Hundreds of ambulance staff work days lost due to abuse


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There have been 2,278 reported incidents of abuse on ambulance staff since 2012

About 600 work days were lost in a single year in the ambulance service because of staff absences due to assaults, the BBC has learnt.

There have been 2,278 reported incidents of abuse on staff since 2012/2013.

Verbal abuse or “disruption” accounted for most incidents, at 1,231, followed by physical abuse, assault or violence in 890 cases.

The ambulance service said there were 483 abuse incidents in 2017/2018.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said that while the injuries suffered in a physical attack may heal, the psychological impact on workers could last much longer, making “our staff fearful for their safety”.

“Patients need our staff to be focussed 100% on their condition and as such members of the public and their representatives have a role in ensuring that our staff feel as safe as possible,” said the NIAS.

It urged the public to back its call for the attacks to stop, and said those responsible should face “the full rigour of the law”.

‘Hostile crowd’

Attack, or the threat of attack, is also an issue for the fire service, although to a lesser degree.

Separate figures obtained by BBC News NI after a Freedom of Information request show the potential threat of attack has meant fire crews have had to withdraw from a scene – or not attend at all – hundreds of times in recent years.

The ambulance service statistics show that between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, there were 599 work days lost due to staff absences resulting from assault.

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Fire service appliances have been damaged in 93 cases following attacks since 2013

The bulk of the injuries related to sprains or pain in various parts of the body, but anxiety accounted for 56 work days lost.

In 2016/2017, 146 days were lost, and in the previous year, 504 days.

In regional terms, of the 2,278 reported cases of abuse since 2012, Belfast accounted for the highest number at 909, followed by the south eastern division at 457.

Meanwhile, the fire service revealed there have been 677 “recorded attacks” on its staff since 2013.

That includes 575 occasions in which crews faced a “hostile crowd”, but there were no injuries to staff or damage to appliances.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) defined a “hostile crowd” situation as “any incident whereby crews cannot attend or, whilst in attendance, have to withdraw due to a perceived hostile environment”.

In addition, however, there were:

  • 93 attacks resulting in damage to an appliance
  • Two attacks resulting in damage to an appliance and injury to personnel
  • Seven attacks resulting in injury

Alan Walmsley, assistant chief fire and rescue officer, said the job of a firefighter was “dangerous enough without this type of extra threat”.

“These attacks can have very serious consequences and can impact upon our ability to respond to other emergencies in the local area,” said Mr Walmsley.

The service was working closely with the community, elected representatives, residents groups, young people and local schools on this issue, he added.

‘You are the victims’

“These attacks and lawless acts are not only socially unacceptable, but they are also to the detriment of the whole community if the emergency services are hindered in anyway when responding to emergency calls,” said Mr Walmsley.

He urged people to be aware of the stark reality of their actions should they choose to attack firefighters.

“Remember, we may be the target but it’s you and your local community who are the victims,” he said.

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Assistant chief fire officer Alan Walmsley said the attacks can impact NIFRS’s ability to respond to other emergencies

The bulk of the attacks on the fire service resulting in injury to staff or damage to appliances happened in the north and west Belfast district.

Appliances were damaged in the district 40 times since 2013, with six attacks resulting in injury to personnel. On two occasions, both appliances were damaged and staff hurt.

In addition, crews faced a “hostile crowd” 194 times, forcing them either to opt not to attend, or withdrew from the scene in order to avoid the potential for injury or damage.

‘Procedures have improved’

The south and east Belfast district recorded 15 occasions in which appliances were damaged, and 132 instances when crews faced a hostile crowd. But there were no injuries or damage to vehicles.

Outside Belfast, the Londonderry district recorded 14 attacks on appliances and 104 occasions crews faced a hostile crowd.

Dermot Rooney, the Fire Brigades Union’s Northern Ireland regional chairman, described the figures as an “improving picture”.

“We’re down to small numbers of people being injured,” he told BBC News NI. “That wasn’t the case years ago.

“There’s been a lot of work done… engaging with communities and we’ve thankfully got that down to that level.

“But it’s something we’d want to keep an eye on.

“Procedures have improved as well in terms of doing risk assessments and withdrawing from incidents.

“It’s about making the decision that fire fighter safety is the important thing.”


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Twelve astronauts, all of them American, have walked on the moon

The last US mission to the Moon, Apollo 17, blasted off shortly before midnight on 7 December 1972. Its crew spent three days on the lunar surface, collecting samples and conducting experiments.

