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Breaking News  - China set for 2018 mission to the far side of the moon
 
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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  - Stunning video footage shows how vitamin B1 cured the tremors of two patients
 
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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  - Skylon spaceplane could be a reality by 2025 following new backing
 
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A revolutionary spaceplane that could take tourists into orbit at five times the speed of sound could be ready by 2025 thanks to a funding boost.Dubbed Skylon, the plane will use an 'air-breathing' jet engine capable of sending it to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere in just 15 minutes.It will then switch to rocket power to stay in orbit, according to Reaction Engines Limited (REL), which is hoping to beat the likes of Nasa in building the world's first 'hypersonic' engine.In a statement today, Oxfordshire-based REL announced a major new joint £26.5 million ($37m) investment in the technology, with contributions from Boeing and Rolls Royce.The investment puts the aircraft's first flight on track for 2025 provided ground tests of REL's engine - set to begin in 2020 - are successful.REL's latest funding boost takes the total capital it has raised over the past three years to £100 million ($140m).'Rolls Royce and Boeing - these are really big names, and it's fantastic to be in this position,' REL CEO Mark Thomas told BBC News.'Rolls are super-positive about the technology. They want us to be independent and innovative, and to push our technology as hard as possible.'And Boeing - that's amazing. They are the world's biggest aerospace company, have decades of expertise and future plans that, for us I'm sure, will be really exciting.'REL is developing what it calls the Sabre engine, a turbine designed to fire aircraft from the runway to orbit in a single step.It would work like a jet engine up to Mach 5.5 (5.5 times the speed of sound or 1.9 km per second) before switching to a rocket mode for the rest of the ascent.In its rocket flight configuration the aircraft could reach speeds of Mach 25, or around 5.3 miles per second (8.5 km per second).Sabre works by burning atmospheric air in combustion chambers, creating heat that then  turbo-charges the engine.At the moment, rockets and spaceplanes have to carry liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to power them, a heavy and therefore expensive burden.The new engine creates its own liquid oxygen by cooling air entering the engine from 1,000°C to minus 150°C in a hundredth of a second – six times faster than the blink of an eye – without creating ice blockages.The technology could be used in vehicles designed to deliver communications satellites or tourists to orbit at rapid speeds before returning to Earth.Aircraft that fly at hypersonic speeds from point to point on Earth's surface may also employ the technology - an application that clearly interests Boeing.The firm's investment arm, Horizon X Ventures, is fronting the new joint fund in what is its first investment in a UK-based company.'As Reaction Engines unlocks advanced propulsion that could change the future of air and space travel, we expect to leverage their revolutionary technology to support Boeing's pursuit of hypersonic flight,' said HorizonX vice president, Steve Nordlund.Rolls-Royce has invested in the project before, part-funding research into AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5607485/Skylon-spaceplane-reality-2025-following-25m-backing-Boeing-Rolls-Royce.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
 
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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  - Treasury suggests 1p and 2p coins could be scrapped
 
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Philip Hammond is facing a backlash after suggesting 1p and 2p coins and £50 notes could be scrapped as part of moves to a cashless society.Treasury documents published alongside the Chancellor's Spring Statement raise questions about the future of the small change, pointing out they are increasingly 'falling out of circulation'.Large numbers of pennies and 2ps are being used just once before being thrown away, according to the assessment.At the other end of the scale, £50 notes are 'rarely used for routine purchases' and can be implicated in money laundering and tax evasion.However, Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said the penny was a part of history and branded the idea of getting rid of small units 'lazy'.The Treasury consultation stops short of proposing the currency be abandoned altogether, but makes clear the government's initial views on the issue.'From an economic perspective, having large numbers of denominations that are not in demand, saved by the public, or in long term storage at cash processors rather than used in circulation does not contribute to an efficient or cost effective cash cycle,' the document says.The paper says six in 10 1p and 2p coins are only used once before 'leaving the cash cycle'.'In the normal course of the cash cycle, many denominations fall out of circulation, for example, by being placed into savings jars,' the consultation says.'Surveys suggest that six in ten 1p and 2p coins are used in a transaction once before they leave the cash cycle. They are either saved, or in 8 per cent of cases are thrown away..'To meet demand created by such losses from circulation, in previous years the government and the Royal Mint have needed to produce and issue over 500 million 1p and 2p coins each year to replace those falling out of circulation.'The decreasing use of cash for small-value transactions, together with the public returning stores of small change to banks, meant the issues were becoming more pronounced.The document adds: 'The cost of industry processing and distributing low denomination coins is the same as for high denomination coins, making the cost high relative to face value and utility.'At the same time the £50 note is 'believed to be rarely used for routine purchases and is instead held as a store of value'.'There is a significant overseas demand for £50 notes, with the notes used for some transactions, but mainly held as a store of value alongside other currencies such as the dollar and euro,' the document says.'There is also a perception among some that £50 notes are used for money laundering, hidden economy activity, and tax evasion.'But Mr Liddell-Grainger told MailOnline: 'A lot of charities live for those pennies.'This is a level of laziness from the Treasury. They just want to stop something, even though people still use it.'It is the same issue we had over cheques.'He added: 'I think the government has got this wrong. They need to have a long think about this. It is a bad mistake.'Sara Coles, personal AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5495799/Treasury-suggests-1p-2p-coins-SCRAPPED.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Massive 'plume' cloud spotted on the surface of Mars
 
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Since 13 September 2018, the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA's Mars Express has been observing the of a curious cloud formation. The cloud can be seen in this VMC image taken 10 October as the white, elongated feature extending 1500 km westward of the volcano.  Left, The water ice cloud, which arises as the volcano slope interacts with the air flow, can be seen as the white, elongated feature in the lower left part of the image, extending westward of the volcano and casting a shadow on the surface. The image was taken on 17 September 2018, from an altitude of 11 000 km. North is up. Right, The cloud began forming near the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet’s equator. a comparison, the cone-shaped volcano has a diameter of about 250 km; a view of the region with labels is provided here. The High Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA’s Mars Express snapped a view of a curious cloud formation that appears regularly in the vicinity of the Arsia Mons volcano. This water ice cloud, which arises as the volcano slope interacts with the air flow, can be seen as the long white feature extending to the lower right of the volcano. The cloud, which measures 915 km in this view, also casts a shadow on the surface. This image was taken on 21 September 2018 from an altitude of about 6930 km. North is up.      AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6330033/Mysterious-900-MILE-long-plume-cloud-spotted-surface-Mars-near-giant-volcano.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - A weekly HIV pill may be on the way
 
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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
 
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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  - Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice
 
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Our ancestors didn't just have inter-species sex with NeanderthalsA new DNA study has found that our forefathers interbred with another mysterious group of hominins, the Denisovans, on at least two occasions.Today, around 5 per cent of the DNA of some Australasians – particularly people from Papua New Guinea – is Denisovans.Now, researchers have found two distinct modern human genomes - one from Oceania and another from East Asia - both have distinct Denisovan ancestry.The genomes are also completely different, suggesting there were at least two separate waves of prehistoric intermingling between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago.Researchers already knew people living today on islands in the South Pacific have Denisovan ancestry.But what they did not expect to find was individuals from East Asia carry a uniquely different type.In a paper published in Cell on March 15, scientists at the University of Washington studied more than 5,600 whole-genome sequences from individuals from Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania and comparing them to the Denisovan genome.'What was known already was that Oceanian individuals, notably Papuan individuals, have significant amounts of Denisovan ancestry,' said senior author Sharon Browning, a research professor of biostatistics, University of Washington School of Public Health.'When we compared pieces of DNA from the Papuans against the Denisovan genome, many sequences were similar enough to declare a match.'The assumption was that the Denisovan ancestry in Asia came from individuals who had migrated from Oceanian populations.'But in this new work with East Asians, we find a second set of Denisovan ancestry that we do not find in the South Asians and Papuans,' said Dr Browning.'This Denisovan ancestry in East Asians seems to be something they acquired themselves.''We analyzed all of the genomes searching for sections of DNA that looked like they came from Denisovans,' said Dr Browning, whose team relied on genomic information from the UK10K project, the 1000 Genomes Project, and the Simons Genome Diversity Project.Pieces of DNA from the Papuans were then compared to that of the Denisovan genomes.They found many sequences were similar enough to be declared a match.However, some of the DNA sequences of the East Asians - notably those of the Han Chinese, Chinese Dai, and Japanese - were a much closer match with the Denisovan.What is known about Denisovan ancestry comes from a single set of archaic human fossils found in the Altai mountains in Siberia.That individual's genome was published in 2010, and other researchers quickly identified segments of Denisovan ancestry in several modern-day populations, most significantly with individuals from Oceania but also in East and South Asians.'The assumption is that admixing with Denisovans occurred fairly quickly after humans moved out of Africa, around 50,000 years ago, but we do not know where in terms of location,' said Dr Browning.She believes the ancestors of Oceanians admixed w AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5501217/Modern-humans-interbred-Denisovans-TWICE.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
 
