Johnson’s broadband plan ‘needs detail’

This involves installing high-speed optical cables to bring data right up to buildings without having to rely on slower copper for part of the journey. This should deliver speeds of one gigabit per second and beyond. As of May, the telecoms regulator Ofcom said that only 7% of UK properties were currently served. Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph that the current deadline was “laughably unambitious”. “This will cost some public money, but the productivity gains are immense,” he added. “We will have to step up very substantially the rate at which we install full fibre – currently running at about 20,000 premises per week. But this is not only a huge economic opportunity – it is part of …

Martial arts knife teaching ‘needs control’

He said he would “never put anyone in a situation where they could hurt themselves”. Image caption Fiorindo Ardesi calls himself a martial art teacher on his Facebook page “In the UK there isn’t one overarching governing body for martial arts, instead there are governing bodies for each sport such as taekwondo, jiu jitsu, or Chinese martial arts,” said a spokesman. But “the lack of one overarching governing body” and safety concerns for children prompted the launch of a Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts in 2018. Mr Ardesi advertises on Facebook as a teacher of Kung Fu, Wing Shun and Wu Shu. Torquay Wing Chun instructor Derek Vernon, who taught Mr Ardesi for at least 18 months, said it would …

The death of a British skateboarding hero

“Then he came home and asked mum for a skateboard.” It quickly became obvious that Ben had a special talent. He impressed friends and family with the ease with which he was able to do complicated tricks. His interest in supporting his local skateboarding community soon got him noticed too. “He got a petition started to get a skate park built at home. From then on, he was obsessed,” Lucy says. Image copyright Leo Sharp Image caption Ben enjoyed success in the US, appearing on the cover of skateboarding magazines His death comes as skateboarding prepares to enter the Olympics for the first time. It is one of five new sports that will be added to the Tokyo 2020 Games. …

Welsh NHS bill concerns over PE plan

‘Slip away’ Baroness Grey-Thompson said she was concerned they would disappear off the curriculum in some schools, causing problems for the NHS in 15 to 20 years’ time due to people being unfit. “Because PE is difficult to teach, it’s one of those things that I really worry will slip away because there are other things that are easier to do,” she told BBC Wales Live. “If sport is not explicitly mentioned, it will just drop off. Whatever the meaning and the intention, it won’t have the same priority. “We won’t see the problem right now, we’ll see it 15 or 20 years down the line when the NHS bill goes through the roof because we have a generation of …

Sponsor quits over Jackson signing

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding not guilty of rape Jackson set for London Irish move Paddy Jackson ‘sorry and ashamed’ Rugby on trial: Ulster introduce behaviour classes The club said that an offer to meet Diageo’s senior management in Dublin in May was not taken up. “London Irish will be moving on without the support of Diageo, who have chosen to stand down after a nearly 30-year association with the club, a spokesperson said. “It is regretful that this relationship has ended in the manner that it has.” Last month another sponsor, Cash Converters, terminated its contract with London Irish. Related Topics Diageo Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

The secret history of women’s football

It was another half century until women’s football got back on its feet – and that’s one reason it lags behind the men’s game today. Imagine getting paid in cigarettes Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Dick Kerr’s Ladies team take on the French Ladies International team at Herne Hill, London Women’s matches pulled in enormous crowds There was a huge growth in women’s football during the war when women were called upon to do factory jobs left by the men who had gone to fight. On Christmas Day in 1917, 10,000 spectators watched two women’s teams playing at Preston. And when Dick Kerr’s Ladies played St Helen’s Ladies on Boxing Day 1920 they pulled in a crowd of …

Blanket free TV licence for over-75s scrapped

The number of households which could be eligible to apply for pension credit could number 1.5 million by 2020. The BBC Board said it was the “fairest option to help the poorest pensioners”. BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said it had been a “very difficult decision”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Clementi on the BBC’s decision to scrap blanket free licences for over 75s “We think it’s fair to those over 75 but also to all our audiences for whom there was no appetite for the level of cuts that would have been necessary if the concession had been extended,” he added. “There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who have not paid …

Ed Sheeran exhibition curated by dad

Image copyright John Sheeran Image caption Ed Sheeran, aged 15, performing to a young fan at Moon Fest in Swilland, Suffolk Image copyright Mark Surridge Image caption The singer in his dressing room, European tour 2012 A digital display of photos and news headlines following his career have been compiled by Archant, publisher of two local newspapers. Brad Jones, editor-in-chief of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, said they have been covering Sheeran’s career since 2008. “We were even there to capture the moment he signed his six-album deal at The Station pub in Framlingham in 2011 in front of family and friends. “So our fantastic archive of stories and pictures provide a fascinating look back at the …

