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    LONDON (AP) – The Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 0.1 per cent on Thursday as it expressed caution about how rapidly the United Kingdom’s economy will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The bank also left its target for buying government and corporate bonds unchanged at 745 billion pounds ($980 billion). The decision to hold off more stimulus was widely expected as the uncertainty over the pandemic could require more action later, economists say. New figures due next week are expected to show the economy contracted almost 19 per cent in the second quarter from the previous three-month period. That would be better than the central bank’s forecast in May for a 25...
    White Island volcano survivor Stephanie Browitt has revealed the full extent of her injuries after suffering horrific third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body.  Ms Browitt is still on the long road to recovery after the December 2019 eruption off the east of New Zealand that claimed the lives of her sister and father.  On Wednesday the 23-year-old from Craigieburn in Melbourne detailed the size and scale of the burns she endured and how they impact her life daily.  She described how much of her fingers had to be amputated after they were severely damaged in the blast.   White Island volcano survivor Stephanie Browitt (pictured) has described the full extent of her injuries in a video on her...
    Chipotle is booming as people emerge from lockdown and the company wants to hire another 10,000 employees in coming months, an official said - making the restaurant chain one of several looking to add staff in an economy otherwise dimmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The fast-casual brand, known for its Mexican-inspired bowls and burritos, has already added about 8,000 of the 10,000 employees it targeted when it launched its last major hiring spree in May. 'As we go back into this next hiring season, we'd love to hire another 10,000 because of the growth that's occurring in the company,' said Marissa Andrada, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer, speaking to Reuters on Thursday.  Marissa Andrada of Chipotle said the...
    You might never have come across Bon Appetit, a glossy monthly magazine which serves up a cosy mix of gourmet recipes, wine reviews and lifestyle tips to its 1.5 million readers.  It is hard to imagine a less controversial publication, or one that's more quintessentially American with its aspirational blend of self-improvement and conspicuous consumption – and it has been attracting record digital subscriptions thanks to lockdown tips for banana bread and avocado toast. But popularity counted for nothing when a picture appeared online showing its editor of ten years, Adam Rapoport, dressed as a Puerto Rican at a Halloween fancy dress party. At a stroke he was out, branded a racist. Then, in a grovelling mea culpa, he confessed:...
    THERE are plenty of reasons you might want to try out a recipe box service like Gousto. You may be craving variety in your meals, or perhaps you're looking for simple, healthy ideas for the family (especially if you're both working and feel you never have time to do anything more exciting than boil some pasta). 1Gousto's meal boxes are filled with fresh ingredients, easy-to-make recipes and come in sustainable packagingCredit: Gousto You might also be wanting to eliminate food waste, or you could be trying to eat fresh food whenever possible. Whether you're feeding yourself or a family of four, Gousto's recipe boxes are designed with convenience in mind: you'll receive a box with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow...
    WILFRIED ZAHA fears being priced out of the market by Crystal Palace for a second year running. The 27-year-old winger has told the club he wants to leave this summer after a disappointing campaign. 4Wilfred Zaha fears being priced out of the market by Crystal Palace for a second year runningCredit: Rex Features 4Zaha was fuming when he was hit with an astonishing £100m price tag by Palace owner Steve Parish last summerCredit: PA:Press Association And Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is ready to listen to offers for the exciting Ivory Coast international. But Palace are expected to demand as much as £70MILLION for their star player and Zaha’s representatives worry that will scupper hopes of a move. Zaha was fuming...
    Scientists are joining forces to save Lake Titicaca's endangered and unfortunately-named 'scrotum frog' from extinction. The frog, Telmatobius culeus, which is unmistakable due to its baggy folds of skin, lives in Lake Titicaca, which sits on the border between Peru and Bolivia.  It is listed as ‘critically endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, due to over-harvesting for human consumption, habitat destruction and climate change. It is also threatened by the introduction of exotic species such as trout, which feed on its tadpoles, and is even crushed into a drink as a supposed aphrodisiac for humans.  The scrotum frog is the largest fully aquatic frog in the world, but its population fell by 80 per cent from 1994 to 2004, according...
    Suffering concussion increases the risk of developing dementia and Parkinson's disease later in life, research suggests. Health records from 47,483 concussion patients, who were tracked for 25 years, showed they had a 72 per cent increased risk of dementia, compared with those who had not suffered a brain injury. The concussion patients had a 57 per cent greater chance of getting Parkinson's and were 72 per cent more likely to suffer mood and anxiety disorders. Women who had a concussion were 28 per cent more likely to develop attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and a 7 per cent greater chance of mood and anxiety disorders compared to men. Health records from 47,483 concussion patients, who were tracked for 25 years, showed...
