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Person missing after fireworks blaze

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

31 October 2014 Last updated at 05:35 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage of the fireworks going off as the blaze took hold One person is missing after a large blaze at a fireworks factory that saw two people taken to hospital. Dramatic bursts of fireworks and thick smoke could be [...]

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‘Do more’ to tackle aid corruption

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

31 October 2014 Last updated at 01:24 The report said some British aid had “perpetuated” corruption The UK government is not doing enough to tackle “petty corruption” in countries to which it gives aid, a report by a scrutiny body says. The Department for International Development “has little understanding of what is and is not [...]

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Abuse victims ‘want Woolf to quit’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

31 October 2014 Last updated at 02:35 Fiona Woolf is the current Lord Mayor of London Victims’ groups are expected to tell child abuse inquiry officials Fiona Woolf should step down as its head. One victims’ representative told the BBC he had “zero confidence” in the inquiry, which he said – in its current form [...]

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Care plan ‘to ease hospital pressure’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 30, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

30 October 2014 Last updated at 00:46 By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say. Joint teams of social care workers and NHS staff such as nurses and physios will become available seven days [...]

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Sickness benefit cuts ‘considered’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 30, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

30 October 2014 Last updated at 00:06 By Michael Buchanan Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News More than two million people claim employment and support allowance Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit, internal documents seen by the BBC suggest. New claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate [...]

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Report doubts drug use and penalties

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 30, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

30 October 2014 Last updated at 00:01 There is “no obvious relationship” between tough laws and levels of drug use, a government report has suggested. It compared the UK with countries like Portugal, where possession of small amounts of drugs no longer carries criminal sanctions. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the findings [...]

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US rocket explodes during launch

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 29, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

29 October 2014 Last updated at 00:05 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The rocket explosion in Virginia was caught live on BBC World TV An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia. Antares, a 14-storey rocket built by [...]

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UK seen as soft touch

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 29, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

28 October 2014 Last updated at 22:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart said there were “aspirational” reasons for migrants to want to come to the UK Illegal migrants see the UK as a “soft touch” and its benefits system acts as a “magnet” to them, the mayor [...]

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Disasters group launches Ebola appeal

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 29, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

29 October 2014 Last updated at 00:00 The Ebola outbreak is primarily affecting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone An appeal for the Ebola crisis in West Africa is to be launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee. It is the first time the DEC – a group of 13 UK aid charities – has sought funds [...]

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Mental health spending ‘too low’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 28, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

28 October 2014 Last updated at 00:00 Preventing mental health problems is as important as preventing physical ones, says Mind Local authorities in England spend an “unacceptably low” amount of money on public mental health, according to the charity Mind. A report by the charity says on average just 1.4% of public health budgets is [...]

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