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Cameron takes up role as president of Cambridge charity

David Cameron is the new president of the Cambridge-based charity. Credit: PA/ITV News Anglia

The former Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he's to become president of Cambridge-based charity Alzheimer's Research UK.

Mr Cameron revealed the news in The Times today, and will take up the position immediately.

He wrote that there needs to be greater funding for dementia research, as well as a more open discussion around the condition.

"We must win the battle for priorities," he said.

"Cancer research and stroke research deserve all their funding - but dementia shouldn't be so far behind."

"Dementia steals people's lives, turns their relationships upside down, destroys their hopes and dreams. We owe it to them, their families and their carers to find a solution."

The role is the second that Mr Cameron has taken since standing down following the EU referendum last year.

Cambridge university is looking for a professor of Lego

The Lego Foundation is giving £2.5m to fund the position. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The deadline to become Cambridge University's first ever "professor of Lego" is fast approaching.

The new professorship, which is being partly funded by Lego, is aiming to find someone with a "child-like mindset" to investigate how playtime helps childhood development.

The successful candidate will need to have a background in educational psychology.

If you think you want to apply, be quick because the deadline for applications is Friday.

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'Uber for bikes' scheme coming to Cambridge

The 'Ofo' system allows potential riders to use a smartphone app to 'hail' a bike Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new bike sharing scheme - dubbed "uber for bikes" - is due to be launched in Cambridge.

The "Ofo" system, which is the first of its kind in the UK, allows users to hail bikes in the same way as a taxi.

They'd then drop them off at their destination, where other users can then pick them up. The scheme will be rolled in March and the company says the cost of a journey will be under £1.

The Ofo bike-sharing scheme in Cambridge is under preparation. The first batch of bicycles, which are customized for British people, is on the sea, and will arrive at Cambridge in March.

We are going to bring our successful experience from China to Cambridge. With the Ofo app users can simply hire a bicycle anytime and anywhere on demand.

We are in touch with people from council and university to see if there is any help we can do to promote the cycling environment in Cambridge. We are also looking for some talented people to join us.

– Ofo spokesman

CQC: Addenbrooke's staff 'worked really hard' to improve

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The Care Quality Commission has praised staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital for working "really hard" to turnaround services for patients.

The health watchdog changed the rating of Addenbrooke's from 'inadequate' to 'good' following a re-inspection.

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which runs the hospital, placed into special measures in April 2015. Inspectors were particularly concerned about its maternity and outpatients services.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia, Fiona Allinson, the CQC's head of hospital inspections for the East, said staff had since "improved the situation enormously" at the hospital.

"It's a real sense of congratulations for the staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

"They've worked really hard to turn the issues around so that they're now being rated as good."

– Fiona Allison, Head of Hospital Inspections, Care Quality Commission

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Antarctic research base to close this winter

Halley Research Station Antarctica to close for winter Credit: British Antarctic Survey

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey will shut one of it's research centres this winter for safety reasons.

The Halley VI research station, which sits on top of the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica is cracking, causing danger to any staff working there.

It will shut down between March and November 2017.

Options to temporarily re-deploy research and technical support teams to other parts of BAS are being explored.

Inside one of the Research Station pods. Credit: BAS

"The current work to relocate our station is going very well. We want to do the right thing for our people. Bringing them home for winter is a prudent precaution given the changes that our glaciologists have seen in the ice shelf in recent months. Our goal is to winterise the station and leave it ready for re-occupation as soon as possible after the Antarctic winter."

– Captain Tim Stockings, Director of Operations

There is no immediate risk to the people currently at the station, or to the station itself.

But experts say there is sufficient uncertainty about what could happen to the cracks in the ice during the coming Antarctic winter for BAS to change its operational plans.

The Halley Research Station Credit: BAS
  • There have been six Halley Research stations on the Brunt Ice Shelf since 1956.
  • Ozone measurements have been made continuously at Halley since 1956 - leading to the discovery of the ozone hole.
  • Space weather data captured at Halley contributes to the Space Environment Impacts Group that provides advice to Government on impact on infrastructure and business.
  • Halley has also contributed to European Space Agency research and prolonged human space flight, testing how people adapt to life in remote locations.

Man who stole charity collection boxes is jailed

Jordan Earwaker Credit: Cambs Police

A man who stole four charity collection boxes from shops and a pub in Cambridge has been jailed for a year.

Jordan Earwaker, 25, of Ross Street in Cambridge, was arrested on Wednesday (January 11) after being identified as the person who stole a charity donation box from the Empress Public House on Christmas Eve.

Cambridge magistrates heard he'd also stolen charity boxes from Maplins, Sainsbury's and the Co-op, as well as perfume from John Lewis and an electric toothbrush from Sainsbury's.

He was charged with five counts of theft from a shop, one count of receiving stolen goods and one count of theft.

He appeared at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday (January 12) and pleaded guilty to all charges.

He was sentenced on the same day to a total of 52 weeks in prison.

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