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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  - NASA find massive new iceberg three times the size of Manhattan
 
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A close-up view of the rift separating Pine Island Glacier and iceberg B-46, as seen on an Operation IceBridge flight on November 7, 2018 Share this article Share ‹ Slide me › Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is known for dispensing icebergs into the Amundsen Sea, but the frequency of such events appears to be on the rise. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired the left image of the new iceberg on November 7, 2018. For comparison, the second OLI image shows the same area on September 17, 2018, before a rift quickly propagated across the glacier and spawned the bergs. Wednesday's flight plan took the IceBridge team over Pine Island Glacier as part of the long-running campaign to collect year-over-year measurements of sea ice, glaciers, and critical regions of Earth's ice sheets. New sea ice forms in a rift created when the B-46 iceberg broke off from Pine Island Glacier. THE ANTARCTIC ICE CRISIS The image below, tweeted November 9, 2018, by Stef Lhermitte of Delft University of Technology, shows the small, newly calved icebergs. The rectangle iceberg—which was about 4 kilometers long at the time appears just north of a curved berg. WHAT IS A TABULAR ICEBERG?  The original 'monolith'rectangular berg was spotted near the Larsen C ice shelf, and NASA experts believe it the sharp edges are evidence it may have recently broken off the shelf THE RECTANGULAR BERG'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY An area of geometric ice rubble is visible in the Landsat 8 image from October 14, 2018, two days before the IceBridge flight. The once-long rectangle berg did not make it through unscathed; it broke into smaller bits. The iceberg in Harbeck’s photograph, circled in the annotated Landsat 8 satellite image, appears closer to the shape of a trapezoid. Just past the original rectangular iceberg, which is visible from behind the outboard engine, IceBridge saw another relatively rectangular berg and the A68 iceberg in the distance. more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Amazing moment two bubble rings intertwine in the ocean Watch video Orangutans show ability to be capable of spontaneous innovation Watch video Chinese company Xiaomi launches in the UK with Mi 8 Pro flagship Watch video Harley-Davidson unveils LiveWire: Its first electric motorcycle Watch video Cockatoos make tools out of cardboard to get far away food Watch video Cheryl returns to the stage for Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2018 Watch video Harry discusses moment he asked his father to walk Meghan down the aisle Watch video Loose Women question Rod Stewart on cheating on penny 20 years ago Watch video Camilla believes Prince Charles 'destiny' doesn't weigh on him Watch video Jo Johnson QUITS Government in protest at May’s Brexit plan Watch video Melbourne man 'sets fire to car and charges at police with knife' Watch video British bomb disposal expert's reunion with Syrian dog he rescued The flight saw a 'field' of large tabular ic AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6372615/NASA-massive-new-iceberg-three-times-size-Manhattan-Antarctica.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - Former GKN boss stands to make £9m from takeover
 
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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  - New Glaxo boss axes 50 of her top team in under a year
 
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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  - Vermont becomes 9th state legalize recreational marijuana
 
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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  - World's fastest charger gives electric cars full power in minutes
 
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Swiss engineering firm ABB claims to have created the world's fastest electric vehicle charger.Called the Terra High Power DC fast charger, the device can give the average electric car 120 miles of range in a mere eight minutes.The 350 kilowatt charger can recharge vehicles almost three times faster than the rate of Tesla's Supercharger charging stations, according to New Atlas.ABB says its DC fast chargers are best suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations.So far, the firm has installed over 6,500 fast charging stations in 60 countries.As more and more advanced charging technology is developed, it should help incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles.Current chargers are significantly slower than the machines ABB has proposed.CHAdeMO chargers, which were recently adopted by Volkswagen, only provide about 62.5 kilawatts of charge.Tesla Superchargers put out about 120 kilawatts, despite Elon Musk recentlyjoking that 350 kW would only power a 'children's toy'.There are few cars capable of handling up to 350 kW charging, as many try to preserve battery life and can take an upwards of 200 kW, New Atlas noted.For now, ABB's super fast chargers are only likely to work when multiple cars are plugged in at once.Meanwhile, Tesla has been steadily ramping up the number of Supercharger stations it has set up around the country.Last September, the firm said it would expand its Supercharger network into city centers and downtown areas, starting with Chicago and Boston.To support high usage and accommodate for having less space for the stations, Tesla is also developing a brand new smaller Supercharger specifically for cities.While a lot of talk about Tesla has been its move toward allowing for longer drives with Supercharge stations along highways and popular driving routes, it has installed 'Destination Charging' connectors at hotels, resorts, restaurants, and more.The company will do the same in urban areas, opening Supercharger stations at supermarkets, malls, and other busy destinations.'Supercharger stations in urban areas will be installed in convenient locations, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts, so it’s easy for customers to charge their car in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands,' Tesla said.To fit their chargers into cities, Tesla has developed a new smaller Supercharger design.'Superchargers in urban areas have a new post design that occupies less space and is easier to install, making them ideal for dense, highly populated areas,' Tesla said.These chargers will be the same price as the current Superchargers, but they will work a little differently.Each will have 72 kilowatts dedicated to power each car, which means charging speeds won't be affected if multiple cars at charging at once.This will result in more consistent charging times around 45 to 50 minutes.The existent stations charge with up to 145 kilowatts of power that is distributed between two adjacent cars and can get a Tesla AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5662739/Worlds-fastest-charger-electric-cars-battery-power-just-eight-minutes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could THIS lead to a cure for hearing loss?
 
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A cure for hearing loss could be in the pipeline, researchers hope on the back of a new breakthrough.A scientific trial, branded 'extremely promising', has uncovered a new way to repair damaged cells deep inside the ear.Experts at Harvard and the University of Southern California made the discovery after testing animal tissues in the lab.Scientists have been trying for decades to find a cure for hearing loss, which strikes around one in five people in the UK and US.Fragile hair cells in the cochlea - an inner-ear structure that conveys sound to the brain - break down over time and can lead to hearing loss.But a major stumbling block in the human anatomy means any dissolved drugs to try and regenerate cells are swept away by fluid sitting deep in the ear.The new way of delivering drugs, created by Professor Charles Mckenna, addresses that problem.They found a way of piggybacking a drug to regenerate the crucial cells. Professor McKenna said: 'This is a first for hearing loss and the ear.'It is also important because it may be adaptable for other drugs that need to be applied within the inner ear.'We are not saying it is a cure for hearing loss. It is a proof of principle for a new approach that is extremely promising.'Professor McKenna, chemistry professor at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, added: 'It is an important step that offers a lot of hope.'The researchers created a new way of getting drugs to reach the cochlea, an inner-ear structure that receives sounds in the form of vibrations.It is full of tiny hair-like sensory cells, which are crucial to detecting sound waves. They do not regenerate - and they wear away over time.But the method of delivering medication regenerated synapses in mouse ear tissue that led to the repair of the fragile hair cells and neurons.The experts combined 7,8-dihydroxyflavone, which mimics a protein critical for the development of the body, and bisphosphonate - which sticks to bones.The findings were published in the journal Bioconjugate Chemistry.Professor McKenna and colleagues believe their new mechanism will work in living animals and humans and plan to test their theory soon.The study follows an Italian trial that found hearing problems could be a warning sign for memory loss in older people.People with hearing loss caused by the brain's inability to hear sound are twice as likely to suffer forgetfulness, the researchers found. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5582295/Could-lead-cure-hearing-loss.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
 
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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  - Hydrogen-powered van can travel 500 miles on a single tank of fuel
 
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+6 img id="i-7431a856af02fa0c" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581740-6214001-image-m-2_1538044704699.jpg" height="372" width="634" alt="Emil Rangelov's fleet of futuristic H2Vans are designed to drive for hours without refuelling and their only exhaust will be will be drinkable water from vapour" class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message Emil Rangelov's fleet of futuristic H2Vans are designed to drive for hours without refuelling and their only exhaust will be will be drinkable water from vapour +6 img id="i-82fead56f2be2476" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581752-6214001-image-m-5_1538044734653.jpg" height="413" width="634" alt="An artist's impression of the driver's cab in one of the Scottish tycoon's goods vehicles which will be capable of travelling up to 500 miles without needing to stop for refuelling " class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message An artist's impression of the driver's cab in one of the Scottish tycoon's goods vehicles which will be capable of travelling up to 500 miles without needing to stop for refuelling  +6 img id="i-3160af3b69854e70" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581754-6214001-image-a-6_1538044750006.jpg" height="422" width="634" alt="Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, is developing a fleet of hydrogen powered trucks to be built in Scotland. His planned cross-country trip in the summer of 2019 is intended to launch a green transport revolution" class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, is developing a fleet of hydrogen powered trucks to be built in Scotland. His planned cross-country trip in the summer of 2019 is intended to launch a green transport revolutionAdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads Share this article Share +6 img id="i-c5e02b2638a8e573" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581746-6214001-image-m-10_1538044832006.jpg" height="378" width="634" alt="A diagram of one of the trucks shows the hydrogen tanks which only need refuelling every 500 miles in a process which takes only six minutes " class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message A diagram of one of the trucks shows the hydrogen tanks which only need refuelling every 500 miles in a process which takes only six minutes  +6 img id="i-f025000ea8a3c917" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581742-6214001-image-m-13_1538045008086.jpg" height="390" width="634" alt="CGI of a truck developed by Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, and his partner Abdul Waheed, which use hydrogen. The company said that 139 public hydrogen refuelling stations have opened across Europe, including in the UK" class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message CGI of a truck developed by Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, and his partner Abdul Waheed, which use hydrogen. The company said that 139 public hydrogen refuelling sta AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6214001/Hydrogen-powered-van-travel-500-miles-single-tank-fuel.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Escape to the Chateau couple launch new renovations series
 
