More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest. Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017. The Department of Health said staffing was a priority and that more money was being invested in frontline…

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BBC pay: Male stars earn more than female talent

BBC pay: Male stars earn more than female talent

The BBC has revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 are male, compared to one-third who are female, according to its annual report. Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000 last year. One Show presenter Alex Jones was second, and was paid between £400,000 and £450,000. Chris Evans was the top-paid star. BBC director general Tony Hall said there was “more to do” on the gender pay gap….

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Overwatch: Bigger than the Premier League?

Overwatch: Bigger than the Premier League?

Could Overwatch be the game to take e-sports mainstream? Its developer Activision Blizzard has just announced the first seven team owners for a forthcoming league. It believes, in time, the tournament could prove more lucrative than the UK’s Premier League – football’s highest-earning competition. Several of the successful bidders have made their mark with traditional sports teams, and the buy-in price has not been cheap. The BBC understands the rights cost $ 20m (£15.5m) per…

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Steam Banhammers More Than 40,000 People After its Summer Sale

Steam Banhammers More Than 40,000 People After its Summer Sale

Steam’s Summer Sale officially concluded last week, but Valve had one last surprise in store for cheaters who had hoped to score cheap replacements on games (or to build up a larger stockpile of titles while cheating in others). On July 6, Steam banned more than 40,000 people — 40,426 according to Steamdb.info — vastly exceeding its previous daily ban record. There’s a particular method to Valve’s timing here, as PC Gamer reports. Serial cheaters in…

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More than 1,700 patients at risk over NHS mail blunder

More than 1,700 patients at risk over NHS mail blunder

At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by an administrative blunder that saw thousands of patient records in NHS England put into storage. Officials said the number was likely to rise, as a third of the 700,000 cases identified had yet to be reviewed. Cancer test results, child protection notes and medication advice were among the notes that went missing. The National Audit Office also said there were serious questions to answer about the…

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Middle-aged workers 'spend more time sitting than pensioners'

Middle-aged workers 'spend more time sitting than pensioners'

Most middle-aged office workers now spend more time sitting down than pensioners, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found 45 to 54-year-old Scots spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down. That compares to 7.4 hours of sedentary time for the over-75s. Sedentary time is defined as time spent in any waking activity done while sitting, including working, eating, watching TV or time on a computer. The study group…

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Glastonbury pays bands 'less than 10%' of what they'd earn elsewhere

Glastonbury pays bands 'less than 10%' of what they'd earn elsewhere

When Katy Perry, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran take to the Pyramid Stage next week, they’ll get paid “less than 10%” of what they’d earn at other festivals. “We’re not in a situation where we’re able to just give people enormous amounts of money,” organiser Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt. “So we’re really grateful for the bands that we get, because they’re basically doing it for the love of it.” Headliners at other…

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A Pot that Knows How to Water Plants Better than You Do

A Pot that Knows How to Water Plants Better than You Do

Photos Credit: Parrot Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with a green thumb, but potted plants can be such a great asset for a home. They help keep indoor air clean, add life to a room, and can play a huge part in a home’s decor. However, keeping a plant alive can be next to impossible for a lot of people that either don’t know how or for those that travel often and aren’t…

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