Over 100 Flood Warnings As Storm Frank Hits UK

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More than 100 flood warnings are in place as heavy rain and high winds brought on by Storm Frank batter the UK.

Thousands of homes in Scotland and Northern Ireland are without power and there are fears of fresh flooding in the north of England, with people in some areas urged to evacuate their homes.

Rivers in Dumfries and Galloway have burst their banks and water levels are still rising.

Residents in Newton Stewart have told Sky’s Gerard Tubb it is the worst flooding for 60 years.

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The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has more than 90 flood warnings in place – indicating “immediate action is required” – in addition to 14 “be prepared” flood alerts.

Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway bore the brunt of the storm, which caused disruption to road, rail and ferry services across the country.

At present, three severe warnings – indicating a “danger to life” – remain in force in the north west of England.

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In the south west there are more than 1,100 homes without power, while just under 200 remain cut off in Wales.

In Devon, an elderly couple had to be rescued from their flooded car, which was trapped under a railway bridge between the villages of Venton and Sparkwell.

Devon and Cornwall Police said water had reached the dashboard of the vehicle when a member of public helped free them.

In York, where the Foss Barrier is now operational following emergency work, police are investigating reports of burglaries at two flood-hit properties.

North Yorkshire Police Acting Superintendent Mark Grange said: “It is impossible to comprehend why anyone would want to bring further suffering to those who are already in a very vulnerable situation.”

Merseyside firefighters helped flood victims in the city rescue a family who were trapped in their car, the Liverpool Echo reported.

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The newspaper said that a crew in a rescue boat used an inflatable sled to get to the two adults and two children, with the vehicle stuck in floodwaters approximately a metre high.

In Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, a section of the endangered Birnbeck Pier has collapsed due to the high winds, while repairs to a breach in the River Douglas at Croston in Lancashire were taking place on Wednesday.

However, Sky’s Tom Parmenter reports a Chinook helicopter that was delivering sandbags to fill a hole in the river bank has abandoned its flight due to the bad weather.

Read More: http://news.sky.com/story/1614066/over-100-flood-warnings-as-storm-frank-hits-uk

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Couple Jailed Over 7/7 Anniversary Terror Plot

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Would-be suicide bomber Mohammed Rehman and his ex-wife Sana Ahmed Khan have been jailed for life after being convicted of planning a terror attack in London.

Rehman had stockpiled bombmaking materials at his Reading home and using the Twitter username “Silent Bomber” he asked his followers which targets they thought suitable for a massive terror attack – Westfield shopping centre or the London Underground.

He and Khan were sentenced after an Old Bailey jury unanimously found them both guilty of preparing an act of terrorism in May this year.

Rehman was told he must serve at least 27 years behind bars. Khan was given a minimum term of 25 years. The judge, Mr Justice Baker, said they were a significant danger to the public.

The court heard Rehman had used a profile picture of “Jihadi John” Mohammed Emwazi, when he posted on Twitter: “Westfield shopping centre or London underground? Any advice would be appreciated greatly,” accompanied by a link to an al Qaeda media release about the 7/7 bombings.

Jurors were told that on the same day Rehman searched YouTube for “London bombings” and “Shehzad Tanweer” – one of the 7/7 bombers who he referred to as his “beloved predecessor”.

Prosecutors said Rehman, 25, proved he was “intent on martyrdom” when he also tweeted: “Now I just make explosives in preparation for kuffar lol and when I’ve made the required amount I’ll be wearing them on my chest.”

The judge said the reason for his radicalisation might never be known, but could be linked to disaffection from his family and the wider community.

He told Rehman: “Once you had gained that mindset, you determined to fulfil the Islamic State’s call for Jihad; not like some, by travelling to Syria or elsewhere to take part in the conflict in those areas, but by carrying out an act of terrorism within the United Kingdom.

“The type of act which you envisaged not only encompassed the use of explosive substances which would be used to maximum effect so as to cause multiple injuries and fatalities, but specifically included a suicide bombing, an act which envisaged martyrdom.”

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Science could soon cure your sweet tooth, hormone FGF21 produced by the liver suppresses sugar cravings.

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SCIENTISTS might be one stop closer to curing a sweet tooth.

Researchers identified a hormone that suppresses sugar cravings in mice, according to a study recently published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

The findings could eventually help diabetics, the obese and perhaps anyone who indulges in too many sweets during the holidays.

The hormone FGF21, produced by the liver in response to eating high-carb foods like white bread, sends a signal to the brain that dampens down our appetite for sugar, the study reports.

Scientists tested their theory by injecting the hormone into mice then giving them a choice between a balanced diet and a sugar-enriched one.

The mice pumped up with the hormone ate seven times less sugar.

The researchers also genetically modified two sets of mice: one group that didn’t produce FGF21 at all and another that had over 500 times normal levels of the hormone, reported The Telegraph.

The mice without the hormone ate more sugar while the other group ate less.

Unfortunately, the hormone doesn’t suppress the craving for complex carbohydrates like cake or pastries.

Read More: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/science-could-soon-cure-your-sweet-tooth/news-story/e9985b3a586028d26370cf594e1dac36

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South Africa v England: Taylor & Compton step into breach.

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James Taylor and Nick Compton produced a very disciplined, hard-fought partnership on day one of the first Test in Durban.

It was exactly what England needed at the time after they had lost three quick wickets to leave them 49-3, and helped them reach 179-4 at the close.

Captain Alastair Cook suffered his first duck in 40 innings and I was surprised by Joe Root, who looked well set and confident but was dismissed by the spinners’ first delivery of the day, which did turn – perhaps a sign that spin will play a part in proceedings once the sun comes out and dries the pitch.