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They are the congenial and colourful couple who found television fame renovating a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau bought for just €390,000.And now Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel, from Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, are helping others to follow in their footsteps and turn their chateaux into a successful business.They are helping 16 individuals who have also made the decision to move to France and renovate a chateau - including a couple in their 20s.The new series called Escape to the Chateau DIY runs for four weeks every weekday at 4pm on Channel 4 - starting this afternoon.It follows the individuals as they struggle to renovate their derelict French properties, ranging in price from €60,000 to €1,000,050.Dick and Angel are on hand to help them avoid the pitfalls of running a business and turning their new homes into profitable ventures.Dick and Angel spoke exclusively to MailOnline Property about the new TV show and what viewers can expect.They explained how some of the renovations were filmed over the best part of a year, with a range of individuals following their French Chateaux dreams.This includes a couple in their 20s, a British man with a French wife and love of French antiques, and a British singer who found fame in Holland.Angel said: 'A chateau costs a lot of money to maintain. There needs to be a roof fund and a window fund. But the couples we worked with are now making money.'There is some number crunching that needs to be done and it is a lot of hard work. But there needs to be a balance and you need to remember why you are doing it. You need to make time for your family and spend time with the children.'Dick added: 'You also need to remember that there is a different beat to everything in France and once you accept that then life is a little easier.'And he stressed the importance of cashflow in running a business, saying: 'You need to think about revenue stream and the order of things.'But the show isn't all about the serious side of making money, with Dick and Angel bringing some of the colour and entertainment that we know and love from Escape to the Chateau to their new show.Dick enthused: 'I was on the roof of one chateau drinking a bottle of wine that was found in the walls of a dry moat. You don't get to do that every day.'The new show comes on the back of the popularity of Escape to the Chateau, which saw Dick and Angel renovate the rooms and grounds of their property, including a walled garden.The couple spent four years searching for their chateau, eventually buying one called Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson.It cost €390,000, which was not much more than their two-bedroom flat in Essex - the place they swapped for the French property.Chateaux in France are relatively cheap as they often cost more to renovate than to buy.Overseas finance specialist Simon Conn explains: 'Buying is one thing, but the upkeep of an abandoned chateau can be another. Maintenance costs for such a building can be considerable.'Running a suc AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5581375/Escape-Chateau-couple-launch-new-renovations-series.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Thin Film Electronics
 
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WHO IS IT? Thin Film Electronics creates smart labels which can be used on food containers to tell shoppers how fresh food is.The labels also allow retailers to control the cost of an item by computer.You can also use them to find out more about items. For example, a number of US breweries use them on their bottles. Pass a phone over the label and you are taken to a website, to learn more about the beer.Norway-based Thin Film, founded in 2005, is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and counts GlaxoSmithKline as a client.WHAT’S THE LATEST? In October, it raised £81million, to cover its costs until at least 2019. Thin Film will use the money to buy manufacturing equipment and develop products.WHO BACKS IT? The most recognisable name is Neil Woodford, one of the UK’s leading fund managers. Others include Invesco Perpetual, BNP Paribas and Danske Bank.WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST We are moving to a world where everyday items such as toasters, fridges and watches will be linked to the ‘Internet of Things’ revolution.Firms that develop this technology at a profit should do well in what is tipped to be a £337billion worldwide market by 2020.Encouragingly, Thin Film has signed five new clients since the start of December....AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T The share price has plummeted dramatically to 21p after hitting 73p in 2015.As it is listed in Norway, an investment can fluctuate as the value of the pound changes against the Norwegian krona.And it’s difficult to pick successful tech firms as innovations can be easily copied and trumped by rivals. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5240045/SHARE-PUNT-WEEK-Film-Electronics.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could cannabis help treat eczema and psoriasis?
 
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University of Colorado scientists have begun trials on a compound in the drug to determine if it can combat the common skin conditions.They believe CBD - which doesn't cause a 'high' - could offer hope for millions of eczema and psoriasis sufferers.The anti-inflammatory compound, known officially as cannabidiol, is already backed for its plethora of benefits by the World Health Organization.Global health chiefs gave it a clean bill of health in a report published in December and declared it had no adverse outcomes.Holland & Barrett already stocks an oil form of the compound, which is legal to buy in the UK. Cannabis, however, remains illegal.Researchers, led by Dr Robert Dellavalle, have begun experiments on 40 Parkinson's patients with seborrheic dermatitis, InsideScience reports.Trials of a CBD-based pill have yet to finish - but studies have shown compounds in cannabis can help eczema and psoriasis patients.Dr Dellavelle told the website: 'There’s a large segment of the population that doesn’t like using steroids, even if they are topical steroids on their skin.'This [CBD] would be an alternative, natural product for them to try.'He added that there's a 'potential' of using CBD that may work in a different way to patients who receive no benefits from topical steroids.Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University told MailOnline: 'There is emerging evidence that chemicals within cannabis might offer potential health benefits.'But we will need more than one research trial to be done before we can say whether this works or not.'He added: 'It might be several years before this research produces medicines that can be used for conditions such as eczema.'Psoriasis strikes around 650,000 people in the UK, including former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. Kim Kardashian is one of eight million victims in the US.Six million people in the UK have eczema, including singer Adele. Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is one of 31 million sufferers in the US.Current treatments for both conditions revolve around topical steroid creams and emollients to soothe and hydrate patches of red, flaky skin.But the medications are known to have side effects, such as skin thinning. The new Colorado research could pave the way for a better treatment.CBD is, however, widely different to THC - which is the psychoactive compound that causes a high in cannabis and linked to psychosis.Campaigners and charities fighting for multiple sclerosis patients have argued for the UK Government to make the itself legal.They claim thousands of patients are often left with no other options than to turn to weed when conventional drugs fail to dampen their pain.But concerns have been raised that Britain's market of the drug is dominated by super-strength skunk - which is low in CBD and high in THC.Current laws state those caught in possession of the Class B substance face up to five years in prison in the UK.The Home Office declared last July that there was no intention to make cannabis legal - but AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5509647/Could-cannabis-help-treat-eczema-psoriasis.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Woman, 52, 'cured' her terminal cancer with cannabis oil
 
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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  - Body of a fearsome Chinese warlord Cao Cao is finally found
 
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Archaeologists have found the body of a fearsome Chinese warlord buried in a 1,800-year-old tomb, despite ancient efforts to hide his resting place.The hidden underground tomb dates back to the year 220AD and is believed to belong to Cao Cao, who was one of the most famous warlords at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty.The huge mausoleum site was hard to find as most of its structure above ground had been demolished.Historians say Cao Cao's outstanding military and political talents enabled him to build the strongest and most prosperous state in northern China.He ruled during the Three Kingdoms period in 208 to 280 AD, when China had three separate rulers.A tomb thought to be his was found in 2009 but a controversy has raged since then over whether it was really Cao Cao in the main chamber.But archaeologists from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology say they are now sure that the remains of a man aged between 60 and 70 are those of the famous warlord.Although Cao Cao was revered at the time of this death, the tomb, found in the village of Gaoxixue in Anyang County in Eastern China's Henan province, has very little information on it.It is thought that Cao Cao forbade any grand tombs but that his son Cao Pi ignored his wishes and built one anyway.However, Cao Pi is believed to have changed his mind later, fearing tomb robbers, and had the upper part of the mausoleum taken down.Archaeologist Zhou Ligang said: 'This means that the demolition was not an act of revenge but was planned.'If the construction was knocked down by his opponents, there would be plenty of debris at the scene, but at Cao Cao's mausoleum that is not in that case.'However, there were still a few signs the site was Cao Caos tomb, including a stone tablet that has the name 'King Wu of Wei' on, ones of Cao Cao's titles.The underground mausoleum is also extremely large.Among the relics found were stone paintings featuring the social life of Cao's time, stone tablets bearing inscriptions of sacrificial objects, and Cao's personal belongings.According to Mr Ligang the identities of two ladies found in the tomb remained mysterious.History records that Cao Cao was buried with his wife, who died aged between 70 and 80, but the two corpses are of one woman in her fifties and one in her twenties.A new museum is now planned at the site.Mr Ligang said it was hoped it would receive its first visitors in around three years.Characters based on Cao are depicted as shrewd and unscrupulous villains in traditional Chinese operas and in one of China's best-loved historical novels, 'Romance Of The Three Kingdoms'.In the fictionalised account, Cao says: 'Better for me to wrong the world than for the world to wrong me.'The common saying in Chinese 'speak of Cao Cao and Cao Cao arrives' is the equivalent of the English expression 'speak of the devil' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5554109/Body-fearsome-Chinese-warlord-Cao-Cao-finally-found.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Yellowstone National Park was struck by 153 earthquakes in July
 
