‘Brain tumour’ dog had needle in neck

Image copyright PA Image caption X-rays revealed the 7cm metal sewing needle piercing Toby’s spinal cord Owner Alexander Jamieson, from Beauly, near Inverness, said: “We feel that without the help of the experts in Edinburgh, Toby would not be here today. Image copyright PA Image caption Vets are delighted with Toby’s recovery Related Topics Animals Beauly Nairn Dogs University of Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Actress hits out at ‘ageist’ casting call

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNiamh McGrady rant over ad for ‘still attractive woman’ Does female beauty have an expiry date? That’s the question posed by a County Down actress whose online rant criticising casting companies for using “sexist and ageist” language has been viewed more than 150,000 times since she tweeted on Wednesday. ‘No’, overwhelmingly, was the response. Niamh McGrady was inspired to tweet after being invited to audition for a part in an advertisement, for which a casting director requested a woman “in her late 30s, still attractive”. McGrady, who has appeared in The Fall and Holby City, has since been praised for her comical assault on the entertainment industry. Image copyright Artists Studio Image …

HMV reveals lists of stores set to close

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Rewind looks back on the changing fortunes of the high street music retailer The administrators KPMG announced that the company’s flagship Oxford Street store in London, its first shop when it opened in 1921, is among the 27 outlets set to close. Canadian entrepreneur Mr Putman, 34, bought the retail chain Sunrise Records in 2014. He previously bought HMV’s Canadian business in 2017, expanding his small chain into a national operation with 80 outlets. Can anyone make HMV successful? HMV: The rise and fall of a music icon HMV: Did streaming cause retailer to fail? ‘Heritage brand’ Who is Doug Putman? First successful business venture – selling fresh local produce – …

Body seen in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe search for answers A body has been seen in the underwater wreckage of the plane that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson. A search on Sunday found the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey, almost two weeks after it went missing. The Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed the sighting on Monday. Rescue teams are now developing a recovery plan for the plane, which is 67m (207ft) below water. The man who found it said it was “imperative” it was raised from the seabed soon. Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson The …

No-deal Brexit ferry contract scrapped

Could Channel ports cope with no-deal Brexit? No-deal Brexit ferry contract queried A really simple guide to Brexit What preparations are being made for a no-deal? Seaborne Freight was awarded the £13.8m contract in December to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend, Belgium, in the event that Britain leaves the EU without a deal. The government was criticised for choosing Seaborne Freight, a company with no ships or trading history, and for leaving too little time to establish the new ferry service before the Brexit deadline of 29 March. And local politicians in both Ramsgate and Ostend warned that the ports at both ends of the route will not be ready the deadline. At the time, the government …

Tiger killed in zoo’s mating introduction

It said: “Our focus right now is on caring for Asim, as we get through this difficult event.” Staff are “heartbroken by this turn of events”, the zoo said. Tiger facts Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the five tiger subspecies and have the narrowest black stripes The roar of a tiger can be so loud that it can be heard from two miles away (3.2km) A tiger can bite down with the force of 1,000lb (450kg) From sitting down, a tiger is able to leap forward 33ft (10m) Fossils found in China show tigers could have been alive two million years ago Source: ZSL London Zoo

‘Ground-breaking’ pay deal for Hermes staff

Hermes’s 15,000 couriers can deliver parcels in whichever order they want and will be able to continue to do so if they take up the new arrangement. New couriers wishing to take up the pay holiday terms will have to follow routes specified by Hermes. The company said that if it is guaranteeing hourly rates of pay, it needs to ensure that couriers are taking the most efficient route. Why so many young workers have ‘side hustles’ Does flexible working come at a cost? Uber loses latest legal bid over driver rights The GMB said that the collective bargaining agreement is on an opt-in basis and “will not affect those couriers who wish to retain their current form of self-employed …

Veganuary: What did it cost you?

“To be vegan, it helps to be rich. If you open any vegan cookbook you come across all these expensive ingredients. “Pine nuts are crazy. They’re the most expensive. There is nothing cheap about them.” According to new research shared with the BBC, Mr Carey may have found his costs went up because he was vegetarian before he tried veganism. Image copyright Rachel Tranter Image caption Rachel Tranter with a bowl of vegan pasta According to Cleo, it is difficult to say for sure whether people save money in January because they have changed their diet as many people are tightening their belts anyway. However, Rachel Tranter from Abingdon told the BBC: “I didn’t do Veganuary to save money, but …

Bank staff saving elderly from scams

Staff noticed the customer was agitated and quietly asked some more questions in a private room. It emerged that the potential victim had believed they needed to pay an urgent tax bill or be fined £50,000 or sent to jail. The fraudster had called claiming to be an “agent” from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and even suggested the victim make deposits to Bitcoin machines located in newsagents as a way of paying the outstanding bill. No money was lost, owing to the bank staff stepping in. Typical victim Under the protocol, introduced in October 2016, staff are trained to spot the signs of a scam and can request an immediate police response. A total of 231 arrests and 4,240 …

Energy firms handed new customers amid probe

When this happens, customers are automatically transferred to a new supplier. These customers’ supply is protected but their tariff is not. Winter likely to finish off some energy firms, analysts say Any credit they had with their old supplier – in cases where they had used less energy than they had paid for – is carried over. However, in cases of this kind, customers are given a new tariff with the new supplier that may be more expensive than their current deal. They are given the opportunity to switch. The so-called “supplier of last resort” system is quick and ensures that customers’ gas and electricity supplies are not cut off. What about these recent cases? Many of the customers of …

How tuition fees change real-life decisions

At the moment, despite preferring the opportunities and social experience of university, she is heading towards an apprenticeship. Fee decisions Isabella, part of a group of teenagers being supported by the Villiers Park social mobility charity, has a real-world, life-changing decision that will depend on the outcome of the government’s review of tuition fees in England. If the fees were to be cut to £5,000 or £6,000, she says it would make a “massive difference” to the level of debt and she would switch to applying to university. Image caption Maya says families might not want to admit that they cannot afford to support their children at university Until former students earn £25,000 they will not have to make repayments …

TSB suffers 105m loss after computer chaos

Of the £330m in extra costs, about £125m was for customer compensation and sorting out their problems, £49m was due to fraud and operational losses, £122m for extra help and advice to sort out the IT problems, and £33m in lost income from waived fees and charges. In recognition of the extra work for its employees, the bank said it had awarded staff – excluding executives – £1,500 each in December. No bonuses are being paid to executives for 2018. Richard Meddings, TSB executive chairman, said in a statement: “Last year was TSB’s most challenging year. But we enter 2019 with renewed ambition to re-emerge as the leading challenger bank in the UK – firmly on the side of the …

Sacked and silenced for being pregnant

In some cases, the gagging orders even warn them about speaking ‘anonymously’ about their treatment. Stressful time “It effectively allows companies to break the law,” the mother who got in touch with the BBC said. “You need a very strong case to succeed in court as well as needing a lot of tenacity. “I had a newborn baby to focus on and the worry of paying the mortgage so couldn’t fight the case. Nearly five years on, she said: “Please don’t publish my name, I just needed to tell my story. I want the law to change. It does not protect women at all.” What are NDAs? Sometimes known as “gagging orders” or “hush agreements”. In employment law, they’re parts …