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Richard Branson slams Donald Trump after hurricanes: 'Whole world knows climate change is real'

Richard Branson slams Donald Trump after hurricanes: 'Whole world knows climate change is real'Virgin boss Richard Branson has hit out at Donald Trump after Hurricane Irma partially destroyed his home on the British Virgin Islands. Donald Trump, who has previously denied climate change, has planned to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, which aims to reduce the impact of global warming on Earth. Mr Branson criticised the President's stance in an interview on CNN, where he was asked about the impact of climate change on hurricanes. Richard Branson on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com "Look, you can never be 100 per cent sure about links" he replied, "but the scientists have said the storms are going to get more and more and more intense and more and more often." He continued: "We've had four storms within a month, all far greater than have ever, ever, ever happened in history. "Sadly, I think this is the start of things to come." Hitting out at Donald Trump, he continued:"Look, climate change is real. Ninety-nine per cent of scientists know it's real. "The whole world knows it's real except for maybe one person in the White House." Richard Branson launches aid relief campaign for the British Virgin Islands 02:33 The British billionaire and adventurer took refuge in the wine cellar of his home on his private island while it suffered a direct hit from the Category 5 Hurricane Irma. "As you can see from the photos, much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged," Sir Richard wrote from Puerto Rico, where he was mobilising aid efforts  for the British Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean. "We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean. But we are very fortunate to have a strong cellar built into Necker’s Great House and were very lucky all of our teams who stayed on Island during the storm are safe and well." He has now called for a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Irma and fears of further damage by Hurricane Maria. Hurricanes Irma and Maria | Advice for travellers  



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Sir Richard Branson calls for 'Marshall Plan' for British Virgin Islands in wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma

Sir Richard Branson calls for 'Marshall Plan' for British Virgin Islands in wake of hurricanes Maria and IrmaSir Richard Branson has called for a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Irma and fears of further damage by Hurricane Maria. The Virgin Group founder, who is currently in New York to push for greater action on climate change at the UN General Assembly, said that he feared Hurricane Maria would add to the "catastrophic damage" the islands had suffered earlier this month. #BVI needs the world’s attention now – helping local communities with Hurricane #Maria prep, survival & recovery t.co/uB3B1lj1tnpic.twitter.com/dh5NPf5kRs— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 18, 2017 Hurricane Maria was following a similar path to Irma, and strengthened to a category five storm on Monday night. Richard Branson on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com The US National Hurricane Centre declared it had upgraded the hurricane to its highest category after recording 160mph winds and issued warnings for islands including the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. UK International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, said the Government is under no illusion about the possible impact of Maria and said they are taking steps to prepare communities. Damage on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com Sir Richard's private Necker island, which is part of the British Virgin islands, was devastated earlier in September by Hurricane Irma. Writing on his Virgin blog on Monday, the British billionaire said that his team "are doing everything we can to help people on the ground to prepare, and aid efforts are continuing". Damage on Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com "These hurricanes are causing unimaginable destruction; in the BVI infrastructure has collapsed, but we are working hard with some incredible partners, from the Royal Marines to aid agencies, the Puerto Rican authorities to the local BVIslanders, to help get the islands back on their feet," he wrote. "My thoughts are turning to working with others to help create a long-term Marshall Plan for the BVI, and for the Caribbean to be reconstructed and rejuvenated with clean energy and new jobs. However, as they prepare for another hurricane, the BVI’s people need the world's attention now." Sir Richard has launched the BVI Community Support Appeal to raise funds for those affected by the hurricanes. Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean, in pictures  



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Billionaire Richard Branson's private island got absolutely walloped by Irma, and he just posted photos

