World Sleep Day: 5 expert tips to help you sleep better 

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Londoners are known to be bad sleepers - we work and play hard and there's little time left to catch a quality night's sleep. But sleep isn't something we should see as a luxury, it's a necessity - just like eating and drinking. Sleep deprivation can affect our learning and has been linked to weight gain, depression and chronic illnesses. If you struggle to drift off at night, there are some subtle lifestyle changes you can make to ensure a better night's sleep that will leave you feeling refreshed in the morning. Here, Bupa Clinical Scientist Joao Correia shares five tips for enhancing the quality of your sleep. 1. Don't take technology to bed with you Read more This is why you might not be able to sleep at night Tablets and smartphones emit blue light - something which is handy during the day as it boosts attention span, mood and reaction times. But blue light also suppresses the body's natural sleeping hormone - melatonin - and can throw out your circadian rhythm (body clock) which makes for a disruptive night's sleep. Try to avoid using your devices once you are tucked into bed. 2. Exercise a little more Research proves regular aerobic exercise will not only help you fall asleep, it will also improve the quality of your sleep. Exercise also brings the added bonus of boosting your cardiovascular health and the release of feel good endorphins. But remember it takes time to wind down after a workout, so time it right and don't exercise right before bed time. 3. Create a routine for yourself: Having a routine before bed is something we don't usually think about for ourselves as adults. The body has an internal clock and hormones that control sleepiness and wakefulness, which work best if there is a regular sleeping routine. Try and implement a regular routine around an hour before going to bed - it could involve relaxing in a warm bath or reading part of a book before getting your head down. 4. Cut down caffeine Read more 5 foods that will help you sleep Too much caffeine can over-stimulate your nervous system, affecting your ability to fall asleep. Caffeine is found in coffee, black and green tea, some soft drinks, and chocolate, among other things. This isn't about cutting out your favourite cravings entirely, it's about doing things in moderation. Stick to your morning coffee if you like, but avoid drinking it at least six hours before you go to bed. 5. Set the scene At the end of a busy day you will most likely just want to fall into bed and try and get to sleep as soon as possible. But doing this probably won't lead to the peaceful, uninterrupted sleep you need. Make sure the room is dark and well ventilated, and consider using earplugs or a white noise appliance to lower the volume of outside noise. If possible, use heavy curtains or an eye mask to block light, and don't underestimate the need for a comfortable mattress and pillows. Joao Correia is a Clinical Scientist at Bupa's Cromwell Hospital... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:50:40 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Trump visa changes keep Canadian nurses out 

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Specialized Canadian nurses have been stopped from entering the U.S. to work at metro Detroit hospital systems, and many more could lose their ability to work here under the Trump administration's visa changes, one of the region's largest health systems warned Thursday.... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:50:38 Categories: USA TODAY logo

Missing from Trump's grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet 

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<p>U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan.</p>... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:50:28 Categories: Reuters logo

Where drugs kill so many, cold-storage trailers are morgues 

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Officials in Ohio's Stark County had to borrow a mobile trailer from the state after their morgue reached capacity.... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:50 Categories: The Washington Post logo

Trump, his advisers can't keep quiet - and it's becoming a problem 

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From the travel ban to bogus wiretap claims, the president's loose words are getting in the way of his agenda.... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:49 Categories: The Washington Post logo

Macquarie Group plans project for Martin Place station 

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Macquarie Bank wants to turn the area surrounding its historic Sydney HQ into a massive integrated office development that connects the existing Martin Place train station with the new Sydney Metro station.... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:46 Categories: Business Insider Australia logo

Kidnap victim's dramatic escape from car boot 

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She can be seen in CCTV from the forecourt hitting the floor and rolling across the floor, before making a dash for the shop... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:44 Categories: Mirror logo

Revealed: Kym Marsh's tribute to her stillborn son while filming devastating Coronation Street scenes 

