Mum of toddler twins backs ‘life-changing’ drug campaign

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPKU and Kuvan – the campaign for an affordable drugThe mother of twin girls who have a rare genetic condition is supporting a campaign for a drug that can treat it to be made cheaper. Leanne Barnett’s twins, Olivia and Ruby, aged 21 months, were born with phenylketonuria or PKU. The condition, which means they cannot eat large amounts of protein, affects about one in 10,000 UK babies. Mrs Barnett says she …

Badminton Horse Trials: Piggy French beats Oliver Townend to win first title

GB’s Piggy French wins first major title at the Badminton Horse TrialsBritain’s Piggy French thwarted compatriot Oliver Townend to win the Badminton Horse Trials. French’s first major title was recorded with a winning score of 26.8 on Vanir Kamira and she is only the second British winner since Townend in 2009. One fence down and four time penalties cost Townend a second Badminton title. They also stalled his hopes of winning the £270,000 Grand Slam, but it was a successful …

Premiership: Newcastle Falcons relegated from Premiership with 28-19 defeat at Gloucester

Newcastle drop out of the Premiership after six seasons in the top flight Gallagher Premiership Gloucester (21) 28 Tries: Woodward, Cipriani, Sharples, Banahan Cons: Twelvetrees 4 Newcastle (12) 19 Tries: Young, Sinoti, McGuigan Cons: Flood 2 Newcastle’s relegation from the Premiership was confirmed with a 28-19 defeat at Gloucester. The Falcons needed maximum points at Kingsholm to have any chance of survival after Leicester’s bonus point at Harlequins on Friday. Gloucester ran in four tries from Jason Woodward, Danny Cipriani, …

Brexit’s paralysing effect on British politics

Print edition | Britain May 2nd 2019 WESTMINSTER IS becalmed. No big bills are under debate or even planned. MPs seem to have little to do but plot. On April 30th the Commons even adjourned before teatime. It is almost as if no serious political issue faces the country. Except, of course, that one does. After the European Union’s latest deadline extension, Brexit is due on October 31st. Yet there is little sign of a compromise that would pass in …

Asos billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Holch Povlsen is one of Denmark’s richest men Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks, a spokesman has confirmed to the BBC. The family were visiting the country over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been made public. Mr Holch Povlsen owns the international clothing chain Bestseller. He is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos and …

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