30/09/2008

Other News In Brief

Roofer Dies Working On Industrial Estate

A roofer who died after falling around 150ft while working on Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes has been named as Thomas Sturrock, 32, of Methil. The emergency services were called to the site just after noon yesterday, where the 32-year-old was pronounced dead. A Fife Constabulary spokesman said there would appear to be no suspicious circumstances. Fife Coucil and the HSE are now aiding the investigation.

Man Seriously Injured Crossing Road

A man has been injured following a collision with a vehicle as he crossed the A487 in Ceredigion, Wales. The man, who police believe was attempting to cross the road at 9.20pm on Monday, was taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea. It is understood he had got off a coach and was attempting to cross the road at Synod Inn, near Aberaeron. He is described as being critically ill with head injuries. Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen the incident to contact them on: 0845 330 2000.

New Sustainable Framework For Homes And Jobs

A new regional strategy that directs long-term housing and economic growth and environmental protection in the North West was announced by Communities Minister Baroness Andrews today. A vision for sustainable social and economic development in the North West up to 2021 is unveiled in the North West of England Plan. The Plan aims to raise the economic performance in the North West by supporting the provision of new job opportunities and reducing local inequalities. It puts protecting the North West's environment at the heart of new development. The Plan sets out to deliver 413,000 new homes (23,111 a year) by 2021 to meet housing needs. With people living longer and more and more choosing to live alone households are projected to grow in the region by at least 25,600 per annum to 2026.

Government Health Strategy Launched

A new strategy which sets out the way that the UK Government will work with the World Health Organisation, the EU and a number of other partners to improve the health of the world's population was launched today by the Health Secretary Alan Johnson. 'Health is Global: a UK Government Strategy' is underpinned by £12 million over the next five years. It highlights the critical global health challenges that the UK and the rest of the world faces and provides a clear set of actions to respond to them. The strategy contains ten principles and five areas for action. The principles set out aspirations for consideration across Government when setting or implementing domestic and foreign policy that may affect global health.

(JM)

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