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February 24, 2020 News Team

Sand storms continue to affect the Canary Islands

Sand storms continue to affect the Canary Islands

Sand storms continue to affect the Canary Islands
Thousands of passengers have been delayed due to the Calima
UK holidaymakers stranded in the Canary Islands are to begin returning home after most of the Spanish archipelago's airports reopened following a Saharan sandstorm.

Departures from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife North were able to take off on Monday morning, but those departing from Tenerife South continued to be grounded.

Flights to and from the airports were cancelled, suspended or diverted over the weekend due to poor visibility.

Passengers posted photographs of people sitting on airport floors waiting for more information.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

French Government say they will not be blackmailed on a bad trade deal

French Government say they will not be blackmailed on a bad trade deal

French Government say they will not be blackmailed on a bad trade deal
The UK and EU 27 are holding discussions during the transition period
France has warned the UK that it will not be “blackmailed” into accepting a “bad” post-Brexit trade deal because of Boris Johnson's December 31 deadline.

Ministers from the 27 remaining European Union members will meet in Brussels on Tuesday to agree the negotiating mandate for the talks on the UK's future relationship with the bloc.

In a sign that the EU is prepared to take a tough line, French Europe minister Amelie de Montchalin insisted that her country's farmers, fishermen and businesses would not pay the price for a trade deal to be in place by the end of the year.

Boris Johnson has ruled out extending the transition period beyond December 31, meaning the UK will do business with the EU on World Trade Organisation terms on January 1 2021 unless an agreement with Brussels is in place.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Sir Steve McQueen says his younger self wouldnt give a damn about knighthood

Sir Steve McQueen says his younger self wouldnt give a damn about knighthood

Sir Steve McQueen says his younger self 'wouldn't give a damn about knighthood'
Sir Steve McQueen has said that his younger self would not be impressed by his knighthood. The Oscar-winning filmmaker, 50, told the Big Issue that while it is “great” to receive the honour “it doesn't mean anything unless you can actually use it”.
The 12 Years A Slave director was given a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list for services to film.

Sir Steve told the magazine: “My younger self wouldn't give a damn about my knighthood.

“'What is he doing with it?' That is what he would ask.

“The country I come from gave me this high award – and that's great.

“But it doesn't mean anything unless you can actually use it.”

He added that he doesn't admire his younger self “for following his path”.

“I just think of the other people that could have gone on a similar path but didn't,” he said.

“I was an exception because of hard-headedness and luck.

“Or hard-headedness and talent. My hard-headedness and a certain innate talent to draw made that luck.”

He also claimed that 12 Years A Slave “opened a lot of doors for other filmmakers”.

“Certain movies would not have been made without it – and I know that for a fact because the producers told me.

“So it was a real catalyst moment for filmmaking.

“It was me being headstrong again. Everyone was telling me no and I didn't take any notice, just like before.”

The Big Issue, sold by vendors to lift themselves out of poverty, is available now.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

More flood warnings as snow and rain fall

More flood warnings as snow and rain fall

More flood warnings as snow and rain fall
Snow and rain fell across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England on Monday morning as warnings of further flooding were issued. Commuters were advised to expect traffic disruption as the new working week began.
Further south, a severe flood warning – meaning an imminent danger to life – continued for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, as the Environment Agency (EA) warned of ongoing flooding dangers across England.

The EA said in a statement that heavy rainfalls had caused the Severn's levels to rise and “flooding of property is expected to continue”.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow across all but the most northern areas of Scotland and Aberdeen until 10pm on Monday.

The Met Office said: “Here, two to five centimetres of snow is likely above 100 to 200 metres whilst above 300 metres 10 to 20cm snow may build up.”

Yellow warnings for rain and snow have been issued for Northern Ireland and northern England.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna warned commuters to monitor the conditions for hazards, saying: “At the moment we're seeing ice and frost overnight most nights, and there are going to be a lot of icy patches around this morning.

“People need to keep an eye out.”

The forecaster said there would be a temperature disparity on Monday as the mercury hovered around a “quite mild” 11-12C in the south of the UK and dipping to -6C in northern Scotland.

