A bioplastic made of organic fish waste that would otherwise end up in landfill – with the potential to replace plastic in food and drink packaging – has landed its UK designer a prestigious international award and £30,000 prize. Lucy Hughes, 24, a graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, scooped the James Dyson award for her biodegradable and compostable material known as MarinaTex. Hughes sought to tackle the problems of environmentally harmful single-use plastics and inefficient waste streams by harnessing fish offcuts to create an eco-friendly plastic alternative. Global figures estimate that 40% of plastic produced for packaging is used once and discarded. Hughes’s entry had already clinched the top prize in the UK awards, but on Thursday it was announced that it had beaten 1,078 others from 28 different countries. The annual award scheme is run by the James Dyson Foundation, designer Sir James Dyson’s charitable trust. It challenges … [Read more...] about Plastic substitute made of fish waste hauls in UK designer Dyson award
Israel's foreign minister said on Thursday morning that his country does not accept a cease-fire announced by Gaza's militant Islamic Jihad group a few hours earlier. They will, however, stop offenses, provided that militants in Gaza do not attack Israel. "Quiet will be answered with quiet," Foreign Minister Israel Katz told Army Radio. "The State of Israel will not hesitate to strike at those who try to harm it, from the Gaza Strip or from anywhere else." Read more: Violence in Gaza: How Netanyahu and Iran stand to profit The cease-fire was reportedly brokered by Egypt and was announced by Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim early on Thursday morning, effective as of 5.30 a.m. local time (0330 UTC/GMT). This marks around 48 hours since violence began when Israel killed a senior commander of the group. The cease-fire was based on a series of demands by Islamic Jihad, most notably an end to targeted killings, a halt in Israeli shootings of protesters at … [Read more...] about Israel-Gaza cease-fire? Israel agrees to stop attacks on Islamic Jihad
HERE'S your daily roundup of celebrity news that have made headlines over the past 12 hours. I'm A Celeb's latest set of stars are getting ready to move into the famous camp, and this year they'll have a gym stocked with dumbbells. Meanwhile Katie Price can't resist buying designer goods ahead of her latest bankruptcy hearing. First look inside I’m A Celebrity camp with jungle gym and hammock beds Brand new shots reveal what the celebrities have to look forward to as they swap their luxury hotels for sleeping under the stars. The Red Telephone Box is making a return, giving campmates the chance to communicate during the Dingo Dollar Challenges.There's a bath to take a dip, the iconic shower area and hammocks to take a nap. And the gym area boasts a number of weights and punching bag for stars to take out their frustration. Oti Mabuse 'feared for her life' after dangerous lift went wrong in rehearsals The professional dancer, 29, revealed she and Kelvin Fletcher had to … [Read more...] about Celebrity News: I’m A Celeb first look, Katie Price splashes the cash and Holly Willoughby breaks down in tears
OTI Mabuse has gained lots of fans since she joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2015. She returned to her roots on the BBC dance show in September. Here's the story of how the South African became one of the jewels in the BBC crown. Who is Oti Mabuse, how old is she and what is her background? Oti Mabuse is a 29-year-old professional dancer who rose to fame on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC1 tonight - follow our live blog for all the action and updates She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and unlike many of the Strictly family, Oti did not start her path to professional dancing from a young age.Oti studied civil engineering at university before embarking on a career in professional dancing, following in the footsteps of her sister Motsi - nine years her senior - who is a professional ballroom dancer. Since the start of her professional career, Oti has earned various awards including first place in the German Championship Freestyle Latin … [Read more...] about Who is Oti Mabuse, who is her Strictly 2019 partner and how old is she?
A puppy with a tail growing from the middle of its forehead has become a viral superstar after he was abandoned and left in the 'freezing cold'. Rescue organisation Mac's Mission found the pup, who also had a foot injury, on the street along with another older dog and took them both under its wing. Staff named the adorable doggo 'Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn' and he quickly established a huge fan base after videos were uploaded on Facebook . The Missouri-based centre 'specialises in special' and looks to help dogs which have been abused, injured or have birth defects who would die without their help. In an update, the centre answered the question on every Narwhal fan's lips - the tail unfortunately doesn't wag when he gets excited. The puppy was taken to the vets, after being reassured by staff it wasn't going to be scary, to try and find out why the tail is there, if it was connected, and most importantly, if it can wag. After the appointment, the centre wrote : "The … [Read more...] about Abandoned ‘unicorn’ puppy has tail on his head and he’s completely magical