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UK's rogue trading hotspots revealed - is your city on the list? - dailystar.co.uk - Britain - London - city Belfast - city Newcastle - city Oxford
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UK's rogue trading hotspots revealed - is your city on the list?
The UK's rogue trade hotspots have been revealed with residents from Newcastle, Belfast and London falling victim the most.More than a third (37 per cent) of homeowners have endured a rogue tradesperson at some point, including 31 per cent in Newcastle, 23 per cent in Belfast and 23 per cent in London.But almost half the amount have experienced this in Glasgow (11 per cent), Cardiff (15 per cent) and Norwich (16 per cent).Plumbing (20 per cent), closely followed by bathroom installation (18 per cent), painting/decorating (18 per cent) and kitchen fitting (16 per cent) are the most prevalent sectors where consumers are being left with disappointing work.A fifth of the 2,880 homeowners polled have experienced a financial loss due to disappointing work carried out by a rogue trader.And seven in 10 have had to fork out additional money to finish off or fix disappointing work.Financially, respondents from Oxford have been hardest hit - experiencing a loss of £4,990 on average.The research was carried out by Checkatrade, whose CEO Mike Fairman, said: “As household finances continue to be stretched, it’s more important than ever to do due diligence before parting with your hard-earned cash when hiring a trade.“As many as a fifth of homeowners are still not reading online reviews before they hire a trade leaving them exposed to being targeted by a rogue trade.“And while rogue trades can be found everywhere, my advice is to be wary of high availability, be careful of cheap quotes, beware of being asked for full payment up front, never accept work from trades who doorstep and always source a minimum of three competitive quotes.”When it comes to being quoted for a job, 60 per cent said they do not know how much things are supposed
Queen's cousin works as secret singer away from glaring royal limelight - dailystar.co.uk - Brazil - USA - county Thomas - city Oxford - state Rhode Island
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Queen's cousin works as secret singer away from glaring royal limelight
The Queen's second cousin, Lady Gabriella Windsor frequently appears on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside her royal relatives.Gabriella, who is known to pals as Ella Windsor, 40, is currently 56th in line to the throne behind her niece, Isabella Windsor, has shied away from royal life in recent years.Having studied at Brown Univesity in Rhode Island, USA and Linacre College, Oxford for her Master's degree, it's no surprise that Gabriella has found herself landing a career in the arts.During the first lockdown period in 2020, many took to running or baking banana bread but Gabriella had different ideas.The daughter of Prince Micheal of Kent opted to fulfil her passion for singing and decided to release her first pieces of music.Her debut single, Out of Blue was written by herself alongside Enzo Buono, inspired by the Brazilian bossa nova genre before releasing her second track, Bam Bam.Gabriella, who married financier Thomas Kingston in 2019 released the tracks on Spotify and iTunes in order to raise funds for the musical non-profit charity, Playing For Change Foundation.Speaking about her career move, Gabriella told Hello magazine: "I've always loved music, but never imagined I would become involved with it like this – releasing my own songs, it's a little daunting, but exciting too."However, despite releasing the track in 2020, she explained how the song was written a year before its release and debuted it at the reception for her royal wedding.During the night held at Frogmore House on the Windsor estate, Ella and her pals all took turns in singing with the live band, much to the delight of her guests.She said: "It was late and I'm not sure I sounded my best but one of the singers added some backing, so I hope
Terrifying Covid variant warning as scientists spot new 'Delta-Omicron' hybrid - dailystar.co.uk - France - Paris - Netherlands - Denmark - city Oxford
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Terrifying Covid variant warning as scientists spot new 'Delta-Omicron' hybrid
coronavirus that appears to be a hybrid of the Omicron and Delta variants.The worrying discovery comes after multiple false alarms over the last few months, with many preempting fears that the two hugely disruptive strains would combine to create the dreaded 'Deltacron'.Virologists from L’Institut Pasteur in Paris announced their findings after sequencing genomes in positive Covid samples taken from several regions across France.They now believe that the variant could have been circulating since early January. Commenting on the findings, Aris Katzourakis, a professor of evolution and genomics at the University of Oxford said: "This one is legit."“[It is] one to keep an eye on.”Other similar clusters are also said to have been found in Denmark and the Netherlands, but have not been confirmed yet.Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, said that while the new variant "doesn’t seem to have taken off as a dominant strain yet", this may only be because of a "very slow start" based on the number of initial cases.But he added that "fact it persists in the fact of Omicron" could suggest that its ability to transmit "can’t be too shoddy".No conclusive data has yet shown whether Deltacron can be considered to be more infectious or deadly than its 'root' variants, Delta and Omicron.Covid technical lead Maria van Kerkhove from the World Health Organisation revaled on Thursday that her team had been “tracking and discussing” the new variant.
