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U.S. Announces $2 Billion in Military Financing for Ukraine; UAE Producing Energy Using Household Waste; "Like a therapist": Why Patients Say This Dentist is Different. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired May 16, 2024 - 04:00   ET


COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the show. I`m Coy. This is CNN 10, the best 10 minutes in news because of you. We`ve got a lot

to get to today, not a lot of time to do it, so let`s get right to it.

Today we are starting with some important news involving the United States and Ukraine. The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, just visited the

capital of Ukraine. During his trip, he said the U.S. will continue helping Ukraine and will give them an additional $2 billion for military spending.

This money is to buy ammunition and weapons for Ukraine`s war against Russia.

Russia is pushing into northeastern Ukraine, and they`ve made major advances over the past week. These are Russia`s most significant gains

since 2022. As a result, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has canceled all international travel to focus on the war.

At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Putin will arrive in China just over a week after

entering a new term in office. He has now extended his autocratic rule until 2030, following an election that did not have any true opposition.

Here`s CNN`s Fred Pleitgen with more on the war between Russia and Ukraine.


FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Secretary of State Blinken`s visit to Ukraine comes at a critical time for the Ukrainians and the Ukrainian

military, as they`ve been suffering some setbacks on the battlefield and right now are also dealing with a massive Russian push coming in the

northeast of Ukraine towards Ukraine`s second largest city of Kharkiv. The Ukrainians are acknowledging that the Russians have gained some ground

there, while Moscow says that they`ve actually made some significant gains and wants to continue to press that offensive.

Now, the clear message from Secretary of State Blinken in his meeting with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was that the U.S. is back as

far as military support for Ukraine is concerned and that the U.S. is back to stay. The Secretary of State saying that some of the U.S. weapons that

have been pledged have already arrived on the battlefield and others are on the way.

Now, for the Ukrainians, that cannot come soon enough. One of the reasons why their forces are under such pressure pretty much on all fronts right

now is the fact that they`re quite short on ammunition and on weapons, especially ammunition though.

Another thing that the Ukrainian President pointed out, he said one of the biggest issues for Ukraine`s forces fighting in the northeast of the

country is Russian air power and the ability of the Russian Air Force to be much more effective than before. The Ukrainian President saying that

Ukraine essentially needs two surface to air missile batteries patriots of U.S. make very quickly. Fred Pleitgen, Berlin.


WIRE: Let`s head to the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Peninsula. This country is one of the world`s largest exporters of oil. Now, it`s looking

at a different source to produce energy. Household waste.

Let`s dive into the pros and cons of this technology and examine how these facilities could change the game for waste treatment and energy production



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is it the end of the road for this household rubbish? After all, it`s hard to imagine that anything here could be of further use,

but actually they`re just beginning a journey to produce power.

TIM CLARKE, CEO WARSAN WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY: Around about 45% of Dubai`s total waste comes to this facility and we turn that into energy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Overseeing this site in the United Arab Emirates, Tim Clarke is an expert in turning piles of trash into megawatts. Here, enough

to power approximately 130,000 homes.

CLARKE: This facility is the largest of its type in the world. We`re processing about 1.9 million tons a year of waste.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The process is simple. Burn the waste, produce heat and steam, drive a turbine to make electricity. It`s a tried and tested

method that has existed for over a century. Now Tim says having a plant of this scale takes it to a different level.

CLARKE: We operate at a 34% efficiency of producing electricity, which is much higher than it would normally be expected from an energy-front waste

plant. And that`s partly because of the size. We can operate at higher temperatures and higher pressures.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Last year, the world`s urban areas produced more than 2 billion tons of waste and that will grow to nearly double by the middle

of the century. Landfills are piling up and there`s an urgent need for a way out.

BRYAN STALEY, CEO, ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION FOUNDATION: If we`re globally putting more waste into open dumps, we`re creating methane that is

unmanaged. As a solution waste energy can create less emissions compared to a landfill setting.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At Warsan, besides the energy produced, waste metal is recycled and leftover ash is used for building roads. Finally, Sulfur and

heavy metal contaminants are filtered and taken away.

