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'Where's the union flag' outrage over new team GB kit

The design of the new kit for team GB to wear in the World Athletics Championships later this month in Beijing, is causing controversy.

Reaction to the design which doesn't feature the Union flag, has spread across social media under the hashtag '#wheresjack'.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford from Milton Keynes is one athlete who has expressed concern over the missing flag, saying on twitter that "Every athlete I have spoken to wants the union flag."

British Javelin record holder Goldie Sayers from Newmarket has also joined the discussion.

We must be the only team competing at the World Championships without our flag on our competition vest."

– Goldie Sayers

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Study finds widespread discrimination against older workers


Older jobseekers are facing widespread discrimination - according to a new study by Anglia Ruskin University.

Researchers there made up two CVs with identical skills but one from someone in their 20s - the other in their 50s.

They sent them off for almost 2000 jobs over two years and in all the older candidate was more than 4 times LESS likely to get an interview.

And the difference was even more pronounced for women, with the 50-year-old female candidate 5.3 times less likely to get an interview than the 28-year-old female.


Warnings for thunderstorms this evening and tonight

Rainfall radar at 17:40. Showers breaking out over parts of East Anglia whilst another pulse of heavy rain approaches from northern France. Credit: Met Office.

Yellow and amber warnings are in force for heavy rain as thunderstorms approach the East of England from the near continent this evening.

The amber warning is in force until 21:00 this evening and covers southern parts of Essex and the south East of England.

Yellow and amber warnings are in force for the East of England this evening. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office Chief Meteorologist warns:

Another pulse of thundery activity from France will extend across the area this afternoon and evening. The ground remains saturated from earlier heavy rain, and the high water loading in the atmosphere means that more than 30 mm in an hour or less could well occur locally.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

Elsewhere, a yellow warning is in force until late Friday because of the risk of further heavy rain overnight and into Friday afternoon:

Localised thunderstorms may also develop across south east England and East Anglia during Friday late afternoon and evening, these potentially giving 15-25 mm of rain in an hour.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

The environment agency are also urging people to be careful not to drive through floodwater and for campers and holidaymakers to check the flood risk for their area.

Heavy rainfall this afternoon and into this evening brings risk of further surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Essex. If you’re driving away or back from your summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk.

– Nick Hopwood, national duty flood manager at the Environment Agency

Clearing the air: 10 facts about air pollution

How exactly do we know what causes fog to form, which clouds will give us rain, or how polluted the air outside is? Well, our weather presenter Aidan McGivern has been out and about this summer meeting the scientists who turn their eyes to the skies and research the state of the atmosphere. His first stop was at Weybourne in Norfolk - an unlikely site for research into global pollution levels.

But not many people will know about the observatory there on the North Norfolk coast and the work it does to monitor global air pollution levels.

So here are another 10 facts about pollution that you may also not be aware about.

  • Since the Clean Air Act in 1968, air pollution in the UK has decreased - especially sulphur dioxide and smoke.
  • However, some urban areas in the UK are still highly polluted - a 2012 study estimated that 19,000 people each year die from the effects of air pollution.
  • Another study suggested that walking in Oxford on an average day was the equivalent of smoking sixty cigarettes.
  • Air pollution from road vehicles is most harmful to human health.
  • The worst pollutants in the UK are ozone, particulate matter and sulphur dioxide.
  • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have created a daily warning system to inform people of expected pollution levels.
  • There are 500 million cars in the world at the moment and by 2030 there are expected to be one billion cars.
  • People most at risk of high pollution levels are children, the elderly and those with heart and lung disease.
  • China is the world's largest producer of Carbon Dioxide.
  • The great smog of 1952 in London lasted for four days and is regarded as the worst pollution disaster the UK has ever known.

Number of top grades falls but record numbers off to University

Thousands of students from across our region have been opening their A-Level results.

The proportion of those achieving A and A star grades has fallen, but record numbers have been accepted on university courses.

Click below to watch a full report on todays results by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

32,000 students in East of England get their Uni place

As thousands of students in the East of England opened their 'A' Level results today, the rush for clearing places has begun as those who didn't quite get the grades they wished for, look for alternative places.

Tthe University and Colleges Admissions Service's headquarters is in Cheltenham and that's where staff are dealing with all the national clearing enquiries.

UCAS says that 32,000 students in the East of England got the University place they wanted.

Our reporter Matt Price is there, click below to watch his report.


Clearing the air: The science behind our weather

'Clearing the air' the science behind the weather Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ever wanted to know more about the science behind our skies? Well ITV News Anglia's weather presenter Aidan McGivern has been looking into it as part of a new series of reports called 'Clearing the air'.

He's been looking at how fog forms, which clouds will give us rain, and how polluted the air outside is - and he's been finding out about it by meeting the scientists who turn their eyes to the skies and research the state of the atmosphere.

His first stop is at Weybourne - an unlikely site for research into global pollution levels.

Click below to watch his report.

Holiday firm reports huge fall in profits in wake of Tunisia attacks

The Luton-based travel group Tui has revealed just how much its profits were hit by the Tunisian terrorist attack back in June.

Thirty three of the thirty eight people killed in the Sousse massacre were Tui customers.

The firm says that the impact of the attack and Government warnings about travelling to Tunisia have seen their profits drop by around seven million pounds this summer.

The results are out and 'clearing' begins for thousands

ARU's clearing centre in Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Now that the region's students have opened up their 'A' Level results, clearing has begun for many who perhaps didn't quite get the grades they were hoping for.

Clearing is now underway at Anglia Ruskin University on East Road in Cambridge. The university says they have had record numbers of applicants this year.

Nationally, more students have already been accepted onto a university course at 409,000. This is more than any previous year.

Before clearing started the ARU had just under 19,000 applications.

Staff at Anglia Ruskin University are now dealing with 'clearing' Credit: ITV News Anglia

New Chief Executive for East of England Ambulance Trust

Robert Morton is the new Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Robert Morton, a paramedic and a community first responder, has worked in the ambulance service for nearly 25-years, mainly with the National Ambulance Service in Ireland where he was Chief Executive for 3-years. he has also held the post of Chief Executive of the South Australian Ambulance Service.

"The service has been through some very difficult and challenging times over the last few years, but I am confident we can build on the good work that Anthony Marsh has put in place to further improve our services for patients and at the same time make this a even better place to work.”

– Robert Morton

"Robert is an experienced ambulance chief executive who will be able to connect immediately with frontline staff and volunteers thanks to his paramedic and volunteering background.”

– Trust Chair, Sarah Boulton

Robert will start his post on 24th August.

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