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July 20th, 2017 by admin

Health bodies condemn panel’s conclusion that more jabs against cancer-causing infection are unlikely to be cost-effective

A decision not to vaccinate boys against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has been condemned by health bodies and campaigners.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which has been reviewing the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme, concluded that it was “highly unlikely to be cost-effective” to extend the scheme to include adolescent boys as well as girls.

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July 20th, 2017 by admin

The skewing of rewards goes well beyond the corporation. This new rich list is a moment to demand changes in workplaces everywhere
• Anne McElvoy is senior editor of the Economist

The BBC’s gender pay gap is not so much a single chasm as a series of geological faultlines. The most egregious discrepancy is that top rates of pay are skewed towards men by two-thirds, and that on-air talent is doing remarkably similar jobs for very different rewards.

Related: Angry about the salaries of BBC stars? They are the least of our worries | Abi Wilkinson

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July 20th, 2017 by admin

Within a day of telling Republicans to simply ‘let Obamacare fail’, president says they should cancel their August break to address healthcare reform

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump advised Republicans to “let Obamacare fail”, he once again switched course and told senators to cancel their August recess and remain in Washington until they overhaul the healthcare law.

During an uncomfortable lunch on Wednesday, Trump warned Republican senators that “inaction” was not an option and said simply repealing the healthcare law without a replacement was not enough.

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July 20th, 2017 by admin

BBC fears transparency will push up salaries; it might, but secrecy just serves to hide unjust disparities

The BBC fought against publishing the salaries of its highest-earning performers because it thought a list would serve to drive up salaries in the media industry. Its worry may be justified. In the wider world of big public companies, transparency and inflation have been co-travellers.

When Imperial Brands, the cigarette firm, wanted to boost the pay package of its chief executive, Alison Cooper, this year it argued that she was being paid “significantly below the average for companies of our size”. The plea, thankfully, was rejected by shareholders who noted that Cooper had collected £18m over six years so was not in a position to plead poverty.

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July 20th, 2017 by admin

Shareholders approved buyout to make BAT the world’s largest listed tobacco company amid concerns over industry pushing back on government regulations


British American Tobacco (BAT) has come under fire from health campaigners after shareholders approved its buyout of American firm Reynolds on Wednesday, which will create the world’s biggest tobacco company.

Shareholders of both companies approved the deal, which will take BAT back into the US market after a 12-year absence. It ends American ownership of Reynolds American Incorporated (RAI), a tobacco company headquartered in the US south since 1875.

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July 19th, 2017 by admin

Rory McIlroy says ‘the margins are so fine’ between the leading players while Jordan Spieth cannot identify who would be in a ‘big four’, which means mental strength and adaptability could be key at Royal Birkdale

The rain came late to Royal Birkdale, hours after the weathermen reckoned it would. They said the storm that swept across the south on Tuesday night would arrive around 11 in the morning. Then they pushed it back to two in the afternoon, then again to five in the evening.

The diligent spectators kept their umbrellas furled and their anoraks packed through the morning and afternoon, while the air all around grew thick and sticky, everyone but the golfers grateful for the cool wind blowing in off the Irish Sea. But then, forecasting is a tricky business. Just ask the punters here. There are 156 players in the field and if you start counting the contenders among them you will soon run out of fingers. And toes.

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July 19th, 2017 by admin

• Cockpit safety device will be required in all F1 cars next year
• Move has been made to reduce number of fatalities from flying debris

Formula One cars will look radically different next season after the sport’s governing body confirmed that the controversial cockpit safety device known as the halo is to become mandatory in 2018.

Following a meeting of the sport’s major players at a Strategy Group meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, the FIA revealed it has given the go-ahead with its plans to introduce the concept next year.

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July 19th, 2017 by admin

• One main draw match and two qualifying matches spark concern
• One match at French Open also raised alert

An investigation into the possibility that a match at Wimbledon was subject to match-fixing is not connected to any of the high-profile retirements that took place during this year’s tournament.

The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit announced on Wednesday that it is looking into alerts over unusual betting patterns involving one match at the French Open and three at Wimbledon, two of them in the qualifying tournament at Roehampton and one in the main draw at the All England Club.

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July 19th, 2017 by admin

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July 19th, 2017 by admin

8.33pm BST

Kari Tulinius is having an uncomfortable evening: “As someone who’s from Iceland, a country with a famously bad record against Denmark, its former colonial overlord, watching Scotland get thumped by England is making me break out in cold sweats. If any Scots are reading, I know how you feel. Though I feel I should mention that the Icelandic women’s national team have beaten the Danes twice, which is twice more than their male counterparts have achieved in twenty something attempts across seven decades.”

Hey, decent showing against France last night too – Iceland deserved something out of that.

8.31pm BST

England can in fact play better than this but they’ve taken their chances and, certainly since the second goal, really managed to deflate their opponents. Scotland, who had started brightly, now need to keep this respectable because, as long as they don’t take a complete hiding, it probably won’t be this game that decides their Euro 2017 fate.

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