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British police are formally considering allegations that the Conservatives broke the law during the election campaign with its use of a call centre in Wales, a Labour MP has said.

The UK’s Shadow defence minister Wayne David said the Electoral Commission had written to him to confirm South Wales Police was considering the allegations over the call centre in Neath. Secret footage obtained by Channel 4 News suggested the Tories may have broken data protection and election laws by using Blue Telecoms to directly contact voters in marginal seats.

The Conservative Party has said it did not break the law by contracting the company, which it said was hired to carry out legal market research and direct marketing. Speaking in the Commons, Mr David said: “She should be aware that serious allegations have been made about the use of a telephone call centre in Neath during the General Election campaign by the Conservative Party.

“I would like to tell the house that I have heard from the Electoral Commission, who have stated in writing that South Wales Police are formally considering the allegations.”

His comments came during questions to Bridget Phillipson, a spokeswoman for the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission in the Commons. The Labour MP replied: “He will know that political parties that spend over £250,000 at the General Election have six months to submit audited spending returns to the commission.

“They will need to include details of all party spending on campaigning at the election.
“It is a potential offence under the Representation of People Act for there to be paid canvassing on behalf of a candidate and any allegations will be a matter for the relevant police force to consider.”

Ms Phillipson was also pressed on claims of Russian interference in last year’s EU referendum.
Ben Bradshaw, a former Labour cabinet minister, said: “Could she confirm or if not ask the Electoral Commission whether it has received allegations of illegal financial funding from Russia to elements of the Leave campaign?”

She replied: “The commission is aware of some media reports that allege there could have been Russian involvement in the EU referendum. “These cover a wide range of alleged activities, which are beyond the remit of the commission. “Any allegation with evidence that a registered campaigner accepted impermissible donations from Russia would be investigated in line with the commission’s enforcement policy, but I’m sure officials from the commission will be more than happy to meet with him to discuss this matter further.”

Ms Phillipson also said the commission “is continuing to consider issues with some campaigners’ spending returns” in relation to the referendum. “The commission publishes the outcome of all investigations on its website once investigations have been completed,” she added.

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US former presidential candidate Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
The discovery of McCain’s glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, was discovered after he had a blood clot removed above his left eye.

Whilst the politician is recuperating at his home in Arizona, he has received a wealth of support from political allies, enemies and strangers – and here are but a few.

Past presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton might be Democrats while McCain is a Republican, but their words were warm and assured towards the war veteran.
Current president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence also shared messages of support.

McCain, 80, served in Vietnam and has had a lifetime of near death experiences including surviving the July 1967 fire and explosion on the USS Forrestal that killed 134 sailors.
In October 1967, his navy aircraft was shot down into Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi, and he spent more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison.

Politicians including former presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and former vice-president under Obama’s administration Joe Biden shared their thoughts. South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he spoke to McCain on Wednesday over the phone. He said his close friend told him: “Yeah, I’m going to have to stay here a little bit longer, take some treatments.

“I’ll be back.”

McCain has run for presidency twice but was thwarted both times. After losing to Obama in an electoral landslide in 2008, McCain returned to the Senate, determined not to be defined by a failed presidential campaign. The well-wishing for McCain’s recovery has been cross-party and apolitical and is evident of the respect for the man – something many chose to point out.

Let’s hope he gets well soon.

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Chris Evans

Millionaire presenter Chris Evans said he phoned his elderly mother for advice on how to respond to tricky questions about his BBC salary. The Radio 2 breakfast show and former Top Gear star said the 91-year-old former nurse told him to “earn what you can, when you can, while you can” during a telephone conversation in the wake of Wednesday’s revelations on pay to top talent.

Documents setting out the pay for staff on more than £150,000 showed a sizeable gap in the earnings of the corporation’s most well-known male and female presenters and actors, with Evans topping the list on more than £2 million while the highest paid woman was Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman on between £450,000-£499,999.

Evans acknowledged the backlash – which has included criticism of the BBC by Theresa May – after conducting an almost breathless round-up of Thursday’s newspapers, featuring headlines such as “Bloated Blokes Club” and “Awkward!”. Evans said: “There’s lots of news in the papers about lots of different things, but also there’s quite a bit to say the least about the BBC, as you can imagine.

