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Breaking News  - China set for 2018 mission to the far side of the moon
China is set to send a radical probe to the far side of the moon this year, it has been claimed.The mission is the latest in a string of space breakthrough for China.The new Chang'e 4 space mission will launch in June, when a Long March 4C rocket will carry a 425kg relay satellite and place it 60,000km behind the moon.According to the Chongqing Morning Post, a container filled with seeds and insect eggs will be attached to Chang'e 4, China's second lunar lander, and will be sent to the Moon in 2018.  The container, which is made from special aluminium alloy, will demonstrate the growing process of plants and animals on the Moon.  It will also provide valuable data and experience for the future establishment of eco-bases on other planets. 'The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and seeds emit oxygen through photosynthesis. Together, they can establish a simple ecosystem on the Moon,' Zhang Yuanxun, chief designer of the container, told the Chongqing Morning Post.A second launch later in the year will send a lander and rover to the far side of the moon, which will be guided to a safe landing by the satellite.It will be the first ever landing on the lunar far side, an unexplored region of the Moon called South Pole-Aitken Basin, a vast basin in the southern hemisphere of the far side which extends from the South Pole to Aitken crater.The rover will also contain a 'gardening kit' to pave the way for a human outpost by examining how plants grow on the lunar surface.'The Chinese are pushing back the frontier with such a technically challenging mission,' says Brian Harvey, space analyst and author of China in Space: The Great Leap Forward, told The Guardian.China also announced plans to launch a space probe to bring back samples from the moon, in what state media cast as competition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitions to revitalise U.S. space exploration.The Chang'e-5 lunar probe is undergoing a final round of tests and is expected to be on standby for launch from August, the official People's Daily said last year, citing the China National Space Administration.The launch will involve new challenges for China in sample collection, taking off from the moon and high-speed reentry to the Earth's atmosphere, making it 'one of China's most complicated and difficult space missions', Hu Hao, an official from China's Lunar Exploration Programme, told the paper.Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for China to become a global power in space exploration.'Not long ago, the United States' Trump Administration revealed an ambition to return to the moon.'Our country also announced a series of deep space exploration plans,' said the official Science and Technology Daily.'The moon is the first stop for humanity's march towards deep space,' the paper said.In February, the Trump administration asked the National Aer AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5226529/China-set-2018-mission-far-moon.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - A weekly HIV pill may be on the way
A new weekly HIV treatment was shown to work in animals in a new study, prompting its manufacturer to begin development of a pill for humans.HIV medications can now keep levels of the virus so low in people with the disease that they are undetectable and cannot be transmitted.But traditional therapies require taking many potent drugs, or getting frequent injections, so there has been a recent push in the medical community to develop therapies that need to be taken less frequently and from home.Massachusetts-based drug manufacturer Lyndra's most recent test of its treatment found that effective, oral doses of three HIV-fighting compounds could stay in the systems of animals for sustained periods of time, as proof of concept for the drug they are developing.Progress in medications for as well as social awareness and destigmatization of HIV have greatly improved quality of life for those living with it.In September of last year, that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that those with undetectable viral loads - or levels of the infection - in their systems are now at 'effectively no risk' of transmitting the disease.The announcement was celebrated by the HIV positive community and put a sort of seal of approval on the efficacy of modern treatments.But, even as life spans continue to stretch for HIV positive people, the disease remains incurable, requiring a lifetime of treatment.Perhaps the biggest advancement in HIV treatment to come to market has been a single pill that combines the three key drug compounds used that combat the virus.The oral medication has to be taken every day, however, some studies have suggested that missing even two days of the pill can give the virus a window of opportunity to return to detectable levels.It is nearly impossible to accurately monitor how well HIV patients stick to their medication regimens, but a National Institutes of Health study done last year linked adherence to visits to care providers, and estimated that only about 57 percent of those who were diagnosed and connected with a provider kept with up with their appointments, suggesting they may not keep up with their medications either.'Because people with HIV require life-long antiretroviral therapy, a long-acting oral option that could be taken at home would make it easier for patients to adhere to their treatment regimen,' said Dr Andrew Bellinger, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Lyndra.He and his team hope that 'by fitting into a patient's regular routine, an ultra-long-acting therapy would be taken consistently, improving therapeutic success and helping avoid viral resistance.'In the proof of concept study, published in Nature Communications, the researchers simulated a variety of adherence levels in mice, meaning that they gave different groups of mice their single antiretroviral pill at varying degrees of frequency.They found that even the mice that were given just one pill a week maintained undetectable levels of the HIV v AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5250975/A-weekly-HIV-pill-way.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll
Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery.The 60 or more tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from a variety of different scrolls.But now academics have found the pieces all fit together to make just one scroll.The document makes reference to a unique 364-day calendar and a festival that marks the changing of the seasons celebrated by an ancient, celibate Jewish sect.WHAT DOES IT SAY? The latest deciphered scroll contains references to the 364-day calendar used by the sect, as opposed to the lunar calendar used in Jewish religious practice today. The scroll identifies the name of a festival that celebrates the changing of the seasons.   The festivals included New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which are related to the Jewish festival Shavout and no longer observed in Judaism.  Researchers also identified a festival observed four times a year called Tekufah - which means 'period' in modern-day Hebrew and marks the transition between the seasons. Annotations in the margin from a scribe correcting the author's original work helped them decipher its meaning. Many experts believe the manuscripts of the Dead Sea were written by the celibate Essenes, a dissident Jewish sect that had retreated into the Judaean desert around Qumran and its caves.The Dead Sea Scrolls have fascinated scholars and historians since the ancient texts were found around 70 years ago scattered within a series of caves in the West Bank.Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov from the University of Haifa's Bible studies department found the pieces all fit together after they started examining them just under a year ago.Some of the fragments they had to decipher were smaller than 1cm² (0.15 inch²).'They put it all together and said it was actually one scroll,' said Ilan Yavelberg a university spokesman.A Haifa University statement said that Ratson and Ben-Dov were now working on deciphering the last remaining scroll.Many experts believe the manuscripts of the Dead Sea were written by the celibate Essenes, a dissident Jewish sect that had retreated into the Judaean desert around Qumran and its caves.The theory says the group either wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls or were caretakers of the legal, philosophical and religious documents.The latest deciphered scroll contains references to the 364-day calendar used by the sect, as opposed to the lunar calendar used in Jewish religious practice today.The scroll also identifies the name of a festival that celebrates the changing of the seasons.The festivals included New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which are related to the Jewish festival Shavout and no longer observed in Judaism, writes BBC.Researchers also identified a festival observed four times a year called Tekufah - which means 'period' in modern-day Hebrew and marks the transition between the seasons.The parchment a AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5297167/Israeli-scholars-decipher-Dead-Sea-Scroll.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Former GKN boss stands to make £9m from takeover
The former boss of GKN stands to make £9 million from a takeover of the car and plane parts manufacturer.Nigel Stein – who left the FTSE 100 company last month after more than five years in charge – could receive the windfall from his shares after turnaround specialist Melrose Industries made a £7 billion bid for the business.GKN’s shares jumped 26 per cent on Friday following the approach. They had previously been slowly recovering from a shock profit warning in October which Stein said had left him feeling ‘mugged’.GKN, which traces its roots back to 1759, rejected the bid which it described as ‘opportunistic’ because the terms ‘fundamentally undervalue’ the business.But Melrose, a London-listed firm with a reputation for turning around ailing industrial businesses, is expected to push ahead with a hostile bid.In response, GKN laid out plans to split its automotive business, which makes driveshafts for Ford and Volkswagen cars, and its aerospace arm, which makes parts for Boeing.Investors have long been calling for their separation.Melrose’s offer is partly in cash but mainly in shares. It means Stein would cash in £1.7 million from a sale at the amount offered and would be sitting on another £7 million in shares in the merged company.Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he would ask Business Secretary Greg Clark to intervene, arguing that the takeover would be a ‘massive blow to our industrial strategy’. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5266231/Former-GKN-boss-stands-make-9m-takeover.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The woman who can ONLY eat rice and vegetables!
A 25-year-old woman has revealed how her life is blighted by an allergy to all food - except rice and vegetables.Sophie Willis has mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) - which causes blood cells to inappropriately react with certain foods and fragrances.The rare condition, which strikes around one in 150,000 people, means she can go into life-threatening anaphylactic shock, break out in a rash or have swollen lips if she has a reaction.The wedding veil designer, from London, cannot consume yeast, meat, fish, diary and preservatives. She is also affected by sunlight and thunder.One doctor refused to believe her bizarre symptoms - and sent her for counselling, while another assumed her seizures were due to Lyme disease.Miss Willis, who now takes 60 pills a day to combat her condition, said: 'I cannot eat anything but vegetables and rice, if I eat any other food I collapse and go into anaphylactic shock.'Before I knew about my condition I would end up suffering an allergic reaction up to seven times a day.'Miss Willis used to lead an active lifestyle, running half marathons and regularly dining out with friends, before falling ill in 2014.She said: 'I started blacking out several times a day. My throat would close up and my face would swell up. It was terrifying.'Her condition baffled doctors and, over the next two years, she visited more than 30 hospitals across the country desperate for a diagnosis.Miss Willis said: 'I endured countless tests. Doctors thought I had Lyme disease because I kept having seizures.'They discovered I had two underlying conditions, a connective tissue disorder called EDS and a heart condition called POTTS, which are common in people who suffer from MCAS.'One doctor told me that it was all in my head and even sent me to counselling. It was frustrating.'Finally, in August 2016, doctors diagnosed her with MCAS.Mast cells, a type of blood cell, react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing a variety of chemical mediators, such as histamine, in order to fight infections.In a person with MCAS, the same chemicals are inappropriately triggered causing allergy-like symptoms.Miss Willis said: 'When I eat certain foods, the mast cells in my body react badly- this combined with my other two conditions causes me to pass out.'I am now essentially allergic to every food, other than vegetables and rice.'If I eat any other food my throat, eyes and lips swell up, and I can be in excruciating pain all over my body.'Once, before my diagnosis, I was out shopping on my own when I collapsed on the floor.'She added: 'I couldn't even shout out for help because one of the side affects of MCAS is brain fog, where I am unable to think or speak properly.'After that I avoided going out with friends in fear of having a reaction.'Thankfully, I quickly realised that foods were a trigger for my allergic reactions.'It's boring, but allows me to live my life with some normality, so I have stopped blacking out.'Miss Willis claims that sunlight and loud noi AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5581213/The-woman-eat-rice-vegetables.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Isaac Newton 2018 50p set to be a rare collector's coin
Most eager numismatists know that the rarest 50p in circulation is the Kew Gardens one, minted in 2009, with a run of just 210,000.Featuring the pagoda, one can sell for a tidy sum online – up to £50, thanks to its rarity.However, this year could see an even rarer coin than that Kew Gardens one – making it worth a mint in the near future - and some are already selling online for more than £80, or 160 times face value.Last year, the Royal Mint launched a 50p coin featuring Sir Isaac Newton. It has confirmed that it will offer a 2018 version of the coin – but the only place collectors can get their mitts on one is via the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, Wales.Importantly, no 2018 Sir Isaac Newton coins will be released into circulation, meaning the likelihood is that these will become rarer than the Kew Gardens coin.This is Money visited the Mint last year and struck our own 12-sided £1 coin ahead of its launch.Early birds appear to have also visited this year, as some 2018 dated 50ps are already selling on websites such as eBay for £80.That's profit of around £60 factoring in the cost to strike one and the Royal Mint Experience entry fee, a better short-term return than even cryptocurrencies which have seen a boom in the last six months.The Royal Mint adds that this only available for a 'limited time only and subject to availability'.According to the Royal Mint Experience website, striking your own coin experience is limited to one coin per person per tour, again, adding to the exclusivity. It costs £5 to do on top of the entry ticket of £13.The coin is of 'brilliant uncirculated' standard. This is described by the Mint as having a higher standard than circulating and bullion coins.An expert at blog Change Checker said: 'We're predicting that due to the short time frame and visitor numbers, there could well be substantially less than 210,000 of these coins struck, meaning the 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin could well have a lower mintage figure than even the Kew Gardens 50p.'Sir Isaac Newton enjoyed a long association with the Royal Mint – he is perhaps the most famous 'Master of the Mint.'Although the coins are only available in Wales, some may come into ownership and accidentally spend them in the future.So if you do get a coin featuring the astronomer and mathematician, check the date on the reverse.After the Kew Gardens 50p, the next lowest minted 50p coins in circulation are from the Olympic coin range, but even these have mintage figures of 1million or more.The Royal Mint recently revealed its mintage figures for 2017, which showed that the Sir Isaac Newton coin had a mintage of 1.8million, making it the second rarest 50p behind the Kew Gardens coin (excluding 2012 Olympic ones).It even has a lower mintage figure than the 2016 Jemima Puddle-Duck coin, part of the Beatrix Potter collection.This had a mintage of 2.1million and changes hands for tidy sums online as people look to complete the set of characters. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5247211/Isaac-Newton-2018-50p-set-rare-collectors-coin.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Virgin Media to upgrade TV customers to V6 box for free
