The News Matrix: Wednesday 3 September 2014


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‘Major issues’ with allergy documenting

There are “major issues” in the way doctors document patients’ drug allergies, which could be putting them at serious risk, health leaders said. “Insufficient information” about patients with allergies is being recorded, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said. Every year, around 62,000 people in England have a reaction to a drug that results in a hospital stay, it said.

Experts to discuss library restoration

Architectural experts are to meet in Venice to discuss the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh library, which was destroyed in a fire earlier this year. The art school will host two meetings to explore key questions around the rebuilding of the unique library.

A million people displaced by fighting

More than a million people have left their homes because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In the past three weeks alone, the number of people displaced inside Ukraine itself has doubled to at least 260,000, according to the UN’s Vincent Cochetel in Geneva.

The Scrubs ‘is filthy and unsafe’

One of the UK’s best-known jails has been criticised by inspectors after it was found to be unsafe, “filthy” in places and under-resourced. At Wormwood Scrubs, in west London, six prisoners have taken their lives since its last inspection in 2011, with five committing suicide in 2013.

Al-Shabaab leader  in US military strike

A member of the Somali group al-Shabaab says its leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit on Monday night in a US military strike. But the spokesman would not say if Ahmed Abdi Godane was among the six militants who were killed in the attack.

Faster method to detect disease found

Japanese researchers said  they had developed a new method to detect the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to diagnose infection quickly. A team at Nagasaki University say their process is also cheaper than the system currently in use.

Hot lunches ‘better than maths lessons’

Hot school lunches are better for children than many maths and English lessons, Nick Clegg insisted as he defended the launch of a £1bn free meals scheme that will feed almost two million pupils at school.

New missile ‘can down any target’

Iran yesterday unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claimed will boost its defence capabilities. The air defence chief, General Farzad Esmaili, said the Talash-3, or Endeavor-3, missile will enable Iranian forces to “shoot down any hostile target”. AP

MPs ‘misled by police on Sir Cliff’

BBC executives have suggested that David Crompton, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, misled Parliament by stating  a BBC journalist had “extorted” sensitive information from his force regarding a planned raid on the flat of Sir Cliff Richard.

Iranian diplomats expelled from state

Khartoum has closed all Iranian cultural centres and expelled diplomats. Media speculated the expulsions were linked to concerns Iranian officials were promoting their Shia Islam in the largely  Sunni country.

Boris blasts airport commission’s report

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has branded the Government’s Airports Commission “irrelevant” and “myopic” after it rejected his plan for a £90bn airport in the Thames Estuary to expand airport capacity. 

Groom arrested for ‘harassment’

A groom has spent his wedding night in police custody after allegedly harassing a pregnant waitress at the reception and then getting into a brawl. Mark Williams, 35, allegedly touched the waitress several times during a wedding cruise in Pennsylvania.

De Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt in casino ad

Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are to be directed by Martin Scorsese in a corporate short film to promote a new $2bn entertainment resort in the gambling mecca of Macau. It will be the first time the three have worked together in a film directed by Scorsese.

‘Gun novel’ teacher placed on leave

A teacher has been placed on administrative leave for writing a novel, The Insurrectionist, depicting a “futuristic school shooting”. Patrick McLaw, 23, from Maryland, who wrote the book under a pseudonym, is reportedly undergoing an “emergency medical evaluation”.

Itty-bitty, my dear Watson

A miniature Sherlock Holmes book written exclusively for the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is to be published for the first time in its original format, price £12.99. Measuring about 1.5in x 1in, How Watson Learned the Trick by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was written in 1922.

New label for New Order

Pop pioneers New Order have signed for the independent label Mute more than 30 years after making their name with Factory Records. The Manchester band released their first single on Factory in 1981 and went on to have hits with tracks such as “Temptation” and “Blue Monday”.

Axed beauty queen demands apology

The Burmese beauty queen  May Myat Noe, who was stripped  of her Miss Asia Pacific World title last week for “being ungrateful”, won’t give back her crown, worth £60,00, to South Korean pageant organisers unless she receives an apology.

Bieber faces assault and driving charges

Canadian police say pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a mini-van and an all-terrain vehicle led to a physical altercation in south-western Ontario. Police say the incident happened on Friday afternoon.