SUDDEN infant death syndrome (SIDS) sees just under 300 babies die every year in the UK. Sometimes known as "cot death", it's the name given to a condition where a seemingly healthy baby dies unexpectedly. What is sudden infant death syndrome? Most sudden and unexplained deaths happen during the first six months of a baby's life. Infants born early or with a low birthweight are usually at greater risk of the syndrome. Baby boys are usually more commonly affected by sudden infant death syndrome. It usually happens when a baby is asleep, although it can happen when they are awake. What causes sudden infant death syndrome? The exact cause is unknown, but a number of things are thought to be a factor. Experts think that it can occur at a particular stage in a baby's development - therefore babies who are vulnerable to certain stresses can be more at risk. This vulnerability could be due to being born prematurely or having a low birthweight, or for other reasons. Getting tangled in bedding, … [Read more...] about What is sudden infant death syndrome, aka SIDS, how common is cot death and what are the causes?
STUDENTS at Manchester University have painted over a wall mural of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”, replacing it with “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. The incident took place in the University’s Student Union, with claims that the poem is racist. Here’s what we know so far. Who was Rudyard Kipling? Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short story writer, poet and novelist. He was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, British India and he died on January 18, 1936, in London, England. His most famous works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Kim and The Man Who Would Be King. His most notable poems include Mandalay, Gunga Din, The Gods of the Copybook Headings, The White Man's Burden and If. While one of the most admired writers of the British Empire, the 20th century saw a shift in attitudes against Kipling. He was labelled “a jingo imperialist” by George Orwell, who also described him as “morally insensitive … [Read more...] about Who was Rudyard Kipling and is his poem If racist?
RYANAIR is facing industrial action on several dates in July 2018. Irish trade union members went on strike for the first time on July 12, with unions in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Belgium set to join them on July 25. Here's what you need to know about the action. When are the July 2018 walkouts? Ryanair pilots who are members of the Irish trade union are striking for the first time on Thursday, July 12, in a row over working practices. Unions representing cabin crews in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for two days between July 25 and 26, while the Italian crews will strike for one day on July 25. The airline won't run 300 of their 2,400 daily flights over the two days to minimise disruption to customers from strikes by cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain. Ryanair said that they had text messaged 50,000 customers to let them know their flights have been cancelled. Europe's biggest budget carrier averted widespread strikes before Christmas 2017 by deciding to … [Read more...] about Ryanair strike – what are the July 2018 walkout dates, are flights cancelled or changed and why are pilots and cabin crew striking?
KURT Masur was a German conductor and humanitarian who became world-renowned for his belief in the power of music to "bring humanity closer together". Hailed as "one of the last old-style maestros", he is being honoured with a commemorative Google Doodle on what would have been his 91st birthday. Who was Kurt Masur? Kurst Masur was born on July 18, 1927, in Brieg, a town now known as Brzeg in modern day Poland. He was called up as a schoolboy to join the "Volkssturm" German militia in late 1944 as World War Two entered its final stages. Aged 17, Masur was captured by Allied forces after just 27 of the 150 soldiers in his unit survived military action. Following the war, he studied piano, composition and conducting in Leipzig, but left before completing his studies after being offered a job at the age of 21. Masur conducted the Dresden Philharmoic Orchestra – from 1955 to 1958 and 1967 to 1972 – and took the prestigious role of kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester … [Read more...] about Kurt Masur marked with Google Doodle – why is the German conductor being commemorated on his 91st birthday?
PARLIAMENT is due to break for the holidays next week after plans to send MPS away earlier were rejected. Here's the lowdown on Parliament's recess and where MPs go during the long summer break. When does the summer recess start? The House of Commons is due to rise for its six-week summer recess on July 24, 2018. The Government had proposed tabling a motion to bring forward the closure of Parliament to July 19, but later decided not to go ahead with the idea. This came amid growing opposition to the plan by Conservative MPs, with European Tories suggesting they would have opposed any attempt to cut short the term with Brexit negotiations continuing to drag-on. Theresa May's newly-published Brexit plan is under constant threat before she can even get to the negotiating table with Brussels before Britain leaves the European Union on March 29, 2019. Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne Angela Rayner, criticised the motion to bring the summer break forward. She wrote on Twitter: … [Read more...] about Parliament summer recess 2018 – when does it start, how long does the holiday last and what do MPs do?