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North Carolina teacher fired after video shows him body slamming student, reports say



A substitute teacher in North Carolina was fired this week after video footage emerged of him apparently slamming a 12-year-old student to the ground.

The incident, which reportedly took place Wednesday at Western Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, was sparked after the teacher apparently took away student Jose Escudero’s Valentine’s Day chocolates.

Escudero told Fox 8 that the teacher took away the candy, and when he tried to retrieve the sweets and put them in his backpack after class, the teacher allegedly tried to stop him.

The teacher, according to Escudero, attempted to grab the box from him, before allegedly grabbing the 12-year-old by the shirt and pinning him against the wall before throwing him over his shoulder and onto the ground.

The substitute teacher was identified as Paul Stennett, 49, according to WXII.


The video circulated Friday when Escudero’s mother posted it to Facebook “asking for justice.” She wrote that Jose was suspended for seven days following the incident.

“This kind of behavior toward a student is disturbing and unacceptable,” Guilford County Schools’ Chief of Staff Nora Carr told Fox 8 in a statement.

“We reported the behavior to law enforcement and will no longer employ this person as a substitute teacher or in any other GCS position,” Carr continued.

Officials told WXII that Stennett, who reportedly owns a daycare center in Henderson, began working for Guilford schools in December.


Escudero and his mother plan to take legal action against both the school and Stennett, according to Fox 8.

The Greensboro Police Department told the Daily Mail that the video posted to Facebook “does not capture the entire incident,” and officials “are still interviewing people so it would be premature to place any charges at this time.”

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Syria’s ‘miracle baby’ has cheated death several times – and brought together people across the world | World News



The Turkish doctors treating her are calling her the “miracle baby”.

The survival of just one Syrian child refugee against tremendous odds has astonished medics around the world.

“She has cheated death at least three times,” one of her doctors at Mersin Hospital, Dr Cagatay Demirci, told Sky News. “Each one of those times might be called a miracle.”

Still only 18 months old, Dalal was rushed across the border from Syria’s Idlib province to Turkey at the turn of the year with her life hanging by a thread.

Dalal's father has been by her side since he was able to get to Turkey
Dalal’s father has been by her side since he was able to get to Turkey
Eighteen-month-old Dalal suffered severe burns in a tent fire in Syria
Dalal and her family had been staying in a tent in Idlib province

Dalal, along with her five siblings and parents, had been sleeping in their tent in Idlib when the stove they’d been using to keep warm set the shelter alight.

She was so badly burned the medics who first saw her initially concluded there was nothing they could do for her.

“Her skin was black like coal in many places,” Dr Cagatay said. “It was dead.”

But, not for the first time, Dalal proved the medics wrong.

“Our team went to work on her and did what we could but we left that night thinking she would not make it through the night. But when we came back in the morning, she was still here, still alive. And we thought ok, this baby wants to live!” he continued.

The young child had to have her hands amputated
The young child had to have her hands amputated

Mobile phone pictures of the incident on 10 January show a tremendous fire as people fought to pull the children to safety.

Dalal’s elder sister, 10-year-old Yasmin, was the worst affected and died instantly but Dalal, then only 18 months, still had a pulse although she was badly burned.

An astonishing amount of her body had been burned – an estimated 90% – and she had inhaled a lot of searing hot air causing worrying damage to her lungs and windpipe.

However, because of her age, and because the family was in a camp near the Turkish border, she was considered an emergency case and rushed across.

She arrived alone in Turkey hours after the fire and was in surgery by 6am the morning after with a team of doctors at Mersin Hospital beginning the long fight to save her life.

Now more than three months on, she has proved an enduring symbol of survival and confounded doctors who’ve taken an interest in her case from around the world.

Sky News first reported on her case a few weeks after she’d been admitted to Turkey.

Eighteen-month-old Dalal suffered severe burns in a tent fire in Syria
Dalal was initially wrapped almost entirely in bandages

Then, her doctors gave her just a 10% chance of survival.

Virtually her entire body was swathed in bandages. She looked like a miniature mummy and her doctors were counting her life in hours and minutes. At the time, my team was unsure whether she’d still be alive by the time our report aired a few hours after filming.

But she’s clung on.

She went on to get septicemia (serious bacterial blood poisoning) three times. Each time the medics thought she was not going to pull through. But each time she did.

She’s already had dozens of surgical procedures to graft skin onto her leg and arm and her skull. Her blackened hands had to be amputated.

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The Syrian child fighting for her life

“No doctor likes to do this, especially on a baby,” said Dr Cagatay. “But our priority was to just keep her alive.”

Her eyelids, her ears, her lips, her hair and skin on her skull had all melted away in the fire. The team spent hours and hours grafting skin. And somehow she’s survived.

She still has no ears, and her face needs extensive reconstruction. The doctors estimate she will need probably another 10 years of plastic surgery. There is still a mountain of physical and emotional challenges ahead of her but the doctors are now so much more positive.

Talking directly to Dalal, Dr Cagatay said: “We should rename you. You are the miracle baby!”

Dalal and her father are allowed to remain in Turkey during her medical procedures
Dalal and her father are allowed to remain in Turkey during her medical procedures

Dalal responded to the doctor’s voice as soon as he entered her hospital room.

She listened to him intently and appeared to be reassured hearing the man who, along with his team, has pulled her back from the brink several times over.

During our filming of some of his operations on Dalal and her post-operative care, Dr Cagatay could be seen constantly talking to Dalal.

Despite her poor eyesight, Dalal seemed to recognise him – and there was an obvious bond between the two.

By the beginning of March, Dalal’s father had managed to get permission to enter Turkey to see his terribly injured daughter.

He has been by her bedside ever since.

