The daily: Obama's historic trip
Monday, 19 November 2012

The Daily: November 19

Written by Sandra Smith
Obama's Historic Visit
President Barack Obama has made an historic visit to troubled Burma. As the first sitting US President to visit the country, he was greeted by thousands of people lining the streets as he announced that his visit, "Marks the next step in a new chapter between the United States and Burma." President Obama has previously welcomed the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to the White House, and the two met once again for private talks. The US administration recognises the problems over ethnic tension and political prisoners and continues to press for urgent action.

Prince William Recruiting
With the Duke of Cambridge about to recruit a third member to his media team, could his days in the RAF be numbered? The Duke's Household Office is set to relocate to Kensington Palace over the next few months, and a growing workload has been cited as the reason although the idea that the Duke could take on a part time role is a possibility. The post is unlikely to offer more than £30k and, although overseas travel could be one of the perks, only those fully conversant with the digital media should be tempted to apply.

Canine Stem Cell Success
Successful stem cell treatment on paralysed animals is giving hope to humans with spinal injuries. Over 30 dogs with varying degrees of paralysis have improved considerably following a procedure which removes stem cells from the lining of the nose and replants them into the spine. Following the procedure, dogs that had been unable to walk were tested monthly and improvements in movement and coordination were significant. In addition, the animals were free from pain. A cure for human spinal injuries is still a long way off but this is an encouraging advancement in medical treatment.

Downton meets Mousetrap
The longest running play in the world recently celebrated 60 years and 25,000 performances. For one evening only, The Mousetrap, originally predicted a run of just a few months by its author, Agatha Christie, starred Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville alongside Tamsin Greig, Julie Walters and Miranda Hart. Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard – who, on his ninth birthday, was given the play's royalties by his grandmother – gave a special staged reading. Prior to the show a memorial to Miss Christie was unveiled at nearby St Martin's Cross. Proceeds from the performance were donated to the education charity, Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

Bishops in waiting
Legislation giving women equal rights in the workplace may have lifted the glass ceiling for many, yet the thorny question of whether or not to allow them to become Bishops still distracts the Church of England, despite more women than men currently being trained for the Priesthood. Archbishop designate, Rt Rev Justin Welby, is backing the change. His personal plea is designed to end years of wrangling. Support for women has been growing since they were first permitted to enter the Priesthood, some 20 years ago. Rev Welby could face rebellion in the pews if the matter is not settled.

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