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Duke of York Horse Race to Be Renamed

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A famous horse race is changing its name in a bid to distance it from Prince Andrew.

The prestigious Duke of York Stakes, which was inaugurated in 1895, is held at York Racecourse every May.

It was named after the Queen’s grandfather Prince George, Duke of York, who went on to become King George V.

Even though the race was not named after the title’s current holders, officials at the course want to make its history clearer.

James Brennan, the racecourse’s head of marketing and sponsorship said: ‘It was named in honour of Prince George who went on to become King George V.

‘It has never been directly about Prince Andrew.

‘With that in mind, however, we are going to explore how we can make the name a lot clearer about its history and that the name refers to an entirely different Duke of York.’

The current favourite as a replacement is the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes.

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RSPCA Shares Terrifying Reality Of What It’s Like To Be A Dog In A Car On A Hot Day

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Most dog lovers will be aware of not leaving your pet in a car when it’s a hot day. The poor pups can quickly become dehydrated or suffer from heatstroke, even if the windows are left open. In the worst cases, your dog can die.

Following the news of a scorching heatwave hitting the UK tomorrow, an RSPCA staff member opted to lock himself in a car to demonstrate how dogs feel on a hot day.

Chris O’Brien of RSPCA Cymru took a video of himself sitting in his car for 25 minutes outside his Cardiff office to discover what it would feel like to be a dog. The staff member used a digital thermometer and stopwatch to highlight the different stages of conditions within the car and also how he personally felt.

Within five minutes, the temperature had already risen to 35.1C from an initial 23.3C.

Chris said: “I am baking, it is so, so hot in here. I can’t even begin to tell you.

“Obviously I’m sweating a lot.

“Dogs obviously sweat very differently to humans and regulate their body temperature in a very very different way.”

Within the next 10 minutes, the temperature within the car had rocketed up to 43.6C and a struggling Chris noted how his breathing was getting heavier and his heart was beating faster.

At the 15 minute mark, the temperature had doubled to a whopping 48.8C to a further 50C by 17 minutes.

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RSPCA campaigns manager Carrie Stones said: “With normality returning to people’s lives this summer in Wales, it’s more important than ever that we spread the word – dogs die in hot cars. Up to 30 million Brits are expected to holiday in the UK in 2022, and many of us will be taking our four-legged friends along – so these reminders will be vital.

“Awareness raising measures like this from the Welsh Government will help save the lives of dogs. We welcome any steps to remind motorists that – not long is too long when a dog is left in a car. Even a quick stop-off at a shop could prove fatal as temperatures escalate.

“If anyone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, they should dial 999 immediately – but we hope, each year, more and more people will get the message about not exposing their dogs to the potentially fatal heat.”

 

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Ginger-haired people offered free cinema tickets to avoid the sun

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Showcase Cinemas are offering ginger-haired people free cinema tickets on Monday and Tuesday so that they can stay protected from the sun.

 

Dubbed SPF (Sun Protecting Flicks), this initiative follows an extreme weather warning issued by the Met Office, with a red heat warning for England between Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July. Temperatures in large parts of England are expected to reach the high 30s and even 40°C in some.

 

With fair skin and red hair, redheads tend to have an aversion to the sun as they are vulnerable to its rays.

 

Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas said: “While the UK enjoys some much-needed sunny weather, we know how hard some people find the heat.”

 

He continued to add that free entry to cinema screens will be offered to redheads “so they’ll be able to enjoy some of the amazing films on offer in the comfort of our air-conditioned cinema screens and ensure they stay protected from the sun”.

 

See the full terms and conditions here.

 

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Parents could face an electronic tag in new child maintenance enforcements

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Parents could face an electronic tag

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering a new lockdown-style curfew to be imposed on parents who persistently fail to pay child support in the form of an electronic tag that will track their location.

 

This comes as part of a new crackdown in which the DWP are following proposals to retrieve more money owed to the children of separated parents. Their Child Maintenance Service has said that these child support payments are “a crucial weapon in the battle against child poverty,” helping to lift around 140,000 children out of poverty each year.

 

The curfew orders will act as an alternative to, but act alongside, other methods of enforcement already in place such as passport and driving license confiscation or earnings deduction orders. Some non-compliant parents who continually refuse to pay even face prison, but the CMS have recognised this to be costly and further preventing payments.

 

Curfews would be controlled by an electronic monitoring service which would keep track of non-compliant parents in order to make sure that they follow the sanctions placed upon them. The CMS hope that this will act as a “deterrent” by restricting and disrupting the lifestyles of non compliant parents’ lifestyles, “stopping them, for example, from going out for dinner, to the pub or going on holiday.”

 

Failure to comply may lead back to a court referral, which could extend the curfew order or end in the imposition of a prison sentence.

The DWP Lords Minister Baroness Stedman-Scot said: “For low income households, maintenance payments can make all the difference, lifting them out of poverty. We are not afraid to go after those parents who deliberately and repeatedly refuse to pay for their children.”

 

This is one more step towards the CMS gaining full control and powers to make sure children have financial access to the best start in life.

 

These orders are subject to parliamentary approval. Consultations into the proposals began on Saturday and are set to continue until August 12.

 

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