NEWS DIGEST 24.10.2021: Sunday news roundup

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He tells us why the series doesn’t shy away from the unknown, why he sees the stars as gods, and why he wants to launch Boris Johnson into space. In the first episode, you talk about stars and how they bring meaning to the Universe. So we thought, what does the story of the stars really tell us? We realised that we don’t know where it was or what it was like, but there was a time before the stars. So therefore there was a first star in the Universe in some sense. There were some stars that came into being, and there will be a last star. The old stars die and so there’ll be a last star. We’ll tell the story of the stars from the first star to the last star – Prof Brian Cox: “I want to launch Boris Johnson into space” (BBC Science Focus Magazine)

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Police are keen to know the whereabouts of 18-year-old Johal Rathour who is wanted in connection with vehicle theft, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police after he drove the wrong way through the Blackwall Tunnel. Rathour is described as an Asian man, 5ft 8ins tall, with black curly hair and a beard. He has a distinctive horizontal scar between his eyebrows and has a hand tattoo that reads ‘Mum’ – Appeal to trace man in connection with driving offences (Metropolitan Police – News)

Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United on Transfer Deadline Day was greeted with fanfare and the six goals of his second spell at Old Trafford have proved pivotal in Europe and the Premier League, providing late winners in both of their Champions League group-stage victories to date. “The people who don’t want to see that is because they don’t like me but to be honest I’m 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep good at night. I go to my bed with my conscience very good. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things.”, the footballer said. “I think the main word is that I’m still happy and enjoying football. It doesn’t matter how many things I won in my career. I win everything but I’m still motivated. I’m in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here – to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I’m here to help.” A defiant Ronaldo said he sees the promise in the squad to bring silverware back to Old Trafford for the first time since 2017, and revealed instead of singing a song for his second United induction, he gave his team-mates a motivational speech about how he wants to use his winning mentality to take them to that level. “Manchester United is a sign [of] winning things and I’m not here for holidays. I said to them I see huge potential in this team; very young players, players with potential, and I’m here to win and to help the team to build new stuff.”Cristiano Ronaldo: I will ‘close mouths’ of critics by winning things at Manchester United (Sky Sports – News)

The cost of accessing water represents a major financial strain for vulnerable families struggling to put food on the table. “We’ve seen the mental health of people decline alarmingly over recent months”, says Maha, a project manager with the Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training, which partners with UNICEF to provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene support in a refugee camp close to the border with Syria. Lebanon UNICEF, in partnership with LOST, supplies infection prevention and control and hygiene kits to every family in the camp. UNICEF is currently also ensuring the supply of 26 litres of water per person per day. “We Lebanese have lived through some terrible times here in the north. We’ve had more than our fair share of crises, but today, we can’t even afford the basics of food and water” While Syrians are particularly hard hit, the overlapping crises have left numerous Lebanese families in a desperate situation and in need of humanitarian support. For the tightly-knit community of Lebanese families around Tripoli’s Boubli Street, a regular supply of safe water is a pipe dream. UNICEF IN ACTION UNICEF has supported the Government in updating the National Water Sector Strategy, building the foundations for transparent and efficient resource management – For many in crisis-wracked Lebanon, clean water is no longer affordable (Unicef Lebanon)

Supermarkets are using cardboard cutouts of fruit, vegetables and other groceries to fill gaps on shelves because supply problems combined with a shift towards smaller product ranges mean many stores are now too big. Bryan Roberts, a retail analyst at Shopfloor Insights, said he had only begun to see the cardboard cutouts of fresh produce in the past year, but said similar tactics had been in place elsewhere in supermarkets for some time. Tesco, which has boasted that its sales have been boosted by its ability to keep shelves stocked, said the fruit and vegetable pictures were not linked to the recent supply chain issues and had been in use for many months. The rise of online shopping, has meanwhile led to many supermarkets no longer stocking non-food items such as televisions, CDs or kettles which they once did, leaving areas of empty space which many have been unable to fill with alternative products. Cardboard cutouts of expensive items such as detergents, protein powders and spirits such as gin are also sometimes used to prevent shoplifting – Supermarkets using cardboard cutouts to hide gaps left by supply issues (The Guardian – News)

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