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UN warns that water crisis jeopardizes global peace on World Water Day

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Water crisis threatens world peace, says UN on World Water Day

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2024, published by Unesco on behalf of UN-Water, emphasizes that tensions over water are escalating conflicts globally. It calls for enhanced international cooperation and transboundary agreements to maintain peace.

According to the report, 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water and 3.5 billion lack access to safely managed sanitation. The UN goal of ensuring access for all by 2030 is far from being achieved, with concerns that inequalities may worsen.

Between 2002 and 2021, droughts impacted over 1.4 billion people, while half of the global population faced severe water scarcity. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these challenges, posing risks to social stability and livelihoods.

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Water scarcity disproportionately affects women and girls, who often bear the burden of collecting water in rural areas. This task can hinder their education, economic participation, and safety, contributing to higher dropout rates among girls compared to boys.

The lack of water security is also identified as a driver of migration and conflict. Displacement due to water insecurity can strain resources in settlement areas, leading to social tensions. In regions like the Sahel, tensions over access to water and land have escalated due to wetland degradation.

Transboundary water resources are crucial, as 40% of the world’s population lives in shared river basins. However, only a fifth of countries have agreements to manage these resources collaboratively. This lack of cooperation exacerbates conflicts and undermines potential for peace in regions like Africa and the Arab world.

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In Africa, where 19 out of 22 states face water scarcity, only a few transboundary aquifers have formal cooperation agreements. The report warns that the failure to address water-related conflicts can have wide-ranging implications on infrastructure, water supply, and regional cooperation.

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Orange Crush Festival Brawl Video Goes Viral: Event Again Sees Conflicts and Difficulties, Police Assures Public Safety

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Orange Crush Festival Brawl Video Goes Viral: Event Again Sees Conflicts and Difficulties, Police Assures Public Safety

The annual Orange Crush Festival is characterized by a gathering where a cultural celebration is held. It has recently been celebrated along the coast of Georgia, on Tybee Island.

During the celebration of the Orange Crush Festival, instances of several feuds and altercations also escalated. Thus, law enforcement officials got involved.

Orange Crush Festival Viral Video 

Social media went viral with recordings where scenes of violent altercations surfaced.

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Fox News reported that women could be seen engaged in physical altercations, accidentally revealing each other’s clothes, yanking their hair, and striking each other in the face.

People could be spotted taking pictures of the entire mess.

Local police on Tybee Island found a huge influx of visitors for the festival.

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Over tens of thousands of people came to the place, with the total population amounting to more than 40,000 to 55,000 people.

Many people also enjoyed the festival without getting involved in any sort of unfortunate event occurring there.

Detailed paperwork, like information about the number of people getting apprehended, is currently pending.

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The Orange Crush Festival initially began in the late 1980s in Jacksonville, Florida. It is an annual event which later moved to Tybee Island.

Police Assures Safety

Tiffanty Hayes, the Police Chief of Tybee Island, “expressed cautious optimism” after the activities that took place on the weekends.

According to Times Now, Chief Hayes mentioned providing a safer atmosphere for both guests and locals by reaffirming the community’s commitment and aiding law enforcement initiatives.

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In the past, the Orange Crush Festival has also experienced conflicts and difficulties.

The venue of the festival changed to Tybee Island from Jacksonville. Savannah State University also distanced itself from the festival in 1991, exacerbating worries about public safety and security.

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66 YO Marshella Chidester Charged for Crashing Car in Michigan and Killing Two Siblings 

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The 66-year-old Marshella Chidester was charged with murder on Tuesday after allegedly crashing her car into a birthday party, killing two young siblings, reported CBS News.

The incident occurred at Swan Boat Club in Monroe County, Michigan. Police revealed that Chidester was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Chidester has been charged with “two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of second-degree murder, and four counts of driving under the influence of alcohol causing serious injury.”

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Troy Goodnough, Monroe County Sheriff, informed the press about the details of the incident. The sheriff added that it occurred on Saturday around 3 p.m., reported The New York Times.

The 66-year-old crashed her car, striking Alanah Phillips, 8, and her brother Zayn Phillips, 4, resulting in their deaths.

Another sibling survived the crash but sustained serious injuries. According to police reports, a total of fifteen people were injured in the crash.

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What Court Hearing Revealed On Marshella Chidester

Upon conviction, Marshella Chidester might face life imprisonment. Currently, the bond amount has been fixed at $1.5 million.

According to the Washington Post, Chidester’s attorney, Bill Colovos, informed the court during hearings that his 66-year-old client has “a history of epileptic seizures in her legs.”

The attorney added that due to the seizure, Chidester lost control of her car, resulting in the unexpected incident. Moreover, Bill Colovos dismissed the claims by police that his client was intoxicated.

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According to Bill, the 66-year-old drank only one glass of wine at the bar. He substantiated his claims by citing a search warrant executed at the bar.

Colovos added,

“This is not a monster. It’s horrible what happened, absolutely horrible. I have two children. It’s absolutely horrible. But some things we don’t have control over.”

However, Jeffrey A. Yorkey, the Prosecuting Attorney of Monroe County, denied the claims made by Colovos. Yorkey said that the level of alcohol in blood at the time of the accident was “significantly high.” However, the exact blood alcohol level was not mentioned.”

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Prime Hydration Faces Lawsuits Claiming Its Sports Drink, Prime Energy, Contains PFAS and Excessive Caffeine

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Prime Energy, the sports drink from Prime Hydration, has been hit by a number of lawsuits for containing excessive amounts of caffeine and PFAS. Another lawsuit was filed on April 8 in the Southern District of New York, accusing Prime Hydration, the parent company which manufactures the sports drink, of engaging in misleading and deceptive practices.

Prime Hydration was founded by two Logan Paul and KSI in 2022, and the products became very popular thanks to the huge followings of the YouTubers. However, the company is now facing a slew of lawsuits over the ingredients in their energy and sports drinks.

New Lawsuit Against Prime Hydration

The latest lawsuit, filed on April 8, accuses the company’s 12-ounce energy drinks of containing 215-225 milligrams of caffeine, exceeding the permissible limit of 200 milligrams. The lawsuit was filed by Lara Vera, a resident of Poughkeepsie, New York.

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The lawsuit details that the plaintiff had purchased Prime’s Blue Raspberry products on numerous occasions in August 2022 for about $3 to $4 each, unaware that the products contained caffeine beyond the permissible limits. The plaintiff is seeking damages of $5 million from the company. Lara Vera’s lawsuit alleges that Prime advertised 200 milligrams of caffeine, which is equal to six Coke cans or two 12-ounce Red Bulls. One Red Bull can could contain 114 milligrams of caffeine.

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The suit also alleges that there are no safe limits of caffeine for children and that caffeine has been indicted for causing tachycardia, headaches, convulsions, tremors, upset digestion, and adversely affecting mental health.

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Earlier, Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., had asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate Prime energy drinks in 2023 after reports that the products contained high levels of caffeine. The Senator also accused the company of using vague marketing tactics focused on young people, influencing parents to buy the caffeine-laced drinks for their kids. The lawsuit by Vera also quotes the Senator’s call to the FDA.

Prime is also facing another lawsuit filed on Aug. 2, 2023, in the Northern District of California by the Milberg law firm on behalf of Elizabeth Castillo and others. The lawsuit charges Prime’s products with using flavors containing PFAS, or “forever chemicals.” Forever chemicals are a class of chemicals that are not degraded in the human body or nature and have been indicted as a carcinogenic substance. Independent third-party testing has confirmed that Prime Hydration grape flavor contained PFAS.

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