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Government promises ‘bold new goal’ to tackle dirty air

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK scientists estimate air pollution cuts British people’s lives by an average of six months Wood burning stoves, open fires and farms all face new restrictions as the government sets out what it calls a “world leading” plan to tackle air pollution. In their Clean Air Strategy, published today, the government promises to set a “bold new goal” to reduce particulates across much of the country by 2030. But green groups say the scheme is vague and severely lacking in detail. They…

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Police to get new powers to tackle illegal drone use

Image copyright PA Police will be given new powers to tackle the illegal use of drones, the government has announced. The area around airports where drones are banned from flying will also be extended. From 30 November 2019 operators of drones between 250g and 20kg will need to be registered. Registered drone users will also need to take an online competency test. Last month flights from Gatwick were suspended for more than 36 hours after drones were reported over the airfield. The plans follow a consultation into the use of…

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How Instagram influencers would tackle the retail crisis

Image copyright Jasmine Jonas Image caption Jasmine Jonas has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram We all know that it’s been a tough year for fashion retailers on the High Street, but online it’s been quite a different story. Internet-based “fast-fashion” retailers such as Boohoo, In The Style and Missguided have – by and large – been growing at a clip as they target younger consumers seeking the latest trends at rock-bottom prices. Key to their success has been the social media platform Instagram, which millennial consumers increasingly use to…

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College football notebook: Michigan keeps quarterback, loses defensive tackle

Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson said Friday he will return to Ann Arbor next year for his senior season and will not enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson (2) looks for an open receiver against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss after the 2017 season, and the NCAA granted his waiver request to become eligible to play immediately in 2018. The Wolverines finished 10-2 and will meet…

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Nicolas Chauvin: Stade Francais teenager dies after tackle in game at Bordeaux

A teenage rugby player with French side Stade Francais has died after being injured in a game. Nicolas Chauvin, who was 19, suffered a broken neck after a tackle early in a youth match at Bordeaux on Sunday. The injury led to the back-row suffering a cardiac arrest and brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. He was taken to hospital and had emergency surgery on his neck, but in a statement Stade said he died on Wednesday in hospital. “Today, all our thoughts are with the family of…

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Climate change: Failure to tackle warming ‘suicidal’

Image copyright SOPA Images Image caption Some observers believe that the return of Mr Guterres to these talks is a sign that significant progress is not being made The UN secretary-general has warned negotiators at a major meeting that failing to increase efforts on climate change would be “not only immoral but suicidal” for the planet. Antonio Guterres has flown back to Poland to try and push COP24 to a successful conclusion. At the UN talks, a group of countries have said they will enhance their climate plans before 2020.…

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England 37-18 Australia: Eddie Jones refuses to criticise controversial Owen Farrell tackle

England produce second-half masterclass against Australia England coach Eddie Jones refused to criticise captain Owen Farrell for a controversial tackle in his side’s impressive 37-18 win over Australia. Farrell’s hit on Izack Rodda saved an almost certain try that would have put the visitors four points up. It appeared to be a shoulder charge, reviving memories of Farrell’s tackle on South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen. “We’ll leave it up to the TMO, the referee didn’t think it was anything wrong,” Jones told BBC Sport. The tackle on second row Rodda happened…

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Wrexham residents urged to befriend homeless to help tackle drug use

Image caption The problems of Spice in Wrexham led to it being labelled “Spice Town” Residents of a town blighted by drugs problems have been urged to speak to homeless people to help tackle the stigma surrounding the issue. Wrexham was dubbed “Spice Town” after images emerged of people under the influence of drugs at its bus station. Figures from earlier this year showed it had 44 rough sleepers – the second most in Wales after Cardiff. Project Home, started by Georgie Adams, urges residents to do their bit to…

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