Chinese rocket debris is expected to crash into Earth soon. It's not the first time.



The good news is that debris plunging toward Earth — while unnerving — generally poses very little threat to personal safety. As Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told CNN: “This is not the end of days.”

Still, the episode has fueled fresh questions about space debris, uncontrolled reentry and what precautions might need to be taken, if any.

How often does uncontrolled space debris crash into Earth?

Most pieces will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere before having a chance to make an impact on the surface. But parts of larger objects, like rockets, can survive reentry and potentially reach populated areas.

Last year, one of the largest pieces of uncontrolled space debris ever passed directly over Los Angeles and Central Park in New York City before landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Weighing in at nearly 20 tons, the debris — an empty core stage from a Chinese rocket — was the largest piece of space junk to fall uncontrolled back to Earth since 1991 and the fourth biggest ever.

The only larger pieces were from NASA’s Skylab space station in 1979, Skylab’s rocket stage in 1975 and the Soviet Union’s Salyut 7 space station in 1991. The space shuttle Columbia from 2003 could be added to that list since NASA lost control of it on its descent back to Earth.

This doesn’t happen more often because space agencies around the world have generally tried to avoid leaving big objects in orbit that have the potential to reenter Earth’s atmosphere and that they cannot control.

“Norms have been established,” McDowell said. “There’s no international law or rule — nothing specific — but the practice of countries around the world has been: ‘Yeah, for the bigger rockets, let’s not leave our trash in orbit in this way.'”

The Chinese rocket set to enter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, however, is designed in a way that “leaves these big stages in low orbit,” McDowell said.

“It’s really not best practice compared to what other space agencies do. They go to quite fair lengths to avoid doing this.”

How much debris is floating around in space?

A lot.

Above us there is a cloud of more than 9,000 tons of space junk — equivalent to the weight of 720 school buses.

This amounts to hundreds of thousands — possibly millions — of objects whirling around in orbit uncontrolled, including spent rocket boosters, dead satellites and detritus from military anti-satellite missile demonstrations.

The junk is heavily concentrated in areas of orbit closest to the Earth’s surface. And, though it doesn’t pose much of a risk to humans on the ground, it does threaten hoards of active satellites that provide all sorts of services, including tracking the weather, studying the Earth’s climate and providing telecom services.

The debris also threatens the International Space Station, where crews of astronauts have lived since 2000 and which had to adjust its own orbit multiple times last year due to space debris.

“Just a few years ago, we had about a thousand working satellites in orbit, and now we have over 4,000,” McDowell said. “We talk about the space age and we think about the 1960s, but this is really the space age starting now.”

Complicating the problem is that space traffic experts still don’t have a fully accurate map of the objects orbiting Earth.

Possible collisions are tracked using government and privately owned sensors on the ground that attempt to pinpoint exactly where everything is, but the process — at least for now — involves a lot of guesswork.

Is there any regulation in place?

The 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which remains the primary international document regulating activity in outer space, was agreed to at a time when only two governments were going to space.

Now that more countries and commercial companies are in the business of spaceflight, regulators are faced with a Catch-22: They don’t want to create a lawless environment, but they’re reticent to impose new rules for fear that other countries may become more dominant in space.

“Space is intrinsically global, right? A satellite passes over all the countries in the world in a few hours,” McDowell said.

“And so having the US take a position, it’s not going to solve things. You really need some kind of international space traffic management agency — sort of like an air traffic control for space, but international.”

When and where will the Chinese rocket reenter Earth’s atmosphere?

The Chinese Long March 5B rocket is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere “around May 8,” according to a statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, who said the US Space Command is tracking the rocket’s trajectory.

The rocket’s “exact entry point into the Earth’s atmosphere” can’t be pinpointed until within hours of reentry, Howard said, but the 18th Space Control Squadron will provide daily updates on the rocket’s location through the Space Track website.

McDowell explained that pinpointing where debris could be headed is almost impossible at this point because of the speed the rocket is traveling — with even slight changes in circumstance drastically changing the trajectory.

“We expect it to reenter sometime between the eighth and 10th of May. And in that two-day period, it goes around the world 30 times. The thing is traveling at like 18,000 miles an hour. And so if you’re an hour out at guessing when it comes down, you’re 18,000 miles out in saying where.”

Still, the ocean remains the safest bet for where the debris will land, he said, just because it takes up most of the Earth’s surface.

