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19 children, 2 teachers killed in Texas school shooting

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A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde Texas has left at least 19 students and two teachers dead

A gun-wielding suspect barricaded himself on campus.

Gov. Greg Abbott said an 18-year-old man opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

Fourth grade teacher, Eva Mireles has been named as one of the victims.

She was a mother and wife who worked in the school district for 17 years.

None of the children have been identified as of yet.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the suspect Salvado Ramos, an 18-year-old, abandoned his vehicle at around noon on Tuesday before barricading himself in the school.

It was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.

President Biden addressed the nation about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, urging for action.

“It’s time to act,” he says. “We can do so much more, we have to do more.”

“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.”

The deadly shooting began 11:43 a.m. Tuesday at Robb Elementary off Old Carrizo Road near U.S. Highway 83. Robb Elementary has an enrolment of just under 600 students.

Uvalde’s Mayor has not confirmed casualties but told ABC news in a text “this is a very bad situation.”

He says the office is trying to contact parents before releasing any information.

Via social media, Uvalde Police Department made a statement.

“Parents are asked to pick up students at the regular dismissal times at the child’s campus. There will be no bus transportation.Officers will be on site to escort students to the parents cars.Parents please be patient as lines will be long.”

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Two people are confirmed to have arrived at University Hospital in critical condition, a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl. Both are listed in critical condition.

San Antonio Police said they are sending SWAT, Eagle chopper and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) to the active shooter situation.

South Texas Blood & Tissue confirmed they sent out 15 units of low O whole blood to Uvalde.

National Rifle Association to meet this weekend

Former President Donald Trump, Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will be in attendance at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas.

No democrats will be at the meeting and will only be open to NRA members.

Meanwhile, social media is flooded with messages of support

It comes after a racially charged mass shooting happened just last week in a Buffalo, New York grocery store, killing 10 black people.

This is a developing story – watch LIVE for latest updates

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‘Orgy of destruction’ – UN’s stark climate warning

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Humanity has become ‘weapon of mass extinction’  according to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres

At the biodiversity COP15 conference in Montreal, Canada Guterres opened the meet with a brutal reality.

“Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction...

This conference is our chance to stop this orgy of destruction.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Guterres called for an end to destruction of nature saying our “land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics.”

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to the stand to urge countries to protect their precious land and waters.

The leader also took the opportunity to announce Canada’s $350m biodiversity finance fund.

“There are lots of disagreements between governments.

But if we can’t agree as a world on something as fundamental as protecting nature, then nothing else matters.”

Justin Trudeau – Canada’s Prime Minister
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks during the opening ceremony of the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Should a non-strike rule apply to UK emergency staff?

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Thousands of UK emergency workers are preparing to walk off the job, just days before Christmas

Thousands of UK Ambulance workers are preparing to go on strike, just days before Christmas, on December 21.

All over a pay dispute, 25,000 emergency staff are expected to walk off the job.

Hospital bosses are warning the strikes will put lives at risk and make wait times significantly longer.

“Our priority is to ensure emergency services continue to operate for those who need it.

People should continue to use NHS 111 online for urgent healthcare advice and call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.”

STEVE BARCLAY, Health Secretary
FILE PHOTO: Downing Street Chief of Staff Steve Barclay arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK PM Rishi Sunak was pressed about the potentially fatal outcome, but Downing Street says it’s important not to ‘speculate.’

“Our focus now is on mitigating any potential detrimental impact these strikes could have.”

UK Prime minister’s office

Speaking on behalf of the workers, the health Union says the Government needs to start “genuine conversations about pay.”

“The Government will only have itself to blame if there are strikes in the NHS before Christmas.
“Ambulance staff don’t want to inconvenience anyone but ministers are refusing to do the one thing that could prevent disruption — start genuine talks about pay.”

Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison
UNISON’s Sara Gorton. Unison Centre, London, UK.

“Patients’ lives are already at risk but this government is sitting on the sidelines.
“Fail to act now to avert these strikes and the blame will rest firmly at the Government’s door.”

SHAron graham, Unite general secretary

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Bella Hadid named Model of the Year 2022

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At The Fashion Awards 2022, American Bella Hadid has been crowned Model of the Year

At The Fashion Awards 2022, American Bella Hadid has been crowned Model of the Year.

In London, the 26-year-old was named winner of the prestigious award.

A title that runs in the family, with her sister Gigi claiming the win in 2016.

Unable to attend in person, Hadid sent a pre-recorded video message, with a special thanks to her refugee father and immigrant mother.

“Being the daughter of a refugee father from Palestine, and an immigrant mother from Holland, there’s a sort of work ethic that runs in our blood…

It’s not to be the best. It’s not to be better than others. It’s just to be able to succeed because our ancestors have never had an opportunity like this in their lifetime. This is for the Palestinian children. This is for the Dutch children. This is for any child, immigrant or refugee.”

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