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Queen body language ‘comforting’ as she ‘shows continuity’ despite crisis – video

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is Britain’s longest-serving sovereign but is also head of the Commonwealth. On Friday, she honoured her ties to its 54 countries during a video engagement with young leaders, supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT).

Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36 were president and vice president of the trust but had to relinquish their roles following their decision to quit royal life for good.

The Royal Family shared several clips from the Queen’s latest engagement on Twitter in which she praised the work of the QCT’s young leaders.

The first tweet read: “This week, The Queen joined young leaders supported by @queenscomtrust to discuss their remarkable work.

“QCT supports young people across The Commonwealth who are driving change in their communities.

“#DYK people under 30 make up 60% of The Commonwealth population?”

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A second tweet added: “The Queen spoke to Safaath Ahmed Zahir from the Maldives.

“Supported by a @queenscomtrust grant, Safaath runs an NGO encouraging women’s political participation.

“In lockdown, @wdmaldives supported 130+ victims of domestic & sexual abuse by setting up a helpline.”

A third tweet read: “Jubilanté Cutting spoke to Her Majesty about her non-profit,

@animateguyana, which helps young people in the Caribbean build skills in digital media & animation.

“Jubilanté thanked The Queen for her enduring support of @queenscomtrust and The Commonwealth.”

She added: “Her continuity of style seems to have survived even our current times of necessary change and evolution in a way that should probably be comforting to everyone keen to return to ‘normal’ life.”

Harry and Meghan have been based in the USA since last March and are expected to remain there long-term.

In February the couple confirmed they would not return to their formal royal roles.

A statement released by Buckingham Palace at the time read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.”

“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.

“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.

“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

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Life after death: Man recounts harrowing accident that left him in ‘comforting darkness’

The jury is still out on what happens to us when we die, with accounts varying between cultures and religions. The scientific community, for the most part, agrees life does not go on after death. But people who have gone through so-called near-death experiences (NDEs) beg to differ, believing death isn’t an absolute end at all.

One such person is a man named Candy, who claims to have temporarily died as a freshman in high school.

Candy shared his account with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), describing how a student accidentally choked him.

He said: “One day as our study hall monitor was out, this senior picked me up from behind with one arm across my upper shoulders.

“He swung me around with what I assumed was a big smile and laugh. The class thought it was hilarious.

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“What they didn’t know is that his arm had slipped to my neck.”

As the grip on his throat cut off the oxygen from his brain, Candy slowly slipped out of consciousness – and life.

He described being surrounded by darkness until all was gone and everything was absolute silence.

Candy said: “Though the lights went out; yet, my consciousness was highly alert.

“I could no longer hear anyone or anything from in the classroom but I knew that I could hear.

“I saw nothing but darkness but did not feel blind.

In the aftermath of the incident, Candy is convinced the afterlife definitely exists.

He told NDERF: “Yes, I knew that I was continuing to exist apart from my body.”

Scientists, however, would be reluctant to take the harrowing account at face value.

Although it is true many NDE survivors recall similar instances of seeing lights or hearing voices, these are not necessarily evidence of an afterlife.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest the brain remains active during moments of trauma and NDEs are hallucinations triggered by physiological processes.

A study at the University of Michigan, for instance, has analysed brain activity in mice with induced cardiac arrest.

The study found a spike of activity in the final 30 seconds before the mice died.

Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”

Author: Sebastian Kettley
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