#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: Experts from the British Dragonfly Society say it’s an indicator of the effects of climate change……
#AceDailyNews says that according to BBC Environment Correspondent due to Climate Change Dragonflies spread north in warming world as the world experiences ‘Global Warming’ with more than 40% of species having increased their distribution since 1970, while only about 10% have declined, according to a new report.
There is concern over the loss of populations of insects due to factors such as pollution and habitat loss.
Conservation officer Eleanor Colver said while their data can determine where dragonflies are, it cannot determine exactly how many there are – and whether numbers have increased overall.
“Factors such as the use of pesticides (reducing their flying insect prey), water pollution and habitat loss continue to threaten the health of dragonfly populations within species’ existing ranges,” she said.
Dave SmallshireThe small red-eyed damselfly: Now found from Cornwall to County Durham
The report, State of Dragonflies 2021, incorporates 1.4 million records from 17,000 recorders gathered from 1970 onwards.
It assesses the fortunes of 46 species of dragonflies and their close relative – the damselflies – across Britain and Ireland.
Since 1995, several species have reached Britain from southern Europe for the first time – and at least two more have reappeared after long absences.
Species expanding their range include the emperor dragonfly, migrant hawker, ruddy darter, black-tailed skimmer and small red-eyed damselfly.
In contrast, some upland and northern dragonflies are in retreat, including the common hawker and black darter, perhaps because of the loss of peatbogs or extreme droughts.
“The increase in many species, if not all, we can put down to a combination of climate warming and more or better wetland habitats such as an increase in the number of ponds, lakes, gravel-pits and reservoirs in recent decades,” said Dave Smallshire, co-editor of the report.
But people should not get the message that all is “tickety-boo with dragonflies”, he added.
“The overwhelming message is that global climate change – and in the case of Britain and Ireland – significant climate warming is likely to have had an over-riding effect on many of these changes,” he said.
Iain H LeachBlack darter: With a home in upland bogs, this species is in decline
Dragonflies are fast-flying, four-winged insects with long bodies and large eyes. They were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago.
Scientists are increasingly concerned about the decline of some populations of insects.
One scientific review of insect numbers in 2019 pointed to 40% of species undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world.
The study said bees, ants and beetles were disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles, while other species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, were likely to boom.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.08: UN researchers are set to publish their strongest statement yet on the science of climate change: The report will likely detail significant changes to the world’s oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades: It is expected the forthcoming Summary for Policymakers will be a key document for global leaders when they meet in November….
It will be their first global assessment on the science of global heating since 2013.
The politicians are due to gather for a climate summit, known as COP26, in Glasgow.
After two weeks of virtual negotiations between scientists and representatives of 195 governments, the IPCC will launch the first part of a three-pronged assessment of the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.
It is the presence of these government officials that makes the IPCC different from other science bodies. After the report has been approved in agreement with governments, they effectively take ownership of it.
On Monday, a short, 40-page Summary for Policymakers will be released dealing with the physical science.
ReutersThe IPCC will also look at the state of the Arctic as the climate warms
It may be brief, but the new report is expected to pack a punch.
“We’ve seen over a couple of months, and years actually, how climate change is unfolding; it’s really staring us in the face,” said Dr Heleen de Coninck, from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, who is a coordinating lead author for the IPCC Working Group III.
“It’s really showing what the impacts will be, and this is just the start. So I think what this report will add is a big update of the state of the science, what temperature increase are we looking at – and what are the physical impacts of that?”
So what can we expect from the upcoming report?
According to many observers, there have been significant improvements in the science in the last few years,
“Our models have gotten better, we have a better understanding of the physics and the chemistry and the biology, and so they’re able to simulate and project future temperature changes and precipitation changes much better than they were,” said Dr Stephen Cornelius from WWF, an observer at IPCC meetings.
“Another change has been that attribution sciences have increased vastly in the last few years. We can make greater links between climate change and extreme weather events.”
As well as updates on temperature projections, there will likely be a strong focus on the question of humanity’s role in creating the climate crisis.
It’s expected that this time the IPCC will also outline just how much of an influence humans are having on the oceans, the atmosphere and other aspects of our planetary systems.
One of the most important questions concerns sea-level rise. This has long been a controversial issue for the IPCC, with their previous projections scorned by some scientists as far too conservative.
