Mortgage prisoners facing crippling interest rates costing an extra £386 a year risk losing their homes

Hundreds of thousands of “mortgage prisoners” are facing rates of more than 8 per cent, an increase of hundreds of pounds a year, after the Bank of England raised interest rates for the 11th consecutive time. An estimated 195,000 homeowners are trapped paying sky-high rates as they cannot remortgage, according to the Financial Conduct Authority. … Read more

Progestogen-only contraceptive pill increases risk of breast cancer by 25 per cent

Use of progestogen-only hormonal contraceptives is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. “Current or recent use of progestagen-only contraceptives is associated with a slight increase in breast cancer risk,” University of Oxford researchers concluded, which is similar in scale “to that associated with combined hormonal contraceptives.” However, they stress … Read more

Downing of US drone over Black Sea downplayed for now, but highlights risk of dangerous Nato-Russia clashes

After the downing of a US surveillance drone over the Black Sea, the impression is that both sides – are, despite the requisite diplomatic bluster – keen not to overreact. Nato’s support for Ukraine, and last month’s decision by Moscow to suspend its participation in the NewSTART (New Strategic Arms Reduction), its last remaining nuclear … Read more

Sai Pallavi to dedicate two years for a big-budget film. Is she taking a risk?

Sai Pallavi is currently busy with her next film for which she has paired up with Tamil actor Sivakarthikeyan. The actress was last seen in Gargi and Virata Parvam, the films which release in 2022. Besides the ongoing project, Sai Pallavi is said to have okayed to be part of a big-budget film which is … Read more

Why did SVB collapse? How failure could affect UK industry and why Jeremy Hunt called it a ‘serious risk’

Markets were calmed on Monday morning following the news that HSBC UK would be buying the UK arm of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), preventing it from going into insolvency. The Bank of England had said on Friday that it was seeking a court order to place the bank into an insolvency procedure just hours after … Read more

Leeds United’s transformative takeover at risk amid relegation fight and misfiring transfers

The timing could not have been worse. Leeds United‘s announcement of a 10 per cent rise in season ticket prices for next year landed just 48 hours after a toothless defeat at Stamford Bridge and with the tide turning against a board whose decisions have failed to convince since Marcelo Bielsa‘s departure a year ago. … Read more

How £50 humidifier could significantly reduce risk of Covid, colds and flu in winter

A small, portable humidifier costing as little as £50 could significantly reduce the risk of catching Covid, flu and other viruses in the cold winter months by safely disinfecting them, according to a leading chemist. Research by Professor Richard Zare, of Stanford University, shows that that moisture-producing humidifiers could usefully be incorporated into all sorts … Read more

Conservatives fear Boris Johnson’s partygate antics put general election success at risk

Boris Johnson’s decision to speak out against the partygate probes risks undermining the Conservatives’ chances at the next election, senior Tories have warned. Allies of Rishi Sunak are furious over the former prime minister’s antics in recent days, which has seen him and his supporters raise doubts over the credibility of the Sue Gray inquiry, … Read more

African and Asian students forced to risk lives by returning to Ukraine for exam say treatment is racist

International medical students at a Ukrainian university have been told they will be expelled if they do not return to the war-torn country to take an exam, shattering their dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Overseas students enrolled at Sumy State University in eastern Ukraine received a message from the university on Thursday saying … Read more

Onions at risk of joining tomatoes and cucumbers as drought lingers in key growing region

Onions are in danger of following tomatoes and cucumbers in disappearing from supermarket shelves as producers in key growing areas contend with water shortages. Shoppers will find it harder to get hold of the cooking staple over the summer because some growers have slashed their planting for the season, due to concerns about dwindling water … Read more