What’s the White House saying?

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday wouldn’t say if the US would commit to calling on China to pay compensation in the event of damage caused by the rocket.

“We’re not at this point — we’re certainly tracking its location through US Space Command, and hopefully that’s not the outcome that we are working through,” she told reporters.

“Let me first say that US Space Command is aware of and tracking the location of the Chinese Long March 5B in space, and obviously, the Space Command would have more specifics on that tracking and any additional details,” Psaki said, adding that the US “is committed to addressing the risks of growing congestion due to space debris and growing activity in space, and we want to work with the international community to promote leadership and responsible space behaviors.”

Should people take precautions?

No need, McDowell said.

“The risk that there will be some damage or that it would hit someone is pretty small — not negligible, it could happen — but the risk that it will hit you is incredibly tiny. And so I would not lose one second of sleep over this on a personal threat basis,” he said.

“There are much bigger things to worry about.”

CNN’s Jackie Wattles, Katie Hunt and Allen Kim contributed to this report.



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Why you might not really need 8 glasses of water per day


Not to burst anyone’s water bottle, but healthy people can actually die from drinking too much water. I am an exercise physiologist, and my research focuses on overhydration and how drinking too much water affects the body.
Since water — and sodium — balance is essential to life, it is extremely rare for people to die from drinking too much — or too little — fluid. In most cases, your body’s finely tuned molecular processes are unconsciously taking care of you.
As spring unfolds, hydration challenges take root across schools, sports and workplaces. These heavily marketed hydration challenges serve to cultivate both camaraderie and friendly competition to ensure that we drink compulsory amounts of water throughout the day.
Hydration and “Gallon Challenges” support the widely held belief that water consumption beyond physiological need — or thirst — is healthy.
But this is not so. Individual body water needs — intake — are primarily based upon how much water people lose. How much water each person needs to drink mainly depends on three factors:
  • Body weight. Bigger people need more water.
  • Environmental temperature. When it’s hotter, people sweat and lose water.
  • Physical activity levels. Increased exercise intensity increases sweat water losses.

Therefore, a “one size fits all” fluid replacement strategy, such as drinking eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day, is inappropriate for everyone.

It remains unclear where the “8 x 8” water intake recommendation comes from. Perhaps, this two-liter intake threshold is derived from a misinterpretation of original recommendations offered by the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board in 1945 as well as the 2017 European Food Safety Authority, which states the daily recommended amount of water includes all beverages plus the moisture contained in foods.

This means that the moisture contained in foods, especially fresh fruits, sodas, juices, soups, milk, coffee and, yes, even beer, contributes to this daily recommended water requirement. These guidelines go on to suggest that most of the recommended water content can be accomplished without drinking additional cups of plain water.

And, it is important to note that while alcohol has diuretic properties — ethanol acts directly on the kidneys to make us pee more — caffeinated beverages, like tea and coffee, do not increase urinary water losses above the amount of water contained in these beverages.

King kidney

Now, you may be wondering why this is so. After all, you’ve heard from a lot of people that you need to drink more, more, more.

Because total body water balance, or what we exercise scientists call homeostasis, is complicated, mammals survive by making real-time adjustments at the kidney. That’s why when it comes to hydration, our kidneys are king.
Within each kidney — we need only one (i.e., we are born with a spare, just in case) — is an undercover network of aquaporin-2 (AQP-2) water channels that respond to a hormone called arginine vasopressin. This is the body’s main anti-diuretic (water retention) hormone. It is secreted by the posterior pituitary gland in response to nerve signals sent from specialized brain sensors which detect subtle changes in water balance. These specialized sensors are called circumventricular organs.
The kidneys will make molecular adjustments to both underhydration and overhydration within 40 seconds in response to any upset in the water balance. These adjustments result from the mobilization armies of AQP-2 water channels, numbering about 12 million per collecting duct cell.
This is why when we drink more water than our body needs — above thirst — we immediately have to pee out any excess water. Or when we forget our water bottle during practice, we stop peeing to conserve body water. This quick coordinated action between the brain, cranial nerves and kidneys is far more efficient and precise than any phone app, gadget or personalized recommendation available.

Is there anything good to come out of this?

