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problem drinking is a 'major risk factor' for early on-set dementia

heavy drinking is a “major risk factor” for developing early-onset dementia, scientists have found. a study published in the lancet journal revealed it was a risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early-onset, where people develop the disease before they reach 65 years old.heavy (or problem) drinking is defined by the world health organisation (who) and the european medicines agency as drinking at least 60g (7.5 units) of pure alcohol per day for men, equivalent to two 250ml glasses of 14% abv wine or three pints of lager or ale, and at least 40g (5 units) for women, equivalent to two 175ml glasses of the same strength wine or two pints.in the uk, people are advised to drink no more than 14 units a week and spread it across three days or more, with multiple drink-free day...





oxfam reveals 26 new allegations of sexual abuse since haiti scandal was exposed

oxfam has received 26 new allegations about abuse since the sexual exploitation scandal was exposed on february 9, mps have been told.mark goldring, the chief executive of the charity, told the commons development committee on tuesday morning the cases related to oxfam’s operations both in the uk and abroad over an “extended period of time”.he also revealed that 7,000 individuals have cancelled their regular donation to oxfam over the last ten days while corporate sponsors are “reserving judgment.”speaking to mps, goldring apologised for having played down the accusations of sexual abuse in haiti by oxfam staff when he said at least they had not “murdered babies”.“i do apologise. i was under stress, i’d given many interviews, i’d made many decisions to try to lead oxf...





barry bennell jailed for 30 years for historical sexual assaults against young boys

paedophile football coach barry bennell was branded the “devil incarnate” on monday as he was jailed for 30 years for a string of historical sexual assaults committed on a dozen young boys in his care.the 64-year-old was ordered to serve an additional one year on licence after earlier being convicted of 50 child sex offences committed between 1979 and 1991. recorder of liverpool, judge clement goldstone qc, described bennell as the “devil incarnate” saying he “stole” his victim’s childhoods.“your behaviour towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil.”he said bennell had appeared to his victims as a god but added: “in reality, you were the devil incarnate...





'i, tonya': separating fact from fiction

based on the real-life events that took place in the run-up to to the 1994 winter olympics, ‘i, tonya’ finally arrived in uk cinemas over the weekend. screenwriter steven rogers had the unenviable task of penning a script based on interviews with tonya harding and her ex-husband jeff gillooly - who gave wildly different versions of events.if you’re anything like us, you’ll have begun frantically searching for what really went on within about 10 minutes of leaving the cinema, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you. here are all the facts behind the fiction...  how old was tonya when she started ice-skating?tonya was just four years old when she began training on the ice. many of the comments margot robbie’s character makes about her childhood are true.for instance, in...





paul o'grady and rupaul have taught me the most valuable life lessons

my friends often tell me that the people that inspire and motivate me, and who’s work continues to make me strive to make my own career bigger and better, are not quite the “legends” that most people look up to. apparently, cheryl tweedy, lauren conrad, carrie bradshaw and the charmed ones, don’t quite cut it. i mean, fair enough, two out of the four are fictional but their character traits were to be admired: believe in love, the road ahead isn’t easy but keep focussed and every now and then you’ll be floored.the two inspirations of mine, that my friends and i all agree on, are people that i look up to not only as fellow lgbt people but as people in a similar line of work to me: paul o’grady and rupaul. i don’t mean to trivialise the lgbt movement or its history, nor do i...





cancer infertility in middle age matters

cancer infertility can happen as a side effect of cancer treatment, regardless of your gender or age. what if cancer infertility happens at a time in our lives, when due to age, we may have already decided not to have any (more) children? is it such a problem and loss?cancer is about many things and loss is one of them, if not the key issue.losing your fertility, irrespective of your gender, is a big moment in your life, even if it happens naturally. if it happens as a side effect of cancer treatment then it is another loss to content with – whether you have children or not.i was diagnosed with breast cancer just after my 47th birthday. at that age i had no intention to become pregnant. i felt it was too late and a risk, for several reasons. i was not exactly at peace with it, and i was ...





