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Government bodies ‘worst for aggressive debt collection’

Image copyright Getty Images Local councils and government bodies may not usually be associated with sending round “the heavies” to collect debts from hard-pressed families. But they are often worse than consumer creditors, can be very aggressive and quick to use bailiffs, MPs say. The Treasury Select Committee says debts ...

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Huge rise in unconditional university offers for students

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a huge rise in the number of unconditional offers being made to students for university places, admissions service Ucas says. The total made to 18-year-olds from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales has risen by 65,930 over the past five years – from 2,985 ...

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Boys more ‘cliquey’ than girls

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boys are more likely to form friendship cliques, the study says Whether it’s due to popular teen films such as Mean Girls or gender stereotypes most people imagine girls form more cliques than boys. Yet a new study contradicts this, suggesting that boys are ...

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Smart bots: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive

ZHONGSHAN, China (Reuters) – Amid Beijing’s push to turn the country into an artificial intelligence (AI) powerhouse and embed the technology in all facets of life, some Chinese entrepreneurs are taking the expertise to a new frontier: sex dolls. A worker assembles a sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in ...

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Teacher bans: Sexually motivated conduct is most common cause

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “Inappropriate conduct” made up more than half of all bans following misconduct hearings Sexually motivated, inappropriate conduct is the reason for a third of teaching bans, the BBC has found. A teacher who measured pupils’ penises and another who stole books worth £27,000 are ...

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Biogen/Eisai Alzheimer’s drug cuts cognitive decline 30 percent: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Biogen Inc and partner Eisai Co Ltd said patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease treated with their experimental drug BAN2401 experienced 30 percent less cognitive decline than those who got a placebo in a highly anticipated midstage trial. The second-highest dose of the drug also showed some benefit, ...

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Men Are Panicking About Their Sperm Count

“Whenever there was a problem, they always blamed the female, and I said, ‘For crying out loud, we have to do something to the male,’” she said. A World of Betas To Dr. Turek, who is also an adviser to Future Family, people waking up to the importance of sperm ...

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Irishman on honeymoon dies in Greek fire, family confirms

Image copyright Rebecca Burrell Image caption Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp and his wife Zoe Holohan were on their honeymoon A newly married Irishman is confirmed dead after being caught up in wildfires in Greece. Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp, who was on honeymoon with his wife Zoe Holohan, became separated trying to escape the flames ...

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Trump, Juncker voice desire to reduce tariffs, trade tensions

WASHINGTON/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and the European Union’s chief executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, both expressed a desire on Wednesday to cut tariffs and ease trade transatlantic trade tensions as a high-stakes White House meeting got underway. Trump, speaking to reporters with Juncker seated next to him in the ...

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