Virgin Media will offer its existing television customers a free upgrade to its flagship V6 box as part of an accelerated roll out of the technology, it revealed today.Any customer with a Virgin TV and broadband bundle will be eligible for the upgrade, which can support ultrafast broadband and 4K ultra-high definition programming.The V6 box is a rival to Sky's Q system and launched in 2016. The move comes as subscription-based streaming services become increasingly popular alternatives to traditional TV services.Virgin says its existing V6 customers are three times as likely to use Netflix and twice as likely to use BBC iPlayer as other Virgin box users.It will contact customers eligible for the free upgrade in the coming weeks, although it hasn't revealed how many people will get it.Virgin adds that the vast majority of new boxes could be self-installed without an engineer visit.It also confirmed customers would pay no additional cost or take out a new contract in order to upgrade.The telecoms giant says the upgrade is being introduced to mark the one millionth installation of the box, just over a year since its launch.David Boucher, Virgin Media's chief digital entertainment officer said it wanted to offer its best technology more widely, but also embrace the rise in streaming services.He said: 'We believe that our finest kit shouldn't just be for new customers.'So today we're kicking off one of the largest existing customer upgrade programmes ever seen in the UK, accelerating the rollout of our best ever set-top box.'Our customers tell us how much they love using the V6 box and watch more TV when they have one.'As a central entertainment hub, fired by our superior ultrafast broadband, the V6 is built for apps and the best on-demand TV experience – whether its iPlayer, Netflix or thousands of box sets.'Rightfully, our customers expect the best, and with top-notch TV to lightning-fast broadband, that's exactly what they are getting.'Mr Boucher said the company saw on-demand TV services such as Netflix as 'partners not predators', and that the increased power of the V6 compared to previous Virgin boxes was designed to better support such services.The box also allows users to record six programmes at once while watching a seventh one.Netflix revealed earlier in the week that it had a record 8.3million boost in worldwide boost in subscriber numbers in the last three months of 2017. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-5305021/Virgin-Media-upgrade-TV-customers-V6-box-free.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Vermont becomes 9th state legalize recreational marijuana
Vermont became the the ninth state in the US to legalize recreational marijuana on Monday.Governor Phil Scott privately signed Vermont's marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act of a state legislature.The law, which goes into effect July 1, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.'Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed' the bill, Governor Scott said.'I personally believe that what adults do behind closed doors and on private property is their choice, so long as it does not negatively impact the health and safety of others, especially children,' he added.The Republican governor had until the end of the day Monday to sign the bill. His office issued a statement Monday afternoon saying he had signed the bill.Marijuana is legal in a total of 29 states.The state's law contains no mechanism for the taxation or sale of marijuana, although the legislature is expected to develop such a system.A group that opposed legalizing marijuana sees the law as a compromise since it doesn't provide for selling the drug.The group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, said it will continue to educate Vermonters 'on the dangers that legalization poses to their beautiful state.'While the bill was under consideration, a number of doctors from the Vermont Medical Society wrote a resolution calling for better labeling on medical marijuana and urging caution about its recreational use and the risks it could pose to children.Last year saw the first reported marijuana overdose.A baby in Colorado died of heart failure and doctors said they were unable to find a cause besides the marijuana edibles the infant ingested.As an early adopter, Colorado has served as a bellwether for the impact of legal recreational marijuana on public health.While the state has seen more traffic accidents since legalization, opioid overdoses have decreased.Yet research has shown the positive effects of marijuana for many, including cancer patients and people with mental illnesses, and still other work has claimed it poses no health risks.Vermont's move is an incremental reform that will have little impact for most people in the state, said Matt Simon, New England political director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.'I think the vast majority of Vermonters won't notice any change at all,' Simon said. 'It's simply eliminating a fine and eliminating a penalty for growing a small number of plants.'The new law is unlikely to prompt people who don't now smoke marijuana to take it up, said Robert Sand, a professor at the Vermont Law School and former county prosecutor who has advocated for years to change the state's drug laws.'There will be times when people misuse marijuana, and opponents will cite the incidents as evidence that legalization was not a good thing,' he said.'I believe we will end up with a net improvement of public health and safety ev AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5299341/Vermont-governor-signs-pot-bill-mixed-emotions.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Couple's burning red rash on bottoms was due to worms
One UK couple discovered they had brought home a nasty holiday souvenir no one wants: parasitic worms.The unnamed husband and wife were left with a nasty burning, red rash on their buttocks after sunbathing on a beach in the Caribbean while on a cruise.The wife, 52, initially noticed an 'initial burning sensation' after their trip to the island of Martinique and the next day woke up to find her backside was covered by an 'eruption' of red pinprick marks.Doctors diagnosed the pair with a parasitic infection known as cutaneous larva migrans.But the source of it was extremely rare: it came from a kind of worm species that normally only infects dogs or cats.Both also developed pneumonitis – inflammation of the lungs – which doctors said could have been caused by the hookworms infiltrating their lungs.When the woman first noticed the rash, a doctor on the cruise ship prescribed her antibiotics, as well as antifungal treatments and steroid creams – but nothing seemed to work.Ten days later, the rash had spread further, when her husband also noticed he wa affected, according BMJ Case Reports.Medics led by Dr Douglas Maslin at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, wrote: 'The patient's husband was noted to be itching and examination revealed a rash with equivalent distribution and morphology.'Both pair were given medication used to treat parasitic infections, including head lice and scabies.Five days later the wife was rushed to A&E with shortness of breath and a chest infection, and later her husband developed the same symptoms.After another dose of treatment for the pneumonitis they both began to recover.Typically, hookworms, which thrive in warm climates, bury themselves into the host's skin and make their way to the large intestine.There, they lay their eggs, then pass out of the body in the stool.But humans are not a natural host for Ancylostoma braziliense or Ancylostoma caninum.However, they can become infected after walking barefoot on beaches, or coming into contact with soil that's contaminated with animal faeces.They stay under the skin, trying to find their way. The rash is a reaction as the immune system tries to attack the parasite.Dr Maslin and his colleagues explained: 'The hookworm larvae are excreted in the faeces of the infected animal host (usually a dog or cat) on to sandy beaches or moist soil, where they can penetrate into the epidermis of human skin on contact.'They said that symptoms to watch out for are the burning red spots at the site of entry.Typically, a itchy rash will follow, which slowly creeps along a patch of skin over the next days or weeks.They tend to infect the soles of a person's feet but can strike anywhere, the medics team warned.WOULD YOU VOLUNTEER TO BE INFECTED WITH PARASITES FOR A MEDICAL TRIAL? In a world-first trial, Australian researchers are looking for young overweight women to test the effectiveness of hook worms on Type 2 diabetes (stock image of hook worm) Infecting yourself with microscopic worms coul AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5278581/Couples-burning-red-rash-bottoms-worms.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Beatles legend John Lennon's Monkey Bike is up for auction
A Honda Monkey Bike formerly owned by Beatles legend John Lennon is set to go under the hammer in March and has been earmarked to sell for a staggering £30,000.The 1969 Honda Z50A was used by the singer song-writer to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire between 1969 to 1971 before being sold for just £250.Versions of Honda's miniature trials bike of a similar age have recently sold at auction for more than £5,000. If Beatles and bike collectors want this one, they'll need to stump up at least six times that figure to get a Ticket to Ride to buy it.The Monkey Bike will be available at H&H Classics' National Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle Auction in Solihull in the West Midlands on 4 March.Pictures supplied with the sale of registration number XUC 91H show Lennon riding the Monkey Bike at the Sunningdale premises near Ascot with son Julian on the back in February 1970.This was just before the Beatles legend flogged it to Henry Graham, the owner of bike shop Motor Cycle City in Farnborough in 1971, before moving to the US.Later in the same year, current owner John Harington - a yachtsman from Weymouth, Dorset - purchased the dinky Honda for £250 and, not believing it was actually owned by the Beatles star, took the diminutive motorcycle on his boats and used it regularly to get around foreign ports.However, after seeing images of the iconic music star riding the bike, Harington conducted his own research and had the authenticity of the Honda approved in 2011, confirming it was first owned by Lennon.At the time of receiving this approval, Mr Harington was quoted by The Times as rejecting an offer of £90,000 for the little Honda, because 'like a fine wine it becomes more valuable with time'.Having kept the bike for 47 years, the last six of which have been spent displaying it at events and shows, the bike is now being offered for sale, though with no official reserve price.H&H Classics describes the machine as unrestored with largely original parts, and as being in running order.Mark Bryan, head of sales in the auction houses motorcycle department, said: 'Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.'A similar model, previously used by fellow Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and also reported to have been owned by Lennon, sold in 2008 for £36,000 in a Bonhams sale in Knightbridge, London.The bike, a Honda 160Z Monkey Bike, was said to have been owned by the Imagine and Happy Xmas (War is Over) singer and was showcased alongside the same image of Lennon and his son from 1970 when it went under the hammer a decade ago.According to the former keeper, it was inherited by Ringo Starr when Lennon and Yoko Ono moved from the country estate to New York.The drummer later gifted the bike to Richard Anderson, a landscape gardener, who had helped Starr move from the Tittenhurst Park premises.A comparable 1969 Honda Z50A Mini-Trial Monkey Bike signed by the late Formula 1 and Moto AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5234919/Beatles-legend-John-Lennons-Monkey-Bike-auction.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Research sheds light on how HIV virus 'hides' from treatments
A cure for HIV could be in the pipeline, scientists claim.Experiments have today revealed exactly how the killer virus hides away, preventing antiviral drugs from flushing it out.Researchers haven long been baffled as to why some infected cells can go dormant and evade detection for years.But the new findings, made by University of California, San Francisco researchers, finally offer the medical community an answer.They discovered the cells can spontaneously become 'latent' - or dormant - by refusing to make the virus like a normally infected cell.The experts behind the trial, derived from 18 HIV patients, claim they can 'now start developing drugs' to allow the body to kill the dormant cells.There are currently no treatments that exist that can kill latent cells or stop them from reactivating in the future.Typically, the virus infects CD4 T cells, a type of immune cell, and uses the cell's DNA to produce viral RNA - which transports genetic messages for making proteins.These new virus bodies then leave the cell to infect more.However, the latency phase, in which an HIV-infected cell stops making the virus for a long period of time, has remained a mystery.Because they are not reproducing the virus, they are difficult to target using current treatments. And they can be deadly when they become active.'We can't even separate out uninfected from infected cells, let alone latently infected cells,' said Dr Steven Yukl, from the University of California, San Francisco.'Latently-infected cells are extremely rare - one in one million CD4 T cells - and we don't know how to identify them.'Why they sometimes become active again is poorly understood. There are currently no treatments that can kill latent cells or stop them from reactivating.WHAT IS AN 'UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD' OF HIV?  A person with HIV becomes 'undetectable' when treatment suppresses the virus to a level so low in their blood that it cannot be detected by measurements. If a person is undetectable and stays on treatment, they cannot pass HIV on to a partner. No study has ever shown HIV transmission from someone with an undetectable viral load. To date, an undetectable load is almost always achieved with daily doses of antiretroviral drugs. But a number of clinical trials - including PRO-140 by CytoDyn, which Charlie Sheen is involved in - hope to be developing treatments that could be administered on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Roughly 30 percent of America's 1.2 million people with HIV have reached an undetectable viral load which underscores the need for expanded access to testing, treatment, and care. For more information and resources, visit the Prevention Access Campaign website.To try and understand how they work better, the San Francisco team performed a series of tests on the latent HIV-infected cells.They discovered bits and pieces of viral RNA, showing the virus was attempting to reproduce unsuccessfully.'It's not that the cells aren't making viral RNA, but that the RNA isn't fin AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5464459/Research-sheds-light-HIV-virus-hides-treatments.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stunning video footage shows how vitamin B1 cured the tremors of two patients
Super-strength doses of vitamin B1 could cure the shakes, scientists claim.The 'remarkable' treatment worked on two patients in their 70s - and stopped their tremors from playing havoc on their lives.Stunning video footage showed how thiamine, or vitamin B1, changed the lives of the patients, who were both plagued by the shakes.The life-changing injections – which provide 100 times more of the vitamin than recommended - gave one man the ability to drink a cup of tea again.Italian researchers at a nursing home, who tested the high doses of thiamine, believe it could offer hope of a new way of combating essential tremors.Medics, led by Dr Antonio Constantini, published the results of the ongoing three-year long trial in the prestigious BMJ Case Reports.He wrote: 'High-dose thiamine has led to a rapid, remarkable and persistent improvement of the symptoms in two patients with essential tremor.'This result suggests the possibility that high doses of intramuscular thiamine may be an affordable alternative.' He added it was 'highly effective'.No side effects have been noted so far – unlike that of the current drugs given to patients with essential tremor to combat tremors, or the shakes.The neurological disease, which can greatly affect life quality, strikes between four and 10 per cent of the population, according to estimates.Dr Costantini, of the Villa Immacolata in Viterbo, added: 'We deem necessary a lifelong use of high-dose thiamine in affected subjects.'The man, who was 70 when he started treatment four years ago in 2014, suffered from the shakes for five years before seeking help.It initially affected his handwriting but it eventually robbed him of his ability to use a spoon, pour items and even carry trays.Doctors in Viterbo – 50 miles (80km) north of Rome – gave him two doses of 100mg of thiamine weekly. Adults are advised to have 1mg each day.He scored 17 on a points scale designed to measure symptoms of essential tremor before treatment. This dropped to just 6.5 three months after.The woman, who also suffered from essential tremor, realised that she had a slight shake while decorating objects with her tools.She sought help at the same clinic and in November 2014 was started on 100mg injections of thiamine twice a week.Before the treatment she scored 21 points on the ADLS tremor score. This dropped to seven after three months of the injections. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5573807/Stunning-video-footage-shows-vitamin-B1-cured-tremors-two-patients.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - How KPMG raked in almost £30m from bust builder Carillion
The scandal-hit accountant has checked the construction giant’s books since 1999 and is facing questions over how it gave them a clean bill of health in March 2017.Carillion went into compulsory liquidation last Monday with debts of up to £5billion and only £29million cash in the bank.Bosses will be hauled before MPs to explain what went wrong.KPMG also faces a possible probe from accountancy watchdog the Financial Reporting Council.Frank Field, chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee, is demanding answers from KPMG on how robustly it examined Carillion’s accounts.Last year KPMG was cleared of wrongdoing over its audit of HBOS before it collapsed.But a probe by the Mail found there were at least three former KPMG employees on the investigating committee.It has also emerged that Carillion was forced to reveal extra information in its 2016 accounts following an FRC review.It is not clear what the information was.A KPMG spokesman said: ‘Transparency and accountability are vital in building public trust in audit.We welcome the opportunity to assist the committee’s investigations and will provide our fullest co-operation.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5318049/How-KPMG-raked-30m-bust-builder-Carillion.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Kahn unleashes its £250k Land Rover Defender 6x6 Civilian Carrier