Billionaire Richard Branson's private island got absolutely walloped by Irma, and he just posted photosAfter waiting out Hurricane Irma in his concrete wine cellar as the storm hit his private Necker Island, Richard Branson's emerged to detail the damage. On Twitter and in a statement on the Virgin Group website, Branson shared photos depicting toppled palm trees and shattered buildings from Necker, the neighboring Virgin Island Gorda, and Puerto Rico.  BVI needs a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan” after #Irma – short-term aid & long-term recovery & revitalisation t.co/0USuxvk1dS pic.twitter.com/pFzsStZBjN — Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 11, 2017 While detailing the damage to his personal property, Branson took time to remind readers that this was just a small example of the widespread destruction Irma caused in its tear through the Caribbean. SEE ALSO: Richard Branson is staying on his private island through Hurricane Irma He emphasized that the "Irma story" is neither about him nor his island. Instead, his followers should focus on the "1000s of people who've lost homes & livelihoods." The Virgin website has added a donation option to help raise funds for Irma victims. Necker damage huge, but BVI #Irma story is not about Necker – about 1000s of people who've lost homes & livelihoods t.co/0USuxvk1dS pic.twitter.com/BaUpvJ22pv — Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 10, 2017 Branson also had some strong words about the link between Irma—the second most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic—and global warming.  "Man-made climate change is contributing to increasingly strong hurricanes causing unprecedented damage," wrote Branson on the Virgin website. "The whole world should be scrambling to get on top of the climate change issue before it is too late – for this generation, let alone the generations to come." Much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged. But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker – it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. @virginunite is coordinating aid to local BVI families & communities affected – please donate to help www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-community-support-appeal A post shared by Richard Branson (@richardbranson) on Sep 10, 2017 at 2:25pm PDT This isn't the first time Branson's called for urgent action on climate change. After President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, Branson spoke out against the decision, for himself and for other business leaders, and pledged to continue fighting global warming in the private sector.  In addition to combatting climate change, Branson's repeated emphasis on helping the victims of Hurricane Irma is well taken. Many Virgin Island residents are banking on social media to spread word of the damage, and marshal as much aid as possible.  Please donate to @BritishRedCross's #HurricaneIrma Appeal: t.co/U0m3Kf1APM pic.twitter.com/TsHK4ZHgq7 — Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 10, 2017 Branson also reminded his followers that the Virgin Islands are bracing for potentially even more damage with the approach of Hurricane Jose. Hurricane Irma really is storm of the century – but urge all in path of Hurricane #Jose to prepare & stay safe too t.co/U0m3Kf1APM pic.twitter.com/vB8tlTTij3 — Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 9, 2017 Ultimately, Branson said he considers hurricanes "one of the wonders of the natural world." But that the most important thing is to continue coordinating aid and acting on a disaster recovery plan. Here's hoping the billionaire's 11.4 million twitter followers get his message, and act on it. WATCH: Damaging winds and flooding as Hurricane Irma moves on Florida



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Sir Richard Branson shares images of devastation on Necker Island as he appeals for help for region

Sir Richard Branson shares images of devastation on Necker Island as he appeals for help for regionSir Richard Branson has shared video and photographs showing the "huge" damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma on Necker Island, as he appealed for aid for the devastated British Virgin Islands.   The British billionaire and adventurer took refuge in the wine cellar of his home on his private island as it suffered a direct hit from the Category 5 Hurricane Irma. Richard Branson on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com "As you can see from the photos, much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged," Sir Richard wrote from Puerto Rico, where he was mobilising aid efforts  for the British Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean. "We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean. But we are very fortunate to have a strong cellar built into Necker’s Great House and were very lucky all of our teams who stayed on Island during the storm are safe and well." Damage on Necker Island Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com He said others were not so lucky and urgently needed help. "This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies. We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was," he wrote.  Necker Island after Hurricane Irma hit Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com Urging people to remain calm amid reports of "civil unrest", he said he was in contact with the British government and others to bring help to the region.  Damage on Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Credit: Virgin.com/Virgin.com "The BVI needs an enormous amount of help to recover from the widespread devastation," he added.  The message came after his son Sam said he was heading to the British Virgin Islands to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Irma – and has appealed to anyone who has a boat to join him. 'Please help': Sam Branson joins Hurricane Irma relief effort 01:02 The 32 year-old rode out the storm on Necker Island earlier this week, where family and staff survived by hiding in the wine cellar. Sir Richard also owns an island in the British Virgin Islands and his son says he is preparing  himself to see it in ruins when he arrives. "If you have boats, then please get them to the BVI," Sam said in a video posted on Instagram. "Going to be harrowing to see my home and so many others' beloved place so decimated but will do all I can to get aid to the people that need it most!". Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean, in pictures The islands' governor, Gus Jaspert, said there had been devastating damage and "reports of casualties and fatalities" following the storm. He added: "I am truly heartbroken by this news. May God bless and protect the territory and our people." Electricity is completely down on Tortola, the largest of the islands while the small local hospital has doubled up as a shelter for those left homeless. A curfew has been imposed between 6pm and 6am. Pictures emerging from the islands showed vehicles strewn across roads and houses completely destroyed. Credit: Jalon Manson Shortte Chef Hubert Haciski, 26, who is stranded on Tortola and sheltered in the toilets of a hotel in Road Town for the storm, told The Sun: "We are running generators but the fuel is running low on the island." Sophie Leroy, 31, who now lives in London but lived on Tortola from the age of two to 29, has been speaking to friends she is able to communicate with about the devastation. She said: "I really don't think people understand the scale of destruction. I have been through many hurricanes. This is like nothing I have ever seen in my entire life. It is uninhabitable and will be for months. “This is very serious. Parts of the island are still inaccessible, people are unaccounted for and can't be searched for until roads are clear. In some places, there are just no more roads. “Most of the island and all of the other islands are without communication – comms blackout." Caribbean islands: before and after Hurricane Irma 02:03 The Royal Navy arrived at the British Virgin Islands on Friday to scenes of devastation. The support ship RFA Mounts Bay arrived off the British overseas territory, bringing with it 40 Royal Marines and Army engineers to help rebuild other vital infrastructure damaged in the storm. After arriving, navy sources said Royal Marines had found “devastation”. The naval source added: “The islands haven’t escaped and it’s pretty grim out there.” With another Category 5 hurricane, Jose, also approaching the Caribbean, the clock is ticking on the rescue effort. Hurricane Irma | Key articles  



