When women experts are not taken seriously

Image copyright @LouiseRawAuthor Image caption Louise Raw’s thread on Sunday began the current discussion One of the many women with doctorates to respond with their experiences was Dr Penny Pullan. Image copyright Twitter “I was a PhD student at Cambridge in the Cavendish lab at the time,” said Dr Pullan. When people found out she was the physicist, “they sort of muttered, ‘Oh!’ and then quickly found someone else to talk to”. “This happened multiple times. I ended up chatting to my husband all evening.” Dr Pullan left academia after her PhD and went into industry. “Things were much more collaborative! Don’t get it wrong, I loved Cambridge and my supervisors and colleagues were fantastic. “It was those who didn’t …

Can fans afford the Champions League final?

Image Copyright @HeadonMatt @HeadonMatt Image Copyright @MetroMayorSteve @MetroMayorSteve Report Report Easyjet has put on extra flights or bigger aircraft to meet demand for previous big sporting events – and the company says it is looking at what is possible this time around. Skyscanner, the travel search engine, says it saw a 3015% surge in flights from the UK to Madrid following Liverpool’s third goal on Tuesday. Are there special flights for fans? There are chartered flights but these aren’t cheap either. Thomas Cook Sport is organising flights for Liverpool fans who have match tickets to the game. The cost is £559 per person, and they are only available for Liverpool supporters who have purchased an official match ticket from the …

Climate change ‘may curb growth in flying’

Why should the policy change? It is a crucial time for flying, with policy on aviation right up to 2050 currently out for consultation. When the government first laid out proposals for increasing aviation, the UK had an overall target of cutting CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. But the CCC recently raised the bar of ambition in recommending that Britain should adopt a target of net zero emissions. That will mean compensating for any greenhouse gases by either capturing the CO2 and storing it, or planting more trees. Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway Half world’s biggest airlines don’t offer carbon offsetting UK ‘can cut emissions to nearly zero’ by 2050 Under the previous 80% scenario, aviation had …

Have I Got News For You episode pulled

An episode of Would I Lie to You was shown on BBC One instead. European Parliament elections are due to take place in the UK on 23 May. European elections: What you need to know How does voting work in European elections? Danny Baker fired over royal baby chimp tweet On Thursday, Ms Allen – who left the Conservatives to join the recently-formed party – tweeted to say she was taking part in the programme, which regularly features politicians. But less than half an hour before the episode was due to be broadcast, the HIGNFY Twitter account announced the cancellation. It wrote: “Sorry everyone. The BBC have pulled tonight’s edition of #HIGNFY – no, we didn’t book Danny Baker. We …

We both now have hope – MS sisters

NICE had initially refused to back it because of the price being asked by the manufacturer Roche. But now a deal has been reached, which means the average cost per patient will be just over £19,000 a year for twice-yearly infusions. For Vikki and Zoe it means they both have hope that the symptoms of the incurable disease, including difficulty walking, fatigue and blurred vision, can be delayed as long as possible. The treatment can delay the need for a wheelchair by seven years. ‘It was awful that Zoe had nothing’ Vikki, 52, who lives in Battersea, London, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in January 2017. Her form of the disease comes in waves followed by periods of recovery, …

Emergency radio system ‘3.1bn over budget’

Airwave links control rooms to response teams, as well as to 363 other bodies such as local authorities and train companies. Delay to 999 radio system ‘could cost millions’ Emergency services ‘should share control rooms’ The Home Office says ESN will transform what is currently available. Officials believe it would allow users access to high-speed mobile data and save money by sharing an existing commercial 4G network. But the scathing NAO report suggests the Home Office has “failed” and that management of the programme has led to delays, increased costs and poor value for taxpayers. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the report concludes that key technology is yet to be properly tested, with work not started on upgrading control …

GP numbers in first sustained drop for 50 years

The pressures on GPs are being looked at by the BBC as part of a special day of coverage, including a Panorama investigation. Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, president of the Royal College of GPs, said: “General practice cannot be allowed to fail. It is an absolute cornerstone of the NHS.” NHS bosses maintain that steps are being taken to improve access, with more GPs being trained and extra support staff recruited to work alongside them. Where not to live if you need a GP Have waits for GP appointments got longer? NHS ‘no chance of training enough staff’ Scotland has more GPs than rest of the UK GP numbers on their way down Dr Carmel Boyham Irvine has worked at the …

