Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Daily: May 14

Written by Holly Taylor
Angelina Jolie goes public about preventive double mastectomy.
Angelina Jolie has announced she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy after finding out that she was at an extremely high risk of developing breast cancer. The 37-year-old mother of six carries the 'faulty gene', BRCA1, which heavily increases the body's vulnerability to breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie's doctors estimated that the actress had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of ovarian; her own Mother fought Cancer for a decade and died at the age of 56. During the intensive three month process, Ms Jolie, working as a UN special envoy, attended the G8 summit of foreign ministers and also accompanied UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on a trip to The Democratic Republic of Congo. In her decision to be proactive in undergoing the treatment, the risk of Jolie developing breast cancer has dropped from 87% to 5%.

Former star of The Archers Arnold Peters dies at the age of 87.
Arnold Peters, renowned for his role as the character Jack Wooley in the BBC radio soap opera The Archers, has sadly passed away after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. His Alzheimer's diagnosis happened shortly after his character, Jack, slowly developed the condition, a storyline which won a Mental Health Media Award in 2007. Peters continued to fill the role of Jack whilst suffering from the disease until July 2011, a role in which he had filled for over thirty years. Prior to The Archers, Peters served for the RAF in WWII and went on to star in a host of TV performances in a career spanning well over fifty years.

The Sony Radio Academy Awards
Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane, the prestigious awards ceremony celebrated outstanding content and creativity. John Humphrys, from BBC Radio 4, won the award for Radio Journalism of the Year for his interview with former Director General of the BBC George Entwistle in regards to the Jimmy Savile scandal. Humphrys became a double winner later on in the evening when BBC Radio 4's Today Programme received the award for Breakfast Show of the Year. Other success stories from the evening include Classic FM winning UK Radio Brand of the Year and The Dermot O' Leary Show receiving Best Music Programme.

The University of Oxford launches a scholarship in memory of Baroness Thatcher.
Oxford University is set to launch a scholarship in the memory of Margaret Thatcher. The scholarship, backed by Tony Blair and Sir John Major, is set to undertake ten students per year who will then receive the opportunity to study at Somerville College, which Baroness Thatcher previously attended in 1943 whilst reading Chemistry. The scholarship's applicants will be selected on merit, predominantly seeking out students who 'have succeeded against the odds'.

Study by TravelSupermarket reveals more Brits are returning to locations they visited as children.
A recent survey by TravelSupermarket has revealed the latest trend in holidaymaking which surprisingly does not involve travel to new, exciting and exotic destinations. Instead the survey highlights that 48% of Brits are opting for locations they know are reliable, with 27% returning to favourite 'tried and tested' childhood hotspots.

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