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More than eight million trees lost this winter in the UK

More than eight million trees lost this winter in the UK

Science
It is the untold story of the winter storms. More than eight million trees have been brought down and many are now threatened by another two named storms bearing down on Britain.Forest managers warn that already "catastrophic" damage will be made worse by Storms Dudley and Eunice.There are warnings that the heating climate is making our weather more severe and unpredictable, and that management and planting strategies must adapt more quickly.Forest ranger Richard Tanner says that he's never seen a real battlefield, but the west shore of Windermere now reminds him of photographs he has seen."It looks like someone's set off a bomb."All around are the giant root plates of fallen trees, some the size of caravans, studded with rocks torn from the earth."There's three tonnes of tree and then fiv...
Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

World
EPAEight people, many of them women of Asian descent, have been killed in shootings at spas in the US state of Georgia.Police said the shootings took place at a massage parlour in Acworth, a suburb north of Atlanta, and two spas in the city itself.South Korea later confirmed that four of the victims were of Korean descent.Officials said a 21-year-old man had been arrested and was believed to be the suspect in all of the attacks.No motive has yet been established.However, hate crimes against Asian-Americans have spiked in recent months, fuelled by rhetoric that blames them for the spread of Covid-19.In an address last week, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated."From insults to murder - anti-Asian ...
Australia v India: Tourists win second Test by eight wickets to level series

Australia v India: Tourists win second Test by eight wickets to level series

Sports
Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day four)Australia 195 (Labuschagne 48, Bumrah 4-56) & 200 (Green 45, Siraj 3-37)India 326 (Rahane 112, Jadeja 57) & 70-2India won by eight wicketsScorecardIndia beat Australia by eight wickets with a day to spare in the second Test in Melbourne to level the series.The hosts were bowled out for 200 early on the fourth day, leaving India needing only 70 to win at the MCG.Debutant Mohammed Siraj took 3-37, including Cameron Green, who offered some resistance in making 45 for Australia.India slipped to 19-2 before Shubman Gill, another debutant, and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane saw them home.Gill, who made 45 in the first innings, finished unbeaten on 35 and man of the match Rahane followed up his first-innings century with 27 not out.It was a...
Football betting tips: Liverpool to move eight points clear of Man City, Kane to outscore West Brom, Werner will keep firing for Chelsea

Football betting tips: Liverpool to move eight points clear of Man City, Kane to outscore West Brom, Werner will keep firing for Chelsea

Sports
The Premier League takes a break after this weekend – and we’re hoping for goals galore before international football takes over. Here are our top betting tips and predictions for three of the top-flight games taking place over the next 48 hours, including a monster clash on Sunday. Chelsea vs Sheffield United – Saturday, 5.30pm (LIVE on talkSPORT) A new goalkeeper seems to have made all the difference for Chelsea. There was strong criticism in the early part of the season over the Blues’ defensive abilities under Frank Lampard after they shipped three goals to both West Brom and Southampton. But Edouard Mendy’s arrival from Rennes has helped sparked a turnaround and they now look formidable at the back, keeping five clean sheets on the spin for the first time since October 2010. Chelsea a...
Study: One in eight get surprise bills after colonoscopy

Study: One in eight get surprise bills after colonoscopy

Health
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Nearly one in eight people with private health insurance receive a "surprise" bill for out-of-network expenses after undergoing an elective colonoscopy, an analysis published Monday by Annals of Internal Medicine found. The average amount of these charges was more than $ 400, the researchers said. Advertisement A colonoscopy is used to screen for colon cancer -- a disease that affects 150,000 people per year in the United States -- through the insertion of a colonoscope, a 4-foot-long flexible tube outfitted with a camera, into the bowel, according to the American Cancer Society. Currently, the society recommends that adults undergo their first colonoscopy at around age 45 as part of routine cancer screening. For this study, researchers at the University of Virginia and t...