Friday, June 25, 2010

Sun shines on Tuesdays Gilt market

Published: 6:40PM GMT 02 March 2010

On Monday, gilts prices fell, harm by the pound"s greatest one-day dump given Oct and worries about the awaiting of a hung council outset from the stirring General Election.

However, Tuesday"s check in The Sun put the Conservatives who have affianced to cut the Britain"s bill necessity 7 points forward of the Labour Party.

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A well-received auction of 30-year gilts additionally increased view during the session. The Debt Management Office drew clever direct from institutional investors for the sale of long-dated 2039 gilts, sketch bids value roughly twice the �2bn on offer.

"The auction went well," pronounced Mohit Kumar, gilts strategist at Deutsche Bank. "There is still a lot of direct for long-dated gilts from grant funds, and the item barter widespread looks really attractive."

Traders right away have their eye on Wednesday"s auction of �4bn of 5-year gilts. Jason Simpson, researcher at RBS, said: "The gilt on suggest is cheap, in sold on item swap, that should interest to bank buyers for their liquidity aegis portfolios."

Kevin Mitchell could have home help against Michael Katsidis

By Gareth A Davies Published: 9:39PM GMT 02 March 2010

Kevin Mitchell-Kevin Mitchell could have home assistance opposite Michael Katsidis On the up: Kevin Mitchell could have home value opposite Michael Katsidis in their WBO strife Photo: GETTY IMAGES

It is believed that Warren bid $515,000 (�345,000) to win the purse bids that will means the twenty-five year-old the event of home value and the awaiting of fighting Mexican fable Juan Manuel Marquez for the full WBO pretension after in the year.

Mitchell has turn a heading light in Warren"s fast of fighters given Amir Khan over for the United States.

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Mitchell, dominant in 31 fights, the longest winning strain of any stream British boxer, might have been underneath Khan"s shade the last dual years, nonetheless looked glorious in his last dual outings and ready for world-class encounters.

Mitchell degraded Khan nemesis Breidis Prescott in Newcastle in December, comprehensively outboxing the dangerous slugger, and finished with Ignacio Mendoza with a heartless overhand right in the second turn at Wembley Arena in February.

Khan, meanwhile, travels to Abu Dhabi where he will attend the Laureus World Academy awards, prior to rigourously announcing his US entrance opposite former universe hold up Paulie Malignaggi, in London.

My Zinc Bed at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, review

By Charles Spencer Published: 7:03PM GMT 02 March 2010

Short of putting the foot in to guide dogs for the blind, or condemning the unsteadiness of young kids pciking up divert bottle tops for the Blue Peter appeal, it is tough to suppose how David Hare could have created a some-more misled and assail fool around than My Zinc Bed. His drastic charge here is to give Alcoholics Anonymous a great kicking. How brave! How controversial!

The square was initial staged at the Royal Court in 2000, when I gave it a cravenly easy ride. At the time, I was in low rejection about my own alcoholism and lacked the bravery and the believe to take Hare scrupulously to task. Two months after I was in the Priory, and crucified with nerves prior to being bussed to my initial AA meeting. My mental recall of Hares fool around was square of my problem, for he creates AA receptive to advice usually marginally less sinister than the Mafia.

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In this despicably mesmerizing drama, a charismatic program millionaire suggests to the frail recuperating alcoholic he has taken on to his staff that AA is a mugs game. Alcoholism isnt unequivocally a disease, he insists. Anyone with a bit of willpower can heal their obsession at home and afterwards safely take a splash but going on a bender. AA merely inculcates feelings of shame and unworthiness.

There are alternative calumnies opposite AA. Its a "cult" whose "principal target is to keep you as a part of of the group" and a amicable networking bar where "under the guise of revelation their fallibility, people encounter in actuality to allege their own cause".

Anyone who has attended AA meetings will know that this is attribution claptrap. I would contend that AA is one of the couple of wholly soft organisations ever devised and in the 75 years it has saved most millions from wretchedness and slow, hideous deaths.

In his counterclaim I can suppose Hare loftily dogmatic that his entrepreneur, Victor Quinn, is merely a impression with a point of view, and a injured impression at that. At the end, we sense that he has been killed in a car pile-up whilst 3 times over the available ethanol limit.

But the alcoholic in the play, Paul Peplow, is so palpably unfortunate and unfortunate in his recovery, and such a shambolic disaster as he becomes romantically caught with Quinns most younger wife, herself a recuperating heroin addict, that Quinns censure of AA has far some-more thespian poke than Peplows handicapped counterclaim of it.

The square additionally fails as drama. The discourse is stilted, the scenes of passion miss sensuality and warmth, and Laurie Sansoms production, with the modishly minimal design, fails to disguise the hectoring tinge that is Hares default mode as a writer.