“In the past they have been so reluctant to give a plausible upper limit on sea-level rise, and we hope that they finally come around this time,” said Prof Arthur Petersen, from UCL in London.
As the world has experienced a series of devastating fires and floods in recent months that have been linked to climate change, the report will also include a new chapter linking extreme weather events to rising temperatures.
Many have welcomed this development.
“I remain hopeful that the scientific evidence will show the stark reality of a world already altered by our rapidly changing climate and will motivate all nations to deliver urgent emission reductions and the necessary amount of climate finance at COP26,” said Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who is the mayor of Accra in Ghana and vice chair of the C40 group of cities.
“We only need to look out of our windows to see that the climate crisis is already here. Cities such as Accra and nations such as Ghana, which have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, will experience many of the greatest impacts.”
One of the things that gives the report additional muscle is the fact that it is not just one particular research paper on one topic – the reviewers consider all the research carried out on each area of focus.
Getty ImagesIn Japan, misting sprays are used to keep people cool
“Sometimes the IPCC gets criticised for being focused on consensus, and it’s suggested that this can weaken statements,” said Dr Emily Shuckburgh, from the University of Cambridge.
“But the fact that it is a summary across multiple lines of evidence is incredibly powerful and incredibly useful.”
One key question in the new summary will be about the 1.5C temperature target. The climate summit held in the French capital, Paris, in 2015, committed nations to try to limit the rise in global temperature from pre-industrial times to no more than 1.5 degrees.
“That report showed very clearly was that there are clear, clear benefits to limiting warming to 1.5C and those benefits have only become clearer over the past three years,” said Dr de Coninck, who was one of the key authors of that study.
“If this report says something about that temperature limit in relation to emissions and how they are developing, it will have a political influence on COP26 I think.”
With just a few months to go until world leaders meet in Glasgow for the climate conference that is seen as the most important since the Paris agreement came into being in 2015, this new report will be required reading for all attendees.
“I think it’s going to be a wake-up call, there’s no doubt about that,” said Richard Black, an honorary research fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.
“But then again, so are some of the real world events that we’re seeing around us at the moment.”
#AceWeatherReport – July.27: The Great Plains and Midwest — along with parts of the East — . And in places where residents must also cope with high humidity, those temperatures could feel like they have reached triple digits….
#AceDailyNews says Both Sides of the Pond: As floods, heat, then floods again: England is battered by wild weather as much of the USA suffers heat dome as #GlobalWarming creates more instances of #ClimateChange following the recent California Wildfires last week …..and it spreads worldwide as #COP26 prepares with all leaders making promises but will they keep them before its too late or is it too late already ?
Updated: July 26, 2021, 7:40 a.m. ET13 minutes ago
Extreme Weather and Climate Updates
Residents used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes as storm drains were overloaded in parts of the city.
“Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” said south London resident Eddie Elliott. “It stands out as the worst I’ve experienced personally … totally shut down the whole road with buses stood broken down in the water.”
The rain followed a spell of hot, sunny weather that sent Britons to lakes and the sea in search of relief.
Earlier this month a wave of storms caused huge flooding damage and left more than 200 people dead in Germany and Belgium.
US States are suffering more wildfires with a heat dome expected this week …..
An excessive heat warning was in place for parts of Idaho, Montana and Oregon through Tuesday, . Billings, Mont., could see temperatures , and nearby locations could reach 110. Boise, Idaho, is on Monday, but cool down slightly as the week progresses. A heat advisory was also in effect for Monday and Tuesday for parts of Louisiana and Texas and up through South Dakota.
The nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southwest Oregon, grew over the weekend and has now burned about 408,000 acres. “The progress that we have made is due to the continuous, vigilant work by our crews,” Joe Hessel, an incident commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry, . “Severe fire weather conditions and extremely dry fuels continue to challenge us on this fire.”
Dozens of are actively burning across the Western United States, charring large swaths of land in recent days, according to a New York Times analysis of government and satellite data. Some are threatening thousands of people who live and work just a few miles away.
As the fire season gets underway, The Times built an interactive map to track the latest wildfires as they spread across Western states. Check back regularly for updates.
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At least seven people were killed and several others were injured when in southwestern Utah on Sunday afternoon, state officials said.
The Utah Highway Patrol said it appeared that in the crash “after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway.”
“No one could see, so people started stopping, and then you just get a chain reaction,” Trooper Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said late Sunday night. “Nobody could see, and then all of a sudden, you’re slamming into a car,” he said. “It’s just a horrific situation.”
