An American TV host who sparked anger after shooting a wild goat on Islay has criticised "ignorant people" who sent her death threats on social media. Larysa Switlyk, who presents the Larysa Unleashed programme, posted pictures of herself posing with the dead goat on a hunting trip to the Scottish island. The hunt was legal - but sparked outrage on social media. The thousands of replies sent to Ms Switlyk included some calling for her to be killed. Ms Switlyk is understood to have been in Scotland a month ago, but only posted the pictures of the dead goat on Tuesday.
A'professional huntress' who sparked outrage after posting pictures of herself posing with a wild goat shot on Islay is leaving social media for two weeks after receiving death threats. American TV presenter Larysa Switlyk said she was'headed out on a bush plane for my next hunting adventure' and would be out of service for a fortnight. Ms Switlyk, who hosts the Larysa Unleashed programme on various channels, has been widely criticised after posting a picture of herself smiling behind the wild goat, with more than 12,000 people commenting on the image. Ms Switlyk was previously an accountant in New York before going hunting full time. The Scottish Government has said it will review the law around animal culling in the wake of the response to the images.
England's most senior doctor has warned that fake news myths pedalled on social media are stoking false fears about vaccinations putting children at risk. Only 87 per cent of children in England have received both doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, compared to a target of 95 per cent, and chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has said "this is not good enough". The proportion of children being vaccinated has gone into reverse after a decade of improvements since the early 2000s, when disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield stoked fears of a link to autism. By 2016, 95 per cent of children were receiving their first dose of vaccine, but so far in 2018 only 91 per cent have had the jab. As in the 2000s, these gaps in coverage have contributed to a record measles outbreaks.
Rowling, an active Twitter user with over 10 million followers, has previously been critical of May, especially over her meeting with United States President Donald Trump in January. May praised Trump for what she called a "stunning election victory," and she invited him for a state visit to the United Kingdom. Prior to May's meeting with Trump, Rowling sent her a warning via Twitter. J.K. Rowling attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England Photo: Getty Images Rowling has drawn both praise and criticism for voicing her opinions on issues such as same-sex marriage, Brexit and the Scottish referendum. She has previously used Twitter to express her negative opinions about President Trump.
The Government is trying to kick-start the spread of 5G to rural areas around the UK with a competition set to bring it to the most isolated regions of England. It will involve installing enormous masts designed to boost the coverage area of the ultra-fast mobile internet. The current restriction on the height of the masts is set at 82ft (25m) and could be doubled to 165ft (50m) -- almost exactly the same height as Nelson's column. The £30 million competition will see up to ten rural run trials of 5G-related technology. The Government said it hoped the scheme, called the Rural Connected Communities competition, could help stimulate investment in 5G.