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Men ‘catching up on life expectancy’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 30, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Men are narrowing the gap on women when it comes to life expectancy in England and Wales, research in the Lancet indicates. It predicts by 2030 men will be living 85.7 years on average – just two fewer than women. In 1981 men lagged behind women by six years. Though life expectancy is improving for [...]

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UN launches Nepal earthquake appeal

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 30, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

The UN has launched a $415m (£270m) appeal for those affected by Nepal’s earthquake, as frustration mounts at the pace of relief efforts. The UN said it wanted to support government efforts to provide emergency relief over the next three months. Riot police have clashed with people trying to leave the capital Kathmandu, and there [...]

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Tories ‘planned child benefit cuts’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 30, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said the Conservatives proposed to “slash” child benefit while the two parties were in government together. Mr Alexander said he was “lifting the lid” on plans including limiting child benefit and tax credit to two children. He claimed his party blocked the move, which he [...]

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Janner complainants to seek review

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 29, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Greville Janner was Labour MP for Leicester North West and then Leicester West Lawyers representing a group of people who claim they were sexually abused by the former Labour MP Lord Janner say they are to seek a review of the decision not to prosecute him. The Director of Public Prosecutions announced Lord Janner, 86, [...]

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Anger over Indonesia executions

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 29, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Australia has recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men were executed for drug smuggling. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people from several countries executed by firing squad shortly after midnight on Wednesday on the prison island of Nusakambangan. Brazil’s government also expressed its “deep dismay” at the execution of one [...]

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Tories pledge law to curb tax rises

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 29, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Labour said the Conservative plans were a “gimmick” A Tory government will introduce a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax rates, VAT or National Insurance before 2020, David Cameron will say. The Conservative leader will pledge legislation within 100 days of assuming office to ensure rates do not rise in the next Parliament. But [...]

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Child obesity may have ‘two phases’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

There may be two distinct child obesity epidemics – one among infants and one among adolescents – research suggests. Researchers came to this conclusion after comparing obesity data in the 1980s with that of more than 300 present-day children. They found signs that obesity was linked to the influence of parents for young children, the [...]

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Curfew as Baltimore protests spread

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

A curfew has been declared in the US city of Baltimore amid violent protests over the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. After dark, live video from helicopters showed several buildings in central Baltimore on fire. Earlier, dozens of people were seen confronting police, and 15 officers were injured. The governor [...]

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‘Most Nepal troops’ in quake effort

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Nine out of 10 Nepalese troops are said to be involved in search and rescue operations, as the country pleads for more foreign aid to deal with a massive earthquake that killed 4,000 people. Almost the entire army and police has joined the quake effort, officials say. China, India, the UK and US are among [...]

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No ‘lack of drive’ in campaign

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Having a strong economy “matters more than anything”, David Cameron told supporters as he said there was “no lack of drive” in the Conservative campaign. “If you want political theatre – go to Hollywood,” the prime minister said. Mr Cameron also said claims his party favoured the wealthy should be stuck “where the sun don’t [...]

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