fresh labour row erupts as corbyn supporters shelve election of national policy forum chair

labour a bitter labour row has broken out after jeremy corbyn’s allies postponed the election for the chair of the party’s national policy-making body, huffpost has learned.just minutes before the party’s national policy forum (npf) was due to gather in leeds on saturday morning, an emergency meeting of the ruling national executive committee officers’ group decided to block the vote.veteran activist ann black – who lost the backing of momentum this month - had been on course to defeat union rep andi fox in a hastily-arranged election to chair the hugely important policy forum, which sets labour policy for future general elections.but the party leadership felt that ‘insufficent notice’ had been given for the election and with the backing of trade unions moved to post...





house price surge has collapsed home ownership for young adults, new research shows

the rise in house prices over the last two decades has led to just one in four middle-income young people owning their own home - down from two in three twenty years ago.a report by the institute for fiscal studies (ifs) think-tank published on friday revealed just 27% of 25 to 34 year olds who earn £22,200 and £30,600 per year owned their own home in 2015–16.but in 1995–96, 65% of that same group owned a house.john healey, labour’s shadow housing secretary, said the research should be a “wake up call” for the ministers.after almost eight years of failure on housing, the government is still failing to tackle the fundamental problems with our broken housing market,” he said.“conservative ministers have let down first-time buyers on ordinary incomes. they promised to build 20...





lord adonis has picked a fight with the bbc and he is losing badly

in december, adonis quit as the government’s infrastructure tsar, delivering a scathing verdict on the prime minister’s approach to brexit.the labour peer resigned as chairman of the national infrastructure commission, claiming theresa may had become the “voice of ukip” and the “extreme” right-wing of her party.he said he was “duty bound” to oppose the government’s ‘brexit bill’ when it comes to the house of lords





minnie driver quits as oxfam ambassador after 'abhorrent mistakes’

british actor minnie driver has become the first celebrity ambassador of oxfam to quit their role over the sex scandal engulfing the charity.driver said she was “horrified” by the mounting allegations levelled at the organisation as she condemned the leadership’s “abhorrent mistakes”.on twitter, the london-born star said she was “in no uncertain terms” withdrawing her support for the charity after more than 20 years working with it. on twitter, she wrote: “all i can tell you about this awful revelation about oxfam is that i am devastated.“devastated for the women who were used by people sent there to help them, devastated by the response of an organisation that i have been raising awareness for since i was nine-years-old.“i have worked with oxfam almost exclusively o...





fighting with your partner? here are some tips to diffuse the situation

jack and harriet were fighting for days when they first came to my office. they walked in separately and sat as far away from each other as they possibly could. what was wrong? harriet blurted out, “he just won’t listen, all he cares about is being right.” to which jack fired back, “if you weren’t so angry all the time i might listen more.” they were at loggerheads. this negative cycle happens frequently among couples in trouble.the cycle works like this. first, a disagreement or some kind of action by one of them triggers anger or irritation. something is said, then the other person becomes defensive or critical in return, then more and more until they either shut down or escalate into full blown warfare. at first glance we can see that no one is listening. what happens is bot...





jacob rees-mogg claims university scuffle was 'not as dramatic as it looked'

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children should sit exams earlier to cope with test stress, says school standards minister

children should sit exams earlier on in their education to help them cope with exam pressures, the school standards minister has said.nick gibb told a joint hearing of the health and education select committees that exam pressures have “always been there”.“the way to deal with exam pressures is to make sure that young people have taken exams earlier on in their school career – at the end of year 7 at the end of year 8 and so on – so they are used to taking exams,” he said.but labour’s emma hardy told the minister: “basically you are talking about exam pressure that is constant, that is in every year group for every subject for every pupil.“how many subjects in each year? is it nine, is it 10? and they’re having to do that every single year.“it’s not the same when y...





stella creasy and john mann urge labour's ruling nec to take tougher action against online abuse

labour mps have lined up to urge the party’s national executive committee (nec) to take tougher action against online and offline abuse.speaking at the weekly meeting of the parliamentary labour party (plp), stella creasy and john mann both highlighted the sexist and anti-semitic harassment they and their families had endured in recent months.the plp meeting, which also heard a string of mps warn against ‘illegal’ interference in local council policies by the ruling nec, saw creasy and mann demand tougher action against those guilty of abuse.the meeting was told that party members, including some who had been suspended, had allegedly harassed their local mp and those close to them.other mps raised the alleged harassment received by haringey council’s outgoing leader claire kober, w...





