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Budget 2017: Funding for AI, 5G and digital skills

Chancellor Philip Hammond said he wanted to secure Britain’s position as a world leader in technology and innovation as he delivered his Budget. It included more money for artificial intelligence and the development of 5G networks. There will also be funding to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021. The chancellor also pledged to boost digital skills, including tripling the number of trained computer science teachers to 12,000. “A new tech business is founded in Britain every hour, and I want that to be every half hour,” said Mr…

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Budget 2017: Hammond to 'seize opportunities' from Brexit

The UK must “seize the opportunities” from Brexit while tackling deep-seated economic challenges “head on”, Philip Hammond is to say in his second Budget. The chancellor will promise investment to make Britain “fit for the future” as an “outward looking, free-trading nation” once it leaves the EU in 2019. But he will also commit to supporting hard-pressed families with the cost of living and address housing shortages. Labour say he should call time on austerity and boost public services. In his Commons speech, which will begin at about 12:30 GMT,…

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The Ten Best Books About Food of 2017

Although we humans have been stuffing ourselves silly since the dawn of time, it’s only in the relatively recent past that we’ve stopped to really think about what we consume. The cream of this year’s crop of books on food and drink do precisely this, asking deep questions about the nature of our food system and why we eat what we eat when we eat it. It’s not an easy task, but then again, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Whether you’re interested in the provenance of your morning…

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The Ten Best Board Games of 2017

The board game resurgence—led by favorites like Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan—is firmly established by now, to the point that we probably don’t need to say that no matter your age, tastes or skill level, there’s a board, card or dice game out there for you. Sales in the U.S. grew by 28 percent last year, and worldwide, the industry is worth nearly $ 10 billion. Why? Probably partly as an “IRL” response to our increasingly online world. Plus, it’s just fun to spend time with friends and…

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News: Cyprus on track for record tourism figures in 2017

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has revealed is set to be another record-breaking year for the island, with January to October 2017 figures already exceeding total visitor arrivals in 2016.  From January to October 2017, global tourist arrivals to Cyprus reached 3,408,473. This figure not only exceeds the level of visitors to the island during the same period in 2016 (2,974,412 – a 14.6 per cent year on year increase) but also exceeds the number of global visitors to Cyprus from January to December 2016 (3,186,531) by 6.9 per cent. UK…

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Budget 2017: Railcard extended for people aged up to 30

Railcards offering discounted train travel are to be extended to people up to 30 years old. Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce the extension in Wednesday’s Budget after a successful trial that convinced the Treasury the move would be revenue neutral. Currently, the young persons’ railcard is for the 16-25 age bracket, but a new 26-30 card will be introduced. The so-called millennials’ card will be available from about Spring 2018. A trial of the 26-30 year-olds card took place in East Anglia and will now be rolled-out nationally….

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