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Archive for January, 2019

No-deal Brexit ‘to leave shelves empty’ warn retailers

January 28, 2019

A no-deal Brexit threatens the UK’s food security and will lead to higher prices and empty shelves in the short-term, retailers are warning. Sainsbury’s, Asda and McDonald’s are among those warning stockpiling fresh food is impossible and that the UK is very reliant on the EU for produce. The warning comes in a letter from […]


Tesco counter cost cuts to hit 9,000 jobs

Tesco has announced it will close food counters in 90 of its stores as part of a wider cost-cutting plan that will affect 9,000 staff. The UK’s largest supermarket said its remaining fish, meat and deli counters in 700 stores will be run on a full-time or flexible basis. It confirmed it will no longer […]


Scottish government facing defeat in budget bill vote

The Scottish government’s budget is facing defeat after the Scottish Greens said they would vote against the plans unless changes were made. MSPs will hold their first vote on the budget on Thursday, with the minority SNP government in need of backing. The Conservatives and Lib Dems have dismissed doing a deal unless ministers rule […]


Student cracks theologian’s baffling religious code

A divinity student from the University of St Andrews has cracked a religious code that has baffled academics for generations. Jonny Woods has worked out how to read shorthand notes left by leading Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller. Hundreds of pages of his sermon notes are held in archives, but until now they have been a […]


Brexit: High risk of UK crashing out – EU negotiator

There is a high risk of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal by accident, the EU’s deputy chief negotiator Sabine Weyand has said. She said there was “full ownership of what was agreed” in the EU, but “no ownership” of it in the UK Parliament. And it was a challenge to […]


Social media stars agree to declare when they post ads

January 23, 2019

Sixteen social media stars including singers Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung, and vlogger Zoella have agreed to change how they post online. They will have to clearly state if they have been paid or received any gifts or loans of products they endorse. It follows warnings from the Competition […]


Pickle juice: Why athletes are turning to an unusual drink to boost performance

When American tennis player Frances Tiafoe said pickle juice had helped him reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, plenty of people were a little taken aback/grossed out. After all, who swigs the remnants of a jar of pickles to boost their sporting performance? More people than you might think, actually. Taking the Australian Open […]


Usain Bolt: Sprinter-turned-footballer declares his ‘sports life over’

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has declared his “sports life over”, frustrated in his bid to begin a post-athletics career in football. The Jamaican, 32, spent two months training with Australian side Central Coast Mariners, but left in November after the club failed to find financial backing for a professional deal. “It was fun while it lasted,” […]


Swiss Guard don 3D-printed plastic helmets

The Vatican’s Swiss Guard have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3D printer. The papal protection force donned their new, thermoplastic helmets on Tuesday, the unit’s 513th birthday. Unveiled last year, they are designed to be lighter, cheaper and cooler to wear. The helmets are nearly identical in appearance to the older […]


Davos 2019: The man who thinks he can make us love kale

Matt Barnard’s favourite memory of the recent Christmas holiday period was receiving a thank you letter from the 10-year-old daughter of a friend who’d been over for a meal. “I’m stunned you got me to like kale. I never knew I could like salad,” she wrote. The products had come directly from Mr Barnard’s South […]


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