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Day: September 14, 2017

Bananas being threatened by number of diseases
ENGLISH, Life Style

Bananas being threatened by number of diseases

    Bananas are serious business. Around the world, roughly 145 million tons of bananas are grown each year. In some areas, they are a staple food; in the East African highlands, people consume them several times a day. In these areas, annual banana consumption can go as high as 400 pounds per capita. Yet bananas are also being threatened by a number of diseases, and could suffer more as climate change encourages those pathogens to spread. Banana fields around the world are under siege from a deadly fungus, while a bacterial disease is devastating plantations in East Africa. These most troubling ailments cause any banana plant they touch to wilt and die. Researchers worry that these fruits are in deep trouble. But don’t panic yet bananas are far from doomed. Scientists are wor...
40 year old woman arrested on suspicious in Prince George school
ENGLISH, London

40 year old woman arrested on suspicious in Prince George school

    Prince George today went to school as normal as police continued to question a 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of trying to break in. The four-year-old, who began at Thomas’s Battersea in south London last week, was driven through a side entrance in a black Range Rover. The 4x4 was tailed by a second Range Rover which appeared to be driven by a plain-clothes officer as police reviewed the school’s security following the scare. The suspect was detained by undercover police officers yesterday in the grounds of the £18,000-a-year school. One eyewitness, who was sitting in a nearby restaurant, told the Daily Mail: She was just sitting there really quietly with two men in ordinary clothes either side of her. She was completely calm and passive. She was completely unfaze...
George Osborne again criticised to Theresa May: He will not rest until she is chopped up
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

George Osborne again criticised to Theresa May: He will not rest until she is chopped up

    Since George Osborne became editor, the newspaper has carried scathing news articles and leaders about May’s approach to Brexit and her stewardship of the Conservative party. Mr. Osborne told colleagues at the Evening Standard that he will not rest until Theresa May is chopped up in bags in my freezer, according to a profile of the former chancellor. Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, is said by Esquire magazine to have mentioned the phrase to more than one person at the London newspaper. It would not be the first time he has used gruesome language about May, who sacked him as chancellor when she succeeded David Cameron after the EU referendum. He has previously described May as a dead woman walking who is on death row, while an Evening Standard leader compared ...
Woman dies after being hit by cyclist
ENGLISH, London

Woman dies after being hit by cyclist

    Oxford Street in central London Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman died following a collision with a cyclist in London. Police were called at around 4.30pm on Tuesday to reports of a road traffic collision on Oxford Street. The pedestrian, a 73-year-old woman, was taken to a central London hospital with a head injury but died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The cyclist stopped at the scene and roads in the area were closed for several hours afterwards. Metropolitan Police say they want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, or the moments leading up to it. Officers are particularly keen to speak with anyone who filmed the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation ...
Around 400,000 Rohingyas arrive in Bangladesh since Aug 25: UNICEF
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Around 400,000 Rohingyas arrive in Bangladesh since Aug 25: UNICEF

    UNICEF trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children are headed to Cox’s Bazar, with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days and weeks. Up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25, with thousands more arriving every day, the UNICEF said on Thursday. Around 60 per cent are children, according to preliminary estimates, reports UNB. The sheer number of refugees has overwhelmed pre-existing refugee camps, with new arrivals seeking shelter anywhere they can find space. ‘There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water,’ said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF’s Representative in Bangladesh. ‘Conditions on the ground place children at risk of ...
Thousands of free childcare places for two year olds
ENGLISH, London

Thousands of free childcare places for two year olds

Council has ensured that thousands of free childcare places are available for two-year-olds during September's intake, and that child-minders across the borough are assessed by Ofsted to ensure care is of the highest possible quality. Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: "Childcare can be incredibly expensive, particularly in the capital, that's why we are proud to offer free childcare places for those who need it most. I really encourage all parents of two-year-olds to find out if they qualify, it's really simple and can make a world of difference for both parent and child." Councillor Amy Whitelock-Gibbs, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services added: "The free childcare scheme is great for children and can also give parents the opportunity to invest in themselves – per...
Have your say to help prevent suicide
ENGLISH, London

Have your say to help prevent suicide

As part of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, Tower Hamlets Council is encouraging feedback on its suicide prevention strategy. After reviewing national guidelines and local evidence, a multi-agency steering group of experts from across the borough have worked to identify local concerns and possible solutions to help address it. Suicide is the leading cause of death in adults aged 20-34 in the UK. There has been a worrying increase in suicide across England since 2008, rising 16 per cent between 2007 and 2014. The rate in Tower Hamlets is higher than the London average and higher than in neighbouring boroughs Hackney and Newham. More men than women die from suicide, and in Tower Hamlets the rate in men is four times that in women. Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "Althoug...