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The man who has seen more U.S. executions than anyone else

“In 1999, 20 states executed inmates; last year, eight states carried out executions” writes Mark Berman Covers for washingtonpost.com. No one seems to keep track of it exactly, but it’s hard to think of anyone who could have seen as many executions as Graczyk.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which is responsible for the state’s death row and its executions, agrees. Source: washingtonpost.com

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JPY Daily Review July 31, 2018

JPY Daily Review for July 31, 2018 USD/JPY Needs More Upside Momentum After BoJ Policy Tweak Even though USD/JPY popped higher as the BoJ tweaked monetary policy and downgraded CPI forecasts, the pair needs to push above chart resistance. A hawkish   USD/JPY jumps 40 pips as the BOJ makes its yield curve control policy more flexible The USD/JPY picked up a bid as the Bank of Japan (BOJ) maintained the long-term yield target of around zero percent and made its policy framework more   USD/JPY risk reversals hit one-month…

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UK government publishes first bio-security strategy

“A deadly disease outbreak like a flu epidemic is one of the worst civil emergencies the country could face and Britain must help developing countries to stop new outbreaks, the Government has said” writes Telegraph View for telegraph.co.uk. A flu epidemic in the UK could cause hundreds of thousands of deaths and cost tens of billions of pounds, while disease outbreaks overseas can spread insecurity, harm trade and increase migration, according to the Government’s first biological security strategy.Global migration towards mega cities, international travel and the growing demand for meat…

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Octopus Energy to pick up 100,000 customers from bust supplier

“Energy market newcomer Octopus Energy will grow its accounts base by 100,000 at a stroke by picking up the customers left in limbo after the collapse of Iresa Energy” writes Energy Editor for telegraph.co.uk. The energy regulator was forced to step in to find a new energy supplier for the customers left stranded after Britain’s cheapest energy company buckled under the pressure of rising energy supply costs last week.The collapse marked the end of a lengthy, public battle between Britain’s most complained about energy company and the regulator over its…

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Ellie Soutter’s father says his daughter ‘feared letting others down’

“Soutter’s death was announced last Thursday with tributes soon pouring in – including a British Ski and Snowboard statement which labelled her as one of the “country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders”” writes Telegraph Reporters for telegraph.co.uk. No further details have been released about her death, which occurred on Wednesday. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Play centre chaos: ‘Major incident’ after man in Bradford ‘storms building and falls from height’

“A children’s play centre has been closed due to what it has called a “major incident” amid reports of a man storming through the building” writes Con Coughlin for telegraph.co.uk. West Yorkshire Police said the incident at The Alphabet Zoo play centre, in Bradford, on Tuesday afternoon involved “one single male” and there were “no suspects outstanding”.But a spokesman said he could not confirm whether there were any casualties during the incident at the Cemetery Road business which was packed with families at the time. The Alphabet Zoo posted a…

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Saudi’s King Salman swaps extravagant foreign holiday for staycation at futuristic resort

“Today, with global oil prices falling, even the King of Saudi Arabia is opting for a local break” writes Colonel Tim Collins for telegraph.co.uk. Plummeting oil prices have hit the world’s biggest oil exporter, and King Salman’s son Crown Prince Mohammed believes the only way for the kingdom to survive it is to diversify their economy.Known for his extravagant summer holidays in Morocco and the French Riviera, 82-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz a-Saud has opted this year to spend the summer in Neom, the futuristic mega city Saudi is building…

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US Treasury considers bypassing Congress to secure $100bn capital gains tax cut

“The US Treasury is looking at whether to allow people to take account of inflation when they work out what capital gains tax they owe” writes Telegraph View for telegraph.co.uk. Under Mr Mnuchin’s idea, the original price would be adjusted for inflation – dramatically reducing the amount which would be hit by the tax.Capital gains tax is usually levied around 20 per cent for Americans and is paid on assets, such as property or stocks, when they are sold.Under the current system, the tax is paid on the difference between…

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Food boss mocked after suggesting no deal Brexit could put BLT sandwiches at risk

“The humble BLT sandwich could be put at risk by a no deal Brexit, an industry boss has suggested, prompting mockery from Eurosceptics” writes Asa Bennett for telegraph.co.uk. Jim Winship, the director of the British Sandwich Association, said leaving the European Union without a trade deal could lead to shortages of lettuce and tomatoes.Mr Winship said a no deal withdrawal would likely “limit the amount of choice that consumers have” when they are buying their lunch. Asked about the potential impact of a no deal Brexit on sandwiches, Mr Winship…

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