This is the new Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civillian Carrier, and it will take you and eight others just about anywhere you can imagine going.The enormous nine-seat offroader starts life as a modest Land Rover Defender 110 before being stretched out to 5.1 metres in length and fitted with two additional wheels to make it the ultimate all-terrain SUV on the planet.Priced from £249,995, every rich kid will want one - the only problem is finding a space big enough to park it.This is the first prototype made by Kahn Design, which committed to making the massive six-wheeler a reality for anyone who wants it.And Mr Kahn has his sights set on a a variety of buyers.In an official statement during the unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, the car customising firm said it would 'not look out of place with London, Chelsea or New York-centric drivers, rock climbers and off-roaders at the helm, nor would it look weary in battle as troops speed into combat'.That is one broad spectrum of customers.The unstoppable beast measures in at 5.1 metres long - almost an extra metre on the standard Defender and around the same as a Rolls-Royce Phantom - with a huge rear passenger deck sitting on top of the four wheels at the back of the SUV.Fingers crossed it comes with reversing sensors, because this will not be an easy car to parallel park.Powering it is a choice of a 170 horse-power 2.2-litre diesel engine capable of a maximum speed of 130mph or a gruntier 430 horse-power 6.2-litre V8 diesel - which will cost quite a bit extra but will be capable of towing anything from a caravan to a tank.Power is sent to all six wheels with a hi-lo ration drive system and locking differentials. Translated into English, it means that no bog, dune or mountain face will be too difficult for this two-tonne hunk of metal.That's not to say it will be a completely utilitarian vehicle.With a two, three, two, two seat layout, there's more room than any MPV currently on the market, though space for rock-climbing ropes and Harrods shopping bags is limited by the number of people you carry.It can also be ordered with a full panoramic roof that extends from the B pillars towards the rear and a plush interior with high quality fabrics and materials spanning from front to back.Afzal Kahn, chief executive of Kahn Design, said the coach-built vehicle will be snapped up quickly by discerning investors as well as collectors of all-purpose all-terrain monsters.'We are a fully independent British car company and it is an exciting time,' he said.'The Civilian Carrier is a stunning six-wheel drive car, ideal for big families who enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors.'With extensive safety features and plenty of clever technology to make driving effortless, the Civilian Carrier could be the best choice for carrying family, friends and their luggage.'Despite going out of production in January 2016, Mr Kahn said he still has a soft spot for the Defender - a model that was based on AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5468561/Kahn-Design-unleashes-250-000-6x6-Civilian-Carrier.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Fears that a Yellowstone supereruption is on the way are growing
Hidden beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a supervolcano capable of blasting thousands of miles of rock and ash into the air.While the supervolcano hasn't erupted for 631,000 years, scientists have been working to understand the last eruption to predict when one will happen again.Now, a spate of four mini-tremors in the area following a period of 'rest' has raised fears among the public that the supervolcano is about to blow.The most recent quake came on March 11 when a 1.5 tremor shook the volcano just hours after a 1.8 quake was also detected nearby.But experts claim this is a relatively quiet period for tremors in the area. Normally, there are 50 minor earthquakes around the volcano every week.They say that concerns of an eruption in the area are unfounded, and the current resurgence in activity is nothing to be concerned about.Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active areas in the world and there are regular earthquakes detected in and around the supervolcano.Tom Skilling, a meteorologist for WGN News, a local news site in Chicago, explains that is it normal for the volcano to have less active weeks.He said: 'Minor earthquakes occur in the Yellowstone area 50 or more times per week, but a major eruption is not expected in the foreseeable future.'Despite experts trying to calm nerves, concerned citizens have taken to Twitter to voice their concern about a potential eruption.Rygy said on the social media site: 'Yellowstone's gonna blow up and get us all.'This latest spate of tremors follows a period in February where more than 200 small tremors detected were detected over a period of 10 days.According to experts with the US Geological Survey, that swarm began on February 8 in a region roughly eight miles northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana – and increased dramatically in the days following.Much like now, scientists said there's no reason to worry.Earthquakes are very common in the area and are likely caused by a combination of processes beneath the surface.The current activity is said to be 'relatively weak,' and the alert level at the supervolcano remains at 'normal.'According to the USGS, the February swarm occurred in about the same location as the Maple Creek swarm last summer, which brought roughly 2,400 earthquakes in a four-month span.The University of Utah Seismograph Stations picked up the quakes, counting more than 200 as of February 18.'The present swarm started on February 8, with a few events occurring per day,' the USGS said at the time.'On February 15, seismicity rates and magnitudes increased markedly. As of the night of February 18, the largest earthquake in the swarm is M2.9, and none of the events have been felt. All are occurring about 8 km (5 miles) beneath the surface.'Yellowstone is home to several faults, and has a long history of seismic activity.As natural processes occur beneath the surface and 'stress effects' from past events continue to maintain their hold, the area remains a 'hotbed of seis AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5494285/Fears-Yellowstone-supereruption-way-growing.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - How did Stephen Hawking live so long with ALS?
ALS has a life expectancy of about three to 10 years, but Stephen Hawking lived with the disease for more than five decades.Despite being confined to a wheelchair since his early 20s, that didn't hold back the esteemed theoretical physicist, who earned comparisons to Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton for his research on the cosmos.He lost his capacity to speak in 1985, but a voice synthesizer allowed him to continue communicating - from conversations to interviews - until his death in the early hours of Wednesday morning at home in Cambridge.Hawking, who wrote 15 books and starred in the Simpsons and Star Trek, was the second very high profile ALS sufferer after Lou Gehrig, the baseball player who catapulted the rare disease into the public eye.And yet, scientists still cannot explain what causes the disease, nor how to treat it, slow it, prevent it or cure it.It means Hawking was something of a medical marvel, offering hope to ALS sufferers globally who have no idea at diagnosis whether they could hope to live as long as him.Here, we explain what we know about his longevity.ALS is an acronym for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.It is also referred to as motor neurone disease, or Lou Gehrig's Disease after the US baseball player when he was diagnosed in 1939 at just 36 years old.The disease is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system.It occurs when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord called motor neurons stop working properly - known as neurodegeneration.WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY?Life expectancy for about half of those with the condition is three years from the start of symptoms. Some people may live for up to 10 years, and in rarer circumstances even longer.Progressing as slowly as Hawking, however, occurs in just one percent of cases.WHAT DID HAWKING TEACH SCIENTISTS ABOUT ALS?Hawking's case offered clear evidence to researchers that ALS is more variable than many realize.There are multiple forms of the disease, generally broken down into four categories:All of those forms have the potential to kill the patient by affecting the respiratory system (diaphragm) and muscles to swallow (which causes malnutrition and dehydration).However, Hawking's diaphragm and swallowing muscles remained intact until the end of his life.It showed scientists that, if that is the case, the patient could live a much longer life than expected, even if they lose their capacity to move and talk.His case also showed that ALS sufferers can escape damage to essential parts of the brain.While scientists remain somewhat baffled by his long life, many posit that it could have something to do with him being diagnosed at such a young age.The condition can affect adults of all ages, including teenagers, although this is extremely rare.It's usually diagnosed in people (mainly men) over 40, but most people with the condition first develop symptoms in their 60s.Juvenile ALS, however, progresses at a much, much slower rate than later-i AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5500815/How-did-Stephen-Hawking-live-long-ALS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Samsung's Galaxy S9 revealed
A ‘leaked’ photo has revealed what could be the first official 'hands on' look at Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ handset.However, the designs show a pretty much unaltered design - except for a new rear mounted fingerprint sensor.The image was recently shared to the Chinese social network Weibo and spotted by androidandme.com - although it warns 'it looks genuine enough, but you should take it with a grain of salt for now.'The image does appear confirm previous rumours about the largely unchanged handset.It shows that the Galaxy S9, which is on the left, will have only one camera on the back of the phone while the Galaxy S9+ will boast a dual rear camera.Previous images posted on Weibo, the look like official Galaxy S9 press renders - although Samsung has not commented on their validity.Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ officially at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.If the photos are to be believed, the upcoming device will have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner just beneath the dual lens camera, correcting an issue in the current line-up that has frustrated many users.These renders also suggest that the Galaxy S9 will keep in place the 3.5mm headphone jackWhile the photo posted to Slashleaks doesn’t reveal much about the front of the device, there could be some important changes in the back.The ‘off center’ placement of the fingerprint sensor beside the camera in Galaxy S8 has proved awkward for some users.But, the latest renderings show the firm may amend this with the Galaxy S9, instead placing the sensor right under the camera.Some industry experts suspect Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy S9 handsets in January at the CES show.The firm hopes the move, four month earlier than its usual March launches, will help it boost sales against Apple - which usually waits until September to reveal its new handsets.There are also rumours the firm will use the event to reveal it's first folding phone.'Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S handsets a bit earlier than usual, according to someone briefed on the company’s plans,' said VentureBeat's Evan Blass last month.He claims the two phones are said to be nearly identical in appearance to their predecessors.It's been seven months since Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8 smartphone, and rumours of its next device continue to build.Chinese leaker, Ice Universe, as mysteriously tweeted that the 'back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot.'While the leaker doesn't go into detail about how, Ice Universe has a strong track record for predicting features on Samsung devices.Ice Universe has posted a series of tweets about the Samsung Galaxy S9 this week.The first tweet read: '100 per cent sure, Galaxy S9 no screen fingerprint recognition,' while the second continued: 'The back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot.'While Ice Universe didn't reveal details about what the change to the back could be, rumours suggest Samsung may introduce a dual-lens camera to the Ga AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5229711/Samsungs-Galaxy-S9-revealed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - New Glaxo boss axes 50 of her top team in under a year
A ruthless reshuffle at Glaxosmithkline has seen boss Emma Walmsley replace nearly half of her senior executives in less than a year.The radical overhaul of the top tier of Britain’s eighth biggest company has seen Walmsley, 48, replace 50 of the 125 top managers in just 283 days in charge.It is the biggest shake-up at the pharmaceutical giant in years, as the most powerful woman in British business transforms the firm into a global pioneer of drugs research.It is part of plans set out by Walmsley, who took over as chief executive last April, to shift Glaxo’s focus back towards making blockbuster drugs.She has said its pharmaceuticals arm and research and development are top priorities as it seeks to build a pipeline of new medicines.A source close to the company yesterday said Walmsley was seeking to bring in talent and ideas from world-leading firms to boost sales, development technologies and utilise new ways of using reams of clinical data.High profile hires from outside the FTSE 100 giant include former Walmart chief information officer Karenann Terrell, Google digital chief Marc Speichert, Unilever executive Tamara Rogers and Novartis finance chief Tobias Hestler.She also poached GSK’s global pharmaceuticals president Luke Miels from arch-rival Astrazeneca and appointed Tony Mills, from Pfizer, as her head of platform technology and science.Meanwhile, she has also promoted internally, with Kate Knobil going from chief medical officer of pharmaceuticals to chief of the entire group.US commercial chief Deborah Waterhouse is also boss of ViiV, Glaxo’s HIV business.The reshuffle comes after Walmsley vowed to make major changes last year.At the time she said up to 200 bosses at the company could be changed. So far the company has confirmed 40 per cent of a 125 ‘subset’ of that number have been replaced. Further changes are seen as likely. The overhaul is the latest example of Walmsley putting her own stamp on Glaxosmithkline.In July she revealed plans to jettison 30 clinical trials and 130 non-core brands, re-focus the company’s attention on the US, embark on a £1billion cost-cutting drive and plough 80pc of spending into four areas of research.She said the business had previously spread itself too thinly and should focus on researching respiratory, HIV, oncology and immune-inflammation drugs.‘We need to bring more edge, more of a performance focus, more accountability, more pace into our decision making and definitely more cost and cash consciousness,’ she said.‘We need to have the right kind of discipline on whether something is truly going to be competitive and bring in a commercial voice much earlier than we have done before.’Ahead of a new pipeline of medicines the firm hopes will come through in the 2020s, Walmsley has said a vaccine for shingles, a three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease and a two-drug treatment to combat HIV will be Glaxo’s main focus in the next few years.Shares fell 0.5 per cent, or 6.6p, to 1346.8p. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5251683/New-Glaxo-boss-axes-50-team-year.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Google unveils new Maps feature to show wheelchair accessible routes
Google Maps now includes a feature that helps people who rely on wheelchairs navigate public transit in some metropolitan areas.The feature is now accessible in New York, Boston, Mexico City, Sydney, Tokyo and London.The wheelchair accessible filter was created to help wheelchair using commuters as well as people who rely on crutches or frequently push strollers while out and about.The wheelchair accessible filter can be turned on in the Google Maps app's 'Options' section along with other route preferences, such as one that highlights paths that require less walking and another that shows routes that include fewer transfersGoogle said the company hopes to work with transit authorities all over the world to roll out the feature in more and more cities.A statement from Google said: 'Google Maps was built to help people navigate and explore the world, providing directions, worldwide, to people traveling by car, bicycle or on foot.'But in city centers, buses and trains are often the best way to get around, which presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs.'Information about which stations and routes are wheelchair friendly isn't always readily available or easy to find. To make public transit work for everyone, we're introducing "wheelchair accessible" routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs.'The wheelchair accessible filter can be turned on in the Google Maps app's 'Options' section along with other route preferences, such as one that highlights paths that require less walking and another that shows routes that include fewer transfers.Google said: 'In addition to making public transportation more accessible, people around the world have been helping us add accessibility information to Google Maps.'The company said that last year it began examining accessibility factors that might be helpful to users, such whether or not locations have accessible bathrooms and if they feature step-free entrances.Google is also updating Street View images of transit hubs so that people can look at the interiors of stations before they arrive.'We built this [new] feature to make life easier for people who use wheelchairs, but accessible routes are also helpful if you're on crutches or pushing a stroller,' the company said.It also acknowledged the transit agencies that helped with the development of the new feature. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5510497/Google-unveils-new-Maps-feature-wheelchair-accessible-routes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Shock new figures reveal hospitals with NO beds spare
