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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Daily: January 14

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Abigail Laura Feetham
Lild becomes the first supermarket to ban sweets and junk from its tills
The urge to surpass boredom with sugar-filled bags of entertainment whilst queuing is something that is hard to resist by most. Not only is the temptation there for adults; more than two thirds of parents say they are pestered by their children for sugary treats whilst at supermarket checkouts. With obesity slowly becoming a nationwide pandemic, the supermarket chain Lidl have decided to do their part on the front-line by removing chocolates and sweets from their checkouts in over 600 stores. They have replaced the products with healthy alternatives such as seeds, dried fruits and healthy nuts in a bid to help people resist temptation. Malcolm Clark, of the Children's Food Campaign, said: "We congratulate Lidl for making this move. The onus is on other supermarkets and retailers to follow suit".

Pope Francis due to sell his Harley Davidson in France next month
Pope Francis was gifted the 1,585cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide last year to mark the 110th anniversary of the brand. Now, Pope Francis has donated the motorcycle to Caritas Roma, a charity that work on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, where it will be auctioned in February. Bonham's auction house in Paris, France, will be auctioning the motorcycle; which is also signed by Pope Francis on the tank. Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonham's, has said "We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Romas. We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause." The motorcycle has no reserve but is estimated to raise around £15,000.

Lost war medal rediscovered 40 years later, on eBay
Gilbert Snow was in the Middlesex Regiment from 1917 to 1918 and fought in the Battle of Amiens. His son, Terry, was the proud owner of Gilberts First World War Victory Medal which bared his father's initials. It was in the 1970s, whilst Terry was moving house that the medal was accidentally sold amongst a box of items. Terry, realising his mistake, was too late in being able to retrieve the wrongly sold medal and has devoted years to finding it. Terry's luck changed one day whilst he was searching on eBay and found his father's medal; almost forty years after its initial disappearance. He said, "I couldn't believe it when I opened eBay and saw it there - it was a great feeling". Terry immediately contacted the seller who informed him that it was purchased, along with several others, at an antiques fair in Lincoln. Miraculously his father's medal arrived with Terry the day of his birthday and Terry described how "it was all very emotional."

Rare water lily stolen from Kew Gardens
The Nymphaea Thermarum Pygmy Rwandan water lily, which had been saved from extension, is said to have been stolen from a greenhouse at Kew Gardens on Thursday. The incident took place whilst Kew Gardens was open and in an area of Kew that had no CCTV. Richard Barley, director of Kew Gardens' horticulture, said that "You can't put a price on it by virtue of rarity. One can't go down to the local garden centre and buy another one". The plant was saved from extinction in 2009 when the Kew team nurtured a new generation of the plant from seeds. Kew is one of only two places in the world that has the lily growing. The incident is now with the Metropolitan Police.

Britons set to live eight years longer
According to recent figures and predictions Britons are set to live the longest life spans in the world. The Office for National Statistics has shown that Britain will soar up the international life expectancy league table over the next 50 years. The rapid growth is due to factors such as the improvements in public health, nutrition and medicine. Antibiotics and vaccinations have also greatly reduced deaths in childhood, fewer people are smoking and the obesity crisis is being tackled head on. Even factors such as improved health and safety in the workplace will compliment Britain's place in the league table. Caroline Abrahams, the charity director at AGE UK, has said that "increasing longevity is something to be celebrated but will mean wholesale changes for our society which will have to adapt to its radically ageing population."


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