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News: Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the country welcomed 3,611,800 million tourist entries in 2017, up by a quarter on the previous year, and 29 per cent on 2015. A total of 290,000 tourist entries were recorded in December 2017, about 17 per cent more than December 2016 and 47 per cent more than December 2015. There were about 308,000 visitor entries in December (including day visitors). The United States remains the largest source country for incoming tourists, with 778,800 tourist entries in 2017, 20 per cent more…

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Hospitals to cancel ops to cope with winter surge

Hospitals across England have been told to cancel non-emergency operations in the new year to prepare for a post-Christmas surge in patients. The first weeks of January are often the busiest of the year with winter illnesses peaking, combined with the growing day-to-day demand in A&E. So an emergency panel of NHS bosses is urging hospitals to cut back on their routine work, such as knee and hip ops. They hope it will give hospitals some breathing space to cope. Publicly, no figure is being put on the number of…

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Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

When New York decided to let post-traumatic stress disorder patients use medical marijuana, it joined a fast-rising tide of states. Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now cover PTSD as part of their medical marijuana programs. The tally has more than doubled in the last two years. It’s happened amid increasingly visible advocacy from veterans’ groups, including the 2.2-million-member American Legion. It’s pressing the federal government to let Department of Veterans Affairs doctors recommend medical marijuana where it’s legal. But others, including the 82,000-member Vietnam Veterans of America, have…

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Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable. This year’s greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the…

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Amazon and Alphabet report sales surge

Tech giants Amazon and Google’s parent Alphabet have posted a surge in sales over the last three months. Shares in Alphabet jumped above $ 1,000 in after-hours trading after the company reported sales up 24% to $ 27.8bn. Amazon, the world’s biggest e-commerce site, saw sales rise 34% to $ 43.7bn – nearly the size of Slovenia’s economy last year. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s profit beat estimates on gains from cloud services. Alphabet’s profits for the three months to 30 September rose to $ 7.8bn, from $ 5.6bn for the same quarter…

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'Me Too' stories of sexual harassment, assault surge on social media

New York: Tens of thousands of women are recounting being sexually harassed or assaulted by flooding social media with the hashtag #metoo in the wake of claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Their stories of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses, teachers and family come after American actress Alyssa Milano called on Twitter users on Sunday to post “Me too” to share their experiences of being harassed or worse. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Lisa Wilkinson dumps Nine for Ten Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:37 More…

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Governor warns Irma's storm surge 'will cover your house'

Life-threatening storm surge is expected for parts of Florida, especially if Hurricane Irma’s winds push seawater ashore at high tide. “This will cover your house,” Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday. “It flows in fast, very fast. You will not survive all this storm surge.” The National Hurricane Center forecast water levels up to 15 feet (4 meters) above ground for the Florida Keys island chain and parts of the state’s Gulf coast, along with up to 25 inches (63 centimeters) of rain in the Keys. The flooding threat extended far…

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