Will ships without sailors be the future of trade?

Image copyright Hushcraft Image caption Onboard cameras and microphones feed information to the control centre “The benefits are many,” says Mr Simpson. “You can send them around the world to do different jobs at a significantly reduced cost. Then, you don’t have to have a galley, you don’t have to have toilets. You can utilise space.” They are better for the environment as they can be electrically propelled, and since they can use smaller ports they can replace road transport and cut even more fumes, he says. Ghost ships For Lawrence Brennan, a retired US navy captain and adjunct professor of admiralty and maritime law at Fordham University School of Law, all these virtues of uncrewed cargo ships come with …

UK plans 3m no-deal medicine transport

Seaborne Freight had been awarded a £13.8m deal last year, which the BBC found had never run a ferry service. Gus Tugendhat, founder of Tussell, a data provider on UK government contracts, which uncovered the latest move said timelines were “still tight”. Related Topics Economic effects of Brexit Brexit Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mum ‘left in dark’ over son’s hospital treatment

He has been receiving his treatment at the hospital’s current home in the Sciennes area of Edinburgh until now. The Sick Children’s Hospital had been due to move to its new £150m building in Little France, on the outskirts of the city, on Tuesday. But last week Health Secretary Jeane Freeman told NHS Lothian not to go ahead with the opening after inspectors found problems with the ventilation system. The announcement was made on Thursday. The following day, Danielle, from Balerno, received a letter which said that Teddy was to have blood tests in the new building at the beginning of August. Related Topics NHS Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem’

CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK. “Car use is a massive blind spot on government policy,” Prof Jillian Anable, one of the authors of the report, said. She added: “For many years ministers have adopted the principle of trying to meet demand by increasing road space. “They need to reduce demand instead.” What’s your diet’s carbon footprint? What is a climate emergency? How can I help? But what about people who depend on their cars? The authors say there will always be people who depend on cars, especially in the countryside or suburbs. But, they point out that many young people in cities are choosing not to buy cars. Instead they are using …

‘Amazing’ gene-silencing drugs reach NHS

“My mum had five siblings and they all died of it. There are five of us, three of us have it and one has died.” The disease is passed down through families and there is a fifty-fifty chance that children of affected people will develop the disease. The first signs of Vincent’s disease were pins and needles in his hands and feet. Vincent’s brother Neil, a talented musician, said: “It affects the autonomic nervous system so it’s things like eating, sweating, sexual function. “You lose that very gradually and then suddenly it all goes. “My legs are numb from my knee down and it was going to my hands as well.” Eventually patients end up needing a wheel chair. It …

Which would-be prime minister wears unusual socks?

Two men – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – are competing to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and the UK’s next prime minister. They’ve been out and about trying to win the votes of party members who will decide on the winner. With less than three weeks to go until the result, what’s been happening over the past seven days of campaigning? Event of the week To try to put a fiendishly complicated issue in the simplest terms possible… EU rules say there must be checks at its borders with non-EU countries. But, with the shadow of decades of violent conflict around the Irish border at the forefront of their minds, all sides agree that no visible …

Alcohol v cannabis: Which one is worse?

Report End of Instagram post by snoopdogg Image Copyright snoopdogg snoopdogg It’s thought Snoop posted the photo to try to show that alcohol is worse for you than cannabis. They both can affect the body and mind differently depending on the person. But is one worse than the other? How does cannabis affect you? Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK and research shows 10% of regular cannabis users become addicted to it, according to the NHS. Nikki Thorne from Addaction, a service helping young people who’ve misused drugs and alcohol, believes the “mental impact” of cannabis is the most dangerous part. “We increasingly encounter young people, who’ve started using cannabis to self-medicate when they are …

Hospital radio inspires Mystery Jets song

“It’s been remarkable seeing the love that goes into keeping them alive,” said Harrison, 34. He was born with spina bifida, which has affected his spine and leg muscles since he was a child. Since 2009, he also been patron of the Attitude is Everything charity, which works with UK music venues to make gigs accessible for disable people. Disabled musicians ‘failed by venues’ 10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble The history of the NHS in charts “I was taken ill and had to spend an extended period of time in hospital, which is a fairly regular occurrence for me due to my disability,” he told BBC News. “I didn’t have an instrument with me in …

