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Bill Gates: More work of clean, cheap energy needed

Bill Gates speaks at the Grand Challenge Annual Meeting. Credit: Pool

The private sector and the public sector need to work together more to tackle issues such as clean energy and climate change, Bill Gates has said.

The "boundary" between the two sectors is somewhere where more work on cheap, clean energy should be focused, the billionaire added.

Speaking during a plenary on leadership in science and innovation at the Grand Challenge Annual Meeting, the Microsoft founder said that more "high risk" private investors needed to fund "energy breakthroughs" so that developing countries could become electrified with cheap energy without having a negative impact on the environment.

Bill Gates: UK produces 'world-class' scientific talent

Bill Gates Credit: Pool

The UK is "world-class" in producing scientific talent, Bill Gates has said.

The Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist praised universities in the UK such as Oxford, Imperial College, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the research they do into preventable diseases.

The 60-year-old also highlighted the Government's role in ensuring that at these universities scientists have the facilities to carry out "pioneering" and "amazing" work.


Charred remains of Calais 'Jungle' camp left behind

Fires which ripped through parts of the Calais "Jungle" left behind smouldering remains - hours after authorities declared they had successfully cleared the camp.

Around 10 large fires were seen ripping through the site as authorities concluded their massive clear-out of the migrant camp.

Four migrants were arrested in connection with the blazes, while ITV News Producer Ellie Swinton saw the charred remains which were left behind.

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Lib Dem by-election win 'could change direction of UK'

The Liberal Democrats could be poised to help "change the direction" of the country if they successfully pull off a spectacular by-election victory in Zac Goldsmith's constituency, Tim Farron has said.

Environmentalist Mr Goldsmith announced on Tuesday that he would quit as Tory MP for Richmond Park following the government's decision to nominate Heathrow as its preferred choice for airport expansion.

Speaking to ITV News, the Lib Dem leader said: "Given this is the constituency most hit and worst hit by the extreme version of Brexit Theresa May has chosen to adopt, this is an opportunity for them to send a message to this government that could change this government's direction."

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship said: "This by-election is in an area where 70 per cent of people voted to remain in the EU. The Lib Dems position themselves as the most pro-EU party, so they are hoping for something good from this."

Bill Gates: UK support against pandemics is crucial

Bill Gates announces the launch of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Credit: Pool

The support of the UK government in fighting global pandemics in vitally important, Bill Gates has said.

The Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist said the government has done an "amazing" job in ensuring the UK is "world-class" in scientific research, but stressed that the world needs more innovation.

"We have a chance that something as bad or worse than Zika and Ebola will come along and we can't build a wall against that - we simply need innovative science," Mr Gates said.

He noted that British scientists such as Nick Hamon from the International Vector Control Consortium are helping to lead the way in developing new insecticides that will fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Mr Gates also announced the launch of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which will work on vaccines against pathogens that have the potential to become epidemics.

Alongside the UK Vaccines Network funded by the Department of Health, CEPI will partner with a number of other institutions, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the World Economic Forum, and the governments of Norway and India.


Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance operation declared over

The burning remnants of the camp Credit: Reuters

The operation to clear the 'Jungle' camp in Calais has finished, the local government said.

The announcement came three days after the authorities began clearing the camp, which housed thousands of migrants and refugees.

Fires are still blazing in the remnants of the camp.

Four migrants have been arrested in connection with the fires, said Patrick Visser-Bourdon, the Calais police commissioner in charge of the operation, amid reports that British activists were responsible.

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