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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