“Here’s a question – what do you say when confronted with the question: are you embarrassed about what you earn? Are you ashamed of what you earn? How do you react to that question when all you’re doing is coming to work every day like you have been for years to fulfil an agreed contract? “Frankly, I had no idea what to say. I’ve been asked that question and so have many of my colleagues over the last 24 hours. I was asked that again this morning by a film crew as I ran into work.

“So here’s what I did. I called my mum. She’s 91, she’s very wise, she was in the war, and I asked her what she thought. “She said: ‘Hang on a minute, love, let me just turn the telly down’, she was watching Columbo on catch-up at the time, as she often is.

“She said: ‘Tell them that your mum, who’s a nurse for most of her life, always told you after your dad died to try to find a job you loved, just like I love nursing, and earn what you can, when you can, while you can – which you did almost straight away from when you were a paper boy earning £1.50 a week for freezing your bits off and falling off your bike every two minutes, right through until what you’re doing now.

“‘And tell them – if your bosses don’t think you’re worth it one day, they’ll sort that out soon enough’.”
Evans added: “So there you are – I’m going with what my mum said and that’s it. I don’t think you tune in to this show to hear us talk about these things but I had to say that this morning and had to be right and proper that I said that.

“I thank my mum for advice, as always, I live by her word and I will die by her word.”

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The new leader of the council at the centre of the Grenfell Tower fire has rejected calls to resign, after a meeting heard traumatic accounts of survivors’ experiences since the blaze. Newly elected Elizabeth Campbell faced boos and heckling at a packed public meeting in Kensington Town Hall, but said she is stepping up to the challenge and pledged to rebuild trust among the community “brick by brick”.

The first full meeting of Kensington and Chelsea Council since the fire five weeks ago saw a public gallery filled with former Grenfell Tower residents and an over-spill room containing at least 150 community members and volunteers. Outside, a group of demonstrators holding Justice for Grenfell placards were gathered.

Shouts of “shame on you” and yells of “resign” were heard as Ms Campbell addressed those present during a gathering which lasted around four hours. Newly elected MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, told the meeting she agreed with the demands of a petition, signed by more than 1,500 people, calling for the resignation of the entire elected leadership of the council.

But Ms Campbell said she had appointed a “fresh leadership”, adding: “We will not continue business as usual and we will rebuild trust, as I said, brick by brick.” Asked after the meeting about calls for her resignation, she told reporters: “I think it’s quite understandable, as I said it comes down to a lack of trust, but I feel I’m stepping up to the challenge rather than stepping down and away from it.”

Asked if she had any plans to resign as she stepped away from the camera she replied: “No, not yet”.
The leader said the actions of the council and the Tenant Management Organisation would be investigated, and told the meeting current regeneration plans have been put on hold. She said she wanted to make sure the community was consulted on any future developments in the borough.

Various councillors described survivors as “dignified” and “eloquent” as they reflected on the impassioned accounts they gave during the meeting. A woman who said her teenage niece had died in the blaze said her brother and sister-in-law could not speak in public because “their pain is too huge”. She told councillors: “I think you should be highly embarrassed by the response,” adding that it had been “totally inadequate”.

Another man who said he had been living in a hotel room with one double bed for him, his wife and three children since the tragedy, told how he felt “forgotten about”. The meeting ended prematurely when a resident who had just finished speaking fell to the ground. She was helped to her feet by medics and was assisted as she walked from the room, after lying prone on the floor for several minutes. A female companion said that she had collapsed multiple times since the fire.

At points, muffled crying and shouting could be heard from outside the chamber. Four motions for debate proposed by councillors in response to the Grenfell tragedy last month were agreed unanimously by the 38 councillors present. They included a motion on more consultation to reflect the diversity of the borough, and calls to urge the Government to grant undocumented residents a permanent right to remain in the UK.

They also urged the council to use some of its £250 million reserves to free up more housing for survivors, and for an education fund to support young people affected by the disaster. The next meeting of the council is due to take place more than three months away on October 25.

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Brussels and the UK have “fundamental” disagreements over citizens’ rights and there must be “clarification” on Britain’s position on a number of issues, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said.
After four days of negotiations, Michel Barnier said there had been some areas of agreement about how Britons living abroad and EU nationals living in the UK should be treated after Brexit.

But he said Brussels believed citizens’ rights should be backed by the Court of Justice of the European Union. And he warned Britain all accounts “must be settled” when it quits the bloc. He said: “There does remain one fundamental divergence on the way in which such rights would be guaranteed and on several other points, for example, the rights of future family members or the exports of certain social benefits.”

