The Daily: August 10
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Yesterday bought yet more gold medals for Team GB. The 13th day of London 2012 saw British Nicola Adams become first ever female boxing champion of the Olympic Games when she took gold against Ren Cancan of China. Britain’s youngest gold medal winner, Jade Jones, also beat a Chinese competitor in the final of the taekwondo featherweight category. Charlotte Dujardin also gained a gold in the individual freestyle dressage. Yesterday evening once again saw Usain Bolt make history by winning the 200m sprint, and as a result he is now the only athlete to retain both the 100m and 200m at two olympics.
Plans for plain cigarrete packacking review ends
The government have called time on a review into assessing whether compulsory cigarette packaging should be introduced. The idea of issuing a ban on freedom of individual companies to have customsied branding is seen by many campaigners as a way to discourage smoking. If the ban were to go through, it would mean a standardised cover to all boxes, with only the name of the cigarettes featuring. In Australia where the ban is already in place, an olive green is the only colour used. The government will issue the verdict once they have assessed all responses.
Jellyfish number dwindling
This year the number of jellyfish sightings has decreased, according to the national jellyfish survey carried out by the Marine Conservation Society. It is thought that the colder weather is responsible for the fall, and there are hopes that the warmer weather will mean numbers start to rise again. Although jellyfish are not a welcome addition for many seaside goers, they play an important role in helping the MCS to discover more about endangered Leatherback turtles, which come to UK waters to feed on the jellyfish during the summer months. MCS are calling for people to report their sightings.
Female authors earnings see rise
According to the Forbes list of top earning authors, women are rapidly catching up to their male counterparts thanks to top-selling novel 50 Shades of Grey. Other notable female authors who have contributed to the rise include J.K.Rowling and Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games. Although still a way to go until females take over the top spots, it is a noticeable improvement. Currently the highest earning women on Forbes list is Nora Roberts, who has written over 200 books and places at 7th. Number one spot goes to male writer Stephen King.
Roman Shipwreck found with food still intact
A Roman shipwreck believed to be 2,000 years old has been found of the coast of Italy. It is one of the greatest preserved shipwrecks ever to be found, meaning that new insights into Roman life can be explored. Inside the wreck, which is thought to have been a commercial goods ship, 200 pots have been found containing fish, wines, oils and grains. The search for the ship begun after local fishermen reported pieces of debris and pottery washing up in their nets. The wreck will remain buried at the bottom of the sea until Italian authorities decide how to proceed.
Daily tip from the lady archive
“A GRACEFUL walk is a great asset, for sometimes it can create an illusion of beauty where little exists.”The Lady. Pleasant Exercises for Grace. 2nd April 1931