Free period products to be available in schools and colleges in England

State scheme starts from Monday as part of government bid to tackle ‘period poverty’

Tampons, sanitary pads and other period products will be made freely available to all state schools and colleges in England starting next week, with the launch of a scheme funded by the Department for Education.

The scheme follows the government’s commitment last year to pay for sanitary products for primary and secondary schools, in an effort to tackle “period poverty”, which can cause girls from low-income families to missschool.

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California: one person killed in avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort

  • One person was also seriously injured, officials say
  • Storm dumped up to 25in of snow at Alpine Meadows resort

A morning avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort in northern California has killed a 34-year-old skier and severely injured another, according to the Placer county sheriff’s office.

The injured victim was transported by ambulance to Tahoe Forest hospital in Truckee where he was undergoing surgery.

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Man charged after boy, 12, injured in drive-by shooting in Sheffield

Stephen Dunford charged with attempted murder after the youth was injured in the Arbourthorne area of the city

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a 12-year-old boy was injured in a drive-by shooting in Sheffield.

Stephen Dunford, of Fellbrigg Road, Sheffield, has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and has been remanded into custody to appear at Sheffield magistrates court on Saturday.

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Queensland flash flooding: highways cut and residents stranded among torrential rain

Gold Coast hit hardest with 325mm of rain falling at Loders Creek and more than 200mm in hinterland

Major highways were cut and residents flooded in as more than 300mm of torrential rain bucketed down on south-east Queensland overnight.

Two people were stranded after trying to drive through floodwater on the Gold Coast, with police receiving more than 50 reports of flooded roads across the city on Saturday morning.

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Trump administration to roll back school lunch rules and allow more pizza

Proposal to ease Michelle Obama guidelines would let schools cut the amount of vegetables required

The Trump administration took further steps on Friday towards rolling back healthier standards for school lunches in America championed by Michelle Obama, proposing rules to allow more pizza, meat and potatoes over fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

The new proposals would allow schools more flexibility, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement, adding: “Because they know their children best.”

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Boris Johnson saves face over failed bid for Big Ben Brexit chime

PM plans to project a giant clock face onto Downing Street on evening of 31 January

Boris Johnson has announced plans to project a giant clock face on to Downing Street on the evening of 31 January, in a bid to move on after a backlash over his failure to get Big Ben to bong for Brexit.

Diehard Brexiters, including Conservative MP Mark Francois and Brexit party MEP Richard Tice, had reacted furiously to news that Big Ben would not ring out to mark the UK officially quitting the EU at the end of this month.

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Yellow Wiggle Greg Page collapses after heart attack during bushfire relief concert

Wiggles member recovering in hospital after falling to ground when leaving stage at Castle Hill RSL

Original Wiggles member Greg Page has collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest at a bushfire relief concert in Sydney.

The original Yellow Wiggle was taken to hospital after falling to the ground as he left the stage at Castle Hill RSL on Friday night.

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Rebecca Long-Bailey: replace House of Lords with elected senate

Labour leadership frontrunner launches campaign pledging to end ‘gentlemen’s club of politics’

Rebecca Long-Bailey has expanded on her aim to replace the House of Lords, saying she would instead have an elected senate, based outside of London, if she were to win the Labour leadership and then a general election.

On Friday night, launching her bid for Labour leader, in front of a crowd of about 200 people at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, she was welcomed with a rendition of “Oh Rebecca Long-Bailey” – similar to the chant used by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

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