Several people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said.
The crash, which happened around 5 p.m. local time, prompted the closure of parts of Interstate 15 in Millard County, between Salt Lake City and St. George. The Highway Patrol said the road would be closed in the area for a “significant time.”
China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the poverty and rural hardship they once faced.
Now those cities face the daunting new challenge of adapting , a possibility that few gave much thought to when the country began its extraordinary economic transformation. China’s pell-mell, brisk urbanization has in some ways made the challenge harder to face.
No one weather event can be directly linked to climate change, but that flooded Zhengzhou and other cities in central China last week, killing at least 69 as of Monday, reflects a that has seen deadly flooding recently in Germany and Belgium, and extreme heat and wildfires in Siberia. The flooding in China also highlights the environmental vulnerabilities that accompanied the country’s economic boom and could yet undermine it.
China has already taken some steps to begin to address climate change. Xi Jinping is the country’s first leader to make the issue a national priority.
As early as 2013, Mr. Xi promised to build an “ecological civilization” in China. “We must maintain harmony between man and nature and pursue sustainable development,” he said in a in Geneva in 2013.
LONDON: Londoners were cleaning up on Monday (Jul 26) after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks.
The Met Office weather agency said 41.6cm of rain fell in central London on Sunday afternoon. Monday was drier, but the Environment Agency said four flood warnings remained in place for southeast England.
Two London hospitals asked patients not to come to the emergency department because of disruption from the floods.
Transport for London said eight stations were closed because of flooding, including Pudding Mill Lane, an above-ground station where video footage showed water surging through a concourse and up stairs.
For the second time in a matter of two weeks, heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc across London, flooding train stations, stranding motorists and forcing at least two hospitals to redirect patients from their emergency rooms.
The downpour, which dumped about a month’s worth of rain in some areas on Sunday, came at the tail end of a heat wave that had led Public Health England to issue an alert for the first time ever warning people to stay cool indoors, close curtains in rooms that face the sun, drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol.
The heat broke as thunderstorms swept across southern England this weekend, bringing torrential downpours that dumped a month’s worth of rain in some areas in just a few hours.
The London Fire Brigade wrote on Twitter that it had responded to more than 1,000 calls as people needed to be rescue from cars suddenly submerged or escape homes as the waters rose. Heavy rainfall flooded emergency departments of Newham Hospital and led to “operational issues” at Whipps Cross Hospital. And service on the London Underground was disrupted as water poured into several stations.
Thames Water, a company responsible for Greater London’s sewage and water services, said on Monday that the rainfall had led to surface flooding and that crews had been working through the night to make repairs.
By Monday morning, the floodwaters had largely subsided, though Britain’s weather service said that warnings remained in effect in parts of the country.
While individual weather events are hard to directly attribute to climate change, there is now broad scientific agreement that the extreme weather the world is experiencing this summer is being fueled by those changes.
Published monday 21 June 2021 – 10:40 Last updated monday 21 June 2021 – 11:22
But Jamie Blackett said the government should go further and ensure all Scots, whether living in the UK or abroad, should be given the right to vote.
He said: “I don’t think it’s inevitable at all there will be another referendum. Nicola Sturgeon had 31% of the electorate voting for her on May 6 and that to my mind is not a mandate.
“The unfortunate thing is that the unionist vote was split, which allow the SNP to win the majority of the seats.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.Russell Cheyne
He added: “I do think we need to clarify matters. We cannot have in Scotland this toxic neveredum which is dividing communities, dividing families, and holding back the economy.
“We’ve urged the government to pass a Canada-style clarity act. One of the sections of that would be to sort out the franchise, not just to allow 800,000 Scots living elsewhere in the UK, but to allow all Scots to vote. Its part of the Scottish condition to go off and seek your fortune, before returning to Scotland.
“My own children are in London but they have ever intention to come back to live in Scotland.
“It’s manifestly unfair that just those Scots living in Scotland are given a vote. Goerge Galloway always points out that the captain of Lithuania would have a vote, but the captain of Scotland would not be able to as he’s playing in England.”
The Times is also reporting that Ruth Davidson could be ready for a return to frontline politics – being offered a ministerial role co-ordinating policy to keep the union together.
Last week former prime minister Gordon Brown warned of 50 years of conflict between England and Scotland if the country was partitioned.
