Monday, 02 July 2012

The Daily: July 2

We scour the news so you don't have to.

Written by Claudia Carmichael & Rosie Keep

Who stole Strauss’ teeth?
Police have begun a search for the thief who has stolen teeth from the grave of composer Johann Strauss. The hunt began after Austrian police discovered a video produced by the robber, which shows him opening the grave and extracting the skull from which he removes the teeth. To further the peculiarity of the video, the thief is said to give a running commentary to his actions and wants to have the teeth put in a museum. The thief even admitted to having performed this kind of theft with hundreds of graves; his good intentions undoubtedly ignored by the Austrian police as they continue to check the graves of other famous composers, including Beethoven and Schubert, for missing teeth.

Gluttonous slugs threaten our gardens
As dull as British weather has proved so far this summer, perfectly suited weather conditions in Britain are the cause of herds of Spanish slugs sliding into our gardens. Our heavy rain and occasional warm days are excellent for the survival of these frustrating pests. They grow to above 10cm long and can produce hundreds more eggs than our native British slugs, posing a threat on a large scale. The most significant issue is that these slugs mate with our typical slugs, creating considerably fertile hybrids. There is even talk of the price of chips being raised because of the newfound difficulty to grow potatoes with this new breed of slug feasting on them.

Search for Amelia Earhart is reignited  
The prominent mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance is hoped to be unravelled soon as the search for clues of her whereabouts begins again. 75 years ago Earhart went missing as she attempted to travel around the equator of the world. The last heard of her was that she could not find Howland and that her fuel was running out. Since then, after years of searches, no trace of her or her plane has been discovered. The search techniques will be improved this time as compared to where it was left 25 years ago, because now underwater search equipment will be used. There is even speculation that Earhart, whose popularity was only amplified by her disappearance, was still alive during the hunt for her and that she had reached her destination but changed her identity there. 

Wimbledon update
Andy Murray is hoping to take advantage of Marin Cilic’s participation in the longest game in Wimbledon history in their upcoming match. Cilic took a stunning five hours and 31 minutes to overcome Sam Querrey, leaving Murray hoping his freshness will help him to victory on the open air Court One later  today. Four-time winner Serena Williams is also in action, taking on Yaroslava Shvedova on Court Two. In other Wimbledon related news, Rufus the hawk - who was being used to patrol skies and deter pigeons from the lawns of Wimbledon - has been returned to his owner three days after being stolen from his cage on Thursday evening.

A Hirst landmark?
A 66ft statue of a pregnant woman by the artist Damien Hirst could become a new landmark in the historic seaside town of Ilfracombe, Devon. Artist's impressions show the bronze statue standing at the tip of a Victorian pier of the town’s pretty harbour and holding aloft a sword in her left hand with scales in her right hand. The sculpture will be placed on a bronze plinth of legal books and is envisioned as “a monumental modern allegory of Truth and Justice.” The plans state the statue will create a “focal point” at the pier and “highlight Ilfracombe's heritage”.

Women treading the boardrooms
Figures released today show one in five of Britain's leading companies have reached the Government's target of having women make up at least a quarter of their board, three years ahead of the 2015 deadline. Recent months have seen 44% of all new board-level appointments going to women. The drinks giant Diageo has the most women in the boardroom, with 44% of directors being female. The figures tie in with a survey released today indicating 56% of tradesmen no longer believe wolf whistling at women is appropriate, instead viewing it as sexist and chauvinistic. Jazz Gakhal, head of Direct Line for Business, claims “the research reveals changing attitudes to acceptable behaviour in the workplace.”

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