WOOD burning stoves have come under fire as city leaders try to curb air pollution and reduce health impacts. But there are those who say they are being unfairly blamed and it is car fumes that do the damage. Here's the lowdown... Are wood burning stoves being banned? In May the government unveiled plans to clean up the UK’s air quality. That did not include a ban on existing wood-burning stoves but any new stoves sold would have to be cleaner. No, wood burning stoves are not going to be banned completely. The crackdown, which also includes high polluting coal, comes in Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s new clean air strategy. Mr Gove wants to clamp down on all sources of pollution, including coal-burning and ammonia from farms. Do they cause pollution? Burning wood and coal at home contributes 38 per cent of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter, officials argued. The clean air strategy contains other targets and rules that will cut the cost of air pollution by … [Read more...] about Wood burning stove ban – do they cause pollution, can they harm your health, and what should I do if I have one already?
AMERICAN military bosses are withdrawing almost 10 percent of its troops out of African bases because it wants to concentrate on countering Russia and China. But the draw down come as Moscow and Beijing ramp up their power in those same regions. About 700 counter-terrorism troops will be removed over the next few years, the US Department of Defence has confirmed. This is out of 7,200 US soldiers based in dozens of African countries including Libya and Nigeria. The Pentagon said there will not be a shift from action on the ground to advising and sharing intelligence in West Africa. But counter-terrorism ops in several countries including Somalia and Djibouti will remain the same. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said the reduction of troops would likely take place over three years. It could include countries such as Kenya, Cameroon and Mali. Pentagon spokeswoman Candice Tresch said: "We will realign our counter-terrorism resources and forces operating in … [Read more...] about US removing hundreds of troops from Africa despite Russia and China’s growing presence
PROFESSIONAL footballers could be at much greater risk of a heart attack than previously feared, researchers warn. A seven-year study of 595 players in Norway found six had developed a serious heart problem. But a screening programme had failed to spot any issues. Dr Hilde Moseby Berge, of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, said: "The number of severe incidents was remarkably higher than expected in this young population. "We have no explanation for this - it could simply represent a random effect due to small numbers." But it follows a British study earlier this year that identified a similar phenomenon among top footballers. Premier League clubs already carry out regular testing of their players, but it is far less prevalent in the Football League and below. The link between footballers and cardiac arrest has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years following the deaths of Marc Vivien Foe, Junior Dian and Danny Wilkinson - as well as the collapse of Fabrice Muamba … [Read more...] about Professional footballers could be ‘at much greater risk of a heart attack’ than previously feared
Robin Swann 'cheap in the extreme' in attacks on DUP, says Ian Paisley in call for unionist unity BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The DUP's Ian Paisley has hit out at attacks on his party by Ulster Unionist, describing criticism from party leader Robin Swann "cheap in the extreme". https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/robin-swann-cheap-in-the-extreme-in-attacks-on-dup-says-ian-paisley-in-call-for-unionist-unity-37532900.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37532901.ece/a2901/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_a748049d-5bf8-491b-9a11-55bf55dd23f5_1 Email The DUP's Ian Paisley has hit out at attacks on his party by Ulster Unionist, describing criticism from party leader Robin Swann "cheap in the extreme". Mr Paisley was speaking out after a hectic day of discussion about a proposed Brexit deal between the UK and the EU, which both sides have agreed upon and which includes a backstop to maintain alignment on a certain set of customs rules between Northern Ireland … [Read more...] about Robin Swann ‘cheap in the extreme’ in attacks on DUP, says Ian Paisley in call for unionist unity
DUP compares Brexit threat to Northern Ireland to IRA campaign BelfastTelegraph.co.uk DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson made clear his anger on the draft agreement, saying his party could not support it. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/dup-compares-brexit-threat-to-northern-ireland-to-ira-campaign-37530212.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37516832.ece/155c8/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-11-12_new_45661800_I1.JPG Email DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson made clear his anger on the draft agreement, saying his party could not support it. The text was published on Wednesday evening after Theresa May secured Cabinet backing for the plan. It will see Northern Ireland aligned with EU rules and remain part of the single market with checks on some goods coming in from the UK to Northern Ireland, if the Brexit backstop is implemented. During the transition period which comes into force after March, the entire UK will remain within a customs union in the … [Read more...] about DUP compares Brexit threat to Northern Ireland to IRA campaign