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Commemoration held in a church given police guard – to stop protesters disrupting service honouring slave trader 

A school commemoration service held in a church was given a POLICE GUARD - to stop protesters disrupting the service to honour slave trader Edward Colston. As many as five police officers and PCSOs stood across the porch entrance to the historic church full of schoolchildren as the service got underway. But despite the heavy guard, only two protesters from the Countering Colston campaign group turned up to the commemoration service on Wednesday. And both agreed to stay outside the...

Pollution kills more than 50,000 people in Britain every year

Pollution is killing over 50,000 Britons and nine million across the globe each year. Pollution has been blamed on killing 50,235 or 8.30 per cent of all UK deaths in 2015. Overall the rate of death attributable to pollution in the UK was 78.68 per 100,000 deaths. Most of these deaths are due to non-communicable diseases caused by pollution such as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Yet the toll is greatest in poor and...

Mums expose decades long cover up of baby defect drug still prescribed to thousands of women amid calls for an inquiry into “National Scandal.”

Two mums who exposed a cover up of a drug associated with baby defects for 40% of mums-to-be prescribed it finally had their day in Parliament. A late Thursday night House of Commons debate heard the horrendous story of how the dangers of epilepsy drug valproate to pregnant women had been covered up for 40 years. And how decades on it is still being prescribed to pregnant women without adequate warnings. Labour MP Cat Smith called it a "national scandal"...

How Digital Currencies will Affect Business

Digital currencies are changing how transactions are handled and although they’ve been here for a while, people are still trying to understand the impacts.  If you are like most people, you probably know that digital currencies are considered digital gold for this age. For most entrepreneurs, it’s important to pay special attention to ensure you have a good chance to keep up with the competition. Cheaper and faster bank transfers Today, banks move money slowly and international money transfers can...

Corbyn supporters spectacularly troll Britain First leader

For anyone not familiar with Britain First, it's a single Facebook page for people to share hateful and largely illiterate ideas that sink to a whole new level of stupid. Britain First describes itself as a Political Party standing up for nationalism and British Sovereignty, opposing colonisation and promoting Christianity. Britain First generally share fake pictures of foreigners going about their business in Middle Eastern cities, claiming the snap was taken in York or Swindon. Photos of Pakistani cricket supporters...

“Flagship” Conservative policy defeated- is the Tory government of Theresa May about to fall?”

The Conservative Party is staring into oblivion after not being able to muster a majority to vote to protect their flagship policy - Iain Duncan Smith’s vilified Universal Credit. The Labour Party voted to pause the botched benefits reforms with 299 votes to 0 to win another popular victory after their recent unchallenged vote to roll back nurses’ pay cap. "The ayes to the right 299, the noes to the left, 0. - The ayes have it, the ayes have it,”...

Petals produce a ‘blue halo’ that helps bees find flowers

Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers, reveals a new study. Researchers found that several common flower species have nanoscale ridges on the surface of their petals that meddle with light when viewed from certain angles. The nanostructures scatter light particles in the blue to ultraviolet colour spectrum, generating a subtle effect that scientists have labelled the 'blue halo'. Ursinia speciosa is a member of the Daisy family. The region at the base of the petals contains...

A computer that thinks for itself has mastered the world’s most difficult game with no human input, scientists have revealed

A computer that thinks for itself has mastered the world's most difficult game with no human input, scientists have revealed. The Artificial Intelligence computer program taught itself the game, and scientists claim the breakthrough is a gamechanger with all sorts of applications. Deep Mind's updated AlphaGo algorithm defeated its predecessor by 100-nil - which in turn had been too good for Go champion Lee Sedol last year. Go is a 3,000 year-old Chinese game and has trillions of possible moves...

FTS100 companies need to do more to protect women and girls from sex trafficking

The plight of human trafficking victims is being highlighted on Wednesday, October 18th, for Anti-Slavery Day. The UK government estimates that at least 13,000 people across Britain are trapped in modern slavery although police say the figure is likely to be much higher. Kevin Hyland, Britain's anti-slavery tsar, agrees in his annual report that the estimate is too low, and the true number is in the tens of thousands. In 2015, Britain passed the Modern Slavery Act, ushering in the...

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