MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over ‘bickering’

27 Feb

“Public bickering” between the prime minister and the NHS is an “insult to taxpayers” who want clear information on health funding, MPs have said. The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised a dispute between Theresa May and NHS England boss Simon Stevens over finances. Its report also censured the government for “plundering” NHS […]

NHS ‘tobacco free’ campaign launched by Public Health England

27 Feb

Image copyright PA A “truly tobacco-free NHS” needs to be created to help smoker patients quit their habit, health officials say. Only one in 10 hospitals enforces a smoking ban outside health service buildings, and Public Health England (PHE) wants all hospitals to offer help to quit as part of patients’ treatment. More than a […]

China’s top diplomat to visit U.S. on Monday and Tuesday: Xinhua

27 Feb

SHANGHAI China’s top diplomat will visit the United States this week, the most senior Chinese official to do so since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, state news agency Xinhua said. State Councilor Yang Jiechi would visit the United States on Monday and Tuesday, Xinhua said in a report published late on Sunday […]

North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. says

27 Feb

It is in Kuala Lumpur’s “Little India” neighborhood, behind an unmarked door on the second floor of a rundown building, where a military equipment company called Glocom says it has its office. Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions, according […]

Speed skating: Kodaira wins overall title at worlds

27 Feb

08:31 27 February 2017 CALGARY, Canada, Feb. 26, Kyodo Nao Kodaira won the overall title Sunday at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, becoming the first Japanese woman to achieve the feat. The 30-year old Kodaira finished first in the 500 meters and third in the 1,000 meters on the day, after winning both distances […]

Sumo: Kisenosato in west slot in 1st tourney as yokozuna

27 Feb

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NHS ‘tobacco free’ campaign launched by Public Health England

26 Feb

Image copyright PA A “truly tobacco-free NHS” needs to be created to help smoker patients quit their habit, health officials say. Only one in 10 hospitals enforces a smoking ban outside health service buildings, and Public Health England (PHE) wants all hospitals to offer help to quit as part of patients’ treatment. More than a […]

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

26 Feb

Image caption Wyatt flew to Mexico after being turned down for a trial on the NHS BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the “brain fog began to lift” after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) […]

Still smarting from Note 7 fiasco, Samsung showcases tablets instead of new flagship phone

26 Feb

NEW YORK – Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone — an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phone. The new tablets will carry the Galaxy brand and […]

15% of Japan’s municipalities see economic improvement: survey

26 Feb

Some 15 percent of Japan’s local governments saw an improvement in economic conditions in their regions from a year earlier, slightly exceeding those seeing a deterioration, according to a recent survey by Kyodo News. The survey suggested a limited number of municipalities have enjoyed an economic boost by successfully attracting tourists and corporations, with 66 […]