Labour agrees a Brexit referendum position

Labour to redraft Euro election leaflets What’s the mood on the doorstep? How many Labour supporters voted Leave? A Labour source said: “The NEC agreed the manifesto which will be fully in line with Labour’s existing policy to support Labour’s alternative plan and if we can’t get the necessary changes to the government’s deal, or a general election, to back the option of a public vote.” The decision was sufficiently nuanced, though, that MPs have interpreted it in different ways. Wes Streeting, who favours another referendum, tweeted that the NEC had “made the right call and confirmed that a public vote will be in our manifesto for the European elections”. Fellow pro-referendum MP Bridget Phillipson said Labour had “done the …

‘I woke up to find I’d been raped’

Image copyright Elinor Bell Image caption Mrs Bell took this photo shortly before her memory went blank An examination at a sexual assault referral centre revealed she had been raped. She said she wants to warn others of the dangers of being spiked. “Knowing he is still out there somewhere and more than likely in that area is one of the most worrying things,” she added. The Cheese and Grain said it was “shocked and saddened” to hear of the attack. “The venue assisted the police as best it could with the investigation in providing details of the victim’s arrival and departure from the venue,” a spokeswoman said. “CCTV showed her leaving the building on her own. She had been …

Could rapist couple have been stopped?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVictims call for Barry rapist couple case review Questions over whether a couple jailed for a string of rapes on girls were part of a paedophile ring have led to calls for a serious case review. Husband and wife Peter and Avril Griffiths abused and raped multiple girls over decades in the seaside town of Barry in south Wales. Nazir Afzal, who prosecuted grooming gangs in Rochdale, said there should now be a review into the case. It follows the discovery a victim’s earlier complaint was not acted on. In October, a jury at Cardiff Crown Court heard how for years the couple had carried out a sustained campaign of rape and …

Storm Hannah eases after 82mph winds

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStorm Hannah eases after battering western parts of the UK with winds of up to 80mph Storm Hannah is blowing itself out after hitting parts of the UK with winds of more than 80mph. A yellow wind warning for Wales and central and southern England was lifted at 15:00 BST. The Met Office has also lifted a yellow rain warning for Northern Ireland after County Antrim saw 27mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Thousands of homes across Ireland remain without power after storm Hannah brought down power lines. Rain is continuing to hit Northern Ireland, with a further 10mm (0.4 in) expected on top of 20mm (0.8in) already seen – …

Review: Kubrick’s luck, sweat and sheer talent

Varela: “Well, how is that?” Kubrick: “Sheer chance.” It was the same deal with A Clockwork Orange, which he only reluctantly read when his wife, an Anthony Burgess fan, pressed him to do so. Thank you, Mrs K. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMalcolm McDowell played the role of the thug Alex in A Clockwork Orange There is an element of good fortune to the timing of the Design Museum’s Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. The show has been travelling the world for a decade or more like a tried-and-tested circus act, but because this year marks the 20th anniversary of the great auteur’s death, its London residency feels like a special occasion rather than yet another stop on …

Family unaware of attack death court case

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Mohamed Moustafa described his daughter as “very kind” and “like an angel” Miss Moustafa was punched and kicked during a confrontation with the group of teenagers near a bus stop in Upper Parliament Street on 20 February 2018. Image copyright PA Image caption Mohamed Moustafa said he was not informed of the most recent court hearing Mariah Fraser, 19, Britania Hunter, 18, and a 16-year-old girl, admitted their part in the attack at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on 16 April this year, but the victim’s family was unaware of the court appearance. Mr Moustafa, 51, from Nottingham, said: “We should have been informed of that hearing date and time and we should have …

Listen to climate scientists, Greta urges

“I am just speaking on behalf of them, I’m trying to say what they’ve been saying for decades,” she said. ‘Non-violent disruption’ The teenager sparked an international youth movement after she staged a “School Strike for Climate” in front of the Swedish Parliament in August last year. Since then she has met Pope Francis and addressed the European Parliament. Speaking about her newfound fame, she said: “It’s unbelievable, I can’t really take it in.” The interview comes as Extinction Rebellion activists took over part of the Natural History Museum on Monday. More than 1,000 people have been arrested since the protests began in central London a week ago. Miss Thunberg, who spoke to the crowds in Marble Arch on Sunday, …

Donald Trump set for state visit in June

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRemember President Trump’s last UK visit in July 2018? US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June, Buckingham Palace has announced. The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings. He will also have official talks with the prime minister at Downing Street. Mr Trump previously met the Queen at Windsor Castle when he came to the UK in July 2018 on a working visit. The White House said the upcoming trip would reaffirm the “steadfast and special relationship between the United States and …