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News: Qantas Group reports record results for second half of 2017

Qantas Group has delivered its highest-ever first half underlying profit before tax, reporting a figure of $ 976 million for the six months ending December 31st. The result surpasses the previous record of $ 921 million achieved in the first half of financial year 2016 and comes despite recent increases in fuel costs and continued international capacity growth. Both underlying and statutory profit before tax were significantly higher, up 15 and 20 per cent respectively, than the first half of 2017. Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said the record…

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Almost half of under 25s 'never use a condom with a new partner'

A new campaign’s being launched by Public Health England to get more under 25s to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections spreading. It’s the first government sexual health campaign in eight years. It comes as a survey carried out by PHE and YouGov revealed almost half of 16-24-year-olds have never used a condom with a new partner. One in 10 of them had never even used one. STIs can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, swollen or painful testicles and even meningitis. Public Health England and YouGov spoke to more…

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Man Utd beaten by Basel after 'perfect first half – without the goals'

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his side should have been five or six goals ahead by half-time of their Champions League defeat by Basel. United dominated the first half of their penultimate group game, with Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo hitting the woodwork. But, on the brink of securing the point they needed to reach the knockout stage, the visitors were undone by Michael Lang’s 89th-minute goal. “The first half was the perfect half – without the goals. I cannot complain. I cannot blame the players,” said Mourinho. “I…

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Nearly half of all cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors: study

Cancer. To many of us, it may seem scary, mysterious, or even inevitable. Now, a new study suggests that nearly half of the country’s cancers may be preventable through decisions we make every day. Researchers with the American Cancer Society looked at data on cancer incidence and deaths, finding that 42 percent of all cancer cases in the United States -– and nearly half of all cancer deaths – are linked to preventable risk factors like cigarette smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, excess body weight, alcohol intake and dietary choices….

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Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

New medical guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition. That means now nearly half of U.S. adults have it. High pressure has long meant a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90. That drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by major heart groups. The change results in an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults with high pressure, but doctors say only 2 percent of these newly added people need medication. The…

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News: Emirates overcomes rising oil price to see profits rise in first half of financial year

The Emirates Group has announced steady revenue growth and a rebound on profitability compared to the same period last year in half-year results for 2017-18. The figures come in spite of the continuing downward pressure on margins, a rise in oil prices, and other challenges for the airline and travel industry.  The Emirates Group revenue was AED49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion) for the first six months of its 2017-18 financial year, up six per cent from AED 46.5 billion (US$ 12.7 billion) during the same period last year. Profitability rebounded…

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'West Ham you drive me to drink' – fan reaction on a terrible first half for the Hammers and Joe Hart

Joe Hart concedes the opening goal Friday, October 20, 2017 It has not been a good first half for West Ham as they find themselves 2-0 down to Brighton at the London Stadium. Similarly it has been another night to forget for goalkeeper Joe Hart whose poor form seems to be continuing. Glenn Murray was the man to put Brighton ahead with a simple header before Jose Izquierdo curled in a second just before the break – an effort Hart should really have saved.  Understandably the reaction has been hitting social media regarding…

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