Rain and snow were expected to push north and east across the country “before giving way to some brighter weather” across the south and west of Britain later in the day, Mr Petagna said.

As well as the severe flood warning for Shrewsbury, the EA had issued 92 flood warnings and 182 flood alerts as of Monday morning.

Warnings and alerts were in place from Cornwall to the Norfolk coast and from Dorset to the Scottish border.

An EA spokesman said ongoing flooding is possible for parts of the West Midlands, along the Severn and Wye and also in parts of the north of England, including in the lower River Aire in Yorkshire.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency said three flood warnings were in force on Monday morning with four further flood alerts.

And in Wales, there were nine flood warnings in force and 19 alerts.

While the extreme weather should settle down over Tuesday and Wednesday – accompanied by a notable dip in temperatures – the Met Office said further heavy rain is expected on Friday.

The bleak outlook follows more than a fortnight of downpours and flooding that started with Storm Ciara, continued with Storm Dennis and kept going with the weekend's storms, which – contrary to some reports – have not been named by the Met Office.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Unaffordable housing putting strain on mental health study suggests

Unaffordable housing putting strain on mental health study suggests

Unaffordable housing putting strain on mental health, study suggests
One in seven couples aged under 45 have put off having children or not had them at all due to their housing situation, a survey has found. Some 13% of UK adults under the age of 45 and in a couple have delayed or not had children due to their housing situation, according to a YouGov poll undertaken for the Affordable Housing Commission.
And nearly a third (31%) of parents with adult children aged 18-plus living at home either do not expect them to move out or believe it will take 10 years or more.

The survey of more than 2,100 people found that 10% of adults now live with family or friends, rising to nearly one in five (18%) for 25 to 34-year-olds.

One in seven (13%) people surveyed said their mental health had been negatively affected by their housing situation, rising to a quarter (25%) for those living in “unaffordable” housing, where rent or mortgage equal more than a third of their total household income.

Lord Richard Best, chair of the Affordable Housing Commission, which was set up by think tank the Smith Institute and is funded by the Nationwide Foundation, said: “The housing system is hindering, not helping, millions of people – particularly those who are putting off big life decisions because of it.

“Unaffordable housing, especially in the private rented sector, is now a serious strain on people's mental health and a barrier to having a better life.

“We need a fundamental rethink and structural change to rebalance it and ensure it works now and for future generations.”

Lord Best is a past chief executive of the National Housing Federation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He was also president of the Local Government Association (LGA) for nine years.

The Commission is due to publish recommendations in March 2020.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp win Love Island

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp win Love Island

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp win Love Island
Finley Tapp and Paige Turley have won the first ever series of winter Love Island. They beat fellow finalists Siannise Fudge and Luke Trotman, Luke Mabbott and Demi Jones, and Jess Gale and Ched Uzor to win £50,000.
After discovering they had won the public vote to be crowned the champions, Paige and Finn then had to decide whether to stick or split the cash prize.

They were asked by host Laura Whitmore whether this experience “was about love or money”, and were each given an envelope – Paige's had the £50,000 prize, and Finn's had £0.

Paige, 22, then had to decide whether to keep the full prize for herself, or share it with Finn, 20.

She chose to share it with her partner, meaning they won £25,000 each.

Following their win, Finn joked: “How the f*** have I blagged that?”

Siannise and Luke T came in second place, while Luke M and Demi came in third place and Jess and Ched were fourth.

Earlier in the programme, Finn – a semi-professional footballer from Milton Keynes – had declared his love for Paige as the finalists made their declarations of love for each other.

Breaking down in tears in the pre-recorded segment, he said: “Paigey, I want you to know I love you.”

Paige, a singer from West Lothian who previously dated chart-topping star Lewis Capaldi, told him: “You brought out a side to me that no-one has ever seen.”

The final episode of the winter series of Love Island, which had taken place over six weeks and saw 32 islanders attempt to find love in the villa, also included clips of the finalists' last day together.

The girls were seen enjoying a spa day while the boys crafted their declarations of love.

