Sunday 22 April 2018

Babies' first year key

Protecting babies from highly allergenic foods and dust mites in their first year of life can prevent the development of asthma during childhood, a new study has discovered.

Researchers found that a child's risk of developing the condition is reduced by more than half if their contact with common triggers of allergy from birth to 12 months is controlled.

Journalist charged

GEOFF Webster, the deputy editor of British newspaper 'The Sun', has been charged in connection with allegedly authorising payments of up to £8,000 (€9,340) to public officials for information used by journalists on the leading News International title.

The alleged offences relate to a period between 2010 and 2011 when Scotland Yard had reopened its phone hacking investigation into the 'News of the World' and David Cameron's ordering of the Leveson Inquiry which examined press practices.

Oxford library prank

Oxford University students are rallying behind a librarian who they say was unfairly sacked after students filmed themselves performing the 'Harlem Shake' in a college library.

The students say that college officials fired Calypso Nash because she allowed about 30 students to film their version of the global YouTube sensation in the library. Oxford University declined to confirm that Ms Nash was dismissed.

Fine for referee abuse

Russian football authorities sanctioned the Terek Grozny team after its honorary president and biggest fan, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, screamed at a referee over stadium loudspeakers.

The Football Union of Russia fined the club 100,000 rubles (€2,500) for Mr Kadyrov's outburst. He flew into a rage after referee Mikhail Vilkov sent off Terek captain Rizvan Utsiev.

Unisex toilets flushed

A town council has abandoned plans to install unisex toilets at its new offices after staff protests.

Rochdale Council employees in the Lancashire town were concerned to find mixed-sex toilets when they moved into new headquarters last week.

After a string of complaints, managers have agreed to put in separate male and female toilets.

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