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Yellowstone National Park was struck by 153 mini earthquakes in July, according to scientists. Pictured is a general view of the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park Share this article Share Last month, a fissure opened up in Grand Tenton National Park just 60 miles (100km) from the Yellowstone volcano, prompting officials to immediately close the area  The Hidden Falls (pictured) is 100-foot (30-metre) waterfall near the eastern end of Cascade Canyon.  The area is not far from the potentially devastating Yellowstone Volcano Inspiration Point (pictured) is a stop on a trek near Jenny Lake. Vast eruptions from the Yellowstone Volcano occurred 2.2 million, 1.3 million and 630,000 years ago Scientists have devised a new way to find out how quickly magma is building up beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano. The technique allows them to accurately estimate the amount of magma entering the volcano. Pictured is Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Pool Researchers 'spiked' several hot springs in Yellowstone National Park with the stable radioactive isotope deuterium (pictured). The deuterium was harmless to the environment and approved for use by park officials When it last blew the supervolcano produced one of the largest known blasts on Earth, spewing more than 2,000 times as much ash as Mount St. Helens did when it erupted in 1980 (pictured), killing 57 people in the most disastrous eruption in US history  AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6042715/Yellowstone-National-Park-struck-153-earthquakes-July-seismologists-reveal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Kanye wants a hydrogen-powered 'iPlane 1' to replace Air Force One
 
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Scroll down for video  Kanye West pitched the iPlane 1 to President Trump during the Oval Office meeting between the two last week. He showed the president images of the plane (pictured) which show a jet with a flat, wide body and a transparent blue roof President Donald Trump (left) meets with rapper Kanye West (right) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Kanye used his iPhone X to show the president designs of a futuristic plane (pictured) which, he said, could be powered by hydrogen  Share this article Share Kanye pitched a revolutionary idea to replace the president's plane with an ultra-modern upgrade that would be powered by hydrogen. Kanye presented the idea to Mr Trump but neglected to mention that the designs stemmed from a rather obscure source. It was first conceived in 2012 as part of a masters project  The six-year-old plans, pitched by Kaye has his own idea, were originally concocted by Shabtai Hirshberg during his postgraduate studies at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit Shabtai Hirshberg has since revealed that he was unaware the world-famous musician was using his art. Je said: 'No, it completely caught me by surprise' During the meeting at the Oval Office Kanye revealed that the plane would be worked on by Apple - an American company 'This right here is the iPlane 1. This is what our president should be flying,' Kanye said of his idea The project produced a range of different designs that investigated how air travel might morph and adapt in the coming years and included 'sponsors' such as UPS and Virgin The industrial designer says he is more than happy to collaborate with Kanye West and Apple if they decide to actually take this forward Mr Hirshberg's thesis was tailored around imagining and creating images of what air travel would look like in 2030 The project was more aspirational than realistic, Mr Hirshberg revealed, with the projects likely needing materials and fuels that are yet to be developed. 'He didn't say that it was me… but it's nice to be recognised by the reporters at least,' Mr Hirshberg said AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6277231/Kanye-West-wants-Futuristic-hydrogen-powered-iPlane-1-replace-Air-Force-One.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Tamiflu terrors: Girl, 11 saw 'the portal to HELL'
 
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An 11-year-old girl from became convinced that she was hearing the devil's voice with insects crawling all over her body after she took Tamiflu last year.Lindsay Ellis's father, Charles, decided to go public with her harrowing story yesterday after reports emerged that another girl - a six-year-old in Allen, Texas - tried to jump out of a window under the influence of the flu treatment.Already this year, 30 children have died of the flu, and parents are turning to Tamiflu to treat their young ones at the first signs of sickness.But, in rare cases, Tamiflu has been linked to hallucinations like this one, from Indianapolis, Indiana, whose delusions subsided after she was taken off of the drug.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone for whom the flu might pose serious health risks – including children younger than five – get flu shots, and start taking flu antiviral drugs.Tamiflu, or the generic oseltamivir, is one of three such drugs the CDC has endorsed for treating this year's flu.But every year, reports of terrifying neurological side effects emerge.The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) says on its website that 'children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness.'It says that these symptoms can happen in untreated flu sufferers or in those who have recently taken Tamiflu, but that that the latter group 'should be watched for signs of unusual behavior.''These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient,' the site warns.This was very nearly the case for Lindsay Ellis.When Lindsay, now 12, tested positive for flu at a local clinic, they prescribed her Tamiflu immediately, but did not mention any possible neuropsychotic side effects.Three days into the five day course, Charles's daughter started acting 'loopy.'While his cousin was watching her, he called Charles, who was at work at Kroger manufacturing, to tell him he needed to pick up Lindsday, who said she had 'things crawling all over her.'In the car, Lindsay spoke in a high-pitched voice, saying '"hi Daddy,' real weird, like somebody out of The Exorcist,' Charles says.Then she started screaming, 'oh my god, oh my god, daddy, get it off me, it hurts!''She said she saw a portal to hell, she could hear the devil, and she was going to resurrect my soul,' Charles says.She begged him to read to her from the Bible, and Charles realized that her delusions were based on her greatest fears.Her father rushed her to the hospital, where her spinal tap and brain activity tests were clear, but she continued to hallucinate for six hours, 'and then her body shut down,' Charles says, as if to escape her antiviral nightmare.The doctors told Charles Lindsay must have had a severe reaction to the Tamiflu.'She looked like a vegetable,' Charles says.From that day, January 19, 2017 until March 10, 2017, she stayed more or less that way.Finally, Lindsay was re AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5290749/Tamiflu-terrors-Girl-11-saw-portal-HELL.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Can I get my smart meter removed?
 
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I've moved into a property with a smart meter, but I don't want it and I would prefer to give my own readings.How can I get it removed and will it cost me anything to do so?Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, replies: Smart meters are currently being installed in households across the country.They are designed to be fitted to your standard gas and electricity meter and send information directly to your energy supplier about your energy usage.This should then eradicate the need to give manual readings which can lead to consumers over and underpaying on their energy bills.Energy providers have a target of 2020 by which to contact all consumers who are eligible for a smart meter to be fitted and therefore it's likely you will have been called about one.However, while the idea behind these meters is one which should make energy bills easier to understand and pay and cheaper – there have been some teething issues in the installation process.The first wave of smart meters which were installed had a slight hitch with the technology behind them.This means in some cases if a consumer has a smart meter installed and then switches to a different energy supplier, the smart meter may not work and they will have to go back to giving manual readings or have a new one fitted.We have also heard from a number of readers who do not want to have one installed for other reasons, such as fears over security risks and the meter interfering with other household appliances.There is no obligation to have a smart meter installed and it is up to the consumer whether they agree to have one or not.But even if you've said you don't want a meter fitted, what happens if you move into a property which has one already?We asked Smart Energy GB, the company behind the roll-out, if it was possible to get one removed and if this would attract a cost.It said a consumer can ask for a smart meter to be removed at any time, but a supplier could levy a charge for the cost of the switch – although it admitted it hadn't heard of this happening.Instead of having one removed consumers could also ask for the meter to be operated in 'dumb' mode, which simply means the 'smart' aspect would be switched off and they would have to go back to giving manual readings.Claire Maugham, director of policy and communications at Smart Energy GB, said: 'There's no reason why anyone should want to take the backward step of replacing a smart meter with an old analogue meter.'They'd go back to estimated bills, phoning in the meter reading, being in the dark about what they're spending, or even having to go to the shop to top up the pre-pay key.'Having a smart meter puts the consumer in control of their energy use, and for the first time allows them to see how much they are spending on energy, in pounds and pence.'Great Britain needs a smart and fully modernised energy grid, including smart technology in every home, to meet our future energy needs and reduce our carbon footprint.'Smart meters are already helping mill AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/experts/article-5085737/Can-smart-meter-removed.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
 
