Trump attacked Greta Thunberg after she beat him to be named Time's Person of the Year, telling her to abandon her activism and watch a movie instead
President Donald Trump attacked Greta Thunberg after she was named Time's Person of the Year, saying...President Donald Trump attacked Greta Thunberg after she was named Time's Person of the Year, saying in a tweet that the award is "ridiculous." "So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!" — Trump wrote Thursday morning. Thunberg was named Person of the Year Wednesday after starting a global climate movement and has become a figurehead for activism against climate change. Trump was shortlisted for the honor this year, and previously won it in 2016, shortly after being elected president. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump attacked climate activist Greta Thunberg in a Thursday tweet prompted by her beating him to be named Time's Person of the Year. Trump, 73, told the 16-year-old to "chill" and watch a movie rather than pursue the activism which won her the award, a victory Trump called "ridiculous." "So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning in response to a tweet from author Roma Downey congratulating Thunberg on her win. So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019 The magazine said on Wednesday that Thunberg was awarded the honor after she "began a global movement by skipping school." "Starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: 'School Strike for Climate.'" "In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the UN, met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history." Soon after Trump's tweet, Thunberg changed her Twitter biography to reflect the president's comments, describing herself as: "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend." Trump has a long history of criticizing Time's choice for person of the year, despite having been awarded the honor himself in 2016, shortly after he won the presidency. In November 2017, Trump claimed that he had turned down an offer from Time to be Person of the Year for a second consecutive year, because the magazine wanted to interview him. "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named "Man (Person) of the Year," like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass," he tweeted. Trump was shortlisted for the award in 2019, alongside Thunberg and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
Attorney General Barr rescheduled his controversial holiday party at Trump's DC hotel, and now it's a secret when it is
Attorney General William Barr rescheduled a much-criticized holiday party at US President Donald Trump's DC hotel,...Attorney General William Barr rescheduled a much-criticized holiday party at US President Donald Trump's DC hotel, and moved it to an undisclosed date, according to the Washington Post. Barr was scheduled to host the 200-person celebration at the Trump International Hotel in downtown DC last weekend, but changed the date. A DOJ spokeswoman did not provide a reason. The Post suggested it could have been to avoid protests outside the event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Attorney General William Barr rescheduled a private holiday party at President Donald Trump's DC hotel, and moved it to an undisclosed date, according to the Washington Post. Barr was scheduled to host the 200-person festive celebration at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, DC on Sunday December 8, but changed the date, a Department of Justice spokeswoman told the Post. She did not provide a reason for the change of date, but the Post reported that it could have been changed to help Barr and his guests avoid protesters outside the hotel. On Sunday, the Post reported, six demonstrators gathered outside the hotel before the party's expected start time. "You're on the wrong side of history," the protesters told hotel guests entering the venue, the Post said. When news of the holiday party was first reported by the Post in August, it said that Barr would spend at least $31,000 on the festivities, but that the cost could be much higher depending on what drinks were served at the free bar he was providing for his staff. Barr was criticized at the time for hosting his departmental holiday party in one of the president's hotels, but officials said that he would pay for the party of his own pocket, rather than using federal funds. Officials reportedly said at the time that Barr only chose the Trump International Hotel in DC because other hotels like the Willard and the Mayflower were already booked. Barr reportedly consulted career ethics officials on the move, and was told the party would not break any rules.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
Photos and videos show a volcano in New Zealand erupting Monday. The blast has killed at...Photos and videos show a volcano in New Zealand erupting Monday. The blast has killed at least five people. Videos posted to Twitter show tourists on boats speeding away from White Island while smoke billows into the sky from the eruption. The volcano is a popular tourist destination. There were around 100 people on the island at the time of the eruption, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Shocking pictures and videos show the minutes after a volcano in New Zealand erupted Monday, killing at least five and injuring many more. According to New Zealand's geological monitoring agency, GeoNet, the White Island volcano, also known as Whakaari, erupted around 2:11 p.m. local time, blasting a huge plume of smoke into the sky. The volcano is a popular tourist destination and there were around 100 people on the island at the time of the eruption, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Herald reported. Police had previously said around 50 people were on the island at the time. Tourists posted pictures and videos of the eruption to social media, which can be seen below:The eruption occurred at Whakaari, also known as White Island, which is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the east coast of country's North Island. As the island is popular tourist attraction, large numbers of photographs and videos have emerged from the disaster. The picture below, taken by tourist Michael Schade, shows the volcano billowing smoke into the sky. As the eruption began, tourists and guides fled the island on boats. A huge cloud of smoke can be seen filling the air in this picture, posted to Twitter by Schade. Videos posted to Twitter show boats speeding away from the island while crews tell passengers to leave the deck and go into the boat's cabin. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1203896534804422656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw WATCH: Dramatic video shows moment volcano erupts at White Island in New Zealand; an unknown number of people are missing pic.twitter.com/Ei8uMysms4 In the video below, also posted by Schade, a person can be heard exclaiming "No, no, no!" Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1203893996566634496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw My god, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001. My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable. #whiteisland pic.twitter.com/QJwWi12Tvt (Contrary to Schade's post, the volcano also erupted in 2016.) In another video, tourists can be seen waiting on a dock on the island, while the volcano erupts in the background. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1203944363434229761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Latest : via CNN White Island volcano eruption: One dead, others missing in New Zealand - CNN https://t.co/sprAbcDz6l #NewZealand pic.twitter.com/KdUZpyMajT People injured by the eruption were ferried to tourist vessels by rigid inflatable boats like the one pictured below. Some were flown back to the mainland in helicopters. In this photograph, a helicopter can be see waiting on the island, it appears to be covered in volcanic ash. TV footage taken in the mainland town of Whakatane showed people injured by the eruption being loaded into ambulances. Whakatane is a key port of departure for trips to the White Island. The smoke cloud caused by the eruption is so big that it could be seen from the mainland, around 30 miles away. This picture was taken on Ohope Beach, close to Whakatane. By dusk, steam and smoke could still be seen coming from the volcano from the mainland.