    A prize bull has been born that is genetically engineered so that 75 per cent of his offspring will be male.   In the meat industry, males are preferable to female animals because they are heavier and are 15 per cent more efficient at turning food into bodyweight. This preference is the opposite for dairy cows, where females are favoured due to their ability to produce milk.  However, this genetically-modified bull, called Cosmo, is from a breed of cows that are grown for their meat, not for milk.  Cosmo was born in April at the University of California Davis, weighing around 110 pounds, and is believed to be perfectly healthy.  Scroll down for video  Cosmo (pictured) was born in April at...
    Even immediate efforts to reduce plastic pollution could leave Earth with 698 million tons (710 million metric tonnes) of waste by 2040, scientists estimate.  Immediate and globally coordinated action to limit plastic consumption and waste could reduce the rate of plastic pollution by nearly 80 per cent by 2040. However, even if such a 'best-case scenario' came to pass, 698 million tons will find its way into the environment by 2040 – 452 million on land and 246 million in watercourses.  And an even more shocking amount – 1.27 billion tons – of plastic will be dumped on land and in oceans up to 2040 without substantial and meaningful policy action. The figures are from 17 global experts who have...
    KEPA has conceded EIGHT PER CENT of Chelsea's all-time Premier League goals and he has only been there for TWO seasons. The Blues lost 5-3 to Liverpool at Anfield last night and although the Spaniard was relatively blame free for the Reds' goals, the pressure is still on Frank Lampard to replace him in the summer. 1Kepa has conceded EIGHT per cent of Chelsea's all-time Premier League goals in just TWO seasons Chelsea have now conceded 54 goals this season - the most of any top-half team and their worst total since Roman Abramovich took over. More even than Crystal Palace and Brighton in 14th and 16th respectively. And if Wolves score at Stamford Bridge in the final game of...
    GERMAN cops boasted of “solving 90 per cent” of the Madeleine McCann case, it has been claimed. Paedo rapist Christian B, 43, has been named as the main suspect. 4Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3 2007Credit: AP:Associated Press 4The dad of an alleged accomplice says police are close to charging Christian B over her abductionCredit: Rex Features The dad of an alleged accomplice says police are close to charging him over her abduction. Dieter Fehlinger, whose daughter Nicole, 43, was linked to B ­during burglaries in Portugal, said: “I was with the police for an hour last month. “They said they had 90 per cent solved the case and seemed very confident.” He added: “They seemed ­to be...
    White Island volcano survivor Stephanie Browitt has shared harrowing details about her road to recovery.  Ms Browitt, 23, suffered third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body, while her sister and father were killed in the December 2019 eruption off the east coast of New Zealand.  On Sunday the Victorian woman, from Craigieburn in Melbourne, described the agonising process of undergoing skin grafts and having to learn to walk again.  'My legs needed multiple surgeries before they were fully covered, so I'd be up and walking (sort of) and then I'd need another surgery and I'd be set back all over again. It was really upsetting,' she said.  White Island volcano survivor Stephanie Browitt (pictured) has shared harrowing...
    BRITISH and EU negotiators have agreed 80 per cent of a deal and are gunning for a breakthrough on a post-Brexit security pact next week. There will be a full slate of talks in London with a heavy focus on police cooperation where the two sides are "closest" to a breakthrough. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 2EU diplomats, led by Michel Barnier, said the sides share a 'common ambition' to keep close ties on tackling crimeCredit: AP:Associated Press EU diplomats said the sides share a "common ambition" to keep close ties on tackling crime and sharing information about suspects. But they have warned the UK will have to stop insisting on lower data...
    EASYJET’s under-fire boss has lost a humiliating vote of no confidence from his staff. Peter Bellew — forced to make two public apologies after bungled coronavirus comments — was targeted by pilots’ union Balpa as the airline bids to ditch 727 cockpit crew. 2Peter Bellew has lost a humiliating vote of no confidence from his staffCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Nearly 100 per cent of easyJet pilots said they have no confidence in the way the airline is operated An overwhelming 99.9 per cent of pilots said they had no confidence in Mr Bellew's management or the way the airline is operated. Unions accuse him of misjudging the pandemic’s start by criticising the “hype going on around the virus” and encouraging “business...
    Some fish that live in the deepest reaches of the ocean have evolved skin so dark it absorbs more than 99 per cent of all light, rendering the animal almost invisible.  The animals are so efficient at soaking up light that they appear as mere silhouettes, seemingly devoid of any features.  Academics from the US have identified at least 16 species that use the ultra-black form of camouflage to avoid predators, including the dragon fish and fangtooth. In the ocean's depths, no natural sunlight penetrates and some predators have the ability to glow using bio-luminescence to hunt their prey.  Being able to hide in plain sight and absorb all this light without being spotted is a major survival advantage.  Some of...
    A new poll out Friday had bad news for President Donald Trump as a majority of Americans disapproved of his handling of the coronavirus. The ABC News/Ipsos poll found 67 percent disapprove and 33 percent approve of the president's response to the pandemic. It's the highest level of dissatisfaction with Trump's response to the pandemic. Additionally his presidential approval rating hit a low 33 per cent.  New poll shows majority of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic  The numbers come as more than 3 million Americans have been infected and several states are walking back their reopening process as numbers spike. One of those states if Florida, where Trump is traveling to on Friday. Florida...
    KEVIN DE BRUYNE'S agent has quashed any speculation that he will leave Manchester City after branding transfer rumours as "bulls***." The Belgium superstar has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain following City's two-year Champions League ban. 2De Bruyne won't leave Man City according to his agentCredit: EPA   De Bruyne, 29, still has three years left on his current contract but could look for an escape route to play in Europe's elite competition if City's appeal fails. 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City, Spurs vs Arsenal and Leicester scores this coming weekend and win £100 But any talk of the former Chelsea man leaving the Etihad appear slim after agent Patrick De Koster revealed his...
    Almost 90 per cent of couples trying to have a baby through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) overestimate their chances of conceiving, a new study reveals.   Researchers found 85 per cent of women and 88 per cent of men current undergoing their second course of IVF overestimated their chances of success.  Official statistics state that only 30 per cent of IVF treatments result in a successful pregnancy, with live birth rates a little lower.  Scientists say many people believe many couples believe the average success rate does not apply to them and that they will be more successful than other people.  The new study is 'a reminder' for clinics to set realistic success estimates for IVF couples undergoing treatment Researchers caution...
    Stephen Hahn wouldn't comment Sunday morning on President Doanld Trump's claim that the vast majority of coronavirus cases are 'totally harmless.' 'So, I'm not going to get into who's right and who's wrong,' the Food and Drug Administration commissioner told CNN when asked if there was any evidence to back up the president's claim. In a separate interview with ABC's This Week Sunday morning, Hahn said when talking about the continuing threat and increase numbers: 'We are certainly concerned, at the White House corona task force, about this.' ABC News host Martha Raddaz asked: 'We have more than 129,000 dead and more than 2.8 million cases. How many cases would you say are harmless?' 'Well, what I'd say is, you know,...
    DONALD Trump has claimed “99 per cent” of coronavirus cases as “harmless” as states reported a surge in cases. In an Independence Day speech at the White House, the President insisted his strategy for dealing with the pandemic was “moving along well”. 4 The President insisted the US was handling the cororavirus pandemic wellCredit: Reuters 4 His comments came in an Independence Day speech at the White HouseCredit: AP:Associated Press Trump said 40 million people for coronavirus and added: "By so doing, we show cases – 99 per cent of which are totally harmless. "Results that no other country can show because no country has testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of the quality."...
    PHILIPPE COUTINHO will take a 50 per cent pay cut to stay at Bayern Munich until the end of the season, according to reports. The Brazilian, who pockets around £240,000-a-week, has spent the campaign in Germany having fallen out of favour at Barcelona. 2Coutinho will take a pay cut to extend his stay at Bayern MunichCredit: Getty Images - Getty   Coutinho's initial loan deal was due to expire on Tuesday but the season was extended over the coronavirus pandemic. LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100 Bayern are already crowned Bundesliga champions but wanted Coutinho to extend his stay as they plot their assualt on the Champions League which...
    A new Pew Research Poll released on Wednesday has bad news for Donald Trump - a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with how the country is being run and think that he is a 'poor' or 'terrible' president. The poll was conducted June 16-22 as coronavirus cases spiked in several states that began the reopening process and the economy is still recovering from the hit it took during the pandemic. Additionally, racial tensions remain on the rise amid demonstrations against about police violence and support for the Black Live Matters movement. The Pew poll found that the number of Americans satisfied with how the country is going has dropped 19 points, from 31 per cent in April to a mere 12...
