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[Newsview]Scottish tourist 'killed by elephant'
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2016, 07:08:23 PM »
Scottish tourist 'killed by elephant'

Scottish tourist 'killed by elephant'


    2 February 2016

  • From the section Scotland



                Gareth Crowe

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                    Gareth Crowe is reported to have been thrown by the elephant


A Scottish tourist has reportedly been killed by an elephant while on holiday on Koh Samui island in Thailand.

The man, named locally as Gareth Crowe, was on an elephant trek with his teenage daughter when he was thrown by the animal, according to local press.

The Bangkok Post said the 36-year-old was trampled on and wounded by the elephant's tusk on Monday afternoon.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the incident and was offering consular assistance to the man's family.

A spokesman said: "We are offering support to the family of a British national who has sadly died following an incident in Koh Samui, Thailand, and are making contact with the local authorities to seek further information."

The man's daughter is understood to have been treated in hospital.

'Attacked on ground'

Jonathan Head, the BBC's South Asia correspondent, told Good Morning Scotland: "From what the police are telling us this elephant was stressed, perhaps it was hot, it may also have been on heat and that's always a problem with male elephants - it has to be looked at very carefully by their handlers.

"The mahout - the elephant handler - was clearly having some trouble controlling the elephant and they have a sort of iron spike that they use - it looks rather brutal - but they use it to strike the elephant's head, not usually very hard, but at least to let it know what to do.


"He was struggling a bit with that, so there were indications that things were wrong.

"The mahout appears to have got off the elephant to take photographs of Mr Crowe and his daughter and at that point the elephant lost its temper, it attacked the mahout and threw the two tourists off its back.

"I think they were both injured, it's quite high up on an elephant - and then it attacked Mr Crowe on the ground, where he was apparently gored and trampled, his daughter is fine, she's in hospital now, she was slightly injured."

There are estimated to have been around about a dozen incidents similar to this over the past 15 years.


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                    Elephant treks are offered to tourists in many parts of Thailand


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[Newsview]US has 'sexually transmitted' Zika case
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2016, 07:00:43 PM »
US has 'sexually transmitted' Zika case

Zika virus infection 'through sex' reported in US


    3 February 2016

  • From the section US & Canada



                Blood samples being analysed in Guatemala CityImage copyright


A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.

A patient infected in Dallas, Texas, is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC.

The person had not travelled to infected areas but their partner had returned from Venezuela.

Zika is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.

It is spreading through the Americas and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease linked to the virus a global public health emergency.




More on the Zika crisis:

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The American Red Cross has meanwhile urged prospective blood donors returning from Zika-hit countries to wait at least 28 days before donating their blood.

The "self-deferral" should apply to people returning from Mexico, the Caribbean or Central or South America during the past four weeks, the Red Cross said in a statement.


  • Two cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Australia. Officials said the two Sydney residents had recently returned from the Caribbean.

  • Zika has also been found in two unrelated cases in the Republic of Ireland, officials there said. A man and an older woman, who have both recovered, had a history of travelling to a Zika-affected country.

Meanwhile, Brazil - the country worst hit by the outbreak - has revealed it is investigating 3,670 suspected cases of microcephaly in babies linked to the Zika virus.


Media captionZika virus: What you need to know

A total of 404 cases have so far been confirmed - up from 270 last week - while 709 cases have been discarded, the country's health ministry said.

The ministry also said 76 infant deaths from microcephaly, either during pregnancy or just after birth, were suspected.




Analysis by James Gallagher, health editor, BBC News website

If Zika can readily spread through sex, then it poses a risk to every country not just those with the Aedes mosquito.

So far, authorities have said sexual transmission is rare, but last year they would have said any case of Zika was rare, too.

This explosive outbreak has caught the world by surprise and many key questions remain unanswered.

Exactly how common or rare is sexual transmission? Can it be spread by the 80% of people who show no symptoms? How long does the virus persist in semen? When is it safe to have sex again?

What should men do after visiting affected countries? Can women also spread the virus through sex?

However, this is not a new HIV/Aids moment. HIV infection is incurable and dramatically shortens lives without daily medication.

Zika infections are short, mild and pose a significant threat only in pregnancy.




Texas has seen seven other Zika cases all related to foreign travel.

But Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director for CDC, said this was the first case it had dealt with involving a "non-traveller".

"We don't believe this was spread through mosquito bites, but we do believe it was spread through a sexual contact."

A statement issued by the CDC said the best way to avoid Zika virus infection was "to prevent mosquito bites and to avoid exposure to semen from someone who has been exposed to Zika".

The case is "significant" if it was definitely transmitted through sexual contact, Alaka Basu, a senior fellow for public health at the UN Foundation, told the BBC.




"This significance is parallel with the HIV/Aids case. It's worse in some ways, because there are two modes of transmission."

It is not the first known case of sexual transmission in the US. A doctor from Colorado returning from Africa in 2008 is thought to have passed on the infection to his wife. There was a case in 2013 in French Polynesia, according to the CDC website.

The CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid travel to more than two dozen countries with Zika outbreaks, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America, including Venezuela.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said her government was focused on eradicating the mosquito that transmits the virus.