While China has said it aims to land astronauts on the Moon by the 2030s, in the decades since the Apollo 17 mission no human has returned to walk on the Moon.

The death on Saturday of former US astronaut Alan Bean means there are now just four men alive who can describe what it is like to set foot on the Moon’s surface. Here, through their writing and interviews, they recount their experiences.

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Charles Duke: Born 3 October, 1935

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Charles Duke is the youngest person to have walked on the moon

One of the most historically important voices in America, Charles Duke served as the spacecraft communicator – or CAPCOM – during the Apollo 11 mission when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon.

Born in North Carolina, an estimated 600 million television viewers heard his southern accent as the voice of Mission Control. “You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again,” he famously said after the landing was confirmed.

Within a few years he would be heading his own lunar mission.

“Would y’all like to go to the Moon with me?” he asked his children ahead of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. As lunar module pilot, he would form part of an expedition tasked with inspecting and sampling a region in the Moon’s rugged highlands.

When his children said they would very much like to come, Mr Duke promised to take a family portrait with him.

“I’d always planned to leave it [there]” he told Business Insider in 2015. “So when I dropped it, it was just to show the kids that I really did leave it on the Moon.”

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Charles Duke landed in the Pacific Ocean following the Apollo 16 mission on 16 May 1972

In 1999, Mr Duke spoke to Nasa about driving across the Moon’s surface in a lunar rover. “I was taking pictures and describing the terrain we were going over,” he said. “The car was amazing. It was electric, four-wheel drive, and it would climb a 25-degree slope.”

“As far as the eye could see – was just the rolling terrain of lunar surface. It was really an impressive sight. My only regret of the whole mission was that we didn’t take enough pictures with people in them.”

David Scott: Born 6 June, 1932

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David Scott said only an artist or poet could convey the true beauty of space

Born in San Antonio, Texas, David Scott graduated from the US Air Force before joining Nasa in 1963.

He flew in space three times and as commander of Apollo 15 was the seventh person to walk on the Moon, the first to drive on it, and the last American to fly solo in Earth’s orbit.

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David Scott with the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971

“I remember… raising my hand towards the point where the Earth hung in the black sky above,” he wrote in the book Two Sides of the Moon.

“By slowly raising my arm until my stiff, gloved thumb stood upright, I found my thumb could entirely blot our planet from view, One small gesture and the Earth was gone,” he added.

Mr Scott says he is often asked about his time on the Moon and whether it changed him in any way.

“I describe the majesty of the lunar mountains,” he says, “the layers of volcanic lava or the beauty of the sparkling crystals in the rocks”.

He adds: “Only an artist or poet could convey the true beauty of space.”

Harrison Schmitt: Born 3 July, 1935

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Harrison Schmitt is the last of the Apollo astronauts to “arrive and set foot” on the Moon

Born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, Harrison Schmitt had a different background to his peers.

A geologist and academic, he did not serve in the Air Force, but instead served as an astrogeologist, initially instructing Nasa astronauts during their geological field trips before becoming a Nasa scientist-astronaut in 1965.

He was assigned in August 1971 to fly on the last mission, Apollo 17, replacing Joe Engle as Lunar Module Pilot. Mr Schmitt landed on the Moon with commander Gene Cernan in December 1972.

The crew took the famous “Blue Marble” photograph which has become one of the most reproduced and recognisable photographs in history.

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In a Nasa interview in 2000, Mr Schmitt said the light cast on the Moon provided impressive detail.

He said: “You could see features very clearly.

“I had a chance to see this magnificent valley that we were in, a valley deeper than the Grand Canyon… 6-7,000 ft mountains on either side, 35 miles long, and about four miles wide where we had landed.”

Mr Schmitt said that one of the hardest things to get used to was the blackness of space.

“The biggest problem I think photographers have in printing pictures from space is actually finding a way to print black, absolute black. Certainly slides that you show will have a little bit of blue in the background, and you’re just never going to get the contrast that we had visually on the Moon, because the sky was black.”

Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin: Born 20 January, 1930

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Buzz Aldrin says the day will come when people will walk on Mars

Born in New Jersey, Buzz Aldrin became a Nasa astronaut in 1963 and was part of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, which was the first space trip to send astronauts to the Moon.

During the mission he was accompanied by Neil Armstrong, who took the first steps on the Moon, only to be followed minutes later by Mr Aldrin himself. The two spent a total of 21 hours and 36 minutes on the Moon’s surface.