Robert Gwilym has definite glorious as the predatory, determined Victor, Jamie Parker a rumpled appeal as Peplow, whilst Leanne Best provides glorious (and small else) as the lady they both desire. But who gives a toss? What counts is that My Zinc Bed could actively deter those with a splash complaint from looking their most appropriate possibility of recovery. Its not only a bad play. It is a disagreeable one, too.

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Britains housing market one of fastest improving in Europe

Published: 4:52PM GMT 02 March 2010

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House prices rose in usually five European countries, together with Britain, during 2009, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. But alternative countries one after another to humour a pointy marketplace correction, with prices diving by up to 53pc.

RICS warned that countries with exposed economies would go on to humour from cost falls and vexed markets during 2010.

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Norway led the revival, with skill prices in the nation rising by 12pc during 2009, followed by Finland at 8pc and Sweden at 7pc. Britain was the fourth majority appropriate behaving country, with the normal cost of a home finale the year 1pc higher than it proposed it, nonetheless residence prices had risen by 10pc from their lowest point in April.

Low seductiveness rates and reviving economies additionally helped residence cost falls in majority countries be reduce than feared, with prices dropping by in between 4pc and 6pc in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France.

RICS pronounced nonetheless the markets in these countries remained "fragile", they were commencement to brace and there had been a little cost growth. But Ireland, Spain, Greece and majority executive and Eastern European countries, quite the Baltic States, one after another to humour high cost falls during 2009.

Prices forsaken by around 10pc in Spain as there one after another to be an overhang of supply, nonetheless the inform pronounced there were signs that the improvement might be bottoming out.

RICS warned that European economies were display usually diseased signs of growth, and this was expected to hold housing markets back, quite if stagnation continues to rise. It combined that residence construction industries in majority countries, with the difference of Germany and Switzerland, were still pang from the stroke of the credit crunch, and it would take a little time for housing supply to recover.

Professor Michael Ball, the writer of the report, said: "The sarcasm of the downturn in core European housing markets has astounded majority commentators. But Europe is not the USA, and the problems and process responses have been different. Mortgage defaults have usually risen modestly.

"Low seductiveness rates and executive bank await for debt markets have played key purposes in bringing recovery."

But he combined that "huge problems" remained in housing markets around the border of Europe, and all housing markets on the continent one after another to face credit constraints and good uncertainty.

RSA expects to lose £30m after earthquake in Chile

By Jamie Dunkley, City Reporter (Insurance) Published: 6:31PM GMT 02 March 2010

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The FTSE-100 word organisation pronounced the figure was an early guess of claims from the wholly-owned auxiliary Royal & SunAlliance Seguros Chile.

The association pronounced the claims were doubtful to strike the 2010 profits, but the total comparative measure is still expected to strike 95pc. This measures underwriting profitability, with total next 100 indicating a profit.

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Paul Whittaker, arch senior manager of rising markets at RSA, said: "At this time the comprehensive priority is creation certain we can use the business and yield them with whatever await they need. Our thoughts are with all the colleagues, brokers and business in the region."

Blackburn fans death: no one will be charged, says Crown Prosecution Service

Bystaff and agencies Published: 4:48PM GMT 02 March 2010

No charge: Police thong off an area in the stands at the Britannia Stadium after the situation involving John Steven Taylor Photo: PA

John Steven Taylor, 30, from Avallon Way in Darwen, Lancashire, died after an situation during Stoke City"s home diversion opposite Blackburn Rovers on Feb 6.

Father-of-one Mr Taylor, a Blackburn deteriorate sheet holder, was found comatose on the confluence of the south mount at Stoke"s Britannia Stadium only after half-time.

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He was treated with colour at the stage for a head damage and cardiac detain afterwards taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, but died hours later.

A autopsy hearing reliable the means of genocide as a head injury.

Reports at the time referred to Rovers fans had been throwing around a large rubbish bin during the half-time interval, that strike Mr Taylor, causing the injury.

A man was arrested but the Crown Prosecution Service pronounced on Tuesday no one will face prosecution.

A CPS mouthpiece said: "The genocide of John Steven Taylor on 6th Feb 2010 during the Premiership football compare in between Stoke City FC and Blackburn Rovers FC was a tragedy, and a good loss to his family. We demonstrate the majority surpassing condolences and magnetism to his family.

"We were asked to suggest as to either there was enough justification on that to embark a assign for his death.

"After really clever care of all the justification accessible we have resolved there is deficient justification to allege a prosecution, where there would be a picturesque awaiting of conviction.

"Staffordshire Police and the coroner have been suggested of the preference and the family have been informed."

