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Day: February 29, 2016

First sexually transmitted Zika case detected in France
ENGLISH, Europe

First sexually transmitted Zika case detected in France

    France has detected its first sexually transmitted case of Zika in a woman whose partner had traveled to Brazil, the epicentre of an outbreak of the virus, a senior health official said on Saturday. US officials said earlier this week they were investigating 14 reports of the mosquito-borne disease that may have been transmitted through sex, including to several pregnant women. Francois Bourdillon, head of France's Institute for Public Health Surveillance (IVS), said the infected woman was the country's "first confirmed indigenous case of transmission". "This was a woman who had never travelled. Her partner had come from Brazil, so she was tested," Bourdillon said in an interview broadcast on BFM TV, adding that both patients were doing well. Marie-Claire Paty, who helps m...
With mortgage rates plunging, should we fear a bubble?
ENGLISH, Extras

With mortgage rates plunging, should we fear a bubble?

    Scott Corfe, director at the Centre for Business and Economic Research, says Yes. Most of the house price growth seen in the UK over the past couple of years has been fundamentals-driven. Supply of new homes simply hasn’t caught up with demand. However, one does wonder if we are now veering into bubble territory particularly in London. The collapse in the amount of property being put on the market, which stands at historically low levels according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, is leading to distorted prices. Buyers are paying over and above what fundamentals suggest, desperate to buy anything that is put up for sale and that they can (just about) afford. Fears of supply shortages and rising prices are creating a self-fulfilling bubble in some places. Londo...
Four year old boy spends five hours with arm trapped in vending machine
Australia, ENGLISH

Four year old boy spends five hours with arm trapped in vending machine

    Melbourne Fire Brigade Four-year-old Leo Waterhouse, who spent more than five hours with his hand trapped in a vending machine on Sunday. Emergency services in Melbourne have carried out a delicate operation to free a young boy who spent more than five hours with his hand stuck in a vending machine. Firefighters were called to an apartment block on Lonsdale Street in the city centre at noon on Sunday. Four-year-old Leo Shorthouse had put his hand in the dispensing slot of a vending machine before becoming caught in the anti-theft mechanisms. Aaron Shorthouse, Leo’s father, told 9 News that Leo was an inquisitive child – “I don’t think he’s ever seen a vending machine before.” The Shorthouse family live in Nhulunbuy, a small town in the very remote north-east Arnhem Land, a...
Man’s Body Found In Burnt Out Car In Essex
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Man’s Body Found In Burnt Out Car In Essex

    A murder investigation has been launched after a man's body was found in a burnt-out car in Essex. Police were called to an area near Pitsea Road in Basildon, shortly before 5pm on Saturday, where they found the 30-year-old's body in a grey Audi A4. Essex Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Detective Inspector Steve Ellis said: "This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something. "The vehicle has internal fire damage so I'm keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area." Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
White Easter snow forecast as polar plunge set to bring ice and sub zero temperatures
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

White Easter snow forecast as polar plunge set to bring ice and sub zero temperatures

    Britain is set to see a 'White Easter' as a polar plunge strikes the country, bringing snow , ice and temperatures as low as -14C. The plunge - the same phenomenon that triggered the 2010 Big Freeze - is expected to result in colder-than-average weather across the UK in late March. Temperatures will drop to below zero most nights throughout the month, leading to potentially dangerous snowy and icy conditions, forecasters say. Then, as the end of March approaches, the country is set to be gripped by a longer 'freeze', with a White Easter' expected from March 25 to 28. These snowy conditions, along with the two-week school holidays, are likely to see families facing transport problems at one of the busiest times of year for leisure travel. The Met Office said the cause of th...