They were also taught how to tango by professional dancers, a dance they would do later on while at the Love Island “prom”.

The episode came just over a week after former Love Island host Caroline Flack died at the age of 40.

Whitmore paid tribute to Flack earlier in the live final, held in Cape Town, South Africa, telling viewers that it has been “extremely difficult coming to terms with the loss of our friend and colleague Caroline”.

She added: “We're thinking of her family and everyone who knew her at this time.

“Caroline loved Love Island, she loved love, and that's why tonight's final is dedicated to her.”

A montage of footage from Flack's time hosting Love Island and companion show Aftersun since 2015 was played.

An ITV spokeswoman confirmed earlier on Sunday that the finalists had been told of Flack's death off camera before the live final.

Flack was replaced by her friend Whitmore on the winter series of Love Island following the late star's arrest on an assault charge.

The former Love Island host was found dead at her rented flat last Saturday after taking her own life as she awaited trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.

At the end of the programme, Whitmore confirmed that the regular summer series of Love Island will take place in its usual location of Mallorca later this year.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal to back to back wins

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal to back to back wins

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal to back-to-back wins
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal recovered from an early setback to beat Everton in a thrilling five-goal clash. The visitors led inside 49 seconds as Dominic Calvert-Lewin's effort became the quickest home goal ever conceded by Arsenal in the Premier League.
But Eddie Nketiah would level for the Gunners before Aubameyang struck either side of a Richarlison goal to hand Arsenal a 3-2 win and their first back-to-back league victories since the opening two games of the campaign.

Mikel Arteta's reign as Arsenal boss has so far brought about improvements in defence but his side were sloppy here and relied on some fine finishing at the other end of the pitch to lift themselves above Everton and up to ninth.

A quirk of the winter break meant this was Everton's first game in 15 days and Arsenal's third of the week.

That may be the reason the Toffees took a shock lead as David Luiz lost the flight of a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick, the ball cannoning off his shoulder with Calvert-Lewin finishing acrobatically to stun the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal looked to respond quickly but Hector Bellerin could only fire high over the bar after being played in by Nicolas Pepe.

In their attempts to peg Everton back, Arsenal were already committing extra bodies forward and they were almost caught out as Richarlison fed former Gunner Alex Iwobi, who arrowed a shot just over Bernd Leno's crossbar.

Things went from bad to worse as Arsenal soon lost Sead Kolasinac to injury following a nasty fall, Bukayo Saka coming on at left-back in his place.

The 18-year-old winger has reverted to defence in recent months but his tendencies as an attacking player remain and he provided his third assist of the week, crossing for Nketiah to turn home an instinctive finish to level the game before the half-hour mark.

Six minutes later and Arsenal were ahead, Luiz with an inch-perfect pass to split the Everton defence and find the run of Aubameyang, who made no mistake in notching his 18th goal of the season to turn the tables.

A flashpoint at the start of stoppage time saw Richarlison booked for a late challenge on Dani Ceballos, with plenty of those in red claiming the Brazil international should have been sent off.

Instead, just moments later, he was equalising for Everton as he got the lightest of flicks to Yerry Mina's header to knock the ball past Leno and over the line.

Remarkably, the second half started quicker than the first, Pepe crossing for Aubameyang to head Arsenal back in front just 25 seconds after referee Stuart Attwell got the action back under way.

Andre Gomes came off the Everton bench on the hour, completing a fine comeback from a serious ankle injury suffered just three months earlier.

Calvert-Lewin should have buried his second of the afternoon after being picked out by Richarlison's knock-down but Leno stood tall and kept out his close-range strike as Everton continued to push on.

Ceballos then came close at the other end, curling a shot wide after good work from Mesut Ozil had teed up the Spaniard.

With action at both ends, Leno once again did well to keep out Richarlison before Calvert-Lewin failed to get anything on his team-mate's cross.

Arteta introduced Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi to add steel to his side as they looked to stem the tide but it was in front of goal where Nketiah almost delivered the killer blow, cracking the underside of the crossbar after fine pressing work saw Granit Xhaka nick the ball on the edge of the Everton box.