Dalal still has a tracheotomy helping her to breathe which means she cannot talk. Father and daughter now communicate with clicking noises – and we watched as Dalal reacted to her father’s calls for “kisses” by clicking back.

She raised what was left of her hands so he could plant kisses on her and followed through by lifting her foot so he could kiss that too.

Her father played a nursery rhyme on his mobile phone and Dalal listened and appeared to try to swipe the device as she has seen her father do.

Dalal was able to see the rest of her family on a video call
Dalal was able to see the rest of her family on a video call

He telephoned Dalal’s mother and her siblings, who are still in the refugee camp in Idlib province, and Dalal cocked her head as she saw her mother pop up on the screen.

She leaned forward, her arms outstretched and trying to reach her mother through the phone. It was an incredibly touching moment.

The Turkish authorities have granted Dalal and her father a “temporary protection order” which allows them to only remain in the country during her medical procedures but the rest of the family do not have this permission.

Her mother and the rest of her siblings are still in a tent in Tal al Karamah, north of Idlib city, with the family desperately trying to get permission to join them in Turkey. So far, the Turkish authorities have provided the life-saving medical treatment free but the reconstructive surgical costs will not be covered.

Her doctors believe reuniting with her family would be best for Dalal’s recovery, which is by no means anywhere near over.

Thanks to Sky viewers who saw the initial report, some money has been raised through crowdfunding which was organised by a young, single mother in Surrey called Lisa Cavey.

“I cried when I first saw the report. I have a two-year-old myself, almost the same age as Dalal. And being a mother, I thought that could easily have been my daughter in different circumstances,” she said.

“I just felt this was so wrong that this had happened and the family were in this situation through no fault of their own. I just had to act. The refugee crisis breaks my heart and I strongly believe people should not be living in tents in 2021.”

She is using that money to help pay rent on a flat near the hospital.

Eighteen-month-old Dalal suffered severe burns in a tent fire in Syria
The rest of her family are still in Syria while she receives treatment in Turkey

Dalal is likely to be discharged from the hospital within the next couple of weeks and then there will be another challenge for her to overcome – avoiding infection whilst her skin heals enough for the reconstructive surgery she will need for years to come.

Dr Aydin Yucel, who is also part of Dalal’s medical team, told us: “It would not be good for Dalal to be returned to a tent in Syria. She needs a hygienic place to ensure she does not get infected.”

Our report caught also the attention of medics in America and Britain who offered to help with specialist equipment – and who also frankly wanted to learn from the Turkish burns specialists in Mersin who find their wards now filled with Syrian victims of bombing, shelling and fires.

“We do roughly eight operations a day,” Dr Cagatay told us. “And out of those I would say about five every day are Syrians who’ve been injured because of the war.”

It probably makes the Turkish surgical burns team some of the most experienced specialist medics in the world.

Soon after the American and British doctors connected with the Turkish medical team, others joined too.

Now there are more than a hundred medical teams from around the world who are part of the WhatsApp communication group run by Dr Cagatay and Mersin Hospital.

They regularly exchange videos of Dalal, swap messages of advice, guidance and surgical know-how and are astonished at her endurance.

“They all feel they know Dalal,” Dr Cagatay said.

They include doctors from Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, China, Bangladesh, Georgia, Mexico, Belgium, Italy, Romania and Mozambique.

It’s an astonishing line-up and collaboration – all brought together by one little girl whose plight really struck a chord.

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World’s leading banks agree to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner in ‘critical moment’ | Climate News



More than 40 of the world’s leading banks have formed an alliance agreeing to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

The banks – which include Barclays, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander – are spread across 23 different countries and control assets totalling $28.5 trillion (£20.45tn).

Mark Carney, the prime minister’s finance adviser for COP26 and former Bank of England governor, said now is a “critical moment” for the financial sector to adapt to tackling climate change.

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Mark Carney says now is a ‘critical moment’ to make change

Speaking on the eve of US President Joe Biden‘s climate summit, he told Sky News: “It’s great having national commitments, but in the end it’s companies and real estate and businesses that are going to make the difference. And so they need the financial sector to back them up.

“The point is for them to put that money to work to help our economy decarbonise and not just the UK economy, but economies around the world because these are the largest players in the financial system.”

Banks joining the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) are agreeing to set emissions targets for 2030 or sooner as well as a 2050 target.

They will also publish their annual emissions and report back on their progress.

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Asked whether the average consumer will be affected by the changes, Mr Carney said pensions will be impacted “positively” because the move is “reducing future risks”.

Banks including Santander, Lloyds, Barclays and NatWest have signed up
Banks including Santander, Lloyds, Barclays and NatWest have signed up

“We are putting those pensions and that money to work in a way that’s going to improve our economy and improve our society. So that’s a positive effect, to be absolutely clear,” he said.

He added that our money should be used “to help achieve these net-zero objectives as what it does then is it creates growth and jobs alongside the improvement in the climate”.

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Mr Carney – along with the US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, the UN Race to Zero campaign and the UNFCCC Climate Action Champions – is also launching a global alliance across the finance sector.

The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero is bringing together more than 160 firms to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and work towards net-zero emissions.

The goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2C compared with pre-industrial levels.

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COVID-19: Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be linked to rare blood clots, EU medicines regulator says | World News



The European Medicines Agency says it has found a possible link between the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine and very rare cases of unusual blood clots.

European regulators say that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should now be listed as “very rare” side effects of the vaccine.

But they stressed that the “overall benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects”.

The new warning is based on eight cases in the US, one of which resulted in the person dying.

All eight people were under the age of 60 and developed clots within three weeks of vaccination, the EMA said.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which works with a single jab as opposed to the traditional two doses, has been given to more than seven million people in the US.

It has not been approved for use in the UK yet, but the government has ordered 30 million doses.

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