Tuesday 16 January 2018

In a sweat over work

Press Association

Workers should be allowed to down tools when the temperature hits 30C or 27C if they do strenuous work, a group of British MPs have said.

MP Linda Riordan tabled a motion in the Commons urging the Government to mandate maximum temperatures in the workplace to match rules about how cold it can be.

IT'S HELL IN HOLLYWOOD

Packs of young people rampaged through Hollywood, knocked down people and stole mobile phones and other items before a police sweep halted the marauding crowd and arrested a dozen people, police said.

Fifteen to 20 young men and women were "attacking victims and taking property" on Hollywood Boulevard, Lt Ray Valois said.

KNIFE AT CUTTING EDGE

An "intelligent" knife that knows when it is cutting through cancerous tissue is being tested in three London hospitals.

Experts believe the wand-like device, the first of its kind in the world, will revolutionise cancer treatment by removing uncertainty from surgery. In an early study, the "iKnife" identified malignant tissue in cancer patients undergoing operations with 100pc accuracy.

PEACE BID BACKING

US Secretary of State John Kerry has won Arab League backing for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes for a quick resumption in the stalled negotiations.

Kerry met in Jordan yesterday with representatives of the Arab League and nine of its members that support a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace plan proposed by Saudi Arabia.

SHOW GIVEN A MISS

The Miss Italy contest has been dropped by the state television broadcaster, provoking a row over whether it is outdated and sexist or a harmless celebration of female beauty.

The pageant – which launched the careers of stars such as Sophia Loren – dates back to 1939 and has been broadcast live by RAI since 1987. The scrapping of the show was applauded this week by Laura Boldrini, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, who said it was "a civilised and modern choice".

Irish Independent

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