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Woman falls through roof watching Tour De France

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after suffering injuries as she fell through a roof top while watching the Tour de France.

The cycling fan, believed to be in her forties, is understood to have climbed on the roof of the Corn Mill on Chapel Street in Skipton to get a good view.

She is believed to have climbed through the first floor window of the building to get a better view.

North Yorkshire police said they were called to the scene around 12.30pm to reports the woman had fallen through the roof.

She was treated at the scene by ambulance staff and then rushed to hospital with head injuries.

The race was not stopped for the accident and police later said they did not believe the injuries were serious.

The Tour de France kicked off with a royal wave today as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry sent the riders on their way.

The royals were present at the Grand Depart as Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome embarked on their Tour De France challenge.

Mark Cavendish has already stumbled on the first day, suffering an early crash.

Original Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/486973/Woman-airlifted-to-hospital-after-falling-through-roof-as-she-watched-Tour-De-France

World Cup mascot fails to promote ecology & conservation

There were high hopes that Brazil’s World Cup mascot would create awareness around the country’s biodiversity challenges, but he hasn’t hit the mark.

The Fifa World Cup host, Brazil, has been under much international scrutiny over the tournament from nation-wide anti-World Cup protests to embarrassing delays on stadium completions. The country has been especially criticised for failing to make environmental policy changes it promised ahead of the championships. Even the Fifa mascot, Fuleco the armadillo, is under fire. The furry mascot, whose name combines the Portuguese words for football and ecology, is failing to promote the conservation of the latter.

With over one million Facebook likes, the sporty mascot has captured hearts and stirred up excitement around the championships. However, Fuleco the armadillo has a “serious lack of effective returns for the conservation of its species,” explains Felipe P Melo, co-author of a widely circulated article that criticises Fifa and the Brazilian government for not making better use of Fuleco to promote environmental conservation, as planned.

So what is it about Fuleco that has caused his popularity, and what could he be doing for Brazil’s ecology? A look at the science of mascot use in environmental campaigns tells us what kind of make-over Fuleco would need to score high with conservationists.

Is it too late to re-write Fuleco’s celebrity job description then? Melo seems to think not. “It is the first time in history that Fifa chooses a (native) threatened species as a mascot,” he says. “It is a great opportunity to change the discourse of how environmental problems are treated in a Fifa host country.”

Firstly, Fuleco needs a relevant and simple conservation message. Perhaps his t-shirt could read “I love Caatinga” – or more to the point, “Eat chicken” (the number one threat to armadillos is ending up on the dinner plate). Fuleco also needs to reach out to his five to 12 year-old audience.

“Like everywhere, kids in Brazil learn from watching television,” says Enrico Bernard, a co-author of Melo who suggests Fuleco needs to be widely broadcasted promoting environmentalism. This heralds Fraser: “We live in a world where everyone tries to manipulate us – the conservation community needs to promote conservation using the same media tools that are used by others to promote the overuse of resources that are degrading habitats and driving extinction of so many species.”

Original Source: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/world-cup-2014-fuleco-fifa-brazil-mascot-environment-goal?CMP=twt_gu

DHL to invest £90m in East Midlands Airport hub

Logistics group DHL is investing £156m in its infrastructure, including £90m in its East Midlands hub, to support the UK export market.

It would increase capacity for express shipments across DHL UK sites and bolster its customers’ overseas growth ambitions, the business said.

The investments span across the groups UK bases with the largest-scale spending going to the East Midlands Airport hub and southern hub site near Heathrow – £90m and £32m respectively.

Additional sites in Manchester, Croydon and Sheffield will also benefit from “crucial” changes to their infrastructure, including additional warehousing, sorting facilities and up-to-date operational processes.
Phil Couchman, chief executive of DHL Express in the UK & Ireland, said: “As we celebrate DHL’s 40th year in the UK, this investment demonstrates our confidence and commitment to enterprise and British export businesses.

