A MUM-OF-TWO says she's been "naive and stupid" after losing £12,500 on a "zero-risk" online share trading site.Deanne Forrest has admitted she was charmed by a salesman who told her his name was Peter Parker.Ms Forrest, 50, was looking for a way to boost her savings and support her sons when a friend recommended Banc De Binary.The website claimed it would let her trade on the stock market for instant returns of up to 60 per cent.She was linked up with Cypriot account manager Peter, who assured Ms Forrest the trades were "absolutely zero risk".When she wavered or grew doubtful, Peter would tell her she was "beautiful" and "glowing".He even asked Deanne if she would paint a portrait of him.Just days later she "invested" £12,500 of savings and credit card debts on to high risk trades.The only things she has to show for it are an iPhone 6 and a floor-cleaning robot that she was given as gifts for being a customer.Banc De Binary has disputed Ms Forrest's story and said she was … [Read more...] about Mum-of-two says she feels ‘naive’ after losing £12,500 on ‘zero risk’ online share trading site Banc De Binary
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A 'MIRACLE' liquid that claims to purify your body and cure a raft of illnesses has the same pH level as concentrated household BLEACH.Customers claim it has cured their baldness and made their racing dogs run faster - but scientists warn it could be lethal in high doses.Websites selling Aerobic Oxygen says it has a pH of 13 - but insists it is an all-natural product that is safe for children and pets.Watchdogs are reviewing the product and a leading professor slammed it as a "wicked scam."The product is manufactured in Canada by the Good For You Canada Corp and says its formula is a “trade secret”.David Colquhoun is a professor of pharmacology at University College London and said that Aerobic Oxygen appears to be a form of bleach, but because it’s not labelled properly it’s hard to be sure.He said: “To work out how dangerous it is you’d need to know the original concentration (not stated) as well as the volume of water to which it’s … [Read more...] about ‘Miracle’ liquid sold online which claims to purify your blood and cure viruses is as strong as BLEACH – and too much could kill you
SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has bought the UK's biggest food wholesaler in a £3.7billion deal that will create the country's "leading food business".Booker Group, which owns the Londis and Budgens brands, is the largest cash and carry operator in the UK, supplying food to 700,000 convenience stores, grocers, pubs and restaurants.With Tesco's new access to this huge market, local convenience stores, cafes and restaurants could start to sell Tesco products.The move comes after years of falling sales for Tesco, which has lost significant market share to other UK supermarkets, including discount chains Aldi and Lidl.Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said: "Tesco has made significant progress in turning around our UK retail business."This merger with Booker will further enhance Tesco's growth prospects by creating the UK's leading food business with combined expertise in retail, wholesale, supply chain and digital."Wherever food is prepared and eaten - 'in home' or 'out of … [Read more...] about Tesco to buy Budgens and Londis owner in £3.7bn deal to create ‘UK’s leading food business’
ONE of Europe’s biggest banks yesterday advised investing in UK companies in the event of Brexit because they would “outperform the European market”.Analysts at Deutsche Bank say a vote to leave the EU would cause panic on Europe’s stock markets in the weeks after June 23, causing them to fall by as much as 10 per cent.But the FTSE 100 will perform better, boosted by a weak pound.A note from the bank reads the UK stock market “tends to outperform during periods of GBP (pound) weakness”.It said the value of the pound could tumble by as much as another 5 per cent by the end of the year.The value of sterling has already declined by 8 per cent since its November peak.A weak pound will also be good for exporters, as it will make British goods cheaper for European countries to buy.Deutsche Bank concludes: “In the case of a Leave vote in the UK referendum (a scenario to which bookmakers’ odds attribute a 30 per cent probability), we expect UK … [Read more...] about Deutsche Bank’s advice to ‘invest in UK if Leave wins ballot’ after EU referendum
KODI boxes have been headline news since they became a popular way of watching TV.The technology made its name by allowing users to live-stream content from apps and on-demand services — but are they legal and will you get fined for using them? Here are the details...Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a free and open source media player application for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and other content.It's essentially a device for bringing all of your digital content together and enables you to then share it across multiple devices.It basically enables you to stream your content to any device in your home.A Kodi Box, advertised for its Plug and Play capability, is essentially a set-top box or a HDMI stick with the software installed on it.It allows people to stream shows and watch them on any platform including a computer, smartphone, tablet or set-top box.But some boxes are being modified to access paid content channels using third-party plug-ins, illegally … [Read more...] about What is Kodi, what are TV addons, are Kodi boxes illegal to use and buy and have UK Premier League streams been shutdown?
