EN4 Newspaper Roundup 25/1/19

EN4 News journalists Denitsa Tsekova and Brooke Mills examine a few top stories from today’s papers.


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International News


Sir David Attenborough’s climate change warning from Poland

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of “much of the natural world”.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Sir David said: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.


Casualty in Marseille following fuel protests

An 80-year-old woman has died last night after being hit by a tear gas canister at her window during Saturday’s fuel protests in the French city of Marseille. The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place, was hit in the face while closing the shutters. Protests over fuel tax have grown into general anger at higher living costs. The woman was taken to hospital, but died during an operation after suffering shock, local media report. Three other people have been killed in the protests since demonstrations started more than two weeks ago, police said on Sunday.


900-year-old treasure discovered in Israel

A collection of gold coins believed to have been hidden 900 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the city of Caesarea in Israel. The rare cache was found in a bronze pot between stones in the side of a well. The hoard of 24 coins appears to have been hidden by someone who hoped to retrieve it, but never returned. Archaeologists say the owner may have died when the city’s inhabitants were massacred by a Crusader army in 1101. The discovery, which specialists have identified as belonging to the end of the 11th Century, was made during an excavation and conservation project at the Caesarea World Heritage site.


Houthi Rebel evacuation in bid to build trust

A plane carrying 50 wounded Houthi rebel fighters has left the Yemeni capital Sana’a in a critical confidence-building measure before peace talks can get under way in Stockholm. The evacuation on a UN-chartered plane to Muscat, Oman, represents an essential building block to the talks starting.  Previous talks planned for September in Geneva failed when the Houthi delegation did not leave Sana’a, arguing that the UN could not guarantee their safe return. They also accused the UN of failing to secure the evacuation of wounded rebels to Oman.


Trump praises former aide

Donald Trump has praised his former aide Roger Stone’s repeated pledge not to testify against the president.

Trump said on Twitter:

“This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about ‘President Trump. Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’”

Trump went on to discredit Robert Mueller again, claiming the well-respected investigator “is a much different man than people think.”

See the front page round up with reporters Emer Harrison and Liam Mackay here.

By Rory Hill

National News


UK should be allowed to change its mind on Brexit, says top law officer

According to a top European law officer, the UK should be allowed to cancel its withdrawal from the EU.

This was claimed by the European Court of Justice’s advocate general.

The advice from the advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona, comes in the wake of the final five days of deliberations on Britain’s final Brexit deal.

In a written statement, The European Court of Justice said his opinion was that a country should have the power to change its mind during the two-year exit process if it chooses to leave the EU.


Guardian investigation on name discrimination

A Guardian investigation found that inquiries from a person with a Muslim name about flat share ads received significantly fewer positive responses. In a survey of the private flat share market carried out as part of the Bias in Britain series, expressions of interest were sent from “Muhammad” and “David” to almost 1,000 online advertisements for rooms across the UK. The Guardian found that for every 10 positive replies David received, Muhammad received only eight. Muhammad was twice as disadvantaged compared with David as he was more likely not to receive a response (44% of the time compared with 36%), and when he did receive a response it was more likely to be negative (25% of the time compared with 18%).


Sturgeon urges Prime Minister to have Brexit plan B

Sturgeon has made a last-ditch appeal to the Prime Minister to put forward a second Brexit plan just days before the final vote on the UK’s terms for leaving the EU. The First Minister met Theresa May for a second time in a fortnight for face-to-face talks on Brexit ahead of the start of MPs’ deliberations on the Prime Minister’s deal with Brussels.

The First Minister said that next week’s vote “cannot – and must not – be a false choice between a proposed deal and a no-deal outcome, which threatens to be utterly disastrous for jobs, business and living standards”.


Death in Buchanan Galleries

An unidentified man has fallen to his death from the top floor of Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries yesterday afternoon

The incident happened at 4.20pm. It is understood that the man plummeted from the area at the top of the centre’s elevators.

Police Scotland said the incident was not thought to be suspicious. He was pronounced dead at the scene by police. The area has been cordoned off, with a white tent erected at the scene. The centre has been closed to the public while investigations are carried out.


Scotrail plan to end free travel for children

Free travel for schoolchildren is set to be ended by ScotRail after Christmas. The operator’s Kids Go Free scheme has allowed an adult to take up to two children between the ages of five and 15 on return journeys for free. But the initiative will be scrapped from 2 January, with a £1-a-child charge to instead be levied.

The rebranded scheme has been called Kids for a Quid.

Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman Colin Smyth described ScotRail as “Scrooge” given the timing of the decision.

“With Christmas less than a few weeks away, it’s sad to see bosses at ScotRail acting like Scrooge by taking free rail travel away from children across Scotland,” he told STV.

See the front page roundup with reporters Emer Harrison and Liam Mackay here.

By Rory Hill

Local News


Care home work blamed for air pollution rise

An increase in harmful particle matter was blamed on the construction of a care home on Queensferry Road. The council’s air quality annual progress report reveals that “long term trends show concentrations are going down for both nitrogen dioxide and particles.”

But the findings also show there are still “a number of hot spot areas where legal standards are breached.”

Environmental campaigners have called for an ambitious Low Emission Zone to be set up to tackle the “toxic, illegal levels” of air pollution. The Capital currently has six Air Quality Management Areas – five for nitrogen dioxide and one for particle matter.


Free football boots to be given out by charity for kids in Edinburgh

Kids who can’t afford football boots will not be held back from playing sport after Sporting Start charity, launched in memory of passionate sportsman Martin Macari, announced funding for its first two causes. The first project is in partnership with Spartans Community Football Academy and will support the north Edinburgh-based football charity’s “Street Football in a Safe Place” programme. The money will go specifically towards establishing a “boot bank” to ensure primary school children have the opportunity to take part by borrowing appropriate footwear. Cash will also fund a community coach to support Granton Primary School with Saturday morning sport.


Edinburgh Fire Station left empty

Families are being put at risk because the fire service has too few firefighters to staff all of its engines, a union has warned. Fire Stations across Edinburgh have been reduced from two to one engines in recent months, while specialist roles such as water rescue and major crash response have also suffered.

On Saturday, long-term sickness meant two firefighters were off work at Marionville meaning the remaining three colleagues had to be redeployed elsewhere, as they were unable to operate the station’s one engine.


A rhino was rescued by firefighters after becoming stuck in a tyre at Edinburgh Zoo

Qabid, a two-year-old male rhino, managed to get his head and leg trapped. Firefighters who were called out on Sunday evening used cutting gear to free the stricken mammal.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “One zookeeper said the fire service were their last hope.”

Firefighters from Sighthill attended at around 5.45pm on Sunday and used specialised cutting equipment to free the stricken animal. The young rhino had been trapped with his leg and neck stuck in the tyre since 4pm.


Craig Levein calls out referee Bobby Madden after losing to Rangers

Hearts manager Craig Levein took a swipe at referee Bobby Madden after losing 2-1 to Rangers on Sunday, saying “it was like playing against 12 men.”

Levein was upset by Alfredo Morelos’ winning goal, which was scored from an offside position.

He also questioned the treatment of the Rangers striker, who was involved in a number of clashes with Hearts captain Christophe Berra.

Hearts started brightly and got the first goal thanks Gareth McAuley’s own-goal. But Rangers hit back with Connor Goldson equalising from close range and Morelos delivering the decisive goal from a free-kick before half-time.


See the front page roundup by reporters Emer Harrison and Liam Mackay here.


By Rory Hill

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