The arrested man, a twenty-five year-old from Preston, has been expelled but assign and no serve movement will be taken opposite him, a Staffordshire Police orator confirmed.

Ruby Walsh has tough choice in Triumph Hurdle: Horse Racing

By HOTSPUR (J A McGrath) Published: 6:32PM GMT 02 March 2010

Ruby Walsh has difficult preference in Champion Hurdle Balancing act: Ruby Walsh has the collect of the majority appropriate horses Photo: GETTY

Calls on the services of those in that chosen joint are unchanging and insistent.

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Another expected to find himself in a identical incident is Ruby Walsh. Like multiform of his colleagues, Walsh"s recognition is such that he could probably book dual rides in majority Festival races and the yards subsidy him, those of Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins, are arguably the dual strongest for abyss of quality.

Sensibly, jockeys will check a last preference in races in that they have a preference until the last probable notation and Walsh is expected to find himself you do only that before to declarations for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Walsh has ridden both the Mullins-trained Secant Star, who is as low as 6-1 for the Triumph, and the Nicholls-trained Advisor, leader of both his jump starts and a 12-1 possibility for the big race.

Mullins not long ago certified there are no set manners on that fast has priority in the really lax agreement with Walsh. He pragmatic there was copiousness of give and take, and a satisfactory sip of tact thrown in on all sides. "It only seems to work itself out," he said.

So, will it be Secant Star or Advisor for Walsh? No answers yet, but no disbelief Harry Herbert, the pushing force at the back of Royal Ascot Racing, the 230-strong bar that races Advisor, will be anticipating the Irishman looks agreeably on their Cheltenham hope. With multiform members pressuring for some-more jumpers in the string, it will be an critical decision.

Herbert additionally heads up Highclere Thoroughbred Syndicates, who might have Super Kenny, an additional ex-French Flat horse, to lift their colours in the Triumph. Nicky Henderson trains the four-year-old and plans to send him to Newbury on Friday on an exploratory mission that will establish either he afterwards progresses to Cheltenham.

Henderson is disturbed about the presumably complicated ground, but obviously wants to sense some-more about Super Kenny. "He worked this sunrise and is an dictated runner," he pronounced yesterday.

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Mille Chief has been ruled out of the Triumph Hurdle carrying unsuccessful to show sufficient alleviation from a reversal according to tutor Alan King, who said: "You can"t go half-cocked to Cheltenham even 90 per cent is not great enough."

Eoin Morgans brilliant century guides England to ODI series win over Bangladesh

By Derek Pringle Published: 3:48PM GMT 02 March 2010

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England longed for a unrelenting hearing in Asian conditions forward of subsequent years World Cup in the region, but it indispensable a dictatorial hundred from Eoin Morgan not to fall short their mocks conflicting Bangladesh.

With usually an harmed Stuart Broad left to bat, Morgan displayed a solid head and a bewildering form of shots to assistance save Englands blushes, and their 100 per cent jot down conflicting these opponents.

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On an additional erotic Dhaka night, the Dublin-born Morgan was judicial in securing an irrefutable 2-0 lead in the array for Alastair Cooks side.

Whereas Paul Collingwoods savvy hit on Sunday gave England the honours in a diversion they were regularly favourites to win, they never unequivocally got their noses in front, at slightest not until Morgan cut lax with sixteen runs in the penultimate over, that enclosed a 6 over block leg to finish the game.

Afterwards, Morgan, who additionally done a one-day hundred for Ireland, was scarcely impersonal about his match-winning innings.

"Its positively up there as one of the innings of my life," Morgan said. "My initial hundred for England and the a good experience - but something to get out of the way.

"Its a big step in my career and patently a really unapproachable day for me and the group as well, to get a win. Hopefully I can go from on to bigger and improved things from have and some-more success with the side."

Chasing 261, after Bangladesh posted their highest-ever magnitude conflicting England in a one-day international, Morgan oversaw the teams run-chase from the 15th over, after Collingwood was out for seven, lbw to Abdur Razzaks left-arm spin.

Long chases similar to that concede batsman to solve but the flipside is they are formidable to means generally when the rate is around a run-a-ball and wickets keep descending at the alternative end. Morgan indispensable partners and was well served by Matt Prior, who overcame vigour over his place, as well as stipulations conflicting spin, to assistance supplement 90 in 94 balls for the fifth wicket.

After a integrate of close lbw calls conflicting Morgan, the span looked to have the diversion underneath carry out when Razzak had Prior lbw for 42.

That wicket, notwithstanding Morgans capability to parasite the magnitude along but risk, resulted in indiscriminate be scared as Englands reduce sequence tumbled, a sequence greeting of bad shots arrested usually when Morgan took assign during the third Powerplay, that the visitors, similar to their opponents, had left until the last five overs.