    HARRODS is axing up to 700 staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Up to 14 per cent of the workforce will be made redundant, which CEO Michael Ward said was needed to “aid our recovery in the short-term, but also to protect the business in the longer term”. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The luxury store has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Dan Charity - The Sun Ward broke the news “with a heavy heart” to the store's 4,800 staff members yesterday morning via an internal message. “I have been honest about the impact this pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on our business,” said Ward. “That...
    MORE than 40 per cent of people who caught Covid-19 in one the first places in Europe to suffer a virus outbreak did not have any symptoms, a study shows.  This research in the Northern Italian town of Vo found coronavirus was unwittingly spread by almost half the population, paving the way for a mass outbreak.  ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3People wear protective face masks in front of a closed elementary school in Vo on February 21, the day the town went in lockdown Credit: EPA 3The town was one of the first in Europe to go into lockdownCredit: EPA The joint study by  University of Padua and at Imperial College London,...
    The vast majority of non-white adults in Britain say the nation is racist and that children must be taught about colonialism, new research has found. A YouGov survey of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the United Kingdom found that 47 per cent of respondents believe there is “a great deal” of racism in Britain while 37 per cent think the country is “somewhat” racist. The study was published on Friday after several weeks of heightened racial tensions around the world following the death of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd, which sparked Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and riots across many Western cities. Nearly seven in ten (68 per cent) of the respondents said that they back the...
    Russian state pollster VCIOM has published an exit poll showing a vast majority of Russians backing proposed constitutional reforms, days before the end of voting.    The poll, published on Monday, showed that some 76 percent of respondents voted for the package of amendments, which range from better pensions and minimum wages to a reset of term limits that would allow President Vladimir Putin to run again in 2024 and potentially stay in power until 2036. The vote, which the opposition has slammed as illegal and prone to rigging, began last week and is due to end on Wednesday. Russian state pollster VCIOM has published an exit poll showing a vast majority of Russians backing proposed constitutional reforms, days before...
    Kim Kardashian's beauty brand has been valued at a billion pounds.  The mogul, 39, has just inked a deal with Coty Inc. to sell a 20% stake in the company, which sells make-up and fragrances, for $200million.  TMZ report that the deal is for a 'longterm strategic partnership to launch products in new beauty categories and expand across the globe from top to bottom.'  Now Kim's a BILLIONAIRE! Coty Inc has splashed out $200m on 20 per cent of Kardashian's beauty empire as she overtakes sister Kylie Jenner in the wealth stakes (stock image)  'Sources have also told the site that Coty acts as a licensee for skin, hair, personal and nail products.'  If the company have paid $200k...
    Red supergiant Betelgeuse started dimming earlier this year and this may have been due to a star spots covering up to 70 per cent of its surface, astronomers claim. Sitting in the constellation of Orion, Betelgeuse is 500 light-years from Earth and one of the brightest stars in the night sky -  but it had dropped to 40 per cent of its usual luminosity by April 2020, leading to speculation it might go supernova. A supernova is an explosion where a giant star reaches the end of its life and expels most of its mass into space - dimming is a sign it may be ready to go supernova.  Betelgeuse began to brighten again from April, ruling out a supernova,...
    Police officer fatally shoot people 70 per cent less often when they are black and not white, according to a shocking study.  The study - which has not yet been published - analyzed data from 60 cities between 2015 and the first half of 2020 also found that Latino-led police forces report lower statistics for fatal police shooting.  'A lot of people will talk about training and the racial makeup of officers,' Stephen Wu, the author of the study, explained to TIME. 'It's not just about the overall police force. Leadership matters.' Wu is an economics and professor at Hamilton College in New York, who has written extensively on how economic and social factors affect human behavior and well-being.   ...
    BRITS are sitting on technology worth £16.5 billion that they no longer use – and it could DROP in value by £3.5 billion over the next year. Researchers found the typical adult has a staggering £598 worth of superfluous gadgets - simply collecting dust and cluttering their homes. 2Don't leave old gadgets lying around – put them to good use, or pass them on to someone who will But during the past year, smart phones, computers, tablets, games consoles and wearables collectively depreciated in value by an average of 20 per cent. Although, in that time iPhones dropped by an average of 36 per cent overall, according to industry figures from musicMagpie. In fact, the iPhone XS dropped by £259,...
    THE VAST majority of children only suffer mild Covid symptoms and deaths are extremely rare, the largest study yet shows. British researchers analysed data on 582 kids aged three days to 18 years who sought care for coronavirus across Europe. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Researchers found that kids are unlikely to get serious cases of Covid-19 Some 62 per cent were admitted to hospital but only 8 per cent required intensive care and fewer than 1 per cent died. The true impact of the disease will be even lower as most infected children will have required no medical attention whatsoever. Experts from Imperial College London examined swab-confirmed infections in 25 countries between...
