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Britain’s electoral system favours not Labour but the Conservatives

Britain’s electoral system favours not Labour but the Conservatives
print-edition icon Print edition | BritainSep 15th 2018THE Conservative Party has long complained of the electoral system’s bias towards Labour. In 2005 Labour won a majority of 65 MPs out of 646 with a lead of just 2.8 percentage points; five years later the Tories failed to win a majority at all, despite leading Labour…

Business this week

Business this week
Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks.Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, agreed to extend his term until January 2020. Philip Hammond, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, requested the seven-month extension to Mr Carney’s planned leaving date to “support a smooth exit” for Britain from…

Ten Indian activists are arrested over a far-fetched conspiracy

Ten Indian activists are arrested over a far-fetched conspiracy
print-edition icon Print edition | AsiaSep 13th 2018 | Depending on your politics, a riot was part of a subversive plot, or a pretext for a crackdownJUST one person died in the riot that broke out on January 1st this year in the riverside village of Bhima Koregaon in the western state of Maharashtra. But…

Donald Trump still has no proper Asia policy

Donald Trump still has no proper Asia policy
HOW is Asia policy made in Washington? The trite answer is by Donald Trump’s Asia hands waking up each day and checking the president’s tweets. The answer from Mr Trump’s officials is that not all Mr Trump’s pronouncements on Asia should be taken literally. They say the old alliances with Japan and South Korea still…

America’s government is putting foreign cyber-spies in the dock

America’s government is putting foreign cyber-spies in the dock
ON SEPTEMBER 6th, President Donald Trump tweeted his gratitude to Kim Jong Un for the North Korean leader’s “unwavering faith” (in Donald Trump). “We will get it done together!” A few hours later the Justice Department published a 174-page criminal complaint against Park Jin Hyok, a prolific hacker working for North Korea’s military intelligence bureau.…

A political party in Hong Kong may soon make history by being banned

A political party in Hong Kong may soon make history by being banned
SIPPING tea in the corner of a chic café in Kowloon, a commercial district of Hong Kong, Andy Chan seems like just another yuppie on his lunch break. With a disarming smile, he chats about his day job as an interior designer. Before long, however, the 28-year-old warns that plain-clothes police officers may be listening…

Anger grows in China over school crowding

Anger grows in China over school crowding
“STUDENTS should be encouraged to treasure their time in school and concentrate on seeking knowledge in an undistracted manner,” said Xi Jinping, China’s leader, on September 10th. His speech, at an education conference in Beijing marking Teachers’ Day, coincided with the end of the long summer holiday and a return to school for a quarter…

Rebuilding British higher education’s most unusual institution

Rebuilding British higher education’s most unusual institution
WHEN the Open University was founded in 1969 to offer distance-learning degrees, the intention was to throw open the gates of higher education. It would offer respected, cheap qualifications to students lacking the exam results or freedom to attend other universities. Despite scepticism at the time, it became the largest university in Europe, and is…

More and more “emotional-support animals” are boarding planes

More and more “emotional-support animals” are boarding planes
ACCORDING to the Air Carrier Access Act, pigs might indeed fly. Technically so might dogs, cats, miniature horses, kangaroos, possums, parrots, hamsters, ducks, turkeys, ferrets, lizards, snakes, turtles and a variety of other animals seldom seen at 35,000 feet. Although individual airlines have policies that bar many of these creatures from boarding, the Air Carrier…

Labour launches a worker-ownership plan

Labour launches a worker-ownership plan
WHEN the Swedish Social Democrats unveiled a plan to force companies to hand over shares to its workers, opposition came from an unlikely source: ABBA. The pop group led a vociferous campaign against the proposal in 1982, hosting an open-air gig to raise funds to fight it and pledging to leave the country if it…

Can probiotic use help reduce antibiotic prescriptions in children?

Can probiotic use help reduce antibiotic prescriptions in children?
Feeding probiotics to infants and children daily may significantly stave off the need for antibiotic treatment, a finding that may help address the global rise in drug-resistant infections, said researchers. The study found that infants and children were 29 per cent less likely to have been prescribed antibiotics if they received probiotics as a daily…

Hepatitis A clinics pop up around West MI to combat outbreak

Hepatitis A clinics pop up around West MI to combat outbreak
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two different West Michigan health departments are hosting Hepatitis A vaccination clinics Saturday to help combat the spread of this disease.Someone at the renaissance festival in Holly was found to have the disease over Labor Day weekend which has sparked health officials concerns regarding the spread of this highly contagious disease in…

1 in 12 americans lives with debilitating chronic pain

1 in 12 americans lives with debilitating chronic pain
Home Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes September 15, 2018 September 15, 2018 by Steven Reinberg, Healthday Reporter (HealthDay)— Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for…

Small reduction in lung function with Tx de-escalation in COPD

Small reduction in lung function with Tx de-escalation in COPD
Home Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes / Cardiology September 15, 2018 September 15, 2018 (HealthDay)—A de-escalation from triple therapy to indacaterol/glycopyrronium may lead to a small reduction in lung function in non-frequently exacerbating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but no difference in exacerbations, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of the…

People with asthma at higher risk of becoming obese

People with asthma at higher risk of becoming obese
Home Immunology September 15, 2018 September 15, 2018, European Lung Foundation Obesity is known to be a risk factor for developing asthma but a new study shows that the reverse is also true: people with asthma are more likely to go on to become obese. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society International…