Brexit Secretary David Davis said talks had been “robust” but there was a lot to be “positive” about. Further details about the UK’s willingness to pay a fee to Brussels will be required before talks can move on to a future trade deal, Mr Barnier indicated. But the UK is understood to think the EU team are being unclear on what they believe the legal obligations are over the divorce bill as well, with frustration on both sides.

Mr Barnier said: “A clarification of the UK position is indispensable for us to negotiate and for us to make sufficient progress on this financial dossier, which is inseparable from the other withdrawal dossiers.
“What we want – and we are working on this – is an orderly withdrawal for the United Kingdom, that’s decided. An orderly withdrawal means accounts must be settled.
“We know that agreement will not be achieved through incremental steps. As soon as the UK is ready to clarify the nature of its commitments, we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators.”

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NEO Antshares

*Disclaimer: This article is created to educate readers and not tell them where to invest their money. The editorial team and contributors are not liable for any gains or losses of income due to your investment choice.

China has had its hands in cryptocurrency for quite some time now, and currently possesses the largest mining pool (Antpool). Start-up mines growing all over china have become the norm, and bitcoin has been the main focus of mining. However, Ethereum over the past few months has gained a lot of interest from countries and companies alike, including China as a major competitor in the Ether investment group.

Antshares (NEO)

NEO Antshares

Antshares, soon to become Neo, is an up and coming crypto that is set to kick out Ethereum, and many have been calling it the “Ethereum of China”. It is a decentralized distribute ledger protocol that enables the users to complete trades, digitize real world assets and smart contracts. They also have this new form of e-contracts, which keeps records of transfers of digital assets. The tokens that are created from these e-contracts can be used to record “rights and assets like equities, creditor’s claims, securities, financial contracts, credit points, bills and currencies, and could be applied for areas like equity crowdfunding, equity trading, employee stock ownership plans, P2P financing, credit points, funds and supply-chain finance, etc.” (Antshares Whitepaper).

Like Ethereum gas, the Antshares when held in your hard wallet will generate tokens called Antcoins (Gas). This gas is created with every new block, and with a generation of 15 seconds between the creation of a new block it will take 1 year for 2 million blocks to come to materialize. There is maximum of 100 million coins that will be generated for a total of 22 years, just as there is a maximum of 100 million Antshares that will be available. How the ant coin denominations work are as so: if you have 1000 Anthshares, you will earn 1 antcoin.

What makes this such a fantastic investment is actually the scope of the crypto. The Ethereum project took the world by storm with its impressive new software (solidity) and new form of digital assets and smart contracts. However, Antshares (NEO) takes a step further with e-contracts providing a more secure and economical medium of exchange. Fiat currencies alike are now accepted and can be used on the blockchain.

Why this is a good crypto to invest in, there are a few main reasons that many are aware of. Firstly, the group is asserting dominance over the Chinese market, which we’ve said before is the largest when it comes to crypto mining. For lack of better word, they want to potentially reach a monopoly in that market while still remaining on good terms with the Chinese government.

Secondly, at the moment invested have speculated the shares are undervalued, and could reach Ethereum numbers. However, it has barriers it needs to break through: rebranding as NEO, listing companies that are collaborating with the crypto currency, hiring first class team members to establish trust between consumers and company, full development of the hard wallet for secure storage, appropriate translation from Chinese to English for Western investors, and expanding to major Western Exchanges.

Although some of the afore mentioned above are true, Antshares is mostly focused on remaining in the Chinese market for now. This is no surprise as it has been quite common for Chinese investors to have more comfort with homegrown companies. Although, by breaking though some of these barriers we can see the price of Antshares breaking $6.02, at the time of this post, and passing its 3-month high $11.

Author – Afolabi Thomas

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Summer is the time for all things strawberries, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Enjoy the great taste of intense ripe strawberry flavor with hints of fresh green notes and dark berries, all without worrying about calories. Fresh strawberries steal the spotlight in these desserts, folded into sobet, churned into yogurt, or simply sprinkled on top with a dab of whipped cream in a drink. Strawberries have anti-oxidants which are great for health. Expert Chef Rakhee Vaswani gives us three amazing strawberry recipes to delight us this summer.

