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Olympic Games: Paris organisers propose breakdancing as a new sport for 2024.

Thu 21 Feb 2019, 11:34 am by papa_umau

Breakdancing has been proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, organisers have announced.

It is among four sports that organisers will propose to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as surfing, climbing and skateboarding, which will all debut at Tokyo 2020.

Squash campaigned unsuccessfully for inclusion in the Paris Games, as did billiard sports and chess.



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Having HPV 'isn't rude or shameful'.

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 11:07 am by papa_umau

Having human papilloma virus (HPV) is not rude or shameful and is extremely common, experts say.

It comes as a survey of 2,000 women shows there are still stigmas around the infection, which can be passed on during sex and is linked to cancer.

Charities are concerned this could put women off getting smear tests.

Despite four out of every five getting HPV in their lifetime, many would worry …

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Reddit: China sparks attack on

Mon 11 Feb 2019, 12:14 pm by papa_umau

A reported investment by Chinese tech giant Tencent in Reddit has sparked a backlash on the popular community news site over censorship fears.

China has a strict internet censorship regime known as the Great Firewall and Reddit is one of the sites it blocks.

The proposed funding prompted a wave of criticism on Reddit, which many of its users see as a bastion of free speech.

Most analysts …

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Xanax' linked to more than 200 deaths.

Tue 05 Feb 2019, 10:21 am by papa_umau

At least 204 deaths have been linked to the misuse of anxiety drug Xanax in the UK since 2015, figures seen by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme reveal.

Of these, there were 126 fatalities in Scotland between 2015 and 2017.

Counterfeit Xanax bars with a street value of more than £1m have been seized at UK ports and airports since 2016.

Border Force said its officers were "at the …

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BREAKING NEWS...Body found on Sala plane.

Mon 04 Feb 2019, 11:56 am by papa_umau

One occupant of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been seen in the underwater wreckage.

A search on Sunday found the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey, almost two weeks after it went missing.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed the sighting on Monday morning.

It added it was now considering the next steps.

The …

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Teachers to be offered cash incentives to stay in school.

Mon 28 Jan 2019, 11:51 am by papa_umau

Cash incentives and a better work-life balance are part of a new attempt to solve England's teacher shortage.

Plans published on Monday by ministers will offer some young secondary teachers £5,000 in their third and fifth years in the classroom - on top of initial £20,000 training bursaries.

Young teachers could also have some protected time for extra training.

Head teachers' unions said …

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EasyJet says drone chaos was 'wake-up call' for airports.

Tue 22 Jan 2019, 12:00 pm by papa_umau

EasyJet has said last month's drone disruption at Gatwick was a "wake-up call" for airports.

The drones caused blanket cancellations over a number of days in December and mass passenger disruption as a result.

The airline said the drones cost it £15m in passenger compensation and lost revenues, and hit 82,000 customers.

EasyJet's chief executive, Johan Lundgren, said he was "disappointed" the …

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How will you apply for settled status after Brexit?

Mon 21 Jan 2019, 11:49 am by papa_umau

Millions of EU citizens living in the UK will have to apply for 'settled status' to remain in Britain after Brexit. Applicants must have lived in the UK for five years and pay a fee of £65 each.

'Settled status' gives EU citizens the same access to health care and education after Britain leaves the EU.

BBC reporter Helene Daouphars (who is French) looks at how to apply.

Settled and …

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M&S names next 17 stores it wants to close.

Tue 15 Jan 2019, 12:03 pm by papa_umau

The 17 proposed closures are part of the clothing, homeware and food retailer's five-year plan to shut more than 100 stores by 2022

The latest plans will affect 1,045 staff, who will now be involved in a consultation process.

So far, 30 stores have closed and another eight have already been named.

The company wants to move a third of its sales online and plans to have fewer stores in better …

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