Guardian Unlimited OnLine June 18 2007
Beckham heads for Hollywood with the perfect ending June 18 2007
Sid Lowe in Madrid
David Beckham bade farewell to Real Madrid last night by celebrating the first major trophy of his four-year spell in Spain, even if the former England captain was denied a suitably Hollywood-esque ending and was upstaged by José Antonio Reyes, on loan from Arsenal, at the last on a dramatic final evening to the Primera División season.
Madrid were trailing 1-0 to Real Mallorca as Barcelona rampaged over Gimnastic of Tarragona. Barça were effectively top of the table for over an hour when Beckham limped from the turf some 24 minutes from time with a recurrence of an ankle injury. Reyes, his replacement, scored within two minutes of his introduction to pave the way for Madrid's 3-1 win, the Arsenal player adding the side's final goal late on to secure a 30th league title.
Beckham, who will join Los Angeles Galaxy when his contract expires at Real next month, had initially retreated to the bench in despair as his team teetered on the brink of ignominy. The England midfielder was as relieved as he was elated at the final whistle. "I couldn't have dreamt it any better," he said. "It's been about wining the title for the last six months, and we've deserved it tonight.
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Times OnLine June 18 2007
Hospitals losing fight to defeat superbugs June 18 2007
One in four NHS trusts is failing the latest government targets on cleanliness and tackling superbug infections, figures published today reveal.
Fewer hospitals and NHS trusts than last year can demonstrate that they are maintaining standards on cleanliness and infection control, despite the introduction of a strict “hygiene code” to eradicate illness caused by MRSA and Clostridium difficile.
Figures released by the Healthcare Commission show that six out of ten trusts in England have reported failing one or more of the twenty-four “core standards” on all aspects of care, on which they are assessed by the NHS watchdog.
Particular problems include failing to decontaminate reusable medical devices, to reduce healthcare-associated infections and to supply the latest recommended treatments for patients. There was also a slight decline in the number of trusts saying they met two standards on treating patients with dignity and respect.
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Independent OnLine 'Indy' News June 18 2007
Why museums must stay free June 18 2007
By Ben Russell and Jerome Taylor
Senior figures from politics, education and the arts leapt to defend free admission to Britain's most famous museums and galleries after a senior Tory suggested that charges could be reintroduced.
The campaigners hailed the success of free access to museums, which has attracted an extra 30 million people to the nation's great artistic and cultural collections since admission charges were scrapped six years ago. It followed a campaign by The Independent to end charges.
Hugo Swire, the shadow Culture Secretary, faced a storm of criticism after suggesting that the proceeds of charges at museums and galleries could be used to fund new facilities.
He was quoted in a Sunday newspaper saying the Conservatives might consider relaxing the current ban on charges. "We do not want to ban free admissions, but we believe museums and galleries should have the right to charge if they wish to,' he told The Mail on Sunday.
"They could use the money to make their facilities even better and could have special arrangements allowing continued free access for children, students and others."
But Mr Swire, a former head of development at the National Gallery and director of the art auctioneers Sotheby's, was forced to make a humiliating U-turn within hours amid a backlash from MPs and senior figures from education and British cultural life.
Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, reacted angrily to the idea of rolling back free admission and said that the effect on children in particular could be disastrous.
"Free access means that every child can benefit from the treasure chest contained within museums regardless of the depth of the parental pocket," he said.
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BBC OnLine News June 18 2007
NHS 'hygiene standards struggle' June 18 2007
NHS trusts are struggling to meet key hygiene standards, according to data submitted to the NHS watchdog.
One in four trusts have reported they are not complying with one of the three standards relating to the hygiene code, covering areas such as cleanliness.
But the Healthcare Commission said the evidence showed 40% of the 394 trusts in England were meeting all 24 core NHS standards - a rise from 34% last year.
The standards cover everything from clinical effectiveness to governance.
Trusts self-declare how they are doing against the core standards, which then help determine their overall NHS rating
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BBC OnLine History June 18 2007
June 18 1972: UK's worst air crash kills 118
All 118 people on board a flight from London Heathrow to Brussels have died when the airliner crashed minutes after take-off.
The British European Airways plane came down in a field in Staines, missing the town centre by just a few hundred yards. It is the worst disaster in British aviation history.
The Trident jet - which had been involved in another accident in 1968 - left Heathrow at 1708 BST and was only three miles (4.8 km) from the airport when witnesses said it "dropped out of the sky".
The airline said it did not know what had caused flight BE548 to crash, but BEA chairman Henry Marking told reporters there was "no reason" to suspect sabotage.
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