Strawberry & Mint Sorbet

Ingredients:
* 1 Cup Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup

* 3-4 Cup Ice

* 1/8 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

* 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

* Fresh Mint For garnish



Method: 

Blend all of the above Ingredient. Pour the mixture in an air tight container and cover with a cling wrap and freeze it in a freezer for 4-5 hours. Scoop & Serve with a fresh sprig of Mint.

Chickpea Minty Strawberry Yoghurt


Ingredients:

  1. Creamy yoghurt – 1 cup
  2. 
Salt to taste
  3. Mint and green chilles – 1 tsp chopped

  4. Fried garlic – 1 tsp
  5. Chickpea – ½ cup
  6. Boiled Mixed Sprouts – ½ cup
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Hershey’s Strawberry syrup – 2tbsp
  8. 
Pomegranate – 2tbsp

  9. Chat Masala- 1 tsp

  10. Chickpea lentil – 2-3 tsp

  11. Sev – As required

Method:

1. In a Bowl, Whisk the yoghurt with strawberry syrup, season well with salt and add mint and chillies, sprouts, chickpea.
2. In a serving bowl, add the yoghurt & Chickpea mixture. Sprinkle some chickpea lentil, chaat masala, pomegranate & some sev, chilli powder on top and serve.


Strawberry Daiquiri (Mocktail)

Ingredients:
* 3-4 tbsp Hershey’s strawberry syrup
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1 Lemon (juiced)
* 2 cups soda, plain or strawberry flavored

* 2 cups crushed ice

* Cherries to drop in


Method: 
Fill a blender with ice. Add the syrup, lemon juice, soda and blend well.
 Pour it in a glass. Drop in some cherries and serve chilled.

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Doctors in the US who successfully reversed brain damage in a two-year-old child caused by drowning say early treatment and oxygen therapy helped to save her life.

Scientists from Louisiana State University and the University of North Dakota were able to almost completely reverse total brain damage – 162 days after Eden Carlson went into cardiac arrest after falling into the family pool in February 2016.

“We were early in the entry process,” said Dr Paul Harch, of Louisiana State University.
“The startling regrowth of tissue in this case occurred because we were able to intervene early in a growing child, before long-term tissue degeneration.”

Although she was resuscitated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital after her heart stopped beating for nearly two hours, Eden had no speech ability, gait or any responsiveness to commands. She was also constantly squirming and shaking her head after she was discharged.

An MRI scan of her brain revealed that the accident had caused deep grey matter injury and cerebral atrophy, with both grey and white matter loss. Using a treatment known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) – which is often used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning or decompression sickness in divers – Dr Harch and his team were able to reverse the brain damage after 39 sessions.

Eden was able to discontinue her medication following treatment (Eden Carlson Miracles/LSU/YouTube screenshot) Results showed Eden had a speech level greater than pre-drowning, near normal motor function, normal cognition, improvement on nearly all neurological exams and was able to discontinue her medication.
As Eden wasn’t located close enough to an HBOT chamber, the therapy happened in two stages.

The first stage began 55 days after the accident with short-duration treatments – where Eden was administered normobaric oxygen (oxygen at sea level) twice a day through a nasal tube for 45 minutes.
The little girl showed marked improvements in alertness and was able to laugh, move her arms and grasp with her left hand. She also regained part of her ability to eat orally.

Then the HBOT began at 78 days post-drowning, with Eden placed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for 45 minutes a day for five days a week. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the use of increased pressure and increased oxygen to treat wounds in the body in any location and of any duration,” explained Dr Harch.

“One of the main mechanisms of action is gene expression. Every time a person goes in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, up to 8,101 genes in every cell in our body are temporarily turned on or turned off.

“The largest clusters of genes that are turned on are those that code for growth and repair hormones, i.e. heal wounds, and the largest clusters that are turned off are pro-inflammatory genes and those that code for cell death. “What happens is we put people in the chamber and we are stimulating gene expression that ends up healing wounds in the body.”

While videos documented in Eden’s case suggest the therapy has shown positive results, HBOT remains a controversial therapy in the US and is yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

So far, 13 uses of a hyperbaric chamber for HBOT have been cleared by FDA, which include “treatment of air or gas embolism (dangerous ‘bubbles’ in the bloodstream that obstruct circulation), carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness (often known by divers as ‘the bends’) and thermal burns (caused by heat or fire)”.

The results are published in Medical Gas Research.