Englands means was helped by Shakibul al Hasan, Bangladeshs captain. After deploying his phalanx of spinners to good effect, Shakibul, brought behind his opening bowler Shafiul Islam, notwithstanding 3 of his spinners still carrying overs to bowl.

Pace on the ball, with usually 3 men authorised on the range since of the Powerplay, done Morgans charge most easier, something he after admitted.

It was riveting compare to watch and one that had Cook nervously pacing up and down the dressing-room over the last stages. What was surprising though was the proceed the 25,000-strong throng silently gimlet their disappointments.

Indeed, Morgan wasnt certain his 6 had hermetic the victory, meditative the miss of roar from the stands meant there contingency have been an additional run needed.

Put in to bat initial by Cook, Bangladesh due their rival sum of 260-6 often to Mushfiqur Rahim, who done a cunning 76, and to opener Imrul Kayes, whose discreet 63 off 113 balls was roughly freezing gait for a one-day hit in the 21st century.

Off the field, the fingerprints of their Australian coach, Jamie Siddons were all over the home sides totalled approach. Being an Aussie, Siddons has been brought up to hold in English disadvantage on a cricket margin underneath pressure. He would have educated his charges to extent their aspiration and post a rival sum rather than risk all for an vast one.

The group could magnitude their swell by their coachs actions too, Siddons alternately dark and applauding them from his vantage point in the stands, depending on their shot selection.

It is a paternalistic proceed to run a team, and the conflicting to Andy Flower who tends towards the inscrutability of Duncan Fletcher during games. But Bangladesh proceed one-day games similar to kids let lax in a honeyed shop, so they need a clever management figure to rage their excesses.

Siddons knows additionally about Englands normal disadvantage conflicting spin, generally on pitches that suggest grip, occasional turn, and the peculiar scuttler. But what he unsuccessful to realize is that Flower was a master at personification turn on these surfaces and it has burnished off on one or dual of his charges, with Morgan and Collingwood at the vanguard.

Collingwood did the commercial operation in the initial game, Morgan in the second. A right and a maladroit finisher in England"s center sequence - things competence be seeking up for subsequent years World Cup after all.

Election debate: audience members will quiz Brown, Cameron and Clegg

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent Published: 6:31PM GMT 02 March 2010

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The 3 men will additionally have usually 60 seconds to answer each subject put to them in the rare debates.

Party officials and broadcasters have referred to the belligerent manners for the 3 live TV debates, that will see approach clashes in in in in between the main celebration leaders during the choosing campaign.

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There are additionally expected to be live debates in in in in between Cabinet ministers and their Conservative shadows after the Tories pronounced all members of their front dais were "eager" to accept Labour challenges.

After enlarged negotiations in in in in between broadcasters and the made at home parties, Britain will have the initial live choosing debates in in in in between leaders, modelled on the TV clashes that browbeat US presidential elections.

During the ubiquitous choosing campaign, there will be 3 90-minute debates, the initial on ITV1, the second on Sky News and the last on BBC One.

The accurate locations of the events have not been decided, but the initial will be in the north-west of England, the second in the south-west, and the last in the Midlands.

Half of each discuss will have a theme: the initial will be about made at home affairs together with health and education. The second will concentration on ubiquitous matters. The last will combine on the economy.

The second half of each event will be "free debate."

Each personality will be means to have a 60-second opening matter to each debate.

The 3 leaders have drawn lots to confirm the sequence in that they speak. Mr Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, will open the initial debate. Mr Brown will begin the second, and Mr Cameron will open the third session.

Each discuss will have an assembly of rounded off 200 people.

Broadcasters are awaiting thousands of applications for seats in the audience. The last assembly will be comparison by ICM, a marketplace investigate firm, according to age, competition and category to have up a "demographic cross-section of the country."

Audience members will be means to contention questions in advance, that will afterwards be deliberate by a row of comparison broadcasters that will name the ones that will be put to the leaders.

The ubiquitous open will additionally be means to contention referred to questions to each host broadcaster in advance.

All 3 leaders welcomed the agreement on the debates.

"I wish to set out my prophesy for the destiny of this country," pronounced Mr Brown. "I am so confident about this country"s destiny that I wish to discuss the big issues and I wish to show that we are majority appropriate for jobs, for the health service, for the open services as a whole, for rebellious anti-social poise and for traffic with the economy."

Mr Cameron pronounced he "relished" the possibility to discuss with Mr Brown. He said: "I think people have got a right to see at the people putting themselves brazen as the subsequent Prime Minister and to see the choice, afterwards they can have up their own minds."