Calvert-Lewin headed a fine chance wide after Arsenal switched off for a short corner while substitute Moise Kean flashed a shot past Leno's post as Arteta's men survived to claim their third win in a week.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Risk of stroke may depend of the type of food a person eats or avoids study

Risk of stroke may depend of the type of food a person eats or avoids study

Risk of stroke may depend of the type of food a person eats or avoids – study
A person's risk of getting a certain type of stroke may depend on the type of food they eat or avoid, according to research. Scientists looked at the association between food and two major types of stroke – ischaemic and haemorrhagic.
Ischaemic stroke occurs due to a blockage in the artery cutting off the blood supply to the brain, while haemorrhagic stroke occurs when there is bleeding in the brain that damages surrounding cells.

They found higher intake of fibre to be linked to a decreased risk of ischaemic stroke, while greater consumption of eggs was associated with a higher chance of haemorrhagic stroke.

Dr Tammy Tong, the first author on the study and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, said: “The most important finding is that higher consumption of both dietary fibre and fruit and vegetables was strongly associated with lower risks of ischaemic stroke, which supports current European guidelines.

“The general public should be recommended to increase their fibre and fruit and vegetable consumption, if they are not already meeting these guidelines.

“Our study also highlights the importance of examining stroke subtypes separately, as the dietary associations differ for ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke, and is consistent with other evidence, which shows that other risk factors, such as cholesterol levels or obesity, also influence the two stroke subtypes differently.”

The researchers looked at data from more than 418,000 people in nine European countries, in one of the largest studies of its kind.

The participants completed questionnaires providing information about their diet, lifestyle and medical history. They were then followed up for an average of 12 years.

Around 4,281 cases of ischaemic stroke and 1,430 cases of haemorrhagic stroke were recorded during this time.

The study found higher intakes of fruit, vegetables, fibre, milk, cheese or yoghurt were each linked to a lower risk of ischaemic stroke.

But they found “no significant association” with these foods to a lower risk of haemorrhagic stroke.

Every 10g more intake of fibre a day was associated with a 23% lower risk of ischaemic stroke, the researchers said, which is equivalent to around two fewer cases per 1,000 of the population over 10 years.

Fruit and vegetables were associated with a 13% lower risk for every 200g eaten a day.

The researchers also found every extra 20g of eggs consumed a day was linked to a 25% higher risk of haemorrhagic stroke, which they said, was equivalent or around two cases per 3,000 people over 10 years.

Commenting on the research, Paul Evans, professor of cardiovascular science, University of Sheffield, who was not involved in the study, said: “A major strength of this study is that it captured data from a large cohort of individuals from nine European countries.

“However, although the research has discovered an association between dietary intake and stroke risk, it is possible that the altered stroke risk is not caused by the diet itself but is instead caused by associated socioeconomic or lifestyle factors.

“Further research is therefore needed to investigate whether diet has a direct influence on stroke risk.”

The research is published in the European Heart Journal.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Sherpas to set off on Everest challenge

Sherpas to set off on Everest challenge

Sherpas to set off on Everest challenge
Four Sherpa guides will attempt to climb to the top of Mount Everest in less than a week to set a new mountaineering record on the world's highest peak. The team is looking to scale the peak in five days – over the final days of winter – to surpass the record for the season which currently stands at two months and was set 27 years ago.
Team leader Tashi Lakpa, 34, said the quartet will begin the ascent of the 8,850-metre mountain on Tuesday, reach the peak on Saturday and return to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Sunday.

Mr Lapka said: “The last teams that scaled the peak in winter did it in two months time, but we are planning to do it in five days.

“We are attempting to set a new mountaineering record.”

Everest is mainly scaled during the spring climbing season in April and May, when weather conditions are favourable.