Data suggests that drinking about two liters of water per day reduces kidney stone formation in people with a history of kidney stones and decreases the number of bladder infections in people with a history of bladder infections.
Improvement in skin complexion, kidney function and constipation, with increased water consumption, are not clearly supported by science. Drinking extra water alone does not help kids lose weight unless water intake replaces the ingestion of higher-caloric beverages, such as soda, or makes people feel “full” before meals.
Drinking water can affect some people’s mental state. Some studies report better cognitive performance after increasing water intake; while females with anxiety report compulsive water intake makes them feel better, likely from activation of reward circuits that increase dopamine. Many schizophrenic patients are compulsive water drinkers, stating that “voices” tell them to drink and that drinking water suppresses these voices.
Of note, brain imaging studies confirm that superfluous drinking is unpleasant and requires greater muscular effort than drinking when thirsty. Our brain tries to discourage chronic overdrinking, or polydipsia, because “social polydipsia” causes chronic peeing (polyuria), which can lead to internal plumbing modifications such as bladder distention, ureter dilation, hydronephrosis and renal failure.

So, do you need to drink eight glasses of water per day? Unless you are thirsty, drinking extra water will probably not offer superior health benefits but probably is not harmful either. However, if kidneys could talk, they would say that hydration challenges represent nothing more than highly marketed peeing contests.

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Insurrection fallout: The hunt for a new US Capitol Police Chief



The deadline to apply to be the next chief of the US Capitol Police is May 17, with officials hoping to hire someone by this summer. Whoever is chosen as the new chief of the 2,500-person department will have a massive task.

On top of taking over a force still reeling from the violence of the January 6 attack and beset by low-morale, a new chief will have to manage the immense political pressure that comes with the job, usher in a litany of unknown but almost certainly controversial new security recommendations, and work within a system of overlapping law enforcement and military jurisdictions. All that while answering to multiple bosses, appeasing hundreds of members of Congress and their staffs, and pulling in a salary of about $174,000, which is well-below the pay for some other comparable police chief jobs.

“Someone who is looking for this because of the salary is the wrong person,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of Police Executive Research Forum, the non-profit group assisting the search.

“They’ll realize they are dedicating themselves to the seat of power and doing it at a time when the department is challenged,” Wexler said.

For all its significance, the authority is, in many ways, restrained. The Capitol Police chief reports to the Capitol Police Board, a three-person group composed of the Senate and House Sergeants at Arms and the Architect of the Capitol.

“The chief is whipsawed between partisan politicians and career professionals like the two Sergeants at Arms and then congressional staff,” said one former Hill security official who knows the job well.

“Chiefs work for either a mayor or city council or county council or county executive,” the official said. “Here they literally have hundreds of people who think they’re their bosses.”

In a February hearing to examine the failures of January 6, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund provided a glimpse of the hurdles of the job — suggesting even some small decisions require approval.

“I can’t even give my men and women cold water on an excessively hot day without a declaration of emergency,” said Sund, who led the department from 2019 until January, when he resigned following intense criticism of his leadership and a call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he step down.

Police chief jobs are by nature high-pressure, but those demands are usually offset by strong public sector salaries.

In Santa Monica, California, the city is advertising up to about $290,000 a year for a new chief to lead a police department of 443 employees, according to a job posting on the International Associations of Chiefs of Police webpage.

In nearby Arlington County, Virginia, officials are also searching for a new chief to run the 460-person department for between about $121,000 and $245,000, according to the IACP job posting.

The Capitol Police chief spot is higher profile, but lower paying. Capitol Police employs about 2,000 sworn officers and 500 employees, runs tight security for visible members of Congress such as Pelosi, and protects one of the biggest targets in America.

The job posting on PERF’s website acknowledges that, following the riot and the car-ramming attack that killed Officer Billy Evans in April, Capitol Police face “some of the most difficult challenges in its 193-year history.”

Acting chief wants the job

A Capitol Police spokesperson confirmed acting Chief Yogananda Pittman is applying for the position. The spokesman declined to say if any other members of the force applied.

One of the challenges Pittman faces is her standing among the union that represents the majority of the department’s uniformed officers and her previous role as the head of intelligence and operations at the department.

In February, the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee organized a vote of no confidence in which a majority of those who participated voted against her leadership.

Prior to her position as acting chief, Pittman served as assistant chief for protective and intelligence operations and oversaw all safety and security operations for the US Capitol. Those are the very systems that collapsed catastrophically, and it may be difficult for Pittman to recast her role on January 6 as something other than a failure.

