Friday 20th April 2018

WORLD

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Spy poisoning: Salisbury residents warned of toxic 'hotspots'

Toxic "hotspots" of the nerve agent used to poison a former spy and his daughter could still be present around Salisbury, a government scientist says.

Ian Boyd was addressing a public meeting in the city, during which people expressed frustration at the continued closure of several sites.

A small amount of Novichok in liquid form is believed to have been used to target Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Decontamination work, expected to take months, has begun at nine locations.

 

Read In Full – BBC NEWS

 

Commonwealth meeting: Leaders to discuss who will succeed Queen as head

Commonwealth leaders will meet behind closed doors later to discuss whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the 53-nation body.

On Thursday the Queen endorsed Prince Charles as future leader at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace.

She said it was her "sincere wish" that he takes over "one day".

But the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen's death.

 

Read In Full – BBC NEWS 

 

Chingford fire: Woman dies in care home blaze

A woman has died after a fire broke out at a home for people with learning disabilities.

The huge blaze started in Connington Crescent, Chingford, north-east London, at about 02:15 BST.

Eight residents and four carers managed to get out of the three-storey block before firefighters arrived at the scene.

When crews arrived, two floors and the roof of the building were alight, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

Paramedics treated the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known if she was a resident or carer.

 

Read in Full – BBC NEWS

WALES

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Cornelly United's 'shock' as car hits people at football ground

A football club has said it is "truly shocked" after a number of people were injured when a car reportedly collided with a group of people at its ground.

A 35-year-old man was arrested following the incident at Cornelly United's ground in Bridgend county at about 20:00 BST on Thursday.

South Wales Police said none of the injuries in the "serious road traffic collision" were thought to be life threatening.

The club said it was a "crazy night".

It tweeted to thank people for their messages of support.

"We're truly shocked by tonight's events, but thankfully, no player is critical," it added.

"We really are United tonight."

 

Read In Full – BBC WALES NEWS

 

 

Rhondda schoolgirls to get free sanitary products

Free sanitary products will provided for all schoolgirls aged nine and over in Rhondda Cynon Taff after officials approved the scheme.

The county borough council backed a recommendation that dispensers and baskets are installed in school toilets.

It said towels and tampons are as "essential as toilet paper for the personal hygiene of female pupils".

The decision makes it mandatory for schools to provide the products.

 

Read In Full – BBC WALES NEWS

 

Wales to allow women to take abortion pills at home

The Welsh Government yesterday announced that it would allow women to take abortion pills at home. 

It comes after the Women's Equality Party's home use campaign that drew attention to the calls from medical experts and the testimony of women who had suffered because of rules written in the 1960s. 

One of those women, Claudia, wrote an open letter to Vaughan Gething and Jeremy Hunt - the Welsh and UK health ministers - highlighting her experiences and urging them to make the change.

Read In Full – WOMENS EQUALITY PARTY

 

Women In Focus

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Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list

Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has been named by Time magazine on its annual list of the world's most influential people.

The US magazine and website says the Time 100 is not a measure of power but a recognition of individuals "whose time is now".

The 100 also includes world figures such as US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Other Brits include Prince Harry and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Read In Full – BBC NEWS SCOTLAND 

 

Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

Baroness Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database.

The ex-culture secretary, who has an aggressive brain tumour, said she hoped that the Universal Cancer Databank would help develop better treatments.

She feels a "sense of responsibility" to pave the way for others, her daughter Jess Mills said.

Researchers will be able to access the anonymised data in the UCD, set up by an Australian billionaire, for free.

Baroness Jowell was diagnosed with brain cancer in May last year. She earned a minute-long standing ovation in the House of Lords in January, after making a plea for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS.

On Thursday, she returned to the House of Commons and watched MPs pay tribute to her bravery during a debate on cancer treatment.

Read In Full – BBC NEWS

 

Closing gender gap in physics 'will take generations'

Closing the gender gap in physics will take hundreds of years, given the current rate of progress.

That's the finding of research analysing the names of authors listed on millions of scientific                                                                                                                           papers.

Physics, computer science, maths and chemistry had the fewest women, while nursing and midwifery had the most.

Without further interventions, the gender gap is likely to persist for generations, said scientists from the University of Melbourne.

 

Read In Full – BBC NEWS 

Ceri Gillett

Ceri is a seriel entrepreneur, overthinker and occasional wine drinker.

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