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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  - Armadillo-eating Amazonians live on the run from illegal loggers
 
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At Posto Awá, villagers enjoy a morning bath. The red- and yellow-footed tortoises they're holding will probably eventually be eaten Five Awá families from Posto Awá, an outpost created by the Brazilian government's indigenous affairs agency, set out on an overnight excursion into the forest Share this article Share An Awá hunter returns home with a small brocket deer. Sometimes hunters see signs of the isolados, their isolated brethren October 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine, guest-edited by Mary McCartney, show candid snapshots of the lives of the Awá An Awá woman cleans and butchers an armadillo in the village of Posto Awá. Today most Awá live in settled communities near government outposts where they have greater access to manufactured goods such as metal tools, guns, medicine, and even smartphones Loggerheads: girl, 8, 'burned alive' in campaign against tribes  The Yurúa River meanders near the Peru-Brazil border. Illicit logging in the area's protected forests feeds timber such as big-leaf mahogany to global markets. Logging also threatens the survival of the country's estimated 15 remaining isolated tribes A fire set by settled Awá clears manioc fields outside the government post of Juriti. They practice a mix of farming, fishing, hunting, and foraging, whereas isolated nomadic Awá live mainly by foraging and hunting When missionaries contacted some of the Mastanahua tribe in 2003, only Shuri, his two wives, and his mother-in-law chose to end their isolation in the forest. They trade with local villagers and stay in touch with the 20 or so migratory members of their group. On the right, a Peruvian man, Gerson Mañaningo Odicio, who lives in the path of nomads Ayrua, 39, with her pet black-bearded saki, was contacted by indigenous affairs agents in 1989. Awá at the government outposts still hunt for animals such as tapirs and peccaries, as well as various monkeys, to supplement their diet A Ka'apor capuchin crowns Ximirapi, 47, who left the settlement at Posto Awá in the 1990s for another at Tiracambu, drawn by the prospect of better hunting and less crowded living conditions Members of the Guajajara tribe serve as volunteer Forest Guardians. The homegrown force is dedicated to protecting the Arariboia Indigenous Land from incessant invasions by illegal loggers— and to safeguarding several isolated Awá families who still roam the reserve Mile-long trains brimming with iron ore clatter past the indigenous communities of Posto Awá and Tiracambu en route from the world's largest open-pit iron ore mine to the Atlantic port of São Luís, where the ore is loaded onto ships, many bound for China. When the railroad was built in the 1970s and '80s, it cut through traditional Awá lands       AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6228115/Armadillo-eating-Amazonians-live-run-illegal-loggers-destroying-forest-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Jeannie Gaffigan said flu symptoms led to brain tumor diagnosis
 
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Jeannie Gaffigan thought she was suffering from a bout of flu, but it turned out to be a rare brain tumor the size of a tennis ball.The mother-of-five, who has been married to comedian Jim Gaffigan for 15 years, has unerringly shared every step of her journey through brain surgery and the painful recovery since being diagnosed in the final months of 2016.Now, the 47-year-old is sharing new details about the easy-to-miss symptoms that led to her diagnosis.She had been experiencing headaches, coughing fits, and severe fatigue - which she put down to a winter cold - before an MRI scan revealed she had a six-centimeter benign tumor lodged in her brain.After undergoing brain surgery to remove the mass in April 2017, Gaffigan is on the road to recovery, but she is now warning fans about the seemingly-innocuous signs of her benign tumor that could have left her paralyzed or dead.Jeannie, who is the head writer and executive producer of The Jim Gaffigan Show, recently revealed to WebMD Magazine that she initially ignored these symptoms, which began in the final months of 2016.She didn't take action until after her children's routine checkup, when their pediatrician noticed the she was dealing with a persistent cough.When Jeannie revealed her symptoms, including that fact that she couldn't hear to well from her left ear, her children's doctor recommended that she see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist immediately.Fortunately, she took the doctor's recommendation.The ENT specialist ordered an MRI scan of Jeannie's head which revealed she had a choroid plexus papilloma, a rare and benign tumor that usually grows in the brain stem, the part of the brain that is connected to the spine, and controls basic body functions such as breathing, swallowing, and heart rate.Although the tumor was benign, it's location was a concern - it was wrapped around her brain stem and had been growing for a year.Dr Joshua Bederson, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told WebMD Magazine, that she could've suffered paralysis, had issues thinking and remembering things is she hadn't gotten checked out.'I was a ticking time bomb, waiting to be paralyzed,' Jeannie told PEOPLE in 2017.After her diagnosis, Jeannie was scheduled for brain surgery to remove the tumor in mid-April, just days after her children's pediatrician suggested she see an ENT specialist, WebMD Magazine reported.Dr Bederson, who was also Jeannie's neurosurgeon, said the choroid plexus papilloma tumor, which accounts for approximately two to four percent of brain tumors in children and 0.5 percent of tumors in adults, could've killed Jeannie.Symptoms of this type of tumor include headaches, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness and balance problems, and vision problems, according to experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.Jeannie's operation to remove the tumor was successful.However, in her recovery, Jeannie developed double-lung pneumonia because she had trouble swallowing - a p AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5473817/Jeannie-Gaffigan-said-flu-symptoms-led-brain-tumor-diagnosis.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Mother with rare eye cancer gives birth to healthy twins
 
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A mother-of-four who was diagnosed with rare eye cancer at eight months pregnant gave birth to healthy twins despite fears that the disease would spread to the babies.Jessica Boesmiller, 37, went to her doctor with blurred vision in one eye in November, and within days was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare life-threatening form of cancer.Her right eye was completely removed three weeks later with the hopes of reducing the risk of the cancer spreading to the babies.The YMCA director, who delivered a baby girl and boy days before Christmas, said she and her husband, a North Carolina firefighter, were relieved when tests confirmed the babies' placentas had not been infected.Though the cancer had not affected the infants, the mother-of-four, her husband and their two older sons are waiting for the results of a CT scan and MRI to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of her body.At 32 weeks pregnant Jessica experienced blurred vision in one eye but thought it could be due to her pregnancy.'I expected to walk in there needing contacts, and I walked out of there with a diagnosis of OM,' Jessica said in an interview with the Herald Citizen.Just three weeks after the diagnosis, Jessica underwent surgery to completely remove her right eyeball at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina more than two hours away from their home in Charlotte.Ocular melanoma is a cancerous tumor that develops in the pigment cells that give color to the eyes.The malignant tumor grows from the middle layer of the eye which you can't see when looking in a mirror, making it difficult to detect.Although produced from the same cells in the body, ocular melanoma is different from skin melanoma and is not believed to be related to sun exposure.It is a rare disease that only effects about 2,500 adults in the US each year and is most common in men 55 and older with light-colored eyes due to the pigment production.It is a potentially lethal disease killing half of those diagnosed, especially when it spreads to the liver.Jessica and Mark's decision to remove the eye on November 30 ensured the least amount of harm to the babies, whereas radiation would be an alternative.A c-section was scheduled for the week before Christmas and an MRI and CT scan to determine the spread of the cancer and its stage was put off until a week after delivery.The mother, who now wears an eye patch, gave birth on December 21 to Piper Marie who weighted six pounds eight ounces and Mason Dare who weighed six pounds one ounce.Tests were done on the twins' placentas which revealed they are cancer free.The couple also have two older sons Conner, nine, and Caleb, seven.A GoFundMe has been created by family and friends to cover their out-of-pocket expenses of traveling to hospitals between North Carolina and Philadelphia, the costs of newborns and to make up for unplanned time off of work.Mark took to Facebook to write about his wife's adjustment to her eye patch.'After being up half the night due the p AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5228797/Mother-rare-eye-cancer-gives-birth-healthy-twins.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Shoppers seeking cannabis oil can buy on the high street
 
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Shoppers seeking cannabis oil are now able to purchase the product on the high street.Holland & Barrett, which has 750 stores in the UK and Ireland, has announced it has seen a surge in sales since it began selling CBD oil in January.The retailer, whose sales have soared by 37 per cent, is selling the oil, derived from a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, for £19.99.Campaigners have repeatedly claimed it can help multiple sclerosis sufferers, curb pain and even treat anxiety.However Holland & Barrett's product has been launched as a food supplement, meaning the firm can't claim any of those benefits.The retailer has avoided the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence in order to get it onto shelves across the UK.Government advisors made it legal to buy CBD oil in England and Wales in 2016 and admitted it had a 'restoring, correcting or modifying' effect on humans.However, its legal status has confused thousands as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency back-tracked on its position just a few weeks after.Suppliers now have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago – but some weave the strict rules.Holland & Barrett began selling CBD oil in January, and is now planning to bring out a new range containing the cannabis derivative.Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of more than 80 cannabinoids, natural compounds found in the marijuana plant.Extracted from the plant as a mineral-rich oil, it is usually bottled with a dropper - but also comes in the form of chewing gum, soap or as a vape oil for e-cigarettes.It has no side effects, either, and is not addictive.It has been reported to help people with epilepsy, rheumatism, migraines, psoriasis, acne, multiple sclerosis and depression.Crucially, cannabidiol oil does not contain any THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. In other words, CBD does not get you high.The Cannabis Trades Association UK shows that there are now 250,000 users of CBD Oil across the UK, which is up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year.Reviews on the Holland & Barrett website say CBD Oil is excellent and has helped ease pain for a wide range of problems.The company also say it’s one of the most asked about products in store and at their call centre - customers want to know how it works and what it can help them with.A spokesperson from Holland & Barrett said: 'We have been surprised at the success and popularity of CBD Oil since launch.'We knew that there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically’.‘We are constantly looking to bring, new and innovative products to market that help our customers. It is great to see in this instance that we can help with the demand.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5364121/Shoppers-seeking-cannabis-oil-buy-high-street.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - There will be 200,000 electric cars on UK roads in 2018
 
