Whether it's a special treat for a birthday or anniversary dinner, or if you're getting together with friends and family, us Brits love going out for a curry. Those looking to treat themselves to a Chicken Tikka have got plenty of options to chose from and over recent years the UK's dining scene has been flooded with different Asian restaurants. If your dish of choice is a lamb rogan josh or if you prefer a mild korma, there's a dish for everyone and the humble curry house has won a spot in the hearts of many. Getting your curry experience right is crucial, you need the right amount of poppadoms, onions and dips and then you even need to think of the perfect rice, will it be pilau or just boiled? But if you're struggling to decide to where to go for your next curry, help is at hand as the top restaurants and takeaways across the country have now been revealed. The awards are organised by the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) and see eateries compete in … [Read more...] about Britain’s best curry houses revealed: UK’s top places to tuck into a Chicken Tikka battled it out – but did your local make the list?
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The UK is suspending the granting of arms export licences to Turkey for weapons that might be used during military operations in Syria, the foreign secretary has said. Dominic Raab also condemned Turkey’s invasion of Syria, saying it risked worsening the humanitarian crisis and undermined the international effort to focus on defeating Islamic State terrorism. “This is not the action we expected from an ally. It is reckless. It is counterproductive and plays straight into the hands of Russia, and indeed the Assad regime,” he told MPs. Turkish troops entered north-east Syria last week in an offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Ankara has long maintained is an offshoot of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK). The assault was triggered by Donald Trump’s announcement that US troops would withdraw from the Kurdish-held area. The UK has supplied £1.1bn of arms to Turkey since 2014 and it is not clear how UK trade … [Read more...] about UK suspends arms exports to Turkey to prevent use in Syria
The BBC has apologised for an interview with the climate change denier Lord Lawson after admitting it had breached its own editorial guidelines for allowing him to claim that global temperatures have not risen in the past decade. BBC Radio 4’s flagship news programme Today ran the item in August in which Lawson, interviewed by presenter Justin Webb, made the claim. The last three years have in fact seen successive global heat records broken. The Today programme rejected initial complaints from listeners, arguing that Lawson’s stance was “reflected by the current US administration” and that offering space to “dissenting voices” was an important aspect of impartiality. However, some listeners escalated their complaint and, in a letter seen by the Guardian, the BBC’s executive complaints unit now accepts the interview breached its guidelines on accuracy and impartiality. The complaint centred on two statements by Lawson: that the UN’s … [Read more...] about BBC apologises over interview with climate denier Lord Lawson
One in three councils are using computer algorithms to help make decisions about benefit claims and other welfare issues, despite evidence emerging that some of the systems are unreliable. Companies including the US credit-rating businesses Experian and TransUnion, as well as the outsourcing specialist Capita and Palantir, a data-mining firm co-founded by the Trump-supporting billionaire Peter Thiel, are selling machine-learning packages to local authorities that are under pressure to save money. A Guardian investigation has established that as many as 140 councils out of 408 have now invested in the software contracts, which can run into millions of pounds, more than double previous estimates. The systems are being deployed to provide automated guidance on benefit claims, prevent child abuse and allocate school places. But concerns have been raised about privacy and data security, the ability of council officials to understand how some of the systems work, and the difficulty for … [Read more...] about One in three councils using algorithms to make welfare decisions
People who live in noisy urban areas are more likely to have a stroke than those close to green space, according to research. A study of more than 2,700 people in Spain found the risk of stroke rose by almost a third among people in areas with the most traffic noise. The research couldn't explain whether the danger came from the noise itself or whether the noise was simply a sign of living in a more polluted, less healthy area. But the scientists suggested people living in noisy areas may be more likely to be stressed out or have high blood pressure, or be less likely to exercise. The Barcelona researchers explained that it wasn't clear whether traffic noise itself actually raised the risk of stroke or if the sound was just a sign of living in an area which made it more likely people would be unhealthy (stock image) A team from Barcelona's Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, Brown University in the US and other universities in Barcelona carried out the study. They used … [Read more...] about People living in noisy traffic areas may be 30% more likely to have a deadly stroke ‘because they’re more stressed and less likely to exercise’