In an address to a joint session of Congress, she said considerable funds would be set aside for the programme.

"We should all be worried about microcephaly," she said.




The alert issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola.

It means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection.

WHO director general, Margaret Chan said the priorities were to protect pregnant women and their babies from harm and to control the mosquitoes that are spreading the virus.

WHO has said it could take up to nine months for experts to prove or disprove any connection between the virus and babies born with microcephaly.


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Re: News Capture - Todays News
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016, 12:09:08 AM »
Yes I hope the scientists find a vaccine soon

Lord use the scientists to save people

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[Newsview]UN panel 'rules in Assange's favour'
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016, 07:03:36 PM »
UN panel 'rules in Assange's favour'

UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour'


    4 February 2016

  • From the section UK



                Julian Assange in 2014Image copyright


A UN panel considering the alleged "unlawful detention" of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has ruled in his favour, the BBC understands.

He took refuge in London's Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims.

In 2014 he complained to the panel he was being "arbitrarily detained" as he could not leave without being arrested.

A warrant for his arrest remains in place and UK police said he will be arrested if he does leave the embassy.

The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to announce the findings of its investigation into Mr Assange's case on Friday.

Its panel of legal experts, which has taken evidence from the UK and Sweden, has made previous rulings on whether imprisonment or detention is lawful.

It does not have any formal influence over the British and Swedish authorities and the UK Foreign Office said it still had an obligation to extradite Mr Assange.


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[Newsview]Sheffield MP Harry Harpham dies
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 07:01:00 PM »
Sheffield MP Harry Harpham dies

Sheffield Labour MP Harry Harpham dies





                Harry HarphamImage copyright
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                    Harry Harpham had recently been diagnosed with cancer


Labour MP Harry Harpham has died, aged 61, after a short fight with cancer.

He was elected as the MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough in May after serving in local politics in Sheffield for many years.

A former miner in Nottinghamshire, he had previously been deputy leader of Sheffield City Council. 

He was on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and was a parliamentary aide to shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy.

Mr Harpham was elected after former home secretary David Blunkett announced his intention to stand down at the 2015 election. He won the seat with a majority of 13,807.

More on this and other stories from South Yorkshire

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to Mr Harpham, describing him as "a proud socialist" who was "dedicated to justice for working people". 

In a statement, Mr Corbyn added: "Despite the undoubted hardship that his support for the miners' strike would have caused him, as it did many thousands of miners, Harry recently told me he would have done it all again.


"To the very end he was fighting for working people in parliament.  What a decent man he was and he will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Labour Party."

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson tweeted: "Deeply upset to learn of Harry Harpham's death. Sheffield has lost a wonderful MP. My thoughts are with his family."


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                    Fellow MPs have paid tributes to Mr Harpham on Twitter


Mr Blunkett said Mr Harpham had "given his life to the improvement of life for others".

He said: "I shall remember him as someone who was a fighter for fairness and justice and I am really, really sad that after just nine months we've lost him."


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                    Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott described Mr Haprham as 'a real champion'


Mr Harpham's final contribution in the House of Commons came on 20 January at Prime Minister's Questions.

Addressing the issue of job losses at Sheffield Forgemasters, he accused the government of "warm words, hand-wringing and some crocodile tears" over a "tsunami of losses in the steel industry".

Mr Harpham leaves behind his wife Gill and children Annie, Kieron, Dan, Emily and Victoria.


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[Newsview]Charities' government grant use curbed
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2016, 07:01:11 PM »
Charities' government grant use curbed

Charities' use of government grants curbed


    6 February 2016

  • From the section UK Politics



                Charity collection box

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                    Charities can still use privately-raised funds to campaign as they like


Organisations that are given government grants will be banned from using the money to try to persuade ministers to change the law or increase spending.

A new clause will be added into all new and renewed grant agreements to ensure funds are spent on good causes, rather than on political campaigns.

Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock said "the farce of government lobbying government" had to stop.

But a senior charity source said it was an attack on freedom of speech.

The Cabinet Office said the government gave the voluntary sector about £10bn in grants last year.

The government says it wants to put into the official conditions that government grants to charities cannot be used for "activity intended to influence - or attempt to influence - Parliament, government or political parties".

'Uncomfortable for government'

Mr Hancock said: "The public sector never lobbies for lower taxes and less state spending, and it's a zero sum game if Peter is robbed to pay Paul."

But the senior charity source told the BBC: "Charities are not only about Tiny Tim on his crutch, but espousing the cause of the disadvantaged.


"That will sometimes be uncomfortable for any government."

BBC political reporter Alan Soady said exactly how such a rule would be enforced - and how charities would prove which pots of money funding for lobbying came from - was still unanswered.

There was also some concern in Whitehall that some charities seemed to have been set up primarily to lobby, or that they were straying from their brief on the issues they lobbied on, he said.

The system has been trialled in grants provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Ministers insisted it had not curtailed the ability of charities such as Shelter from lobbying on housing legislation.

Under the rules, which will take effect in May, charities can still use privately-raised funds to campaign as they like.


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