‘DO NOT shoot weapons at Irma’: Police urge Floridians not to fire guns at hurricane

As the deadly Hurricane Irma approached Florida, after ripping through the US Virgin Islands, more than 55,000 people have shown interest in a Facebook event titled “Shoot at Hurricane Irma”.

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The event description reads, “Yo so this goofy looking windy head*** named Irma said they pulling up on us, let’s show Irma that we shoot first”.

The Pasco Sheriff Office tweeted to warn people off even thinking about going outside in the treacherous weather to shoot at the hurricane.

To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/CV4Y9OJknv

— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017

“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects,’ the tweet read.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence also tweeted against shooting the hurricane.

⚠️ Unfortunately we must issue the following warning ⚠️ DO NOT SHOOT YOUR GUNS AT THE HURRICANE!!! 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/diS56jWInX

— CSGV (@CSGV) September 9, 2017

Creator, Ryon Edwards, said it was supposed to be a light-hearted event.

“A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event,’ he told the BBC.

“The response is a complete and total surprise to me.

“I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”

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Hurricane Irma slowed to a Category Two storm after making its second landfall in Florida on Sunday, US forecasters said, warning it still had “dangerous” winds causing “life-threatening” storm surges.

At 5:00 pm (2100 GMT), the hurricane had top winds of 110 miles (177 kilometers) per hour — at the top end of the Category Two storm range — with the eye of the storm located just five miles (eight kilometers) north of Naples, the National Hurricane Center said.

“Dangerous storm surges expected immediately after the eye passage along the Florida West Coast,” the NHC said. “This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.”

It cautioned that although it was set to weaken further, Irma was expected to remain a hurricane at least through early Monday.

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Hurricane Irma: Flock of flamingos guided to safety in deadly storm

Much of the state has yet to feel the full brunt of the storm as Irma barrelled across the Florida Keys on Sunday morning.

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As 6.5 million residents were told to evacuate Florida – a third of the state – incredible footage has emerged of a flock of flamingos being led to safety at Busch Gardens theme park.

More than 25 years on from the famous photo of Hurricane Andrew, showing a flock of flamingos huddled together in the Miami Metrozoo bathrooms, a new video shows birds in 2017 being led to a safety shelter.

Flamingos at Zoo Miami, are shown in a temporary enclosure in a hurricane resistant structure within the zoo, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Miami.AAP

A worker from the African-themed animal park can be seen leading the obedient flamingos along a corridor towards a safety shelter as Hurricane Irma was making landfall.

The wiry flamingos appear calm as they walk in a straight line down a corridor towards shelter, as part of a mass movement of animals towards safety.

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The crew at Busch Gardens is in charge of looking after 12,000 animals and moving 300 species.

Another photo showed flamingos at Miami Zoo huddled together in a shelter.Flamingos take refuge in a bathroom at Miami-Metro Zoo September 14, 1999 as tropical-storm force winds from Hurricane Floyd approached the Miami area.Hulton Archive

In 1992, a famous photo emerged from Hurrcane Andrew of flamingos grouped toether in a bathroom for two days.

The trend continued in 1998 with Caribbean flamingos sheltered in the men’s bathroom during Hurricane Georges and in 1999, during Hurriance Floyd.

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Hurricane Irma hit Florida on Sunday with waves crashing over the seawall and high winds damaging homes and buildings.

The hurricane has since been downgraded to a Category 2, despite strong winds and heavy flooding.

Aussies and India to renew rivalry in ODIs

Steve Smith expects tensions between Australia and India will cool during the ODI series that starts on Sunday.

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Smith’s squad has landed in India, where they’ll contest five one-dayers and three Twenty20s before heading home to prepare for the Ashes.

Australia’s previous visit to the country was marred by a series of controversies, the bulk of which involved Smith and/or opposing captain Virat Kohli.

Smith expects a far less fiery contest than the Test series that unfolded in February and March.

“I think it’ll be played in good spirit,” Smith told reporters in Chennai, where his side will face a local XI on Tuesday in their only warm-up before the series starts in the same city.

