Monday, 30 January 2012

Monday's paper-Shortcomings in the transplant industry,how the Olympics could cost us billions,prisoners using Facebook and the singer who can no longer sing

Stephen Hester's about turn on his RBS bonus came a little too late for the early editions of the papers which this Monday morning have a wide remit.

The Times leads with an investigation by the paper which finds that healthy organs that could save lives are going to waste in hospitals as waiting lists for transplants continue to rise.

The paper finds that hundreds of potential donors are being overlooked because of shortcomings in the transplant system, and three people who might otherwise survive die every day before organs become available.

The Guardian leads with a call to end the demonising of rape victims.In an interview with the paper, Alison Saunders, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service in London says that she believed jurors were coming to court with preconceptions about women that affected the way they considered evidence.

The Independent reports that this summer's Olympics could be a disaster for the country's tourism.Its travel correspondent Simon Calder writes that top travel industry figures have warned that unwanted hotel rooms needlessly reserved for dignitaries by Olympic organisers will be a key factor in a tourism slump set to cost Britain billions this summer.

The Mail continues its assault on Social media.Its front page this morning reveals that Violent criminals have been using Facebook to taunt victims and their families from behind bars.Despite access to the internet being banned,inmates manage to get online by using mobile phones smuggled into jails.

Army matters take the lead in the Telegraph with General Sir Peter Wall, the Chief of the General Staff,telling the paper that cuts in the Army are creating gaps and leaving soldiers unsettled and frustrated.

The Express believes that tax cuts are on the way.Plans says the paper, to let people earn nearly £10,000 before they have to pay any tax are at the centre of Government thinking after a poll showed the public overwhelmingly backs the idea.

The Sun leads with the singer who can scarcely speak.The paper tells the story of Lianne Morgan who nearly joined the Spice Girls but now has spasmodic dysphonia, which paralyses her voice box

Elsewhere the Telegraph says that the Home Secretary will today that residents are to be given the power to force police to tackle anti-social behaviour and end the “horror stories” of communities blighted by nuisance neighbours.

Many of the papers report on the weekend's events in Syria.The Independent describes how the embattled Syrian regime moved thousands of its troops and tanks into suburbs on the edge of Damascus early yesterday in an effort to reclaim outlying districts from rebels, as fierce battles neared the capital for the first time.

Ahead of the EU summit,the Guardian warns that unease among Liberal Democrats has been made clear by a rare intervention by their former leader, Charles Kennedy who in a letter to the paper urges the prime minister to take an active and confident role at the heart of the European Union.

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