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Friday, 19 July 2013

The Daily: July 19

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Written by Anna Valentine
London 2012 Olympics have inspired the UK
A new report suggests that the UK economy has seen a £9.9bn boost in trade and investment from hosting the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and it is estimated that the total benefit to the UK will be between £28bn and £41bn by 2020. As well as the financial impact of the Games, the report (Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) highlights its influence on sport. It also says the Games volunteers inspired more people to take up similar roles in their communities. According to the report, 1.4 million more people than in 2005, when the Games bid was won, are playing sport at least once a week, and the legacy of all the permanent venues on the Olympic Park has been secured within a year of the Games.

Water companies raise fears over shale gas fracking
Britain's water companies have claimed that fracking for shale gas will raise the risk of water shortages and could also contaminate drinking supplies too. Water UK, which represents all major water suppliers, has published a series of concerns about fracking and warned that failure to address them could "stop the industry in its tracks". On the other hand, ministers hope that fracking, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground to extract gas trapped in rocks, could unlock a major new source of gas for Britain and therefore bring down household energy bills. However Water UK, warns: "Shale gas fracking could lead to contamination of the water supply with methane gas and harmful chemicals if not carefully planned and carried out," and also that "the fracking process requires huge amounts of water, which will inevitably put a strain on supplies in areas around extraction sites".

Seven art masterpieces may have been burnt by mother of Romanian suspect'
Seven paintings worth £80 million, including masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, may have been burnt by a Romanian woman whose son is accused of stealing them. All of the paintings were stolen in a heist at Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum last October, when thieves arrived in broad daylight and stripped the walls in less than two minutes. Six Romanians have been charged with the theft, and detectives have found the burnt remains of what looks like the paintings in an oven. Forensic experts confirmed that "small fragments of painting primer, the remains of canvas and paint" were found in the oven. They were allegedly put there by Olga Dogaru who said she torched the artwork to "destroy the evidence" following her son's arrest in January. One expert said that if they had been destroyed, it would be a 'crime against humanity.'

Puffin numbers on Farne Islands increasing
Puffin numbers in the North-East of England are slowly making a comeback even though thousands have died in severe winter storms. A census on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, showed there had been an 8% increase from the last count in 2008.
There are now just under 40,000 pairs of nesting puffins across the eight National Trust-owned islands although this is still lower than the 55,674 living on the islands in 2003. Many seabirds were washed up along the coast of North-East England and Scotland in March, which experts put down to bad weather conditions, as well a shortage of food.
David Steel, head ranger on the Farne Islands, said "it comes as a real relief following some difficult years for them - with the flooding of burrows last year and a very challenging winter."

Nigella Lawson's show, 'The Taste' to be shown on channel 4
Nigella Lawson's cooking show, The Taste, (which has already aired in the US) has been commissioned by Channel 4. The show includes Nigella working with fellow mentors Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre as they hunt for the nation's next super chef. Within the show, 12 contestants split into groups, then face challenges together and as individuals abd there will be a twist of blind taste tests meaning one of the three star judges could send home one of their own acts if their food isn't good enough. Dominic Bird, Channel 4's Head of Formats, says he is 'thrilled' to bring the show to the UK.

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