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  • News SWA flight attendant turns safety talk into stand-up routine

    SWA flight attendant turns safety talk into stand-up routine

    Sit back and relax…or you can sit up and be tense. Because being safe doesn’t have to be boring. Let’s cut to the chase. No one listens to the flight safety announcement. We’ve all heard it before, we can see where the exits are, and if we’re being honest, in the case of a disaster we’re not convinced those life jackets will be much help anyway. Laughing in the aisles So, with that in mind, one flight attendant on American […]

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  • News GlaxoSmithKline accused of bribing doctors to prescribe its asthma drugs in Poland

    GlaxoSmithKline accused of bribing doctors to prescribe its asthma drugs in Poland

    GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of bribing doctors to prescribe its asthma medicines in Poland, in the latest in a string of scandals to hit the British pharmaceuticals giant. The accusations, which featured in a BBC Panorama programme last night, come as GSK is already grappling with claims of corruption in China and Iraq. Former sales rep Jarek Wisniewski told the programme makers that doctors were paid to promote Seretide, GSK’s asthma drug. Officially, the money was meant to be spent […]

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  • News Could just ONE concert or football game damage your hearing? One-off exposure to loud noise causes lasting harm, say doctors

    Could just ONE concert or football game damage your hearing? One-off exposure to loud noise causes lasting harm, say doctors

    It was thought long-term exposure to noise was required to cause damage This research revolved around looking at hair cells in the ears Now, it has been revealed short-term exposure can damage nerve fibres This can make it hard to hear conversation over loud background noise All party-goers have been warned that years of attending loud concerts and nightclubs could damage their hearing. But now, researchers believe attending just one noisy event could be enough to cause irreparable damage. U.S. […]

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  • News Political There’ll be no place in India for Modi critics, says BJP leader Giriraj Singh

    There’ll be no place in India for Modi critics, says BJP leader Giriraj Singh

    Godda, Jharkhand: In remarks that are bound to create a big political storm, a BJP leader from Bihar suggested at a rally today that those who oppose his party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will have “no place in India” after the results of the general election are announced. “Those who want to stop Narendra Modi(from becoming prime minister) are looking towards Pakistan. In the coming days, they will have no place in India. They will only have place in Pakistan,” Giriraj […]

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  • News Yaya Toure: ‘To some people, black players are animals not human beings… and I’m not rated because I’m African

    Yaya Toure: ‘To some people, black players are animals not human beings… and I’m not rated because I’m African

    Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure believes he is not regarded as one of the best players in the world because he is from Africa. Toure has scored 22 goals this season, helping City win the League Cup and challenge for the Premier League title. Club-mate Samir Nasri said Toure would be celebrated as one of the world’s best midfielders if he was not African. +11 Not happy: Yaya Toure says he isn’t regarded as a one of the world’s best […]

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    Kidnapped boy sings gospel song to save his life

    Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point. But Willie’s actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song “Every Praise” until the man let him go. Thursday evening, community leaders held a meeting in Willie’s honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling […]

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  • News Research Punished for Teaching Science’: Popular Teacher Suspended for ‘Research and Development of Imitation Weapons’

    Punished for Teaching Science’: Popular Teacher Suspended for ‘Research and Development of Imitation Weapons’

    Greg Schiller’s classroom seems to be a fruitful learning environment. One of his students recently stated, “He’s a really great teacher, and he really cares, he really wants to teach and he loves teaching.” It’s no surprise that he’s such a popular science teacher. It is astonishing, however, that he’s now apparently being punished for making science fun. The Los Angeles Times reports that Schiller, who teaches at the Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts, in Los Angeles, California, is in hot […]

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  • News Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

    Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

    A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists. Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the […]

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  • News Have Apple’s maps found the Loch Ness Monster? Satellite image reveals mysterious shape lurking in the Scottish Highlands

    Have Apple’s maps found the Loch Ness Monster? Satellite image reveals mysterious shape lurking in the Scottish Highlands

    Satellite in the atmosphere was accessed using Apple’s satellite map app Shows a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch Location just south of Dores – only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones Creature in the water is about 50ft in length – half the size of a blue whale So large that it can be seen from space, it is enough to send shockwaves through even the most cynical Nessie sceptic. This shadowy form measuring […]

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    HMRC to sell taxpayers’ financial data

     Firms could buy ‘anonymised’ financial details • Plan ‘borderline insane’ according to senior Tory MP The new legislation would allow HMRC to release anonymised tax data to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies where there is a public benefit. Photograph: Michael Kemp/Alamy The personal financial data of millions of taxpayers could be sold to private firms under laws being drawn up by HM Revenue & Customs in a move branded “dangerous” by tax professionals and “borderline insane” by a […]

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