“We’ve already invested £2m in our Oxford and Park Royal sites in the past two years and have seen the benefits that this brings. Developing our infrastructure is integral to support growth in the UK export market and will allow us to cater for future demand.

“International trade is a golden opportunity for many businesses in the UK and through this major investment we can partner with and help facilitate success for them.”
Chancellor George Osborne added: “I am delighted that DHL is continuing to invest in the UK, supporting the growing number of British businesses selling their products abroad.
“This new investment is further evidence that our long-term economic plan is working and Britain is coming back. But the job is not yet done and we must make sure the world’s largest companies maintain the confidence they have regained in the UK if we are to build a resilient economy.”

Original Source: http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/midlands/117990-dhl-invest-90m-east-midlands-airport-hub

Glastonbury praised over access for deaf and disabled fans

This year’s Glastonbury festival is the first ever to be awarded “gold” status by campaigners who want better access for deaf and disabled people at concerts and music venues.

Festival organisers said the award was a sign of how “society is changing the way it thinks and acts towards disability”.

The event has a bespoke campsite for deaf and disabled festival-goers, uses raised “viewing platforms” for wheelchair users at 11 stages and employs sign language interpreters to allow deaf people to understand lyrics during live acts.

Gideon Feldman from the charity Attitude is Everything, which made the award earlier this year, says Glastonbury has taken disabled access “incredibly seriously”.

“There are an awful lot more deaf and disabled people [than there used to be] who feel that this is a festival they want to come to.”

But he said further improvements were still possible and warned that other UK entertainment venues could do more to support people with disabilities.

“There is still a way to go – at the end of the day society is not equal,” he said.


One of Glastonbury’s regular features is its DeafZone area, which offers lessons in British Sign Language and a team of interpreters for deaf people to access acts across the festival site.

This year two sign language interpreters were used during Blondie’s performance on the Other Stage on Friday afternoon.

Jo Stevens, a support worker for deaf people in Bath, has been working at the festival and says she has a hearing problem which means she struggles to understand lyrics in music.

“I really like to be able to understand what is going on, what is happening,” says Ms Stevens.

“I feel really strongly that [interpretation] should be in place to allow us to feel part of the music.”

Glastonbury’s Spring Ground campsite this year hosted about 600 deaf and disabled festival-goers.

The field includes accessible showers and toilets and is staffed by volunteers who provide wheelchair hire and a minibus service to help people move around the festival site.

It also has a “high-dependency” unit which can give people with serious illnesses access to sterile toilet, washing and medical facilities.

‘Learn from Glastonbury’

Student Vanessa Horath from Bristol works as a steward at Glastonbury and was concerned about getting in and out of the wheelchair she uses and into her tent.

Heavy rain on Friday and Saturday brought mud to this year’s festival and the conditions can be challenging, she says. But she describes the assistance as “awesome”.

“It’s amazing that they can make a farm accessible for a wheelchair and any other disabilities,” she adds.

The biggest changes to accessibility for deaf and disabled people at Glastonbury have taken place over the past seven years.

Claire Elsam, the festival’s access co-ordinator, says Glastonbury is working to make more progress but thinks it has helped “change attitudes” towards disability.

“It amazes me that there are still venues that could quite easily be changed and still aren’t being changed,” she says.

“Certainly when it comes to other festivals there are far smaller and easier sites that people can make accessible but they don’t necessarily do that.

“We can learn from other events and certainly other events could learn from Glastonbury.”

Campaigners acknowledge that cost is often a barrier to music venues becoming more accessible to disabled people.

But Attitude is Everything argues that venues may be missing out on ticket sales, with four out of five deaf and disabled people saying they are put off going to events as they lack confidence in sites being accessible.

Original Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28079251

Pictures of damaged Ryanair planes emerge after collision at Stansted

Pictures have emerged on Twitter showing the dramatic moment when two Ryanair Boeing 737s crashed into each other on the ground at Stansted Airport.

