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Growth figures raise chances of rate rise

The UK’s economy had higher than expected growth in the three months to September – increasing the chances of a rise in interest rates in November. Gross domestic product (GDP) for the quarter rose by 0.4%, compared with 0.3% in each of 2017’s first two quarters, according to latest Office for National Statistics figures. Services and manufacturing industries grew during the period. Industrial production rose in July and August but construction output fell. The financial markets are now indicating an 84% probability that rates will rise from their current record…

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News: Latest funding round sees Secret Escapes raise $111m

Secret Escapes has closed a $ 111m Series D investment and debt facility. This significant equity round was led by Singapore-headquartered Temasek, with participation from existing investors Idinvest Partners, and a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank. With the additional funding, Secret Escapes has now raised almost $ 153m in capital since its 2011 launch. In July 2015, the company raised $ 60m in a round led by Google Ventures and Octopus Ventures. Since the brand’s arrival onto the global travel scene in 2011, Secret Escapes has launched in 21…

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Family members shave heads to raise money for cancer

Seren’s mother Jenny Deverell first noticed a small lump under her daughter’s ribs one morning as they ate breakfast. Doctors found two tumours which they are treating using chemotherapy. Jenny says: “Thankfully the treatment is going well, shrinking the tumour by up to 40% so far, but it is likely she will require more, as well as surgery and possibly radiotherapy.” Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Health

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AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. On the heels of its Vega launch last week, AMD has released a new driver for its GPUs that focuses on cryptocurrency mining. The new driver is supposed to make Vega faster when mining, though AMD also notes that the driver “is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered ‘as is’ and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes.” AMD and Nvidia have taken different approaches to…

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Clementine Ford: If it takes a village to raise a child, let it have lots of men

  There are a lot of cliches and sayings that get thrown around following the birth of a baby, but none are so apt as this one: it takes a village to raise a child. And hoo boy, do we really need that village. But you know who we really need in that village? More men. Clementine Ford: ‘I don’t want my son to think the people he can turn to for help are Daddy and a million other women.’ Photo: Simon Schluter It isn’t that men necessarily want to be…

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British Gas to raise electricity prices

British Gas will increase electricity prices by 12.5% from 15 September, its owner Centrica has said, in a move that will affect 3.1 million customers. However, the company’s gas prices will be held at their current level. The average annual dual-fuel bill for a typical household on a standard tariff will rise by £76 to £1,120, up by 7.3%. Centrica said the price increase was its first since November 2013, adding that British Gas was one of the last suppliers to raise prices. The company added that it would protect…

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Smart women finding it tough on the dating scene may need to raise their game

 Smart women can’t find men to impregnate them, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Geneva has been told. Professor Marcia Inhorn​, a researcher from Yale, said female graduates were freezing their eggs due to a “dearth of educated men to marry”, and that this “man deficit” was worse in countries where more women attended university.  When it comes to heterosexual dating, smart women could take a leaf out of our male counterparts’ books, writes Kerri Sackville.  Photo: Branislava Zivic/Stocksy These days I’m more concerned about avoiding…

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