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Photo that broke the internet wins top photographic award

The sleeping labrador Dilly photo (that was shared over 23 million times to date) has been awarded SWNS Picture of the Year 2015.  SWNS is the largest independent press agency in the UK, supplying up to 20% of daily print news. This beautifully composed picture shot Villager Jim to fame after it "broke" the internet.  Father of two Jim, from Derbyshire, didn't want recognition for his talent but allowed SWNS to publish the photo in the national press. Jim is known as...

The EU debate pantomime

By Abeer Sharma You would be forgiven for hoping that the upcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union- the first since 1975- would present a ripe prospect to have a sensible, mature and enlightening debate about how we intend to steer the future direction of our country. Unfortunately (and somewhat depressingly predictably), since David Cameron announced the date of the 23rd June referendum last month, the entire debate is being overshadowed by an onslaught of false statistics,...

PM ‘needed a crib sheet’ to tell him price of milk

By Joe Mellor Deputy Editor David Laws ex-Lib Dem minister has claimed that David Cameron was given a list with the cost of common items of food and the names of hit pop songs; in the event he was asked any normal questions everyone else knows the answer to. The PM was forced to rely on a “crib sheet” to let him know the price of milk and other daily goods, to ensure he didn’t look out of touch with...

New poll sees Labour drawing level with Tories

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Like most people I am fairly dubious of polls these days, however according to an ICM poll for the Guardian Labour has drawn level with the Conservative Party. The poll put Labour on 36% up a huge four points, leaving them tied with the conservatives down 3 points since December’s results. It is the first time labour has match the Tories since Corbyn came to power. UKIP are unchanged on 11%, the Lib Dems up...

Tory MP forced out of MS Society after voting to cut disability benefits

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Angry MS Society members urged Kit Malthouse to resign as their patron over his decision to vote in support of a cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to disabled people. Malthouse had to quit over his decision to slash (ESA) by £30 a week. The North West Hampshire MP handed in his resignation, and said: "I have no desire to remain if their members do not wish me to do so." Chief executive Lucy Byrne...

Controller admits new CBBC logo ‘doesn’t scream children’s TV’

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The BBC has unveiled a new CBBC logo and its controller admitted it “doesn’t scream ‘children’s TV’”. CBBC was given its first makeover for nine years on Monday, replacing the familiar green and black logo introduced in 2007. Additionally, the new look for BBC3 doesn’t actually say BBC3  and neither does the new-look CBBC logo. New BBC3 logo CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor said: “Our new logo is not overt, it doesn’t scream ‘children’s TV’ but its...

Final Report of Germanwings Crash Investigation Released

The final report of the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash investigation has been released. All 150 people on board died the flight hit a mountain in the French Alps en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona–El Prat Airport. Investigators believe Lubitz brought down the plane deliberately, with records showing he had been suffering from severe depression which doctors were unable to disclose. In the 87-page final report into the tragedy, the French crash investigation agency, the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA), found that Lufthansa could have done...

Amtrak Train Derails In Early Hours in Kansas

An Amtrak train has derailed in Kansas en route from Los Angeles to Chicago with 128 passengers and 14 crew on board. According to early reports, approximately 11 passengers have been taken to a nearby hospital with injuries, although non of them were life-threatening. Amtrak said the derailment of the train, Southwest Chief Train 4 with two locomotives and nine cars, occurred just after midnight CDT. UPDATE: At least 11 injured after Amtrak train derails in Kansas https://t.co/Y0d6n9dsFu pic.twitter.com/8ly7zX7mK3 —...

Two Million Elderly Brits ‘Trapped In Their Homes’

More than two million elderly Brits feel trapped in their homes, according to research. A study of 1,000 people with parents over the age of 70 shows 38 per cent have reached a stage where they are not fully using their entire house. One in five elderly people are unable to go up or down the stairs without harm, and almost a third are not using their kitchen as they cannot get to it safely. Respondents noticed how older relatives...

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