Almost every hospital in England has dangerously few free beds, doctors warned last night, with many so full in the run-up to Christmas the sight of patients on trolleys in draughty corridors has become routine.Vital, time-critical operations are also being delayed for long periods due to the chronic beds shortage gripping the NHS, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.Our exclusive analysis of official figures shows that:Average bed occupancy for the winter so far currently stands at 93.8 per cent, compared to 92.1 per cent at the same stage last year – a winter which was considered exceptionally busy.By comparison, doctors say hospitals should not routinely be more than 85 per cent full, as the risk of dangerous infections and delays increases above that level.Only seven NHS hospital trusts out of 153 have had average bed occupancy below 85 per cent this December – down from 17 at the same time last year.Last night, Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: ‘Last winter we said, “This is the worst in 15 years.” But I think this winter it’s even worse.’He said the lack of beds meant the practice of ‘boarding’ patients on trolleys was now common.He explained: ‘A ward might have 20 patients in 20 beds but it might be expected to take an extra two or three patients on trolleys placed in the middle of the ward or outside in the corridor.’There, the patient would wait for a bed. ‘This concept of “boarding” has become the only way of allowing emergency departments to function,’ Dr Hassan said.It was not uncommon for an A&E to have 20 to 40 patients waiting for a ward bed, he claimed, adding: ‘In some cases, I’ve heard of 50 patients in an emergency department waiting for a bed. We have to try to manage them as ward patients as best we can, in cold, draughty corridors, while dealing with new emergency patients.’Meanwhile, essential operations are being put back. In Essex, a man has had surgery to repair a major blood vessel delayed. He has an abdominal aortic aneurysm where an artery could burst at any time – with potentially fatal consequences. He was due to have the operation at Basildon Hospital on December 5 but it was delayed to January 17.His wife complained: ‘He is living on a time bomb. I cannot believe that a major operation is going to take another six weeks. It’s unbelievable and disgraceful.’The hospital said the operation had to be cancelled as there was no high-dependency bed free after the operation and that January 17 was ‘the first available date’.Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the situation was likely to worsen if flu and norovirus took hold.An NHS England spokesman said: ‘At this time of year, hospitals are extremely busy but thanks to hard-working NHS staff and robust plans in place to cope with winter pressures, they are generally coping.‘The latest weekly figures show hospitals reporting bed occupancy levels of 90.9 per cent – down from 95.0 per cent the previous week.’L AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5223797/Shock-new-figures-reveal-hospitals-NO-beds-spare.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - HSBC enters 3-year DPA with US DoJ
HSBC has agreed to pay US authorities $101.5million (£73m) to settle a criminal investigation into currency rigging.Europe's largest bank has entered a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), incurring a $63.1m (£45.4m) fine and it will have to pay $38.4m (£27.6m) in restitution.The fine is 15 per cent less than the initial fee because it co-operated during the investigation.According to the document, the DPA relates to HSBC’s handling of a client order by Cairn Energy and financial services it provided to another unnamed client.The settlement comes months after Mark Johnson, HSBC’s former head of cash FX trading, was found guilty by a New York court of defrauding Cairn over a £3.5billion client order.A jury ruled he had driven up the value of the pound against the dollar by buying sterling before the transaction to make a bigger profit for the bank.The London-listed bank said that the settlement cost had been covered by provisions and it would take ‘additional steps’ to bolster its compliance programme and internal controls within its investment banking unit.In a statement HSBC said: ‘The conduct described in the agreement occurred in 2010 and 2011.‘Since then, HSBC has introduced a number of measures designed to make the control environment in its Global Markets business more robust.‘The DoJ recognises these extensive improvements, noting that HSBC has dedicated significant resources to strengthening its systems and controls.’The DPA, which was filed in the US yesterday and still needs a judge’s approval, means HSBC would avoid criminal charges provided it complies with the agreement.It comes weeks after the bank was released from an earlier five-year DPA for lapses in anti-money laundering controls related to Mexican drug cartels, for which it paid a $1.9bn fine.The move follows HSBC’s settlements over its forex trading business with the Financial Conduct Authority and US Commodity Futures Trading Commission in November 2014.Banks have paid more than $10bn in fines to US and UK authorities since the forex rigging scandal broke several years ago.HSBC reported a near five-fold rise in third-quarter profits in October after pushing ahead with its cost-cutting programme and benefitting from its pivot to Asia.The lender said pre-tax profits climbed 448 per cent to $4.6bn (£3.5bn) in the three months to September 30, from $843m (£642m) during the same period last year. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5287755/Banking-giant-enters-3-year-DPA-DoJ.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Twitter users explode over photo of mother-of-five with young-onset dementia cuddli
When mother-of-five Phyllis Feener started fumbling on simple tasks at work in 2012, she put it down to side effects from menopause.At 52, she was used to unexpected symptoms like hot flashes and forgetfulness, so just tried to work through it.But this time, it wasn't coming and going in phases, it was just getting worse, and she was let go from her job in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.Panicked, she went to her doctor for help.After a few tests, in early 2013, Phyllis received a verdict she had never expected: she had young-onset dementia.Five years later, Phyllis is in the final stages of the disease, which is incurable and terminal.But her family has remained strong, inspiring thousands of people online after her daughter Kelli posted a photo of Phyllis and husband of 34 years Stan cuddling on an armchair.'She doesn't always remember his name but she knows she is safe with him. If that's not true love, I don't know what is,' Kelli wrote.The tweet, posted on April 25, exploded: within a week it was shared 120,000 times, with 622,000 likes and more than 5,000 responses.Phyllis was diagnosed with a subtype of dementia that particularly affects speech.Logopenic Variant PPA makes it particularly difficult to find words, meaning sufferers speak slowly and often hesitate.They usually maintain their memory of what words mean, but it affects their fluency.It means that, as time goes on, it can make it harder for sufferers to understand sentence structures and fluid speech.There is no cure for any form of PPA, and while there are some treatments that are thought to slow the progression in certain types of dementia, this is not one of them.Nonetheless, some patients have seen progress working with speech therapists, so Phyllis's family got her straight into a program.'We have no way of knowing how much time we will have with Phyllis,' the family wrote last week on the GoFundMe page.'It just depends on how quickly her disease progresses. It could be two years, it could be twenty years. Either way, this will be an ongoing journey and we will need help in the years to come.'According to her speech therapist, there may be a few years left but she urged the family to start looking into care facilities.'I don't know how the next few months and years will be for Phyllis but I'm hopeful that she can maintain where she is for a while,' the therapist said on the GoFundMe page.'I do worry about her future safety because I know some progressions of dementia involve loss of muscle movement. She does a lot of things from muscle memory like feeding herself and walking but I don't know how long that will last.'I'm hoping she has many more years but I think it is important for [the family] to prepare [themselves] for that. I remember [Stan] saying that [he was] looking into long term care facilities and I think that will be so important for the future.'I'm greatly impressed at [Stan's] ability to care for her. I know 24-7 can't be easy but [he is] doing an excellent job!'Now, t AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5683423/Twitter-users-explode-photo-mother-five-young-onset-dementia-cuddling-husband.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Bookies take a hit as they wait to hear the score on FOBTs
The adage that the bookie always wins is being challenged by a crackdown on betting shops’ biggest money-spinners: fixed-odds betting terminals.Reports that the Government favours cutting the maximum stake on the controversial FOBTs from £100 to £2 wiped millions of pounds from the UK’s biggest bookmakers in recent days.William Hill’s shares fell 12 per cent on Monday, knocking £340 million off its value.Ladbrokes shares fell by 8 per cent on the same day, wiping off £280 million.The Government launched a review of FOBTs last October, saying it would reduce the maximum stake to a figure between £50 and £2.The consultation process ended last week, with officials saying a decision will be made ‘in due course’.It is particularly critical to Ladbrokes because it affects the company’s imminent takeover by online betting firm GVC Holdings.The lower the Government sets the maximum stake for FOBTs, the lower the price GVC will have to pay for Ladbrokes.If a £2 limit is enforced, Ladbrokes could lose £449 million a year in revenue, according to analysts at Barclays. William Hill could lose £284 million, and Paddy Power Betfair could lose £55 million.But gambling activist Derek Webb says the bookies have ‘significantly overstated’ the impact of the curb, and that the £2 cap is vital to protect consumers.The casinos mogul, who runs the Campaign for Fairer Gambling lobby group, says FOBTs are ‘a magnet for criminal damage and money laundering’, and two in every five users are either problem gamblers or at risk.Webb said: ‘If the objective is to reduce gambling-related harm, reducing the maximum stake to £2 is the most effective means of achieving that.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5320255/Bookies-hit-wait-hear-score-FOBTs.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Home raffles are not an easy solution
We love our homes. We invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in them — along with a lot of blood, sweat and tears.Down the pub or at a dinner party, the topic of house prices inevitably crops up. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Predictions on what they will do next can unite or divide us.So it’s understandable that when there is a fundamental shift in the housing market, people start doing crazy things.Figures show that house prices are falling and sales slowing, but some sellers refuse to accept this. They think that just because the house next door sold for half a million a few years back when prices were flying, theirs will, too.And when it doesn’t, they are turning to extreme measures.The last time home raffles were this popular was in the wake of the financial crisis, when property prices had plummeted.Renu Qadri, Roger Hickman and Susan DeVere all say they had tried to sell their homes using a traditional estate agent but to no avail. They couldn’t get the price they wanted or, in some cases, even an offer. So instead, they put their houses up for raffle online in the hope that this would make them more cash.However, as they’ve discovered, home raffles are not an easy solution. They are a huge amount of work and rarely successful.Anyone thinking of entering a competition to win a home should also tread carefully — there are often good reasons why seemingly desirable properties don’t sell through traditional routes.Always ask yourself: can you afford to run the property if you win, or does it come with a lease that’ll soon need to be renewed?Last week, Dan Hyde launched our switching competition to find Money Mail’s best bills bargain-hunter. For me, it was a timely reminder to shop around as Admiral had just sent over my home insurance renewal quote.New rules mean that insurers now have to tell you how much you paid last year. Admiral, it seemed, had hiked my premium by more than 20 per cent.After popping my details into a comparison site, I could see other insurers were much cheaper. After a nine-minute call, Admiral had matched the best price and reduced my excess.‘Often renewal prices are automated and you just need the human touch,’ the operator said.So you may not even have to switch to make a saving — just politely threaten to.More and more shops are now asking customers if they want receipts emailed to them.In the past, my answer has always been no, assuming it’s a ploy for firms to get their hands on our details and spam us with ads. But, actually, it turns out they could be very useful.My NutriBullet has stopped working. It isn’t very old so it should be possible to exchange it for a new one.The problem is that the receipt was binned ages ago and as I paid for it with a gift card, there is no way to prove where it came from. If I had a copy of my receipt safely stored in my inbox, life would be much easier.You could even set up an account just for receipts, to avoid receiving junk mail in your usual inbox.New Year, new diary. Th AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/comment/article-5230035/VICTORIA-BISCHOFF-Home-raffles-not-easy-solution.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - World Health chiefs draw up list of 10 viruses
Ten killer viruses that pose the most 'urgent' threat to humanity have been revealed by concerned experts.The World Health Organization has released its annual list of lethal pathogens that research should be fast-tracked for.Ebola and Zika, which both have caused brutal pandemics in the past four years, were named amid fears they could strike again.For the first time ever, 'Disease X' - representing a pathogen currently unknown to scientists - was mentioned by the WHO.The list, published this week, comes amid mounting fears of a global pandemic, with experts concerned about the flu season that rocked the world.Dr Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, warned earlier this week humanity is 'vulnerable' to an outbreak that could kill millions.'Not in any order'Announcing the list of 'prioritised diseases', a statement on the WHO's website read: 'The order of diseases on this list does not denote any ranking of priority.'This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it indicate the most likely causes of the next epidemic.' The list was not in an alphabetical order.Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever, which kills 40 per cent of those it strikes and was recently spotted in Uganda, made its way onto the list.Officials are also concerned about Marburg virus, considered to be one of the most deadly pathogens in existence. It also rocked the African nation in November.The other five lethal diseases mentioned on the list of needing urgent action include: Lassa fever, MERS, SARS, Nipah virus and Rift Valley fever.It is the first time 'Disease X' has made its way onto the list, which is compiled by a branch of the WHO that aims to fast-track disease research.WHO said: 'Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.'And so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown “Disease X” as far as possible.'Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), first spotted in China just seven years ago, has been dropped from this year's urgent list, the third of its kind.While the WHO warned SFTS and 14 other viruses pose a 'major' threat to humanity, but there isn't an 'urgent' need for accelerated research.Flu was included on the list of prioritised diseases. The killer virus has caused havoc around the world so far this winter, gripping the US, UK and Australia.This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed 50 million people across the world - three times more than World War 1.And tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, leishmaniasis, West Nile Virus and even plague also made it onto the secondary list.The latter prompted international concerns in autumn last year, after triggering the 'worst outbreak in 50 years' in Madagascar, killing more than 200 people. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5395447/World-health-chiefs-draw-list-10-viruses.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Rare type of stroke is increasing among pregnant women