Mr Clegg is thought to have the majority to benefit from the debates, given his celebration mostly struggles for media attention. He additionally welcomed the debate, observant they are "a outrageous event to reconnect people with politics".

Following protests from not as big parties, the BBC will additionally hold apart celebration personality choosing debates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, featuring the leaders of the all parties in those nations.

Cows spooked by fire engine trample farmer to death

By By Richard Savill Published: 1:34PM GMT 02 March 2010

Harold Lee, 75, died when his flock of 100 cows stampeded as he changed them along a B-road with his son, Richard, last August.

His family has claimed the animals were unsettled by the puncture lights and sounds of the glow engine that was streamer to a circuitously emergency.

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They hold the collision competence have been avoided had the glow organisation waited until the cows were safely herded off the highway prior to proceeding.

Harold Lee was at the back of the flock when the Holstein Friesian cows dejected him.

He was airlifted to Royal United Hospital, Bath, Somerset, prior to being eliminated to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. He suffered serious head and chest injuries and died 6 days later.

Police began an review and have arrested a 29-year-old fireman on guess of killing by negligence.

The unnamed man, a part of of the engine crew, has been bailed until Friday.

Mr Lee"s elder son, Andrew, 47, who functions at the familys plantation in Burtle, Somerset, has claimed the collision could have been avoided had the glow organisation waited for a couple of mins as the cows were safely herded off the road.

He said: "We have regularly pronounced this situation should not have happened. My hermit Richard pronounced he attempted to stop the engine entrance through.

"He pronounced a glow engine had fearful the cows and father was hurt.

"My father had been you do this for 50 years and there has never been a complaint before.

"As a family we would similar to probity to assistance put this at the back of us as fast as possible.

"Things are flattering tender at the impulse and will be until we get a little answers as to because he died.

"He was a family man and a village man, that was his hold up and he desired it.

"Hopefully this can be a step brazen to probity for him."

A Devon and Somerset Fire orator declined to criticism about the detain but has pronounced the organisation was on the approach to a highway accident.

BBC to spend 90pc of licence fee on programmes

By Urmee Khan, Digital and Media Correspondent Published: 11:01AM GMT 02 March 2010

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Viewers will have some-more of their �142.50 looseness price outlayed on "core" BBC programmes and Mr Thompson pronounced he approaching the plans would see an additional �600m diverted in to programme making.

The senior manager ubiquitous pronounced the digital air wave stations BBC 6 Music and Asian Network will close by the finish of 2011, at the earliest.

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Plans to condense the BBC"s radio, air wave and website services have been billed as the greatest reorganization the corporations 88-year history.

Mr Thompson"s plans have been criticised by kinship leaders who contend the BBC should be focusing on slicing senior manager compensate rather than programmes and content.

The plans are piece of the corporations plan review, that has right away been submitted to the BBC Trust and a wider conference duration will take place.

Speaking to staff this morning, Mr Thompson affianced that in the destiny 90p of each �1 of looseness price will be outlayed on programming and that the house would outlay twenty-five per cent less on BBC online by 2013.

Among the closures will be teenager services Switch and Blast, with Mr Thompson revelation Channel 4 should lead the approach with these audiences.

Mr Thompson additionally pronounced that Radio 2 indispensable to "sharpen the distinctiveness in the range of song and speech".

While the peculiarity of internal air wave should be increased, he due pity some-more programmes opposite outlets during off-peak periods.

Jeremy Dear, ubiquitous cabinet member of the National Union of Journalists, said: "If the BBC has to see at savings, they should plunge into senior manager compensate rather than programmes or content.

"The BBC is simply caving in to domestic and blurb pressure."

Mr Dear pronounced hundreds of jobs could be influenced by the cuts, notice of an industrial movement list if there were any mandatory redundancies.

Eight-limbed Indian boy needs doctor to remove parasite

Published: 10:41AM GMT 02 March 2010

Some people see eight-limbed Deepak Paswaan as the reincarnation of the Hindu God Lakshmi, but to others he is the devil.

The worshippers move offerings of income and flowering plant garlands to the seven-year-old in his encampment of Bihar, in north-east India, but the some-more sinister throw stones at the small child in a bid to remove the demon from his little body.

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"Every day I instruct for a great alloy who could heal Deepak so he can live a normal life," pronounced his father Veeresh Paswaan.

The legs of the parasitic identical tiwn have grown at the same rate as Deepak, definition the youngster is right away carrying around a complicated weight.

Further up Deepak"s torso are the dry arms of the parasitic twin.

No X-rays or scans have been taken, so the inner goods of Deepak"s condition are not nonetheless known.

The boy"s mom Indu, 28, and her father consequence less than �1 a day and cannot means the costly healing caring indispensable to remove the additional limbs.