Ancient virus from the age of the dinosaurs found hidden inside every human - dailystar.co.uk - city Oxford
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Ancient virus from the age of the dinosaurs found hidden inside every human
dinosaurs, has been spotted by scientists in an unexpected location.“It’s kind of hiding in plain sight in the human genome,” says Aris Katzourakis at the University of Oxford.There are two examples of the long-extinct virus hidden inside every living human.The fossil viruses are very unlike the ones that infect us with everything from Covid-19 to the common cold.Modern viruses tend to be retroviruses, which actively insert DNA copies of their RNA genes into the genomes of the cells they infect. Between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of the human genome consists “junk DNA” from retroviruses.The recently-discovered fossil viruses belong to an ancient group of DNA viruses known by scientists as Mavericks.Traces of fossil Mavericks have been identified in fish, amphibians and reptiles in the past, but the only previous known example of Maverick DNA inside mammals is in cast, and is thought to have been cross-contaminated from fish.But these very ancient viral traces have been with us all along.Stay in the loop with all the latest Daily Star news by signing up for one of our free newsletters here.In a new paper documenting the discovery, Katzourakis and his co-author Jose Gabriel Nino Barreat, write that one of the Maverick viruses was introduced into the genome of one of our distant ancestors at least 105 million years ago.“We further estimate the age of the viral ancestor around 268 [million years],” they write.“Our results provide evidence for some of the oldest viral integrations in the human genome and insights into the ancient interactions of viruses with the ancestors of modern-day mammals”.“There aren’t that many non-retroviral viruses in our genome,” Katzourakis told New Scientist.
Mutant HIV super-strain that makes people ill twice as fast is found in Europe - dailystar.co.uk - USA - Netherlands - city Oxford - Uganda
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Mutant HIV super-strain that makes people ill twice as fast is found in Europe
new super-mutant HIV strain that makes infected individuals ill in double the time of current versions has been detected in the Netherlands.According to a study from Oxford University, the new mutant strain called the VB variant, has infected at least 109 people.The latest strain of HIV damages the immune system, affecting the person's ability to fight against common illnesses much quicker than other strains.Those who catch the disease could develop AIDs much faster, with the viral load between 3.5 and 5.5 times higher than the current strain, meaning infected people are more likely to transmit the virus than others.Reports suggest that after starting treatment, those infected with the new strain have a similar immune system recovery and survival rate to those infected with other HIV strains.Researches have warned however that the rapid health decline after catching VB means early detection and treatment is "critical".Brits are advised to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV at least once a year, while men having sex with men are advised to get tested every three months.More than 100,000 Brits and a million Americans are thought to be living with HIV.Independent experts have said the finding is nothing to panic about, with the analysis finding that VB arose in the 1980s and has been declining since 2010.The discover was published in the journal Science, and is the result of a collaboration between the University of Oxford's Big Data institute and the Dutch HIV Monitoring Foundation.The team have detected a total of 17 new strains across Europe and Uganda.HIV mutates rapidly, but the vast majority of the changes made between individual strains make little to no difference to the severity of the virus.It is
Carrie Underwood - Dave Bayley - Glass Animals become the first UK band to top Spotify’s global singles chart - nme.com - Britain - New Zealand - USA - city Oxford
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Glass Animals become the first UK band to top Spotify’s global singles chart
Glass Animals have become the first UK band to reach the top of Spotify‘s global singles chart.The Oxford four-piece have hit the heights through the continued success of their 2020 single ‘Heat Waves’, which originally featured on their third studio album ‘Dreamland’.The track, which has been streamed over 1.1billion times on Spotify, has now hit the top of Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart, making Glass Animals the first British band to reach the top spot.‘Heat Waves’, which is solely credited to Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley, is currently amassing over 4.26million streams a day on Spotify.The song has been nominated for a BRIT Award for ‘Song Of The Year’, while Glass Animals are up for both Best Band In The World and Best Band From The UK: Supported by Pizza Express at the BandLab NME Awards 2022.‘Heat Waves’, which was re-released in March 2021 featuring a new verse by Iann Dior, helped Glass Animals make US chart history back in November.The song reached number 10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 for the first time that month, having already spent 42 weeks on the chart.It was the longest climb to the top 10 in US chart history: beating American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, whose 2006 single ‘Before He Cheats’ took 38 weeks to reach the same position.
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