Their spacecraft, the Eagle lunar module, landed in an area of the Moon called the Sea of Tranquillity, where they set about exploring the surface.

Photographs taken by Mr Armstrong of Mr Aldrin climbing down from the Eagle, which he piloted, and walking on the lunar surface are famous around the world.

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In 1998, Mr Aldrin described the Moon’s surface as being covered in a fine dark grey “talcum powder-like dust” with a variety of scattered pebbles, rocks, and boulders.

“If you examine it under a microscope, you can see it’s made up of tiny, solidified droplets of vaporised rock resulting from extreme velocity impacts,” he said in an interview published by Scholastic.

He said that his term “magnificent desolation” referred in part to the achievement of being there, and in part to the “eons of lifelessness”.

Mr Aldrin also described weightlessness as “one of the most fun and enjoyable, challenging and rewarding, experiences of spaceflight”.

“Perhaps not too far from a trampoline, but without the springiness and instability,” he said.

Since his trip to the Moon, Mr Aldrin has repeatedly suggested: “One day, we are going to send some people to the surface of Mars.”

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Netflix eclipses Disney in market milestone

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Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Jonathan Van Ness appear in the Netflix show Queer Eye

Netflix briefly claimed the title of the world’s most valuable media company on Thursday.

Shares in the online streaming giant rose more than 2% in afternoon trading in New York, pushing the firm’s market value to more than $153bn (£114bn).

The ascent briefly eclipsed rival Walt Disney, which has been shaken by Netflix’s success at luring US households from cable TV providers.

Netflix shares subsequently fell back, closing the day up 1.3% at $349.29.

Netflix was founded in the US in 1997 as a DVD rental service and made its stock market debut five years later with about one million subscribers.

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It now has 125 million streaming memberships in more than 190 countries, with viewers watching for more than 140 million hours each day.

Its share price has more than doubled in the past 12 months, as the firm announced it was investing billions in original shows and movies, including a production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama.

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The cast of the Netflix film Mudbound: Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Dee Rees (director), Jason Mitchell and Carey Mulligan.

It is also branching out into new partnerships for distribution, including with Sky in the UK.

At the end of trading on Thursday in New York Netflix was worth $151.8bn. Its shares have soared about 80% this year.

The inroads made by sites such as YouTube, Amazon and Netflix – which launched its streaming service in 2007 – are forcing traditional firms to act, spurring a slew of mergers and other deals.

Disney last year said it would stop licensing some content to Netflix and launch its own online subscription service. It is also buying most of 21st Century Fox in an effort to broaden its content and strengthen those offerings.

However, that deal could be derailed by a higher offer from Comcast, which owns NBC Universal.

The potential bidding war has cast a shadow over share prices at the two companies.

Disney and Comcast shares both slipped about 0.8% on Thursday, pushing their market values to about $152bn and $143bn respectively.

Biggest Weekend: Rita Ora pays tribute to Avicii

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Rita Ora paid an emotional tribute to dance producer Avicii as she opened up the third day of the BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Swansea.

Avicii’s name flashed up on the video screens as Ora sang their collaboration Lonely Together – the final single the DJ released before his death in April.

“Thank you for singing that with me,” she told the crowd as the song ended.

“It’s always hard for me to sing that, so thank you so much for singing along.”

Ora has previously said described Avicii as “a really good friend” who “changed my life”.

The Swedish musician, born Tim Bergling, died last month at the age of 28.

A statement released by his family seemed to suggest the cause of death was suicide.

Best known for the international hits Wake Me Up and Levels, he had recently retired from touring, saying the lifestyle was taking a toll on his health.

After he was found dead in Oman, DJ Pete Tong suggested it was “time to establish a support group” for musicians who found themselves overwhelmed.

Ora is not alone in paying tribute to Avicii.

Calvin Harris said we was “devastated” and called the star “a beautiful soul” while Imagine Dragons said “the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence”.

Avicii’s family announced last week that his funeral would be held privately “in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim”.

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It's Love, Actually as Hugh Grant 'ties knot'

Actor Hugh Grant has reportedly married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein at a low-key civil ceremony in London.

Photos printed in UK newspapers showed the pair posing for pictures on the steps of Chelsea register office on Friday with a small group of family members.

Grant, 57, was seen in wearing a dark blue suit, while Eberstein, 39, was dressed in a blue shirt and white skirt, and wearing a simple gold wedding band.

