Ken Clarke: Five decades in Parliament

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Clarke is known for his love of cigars Born on 2 July 1940 to what he describes as an “impeccably working class” family in West Bridgford, Mr Clarke went on to win the seat of Rushcliffe in 1970. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Clarke is a lifelong cricket fan and is often seen supporting Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Mr Clarke came to prominence under Margaret Thatcher’s government, where he served in several ministerial positions. He eventually became health secretary, despite his love of beer and cigars. MPs to vote again on early election motion next week Jo Johnson quits May government over Brexit Ex-Labour MP Berger joins Liberal Democrats During his …

What’s Corbyn’s thinking on Brexit?

It is felt that if the leadership campaigns during an election to remain, these potential voters will be alienated. So, best put off the decision until after the election and declare only in the event of a Labour victory and a subsequent referendum. But, you may say, won’t the mere offer of a referendum put these voters off? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt’s been a fairly extraordinary few days in the House of Commons Labour strategists acknowledge it will be a barrier for some. But the hope is that in “left behind” areas, voters who back Brexit won’t see it as the main issue. Instead, jobs, the health service, austerity and other issues might take precedence …

A mystery disease hits Norway’s dogs

(CNN)Dogs in different parts of Norway have been hit by a mystery disease in the past few weeks, and officials are scrambling to identify the cause. The symptoms are not completely new — they have been seen before in sick dogs, but the sharp increase in cases is unusual, according to the Veterinary Institute. It said the illness is also more acute than before — not only are the dogs getting sick, but once ill, they deteriorate quickly. One dog over the weekend was euthanized due to an “acute” progression of the disease, and another died before it could arrive at the clinic. The Food Safety Authority, Veterinary Institute, and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences are working together on …

California lawmakers retreat on hookah ban citing ‘Middle East cultural tradition’

In Iran, families meet for picnics beneath the bridge, often bringing food, musical instruments and the water pipe known as a hookah or shisha. (Fox News/Hollie McKay) PENNSYLVANIA MAN IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA: DOCTORS ‘KNOW IT’S VAPING’ Instead of allowing the amended bill to go to vote, Hill instead opted for a full withdrawal. A statement issued to Fox News by Hill’s representatives said that “a special interest group had sought changes to the bill arguing that it raised concerns among communities for whom the use of flavored hookah tobacco is a cultural tradition and among proprietors of hookah lounges.” “I find it hard to believe that use of gummy bear and bubble-gum flavored tobacco in any form is a …

PM in new Brexit battle after Commons vote defeat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson reacts to losing the key Brexit vote Boris Johnson faces a new battle in the Commons after his first vote as PM saw him lose to rebel Tories and opposition MPs who object to a no-deal Brexit. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, allowing them to bring a bill requesting a Brexit delay. The PM is to call for a general election if he is forced to request an extension to the 31 October deadline. MPs will now vote on the Brexit delay bill. If it passes, the vote on whether to hold an election will follow. But unless two thirds of MPs back …

Texas gunman had been ruled ‘mentally unfit’ to buy firearms, used loophole on background check: report

The suspected mass shooter, Seth Aaron Ator, 36, appeared to have taken advantage of a loophole in federal gun law by purchasing the AR-type assault rifle used in the rampage at a private person-to-person gun sale, effectively bypassing a background check. Under Texas state law, background checks are not required in private sales, according to the Texas Tribune. BEFORE MASS SHOOTING, TEXAS GUNMAN ‘WAS ON A LONG SPIRAL DOWN,’ INVESTIGATOR SAYS Trending in US Original Article : HERE ;

This App Saves Money On Prescriptions And Shows How Messed Up Drug Prices Are

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of Americans use prescription medicines each month, and anyone who buys them already knows they can be incredibly expensive. GoodRx, which launched in 2011 as a way to show consumers how to get their prescriptions filled at the lowest price. The company reports that 100 million people have used the service to find the cost of medicines at local pharmacies. The service, which is mainly intended for people without health insurance, is one of many drug discount programs available. GoodRx’s data makes it clear just how broken that system really is. HuffPost compared the costs for commonly used medicines at drugstores in 10 cities on the company’s website and …

Texas police officer thanks woman for surprise, emotional note following Odessa shooting

“I do not know you and you do not know me, but I thank you for your sacrifice,” the letter read. “You put your life on the line every day to protect our community.” (Medical Center Health System) CHICK-FIL-A MAKES 500 SANDWICHES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AFTER TEXAS SHOOTING SPREE The note was signed “Bria Montes,” CBS 7 reports, an employee at Medical Center Hospital who witnessed “firsthand” the devastation of the Saturday violence that left seven people dead and 19 others injured. On Sept. 3, Potter and Montes got to meet, sharing a hug and emotional conversation outside the hospital. “These officers are just selflessly going in there, trying to get all these people that are injured,” Montes said. “Getting all these people that …

This Trans-Owned Beauty Co-op Wants To Be A Safe Space For Latinx And LGBTQ Workers

