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Jessica Simm



22nd February 2019



Other Stories – 22nd February

Another busy week has passed – in case you missed them here are some of the stories that caught our eye including a 1p tax on clothes, controversial #MeToo graffiti and the fate of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.

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New developments could mean sepsis is detected within minutes. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are testing a new device that may be able to tell if someone has sepsis in two-and-a-half minutes. Currently, 52,000 people a year die from the complication following an infection. BBC News

Fast-fashion retailers could be charged a 1p tax on every item they sell. MPs have called for the scheme in a bid to fund recycling. They also proposed tax incentives to businesses that offer to repair clothes. This follows reports that the UK fashion industry creates 1m tonnes of waste a year and more carbon emissions than aviation and shipping. The Guardian

Is reducing class sizes a good idea? It’s always seemed a no-brainer – smaller class sizes mean the teacher can give more attention to each child. The issue is that teachers’ pay could seriously suffer as a result. Research shows that reducing a class by just one child cuts a teacher’s salary by more than $3,000 (£2,320) to make up for the cost of extra classes. BBC News

#MeToo has been spray painted on the statue of the famous US sailor kiss. George Mendonsa kissed an unsuspecting Greta Zimmer Friedman in Times Square to celebrate the end of WWII, but the incident caught on camera has been accused of being an assault, and the #MeToo graffiti appeared the day after George Mendonsa passed away aged 95. Friedman has said she didn’t feel negatively about the kiss, even though he was a total stranger. The Guardian

Black tip reef sharks have come back to Maya Bay. Made famous by the film The Beach, Maya Bay in Thailand had as many as 3,500 daily visitors in peak season and was closed after authorities agreed it had reached crisis point. Great conservation efforts were made to reinvigorate the ecosystem and it seems they have paid off, as more than 50 reef sharks are now spotted swimming around the shoreline each morning. Three of those sharks also gave birth to their young in the crystal-clear bay. BBC News

Cambridgeshire is leading the way on the future of plastic. The local authority, a plastics processor and packaging company have joined forces to collect rubbish, clean and process the plastic and recycle it for manufacturers. All handled locally, the scheme is reducing CO2 as well as plastic waste. Sky News

A fish has fertilised its own eggs. In a world first, a stickleback fish has had a ‘virgin birth’ following her own internal fertilisation. ‘Mary’ was close to death when scientists noticed the unusual reproduction, so they delivered them by C-section and put her to sleep. 20 of her offspring are alive and well three years on. Mirror

What will happen to Karl Lagerfeld’s cat? After the Chanel and Fendi creative director passed away this week, questions around what will happen to his beloved Birman cat, Choupette, have circulated. The pair were inseparable during the later years in his life and it is thought that his pampered friend could receive some of his fortune. Best Life

Quote of the week

“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.” Sky News

Karl Lagerfeld, creative genius at Chanel who passed away this week.

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