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April 17, 2018 11:02 AM Council-owned PPS appoints two new directors

THE council-owned company behind Swindon’s successful ventures into solar power and renewable energy has welcomed new members of staff. Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has appointed two new non-executive directors to its board. Janine Freeman and Dr Jeffrey Hardy have been praised in high terms by PPS bosses 7

April 17, 2018 7:46 AM 'I'm not paying!' George Galloway refuses to pay BBC licence fee over bias claims

GEORGE Galloway has declared he will no longer pay for the BBC - because he claims it is biased. In 2018, the Labour leader warned media “change is coming” when they, again, shone a spotlight on the unsavoury views of parts of his cult following. Although Mr Corbyn accepts that there are “pockets of anti-semitism” on the British left, he resents that mainstream 9

April 17, 2018 4:00 AM Teenage cancer patients will get specialist nurse at The Royal Alex

The Teenage Cancer Trust charity refurbished a room at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton last summer and is now looking for a nurse who specialises in cancer in teenagers and young adults to join the team. The new nurse will mean young people in the area can receive the specialist care they need, including in their own homes 6

April 16, 2018 10:01 AM Woman admits £21,000 benefit fraud

A WOMAN who wrongly received more than £21,000 in benefits after failing to notify the DWP about a change in her living arrangements must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work as punishment. Donna Baker, 52, of Thornhill in Royal Wootton Bassett, pleaded guilty to not notifying the department of this change in Cricklade between January 24 2014 and May 9 2017 - 170 weeks 1

April 13, 2018 5:29 PM Cardi B feels 'ambushed' by Nicki Minaj too

Cardi B reportedly feels as though Nicki Minaj "ambushed" her, after the 'Anaconda' rapper used the same term when talking about Cardi. The 25-year-old rapper admitted last year to feeling as though Nicki had tried to one up her by re-recording her verse of 'MotorSport' - which the pair recorded alongside Migos - and removing Cardi's name from the lyrics 9

April 11, 2018 11:44 PM Alexa falls for conspiracy theories too: Amazon fixes embarrassing 'error' that saw its voice assistant telling users the government is secretly behind CHEMTRAILS

If you ask Alexa what chemtrails are, you might be surprised by what she says. The voice assistant has been spouting a government conspiracy theory as an explanation for the oft-debated condensation trails. Alexa has been recorded telling users: 'Chemtrails are trails left by aircraft [that] are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed 7

April 10, 2018 8:40 AM A new restaurant for Old Leigh hall

A new restaurant is coming to Old Leigh - after councillors gave it the go-ahead. Plans for a 45-seater venue on the site of the scout hut, next to the Crooked Billet, were approved by Southend Council. Conservative councillor Steve Buckley, for St Laurence Ward, backed the proposals saying it would safeguard the wooden building. He said: “What is proposed 5

April 9, 2018 8:25 PM AveXis and Western Digital jump; Campbell Soup falls

The gene therapy company agreed to be bought by Novartis for $8.7 billion. Technology companies climbed Monday as investors took a more optimistic view of the U.S.-China trade dispute. Rival Merck reported good clinical trial results for Keytruda, a cancer drug that competes with Bristol-Myers' drug Opdivo. The investment bank said will sell part of its investment 7

April 9, 2018 7:07 PM Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'

Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about pupils' nationality. The Against Borders for Children protest group had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status of pupils. Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and legal 10

April 5, 2018 6:32 AM 'Sin taxes' can help to curb chronic disease: How levies on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the behaviour of poorer consumers

So-called 'sin taxes' on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco, could be a powerful tool for combating rising rates of chronic disease worldwide, researchers claim. A global study found taxes on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the lifestyle behaviour of vulnerable poorer consumers. At the same time, most of the tax revenues 7