If the union had its way, the board would hire a different Capitol Police insider.

“The union would like to see a Chief that will work with the Union,” United States Capitol Police Labor Committee Executive Director Gus Papathanasiou said in an email to CNN.

He added that the new chief must “rejuvenate” the department.

Not the first time Capitol police has been in this position

The last time the Capitol Police sought a new leader following a major crisis was in the wake the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Wexler assisted the Capitol Police Board’s search then and pointed out both incidents represent a failure of imagination. Back then, Wexler’s team landed on Terry Gainer, who served as chief of the Capitol Police from 2002 through 2006, then served as the Senate sergeant at arms until 2014.

Prior to assuming Chief of Capitol Police, Gainer served in various policing roles in Illinois, ascending to the director of the Illinois State Police. In 1998, he moved to Washington to serve as the second-in-command for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

Gainer, now a CNN contributor, disputes any notion the chief has limited control and called serving in that position “an honor.”

“I think the chief has a tremendous amount of control,” Gainer said. “I think it’s a highly desirable job.”

Gainer added as the department evolves into a new era, the Capitol Police Board, the ultimate hiring body, will choose between insiders with the institutional knowledge to navigate tempestuous political waters, or, outsiders ready to redesign the department and its mission.

“I don’t think there should be a closed mind about either of those possibilities,” Gainer said. “But I do think the inside candidates will have a more difficult job to explain where they were and what they did way prior to the 6th of January but even on the 6th of January.”

Wexler’s team is actively soliciting input from members of the Capitol Police, creating an anonymous web-based survey for feedback and insight that was viewed by CNN.

One long-time police chief agreed to speak to CNN on the condition of anonymity because he is considering applying. The former chief told CNN the Capitol Police chief job’s potential for decades-long change has him eyeing the position, despite the lower-end pay and political pressures.

“It’s the ultimate challenge in the profession right now,” the former chief said. “If you believe in and love the profession and the people who are in it, it’s time to step up and have an impact in a positive way.”



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A bottle of Bordeaux aged in space is expected to sell for $1 million


A bottle of Bordeaux wine that was aged for 14 months on the International Space Station (ISS) is up for sale — and it could fetch $1 million.
The Château Pétrus 2000 was part of an experiment carried out by start-up Space Cargo Unlimited to see how conditions in space affect wine.

Auction house Christie’s said in a statement that it is offering the bottle for immediate sale, rather than at auction, and the proceeds will be used to fund future space missions.

Tim Triptree, Christie’s international director of wine and spirits, told CNN the sale is expected to make in the region of $1 million.

The bottle will be sold in a custom-made trunk from Les Ateliers Victor.

The bottle will be sold in a custom-made trunk from Les Ateliers Victor. Credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2021

“We’ve had quite a lot of inquiries,” he said. “This is just a unique piece of space history.”

The bottle will appeal to both wine connoisseurs and those with a keen interest in space, he said, adding: “It’s a one of a kind opportunity.”

The bottle is presented in a trunk custom-made by Les Ateliers Victor, along with “a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew made from a meteorite,” according to Christie’s.

The trunk will also contain a bottle of Château Pétrus 2000 that has remained on Earth, so the buyer can compare the taste of the two, Triptree said.

A virtual viewing will be available on the Christie’s website in the next few days, he added.

Nicolas Gaume, co-founder and CEO of Space Cargo Unlimited, said the proceeds of the sale will allow the company to continue working on Mission WISE, six experiments in space that aim to revolutionize agriculture.

“It is our conviction that there is no Planet B and we intend to pave the way for our future by leveraging microgravity and enticing accelerated natural evolutions in a spatial environment,” Gaume said in the press release.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund further space missions.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund further space missions. Credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2021

The bottle is one of 12 sent to space in November 2019, returning in January 2021.

Triptree told CNN that this is the only one of the 12 that will be put up for sale. Eight will be kept for further research and three have been opened for tasting, he added.

“The reports are that it’s tasting fantastically well,” Triptree said.

Mission WISE is a set of six experiments that aims to revolutionize food production.

Mission WISE is a set of six experiments that aims to revolutionize food production. Credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2021

In March, a group of experts were invited to taste the space wine alongside another glass of the same variety that had stayed on Earth, before being told which was which.

