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18/02/2019 08:15:46  

Seems like you'd remember an incident like that...

Who, Me? Gather round, dear readers, for a priceless story in this week's column for techies' mishaps.…

18/02/2019 08:15:41  

Scott Morrison earns wrath of campaigners by saying states must give their agreement before inquiry can start

The Morrison government has waved through a motion calling on it to establish a disability royal commission, but blamed the states for its failure to start the inquiry immediately.

Greens senator Jordon Steele-John responded with fury, accusing the government of a “bare-faced lie” that state sign-off was required and failing to give a clear commitment or timeline for setting up the inquiry.

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18/02/2019 08:15:25  

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs of one of Britain’s most radical postwar buildings capture its dramatic spaces, rich textures and carefully selected materials. From its flowing multi-levelled spaces and wood-panelled concert hall to the jungle of its tropical conservatory, the Barbican Centre offers a remarkable variety of experiences within a single building

Barbican Centre by Harry Cory Wright, with an introduction by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, is published by Thames & Hudson

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18/02/2019 08:15:24  

Emerging technologies are a boon for the work of conservation researchers, but not all universities are equipped for them

Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in conservation and ecology research. Drones in particular hold huge potential in the fight to save the world’s remaining wildlife from extinction. With their help, researchers can now track wild animals through dense forests and monitor whales in vast oceans. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature estimates that up to five living species on earth become extinct every day, making it vital that universities develop new technologies to capture the data that can persuade those in power to act.

The British International Education Association and the Born Free Foundation hosted a conference in January to highlight the importance of technological solutions in protecting vulnerable species and ecosystems. Speakers underlined how technology can help conservation efforts: fixed-wing drones can land on water and circle high above the Indian Ocean to spot whales, rays and illegal fishing, while artificial intelligence-enabled infrared cameras are able to identify members of an individual species or human poachers, even through thick environmental cover.

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18/02/2019 08:15:22  

Reader inherited a flat in Athens 15 years ago and is now looking to buy a flat in London

Q I inherited a flat in Athens when my mum passed away over 15 years ago. I moved to London in 2010 and I have been renting here ever since. The flat in Athens has been let out since 2014. This flat is also mortgaged as I took out a loan in 2005 to fund my masters degree.

I have now managed to get enough money together to put down as a deposit on a flat in London and I am trying to figure out if I have to pay the higher rate of stamp duty or not and what can I do to avoid this.

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18/02/2019 08:15:21  

I was horrified to find that I had paid for a non-existent service and would like my money back

My husband has type 1 diabetes. In December 2017 I bought a diabetes medical ID card from Diabetes.co.uk, which came with a yearly subscription to Alert ID services where you can register emergency medical and next-of-kin contact details. If needed, emergency services call the number on the card and Alert ID passes on relevant information.

When I wanted to renew I couldn’t find any contact number for its customer services on its website and had no choice but to call the emergency number on the card. I was horrified that the number rang out for ages, then went to a voicemail. I’ve tried contacting Diabetes.co.uk for help, but was eventually told to email. I’ve demanded a refund for the over £30 I have spent on this non-existent service. Diabetes.co.uk is still selling Alert ID products – in my view readers should avoid them. AF, Glasgow

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18/02/2019 08:15:19  

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as investors cling to hopes that Beijing and Washington are making progress in their trade talks

Today’s rally means Brent crude has risen by 25% since the start of the year, when it was trading around $53 per barrel.

That reflects hopes that the US-China trade war will calm down, which would be good for global growth (and thus energy demand).

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

Hopes of a breakthrough in the US-China trade talks are ripping through the markets again, at the start of a new week.

Important meetings and calls on China Trade Deal, and more, today with my staff. Big progress being made on soooo many different fronts! Our Country has such fantastic potential for future growth and greatness on an even higher level!

Risk appetite is on at the start of the week with currencies and equities buoyed by the signs of progress in the US-China trade talks. Trump’s decision to declare a state of emergency didn’t seem to bother investors too much as they’ve grown accustomed to the US President’s radical character and markets’ focus lies squarely on any further progress on the trade front this week.,,,

Regarding trade, the most recent news out of the talks between the US and China suggests that the two sides have come closer to each other and an extension to the March 1st deadline for increased tariffs appears likely.

Global stocks start week in Risk-On mood. Asia equities rally to the highest level since October on trade talk and stimulus wagers. Signs mount major CenBanks turning reflationary. BUT trading be thin for Presidents’ Day holiday in the US. Oil rises to 2019 high. Bitcoin at 3.7k. pic.twitter.com/Q8qh0JmIT8

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18/02/2019 08:15:14  

  • Victory comes month after death of team’s co-owner, JD Gibbs
  • Only 14 cars finish race after smashes take out most of field

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second time in four years, leading a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing. The victory on Sunday was a fine tribute to JD Gibbs, who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease. JD Gibbs co-founded the race team with his father and discovered Hamlin. Hamlin said when he arrived at Daytona International Speedway that both the 500 and this season were dedicated to JD Gibbs.

