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Jessica Simm



8th March 2019



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Another busy week has passed – in case you missed them here are some of the stories that caught our eye including the man who has been ‘cured’ of HIV, Indian treasure found in a Berkshire attic and Barbie’s first ever Maori doll.

Is this the end of cash? Research commissioned by Link has found that cash payments could fall to just 10% of transactions by 2026. It’s thought that eight million people, including those in rural areas and with mental or physical disabilities, will find it difficult to cope without cash. Experts are urging the government and regulators to overhaul the system, ensuring it’s cost-effective for businesses to accept cash and people can still get access to the cash they need. The Guardian & BBC News

A man in London has beaten HIV. Doctors may be well on their way to curing HIV after clearing a man of the disease through a stem cell transplant. He is the second person ever to become HIV-free after treatment, but his doctor says it is still too early to tell if he’s properly cured. If it is successful, it is hoped similar procedures could help treat the 37 million people worldwide carrying HIV. Evening Standard

University of Cambridge offers 100 places to disadvantaged students. Following the story we spotted last week about a lack of diversity at top universities, Cambridge is offering up to 100 places to underrepresented students who missed out on a place. These will be offered once students know their A level results, and they must have applied and been interviewed during the main application stage. The Guardian

A broken heart is a physical health condition. Also known as takotsubo syndrome (TTS), some people suffer from a weakening or even failing heart after an emotional trauma. New evidence shows that it’s a result of less communication between the brain and the nervous system, which controls unconscious functions like the heartbeat. 2,500 people in the UK are thought to suffer from TTS. The Sun

EasyJet is the kindest airline on the environment, a report finds. It’s suggested that EasyJet has the most effective plans to cut emissions as they’re predicted to be down to 75g of CO2 per passenger by 2020. To give you an idea of what that means, Korean Air’s CO2 emissions are estimated to be 172g in the same year. Alaska Air, Qantas and United were close behind with emissions predicted to be under the 100g per passenger mark. BBC News

It might be worth taking a look in your attic. A couple’s lives have changed overnight after discovering treasure in their attic wrapped in newspaper. The haul includes a gun, four swords, a shield, a betel nut box and gold seal ring that once belonged to an Indian ruler. They were taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan after the ruler’s defeat in 1799. After being brought to Britain by Major Thomas Hart, they’ve been passed down through the family and eventually found themselves in the attic of a Berkshire semi-detached house. Mirror

Barbie has released 20 dolls for International Women’s Day. They’re modelled on inspirational women around the world, including tennis star Naomi Osaka, activist and supermodel Adwoa Aboah, mountaineer and writer Karla Wheelock and more. The iconic brand has also released a Maori doll for the first time, representing sports journalist and former Black Ferns player Melodie Robinson. BBC News & Barbie

The Queen has posted on Instagram. In her first ever Instagram post, the Queen shared a photo from her visit to the Science Museum of a letter written to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert. She signed her post with, ‘Elizabeth R’. In 2014, she made her first ever tweet, also during a visit to the Science Museum. Vogue

 

Quote of the week

“I’ve seen first-hand how powerful it is for a child to have their lives and their experiences reflected in what they read – to be able to say ‘There’s someone like me!”‘.

Julia Donaldson, author of the Gruffalo, on the need for more diversity in children’s books.

In a similar vein, Oscar-winning actress Rachel Shenton has called for authors to include characters with disabilities, explaining: “Never seeing themselves can be so demoralising, and makes their experiences seem invisible.”

This week saw children across the world celebrate World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite characters.

BBC News

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