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Joseph Burch publishes debut book Ollie and Ada

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
A BRAINTREE-born author is publishing his first book after ten years of writing it on his smartphone.
Categories: Essex News

Colchester named in top ten for highest Blue Badge offences

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
MOTORISTS in Colchester were among the highest number of those penalised for Blue Badge related fines last year, a study has revealed.
Categories: Essex News

West Mersea and Jaywick beaches named most dog-friendly

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
A PAIR of stunning sandy seafronts in north east Essex have been named as two of the most dog-friendly beaches in the entire country.
Categories: Essex News

West Mersea and Jaywick beaches named most dog-friendly

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
Two beaches in Essex have been named as some of the most dog-friendly places to visit in the UK.
Categories: Essex News

Oregon Congressman Proposes New Space Tourism Tax

Slashdot - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) plans to introduce legislation called the Securing Protections Against Carbon Emissions (SPACE) Tax Act, which would impose new excise taxes on space tourism trips. Space.com reports: "Space exploration isn't a tax-free holiday for the wealthy. Just as normal Americans pay taxes when they buy airline tickets, billionaires who fly into space to produce nothing of scientific value should do the same, and then some," Blumenauer said in a statement issued by his office. "I'm not opposed to this type of space innovation," added Blumenauer, a senior member of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee. "However, things that are done purely for tourism or entertainment, and that don't have a scientific purpose, should in turn support the public good." The proposed new tax would likely be levied on a per-passenger basis, as is done with commercial aviation, the statement said. "Exemptions would be made available for NASA spaceflights for scientific research purposes," the statement reads. "In the case of flights where some passengers are working on behalf of NASA for scientific research purposes and others are not, the launch excise tax shall be the pro rata share of the non-NASA researchers." There would be two taxation tiers, one for suborbital flights and another for missions that reach orbit. The statement did not reveal how much the tax would be in either case or if the collected revenue would be earmarked for any specific purpose. Such a purpose could be the fight against climate change, if the proposed act's full name is any guide. Blumenauer is concerned about the potential carbon footprint of the space tourism industry once it gets fully up and running, the statement said.

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Categories: Technology

Colchester named in top ten for highest Blue Badge offences

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
MOTORISTS in Colchester were among the highest number of those penalised for Blue Badge related fines last year, a study has revealed.
Categories: Essex News

West Mersea and Jaywick beaches named most dog-friendly

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
Two beaches in Essex have been named as some of the most dog-friendly places to visit in the UK.
Categories: Essex News

West Mersea and Jaywick beaches named most dog-friendly

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 08:00
A PAIR of stunning sandy seafronts in north east Essex have been named as two of the most dog-friendly beaches in the entire country.
Categories: Essex News

We pick four mini country estate renovation projects for sale

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-07-24 07:51
A leading estate agent reported dozens of viewings being booked on a renovation project within hours of it going on the market, due to its appealing countryside settings in Devon.
Categories: UK News

Norfolk's Hemsby tops the list of villages with the biggest house prices

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-07-24 07:50
Britain's village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed by Rightmove and dominating the list are seaside locations in Norfolk.
Categories: UK News

Where and when Parkrun is restarting across Essex

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 07:00
Parkrun is set to return to hundreds or parks up and down the country later this morning (July 24).
Categories: Essex News

Best Chinese restaurants in Chelmsford on TripAdvisor

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 07:00
Sometimes there’s nothing better than going to a Chinese restaurant and filling yourself up with tasty food.
Categories: Essex News

Round-up of court cases heard at Colchester and Chelmsford

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 07:00
A round-up of cases before magistrates in north Essex over the past week includes a man riding an e-scooter without insurance.
Categories: Essex News

Where and when Parkrun is restarting across Essex

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 07:00
Parkrun is set to return to hundreds or parks up and down the country later this morning (July 24).
Categories: Essex News

Mohamed Hadid is a 'bully' who turned his neighbors' lives into a 'nightmare, court hears

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-07-24 06:15
'They're heroes,' Gary Lincenberg said of the LA neighbors he's representing on the first day of Hadid's civil trial which could cost him millions if he loses.
Categories: UK News

Hospital Covid patients continue to rise sharply

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 06:00
THE number of patients in hospital with Covid in mid and south Essex has risen sharply in the last week.
Categories: Essex News

Tokyo Olympics: Jessica Judd, Max Whitlock and Alice Kinsella among Essex stars

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 04:30
The Tokyo Olympic Games will get underway in earnest today with dozens of athletes making their first appearances.
Categories: Essex News

Maker of Dubious $56K Alzheimer's Drug Offers Cognitive Test No One Can Pass

Slashdot - Sat, 2021-07-24 04:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Do you ever forget things, like a doctor's appointment or a lunch date? Do you sometimes struggle to think of the right word for something common? Do you ever feel more anxious or irritable than you typically do? Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to make a decision? If you answered "no, never" to all of those questions, there's a possibility that you may not actually be human. Nevertheless, you should still talk to a doctor about additional cognitive screenings to check if you have Alzheimer's disease. At least, that's the takeaway from a six-question quiz provided in part by Biogen, the maker of an unproven, $56,000 Alzheimer's drug. The six questions include the four above, plus questions about whether you ever lose your train of thought or ever get lost on your way to or around a familiar place. The questions not only bring up common issues that perfectly healthy people might face from time to time, but the answers any quiz-taker provides are also completely irrelevant. No matter how you answer -- even if you say you never experience any of those issues -- the quiz will always prompt you to talk with your doctor about cognitive screening. The results page even uses your zip code to provide a link to find an Alzheimer's specialist near you. Biogen says the quiz website is part of a "disease awareness educational program." But it appears to be part of an aggressive strategy to sell the company's new Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm, which has an intensely controversial history, to say the least. What's the controversial history you may ask? According to Ars, the drug "flunked out of two identical Phase III clinical trials in 2019." A panel of expert advisors for the FDA overwhelmingly voted against approval, yet it still was approved by the FDA on June 7. It also has a list price of $56,000 for a year's supply. The report goes on to say that the company is basically making up the statistic that "about 1 in 12 Americans 50 years and older" has mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's. Experts say they know of no evidence to back up that statistic and it appears to be a significant overestimate. Furthermore, two medical experts from Georgetown University said the company's quiz website "appears designed to ratchet up anxiety in anyone juggling multiple responsibilities or who gets distracted during small talk." They added: "Convincing perfectly normal people they should see a specialist, be tested for amyloid plaque, and, if present, assume they have early Alzheimer's is a great strategy for increasing Aduhelm prescriptions... [It] could lead to millions of prescriptions -- and billions of dollars in profit -- for an ineffective and expensive drug."

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Categories: Technology

Tokyo Olympics: Jessica Judd, Max Whitlock and Alice Kinsella among Essex stars

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 2021-07-24 04:30
The Tokyo Olympic Games will get underway in earnest today with dozens of athletes making their first appearances.
Categories: Essex News

Dating apps involved in Essex crimes since 2018

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 2021-07-24 04:00
MORE than 60 crimes in Essex have had dating apps linked to them since 2018, figures show.
Categories: Essex News

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