All posts by Tabitha Hoxley

Brexit Catch-up

The Brexit process is still ongoing and with new updates every day. There’s been lots of negotiations between the EU and UK, a second round in July and a third in August, both of which concluded with press conferences which seemed to highlight what was going wrong. Some technical points have been agreed upon, however the chief EU negotiator, Michael Barnier, said that there was very little decisiveness when it came to the main issues. David Davies, the UK’s Brexit Secretary, has said that the EU needs to start thinking about the people as apposed to process.

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Konta Win!

Johanna Konta has won her match against Simona Halep and is now Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978. Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade’s feat of 39 years ago. With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams.

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Wage Change?

It’s common knowledge that our world and economy are increasing at a somewhat alarming rate. Thankfully, the government is considering making drastic changes to employment law. There may be an introduction of a “dependent contractor” category which caters for firms like Deliveroo and Uber which should receive more benefits such as sick pay, holiday leave and will be covered by minimum wage requirements. The head of the Royal Society of Arts and former Tony Blair adviser Matthew Taylor has made a push for firms to outline their wage structure more clearly.

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Is the Lake District about to be part of Unesco?

The Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu are all Unesco world heritage sites, but could the Lake district be too? The result of the national park’s application will be decided later in Krakow by the Unesco committee, which has had reports recommending the park to be put on the list. If the application is successful, the Lake District would be placed 31st in the list in UK and overseas territories.

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Is the NHS about to have a revolution in diagnosis?

Our human bodies have about 20,000 genes (groups of DNA instructions that control our bodies.) Sometimes, there are little errors in the code, either inherited from parents or minor mutations in cells, which can lead to illnesses such as cancer. A process called whole genome screening (WGS) is a way doctors can identify specific errors which, in about two-thirds of cases, can improve diagnosis and care. Over 31,000 NHS patients have already had their entire genetic code sequenced but Dame Sally wants WGS to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies, that is, if the country can afford it.

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Is Northern Ireland’s female population about to gain access to free abortion?

The government has announced that the women of Northern Ireland will be able to get free abortions whilst in England instead of having to pay. It’s a labour based policy –co-ordinated by Stella Creasy- that’s been supported by over 50 MPs from multiple major parties. At the moment, abortions are only allowed in Northern Ireland if there is a serious risk to the women’s health, mentally or physically, or to her life; factors regarding the health of the foetus or cases of incest or rape are not currently eligible circumstances for legal abortion there.

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