Kyle Busch finished second and Erik Jones was third as the Gibbs drivers held off Ford driver and reigning Nascar champion Joey Logano’s frantic push in overtime.

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18/02/2019 08:15:14  

Wyatt has become England’s key T20 player over the past year or so and attributes her improved performances in limited-overs cricket to relaxation and perspective

Danni Wyatt has been having trouble sleeping. Not that England Women’s best T20 player over the last year or so was being kept up worrying about her form. Before flying out to India for six limited-overs games over the next few weeks, Wyatt was staying near the National Performance Centre at Loughborough University. Unfortunately her digs were right next to the student union.

Still, the way Wyatt has played since a breakthrough innings in Australia a year and a half ago, she could probably not sleep a wink and still hit a match-winning knock. With England in heavy bother at 16 for four in the first T20 of the 2017 Ashes, Wyatt hit 50 off 36 balls and, even though England lost, she was pushed up to open. In the final game of the series she hit an extraordinary 57-ball 100 which levelled the Ashes.

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18/02/2019 08:15:13  

The South African’s challenge to the IAAF’s testosterone rules could be as profound and far-reaching as the Bosman ruling

It is just one case, brought by just one athlete, against a single organisation. But Caster Semenya’s challenge to the IAAF’s testosterone rules for female athletes, which begins on Monday at the court of arbitration for sport, may yet be as far-reaching and profound as the Bosman ruling.

It is not only that the court holds the career of the brilliant Olympic 800m champion in its hands. That, alone, is a weighty enough responsibility. But it also knows that its ruling, which will be announced next month, will be pored over by other organisations trying to wade through the murky waters where gender, biology and identity converge.

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18/02/2019 08:15:13  

An overhaul tackling sexism, racism and class discrimination would address the profession’s failure to reflect the society it represents

The barrister Joanna Hardy took to Twitter to highlight sexism in the legal profession last week. In one of her tweets, she wrote: “If you’re a male in a male-heavy case, don’t ask the female counsel to fetch the coffee/pour your water. Try to remember their names. Don’t make repetitive jokes about breasts or skirts. Don’t communicate solely in innuendo.” It is a sad state of affairs that in the more than 100 years since women have practised law, we still remain marginalised in the senior rankings of the profession, and sexism is endemic.

While gender inequality in the legal profession is rightly making headlines, there are other intersectional patterns of inequality such as class and race that rarely garner as much attention when they should be at the forefront of the fight for equality. When I talk about equality, I mean overhauling the legal profession so that the law reflects the society it represents: people from all walks of life.

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18/02/2019 08:15:12  

About 1% of the UK population is likely to be hospitalised in their lifetime due to the condition. But scientists don’t know what causes it

John Slater, a former railway worker who lives in Boston, Lincolnshire, was 40 when he first went to the doctor with gut problems. Along with “colossal” lower abdominal cramps, he had started passing blood from his rectum. His doctor thought he had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and then, when the bleeding worsened, an ulcer was suspected. It wasn’t until Slater ended up in A&E, after 12 years of debilitating symptoms, that a colonoscopy revealed adhesions in his bowel lining. “The walls were fused together,” is how Slater puts it.

The cause turned out to be a rare and extreme form of diverticulosis – a complication arising from the formation of pouches in the bowel lining known as diverticulitis. The presence of such pouches usually affects westerners over 50, with the incidence increasing with age.

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18/02/2019 08:15:11  

A German artist has now laid more 70,000 Stolpersteine stones, making them the world’s largest decentralised monument to the Holocaust – but not everyone approves

On a recent winter afternoon, several dozen residents of Duisburger Strasse in Berlin huddled together to commemorate the people on their street who died in the Holocaust. To Volker Spitzenberger, who has lived here since 2010 with his husband, the stories of local residents killed by the Nazis were a chilling reminder of past atrocities – but none more so than when the organiser mentioned Manfred Hirsch, a young boy who was deported at the age of four from the house at No 18.

“That’s our house,” Spitzenberger said, with a sharp intake of breath.

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18/02/2019 08:14:53  

The Academy’s biggest oversights and most controversial choices from nine decades of ceremonies

The Oscars were first held 90 years ago this May, and to date, no animated feature has won the Oscar for best picture. But as far back as the 1930s, the Academy was wrestling with how best to recognise “cartoons”. Having been nominated solely for a best music score award at the 10th Academy Awards in 1938, Disney’s groundbreaking gem made a return appearance at the next Oscar ceremony, where Shirley Temple presented Walt with an honorary award (one full-size statuette and seven miniatures) for “a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field”.

