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Meghan ‘will do things her way’ as parent – ‘she made it clear’ after own birth plan

Meghan 'will do things her way' as parent - 'she made it clear' after own birth plan

MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry tied the know in 2018, before they decided to step down from royal duties and relocate to the US while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been married for 10 years. A parenting expert has analysed Meghan’s “very different” parenting style compared to Kate’s and explained the Duchess of Sussex “will do things her way”.

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Pensioners ‘retired into a very different world’ – Britons urged to plan ahead now

Pensioners 'retired into a very different world' - Britons urged to plan ahead now

BRITONS have been warned of a changing retirement landscape, as people in the UK continue to live longer and require more pension savings to be able to enjoy a comfortable life in retirement. The number of people aged 90 and over grew once again to an all time high in 2020 and a leading retirement analyst has cautioned that people retiring today are entering a different world than 40 years ago.Pensioners 'retired into a very different world' - Britons urged to plan ahead now

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EU shambles: Von der Leyen faces rebellion from 11 states over Commission’s flagship plan

Climate change: Ursula von der Leyen pledges EU ‘green deal’

Last week, the European Commission published a sweeping package of climate policies including binding targets for countries to restore and grow forests, peatlands and other natural “carbon sinks” that suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

The policies require better protections for forests, which have shrunk due to logging, demand for biomass energy and threats worsened by climate change such as wildfires and pests.

But 11 member states are already rebelling against the flagship plan, complaining foresting should not fall under EU competence.

Romanian Environment Minister Tanczos Barna said on Monday that his country supports the European Commission’s plan to protect forests and harness their ability to fight climate change, but more talks are needed to clarify goals and funding sources.

He said several EU states, including Romania, which have most of Europe’s old forests, would end up shouldering a bigger share of the monitoring and protection duties.

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EU news: Von der Leyen’s greed deal is meeting resistance (Image: GETTY)

“A European forest strategy is necessary,” Mr Barna told reporters.

“Clear, ambitious targets are necessary, very clear definitions of old growth, secular and primary forests are needed so that each member state knows exactly what obligations it has.

“Funding must also be discussed, the funding conditions and support member states will get when they commit to extremely ambitious targets.”

Mr Barna said Romania was one of 11 member states including Austria, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic which signed an open letter late last week asking Brussels to hold targeted debates over the strategy.

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He added: “It should be noted that at the EU level there will be four countries that will bear the brunt of this monitoring and protection of primeval forests, as they have been defined so far: Romania, Bulgaria, Finland and Sweden.

“So most forests older than 100 years will be concentrated in several member states and that is why Romania’s interest is that this forestry strategy, beyond the obligations, to establish the financing conditions and the support that the member states will get when they assume the extremely ambitious goals.”

Romania, which is home to some of Europe’s last remaining virgin forests and diverse wildlife, is losing 20 million cubic metres of wood on average each year to illegal logging.

Austrian MPs also fear a decline in wood production by 10 percent – a heavy blow to the industry as forests cover 50 percent of Austria.

Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said: “In Austria, we want to push back fossil resources by using more timber, as we want to give preference to renewable resources.”

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EU news: Austria is among 11 states asking for changes to the Green Deal (Image: GETTY)

The Austrian forest association also lambasted the plans, claiming that the EU would try to make up for their alleged delayed response to climate change by overburdening the forestry sector and thereby depriving businesses of their “basis of income”.

The European Union’s huge policy package to make good on a pledge to reduce net greenhouse emissions by 55 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 has stirred opposition from climate campaigners and even within the executive European Commission.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg cast doubt on the level of ambition.

“Unless the EU tear up their new Fitfor55 package, the world will not stand a chance of staying below 1.5°C of global heating. That’s not an opinion, once you include the full picture it’s a scientific fact. MindTheGap between words and action,” she tweeted.

Greenpeace was another high profile dissenter.

“Celebrating these policies is like a high-jumper claiming a medal for running in under the bar,” the group’s EU director Jorgo Riss said.

Green politicians in the European Parliament, who had pushed for an emissions cut of 60 percent by 2030, welcomed the proposals but identified room for improvement.

Some of the policies have proposed time horizons of several years, which activists and Green politicians say is too long.

“For all the hype, many policies won’t kick in for 10 years or more, like new polluting cars still being sold up to 2035,” said Greenpeace’s Riss.

Combustion engines are also a bugbear for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, which called for an end to their sale by 2030.

The inclusion of biomass, produced from burning wood pellets or chips, in its energy plans, has also been divisive.

“Others (other policies) will actually fuel the fire, like labelling the burning of trees as renewable energy,” Riss added.

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Scientists round on UK over plan to end COVID curbs

‘I believe that the strategy of herd immunity is actually murderous,’ US scientist William Haseltine said, as the UK prepares to lift most restrictions on public gatherings, businesses and nightclubs.

The UK government’s plan to scrap day-to-day pandemic restrictions in England next week is reckless and has no basis in science, international experts have warned, with one arguing it amounts to premeditated murder.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week it was “highly probable” the worst of the coronavirus pandemic was over as he pressed ahead with Monday’s reopening, despite the Delta variant spreading out of control.

He has said the UK can reopen because two-thirds of adults are now fully vaccinated, but England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned that infection rates were on track to reach “quite scary” levels.

International scientists including advisers to other governments had brutal words for Johnson.

“I’ve written that I believe that the strategy of herd immunity is actually murderous,” US scientist William Haseltine said after an emergency discussion among experts about the UK plan.

Aiming for herd immunity would mean pursuing a policy in the knowledge that it would lead to many thousands of deaths, he said. “It is a disaster as a policy,” he added.

The UK reported its highest number of new COVID cases in more than six months on Friday.

Government data showed there were 51,870 new cases of coronavirus, up from 48,553 on Thursday and the highest daily total since January 15.

The number of new deaths reported as having occurred within 28 days of a positive COVID test was 49, down from 63 on Thursday, taking the total on this measure to 128,642.

Data showed 67.5 percent of British adults had received two vaccine doses, while 87.6 percent had received at least one dose. Most of those who are unvaccinated are younger people who only gained access to vaccines recently.

Scientists round on UK over plan to end COVID curbsPeople wearing protective face masks walk along a platform at Oxford Circus underground station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London [File: Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

The government says it is not pursuing a policy of “herd immunity” by letting the Delta variant rip, but concedes that daily infection rates could surge to 100,000 in the weeks ahead, which would put further pressure on hospitals.

“I don’t think we should underestimate the fact that we could get into trouble again surprisingly fast,” Whitty said on Thursday, urging the public “to take things incredibly slowly” as restrictions ease.

From Monday – dubbed “Freedom Day” by some media – the government will lift most restrictions on public gatherings in England and allow businesses such as nightclubs to reopen.

Mandates covering face masks and work from home will be lifted as Johnson promotes a new approach of personal responsibility, although he has also urged people not to “throw caution to the wind”.

But that is just what Johnson is doing with a policy of allowing the virus to spread, “infect people, make them ill, and have them die,” according to professor Gabriel Scally at the University of Bristol.

The government’s stated approach of lifting controls now before any winter surge of respiratory disease is marked by “moral emptiness and epidemiological stupidity”, he said.

The governments of Scotland and Wales set their own health policy and will keep in place a legal requirement to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces such as shops and on public transport. Northern Ireland looks set to follow suit.

Scientists round on UK over plan to end COVID curbsFrom Monday – dubbed “Freedom Day” by some media – the government will lift most restrictions on public gatherings [File: Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

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