An elderly man died last night (Monday) after collapsing at an address in St Albans.
St Albans City opened their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 loss to Dagenham and Redbridge at Clarence Park.
Police are urging motorists to know the law surrounding mobile phone use at the wheel and the consequences of breaking it.
We spoke to Dr.Hugh Jones from Rothamsted Research about the results of the field trial of wheat which had been genetically modified to produce a scent which aphids produce when they are alarmed, and which had been shown in a glasshouse to repel aphids. Not only that, but the same scent has been shown to attract parasitic wasps which are natural predators of aphids.
Dr.Jones explained that although the glasshouse trials of the wheat had been encouraging, in the field trials the GM wheat was affected by a similar number of aphids to the control crop. He thought that this may be because the wheat produced the scent continuously and therefore the aphids soon ignored its presence – like birds being frightened off by the loud bangs of a bird scarer, but getting used to the constant din of a busy road.
When asked about the cost of the trials, Dr.Jones said he thought they were in line with trials of conventionally bred crops.
Dr.Jones was keen to point out that the trial was a scientific trial to test the effectiveness of characteristics given by a particular gene, not a crop for which the next step was the open market.
You can read more of what Rothamsted have written about the trial here.
If you are interested in attending the next of Rothamsted’s lectures in their series for 2015 Year of Soil take a look here
Today Penny Carr was in the studio to discuss 'Being thrifty with @BeingMrsC. Penny is our local thrifty correspondent. She brings in monthly articles about saving money.
Firstly Penny talked about the dreaded three words 'Back to School'. She advised going shopping now to buy school uniform, shoes and stationery. The bigger supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's have the full collection, whilst Aldi started doing polo shirts as of last year. Some schools have second hand clothes stalls available.
Penny also gave details on a number of summer holidays activities for children to take part in, including:
- The 'Play in the Parks' scheme running from 23rd July to 28th August (Monday to Friday)
- Verulamium Museum (Full details on their website: http://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/verulamium/)
- The St Albans Libraries, as part of the Herts County Council, have events including 'Summer Reading Challenge 2015' taking place between 11th July to 5th September for under 11s (Record Breakers) and also for 11-18 year olds (imaginNation).
There was also a discussion about food surpluses in supermarkets. Could surplus food be used more efficiently? There are some great articles on savings at supermarkets at 'Emma's Savvy £ Savings', found here http://mumssavvysavings.com/.
Penny also has a brilliant blog called 'Being Mrs C' where she regularly posts useful advice on money savings and discounts. You can find her blog at http://beingmrsc.com/ and also her Twitter page at https://twitter.com/beingmrsc.
George Naismith and Dan Roe hit a superb 162 to hand Redbourn a eight-wicket victory over Hertford in Saracens Herts Division Three A.
St Albans racer Alex Jones walked away from a crash in practice at Cadwell Park to compete in the third round of the Formula Vee Championship.
Pigeons in Hemel Hempstead are so tough that even a potentially deadly hawk cannot scare them away.
Cash grants have been made to arts students to help support their studies.
Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers - I Can Change
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
Jessie J - Flashlight
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Little Mix - Black Magic
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine
Items in BOLD are new additions
This week's featured track is Some Kind Of Heaven by Hurts: