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February 26, 2020 News Team

Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finley Tapp seal return to UK with a kiss


Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finley Tapp seal return to UK with a kiss

Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finley Tapp seal return to UK with a kiss
Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finley Tapp have sealed their return to the UK with a kiss. The couple touched down at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday morning with the programme's other finalists.
As the pair were photographed, Finn said it was “exciting” to be back from Cape Town.

The couple, who scooped a shared £50,000 prize after winning the final, smiled broadly as they walked hand in hand through the airport while being led by security.

Luke Mabbott and Demi Jones, Ched Uzor and Jess Gale, and Siannise Fudge and Luke Trotman were also pictured leaving the airport in their couples.

Siannise could be seen carrying the cardboard crown that was made for her in the villa when Luke T devised a challenge which ended with him asking her to be his girlfriend.

Paige and Finn were crowned winners of Love Island on Sunday following a public vote.

Published: 26/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 26, 2020 News Team

South Korean coronavirus cases leap as first US soldier infected


South Korean coronavirus cases leap as first US soldier infected

South Korean coronavirus cases leap as first US soldier infected
South Korea has reported 115 more cases of the new coronavirus, raising its total to 1,261. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said that 82 of the new cases have been recorded in the south-eastern city of Daegu and nearby areas.
Most of the country's cases have been located in that region over the past eight days.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US confirmed its first case among American soldiers based in the Asian country.

The US soldier is quarantined at his off-base home and several base amenities have been closed.

South Korea's total is expected to rise again as health workers test members of a Daegu church which has an infection cluster.

China reported another 406 cases and 52 deaths, all in the hard-hit Hubei province.

Published: 26/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 26, 2020 News Team

Inquest due to open into death of Streatham terrorist


Inquest due to open into death of Streatham terrorist

Inquest due to open into death of Streatham terrorist
An inquest is due to open on Wednesday into the death of Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman. The 20-year-old was shot dead by two police marksmen after he stole a knife from a shop on Streatham High Road and stabbed two bystanders on Sunday February 2.
He had been under 24-hour surveillance at the time of the attack having been released midway through a prison sentence for possessing and distributing terrorist documents.

Amman was jailed in December 2018 and was freed less than a fortnight before the attack, in which he wore a fake suicide vest.

The attack has prompted the introduction of emergency legislation through Parliament to prevent the automatic release from prison of terrorist offenders, which is set to become law later this week.

Amman stabbed a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 50s.

Both were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life-threatening.

A woman in her 20s was also injured by glass following the discharge of a police firearm but was quickly released from hospital.

The inquest will be opened at London Inner South Coroner's Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Published: 26/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 26, 2020 News Team

House prices across Englands major cities now higher than before the financial crisis


House prices across Englands major cities now higher than before the financial crisis

House prices across England's major cities now higher than before the financial crisis
Data has been released by the property website Zoopla
House prices across all major cities in England covered by an index are now above their 2007 pre-financial crisis peaks for the first time.

Zoopla, which tracks price movements across the UK's 20 biggest cities, said Newcastle was the final city in its index to reach the milestone, 12 years later.

Average property values in Newcastle passed the mark in late December, it said. The average house price in Newcastle in January was £129,700 – 1% above 2007 levels.

By contrast, prices in central London took just two and a half years to rebound, it said.

The report said the rapid turnaround was due to overseas buyers entering the market after a major fall in the value of sterling made housing appear better value to dollar-backed purchasers.

In Oxford and Cambridge, property values surpassed their pre-crisis peaks within four years, while in Bristol it took just over five years.

Published: 26/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 25, 2020 News Team

Tenerife hotel placed in Quarantine after doctor tests positive for coronavirus


Tenerife hotel placed in Quarantine after doctor tests positive for coronavirus

Tenerife hotel placed in Quarantine after doctor tests positive for coronavirus
A tourist hotel on the Canary Island of Tenerife has been placed in quarantine after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the Covid-19. The press office for the town of Adeje confirmed that the restrictions are in place at the H10 Adeje Palace hotel.
Spanish media said some 1,000 tourists staying at the complex are not allowed to leave.

The move comes as China and South Korea have reported more cases of the coronavirus as clusters of the disease grow in Europe and the Middle East amid rising global concern.

