The Daily Populous

Sunday November 10th, 2019 evening edition

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Our research confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely.

Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park, and a general lift in mood all likely help.

And although most dog owners will assure you, in no uncertain terms, their dog is a source of sheer happiness, scientific evidence is lacking.

Most previous studies have compared the mental well-being of dog owners to non-owners at a single point in time.

They also cannot tell us if dog owners are simply in a more positive state of mind in the first place.

In our study, dog owners also said they had met new people in their neighborhood because of their dog.

Of these studies, one found dog owners had fewer symptoms of psychiatric disorders after they acquired a dog. »

Boris Johnson's Conservative party has received cash from 9 Russian donors named in a suppressed intelligence report

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Boris Johnson's Conservative party has received donations from nine Russian donors, with suspected links to the Kremlin, according to an official report which has been suppressed by the prime minister.

Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has received a surge in cash from nine Russian donors, who have been named in a suppressed investigation into Russia's attempts to undermine democracy in the UK.

The report by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee identifies close links between major donors to the Conservative party and the Russian government, the Sunday Times reports. »

Leak from neo-Nazi site could identify hundreds of extremists worldwide

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An apparent online leak of materials from influential neo-Nazi website Iron March, which has linked to several murders and acts of extremist terrorism, has the potential to identify hundreds of extremists around the world.

The material, posted anonymously to an online archiving site on Wednesday, US time, by a user identified only as “antifa-data”.

Material uncovered in the leak so far suggests some users on the platform registered with existing personal email addresses, including addresses associated with several US universities. »

Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7bn wind and solar power hub

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A plan is under way to develop 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants in the prefecture, on farmlands that cannot be cultivated anymore and mountainous areas from where population outflows continue.

The total cost is expected to be in the ballpark of 300 billion yen, or $2.75 billion, until the fiscal year ending in March 2024.

The power generation available is estimated to be about 600 megawatts, or equivalent to two-thirds of a nuclear power plant. »