It’s karaoke night at the LGBT Network’s communal meeting space, the Q-Center in Long Island City, Queens, but it takes more than Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” blasted through an office wall to distract the women of Mirror Beauty Cooperative who are assembled for their weekly planning meeting. I’m sitting with founding members Lesly Herrera Castillo and Joselyn Mendoza, along with more recent recruit Jonahi Rosa. (as well as their partner Daniel Puerto, who translated from Spanish during our interview), in one of the Q-Center’s conference rooms a dozen-odd feet from the lively lounge area. Though Mirror was conceptually born , its members haven’t yet managed to secure physical space to open up shop, each continuing to work in other salons as they meet …

Kate Middleton’s brother James praised for taking therapy dog as ‘date’ on red carpet

James Middleton attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London with his therapy dog, Ella, in tow. (Getty) CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER “Thank you for bringing awareness to mental health and how dogs can help,” one echoed. “My husband has PSTD and his service dog is truly incredible. The purest of hearts beat in the chest of a dog.” In January, the duchess’ brother revealed his struggles with depression and anxiety for the first time in an op-ed for The Daily Mail, detailing how his dogs helped him out of the lowest depths of a “morass of despair.” “I recognize, too, the role my dogs — Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel — have played …

Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 20 in Bahamas as US monitors storm’s path

Sitting in her home’s lounger, Virginia Mosvold, 84, is lowered from a truck by volunteers after being rescued from her flooded home on Ol’ Freetown Farm farm in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian before being taken to the hospital on the outskirts of Freeport, Bahamas, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) The Category 5 hurricane slammed the Bahamas this past Sunday, first hitting the Abaco islands and then ravaging Grand Bahama as a Category 4 storm. The hurricane, which is the most powerful to ever hit the island, lingered for nearly two days leaving wreckage and disaster in its wake. “We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis …

The science behind the climate crisis

(CNN)Not sure how we found ourselves in this climate crisis? Carbon dioxide is called a “greenhouse gas” because of its ability to trap solar radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere like a blanket and heat up the planet — acting the same way a greenhouse keeps plants warm and growing. All of this carbon dioxide is warming the planet. CO2 naturally occurs in the atmosphere and without it, the planet would be too cold to support life. But human activity, like the burning of fossil fuels for energy, has increased the gas to dangerous levels, increasing the thickness of that blanket to the point that the Earth is heating up. Before the Industrial Revolution, the levels fluctuated naturally over many thousands …

‘Project Runway’ star Chris March, 56, is dead after heart attack: report

Designer Chris March walks the runway wearing Chris March for “Project Runway” Season 4 collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 at The Tent, Bryant Park on February 8, 2007. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage) “I came close to death many times—they called my family and they were told if they wanted to say goodbye to come right away,” March said of the devastating accident on the GoFundMe page. March issued another health update five months ago, in which he revealed that he had “run into several setbacks in my recovery.” ONETIME ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CONTESTANT HALEY SMITH, 26, DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH “I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement,” …

Vegetarians might have higher risk of stroke than meat eaters, study says

(CNN)Non-meat diets have soared in popularity with many people ditching beef, pork and chicken in pursuit of health and environmental benefits and concerns about animal welfare. The exact reasons for this higher risk found in vegetarians are not clear, said Tong. It is possible that this is due to “very low cholesterol levels or very low levels of some nutrients,” she said. “There is some evidence which suggests that very low cholesterol levels might be associated with a slightly higher risk of hemorrhagic stroke,” she said. Similarly, other research points to deficiencies of some nutrients, like vitamin B12, may be linked to a higher risk of stroke, said Tong. Still, some researchers were skeptical of the stroke finding. The research …

Charleston, SC, mayor: Dorian flooding impact ‘significant,’ but ‘not as a significant as we thought they would be’

Flooding was reported in Charleston, S.C. early Thursday as Hurricane Dorian neared the area. (Fox News) Dorian decreased in force to a Category 2 storm as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean. It had previously hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane before making a northward turn up the East Coast. South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, issued a mandatory evacuation for coastal counties, which went into effect at noon on Monday. On Thursday afternoon, the governor’s office announced that the evacuation order had been lifted for three counties but remained in effect for five counties, including in Charleston. Debris blankets the landscape in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas, Thursday, The storm’s devastation has come into sharper …

Police ‘dealing with more mental health incidents’

Thirty-six out of 46 police forces around the UK provided the figures for 5 Live’s Freedom of Information request. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2018 there were 494,159 incidents flagged as mental health related – an average of 56 incidents per hour. ‘I ended up being arrested’ Emma – not her real name – is 39 and has a long-term and severe mental health condition. She told 5 Live that when she could not get the right help “the police were the only ones who couldn’t say no”. On one occasion Emma was unconscious and was found by a police helicopter. “The police saved my life when I was unwell… and I wouldn’t be here if wasn’t for …