News Round Up

April 8, 2012

As a UN-backed peace deal hangs in the balance, Foreign Secretary William Hague has described the situation as dire.  No amount of condemnation has halted the push from the Assad regime and it is unlikely it ever will.

The Syrian Government accepted a peace plan which would mean the withdrawal of its troops and heavy weaponry but with Assad making last-minute demands the plan is looking less likely.

Internet giant Yahoo! announced 2000 job losses this week; the announcement was not unexpected.  Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson said ““Today’s actions are an important next step toward a bold, new Yahoo! — smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry require.”

Cancer Research UK said that deaths from womb cancer had increased a fifth in the past decade.  Read the article here.

A team of researchers released the results of samplings taken from the Pacific Ocean.  The team were measuring the levels of radioactive material following 2011’s Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown.

The US Coast Guard sunk the Japanese fishing vessel, Ryou-Un Maru, this week.  Described as a ‘ghost ship’ the vessel had been left sailing unmanned since the Japanese earthquake and recently found its way into US waters.

In a move which is popular with health campaigners but unpopular with many others, a ban on tobacco displays in large supermarkets and stores was put into force this week.  The ban is expected to come into force in small stores in 2015.

Sarasota County Animal Services need to find homes for the many dogs that have been taken into its care.  A recent Adopt-A-Thon gave home to some of them but more loving homes are needed.

Correction workers in Californian put on an event this weekend to help make the Easter period a brighter one.  Find out more here.

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