Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Daily: August 27

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Written by Natasha Howe
Duchess's first appearance since birth of baby George
The Duchess of Cambridge has been pictured for the first time since Prince George’s birth shopping in Waitrose in Anglesey, picking up supplies for her new family. This was an unexpected appearance as it was still assumed that Kate and William were spending time at the Middleton family home in Berkshire, however they are now renting a farmhouse on the island for the time being. It has been announced that Kate’s first official royal engagement since the birth will be on 12 September at the first Tusk Conservation Awards, where the William and Kate are guests of honour. The first official photo of Prince George was released last week.

The Prince of Wales saves a medieval church
Prince Charles has donated an undisclosed but substantial sum of money to Bothwell Parish Church in Lancashire in order to prevent its destruction. The church is in need of £2 million for restoration works and has so far raised £1.3 million. The parish minister, Reverend Jim Gibson, revealed that the donation had given the fund a considerable boost. In the 14th century, the Pope granted the church as a collegiate church and its original foundations can still be found under the current structure. Prince Charles also donated money to this church in the 1970s, making it his second investment. He has made numerous donations to other churches too, including donating £500,000 to restore the Strawberry Hill Gothic Church in Shobdon, Herefordshire.  

Red wine contains an antioxidant used in anti-aging creams
‘Prototype’ has become the first anti-aging cream on sale with the ingredient resveatrol, an antioxidant that gives red wine its colour. It has been discovered that this antioxidant can reduce signs of aging by attacking oxygen molecules which attack cells, speeding up the signs of aging. Prototype claims to reduce the effects of aging in 28 days, along with the continued use of resveratrol capsules. This antioxidant is now used in an increasing number of creams due to a recent trial carried out involving 250 men and women who tested the cream and capsules over a period of four to six weeks. The test resulted in 85% of the participants reporting a noticeable reduction in visible wrinkles. This cream has already stacked up a huge waiting list of over 3000 people with a retail price of £39.99.

The culling of 5000 badgers will destroy wildlife
In West Somerset and West Gloucestershire, around 5000 badgers are about to be culled over a period of six weeks in order to stop them spreading a disease among cattle known as bovine tuberculosis. However, it has been debated that the badgers are in fact not spreading the disease and instead the moving cattle are the culprits. Killing the badgers would result in the cattle moving around more; therefore the culling could be seen as counterproductive. In Minehead, Somerset, a vigil was held by Somerset Badger Patrol to protest against the cull. Owen Paterson, the NFU’s Environment Secretary, has claimed that there is no vaccine available for this disease to give to the badgers so this is the only way to get rid of the disease at this time. Vaccines are currently being developed but will take a few years to finalise. It is hoped that the culling will help to eradicate this damaging disease.

Mobile phones carry more germs than a toilet bowl
Recent studies have shown that mobile phones carry more germs than a surprising number of items, including the soles of shoes, kitchen counters and even toilet bowls. An average mobile phone carries 25,000 bacteria per square inch, as anything that contaminates the user’s hand goes straight onto the phone. The phone is also heated up by the battery inside it, creating an ideal temperature for the mass breeding of many viruses. It was also discovered that people are as likely to get ill from mobile phones as from door handles in public bathrooms. Major phone companies, including AT&T, urged customers to regularly disinfect their phones and aim to use hands-free headsets, as mobiles are often placed close to the face, making it easy for bacteria to travel into the body. Phones are beginning to be designed with a built-in anti-bacterial feature to prevent illness.

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