Wiltshire couple poisoned by contaminated item
A man and a woman who are critically ill after being poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent had been exposed to the toxin after handling a contaminated item.
“Following further tests of samples from the patients, we now know that they were exposed to the nerve agent after handling a contaminated item,” London police said in a statement.
“Detectives are working as quickly and as diligently as possible to identify the source of the contamination.”
Published: 06/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
US and China trade tariffs come into effect
U.S. tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports took effect as a deadline passed with Beijing having vowed to respond immediately in kind.
The Trump administration has warned it may ultimately target over $500 billion worth of Chinese goods, or roughly the total amount that the United States imported from China last year.
Beijing has said it would immediately respond with an equal amount of tariffs of its own against U.S. autos, agricultural and other products, but it did not say at midday on Friday if its countermoves had kicked in.
Published: 06/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Joshua signs two-fight Wembley Stadium deal
Anthony Joshua has signed a deal to stage his next two bouts at Wembley stadium, the first in September and then next April.
The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 but his next two fights — a 10th round stoppage of Carlos Takam and points win over Joseph Parker — were at the Principality Stadium in Wales.
The Briton will return to England's national stadium for fights on Sept. 22 and April 13, although his opponents have yet to be confirmed.
“Being north London born and raised, it is in my blood. The opportunity to fight in such an iconic stadium is normally a once-in-a-career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing,” Joshua told Matchroom Boxing's website.
“Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.”
Joshua, who boasts an unbeaten 21-0 record, is expected to take on Russian WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin next with a titl..
China warn Trump on tariffs
The United States is opening fire on the world with its threatened tariffs, China has warned.
They say no one wants a trade war but it will respond the instant U.S. measures go into effect, as Beijing ramped up the rhetoric in the heated dispute.
The Trump administration’s tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports are due to go into effect soon, which is just after midday in Beijing.
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to escalate the trade conflict with tariffs on as much as $450 billion worth of Chinese goods if China retaliates, with the row roiling financial markets including stocks, currencies and the global trade of commodities from soybeans to coal.
China has said it will not “fire the first shot”, but its customs agency made clear on Thursday that Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods would take effect immediately after U.S. duties on Chinese goods kick in.
Speaking at a weekly news conference, Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng warned ..
UK banks asked to show their plans on cyber security
British banks have been given a deadline to explain how they can avoid cyber attacks.
British banks and other financial services firms were given three months to explain how they can avoid damaging IT breakdowns and respond to the growing threat of cyber attacks.
With technology-related disruption on the rise in the sector, the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority told financial services firms to report back by Oct. 5 on their exposure to risks and how they would respond to outages.
The vulnerability of the banking system to technology failures has been highlighted recently by the inability of customers of bank TSB to access their online accounts and problems at payments firm Visa.
“Operational disruption can impact financial stability, threaten the viability of individual firms and financial market infrastructures, or cause harm to consumers and other market participants in the financial system,” FCA Chief..
Britain want information on Novichok after nerve attack
Britain have called on Russia to give details about the nerve agent
This is the same that was used on a former double agent and his daughter.
The two Britons, a 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were critically ill after an apparently chance encounter with the poison near the site of the March attack on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Britain accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with Novichok – a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War – in what is the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two
Published: 05/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
May says she takes views on business seriously
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she looks forward to providing more detail on the future relationship with the European Union.
This is as part of a so-called white paper policy document, her spokesman said on Thursday.
This comes after Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover warned a so-called “hard Brexit” would cost it 1.2 billion pounds ($1.59 billion) a year, curtailing its future operations in the United Kingdom.
“The PM has been very clear that we take the views of business seriously and we also know the importance of providing certainty as we leave the EU,” the spokesman told reporters. “We are looking forward to providing further details in the white paper.”
Published: 05/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
NHS marks 70th anniversary
Britain marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service with several events taking place.
It's claimed it's a moment of pride and concern for a country that has nurtured its growth into the largest publicly funded healthcare service in the world.
Questions about whether the NHS can survive in its present form are the subject of a long-running British debate, given an ageing population and increased costs due to advances in medicine and surgery.
Following is a timeline of key events spanning its history.
Health minister Aneurin Bevan launches the tax-funded NHS to bring medical services together and provide free healthcare to all.
Polio and diphtheria vaccines become available to children under 15, leading to a major fall of cases in both diseases.
The Mental Health Act recognises for the first time that patients with mental health issues should be treated the same as those with other types o..
Jaguar Land Rover issues UK Brexit warning
Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has said a “hard Brexit” would cost it 1.2 billion pounds a year, curtailing its future operations in the United Kingdom.
“We urgently need greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard our suppliers, customers and 40,000 British-based employees,” JLR's Chief Executive Ralf Speth said in a statement.
Speth's comments come ahead of a meeting this Friday between Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet ministers to decide on strategy for Britain to negotiate its way out of the European Union, ending a 40-year trading relationship.
Because of uncertainty about what Britain actually wants from the EU after it leaves, the outcome of the cabinet meeting is seen as critical to progress in talks with the EU on the issue.
Recent weeks have seen criticism of the government by some of the biggest companies operating in Britain.
Airbus and Siemens last wee..
Couple poisoned by nerve agent Novichok
Two British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March.
The pair, a local 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were hospitalised after being found unwell on Saturday in Amesbury, just miles away from Salisbury where ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked in March.
“I have received test results from Porton Down (military research centre) which show that the two people have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok,” Neil Basu, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters.
Britain has accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with Novichok – a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War – in what is the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two.
Russia has denied any involvement in their poisoning.