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New Monkeypox disease infections detected in Europe



Concerns are growing amid the recent Monkeypox outbreak in Europe which has been seen in England, Portugal and Spain

Two new cases of the rare illness have been confirmed in the U.K. bringing the total nationwide number of infections to nine since the start of May, with 20 confirmed cases in Portugal.

One of the latest cases was detected in London, while the other was in the south east.

The first case recorded in England at the beginning of May was a traveller from Nigeria, but all the subsequent cases have not been linked to travel from endemic ares or the first case.

While on a small scale with just 36 suspected cases across the three countries, health experts have little knowledge of where people caught the virus.

There is a growing concern the disease may be spreading undetected through the community and possibly through a new route of transmission.

Monkeypox can cause a fever, body aches, enlarged lymph nodes and eventually a rash or painful, fluid-filled blisters on the face, hands and feet.

One version of Monkeypox is quite deadly and kills up to 10% of people infected but the version currently in England is more mild and its fatality rate is less than 1%.

It can transmit from animals to humans when an infected animal – such as a rodent or a primate – bites or scratches a person.

The virus can also spread from person to person via large respiratory droplets in the air, but these cannot travel more than a few feet.

Health officials say that it takes about two to fours weeks for the disease to subside and you must isolate during this time.

The U.S. has also recorded its first case of the virus in Massachusetts on May 18.

Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.

Climate Change

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



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?



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



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.”

bella hadid – american model

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