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Holidaymakers marooned in a sandstorm and the UK public loses its Eurovision vote

FROM the British tourists stranded in the Canary Islands thanks to a Sahara sandstorm, to the public banned from voting for the UK entry to Eurovision, This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Monday 24th February 2020.

Holidaymakers have been left stranded at airports in the Canary Islands after a Sahara sandstorm left the destination coated with dust, and reduced visibility for flying.
Flights from locations including Gran Canaria and Lanzarote were grounded due to the weather conditions leaving passengers forced to sit, and even sleep, on the dirty airport floors.
Holidayers complained about poor customer service when it came to receiving information on flights and organising temporary accommodation, with the general feeling amongst the British being, it was an absolute outrage they were having to extend their holiday by several days.
As reward posters go up on lampposts for the immediate return of commonsense, it has been revealed that despite the recent storms battering the UK and leaving homeowners in many parts underwater, government proposals are on the table to build thousands of new houses directly on the flood plain.
Figures reveal that 11,000 new homes are earmarked to be built in recently flooded areas including Shropshire, Doncaster and Herefordshire.
In its defence, the government states it is under pressure to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s to help meet a chronic UK housing shortage. However, Dr Doug Parr, the chief scientist at Greenpeace, said the government's housing policy was "literally planning for disaster". He added: "Why are we planning to build more homes in high-risk areas when we know that the situation is only going to get worse because of the climate emergency?"
Meanwhile, there has been a rising number of deaths by crushing, as well as near-misses, due to more homeless people being forced to sleep in bins, a report reveals.
Homelessness charities and waste industry officials have issued a joint plea for action to prevent "terrible fatalities" after a surge in the number of rough sleepers, who had sought refuge in waste containers, accidentally being tipped into bin lorries.
There have been seven deaths by crushing over the past five years, according to a report by Biffa, with 109 vulnerable people being discovered only just in time by bin men as they carried out their rounds. And that's just the reported cases.
Petra Salva, head of rough sleeping at St Mungo's, said: "We think it is unacceptable that people are forced to sleep rough in the first place but almost unthinkable that people are so desperate that they will seek refuge in bin containers".
And finally, the BBC has decided against allowing the public to choose the UK entry to this year's Eurovision song contest due to the poor performance of their previous choices.
Instead Britain's representative will be selected by record label BMG, without any public consultation, in a bid to boost the UK's chances in the competition after finishing last or second from last for the past four years.
This story is quite the head scratcher, interjects This Reporter, on basis she is quite sure there has been a more pressing occasion in recent history, when it would have been more expedient for the "experts" to step in a prevent the British public committing a balls up?

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