The incident yesterday morning saw passengers face delays of up to three hours after a plane bound for Warsaw and one that had just arrived from Frankfurt Hahn collided in the airport’s parking area.

London-based PR worker Ren Ivaldi, who was on the out-bound plane, wrote this afternoon on Twitter that he had finally made it to his wedding in Warsaw, and that Ryanair “did not charge us for the extra entertainment yesterday”.

He described himself as “officially a plane crash survivor”, and posted alarming images online showing the extent of the damage to the wing of one of the jets and totally felt the crush sitting at the back.

“The other plane’s wing is half crushed,” he added. “No electricity on plane. No toilets, no ventilation.”

Mr Ivaldi later described the incident as “scary”, saying it was “an eye-opener for people to realise how close we can come at any moment to our lives being changed forever”.

The incident is now being looked into by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, though a spokesperson for Stansted Airport said they were operating as normal while enquiries are carried out.

Yesterday, a Ryanair spokesperson confirmed that two planes “made contact”, causing damage to both.

He said: “This morning at London Stansted the wing tip and tail cone of two Ryanair aircraft made contact while one aircraft was taxiing to stand and the other was commencing pushback from stand.

“Customers were disembarked and boarded two replacement aircraft which departed Stansted with a delay of approximately three hours.

“Our Stansted-based engineering team are currently investigating and will repair both aircraft and return them to service as soon as possible.

“Ryanair sincerely apologises to affected customers for any inconvenience.”

Original Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stansted-ryanair-crash-victim-passenger-describes-terror-as-pictures-emerge-of-damage-to-two-planes-involved-9571330.html

Five hurt during ‘severe turbulence’ on Ryanair flight

Five people were hurt during ‘severe turbulence’ on a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Reus in Spain on Monday.

It is understood that two passengers and three cabin crew were thrown around after the Boeing 737-800 hit an unexpected patch of turbulence on the approach to Reus airport.

One traveller told Irish news website, the Journal.ie, about the ‘panic’ on board the aircraft, which was carrying 160 passengers.

The passenger said: ‘We were absolutely terrified as the plane pitched aggressively roughly over a 60 degree angle throwing debris all over the plane.’

The injured were treated by ambulance staff when the plane landed.

 A spokesman for Ryanair said: ‘Our flight from Dublin to Reus experienced some severe turbulence on approach to Reus Airport.

‘Two customers and three cabin crew members sustained minor cuts and bruising.

‘The captain called ahead to request the Reus ambulance service to meet the aircraft and provide medical assistance to these crew and customers.’

The aircraft was then delayed four hours before departing on the return flight.

Original Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2668934/Severe-turbulence-Ryanair-flight-Spain-leaves-five-injured.html



Fire at Barnsley ASOS fashion warehouse ‘deliberate’

A fire which caused an online fashion retailer to cease trading is being treated as arson, police have said.

The fire at the ASOS distribution centre near Grimethorpe, Barnsley broke out at about 22:00 BST on Friday.

South Yorkshire Police said the incident was being treated as deliberate following initial investigations with the fire service.

The blaze at Park Spring Road caused “substantial damage” and has forced the company to stop taking orders.

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze overnight and about 500 people were evacuated from the five-storey building.

On a holding page on its website, ASOS said: “We have pressed pause on the ASOS website, this is due to a fire in our Barnsley distribution centre in the early hours of Saturday.

“Thankfully no-one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal for you in the next day or so.”

The blaze is believed to have spread from the second floor to the third and fourth floors.

Ten fire engines, including three from West Yorkshire Fire service, were drafted in to help overnight.

One worker at the warehouse, Lukasz said: “There was a big smell like burning plastic or something like that.

“I think that’s why they evacuated us from the area because it was dangerous to breathe that.

“Everyone is safe, nobody was hurt and I think everyone will be alright.”

The Barnsley warehouse is the company’s major global distribution centre.

It has other facilities in the US, China and Australia but most orders go through Barnsley.