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Official sales figure show there is 'unprecedented demand' for pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the UK with registrations increasing by a record-breaking 27 per cent last year.Industry insiders are now estimating that 60,000 low emissions plug-in vehicles will be sold in 2018, taking the overall tally on British roads to around 200,000.While sales were unsurprisingly highest in London, almost 20 per cent of the 46,500 green models sold in the UK last year were registered in the East of England.Figures released by electric-vehicle information provider Go Ultra Low said the rise in sales could be attributed to the 'ever-expanding range of plug-in vehicles available to motorists'.However, the increases could also be traced back to government persuasion to ditch diesel with surcharges on vehicles powered by the scrutinised fuel type.With ministers last year calling for a blanket ban on all petrol and diesel new car sales by 2040, some 46,522 zero- or low-emissions cars were purchased last year.That's up from 36,535 registrations in 2016.A similar increase in demand this year would see 60,000 new electric and hybrid cars enter the UK road network - that would take the nation's total number of super-clean vehicle rise to 190,000.Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: '2017 was a stellar year for electric vehicle registrations with strong growth of 27 per cent, demonstrating the massive consumer appetite for 100 per cent electric and plug-in hybrid cars.'There are already more than 130,000 electric vehicles on UK roads, a figure that could pass 190,000 this year as new models come to market and consumers reap the cost saving benefits of electric driving.'The best-selling of all plug-in models in 2017 was - yet again - the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with 7,464 registrations in total.That's some way behind the most popular car of last year, the Ford Fiesta, which accumulated 94,533 sales to become the most purchased UK model for the ninth consecutive year.The best-selling 100 per cent electric model was the Nissan Leaf, with 5,639 examples registered in 2017.Of all the UK regions, London - unsurprisingly - had the most new plug-in and electric cars registered in 2017.Some 9,274 vehicles hit the road in the capital last term - a 42 per cent increase on the previous year.However, the biggest shock was the level of demand in the East of England.Drivers in the area purchased - or acquired through finance - 8,685 new electric or plug-in hybrid cars last year, which was 21 per cent more than last year.The fewest number of electrified cars were bought in East Yorkshire/Lincolnshire, with just 398 registrations. That said, it was still a 30.5 per cent increase on the number of low-emissions cars bought there in the previous year.Despite the demand in the region being high, it appears to facility to charge one of these vehicles away from home is relatively difficult.According to figures released by charging network website Zap Map last week, just 376 publ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5246793/There-200-000-electric-cars-UK-roads-2018.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - 4,000-year-old lost city and pits filled with skulls found in China
 
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Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a lost city in China that thrived more than 4,000 years ago. The pyramid was build out of a loess hill, with 11 massive steps tapering as they ascend, as shown above Share this article Share Thousands of years ago when it flourished, from about 2300 BC to 1800 BC, the city spanned about 988 acres On a ridge above China’s Tuwei River, researcher found a massive stepped pyramid that once served as a palace center, along with defensive stone walls, tool-making debris, and a pit filled with sacrificial human skulls It’s thought that the ruling elites lived atop the pyramid complex, which was likely also the site of artisanal or industrial craft production According to the researchers, palaces were built atop the huge pyramid out of rammed earth with wooden pillars and roofing tiles WHAT HAVE RESEARCHERS FOUND AT THE SHIMAO RUINS?  The Bronze Age discoveries challenge our understanding of early Chinese civilization and settlement, suggesting the loess highland was home to a complex society long before the traditionally assumed ‘centers’ emerged in the Central Plains  AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6096439/Remains-4-000-year-old-lost-city-230ft-pyramid-pits-filled-SKULLS-China.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Patches the nine year-old dachshund gets life saving 3D printed skull
 
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Canadian surgeons removed a large cancerous tumour growing on Patches the nine year-old dachshund's skull and replaced it with a 3-D printed custom implant. Oblak and Hayes had to replace about 70 per cent of the top surface of the dog's skull, which left the brain unprotected over a large area Share this article Share 34 shares 'She was asleep for about five hours, and within about half an hour after surgery, Patches was alert and looking around. It was amazing,' said Oblak. The dog's tumour, a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma that had grown so large that it was weighing down the dog's head and growing into her skull, pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. During the five hour operation, doctors removed the tumour, and replaced 70% of the skull with their 3D printed version. Pictured, the 3D models surgeons used to plan the operation next to the tumour they removed Doctors worked with an engineer from Sheridan College's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Design and Technologies to create a 3-D model of the dog's head and tumour so doctors could 'virtually' perform the surgery and see what would be left behind once the growth was removed. Pictured, Ontario Veterinary College's Dr. Michelle Oblak. Oblak and Cornell small-animal surgeon Dr. Galina Hayes removed a large cancerous tumour growing on the dachshund's skull on March 23rd and replaced it with a 3D printed custom implant that fit in place like a puzzle piece AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6206571/Patches-nine-year-old-dachshund-gets-life-saving-3D-printed-skull.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - SpaceX will build its Mars BFR rocket at the city's port, LA mayor confirms
 
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SpaceX has been given the green light to build its BFR (or as Elon Musk calls it, the Big F***ing Rocket) in Los Angeles.Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed during his annual State of the City speech today that the firm would bring the BFR to life at the Port of LA.The huge rocket is a key player in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan of making humans a ‘multi-planetary’ species, and one day developing a colony on Mars.‘Officially announcing that @SpaceX will start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket in the @PortofLA,’ Garcetti tweeted after today’s speech, calling the system by its more family-friendly name.‘This vehicle holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before.’The BFR, consisting of a spaceship and the booster, will stand at a staggering 106 meters tall (347.7 feet).The news comes just days after Musk gave SpaceX fans a rare glimpse of the parts used to build the massive rocket that could one day send humans to the moon and Mars.The billionaire tech mogul shared a photo on Instagram showing off the main body tool used to build the BFR. The massive device is used to build the rocket's fuselage, or upper stage.It's essentially a turning mandrel around which ultra-light carbon fiber is woven to form the main section of the BFR.In the photo, Musk cleverly placed a Model 3 sedan next to the main body tool to illustrate its enormous size.The Tesla chief doesn't typically show off the hardware use to make his rockets and, in particular, SpaceX hasn't shown many photos of the BFR being constructed.Musk in 2016 displayed the BFR's fuel tank, which can store up to 1,200 tons of liquid oxygen, as well as some video footage of the rocket's raptor engines.At nearly 348 feet tall, the BFR is a truly gigantic spaceship, towering over the 229-feet-tall Falcon Heavy rocket.The spaceship will take off and land vertically, powered by 37 'raptor' engines, to produce a liftoff thrust of 5,400 tons, lifting a total mass of 4,400 tons.As expected, Musk has set out an aggressive timeline for when the BFR will be ready for takeoff.'We are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and I think well be able to do short trips, short up and down flights, by first half of next year,' Musk said at the South by Southwest technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas, last month.'Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know...,' he joked.However, the target may not be too crazy, as SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell has said first test flights could take place in 2019.Orbital tests could be held in 2020 and, by 2022, SpaceX could deliver the first cargo to Mars, Musk has said.The rocket will take satellites to orbit, crew and cargo to the International Space Station and even lead manned missions to the moon and Mars. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5623039/The-BFR-LA-mayor-confirms-SpaceX-build-Mars-rocket-citys-port.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Crisis on the High street with 16 stores closing every day
 