This is not the initial box of a parasitic identical tiwn reported in Bihar.

In 2005 Lakshmi Tatma was innate with a identical tiwn trustworthy at her hips. Just similar to Deepak, she was worshipped as an incarnation of the multi-limbed Hindu enchantress of wealth.

She shot to celebrity after Sharan Patil, an orthopaedic surgeon, achieved a groundbreaking 27-hour operation to remove the twin. Lakshmi recovered , and is right away on foot and in attendance school.

Parasitic twins start when the identical tiwn bud does not entirely apart in the womb. One identical tiwn becomes widespread at the responsibility of the alternative and the underdeveloped identical tiwn becomes a parasite, utterly contingent on the physique functions of the vital twin.

Bangladesh v England: Musfiqur Rahim leads hosts to record total over tourists

Bystaff Published: 11:43AM GMT 02 March 2010

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England were set 261 to win the second one-day general and the array opposite Bangladesh after the hosts gathered their top sum in the tie at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to field, with the hosts" contrast measure of 260 for 6 built around half-centuries from Imrul Kayes (63) and wicketkeeper Musfiqur Rahim (76).

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England fielded a two-strong turn conflict after James Tredwell was handed a entrance in place of the harmed Ryan Sidebottom, but it was Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan, with 3 for 52, who led the way.

Tamim Iqbal, carrying combined such an sense with his 125 in the initial ODI, roughly fell to Bresnan in the initial over but was advantageous to corner far-reaching of trip for four.

Tamim was a small some-more wary this time, but scored the fifth 4 of the day in the eighth over, slicing Stuart Broad excellent to third man.

The 20-year-old eventually looked similar to he competence be ready to unleash to a small some-more low mark on England"s bowlers when he crashed Broad by the covers to reach 30, but lost his head and fell to a lax shot from the really subsequent delivery.

Aftab Ahmed was promoted to series 3 after Zunaed Siddique was dropped, but did small to aver the promotion, creation only four.

He lasted five balls prior to attempting to trounce opposite the line to Bresnan and lost his off branch in the process.

Mushfiqur, who was removing a small bogged down notwithstanding circumference past 40, attempted to kickstart his innings with a big strike off Swann but done no hit as the round incited past the outward edge.

At the 20-over theatre Bangladesh were 85 for two.

Bangladesh brought up their 100 3 overs after and Imrul changed to 50 with a nudged singular off his 94th delivery, bowled by Paul Collingwood.

In Sunday"s some-more mad innings, Tamim had brought up his century from the same series of deliveries.

Mushfiqur was seeking to work the round around rather than transparent the ropes but was since a hold up on twenty-four when Broad spilled a sitter from a singular aerial shot.

The initial over of Swann"s second spell yielded dual long-awaited bounds but at the cost of Imrul"s wicket.

With eleven from the over and dual balls remaining, Imrul - whose 63 had come from 113 balls - drilled a prosaic possibility to short cover where Collingwood took a intelligent catch.

New batsman Shakib Al Hasan looked to revive a small aggressive intent, unconditional his eighth and ninth deliveries to the midwicket range off Tredwell.

Swann finished the home captain"s 14-run cameo in the subsequent over, receiving a elementary held and bowled possibility to have it 166 for four.

Mushfiqur carried on with his solid accumulation, dabbing a singular to move up his sixth ODI half-century off 66 balls.

The 21-year-old busily guided his side past 200 and afterwards lofted Tredwell for 4 as the Kent man sealed with total of nought for 52.

Mushfiqur succumbed with 6 overs left, chipping Bresnan to Wright on the corner of the ring for a industrious 76 that contained only twenty in boundaries.

The same man accounted for Mahmudullah (28) but the last five overs, taken as a batting powerplay, yielded 45 runs as debutant Suhrawadi Suvo (14no) and Naeem Islam (18no) non-stop up.

British soldier blinded in Iraq trials new technology to see using his tongue

By Aislinn Laing Published: 7:49AM GMT 02 March 2010

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Craig Lundberg, 24, is the initial British infantryman to exam the BrainPort system, that is billed as the subsequent most appropriate thing to sight.

It consists of a span of sunglasses propitious with a motion-sensor video camera that transmits images to the wearer utilizing an electrode-laden desk pad on their tongue.

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If the hearing proves successful, the BrainPort complement could be lengthened to alternative blind use personnel.

Mr Lundberg pronounced it has already done a substantial disproportion to his peculiarity of life.

"The BrainPort is a span of eyeglasses with a camera attached. The eyeglasses are done by Oakley so they are a flattering cool span of shades!" he said.

"And from the camera there is a lead that goes right onto my tongue. Whatever the camera is seeking at, I can feel the picture on my tongue."