Researchers found pregnant women who had the stroke fare better than non-pregnant womenThe condition that accounts for 0.01 to 0.08 percent of emergency room visits overallPregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage increased from four to six percentA rare form of stroke is increasing among pregnant women, according to a new study.Researchers at the University of Iowa discovered that the percentage of pregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (sSAH) – which occurs without trauma to the head or neck – has increased from four to six percent within 12 years.Black and Hispanic pregnant women had a higher proportion of sSAH during pregnancy at eight and seven percent, respectively, compared to just 3.83 percent of white women.However, researchers said the condition is a 'clinical conundrum' since pregnant women who experienced sSAH fared better than non-pregnant women with the condition.This study is the latest to show the dire health issues for pregnant women in the US, which has the highest rate of maternal deaths than any other developed country, largely due to pregnancy-related strokes.'Pregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage may have better outcomes than previously expected, which challenges prior findings from small, single-center reviews,' said Dr Kaustubh Limaye, neurologist and lead author of the study.Spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage, or sSAH, a condition that accounts for 0.01 to 0.08 percent of emergency room visits, occurs when there's bleeding between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain.According to Medscape, symptoms of the condition include headache, dizziness, and in some cases, vision loss.Dr Limaye and his colleagues reviewed US records obtained for nearly 4,000 women aged 15 to 49 from 2002 and 2014 for the study, which was presented at the American Stroke Association's International Conference in Los Angeles.Over the 12-year period, they found that the incidence of sSAH during pregnancy increased from four to six percent and was slightly reduced in non-pregnant women.The percentage of pregnant women with sSAH was highest among those between the ages of 20 and 29 years old at 20 percent and African Americans at eight percent. They found it was lowest among pregnant women between the ages of 40 and 49 years old at less than one percent.However, they also found that pregnant women with sSAH had better health outcomes than non-pregnant women who suffered the stroke.Dr Limaye found that only eight percent of pregnant women admitted to the hospital with the stroke died, compared to 17 percent of women who weren't pregnant.'We need to increase awareness in the medical community about the increasing trend of spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage in pregnancy because management of these patients continues to be a clinical conundrum,' Dr Limaye said.There's a growing number of women experiencing stroke while pregnant.A 2011 study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Assoc AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5307387/Rare-type-stroke-increasing-pregnant-women.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Barclays £1.4bn fine for toxic home loan sales
Barclays will pay a £1.4billion penalty for mis- selling sub-prime US mortgage bonds that helped trigger the financial crisis more than a decade ago.Jes Staley, the bank's chief executive, last night settled with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over billions in toxic housing debt it sold between 2005 and 2007.The DoJ claimed that Barclays' investment arm 'caused billions of dollars in losses to investors by engaging in a fraudulent scheme'.Two senior bankers at the time of the scandal – Paul Menefee and John Carroll – will between them pay the DoJ a £1.4million penalty.The deal ends one of Barclays' last hangovers from the financial crisis, and closes a long-running battle with American authorities. It also gives the bank a much-needed boost amid questions over its future direction.It is thought the Americans demanded as much as £5billion in compensation for trades in toxic mortgage-backed securities, but Staley, who took over in 2015, refused to cut a deal and forced the DoJ to take legal action.Last night he said: 'I am pleased that we have been able to reach a fair and proportionate settlement with the Department of Justice.'It has been a priority for this management team from the start to resolve these historic issues in a timely and appropriate manner wherever possible.'Barclays' shares leapt as much as 1.3 per cent when the decision was revealed, on hopes it can start throwing off more cash to investors.It is likely to relieve pressure on the lender after it was targeted by activist investor Edward Bramson – and will trigger fresh focus on Natwest owner Royal Bank of Scotland, the last big British lender with an outstanding DoJ case.The payout, which will be reflected in Barclays' results for the first three months of this year, probably hitting the bank's profits, comes after it completed restructuring efforts last year by selling the last of £110billion of non-essential businesses.Staley has overseen a radical transformation, pulling out of Africa after more than 90 years on the continent, to focus on growing the investment bank in the UK and US.However, Barclays still faces a criminal prosecution in Britain over a 2008 deal with Qatari investors which prevented it needing a bailout from taxpayers – keeping the bank in private hands where politicians had no say over top bankers' bonuses.The Serious Fraud Office has pressed criminal charges against the lender and former senior executives, including ex-boss John Varley, claiming they illegally loaned Qatar money which it used to buy Barclays shares.Varley and the other executives deny the claims. A trial date is set for late 2019 and Barclays has not yet entered a plea.Staley is also facing an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority after he broke City rules by attempting to unmask a whistleblower.He is likely to be forced to pay back a £1.3million bonus and at worst could even be forced to quit.But despite these risks, the DoJ deal will give Barclays breathing space ahead of a AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5560175/Barclays-1-4bn-fine-toxic-home-loan-sales.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Women really are the 'fairer' sex: Genes mean females are more likely to be blonde,
Women really are the 'fairer' sex, new research suggests.Joint lead author Professor Tim Spector, from King's College London, said: 'We found that women have significantly fairer hair than men, which reflects how important cultural practices and sexual preferences are in shaping our genes and biology.'The researchers also discovered 124 genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour, of which 100 were not previously associated with pigmentation, a study found today.They add their findings could boost treatments in many different diseases.Professor Spector added: 'This work will impact several fields of biology and medicine.'As the largest ever genetic study on pigmentation, it will improve our understanding of diseases like melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.'The genes that affect hair colour also affect other cancer types, while other pigment genes affect the chances of having Crohn's and other forms of bowel disease.''This will impact several fields of medicine'The researchers add their findings could advance scientists' knowledge of other conditions linked to pigmentation, including testicular, prostate and ovarian cancers.Professor Spector said: 'Our work helps us to understand what causes human diversity in appearance by showing how genes involved in pigmentation subtly adapted to external environments and even social interactions during our evolution.Co-author Dr. David Hinds, of 23andMe, added: 'While the genetics of hair colour is an interesting problem in itself, we hope that better understanding of the biology of melanin pigmentation will be applicable to studies of diseases that interact with pigmentation, such as skin cancer or vitiligo.'The researchers add that as well as their findings being useful in medicine, they may also be relevant in forensic science.Joint lead author Professor Manfred Kayser, from the Erasmus University, added: 'Besides substantially increasing our understanding of human pigmentation genetics in general, finding these new hair colour genes is also important for further increasing the accuracy of hair colour prediction from DNA traces in future forensic applications, which can help to find unknown perpetrators of crime.'How the research was carried outThe researchers analysed the DNA of almost 300,000 people of European descent from data supplied by UK Biobank, at-home genetic-testing service 23andMe Inc, the International Visible Trait Genetics Consortium and their study partners.Self-reported hair colour was also collected from the participants.The findings were published in the journal Nature Genetics.This comes after research released last January suggested hair transplants cure migraines.The cosmetic procedure prevents headaches in people who have suffered crippling pain for up to 20 years, a study by the SO-EP Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, Turkey, found.After undergoing hair transplants, migraine sufferers who experienced agonising discomfort for up to four hours, several ti AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5621353/Women-really-fairer-sex-Genes-mean-females-likely-blonde-study-finds.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The new chief executive at Dixons Carphone could earn £15m
The new chief executive of Dixons Carphone has been awarded a suite of financial rewards that could earn him up to £15 million over the next five years.Alex Baldock has been parachuted into the firm to replace Sebastian James, whose departure to take up a new post running Boots was revealed in a surprise announcement on Friday night.Baldock resigned from his former job at Shop Direct, based in Speke, Liverpool, in October last year. It is the UK’s second largest purely online retailer with brands including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.While at Shop Direct, Baldock ditched the familiar Littlewoods catalogues in favour of internet-only purchasing. He is understood to be in line for a salary, pension and annual bonus, which could top £2 million each year if he hits performance targets.He will also be awarded shares of almost three times his basic pay which will be made available to him in five years’ time if he remains with the firm for that period.Baldock’s total rewards could be several million pounds higher if he reinvigorates the share price, which is at £1.88 per share compared to £5 two years ago. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5293201/The-new-chief-executive-Dixons-Carphone-earn-15m.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stress during pregnancy does affect a baby's brain, scans confirm
Scientists have found the first concrete evidence that a mother's stress during pregnancy changes the brain connections of her unborn child.Newly-developed scanning techniques allowed a team at Wayne State University to examine neural activity of 47 fetuses between 30 and 37 weeks gestation.They showed for the first time that babies of mothers in high-stress setting were developing differently to those whose mothers did not have high levels of stress, anxiety or depression.The findings, presented today at a conference in Boston, mark a breakthrough in neuroscience, confirming a long-held theory that no technology has been able to confirm or refute until now.'The major thrill is that we have demonstrated what has long been theorized, but not yet observed in a human, which is that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy is reflected in connectional properties of her child's developing brain,' said lead author Moriah Thomason, of the perinatal research department who today presents her work at the annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.Beyond the huge implications for mental health, Thomason's findings also suggest that the brain may not develop in the sequence that we have always assumed.It is widely-held that first the simplest systems such as vision, balance and motor functions develop first, before the most complex systems, such as stress response.However, Thomason's study showed that the differences between stress-exposed babies' brains and their peers emerge almost immediately.And those differences are most clearly seen in the stress response center (the cerebellum), suggesting this region is one of the first to develop.New technology was crucial to make this breakthrough, to understand prenatal influences independent of environmental factors.Using fetal resting-state fMRI, they examined functional connectivity in 47 human fetuses scanned between the 30 and 37 weeks gestation.Conducting in-utero brain scans are challenging, mainly because it is near-impossible to keep the baby from moving about, but the new technology provides a clearer image than ever possible, making the small movements more manageable.All of the mothers involved in the study came from poor, urban areas fraught with stress, with many reporting high levels of depression, anxiety, and worry for themselves and their loved-ones.Above anything, Thomason said, these mothers wanted to join the study to help others like them.'A lot of our moms are interested in being part of this research, not because of concerns they have in their pregnancy,' she explained, 'but because they appreciate the heightened vulnerability of budding human life, and this is an opportunity to help other women that may not have the same fortune in their circumstances.''It has long been thought that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy may imprint on the brain of her developing child.'[But] despite the clear importance of this time frame, we presently possess very little understanding of how AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5545121/Stress-pregnancy-DOES-affect-babys-brain-scans-confirm.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Government contractor Interserve under scrutiny
Contractor Interserve has seen its share price fall 5 per cent on a report that the government is keeping a close eye on the company’s finances in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.The FTSE 250 firm employs 25,000 people in the UK and provides healthcare, probation, cleaning and security services on government-funded contracts.Shares in the firm dropped in early trading after the Financial Times reported the Cabinet Office had assembled a team to watch over it in the wake of the Carillion crisis.It follows a turbulent year for Interserve which issued a profit warning last September and has grappled with escalating staff costs and squeezed margins.Some analysts have tried to play down Interserve’s problems, claiming ‘it’s no Carillion’, and the share price recovered from an initial steep fall of 15 per cent to stand about 4 per cent down on the day at 116p.Neil Wilson, ETX Capital's senior market analyst, said: ‘Its latest update showed improvement and the news will do no good for sentiment given there may be some twitchiness among investors in the sector following Carillion's collapse.‘The FT report suggests that Interserve is being monitored by the Government.While one official says ministers are 'very worried', another said there is 'no comparison' with Carillion - mixed messages but hardly likely to engender confidence.’Interserve has recently won a number of big contracts despite its troubles, landing a facility management contract at the BBC worth £140 million as well as a similar contract billed at £227 million at the Department for Work and Pensions. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5278479/Government-contractor-Interserve-scrutiny.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Boohoo has grown vastly - and so could its share price
Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane have form. Throughout much of the 1990s, the duo worked together to supply high street retailers with the latest fashion items for customers.Having built an understanding of the market and an enviable distribution network, they founded their own retail business, Boohoo, some ten years ago.The Manchester-based business was exclusively online from the start – its name was devised at a time when Google and Yahoo had created a trend for double-O brands.Sales were slow at first but Boohoo began to rocket, once Kamani and Kane gained experience of how e-commerce works and how quickly word can spread, especially among Boohoo's target 16 to 24-year-old market.The firm floated in March 2014 at 50p. Today the shares are 187.25p and should increase materially as Boohoo takes market share from less agile competitors, encourages existing customers to spend more, and expands overseas.When Boohoo joined the stock market, its annual turnover was £110million and its profit £8.4 million.The business has grown in leaps and bounds since then. In the 12 months to February 2017, Kamani and Kane delivered sales of £295million and profit of almost £25million. This year, turnover of more than £550million is expected, alongside profits of about £45million.Unlike Asos, its much larger online rival, Boohoo only sells its own brands. Initially, there was just the eponymous Boohoo brand.Then two more were acquired, Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal.All three appeal to the youth market, but each has a slightly different nuance and each has its own website.Crucially, sales are roaring ahead in all three divisions.Boohoo has gained a reputation for savvy marketing and distribution, using social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook to showcase its wares and gain endorsement from celebrities, such as singer Miley Cyrus and actress Bella Thorne.The retailer has more than six million active customers, who are offered a choice of 35,000 styles, with new stock arriving every day.Prices are low, often below £20, delivery is quick and UK returns are free, so the buying process is stress-free.Boohoo is expanding abroad, gaining customers as far afield as Australia, as well as on the Continent and in Ireland.All sales are processed from a million square foot, five-storey warehouse in Burnley, Lancashire. This warehouse is due to double in size and overseas centres are likely to open in time.Other brands may join the Boohoo stable but expansion is likely to be measured.Midas verdict: Boohoo is valued at more than £2billion but Kamani and Kane are keen to expand the company further, turning it into a worldwide fashion phenomenon. Progress has been encouraging to date, but there is plenty more to come.At 187.25p, the shares have done well since the flotation, but they are off their summer peak, following short-term concerns over profit margins. These should be ironed out over time. Buy. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5294091/Boohoo-grown-vastly-share-price.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - What will happen to Carillion pension savers?