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Kym, 40, revealed how she paid her own special secret tribute to her son in the soap during an acceptance speech at the TRIC awards... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:42 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

Boy With a Dolphin sculpture expected to fetch £50,000 at Christie's 

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Boy With A Dolphin is one of London's best-loved pieces of public art - and now a private collector can get their own, smaller version. An early model, four feet long, was made by artist David Wynne as part of his preparations for the 15ft Cheyne Walk sculpture which is a familiar sight to people crossing Albert Bridge. Christie's, which is selling the work next Thursday in South Kensington, expects it to fetch about £50,000. The sculpture was made two years before Wynne finished work on the Cheyne Walk version, which was unveiled in 1975, and has stayed in the same family since it was bought directly from the artist. Read more Outdoor art in London: the capital's most interesting outdoor pieces Wynne, who died in 2014, was self-taught. He studied zoology and spent hours observing dolphins in the wild before he started work. A companion piece, Girl With A Dolphin, is outside the Tower Hotel near St Katharine Docks.... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:39 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Who is Liverpool target Ryan Sessegnon? 

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The Reds are interested in Fulham's highly-rated teenager - and here's the lowdown on the left-back... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:38 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Olly Murs thanks Liverpool crowds in hotel room tweet 

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Hitmaker (and Troublemaker!) performed at ECHO Arena last night... read more
 
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Tributes paid after former Widnes captain Mick Adams dies aged 65 

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He made more than 400 appearences and scored 68 tries for the club... read more
 
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Liverpool duo Coutinho and Firmino facing race against time for Merseyside derby 

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Brazil pair set to be in action in South America just three days before Anfield showdown with Everton... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:30 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Man arrested in Aaron Lewis murder probe bailed by police 

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Suspect conditionally bailed after being questioned by detectives... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:28 Categories: Liverpool Echo logo

Hero soldier buried in Italy with full military honours more than 70 years after his death 

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Ronald Blackham, a lance corporal with the Coldstream Guards, was 22 when he was killed as he fought to capture a strategic hill near Salerno in southern Italy on September 25, 1943... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:26 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

Probe into 2015 election expenses involves three Greater Manchester MPs 

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Detectives have been investigating whether Conservative MPs breached strict spending limits at the last General Election... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:24 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

Can taking ibuprofen increase the risk of suffering a cardiac arrest? 

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Researchers found the commonly taken painkiller was associated with a 31 per cent increased risk of heart failure... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:22 Categories: Manchester Evening News logo

Plans for Barbican gatehouse slammed as 'vandalism' 

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Residents of the City's Barbican complex say proposals to transform a gatehouse on the estate into a self-contained flat amount to vandalism. Architects at Mackay + Partners plan to convert the turret, used as a street entrance and lift lobby for the car park, into a two-bedroom apartment, pictured. It would mean putting new windows, walls and a mezzanine level into the three-storey structure - known as the John Wesley turret - and the loss of 130 sq ft of public walkway. Caroline Reed, a resident of the Grade II listed brutalist complex of tower blocks and squares, built in the Seventies, wrote: "If the City of London is willing to compromise even such a landmark structure as the turret in the name of 'asset realisation', what other spaces across the estate might it not find to be in sudden, lucrative, need of 'reinvigoration and re-animation' with similar shanty town-style infilling?" Controversial plan: Architects at Mackay + Partners came up with this design Hilary Sunman, who chairs the Willoughby House Group of residents, said: "It is a disgraceful proposal which amounts essentially to vandalism. We are all against it." Tess Pinto, conservation adviser for the Twentieth Century Society, said: "The Society considers that the application will cause substantial harm to a Grade II listed building." City of London officers have recommended the plans for approval, saying: "It is considered that the proposed alterations to accommodate a residential unit would not be detrimental to its special architectural or historic interest. "The proposals would make effective use of the empty upper sections of the building." The planning and transportation committee is expected to make its decision next Tuesday.... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:20 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Homes in 'less fashionable' outer London suburbs are 'fastest selling in capital', research shows 