The finish of the lead from the camera is made identical to a prosaic lollipop and stimulates the tongue in the figure of the picture picked up by the camera. It can even heed in between opposite shades of light, reflecting them with varying strengths of pulse.

The feeling it gives is described as identical to champagne froth on the tongue, that are picked up by the brain and interpreted in to images.

The new �10,000 device, that is joint-funded by the Ministry of Defence and St Dunstans, the gift for blind ex-servicepeople, is so great that Mr Lundberg was means to have out the tip letters on an optician"s eye test.

"I could feel with my tongue that the initial minute was an A, and afterwards I changed onto the subsequent one. It was amazing. Then I walked down a mezzanine and I could have out the doorways, the walls and people entrance towards me," he said.

"It was the initial time given Iraq that I had been means to do that. The apparatus needs a lot of work, but it has got outrageous potential. I hold this could be the subsequent most appropriate thing to removing my steer back."

MoD eye surgeon Rob Scott pronounced Mr Lundberg, from Liverpool, was the "obvious choice" to exam the record given he accepted his incapacity well but did not let it hold him back. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to lift supports for Help for Heroes, run the London Marathon and played in the England Blind Football group given his injury.

Together, the span trafficked to Pittsburg, America to try the BrainPort prior to Mr Lundberg returned to the UK to try it for 6 months in his day-to-day hold up prior to stating behind to doctors and scientists.

"I am a realist. I know this isnt going to give me my steer back, but it could be the subsequent most appropriate thing," Mr Lundberg said.

"Whatever I feel on my tongue is a live feed from the camera. I dont have to hold anything, or feel anything or be guided. I can visualize things on my own only by wearing these glasses. It is positively fantastic.

"I am really honest though. I will discuss it the doctors and the scientists true what I think of the record - I wouldnt distortion to them. But so far I am impressed."

Toothbrush near loo risks contamination

By DailyReporter Published: 7:30AM GMT 02 March 2010

When the shower is burning germ can be sprayed in to the air and come to rest on surfaces together with toothbrushes, Lloydspharmacy has warned.

Germs can transport up to 6 feet from the shower play after flushing nonetheless 3 out of 4 toothbrushes are kept in an open enclosure and one in dual is less than 40 inches from the loo.

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Research from Manchester University suggested that some-more than 100 million germ could be vital in a singular toothbrush together with Ecoli, staphylococci, streptococcus and Candida.

Louise Baglole, Oral Health Expert from Lloydspharmacy pronounced "Its unequivocally utterly go through churning to think about what germ are benefaction on toothbrushes."

The store sells a toothbrush cleaning system.

Wayne Rooney cannot be called an England great, says Manchester Uniteds Gary Neville

By Mark Ogden Published: 7:30AM GMT 02 March 2010

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Rooney has emerged as a main figure in England"s World Cup hopes in South Africa after scoring twenty-eight goals in all competitions this season.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has referred to that Rooney has warranted comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, whilst heading World Cup coaches have pinpointed him as a intensity star of South Africa 2010.

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But former England defender Neville believes Rooney can not nonetheless be billed as a great.

"Wayne is a good player to fool around with," Neville said. "He is so eager and he is one of the shining players that Manchester United have had.

"He has been shining for England too, but the usually thing he has to do for England right away is go and win something to be recognized as a good player.

"That is what England players have been essay to do for the past 40 years. We have not been propitious sufficient to do it, but that would unequivocally climax it off for him.

"He is patently an critical player. It is not only about him, but England cannot means to lose him and conjunction can United.

"He is some-more critical to us. We have dual months of critical matches right away and we need him fit for them."

Neville believes that Rooney will not be influenced by the expectancy on his shoulders.

"Wayne can hoop all the comments and accolades, all the regard and criticism," he said.

"He has been around a prolonged time right away and he has the experience of a thirty year-old given he came in to the Premier League at 16.

"He has played in European Cups, FA Cups, World Cups and European Championships. He has experienced the lot.

"He is sappy right away and going by a rise impulse in his career. It is a good impulse for him.

"He is shining to watch. It has been good given the impulse I laid eyes on him with England about 6 or 7 years ago."

If speculators are on the money, the pound still has a long way to fall

By Richard Fletcher, City Editor Published: 10:32PM GMT 01 March 2010

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On the behind of the augmenting domestic doubt the bruise fell as most as 4 cents opposite the dollar the sharpest intra-day decrease for some-more than a year. If you see at the short positions right away being hold by traders, worse could be about to follow.

For markets a hung legislature either tranquil by a Labour or Conservative administration department department is the calamity scenario. The fright being that a diseased administration department department will miss the charge (and the will) to have the required cuts to get to grips with the open deficit. In the run up to the ubiquitous choosing it"s not only the domestic classes that will scrutinize each shade of each perspective poll.

