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Tuesday Morning Headlines
7th October 2014

Tube strikes expected next week

As part of the RMT’s Every Job Matters campaign London Underground workers are set to stage a 48 hour walkout.

Members of the RMT union have been told not to accept any shifts between 9pm on Tuesday and 9pm on Thursday next week.

The strike has been called over an on-going battle between the union and TFL to close ticket offices.
The news comes as public sector workers across the country prepare to strike in separate disputes over pay, jobs and cuts.

Mick Cash, the general secretary of the union, said: “The cuts, currently being bulldozed through, would de-staff whole areas of the Tube system at a time of surging passenger demand and would make evacuation and other basic safety procedures a physical impossibility.”

Study proves cannabis is harmful

A study by a professor at King's College in London has dismissed claims that cannabis is harmless.

A 20 year investigation carried out by Professor Wayne Hall, found the drug is highly addictive and doubles the risk of developing a psychotic disorder.
The study also claims those who use it are more likely to move onto harder drugs.

Body found is that of Alice Gross’ murder suspect

Police say a body found in a west London park is that of Arnis Zalkalns’, following post-mortem results.

He was the prime suspect in the murder of teenager Alice Gross.

Mr Zalkalns was last seen at his home in Ealing six days after the 14-year-old vanished. 

His body was discovered in an area of dense woodland in Boston Manor Park. 

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The cause of death is consistent with hanging. There is no evidence of any third party involvement from the post-mortem.”

Ebloa contracted outside Africa of the first time

A Spanish nurse has become the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa.

She was infected when treating a Spanish missionary who died from the disease in Madrid. 

A health official from the regional government of Madrid said the nurse only visited the infected patient twice but still managed to contract the virus. 

The nurse has now been transferred to Madrid's Carlos the Third Hospital.

IS close to capturing Kobani

Terrorist group IS is on the verge of capturing the Syrian town of Kobani, just kilometres away from the Turkish border. 

Around 2,000 militants pushed into its eastern neighbourhoods last night.

Kurdish fighters have been defending the town for the past few weeks.  The militants are looking to expand their caliphate that stretches across much of northern Iraq and Syria.

Sleepless Londoners worry over money

Debt charity StepChange has found almost a million Londoners have sleepless nights over cash worries.

The charity also found it had a 30 per cent increase in people contacting its helpline in the first six months of this year.

The average unsecured debt, for example; credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts of Londoners who contacted the charity was £11,322. 

Nobel Prize for cabbie scientist

A scientist who proved London cab drivers have a larger brain than most people has won a Nobel prize.

John O’Keefe, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, found that a part of the brain acts like an internal navigation system, live GPS, while also storing memories in space and time.

The professor has now vowed to take on what he calls the Alzheimer’s ‘timebomb’.

John O'Keefe who has worked at UCL for more than 40 years, shares the prize with two other scientists who are husband and wife.

Wasps in talks for city move

Councillors in Coventry were locked in talks last night about the Premiership rugby Wasps’ possible move to the Ricoh Arena.

A vote is expected at 2pm when the council will decide whether to approve Wasps' takeover of the stadium. 

The club, which currently play in High Wycombe, dropped London from their name earlier this year.

And finally… Burger and chips? £1,100 please

 The patty and bun has long been considered a cheap and filling meal, but not for much longer.

The "Glamburger" at Honky Tonk restaurant in Chelsea costs £1,100.

It is made with wagyu beef, venison and truffle. 

Even if the price doesn't put you off , the calories might, just one burger gets you to the recommended daily intake for an adult man.

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