opinion Daniel Payne Opinion contributor Published 3:26 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Two recent news media fumbles illustrate nicely the present divide between mainstream journalism’s ambitions and its chronically blundering execution. There is a reason that American mistrust of the media is at such historic lows. There are things the media can do to rectify this, if we care to. Time exploited a little girl's tears In other contexts this tactic would have been roundly condemned. By way of example, several years ago, when pro-life activist David Daleiden used some stock footage of a stillborn baby to illustrate an abortion worker’s claims, the news media had a feeding frenzy over it. The Washington Post, CNN, ThinkProgress and other outlets were quick to point it out. Nobody likes to be fooled. More: Trump's vicious assault on immigrant children hits America's moral gag reflex Immigrant family separation policy reveals the brokenness of our … [Read more...] about We can’t afford news media blunders in the Donald Trump era. Skip the cheap smear tactics.
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CASES of gonorrhoea and syphilis have soared 20 per cent in the last year – renewing fears a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhoea could spread across the UK. A mutant strain of gonorrhoea, which cannot be treated with the usual course of antibiotics, struck in Britain for the first time earlier this year. Health officials now fear there could be more cases after 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhoea were recorded in 2017 - a 22 per cent increase on the previous year. The Public Health England (PHE) figures also revealed a 20 per cent year-on-year rise in deadly syphilis – 148 per cent up from 2008 figures. Debbie Laycock, from sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Today's stats confirm the number of STIs diagnosed in England remains worryingly high against a backdrop of damaging cuts to sexual health services. “Our sexual health services are stretched too thinly and demand outweighs availability, with more cuts already planned. “The significant … [Read more...] about Fears of ‘super STI’ outbreak as cases of gonorrhoea and syphilis soar 20% in a year
Forecasters say the latest picture for Plymouth this Bank Holiday weekend has changed again - and it isn't good news. After predicting sweltering weather, the latest models show it is likely to rain on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - with the heaviest rain on the Bank Holiday. But it will be hotter than Porto in Portugal, as we top 23C. The Met Office says there will be mixed sun and rain over the weekend while Accuweather is forecasting thunderstorms for the city. For the week ahead high pressure will become dominant once more at the end of this week producing a mass of warm and dry weather moving across large swathes of the country from a baking central continent. Western areas will get the best of the sunshine with the threat of thunderstorms for southern and central regions as the hot and humid conditions take hold. It will be cooler in the east because of lingering mist and low cloud and there will also be a brisk easterly breeze to tame the heat. Computer models indicate the warmth … [Read more...] about The forecast has changed for this weekend and it’s not good news
IRIDESCENT finishes will be big news in 2018 – and you can be on trend for three meals a day for less than twenty quid.Online retailer Studio is selling a 16-piece stainless steel cutlery set that has the trendy rainbow finish, and it’s currently reduced from £49.99 to £19.99.The set has four sets of knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons, and is dishwasher safe.Another bonus is that it looks very similar to a designer version from Italian brand Mepra, who have a five piece set that has an additional dessert fork.The £157 set is described on Qrator as: “Dare to make a difference, draw all eyes and positively impress your guests at your next dinner with this beautiful, playful and modern cutlery set by Mepra.“Mepra Due Rainbow Cutlery Set 5pcs’s products carry a unique, luxurious, playful, colourful and modern design along with an eye-catching character that make it stand out from all other cutlery sets.“Each set includes: dinner … [Read more...] about This £20 rainbow cutlery set is just like a £160 designer set from Mepra
BITCOIN is the hot topic in the world of amateur and professional currency investment.Its meteoric rise in value over the last year has made hundreds of early investors extremely wealthy and now everyone wants a slice of the action - but what is it worth today?As of 9am on January 12 2018 Bitcoin is worth £9812.90 ($13450.67).Over the weekend, the cryptocurrency has continued to fall in value since Friday's price of £9890.82 ($13456.71).And it represents a dramatic slide since Tuesday, when it was valued £11,632.00 ($15679.70).The fall was sparked by South Korea's plan to ban cryptocurrency trading sending the market into a tailspin.Justice minister Park Sang-ki said the government was preparing a bill to ban trading of the virtual currency on domestic exchanges.He said: "There are great concerns regarding virtual currencies and justice ministry is basically preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through exchanges."It comes just months after its price … [Read more...] about Bitcoin price – today’s exchange rate in GBP and USD and the latest news on the cryptocurrency