Do you think all Scots should be allowed to vote in any independence referendum? ………….Or should it be reserved for just those living north of the English border? ……………Let us know what you think in the comments section:
#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 22 – Prior to the referendum result [ that is presently in dispute] the British PM David Cameron made promises to the Scottish people, with regard to devolving powers to Scotland – should the no vote win.
Today he is under fire from his own party and from the Labour opposition for having promised more powers to Scotland but being vague on similar devolution plans for England.
Cameron on Monday (22 September) was set to meet some 20 Conservative hard-liners who oppose his plans for Scotland and want to scrap a subsidy formula which favours Scots over the English.
In order to swing the Scots’ vote last week away from an ever-more popular independence campaign, Cameron, together with the leaders of Labour and the Liberal-Democrats, pledged to keep the funding scheme and give Scotland further powers as long as it stays within the United Kingdom.
The referendum was won by the unionist camp, but Cameron has since faced an avalanche of criticism. Apart from his own backbenchers who want more powers for English MPs, the prime minister is also under fire from the Labour opposition, which says it has only subscribed to Scottish devolution.
Labour leader Ed Miliband on Sunday said the three-party deal only concerned Scotland, not England or Wales.
“I’m open to the idea of greater scrutiny of legislation by English MPs. But we can’t do it in a back of the envelope, fag packet way,” Miliband said.
Scottish leader Alex Salmond on Sunday said his people were tricked into voting No, as Cameron’s plans will fail amid inner-party bickering.
#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 15 – The Queen finally broke her silence on the issue of Scottish independence yesterday, telling a member of the public that she hoped “people will think very carefully about the future” when they headed to the polls later this week.
‘ Queen of Scotland Supports England ‘
The monarch’s words – which were interpreted by some as offering encouragement to Unionists without leaving her open to accusations of political meddling – came as the long campaign entered its final week, with tensions high and tempers increasingly frayed.
Her interjection into the debate came as the debate over the economic case for independence continues to rage.
A report published on Monday by a leading think-tank suggests that the Yes campaign has underestimated the financial risks of separation, which it said lay in oil, finance and pensions.
The Centre for Policy Studies predicted that a mixture of falling North Sea oil revenues, the departure of a large proportion of the financial services sector and the rising cost of public sector pensions would leave Scotland with £13.8 billion less in 2015/16 than official estimates suggest.
But a spokesman for Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said the report was “stuffed full of basic factual errors” and pointed out that the think-tank had been co-founded by Margaret Thatcher.
“The only part of this report that is accurate is the importance of Scotland’s oil to the strength of the pound – which is exactly why the UK Government will agree to a currency union with Scotland,” he added. “This simply underlines Scotland’s economic strength.”
Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, said he had been shocked by the aggressive behaviour of some nationalists, which he claimed had been “orchestrated” and “centrally controlled”.
David Cameron will be hoping to avoid a hostile reception when he returns to Scotland today in a last gasp-attempt to persuade Scots to preserve the Union.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – August 21 – The UK Armed Forces have a proud and distinguished history, here are 8 benefits to Scotland so say’s the British Government today and here is their 8 offers to say NO to Independence the number 8 is the best, given situation in others countries.
