Technology

Time using landlines halves in five years, says Ofcom

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many young people interviewed didn't realise area codes have geographical significance As landline usage continues to fall, a new Ofcom study suggests remembering phone numbers could soon be consigned to history.Between 2012 and 2017, time spent on landline calls plummeted from 103 billion minutes to 54 billion minutes.Over the same period, mobile calls rose to 148.6 billion minutes.Throw in the growth of messaging
Entertainment

HMV enters administration for second time in six years

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Darkness performing at HMV's Oxford Street store in 2017 Music retailer HMV confirmed it has called in KPMG as administrators.The move, the second in six years, involves 2,200 staff at 125 stores. Owners Hilco, which took the company out of its first administration in 2013, blamed a "tsunami" of retail challenges, including business rate levels and the move to digital.It said the
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David Dimbleby’s 25 years on Question Time

[ad_1] Image caption David Dimbleby has spent a quarter-century presenting the show After 25 years, David Dimbleby's tenure on BBC One's Question Time is coming to an end.The presenter is stepping down from the flagship political debate show, with Fiona Bruce poised to replace him. "It has been exhilarating following the twists and turns of British politics," he has said.Twists and turns is putting it mildly. His time on the
Science/Nature

Climate change: Last four years are ‘world’s hottest’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The year 2018 is on course to be the fourth warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.It says that the global average temperature for the first 10 months of the year was nearly 1C above the levels between 1850-1900. The State of the Climate report says that the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the 2015-2018
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Number of child gamblers quadruples in just two years

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The number of children classed as having a gambling problem has quadrupled to more than 50,000 in just two years, a report has claimed.The Gambling Commission study suggests that 450,000 children aged 11 to 16 bet regularly, more than those who have taken drugs, smoked or drunk alcohol.Bets with friends, slot machines, and scratchcards, were most popular.A campaigner on the issue, Bishop of St Albans Right
Entertainment

Little Mix rate seven years of photos: ‘I had a massive spot!’

[ad_1] Image copyright Boo George / Syco Image caption Little Mix (L-R): Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards Seven years is an eternity in pop. By all rights, Little Mix should have descended into bitter acrimony by now - going on "hiatus", shaving their hair, releasing whiffy solo projects and propping up ITV2 comedy shows.Instead, they're crushing it. Each of their four albums has outsold the last,
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Britney thanks fans 20 years after Baby One More Time release

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer recently announced a new Las Vegas residency for 2019 Britney Spears has thanked her "amazing fans" in an Instagram post marking 20 years since ...Baby One More Time was released.The singer uploaded a clip on Tuesday showing highlights from the song's music video along with a message."Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me," she wrote.Streaming service
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Storm Callum: Parts of Wales see ‘worst flooding in 30 years’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStorm Callum has caused chaos in Wales on Friday and SaturdayRivers have burst their banks, homes have been flooded and some were without power as Wales suffered travel chaos as Storm Callum hit.Parts of Wales saw their worst flooding for 30 years with Carmarthenshire, Powys and Ceredigion the worst affected and flood warnings remain in place.One village is ready to evacuate
Health

Child mental health referrals up 26% in five years, says report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of referrals to Camhs has increased by over a quarter in five years, according to a report The number of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in England has increased by 26% over the past five years, Education Policy Institute (EPI) research suggests.Its report also reveals one in four referrals was either rejected or deemed inappropriate for treatment.Out of
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Cumbria ‘slavery victim’ rescued after ’40 years in shed’

[ad_1] Image copyright GLAA Image caption The man was taken away to be assessed by specialist medical staff A potential victim of modern slavery has been rescued after living in a shed for 40 years, according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.Officers found the 58-year-old British man in the shed during a raid at a residential site north of Carlisle on Wednesday morning.He was taken away to be assessed