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The News Matrix: Tuesday 22 April 2014

Care lapses causing 1,000 deaths a month

Failures in basic hospital care  are leading to more than 1,000 deaths a month from a  preventable kidney condition,  an NHS report has found. Almost half a million of the three million people admitted to hospital in England each year develop  acute kidney injury, with between 15,000 and 40,000 dying as a  result. MORE

Rail workers plan series of strikes

Rail workers are to stage two strikes over pay, pensions and jobs over the next two weeks. Tube workers from the RMT union will walk out for 48 hours starting at 9pm next Monday, 28 April, and for 72 hours the following Monday. Heathrow Express staff will also go on strike.

Crew accused of ‘murderous’ actions

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said yesterday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken Sewol ferry committed “unforgivable, murderous behaviour,” while criticism of her own government’s handling of the disaster grew. MORE

Mother of burn boy thanks medics

The mother of a young boy who was badly burnt in a city street has thanked medical staff for caring for him. Preston Flores, 7, was found “on fire” in Aberdeen on Friday. It is thought petrol could have been involved, but police say there is “no evidence of any deliberate act”.

Biden visits Kiev in bid to ease tensions

The US Vice-President Joe Biden yesterday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate his country’s commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. MORE

30 people killed in wave of bombings

Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 30 people and wounded nearly 70 more yesterday, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliamentary elections on 30 April. Violence has surged in Iraq to levels unseen since 2008.

BBC racing pundit Julian Wilson dies

Former BBC racing presenter Julian Wilson has died at the age of 73. He was a correspondent for the BBC from 1966 until 1997. He was also racing manager for the late Sir Clement Freud.

Income drops 66% after retirement

The average annual income drops by two-thirds upon retirement and the average person retires with an annual income almost a quarter less than the minimum wage, according to financial provider LV. It says a fifth of women have no pensions savings within five years of retirement.

Boy, 16, stows away in jet’s wheel well

A 16-year-old boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jet as it travelled from California to Hawaii. The boy, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as low as -62°C, said FBI  special agent Tom Simon. MORE

Villagers hit the bottle for Easter

Thousands of people watched the ancient Easter Monday tradition of bottle kicking in Leicestershire yesterday. The competition sees teams from Hallaton and Medbourne try to move a keg of beer to their respective villages in a “ferocious” rugby-like scrum and is thought to have started before the Christian era.

Water voles to get leg-up in North-east

Water voles are to be reintroduced to Northumberland’s Kielder Forest after a project run by the Tyne Rivers Trust, the Forestry Commission and Northumberland Wildlife Trust was awarded £40,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The water vole population has been in steep decline in the North-east.

‘Blurred Lines’ most downloaded song

Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines”, which stood accused of using sexist and derogatory lyrics, is the most downloaded track in UK music history, according to the Official Charts Company. In a countdown played by BBC Radio 1, the song reached the top spot after selling more than 1.54 million copies.

Blackburn to get lifetime radio gong

Broadcasting veteran Tony Blackburn will get a lifetime achievement prize at this year’s Radio Academy Awards in May, for the second time. The 71-year-old is being recognised with the Gold Award to mark his 50th  year in broadcasting. Blackburn was previously given the title in 1989 to mark his 25 years on air.

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