plants flowered earlier.

Over the course of three years, all of the rice plants exhibited enhanced photosynthetic capacity and improved nitrogen use efficiency.

Other experiments were done with the transgenic plants grown hydroponically and in rice paddies, and they did equally well. »

‘Sending drivers out to die’: UPS workers demand heat safety amid record temps

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UPS workers gathered outside the company’s Foster Avenue facility Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y., to demand better heat protections.

“By refusing to implement these safety measures, the company is literally sending drivers out to die in the heat,” said O’Brien.

This year, tensions between the company and union have been rising amid a steady stream of headlines about UPS drivers collapsing in the heat. »

2 dead in the McKinney Fire in Northern California, the state's largest blaze this year

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The blaze has become California's largest wildfire so far this year, Cal Fire Capt.

The two were found on a residential driveway along Doggett Creek Road near Highway 96, the sheriff's office posted Monday morning on Facebook .

Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency Saturday for Siskiyou County, saying the blaze has destroyed homes and threatened critical infrastructure. »