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Coronavirus cluster found in cargo ship in Australia

Health
A coronavirus cluster has been detected on a freight ship berthed in the Australian west coast port of Fremantle, raising questions about why local authorities weren’t alerted to the dangerBy ROD McGUIRK Associated PressMay 26, 2020, 10:07 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANBERRA, Australia -- A coronavirus cluster was detected Tuesday on a freight ship berthed in the Australian west coast port of Fremantle, raising questions about why local authorities weren’t alerted to the danger. Six of 48 crew members from the Al Kuwait tested positive for the virus four days after the livestock carrier arrived from the United Arab Emirates on Friday, Western Australia state Premier Mark McGowan said. The six infected crew were transferred to hotel quarantine
Harry Potter first edition found in skip sells for £33,000

Harry Potter first edition found in skip sells for £33,000

Entertainment
A first edition Harry Potter book has sold for £33,000 at auction - after being found in a skip.The rare hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was salvaged from the skip at a Buckinghamshire school, and was sold with four other novels from the series that were also discovered dumped. Two Philosopher's Stone paperback first editions went for £3,400 and £3,000 respectively.And first edition copies of the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban made £360. Image: The second and third books in the series also sold in the auction. Pic: Hansons Due to coronavirus restrictions, bidders took part in the international auction by phone and online.
Iron Maiden frontman’s estranged wife found dead after ‘tragic accident’

Iron Maiden frontman’s estranged wife found dead after ‘tragic accident’

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The estranged wife of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has died in a "tragic accident", according to a family statement.Paddy Bowden, aged in her 50s, was found dead at the couple's marital home in Chiswick, west London, on Monday morning. In a statement reported by the Daily Mail, Dickinson said: "This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident."Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated."Dickinson, 61, added: "Out of respect for Paddy, we won't be making any further comment at this hugely difficult and painful time for our family." ...
High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor

High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists have identified the highest levels of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor.The contamination was found in sediments pulled from the bottom of the Mediterranean, near Italy.The analysis, led by the University of Manchester, found up to 1.9 million plastic pieces per square metre.These items likely included fibres from clothing and other synthetic textiles, and tiny fragments from larger objects that had broken down over time.The researchers' investigations lead them to believe that microplastics (smaller than 1mm) are being concentrated in specific locations on the ocean floor by powerful bottom currents."These currents build what are called drift deposits; think of underwater sand ...
Coronavirus: Significant social distancing needed ‘until vaccine found’

Coronavirus: Significant social distancing needed ‘until vaccine found’

Health
The UK must keep a "significant level" of social distancing until a vaccine for coronavirus is found, a scientist advising the government has said.Prof Neil Ferguson told the BBC there was "little leeway" to relax measures without "something... in their place" - such as testing and contact tracing.A three-week extension to the lockdown is expected to be announced later.It comes as the UK recorded another 861 coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of hospital deaths to 13,729.Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced strict curbs on life in the UK on 23 March, as the government sought to limit the spread of the virus.Ministers are required by law to assess whether the rules are working, based on expert advice, every three weeks.The government - led by F...