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The crisis on the High Street saw 16 stores close every day last year as shopkeepers struggled in the face of rising costs and an onslaught from internet rivals.In a sign of the growing strain on retailers, a report by Pricewaterhousecoopers revealed 5,855 shops closed in 2017, the most in four years.The pain continued into 2018 with the industry suffering its worst start to the year since the financial crisis plunged Britain into recession.The findings reflect ongoing turmoil on the High Street which has claimed Toys R Us and Maplin, leading to the loss of more than 5,000 jobs.Other troubled retailers include New Look, Carpetright and Mothercare. Zelf Hussain, a restructuring partner at PwC, said: 'We've seen some well-known names impacted as they face a perfect storm of issues: a fall in consumer confidence and reduced spending, alongside rising costs.'In further evidence of the crisis, an average of just 11 stores opened each day last year, the lowest level in seven years.Researchers looked at the top 500 town centres in the UK, and their findings paint a stark picture of the pressures facing retailers as more businesses are forced to close stores in the face of competition from online shopping.Estate agents, banks and travel agents were hit the hardest last year, accounting for more than a third of all closures as more consumers went online to book holidays and do their banking.Fashion retailers closed 713 shops while opening just 399. Shoe shops also struggled with 164 shutting and just 78 opening.PwC said consumers were demanding more from their shopping experience than they used to, with a number of major retailers like John Lewis and Next recently launching personal styling services, barbers and restaurants in store.Last week, however, shopping centre owner Hammerson shrugged off woes as visitors to its sites, including the Bullring in Birmingham, increased 5 per cent over Easter.Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said retailers needed to recognise the changing needs of shoppers: 'The winners, such as nail bars, coffee shops, bookstores and craft beer pubs, are all flourishing.'She said they were meeting the needs of younger shoppers who wanted to pay for experiences as well as goods.Lucy Stainton, a retail expert at The Local Data Company, said: 'There is of course no doubting that we are experiencing a period of great change, and the question around the role of stores is still very much on the industry agenda.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5601241/Crisis-High-street-16-stores-closing-day.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Liquid water found on Mars
 
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Scroll down for video A hidden lake of liquid water has been found on Mars for the first time in a landmark discovery that bolsters the possibility of life on the red planet. Pictured is the lake uncovered by radar readings (left), as well as its position on the Martian south pole (right) Share this article Share 6.2k shares Pictured are radar readings (coloured) and the outline of the feature they uncovered (black) As it stands, current space exploration technologies would not allow for drills to penetrate deep enough to reach the lake. Pictured is an image taken by Mars Express probe of the Martian southern polar ice cap This artist's impression shows the Mars Express probe investigating the southern hemisphere of Mars over a radar cross section of the craft's readings. The blue spots are areas of high reflectivity - thought to be liquid water The discovery is the first evidence of a lake of liquid water on Mars that still exists today. The study combined radar reflection data (top image shows data as a cross section of Mars) from the planet's surface (red in bottom image) and the lake's base (blue in bottom image) Scientists at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome uncovered the subsurface lake using data from the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe (artist's impression)   Researchers had previously found dried up ancient lakes on the red planet, like the one pictured AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5990367/Scientists-discover-12-mile-lake-hidden-Mars-fuelling-possibility-life-planet.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Twitter users explode over photo of mother-of-five with young-onset dementia cuddli
 
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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  - A common sex injury women might not know about
 
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There's a sex injury that's common, painful - but poorly understood.A bruised cervix can occur during vigorous sex, or sex with a well-endowed partner when a woman is not sufficiently aroused through foreplay.Cervical bruising is painful, can lead to bleeding, and can make later intercourse painful and unpleasant. It can also lead to other problems, like vaginismus, an involuntary muscle spasm that closes the vagina prior to penetration.The cervix is the channel between the vagina and the uterus. Symptoms of bruising include feeling unusually sensitive for a few days after sex, or experiencing cramping. In rare cases, there may be bleeding.Cervical bruising in sex is most likely caused by a penis too large for the vaginal canal, bumping repeatedly against the cervix wall and causing some superficial damage.Thankfully, bruising does not lead to long-term damage. But it is painful, and there are steps you can take to make this experience less likely.The cervix grows when aroused, similar to a penis, and it also softens.This reduces the potential for damage. If a woman isn't aroused, her cervix remains small and hard: the average cervix when not aroused is between 3 and 4 inches, which is significantly smaller than the average penis.Foreplay therefore is important. Nicole Lane at Ravishly writes that 20 to 30 minutes is a good period for foreplay in order to help avoid cervical bruising - as well as having fun, of course.Foreplay also triggers natural lubricants, which make sex easier and less likely to cause pain and bruising.Doctor Catherine Hansen, an obstrtrician and educator, notes that different women have different bodies, and this will contribute to their chance of bruising.The cervix may, for instance, lie closer to the vagina in some women more than others, and therefore is more likely to be hit during sex.Hansen recommends experimenting with positions to find the one that feels the best.'[You should] re-position, or stop, if there is pelvic pressure or pain during sex so that any ongoing pain would be completely avoided,' she says.You might also want to try things other than penetrative sex. Lane writes: 'Sex doesn't have to involve PIV intercourse for hetero couples: handwork, oral, foreplay, and anal are all other amazing ways to achieve an orgasm.'Cervical bruising will heal of its own accord, from a few days up to a week after intercourse.If pain persists after that time, it's important to visit a doctor.'Ibuprofen 400-800mg can help with the cramping. For women who anticipate that they will have pain, they can take the ibuprofen dose prior to intercourse (approximately 30 minutes prior to sex would be best),' says Dr Hansen.'Any pelvic pressure or pain that results from cervical 'trauma' (tapping or touching the cervix during sex) is temporary and should be resolved with a couple of hours (max 24 hours),' she says. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5409189/A-common-sex-injury-women-not-know-about.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Royal Bank of Scotland to launch its ring-fenced retail...
 
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Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has said the ring-fencing of its retail banking operations will take effect at the end of this month.The official launch on April 30 will make RBS the latest lender to formally transfer its retail customers to a separate unit as part of new UK regulations meant to protect consumer cash from investment banking risks.The changes will involve separating its retail customers that are members of banking brands including RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank.It will also mean ring-fencing some members of Coutts, and other RBS brands like Lombard, Drummonds, RBS Invoice Finance, Adam & Company and Holt’s Military Banking.A spokesman for RBS  – which is still 73% owned by the taxpayer – said personal customers should not expect disruption to services as a result of the changes that will be made over the weekend leading up to April 30.The non ring-fenced bank will be made up of clients from NatWest Markets, NatWest International, RBS International and Isle of Man Bank.The announcement comes just days after Barclays became the first British bank to complete the process ahead of the January 2019 deadline.Barclays’ own transfer of customers took place over the Easter weekend, populating what is now called Barclays Bank UK – a unit that is separate from Barclays Bank which offers products and services for its larger corporate, wholesale and international banking clients.Ring-fencing rules only apply to UK banks that hold more than £25 billion in core deposits from individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.It is one of several key reforms introduced in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5581799/Royal-Bank-Scotland-launch-ring-fenced-retail-bank-April-30.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Professor Stephen Hawking explains what happened before the Big Bang
 
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At the time of the Big Bang 13.8 billion years, all matter in the universe erupted from a singularity to create the cosmos that we know today.But what happened before then? Professor Stephen Hawking says he might know.In a new TV interview, the physicist says that 'nothing was around before the Big Bang'.Instead, time and space existed in a 'bent state' that was distorted along another dimension, he claims.Speaking on the latest episode of the National Geographic show 'Star Talk', which aired Sunday evening, Hawking, 76, described the beginning of the universe.The physicist believes the Big Bang was the formation of what we now regard as time because the event broke down the laws of physics.This means that anything that preceded it cannot be applied to our understanding of time and existence.Hawking uses the concept of space-time to describe his theory, which is measured in four dimensions.In Sunday's interview, the physicist used the shape of the Earth as an analogy for the curved shape of the space-time continuum.He said: 'In [the Euclidean approach] ordinary real time is replaced by "imaginary time", which behaves like a fourth direction of space.'To visualise this, imagine a horizontal line with past running to the left and future to the right.If you then add a vertical line, this is what Hawking calls imaginary time, and is what was around before the Big Bang.Essentially, there was no conceivable 'boundary' of time until the Big Bang.'The boundary condition of the universe ... is that it has no boundary,' he said.According to this theory, the history of the universe is not a flat line but a four-dimensional, curved object, 'like the surface of the Earth, but with two more dimensions', Hawking said.He added that one can regard imaginary and normal space-time as beginning at Earth's south pole - a point where the normal laws of physics hold.'There is nothing south of the South Pole, so there was nothing around before the Big Bang,' he said.Instead, time and existence fans out from a single point, like the degrees of latitude on planet Earth.According to Hawking, before the Big Bang, the universe was shrunk and condensed to an incredibly dense ball of heat and energy the size of a single atom.Inside this speck, the laws of physics and time as we know them cease to function, and time as we understand it did not exist.If we were to move back in time from the Big Bang, the 'arrow' of time shrinks infinitely as the universe becomes smaller, never reaching a clear starting point.During the show, Hawking said that before the Big Bang, time was bent: 'It was always reaching closer to nothing but didn't become nothing.'Essentially, 'there was never a Big Bang that produced something from nothing. It just seemed that way from mankind's point of perspective.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5463503/Professor-Stephen-Hawking-explains-happened-Big-Bang.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The woman who can ONLY eat rice and vegetables!
 
