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Doctor at heart of Wiggins jiffy bag case resigns from British Cycling

“We continue to support Ukad and when Dr Freeman is better I would hope he would continue to support Ukad with any ongoing investigation” writes Sports Staff for independent.co.uk. Dr Richard Freeman has resigned from his role with British Cycling due to ill health.Freeman, who has been off work with a stress-related illness, was at the centre of an investigation regarding the contents of a medical package delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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David Blaine accused of raping British model Natasha Prince in London

“Natasha Prince claimed the magician attacked her just months after her 21st birthday at a house in Chelsea in the summer of 2004” writes Liam Halligan for telegraph.co.uk. Prince, who is originally from England and now works as an art dealer in New York, said Blaine had invited her over to a friend’s house where the attack took place. “The next thing I remember, I was sitting in the makeup chair getting my makeup done, and thinking, ‘What did I do last night?.  Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Doctor at centre of ‘Jiffy bag’ controversy resigns from British Cycling post due to ill health

“However, with no end in sight to that investigation, and with British Cycling wishing to move on, Freeman offered his resignation” writes Jason Burt for telegraph.co.uk. UK Anti-Doping investigation is still investigating the package flown out to Team Sky in 2011, and the use of painkillers at Team Sky and British Cycling, where Freeman was simultaneously employed.He is understood to be suffering from stress-related issues and had not been expected to return to his post regardless of the outcome of the investigation. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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British MPs are pressuring the taxman to crack down on Amazon and eBay over online VAT fraud

“MPs have told the taxman to take a tougher approach to online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay over online VAT fraud and accused the tech firms of not taking the issue seriously” writes Lynsey Barber for businessinsider.com. “Online VAT fraud is hugely damaging yet, as online sales continue to grow, the response of HMRC and the marketplaces where fraudsters operate has been dismal,” said chair of the PAC Meg Hillier.They can and should do more to drive them out and we will expect online marketplaces to cooperate fully with…

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6 charts from the OECD show how Brexit has damaged the British economy

“Business Insider pulled out six charts from the OECD’s presentation that we feel illustrate best the economic impacts Brexit is having, and will have in future, on Britain’s economy” writes Will Martin for businessinsider.com. The pound has slumped, inflation has shot upwards — hitting its highest level in over five years last month — while real wage growth has stagnated, and GDP growth has slowed significantly.The report also contained a whole heap of data and charts on the state of the economy, many of which do not make for pleasant…

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The Quixotic Effort to Get a Better Brexit Deal

“As the Guardian reports, parliamentarians from multiple parties, including members of the ruling Conservative party, Labour party, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party, and the Greens, are pushing to make any Brexit deal subject to parliamentary approval” writes Yasmeen Serhan for theatlantic.com. The deluge of amendments prompted the British government to postpone debate on the bill this week, but even if parliamentarians are granted the power to veto any Brexit deal they deem unacceptable, it wouldn’t be enough to slow down or stop Brexit in its tracks.This would, conceivably,…

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Facebook will train British teens to stand up to online bullying

“In 2014, another study by Cox Communication found that 39% of teens had witnessed online bullying on Facebook, while 29% on YouTube, 22% on Twitter and Instagram” writes Gianluca Mezzofiore for mashable.com. Acknowledging that students are more likely to open up with their peers rather than with adults about online bullying, Facebook has decided to partner with two youth charities — Childnet International and The Diana Award — to train “anti-bullying ambassadors” in each UK secondary school.Facebook has long been the worst social network for cyberbullying, though recently Instagram has…

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Getting on with the job of Brexit? No sign of it on the British side

“But many perceive a lack of clarity, and wonder why the Government has appeared so tardy about getting on with the job of Brexit” writes Zoe Strimpel for telegraph.co.uk. One is that she is “about getting on with the job”, and the other that she “wants to be clear” about everything.Meanwhile, the EU has “got on with the job” and appears “clearer” and better prepared in its negotiating position than Britain under the PM and David Davis. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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