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Climate change: Tax frequent fliers and get rid of SUVs, government told

Climate change: Tax frequent fliers and get rid of SUVs, government told

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device A frequent flyer tax, phasing out polluting SUVs and restricting cars in city centres are among climate change solutions suggested by members of the public.A citizens' assembly of 108 people from all walks of life published its report after weeks of debate.They proposed curbing road building and using the pandemic to cut emissions.MPs said the report offered a "unique insight", but activists Extinction Rebellion said it didn't go far enough.The report says the government must show leadership on climate change and insists climate policies must be fair to all – especially the poorest in society.Its radical conclusions may offer political cover to ministers who’re typically nervous of a public backlash
Amber Heard is a ‘compulsive liar’ and ‘unreliable’, Johnny Depp libel trial told

Amber Heard is a ‘compulsive liar’ and ‘unreliable’, Johnny Depp libel trial told

Entertainment
Amber Heard is a "compulsive liar" and a "wholly unreliable witness" who has changed her story and swapped key dates in a bid to manipulate the case, Johnny Depp's lawyers have argued at the High Court.In the final day of speeches and submissions, Depp's barrister David Sherborne told the court that Heard's "lack of" credibility was key to the case, drawing on several examples - including the unexpected introduction of Kate Moss into the case. Towards the end of the day, while court was still in session, Heard gave an impromptu speech outside the High Court, saying she just "wanted to move on with my life". Image: Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in the 1990s She was standing with a group of her supporters, including her sister Whitney, girl...
Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Technology
The government has told care homes and the public to immediately stop using coronavirus testing kits produced by a healthcare firm after safety problems were discovered.The government said all labs must pause the use of COVID-19 test kits produced by Randox laboratories "with immediate effect until further notice". It said the tests, which were used as part of the NHS system, failed to meet safety standards.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a problem with the swabs but there was no suggestion that test results were affected.He told the Commons on Thursday: "We've identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we'll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure. ...
X Factor winner Alexandra Burke says she was told to bleach her skin

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke says she was told to bleach her skin

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Alexandra Burke says she was told to bleach her skin "to look whiter" and have "hair that appeals to white people" in order to sell more records.The Hallelujah singer spoke out in a 15-minute video on Instagram, telling her 193k followers: "I'm nervous, but I'm not ashamed to speak about it". She says she has experienced numerous acts of racism in the music industry and is "speaking her truth" after staying silent for years.Burke first came to public attention after appearing on the X Factor - which she competed in twice. The first time in 2005, when she was 16.She made it through to the final seven in the 16-24 category but didn't progress any further. ...
Coronavirus: Public told to cut water use amid surge in lockdown demand

Coronavirus: Public told to cut water use amid surge in lockdown demand

Science
Water companies are urging people to use water more carefully during the coronavirus lockdown. They are asking people to avoid hoses and sprinklers, and not to fill paddling pools. However, so far a full hosepipe ban has not been imposed.Companies are responding to a double water whammy from the record dry spring and a surge in demand as people spend more time at home during the lockdown. February this year was the wettest on record and you might have thought the UK had enough H2O - following a drenching winter, rivers and reservoirs were full.But then it barely rained for three subsequent months – another record. Then came coronavirus and lockdown meant people stayed home in the sunshine. May was sunniest UK month on record Water firm 'can't keep up' w