Painted stones record smashed in girl’s memory

Image caption Isla’s mother spent months planning the fun day Isla’s mother Katherine Tansey, from Hinckley, said she had been aiming to collect at least 4,000 stones to eclipse a recent record attempt in Surrey that had yet to be verified. Image caption People were encouraged to get creative with their decorated stones Isla’s father, Simon Tansey, said: “Isla would have been amazed. She’d have found it crazy and been clapping her hands. “It keeps her legacy alive and it’s all about raising awareness of childhood cancer, which is very close to our hearts.” Related Topics Hinckley Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

England v Australia: 142 years of cricketing beef

Because although today’s match will be a one-day game, the intense rivalry has its roots in the history of Test cricket between the two sides. And it all started with a tiny pottery perfume jar. Ashes to Ashes Cricket has its roots in 16th Century England, but the first international matches were played in the late 1800s. An England team played in Australia in 1877, in what are regarded as some of the first ever international Test matches, and a return series was held five years later. It was after those games in 1882 that a sporting newspaper made a joke that became part of history. The Sporting Times ran a fake “obituary for English cricket” that concluded “the body …

Flooding after month’s rain falls in a few hours

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFlooding in Dingwall after month’s rain falls in a few hours Parts of Dingwall in the Highlands were flooded after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just a few hours on Wednesday evening. The town, along with other parts of northern and eastern Scotland, were affected by thundery downpours. Further heavy rain has been forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening and a Met Office yellow “be aware” warning is in place. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 11 flood alerts. They are mostly for northern and eastern areas of Scotland, including Caithness and Sutherland, Easter Ross, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Edinburgh and Lothians. Image copyright Shona Henderson/BBC Naidheachdan …

Major would go to court to stop Parliament closure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe former prime minister says it would be “unacceptable” to force through a-no deal Former prime minister Sir John Major has told the BBC he would seek a judicial review in the courts if the new prime minister tried to suspend Parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit. Sir John said such a move would be “utterly and totally unacceptable”. Using a judicial review, anyone can apply to challenge the lawfulness of decisions made by the government. Boris Johnson – the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race – has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament. Bid to make no deal more difficult scrapes through Do MPs have the power to stop no deal? …

The TV drama that became topical by accident

What are non-disclosure agreements? While the news headlines around abuse and non-disclosure agreements could easily have been a source of research for Addai, he says he decided instead to stick to consulting child psychologists during development. What he found was that, if anything, his proposed storyline hardly scratched the surface of the world of abuse and NDAs. What makes a great TV drama? “The production company were good at arranging meetings with Tavistock Children’s Services, speaking to child psychologists, who explained that this is nowhere near what’s been happening in our country right now,” he says. “To hear these guys lay out raw their kind of passion to really do something about it, they’re the real heroes really. “And make …

Jodrell Bank gets World Heritage status

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soviet cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky (left), who went on three space flights, met Jodrell Bank founder Sir Bernard Lovell in 1967 The UN World Heritage Committee is meeting in Azerbaijan until 10 July to decide on the latest sites to be given the honour – awarded to areas considered to be important for the whole of humanity, which will be protected by international treaties. Jodrell Bank Observatory The site’s new accolade marks the end of a decade-long bid to gain World Heritage status, following a 2010 application to be included on the UK’s nominations shortlist. Professor Teresa Anderson, director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: “This is wonderful news and a great day in …

Eton to offer 12 free sixth form places

Private school and Oxbridge ‘take top jobs’ Do schools help or hinder social mobility? Headmaster Simon Henderson said the school had a tradition of offering free places “to deserving pupils” since it was founded in 1440, adding that there were more than 80 pupils currently in the school “who pay no fees” “The Orwell Award will ensure that we continue this tradition by helping boys with tremendous potential but limited opportunity,” said Mr Henderson. “We are not targeting boys who will do well anyway. “We’re looking for applicants with vigour, talent and industry who, without proper support, will not be prepared for or even apply to the country’s top universities.” Related Topics Schools Social mobility Eton Original Article : HERE …

MP urges Corbyn to revisit May’s Brexit plan

Mr Corbyn is also facing pressure from his own party to back Remain and a second referendum on leaving the EU. Johnson wants say in spending post-Brexit aid cash Tory leadership: Compare the candidates MP’s hope for single market Brexit plan But Mr Kinnock is one of 25 Labour MPs who are against another referendum. “The key point is that this is not the withdrawal agreement that failed to get through parliament. This is a Withdrawal Agreement Bill which was the result of cross-party talks and it’s actually full of concessions to Labour’s negotiating position,” he told BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday Supplement programme. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are battling to become the next …

Hunt backs protection for Christians worldwide

Christian persecution ‘at near genocide levels’ Alarm over China’s Church crackdown Pope decries killing of Christians It said the Foreign Office should identify the “particular character” of discrimination against Christians, alongside “similar definitions for other religions”. Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt’s rival in the Conservative leadership race, also signalled his backing for the report. Image Copyright @BorisJohnson @BorisJohnson Mr Hunt said he thought officials should clearly call out specific anti-Christian hatred using the term ‘Christophobia’. “We need to recognise that there is a specific Christian-related issue that goes beyond the championing of freedom of religious belief,” he added. The bishop’s report estimated estimated that one in three people suffer from religious persecution, with Christians the most persecuted religious group. ‘Not about …

Tory leader voters ‘issued two ballots’

The vote closes on 22 July, with the result announced the following day. Leadership hopefuls face Welsh members Tory leadership: Compare the candidates Intelligence claims raise Johnson trust issue again Young members’ take on the next PM BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme has learned that some members have received two ballot papers, in some cases because members live and work in different constituencies and may have joined local Conservative Associations in both areas. People who have changed their name, after marriage for example, may also have been affected. The BBC has seen duplicate ballot papers which have been issued to the same person at the same address. The Conservative Party and the independent body hired to scrutinise the running of …

Swimmer’s bid to reveal micro-plastics pollution

She has swum “from source to sea” along a river in Snowdonia and this month will study rivers in the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. However, she fears what the results from her “frog’s eye view” may prove. “I wanted a challenge but I also wanted to find something out that would be useful,” she said. “If we were to find micro-plastics in rivers as high as Snowdonia or in remote areas, we have to ask how did it get there? It must be in the water-cycle. The only way it could get there is by [rain].” Laura braved snow and icy water temperatures at 2,000ft up Crib Goch peak in Snowdonia, in April. Image copyright PA Media …

Councils ‘to make 1bn’ from parking charges

The study examined budget figures provided by councils to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Of the 343 councils in the study, 278 said they expected to record a surplus from parking for the current financial year. Driver amasses £32,000 in parking fines Grace period granted for pizza pick-ups UK parking spaces to be made ‘app ready’ Some 65 councils said they were preparing to break even or incur a loss, the research said. The highest budgeted surplus outside of London was Brighton and Hove (£24m) in seventh place, with other authorities in the top 20 including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (£13.7m), Bristol (£12.5m), and Birmingham (£12.4m). RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding described £1bn as “quite a windfall …

Seaside resort holds first Pride festival

“Recent television documentaries and my son inspired us to come out in support of groups fighting prejudice,” Ms Waugh said. Image caption Friends Ben, Howard, Paul and Darren attended the event together Mr Jeal, who is serving his second term as mayor, said the day had been “absolutely fantastic and I hope similar events will be staged in the future”. Great Yarmouth and Waveney Pride plans to hold similar days in future to raise awareness of its work in promoting equality, diversity, mental and sexual health. The organisation’s stated aim on its website is: “We believe that every human, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation …