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Climate change and the UK: Five good and bad things

Image copyright Getty Images With UN climate talks underway in Poland, pressure is on for nations to cut carbon emissions fast. The UK says it’s a leader in climate change – but is it? Here’s a list of the good and bad in terms of the UK’s climate change record – depending on your point of view. Five good things (from a government perspective) The British government claims to be a leader in cutting carbon emissions – here are five achievements of present and past administrations. Climate change act Ten…

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Parental leave: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Image copyright Andy Shelley Image caption Andy Shelley says his time on parental leave was “eye-opening” Following the release of a poll which suggested 27% of mothers did not enjoy their maternity leave as much as they thought they would, parents have been sharing their experience of parental leave – both good and bad. Many people got in touch following BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett’s open and honest account of her time away from work looking after her baby son, a time which she described as being “bloody…

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The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

Image copyright IBM Image caption Chieko Asakawa received Japan’s Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired. “When I started out there was no assistive technology,” Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says. “I couldn’t read any information by myself. I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.” Those “painful experiences”…

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Strictly Come Dancing: Is Ashley Roberts ‘too good’ to be a contestant?

Image caption Ashley Roberts is paired with Pasha Kovalev on this year’s series There are some things you can depend on happening every Christmas. Mariah Carey on the radio. The Queen’s speech on the TV. A chocolate orange in your stocking. And, like clockwork, a Strictly contestant being accused of having too much dance experience. But this year, the celebrity in the firing line arguably has a more notable dance background than any before her. Singer Ashley Roberts is paired with Strictly pro Pasha Kovalev, but many viewers say she…

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JK Rowling’s former PA described as ‘good liar’

Image copyright PA Image caption JK Rowling hired Amanda Donaldson to help organise her business and personal matters. The former personal assistant of JK Rowling has been described as a “good liar” by the author’s husband. Dr Neil Murray made the comment during a civil case at Airdrie Sheriff Court against Amanda Donaldson. Ms Donaldson is accused of fraudulently using the Harry Potter creator’s credit card to fund spending sprees that included buying £3,629 of luxury cosmetics from Molton Brown. The 35-year-old, from Coatbridge, in Lanarkshire, denies the claims. Dr…

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Golf: Good preparation vital for Presidents Cup success, say Tiger

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tiger Woods learned the hard way two decades ago how important preparation was for Presidents Cup success and he is determined to leave nothing to chance when he captains the United States at next year’s edition at Royal Melbourne. FILE PHOTO: Nov 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 16th green during The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The 42-year-old has already expressed his disquiet about his…

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Good genes? The sisters who put the rest of us to shame

Image copyright Ray Wells Image caption Ann Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe in 2006 The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Anne Wojcicki, founder of genetic testing business 23andMe. If you ever worry that you and your siblings are not achieving enough in life, Anne Wojcicki and her two sisters won’t make you feel any better. Anne, 45, is the chief executive of Silicon Valley-based 23andMe, which is valued as high as $2.5bn (£2bn), while Susan Wojcicki, 50, is…

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Brexit deal good for constituents, May tells MPs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister is to defend her deal at the G20 summit in Argentina Theresa May has urged MPs to think about their constituents, rather than rejecting her deal for leaving the EU. The PM, who was on her way to the G20 summit in Argentina, said her plan would protect the “jobs and livelihoods and security” of their constituents. And she accused Labour of advocating leaving without a deal by rejecting her Brexit compromise while not putting forward a “proper alternative”. Labour argues a…

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Tossing dead salmon is good for plants

Image copyright Dan Dinicola Image caption For more than 20 years, students in a small corner of north-west US have been tossing dead fish Never mind silver bells and cockleshells, Mary should have tossed dead fish to help her garden grown. A team of US researchers has found that sockeye salmon carcasses has helped boost tree growth by up to 20%. Over a 20-year period, students from the University of Washington tossed dead fish from a stream on to a river bank. Data shows the nutrients from the rotting flesh…

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NFL injury notebook: Good news for Chiefs, Rams at WR

After a week of some worry, it appears two of the NFL’s most explosive offenses will have their full complement of weapons ready come Sunday. Oct 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Wide receiver/return specialist Tyreek Hill was a full participant at Kansas City practice on Friday, and the team plans for him to start at Cleveland. Hill left last…

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