I don’t think Islam is capable of this due it’s radical nature
Islam as a religion is a good religion, I have Muslim friends, life friends through work (In my 20’s) and football. They are friends for life, and they are Muslim. I have Catholic, Protestants, Hinduism and friends from many religions, having never left the Island I live on, the UK, up here in Scotland, the World is a huge place and I love knowing people with different customs and ways
Learning to respect each other is essential. It was in the media this morning that since the 1990’s RADICAL ISLAM has been infiltrating schools. Below is the story and the letters to go with it. This is just breaking today and will turn into a REAL story soon. I think this with the UKIP surge in the UK has made many people turn away from the two party we have had since WWII and I do believe this, UKIP and the Radical Islam threat will make sure on September 18th Scotland (Where I am) will vote to leave the Union. All the people in Scotland get to vote a simple Yes or No. With this and UPIK many in the last week have turned from no voters to yes voters. Nobody is Scotland want’s one more Torie Government (Thatcherism) We want a Government we vote for and to be a free nation and a rich nation. The thought of UKIP and the Radical Islam issue scares me for my kids future, and I know many are now saying the same. UKIP want all foreign nationals out of the UK, Radicals for sure but not Radicals also. They are not far away from the principles of the British National Party who are hates my the vast majority for being racists. This is a story the people of the USA can share as it is well known Obama has surrounded himself with known Muslim Brotherhood Members http://shaunynews.com/2014/05/08/obama-and-the-muslim-connection-disturbing-photo-of-obama-depicted-as-a-king/ So here we are with the USA and UK being infiltrated by Radical Islam, or am I reading the story wrong? This is all over our Media today http://news.sky.com/story/1274139/muslim-school-plot-fears-were-raised-in-1994
Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Friends. Go research, you will see rather quickly
Fears that hardline Muslim governors have been infiltrating Birmingham schools go back at least two decades, and were raised with the government in 1994. Sky News has learned that senior leaders at three schools in Birmingham were so concerned about the influence of Muslim extremists in the 1990s they took their fears to the top. In a letter to education ministers, copied to then Prime Minister John Major, the heads said extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir was gaining an alarming influence over schools in the city. Former chair of governors at Golden Hillock School, John Ray, met with then education minister Emily Blatch in Westminster. He says that had the government acted then, the current trend – in which conservative Muslims have been able to dominate school leadership – could have been averted. “(The Trojan Horse plot) reveals something, something that is true,” said Mr Ray. “It reveals a mess that the city council has not been able to check – the development of this whole infiltration of this ceding in of governors of one particular ideology. They are not people who have the welfare of these children at heart.”
A letter sent to government ministers in 1994
An official house of Commons return letter (I am told)
The story broke this morning, but we all seen it coming or knew it was an issue, now our Media is reporting it
This for me is a very real and active threat to the Western World, Radical Islam has forced it’s way into power in the USA and is slowly creeping into English politics and life style’s. Many parts of England have areas where it is like “Little Pakistan” where the majority are Muslim. This poster appeared last week, I never blogged about it at the time, but I kept it knowing this was on the cards, here it is
This is what is happening in England
This has caused English people, off their own backs to create the “English Defence League” E.D.L and counter any demonstrations done by Muslims. When I see Muslims with banners saying “Behead anyone against Islam” It does make me PRAY for a free Scotland. We don’t have Radical Islam issues up here in Scotland, many think the UK is one country, it is not it is a Union and a Union we in Scotland want to leave for many reasons.
When I seen the UKIP surge here where I blogged ithttps://acenewsservices.com/2014/05/27/dangerous-uk-ukip-surge-might-make-an-independent-scotland-a-reality/ this was my views at the time. France did similar they voted in far right politicians in the European Elections. I think the people of England mainly spoke loud and clear about the Islamic Muslim threat with the voting, had this been a general election UKIP would be running the UK and they would dissolve the Scottish and Welsh parliaments
For me personally I can’t risk this for my Country, Scotland is a peaceful place and we are a welcoming people. English people are the same, they are not the issue, Westminster is. And the news today this Islamic threat has been ongoing in Schools in England since the 1990’s is proof if anyone needs it that the future of not just the UK but Europe as a whole could be seen to be unstable. We get real elections here where the people most hate can get into power, many countries like the USA have known rigged elections, George Bush got 2 terms, and we all know he cheated to beat Al Gore and Florida was the decider, and in charge that day in Florida was none other than Jeb Bush and the votes counted by people who were part of Bush’s campaign. Of course we all know this as fact now
So the danger is real, it is a Western problem and we need to meet it head on. I am not Racist, I aim to offend nobody in any article I do, be it here, Ace News or Browaha or any other place I may blog/write in the future. I just tell the story the way I see it. I am the type of person who will question life and look for the lies we are told by Government. Why this has went on so long is a mystery to me. Radical Islam is real problem for the West and I will leave some newspaper headlines from the UK today below as well as other Radical Muslim pictures from England
Protest: Parents at Birmingham’s Al-Hijrah School after its entire governing body was sacked
More action Mr Cameron?
The English defence league have made their feelings known
Without being racist, we MUST stop this!
This is allowed on English Streets……
…But English people are being arrested for not agreeing. Is this right?
Allowed on UK Streets
Allowed on UK Streets
The English Defence league are doing the same, but are being arrested. I do not agree with this. Muslims can’t be allowed to hide behind foreign laws!
Royal Air Force Croughton, a US Air Force base near Milton Keynes, England
The United States is planning to spend over $300 million to turn one of its military bases in Britain into a spying hub.
