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Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

Science
A critical 12 months in the battle against rising temperatures begins in Madrid this week, as UN delegates gather for key talks. The 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP, will see negotiators from almost 200 countries in attendance. Ahead of the meeting the UN secretary general has warned that the world is at the point of no return. António Guterres said the global response to date has been "utterly inadequate". The conference takes place amid a welter of bad news on climate change in recent days. The World Meteorological Organisation announced that greenhouse gas concentrations reached their highest recorded level in 2018.The UN Environment Programme showed that there's a huge gap between the plans that governments currently h
Three new deaths reported as flu season starts to get serious

Three new deaths reported as flu season starts to get serious

Health
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Officials in Connecticut confirmed Thursday that two adults -- both over the age of 65 -- died as a result of influenza-related complications as virus activity continues in the early part of flu season. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly FluView report, released Friday, 2.3 percent of visits to healthcare providers across the country this week were related to "influenza-like illness," down from 2.4 percent this week. The report lists case information through November 9. To date, three children have died nationally of flu-related causes so far during the 2019-2020 season, with one added this week. Louisiana was the only state to report high flu activity. It was the third consecutive week the Bayou State did so. In all, 14 states rep...
Construction starts on first digital frigate for France

Construction starts on first digital frigate for France

Business
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A steel-cutting ceremony marked the start of construction for France's new frigate at Naval Group's Lorient, France, shipyard. The shipyard ceremony Thursday was led by French Defense Minister Florence Parly, and guests included Adm. Nicolaos Tsunis of the Greek Navy, the company said in a press release. Envoys of Poland and New Zealand also attended the event, an indication that their countries may be future customers. The first-in-class 393-foot vessel is known internally as an Admiral Ronarc'h-class FDI, or defense and intervention, frigate, and will be exported to customers under the name Belharra. The Greek navy ordered two ships last week. The diesel-powered ship can sail 5,000 nautical miles without refueling and can stay at sea for up to 45 days. Its weapons incl...
Huddersfield 1-2 Derby County: Tom Lawrence scores a brilliant brace as Phillip Cocu starts Rams reign with hard-fought victory

Huddersfield 1-2 Derby County: Tom Lawrence scores a brilliant brace as Phillip Cocu starts Rams reign with hard-fought victory

Sports
Tom Lawrence’s quickfire double saw Derby County edge to a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield for Phillip Cocu’s first win in charge of the club.Lawrence opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first-half with a lovely lobbed finish following some scrappy defending from Jan Siewart’s side. Lawrence’s two strikes earned his side the three points And the Welshman doubled his tally just two minutes later after producing some neat footwork to fire a beautiful left-footed strike past a hapless Kamil Grabara. The 25-year-old’s goals came in the 22nd and 25th minutes of an entertaining opening period, from which Huddersfield – who finished bottom of the Premier League last season – emerged one goal behind after Karlan Grant netted a penalty on the half-hour mark
Cholera vaccination drive starts in Mozambique after cyclone

Cholera vaccination drive starts in Mozambique after cyclone

Health
A cholera vaccination campaign is kicking off to reach nearly 900,000 cyclone survivors in Mozambique as officials rush to contain an outbreak of the disease. Vaccinations are beginning on Wednesday morning in the hard-hit city of Beira, where most of the more than 1,400 cases have been reported since the outbreak was declared a week ago. Mozambican authorities have reported two deaths so far from the acute diarrheal disease, which can kill within hours if not properly treated. Cases also have been confirmed in some outlying communities and vaccinations will begin there on Thursday. Overall the campaign aims to vaccinate some 884,000 people in Beira, Dondo, Nhamatanda and Buzi. More than 100,000 survivors of Cyclone Idai are still living in displacement camps with little access to clean w...