One member of the group, wine writer Jane Anson, told CNN that its adventure above the stratosphere added about two to three years’ maturity to the drink.

“I found there was a difference in both color and aromatics and also in taste,” Anson said.

“It just felt a little bit older, a bit more evolved than the wine that had remained on Earth,” she said, adding that the cosmic wine’s tannins were more evolved and it had a more floral character.

Château Pétrus is the most famous winery in Pomerol, a region in Bordeaux known for its production of Merlot.

A regular, earthbound bottle of the same vintage would cost around $6,000.



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Kim Kardashian West denies purchasing 'looted' ancient Roman statue


Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

Reality star Kim Kardashian West has been named in court filings alleging she was involved in importing an ancient Roman statue that US officials say was stolen from Italy.

Court documents filed Friday in California say the US government has sought the forfeiture of a “looted, smuggled and illegally exported” antique that it believes was being delivered to the star.

But a spokesperson for Kardashian West said she “never purchased this piece” and that “this is the first that she has learned of its existence.”

“We believe that it may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received (and) she was unaware of the transaction,” the spokesperson said in a statement emailed to CNN. “We encourage an investigation and hope that it gets returned to the rightful owners.”

The filing identifies the limestone sculpture as a “Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athena” dating back to the 1st or 2nd century AD. It was seized by US Customs and Border Protection at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport in June 2016 as part of a shipment of “Antiques & Modern Furniture & Decorations Objects.” The 40-item shipment weighed more than 5 tons and has been collectively valued at over $745,000.

A form submitted by a customs broker lists the importer and consignee of the items as “Kim Kardashian dba (doing business as) Noel Roberts Trust,” of Woodland Hills, California. According to AFP, the Noel Roberts Trust is an entity linked to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s US real estate purchases.

The court documents identify one of the item’s shippers as art dealer and interior designer Axel Vervoordt, who has worked with Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West on several of their properties.

A photo of the sculpture in question.

A photo of the sculpture in question. Credit: Department of Justice

A representative for Vervoodt told CNN in a statement, they were “informed only yesterday that the US government has filed for forfeiture” of the statue and said, “there is no evidence that this piece was illegally imported from Italy. Our client, as well as our gallery and the gallery from whom we’ve bought the piece have always acted in good faith when dealing with the work.”

An archaeologist sent to the US by Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage assessed that the statue had been made in a “classical Peplophoros style (early to mid-Roman Empire), which represents a copy of an original Greek sculpture,” the filing said, adding that the ministry has requested that “all efforts be made for the return of the … statue to Italy.”

US Customs and Border Protection seized the sculpture after receiving conflicting information about its origins. Court papers allege that invoices for the item, submitted by a customs broker, appear to describe two different statues — one originating from Germany and another from Italy.

According to the filing, one invoice, dating to when Vervoordt allegedly purchased the statue from a Paris gallery in 2012, describes it as a “large draped statue” from an “Old German collection.” A second, from when Vervoordt purportedly sold the statue to the Noel Roberts Trust meanwhile describes it as being only a “fragment” of a statue, with handwritten notes suggesting that it originated from Italy.

Italian officials have also alleged that Vervoordt was in possession of the artifact in 2011 — the year before he supposedly bought it. Court documents include a photograph of a sculpture, taken at Vervoordt’s booth at an art fair in 2011, that the aforementioned archaeologist claims to be the statue in question.



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IPL: Australian cricketers scramble to leave India amid Covid-19 crisis


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will help move Australia’s entire IPL “cohort” to the Maldives or Sri Lanka ahead of the weekend, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday.

India’s governing body for cricket has been working to repatriate all the players, support staff, umpires and commentators as quickly and safely as possible, CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley told reporters during a press conference in Sydney.

“So what we’re working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, and they’ve been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India,” Hockley said.

He added that players would wait outside India for approval to head home, as Australia has banned travelers who have been in the country within the past two weeks.

In Australia, anyone who has been in India 14 days prior to Monday is now blocked from entering the country, including Australian citizens, under the country’s Biosecurity Act.

Adam Zampa of Australia  celebrates after taking the wicket of Shreyas Iyer of India during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and India at Manuka Oval on December 02, 2020 in Canberra, Australia.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison denied that the ban on arrivals is racist and played down the chance of jail time for those caught breaking the rules.

On Monday, around 9,000 Australians in India were registered with the government as wanting to return to Australia.

Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater, who has been working as a commentator covering the IPL, has been vocal in his criticism of the Australian government.
“If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home,” tweeted Slater on Monday. “It’s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out the quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect.
“And for those who think this is a money exercise,” added Slater in another Twitter post. “Well, forget it. This is what I do for a living and I have not made a penny having left early. So please stop the abuse and think of the thousands dying in India each day. It’s called empathy. If only our government had some!” he added.

India has accounted for 25% of the world’s Covid-19 deaths reported in the past week, according to the World Health Organization.

“In good spirits”

A handful of IPL participants have recently tested positive for Covid-19, including Chennai Super Kings’ Australian batting coach Mike Hussey and two non-playing members of the team.

Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) chief executive Todd Greenberg said that as far as he knows, Hussey was the only Australian in the IPL to contract the virus.

“We’ve spoken to Mike today. He’s okay, he’s in good spirits”, said Greenberg, who added that Hussey has relatively mild symptoms, and will be in isolation in his hotel room for at least 10 days in India.

Michael Hussey (Team Mentor) during the Australian national cricket team training session and press conference at Newlands Cricket Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.
There are over 50 foreign players, including 14 Australians, currently stuck in India, according to Reuters.

Hussey’s diagnosis comes despite the IPL’s strict bio-bubble arrangement, where teams moved across the country for games and on occasion, wore head-to-toe PPE for internal flights.

Prior to the IPL’s suspension, Australians Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson cut short their IPL stints to return home last week.

“We’re all hoping the situation improves”

As the number of Covid-19 cases in India surpassed 20 million on Monday, Hockley urged the cricketing community to rally and support the country.

“We’re all hoping the situation improves,” he said on Wednesday.

Ahead of the press conference a number of Australian cricketers including Pat Cummins and Brett Lee donated money towards medical supplies in India. Likewise, CA partnered with the ACA to raise much needed funds for UNICEF Australia’s India Covid-19 Crisis Appeal.

“We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week,” said Hockley in a statement.

“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship,” Hockley added.

Kane Richardson of Australia looks on wearing a yellow floppy hat during game three of the One Day International Series between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Welcoming the partnership with Australian cricket, UNICEF Australia chief executive Tony Stuart said he was moved by the cricketing community’s response to the crisis.

“We thank Australian Cricket for acting now as it is leadership like this which will help beat COVID for all,” Stuart added.

Looking ahead

During the press conference on Wednesday, Hockley said the International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking at contingency options for the T20 World Cup, which India is set to host in October this year.

He added that the BCCI has also pledged to arrange a charter plane to bring Australian cricketers home, refusing to speculate if the league could resume this year.

“I think it’s premature to speculate on that,” Hockley said.

“At the moment, the BCCI are very focused on getting all the players, not just the Australians, home safe,” Hockley added.

“The public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes … but they are human beings,” Greenberg added in agreement.



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Aldi and other big grocers threaten to boycott Brazil over deforestation in the Amazon



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You can now drink beer made by Queen Elizabeth II — or, at least, her estate


(CNN) — The UK’s Queen Elizabeth II is associated with many things — but beer is not usually among them.
Until now. The 95-year-old monarch’s Sandringham Estate announced on Twitter that it has developed its own beer range — an Indian pale ale and a bitter.

Organic barley grown in the grounds of the Queen’s retreat in eastern England has been used to develop the beers, which are available to buy from the Sandringham Shop, the estate said on Tuesday.

This isn’t the Queen’s first foray into the alcohol business — Buckingham Palace already sells its own gins, wines, whiskeys and even champagne.

Sandringham House, at the heart of the 20,000-acre rural estate, is where the royal family traditionally gathers to celebrate Christmas. It’s been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862, and is one of two private residences used by the Queen.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also have a country home, Anmer Hall, on the estate.

The beers are made from organic barley grown on the Queen's Sandringham Estate.

The beers are made from organic barley grown on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

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Income from the Sandringham Estate is one of a number of sources of funds for Queen Elizabeth, whose net worth in 2018 was estimated to be as much as £360 million ($500 million).

Part of the estate is a 600-acre country park open to the public.

CNN has launched Royal News, a new weekly dispatch bringing you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what’s happening behind palace walls. Sign up here.

CNN’s Amy Woodyatt, Max Foster and Jack Guy contributed to this report.



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