Grant’s publicist has not responded to media requests for comment.

Eberstein is the mother of three of Grant’s children.

In 2012, the couple had their first child together – a son.

The pair then had a daughter, whose name has not been revealed, in December 2015.

In March this year, Grant’s ex-girlfriend Liz Hurley revealed Grant and Eberstein had recently welcomed a third child but the sex is unknown.

Grant had two children – Tabitha and Felix – with former partner Tinglan Hong.

The actor also dated Jemima Khan in the past.

Grant, who has played a string of commitment-phobic characters in films such as Four Weddings And A Funeral and Love, Actually, was once well-known for his reluctance to marry.

In 2015 he told People magazine: “I’m not really a believer in marriage. I’ve seen very few good examples, maybe five, in my life, but I think otherwise it’s a recipe for mutual misery.”

Pressure mounts on PM over N Ireland abortion law

Theresa May has come under renewed pressure to back fresh legislation on strict abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

In the wake of the overwhelming referendum result in the Republic of Ireland, the prime minister has faced calls from both sides of the House of Commons to resolve the “anomalous” situation further north.

With no devolved administration in Stormont, the government could act to rewrite existing laws on the issue and Labour has moved to push Mrs May to enable just that.

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Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has told Sky News abortion laws in Northern Ireland are "unsustainable" and says he would be in support of allowing women in the country to have an abortion if the vote came to the House of Commons


‘Women in NI should have same right as rest of UK’

Shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler said: “Fifty years ago, abortion was decriminalised under a Labour government, but women in Northern Ireland are still denied this fundamental right, having to travel to mainland UK or faced with potential prosecution and imprisonment at home.

“This is an injustice. No woman in the UK should be denied access to a safe, legal abortion.

“We call on the government to support legislation to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland. Labour is looking at legislative options for achieving this and urge the Conservatives to work with us to make it law.”

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But such a course of action would be fraught with danger for Mrs May, as her government depends on support from the DUP’s 10 MPs – and the party is strongly opposed to any reform.

:: Foster: Abortion referendum ‘has no impact on NI law’

In her first comments since voters south of the border backed relaxing abortion laws, DUP leader Arlene Foster said the result “has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland”.

She said it was for the Northern Ireland Assembly to “debate and decide” whether to follow suit on what was a “devolved issue”.

Theresa May


Pressure on PM to break ‘silence’ over abortion reform

“Friday’s referendum has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland, but we obviously take note of issues impacting upon our nearest neighbour,” she said.

“The legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter and it is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate and decide such issues.”

Labour’s Stella Creasy has claimed that more than 140 of her fellow MPs have signalled support for an effort to change the law in Northern Ireland, with the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill promised by ministers a potential vehicle for those hoping to see a change.

Irish PM calls referendum result a quiet revolution


‘Vote means burden of shame gone’

But Sky News understands Downing Street believes reform “is an issue for Northern Ireland”, a signal that Mrs May will resist calls for action.

“This is a matter for the people and politicians of Northern Ireland, which is why we are focusing on getting the Executive up and running again,” a source told Sky News.

In a post on Twitter, Mrs May herself said: “The Irish referendum was an impressive show of democracy which delivered a clear and unambiguous result.

“I congratulate the Irish people on their decision and all of #Together4Yes on their successful campaign.”

DUP leader Arlene Foster
Ms Foster said ‘we obviously take note of issues impacting upon our nearest neighbour’

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O’Neill said it would be her preference for the decision to be taken in Northern Ireland, but in the absence of a government at Stormont “we have to find a way to deliver rights”.

Currently, abortions are only legal in Northern Ireland if the life or mental health of the mother is at risk.

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth told Sky’s Ridge on Sunday that women in Northern Ireland “should have the same rights” as those in the rest of Ireland.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald (r) and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill (l) pile pressure on the PM
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald (r) and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (l) pile pressure on the PM

Mr Ashworth, who is shadow health secretary, told Sky News: “I don’t think it’s sustainable that women in Northern Ireland should be denied this and be out of place from the island of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”

Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt, who holds the women and equalities brief, said the result was a “historic and great day for Ireland” and a “hopeful one for Northern Ireland”.

According to the Sunday Times, four former holders of the role – Amber Rudd, Justine Greening, Nicky Morgan and Maria Miller – all support Ms Mordaunt in her backing for change in Northern Ireland.