Markets have been in decline around the world over virus fears, with Wall Street on Monday mirroring stock exchanges worldwide with a 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The White House has called for an urgent injection of 2.5 billion dollar (£1.9 billion) in government funds to help combat the disease, while Washington is set to call off planned annual military exercises with South Korea.

In Beijing, China's government postponed its most important political meetings of the year.

The National People's Congress – due to run for two weeks in early March – and the meeting of its chief advisory body usually bring thousands of delegates to Beijing.

The decision indicated the importance President Xi Jinping places on the battle against the epidemic that has posed one of his biggest political challenges since he took control of the ruling Communist Party in 2012.

Similarly, the coronavirus began to emerge as a political threat to Donald Trump in election year, as attacks ramped up in the US over his administration's handling of the outbreak.

China reported 508 new cases and another 71 deaths on Tuesday, 68 of them in the central city of Wuhan, where the epidemic was first detected in December.

The updates bring mainland China's totals to 77,658 cases and 2,663 deaths.

South Korea now has the second-most cases in the world with 893 and has had a near 15-fold increase in reported infections in a week, with 60 new cases reported on Tuesday.

As South Korea reported its eighth fatality, health workers continued to find batches in the southeastern city of Daegu and nearby areas, where panic has brought towns to an eerie standstill.

Clusters have also emerged in Iran and Italy, and there are concerns the new outbreaks could signal a serious new stage in the global spread of the illness.

Schools were closed in Iran for a second day, and daily sanitising of public buses and the Tehran metro, which is used by some three million people a day, was started.

In several countries that reported their first cases on Monday – Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, the infected patients had links with Iran.

Iraq and Afghanistan closed their borders with Iran in an effort to stop the further spread while Bahrain announced a 48-hour suspension of flights to and from Dubai, the world's busiest international airport.

In Italy, where 229 people have tested positive for the virus and seven have died, police manned checkpoints around a dozen quarantined northern towns as worries grew across the continent.

Austria temporarily halted rail traffic across its border with Italy and Slovenia and Croatia, popular getaways for Italians, were holding crisis meetings.

Schools were closed, theatre performances cancelled, and even Venice Carnival celebrations were called off.

“These rapid developments over the weekend have shown how quickly this situation can change,” the health commissioner for the European Union, Stella Kyriakides, said in Brussels.

“We need to take this situation of course very seriously, but we must not give in to panic, and, even more importantly, to disinformation.”

After the large increase in cases of Covid-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – in several countries, the World Heath Organisation said the virus had the potential to cause a pandemic.

“The past few weeks has demonstrated just how quickly a new virus can spread around the world and cause widespread fear and disruption,” WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“(But) for the moment we're not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus.”

Published: 25/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 25, 2020 News Team

Stop and search could save girls from being groomed says ex gang member


Stop and search could save girls from being groomed says ex gang member

Stop and search could save girls from being groomed, says ex-gang member
A mother-of-two who was “forced” into a gang in her early teens has called for police to use stop and search powers on girls and young women to “save them” from being groomed by criminals. Lucy Martindale, director of anti-knife crime organisation Operation Shutdown, said girls are “inevitably” becoming associated with gangs because “dominant” males are forcing them to hide weapons or contraband to avoid police detection.
Ms Martindale was just nine when she witnessed the murder of her cousin in Brixton when he was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.

She said his death made her realise the severity of gang culture in the borough.

One of just 10 girls in her “block”, Ms Martindale said she was often pressured as a teenager to hold weapons for older men.

The 29-year-old told the PA news agency that if she or the other young women refused “to do as they were told” they were “knocked out, head-butted and violently attacked”.

There is little data on girls and women associated or involved in gangs but Ms Martindale believes lack of funding, reduced community police and youth services is to blame.

A Girls Associated with Gangs report published last week by Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi demanded the Mayor of London provide funding for early intervention schemes to support vulnerable females.

It also urged the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to work with specialist organisations to train police officers and social workers to better identify victims.

Through Freedom of Information requests Ms Eshalomi sent to all London councils, data showed that 1,049 women and girls were at risk of gang association – as identified and assessed by their children's services department.

Ms Martindale says she believes stop and search could be a solution in tackling the wide gap in tracking females associated or involved in gangs.

“I lived in a notorious estate in Brixton and I went from estate to estate and boys would say to me – if they see a police van patrolling the area – 'here hold this because they are not going to stop you – they will stop us'.

“I think stop and search could save them (females). Yes, you're always going to get criticism if things are not carried out in the right way and there's discrimination, but if it's done right, no-one can complain.

She added adult women are vulnerable too and she has spoken with mothers “forced to hide guns under their pillows and drugs in their kitchens”.

Quite often girls are the victims of grooming, sexual violence, modern slavery and domestic abuse, Ms Martindale said.

“My ex-partner tried to kill me. I lost everything trying to run away from him… I'm seeing a lot of young girls who fear for their lives but are so scared because they think if they tell the police, the boys are going to be arrested, eventually released and they're gonna come and kill them for reporting”.

The most recent publication of the Gangs Matrix consisted of six women and girls compared to the 2,546 men and boys.

The list is an intelligence tool used to identify and risk assess gang members across London as well as victims and those at risk of attacks.

The Met Police said the aim of the matrix is to highlight possible gaps in activity or intelligence on violent gang subjects.

Ms Martindale said if police were to stop more young females they would have the chance to speak up and explain what was happening to them.

She added: “You will get to the bottom of why she was carrying the drugs or weapons and that can hopefully save her from the grooming.”

Published: 25/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 25, 2020 News Team

Rose McGowan celebrates Harvey Weinstein conviction


Rose McGowan celebrates Harvey Weinstein conviction

Rose McGowan celebrates Harvey Weinstein conviction
Actress Rose McGowan said Harvey Weinstein will finally know how it feels to have “power wrapped around his neck” after the disgraced film mogul was convicted of rape and sexual assault. Weinstein, once one of Hollywood's most powerful and feared men, is facing up to 29 years in prison after a New York City jury found him guilty of attacking two women.
It was the first trial of the #MeToo era, which was sparked by a torrent of allegations against the 67-year-old studio boss in October 2017.

McGowan was one of the earliest – and most prominent – of Weinstein's accusers.

“Today is a powerful day,” she said. “And a huge step forward in collective healing. 20 years ago I decided to come after Weinstein because I'd heard about him doing this to someone else, and then I heard him doing it to someone else, and someone else.

“Every one of us who has come forward, we have a name, we have a history, we have a life, we are more than Weinstein. But today, because of the brave women, who bared their deepest hurt for the world to see, he's in Rikers Island.

“For once he won't be sitting comfortably. For once he will know what it's like to have power wrapped around his neck. Today is not a referendum on #MeToo, this is taking out the trash.”

It was alleged throughout the trial Weinstein leveraged his immense power and influence to exploit women and the jury heard harrowing testimony from a string of accusers.

He was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault and a 2013 rape. The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.

Weinstein faces between five and 25 years in prison, the Manhattan District Attorney said, with sentencing on March 11.

Weinstein's lawyers say they will appeal.

After the verdicts were returned on Monday, Judge James Burke ordered Weinstein taken to jail immediately.

Court officers handcuffed him, put their arms under his, and led him unsteadily from the courtroom via a side door without the use of the walker he relied on for much of the trial.

He was later taken from the courthouse in an ambulance, strapped to a stretcher in his suit, in what was believed to be a precautionary measure, and taken to a locked unit at Bellevue Hospital.

The judge said he would ask that Weinstein, who had been free on bail since his arrest nearly two years ago, be held in the jail's infirmary after his lawyers said he needed medical attention following unsuccessful back surgery.

McGowan, who alleges she was assaulted by Weinstein in the 1990s, praised the other women who came forward and said she wanted to cause a “massive cultural reset”.

She said: “We achieved that already with what happened but today the trashman came.

“He said to all the little girls and little boys who get hurt in this world, some day maybe you too can have a voice.”

Former Charmed star McGowan, 46, added: “I believe we can be better as a world, as people, as humans. Today is one more step forward in that direction.”

British actress Lysette Anthony alleges Weinstein raped her at her home in London in the 1980s.

The Hollyoaks star paid tribute to the women who testified in court and attacked Weinstein's defence team for how they attempted to shield a “very rich, serial, predatory, rapist”.

She said: “This is the day that truth has won. This is a momentous day and this is the day that hiding behind vicious, petty, transactional defence was slaughtered.

“That's what we did and I am very proud to be part with you all.”