cyber hacking suspect wins appeal against extradition to usa

alleged computer hacker lauri love has won his high court appeal against extradition to the us.two judges sitting at the high court in london gave their decision on the appeal by the 32-year-old, who has asperger syndrome, on monday.his father, the reverend alexander love, had warned his son “feared for his life” because he did not think he could cope with the trauma of being sent to america.lord chief justice lord burnett and mr justice ouseley heard arguments during a hearing in november that extradition would not be in the “interests of justice” for a number of reasons, including the “high risk” that love would kill himself.authorities in america had been fighting for love to face trial on charges of cyber-hacking, which lawyers have said could mean a sentence of up to 99 y...





fired hawaii civil defence employee mistook drill for actual missile attack, say investigators

a hawaii civil defence employee who issued a false missile alarm that caused panic across the state mistook a drill alert for an actual attack, investigators have said.the employee has since been fired and the top two civilian officials at the hawaii emergency management agency (hema), administrator vern miyagi and executive officer toby clairmont, resigned in a shakeup stemming from the scare, it was announced at a news conference in honolulu.there are also proceedings to suspend without pay a mid-level agency manager who played a major role in devising the procedures and checklists for hema’s missile alerts and drills, said bruce oliveira, a retired national guard general who led a review of the january 13 blunder.the investigation found the system for activating a missile alert and co...





bbc audit reveals 'no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making'

the key findings of the rwc audit • report finds no “evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making”.• bbc says findings will result in “substantial pay cuts” for some men.• some male and female presenters will get pay rises. • pay gap among 824 staff was 6.8%. the national average is 18%• 12.6% pay gap among the 656 lower-profile broadcast journalists.• “slightly higher percentage” of men among top half of earners.• women “significantly underrepresented” in some roles.an audit on pay and diversity of presenters, correspondents and on-air talent at the bbc has found “no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making”.however, it identified a number of issues in relation to pay “which have resulted in anomalies” that auditors said need addressing. t...





john prescott’s son david fails in bid to become labour mp for mansfield

david prescott, son of former deputy prime minister john prescott, has failed in his latest bid to become a labour mp - after grassroots group momentum backed a rival candidate.prescott, who works as an aide to jeremy corbyn, was not included on the shortlist for the key battleground seat of mansfield, despite winning the unofficial support of some in the party leadership, several trade unions and two local branches.instead, local party activist sonya ward, who won the strong support of mansfield momentum, went through to the final shortlist and is now seen as the favourite to win the much-sought after selection.other contenders included on the final list are a local councillor neil clayton, the gmb-backed melanie darrington, and peter roberts.mansfield was won by tory ben bradley in the 2...





britain first leaders ‘called muslims bastards and rapists’ court hears

a muslim man has told a court that deputy leader of britain first jayda fransen was “aggressive” towards him and accused her of calling muslims “bastards” and “rapists”.fransen, 31, is standing trial alongside the leader of the far-right group, paul golding, accused of religiously-aggravated harassment.the pair, both of penge, south east london, appeared at folkestone magistrates’ court on monday, where they denied the allegations. golding, 36, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and blue tie and fransen, wearing a pale top, with a black skirt suit and a large crucifix necklace, were escorted to court by a crowd of supporters who filled the public gallery.the pair were charged with three and four counts respectively of the hate crime. they were arrested in may last year as...





jeremy hunt tries to calm tory civil war over europe – as bank of england says brexit vote cost uk ‘tens of billions’

jeremy hunt has rallied behind theresa may in a bid to halt a fresh tory civil war over europe - as the bank of england governor admitted the brexit vote had cost the uk “tens of billions” in growth.amid growing speculation of a leadership challenge, the health secretary denied the prime minister had been “timid” and tried to play down claims that chancellor philip hammond was plotting a soft brexit.furious tory backbenchers, downing street sources and cabinet ministers all hit out after hammond suggested on thursday that britain and the eu would move only “very modestly” apart after the uk quits the bloc in march 2019.brexit secretary david davis is set on friday to insist in a major speech that the uk will still be able to sign free trade deals with non-eu countries even duri...