The collapse of Carillion is devastating for its workers, but their pensions will be safeguarded by the official lifeboat scheme.How does Pension Protection Fund work, and what will its current staff and pensioners get now the building and services contractor has gone into liquidation?What will happen to Carillion pension savers?Some of Carillion's workforce belong to a modern auto-enrolment 'defined contribution' pension plan run by BlackRock. These staff save into individual pension pots wholly owned by them, which won't be affected by the firm's demise.However, a further 28,000 people belong to Carillion's 14 'final salary' pension schemes, some 12,000 of whom are understood to have already retired.It is not yet clear if some of these schemes are attached to parts of the company which will survive the liquidation, or if all will eventually pass into the Pension Protection Fund. This is an automatic process when firms go bust, so savers don't have to do anything.Final salary pensions, which are typically the most generous around, are meant to provide a guaranteed income until you die. Former Carillion members who have already officially retired will receive 100 per cent of what they were due, and the PPF will continue to issue their payments as normal.Staff who retired early or are still working will get 90 per cent of what they were due, subject to an annual cap.This cap is set by the Government and is currently £38,505.61 for people aged 65 - or £34,655.05 after the 90 per cent level is applied.The cap is lower if you retired early, because you will receive a pension for longer. A full list of annual caps for people who stopped work at a different ages from 65 can he found here.The PPF is more generous to high-earning savers who had a long career at their company before it went bust. Last April, a Long Service Cap was introduced for people with 21 or more years' service in their schemes.In such cases, the cap is increased by 3 per cent for each full year of pensionable service above 20 years, up to double the standard cap.What about inflation, death benefits and tax-free lump sums?The PPF will increase your payouts in line with inflation, up to a maximum of 2.5 per cent each year - but only on the pension savings you built up since 5 April 1997. Any payouts related to savings from before that cut-off date will not be increased.This is because the Government changed the law in 1997 so pension schemes had to give members minimum inflation protection.Compensation is still paid to your family after your death. Payouts will be made to children under 18, or to those under 23 if they are disabled or still in full-time education.The PPF also pays compensation to your spouse, civil partner or 'other relevant partner', but circumstances will differ depending on the rules of your old employer's pension scheme.People in the PPF can take early retirement if they wish. They can also take a tax-free cash lump sum - and in some cases these might be calculate AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/pensions/article-5271431/What-happen-Carillion-pension-savers.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Feeding babies eggs boosts their brain development
Feeding babies eggs boosts their brain development and function, new research suggests.Just one egg a day for six months significantly increases youngsters' levels of the nutrients choline and DHA, both of which are involved in brain health, a study found.Lead author Lora Iannotti from the Brown School at Washington University, said: 'Like milk or seeds, eggs are designed to support the early growth and development of an organism and are, therefore, dense in nutrient content.'Eggs provide essential fatty acids, proteins, choline, vitamins A and B12, selenium, and other critical nutrients at levels above or comparable to those found in other animal food products, but they are relatively more affordable.'AN EGG A DAY REDUCES BABIES' RISK OF BEING STUNTED OR UNDERWEIGHT   Feeding babies an egg every day helps them grow, research revealed in June.   Infants given a daily egg between the ages of six and nine months have higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamin B12, in their blood compared to those who do not regularly consume eggs, a study found. This helps to prevent babies being stunted or underweight, the research adds. Lead author Lora Ianotti from the Brown School at Washington University, said: 'Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. ‘They are also a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children.'How the research was carried outThe researchers analyzed 163 babies aged between six and nine months from Ecuador in 2015.Of the infants, 80 were fed one egg a day for six months, while the remainder were given none.Their vitamin and mineral levels were assessed via blood tests.'Eggs are designed to support early growth and development'Results reveal babies who eat eggs have significantly higher levels of choline and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, both of which play a vital role in brain development and function.Ms Iannotti said: 'Eggs have been consumed throughout human history, but the full potential of this nutritionally-complete food has yet to be recognized in many resource-poor settings around the world.'Like milk or seeds, eggs are designed to support the early growth and development of an organism and are, therefore, dense in nutrient content.'Eggs provide essential fatty acids, proteins, choline, vitamins A and B12, selenium, and other critical nutrients at levels above or comparable to those found in other animal food products, but they are relatively more affordable.'The findings were reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5205765/Feeding-babies-eggs-boosts-brain-development.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Just three in every 10 accounts pay over 0.5%
Two months after the rise in general interest rates, savers are earning little or no extra.The top easy-access accounts with banks and building societies pay no more than they did before the November rise, while those in average accounts have seen a minuscule increase.It was hoped that the rise in base rate on November 2 from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent would help beleaguered savers as providers passed on the increase.But the average rate on easy-access accounts in November crept up by only 0.06 percentage points to just 0.45 per cent.Depressing figures from data monitor Moneyfacts show the number of accounts paying above base rate dropped by a huge 150 in just one month. It is the largest drop its monthly Savings Treasury Report has recorded since February 2008.Fewer than seven out of ten of all accounts pay more than the 0.5 per cent base rate. It is the first time this figure has fallen below 70 per cent for five years.Back then, rates dropped sharply following the introduction of the Bank of England Funding for Lending Scheme, which let banks borrow from it at rock-bottom rates. The effect was that they no longer needed to woo savers, so cut their rates.Finance expert at Moneyfacts Charlotte Nelson says: ‘The figures prove many providers have failed to pass on the full rate rise on their accounts.’And while the average rate has edged up a smidgeon, the top deals have not even managed that.Tom Adams, head of research at independent savings advice site Savings Champion, says: ‘The best deals on easy-access accounts are back down at the level they were before the base rate rise in November.’In the week before the rise in base rate, the top easy-access accounts on sale to new savers paid 1.3 per cent, research from Savings Champion shows. They included RCI Bank’s Freedom account at 1.3 per cent and BM Internet Saver at 1.3 per cent, followed by Bank of Cyprus UK’s Online Easy Access account at 1.28 per cent.Some providers edged up their rates to pay slightly more than 1.3 per cent in the following weeks.Birmingham Midshires offered 1.45 per cent to new savers, Charter Savings Bank 1.32 per cent, Virgin Money 1.36 per cent, Paragon Bank 1.31 per cent and Tesco Bank 1.35 per cent. However, these deals have now vanished.The top rate for new savers is back where it started: 1.3 per cent from the RCI Bank Freedom account.The BM Internet rate for new savers has plunged to 0.55 per cent for £1,000 and 0.9 per cent at £25,000, while the Bank of Cyprus rate has edged down to 1.25 per cent, Virgin Money to 1.26 per cent and Tesco Bank to 1.2 per cent.Others’ top rates that have dropped include Skipton’s eSaver. It rose from 0.81 per cent to 1.06 per cent in December, but new savers are now being offered 0.9 per cent, or just 0.09 percentage points more than before the base rate rise.Coventry BS’s Easy Access Saver 4, where the rate rose from 0.85 per cent to 1.1 per cent from the start of December, has been closed to new savers.Its replacement, Easy Acce AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5229727/Just-three-10-accounts-pay-0-5.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Costa Coffee and Premier Inn owner reports stalling sales
Whitbread, the owner of Costa Coffee and budget hotel chain Premier Inn, saw UK sales stall at the end of 2017 amid tough market conditions and a 'particularly challenging October'.Both brands saw sales struggle to outperform the year before with like-for-like sales growth in the third quarter of just 0.5 per cent at Premier Inn.Costa struggled with comparable sales 0.1 per cent lower than in the same period in 2016 as people cut back on high street shopping trips.Overall group like-for-like sales were up 0.3 per cent on 2016, 'reflecting recent tougher market condition', the firm said in a trading update this morning.While the brands struggled to match sales in the same period in 2016, total sales for the quarter stood at 5 per cent for Premier Inn and 7.2 per cent for Costa.Self-serve Costa Express machines helped keep total sales ticking over for the firm with total revenue from them up 20 per cent in the quarter.More than 1,000 of the 'on-the-go' machines were installed in nine months last year.Alison Brittain, Whitbread CEO, insisted the firm was still on track to hit full year profit targets with total group sales in the third quarter of 5.6 per cent.On Costa, she said: 'Our Costa high street stores in the UK are highly profitable and generate strong returns.'However, the well-publicised weak retail market footfall is negatively impacting our high street stores' like-for-like performance and we expect this to continue for some time. Internationally, Costa in China continues its good momentum with another quarter of positive like-for-like sales growth.'Neil Wilson, a senior market analyst at ETX Capital, said it was the 'same old story' for Costa, which is facing growing obstacles from falling high street footfall and growing competition from artisan coffee houses.Premier Inn's performance was 'disappointing', he added, with sales in the hotel's restaurants propping up sales.It could spark further talk that Whitbread is set to break up the group and spin-off the Costa brand with hedge fund Sachem Head reportedly pushing for the Costa brand to be split from the main business.'As with each set of Whitbread results, there will be the usual round of breakup chatter,' Wilson said.'The decline in like-for-like sales in Q3 and the pressure on the UK high street may indeed make this the time for Whitbread to at least look at its options. Break up rumours could support the share price even in the face of weaker LFL sales growth.'Whitbread accepts there will be tough times ahead with the UK high street in freefall and inflation threatening customer spending power.Whitbread boss Brittain added: 'However, we have good momentum in the delivery of our plan to enhance our UK market leadership positions, create an international business of scale in Germany, China and Costa Express, and develop a more efficient infrastructure.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5283041/Costa-Coffee-Premier-Inn-owner-reports-stalling-sales.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - PwC paid £20.5m to wind up bust builder Carillion
The bean-counters hired to wind up bust builder Carillion have been paid £20.5million for eight weeks work – or roughly £500,000 per day.Accountancy firm PwC has been charging an average £360 per hour for each worker on the case since mid-January and has around 112 staff working on Carillion, a cost of on average £12,500 per week per worker.Bosses revealed the sums to MPs on the business, energy and industrial strategy committee.PwC also advised the Government on Carillion in the run-up to its collapse, and the pension trustee, raising questions about conflicts of interest.Carillion collapsed in mid-January with debts of more than £3billion, costing 19,500 jobs.Labour MP Frank Field said ahead of the hearing: ‘[PwC] claim to be experts in every aspects of company management. They’re certainly expert in ensuring they get their cut at every stage.’PwC partner David Kelly told MPs: ‘This is the largest case of its kind, there has never been a compulsory liquidation of this size. There has never been a trading compulsory liquidation of this size either.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5528747/Accountants-PwC-paid-20-5m-wind-bust-builder-Carillion.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Blood test detects cancers in up to 98 per cent of people
A single blood test detects cancers with up to 98 percent accuracy in patients without any symptoms, new research suggests.The assessment, known as CancerSEEK, picks up on DNA shed by mutating cells into the blood.The test can diagnose at least eight different types of cancer from ovarian to breast.Although the test's accuracy varies according to the type of cancer, it averages at around 70 percent, which is better than any available early-diagnosis method, according to the researchers.It is also able to detect the origins in around 80 percent of cases, the study found.If given as part of a routine-screening programme, the researchers believe the test could catch tumors early, maximizing patients' chances of surviving.Study author Professor Bert Vogelstein from John Hopkins University, said: 'This test represents the next step in changing the focus of cancer research from late-stage disease to early disease, which I believe will be critical to reducing cancer deaths in the long term.'In the US, around 39 percent of adults will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.The researchers analyzed blood samples from 1,005 cancer patients suffering from early-stage ovarian, liver, stomach, pancreatic, esophageal, colorectum, lung or breast forms of the disease.None of the participants' cancers appeared to have spread.Results reveal CancerSEEK accurately detects more than 90 percent of ovarian and liver cancers.It also reliably picks up on ovarian, stomach, pancreatic and esophageal cancers in at least 69 percent of cases. These forms of the disease are typically difficult to detect.CancerSEEK only wrongly detects tumors in healthy people less than one percent of the time.Professor Vogelstein said: 'This test represents the next step in changing the focus of cancer research from late-stage disease to early disease, which I believe will be critical to reducing cancer deaths in the long term.'If available, the test is estimated to cost less than $500 per batch, which is in line with other cancer detectors, such as colonoscopies, and was described by Dr Anirban Maitra from the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as 'a very attractive number'.Dr Maitra, who was not involved in the study, added, however, cancer-like proteins can be shed in patients with inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, and therefore the test may be less accurate when given to sufferers of other conditions.Yet, lead author Dr Nickolas Papadopoulos argued: 'A test does not have to be perfect to be useful.'The scientists plan to conduct a five-year study of up to 50,000 women to assess CancerSEEK's accuracy in people who have seemingly never had cancer.It is still unclear whether the test will pick up small tumors that may never grow large enough to cause symptoms, however, Dr Papadopoulos added: 'The issue is not overdiagnosis, but overtreatment,'Although it is uncertain when CancerSEEK may become available for real-life use, cancer researcher Nitzan Rosenfeld, from the Uni AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5287431/Doctors-step-forward-developing-universal-blood-test-cancer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Woman, 52, 'cured' her terminal cancer with cannabis oil
