The Daily: Sailing on the Thames
Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Daily: October 18

Written by Jasmin Prichard
Cameron's EU referendum plans

David Cameron is set to make a dramatic announcement with regards to Britain's future in the EU, stating that if re-elected he will call for an EU referendum. Cameron has said that the next Conservative manifesto will contain a pledge to take back powers from the EU and put the issue to voters in the next Parliament. He does not want an 'in-out referendum' on the country's membership but is not happy with the status quo either. The Prime Minister considers that as the eurozone attempts to save the single currency by forming a 'fiscal union', Britain should demand that powers currently handed to the EU are repatriated.

Dress for success – the charity getting women back into work

Dress for success has an incredible network of supporters such as Samantha Cameron, Betty Jackson and Jennifer Saunders pushing to get British women back into work. The charity dresses and trains women who are economically disadvantaged for interviews. Professional women donate their work clothes that are in good condition, to the charity, which in turn dresses women who have an interview but no clothes to attend in. Each woman who gets referred to the charity by a jobs agency is booked in for a session where they will get the undivided attention of two dressers who will put together the perfect outfit for the job in hand. If the woman then gets the job, they can return for a second dressing whereby they will receive a wardrobe to tie them over until their first pay cheque. Samantha Cameron is a big supporter of the charity and worked as an interview volunteer – another service Dress for Success offers, giving innvaluable interview training with professional women.

Rowing along the Thames is one of the world's greatest trips

Lonely Planet's new Great Adventures guide has voted a row along London's River Thames one of the world's greatest adventures. The guide described the trip as "like sitting on a conveyor belt watching living history pass you by on both banks". The Thames experience is one of the six British adventures that feature with others such as trekking along England's southwest coast or the Three Peaks Challenge. The guide also details activities abroad such as tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda and cycling in Nepal.

In-built GPS shoes that track Alzheimer's patients go on sale in the UK

Shoes have gone on sale in the UK with an in-built tracking device that can locate Alzheimer's patients, designed to give wearers more freedom and give worried relatives and friends the peace of mind. The shoes are fitted with a tiny GPS system, similar to those used in cars, and can accurately pinpoint the wearer's location. For £250 per pair, relatives can track patients and even set up a designated 'safe' area so that if the person strays beyond such boundaries, an alert would be triggered in the form of a text message or email. Relatives can download an app to their smart phone or computer in order to find the location of the person. The shoe is battery-run and needs charging roughly every two days. The footwear can be found online by Tipp Toes

Wheelbarrow booster is set to make millions

A father and son who rejected the £50,000 offered to them on Dragons' Den for their wheelbarrow invention have netted over £1 million in orders during the product's first year on sale. Homebase has placed an order for 5,000 units and there is other significant interest from companies around the world such as in Australia, America and Brazil. Mike and Joe Smith turned down the dragons' offers of £50,000 for 50 per cent of their business but now the men are struggling to keep up with the demand for the Wheelbarrow Booster, a canvas product which increases the capacity of a wheelbarrow by 300 per cent. The product has been endorsed by Alan Titchmarsh, professional gardener and broadcaster, and costs £12.99.

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