“It’s always a hard-fought contest playing against India.”

Kohli remarked after India’s 2-1 Test series win over Smith’s side that he is no longer friends with Australian players and never will be.

The firebrand’s antics and words ensured he was a near-constant presence in the headlines earlier this year, but he struggled with the bat.

Kohli managed just 46 runs at an average of 9.2; the superstar has never logged a lower average in a Test series.

He has since returned to form, finishing a recent limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka with knocks of 82, 110no and 131.

“He is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record,” Smith said.

“Hopefully we can keep him quiet as much as possible in this series.

“If we do that then hopefully it can go a long way in us having success on this tour.”

Coach Darren Lehmann has returned home, with David Saker to mentor the squad in India.

Smith, who captained Australia to a recent 1-1 drawn Test series in Bangladesh, rejected the notion another month on the subcontinent would hamper his side’s Ashes preparation.

“I don’t think there is a problem with that,” he said.

“I know before the last Ashes series (in Australia, 2013/14) there was a one-day series here as well.

“There is plenty of time when we get back home and play some Shield games also and get ready for the Ashes.”

Robots could replace teachers: UK academic

Inspirational teachers of the future will be intelligent machines rather than humans, according to a British university vice chancellor.

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Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Seldon says.

The vice chancellor of the University of Buckingham believes school teachers will lose their traditional role and effectively become little more than classroom assistants.

They will remain on hand to set up equipment, help children when necessary and maintain discipline, he added.

However, the essential job of instilling knowledge into young minds will wholly be done by artificially intelligent (AI) computers.

Sir Anthony, a former master at Wellington College and political commentator who has written biographies of ex-prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair, John Major and Gordon Brown, said: “It certainly will change human life as we know it.

“It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington education for all.

“Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey.

“It can move at the speed of the learner.

“This is beyond anything that we’ve seen in the industrial revolution or since with any other new technology.

“These are adaptive machines that adapt to individuals.

“They will listen to the voices of the learners, read their faces and study them in the way gifted teachers study their students.

“We’re looking at screens which are listening to the voice of the student and reading the face of the student. Reading and comprehending.”

Sir Anthony outlined his vision in a talk at the British Science Festival which took place last week in Brighton.

Minister seeks to protect historic statues

A Turnbull government minister has moved to protect Captain Cook and other historic statues following a spate of vandalism.

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But political opponents have criticised what they see as a return to “history wars”.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has asked the Australian Heritage Council to recommend how to enhance protections for the historic monuments.

Captain Cook’s statue in Sydney was spray-painted with slogans including “change the date” after a renewed public debate about the appropriateness of January 26 as Australia’s national day.

“We shouldn’t be defacing our history,” Mr Frydenberg told Sky News on Sunday.

“When we saw those criminal acts on that Captain Cook statue, the prime minister was very quick off the blocks to condemn it and to remind everyone that we shouldn’t be seeking to rewrite our history.”

The heritage council is expected to give the government its recommendations early next year.

Labor frontbencher Doug Cameron said the government was trying to distract from issues families genuinely cared about.

“I would have thought Frydenberg would have had more important issues on his mind than that,” Senator Cameron told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

“Writing to anyone about statues I don’t think is an example of leadership.”

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson dismissed it as “just part of the government’s culture wars”.

“It’s part of a short-term strategy to make sure they don’t lose votes to the far right conservatives in this country like One Nation,” he told reporters.

Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm said Australians’ concern over historic statues appeared derived from similar debates in the US.

“It’s about history wars. Do we try to judge past deeds and past people by modern or contemporary standards?” he asked.

“It’s a bit of a sad reflection on our political immaturity that we can’t think of our own ideas on how to make a political statement.”

But Liberal senator James Paterson said the minister’s request of the heritage council made sense.

“They are part of our history. They are part of our heritage. These are nationally significant monuments and institutions and they should be protected too,” Senator Paterson said.

“We have Bill Shorten out there saying he’s going to chisel footnotes on every statue. That’s just impractical and silly.”