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‘My little boy buried a tree before he died – now the fires have taken it’

‘My little boy buried a tree before he died – now the fires have taken it’

World
By Katerina Vittozzi, Sky News correspondent, in Australia The Australian bushfires have taken so much from so many.In New South Wales, around 1,000 homes have been destroyed. In Clarence, a hill-top town in the Blue Mountains, we saw people scrabbling to retrieve what possessions they could. Image: Around 1,000 homes have been destrroyed by the fires in Australia Homes have no power and no water.Some places are still too dangerous to return to. Advertisement But what this weekend's fire took from Evonne Balcar feels especially cruel. Her son Arthur was diagnosed with cancer aged 18 months. M...
CDC: 1,300 Americans have died from flu so far this year

CDC: 1,300 Americans have died from flu so far this year

Health
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- More than 4,000 new cases of influenza were confirmed across the country this week as flu season shifts into high gear. Additionally, the CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 2.6 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 1,300 deaths from flu. According to results posted in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly FluView report, the new cases bring the total of laboratory-confirmed influenza diagnoses for the season to close to 20,000. In all, Puerto Rico and 11 states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington -- reported high flu activity during the most recent period covered in the report, which ended Saturday. Arkansas is new to that li...
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Health
Babies and mothers died amid a "toxic" culture at a hospital trust stretching back 40 years, a report has said.The catalogue of maternity care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are contained in a report leaked to The Independent. It reveals that some children were left disabled, staff got the names of some dead babies wrong and, in one case, referred to a child as "it".The trust apologised and said "a lot" had been done to address concerns.In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at the trust, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal.It is being led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement. ...
Kerry Katona’s ex George Kay died ‘eating cocaine in front of shocked Holiday Inn staff’

Kerry Katona’s ex George Kay died ‘eating cocaine in front of shocked Holiday Inn staff’

Entertainment
Kerry Katona's ex-husband George Kay's death on July 6 is now being investigated by a police watchdog as shocking details emerge.George died after "eating a quantity of cocaine" in front of Holiday Inn staff in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire, according to the Liverpool Echo.A source claims George had been acting erratically on the Friday night and refused to go back to his room, leading to staff calling the police.Police arrived at the hotel at 9.54pm, but reportedly left after he agreed to return to his room. Related Articles George was said to have been seen "eating" a large amount of suspected cocaine at around 10am the next morning, with staff going to check on his well-being.Sources claim Mr Kay quickly became extremely unwell and both Cheshire Police and the North West Ambulance...
Lichens thrived, diversified after the dinosaurs died out

Lichens thrived, diversified after the dinosaurs died out

Science
June 28 (UPI) -- The dinosaurs were the most famous victim of the asteroid that struck Earth some 66 million years ago, but the mass extinction event also killed off a variety of plants and animals. According to a new study, the loss of plant life created space for lichens to diversify and thrive. Lichens are composite organisms formed by symbiotic relationships between algae or cyanobacteria and different fungi species. "We thought that lichens would be affected negatively, but in the three groups we looked at, they seized the chance and diversified rapidly," Jen-Pang Huang, a former postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, said in a news release. "Some lichens grow sophisticated 3D structures like plant leaves, and these ones filled the niches of plants that died out." T...