CLARKE: Only the 200 tons of flue gas residue is the net waste at the end of 5,500 tons of waste going in per day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Using trash to create power can be seen as a more sustainable way to manage waste and combat the climate crisis. For experts,

it`s one piece of the puzzle.

STALEY: I think waste energy is part of a holistic solution. If we look at things from a circular economy standpoint, turning that plastic bottle back

into a plastic bottle is by far going to have the least amount of energy consumption. And first, of course, would be just minimizing waste from the

get-go. For example, less packaging or no packaging.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is the future of trash in a world where no efforts are left to waste.


WIRE: Pop quiz, hot shot.

What hard, tough and shiny substance covers the crowns of your teeth? Wax, bone, enamel, keratin.

If you said enamel, flash a big old smile. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, did you know? Stronger than your bones. Even though

enamel is strong, plaque and bacteria in your mouth can damage it. So brush and floss like a boss.

Ever wonder why we brush with a toothbrush? It should be called a teeth brush. Anyways, enough of being facetious. All right, we all know that

having issues with our teeth can be painful. And fortunately, many of us have dentists to help us ease that pain. But not everyone`s so fortunate.

CNN`s Laura Coates shares the story of one dentist who provides care to an underserved population and dedicates himself to a mission much greater than



DR. DONDRE SIMPSON, DENTIST: Dude, how you doing man? You doing good?

KATRINA UPTON, NEW FOUNDATIONS HOME FOR CHILDREN: He does so much more than clean teeth.

Awesome! He teaches, he motivates, he`s like a therapist. He`s so much more than a dentist.

LAURA COATES, CNN SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST: How are you? You have a demonstrated philosophy of providing care and respect and dignity to anyone

who needs your help.

SIMPSON: I do what I do because this is what God put me on this earth for.

COATES: I`m actually the daughter of a dentist who really devoted his life to public service and ensuring dental care was given to people who were

most in need. He would go into the prisons. He really believed in meeting people where they were.

You also wanted to go into the prisons, I understand as well. Not only to provide that service, but you recognize in many ways that why should they

be denied the dignity of care?

SIMPSON: There`s a shortage of dentists in prisons around the country. Most inmates, I`d say 99.9% of them, they really are grateful that they get to

get out of pain. If I can be courteous and kind and respectful and do my job and treat you good, regardless of who you are, where you are, that`s my


UPTON: This is New Foundation`s home for children. We have kids in the foster care system and we have kids in the juvenile justice system. He

serves an underserved population. He`s not making a lot of money off of these kids. He comes because he feels led to be here.

JEROME PRICE, DENTAL PATIENT: I got here around 2019 because I had another foster home that I was at and that didn`t work out. As he cleans my teeth,

he talks to me about my ambitions. He remembers everything I tell him and I`m not his only client.

SIMPSON: So that`s mind-blowing to know that if I can plant a seed in somebody, unknowingly, but just doing my job, doing the way that I do it,

it will influence them to make good decisions and be a more productive citizen.

UPTON: He`s absolutely creating a brighter future for these kids.


WIRE: All right, all you animals. Today`s 10 out of 10 takes us to the 2024 Westminster Dog Show where the winner is Sage. She`s a miniature poodle who

just pranced her way to best in show.

Now, it`s not unusual to see a poodle on the podium, but Sage proved that you don`t need size to take home the grand prize. She`s only the fourth

miniature poodle to win the show`s biggest honor, and that deserves a round of "a-paws."

All right, we`re showing some serious puppy love today to Alex and all of our friends in Mr. Stephen`s class at Vintage High School in Napa,

California, for today`s vocabulary word winner, facetious, an adjective meaning treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor. Well


We also want to give a shout out to Edwin M. Stanton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home to the Stanton Stallions. I see you, home


And we`re also showing some love to Mrs. White`s Media and Society class at West Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois. Soar high, Blackhawks.

Thank you for joining the show today. Remember, wherever you are out there, you matter. I`m Coy. This is CNN 10, and I`ll see you tomorrow.