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Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'

A study shows higher risk of fatal lung disease in adults exposed to cigarette smoke in childhood.

Westminster car crash: Man charged with attempted murderWestminster car crash: Man charged with attempted murder

Salih Khater will appear in court charged with the attempted murder of pedestrians and police.

Brexit vote campaign gets £1m from Superdry co-founderBrexit vote campaign gets £1m from Superdry co-founder

Multi-millionaire tycoon says he donated because "we have a genuine chance to turn this around".

Kofi Annan death: World leaders honour former UN chiefKofi Annan death: World leaders honour former UN chief

Leaders honour Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, who died aged 80.

BBC news for Morayshire

Fire-damaged Ballater station set to reopenFire-damaged Ballater station set to reopen

The Old Royal Station in Ballater, which was destroyed in a blaze in 2015, is due to officially reopen.

Nuclear war bunker in Moray opened to public for first timeNuclear war bunker in Moray opened to public for first time

Post 32 was built for the monitoring of fallout from a nuclear weapons strike during the Cold War.

Former soldier calls for more PTSD help for veterans from MoDFormer soldier calls for more PTSD help for veterans from MoD

The veteran from Aberdeen says the Ministry of Defence needs to do more for traumatised ex-soldiers.

First upgraded InterCity train arrives in ScotlandFirst upgraded InterCity train arrives in Scotland

ScotRail says the first of 26 upgraded high-speed trains will enter service "in the coming weeks".

AskTen - Ten things you may not have noticed last week!

  1. How to boost employee engagement. If you can increase the level of engagement in your organisation, you'll likely see the productivity of your workforce rise, too. And almost any organisation can foster greater engagement if leaders: [READ MORE]
     
  2. 60/40 chance of no-deal Brexit. Britain is odds-on to crash out of the European Union without a deal the international trade secretary. Liam Fox rates the chances of a no deal departure at "60-40". He points the finger of blame at the "intransigence" of the European Commission, which he says has a "theological obsession" with EU rules rather than "economic wellbeing". The Sunday Times
     
  3. Apple reaches the $1 trillion landmark. Apple has become the world's first public company to be worth $1 trillion (£767bn). The tech giant’s market value reached the landmark figure in New York on Friday as its shares closed at a new record high of $207.39. Speculation it would reach the target had been rising since Tuesday when it reported better than expected quarterly results. BBC
     
  4. Interest rates to stay low, says Bank of England. The Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in nine years, bringing the base rate up from 0.5% to 0.75%, but warned as it did so that there would be no return to the high rates such as 5% seen before the global financial crisis for decades because of factors including an ageing population, which is more likely to save money. Daily Mail
     
  5. Volume of calls drop despite mobile addiction. Many of us may seem glued to our handsets but the number of calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017. The total volume of calls made on mobiles fell by 1.7% in 2017, even though making them is the cheapest it has ever been. Ofcom says that on average people check their phones once every 12 minutes during their waking hours. The Independent
     
  6. Rents rise 60% faster than wages in England. Rents have risen 60% faster than wages across England since 2011, according to Shelter. The housing charity claims the crisis is spilling out of cities into middle England strongholds such as Tunbridge Wells. The report shows that private rents have risen by 16% since 2011, outpacing average wages which have risen by just 10%. The number of households that are renting privately has soared by 74% in the 10 years from 2007. The Telegraph
     
  7. Weather wetter and hotter than in 100 years. The Met Office has published its annual climate report and says the UK is hotter and wetter than it has been in the last 100 years, with 20% more rain falling every year during the last decade than did in the 30 years before 1990. Last year was the fifth-warmest on record and nine of the 10 hottest years have been since 2002, the report says. BBC
     
  8. Not drinking alcohol ‘increases risk of dementia’. A study of 9,000 people in the UK has found that not drinking alcohol in middle age was associated with an increased risk of contracting dementia later in life – though the reason for the link is not known. Conversely, those who drank very heavily in middle age were found to have an increased risk. Moderate drinkers were less susceptible. BBC
     
  9. New organ donor plan 'could save hundreds'. The government says a new law to tackle organ donor shortages in England could save up to 700 extra lives every year. The legislation would see the arrangement change to an opt-out scheme, under which people will be assumed to be willing to donate organs after death unless they have stated otherwise. Some 411 people in the UK died on the transplant waiting list in 2017. Daily Mail
     
The bottom line. Transport spending in London rose 11.4% from 2016 to 2017. By contrast, during the same period transport spending in the north of England fell by 3.6%. The difference in spending per head in London and the north of England over the past decade is £419. The Guardian