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News: Conrad Hotels moves into Colombia with Cartagena property

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Conrad Cartagena, the brand’s first hotel in Colombia and third in Latin America. The oceanfront oasis on the north side of the iconic Walled City welcomes guests to the shores of the Caribbean Sea. “With Cartagena being one of the most popular destinations in the country, we are proud to announce the opening of Conrad Cartagena as the newest addition to our luxury portfolio in the region,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, operations, Latin America and the Caribbean, Hilton. “We…

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Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

An independent inquiry is to be held into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried out hundreds of botched operations. It will aim to learn lessons from the case and improve care, the Department of Health said. Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent in April after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. He had his initial 15-year jail term increased to 20 years in August. The inquiry will begin in January. Midlands Live: Shrewsbury and Telford A&E waits among worst in country; Cricketer…

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British IS fighters 'should not be allowed back into the UK'

No British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Gavin Williamson said: “Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.” He said everything should be done “to destroy and eliminate that threat.” At least 800 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for IS and 130 of those have been killed in conflict. Mr Williamson, who took over as defence secretary last…

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Turning Hurricane Data Into Music

During the 2017 hurricane season, major storms in the North Atlantic devastated communities in and around Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the wider Caribbean. The destruction shows how important it is to understand and communicate the serious threats that these storms pose. Scientists have made great strides in forecasting many aspects of storms, but if the people at risk don’t understand the danger they’re in, then the impact is lost. We are colleagues from different areas of the Penn State campus: One of us is a professor of meteorology, and…

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Rigorous diet can put type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds

Some people with Type 2 diabetes were able to put the disease in remission without medication by following a rigorous diet plan, according to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal. “Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for 6 years, putting the disease into remission is feasible,” Michael Lean, a professor from the University of Glasgow in Scotland who co-led the study said in a statement. The researchers looked at 149 participants who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to six…

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Ashes: England hope quickly extinguished as Australia storm into 2-0 series lead

England folded quickly in pursuit of a national-record chase as Australia took six wickets in under a session to go 2-0 up in the Ashes with a 120-run victory. The hosts had appeared a little rattled for much of the penultimate day in this second Test, while England captain Joe Root was sustaining England’s unlikely fightback with a determined half-century. But Steve Smith’s men were right back on their game as the Adelaide Oval sunshine came out to play at last on the final afternoon, Josh Hazlewood wasting no time…

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Manchester City news: Veteran midfielder Yaya Toure praises his side's imperious form going into Shakhtar Donetsk game

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City are playing the best football in Europe. The midfielder has featured little this season but has been impressed by the performances of his team-mates. City are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and through to the last 16 of the Champions League. Toure said: “To be honest, at the moment we are very good. I think we practise the best football in Europe at the moment. “When you see the team playing you are sure we are going to score goals because…

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