Protesters Jeer as Trump Team Promotes Coal at U.N. Climate Talks

  • While many energy experts agree that technologies like carbon capture for coal plants and nuclear power can play a critical role in reducing emissions, the fact that Trump administration officials have played down concern over global warming has triggered deep suspicion about American intentions.
  • “Nuclear and carbon capture are critical to reducing CO emissions, but going to Bonn to promote the technologies without admitting climate change is a crisis is a logical absurdity,” said Josh Freed, director of the clean energy program at the centrist think tank Third Way.
  • Still, Mr. Steer acknowledged, countries throughout Asia and Africa are continuing to build coal plants in their quest to provide energy access for millions living without electricity.
  • Some developing countries described a more balanced view, however, conceding a need for fossil fuels in the short term while ultimately calling for stronger global action on climate change and a shift toward cleaner forms of energy, including renewables like wind and solar energy.
  • Officials from Bangladesh, which still gets most of its electricity from natural gas and has plans to build 25 new coal-fired plants by 2022, said they would welcome the use of technology to improve the efficiency of their coal plants as a steppingstone toward renewable energy.

The Trump administration’s debut at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany, was met with heckling, noisy protest and harsh questions.
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9-year-old with cancer wants cards for his last Christmas

  • But Jacob has Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and doctors told his family in early October he probably only had a month to live.
  • So they’ll celebrate Christmas early this year, and Jacob wants people to celebrate with him by sending him cards, his mother, Michelle Simard told CNN.
  • Artinyan said the family decided to “fast-forward” Christmas to give Jacob one last celebration.
  • But before his improvised Christmas celebration takes place in early November, Jacob asked for cards from anyone around the world who wanted to share his Christmas spirit.
  • “We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others,” said Artinyan, referring to Jacob’s favorite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.”

Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson has battled cancer for the past four years of his life. But as doctors believe he has one last month to live, he decided to celebrate Christmas with the world.
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@Sathnam @LWhateley @Rethink_ Every mental health professional must see this moving story

  • Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera (Sacha Dhawan) moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University.
  • Now in his late 20s he is planning to reveal to his family that he will defy expectations of an arranged marriage – but instead learns a painful family secret.
  • This is a touching, humorous and emotional story of a second-generation Indian growing up in Britain and how he juggles his family, love life and career.
  • It is based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of Sathnam Sanghera which explores the sensitive subject of mental illness with courage and sensitivity.

Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera (Sacha Dhawan) moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University. Now in his late 20s he is planning to reveal to his family that he will defy expectations of an arranged marriage – but instead learns a painful family secret.
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Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

  • Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says.Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life.Three in five said their condition made…
  • “Life-changingThe number of people diagnosed with diabetes – type 1 and type 2 – is on the rise.
  • According to Diabetes UK, about 700 people are diagnosed every day.And it’s a life-changing diagnosis.Those affected often have to check their blood sugars up to 10 times a day and plan their meal breaks – and what they will be eating – factoring in any exercise they may be doing….
  • It is usually seen in adults and is often associated with obesity – It is important to keep blood sugar under control to prevent health complications – Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include – feeling very thirsty, passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night and feeling very tired…
  • “We want to see a system where specialist support – from people who understand diabetes – is made available to those who need it.

Living with diabetes can lead to significant emotional problems, a survey finds.
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Eating a handful of nuts twice a week cuts your risk of heart disease by 25%, Harvard study shows

  • Eating a handful of nuts twice a week can slash the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, say scientists.
  • Those who ate any of these tree nuts two or more times a week were 23 and 15 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, respectively.
  • Eating walnuts one or more times per week reduced coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease risk by 21 and 19 percent, respectively.
  • Her large-scale analysis showed a consistent link between the quantities of nuts consumed and cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.
  • Those who ate five or more servings of nuts a week had a 14 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 20 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease.

A study by Harvard University of more 200,000 people – many of whom were followed for more than three decades – found all types of nuts helped prevent the world’s biggest killer.
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How non-stop Christmas music could be damaging workers’ mental health #5liveDaily

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  • A campaigner for more silence in public places has told BBC 5 live that non-stop Christmas music could be damaging shop workers mental health.
  • A warning by psychologists has prompted Marks & Spencer to ban festive songs, while Asda is introducing a daily Christmas music-free hour.
  • Speaking to Adrian Chiles, Nigel Rodgers, who founded Pipedown, explained why retailers should listen to workers’ concerns.
  • This clip is originally from 5 live Daily on Monday 13 November 2017.