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Home in less than fashionable suburbs of outer London have become the fastest-selling in the capital, research shows today. Although areas that have seen rapid gentrification in the east of the capital were previously the "hot" locations, it is now the turn of boroughs such as Sutton and Havering. An analysis by property website Zoopla shows that properties in Sutton are the quickest to go under offer after they are put on the market. Experts said the study is further evidence of the strength of outer London's property market in comparison to the "prime" central London market, which has stalled in recent years. More people are now willing to move to previously unpopular areas because of their affordability and improving transport links, they added. Sutton properties take an average of 28 days after being listed for sale to get an offer, the research suggests. Havering and Bexley were next at 29 days. They are among the fastest places to sell property in Britain, with Northampton (27 days) top of the list. All the "prime" inner London areas take longer than the national average of 47 days. Properties in the most expensive boroughs, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, are slowest to go under offer in the capital, at 83 and 70 days respectively. Wandsworth (56 days), Camden (58 days) and Hammersmith and Fulham (62 days) make up the bottom five. Read more Sealed bids and gazumping return to central London's property market Haringey, 10th on the list of "fastest-selling" boroughs, is the highest-placed in inner London. The analysis was based on a sample of for-sale listings, published on Zoopla on or after January 1 last year, and how long it took for their status to change to "under offer". Separate research has shown property prices in outer London rising by up to 20 per cent a year. In central London, stamp duty rises and the vote to leave the EU are blamed for a freeze in the past two years. However, there are recent signs of recovery, with foreign investors taking advantage of the fall in the value of the pound. Jonathan Hopper, managing director of the buying agents Garrington Property Finders, said: "The past year has seen a real shift in momentum from central London to the suburbs. "Boroughs like Havering are enjoying a surge in interest. Regeneration and the prospect of better transport connections mean that areas like this can offer both good value and the potential for strong growth." A spokesman for Zoopla said: "We are seeing outer London continuing to grow and central London stalling."... read more
 