Actress Ashley Judd, another of the dozens of women to make allegations against Weinstein, tweeted: “For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you.”

Former Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra gave evidence in court that Weinstein had raped her in her New York City apartment in the mid-1990s.

Weinstein was acquitted on the two counts of predatory sexual assault that hinged on Sciorra's evidence.

In a statement following the verdict, she said: “My testimony was painful but necessary. I spoke for myself and with the strength of the 80-plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart.

“While we hope for continued righteous outcomes that bring absolute justice, we can never regret breaking the silence. For in speaking truth to power we pave the way for a more just culture, free of the scourge of violence against women.”

Following the verdict, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr hailed a “new day”.

He said: “This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America. This is a new day.

“It's a new day because Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable for crimes he committed. The women who came forward courageously, and at great risk, made that happen.”

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the TIME'S UP Foundation, said it marked a “new era of justice”.

Weinstein is also facing charges in Los Angeles.

Published: 25/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 25, 2020 News Team

Coronavirus pushes beyond Asia as it takes aim at Europe and Middle East


Coronavirus pushes beyond Asia as it takes aim at Europe and Middle East

Coronavirus pushes beyond Asia as it takes aim at Europe and Middle East
The coronavirus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe on Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilising at its Chinese epicentre but posed new threats far beyond. In Italy, authorities set up roadblocks, called off football matches and closed sites including the famed La Scala opera house.
In Iran, a report of dozens of deaths in a single city emerged as infections were reported to have spread for the first time to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Afghanistan.

Across the world, stock markets and futures dipped, with the Dow down more than 800 points in the opening minutes of trading.

Worldwide, the number of people made ill by the coronavirus topped 79,000, and wherever it sprung up, officials rushed to try to contain it.

“The past few weeks has demonstrated just how quickly a new virus can spread around the world and cause widespread fear and disruption,” said the head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, yes,” Mr Tedros said, but “for the moment we're not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus.”

Clusters of the virus continued to emerge, including a possible one in Qom, an Iranian city where the country's semi-official ILNA news agency cited a politician in reporting a staggering 50 people had died of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

The country's Health Ministry rejected that, insisting the death toll remained at 12.

Authorities in Iran closed schools across much of the country for a second day. Cinemas and other venues were shuttered until at least Friday and daily sanitising of the metro in Tehran, which is used by some three million people, was begun.

China still has the vast majority of cases, but as it records lower levels of new infections, attention has shifted to new fronts in the outbreak.

Chief among them is South Korea, where President Moon Jae-in placed the country under a red alert, the highest level, allowing for “unprecedented, powerful steps” to stem the crisis.

Beyond expanding a delay to the start of the school year from the hardest-hit area of Daegu nationwide, though, it remains to be seen how far the government will go.

A Chinese-style lockdown of Daegu – a city of 2.5 million people that is the country's fourth largest – appeared unlikely, even as signs of the response to a broadening problem could be seen nearly everywhere in the nation.

More than 600 police officers in Daegu fanned out in search of hundreds of members of a church that has been identified as a source for hundreds of infections.

The country's National Assembly was temporarily closed on Monday as workers sterilised its halls. At shops and food stalls in the capital of Seoul, a misty fog surrounded crews in protective suits who sprayed disinfectants.

“The changes have been dramatic,” said Daegu resident Nah Young-jo, who described an increasingly empty city of few passersby and closed restaurants.

South Korean officials recommended that courts consider postponing trials of cases not deemed urgent, while Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul threatened tough penalties for those who defy a ban on rallies in major downtown areas.

“If we fail to effectively prevent the spread of the virus into the local communities, there would be a large possibility (that the illness) spreads nationwide,” warned Kim Gang-lip, South Korea's vice health minister.

Health workers said they planned to test every citizen in Daegu who showed cold-like symptoms for the coronavirus, estimating around 28,000 people would be targeted.

In Italy, where 229 people have tested positive for the virus and seven have died, police manned checkpoints around a dozen quarantined northern towns as worries grew across the continent.

Top-flight football team Inter Milan announced that its Europa League match against Ludogorets will be played behind closed doors on Thursday.

The Italian government is moving toward having other games played without fans in attendance in affected areas but the Inter match was the first to be confirmed as going ahead in an empty stadium.