Royal Air Force Croughton, a US Air Force base near Milton Keynes, England, currently serves as a relay station for CIA agent communications and is planned to be turned into one of Washington’s largest spying hubs outside the US mainland, theIndependent reported on Sunday.
Once the $317 million project is complete in 2017, the site will become an ultra-secure spying center with more than 1,000 personnel stationed at the facility to cover operations in Africa. The center is likely to be co-staffed with representatives of British intelligence.
The base is already believed to be used as a support site for US drone strikes in Yemen. Reports revealed last year that RAF Croughton was used to gather data from a global network of spy bases inside US embassies and send them back to Washington.
The United States is planning to spend over $300 million to turn one of its military bases in Britain into a spying hub.
Royal Air Force Croughton, a US Air Force base near Milton Keynes, England, currently serves as a relay station for CIA agent communications and is planned to be turned into one of Washington’s largest spying hubs outside the US mainland, the Independent reported on Sunday.
Once the $317 million project is complete in 2017, the site will become an ultra-secure spying center with more than 1,000 personnel stationed at the facility to cover operations in Africa. The center is likely to be co-staffed with representatives of British intelligence.
The base is already believed to be used as a support site for US drone strikes in Yemen. Reports revealed last year that RAF Croughton was used to gather data from a global network of spy bases inside US embassies and send them back to Washington
Documents revealed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden have shown that the United States and Britain, which are key members of the English-speaking intelligence sharing alliance known as ‘Five Eyes’ club, have been cooperating to spy on other countries’ officials and leaders.
One such document revealed last year that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) helped the US National Security Agency monitor phone calls and email communications of foreign leaders and diplomats at the 2009 G20 summit in London.
NSA documents obtained by Snowden showed other members of the ‘Five Eyes’ club – Australia, Canada, and New Zealand – also helped the US to spy on people and officials in other countries.
Leaked documents in November showed that the NSA spied on the G8 and G20 summits held in the Canadian city of Toronto in 2010, with the help of the host country’s government.
It was also made public in October that Washington has been secretly using Australian embassies throughout Asia to intercept phone calls and collect data across the continent.
Some people fancy all health care debates to be a case of Canadian Health Care vs. American. Not so. According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the USA ranks in the top 25.
Improving the Canadian Healthcare System does not mean we must emulate the American system, but it may mean that perhaps we can learn from countries that rank better than both Canada and the USA at keeping their citizens healthy.
Note: My Country, Scotland ALWAYS gets thrown in with the British average. Scottish NHS (National Health Service) is a lot better than England’s
Big ambitions: Scotland’s health service is aiming high while staying true to its foundations
World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom – (England)
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
41 New Zealand
48 Czech Republic
51 Dominican Republic
58 South Korea
64 Kazakhstan 65 Uruguay
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 Saint Lucia
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
76 Sri Lanka
80 Solomon Islands
86 Antigua and Barbuda
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
107 Cook Islands
113 Cape Verde
115 El Salvador
127 Vanuatu 128 Guyana
132 Burkina Faso
133 Sao Tome and Principe
137 Ivory Coast
141 Marshall Islands
148 Papua New Guinea
167 North Korea
171 Equatorial Guinea
175 South Africa
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
189 Central African Republic
#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – April 10 – Scotland’s ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) has their spring conference this weekend amid a surge in support for breaking the 307-year-old union with England.
Despite a number of warnings from the ‘No’ campaign in Westminster as well as businessmen and financiers that an Independent Scotland would be worse off, polls show support for their cause is gathering pace.
Last year, support for independence was at a stagnant 30 percent. It now stands at around 37 percent, with those who plan to vote ‘No’ down to 47 percent.
#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – March 29 – The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight, after years of tireless campaigning by gay couples fighting to have their unions recognised by law.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year, but it was not until 13 March that couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time.
Campaigners who spent years battling for the legalisation of gay marriage will see the historic law enacted at midnight, despite objections from the Church of England and some members of the Conservative party.
Civil partnerships were introduced in England and Wales in 2005 to provide gay couples with the same legal rights as heterosexual partners, but campaigners continued fighting to have their marriages recognised by law.
A number of couples are hoping to claim the title of being the first ever to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows are said at 12.01am.
#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – March 26 – A national teachers’ strike taking place across England and Wales on Wednesday is affecting 10,000 schools, including in London, Oxford city and Yorkshire, which have all been closed to their students.
