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16/07/2019

Wallows: Putting Hollywood on hold for the sake of music

Getting someone... anyone... to notice you is the prime concern of most bands at the start of their musical careers.Sadly for most, the reality is that no-one ever will. For some, hard work and persistence and a bit of luck will pay off.But in the case of US band Wallows, massive interest is a given when your lead singer is in one of the most popular shows on Netflix.Oh, and your guitarist played comedian Ray Romano's son in a comedy-drama for two series.Luckily, the Californian three-piece, fronted by actor Dylan Minnette, the star of 13 Reasons Why, have enough perky...
16/07/2019

Harlech street takes record as steepest in the world

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"Sorry New Zealand but it's now our time to shine" A street in north Wales has been declared the steepest in the world.Residents in Harlech, Gwynedd are celebrating after Guinness World Records verified the gradient of Ffordd Pen Llech at 37.45%.The title had been held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a gradient of 35% at its steepest.Campaigner Gwyn Headley said: "I feel utter relief - and jubilation. I feel sorry for the New Zealanders - but steeper is steeper." Mr Headley and Sarah Badhan knew just what an uphill...
16/07/2019

Fishermen 'still illegally discarding dead fish' says report

Fishermen are continuing to illegally discard dead fish back into the sea, according to a House of Lords inquiry.The inquiry looked at the impact of the ban on fishing discards six months after new rules took effect.The committee's report said the new regulations have had "little impact", but industry leaders said this was the wrong conclusion.Fishing discards were prohibited after a campaign by the chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The EU regulations were designed to stop fishermen throwing unwanted fish back into the sea dead, instead obliging skippers to land them. But the inquiry report claimed little had changed since the ban...

16/07/2019

Facebook scam-busting service goes live

Scammers are being targeted by a new tool for UK Facebook users that allows the reporting of fake adverts.The feature came about after Martin Lewis, founder of the MoneySavingExpert website, sued over his name and photo being used on fake Facebook adverts.In return for dropping the legal action, Facebook agreed to donate £3m to set up an anti-scam programme.That money has been handed over to Citizens Advice to build a new service to help victims of online fraudsters.The charity has set up a telephone helpline for any type of online scam - not just ones involving fake ads. Face-to-face consultations...
16/07/2019

Scotland's drug deaths set to top 1,000

New figures released later are expected to show that more than 1,000 people died as a result of drugs in Scotland last year.Scotland already has the worst record for reported drug deaths in Europe but the latest figures will show another steep rise.Last week, Scottish Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick said the level of drug deaths was an "emergency".He told MPs this should be a "wake-up call" over UK government policy. Drug-related deaths in Scotland have almost doubled in eight years, with 934 recorded in 2017. There are estimated to be more than 60,000 problem drug users in Scotland.Dr Saket...
15/07/2019

Government should not manage railways, says review

The man tasked with working out how to improve UK railways says a "fat controller" type figure, independent from government, should be in charge of day-to-day operations.The former boss of British Airways, Keith Williams, said government involvement should be limited to overall policy and budget decisions.But he said the Department for Transport should not manage the system. His review of the rail system will be published this autumn. The Fat Controller is a fictional character who manages the railways in Thomas the Tank Engine, the children's television series based on the The Railway Series books. Mr Williams said he also...

15/07/2019

Trump tweet row: Don't take the bait, congresswomen say

The four US congresswomen attacked by US President Donald Trump in a series of racially charged tweets have dismissed his remarks as a distraction. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib urged the US people "not to take the bait" at a Monday press conference. Mr Trump suggested the four women - all US citizens - "can leave". He has defended his comments and denied allegations of racism.Addressing reporters, the four women - known as The Squad - all said the focus should be on policy and not the president's words. "This is simply a disruption and...
15/07/2019

Harrods of the High Street or fraying at the seams?

Georgia Cobden is about to start a new job in PR and just popped into House of Fraser on Oxford Street because she knows they have a Whistles concession. At 25 Georgia is just the sort of customer troubled retailer House of Fraser needs to attract to achieve the gymnastic feat of turning around its fortunes amid what the chain's owner, Mike Ashley, has called "unbelievably bad" times for retailers.She says she and her friends love the range of products in the beauty department, and now she has had a look she's impressed with what's on offer in fashion too."I...
15/07/2019

When most people never see a £50 note, why have it?

When was the last time you saw a £50 note? Dinner with a wealthy relative visiting the UK, or tucked into a child's birthday card perhaps?While we may rarely see such currency, there are a surprising number in general circulation.According to the Bank of England's latest statistics, a total of 344 million of them, with a combined value of £17.2bn, are in the system.While this makes them the least used notes in transactions, it means they are only slightly less common than £5 notes. There are 396 million £5 notes in circulation.Those who use cash machines will know that neither...

15/07/2019

Facebook's Libra could be misused, says treasury chief Mnuchin

Facebook's planned Libra cryptocurrency faced further opposition on Monday when the US treasury secretary warned about its potential criminal use.Steven Mnuchin told a press conference it could be used by "money launderers and terrorist financiers" and said it was a national security issue.He was "not comfortable" about Libra, joining President Donald Trump and the US central bank in voicing concern.Facebook executives will appear before a congressional committee on Tuesday.David Marcus, who will oversee Libra, is expected to tell the Senate Banking Committee that Facebook will not launch the currency until regulatory concerns are addressed. Mr Mnuchin said Libra would have...
15/07/2019

Suzanne Eaton murder: Man arrested for murder of US scientist

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an American scientist on the Greek island of Crete.The 27-year-old local man has already confessed to killing Suzanne Eaton, Greek media report.Ms Eaton was reported missing by friends on 2 July after going on a run. She was found inside a World War Two bunker six days later. The molecular biologist from the world-renowned Max Planck Institute had been attending a conference on the island. A police statement said she appeared to have been asphyxiated, with "sexual abuse" as a likely motive. According to the Cretalive news website, the suspect is...
15/07/2019

Iran nuclear deal breaches not yet significant, EU says

Iran's recent breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal are not significant and can be reversed, the European Union's foreign policy chief says."We invite Iran to reverse the steps and go back to full compliance," Federica Mogherini said on Monday.Iran stepped up production of enriched uranium, used to make reactor fuel but also potentially nuclear bombs, in May.It is responding to sanctions imposed by the US since it withdrew unilaterally from the agreement.The breaches come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US. There has been tension with the UK, too, following the UK seizure of an Iranian oil tanker earlier...