Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 16th April 2023

Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 16th April 2023

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

We’re less than a month away from the Coronation, and new details have emerged regarding the coach used during the procession.

The traditional horse-drawn carriage has seen some modern improvements, which include electric windows and air conditioning.

Taking place on Saturday 6th May, the route will be shorter than Queen Elizabeth II’s at 1.3 miles – starting at Buckingham Palace’s and ending at Westminster Abbey where the service will begin at 11am.

The journey to the Abbey will be in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which has been in use since 2014, while the return journey will be in the Gold State Coach – notoriously more uncomfortable, but has been used in every coronation since the 1830s.

Crazy News

In a crazy discovery, scientists say that the moon is moving away from the Earth which means time is being altered.

The growing distance means that Earth spins slower, therefore taking longer to complete a day’s rotation.

Estimates believe that when the moon was closer 1.4 billion years ago, a day lasted just 18 hours compared to the 24 hours we’re used to.

However, the moon is only moving away from the Earth of a rate of 3.82 centimetres per year, which means we have around 200 million years to go until days last the extra hour of 25.

Happy News

In a bid to save the environment and swich to electric vehicles, London has been given £35.7million to invest into vehicle charging points.

The money has been issued by the Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure fund, and will help enlarge the amount of charging points across the 32 boroughs and inner City.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted that between 40,000 to 60,000 chargers would be needed by 2030 to meet the rising demand across London – but right now there is almost 13,000; still a way off the predicted needed.

The mayor, councils and TfL will help install the public charge points, focusing on areas without access to off-street parking.

London has one charge point for four registered electric vehicles, while the national average is one charge point for every 12 vehicles.