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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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BACKGROUND Overweight people will be paid to lose weight, under radical new Government plans unveiled today to tackle the escalating obesity crisis Under the NHS-backed scheme, those who shed the pounds will be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers. Incentives... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at The English Blog
In a rather ironic turn of events, the nation's second-largest cigarette producer will no longer allow smoking in its office. Starting next year, employees of Reynolds American Inc. will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes at their desks, in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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The EU last night demanded an extra £1.7billion from the UK – because our economy is recovering faster than other member states. David Cameron came under fire from MPs as Brussels demanded the hefty surcharge. To add insult to injury,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND GPs will be paid £55 for every patient diagnosed with dementia under a controversial scheme to boost detection. It is being rolled out by the NHS over concerns that family doctors are picking up less than half of all... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
Is it a great new learning tool or the easiest way to cheat in math, ever? The new PhotoMath app is currently available on iOS and Windows phones, and your views on it will likely depend on whether you're a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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The NHS is asking for an additional £8bn by 2020 to implement a radical plan, including switching funding from hospitals into other services including GP surgeries, which bosses say is vital to ensure the service can safeguard its future. NHS... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex. A study has linked low libido with the additives used to soften plastics which are found... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
A South African judge has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison plus other punishment for the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. JUDGE THOKOZILE MASIPA ON NBC: "Culpable Homicide, the sentence imposed is a maximum imprisonment... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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Whistleblowers in the Prison Service are being threatened with dismissal for raising serious concerns about their ability to keep inmates safe and their fears over soaring levels of violence. The attempts to silence staff have been condemned by a Conservative... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Patients are so desperate to flee the crisis-hit Welsh NHS they are going private or moving to England, it emerged last night. Tens of thousands cross the border every year to escape lengthy waiting lists or access life-saving drugs.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
It’s been a season of change for Apple — a whole new device in the Apple Watch, a shot at credit cards with Apple Pay — oh, and of course those new, bigger iPhones. But now we know exactly how... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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Patients are so desperate to flee the crisis-hit Welsh NHS they are going private or moving to England, it emerged last night. Tens of thousands cross the border every year to escape lengthy waiting lists or access life- saving drugs.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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U.S. News has an excellent collection of 29 cartoons on the Ebola outbreak. This cartoon by David Horsey from the Los Angeles Times is one of my favourites (if you can have a favourite cartoon about something like Ebola). COMMENTARY... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
So long suit and ties, casual Fridays might be here to stay. A shift in dress codes across several major companies suggest that day might be here sooner than we think. Starbucks is just the latest company to relax style... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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Dying patients could be given access to untested medicines from early next year after the Government and doctors gave their backing to a bill proposed by Lord Saatchi. Jeremy Hunt, the Health secretary, has now thrown his department's weight behind... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the government would change its response to Ebola after officials confirmed Sunday a Dallas health care worker had been infected with the virus. "We have to rethink the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
Picking up where it left off a month prior, Apple kept a full room and online audience in suspense before unveiling its new iPad Air 2 Thursday. This time Apple has shaved a few millimeters off, reducing thickness to just... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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Internet trolls who subject victims to vile abuse are to be jailed for up to two years under a tough Government crackdown. Harsher sentences are to be introduced following a series of shocking, high-profile cases, including rape threats made against... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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This cartoon by First Dog on the Moon from The Guardian makes the point that while Ebola is getting blanket coverage in the media following a handful of cases in Western countries, there are much more serious Third World diseases... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
How many miles does it take to walk off a 20-ounce bottle of soda? The answer is about five. And knowing that could make people less likely to drink soda. Full transcript >> NOTE An ounce is 28 grams, so... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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Britain and the United States have issued stark warnings that the international community will be responsible for a substantial loss of life in west Africa and a greater threat across the world unless the financial and medical response to the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and New Jersey, are scheduled to start taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries as part of a stepped-up Ebola screening program. Federal health officials say... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The English Blog
Two investigative stories The Guardian published Thursday claim a popular app that allows users to post anonymous messages is exploiting users' information and also tracking their whereabouts. Whisper works like this: You have something to share. You can do that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The English Blog
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The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND As U.S. generals and Secretary of State John Kerry warn that the strategic Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to ISIS militants, the Turkish military has deployed its tanks on its side of the frontier but only watched... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The English Blog