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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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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 6 hours 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at The English Blog
We’ve all heard of alcohol, gambling, and drugs, among other things causing addictions — but here’s a slightly more high-tech version. How about an addiction to Google Glass? “Google photos of tiger heads. Hmmmm.” Yes, if new reports are to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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Britain faces a battering from a MONSTER hurricane that could bring yet more torrential rain and even bitter snow to the UK. The ferocious Hurricane Gonzalo is currently swirling across the Atlantic Ocean, and could send stormy conditions towards the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Pensioners are to be offered new freedoms to dip into their retirement cash. In the latest phase of the biggest shake-up of private pensions in a century, the over-55s will be able to withdraw several lump sums from their... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Ever wondered what's really in your Big Mac? Horse meat, perhaps? Worms, even? Or how about ... MCDONALD'S: "Are there lips and eyeballs in there, Jimmy? At what point in the process do we inject the pink slime? Can I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at The English Blog
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Smoking should be outlawed in public parks, the chief medical officer said last night. Sally Davies claimed a ban was needed to stop children being set a bad example. Campaigners immediately denounced the idea as an attack on personal liberties.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Bob Englehart from the Hartford Courant is a comment on the media-fuelled hysteria surrounding Ebola. A man is shown cowering behind his armchair, having (we suppose) just read about the Ebola crisis in the newspaper. As Bob... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The English Blog