Hunt sets 30 September ‘no-deal deadline’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHunt: We must be clear about the facts of no deal Jeremy Hunt has said he would decide by the end of September whether there is a “realistic chance” of reaching a new Brexit deal with the EU. The Tory leadership contender said he would deliver a provisional “no-deal Brexit budget” in early September and then give the EU three weeks. He vowed to abandon talks after that if there was no “immediate prospect” of progress and move to a no-deal footing. His rival Boris Johnson has vowed to leave “come what may” by 31 October. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mr Johnson said it was important to have a “hard deadline” …

Gay women ‘at risk of cervical cancer too’

What happens during a smear test Chloe Delevingne takes smear test on live TV – BBC News Smear test v bikini line waxing – BBC News ‘This is for anyone with a vagina’ – BBC News While the majority were aware they needed to go for cervical screening, 8% thought LGB women did not need the test or didn’t know if it was required. And 21% thought LGB women were at lower risk of cervical cancer compared with heterosexual women. More than 600 women were surveyed. The NHS in England said this could mean up to 50,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual women had never gone for cervical screening. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSmear tests: Actress writes …

Is there a Brexit ‘war chest’?

At the time of the announcement this money was widely referred to in the media as Mr Hammond’s Brexit “war chest”. He said the release of that money for spending and tax cuts – combined with the end of Brexit-induced uncertainty – would result in a “deal dividend” for the economy. Both Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson have ideas about what they’d like to do with the £26.6bn – see below – when it is one of them (and their choice of chancellor) in charge of the public purse. However, in his Mansion House speech earlier this month, Mr Hammond warned that a no-deal Brexit would soak up this money so an incoming prime minister could no longer call on …

Boris Johnson backtracks over Scottish funding

The Barnett formula is used to share funds across the UK with allocations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland linked to their populations and any changes in spending in areas such as health and education in England. It’s controversial because levels of public spending per head are higher in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales than they are in England. Boris Johnson, a former London mayor, has been a persistent critic. In 2014, he said the then prime minister, David Cameron, had made a “slightly reckless promise” to retain it. He had previously described the system as being of “amazing political antiquity” and producing “inequitable outcomes”. Public services The SNP were among those expecting Boris Johnson to review funding arrangements for …

Coming to a school near you? The four-and-a-half-day week

A number of UK schools have taken the decision to move to a shorter working week because of funding shortages – and nowhere more so, it would appear, than in Birmingham. More than 20 schools in the city now plan to save money by sending children home at Friday lunchtime. Emma Jane Kirby visited one to learn more about the financial pressures they face. It’s even more of a squash than usual in the Bellfield Junior School hall this morning and small, scuffed knees knock against each other as the children sit cross-legged on the herringbone parquet floor. For the first time in their academic life, year two infants have been given special dispensation to join junior assembly. Come the …

Hundreds more cases in baby deaths review

The independent review, being led by midwife Donna Ockenden, was already investigating 250 cases. Latest news from the West Midlands It initially focused on 23 cases in which maternity failings were alleged. But by March, 250 families had come forward, although it is understood not all the cases related to death or serious harm. What do we know about the review? Baby death investigation ‘not watered down’ Temporary new boss for under-fire trust The trust, which was put into special measures in November, was also made subject to “further urgent action” in May amid safety concerns over emergency and maternity services, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Analysis By BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan NHS regulators …

May refuses unconditional support for next PM

“It will be up to my successor to take this forward. To find the majority in Parliament that I was not able to find and to deliver the decision of the British people in 2016.” Pienaar: Will Theresa May be a backseat driver? Compare the candidates Who chooses the next PM? Kuenssberg: The ringmaster or the safe-ish pair of hands? Mr Johnson has said the UK must leave on 31 October “deal or no deal”, but that the chances of a no-deal Brexit happening are a “million to one”. However, in an interview with Conservative Home, Mr Johnson said every member of his cabinet would have to be “reconciled” with the policy of leaving on 31 October – with or …

Senior ex-para ‘does not recall deaths’

He is also understood to be suffering from ill-health. Ten people were fatally shot – including six on one day – in the Ballymurphy area in August 1971 after the introduction of internment without trial in Northern Ireland. In his statement, Col Wilford referred to the deaths of 10 people over three days in Ballymurphy. “This comes as a complete surprise to me,” he said. He recalled that his whole battalion had been interviewed after the events of Bloody Sunday on 30 January 1972, but could not remember it having happened after Ballymurphy. “None of that information came my way,” his statement added. “Had it come my way, it would’ve been quite serious.” On what became known as Bloody Sunday, …