But to have players other than Root and Cook coming in and playing well when England were facing a problem is a good thing for the side. It shows they have others who can step into the breach.

I think everyone recognises that Taylor is a really promising young player. At 25, he is now completely different at the crease than when he first played Test cricket in 2012. He is much more confident.

Even Test Match Special summariser Graeme Smith was paying tribute to him today for the change he has seen in him at the crease.

He played really well, and it was sad that he got out in the dying moments of the day as Dale Steyn picked up his third wicket of the innings.

Link to full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/35182204

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Gonorrhoea “rapidly” developing resistance, could become untreatable.

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Gonorrhoea could become an untreatable disease, England’s chief medical officer has warned.

Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of “super-gonorrhoea” in Leeds.

Her warning comes after concerns were raised that some patients were not getting both of the antibiotics needed to clear the infection.

Sexual health doctors said gonorrhoea was “rapidly” developing resistance.

A highly drug-resistant strain of gonorrhoea was detected in the north of England in March.

That strain is able to shrug off the antibiotic azithromycin, which is normally used alongside another drug, ceftriaxone.

In her letter, the chief medical officer said: “Gonorrhoea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance.”

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But while an injection of ceftriaxone and an azithromycin pill are supposed to be used in combination, this may not always be the case for all patients.

Earlier this year, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) warned that some online pharmacies were offering only oral medication.

Using just one of the two drugs makes it easier for the bacterium to develop resistance.

The letter, which is also signed by chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Keith Ridge, stated: “Gonorrhoea has rapidly acquired resistance to new antibiotics, leaving few alternatives to the current recommendations.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35153794

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Six US Troops Killed In Afghanistan

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The attack comes a day after warnings that Afghanistan’s Helmand province is on the brink of falling under Taliban control.

Six US troops have been killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The bomber rammed a motorbike laden with explosives into a patrol of NATO and Afghan forces near the US-run airfield, which is 30 miles north of Kabul.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which took place at 1.30pm local time.

NATO has not released the nationalities of its dead troops, as policy requires identification to come from their home nations, but a US official said the troops killed were American.

The official also said three people were injured – two Americans and an Afghan police officer.

US Army Brigadier General William Shoffner, head of public affairs at NATO’s Resolute Support base in Kabul, said: “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident, especially during this holiday season.”

The attack will be a blow to the confidence the coalition exuded when combat missions ended in the country a year ago.

A US force of around 9,800 troops remains in Afghanistan and, with contributions from other NATO countries, including the UK, there are around 13,000 foreign troops still in Afghanistan.

It was the first major attack – and the largest – since August, when three American contractors were killed in a suicide attack on their convoy in Kabul.

It comes a day after warnings that southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province was on the brink of falling to Taliban fighters, after intense battles between them and the Afghan Security Forces.

Helmand’s deputy governor Mohammad Jan Rasulyar said the insurgents took control of the Sangin district on Sunday, saying the number of casualties among the Afghan soldiers was “unbelievably high”.

The country’s Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said Afghan Army commandos and special forces had since arrived for a counter-offensive.

Helmand is an important base for the Taliban, as it has most of the world’s opium, which they use to fund their conflict.

All but two of Helmand’s 14 districts are effectively controlled or heavily contested by the Taliban’s fighters, according to officials. They also recently took over Babaji, a suburb of provincial capital Lashkar Gah, where British troops once had a major base.

It is understood US special forces have been sent to Helmand in recent weeks to help Afghan forces.

Kabul-based political analyst Haroon Mir told AFP: “The Taliban onslaught in Sangin is not just a military gain but also a huge propaganda score for the insurgents.

“The British and Americans bled to defend Sangin district and now Afghan forces are suffering the same fate.”

Link To Full Story: http://news.sky.com/story/1610166/six-us-troops-killed-in-afghanistan

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Blatter On Ban: Bribery Is ‘Against My Heart’

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Sepp Blatter has told Sky News that his eight-year ban for misconduct “hurts” and reiterated he has never done anything wrong.

In an interview with Sky’s Paul Kelso, FIFA’s suspended president denied turning a blind eye to corruption and said he cannot be held responsible for the actions of others.

FIFA’s ethics committee has banned Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini from football-related activities for eight years.

The ban is over a £1.35m payment Platini received from Blatter in 2011, reportedly for consulting work done a decade earlier.

Both Blatter and Platini denied there was anything suspicious about the payment and said that it had previously been agreed in an oral contract.

FIFA judges said they “rejected” evidence concerning such an oral contract as it was unconvincing.

As a result, it was determined that he had breached the rules on offering and accepting gifts and other benefits.

But the committee said there was not sufficient evidence to establish that he had been guilty of corruption under the terms of FIFA’s code of ethics.

Blatter told Sky News: “Saying that I have bribed somebody by paying something – this is absolutely wrong and this is against my heart.

The 79-year-old had earlier said he was sorry for FIFA and for football as he condemned the decision to ban him.

He came out fighting during a news conference in Zurich when he vowed to appeal against the ruling.

Without apologising for what he had done, he said he was sorry that he was “still … a punching ball” and about what his suspension meant for FIFA.

He told journalists: “I’m sorry about me. I will fight, for me and for FIFA.”

Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs (£33,700) and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs (£53,900).

Platini claims that he agreed a £675,000-a-year contract with Blatter but was paid only half of that amount at the time, because FIFA was in financial trouble. He says he then forgot to invoice for the balance until nine years later.

Platini said he too will appeal and will take to the civil courts in a bid to overturn the ban.

The French footballing legend said: “I am determined to apply to … civil courts to obtain damages for all the prejudice I have suffered over very long weeks.”

Read More: http://news.sky.com/story/1609832/blatter-on-ban-bribery-is-against-my-heart

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