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Day: January 12, 2017

First look at the new 12 sided pound coin that’s arriving in March
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

First look at the new 12 sided pound coin that’s arriving in March

    The new 12-sided £1 coin - billed as "the most secure coin in the world" - will enter circulation on 28 March. The Royal Mint has unveiled the new circulating coin designs for the year with a pioneering theme linking them. The 12-sided £1 coin was designed by David Pearce and features the flora of the four nations of the UK emerging from a coronet. Then there's the £2 Jane Austen coin to celebrate the Hampshire author, the First World War Aviation £2 coin remembering the Royal Flying Corps and the Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin. Dr Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said: “This is a particularly significant year in Royal Mint history as we welcome in the new 12-sided £1 coin, with its innovative security features.” What makes the new £1 coin so special? • Well, it...
Pound hits post-Brexit low versus US dollar
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Pound hits post-Brexit low versus US dollar

    The pound's value has collapsed against the dollar. The pound has hit its lowest level against the dollar since the UK voted to leave the EU, amid a sudden strengthening of the US currency. Sterling dipped below its post-Brexit low of $1.2081, if the trading blip caused by a so-called 'flash crash' is omitted, as US President-elect Donald Trump prepared to give his first news conference since November's election. But it later recovered some poise back above $1.21 as the billionairetook questions from reporters in what proved to be a fiery occasion. It settled higher than $1.22, leaving it up against the greenback on the session opening. Sterling has had a horror show of a week losing ground at the start of trading on Monday following remarks by PM Theresa May on Sky News t...
NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured

    A cancer specialist at an Essex trust said they had never seen so many cancer operations cancelled. More than 20 hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of normal services. Unprecedented numbers of patients requiring care has led to at least 23 hospital trusts declaring they cannot cope since Monday, inquiries by the Guardian have established. Struggling hospitals have been forced to take highly unusual steps in order to manage a surge in demand for care. They include cancelling cancer operations, treating adults in children’s wards and even closing a birthing centre to help cope with a sudden influx of patients who need to be admitted for ...
US spy agencies maybe leaked fake dossier on me: Donald Trump
America, ENGLISH

US spy agencies maybe leaked fake dossier on me: Donald Trump

    US President-elect Donald Trump has suggested American intelligence agencies may be responsible for releasing an explosive dossier containing allegations that Russia holds compromising information about him. In a dramatic press conference in New York, the billionaire tycoon branded the unverified dossier fake news and said it would be a tremendous blot on the agencies’ reputations if they were shown to have leaked it. He clashed with a correspondent from TV news channel CNN, which thrust the document into the heart of political debate by reporting on Tuesday that intelligence officers had briefed both Mr Trump and President Barack Obama on its contents. Repeatedly refusing to take a question from the CNN reporter, he branded the channel fake news and lambasted news website...
The story of the Trump dossier reveiled
America, ENGLISH

The story of the Trump dossier reveiled

    The extraordinary but unverified documents published on Tuesday on Donald Trump’s ties with Moscow began life as a piece of opposition research, which has become as much a part of US politics as yard signs and coloured balloons. There is a small industry of research and investigative firms in Washington, typically staffed by a mix of former journalists and security officials, adept at finding information about politicians that the politicians would rather stay hidden. The firms often do not know who exactly is hiring them; the request could come from a law firm acting on behalf of a client from one of the parties. In this case, the request for opposition research on Donald Trump came from one of his Republican opponents in the primary campaign. The research firm then hired...