In a statement, the company said no new orders were currently being taken and existing orders yet to be shipped, would also be delayed.

It is understood the warehouse contains more than 10 million boxes of packaging.

Simon Rodgers, Investigating Fire Officer for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “The fire involved four floors of the warehouse and the blaze was contained in the area of origin by firefighters.

“ASOS staff had a good evacuation process in place which assisted the emergency services and allowed the fire to be brought under control more quickly.”

Original Story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-27954344

Primark shopper finds cry for help sewn into dress

A Primark customer in Swansea, Wales was shocked to find a disturbing label sewn into a £10 dress she had purchased from the high street store. The handstitched message, which sewn into the garment next to its regular labels, reads: “Forced to work exhausting hours”.

“You hear all sorts of stories about people working in sweatshops abroad – it made me feel so guilty that I can never wear that dress again,” Rebecca Gallagher told the South Wales Evening Post“I’ve got no idea who put it there but it really took the wind out of my sails.

“It makes me think that it was a cry for help — to let us people in Britain know what is going on.”

Gallagher says that she tried to contact Primark customer service to notify them about the label, but was put on hold for 15 minutes before being cut off. You can see a photograph of the taghere.

The manufacturing practices of Primark and other high street stores have come under increasing scrutiny since last year’s Rana Plaza collapse, which killed 1,129 garment workers and other residents. Initiatives such as Fashion Revolution Day have sought to raise awareness around sweatshop labour and kickstart a conversation around sustainable fashion.

A spokesperson for Primark has discredited the handstitched cry for help, pointing out that the dress had been on sale last year and that there had been no other reported incidents of this kind.

“We would be grateful if the customer would give us the dress,” the representative told Vogue, “so we can investigate how the additional label became attached and whether there are issues which need to be looked into.”

Original Story: http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/20448/1/primark-shopper-finds-cry-for-help-sewn-into-dress

Just 29% of food businesses satisfactory on hygiene – HSE

Only one-quarter of food businesses visited by HSE inspectors last year were deemed to be operating satisfactorily for hygiene and food safety, according to the HSE annual report for 2013, which has just been published.

Environmental health officers employed by the HSE carried out more than 33,000 inspections of food businesses last year. In 29 per cent of cases, the outcome was judged to be satisfactory. There was minor non-compliance in 47 per cent of cases. Some 18 per cent of assessments resulted in an “unsatisfactory” finding, 5 per cent were judged to be “unsatisfactory significant” and 1 per cent were “unsatisfactory serious”.

Inspectors issued 465 formal food safety enforcement actions, including 311 improvement notices and 11 prosecutions.

The HSE dealt with more than 650 infectious disease outbreaks, some involving more than a hundred people. The report notes a rise in some forms of bacteria commonly associated with food poisoning. For example, the number of VTEC (verocytotoxigenic E.coli) cases rose to more than 700, from 530 in 2012.

The report also says more than 1,000 people were diagnosed with gonorrhoea last year. The number of cases increased by 33 per cent in 2012, while young men and women aged 17 to 29 years have been identified as being particularly at risk.

The report shows that while targets are being achieved for treating breast and lung cancer, just 55 per cent of patients with prostate cancer are being offered an appointment within 20 working days of referral, compared to a target of 90 per cent. Rapid access clinics in WaterfordLimerick and Cork are experiencing “particular pressures”, but approval has been given for additional urologist posts.

The report says significant progress was made last year in clearing patient waiting lists, with just four patients waiting longer than eight months for an inpatient procedure and 4,937 people waiting longer than 12 months for an outpatient appointment. However, the same waiting lists have begun to grow again in the early months of this year.

HSE director general Tony O’Brien says the health service is continuing to implement what it is learning from reports into the death of Savita Halappanavar and, in Britain, into the Mid-Staffordshire trust inquiry. “We do not get everything right and when we do not we must learn from our mistakes,” he said.

