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A successful Cop26 is essential for Britain and the world. Here's how it can happen | Simon Lewis

Without a clear plan for what he wants to achieve, Boris Johnson risks becoming a bystander at a crucial world summitIn November Boris Johnson will host the most important global meeting ever to take place on UK soil. The outcomes of this UN summit on climate change, known as Cop26, will help shape the fates of billions of people for decades to come. For the UK it is also the first big stress-test of its new role in the world after leaving the EU.Superficially the chances of success appear high. The US, China, EU, UK and 97 other countries have……

Evidence of brand new physics at Cern? Why we’re cautiously optimistic about our new findings

Particle collisions are starting to reveal unexpected results. vchal/Shutterstock When Cern’s gargantuan accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), fired up ten years ago, hopes abounded that new particles would soon be discovered that could help us unravel physics’ deepest mysteries. Dark matter, microscopic black holes and hidden dimensions were just some of the possibilities. But aside from the spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson, the project has failed to yield any clues as to what might lie beyond the standard model of particle physics, our current best theory of the micro-cosmos. So our new paper from LHCb, one of the…

Chariots of steel: Barcelona's hidden army of scrap recyclers

Thousands of migrants play a key role in collecting Catalonia’s waste but must live on the marginsThey are everywhere and yet they are almost invisible, living below the social radar as they crisscross the city pushing supermarket trolleys piled with metal tubing, old microwaves and empty beer cans.The chatarreros are Barcelona’s itinerant scrap-metal collectors, and there are thousands of them. Most are undocumented migrants and so there is no official census, but Federico Demaria, a social scientist at the University of Barcelona who is conducting a study of the informal recyclers in Catalonia, believes there are between 50,000 and 100,000……

Who meets the EU’s Chief Negotiator?

In this blog, David Coen (UCL) and Alexander Katsaitis (LSE) shed light on the interest groups meeting with the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, and discusses what this means for Brexit and future negotiations on the UK’s relationship with the EU. Organized interests are a key component of policy discussions. Researchers and public affairs’ strategists assessing negotiations’ progress and trajectory, place a lot of energy analysing which groups interact with policymakers. A fundamental principle underlies this work and can be summed up in three words: information, access, influence. Nevertheless, tracking the specific groups that meet with policymakers can be difficult, even more so…

Lebanon: Torture of Syrian refugees arbitrarily detained on counter-terror charges

Lebanese security forces have committed shocking violations against Syrian refugees who have been arrested, often arbitrarily, on terrorism-related charges, employing some of the same atrocious torture techniques that are used in Syria’s most notorious prisons, said Amnesty International in a damning new report published today. Amnesty’s report, “I wish I would die”: Syrian refugees detained on terrorism-related charges and tortured in Lebanon, documents an array of violations committed by primarily Lebanese military intelligence against 26 detainees, including fair trial violations as well as torture –  including beatings with metal sticks, electric cables, and plastic pipes. Detainees also described being hung upside down…

Volcanic Eruption Lights Up Iceland

In an eruption not far from Reykjavik, lava poured from spatter cones along a new fissure on Reykjanes peninsula. Read More… Source: Read More: Volcanic Eruption Lights Up Iceland

UN News: Prepare for the next pandemic

During the early ‘90s, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan successfully raised funds to get antiretroviral drugs to those affected by the HIV epidemic. Many of the children of those patients are still alive today thanks to her work. As part of the podcast series, Awake At Night, she shares her insights with the UN’s head of communications, […] The post UN News: Prepare for the next pandemic appeared first on TruePublica. Source: Read More: UN News: Prepare for the next pandemic

Exploring Barriers to Mental Health Services Utilization at Kabutare District Hospital of Rwanda: Perspectives From Patients

Barriers to mental health interventions globally remain a health concern; however, these are more prominent in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The barriers to accessibility include stigmatization, financial strain, acceptability, poor awareness, and sociocultural and religious influences. Exploring the barriers to the utilization of mental health services might contribute to mitigating them. Hence, this research aims to investigate these barriers to mental health service utilization in depth at the Kabutare District Hospital of the Southern Province of Rwanda. The qualitative approach was adopted with a cross-sectional study design. The participants were patients with mental illnesses seeking mental health services at…

Message Framing Effects on Individuals' Social Distancing and Helping Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This research responds to urgent calls to fill knowledge gaps on COVID-19 (new coronavirus) in communicating social distancing messages to the public in the most convincing ways. The authors explore the effectiveness of framing social distancing messages around prosocial vs. self-interested appeals in driving message compliance and helping behavior. The results show that when a message emphasizes benefits for everyone in society, rather than solely for the individual, citizens find the message more persuasive to engage in social distancing, and also more motivating to help others. The results further demonstrate that the proposed effects are higher for individuals who have…

Tory MPs reject inquiry into David Cameron's lobbying for Greensill

Former PM will not face scrutiny by Treasury committee following reports he used private channels to lobby on firm’s behalf Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage David Cameron has drawn criticism from former ministers but escaped official scrutiny by MPs after the Tory-dominated Treasury select committee declined to launch an inquiry into his efforts to lobby government officials on behalf of Greensill Capital. Parliamentarians have expressed concern over allegations that the former prime minister contacted the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on his private phone in hopes of securing special access to hundreds of thousands of pounds of emergency…

Pasco County’s Sheriff Must End Its Targeted Child Harassment Program

In September 2020, the Tampa Bay Times revealed a destructive “data-driven” policing program run by the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office. The program is misleadingly called “Intelligence-Led Policing” (ILP), but in reality, it’s nothing more than targeted child harassment by police. Young people’s school grades and absences, minor infractions, and even instances where they are a victim of crime are used to inform a bogus rubric and point system, based on a formula that intends to “prevent future crimes”—essentially labeling youths as a potential future criminals. Below is a page from the ILP’s pseudoscientific manual. Once a juvenile is tagged with this label, police show up at…

Video Hearing Tuesday: EFF Tells California Lawmakers to Crack Down on License Plate Data Collection

SB 210 Would Require Data Destruction Within 24 Hours, Among Other Reforms Sacramento – On Tuesday, March 23, at 1:30 pm PT, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge California senators to crack down on location tracking by passing SB 210, a bill that would require the destruction of automatically collected license plate data within 24 hours of collection, among other robust reforms. You can watch the hearing on the California Senate website. EFF is a co-sponsor of SB 210, which was introduced by State Sen. Scott Weiner earlier this year. The bill is aimed at combatting unbridled data collection…

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