Only Two per cent of social housing haVE sprinkler systems
Just two per cent of council and housing association tower blocks are fitted with fully operating sprinkler systems, according to a freedom of information request from the BBC. Responses collected from around half of all authorities responsible for UK tower blocks also showed that 68 per cent of those have have one staircase as a means of evacuation. The news comes amid calls from the London fire commissioner for the installation of sprinklers in all social housing in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The first hearing of the public inquiry into the fire is due to commence tomorrow.
US marriage equality activist Edith “Edie” Windsor dies aged 88
The marriage equality activist whose 2013 United States Supreme Court case paved the way for making same-sex marriage legal in the US died yesterday aged 88. Windsor’s wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the news to The New York Times but did not disclose a cause of death. Speaking to Buzzfeed in 2013, Windsor said: “The idea that I might be a piece of history blows my mind.” In light of the news, former president Barack Obama said, “Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America”.
The significant rise in homelessness has beEn attributed to the government’s welfare reforms
The National Audit Office (NAO) have attributed rising rates of homelessness in Britain to the government’s welfare reforms. Citing the 134 per cent rise in the number of people recorded homeless (4,134) in the country since the Conservatives came into power, NAO also spoke out against the government’s inaction on the 60 per cent rise of those in temporary accommodation over the past six years. Auditor general Sir Amyas Morse said: “It is difficult to understand why the department persisted with its light touch approach in the face of such a visibly growing problem.” A government spokesperson responded to the claims by defending welfare reforms, calling them a means of “restor[ing] fairness to the system with a strong safety net in place to support the most vulnerable”.
Hormone replacement therapy doesn't cause early death, according to long-term study
Women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause no longer have to worry about the threat of early death, a new study says. Previously thought to increase risks of cancer and heart disease, figures collected over two decades (based on data collected from the 2002 US Women’s Health Initiative study) have found that no extra deaths were caused as a result of HRT. Harvard Medical School professor JoAnn Manson said: “This fundamentally provides reassurance for women during the menopause who are seeking hormone therapy to manage bothersome and disturbing symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats”.
New iPhone X divides customers
Apple has launched its new iPhone X to much fanfare around the world, with new features including a 3D front camera, facial recognition and animated emoji (nicknamed Animojis). The costly starting price of the phone – £999 – however, has divided its loyal customer base, with many on social media debating over whether to upgrade to the state-of-the-art phone. Apple’s decision to cover both the front and back of the phone in glass has also been met by mixed reviews. The phone will go on sale on 22 September.