Hit parade: the top 10 most bashed bridges in Britain

Other entries in the top 10 include St John’s Street bridge in Lichfield, Staffordshire; Harlaxton Road bridge in Grantham, Lincolnshire; and Lower Downs Road bridge in Wimbledon, south London. There were a total of 1,624 bridge strikes across Britain’s rail... Read more

Want to give the perfect hug? Criss-cross your arms and hold for 10 seconds

Hugging was effectively banned in Britain during Covid restrictions, with the country reduced to bumping elbows to show affection. In the new study, volunteers were asked to rate the hugs they received from friends for both pleasure and arousal. The... Read more

Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Azeem Rafiq’s tearful testimony

Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines Russian relations | Germany has suspended the certification process for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia – something Vladimir Putin is likely to see as a hostile move that could fuel growing... Read more

Thousands complain about Tesco advert featuring Santa with a Covid vaccine passport

Tesco’s TV advertising campaign featuring Father Christmas bearing a Covid vaccine passport has prompted more than 3,000 complaints – making it by far the most complained about ad of the year. The ad, entitled “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”, shows... Read more

Thousands of extra non-Covid deaths linked to NHS delays at height of pandemic

It means that 9,292 deaths – 45 per cent – were not linked to the pandemic.  ‘We urgently need to understand what’s going wrong’ Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said:... Read more

Double down on your daily coffee to cut dementia and stroke risk

Research has shown that coffee increases production of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor, which stimulates white blood cells and lowers levels of amyloid beta protein in the brain. Caffeine has also previously been shown to reverse cognitive impairment in aged Alzheimer’s disease... Read more

Former Castle Howard estate manager sexually abused girl at stately home

The younger brother to the heir of Castle Howard sexually abused a girl aged six at the stately home, it can now be reported following a trial of facts. A jury concluded that Simon Howard, 65, carried out the attack... Read more

Birmingham stabbings: Killer with paranoid schizophrenia was ‘well-known to many agencies’

A killer with paranoid schizophrenia was “well-known to many agencies” when he stabbed eight people in a rampage, a court heard yesterday. Zephaniah McLeod, 28, killed one man and attacked seven other victims in the centre of Birmingham in the... Read more

Sadiq Khan’s ultra low emission zone has made only ‘marginal’ difference to air quality

The ultra low emission zone introduced by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is “not a silver bullet”, academics have claimed after a study found it made only a small difference to air quality in the weeks after being introduced.... Read more

Lockdowns fuel ‘alarming’ rise in child obesity

Dr Max Davie, the officer for health improvement at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “This sharp increase in obesity levels across childhood is alarming.  “While lockdown may have been a key factor, we mustn’t assume that... Read more

Telecom Italia could seek renegotiation of DAZN deal – sources

Telecom Italia’s logo for the TIM brand is seen on building roof downtown Milan, Italy, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini MILAN, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Telecom Italia (TIM) (TLIT.MI) could seek the renegotiation of a 1 billion euro ($1.14 billion)... Read more

NetEase restarts Hong Kong IPO of music streaming business Cloud Village

The logo of internet technology company Netease is seen at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, also known as ChinaJoy, in Shanghai, China July 30, 2021. Picture taken July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song HONG KONG, Nov 16 (Reuters) –... Read more

India court orders antitrust body to rule on Amazon-Future dispute within two weeks

NEW DELHI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – An Indian court ruled on Tuesday that the country’s antitrust body has two weeks to decide whether Amazon (AMZN.O) misled authorities while seeking approval for a 2019 deal with India’s Future Group, a group... Read more

Australia to invest $73 mln in quantum tech as it beefs up critical areas

FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks as National Statements are delivered as a part of the World Leaders’ Summit at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 1, 2021. Ian Forsyth/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo... Read more

China says update of news-sources list meant to fix ‘chaotic dissemination’

The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo HONG KONG, Nov 16 (Reuters) – China’s recent move to update an official list of internet news providers whose content may be reprinted by other... Read more

Metaverse: a $50 bln revenue opportunity for luxury – MS

A 3D printed Facebook’s new rebrand logo Meta is placed on laptop keyboard in this illustration taken on November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration MILAN, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Digital demand for fashion and luxury brands is expected to grow from... Read more

Qualcomm, diversifying from mobiles, to supply chips for BMW self-driving cars

People visit a Qualcomm booth at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Nov 16 (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Tuesday said that German automaker BMW (BMWG.DE) will use its chips in... Read more

S.Korea lawmaker says Apple, Google not doing enough to comply with app store law

A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo SEOUL, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google are not doing enough to comply with... Read more

How to show proof of Covid vaccination status for travel abroad

The NHS app is now widely used as a digital vaccine passport for Britons travelling abroad, and is accepted as proof of your vaccinated status – but not yet any booster dose – by a growing number of nations. The app holds the NHS... Read more

Researchers find way to filter coronavirus particles out of the air

A study by researchers suggests that air filters can remove almost all airborne traces of COVID-19. The findings by the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital could not only improve the safety of “surge wards” but also opens up the... Read more

Charles and Camilla to begin tour of Jordan and Egypt

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Jordan and Egypt this week, becoming the first members of the Royal Family to carry out a major overseas tour since the COVID-19 pandemic started. They will begin the... Read more

M&S makes £299 dresses available to rent for Christmas parties amid fast fashion concerns

Marks and Spencer has made a range of womenswear available to rent ahead of the Christmas party season, as the industry moves to address sustainability concerns around fast fashion. The retailer said it was leasing dozens of products, including dresses... Read more

Child obesity soars after lockdown

Among reception-aged children – those aged four and five – the rates of obesity rose from 9.9 per cent in 2019/20 to 14.4 per cent in 2020/21. For those aged 10 and 11, who are in their last year of... Read more

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone resulting in only ‘marginal’ air quality improvements

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) policy in London – described as “the world’s most stringent” – has resulted in only small improvements in air quality, new research has found. The ULEZ was introduced by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan... Read more

Footballer Benjamin Mendy charged with two more counts of rape

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy, 27, has been charged with two additional counts of rape. The French born national is now accused of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault, the Crown Prosecution Service said. He was charged... Read more