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University bans hamburgers ‘to help environment’

And it will try to increase the number of students studying climate change. Scientists say beef is more damaging to the environment as cows produce more methane and require more land and water than other livestock. The college’s new head, Prof Frances Corner, said: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.

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Malorie Blackman: UK hate crimes inspired new book

“I remember being so angry about that, and I thought ‘I want to write something about racism and what it’s like to experience racism’.” She says before she started the Noughts and Crosses series, she discussed writing about slavery with her friends, but the response was “kind of underwhelming”. “They were saying why do you want to write about that, it’s so painful and so long ago”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malorie Blackman with Stormzy […]

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No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work […]

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Boardmasters cancellation ‘bitter blow’ for shops

“People do spend a lot of money with a lot of businesses in Newquay and beyond Newquay in a full five day festival like Boardmasters,” she said. “It’s a bitter blow. What a great impact and profile Boardmasters brings to Cornwall for young people and for our summer season and this is a bitter blow.” Tim Rowe – Rip Curl Image caption Damian Rowe had ordered 500 ponchos He said the cancellation could cost the shop up […]

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Danger dryers: I’m sorry, says Whirlpool exec

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeff Noel apologised following tumble dryer fires A senior Whirlpool executive has apologised to customers affected by the saga of dangerous tumble dryers sold for 11 years in the UK. Whirlpool is now launching a full recall of any remaining fire-prone dryers, nearly four years after first alerting people to the safety issue. Speaking to the BBC, its vice-president Jeff Noel defended a decision not to recall dryers when […]

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Five women shaking up the science world

Image copyright NovoNordisk Image caption Dr Nicola Beer As senior head of department for Discovery Biology & Pharmacology at the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford, she is both head of department and scientist. “It’s about setting the strategic direction, helping people mature their ideas, deliver, also support them in their career,” she says. She believes with fewer women in leadership roles, women have an obligation to support each other, as mentors, by passing on knowledge, or by […]

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‘House dispute has given me anxiety’

The results suggested that 72% felt “very worried and anxious” about their future, and 17% had had suicidal thoughts as a direct result. Anxiety ‘off the rails’ A leaseholder owns the right to use a property for a fixed period of time – typically between 99 and 125 years for most buyers. But it is the freeholder who owns the property outright, and the land on which it is built. They also decide what service charges are […]

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Free prom dress plea ‘hit a chord’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPupils felt uneasy about attending their school prom without a gown Three years ago Maesteg Comprehensive School held its first “prom” party for its year 11 students to celebrate finishing their GCSEs. Head teacher Helen Jones thought the new tradition imported from America was “fantastic” – but it also created a problem when they realised a pupil was not going to attend because of the cost of the outfit. […]

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Lettings fee ban brings cheer to tenants

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“We had to pay £2,000 to move in” A ban on “unfair” fees charged by lettings agents to tenants in England has started, two-and-a-half years after the plan was first announced. It means tenants will no longer face fees for services including viewings, credit checks, references and setting up a tenancy. Citizens Advice claims people renting privately in England have collectively been paying £13m a month in these fees. […]

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