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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  - Nasa is hiding proof of alien life on Mars, claims Barry DiGregorio
 
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Evidence of life on Mars is being covered up by Nasa, according to a researcher Barry DiGregorio at a Buckingham University.The agency’s space explorer, the Curiosity rover, has snapped what may be trace fossils created by soft-bodied creatures on the red planet, he says.An upcoming 'bombshell' report will reveal how Nasa is aware of the find and has chosen to keep it hidden from the public, the scientist claims.The controversial scientist believes the space agency could be ignoring the find because of its plans for a manned mission in the 2030s, when astronauts will explore Mars in more depth.However, according to Nasa, the shapes captured in images from Mars are simply rock crystals that are currently undergoing analysis.The findings were made by Barry DiGregorio, an honorary research fellow at the University of Buckingham who specialises in studies of microscopic life found in the soil of our planet.Images beamed back from Mars by Curiosity appear to show patterns similar to Ordovician trace fossils Dr DiGregorio has photographed here on Earth, he says.Trace fossils are made by animals going about their lives, like footprints, burrows and waste matter, rather than the remains of the creatures themselves.Ordovician fossils are found in a geological layer spanning 41.2 million years from the end of the Cambrian Period 485.4 million years ago to the start of the Silurian Period 443.8 million years ago.Dr DiGregorio says fossils on Mars represent signs of soft bodied creatures  which once roamed its surface.Speaking to the Daily Express, he said: 'If not trace fossils, what other geological explanations will Nasa come up with?'Nasa has turned its back on trying to get the data on this. The order came down from HQ that they should move the rover on to the next point.'They didn't feel it was important enough to look at, I thought that was very odd, despite the fact Gale Crater was host to probably a series of lakes for billions and billions of years.'We're talking about something that might have been equivalent to the Ordovician period on Earth.'Dr DiGregorio is not alone in his belief of evidence of life on Mars.In recent weeks, a European space probe swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyse its atmosphere for possible signs of life.The European Space Agency said on Wednesday, February 21, its Trace Gas Orbiter successfully performed a delicate manoeuvre known as aerobraking that involved dipping into the red planet's upper atmosphere to slow the probe.The agency says the orbiter will start looking for trace gases such as methane, which can result from biological or geological activity, in April.It will also search for ice that could help future Mars landings.A Nasa-made radio on board will also help relay signals from US rovers on the surface back to Earth.Europe plans to land its own rover on Mars in 2021. A European test lander crashed on the surface of Mars in 2016.The Trace Gas Orbiter launched in March 2016 with the ill-fated AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5462711/Nasa-cover-life-Mars.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Sea level fears as more of giant Antarctic glacier...
 
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More of a giant France-sized glacier in Antarctica is floating on the ocean than previously thought, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears it could melt faster as the climate warms and have a dramatic impact on rising sea-levels.The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash.Using artificially created seismic waves that help scientists see through the ice, researchers have discovered that more of the Totten Glacier floats on the ocean than initially thought.'In some locations we thought were grounded, we detected the ocean below indicating that the glacier is in fact floating,' said Paul Winberry from Central Washington University, who spent the summer in Antarctica studying the Totten.The findings are important because recent studies have shown the Totten Glacier's underbelly is already being eroded by warm, salty sea water flowing hundreds of kilometres inland after passing through underwater 'gateways'.As it does, the portion of the glacier resting on water rather than rock increases, accelerating the pace of disintegration.Winberry said more of the glacier floating on a warming ocean could help explain recent periods of accelerated melting.'It also means the Totten might be more sensitive to climate variations in the future,' he added.Glaciers are huge bodies of dense ice that slowly move down valleys, mountains and slopes under their own weight over many centuries, sculpting the earth below as they go.They hold the vast majority of Earth's fresh water and are the main contributor to rising sea levels when they melt.According to NASA monitoring, between 2002 and 2016, Antarctica lost 125 gigatonnes of ice per year, causing sea levels worldwide to rise by 0.35 millimetres annually.From the air, the contours of Totten Glacier are invisible because the entire Antarctic continent is covered by a seamless, kilometres-thick blanket of snow and ice.That is why scientists are so determined to understand what is happening underneath the glacier, hidden from view.Team leader Ben Galton-Fenzi, from the Australian Antarctic Division, said the Totten Glacier contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by about three metres (9.8 feet) if it all melted.'Since the 1900s the global sea-level has risen by around 20 centimetres and by the end of the century it's projected to rise by up to one metre or more, but this is subject to high uncertainty which is why studying glaciers such as the Totten is important,' he said.'These precise measurements of Totten Glacier are vital to monitoring changes and understanding them in the context of natural variations, and the research is an important step in assessing the potential impact on sea-level under various future scenarios.'Instruments to measure the glacial flow, speed and thickness have been left on the glacier for another 12 months collecting data. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5521349/Sea-level-fears-giant-Antarctic-glacier-floating-thought.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - How did Stephen Hawking live so long with ALS?
 
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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  - Beatles legend John Lennon's Monkey Bike is up for auction
 
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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  - William Hill slumps to £76m loss after write-down
 
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Bookmaker William Hill suffered a pre-tax loss of £74.6million in 2017 after taking a £238million hit from a write-down of its Australian business.The company, which had posted a £181.3m profit a year earlier, made the writedown following the ban of credit-funded betting in Australia and a rise in taxation in some states.William Hill, which named Philip Bowcock as chief executive last year, is currently carrying out a strategic review of its Australian business, due to be completed by mid-2018.Last month the company, which bought into the Australian market in 2013, said it may sell its Australia business after the latest political crackdown on gambling in the country.However, despite this, its underlying performance improved with adjusted operating profit up 11 per cent at £291.3m and revenues up seven per cent at £1.7billion, led by a 13 per cent growth in its online business and payout gains from more draws being played out in Boxing Day Premier League football games than in 2016.William Hill added that it was growing its UK market share in both high street betting shops and online.On Tuesday the company was hit with a £6.2m fine by the Gambling Commission for breaching anti money laundering and social responsibility regulations after 10 customers were able to deposit money linked to criminal offences.In its results statement, William Hill reiterated its commitment to carry out an independent review following the findings and said it would work to implement any recommendations that emerge.Bowcock said: ‘William Hill begins 2018 in a stronger position after a year of significant change for the business.‘We continue to gain ground in the UK where customers are responding to our improved Online and omni-channel offers.‘We are a leader in sports betting in the US and are well positioned to benefit should more states start to regulate if the pending Supreme Court decision is positive.‘Looking ahead, we will invest in more innovation in online and our omni-channel platform, as well as in the US to ensure we can unlock its full potential at the right moment.‘A key pillar of our strategy moving forward will be to act in a sustainable way.While it is imperative that the gambling sector as a whole embraces this, there is no doubt that leading brands like William Hill must play a key role in setting the right standards and taking greater account of all our stakeholders.’Bookies have come under increased scrutiny in recent months after the Government launched a review of fixed-odds betting terminals last October, saying it would reduce the maximum stake to a figure between £50 and £2, and causing betting companies' share prices to tumble.The consultation process ended last month, with officials saying a decision will be made ‘in due course’.William Hill's final dividend increased by six per cent to 13.2p per share.The company's share price rose 0.05 per cent to 331.25p in early trading. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5426297/Bookie-makes-writedown-ban-credit-funded-betting.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Financial Ombudsman chief tries to rally staff
 
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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  - Ivy owner Richard Caring has a recipe for success as profits soar
 
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Restaurateur and nightclub owner Richard Caring is drawing up blueprints to expand his business empire after pre-tax profits at his restaurants group almost quadrupled.Caring owns a string of London eateries including The Ivy, Le Caprice, J Sheekey and Sexy Fish in Mayfair, where Kate Moss, Boris Becker, Johnny Depp and Rita Ora have been spotted.Revenues at his restaurants group, Caprice Holdings, rose strongly to £67.1 million in the 53 weeks to January 1, 2017 – up by £18.5 million compared with the previous year.Pre-tax profits rocketed from £2.2 million to £8.7 million, according to the latest accounts, seen by The Mail on Sunday, which will be published at Companies House next week.Caring has invested £25 million in Caprice Holdings and is keen to buy more restaurants. His spokesman said: ‘As a company we are always open to good business opportunities.’Caring’s private members’ clubs business, MBH Group, has spent more than £55 million opening a new Annabel’s members’ club in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. MBH posted a £4.9 million pre-tax loss for 2017 although sales increased by 12 per cent, up to £23.5 million. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-5669509/Ivy-owners-recipe-success-profits-soar.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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