    A majority of Europeans believe that the European Union performed poorly in its response to the Chinese coronavirus, with even more saying that the bloc was “irrelevant” in confronting the outbreak, a poll has found. A survey conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations across nine countries, representing two-thirds of the population of the EU, found that a majority of citizens felt that no-one was there to help them during the pandemic and that the bloc failed to rise to the challenge. In Italy, 63 per cent of those surveyed said that the European Union failed them, with just four per cent listing the bloc as their most useful ally during the crisis. This is compared to 25 per...
    Racism has been declared a public health crisis in San Bernardino, resulting in disparities in 'family stability, health and mental wellness, education, employment, economic development, public safety, criminal justice and housing.' The Board of Supervisors approved the decision in a 5-0 vote during a Tuesday meeting, detailing the mass inequalities faced by the black community in the county.  Following weeks of demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd on May 25, the resolution notes that the 'U.S. Census Bureau has documented a significant increase in anxiety and depression among black people nationally.'  Specifically in San Bernardino, officials noted that the infant mortality rate for the black population was double the rate of the rest the county.  The Board of...
    President Donald Trump is lagging behind Joe Biden by 14 points in a new poll that also shows him struggling to retain majority support among men, white Americans and older voters - crucial GOP voting blocs.  A New York Times/Siena College poll that dropped Wednesday shows that Biden currently has the support of 50 per cent of registered voters, while Trump sits at 36 per cent.  Additionally, 50 per cent of those surveyed said they had 'very unfavorable' views of Trump, while about half of that - 27 per cent - held the same view of Biden.   President Trump is down by 14 points nationally in a new poll by The New York Times and Siena College, where 50...
    MEN are almost twice as likely to speed on the road as women, according to analysis of more than five BILLION miles of driving data. Speeding is one of the biggest causes of deaths on UK roads, accounting for 12 per cent of all fatal accidents. New research shows speeding is one of the biggest causes of deaths on UK roads Telematics insurance firm insurethebox studied customer data across the UK for men and women of all ages from the past five years. They discovered that in every region and across almost all age brackets, men were more likely to exceed the speed limit than women. And it is the ‘boy racers’ who are the worst behaved from behind the...
    Cyberbullying can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder with more than a third of victims facing 'similar levels as people caught up in a terror attack', a first-of-its-kind study has found.  Targets faced intrusive, repetitive thoughts and flashbacks as a result of online bullying, as well as avoidance behaviours such as refusing to talk about an experience or evading certain people and places.  This led them to suggest that asking children about cyberbullying should become a routine part of any children's mental or psychological assessment. Cyberbulying prevalence among teenagers is thought to be between 10 and 40 per cent.  Victims of cyberbullying face intrusive, repetitive thoughts and flashbacks a study by researchers at King's College London has found. (Stock image)...
    BRITAIN is a nation of desk jockeys – with almost half of workers admitting they listen to music EVERY DAY to get the job done. A study of 2,000 employed adults found three quarters have had songs playing in the background while they work, with 45 per cent admitting this is something they do on a daily basis. 1Almost half of Brits listen to music every day while they work Credit: Getty Images - Getty Almost four in 10 believe the tunes help them to be more efficient and productive, while 46 per cent said it motivates them to get their work done. Another 44 per cent even claim it helps them to stay relaxed and a fifth believe they...
    A survey released this week shows that 47 per cent of the French public believe in the existence of “anti-white” racism in the wake of several Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. The poll, which was conducted by the firm Ifop, showed a significantly smaller 36 per cent of the public, believe that anti-white racism does not exist, with another 17 per cent said they had no opinion on the issue. Following the death of George Floyd in the United States, and the subsequent protests and riots there, France saw its own share of Black Lives Matter demonstrations against alleged incidents of police brutality. The Ifop poll revealed that while 42 per cent of the public said they “want to support”...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently leading President Donald Trump by 12 points - as voters look to the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd and the economy with disdain.  Biden is currently leading with 50 per cent while Trump has 38 per cent, a two per cent increase for the Democrat and a two per cent decrease for the president from their mid-May Fox News poll.  Biden is seen as the more favorable candidate as 53 per cent have favorable views of him compared to 43 per cent of voters who have favorable views of Trump.  Vice President Joe Biden is currently leading with 50 per cent while President Trump has 38 per...