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Premier League players’ NHS initiative not knee-jerk reaction – Simon Francis

Premier League players’ NHS initiative not knee-jerk reaction – Simon Francis

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device The Premier League players' initiative supporting the NHS was "not a knee-jerk reaction" to Health Secretary Matt Hancock talking about their wages, says Bournemouth captain Simon Francis.Francis says Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson pitched the idea to his fellow Premier League captains.Donations to the initiative will be anonymous and depend on what players are "comfortable with donating". "It's the power of everyone coming together," Francis, 35, told BBC Sport.The initiative - named #PlayersTogether - has been set up...
World organization launches initiative to eradicate African swine fever

World organization launches initiative to eradicate African swine fever

World
May 31 (UPI) -- As African swine fever continues its relentless spread across Asia, the World Organisation for Animal Health this week announced it will launch a global initiative to control -- and hopefully eradicate -- the disease. "Given the global socioeconomic repercussions of ASF, controlling the disease is a high priority for both affected countries and those free of the disease," the group, known as the OIE, said in a statement. "Because of its complex epidemiology, it isn't possible to control ASF without a coordinated response from the different sectors involved." The organization announced the new initiative just before North Korea reported its first case of African Swine Fever at a farm near the China border, making it the fifth Asian country to be infected. China reported it...
UK-US initiative to study mighty Thwaites Glacier

UK-US initiative to study mighty Thwaites Glacier

Science
It is going to be one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in Antarctica. UK and US scientists will lead a five-year effort to examine the stability of the mighty Thwaites Glacier. This ice stream in the west of the continent is comparable in size to Britain. It is melting and is currently in rapid retreat, accounting for around 4% of global sea-level rise - an amount that has doubled since the mid-1990s. Researchers want to know if Thwaites could collapse. Were it to do so, its lost ice would push up the oceans by 80cm or more. Some computer models have suggested such an outcome is inevitable if conditions continue as they are - albeit on a timescale of centuries. But these simulations need to be anchored in many more real-world observations, which will now be acquired thanks to the jo...
Women regret casual sex less if they take the initiative

Women regret casual sex less if they take the initiative

Health
Young women regret casual sex less if they take the initiative and the sex was good, according to a new study. Previous research has found that in general women regret one-night stands more than men. But researchers interviewed 547 Norwegian and 216 American university students, all of them heterosexual.The answers suggested that the "clearest gender-differentiating factor" for regret after casual sex is who made the first move.They also found that women feel less regret if the "partner was skilled and they felt sexually satisfied".All the participants in the the study undertaken by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Texas were aged under 30 years. Previous research has found that men in general regret casual sex much less than wo...
Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Technology
Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech.It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative's initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation.Facebook has faced criticism for being slow to react to terrorist propaganda on its platforms."The recent terror attacks in London and Manchester - like violence anywhere - are absolutely heartbreaking," said Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg."No-one should have to live in fear of terrorism - and we all have a part to play in stopping violent extremism from spreading. "We know we have more to do - but through our platform, our partners and ou...