Tag Archives: The Independant

Vermont legalises marijuana despite Trump administration's attempt at crackdown

Vermont has become the ninth state to legalise marijuana, pushing ahead despite the Trump administration recently opening the door to a crackdown. In signing a bill allowing adults to possess and grow cannabis, Republican Governor Phil Scott said he overcame “mixed emotions” that included his concerns about a profit-driven commercial marijuana industry. Unlike in other states that have legalised cannabis ...

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A&E figures may need recalculation after UK Statistics Authority they could lead to 'misleading conclusions'

A&E statistics may have to be recalculated after the UK Statistics Authority said changes in the recording method could lead to “misleading conclusions”.  The current target requires hospitals to have treated, assessed or discharged patients who enter the emergency department within four hours.  It has now been revealed that performance figures have also included minor injuries or care centres, some ...

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Less than 5% of problem drinkers amount to one third of alcohol consumption in England, warn public health chiefs

Four per cent of UK drinkers who have the most harmful alcohol consumption habits account for a third of all the alcohol drunk in the country, public health chiefs have revealed. The “staggering” statistic was revealed as part of evidence to MPs on the potential impact of a 50p minimum price per unit of alcohol in the England. Doctors said ...

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House passes new spending bill as Congress brings end to government shutdown

The US House of Representatives has passed a short-term spending bill to end the government shutdown.  The measure will now head to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed, allowing the government to be reopened on Tuesday morning.  The bill funds the government for three weeks. In the meantime, negotiations will continue on the issue of immigration and a larger budget ...

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Jurgen Klopp leaves Swansea having picked two fights and lost them both

Jurgen Klopp left South Wales having picked two fights and lost both as well as his team’s unbeaten 18-match record. The Liverpool manager was frustrated by his team’s inability to prevent the Premier League’s bottom club from turning this game into a scrap which Swansea pinched with a counter-puncher’s hit and run method masterclass. Klopp even came off wounded from ...

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Dead Sea Scroll text finally decoded by archaeologists piecing tiny fragments together

Archaeologists have claimed to decode one of the last few remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Sixty tiny fragments of the ancient text were pieced together over the course of a year and are believed to identify the name of a festival marking the changes between seasons.  It also revealed a second scribe corrected mistakes made by another ...

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Mike Pence in Israel: Arab politicians forced out of Knesset for protesting during US Vice President's speech

Arab MPs were forcibly removed from the Israeli parliament after protesting during US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech. The lawmakers heckled Mr Pence and brandished signs which read: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine”.  A scuffle erupted as ushers forced them out of the Knesset. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded the boycott a disgrace. He and other parliamentary members ...

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L'Oreal's first hijab-wearing model quits over her 'anti-Israel' tweets

A beauty blogger has pulled out of a L’Oreal campaign after it emerged she had posted “anti-Israel” tweets in 2014.  Amena Khan, from Leicester, said she “deeply regret[s]” the tweet and apologised for the “upset and hurt” caused by the posts.  Ms Khan was set to be the first woman in a hijab to be a part of an advert for ...

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Are glass milk bottles making a comeback because people want to avoid plastic?

Milkmen and women in floats used to be a common sight around the UK, delivering their glass bottles to communities up and down the country.  Then, in the 1990s, supermarkets switched to cheaper plastic bottles and drove many of them out of business. Recent news reports about a resurgence in demand for glass milk bottles delivered by “milkies” have suggested ...

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Kurdish forces in Syria launch powerful counterattack to set up extended battle against Turkey

Turkey is hoping for a quick victory in Afrin, but its soldiers and allied Syrian militiamen are facing counter-attacks by Kurdish forces on villages close to the border. The Kurds are reported to be readying reinforcements to join the battle from their bases in north east Syria where they have thousands of troops who until recently were fighting Isis. Turkish ...

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