The Daily: 14 September
Cycling Legend and six-times Olympic Gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has been named as the first official Ambassador for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glasgow will host the Games and organisers state they "could think of no person more appropriate than Sir Chris to be our first official ambassador." Hoy is equally as excited to be a part of the event and has hinted that a win in his home country would be a "dream ending". Hoy will be helping to promote the event along with a team of other high profile athletes and ambassadors whose names are yet to be released.
Items from Captain Scott's Antarctic mission go on sale
Instruments including Scott's personal compass and the harness that saved Earnest Shakleton's life are to go on sale in Christies, London, on October 9th. The compass is expected to reach £20,000 whilst other items in the sale include the camera that photographed Scott's grave for the first time, expected to reach £15,000. Descendants of the explorers are selling the items and a Christie's representative explains, "These relics of the heroic age tell a remarkable story. Every item in the sale is a little window into that age."
British educational establishments are going through significant change with both Universities and Colleges effects by grades and a decline in entrants. Collages all around the UK have lowered grade requirements for students wishing to continue to sixth form following the GCSE grade scandal this summer. Many students have already missed out on a place in further education but collages are determined not to let deserving students be affected by the politics of the marking system. On the other hand, many of the top universities in the UK are advertising places on over 1,000 courses, which are yet to be filled due to a lack of applicants. This comes after the large increase in fees for 2012-2013, which it has become apparent many students simply cannot afford. Although the UK has four of the top six universities in the world the places are not being filled as students appear to be put off by the hike in fees from £3,000 to £9,000.
New Monkey Species found in Africa
A previously unknown species of Monkey has been officially identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The primates, who live in one of the most sparsely populated, and least explored forests in Africa, are said to be in decline due to over hunting. The official discovery comes after a schoolteacher kept one of the Monkeys as a pet in 2007, and the locally known Lesula is only one of only two new Monkey species discovered over the last 28 years in Africa. Efforts are being made to ensure numbers of this newly named species are kept at a stable level and hunters do not cause their status to change from 'vulnerable' to 'endangered'.
Naked Rambler Steven Gough sentenced to five months in jail
An unusual hiker dubbed 'The Naked Rambler' has been sentenced to five Months in jail (and in clothes) for a breach of the peace. 53 year old Steven Gough, a former marine, is to be jailed for five months after walking past a children's play area in Fife on July 20th. Having been ordered to see psychiatrists to assess his mental state Gough refused and therefore the Sheriff was forced to sentence him for a breach of the peace, which caused "shock and alarm to children and their parents". Gough has had previous run-ins with the police but this is his first stint in jail, which the Sheriff will be hoping deters him from more nude public rambling in the future.
Large sugary drinks to be banned in New York
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has shown his support for the fight on Obesity this week as the New York City Health Board has banned the sale of sugarry drinks over 16ounces. Bloomberg states that the new law will "help save lives" and is surely hoping other cities follow in the Big apple's footsteps by banning the caloriffic drinks as well. Diabetes, Congestive Heart failure and strokes are just a few of the major health issues directly linked to obesity, and studys show about one third of all Americans are now obese. The new law, it is hoped, will start tackling the problem of obesity, the knockon health, and vast financial problems it leads to.
Daily tip from the lady archive
“HEAVEN forbid that we should go back to the days when beauty was under suspicion and plain girls were assumed to have angelic natures.”The Lady. With Prejudice. 28th April 1938