Wednesday, May 23, 2018

World news

UK government borrowing narrows after EU credit

UK government borrowing nearly halved in December from a year earlier, helped by a rebate from the European Union. Public sector borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, fell to a lower-than-expected £2.6bn last month, a £2.5bn fall...

Amazon opens first supermarket with no checkouts at all

E-retail behemoth Amazon is ringing in a new era for shoppers by opening its first supermarket with no checkouts at all – human or self-service. The company on Monday will open the doors to the...

Social media companies are losing public trust as ‘traditional’ media regains it, report finds

‘The public wants action on key issues related to online protection, and to see their concerns addressed through better regulation,’ says CEO of Edelman UK A new report has found people’s trust in social media...

Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained...

Amazon ‘very likely’ to bid for Premier League streaming rights

Amazon plans to bid for the rights to stream Premier League matches in the upcoming auction, according to a source familiar with the matter, part of a broader strategy to bring more sports content...

Margaret Thatcher thought pandas did not make ‘happy omens’ for politicians, documents reveal

Margaret Thatcher thought pandas did not make “happy omens” for travelling politicians, newly-released government files reveal. While “panda diplomacy” may have been a favourite ploy of Chinese leaders, the former Prime Minister was not a...

Renewable energy now makes up nearly third of all electricity generated in UK

Latest government figures show ‘record high’ for electrical power produced from sources like wind and solar. Electricity generation from renewable energy has reached a “record high”, according to new government statistics. The third quarter of 2017...

Health warning over salt content in vegetarian sausages

Popular vegetarian sausages are so salty that one portion contains more than half a pizza, research has warned. Meat-free sausages including some made by Linda McCartney and Quorn contain significantly more salt than the level...

How “bomb cyclones” can let us peer deep inside the Earth

Powerful storms on our planet’s surface can produce tremors that are helping geologists to see what the Earth’s interior might be like. Given its location on the Atlantic seaboard of North America, Maine is no...

Tokyo Grand Slam 2017: Inside the world’s most spiritual sport

In an unassuming Tokyo tower block sits the headquarters of a sport at a spiritual crossroads. A stone's throw from the Japanese capital's space age domed baseball stadium, and in the shadow of a nearby...