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Banks will be paying compensation to people mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) for years to come, according to the UK’s chief financial ombudsman.
The Financial Ombudsman Service receives 4,000 new PPI cases a week, and Caroline Wayman, the chief ombudsman, said “it will be years” before anyone can truly say Britain’s biggest ever financial mis-selling scandal is over.
The mobile apps for greetings card maker MoonPig have been closed to protect users from a vulnerability that lay unfixed for almost a year and a half
Greetings card website Moonpig has shut down its mobile apps after a security bug exposed personal details of 3 million customers.
The flaw, described by one observer as “the worst security I’ve ever seen from a large company”, let any attacker access the personal details of every single customer on the website, as well as view past orders and place new ones on any of their accounts.
This moreish hawker dish from the city of Tuaran in Malaysian Borneo should be fragrant, very eggy, and slightly smoky from the charring of the hot wok, says Kkmoi blogger Jackie Miao
What is the dish?
Tuaran mee is a Nanyang-Chinese fried “egg noodle” hawker dish from Tuaran in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It most commonly refers to the fried version, but it is also used to identify egg noodles that are made in Tuaran. A typical plate consists of fresh egg noodles, an egg, char siu, pork egg roll, and choy sum.
Afghanistan, Iraq, the illegal conflict with Isis, secret drone strikes across the Middle East: You would think Congress might want to vote on the Forever War. But you would be very, very wrong
The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan”, as the US government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal. And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly. But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.
This is the new reality of war: As long as the White House doesn’t admit the United States is at war, we’re all supposed to pretend as if that’s true. This ruse is not just the work of the president. Members of Congress, who return to work this week, are just as guilty as Barack Obama in letting the public think we’re Definitely Not at War, from Afghanistan and Somalia to the new war with Isis in Iraq and Syria and beyond.
The war in Afghanistan is over, the President says. The sky is green, the President says. The sun rises in the West, the President says.
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
WobbleWorks’ second-generation 3D-printing pen allows users to create solid plastic structures from air drawings, with a slimmer, smaller model
Back in early 2013, the world’s first 3D printing pen was introduced by toy company WobbleWorks, quickly drawing fans across the globe, who funded the project on Kickstarter to the tune of $2.3m (£1.5m).
The 3Doodler allows users to draw in the air and see their creations realised physically as plastic 3D structures.
It’s the perfect city to hit for the January sales, but Brum also has loads of culture and a great restaurant scene to explore once you’ve finished shopping
Brum is a great city to head to for the January sales, with a huge number of shops to trawl. Add into the mix fun and varied restaurants and nightlife, plus a decent arts scene, and this unfairly maligned city ticks all the boxes for an indulgent quick break, as well as being widely accessible for a large proportion of the population.
How do I approach the shopping then?
Bargain clothes can be hunted down at the iconic Bullring, one of Britain’s most popular shopping centres, home to 160 of the usual high street suspects, from Topshop to Selfridges. Sort through discounted designer wear at The Mailbox, an old Royal Mail sorting office turned designer mall, featuring Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani. Or for something more original head to Disorder, a cool independent boutique, just off New Street; down to Digbeth to snoop around the Custard Factory (including the Sunday flea market), with shops such as Cow Vintage Clothing; or the Great Western Arcade, a restored Victorian gem with a wide variety of retailers – everything from designer shops to cigar and whisky parlours. A handful of beauty bars in the stores, and a spa within the Malmaison hotel – also inside the complex – offer a time out from scrabbling among the rails. Another top place to relax is The Spa at The Cube, where a day pass to access the pool, saunas and salt room starts at £35.
UPDATE at 6:28 a.m. ET: SpaceX aborted the launch and moved it to Friday, January 9 at 5:09 a.m. ET. At 6:20 ET Tuesday morning, the private space flight company founded by Elon Musk will attempt to land a rocket. Back on Earth. The unmanned Falcon 9 spacecraft will first head to the International Space […]
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Listen to the doomsayers, the scaremongers and the Farage brigade, and you would be forgiven for thinking that London is full. Our capital, just like our country, they say, can’t cope with any more people.
Everything from traffic jams to NHS waiting times is blamed on immigrants. The only answer, they tell us, is to pull up the drawbridge and close our borders, turning our back on the globalised world that this country did so much to create.
The price of oil has dropped to around $55 per barrel, but fracking companies need prices of $60-100 to break even, reports Climate News Network
There’s no doubt that US-based fracking – the process through which oil and gas deposits are blasted from shale deposits deep underground – has caused a revolution in worldwide energy supplies.
Yet now the alarm bells are ringing about the financial health of the fracking industry, with talk of a mighty monetary bubble bursting − leading to turmoil on the international markets similar to that in 2008.
Pakistani lawmakers have passed legislation for military courts to try insurgents, one of a series of measures aimed at clamping down on increasingly brutal attacks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 children last month.
The bill secured the unanimous vote of the 242 lawmakers present, 14 more than the two-thirds majority it required. Legislators from religious parties and an opposition party led by former cricketer Imran Khan abstained.
Turkish Airlines, the last remaining foreign carrier offering flights to Libya, is suspending all flights to the conflict-wracked country as the security situation deteriorates.
The Turkish flag-carrier said it had suspended flights to Misrata, its only remaining destination in Libya, after it had earlier pulled its flights to the capital, Tripoli, as well as Benghazi and the inland desert city of Sebha.
From fast-paced bluffing games to bizarre dexterity games, there are plenty of great hobby games to suit a crowd
If the thought of braving the miserable weather to over-indulge in pubs and bars is about as cheerful as a post-Christmas cracker joke, here’s some good news. A little of the magic from the current board-game revival has seeped into party games. The resulting titles offer more game for your money than the standard fare thronging the seasonal shelves of stationers and booksellers. They’re just as fun and funny, but offer more variety, challenge and replay value. So they’re ideal for entertaining at home and impressing your guests with something off the beaten track, alongside the exotic wine and obscure cheeses.
Take the Time’s Up family, for example. After building a deck of 40 cards containing famous names, players take 30-second turns to communicate what’s on the card without saying it out loud. In the first round you can use many words, in the second just one word and in the third you have to mime like charades. The twist is that you use the same cards across all three rounds, adding skill and memory to a party classic without losing any of the hilarity.
The streaming music service has a ‘taste profile’ for every user, so what kind of data is it building up, and how can it be used?
“So, what kind of music do you like?” It’s one of the hardest questions to answer in a social situation, especially as you get older and your tastes diversify.
Whenever I’m asked, I tend to end up mumbling a mish-mash of genres and artists. But here’s an alternative question: what kind of music does Spotify think I like? It should know, after all.
Peter Capaldi has failed to make the shortlist for top drama performance at the National Television Awards – the first time the star of Doctor Who has been snubbed since the sci-fi show was revived by the BBC.
Capaldi’s predecessors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith all triumphed for their role as the Doctor at ITV’s annual awards.
Labour is stoking tensions between Scotland and England after it announced a “fiscally vindictive” plan to pay for an extra 1,000 nurses north of the border through a mansion tax that will be levied mainly on properties in the south-east of England, Boris Johnson has said.
The London mayor accused Labour of adopting divisive tactics after the new Labour leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy, highlighted how the party’s mansion tax would benefit the Scottish NHS while homeowners north of the border would make only a small contribution.
Campaigners want a university to sack former undercover spy Bob Lambert but their demand is so far being resisted
A university has been coming under pressure to sack one of its lecturers who has become known as one of the most controversial undercover officers deployed by the police.
Campaigners have been seeking to persuade London Metropolitan University to remove Bob Lambert from his academic post.