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18/02/2019 08:14:07  

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18/02/2019 07:15:59  

While browsers have got their act together, any other apps interpreting user-supplied code need to be aware of this

Google security researchers have analyzed the impact of the data-leaking Spectre vulnerabilities afflicting today's processor cores, and concluded software alone cannot prevent exploitation.…

18/02/2019 07:15:54  

Analysis of community where 73% of residents contracted Zika in 2015 offers new clues about epidemic

Scientists studying the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil have discovered that people previously exposed to dengue may have been protected from the virus.

Three-quarters of the inhabitants of a favela in the country’s north-east caught the mosquito-borne Zika virus during the epidemic. The outbreak left more than 3,000 babies across Brazil with microcephaly, a birth defect caused by mothers catching the virus during pregnancy.

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18/02/2019 07:15:53  

Since 1992, more than 11,500 Colombians have been killed or injured by landmines, a legacy of more than 50 years of internal conflict. Many impoverished amputees without access to the healthcare system have resorted to making homemade prosthetics from wood, leather, metal and plastic bottles

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18/02/2019 07:15:50  

New findings cast doubts on advice to administer 80% oxygen to patients after operations

Patients may have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery, leading anaesthetists have said.

The concerns relate to World Health Organization guidelines to administer 80% oxygen to patients in the hours after an operation. The advice was introduced in 2016 after a series of influential clinical trials led by an Italian surgeon, Mario Schietroma, suggested that high-dose oxygen reduced the risk of infections.

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18/02/2019 07:15:33  

Broadcasters tell ACCC that Facebook and Google algorithms should be regulated and they should pay fair rate of ad revenue

Facebook should be compelled to identify trusted sources of Australian news and be more transparent about what it chooses to appear in its news feed, TV broadcasters have told the competition watchdog’s inquiry into digital platforms.

The free-to-air TV industry has also asked for tax breaks for Australian news producers – a “news production tax offset” – and a new regime to ensure Facebook and Google are accountable for paying local content producers a fair rate of advertising revenue.

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18/02/2019 07:15:29  

Good news! The most reliable staple of the early noughties is back. Just add jeans and some strappy sandals and you’re good to go

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18/02/2019 07:15:29  

A network of old footpaths, mapped by a local vicar to form a new long-distance trail, is dotted with reminders of a spiritual past

On the strand at Downderry, my guidebook suggests, I should pick up a pebble. “Choose one to mark the start of your journey,” it counsels. I settle on a charcoal-coloured stone featuring lots of vaguely psychedelic parallel pink lines. Some diverge and thicken as others separate, going solo. It makes me think first of a network of paths – and then of how lives are spent sometimes in solitude, sometimes surrounded by loved ones.

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18/02/2019 07:15:26  

It was the cushty comedy that perfectly captured 80s Britain. As Only Fools and Horses hits the stage, we celebrate the TV classic that needed a new scale to measure audience laughter

Back in 1991, Peckham’s leading entrepreneur Boycie paid a visit to one of Peckham’s not so leading entrepreneurs in Nelson Mandela House, SE15. He wasn’t happy to be in Derek “Del Boy” Trotter’s flat, and not just because of the horrible carpet, tacky furniture and pretentious drinks bar. “I’d like to get away as quick as possible,” he said. “I’ve left my Mercedes parked downstairs and you know what they’re like on this estate. They’d have the wheels off a Jumbo if it flew too low.”

That might have been what Peckham was like in the early 90s, but not today. Now it’s all pop-up this, artisanal that, symphony concerts in the multi-storey car park, and no change from a million quid if you seek to live in a three-bed terrace off Rye Lane. Like Boycie, Peckham has gone up in the world.

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18/02/2019 07:15:25  

Environment secretary may target drinks of under 750ml in deposit return scheme

Michael Gove has been urged not to water down plans to give people money back for recycling plastic bottles and cans, after consulting on whether to target small drink containers only.

The environment secretary will confirm on Monday that he is pressing ahead with the new “deposit return” scheme for cans and bottles made of plastic and glass, as well as a tax on some plastic packaging.

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18/02/2019 07:15:21  

Mike Pompeo’s wooing of eastern European states is an attack on the union’s very existence, and part of a wider ideological battle

The Trump administration not only dislikes the European Union, it is out to destroy it. The trip by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Europe last week was episode three of the onslaught, designed to play on east-west divisions within the EU. Episode one was Donald Trump’s 2017 Warsaw speech, infused with nativist nationalism. Episode two was Trump’s 2018 moves on tariffs, and his tearing up of key agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. To which should be added his open encouragements to Brexiteers, and his decision to pull out of Syria. All of the above affect European (including British) interests in very concrete ways, unlike mere tweets or insults thrown at allies.

Europe is trying to put up a resistance. Angela Merkel, Trump’s favourite political target in the EU, received a standing ovation on Saturday at the annual Munich security conference for her speech on the virtues of multilateralism. But perhaps we have yet to fully fathom what the EU is dealing with in this new Trump era. The man now whispering into Trump’s ears is John Bolton, his national security adviser. His brand of anti-EU ideology was on full display during Pompeo’s tour of Budapest, Bratislava and Warsaw.

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