Original Story: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/just-29-of-food-businesses-satisfactory-on-hygiene-hse-1.1838616#.U6XI3AtG2zo.twitter

Zoo’s magical mystery tour well on way

Young explorers can pretend they are following in the footsteps of Bear Grylls on entering the mysterious world of Chester Zoo’s £30m Islands project when it opens next spring.

Islands brings together the animals and plants of south east Asia – Philippines, Papua, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi – here in Cheshire, with construction work on the seven hectares-site well underway.

Gareth Simpson, operations implementation manager, has the job of ensuring the ambitious scheme, funded from zoo money, is delivered on time and on budget. Firing the imagination of young minds, to inspire the next generation of conservationists, is one aim of the project which is projected to attract 150,000 extra visitors a year.

Gareth explained: “There will be some very soft-themed signage and you will have a map as well, to guide you, an explorer map, because that’s effectively what we are doing here. There’s been people who have gone out, done the exploration and left little hints for you as you go, like ‘don’t go this way’ or ‘beware of tigers over here’ and things like that, so we will be really building up the mystery as you work your way around.”

Guests will enter through a narrow opening where they will catch a glimpse of an impressive waterfall and the white beach of Coral Sands. The whole area will be navigated by a series of paths and footbridges plus a 15-minute journey on water in a cable pulled vessel holding 17 passengers, offering a completely different perspective.

A highlight will be when water-borne guests approach the banteng stable where the long-horned cattle, normally found in paddy fields, will wallow in the same water as the boat.

Gareth continued: “So as you come down and round, you will be in the same water as the banteng, or it will give that visual appearance. You will be very close to them and they are cattle that really love to wallow in the water so it really will be a great attraction.”

Another highlight on foot will be the 15 metres-high Monsoon Forest entered via an incline and through an opening as though going into a cave but topped by an inflatable polymer roof similar to that used at Cornwall’s Eden Project – the climate will be thermostatically controlled at a hot and humid 26-29 ° C. Every detail has been considered from the artificial rockscape and the smell of the rainforest to the sound of thunder claps and buzzing mosquitoes.

“It’s completely immersive,” said Gareth. “There will be rain as well, not necessarily on our visitors, but around the sides and you’re into our tree top research station which will mimic ones that we actually see in south eat Asia where the zoo is working on projects out there.”

“We will have orangutans, we will have macaques, at the entrance here we will have rhinoceros hornbill, birds that are absolutely amazing, the size and the colours. Going up to the top we will have tanks with different reptiles and have the opportunity to get hands on to see some of the bugs and other insects. The whole point of what we are trying to do is make it as natural as possible for them, not only for them, but for us to see them too.”

View a video animation of Chester Zoo’s Islands Project

There will be an opportunity to go eyeball-to-eyeball with crocodiles at two glass tanks – one for swimming (for the animals not guests) and another for sunbathing.

Other enclosures will feature Sumatran tigers, warty pigs and the tall cassowary bird with its third six-inch claw – heightening the ‘safe danger’ experience.

A total of 42,000 plant species will be on site – south east Asian flora indoors and ‘mimic species’ outdoors including foliage to hide the A41 so the illusion is not undermined.

The educational side of the project is important and so, for example, a mocked-up illegal bird market will teach youngsters about the darker side of the world in which we live. And there will be ‘a ranger station’ by the warty pigs stable, just as you would find in real life, complete with laundry hanging on the line and a vegetable patch.

It has not been decided whether the admission price will rise following the opening of Islands but it seems a safe bet. However, dwell time will be extended at the zoo – which already pulls in more than 1.4 million visitors per year – and Chester too, with spin-off benefits for city restaurants and hotels.

Sponsors are sought to offset the costs, so if any companies fancy their name in titles such as ‘Islands sponsored by Crocs’, then they are invited to get in touch!

Original Post: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/chester-zoo-islands-project-under-7300602#.U6dGTyYivLQ.twitter

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