Paramount Pictures halted production on the seventh Mission: Impossible film due to the virus. It had been scheduled to shoot for three weeks in Venice.

Austria temporarily halted rail traffic across its border with Italy.

Slovenia and Croatia, popular getaways for Italians, were holding crisis meetings on the outbreak. Schools were closed, theatre performances were cancelled and even Carnival celebrations in Venice were called off.

It was a sign of how quickly circumstances could change in the widening Covid-19 scare.

Italy had imposed more stringent measures than other European countries after the outbreak began, barring flights beginning January 31 to and from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Until last week, Italy had reported just three cases of infection.

“These rapid developments over the weekend have shown how quickly this situation can change,” the health commissioner for the European Union, Stella Kyriakides, said in Brussels.

“We need to take this situation of course very seriously, but we must not give in to panic, and, even more importantly, to disinformation.”

China reported 409 new cases of the illness on Monday, raising the mainland's total to 77,150. It also announced 150 new deaths for a 2,592 total.

Dr Liang Wannian, the leader of a team of Chinese experts working with WHO to study the outbreak, said more than 3,000 medical workers had been infected in the country, the majority of them in Wuhan.

Dr Liang said while the origins of the virus were still being studied, research suggested that bats may have been one of the hosts and that pangolins, a type of anteater, may have been an intermediate host.

Meantime, China announced it would postpone the annual meetings of the National People's Congress, among the most important political gatherings of the year, citing the virus outbreak.

Published: 25/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 25, 2020 News Team

Forecasters warn of more ice and snow as temperatures plummet


Forecasters warn of more ice and snow as temperatures plummet

Forecasters warn of more ice and snow as temperatures plummet
Temperatures could plummet to minus 10C in some parts of the UK after forecasters warned of more ice and snow over the next 24 hours. The Met Office said 2cm to 6cm of snow is expected to fall over Scotland by Tuesday morning, while higher areas in Northern Ireland and northern England could see up to 3cm.
A yellow weather alert remains in place for those areas until 10am, warning of ice and potentially hazardous travel.

Two severe “danger to life” flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency for the Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury and Ironbridge, along the River Severn.

A further 107 flood warnings – where flooding is expected – and 201 flood alerts – where flooding is possible – were in place across England on Monday night.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said temperatures are expected to drop down to minus 8C across central and eastern Scotland overnight.

The west of the country – mainly in areas above 200 metres – is expected to see the worst of the snow.

Parts of northern England, including Newcastle, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire, will see temperatures of just above freezing on Tuesday morning.

The Met Office has warned drivers of blustery showers, with the possibility of ice, sleet and snow during rush hour.

Later in the day, the mercury is forecast to rise to 8C, with the South East experiencing the warmest temperatures.

Showers are expected for much of the UK throughout Tuesday, along with gusts of 40mph to 50mph on the South West coast.

Further inland, wind speeds are forecast to drop to 30mph to 40mph.

Mr Partridge said Tuesday night will be even colder throughout the UK, with most areas – including London – “struggling to stay above freezing”.

In Scotland, temperatures are forecast to drop to lows of minus 10C during the night.

“Any showers that fall could be a mix of rain, sleet and snow,” Mr Partridge said. “We are quite likely to see another ice warning on Tuesday night.”

He said Wednesday is forecast to be another mix of scattered showers and sunshine.

He added: “As low pressure moves away, we have high pressure in the South West of the UK, and the combination of the two is bringing in more northwesterly (cold) air from Greenland.”

Published: 25/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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February 25, 2020 News Team

Government looks set to miss smoke free target


Government looks set to miss smoke free target

Government looks set to miss smoke-free target
The warning comes from Cancer Research UK
The Government looks set to fail on its ambition for England to be smoke-free by 2030, a leading cancer charity has warned.

Cancer Research UK said current smoking trends suggest it will be 2037 before England is smoke-free, and that smoking rates need to drop 40% faster than projected for the target to be hit.

The Government pledged last July to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.

Smoke-free means just 5% of adults in England will smoke – a dramatic reduction from the 14% who smoke at present.

Cancer Research UK said the ambition is being hindered by cuts to stop-smoking services and national campaigns, and the gap between the least and most deprived people in England.

It says the richest group in England can expect to be smoke-free in 2025, but the poorest will not be smoke-free until the mid-2040s.

Published: 25/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub

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