2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame

2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change. The final data for 2016 was released on Wednesday by the three key agencies – the UK Met Office and Nasa and Noaa in the US – and showed 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century. Direct temperature measurements stretch back to 1880, but scientific research indicates the world was last this warm about…

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Car insurance premiums at highest level ever, say insurers

Car insurance premiums have hit their highest recorded levels ever and rose at more than five times the rate of inflation during 2016, according to the Association of British Insurers. Increases to insurance premium tax, increased repair costs and the rising costs of whiplash claims all conspired to send the average comprehensive policy to £462 in the last quarter. The ABI’s motor premium tracker, which measures the prices consumers actually pay for their motor cover, showed that in the fourth quarter of 2016 policies rose by 4.9% or £22 on…

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Supreme Court Brexit case: ‘No need’ for MPs to get final say

The government has urged the Supreme Court to make a decision the “ordinary man and woman” would understand in the landmark legal challenge over Brexit. Government lawyer James Eadie QC said ministers could trigger Brexit and that there was no basis for Parliament to get the final say. He faced a grilling from the 11 Supreme Court justices as he set out his case. There were queues going into the courtroom and protesters outside on day one of the hearing, which is expected to last four days, with a verdict…

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Athletes say Village much improved but gripes remain

Despite lingering issues with plumbing and laundry, athletes and training staff say the Olympic Village is much improved, nine days after blocked toilets and exposed wiring forced the Australian team to move. Organisers hired around 600 people to work on repairing the 31-building complex housing more than 17,000 participants at the Rio de Janeiro Games and within days they had coaxed the Aussies back. “At first we had some problems but they were fixed and we’re happy with the place. The rooms are even bigger than in London (2012),” said…

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Investigators say voice recording from EgyptAir crash intact

THE reminiscence chips of EgyptAir 804’s black field voice recorder are intact and investigators must be capable of access it, a committee probing the aircraft catastrophe stated on Saturday. The alternative black box, a data recorder that had additionally been retrieved from the bottom of the Mediterranean after the aircraft plunged into the ocean, has already been accessed. It had showed that smoke alarms had sounded within the Airbus A320 before it went down on May additionally 19, while flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 human beings on board.The…

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Futurists say tech key to HE get entry to, grad readiness

using video photos of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Yuri van Geest, founder of think tank SingularityU, referred to as on educators to act before the rising tide of technological improvements. bringing up examples that already exist these days, consisting of voice recognition technology used by human aid departments, Geest stated technological development is transferring from the ice section, to water and now steam. “people and ideas are interacting like in no way earlier than” “humans and ideas are interacting like never before,” he commented, predicting a new model of…

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Futurists say tech key to HE access, grad readiness

The pace of technological developments is set to increase at an unprecedented rate in the next ten years, but how this will impact learning environments, skills training and access to education was discussed by futurists and education leaders at the StudyPortals Student of the Future conference this week. Dean Zvi Galil addresses the delegates at the conference. Photo: StudyPortals 23% of international students use a university’s career advice and only a third of them are satisfied with the service Using video images of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Yuri van…

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Gardening on the curriculum a great way to combat obesity, say teachers

Gardening can educate children on healthy foods and combat obesity, researchers claim Getty Creative Children as young as four should be taught gardening skills as part of a bid to combat obesity, teachers have declared. Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference in Liverpool have voted to urge the Government to put gardening on the primary school curriculum. Natasha Bradley, from Derbyshire – whose school has a garden – told the conference. “Some of our children now love eating things they would never have touched before –…

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British TMCs say distribution fee has hurt Lufthansa, airline disagrees

Lufthansa lost GDS market share on bookings from the U.K. to Germany following the imposition of a controversial 16-euro surcharge in September, according to trade group the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC). Lufthansa counters that the fee has not harmed its bookings companywide. The data, based upon a sample of 12,000 bookings made by GTMC members in the three months before and after the surcharge went into effect, shows that Lufthansa’s market share declined 8.5%. Those numbers suggest “that TMCs have switched business away from the airline group to…

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EU Referendum: Business boost for Cameron as they say Brexit will hurt UK jobs

Company bosses and business leaders have warned that leaving the European Union would put British jobs at risk. That is the view put forward in a letter to The Times signed by 200 business leaders, including more than a third of Britain’s 100 largest companies. Signatories backing David Cameron’s stance include chairmen or CEOs of companies from the FTSE 100 including Asda, BT, Vodafone and Marks & Spencer. The letter hails pledges to cut red tape, deepen the single market and sign off new trade deals in the agreement finalised…

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