Joy Smith, 52, from Coventry, was given just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016.Desperate for a solution, Ms Smith reluctantly took cannabis-based tablets, alongside chemotherapy, after reading about a cancer patient in the US who went into remission after producing her own marijuana oil.Nearly two years on, doctors, who described Ms Smith as 'the luckiest woman in the world', are baffled as her scans show just a small amount of the disease is left in her stomach, which she is confident will disappear with continued cannabis use.As well as approaching a miracle remission, Ms Smith has also recently won £84,000 after entering a TV competition while 'under the influence' of cannabis oil.She is speaking out to encourage cannabis' legislation for medical use, saying: 'I'm a walking miracle. The doctors call me Wonder Woman.'Cannabis oil should be legalised for medical purposes - people are dying and chemotherapy isn't curing them.'Ms Smith takes the nutritional supplement cannabidiol, which is derived from cannabis and is legal in the UK, however, her treatment also contains THC, which is what makes users 'high' and is not permitted.She is believed to buy the oil illegally online.'I would not be here without it'Speaking of taking cannabis oil, which she describes as being like eating 'thick black tar' mixed with olive oil, Ms Smith said: 'When you're told you have six weeks to live you'll try anything, trust me.'I was a bit sceptical about the oil at first as I'd never taken drugs or anything like that - but I know I would not be here today without it. I want to tell everybody.'After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ms Smith was told chemotherapy would only buy her more time.She started having treatment every two weeks for three days, but had to have the line that delivered her chemotherapy taken out after she developed sepsis.Ma Smith was unaware her friends had been researching an alternative cancer cure online until she was handed a cannabis-based tablet out of the blue.She said: 'I didn't want to take it at first; I didn't know what it was.'Afterwards I felt drunk, all the nurses were looking at me and I was trying to act normal. I couldn't speak, my words just slurred out.'Ms Smith then started researching cannabis oil online and discovered it had worked for other sufferers.She said: 'I was looking for reassurance. I wanted to know if anyone had ever been cured by it.'I was taking it on and off. But when I'd been having it three-to-five times a week, the scans were getting better and then when I stopped taking it the scans showed no change.'At first I was only taking a tiny drop the size of about half a grain of rice.'Sometimes it takes hours to kick in and sometimes it's straight away. You do get stoned and you get very tired. It made me want to sleep so I tend to just stay in bed when I've taken it.'Describing her miraculous discovery, Ms Smith said: 'It's impossible, but I've b AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5489775/Woman-52-cured-terminal-cancer-cannabis-oil.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Island bones '99% likely' to be Amelia Earhart's, says expert
The decades-old mystery over the disappearance of Amelia Earhart has been cracked with 99% certainty, according to a top scientist probing the case.The famous aviator disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during an attempted round-the-world flight in 1937.Earhart, her plane and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were never found, and the mystery of what happened to them continues to fascinate to this day.But now an expert on skeletal biology, Richard Jantz of the University of Tennessee in the US city of Knoxville, believes he has cracked the case - claiming bones found on a Pacific island are '99% likely' to be hers.In 1940, bones were discovered on Gardner Island – now called Nikumaroro – 400 miles south of Earhart's planned stopover on Howland Island.They were then sent for analysis in British Fiji, where Dr David Winn Hoodless took measurements before the bones were lost.Now, using those measurements, Dr Jantz has compared the bones to the probable dimensions of Earhart's and reached a remarkable conclusion.'What I can say scientifically is that they are 99% likely to be her,' he said.Dr Jantz estimated the dimensions of comparable bones in Earhart's body by analysing photos where she appeared alongside objects which can still be measured today.'We had the lengths of three bones that Hoodless reported lengths for,' said the doctor.'Then we realised there were some ways we could get more information about Amelia Earhart's dimensions that could be compared directly to the bones.'We were able to measure her humerus length and her radius length from a photo that had a scaleable object in it.'Then we also had her a good estimate of her tibia length which we got from her trouser inseam length and from her height.'We were able to compare the three bone lengths from Nikumaroro island to Amelia Earhart.'The result is that they are very similar and it's unlikely that just a random person would be that similar.'An analysis comparing the Nikumaroro bones to those of 2,776 other people found only 17 people with dimensions more similar than Earhart – just two of them women.'If her position had been in the middle of that distribution, there is no way I could have concluded that it was her,' said Dr Jantz.'The fact that she is not the closest one is not disqualifying at all, because there are going to be measurement errors on my part from estimating her dimensions, and it could be that Hoodless also made some errors.'Just a random person would have a very low probability of being that similar to the Nikumaroro bones.'The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has been investigating the theory that Earhart landed on Nikumaroro – now part of Kiribati – since the 1980s.Richard Gillespie, its executive director, claims the group has found other artifacts on the island supporting the theory that Earhart crashed there, lived as a castaway and died.He said: 'We have been doing this for 29 years now and we have built such a huge body of evidence AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5472717/Island-bones-99-likely-belong-Amelia-Earhart-says-expert.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Thousands at risk in Sainsbury's and Tesco jobs carnage
Thousands of jobs are at risk at Britain’s two biggest supermarkets as they pursue brutal cost-cutting drives.Tesco and Sainsbury’s will overhaul the way their big stores are run as they fight the threat of discounters Aldi and Lidl.Sainsbury’s said yesterday it had put thousands of jobs under review, hours after Tesco revealed it would cut 800 jobs as it axes 1,700 roles and creates 900 job titles.Last month, Marks & Spencer’s closed a distribution centre in Neasden, north London, putting 380 jobs at risk, and in December Asda’s decision to spend less time on stacking shelves left more than 800 jobs hanging in the balance.Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second-largest supermarket, said management roles just below store manager positions across 1,400 of its sites will change.Around 1,600 British jobs are under threat after the owner of Andrex unveiled a cost-cutting drive. Kimberly-Clark, which also owns Huggies nappies along with the toilet tissue brand, plans to slash between 5,000 and 5,500 roles from its 43,000-strong global workforce, the equivalent of 12-13 per cent of total staff.  The Texas-based personal care giant has three UK manufacturing sites in Cumbria, Flintshire and Kent as well as offices in Surrey, West Malling in Kent and Brighton. The move will hit ‘all of the company’s business in each major geography,’ a spokesman said. Kimberly-Clark is targeting annual cost savings of £357million to £393million by 2021.It has not given a specific figure but the supermarket confirmed job cuts could be in the thousands.It employs 195,000 and is aiming to save £540million by the end of the financial year, with a further £500million targeted over the following three years.It revealed in October it would cut up to 2,000 jobs in its payroll and HR departments, after axing 400 jobs from stores in March.Despite a slight lift in sales over the Christmas period, Sainsbury’s profits have declined for the past three years.Simon Roberts, retail and operations director at the supermarket, said: ‘The proposals will introduce a more efficient and effective structure, designed to meet the challenges of today’s retail environment.‘Our intention is not to reduce overall headcount as a result of these proposals. I appreciate this will be a difficult time for those affected and we will fully support our people through these changes.’ A formal consultation with affected workers will run until May, the firm said.Unite, the union representing many of the staff, said it would seek guarantees from management that its members would not face compulsory redundancy.Bev Clarkson, acting national officer for food and drink at Unite, said: ‘This is very bad news for those dedicated workers affected by the planned job losses, and Unite will be giving our members maximum support at this difficult time.‘We appreciate that Sainsbury’s has a good record of redeployment of staff in these situations and we will be exploring every avenue to ensure the continuing employment for our member AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5303917/Thousands-risk-Sainsburys-Tesco-jobs-carnage.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Leaked email sparks fears Apple is killing off iTunes
A leaked e-mail has revealed that Apple is making some major changes to iTunes.The source claims the Cupertino-based company will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions as of this month.Launched in 2009, LPs (long plays) were a way for users to buy albums with additional elements such as bonus tracks and videos.LPs could be the first of several major changes from iTunes to keep up with subscription-based streaming platform Spotify, industry experts say.An internal e-mail, titled 'The End of iTunes LPs' was leaked to the Metro, the publication reports.The email was sent two weeks ago from an address at 'The iTunes Store,' and was signed by 'The Apple Music Team.'The email states that 'Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs after March 2018.'Existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018.'Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match', the email read.LPs allow users to view multimedia elements as they play music. They often include lyrics, band photos and performance videos.The anonymous source who leaked the email to Metro told the publication: 'It's clear that streaming is the future. Apple wants to push people to take out subscriptions.'While Metro reported that LPs would be removed from iTunes, Apple confirmed to tech site The Verge that existing LPs will continue to be available.Despite much initial fanfare, LPs never became a major avenue of income for Apple.Industry experts believe this could indicate Apple will pursue a subscription-based outlet similar to the business model of Spotify, the largest online music streaming platform in the world.Mark Mulligan, an analyst at MIDiA Research and music industry blogger, told the Metro that the announcement was 'potential evidence' of Apple's future plans.'This could show Apple will turn off its download store at some point,' he said.'At some stage in the future, Apple having an iTunes music store will be as incongruous as Currys selling black and white TVs.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5472493/Leaked-email-sparks-fears-Apple-killing-iTunes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - William Hill gambles on a sports betting boom in the US
William Hill is putting its money on a sports betting boom in the United States after selling its Australian business at a loss.The bookmaker is stepping up investment in the US ahead of a court ruling that could overturn a ban on sports betting in the coming months.The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act has outlawed betting on sport in all but Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon since 1992.But the US Supreme Court could repeal the law after a challenge from New Jersey – opening the floodgates for sports betting across America.Around £395billion is wagered on sport across the US annually –the vast majority illegally.Of the £3.6billion bet on the Superbowl last month, 97 per cent was illegal.William Hill yesterday called time on its foray into Australia by selling its operations there to Crown Bet for £176million. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5469589/William-Hill-gambles-sports-betting-boom-US.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Royal Liverpool Hospital is now a scene of despair
To feel the real impact of the Carillion collapse on small firms and ordinary people, you have to leave the confines of Whitehall and the City and head to a place such as Liverpool.There, the firm was building a long-awaited new hospital. Once the site of hope, it is now a scene of worry and despair.‘Bust,’ says the scrawl on a Carillion sign at the now eerily quiet £335 million site where a new state-of-the-art hospital had been going up to replace the crumbling one next door.‘Pay the wages,’ says another piece of graffiti. The words speak volumes about the anger felt by scores of small firms whose future is now in jeopardy.It is now not clear when the new Royal Liverpool Hospital will be completed. Sub-contractors have downed tools in protest over hundreds of thousands of pounds of fees they are owed by the firm.The few Carillion staff present on site were sitting in cabins behind locked gates.Carillion contracted around 30 firms to work on the project. The collapse threatens their jobs, pay and pensions.The Unite union is calling for a public inquiry. Regional officer John Sheppard branded the £1.5 million pay handed to Carillion CEO Richard Howson ‘extortionate’ and ‘a disgrace’.Patients, too, are angry. Margaret Hill, 62, who is awaiting surgery, said the existing hospital, opened in the 1970s, is ‘falling to bits’.She added: ‘Nothing gets fixed on the wards we are on. We have cold air streaming in through the top of the window. It’s freezing. We really need this new hospital.’Another patient, William Clarke, 73, said: ‘I look down into the new hospital from my ward and I don’t see anybody working there.’Doctors say Carillion’s collapse is a ‘nightmare’ – as the new Royal, originally due to open last March, now faces further delays.The 1970s Royal is a creaking concrete block that has cracks in the floor held together by gaffer tape, with water dripping from the gutters. The automatic entrance doors are broken, and so is the vending machine. Overhead, an enormous pink banner urges patients to ‘Donate Now!’ to a £10 million appeal to fund ‘a world-class new Royal’.‘The whole thing’s a total nightmare,’ said an exhausted care worker, who asked not to be named. ‘We’re just getting on with it. It’s all we can do.’Dr Fath Alloba, a sexual health specialist, said: ‘We need the new hospital right now. Delays like this put an additional burden on the patients. This is the last thing the NHS needs.’Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, is pressing Ministers to secure a completion date for the hospital ‘as a matter of urgency’. ‘My concern is that this will drag on for a long time,’ she said.The Hospital Company (Liverpool), the private sector consortium set up to deliver the project, is expected to appoint a new contractor to complete the remaining 10 per cent of the new hospital.But Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool Trust, is still waiting to be told a date. Unite’s Sheppard said: ‘The hospital will be delivered but no- AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5292895/Royal-Liverpool-Hospital-scene-despair.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Medieval woman gave birth after death
