Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Daily: September 30

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Jessica Vickerage
Dawn French named as Chancellor of Falmouth University
One of the nation's best loved female comedians, Dawn French, has been appointed chancellor of Falmouth University.

A former arts college, Falmouth, was officially named as a university last May.

Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice Chancellor at Falmouth, explained that the university had carefully searched for the right person for the position: "Dawn is the perfect figurehead and inspiration for our students."

Ms French, 56, who lives in Cornwall said that she "jumped at the chance" to take on the role.

Having trained as a teacher, French said that she had "always had a keen interest in education".

Global wildlife halved since the 1970s
The world's wildlife has halved in the last 40 years according to the Living Planet Index released by the London Zoological Society (ZSL).

According to the report, global loss of species could be far greater than originally estimated: populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%.

Critics of the report have suggested that it is not statistically valid, saying creating a report of this magnitude involves collating tricky statistics and comparing wide spread data.

The World Wide Wildlife Fund (WWF) is keen to remind the public of the countless projects in place to protect and conserve wildlife across the globe.

GP surgeries could be open seven days a week by 2020
David Cameron has promised the country that GP surgeries will be open from 8am to 8pm seven says a week if the Conservative party is re-elected.

Initially the new opening times will be available to 10 million people living in England, but by 2020 the PM hopes to makes his plan nationwide.

Cameron is expected to announce a £100 million cash injection to improve access to family doctors in his conference speech in Birmingham.

The promise puts the NHS at the top of the Tory agenda leading up to the 2015 general election.

Labour have already lambasted the new plans, Andy Burbham shadow secretary for health said: "David Cameron made an almost identical announcement this time last year but, in the 12 months since he has made it harder, not easier, to get a GP appointment."

Direst September on record
The UK has seen it's driest September since records began in 1910 according to preliminary figures released by the Met Office.

Only a fifth of normal levels of rain, just 19.4mm, fell in the country over the last month.

Scotland saw the wettest weather, 33.3mm of rain; this will still hit the record books as the second driest Scottish September.

The last time the nation enjoyed such a glorious September was in 1959 when only 23.8 mm of rain fell nationwide.

Forecasters are predicting that conditions will return to normal in October, with cooler, wetter climes typical of the autumnal month.

Da Vinci uncovered twice by French scientist
Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Lady With an Ermine' may have looked completely different when the legendary artist first painted it.

Using a new reflective-light technique, French Scientist Pascal Cotte, has revealed that Da Vinci may have actually painted two previous versions of the work.

After three years of careful work Cotte has discovered that initially the lady in the eponymous work was painted without her ermine.

Depicting a young woman believed to be the mistress of the Duke of Milan, the work was completed in 1489 or 1490 and is a fine example of the artists' craft.

Experts have described Cotte's findings as "Thrilling."



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