Hospitals to delay non-urgent surgery due to mounting pressure
Strains on NHS staff in England have lead to thousands of operations being put off until the end of January, the BBC reports. In order to focus on emergency care, officials have instructed hospitals to push back outpatient appointments. Although some hospital departments have had to go on black alert (the highest level during extremely busy periods), NHS England’s director of acute care, Keith Willett, has said that the decision to delay non-urgent operations was not indicative of a crisis, but rather a need to “give the hospitals time and space to manage the demand that we anticipate will come through."
Trump competes with North Korea over size of nuclear button
Donald Trump has claimed that he has a “bigger and more powerful” nuclear button than North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. Tweeting in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Trump said: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Shortly after the US president issued his comments, North Korea announced that it would re-open border communications with South Korea. The announcement comes days after Kim Jong Un said he would consider sending North Korean athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
LA prosecutors review Harvey Weinstein cases
Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing two cases regarding Harvey Weinstein and allegations of sexual assault, according to the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office. Details about the nature of the allegations surrounding the cases have yet to be released while the cases are investigated. So far, no charges have been brought against Weinstein in relation to the large number of accusations of sexual assault and harassment against him, but that could change should prosecutors arrive at the conclusion that the Hollywood producer should have charges brought against him.
Regulator bans eharmony ad claiming scientifically proven matches
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an advert from dating website eHarmony over claims that it possesses a “scientifically-proven matching system.” The ASA took action when a complaint about the advert from David Lipsey, joint chair of the all-party parliamentary group on statistics, was lodged in July 2017. In response to the ASA’s decision, eHarmony UK’s managing director said: “Although we respectfully disagree with the ASA’s findings, we are happy to work with them to assure that our advertising is as clear as possible.”
Storm Eleanor leaves thousands of homes without power
Around 25,000 homes in Northern Ireland and the Midlands have had power cuts due to raging winds of up to 90mph from Storm Eleanor. Northern Ireland Electricity Networks were only able to restore power to 10,000 homes following the storm, with the remaining 12,000 expected to go without power tonight. The Met Office have issued warnings over the dangerous conditions, reminding people to “take care” outside.