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December 15, 2017 1:57 PM Devon self-help group supports people suffering from ‘Christmas phobia’

“Although there is no ‘Christmas phobia’ as such, what people frequently do during the festive season — partying and shopping — can severely affect a surprisingly large proportion of the population.” While most of the UK population looks forward to Christmas with joyful anticipation, for some the festive season is filled with a real and disabling dread 35

December 15, 2017 1:10 PM Christmas benefit payments to be paid EARLY

Pensioners and parents are among those who can expect earlier payments if their money is due on or close to a Bank Holiday Christmas means we have three Bank Holidays coming up which can impact when the Government pays various benefits into accounts as the banks are shut. With it being an expensive time of year, there is some good news that payments 22

December 15, 2017 9:53 AM This is why Mollie King and AJ were snubbed for the Strictly Come Dancing live tour

Rumoured lovebirds Mollie King and AJ Pritchard have been snubbed from the Strictly Come Dancing live tour, according to a new report. The pair, who were voted off the show last week, were keen to take part but allegedly had "no chance" with judge Craig Revel Horwood involved, The Mirror claims. Horwood, 52, dubbed The Saturdays singer "awkward and wooden" 41

December 15, 2017 8:02 AM Cannabis ingredient holds promise as antipsychotic medicine

LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - An ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD has shown promise in a clinical trial as a potential new treatment for psychosis, scientists said on Friday. In research involving 88 people with psychosis - a mental disorder characterised by anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations - the scientists found patients treated with CBD had lower 22

December 15, 2017 6:29 AM House of God hacked: Online scammer robs Derry church of £86,000

The hacker told the priest that the church computer had to be accessed remotely to fix an internet problem. An internet hacker may have just bought himself an express pass to hell for raiding the coffers of a church in Northern Ireland. According to The Irish Post, a church in Banagher in County Londonderry, fell prey to an online scam and its bank account 94

December 14, 2017 6:30 AM Neighbour rescued with ladder as cottage catches fire

Firefighters went in to rescue a dog A neighbour who alerted firefighters to a blaze in a remote Devon cottage used a ladder to rescue a man trapped on the top floor of their home while fire burned downstairs. Firefighters then entered the property to rescue a dog - and gave it oxygen therapy. Just after 11pm on Wednesday night Fire Control received 31

December 13, 2017 5:32 PM The first advert on the moon: Japanese space startup raises $90 million to put billboards on the lunar surface by 2020

Japanese startup Ispace has raised $90 million (£67 million) to fly to the satellite, with plans to establish a 'lunar economy'. The funds will be used to send a spacecraft into lunar orbit by 2019, with plans for a landing mission set for the following year. Once the craft has touched down, Ispace will offer investors the chance to project a small billboard 79

December 13, 2017 1:46 PM The toddler who can only eat FRESH PEACHES: 23-month-old boy risks going into a deadly shock or turning blue if he eats anything else

A 23-month-old Canadian boy survives on just peaches - but they can't be frozen, canned or dried. Micah Gabriel Masson Lopez, from Quebec, suffers from an agonising condition which means he is allergic to almost every other food. He faces a risk of going into a deadly shock or turning blue if he eats anything other than fresh peaches, his terrified parents 91

December 13, 2017 12:27 PM Boat crew member rescued off coast of Eastbourne

A BOAT crew member thought to have a broken leg was rescued at sea during a five hour operation involving two Dutch warships. The volunteer crew of Eastbourne RNLI's inshore lifeboat were called out to aid a fishing trawler with the injured man on-board in the early hours this morning at around 1.30am. The Coastguard helicopter was also called out to help, but conditions 14

December 12, 2017 5:05 AM North Korea plotting Christmas missile launch? Kim Jong-un visits 'ominous' volcano

KIM Jong-un has made a trip to North Korea’s Mount Paektu sparking fears the dictator could be plotting another missile launch amid escalating tensions with the US. The despotic leader’s mouthpiece reported that Kim Jong-un had visited the active volcano Mt Paektu on Friday – a site which has repeatedly been used by North Korean leaders before making 34