The National Union of Teachers is protesting working conditions, the potential introduction of performance-related pay and pensions, with NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney labelling the industrial action a ‘last resort’, criticizing Education Secretary Michael Gove’s policies for ‘exhausting and demoralizing’ teaching staff.
#AceUKNews says hundreds of protesters marched through Manchester, England on Sunday in what is believed to be one of the largest anti-fracking rallies to take place in the UK.
A recent survey carried out by the Manchester Evening News found that 73 percent of Greater Manchester residents are opposed to the controversial gas extraction technique – so on Sunday at noon, up to 1,000 demonstrators gathered in down-town to march from Piccadilly Gardens to Cathedral Gardens.
Many of the speakers and demonstrators included members of the long-standing Barton Moss protest camp in neighbouring Irlam, just south of Manchester.
There, energy firm IGas is carrying out test drilling to explore potential shale gas reserves beneath the green belt site at Barton Moss.
Football related placard at the anti-fracking rally in Piccadilly #mufc#mcfcpic.twitter.com/umnvikNMT9
— Chris Slater (@chrisslaterMEN) March 9, 2014
The purpose of the march in Manchester was to send a clear message to the government and energy companies that the vast majority of Britons oppose fracking,
Martin Porter, a spokesman for the Barton Moss camp and a member of Frack Free Greater Manchester, told the Manchester Evening News.
“The purpose of the day is to send a message out that we don’t want fracking in Manchester or anywhere else. At the moment, Barton Moss is at the centre of attention across the country but before long two thirds of people in England and Wales might find a #Fracking rig on their doorstep,” Porter said.
#AceUKNews says a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has been arrested in the UK along with two other men and a woman.
The four are being held on suspicion of Syria-related terrorist charges in central England, according to police.
Begg was detained on suspicion of “attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas,” according to West Midlands police.
The police said the arrests were connected. “They were pre-planned and intelligence led.
There was no immediate risk to public safety,” said Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, head of investigations for the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit, according to a statement released Tuesday.
A police spokesperson told The Guardian that Begg’s name was confirmed “as a result of the anticipated high public interest” from the media.
#AceBreakingNews says according to the latest reports and 38 degrees `Jeremy Hunt‘ is trying to sneak through a law which will give him the power to quickly close any local hospital without listening to local people.
No hospital is safe.
He’s changing the rules after losing twice in court trying to close Lewisham Hospital against the wishes of local people, doctors and nurses.
The sweeping new law – the ‘hospital closure clause’ of the Care Bill – will give the government the power to shut down any hospital, in as little as 40 days, regardless of how well the hospital is performing. 
Jeremy Hunt is hell-bent on pushing this through.
And time’s not on our side. It could be as little as one week before MPs vote this sinister threat into a reality.
If we’re going to have a chance of stopping Jeremy Hunt we need to throw the kitchen sink at this. And we need to move fast. Vote now to decide whether or not we should launch a big campaign. Yes or No?
Our NHS is precious. And it’s important that we know hospitals, accident and emergency and maternity services are there for us in moments of crisis and joy. It’s terrifying to imagine the government having the power to close any hospital without hearing the wishes of the local community.
It’s going to be tough to stop Jeremy Hunt. But we’ve done it before – twice in Lewisham alone. And if enough of us are keen, there are exciting possibilities for next steps. And new tactics we could try which would take even Jeremy Hunt by surprise!
The 38 Degrees staff team sit down on Monday morning to plan out the week ahead and decide on how we split up staff resources.
The most important factor when making those decisions is what 38 Degrees members think.
Should trying to stop the hospital closure clause be 38 Degrees’ top priority over the next few weeks? Please vote now to help decide whether to launch a big campaign by clicking on the buttons below.
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PS: A study of NHS foundation trusts in England has found the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39. Jeremy Hunt has shown before he’s willing to close good hospitals to bail out ones which are struggling – this law would allow him to do this, even if local patients and doctors were strongly against it. 
 What is the Hospital Closure Clause. Read more on our blog here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/20/nhs-what-is-the-hospital-closure-clause/
 BBC News: Rise in NHS Foundation Trusts with deficit, says Monitor hospitals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26299423
#AceNewsServices says that “A `Thirty Five Foot Sink-Hole’ has opened up in flooded UK‘ as storms lash coastline”
Published time: February 15, 2014 16:09
Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, southern England February 15, 2014. (Reuters / Toby Melville)
A 35-foot-wide sinkhole has opened up in the storm-battered UK as two people have died in a wave of floods spreading havoc across the southern England. A total of 17 flood warnings, denoting a “danger to life,” are in place.
