Don’t let Eurovision get you down. Once again there’s been oodles of positivity from across the country this week (17th – 23rd May) and like a magnificent phoenix rising out of James Newman’s Embers, Britain is flying high. The good news just keeps on coming.
Boris Johnson has announced great news for our high streets, schools, jobs and railways this week. Britain is set to have the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world, our space sector is growing and the UK is to become the world’s number one data destination.
Plus a sight to behold, the UK Carrier Strike Group set sail on Saturday writing Britain’s name in the next chapter of history – a truly “global Britain that steps forward to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also had some nice things about our PM this week.
Britain is back.
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek
New actions set out this week position the UK as the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world, and will create jobs. Patients across the UK will benefit from better healthcare, treatments and faster diagnosis as the government sets out how it will continue to deliver world-leading genomic healthcare. Genomics is the study of genetic information and can help diagnose diseases earlier and more accurately, reduce some invasive procedures and enable tailored treatments. Building on the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project, Britain’s commitment is to sequence one million whole genomes – which will transform healthcare in the UK and create jobs… click here
Plans for better high streets, stronger schools and more jobs outside of London will be unveiled by the government this week as part of its plan to level up opportunities for people and communities across the UK. As we recover from the pandemic, the Prime Minister has said he is committed to delivering an ambitious set of policies that will reduce long-standing inequalities, which have been further exacerbated by Covid-19. His levelling up agenda will focus on improving living standards, investing in our essential public services and increasing access to opportunities so people can thrive no matter where they live… click here
Audiences in the UK will enjoy shows featuring the Red Arrows for the first time in almost two years after the team was given display approval. Following a period of intense training, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team today successfully completed an annual assessment. Known as Public Display Authority (PDA), this marks the start of the Red Arrows’ 57th season. It means the team is set to perform at events in the UK for the first time since July 2019 – with airshows returning to this summer’s calendar, after the pandemic forced event organisers to cancel dates last year. The 2021 season will also see the Red Arrows led by a new Team Leader, Squadron Leader Tom Bould… click here
Findings from the latest ‘Size and Health of the UK Space Industry’ report reveal a growth in jobs and income. The UK’s space sector has seen growth in jobs and income while investing more in research and development, leaving it well-placed to grow strongly as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, Science Minister Amanda Solloway announced this week. Findings from the latest ‘Size and Health of the UK Space Industry’ report, commissioned by the UK Space Agency, show the sector supports a highly skilled and productive workforce that’s growing across the country… click here
A new national flexible rail ticket, matching modern working habits and saving passengers hundreds of pounds, will be available to commuters across England once travel restrictions are lifted. As the government publishes the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail this week, setting out the path towards a truly passenger-focused railway, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that “the future is flexible.” The new flexible ticket will be on-sale on 21 June, for use by 28 June. The paperless tickets will allow travel on any 8 days in a 28-day period, with passengers able to tap smartcards or scan mobiles at the station, with no need to select the days of travel in advance… click here
A National Data Strategy Forum to help the country seize the opportunities of data and cement the UK’s place as “the world’s number one data destination” has been announced by the government today. Minister for Media and Data John Whittingdale and techUK director Sue Daley will chair the forum which will bring together key voices from industry, privacy groups and academia to help implement the UK’s National Data Strategy. The National Data Strategy is an ambitious, pro-growth strategy that is driving the UK forward in building a world-leading data economy that works for everyone, while ensuring public trust in data use… click here
Nine ships, 32 aircraft and 3,700 personnel will set sail today on the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment. The seven-month global deployment will extend through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific, interacting with more than one fifth of the world’s nations. Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will lead six Royal Navy ships, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a frigate from the Netherlands in the largest concentration of maritime and air power to leave the UK in a generation… click here
His Royal Highness Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, was welcomed to Edinburgh on Friday with the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. To mark this occasion soldiers from the 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS), the SCOTS Band and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG) Pipes & Drums paraded. Prince William took the time to inspect the soldiers and talk to a number of them. HRH Prince William is in Scotland acting on the Queen’s behalf as the High Commissioner to mark the start of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland which opened this weekend… click here
Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has lavished praise on Boris Johnson saying he is the “real deal.” The former governor of California, 73, also commended the public bicycle hire scheme launched in parts of the UK during Mr Johnson’s tenure as mayor of London and often referred to as “Boris bikes.” Schwarzenegger made the comments during an interview with Alok Sharma as they discussed the MP’s role as the President of Cop26, the international climate change summit due to take place in Glasgow later this year… click here
Her Majesty The Queen visited Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth on Saturday, just hours before the UK Carrier Strike Group sailed for its first operational deployment. During the 45 minute visit, Her Majesty spoke to a selection of British and American sailors, aviators and marines. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the deployed flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 21(CSG21). CSG21 will see the ship along with the Strike Group work with over 40 countries from around the world. The Strike Group will operate and exercise with other Countries Navies and Air Forces during the seven month deployment… click here
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