A Sicilian town has upped the stakes in Italy's battle to sell cheap homes — by offering houses for free
A town on the Italian island of Sicily has upped the stakes in the battle to...A town on the Italian island of Sicily has upped the stakes in the battle to sell cheap homes by offering outsiders the chance to pick up a new property for completely free. Cammarata, in central Sicily, had previously offered the chance to buy homes for €1, like many other towns on the island, but has now slashed that rate even further as it attempts to lure new residents into the town, CNN reported. "I can't stand to see this gorgeous, old historical center empty and turn into a ruin. It hurts me," Vincenzo Giambrone, Cammarata's mayor said. In July, Insider's Tom Murray visited Cammarataduring a trip to explore the $1 home phenomenon, and found a town that had been abandoned by many young Sicilians because of its mountainous location and narrow, winding streets. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Across Italy once thriving communities are fighting urban decay by offering foreigners the opportunity to buy houses at dirt cheap rates. But now, one Sicilian town has taken it to the next level — by offering homes for free. Cammarata, a town on the Italian island, had previously offered the chance to buy homes for $1, like many other towns on the island, but has now slashed that rate even further as it attempts to lure new residents into the town, according to a report by CNN. "I can't stand to see this gorgeous, old historical center empty and turn into a ruin. It hurts me," Vincenzo Giambrone, Cammarata's mayor, said in an interview with CNN. "The owners are oblivious to the damage they cause when they ditch their homes and refuse to restyle their ancient dwellings. It leaves a deep scar on the townscape with the risk of dangerous collapses." As with all such schemes, there's a catch. Foreigners and Italians wishing to get hold of one of Cammarata's dozen or so free homes must commit to renovating their new house fully within three years, and must pay the town a deposit of €5,000 ($5,600) to secure the property. That deposit will be returned once renovations are finished, CNN reported. Additionally, buyers must present a proposal of how they plan to refurbish the house. There are some incentives, however, with Cammarata's mayor saying that the town will give precedence to young couples when selecting who gets the free homes, and saying that any couple who has a baby in the first years of living in the town will be given €1,000 ($1,120). While the plans sound immensely attractive on paper, living in Cammarata is not without its challenges. In July, Insider's Tom Murray visited Cammarata during a trip to explore the $1 home phenomenon, and found a town that had been abandoned by many young Sicilians because of its mountainous location and narrow, winding streets. According to town councilors, Murray wrote: "Many young people, especially with families, were deterred from living in the town because of the tiny, winding roads, which were nigh on impossible to get a car around. Instead, they lived in the neighboring San Giovanni Gemini." Mayor Giambrone, however, stressed to CNN that the town is ready to welcome new homeowners with open arms. "Visitors and guests come first, even before our own family. Newcomers trigger change, innovation, new ideas. They revamp the local economy and can kick start a revolution," he said. "A local proverb goes 'a tavula è na trazzera', meaning the table is a sheep trail where all wayfarers are welcome to sit and enjoy the great food." Read more: Italy's $1 homes might be dirt cheap, but they need a lot of work — take a look inside Meet the Americans, Brits, and Europeans flocking to Italy's rural ghost towns to buy abandoned, dilapidated homes for $1 I stayed in one of Italy's ghost towns that's selling off homes for $1, and I was treated like royalty Sicily is one of Europe's most overlooked tourist destinations — and these photos I took will prove it Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.
