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Budget 2017: Graduates to stop overpaying student loans

Graduates will no longer temporarily overpay hundreds or sometimes thousands of pounds on their student loans, as Chancellor Philip Hammond has indicated he will announce changes to the system in the Budget on Wednesday. Currently, graduates who finish paying off their student loan in the middle of a financial year carry on having deductions taken direct from their salary, until the end ...

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Our teeth may come from from the scales of ancient fish, say scientists

The teeth in your mouth have their origin in the scales of primitive shark-like fish, new evidence suggests. Sharks and related fish lack bony skeletons and have skin containing tooth-like, spiky scales called “dermal denticles”. “Stroke a shark and you’ll find it feels rougher than other fish, as shark skin is covered entirely in dermal denticles,” said Dr Andrew Gillis ...

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New guidance issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work

New guidance has been issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work after a huge increase in calls for advice. The conciliation service Acas said it received more than 14,000 calls last year on the subjects, a 10 per cent rise on the previous year. Firms are being urged to make sure staff on maternity leave are told about ...

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Trump administration says 60,000 Haitians who came to US after earthquake must leave

The Trump administration is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. The Homeland Security Department says conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time until July 2019 to give Haitians time ...

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NHS expands car park lung cancer screening scheme after early diagnosis quadruples

The NHS is set to roll out mobile lung cancer testing centres that have helped to significantly increase early diagnoses by offering cancer screening from supermarket car parks. The programme, due to be announced today by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, will fund portable CT-scanners to screen smokers and ex-smokers in three more parts of the country, potentially saving thousands ...

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Public sector pay cap reduces spending power by £8.5bn in England this year, TUC claims

The controversial cap on pay for public sector workers has reduced spending power by £8.5bn in England this year, new analysis shows. Philip Hammond is facing calls to scrap the 1% pay freeze for all public sector workers in the upcoming Budget after being accused of “cherry picking” certain staff for wage increases, such as police and prison officers.  Research by ...

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Hackers now able to take control of cars to cause deliberate accidents, scientists warn

Modern cars are an “open door” to hackers from hostile states wanting to use them as a weapon, leading cyber security experts have warned. It is currently possible to hack into the computer system of any car built since 2005 and hackers could already be causing accidents without the authorities knowing, according to Justin Cappos, a computer scientist at New ...

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Scientists discover diving flies using bubble submarines to survive underwater in California's Lake Mono

Flies in a Californian lake have abandoned the air for the water. The “diving flies” of Lake Mono can crawl underwater without even getting wet. Now scientists have discovered how these insects are able to survive underwater and remain dry. The flies are incredibly repellent to water; so repellent that a protective bubble of air forms around their bodies when they enter the water. ...

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UK's rising use of food banks reveals 'unfolding public health crisis', finds study

The number of people turning to food banks grew by almost 14 per cent in three years, according to a new study which warned of a growing public health crisis from poor nutrition. The study suggested that previous reports on growing scale of food bank usage might have been overstated, because it includes repeat usage, but its findings show usage is ...

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Cabinet ministers who watch porn at work should be sacked, poll finds

Cabinet ministers facing allegations that they downloaded or watched porn on a parliamentary computer should lose their job, according to an exclusive new poll for The Independent.    The majority of people questioned in the BMG Research study said frontbenchers accused of using work devices to watch sex films should resign or be sacked. There is still a cabinet office ...

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