17. maaliskuuta 2017 13:38:18 Categories: Evening Standard logo

Dancing queen of Deptford steps up to give kids a break 

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The lights are dimmed and there's a sudden, rapid shuffle of small feet across the sports hall floor. A chorus of clicks, and about 20 masked faces are illuminated by torch light. Ten-year-old Teanna speaks, cutting the silence. "When I dance, I feel a sense of freedom. Freedom to be anything I want to be." Then Deptford Performing Arts Project erupts into an energetic dance routine under the watchful eye of inspirational project founder Zarine Murray - aka Miss Diva. Miss Diva's mission is to teach young people from this marginalised, crime-ridden area how to sing and dance while boosting their confidence and social skills. Performing arts: Zarine Murray and son Amari (Lucy Young) Costing just £4 for a two-hour session, they perform shows across London, including an annual showcase where pupils are rewarded for progress, talent and attendance. The Standard's Dispossessed Fund, which has received £5 million from Comic Relief in the last five years, has backed the project with a £6,000 grant. Miss Diva - a former professional dancer who has performed with So Solid Crew and Sweet Female Attitude - said her members "sometimes just cannot afford it, cannot get the money together to come". Dancing family: Marianne Gordon and daughter Teanna Marie (Lucy Young) Now, thanks to the fund's support, 25 children and 15 parents can attend every week. Teanna's words strike a chord because the project, established in 2015, gives her youngsters several freedoms - most importantly, freedom from the streets of Deptford. It is one of the more troubled areas of the capital and is in the borough of Lewisham, whose murder rate is twice the national average, with residents admitting there is a problem with knife crime and gangs. Teanna's mother Marianne, 35, a care nurse, said: "This area gets a lot of negative attention, but crime is a problem. Stress reducing: Abbey O'Neil and niece Chelsea (Lucy Young) "Postcode rivalry, all this carry-on. It leads to gangs. People are scared. It was worse when I was a kid, gang-wise - I grew up in a place that they literally call the ghetto." Single mother Darcia, 29, interrupted: "Ah! That's where I'm living. That is what it is called. It's 15 minutes from here. I am in the heart of the ghetto." She mentioned one victim of the violence, 17-year-old Myron Yarde, a talented rapper dubbed M-Dot, who was found lying on the street last April with stab wounds: "That was literally where I am living." The Performing Arts Project gives children somewhere to go. Marianne said: "I love this project because I can bring my child here and I'm not scared. 'A loving and lovely boy': Myron Issac Yarde, 17, was killed in New Cross "There isn't that much going on around here for kids of that age that doesn't cost a packet. I wouldn't let her out on the road because I don't know what could happen. To have that fear, I would rather not have that." The project is a far cry from a normal Saturday school. It is clear from the huge smile on their faces and how seriously they all take rehearsals that each child loves every second. Darcia, who recently completed a qualification in business management, said her daughter Kayjah, seven, benefited in many ways: "I can see it helps her socialising skills. Even though the kids that come are all local they are mainly from different schools. They genuinely get excited to dance together. Their dancing techniques also improve." Dancing fun: The organisation is aimed at children and parents from disadvantaged backgrounds (Lucy Young) Marianne added: "Teanna used to do gymnastics but the pressure was too much for her. She just relaxes when she is here and she is dancing." The project hosts sessions for parents who might be struggling with money, employment and loneliness. Lewisham has the fourth-highest rate of teenage parents and third-highest rate of 19-year-olds without qualifications of any London borough. Abbey, 27, has three children but comes with niece Chelsea, seven. She said she felt a sense of release when she took to the dancefloor: "Through the week I have two of [the children] at home, then I do work - I draw, I am an artist. On a Saturday I feel I am released when I get here. I feel free. We have a laugh and it is a bit of fun. I just let it go, do something else." About Deptford Performing Arts Project What it does: Gives children and parents from disadvantaged backgrounds dance and drama classes Dispossessed Fund grant: £6,000 How grant was used: For staff and venue costs and to deliver 1hr 30min sessions for 15 parents and 25 children twice a week over 40 weeks. The sessions for children and parents run in separate rooms. Website: performingartsproject.co.uk/divas-dance-troops Project details: The performing arts project has been delivering classes and operating informally for around 10 years and set up as an unincorporated organisation more formally in October 2015. Its aim is to provide children and parents the opportunity to take part in dance and drama classes, enabling them to gain enjoyment, interact and co-operate through music and dance. The group currently delivers dance classes every Saturday. While the parents and children are stars the undisputed queen of this show is Deptford-born Miss Diva, 36. "She is giving back to the community that she grew up in," said Marianne, a lifelong friend. "She is great with the kids. There 100 per cent needs to be more people like Zarine. In every community." When Miss Diva - who works as a full-time teacher and part-time scriptwriter and interior designer - eventually sits down, she explained why she created the project. "When I was young my life was a bit difficult," she said. "I don't really want to go into that. "I was always a passionate dancer. As I got older, I became a professional dancer. But then I saw there was a need. There were kids in school who really like dance but their parents have no money. I thought, 'I've got to do something.'" Her pupils are her motivation: "They are involved in something. A lot of kids today aren't involved in something, they are on the streets causing trouble. Here they can say, 'We're going to the performing arts project, we got a show, we got a purpose.'" Support from Comic Relief has been a "lifesaver". Previously funding "was coming out of my account and I thought, 'I can't keep doing this and have my life. I still have bills and things to pay off.'" The charity cash helped with uniforms and studio and hall hire: "it just was amazing. We need these things, that's the way that you continue to run a community." She added: "God forbid if I go six feet under, I want to be remembered on my plaque. 'Diva was Diva, she was just her. She helped people, she was fun.' "But most of all it is for the children. They can look back at their life. It is all about memories. I did this when I was younger."... read more
 
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