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European Tornadoes Are Real And Their Threat Is Underestimated

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  By Bogdan Antonescu in The Conversation.   It is often assumed that tornadoes do not occur in Europe and that they are a weather phenomena specific to the United States. But this is far from true. Not only do tornadoes strike in Europe – they do millions of pounds worth of damage, cause serious injuries and even lead […]

Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories – And How To Change Their Minds

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    By Mark Lorch in The Conversation.   I’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest […]

Academics Uncover 30 ‘Lost’ Words From The English Language That Would Be Useful Today

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By Pascale Hughes in iNews. If you’ve ever wanted a word to describe someone who stays in bed all day long, or the physical toll of listening to a boring person talking at length, you’re in the right place. Linguists from York University have compiled a list of newly-relevant words that have been forgotten after […]

New £10 Note: How To Spot If Yours Is Worth Thousands

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    By  Laura Suter in The Telegraph. People can make thousands of pounds by checking the serial number on their new £10 banknotes when they are released this week. Unique or special serial numbers can make the new Jane Austen note worth thousands, but how do you know which ones are valuable? How do the serial […]

Bootham Crescent Stands In For Nazi Olympic Stadium In New Film – And The Internet Has A Field Day

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  From YorkMix. Both were built in the 1930s but there, you might think, the similarities end. Yet Bootham Crescent is now standing in for the Olympiastadion in Berlin, the huge stadium built by the Nazis to stage the 1936 Olympics. This week York City’s ground is providing the backdrop for a “period sporting drama” […]

Women Pioneered Computer Programming. Then Men Took Their Industry Over.

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    By Josh O’Connor in Timeline.   Like many women in the 1930s, Jean Jennings Bartik had studied mathematics. During and after World War II, Bartik and other women actually worked as “computers.” They calculated by hand the trajectories of military rockets and artillery shells depending on how much soldiers elevated the weapon. Each […]

Thousands Of Benefit Claimants Win Legal Victory Over Tory Government’s Welfare Appeals Regime

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   Top judges ruled a one-month time limit on appealing for benefits is unlawful – meaning people have been wrongly blocked from justice for years. Thousands of benefit claimants have won a landmark legal victory over the Tory government’s welfare regime. Three top judges today ruled a one-month […]

Carer Awareness Training Sessions

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  Hello, We are offering two stand alone bite-size Carer Awareness training sessions to professionals across the city, on Tuesday 3 October in the Rowntree Room at West Offices.  You are welcome to attend either the morning or the afternoon session.   Morning Session 9.15am to 12pm Afternoon Session 1 to 3.45pm   This course […]

The Most Affordable Cities In The UK For First-Time Buyers

Housing

  By Sophie Christie in The Telegraph. Virtually all first-time buyers in Brighton are being priced out of their own city, with new data revealing that only 2pc of properties in the seaside resort are affordable for new buyers. While most would assume that London is the least affordable place for first-time buyers, it’s Brighton that takes the […]

The Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s Highest Pub, Is Up For Sale

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    From BBC News.   Britain’s highest pub, which regularly gets snowed in at its isolated location in the Yorkshire Dales, is up for sale. The 17th Century Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire has panoramic views and is on sale for £900,000. The pub, 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, was named the […]

Trial by Error: NICE Rejects My FOI Request

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  By David Tuller, DrPH in Virology Blog.   The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the U.K. organization that develops clinical guidelines for medical conditions, has rejected my freedom-of-information request for the names of the experts involved in the reassessment of the guidance for the illness it calls CFS/ME. This isn’t surprising, since […]

NICE Guidelines Consultation – Misinformed Or Cynical ?

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  From Invest in ME Research.   The NICE decision “to not update the NICE guideline on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis” at this time seems to be an error of judgement based on misinformation. That is clearly so. Yet on delving deeper one begins to see something more from what must have been a pre-determined decision made […]

The York ME TGA Inter-Company Fantasy Football League

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  Businesses are signing up for our Fantasy Football League, ready for the new season.  Last year was a great success and we’re looking to make it even better with your help.  As a change to last year, your business doesn’t even have to be based in York to take part ! With a Plaque […]

£13 Million Fund To Increase England’s Woodland

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    From The Yorkshire Times.   A £13 million fund to help landowners plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk will soon open for applications, Forestry Minister Therese Coffey has confirmed. Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to […]

New Diesel And Petrol Vehicles To Be Banned From 2040 In UK

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    From BBC News.   New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers will also unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package […]

The Top 20 British Postcodes Where Stolen Identities Are For Sale On The Web

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  By Cahil Milmo in iNews.   Personal data belonging to up to a quarter of Britons is available for sale on the hidden internet, according to surveillance of encrypted online stores trading in stolen identities pieced together from hacked accounts and social media. Cyber fraudsters are collecting material across the country but are also […]

Amazon ‘Developing Anytime Messenger App To Rival WhatsApp’

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By Rhiannon Williams in iNews Amazon is reportedly developing its own messaging app to rival the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger and social networks. The new app, allegedly called Anytime, will support voice and video calls as well as messaging, and feature digital masks and stickers like those available on Instagram and Snapchat, according to […]

Maintenance Improvements Worth £80 m Planned For Yorkshire And Humber Roads

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   Over £80 m of maintenance improvements will be taking place on Yorkshire’s roads this year providing drivers with smoother and safer journeys. This work, which is in addition to the major improvement schemes taking place in the region, includes resurfacing over 207 miles of lanes, using over 100,000 tonnes […]

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