China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslim minority, UN human rights body hears
A nonprofit speaking at a UN Human Rights hearing said that China is engaged in widespread...A nonprofit speaking at a UN Human Rights hearing said that China is engaged in widespread harvesting of human organs from persecuted religious and ethnic minorities. The China Tribunal made the accusation at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. It said Uighur Muslims and the Falun Gong religious group were affected. The China Tribunal is a pressure group backed by an Australian non-profit, which campaigns on the issue. A spokesman for the group said described China "cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people," describing the situation as an atrocity. China has denied large-scale harvesting of organs. It has admitted using executed prisoners' organs in the past, but claims to have stopped in 2015. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. China was accused of the widespread harvesting of human organs from persecuted groups in the country, at a tense meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday. According to testimony from the China Tribunal — a pressure group which campaigns on organ harvesting — the government of China has taking hearts, kidneys, lungs and skin from groups including Uighur Muslims and members of the Falun Gong religious group. The China Tribunal describes itself as a group of lawyers, academics, and medical professionals. It is backed by End Transplant Abuse in China, an Australian NGO. China has denied carrying out mass harvesting of organs in any circumstances. Addressing UN representatives, China Tribunal lawyer Hamid Sabi said the group has proof of the "forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China." Sabi said that the tribunal had "proved beyond reasonable doubt" that China is committing "crimes against humanity" by harvesting organs from religious minorities like the Uighurs, and Falun Gong, a religious movement banned and widely persecuted by the Chinese government. Read more: A wave of Islamic countries started to stand up to China over its persecution of its Muslim minority. But then they all got spooked. "Forced organ harvesting from prisoners of political conscience, including the religious minorities of Falun Gong and Uighurs has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale," Sabi said, a video published by China Tribunal on its website showed. Sabi was presenting evidence from the tribunal's final report, which was published in June. It claims that a "very substantial number" of members of Falun Gong were "killed to order" by the Chinese government. Falun Gong members were "cut open while still alive for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale," the report said. The body parts were then used for medical purposes, it said, citing extremely short waiting times for organ transplants in Chinese hospitals as evidence of the practice. The report from June was led by British lawyer Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who was the lead prosecutor in the trial of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic. Read more: Chilling undercover footage taken inside China's most oppressive region shows it's virtually impossible to escape the paranoid police state Sabi told the UN on Tuesday that China's efforts involved "hundreds of thousands of victims," and described the process as "one of the worst mass atrocities of this century." He did not specify exactly how many organs the China Tribunal believes have been harvested, or the number taken from Uighurs and members of Falun Gong respectively. "Victim for victim, and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century," he said. "Organ transplantation to save live is a scientific and social triumph, but killing the donor is criminal." China has consistently denied that it is involved in any large scale organ harvesting activities. According to Reuters, China has insisted that it "stopped using organs from executed prisoners in 2015." Business Insider has contacted the Chinese government for comment on the testimony given by Sabi, but is yet to receive a response. Sabi concluded by saying that it is the "duty" of international bodies like the UN to investigate the tribunal's findings "not only in regard to the possible charge of genocide, but also in regard to crimes against humanity."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Animated map shows how cats spread across the world
The UK Supreme Court detonated a bomb under Boris Johnson's premiership while he was 3,500 miles away getting ready to address the UN
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an unprecedented humiliation Tuesday when the UK's Supreme Court ruled...British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an unprecedented humiliation Tuesday when the UK's Supreme Court ruled that his attempt to suspend parliament was invalid and illegal. The ruling could hardly have come at a worse time for the prime minister who is currently 3,500 away from London in New York City, and is set to address the UN Tuesday. It is not clear how Johnson will respond. He may even abandon an address to the UN to return and deal with the crisis. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a humiliation of unprecedented scale for a British Prime Minister on Tuesday when the UK Supreme Court declared his decision to shut down parliament to be illegal, unjustified, and invalid. The court ruled that Johnson's decision was "unlawful" and that the decision suspend parliament — a process known as prorogation — has no effect. The decision to suspend parliament was a bold gambit which had the effect of limiting the ability of MPs to control Johnson's government as it seeks to remove the UK from the European Union by a deadline of October 31. At the time of writing, Johnson and his administration have yet to respond to the ruling. For Johnson himself, the decision came at an awful time, while he was 3,500 miles away from London in Manhattan for the UN assembly. The local time was just before 6 a.m. Johnson is due to address the United Nations' annual conference Tuesday, his first opportunity to do so as Prime Minister. Read more: What happens now the Supreme Court has ruled