A macabre discovery in Italy has offered a haunting glimpse at two rarely seen medical phenomena dating back to the Early Middle Ages.Among several burials unearthed in Imola, Italy in 2010, archaeologists found the well-preserved remains of an adult laid to rest with the bones of a fetus positioned between its legs.A closer look has now revealed the pair represents an unusual case of ‘coffin birth.’By the time of burial, both the mother and child were already dead – but, it wasn’t until after that the stillborn baby was pushed from her body.It remains a mystery how exactly the pregnant woman died hundreds of years ago around the age of 25-35, but markings on her skull indicate she underwent medieval brain surgery at least a week prior, with a hole drilled neatly into her skull.Researchers from the Universities of Ferrara and Bologna have detailed the grim findings in a paper published to the journal World Neurosurgery.The procedure exemplified in the burial from the 7th-8th century AD is known as trepanation, and is thought to date back to the Neolithic era.It was used to treat all sorts of ailments by drilling or cutting into the skull – including a pregnancy disorder still common today.‘Eclampsia is the outcome of seizures of pre-eclampsia, which can affect women after the twentieth week of pregnancy, and hypertensive diseases are still the first cause of maternal death,’ the authors wrote in the study.‘Some of the most common manifestations of this disease are high fever, convulsions, consistent frontal and occipital cephalalgia, high intracranial pressure, and cerebral hemorrhage.‘All these symptoms, from Prehistory to the 20th century, used to be treated with trepanation.’The nature of the lesion observed in the ancient skull suggests the injury was the result of a surgical intervention, rather than violent trauma.And, the researchers say it even exhibits signs of early bone healing, indicating the woman survived at least a week after the procedure was done.At the time, she was roughly 38 weeks into the pregnancy.While it’s impossible to know for sure why the trepanation was performed, the researchers say it was likely an attempt to reduce pressure in the skull stemming from eclampsia.How she died is even less certain.‘There are still several unknown points about the woman’s cause of death,’ the authors explain, noting that she could have died from the pregnancy disorder, labor-related complications, or the surgery itself.In any case, the researchers say the discovery of both trepanation and coffin birth in the same set of remains is incredibly rare.‘This finding is one of the few documented cases of trepanation in the European Early Middle Ages, and the only one featuring a pregnant woman in association with a post mortem fetal extrusion phenomenon,’ the authors wrote.‘Considering all these factors, this case represents a unicum and sheds more light on the clinical history of neurosurgery and pregnancy during this historical period.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5547203/Medieval-woman-hole-drilled-skull-38-weeks-pregnant-gave-birth-death.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The slow motion crash on the High Street: This is Money podcast
Toys R Us and Maplin were sunk this week, investors are nervously watching Carpetright and Mothercare, and restaurants from Jamie Oliver’s, to Byron, and now Prezzo are closing their doors.This week’s shop closures could see more than 5,000 jobs lost.It looks like a slow motion crash on the High Street.But at the same time the economy is doing okay, and sales in the housing market are reasonably buoyant, so why the trouble?In this week’s podcast, Simon Lambert, Georgie Frost and Rachel Rickard Straus take a look at Britain’s high street woes and whether it is company debt, consumer confidence, overexpansion gone wrong, or a failure to keep up with the times that is sinking well-known names.Also on the show, we take a look at what Warren Buffett learnt from his ten–year tracker fund bet – and the twist in the tale of how he won it.Plus, how the value of your old £10 note changed through its lifetime and the things most likely to go wrong on a new car.How to listen to the This is Money podcast  We publish our podcast every Friday to the player on This is Money, above, and on Apple Podcasts (iTunes) and on the podcast platforms Audioboom and Acast, both of which allow you to listen on desktop, mobile, or download an app. We also now publish to Spotify. To download the Apple Podcasts app if you do not already have it, go to the App store. Or go to either the Apple App store or the Google Play store on Android to download the Acast, AudioBoom or Spotify app.  Press play to listen to this week's full episode on the player above, or listen (and please subscribe if you like the podcast) at Apple Podcasts, Acast, Audioboom and Spotify or visit our This is Money Podcast page. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/podcast/article-5455489/The-slow-motion-crash-High-Street-Money-podcast.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Boy smiles as he hears mom's voice for the first time
This is the moment an adorable baby boy heard his mother's voice for the first time.Camdyn Holger was born with bilateral moderate to severe hearing loss in August 2017, meaning he could hear anything below screaming level.But in November, after months of doctors appointments and treatments, he was able to respond to sound for the first time with the help of a hearing device.Camdyn's facial expressions transitioned from confused to excited when he heard his 20-year-old mother Vanessa say 'hey!' in a video of the touching moment, released today.Speaking to Daily Mail Online, Vanessa described those few seconds as 'pretty special and awesome.'Holger said her 'everything went as planned' during the delivery and Camdyn was born a healthy baby.But she became concerned when he failed the newborn hearing screening twice.Holger, a mother-of-two with no family history of hearing loss, was told not to worry because very few of the 10 percent of infants who fail this test have permanent hearing loss.The reasons for it range from fluid in the ear to head movement to crying through their exam.But Holger, who has a rare form of diabetes called Maturing Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), believed her condition and her insulin levels during the pregnancy may have had something to do with Camdyn's hearing loss, since low or high insulin levels are known to cause birth defects.'My insulin levels were increased during pregnancy,' Holger told Daily Mail Online. 'I had to give myself shots of insulin in the morning, at night and before I ate any meals.'Holger then scheduled an appointment with an audiologist in Oregon where they  diagnosed Camdyn with bilateral moderate to severe sensorineual hearing loss, a disorder that can affect language development.'We were thrilled to share his video show his smiles and reactions,' Holger told Newsflare. 'We watched many similar videos of baby's getting hearing aids which helped us a lot to look forward to that day and we want to get our video out there to help other families going through the same thing.'Holger said Camdyn wasn't completely deaf - he could vaguely hear when people when they screamed or raised their voice - but the hearing aid allows Camdyn to hear people when they are speaking to him a normal volume level.Although Holger's condition didn't have an adverse affect on her first pregnancy, she believes it may have been a factor in Camdyn's hearing loss.MODY - which accounts for just two percent of all diabetes cases in the US - limits  pancreas' ability to produce insulin, according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases MODY limit the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that plays a key role in the regulation of blood sugar levels.Holger routinely injected two types of insulin as part of her treatment - Levimir and Humalog - but insulin requirements vary during pregnancy, according to AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5264019/Boy-smiles-hears-moms-voice-time.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Financial Ombudsman chief tries to rally staff
The boss of the Financial Ombudsman Service has written to staff warning them that Channel Four is to air a Dispatches documentary which will be less than complimentary about the complaints body.In the e-mail, seen by This is Money, Caroline Wayman says the half-hour programme will air on Monday, 5 March 2018 - and it is likely to show the FOS in a bad light.It comes after This is Money exclusively revealed last year how staff at the FOS were leaving negative reviews about the service after changes made by the boss, who has been in charge since July 2014.Some said the organisation - a final stop for complaints about financial firms - was blindly chasing productivity gains while treating employees badly and others labelled it a shambles.The e-mail says that the programme involved undercover filming and concerns raised by the Dispatches team include training, level of awards, judgement in individual circumstances, workload and PPI volumes.In the e-mail, Ms Wayman says: 'As well as working on the areas raised by Dispatches, our priorities are to reassure our customers that they can trust the rigour and fairness of our answers – and to support and care for our people who may be experiencing extra pressures and a range of emotions over the coming weeks.'She goes on to add that it will be prioritising three areas of work.These are to reassure customers and stakeholders that decisions are trustworthy and fair, giving people the opportunity to raise any concerns from the programme.Supporting and caring for its staff, recognising loyalty, hard work and professionalism – and also looking into the detail of the all the areas raised by Dispatches to see where things can improve.The FOS is funded by the financial services sector through a combination of statutory levies and case fees.In December, it estimates that for the financial year 2017/18, it will operate with a loss of £8.7million.Meanwhile, Ms Wayman was paid £282,573 for the year ending 31 March 2016.On job review website Glassdoor, the FOS has 379 employee reviews with a satisfaction rating of just 1.8 out of five.The average company rating on Glassdoor is 3.3 out of 5, so a 1.8 for the FOS is well below most other employers.Furthermore, just 15 per cent of staff approve of the chief executive.A review from a staff member left this week on the site reads: 'As a whole the organisation lost its sense of direction. I think it fell over where it over thought its new approach.'Managers are being paid loads for doing nothing. Majority of adjudicators are very self-sufficient and are usually most knowledgeable than the managers but are paid less.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5425985/Financial-Ombudsman-chief-tries-rally-staff.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - US veteran receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant
A US veteran has received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant after losing both legs and his genitals to a bomb blast in Afghanistan.The young man, who declined to be identified, is expected to regain all sexual and urinary functions within a months if not years.Nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery on March 26 at Johns Hopkins - the same team that performed the country's first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior.They transplanted an entire penis, scrotum without testicles and part of the abdominal wall all from a deceased donor. The donor's testicles were removed for ethical reasons to avoid risk of having his babies.'It's a real mind-boggling injury to suffer, it is not an easy one to accept,' the patient said.'When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal… [with] a level of confidence as well. Confidence… like finally I'm okay now.'Having now recovered from the surgery, he is expected to be discharged from the hospital this week.The move is groundbreaking, and paves the way for the many other soldiers who have sustained genital injuries during combat.'We are hopeful that this transplant will help restore near-normal urinary and sexual functions for this young man,' Andrew Lee, M.D., professor and director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said.The team has been working towards this milestone for years. It is part of a major program to give 60 soldiers penis transplants.There have been two penis transplants in the world to date. The first in China in 2006 was unsuccessful, while the second in South Africa in 2014 was a success. The South African patient, who is now 24, even fathered a child in 2016.However, this is the first time a team has perform a total penis and scrotum transplant.The patient started working with the Johns Hopkins team in 2012 as he refused to believe the military doctor who said there was no way back, according to the New York Times.Finding director of pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery Dr Richard Redett, he said, pulled him out of a total sense of loss, taking his pain medications longer than he needed to just to numb his mind.While they could have created a penis from the patient's own skin, it wouldn't allow him to regain everything - a prosthetic implant would be necessary to achieve an erection, and that comes with a much higher rate of infection.Many veterans also tend not to have enough viable tissue from other parts of their bodies to work with, including this patient.After surpassing the high bar of necessary requirements (he needed to still have a urethra and a specific set of blood vessels), the patient decided to trust Dr Redett that it was worth waiting for a donor penis to transplant.The alert finally came in March that a donor was available in another state. The three surgeons flew from Maryland to retrieve it, before coming back for the 14-hour, 25-surgeon operatio AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5648505/US-veteran-receives-worlds-penis-scrotum-transplant.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Rolls-Royce puts bulk of marine business up for sale
Rolls-Royce has put the bulk of its loss-making marine business up for sale as part of a cost-cutting drive that will see the firm trimmed down.The marine division has been hammered by the slump in the oil price over recent years and Rolls’ boss Warren East said the time had come to consider whether it would do better under different owners.It is thought the commercial division under review could be worth between £500m and £800m. GE, Wartsila and Siemens are being suggested as possible buyers.The possible sale is part of a revamp announced yesterday that will see the Derby-based engineering giant cutting itself down into three divisions: civil aerospace, defence and power.Rolls would not put a figure on how many jobs might go under the reorganisation, but said it would honour existing agreements with workers. Some corporate jobs are expected to go.East said: ‘It will create a defence operation with greater scale in the market, enabling us to offer our customers a more integrated range of products and services.‘It will also strengthen our ability to innovate in core technologies and enable us to take advantage of future opportunities in areas such as electrification and digitalisation.’Nearly 2,000 jobs have already been lost at the marine division as it plunged to losses of £2.7m on sales of £1.1bn in 2016.The bulk of this business supplies equipment and vessel design across the oil and gas, merchant and other commercial markets.Rolls is reviewing this commercial division but plans to keep hold of the marine operations which supply complex power and propulsion operations to naval customers, including the Royal Navy.The wider overhaul will see the firm’s nuclear submarine systems moving into defence, and civil nuclear activities moving into power.A scandalwhich saw helicopter pilots at defence firm Cobham buy fake degrees had no impact on safety, bosses have said. Seven British nationals at Cobham-owned contractor FB Heliservices bought the documents between 2013 and 2015 – including two pilots.  And a three-month probe, completed last June, said the issue was related to a handful of staff based at Curacao in the Caribbean. Chief executive David Lockwood said the employees had the required qualifications and the ability to do the jobs, and that there was no impact on safety. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5280555/Rolls-Royce-puts-bulk-marine-business-sale.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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