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Even prior to the week end polls an augmenting series of sidestep supports and speculators were betting opposite the pound.

According to interpretation published by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, at the begin of the year net short positions in argent stood at 29,475 (with sidestep supports and alternative speculators holding 18,480 prolonged positions and 47,955 short positions).

That has right away some-more than doubled, according to total expelled late on Friday night, with 62,884 net short positions (and only 13,882 prolonged positions).

The bruise has right away depressed some-more than 8.5pc opposite the dollar given the begin of the year. But if the weight of suppositional income is right, it will tumble a lot serve in the entrance months.

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Diageo in £610m bid for Chinese spirits maker

By Amy Wilson, City Reporter (Drinks) Published: 7:09PM GMT 01 March 2010

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The drinks hulk pronounced the full suggest for the company, that is not approaching until the second half of 2010, would give it a springboard to enhance the share of one of the fastest-growing intoxicating beverage markets in the world.

Locally-made white intoxicating beverage comment for 50pc of the ethanol marketplace in China, with sales of �13bn last year. Diageo is posterior the oppulance finish of the market, that is not as big but some-more profitable.

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"Diageo right away has a profitable event to set up a estimable participation in super-premium Chinese white intoxicating beverage and it will capacitate us to move one of the heading Chinese white intoxicating beverage brands to general markets," pronounced Paul Walsh, Diageo"s arch executive. "This is an critical and surprising transaction."

The builder of Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Guinness already owns a 39.7pc interest in Chinese white suggestion association Shui Jing Fang , by a holding association called Quanxing.

Diageo on Monday concluded to enlarge the interest in Quanxing by 4pc to 53pc, at a cost of �14m. By you do so, Diageo will turn the surreptitious determining shareholder in Shui Jing Fang, and underneath China"s takeover manners contingency have an suggest to buy out alternative Shui Jing Fang shareholders.

Both exchange are theme to regulatory approval. The cost of �610m to buy out the rest of Shui Jing Fang is formed on all of the shareholders receiving up an suggest of 21.45 renminbi (209p) a share.

Diageo plans to keep Shui Jing Fang"s inventory in Shanghai if the takeover suggest is successful, and pronounced it will keep the company"s Chinese executives.

The Chinese economy is approaching to grow by around 8pc a year until 2015, but Diageo expects the marketplace for top-end white intoxicating beverage to enlarge by 10pc in sales and 5pc in volumes. It would be value �3.6bn by 2015 at that pace.

Diageo paid for a 43pc interest in Quanxing, the holding association with the interest in Shui Jing Fang, in Feb 2007, and lifted that by 6pc in Jul 2008.

Mr Walsh has Diageo is confronting a "polarised world" this year, with great expansion in rising markets and difficult conditions in Europe and the US.

Diageo is looking to catch up with Pernod Ricard, China"s greatest unfamiliar intoxicating beverage builder since of the recognition of cognac. The association owns the Martell brand.

As well as the investment in Shui Jing Fang, Diageo owns a commercial operation distributing the greatest brands in China, and runs a 50-50 corner try with Moët Hennessy, the builder of Hennessy cognac.

The understanding with Shui Jing Fang "should urge Diageo"s Chinese placement height in the medium-term," analysts at Evolution said.

The shares rose 30p to �10.94.

Twitter to launch new features

By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor Published: 1:49PM GMT 01 March 2010

Twitter home page A amicable media selling association has offering Twitter $500,000 to arrangement a ensign advert on the amicable networking site

Twitter is rising a raft of new facilities that could opposition the services offering by third-party applications, according to a chatter from one of the amicable networks engineers.

Alex Payne pronounced "If you had a little of the nifty site facilities that we Twitter employees have, you competence not wish to make make make use of of of a desktop client. (You will soon.)" Twitter now gets the infancy of the trade by third-party applications that are built around the open-source code, rather than without delay by twitter.com.

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That equates to that the association itself has difficulties accessing promotion income that might be subsequent from the data; any move to inspire people to make make make use of of of Twitters own applications would be expected to residence that.

Developers, however, are expected to be disturbed by a move that threatens to criticise a range of successful apps such as Seesmic Desktop, Echofon and Tweetdeck.

Subsequently, Payne has been fervent to point out that the facilities are formed on the same interpretation that is accessible to all developers, so Twitter is simply building the own services rather than stymieing others.

The association has confirmed, for instance, that geolocation is key to the adverts that it will launch soon, and the choice is already accessible in the companys API. That equates to Twitter clients can already make make make use of of of it, even though Twitter.com does not nonetheless do so itself. Future developments see set to residence that.