Deputy Chairperson Pro-Life Campaign Cora Sherlock


‘No’ campaigner: ‘This is looking like a very sad day for Ireland’

Education minister Anne Milton suggested she would support liberalisation if there was a free vote, telling ITV’s Peston on Sunday that the current situation “does feel anomalous”.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston told Sky News it was her expectation that an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill will be tabled in the Commons, although it may not come to a vote if it is not selected by the speaker.

The chair of the Commons health select committee said “at the very least” there should be a referendum in Northern Ireland, because “times are changing, opinions are changing”.

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Irish constitutional lawyer: ‘Vote the first step in a long process’

Addressing concerns a move to reform abortion laws could create a political crisis for Mrs May, Ms Wollaston said: “Although we have a confidence and supply arrangement with the DUP, we’re not in coalition with the DUP.

“As I say, these things tend not to be party political issues, there’s long been free votes on the issue of abortion.”

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said: “The position in Northern Ireland is now highly anomalous and action will now have to be taken. Theresa May cannot remain silent on this issue.

“Since there is, effectively, direct rule from Westminster, the UK government has the responsibility. It can and should take the opportunity to deal with this issue properly.”

But while political leaders in the Republic were front and centre of efforts for a Yes vote, a majority of politicians in Northern Ireland do not back the changes now proposed south of the border.

Smiths Group in £6bn medical tie-up talks

One of Britain’s biggest engineering conglomerates is examining a potential transatlantic merger of its healthcare business‎ amid speculation that it could become the next London-listed target for an activist investor.

Sky News has learnt that Smiths Group, which has a market capitalisation of £6.8‎bn, has been holding preliminary talks with companies including Nasdaq-listed ICU Medical about a possible combination of their healthcare operations.

The discussions, which have been led by Andy Reynolds Smith, Smiths Group’s chief executive, are said to have been “very early stage” and not restricted to ICU.

The structure of any deal with ICU, which makes devices used in infusion therapy and oncology, has not been agreed but – if the talks progress – is thought to be‎ more likely to culminate in a joint venture rather than an outright sale by Smiths.

ICU has a market value of $5.6bn‎ (£4.2bn), while Smiths Medical is likely to be worth in excess of £2bn.

The US-based company has a long track record of takeovers including the $900m purchase completed last year of Pfizer’s Hospira Infusion Systems arm.

It was unclear this weekend which other companies Smiths was holding discussions with, and one source close to the situation said the chances of anything formal materialising were far from clear.

“Any actual‎ deal is probably still months away,” they added.

Smiths Medical, which also supplies advanced devices to healthcare markets around the world, accounts for just under 30% of the group’s revenues, making it the company’s largest unit on that basis.

Its performance has been rocky in recent years, with revenue in the half-year to January down 5% to £451m.

The company said it was making “significant progress on its return to growth” in the medical‎ arena but cautioned that higher research and development costs were having an impact on short-term profitability.

Smiths also operates in areas such as security detection, making much of the body-scanning equipment used at airports around the world.

In total, it has five main divisions‎, which also include John Crane, a provider of engineering solutions for energy and other process industries.

‎The company’s structure has long been a source of consternation for some investors and analysts, although talk of a takeover or break-up has never resulted in significant corporate activity.

A merger of Smiths Medical with an overseas rival could prompt interest in other group businesses‎, according to City sources.

Mr Reynolds Smith, who joined the company in 2015 from GKN, the engineer which has just been bought by Melrose Industries, is under pressure to demonstrate that its existing structure continues to deliver benefits to shareholders.

“Over the medium-term, we are confident that will achieve organic revenue growth above our chosen markets, which in aggregate are growing 3-4% annually,” he told the City in March.

In recent weeks, however, there has been growing speculation that an activist fund has bought a small stake in Smiths with the objective of forcing the board to break the company up.

Shareholder activism, for many years a feature of corporate America, has begun to surface far more regularly in the UK, with companies including FirstGroup, the transport operator, drug-maker Shire and Costa Coffee-owner Whitbread all the subject of current campaigns.

A Smiths Group spokeswoman declined to comment on Sunday.

50 and fabulous! Kylie celebrates with saucy snap

Kylie Minogue has marked her 50th birthday with a sexy snap of herself posing nude with a diamond encrusted guitar.

The Australian pop star, who first found fame playing Charlene in Neighbours in 1986, has been sharing pictures for several days reflecting her life and career.