Between the four climbers, Mr Lakpa has scaled Everest eight times, while the others have done it three times, twice and once.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub


February 24, 2020 News Team

Italy rushes to contain Europes first major virus outbreak

Italy rushes to contain Europes first major virus outbreak

Italy rushes to contain Europe's first major virus outbreak
Italy has scrambled to halt the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of coronavirus amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival and scrapping major league football matches. Concern was also on the rise in neighbouring Austria, which halted all rail traffic to and from Italy for several hours after suspicion that a train at its southern border with Italy had two passengers possibly infected with the virus on board, authorities said.
Austria's interior ministry said it had been informed by Italy's railway company that two passengers had a fever and stopped the train at the Brenner crossing before it could enter Austria.

However, just before midnight Austria's Federal Railways announced on Twitter the ban had been lifted.

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said the two people suspected of being infected with the virus on the Eurocity 86 train from Venice to Munich had tested negative and the train would be allowed to continue on its way, according to the ORF broadcast network.

The decision to call off Venice Carnival was announced by Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia as the number of confirmed virus cases soared to 152, the largest number outside Asia.

“The ordinance is immediately operative and will go into effect at midnight,” said Mr Zaia, whose area includes Venice, where thousands packed St Mark's Square.

The carnival would have run through to Tuesday.

Road blocks were set up in at least some of 10 towns in Lombardy at the epicentre of the outbreak, including in Casalpusterlengo, to keep people from leaving or arriving.

Buses, trains and other forms of public transport – including boats in Venice – were being disinfected, Mr Zaia told reporters.

Museums were also ordered to shut down after Sunday in Venice, a top tourist draw anytime of the year, as well as in neighbouring Lombardy.

Authorities said three people in Venice have tested positive for the viral disease known as Covid-19, all of them in their late 80s and who were taken to hospital in critical condition.

Other northern regions with smaller numbers of cases are Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.

Italy's first two cases were a Chinese tourist couple, diagnosed earlier this month and reported recovering in a Rome hospital.

The death on Sunday of an elderly woman, who was already suffering from cancer when she contracted the virus, raised the nation's death toll to three, said Lombardy regional official Giulio Gallera.

Authorities expressed frustration that they have not been able to track down the source of the virus that is spreading in the north and which surfaced last week when an Italian man in his late 30s in Codogno became critically ill.

“The health officials haven't been yet able to pinpoint 'patient zero',” Angelo Borrelli, head of the national Civil Protection agency, told reporters in Rome.

Mr Borrelli indicated the strategy is to concentrate on closures and other restrictions to try to stem the spread in the country, which already had taken measures early on in the global virus alarm that included banning direct flights from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

Italy has also tested millions of airport passengers arriving from other places for any signs of fever.

“Worry is understandable, panic, no,” Premier Giuseppe Conte told a state TV interviewer.

Mr Gallera told reporters in Milan that schools, museums, discos, pubs and cinemas would stay closed for at least seven days.

But restaurants in Milan and other Lombardy cities outside the main cluster area can still operate since, unlike at concerts and other entertainment venues, in eateries “people are not congregated in one place and there is space between tables,” Mr Gallera said.

Lombardy's ban on public events also extended to Masses. Venice also was forbidding public Masses, while in Milan, the city's iconic Gothic cathedral was closed to visitors. School trips inside Italy and overseas were banned.

But in the south, thousands turned out for a visit by Pope Francis in the port city of Bari. The pontiff shook hands with many of the faithful.

In Lombardy, a populous region which includes the country's financial capital, Milan, nearly all the cases of Covid-19 were in the countryside, mainly in Codogno and nine neighbouring towns.

In those towns, only grocery stores and pharmacies were permitted to open, and people were not supposed to enter or leave the towns.

Melissa Catanacci, who lives on one of Codogno's main roads, said in the morning, she ventured outside for a stroll along with her husband and two children, ages 10 and 13.

“Every quarter-hour or so a car goes by” on the main road, Ms Catanacci said, speaking by telephone.

With businesses closed, the usual Sunday “passeggiata” – a leisurely stroll through local streets – did not last very long, she said.

Sporting events were cancelled, from children's team practices to Serie A football matches which were to be played in northern stadiums. Those measures were ordered on Saturday night by the Italian government.

Dispensers of hand disinfectant were being installed in trains run by the state railways, which also said it was supplying its crews with masks and disposable gloves.

Published: 24/02/2020 by Radio NewsHub