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Richard Branson Tweets Photo Of Braving Hurricane Irma

Richard Branson Tweets Photo Of Braving Hurricane IrmaAs the Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean islands, Richard Branson chose to stay on his private island along with his team, despite knowing that the category 5 storm will create a havoc in the area.



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Historical estate goes on the market with castle ruins once the home of Richard III and Henry VIII

Historical estate goes on the market with castle ruins once the home of Richard III and Henry VIIIOriginally built in 1382, the castle was a favorite residence and seat of regional government for some of the most charismatic figures in English history. It has been in disuse for three and a half centuries, and the stone was plundered to build neighboring homes. Now just four corners remain.



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Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. t.co/nTC1LYQKiG— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.” Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. “You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ‘abusive speech’. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event?” This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.— Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 



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Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweets

Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweetsA US radio station invited Richard Dawkins to speak about his latest book, and then cancelled the ticketed event over his tweets about Islam. The evolutionary biologist was due to discuss Science in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist at a benefit event for KPFA, a listener-funded station in Berkeley, California. Tickets were snapped up ahead of the anti-theist’s planned talk on 9 August – but KPFA cancelled the event on Thursday, claiming it had recently discovered that his comments about Islam had upset people.



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Video: Richard Hammond miraculously survives a harrowing accident involving a $1 million supercar

Video: Richard Hammond miraculously survives a harrowing accident involving a $  1 million supercar

In a harrowing incident that thankfully resulted in no fatalities, former Top Gear host Richard Hammond recently lost control of a $ 1 million Rimac Concept One supercar and crashed into a house while driving in Switzerland. Hammond was driving the car for a segment that was set to air on The Grand Tour, a car-enthusiast show on Amazon Video. Jeremy Clarkson, a co-host on the show who you might also recognize from Top Gear, took to Twitter this weekend and said that the incident was the "biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening."

Incredibly, Hammond didn't appear to suffer any serious injuries during the accident, save for a fractured knee, though he was swiftly taken to a nearby hospital for observation. Even more incredible is the fact that Hammond managed to climb out of the car wreckage on his own accord. Ultimately, the pricey Rimac Concept One burst into flames.

A spokesperson for the show issued the following statement in the wake of the crash.

Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury.

The Grand Tour Twitter account posted two photos of the aftermath.

Video of the crash was even posted to YouTube yesterday afternoon. As evidenced below, the crash could have easily been much worse. Incidentally, the root cause of the accident remains unknown at the moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCwBBaZ7UAE



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Richard Collins III: Father of black student murdered in suspected hate crime accepts his son’s degree

Richard Collins III: Father of black student murdered in suspected hate crime accepts his son’s degreeIn an emotional ceremony at Maryland’s Bowie State University, Richard Collins Jr was cheered as he took the podium. “I really have not tried to process motive or intentions behind this yet,” he told NBC News before the ceremony. Police have charged 22-year-old Sean Urbanski with his murder.



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