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The Morning Headlines
8th December 2014

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Christmas party cancelled when company ask Proud bar if it is a gay venue

The owner of Proud bar in Camden, Alex Proud, cancelled a company's Christmas party after organisers asked if it was a gay venue.

The car brand in question asked Mr Proud for clarification because homosexuality is "against some people's religions… so we will need to make them aware.” The company also asked if they would have their own seating area.

Proud responded by telling them that their party would be cancelled, adding that the venue was "pretty gay”, sarcastically listing “Gay drinks, gay food, gay loos etc….” 

Alex Proud posted the exchange on Twitter. 

Bank of England warn increased interest rates will penalise young, favour the old

The Bank of England are expected to announce an increase in interest rates to 2.5% will penalise the young while favouring the old. They will say an increase will “divide hard-up young and older homeowners.”

The Bank will say 300,000 families would struggle to pay their mortgages if rates rose by 2% overnight, from the present 0.5% to 2.5%.

In the report, the bank say an increase in interest rates will will be bad for those aged 25 - 44, “since they are more likely to be borrowers”, and will benefit older householders “since they are more likely to be savers.”

Rates have been frozen at 0.5% since March 2009. 

Foodbank report calls on government to eliminate food poverty by 2020 

A new inquiry funded by the Church of England and backed by politicians calls for the UK government to “Stop food waste and speed up benefits payments to end UK food poverty.”

The Feeding Britain report calls on the government to take action to eliminate food poverty by 2020. 

The report was prompted by the “unprecedented” number of people using food banks after “unimaginable” waits for benefit claims to be processed, which leaves many without income to buy food.

It found more than four million tonnes of edible food is thought to be thrown away by the UK food industry every year, with only 2% going to charity. 

William and Kate arrive in New York

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in New York for their US east coast tour, which will see them in the States for three days.

Prince William is expected to give a speech on combating illegal wildlife trafficking whilst there. The pair will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office. 

Air pollution causing “nearly as many deaths as smoking”

A report released by MPs today argues that air pollution causes nearly as many deaths as smoking. It described the problem as  “a deadly public health crisis.”

The Environmental Audit Committee is calling for schools, care homes and hospitals to be built away from major roads because of the dangers posed to those especially vulnerable. 

There are an estimated 29,000 deaths annually in the UK from air pollution. 

The report also says diesel was the “most significant driver of air pollution in our cities.” 

Apparently, it’s Manic Monday now 

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday: apparently, it's all about Manic Monday now.

Brits are expected to spend up to £750 million pounds online today to ensure delivery before Christmas. Nearly two in three retailers are offering discounts to coincide with the boom.

Some might suggest it merely seems like another drive from retailers to push sales by creating a little hysteria. 

Zoella’s book ghostwritten 

The worlds fastest selling debut author, Youtube sensation Zoella, didn't actually write the book by herself.

Publishers Penguin admitted that the teen, whose real name is Zoe Slugg, wrote 'Girl Online' with an editorial team. A penguin spokesman told the Sunday Times, “To be factually accurate, you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own.”

The announcement follows days of online speculation that the bestselling book was ghostwritten. 

Girl Online out-sold the debut novels of  JK Rowling, Dan Brown and 50 Shades of Grey author EL James.  Zoella sold 78,109 copies of her book in the first seven days of sale. 

Typhoon Hagupit floods central Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit has brought flooding to parts of central Philippines.

Three people have been killed since Saturday and millions have taken shelter in evacuation centres.

The typhoon has now weakened and does not appear to be as severe as many initially feared.

Pride named best film at British Independent Film Awards

Pride was named best film at the British Independent Film Awards.

The film follows the alliance between gay rights campaigners and pit workers during the 1984 strike.

Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton won the best supporting actor and actress prizes respectively for their roles in the film.

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