Briefing breakfast: UK bridge collapse tragedy, PM under fire, Plan B lifted, Elon Musk extinction warning

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A man died and several others were injured after a vehicle and trailer fell into a river when a bridge collapsed in Roeburndale, Lancashire. Lancashire Police officers were called to a farm in the Moor Lane area following a report of a serious accident. A Polaris Ranger pulling a trailer was reported to have fallen into a river after a bridge collapsed.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has warned that all species on Earth will eventually be wiped out due to the expanding Sun. The SpaceX CEO gave the grim prediction in response to a discussion of mass extinction events, of which there have been five so far on the planet – the most famous being when a giant asteroid wiped out the planets. dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Elsewhere, Boris Johnson is set to face an increasingly angry chorus of MPs from his own party as the 54 letters that would trigger a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister could be received on Wednesday January 19. Recent reports have suggested MPs furious at the Prime Minister’s handling of ‘partygate’ have been further angered by Mr Johnson’s insistence no one told him a party in Downing Street would breach the rules set by himself.

These are just a few of the national and international reports that made headlines this morning after dark.

Others include:

  • Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by Capitol riot panel

Read on to find out more.

One man dead and several injured after bridge collapse in Lancashire

A man has died and several others were injured after a vehicle and trailer fell into a river when a bridge collapsed in Roeburndale, Lancashire, police said.

LancsLive reported Lancashire Police officers were called to a farm in the Moor Lane area at around 4.25pm ​​on Tuesday following a report of a serious accident.

A Polaris Ranger pulling a trailer was reported to have fallen into a river after a bridge collapsed. Eleven people were in the vehicle and trailer at the time of the incident, police said.

Despite the presence of emergency services including police, ambulance, fire and mountain rescue, a man was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene.

SpaceX boss Elon Musk warns Earth is on the verge of oblivion

All species on Earth will eventually become extinct due to the expanding Sun, according to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The SpaceX CEO gave the grim prediction in response to a discussion of mass extinction events, of which there have been five so far on the planet – the most famous being when a giant asteroid wiped out the planets. dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

This particular devastation led to the disappearance of 76% of the world’s species by the impact and its subsequent aftermath.

Now scientists have uncovered evidence that the sixth mass extinction event is underway, based on a study of Earth’s biodiversity loss, the Express reported.

Boris Johnson to clash with MPs as threat of no-confidence vote looms

Boris Johnson is set to face an increasingly angry chorus of MPs from his own party as the 54 letters that would trigger a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister could be received on Wednesday January 19.

Reports on Tuesday evening suggested that MPs furious at the Prime Minister’s handling of the ‘partygate’ scandal engulfing Westminster had been further angered by Mr Johnson’s insistence that no one had told him that a party in Downing Street would break the rules set by himself.

And that especially those in 2019 admission, many of whom have slim majorities after votes were “loaned” to them in the last election, were preparing to submit their letters to the Chairman of the Committee of Backbenchers of 1922, Sir Graham Brady.

Schools ‘must reform the way children learn to read’

The way children learn to read in England needs urgent reform, more than 250 experts said in a letter to the government.

According to research by academics at UCL, English teachers now focus more on teaching children to read by mixing sounds, known as synthetic phonics, than on reading and speaking. appreciation of entire texts.

UCL researchers have joined more than 250 signatories to an open letter calling on the UK government to change its policy on reading.

In the letter, they demand that the reforms “focus on a broader range of approaches to teaching phonics and reading, allowing teachers to use their own judgment to determine what is best for their students. students”.

Boris Johnson set to draw up new plans to lift Plan B coronavirus restrictions

Boris Johnson is expected to announce an easing of coronavirus restrictions in England on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will review the latest Covid-19 data on Wednesday morning before delivering a statement to the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

England’s Plan B measures currently in place, which include guidance for working from home, use of the Covid pass and mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport, are due to expire on January 26 .

Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by riot panel

The House committee investigating the Capitol insurgency has issued a new batch of subpoenas to some of Donald Trump’s closest advisers, including Rudy Giuliani, as the committee closes in on the former President.

The committee continues to expand its reach into Mr. Trump’s orbit, this time demanding information and testimony from Mr. Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn.

All four have publicly defended the president and his baseless claims of voter fraud in the months following the 2020 election.

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