Holiday camp ceiling collapse injures 18

Police said that a search of the scene had been carried out and confirmed that no-one was trapped under the debris. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident. Skip Twitter post by @iainobrien Word is, and hopefully it's accurate, no one seriously hurt. Serious amount of emergency services here. Staff very shaken and look like they could do with a hug or two. — Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) February 20, 2019 Image caption South Western Ambulance Service said 18 people had been treated Former New Zealand cricketer Iain O’Brien said on Twitter: “Arrived back to Pontins Brean Sands this afternoon, after a day out, to a major site panic. “Word is, and hopefully it’s accurate, no-one seriously …

Lecturer’s widow hits out at uni workload

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDiane Anderson speaks out over the pressure her husband was under The widow of a university lecturer who killed himself has demanded action to tackle workload pressures to save other families having their “dad taken away”. Diane Anderson said Cardiff University knew her husband Dr Malcolm Anderson was under significant pressure. Internal surveys, seen by BBC Wales, show a third of staff said they must work unreasonable hours to fulfil their job requirements. Cardiff University said they take the welfare of staff extremely seriously. The inquest into Dr Anderson’s death heard he had left two notes before he fell from the university building in which he worked – one to his family …

Supermarket health claims ‘confusing’

Morrisons’ “healthier choices” section contained a vegetarian steak slice with almost 10g of saturated fat – nearly half of the recommended maximum daily amount. ‘Shocked’ The supermarket said the item “provides customers with a red-meat free alternative”. Sainsbury’s edamame, coconut and lemongrass falafel contained more than 6g of saturated fat per half pack – around a third of the recommended maximum daily amount – and was located in their “healthier choices” section. In Tesco’s “healthy and diet meals” section, a “lamb hotpot” contained 8.5g of saturated fat, 45% of the recommended maximum daily amount. Registered nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed said she was “quite shocked” at some of the items being marketed as ‘healthier choices’. She said: “I’m not saying there’s anything …

Warning over asylum-seeker council costs

Funding gap But, the LGA says, they will already face a £3.1bn funding gap for children’s services by 2025 and cannot be expected to absorb the extra costs of accommodation and support for young asylum seekers. In 2014-15, they were spending about £78m on caring for about 2,800 young asylum seekers. But in 2017-18, they were looking after almost 4,500 young asylum seekers, with costs increasing by 95%, to £152m. Related Topics Refugees and asylum seekers Local Government Association Local government Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

New sepsis test ‘could save thousands’

The body’s immune system starts to attack the body’s own organs and the condition can be fatal. The biggest killer you may not know Sepsis: What is it – and how to spot it? Sepsis: Ambulance call handlers ‘must spot condition’ It is hard to diagnose and can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. Early diagnosis is key because every hour that you delay antibiotic treatment, the likelihood of death increases. Diagnosis of sepsis is usually based on body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and often a blood test, which can take up to 72 hours. The new test uses a device to detect if one of the protein biomarkers of sepsis, interleukin-6 (IL-6), is present in …

Pontins roof collapse ‘like bomb going off’

One of the injured people, Wendy Jones, from Hereford, was trapped under the debris in her motor scooter. The 67-year-old’s daughter Hayley Kendle described the incident as “horrific”. She said: “I heard a crash, and next thing the ceiling was falling in on the building. She was under the rubble and they had to drag her out. People were screaming and shouting and yelling for us to get out of the building.” Mrs Jones suffered a broken hip and a suspected broken collarbone, and earlier underwent surgery at Weston General Hospital. Image copyright Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Image caption Eyewitnesses spoke of tables holding the collapsed ceiling up George Clark was injured by a falling piece of concrete …

Just Eat to ban worst food hygiene offenders

In October, the BBC found one takeaway with a zero rating, featured on Just Eat, had mouse droppings on washing up gloves and dead mice in a pool of grease in the kitchen. Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities are responsible for inspecting restaurants and takeaways. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland outlets are given a rating ranging from zero, for “in need of urgent improvement”, to five, for “food hygiene is very good”. In Scotland there are just three ratings – Pass, Improvement Required and Exempt Premises (which are given to premises such as newsagents or chemists that are checked but are not predominantly food businesses). Just Eat will also offer help to those who need improvement in Scotland. …

Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

Are universities really in financial difficulty? What makes universities really nervous is that a reduction in fees will not be replaced by direct funding from the government. Even if funding is promised, it will make universities dependent on the goodwill of politicians, competing with other spending pressures, such as health and schools. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency There are a finite number of students – and if some universities take an ever-rising number, others will be left starved of fee income. Sir Anthony attacks a “greedy cohort” for threatening the higher education “eco-system”. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show some universities have piled on extra students, while others have shrunk. Universities with decreasing undergraduate student numbers between 2007-08 …

Family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

The teenager was found last week in a Syrian refugee camp by a reporter from the Times and on Wednesday told how she had escaped from Baghuz – IS’s last stronghold in eastern Syria. In the second instalment of her interview with the Times on Saturday, Ms Begum asked: “What do you think will happen to my child? “Because I don’t want it to be taken away from me, or at least if it is, to be given to my family.” She added she had been taken to hospital because of contractions after arriving at the camp, which meant she could give birth “any day”. Ms Begum told the newspaper she knew returning to the UK “wouldn’t be a quiet …

IS runaway teen ‘could be prosecuted in UK’

In her interview with the newspaper, Ms Begum, who married an IS fighter, showed little remorse for her involvement with the terror group, saying she was not fazed by seeing “beheaded heads” in bins. “I don’t regret coming here,” she told Times journalist Anthony Loyd, who found her in the camp. “I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnthony Loyd of the Times describes how he found Shamima Begum in a Syrian refugee camp “The caliphate is over. There was so much oppression and corruption that I don’t think they deserved victory,” she said. “I just want to come home to have …

Policing on my own ‘left me with PTSD’

The survey also found: 79% of officers have experienced feelings of stress and anxiety in the previous 12 months, with 94% of those saying their job made it worse Almost every officer has been exposed to at least one traumatic experience in their career, with 61.7% suffering at least one in the last 12 months 43.9% reported they viewed their job as very or extremely stressful, up from 38.6% in 2016 PC Johnson’s confrontation with that knifeman two years ago utterly changed him as a person. “I was off [work] for only three weeks, but later suffered from mood swings, short temper and lack of sleep,” he said. “I eventually sought help and was diagnosed with PTSD. I have received …

Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ blindness

The treatment was carried out under local anaesthetic last month at Oxford Eye Hospital by Robert MacLaren, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. He told BBC news: “A genetic treatment administered early on to preserve vision in patients who would otherwise lose their sight would be a tremendous breakthrough in ophthalmology and certainly something I hope to see in the near future.” Mrs Osborne, 80, is the first of 10 patients with AMD taking part in a trial of the gene therapy treatment, manufactured by Gyroscope Therapeutics, funded by Syncona, the Wellcome Trust founded investment firm. What is AMD? The macula is part of the retina and responsible for central vision and fine detail. In age-related macular degeneration, …

Arrest over mental health centre blaze

‘Sacrifice part of building’ The force said 11 occupants and staff were evacuated from the centre, in Plantation Lane, Mile Oak. Crews from Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire fire services were called to the scene. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said there was “quite a lot of the building involved” in the blaze. “We’re trying to sacrifice part of the building and let that burn to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the hospital,” he said. Christopher Pincher, the Conservative MP for Tamworth, tweeted that he was “very concerned” by the fire. Image Copyright @ChrisPincher @ChrisPincher Related Topics NHS Tamworth Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

From King Arthur to Brexit Britain

Sir Patrick – the Shakespearean titan of the British stage in the 60s, 70s and 80s – found global fame as Jean-Luc Picard in Star-Trek: The Next Generation, before going on to play Professor X in the X-Men franchise. Image copyright Fox Image caption The action revolves around Louis, Angus Imrie and Dean Chaumoo “He nearly died on that movie – there was a huge scaling tower up against the castle tower that fell over and hit him on the head, but he was wearing a silver helmet that saved his life.” Of course, health and safety weren’t what they are now. “Now, heads would roll as Nicol’s nearly did!” Sir Patrick jokes. Neither of Cornish’s Merlins go in for …