A headteacher has been hailed a hero for helping to save a seven-year-old boy engulfed in flames in a freak accident during a school Nativity after a pupil playing a shepherd dropped candle. Noel Campbell raced to the rescue when another boy tripped while carrying a candle, igniting the boy's nativity costume. Shocked eyewitnesses told how children screamed and were reduced to tears as the incident unfolded inside a Catholic church. London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service attended the scene. The child has been taken to hospital, his next of kin have been informed (pictured, emergency services outside the church on Wednesday) Police (pictured outside the scene) have said the child suffered serious injuries as a result, while a man and a woman, who are believed to have tried to help the child, were also injured London Air Ambulance and LAS attended the scene. Police were called to the church in Croydon on Wednesday, 11 December at 14:21 Police are carrying out … [Read more...] about Headteacher is hailed a hero after it emerges he and woman battled flames to save burning seven-year-old boy in sheep outfit in church nativity horror
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By Meredith WadmanFeb. 12, 2019 , 4:04 PM BethAnn McLaughlin has no time for James Watson, especially not when the 90-year-old geneticist is peering out from a photo on the wall of her guest room at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Banbury Center. “I don’t need him staring at me when I’m trying to go to sleep,” McLaughlin told a December 2018 gathering at the storied New York meeting center as she projected a photo of her redecorating job: She had hung a washcloth over the image of Watson, who co-discovered DNA’s structure, directed the lab for decades—and is well-known for racist and sexist statements. The washcloth image was part of McLaughlin’s unconventional presentation—by turns sobering, hilarious, passionate, and profane—to two dozen experts who had gathered to wrestle with how to end gender discrimination in the biosciences. McLaughlin, a 51-year-old neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in … [Read more...] about This neuroscientist is fighting sexual harassment in science—but her own job is in peril
Luvo Manyonga has already created my favourite story of the year but, on a gentle summer afternoon in Pretoria, the South African long jumper is just getting started. At the Rio Olympics in August, Manyonga conjured up a dizzying leap when he transformed the desperate grind of poverty and drug addiction into a beautifully shiny silver medal and soothing redemption. It proved he had overcome the bleak hold that crystal meth once exerted over his township life. Manyonga now looks like a million dollars. He might be wearing only a vest, shorts and flip-flops but he gleams with health at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre – 900 miles from the meth dens of Mbekweni in the Cape. Manyonga talks with a Bolt-like conviction which only a gifted young athlete can carry off with style when he smiles as easily as this reborn Olympian. “I can be the best jumper in the world right now,” the 25-year-old says with an assured grin. “It won’t take me … [Read more...] about From crystal meth to Olympic glory: the recovery and rise of Luvo Manyonga
Labour’s plan to tax incomes over £80,000 more heavily is a “massive tax hike for the middle classes” that will “take Britain back to the misery of the 1970s”, according to rightwing newspapers. But are British households that heavily taxed? A comparison of personal tax rates across Europe, Australia and the US by Guardian Money reveals how average earners in Britain on salaries of £25,000, or “middle-class” individuals on £40,000, enjoy among the lowest personal tax rates of the advanced countries, while high earners on £100,000 see less of their income taken in tax than almost anywhere else in Europe. Our survey found that someone earning £100,000 in the UK in effect loses about 34.3% of their pay to HM Revenue & Customs once personal allowances, income tax and national insurance are taken into account. The one-third reduction is roughly the same as the US, Australia and Spain, but a long way behind the 38% in … [Read more...] about Tax on test: do Britons pay more than most?
More than 700 Japanese candidates on June 23 registered for the third Vietnamese-language proficiency test held by the Japan College of Foreign Languages in Tokyo. Vietnam becomes fastest growing tourism market of Japan Vietnam was the fastest growing tourism market of Japan with rise of 125.9 percent in 2018, according to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)’s 2019 white paper on tourism. Japanese researcher fond of catholic heritages of Vietnam Japanese researcher Tomoharu Katano conducted surveys on over 1,200 ancient churches in Vietnam hoping to help people gain a better understanding of the construction’s values for proper preservation. Japanese capital inflow’s new trend After five years of decline, Vietnam’s processing and manufacturing sector has begun to receive a substantial volume of investment capital from Japanese enterprises. … [Read more...] about 700 Japanese register for Vietnamese-language proficiency test
A young boy is in critical condition after his nativity costume was sparked by a candle last night. London Fire Brigade have warned parents and teachers away from using real candles around children after the horrific accident. The boy, believed to be aged between 7 and 10, was rushed to hospital via air ambulance after he was seriously burned. His condition is said to be critical but stable. Witnesses said his costume was "completely engulfed in seconds" after he fell forwards while holding a candle at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Croydon. Two adults, thought to be teachers, were also burned and taken to hospital via road. London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner for fire safety Dan Daly said: "This horrific accident is a stark reminder of the risk real candles can pose. "They are a completely unnecessary hazard when it comes to children and school plays. "Sadly this isn't the first time we have seen clothing and costumes set alight by candles and people need to recognise … [Read more...] about Boy in critical condition after his nativity costume is set alight by candle