Volcano Erupts on Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines — A volcano in the southern Caribbean that had been dormant for decades erupted in a billowing blast of gray smoke Friday, spewing clouds of ash for miles and forcing thousands to evacuate.

The volcano, known as La Soufrière, on the northern tip of the main island of St. Vincent, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, had started showing signs of renewed activity in late December.

It moved into an “explosive state” on Friday morning, the National Emergency Management Organization said in a Twitter posting.

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Chinese Shows Blur Western Brands Over Xinjiang Cotton Dispute

HONG KONG — Viewers of some of China’s most popular online variety shows were recently greeted by a curious sight: a blur of pixels obscuring the brands on sneakers and T-shirts worn by contestants.

As far as viewers could tell, the apparel showed no hints of obscenity or indecency. Instead, the problem lay with the foreign brands that made them.

Since late March, streaming platforms in China have diligently censored the logos and symbols of brands like Adidas that adorn items worn by contestants performing dance, singing and standup-comedy routines. The phenomenon followed a feud between the government and big-name

Clementon Park and Splash World Auction Has Surprise Ending

Mr. Futrell estimates there were more than 1,000 trolley parks in the United States in the decade before the first world war, many of them in small suburban towns. In those boom years, Clementon Park added one of the region’s first nickelodeon movie theaters and a new bathhouse. Vacation homes and restaurants sprung up throughout town.

The war was tough on the amusement industry, but as trolley parks closed elsewhere, this one grew. In 1919, the Gibbs family installed a Ferris wheel and a steam-driven carousel. That same year, they spent $80,000 — more than $1 million today — for …

Puerto Rico Adults to Be Eligible for Covid Vaccine on Monday

Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. said this week that residents 16 or older will become eligible for Covid-19 vaccination on Monday, as all 50 states have said they would beat or meet President Biden’s calls to accelerate their eligibility timelines.

Washington D.C. announced the change on Thursday after the city government realized it had leftover appointments when it finished registering essential workers, seniors and those with medical conditions. Puerto Rico announced its decision on Wednesday and extended an overnight curfew as cases rise on the island.

While the pace of vaccinations across the country has reached an average of about