Non-stop Christmas music could be damaging employees’ mental health.
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Liam Miller: Ex-Celtic and Man Utd midfielder in cancer fight

Liam Miller: Ex-Celtic and Man Utd midfielder in cancer fight

  • Former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has cancer.
  • Miller, who won 21 caps for Republic of Ireland between 2004 and 2009, started his career at Celtic before moving to Old Trafford.
  • Former Celtic and Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who recovered from acute leukaemia, said: “I’m saddened to hear the news about my old team-mate Liam Miller.
  • Celtic wrote on their official Twitter account: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with Liam Miller and his family at this time.”
  • And Manchester United tweeted: “The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and his loved ones at this difficult time.”

Former Celtic, Manchester United and Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller is having treatment for cancer.
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New Leicester medical hub honours Next’s George Davies

New Leicester £42m vascular disease hub honours Next founder George Davies

  • Image caption – – George Davies also created George at Asda and Per Una for Marks Spencer – – – – A new £42m “cutting-edge” medical hub has been officially named in honour of the founder of Next.Sir David Attenborough opened the George Davies Centre at the University of Leicester.The…
  • Image copyright – University of Leicester – – – – – Image caption – – Leicester’s Hospitals said it aims to provide a “centre of excellence” for vascular services in England – – – – Entrepreneur George Davis made the multi-million pound donation towards the Vascular Limb Salvage Clinic (VaLS)…
  • Image caption – – Sir David Attenborough opened The George Davies Centre at the University of Leicester – – – – The university said it was “fitting” to name the centre to honour the fashion retailer after his donation to VaLS.Professor Philip Baker, head of the College of Life Sciences,…
  • “It was officially opened by Sir Attenborough and his nephew Michael Attenborough, who are co-patrons of the University of Leicester’s Centenary.
  • About Peripheral Vascular Disease – – – – – – – Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – PVD usually affects the legs and is cause by blocked arteries usually from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure or raised cholesterol.

George Davies donated more than £5m towards a “centre of excellence” for vascular services in England.
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Finally, SRK’s ‘TEDTalks’ show gets a slot!

Finally, SRK's 'TEDTalks' show gets a slot!  by @ChayaUnni

  • After Hrs told you that Shah Rukh Khan’s comeback TV show TED Talks — India that was to air in October sometime during Diwali has been postponed to December and talks were on about the time slot for the show.
  • Now, we have learnt that the makers have locked on the date and the time slot for the show.
  • Says a source, “Earlier, they were looking at airing it in the same slot that Aamir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate used to air, but later decided against it.
  • If the response to the show is good, they are planning to shoot a couple of episodes more.
  • In case the response is not very overwhelming, they will air only seven episodes and probably come back with a season 2 later.”

Finally, SRK’s ‘TEDTalks’ show gets a slot! – Shah Rukh Khan’s comeback TV show TED Talks
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Colombian elephant gets tusk-saving surgery

  • Image copyright – Jorge_Chavez – – – – – Image caption – – Tantor was sedated for three hours – a dangerous procedure for an animal of his age – – – – The zoo in the Colombian city of Barranquilla successfully performed surgery on a five-tonne African elephant found…
  • Thirty people were involved as the elephant, named Tantor, was sedated for three hours.Root canal work was performed on a cracked tusk.
  • Police had to close off the road outside the zoo and divert traffic to install a crane in case the elephant had to be lifted during the procedure.
  • The operation should have taken place two years ago when Tantor damaged his tusk, but there were delays in obtaining the special anaesthetic used for large vertebrates.Special odontological equipment had to be designed and built for the surgery.
  • Tantor was taken to the zoo in Barranquilla in April 1991 after he was found by Colombia’s National Narcotics Agency on a ranch owned by drug traffickers, along with other animals that were being illegally traded.

A Colombian zoo says the crowd-funded operation was successful.
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