The Daily: Jam
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Daily: September 24

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Sally Smith
Jam making is on the increase
There has been a resurgence in jam making this Summer with the sales of preserving jars, boiling pans and even jingham jar labels increasing by 2,000per, Homebase announced yesterday. The excellent weather has seen a rise in the quality and affordability of fresh fruit that has helped to encourage first time jam makers to have a go. Janice Langley chairman of the National Federation of Women's Institute said; 'Many new WI members tell us that they decided to join the organisation to learn traditional skills.

Holidays come first for savers
Apparently 36 per cent of us are putting money aside for holidays but only 26 per cent of us are making provision for our old age according to a survey carried out by lending service Zopa. Surprisingly, only one in five of us admitting to having no savings at all. When it comes to savings retirement came in third and saving for a house deposit came ninth on the list. Financial analyst, Louise Cooper CFA said; 'Britons need to bulk up their savings to get them working as hard as they do, even more so when money is tight.'

Duchess of Cornwall opens Cancer Unit in Aberdeen
Camilla known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, was joined by Queen Sonja, Queen of Norway to unveil a commemorative stone at the Maggie's Cancer support unit. Golfer Colin Mongomerie set up the Centre in memory of his late mother who died of cancer in 1991 was also there to show the Royal party around. The Duchess met Maggies's staff, supporters and fundraisers and said she was delighted with what the charity had achieved with the new centre. Camilla was wearing a patriotic green Roy Allen Lord of the Isles tartan dress and blazer. The Duchess has been president of the cancer charity since 2008.

New breast cancer injection will save precious time for women
A new injection of Herceptin for breast cancer patients has been given the go ahead by the NHS. The drug was designed for women with HER2-positive tumours, affecting about a quarter of the 44,000 British women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Sufferers are currently given a regular infusion of the drug requiring an average of 18 Herceptin doses every three weeks for up to year meaning they could spend up to 25 hours in hospital. Many experts have said this will be a revolutionary new treatment as the new jab delivers the substance in only five minutes.

Sally Greenbrook, of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: 'This is a good example of how research can make improvements to patients' quality of life as well as saving considerable time and money for the patients.'

Countess of Wessex completes successful solo tour of India
Sophie, Countess of Wessex posed for a portrait in the courtyard of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, following a week-long tour of India. The mother of two was representing the charity ORBIS - that launched the India childhood blindness initiative in 2002 to help the country's children have access to quality eye care. Sophie also met the Prime Minister of Qatar, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani at the Doha Palace. As well as visiting an eye hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal where she had to pull protective blue shoe covers over her feet when she visited the operating theatre at the Susrut Eye Foundation she also tried her hand at cataract surgery using a simulator.

Wild gardens may help save the common sparrow
A survey of garden birdlife says that the number of house sparrows appears to have stabilised after years of decline. Intensive farming, pesticides and garden decking have been blamed for the numbers of birds halving from around 12 million pairs in the 1970's to just six million today. Whilst experts are still not exactly sure why this is they think the reduction of pesticides used by gardeners and the decline in covering green space has helped to stabilise the population. To ensure the numbers don't drop again The British Trust for Ornithology recommends that gardeners keep all their birdfeeders clean and free of mouldy food to stop the spread of disease.

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