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Why do some countries still have the death penalty? - Reading in the News Mon 9 Jul

Release Date 09 July 2018

A University of Reading expert explains why Japan still has the death penalty

Japanese executions: Dr Mai Sato (School of Law) discussed the use of the death penalty in Japan on the Radio 4 PM programme (19 mins 30 secs), following reports the first member of the members of the doomsday cult that carried out an attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 had been executed. Read Dr Sato’s piece for The Conversation on the potential abolition of the death penalty in Zimbabwe.

Bees’ Needs: Defra’s Bees’ Needs Week, running all this week, is previewed by the Asian Independent. Pollinator experts (Biological Sciences/SAPD) from the University of Reading are in London at an event in Carnaby Street – or ‘Carnabee Street’ as it has been renamed for this week – to highlight the challenges faced by bees and research going on to protect them. Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP is set to attend.

Ben Pedley legacy: A story by the Glasgow Evening Times tells how organs donated by former Reading student Ben Pedley have saved five lives, including that of a golfer who received his heart and has written to the family to say thank you. Ben was one of two students to receive honorary awards at last Friday’s graduation ceremony, and this is reported by the Reading Chronicle. Read our news story on the awards here.

Water efficiency work: The University’s work to reduce water consumption, which has led to a 28% reduction since 2012, makes the lead article in the latest Energy Managers Association magazine.

Plant care during heatwaves: A piece for The Conversation by Dr Alistair Culham (Biological Sciences), explaining the best time of day to water plants during hot weather, is published by Metro.

Other coverage

  • BBC Radio Berkshire (21 mins 55 secs) got reaction from Dr Mark Shanahan (Politics and International Relations) after the resignation of David Davies as the Government’s Brexit Secretary
  • Professor Jane Setter (English Language and Applied Linguistics) was a guest on BBC Radio Berkshire (18 mins), discussed the reaction to England’s World Cup quarter fional win over Sweden on Saturday
  • Research by Professor Andrew Kakabadse (Henley Business School) into the relationship between ministers and officials within the UK government is referenced in a Global Government Forum article on calls for the National School for Government to be reopened. Read Henley’s news story on Professor Kakabadse’s report
  • Further coverage of Henley Business School’s research on the side hustle economy appeared in the I paper (see attached), the Daily Mail, People Management, and Recruitment Grapevine
  • An article on on backing of Professor Hafiz Abubakar, Deputy Governor of Kano State, to run for Governor in 2019. The article mentions Professor Hafiz was made an Honorary Doctor of Science at the University of Reading’s summer graduation ceremonies last week
  • Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce runs a story on a study co-authored by the University of Reading, which reveals the history of Britain’s weaning habits
  • A Reading study showing chocolate is good for gut health features in a list of reasons why chocolate shouldn’t just be viewed as unhealthy by Evoke



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