In the News This Week
Important headlines this week you need to know about:
PROCESSED MEAT CAUSES CANCER
People threw down their bacon sandwiches in shock earlier this week, when the WHO (World Health Organisation) released a report proving that processed meat is linked to an increase risk in cancer.
They ranked bacon, ham and sausages alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, placing cured and processed meats in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco.
Vegetarians scoffed and meat eaters fought back, with #bacongedden trending on Twitter.
POLICE OFFICER TACKLES STUDENT TO THE GROUND IN US CLASSROOM
A video emerged this week of a white police officer tackling a black high school student to the ground after she refused to give up her mobile phone.
Deputy Ben Fields was an officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina when he manhandled the girl.
Despite initial outrage, over 100 students staged a walk out on Friday in support of the fired officer.
CHINA ENDS ITS ONE CHILD POLICY
China has decided to end its one child policy, after decades of its enforcement.
The decision was made in the hopes of increasing the number of young workers, because of concerns over China’s ageing workforce.
Couples are now allowed to have two children, according to the Communist Party.
LAST BRIT IN GUANTANAMO BAY RELEASED
The last Briton held in prison Guantanamo Bay, has been released and flown back to the UK.
Shaker Aamer was held for 13 years in the infamous US military prison in Cuba.
The 46 year old Father of four has always said he was wrongly accused of his links to Al-Qaeda and terrorism.
With a since deteriorated physical and mental health, Ahmer’s legal team is pressing a legal case accusing the MI5 and MI6 of being complicit in his torture.
REMOVAL OF TAMPON TAX REJECTED
People were rightly in uproar following MPs’ rejection to scrap the tax on tampons.
Under European Commission, tampons, pads and other sanitary products are taxed at 5%, and are considered ‘luxury’ items.
Since the definition of luxury is “a state of great comfort or elegance,” I think anyone who’s ever had a period would agree that there are anything but luxurious.
THIRD PERSON ARRESTED OVER TALK TALK HACK
A third man has been arrested in connection with the Talk Talk data breach.
A 20 year old man has been detained at an address in Staffordshire, police have said, following the arrest of two teenagers.
Talk Talk executive chief, Dido Harding, said that she was “still unsure” about exactly how many Talk Talk customers were affected by the hack.
WOMEN ON BOARD: WOMEN HOLD QUARTER OF TOP BOARDROOM POSITIONS
A quarter of board positions at the UK’s top businesses are now held by women, according to a report by former trade minister, Lord Davis.
Davis told the BBC that there had been “a steady and sustained” increase of women on boards of FTSE 100 companies, doubling from 12.5% in 2011 to 25% today.
Davis however, says this is ‘not good enough’ and that this number must increase to a third by 2020.
# TRENDING #
A teen challenged a police officer to a ‘Nae Nae’ dance off, and was left astounded by her killer moves.
The female officer was called to a fight in Washington, but ended up dancing to Silento’s ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) when she saw a teen dancing along.
The teen later told a news channel that the encounter had changed the way she thought about the police.