One woman died after part of a building crushed a car driving pastHolborn tube station in central London. The concrete front of the structure collapsed onto her car late Friday night. A further two people in their mid-20s – who were also in the car – were injured and hospitalized as a result of the incident, which is being investigated by police.
“Sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate her, a woman was pronounced dead at the scene,” a London Ambulance Service spokesperson said Saturday.
Ten more people were evacuated from buildings in the area as a precautionary measure.
A passenger on a cruise ship in the English Channel also died after a massive wave struck the British vessel Marco Polo as it headed toward Tilbury in Essex late Friday, smashing through a window, and injuring several passengers. The 85-year-old man was airlifted to hospital, but didn’t survive.
“My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the people killed in the storms last night,”Labour Party chief Ed Miliband, the opposition leader, tweeted.
Strong waves posed a danger to the public in a seaside restaurant in Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire. Thirty-two people were evacuated when a tidal surge flooded the ground floor and windows were smashed by airborne shingle.
Members of the Army move a tree which was blown down in a flooded street in Egham, southern England, February 15, 2014. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)
Over 140,000 homes nationwide are without power and severe weather warnings remain in place across the country, which has seen its wettest January in two and a half centuries. Gales of around 80 miles (129 km) per hour have swept through the country, according to the country’s Met Office.
Seventeen families were forced to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole measuring some 35 feet wide appeared in Hertfordshire on Saturday – the largest of three such sinkholes in the space of a week.
“Police are currently in attendance in Oatridge Gardens, Hemel Hempstead after receiving a report of a sink-hole appearing in the road at 7:30am,”Hertfordshire police said in a statement. They confirmed that the depth of the hole had reached 20 feet.
“The road, and surrounding roads, have been closed for the safety of residents,” police said.
The M2 – a motorway in the south-eastern county of Kent – also developed a sink-hole 15 feet deep earlier in the week, while a garden, also in Kent, saw another crater – 10 feet deep – opening up.
Low-lying areas in the south-west – specifically Somerset – have been submerged in flood water since December. Train lines have been subject to delays and cancellations – some because of landslides – while a sea wall in the southwest collapsed as storms battered the coast last week, forcing the closure of the specific part of track that lay behind it.
Police officers walk down a street in Egham after the River Thames burst its banks in southeast England February 14, 2014. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)
The UK has not yet applied for financial help from the EU to cope with the crisis. Prime Minister David Cameron declared Tuesday that money would not be an issue when it came to dealing with the floods. He has denied that there is a political motivation – in an increasingly anti-EU atmosphere in right-wing UK politics – behind the absence of a call for aid, despite the country having had its 10 weeks from the “first damage caused” by a natural disaster.
“We are ready to consider the possibility of providing the UK with help – both in their struggle against the elements, and to contribute to the elimination of its effects – but for this we need to receive an official request from the British government, which we do not have,” the news service of the European Commission stated on Saturday, according to Itar-Tass.
“As Labour and the Lib Dem’s have killed the Wharton Bill, the one way to guarantee a referendum is to vote Conservative at the Gen Election.”
MEPs addressed a letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Patterson, on January 8, reminding him that: “The fund has been given a budget of 414 million pounds in 2014 ($693 million), but your department must apply within 10 weeks of the date on which the natural disaster struck in order to be eligible. Several weeks have already gone by…We also urge you to ensure that the full grant is used for repairing the damage from the floods in accordance with EU rules and does not get diverted or returned by HM Treasury, as was allegedly the case with 79 million pounds ($132 million) of the 110 million pounds ($184 million) granted to the UK by the fund in 2007.”
On Friday, Welsh Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans reiterated her call to theUK government to apply to the EU Solidarity Fund which was set up with the intention of providing aid in such times of crisis, despite the deadline having technically passed.
“The EU Solidarity Fund was set up as an emergency fund to be used by countries hit by natural disasters to help them recover. Welsh citizens, like all EU citizens, pay into the Solidarity Fund…the UK government should have applied immediately,” Evans wrote in a statement.
#AceUKNews says latest night claimed the lives of an 85-year-old man and 49-year-old woman who were according to the BBC killed in separate incidents as southern England is lashed by heavy rain and winds up to 80mph.
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