The Daily: November 17
Monday, 17 November 2014

The Daily: November 17

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Harriet Mott
Sir Bob Geldof masterminds modern adaptation of Band Aid for Ebola Crisis
Band Aid's modern regeneration of Do They Know it's Christmas? is predicted to raise millions to help take action against the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Organiser Bob Geldof, who also directed the original in 1984, enthusiastically announces, "From what we've seen from iTunes it's gone bonkers". Bono, who was also involved in the 1984 original, performs alongside One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and even some popular YouTube Stars and reality show singers. As the original was put together to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia, the lyrics have been changed to reflect the Ebola crisis, including the moving line: 'Where a kiss of love can kill you - And there's death at every tear.'

The cost of household chores
As you drudge away with your household chores, it may be satisfying to know the value of your ironing, washing and school run is shortly to be acknowledged by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Their experts have been measuring the cost of these tasks if you hired somebody else to do them, releasing a series of ONS reports over recent months labelled the nation's 'Household Satellite Accounts' (HHSA).So far, they have calculated that all laundry services were worth £97.2 billion in the whole of the UK in 2012, whilst household transport, including the school run, was worth £269 billion in 2010. According to an ONS spokesman, 'A report bringing them all together will be put out in the coming weeks.'

Another delightful price comparison is offered by the Good Housekeeping Institute which has been observing supermarket prices since 2009. They assert that by shopping amongst the ten biggest supermarket chains you can purchase a meal that costs £21.32 for a family of eight, a decrease of 53p from last year. The recent boost in discount chains has drawn mainstream stores into a price war which could mean you are feeding the family for £2.66 each this Christmas!

We are running out of chocolate because we are consuming more than is being produced
According to the world's largest confectionary producer, the Barry Callebaut Group, we are running out of chocolate and it is because we are eating more than is being produced. The supplier is even warning of a global shortfall by 2020 revealing that it sold 1.7million tonnes in 2013/14 - an increase of 11.7 per cent on the previous year. There are finite quantities of the delicate crop so as production advances, the price must pursue. Industry experts claim the world is in its greatest production shortage for five decades because of expanding economic and environmental burdens on cocoa farms around the world. Surprisingly, even crisis' within the news have effected prices, including the Ebola outbreak. Disarray and quarantine restrictions has caused global production to dip by 0.7 per cent, according to the Interational Cocoa Organization.

First female bishop will be delegated
Twenty years after the first female priests were ordained, The Anglican General Synod is expected to favour legislation permitting women to be proposed and selected for the senior posts. This change is being viewed as the first move towards broadening female presence and participation within the church. Vivienne Faull is acknowledged as a contender to become the first female bishop, maybe even being delegated next year. Hilary Cotton, chairwoman of Women and the Church (Watch), states that she would like to finally see a third of bishops as women "in order to make a difference".

The National Trust plan to save 19th Century Cheshire Glasshouse
The National Trust has begun an appeal to restore and rejuvenate some of Cheshire's walled gardens around the country, requiring £1.5 million to rebuild garden walls, repair glasshouses and plant new vegetables and plants. £1 million of this is to restore their beloved 19th Century glasshouse.

Another piece of history has recently been revived as the hat worn by French Leader Napoleon during one of his greatest victories, the Battle of Marengo in 1800, has been sold at an auction for £1.5 million. This amazing article was purchased by an annonymous South Korean in Fortainebleau near Paris.


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