Football fans could help break flight record

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSome fans have had to take to the road to get to Madrid There could be a record-breaking number of flights using British skies on one day as English football fans fly to Madrid for the Champions League final. Around 9,000 flights are predicted on Friday, which would exceed the previous record of 8,854 set on 25 May 2018. Air traffic controller Nats said there would be a surge in chartered flights and private jets ahead of Saturday’s clash between Tottenham and Liverpool. Greenpeace said it showed Uefa was not taking climate change seriously. As they begin their journeys to Madrid, fans have been posting their progress on social media. Report End …

Breakdancing to help mental health fight

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamie Berry turned to breakdancing as an escape from bullying After years of bullying, when he was just 13 Jamie Berry tried to take his own life. Then Jamie turned to breakdancing – known as breaking – which he says has saved him from suicide numerous times. In Rhondda, he is using breaking to help others in a class which GPs can now refer people to. Public health experts hope community classes like Jamie’s, run by Avant Cymru in Cymmer, could help ease pressure on NHS services. “It’s a way to get the demon off my back and to be free,” he said. Image copyright Huw Dale Photography Image caption Jamie Berry …

‘I thought he was playing an innocent game’

But, over time, she noticed a change in his behaviour. He would no longer want to join in with family activities he usually enjoyed. Concerned, she decided to check the game – and discovered he had been communicating with others on a third-party app. It was at that point she realised her son had been groomed into sending sexually explicit images of himself. “We came across some pictures,” she tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “It was horrifying. I was physically sick.” Roblox told the programme it was unable to comment on individual cases but was committed to protecting the online safety of children. It said its in-game chat had very stringent filters and any photo exchange would have been …

Liverpool and Spurs fans descend on Madrid

Spanish police have told English football fans to “behave like tourists” as an extra 1,300 officers were deployed to cope with the influx of supporters. Four arrested for violence ahead of final Match preview and team news Fans could help break flight record The inside story of two incredible semis Image copyright Joe Giddens/PA Image caption Tottenham Hotspur fans waved a banner in Puerta del Sol Spurs supporter Steve Cook wrote on Twitter he was still awaiting his itinerary from Thomas Cook 48 hours before kick-off. He said: “We made this booking with the club’s official travel company and have been dealt with appallingly.” Report End of Twitter post by @antgibson23 Image copyright Anthony Gibson Image caption Anthony Gibson and …

Boy, 9, killed in school locker fall

‘Avid scientist’ Maria Rumsey, head teacher at St Michael’s, said staff, parents, governors and pupils were “shocked and immensely saddened” by Leo’s death. She said: “He will be greatly missed by all. We wish to extend our thoughts and condolences to all of Leo’s family and friends at this saddest of times. “Leo was a sparkle in our school. His face lit up the classroom and his mischievous blue eyes made us all smile. “He was an avid scientist, who only on Wednesday was in his element hunting for bugs on the school field. “Leo was always keen to share his model-building and wowed the class when he brought in the finished masterpieces. He had a wide circle of friends …

Heart scan ‘picks up sudden death risk’

Footballer Fabrice Muamba had a near-fatal cardiac arrest during a match while David Frost’s son Miles died suddenly while jogging aged 31, for example. Yet many of those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, have few or no warning symptoms – and some are able to lead perfectly normal lives. Kick-start required The research team focused on detecting those at risk of sudden death, by looking for abnormal fibre patterns in the heart which could lead to potentially deadly heart rhythms. This is thought to affect around 1% of people with the condition. They can then have a small device implanted in their heart to kick-start it into beating again when an abnormal heart rhythm is detected. ‘I had this time-bomb …

Shopper challenges facial recognition surveillance

“I popped out of the office to do a bit of Christmas shopping and on the main pedestrian shopping street in Cardiff, there was a police van,” he told BBC News. “By the time I was close enough to see the words ‘automatic facial recognition’ on the van, I had already had my data captured by it. “That struck me as quite a fundamental invasion of my privacy.” The case could provide crucial guidance on the lawful use of facial technology, which is a far more powerful policing tool than traditional CCTV – as the cameras take a biometric map, creating a numerical code of the faces of each person who passes the camera. These biometric maps are uniquely identifiable …