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Saturday 16 December 2017

WWI battleship to be museum

The First World War's last surviving battleship is to be transformed into a floating museum.

A £12m (€15m) lottery funding boost will enable the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to turn HMS Caroline into a visitor attraction in time for centenary commemorations of the 1916 Battle of Jutland.

The derelict vessel, which is docked in the same Belfast shipyards where the Titanic was built, was in danger of rusting away.

Ban smoking in open - expert

A leading cancer specialist is proposing a ban on smoking in London's parks and at landmarks such as Trafalgar Square.

Ara Darzi, the chair of the London Health Commission, has advised Mayor Boris Johnson to use existing powers for a ban, which would discourage children from smoking.

But Simon Clark, of the pro-smoking group Forest, said: "The next thing you know, we'll be banned from smoking in our own gardens in case a whiff of smoke travels over the fence."

Gibraltar apes sent to Scotland

A troop of 30 apes from Gibraltar have been flown to their new home in Scotland.

The wild Barbary macaques arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling following a deal with the Gibraltar government to reduce the territory's ape population.

Ministers said exporting the macaques was preferred to culling the animals, whose rise in numbers has been causing problems for local residents.

1 in 4 put online security at risk

Three-quarters of people are risking their safety online by using simple passwords that are not secure.

Many use pet names or significant dates, with some even admitting they deliberately do not create strong passwords because they struggle to remember them.

The average person in Britain now manages 19 online accounts that need a login, according to research by Cyber Streetwise. Internet users are advised to use acronyms or create a memorable password.

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