News archive from 13 April 2018

Revealed: the 82 'ghost wards' containing 1,400 empty NHS beds

Revealed: the 82 'ghost wards' containing 1,400 empty NHS beds

Hospitals are mothballing scores of wards, closing them to patients despite the NHS’s ongoing beds crisis, new figures reveal. At the last count in September 82 “ghost wards” were recorded containing 1,429 empty beds, the equivalent of two entire...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 

Islands MSP calls for Scottish Gaelic to be added to Duolingo

It claims to be the world’s most popular online learning service for new languages. Duolingo, a free digital app, has more than 200 million users worldwide and is one of the popular downloadable educational tools. It offers 31 language courses to...

 
Coronation Street spoilers: Wedding drama for Tracy Barlow as Steve McDonald will marry for the seventh time

Coronation Street spoilers: Wedding drama for Tracy Barlow as Steve McDonald will marry for the seventh time

Coronation Street are set to make Steve McDonald the most prolific groom in soap as he will be lining up his seventh marriage as he pops the question to Tracy Barlow, the mother of his daughter Amy.  Tracy and Steve have already tried the matrimony...

Metro, 00:09 in Showbiz
 
One extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

One extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking will shorten your life, according to a major new study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40 year old. Those who think a glass of red wine...

 
Firms relabelling low-skilled jobs as apprenticeships, says report

Firms relabelling low-skilled jobs as apprenticeships, says report

Fast food giants, coffee shops and retailers are relabelling low-skilled jobs as apprenticeships, a report says. The study by think tank Reform says many firms have rebranded existing roles after being obliged to contribute cash to on-the-job...

BBC, 00:15 in Regional
 
Crackdown on false holiday illness claims

Crackdown on false holiday illness claims

Legal costs for package holiday sickness cases will be fixed under new rules aimed at deterring false claims. Similar controls are in place for other personal injury claims, but they will now be extended to cases when holidaymakers seek compensation....

BBC, 00:15 in Regional
 

Anthony Joshua insists his career 'isn't based around Deontay Wilder', ranking Alexander Povetkin and...

Anthony Joshua considers American Jarrell Miller or Alexander Povetkin of Russia his likeliest next challenger. The IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion's management have made an offer to Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC title, for what would be the...

Daily Mail, 00:15 in Sport
 

Jon Rahm overcomes jet lag to post 'better than expected' 67 during first round of the Open de Espana

World No 4 Jon Rahm surprised himself with an opening 67 in the Open de Espana to lie just a shot off the lead in Madrid. Rahm, who finished fourth in the Masters on Sunday, carded an eagle, four birdies and a solitary bogey at the Centro Nacional de...

Daily Mail, 00:15 in Sport
 

Liang Wenbo misses chance to become first snooker player to hit two 147 breaks in a match after failing to...

Liang Wenbo missed the chance to become the first player in snooker history to make two 147 breaks in the same competitive match when he failed to sink the final black. Liang recorded a maximum in the 10th frame of his first-round clash with Rod...

Daily Mail, 00:15 in Sport
 

Laurent Koscielny slams Arsenal performance after surviving Europa League scare against CSKA Moscow to make...

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny admitted his side came close to a Europa League meltdown at CSKA Moscow on Thursday where they recovered from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw and reach the semi-finals 6-3 on aggregate. Having built a 4-1 lead in...

Daily Mail, 00:18 in Sport
 
Soldiers should be fast-tracked into the police force, says Tory MSP

Soldiers should be fast-tracked into the police force, says Tory MSP

Soldiers leaving the army should be fast-tracked into the police service, say the Scottish Conservatives. The military bases at Leuchars and RM Condor would become potential recruiting grounds for Police Scotland under the proposal. Maurice Corry, the...

 

Liverpool return to Melwood after Champions League heroics against Manchester City as Mo Salah and Co turn...

Liverpool's stars were grinning from ear-to-ear on Thursday as they trained for the first time since booking their spot in the Champions League semi-finals.  The Reds beat Manchester City 2-1 on Tuesday night in their quarter-final second leg to...

Daily Mail, 00:23 in Sport
 

Meat-eating chimps that hunt baby monkeys and devour the BRAIN first could reveal new clues on human...

Scientists have made a new discovery about chimpanzees' diets. One anthropologist from Arizona State University, Ian Gilby, led a team that discovered that the animals are systematic when preying on red colombus monkeys. Specifically, the team...

 

Siri learns dozens of new 'dad jokes' as Apple scrambles to bring its voice assistant up to par with Amazon...

Apple has turned Siri into a real comedienne.  Siri has always been able to tell a joke or two, but it appears that Apple has programmed the voice assistant to be able to serve up a whole slew of new puns.    The new jokes recently started rolling out...

 

Aerial surveys reveal massive basking sharks that can grow to 32 feet long gather in swarms of over a...

While they’re typically quite harmless to humans, the sight of a basking shark nevertheless might be a bit startling. The sharks are the second-largest fish alive, and can grow to whopping lengths of up to 32 feet long, swimming slowly just beneath...

 


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