Lewis Hamilton calls on F1’s new owner to modernise ‘outdated’ sport

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula One must update itself to ensure it remains entertaining, emphasising the need for the new owner, Liberty Media, to engage to a greater extent with fans. The three-times world champion, who will be at Silverstone on Thursday when Mercedes unveil their 2017 car, also expressed concern that new regulations this season will be unsuccessful and risked making overtaking more difficult. “F1 is a bit outdated in the sense that if you look at other sports they’re further ahead in the entertainment factor,” he told the BBC….

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Green campaigners welcome Coca-Cola U-turn on bottle and can recycling scheme

Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners. Executives told an event in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening they agreed with campaigners who were pressing the Scottish government to set up a bottle-return pilot scheme to cut waste and pollution and boost recycling. They told the event, organised by Holyrood magazine, that the company had been examining the merits of a bottle and can deposit scheme, where consumers pay a small surcharge of about 10p…

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Typical Nintendo: there’s already a game too big for the Switch hard drive

It could probably only happen to Nintendo. While other console manufacturers have dutifully stuffed their consoles with ever more expansive hard drives, the Kyoto-based veteran has always been somewhat penurious with storage. Its next release, the delightfully eccentric Switch, contains only 32GB of internal memory, around 4GB of which is reserved for the operating system. Sure, this probably keeps the manufacturing costs down, but it presents a problem. This week, the official Japanese Switch page revealed a host of forthcoming titles, together with their file sizes. One, a double pack…

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Chancellor to announce measures to help small firms with business rate rises

The government will offer extra help for small firms affected by an imminent change to business rates, the communities secretary has announced, saying that more should be done “to level the playing field”. Following increasing concern from some businesses and Conservative MPs about the impact of the first business rate revaluation in seven years, Sajid Javid said the chancellor, Philip Hammond, would announce new measures in the budget on 8 March. This would form part of a wider and longer-term re-examination of the business rates system, he added. The announcement…

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Should I take vitamin D every day?

It’s not too late to top up on vitamin D if you ignored advice issued last year by Public Health England (PHE) to take supplements. But while the PHE recommended we all “consider” taking 10µg of vitamin D daily during autumn and winter, researchers are now suggesting that food be fortified with the vitamin so that we can take it continuously. The main source of vitamin D is sunlight in contact with the skin – and that is pretty much never between November and April, hence the PHE’s recommendation. Vitamin…

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Kevin Rudd accuses Netanyahu of ‘torpedoing’ Middle East peace plans

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has lashed the Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of being a barrier to peace and sabotaging negotiations for a settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Speaking as he became the first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia, Netanyahu criticised Rudd and his Labor predecessor Bob Hawke for saying that Australia should formally recognise a Palestinian state, as both Sweden and the Holy See have done. Netanyahu asked “what kind of state” the two former leaders were advocating. But Rudd, now president of the Asia…

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Trump’s feminist critics gagged by Chinese internet giant Weibo

Chinese feminists have hit out at their country’s answer to Twitter after it gagged one of their movement’s most visible social media accounts in an apparent bid to stifle criticism of US president Donald Trump. The “Feminist Voice in China” account on social networking site Sina Weibo was handed a 30-day ban on Monday for allegedly violating Chinese law. The punishment came six days after the group posted a Chinese translation of an article – first published in the Guardian – in which US-based feminist academics called for a new…

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Republican lawmakers face town hall crowds’ fury during ‘resistance recess’

Congresspeople nationwide have been facing angry crowds, protests and tough questions during this week’s congressional recess, a time when senators and representatives often return to their home districts and hold “town hall” events Organizers and activists upset with Donald Trump have been flooding into events, especially those hosted by Republican members of Congress, to overwhelm their representatives and exert pressure on a range of issues from Trump’s immigration ban to the looming possibility of the Affordable Care Act being repealed, in what has been dubbed “resistance recess” by some advocacy…

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Mexicans fear Trump deportation plan will lead to refugee camps along border

Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could begin popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration’s plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the US illegally through this country. Previous US policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as “OTMs” – Other Than Mexicans – were flown back to their homelands.

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Thrilling discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius. The discovery, which has thrilled astronomers, has raised hopes that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought, with the next generation of telescopes that are due to switch on in the next decade. It is the first time that so many Earth-sized planets have been…

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