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Monday, 10 March 2014

The Daily: March 10

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Nayha Tandon
Kelly Gallagher wins Paralympic gold medal at Sochi Winter Paralympics
Visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher has received the first gold medal for Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. The 28-year-old, along with her guide Charlotte Evans, took the super-G title in one minute, 28.72 seconds. Gallagher and Evans were the first out of 6 pairs to make their way down the slope, and waited anxiously for the results of their time. Gallagher, from Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland, competed in five skiing events at Sochi. This is Gallagher's second Winter Paralympics, after finishing in fourth position in the Giant Salmon at the Vancouver Games.

Crufts 2014 – Ricky the poodle wins 'Best in Show' award
After some stiff competition a poodle named Ricky narrowly beat the Samoyed Dan the Man and a Pomeranian named Colin for the Best in Show award at Crufts 2014. The fluffy two-year-old from Preston was announced as the overall winner after judges decided he was the best all-rounded pooch. Ricky was bred by Mike Gadsby and Jason Lynn, and was handled in the competition by Jason himself. A total of 22,000 dogs entered the annual competition to participate against each other in several events designed to test their agility, obedience and aesthetics.

The Five Second Rule
Food picked off the floor within seconds is less likely to contain bacteria than if left to sit there for longer a study reveals. Finding's by the Aston University's School of Life and Health Sciences shows there may be some truth to the '5 second rule' urban myth about it being fine to eat food which has had contact with the ground for five seconds. Researchers observed the transmission of E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus from carpet, laminate and tiled surfaces to pasta, toast, biscuits and a stick sweet. The study revealed that time was of key significance in the transfer of these germs.

Malala Yousafzai encourages teenagers to use social media to highlight women's issues
Malala Yousafzai spoke out at the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre yesterday, where she told teenagers to stop using social media sites to get to get 'likes' and instead to use them to highlight women's issues. The 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl explained that although she does not use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, her message was to encourage British teenagers to use them to emphasise issues such as child trafficking or FGM. Malala, who was talking on International Women's Day, also said that the younger generation should stop relying on their elders to solve these issues. The young girl started campaigning for girls' rights to an education in Pakistan at the age of 11 years old, and is currently studying for her GCSE's.

London School of Economics to be the new home of The Women's Library
After a century of constantly having to pack up and move an exceptional archive of books, diaries, magazines, letters and photographs, campaigners hope that The Women's Library might have found a permanent home at the London School of Economics. The Women's Library, which has the oldest and most widespread collection on women's history in Europe, lost its home in an old East End washhouse two years ago after the London Metropolitan University said they could no longer afford to run it. Its new home can now be found on the striking fourth-floor reading room in LSE's library. The library will be formally opened on Wednesday, with speakers including the former Irish president Mary Robinson, and its doors will open to the public at the end of this month.

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