Twitter hashtags, Facebook "likes" and viral videos - for better or for worse, these are the tools of today's activists. While previous generations were busy marching and staging sit-ins, today many people just use a hashtag on Twitter and consider it a job well done. In fact, there was even a word invented for this modern form of protest that doesn't require leaving the house, but where only a retweet or a "like" is needed: "slacktivism." But is the criticism of slacktivism justified? Does online activism really not lead to any real life changes? Can online activism ever live up to the achievements of previous protesters? If a hashtag like # outcry (German: #aufschrei French: #assez), which raised awareness of everyday sexual harassment, starts trending and sparks a debate, or a campaign to waste less food goes viral - does anything actually change? Well, you might be surprised by the power of the computer keyboard. #1 People power Umbrella Revolution , we've seen what can happen … [Read more...] about Can online campaigns bring offline change?
The British government had been expected to sign the contracts with the French, mainly state owned energy giant EDF on Friday but instead announced a review of the 18-billion-pound (21 billion euros, $23.6 billion) project which is to be co-funded by the China General Nuclear Power Corporation. UK government Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said on Friday: "The government will now consider carefully all the component parts of this project and make its decision in the early autumn." On Thursday evening the board of EDF had voted 10-7 to go ahead with the project, despite the resignations of two directors and being 37 billion euros in debt. French unions have argued against the Hinkley Point C project, saying the costs were far too high, could go over-budget and might put the company itself at risk. However, the UK trade union GMB was highly critical of the decision: "Theresa May's decision to review the go-ahead on HPC is bewildering and bonkers," the union's national … [Read more...] about UK government casts doubt on Hinkley Point France-China nuclear power station
WikiLeaks is alive - still. On December 3, the whistleblowing organization published secret documents dealing with negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement between the United States, the EU and 22 other states. WikiLeaks founder and spokesman Julian Assange witnessed this publication from his refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London - as he had the site's revelations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in mid-November, as he had the publication of about 60,000 messages from Saudi Arabia's diplomatic service in June. Since June 2012, Assange has been holed up in the embassy. Meanwhile, five years have passed since the Australian lost his freedom. At the time he turned himself over to the British police. Sweden had issued an international arrest warrant for him, combined with a request for extradition. Five-year preliminary investigations Assange's judicial drama began with two women who jointly visited a Stockholm police station on a Friday afternoon in August … [Read more...] about Assange in UK: Five years without freedom – or charges
In a statement released on Tuesday, British police said they thought Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana,16, had reached Syria. The three had left their London homes to fly to Istanbul, Turkey, on February 17. "Officers… leading the investigation into the three missing schoolgirls from east London, now have reason to believe that they are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria," police said, giving no further details except that they continued to work closely with Turkish authorities. Authorities suspect the young women had been lured online into running away to join the "Islamic State" (IS) extremist group, which during the past year has claimed large parts of Iraq and Syria and declared it a Sunni Muslim caliphate to be ruled under its brutal interpretation of Sharia law. "They appear to have been induced to join a terrorist group that carries out the most hideous violence and believes girls should be married at nine and women should not leave … [Read more...] about Missing schoolgirls feared recruited by ‘Islamic State’ reach Syria: UK police
The British pound soared to $1.5480 from $ 1.5262 late in New York on Thursday, after Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to win an unexpected election victory in Britain, overturning predictions that the vote would be the closest in decades. In early trading Friday, the euro was down at 72.45 pence from 73.82 pence. Also on Friday, the blue-chip FTSE 100 index of British stocks rose 1.6 percent to 6,995.25 points - edging closer to the record high of 7,122.74 points reached last month. The FTSE 250 mid-cap index also hit an all-time high as the election results came through, setting the Conservatives on track for an overall majority in the face of many analysts' predictions of a hung parliament. The FTSE 100 Volatility Index, which had risen on Thursday as uncertainty about the election result had increased, nosedived in the early minutes of trading before settling at its lowest level since early April. Many investors had backed the Conservatives over the opposition Labour … [Read more...] about UK shares surge as Tories sweep to victory