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Scots Labour would restore tax credits

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Image caption Kezia Dugdale will deliver keynote speech to conference on Saturday afternoon A future Labour government at Holyrood would restore tax credits for working families, its Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale will tell party members. The MSP will make the pledge in her keynote address to the Scottish Labour conference in Perth. [...]

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Russia warns of ‘proxy war’ in Syria

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright US Army Image caption US special forces are to help Syrian rebels fight IS Russia has warned of the risk of a “proxy war” in the Middle East after the US said it would send special forces to Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this increased the need for co-operation between the [...]

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Deadly blaze hits Bucharest nightclub

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionSorin Bogdan: “People thought the fire was part of the show” Twenty-seven people – mostly teenagers and young people – have been killed after fire broke out at a nightclub in Bucharest, officials say. The blaze took hold at the Colectiv club on Friday night, causing a stampede for the exit. Emergency response chief [...]

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UN urges ‘flexibility’ on Syria talks

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

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Half the Syrian population has been displaced by the fighting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for “flexibility” at talks in Vienna between the countries backing rival sides in the Syrian civil war. He urged the five main participants – the US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – [...]

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Vulnerable young adults ‘cut adrift’

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

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Young people leaving care often struggle, says the report Too many of the most vulnerable young people in England are “cut adrift when they need help the most”, says the head of a powerful committee of MPs. The Public Accounts Committee says there has been a “systemic failing” in support [...]

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Learning disability care beds cut

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

Image copyright PA Image caption The plan was sparked by the “culture of cruelty” identified at Winterbourne View Hospital The number of hospital beds for people with learning disabilities and autism will be halved in England, the NHS has announced. It is a response to the abuse scandal exposed by the BBC at Winterbourne View [...]

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‘Milestone’ prostate cancer drug

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

Image copyright SPL The first drug that targets precise genetic mutations in prostate cancer has been shown to be effective in a “milestone” trial by UK scientists. The study, at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, took place on 49 men with untreatable cancer. The drug, olaparib, had low overall success, but slowed tumour [...]

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MI5 seeks ‘mature debate’ on powers

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

Image copyright PA Image caption Head of MI5 Andrew Parker said the scale of the terrorist threat in the UK was at a level he had not seen in his 32-year career The head of MI5 has said he is hoping for a mature debate on intercepting communications data, rather than accusations of mass surveillance. [...]

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Kids Company ‘given £46m public cash’

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

Image copyright PA Image caption Kids Company’s founder Camila Batmanghelidjh has denied claims the charity was financially mismanaged Collapsed charity Kids Company received at least £46m of public money despite repeated concerns about how it was run, the National Audit Office has found. The charity lobbied the government for funding and warned of service closures [...]

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Nasa probe to sweep over Saturn moon

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

Image copyright NASA/JPL-CALTECH/SSI Image caption Enceladus has been one of the revelations of the entire Cassini mission The Cassini probe is all set to make a daring close flyby of Enceladus, the brilliant white moon of Saturn. The Nasa craft will sweep just 50km above the moon’s surface in a final attempt to “taste” the [...]

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