Boris Johnson broke the law by suspending parliament? Johnson is meant to deliver a speech to announce a new £1 billion ($1.2 billion) fund for UK inventors seeking to create new technology to fight climate change. This is likely to be totally overshadowed by the court ruling. He may now be forced to return to London to address parliament after John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, announced his intention to reconvene parliament as soon as possible. If parliament does reconvene in the next 24 hours, Johnson will likely be be expected to speak during Prime Ministers' Questions at midday Wednesday. Prime Ministers often delegate this role while they are overseas, but political reality may make this difficult for Johnson. British political journalist Paul Waugh speculated that should Johnson fail to return to the UK in time for PMQs, he could be "empty-chaired" by Speaker Bercow. In theory, if Speaker goes ahead, Boris Johnson can now be summoned to PMQs tomorrow - and he's in New York.Will @jeremycorbyn attend ..and Bercow will 'empty chair' the PM? — Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 24, 2019 Tom Newton Dunn, the poltical editor for The Sun newspaper, suggested that Johnson could abandon his address to the UN to get home sooner. First practical decision for No10: Boris Johnson due to address the full UN General Assembly in New York tonight. Does he abandon that and fly straight home? — Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) September 24, 2019 Alongside a likely rapid return to the UK, Johnson is also facing calls to resign as prime minister from opposition politicians. Labour MP David Lammy calledon the prime minister to "open the doors of Parliament and resign." Number 10 Downing Street said it will not be responding to the Supreme Court's decision immediately, according to Sky political reporter Sam Coates.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 'Shark Tank' star Robert Herjavec explains what makes America great
An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing, reportedly because a passenger started smoking and threatening people in mid-air
An American Airlines flight was diverted and forced to land when a passenger started smoking and...An American Airlines flight was diverted and forced to land when a passenger started smoking and threatened others on board, according to CNN and TMZ. AA2408, from Phoenix, Arizona to Minneapolis, Minnesota, was diverted around one hour and 20 minutes into its journey Friday. It landed in Denver, Colorado. At one during the flight, the man began smoking in the plane's bathroom, shouting: "You're all screwed," while he was inside, according to a passenger cited by CNN. After the plane landed, the passenger began smoking once again, video published by both TMZ and The Sun appears to show. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. An American Airlines flight was diverted and forced into an emergency landing when a passenger began smoking in the cabin, shouting at fellow passengers, and punching seats, according to multiple reports. Flight AA 2408 from Phoenix, Arizona to Minneapolis, Minnesota, was diverted around one hour and 20 minutes into its journey Friday, landing in Denver, Colorado to have the passenger removed. The passenger, who has not been identified, became unruly around an hour after the flight started, Jim Dickey, a passenger on the flight told CNN, and was yelling and threatening fellow passengers. "He punched the seat in front of him and the lady screamed," Dickey told the network. "You could tell by the sound that the plane started descending pretty quickly after the flight attendants started to notice." Read more: A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit window and attacked staff who tried to remove them Dickey told CNN that, around 20 minutes after the disruption started, the pilot told passengers the flight was being diverted. TMZ reported that the plane's pilot told passengers that the diversion was because of a "security issue in the back." Dickey told CNN that at one point during the flight, the man began smoking in the plane's bathroom, shouting: "You're all screwed," to flight attendants outside the bathroom while he was inside. The man was in the bathroom for around 10 minutes, according to TMZ. The site said that while he was in the bathroom three American Airlines crew were "super concerned and huddled around the bathroom door." TMZ said that the passenger was smoking cannabis. A video published by the site includes a passenger describing the item being smoked as "a joint." According to both TMZ and The Sun newspaper, the man told fellow passengers during the flight that he was under the influence of cocaine. Read more: A flight from Vietnam to South Korea was delayed for 11 hours after the pilot arrived at the airport and realized he had lost his passport Both TMZ and British tabloid The Sun published the same video, purporting to show the same man after the plan landed in Denver. It shows him smoking and then striking a fellow passenger as he gets off the plane. The passenger throws a punch around three minutes and 15 seconds into the video: After the man was removed from the plane by law enforcement officers, he was placed on a medical trolley, a separate video published by TMZ showed. In the video, the man can be heard asking officials to remove handcuffs put on him, becoming increasingly angry, and eventually shouting: "Take it off, it hurts. I'll f------ kill you!" The man was not arrested and did not face any charges, but was treated in a Denver hospital, local police told The Sun, saying he had a "medical related" issue. After a delay of around two hours, the rest of the passengers returned to the plane and continued their journey, TMZ said. "When we got back on the plane in Denver and continued on to Minneapolis, I don't think anybody said a word," Dickey told CNN. American Airlines confirmed some details in a statement provided to multiple news outlets. It said: "Flight 2408 diverted due to a disruptive passenger. Law enforcement met the flight, and the aircraft re-departed. Thank you to our crew members for taking care of our customers during this situation."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Will Boeing recover from the 737 Max crisis?