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“I see dead people” – My experience of COVID19 as an ICU nurse
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“I see dead people” – My experience of COVID19 as an ICU nurse

Tasha, an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse based in London, shares about her experiences caring for patients during the COVID19 pandemic, and the impact it had on her. This experience left Tasha suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after dealing with the trauma of regular deaths and having to comfort people who were dying and separated from their families due to quarantining measures. Not only this, her team were working under terrible conditions, with a huge amount of uncertainty and without proper training or even proper equipment at times.https://youtu.be/b-ng82jEfVE
Taking Root: Top 7 Unkillable Houseplants for Beginners​
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Taking Root: Top 7 Unkillable Houseplants for Beginners​

How many newly-minted “plant moms” have you met lately?Since COVID-19 took hold of the UK, most industries crashed… except gardening, greenhouses, and horticulture. Online plant store Patch said its sales increased by 500% during lockdown. Overall, potted plant sales are up by 70%, and show no sign of stopping.So what’s all the fuss?Having a few plants around can increase your energy and attentiveness, lower blood pressure, and even clean your air. With winter well on its way (as well as possible holiday lockdowns), we’re keen for as many mood-boosting tips we can get.The government has even launched a trailblazing scheme aimed to tackle mental health crises in communities hardest hit by coronavirus through “green prescribing” - supporting cycling and walking groups, green gy...
Race for a Cure: 4,000 Church Members Donate Plasma for COVID-19 Vaccine
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Race for a Cure: 4,000 Church Members Donate Plasma for COVID-19 Vaccine

The UK entered a second lockdown on 5 November as coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million.With the sudden surge in infections and an alarming increase in deaths, especially in Europe and the UK, the need for a cure and vaccine is becoming more and more critical. In the last week 160,000 people in the UK have contracted the virus and today alone over 530 people have died (a total not seen since mid-May). A prospective vaccine has been announced, but not approved. “BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine — developed with the help of US partner Pfizer and China’s Fosun — is on course to become the first approved vaccination in the US and EU for the disease that has killed 1.25m people. Pfizer and BioNTech said they expected to have complete safety data from the trial ready to submit to US a...
Power of the Protest: From Punjab to London
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Power of the Protest: From Punjab to London

https://youtu.be/eZu4HCGp_Os On Sunday 4th October, a protest erupted in London in support of Punjab Farmers. Why are Punjab farmers fighting for change, and what inspired them to take to the streets for support?  These key moments in Sikh history contextualise the situation: For over 150 years since the annexation of Punjab by the British in 1849, the Sikh people have resisted foreign occupation in efforts for self-determination in accordance with the Sikh values of Patshahi and Miri-Piri In the 1960s, nearly 60,000 Sikhs were arrested for demanding the right to speak their native Punjab language rather than  Hindi Between 1984 and 1995, Sikhs fought a war for their independence  Recent changes proposed by the Indian government are seen as a further ...
Religious leaders unite in prayer for peace during COVID-19
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Religious leaders unite in prayer for peace during COVID-19

Religious leaders unite in prayer for peace during COVID-19 On September 26 2020, European and African leaders united in an interfaith prayer event online to call for the continued work of peace amid the current pandemic and the eradication or COVID-19.Hundreds gathered to pray as the United Nations marked its 75th anniversary and International Peace Month. Faith leaders from Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religious joined Heavenly Culture World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) to host the event. Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) is a non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC). The ...
Breaking News – President Trump has tested positive for COVID19
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Breaking News – President Trump has tested positive for COVID19

Early this morning President Trump tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. His tweet about the diagnosis is his most-ever-liked, despite being tweeted at nearly 1 a.m. This is clearly a very shocking development and commentators have been trying to make sense of what this means for the presidential race. Will the next presidential debate be cancelled? Will Trump benefit from some public sympathy (which Boris Johnson arguably benefitted from in the U.K. after contracting COVID-19)? Or will this shake Trump’s image and cause his supporters to rethink their position?   As the story has developed, it appears that Trump’s symptoms are ‘mild’. But even if he makes a speedy recovery, the significance of this will depend, like many other things, on...
The Science of Kindness in Quarantine
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The Science of Kindness in Quarantine

The Science of Kindness in Quarantine The first week I moved to London, I went to a Tesco Express for some tomatoes. I looked a woman in the eye. I smiled as I passed someone coming out the door. They hurriedly moved on. I made chit-chat with the cashier. I even tried cracking a joke. They didn’t even flinch. What’s happening? I thought. Is it me?Within 6 months, I acted like everyone else - no hellos, no jokes, looking busy to feel important, exhausted. Staring at the tube adverts, phone, anything. And not, under any circumstances, making eye contact with a stranger. But then my mother came to visit - and she, as I had originally been, spoke to anyone, tossing compliments at people on the Northern Line, smiling at people in Sainsburys, chatting away, chipper as ever. Once, she loudly ...
Why You Should Start A Business Mid-Pandemic
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Why You Should Start A Business Mid-Pandemic

Why You Should Start A Business Mid-Pandemic COVID-19 has caused countless businesses closures across all industries, but looking at the unemployment rate alone, you might think coronavirus never happened.  It’s not all doom and gloom - new businesses pop up every day, and many existing businesses are thriving despite the pandemic. With millions of workers on furlough, many are wondering: is starting a business the next step for me?  NPN caught up with the founder and CEO of a tech start-up that launched during COVID-19 to see what he had to say. Here are a few good reasons to start a business in the middle of a global pandemic:  Creative disruption In the midst of uncertainty, creativity is necessary to survive. Innovation grows from desperation, and ...
Goodbye 2020, Hello 2013!
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Goodbye 2020, Hello 2013!

Illustration by: Yohannes Balcha Goodbye 2020, Hello 2013! “2020 has been such a mess. I wish the year was over already.” What if we told you this was possible - that you don’t have to wait until December to ring in the New Year? In Ethiopia, people celebrate New Years Day on 11th September. Known in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia as Enkutatash, this holiday marks 1 Meskerem, the first day in the Ethiopian calendar. Goodbye, 2020 - hello, 2013! The How, What, Why to Ethiopian New Year  How is it calculated?  The most common calendar is the Gregorian calendar -  named after Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it in October 1582. However, Ethiopia follows a solar calendar, based in Coptic tradition and fixed to the Julian calendar in 25 BC ...
Carnival vs. COVID-19: Casualty Or Sign Of The Times?
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Carnival vs. COVID-19: Casualty Or Sign Of The Times?

Carnival vs. COVID-19: Casualty Or Sign Of The Times? Glastonbury, Wimbledon, Ascot, The Queen’s Birthday, The London Marathon, the list could go on. These events don’t usually appear in the same sentence, they do have one thing in common: they’ve all been cancelled. September is officially here - the heatwave has passed, children across the country are returning to school, and the last bank holiday until Boxing Day is gone. Usually, the close of summer is filled with feathers, jerk chicken and sounds of the Caribbean as Notting Hill Carnival takes over the capital - but this year the steel pans were silenced. For the first time in its 60-year history in the UK, Carnival was cancelled and celebrations moved online. Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that encomp...