Preston Protests Fracking company Cuadrilla

Protestors gathered in Preston today to support anti-fracking figurehead Tina Rothery, nicknamed “nana” by her loyal supporters, in her legal battle against fracking company Cuadrilla.

Emotional scenes as Rothery left court – photo: Benjamin Wareing


According to Rothery, Cuadrilla denied that they ever held a court presence, despite court records showing otherwise, as confirmed by Next Generation Blogs in court records.

Over 200 protestors were in attendance at the day’s peak time – to welcome Rothery out of the court, following the ruling that a ‘Contempt of Court’ battle had been thrown away against her.

Protestors gathered right up to the court entrance – photo: Benjamin Wareing


Cuadrilla has controversially been given the green light to frack in Lancashire by the government – despite the local councils direct opposition and an outcry of national outrage.

Cuadrilla’s representatives allegedly attempted to pin the charge of ‘contempt of court’ to Rothery, however today that ruling was overturned and the anti-fracking “nana” was cleared. Upon her departure of the court, Rothery was met with loud applause, dance, music and a spraying of champagne. Tears, hugs and selfies were all warmly received by a tearful Tina.

Court proceedings are allegedly still underway, according to Rothery in speaking to Press outside Preston Crown Court.

Rothery speaking to the nations media – photo: Benjamin Wareing

LIVE UPDATES: Active Shooter, Ohio State University 

KEY POINTS:

  • Active shooter NO LONGER in effect
  • Watts Hall, Ohio State University
  • One suspect confirmed dead – suspect drove into civilians, left vehicle and cut numerous people with butcher knife. Suspect confirmed by federal officials as of Somali descent
  • 9 confirmed injuries, all taken to local hospitals. 1 critical, 8 stable. 2 received orthopaedic surgery.
  • Only fatality was the suspect, shot 2 minutes after first attack
  • NO officers shot
  • Scene is secure

TIMELINE:

09:52 – Suspect drove his car over the kerb and struck civilians on the walkway.

09:53 – Suspect exited his vehicle and slashed numerous bystanders with a butchers knife.

09:54 – A university police officer shot the suspect dead after 9 people were injured.

ARTICLE IS BEING UPDATED LIVE

BREAKING – Active Shooter in Ohio State University

An active shooter alert has been raised for Ohio State University, Columbus campus. There are confirmed reports of 9 injured, and body bags have been seen.

A disturbing text alert was sent to students in the area warning them to “run, hide” and even to “fight” in the area of Watts Hall, 19th and college.

Screenshot of text message sent to students at Ohio State University.

A video posted on Instagram by a student at the Univeristy shows other students running in panic, as well as police cars racing by.

Police have surrounded Lane Avenue Garage, where the suspect is believed to be hiding.

The campus is currently on lockdown and police conduct a search. Eyewitnesses report that they have seen at least 10 ambulances on scene, leading to the assumption that there are indeed casualties.

The university PA system is still confirming that there is an active shooter on scene.

This article is being live updated.

Fidel CASTRO Dies

Fidel Castro, the former President of Cuba, has died aged 90, Cuban media is reporting.

Born in 1926 in the Holguin Province, Castro quickly rose to political dominance, before spearheading the Communist Party of Cuba from 1965 to 2016.


In 2008, he transferred Presidential powers to his brother, Raúl Castro, who continued in his families footsteps with Marxist ideologies. It was under his own leadership that Cuba became a one-party socialist state, something that originally frightened 1970s America during the build up to the Cold War and post-WWII.

He famously survived many assassination attempts, some orchestrated by US officials due to his ties with Communist Russia, and even survived the ‘Bay of Pigs’ attack of 1961.

In 1962, he allowed Russians to place nuclear warheads on Cuban land, creating the highest point of tension in the Cold War, aptly named the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’. 


Just months ago, Castro was visited by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and later Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his Havana home. It is unsure whether Barack Obama, as President of the United States, will extend sympathies given the US/ Cuba newfound relationships established earlier this year.

It has been confirmed that he will be cremated today.

Another Tsunami heads for Japan

Following a magnitude 7.3 earthquake off the coast of Fukushima in Japan, a tsunami warning has been issued across Japan. Waves of higher than 3 metres are expected.

Japan is an island so is largely susceptible to tsunamis, however one on this scale has not been seen since the Tsunamis of 2011 which claimed nearly 16,000 lives and injured many more, also causing billions of dollars worth of damage to the technologically thriving country.

The earthquake struck at around 6am in Japan, with damage and injuries unknown. It hit 67km north east of Iwaki at a depth of 10km. Shortly after, a large scale tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre struck near the Fukushima nuclear plant which faced a meltdown following the 2011 disaster.

Story developing.

Severe Earthquake Creates Tsunami Warning in New Zealand 

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck North East of Christchurch in New Zealand, causing large scale destruction and is expected to have caused multiple injuries. Fatality reports have not yet been heard.

The initial earthquake reportedly lasted for one minute straight, with Twitter users in New Zealand reporting of “long, continuous shaking” followed by dozens of aftershocks.

Damage caused to a Twitter users kitchen during the earthquake.


The New Zealand Civil Defense shortly added that large tsunamis are expected on the island all along the East coast, warning:

“The first wave activity may not be the most significant,” it said in a bulletin, adding tsunami activity would continue for several hours.”

Initial reports suggest that the ‘peak’ of the tsunami activity may see waves as tall as 2 metres high – a monumental impact on the relatively shallow coastal areas of the island of New Zealand. The Civil Defense suggests people living along the vast coastlines should move inland and above ground one xoectatuon of large tsunami activity.

Prime Minister of NZ, John Key, tweeted:

“I hope everyone is safe after the earthquake tonight.”

New Zealand is located on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the aptly named “Ring of Fire”, and as such experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.

Initial news coverage showed large scale destruction and panic.

Suicide and Advice Hotlines 

The results of the 2016 Presidential Election has been a shock for many. And for some, the realisation of a Trump Presidency is one struggle they find all too hard. 

From face value, based on his campaign, Trump favours religious isolationism, anti-progressivism and a rejection of the individuality that makes every human being beautiful. But, whilst he may want you to feel alone, we don’t.

We here at Next Generation Blogs want you to know that there is a world of help out there, no matter how big or small your worry or situation is. Find below a list of the very best helplines, which you can talk to in confidence, to ease you through this difficult time. You are not alone.

  • Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • Trans Crisis Hotline: 877-565-8860
  • LGBTQ+ Hotline: 866-488-7386
  • Racism Hotline: 800-423-TIPS

Alternatively, speak to someone close to you like a close family member, a good friend, a teacher or co-worker or a specialist if available to you.