She posted images of herself as a child, as well as some of her album covers and a picture of her on the front of Rolling Stone.

She also included a picture of herself with short hair, following a breast cancer diagnoses in 2005.

On Saturday, she wrote: “This decade also bought the challenge of breast cancer.

“With the help of family, friends, medical teams and of course all of you, we made it through.”

Minogue underwent surgery and chemotherapy to beat the disease and was given the all-clear in 2006.

On Sunday, she wrote: “And so a new decade begins. How thankful I am for the opportunities life has afforded me. 50….. Let’s go!”

Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May 1968, in Melbourne, Australia, to her Welsh mother, Carol Ann.

She released her debut single, a cover of Little Eva’s The Loco-Motion, in Australia in 1987 and has gone on to sell more than 68 million records around the world.

Her debut album, Kylie, also topped the UK charts, as did Enjoy Yourself (1989), Fever (2001) and Aphrodite (2010), and a 1992 Greatest Hits compilation album.

Earlier this year, Minogue said she would be having a “big celebration” to mark her 50th.

Korean Air family in trouble again after 'nut rage'

The wife of the Korean Air chairman, whose daughter infamously threw a “nut rage” tantrum, has reported to a police station over allegations she assaulted airline employees.

Lee Myung-hee was summoned for questioning by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on accusations of verbal abuse and assault against more than 10 people.

Cho Yang-Ho, Korean Air Chairman & CEO arrives at the Seoul Western District Court on January 30, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. Cho Yang-ho appeared in court as a witness in the trial over his eldest daughter Cho Hyun-ah's alleged obstruction of aviation safety in the 'nut rage' incident
Cho Yang-ho’s family have been the subject of much criticism

Speaking to reporters outside the police station, Lee said she was “truly sorry” for any harm she had caused to the victims.

Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho’s family have been the subject of much criticism for their public behaviour.

 on December 30, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul court is expected to decide on December 30, 2014 whether to issue an arrest warrant for Cho, who resigned as vice president at the Korean Airline for delaying an airplane to take off over how her nuts were served.
Cho Hyun-Ah transferred to a detention house in 2014

His daughter Hyun-ah, in 2014, threw a tantrum when she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish on a flight.

The Korean Air plane was forced to return to a boarding gate at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport.

 on May 1, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Police said that they will question Cho Hyun-min, Korean Air senior executive and younger daughter of the airline's chairman Cho Yang-ho as a suspect over allegations on assault and obstruction of business against airline's ad firm manager.
Cho Hyun-min was questioned over allegations on assault

She was released from jail in South Korea in May 2015 after the top court suspended her sentence over the case.

People hold portraits depicting Cho Hyun-ah and Cho Hyun-min, daughters of Korean Air Lines' chairman Cho Yang-ho as they take part in a protest against the abuse of power by them, in central Seoul, South Korea, May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
People have protested against the abuse of power by the family

Hyun-min, her younger sister, was recently investigated over allegations of assault and business obstruction after it was reported that she threw a water cup at an employee of an advertisement agency during a meeting.

Storms cause flash flooding across Birmingham

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Storms have caused flash flooding across parts of Birmingham as more than a month’s rainfall deluged parts of the city in just one hour on Sunday.

The Environment Agency has issued multiple flood warnings and alerts are in place across the West Midlands, and a Met Office amber weather warning is in place for the region.

West Midlands Police is warning people to avoid driving in the city.

Floods left one major route impassable because of water up to 5ft deep.

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Wheelie bins floated down the road as floods submerged Sir John’s Road, Selly Park

The Met Office said a site at Winterbourne, in Edgbaston, recorded 58mm of rainfall in just one hour on Sunday afternoon, and 81mm in a 12-hour period.

The monthly average for the West Midlands region in May is 55mm, meteorologist Craig Snell said.

But he said the torrential rain had been “very localised”, pointing out that another site 10 miles away at Coleshill recorded just 3mm of rain in 12 hours.

BBC journalist Rebecca Woods said she had driven past a large number of flooded and closed roads in the Harborne and Selly Oak areas.

She said she had seen flooded houses and it had taken her 90 minutes to drive about five miles.

In Sir John’s Road, Selly Park, homes flooded and cars were under water, while wheelie bins floated down the road.

Neighbouring Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) said it had also been “extremely busy” dealing with flooding calls on Sunday evening.

The Environment Agency has more than 20 flood warnings and more than 40 flood alerts in place covering much of Central England.