Something big in British politics changed this week, but not in the way Theresa May hoped. She would like it to be remembered as the moment the Conservatives pledged to pump an extra £20bn a year into the NHS, addressing her party’s traditional weakness and possibly even neutralising Labour’s biggest weapon. However, it might prove a pivotal moment for a very different reason. In his Mansion House speech last night, Philip Hammond confirmed that taxes will rise to pay for the NHS boost. In doing so, the Tories risk throwing away their strong unique selling point as the low tax party, and possibly helping Labour to tackle its biggest weakness – a lack of trust on the economy. Labour has traditionally been seen as the party with a heart, the Tories as having a head. Despite the public’s deep affection for the NHS, when it came to elections, many people voted with their head, or perhaps their wallet. As May reminded MPs on Wednesday, the Tories have been in … [Read more...] about Is Corbyn smart enough to take the golden opportunity Theresa May just handed him?
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If the thought of going to a crowded gym brings you out in a cold sweat and gets your heart pumping for all the wrong reasons, the idea of creating a personalised home gym may have crossed your mind. And if cycling appeals, your eyes will turn to a static exercise bike(or a turbo trainer – a stationary device to which you can attach your 'real' bike. As an example, check out the Tacs Flux Smart Trainer, available for £599 at probikekit.co.uk.) The best exercise bikes are less bulky than a treadmill or a cross-trainer, and it means you would swerve the journey to and from the gym (time efficient for those with busy schedules) or avoid the traffic you might encounter on a road bike (all the while sheltered from the elements), enjoying the same health benefits and performance improvements in the comfort of your own home. It's the one-stop solution to all your weight loss goals and gym-going woes. Right? Short, … [Read more...] about The best exercise bikes: is indoor cycling an effective way to lose weight and avoid the gym?
Britain's biggest energy supplier has confirmed a 5.5% price hike next month - in a move that could add an extra £60 to 4.1 million bills. In a statement, the firm said it had "reluctantly" made the decision to increase its standard variable tariff (SVT) from 29 May 2018. A statement read: "We fully understand that any price increase adds extra pressure on customers’ household bills. "We stopped selling the SVT, which has no end date, on 31 March so it’s no longer available to new customers. We are also encouraging our existing customers on this tariff to choose one of our new fixed-term deals. "And by the end of 2018 we hope over 1 million more customers will have chosen to move onto one of these alternative deals." If you are still on this standard tariff - of which more than 4 million people are - the price for a typical dual fuel customer will go up on average by £60 to £1,161. That's £30 for gas and £30 for electricity. However, around 3.7 … [Read more...] about Millions of British Gas customers to see bills rise £60 in May
By Bernardo Vizcaino SYDNEY (Reuters) – A new venture aims to use blockchain technology to modernise the management and investments of Islamic charitable endowments, called waqf, that would tap into a vast but underutilised pool of assets across the Muslim world. Singapore-based financial technology company Finterra has developed a crowdfunding platform that uses digital ledger technology, or blockchain, to create “smart contracts” that would be tied to specific waqf projects, said Finterra founder and Chief Executive Officer Hamid Rashid. The firm hopes this can provide a more efficient way to raise money, manage and transfer ownership of waqf, which receive donations from Muslims to operate social projects, such as mosques, schools and welfare schemes. “We are trying to change the financial terrain in its approach to crowdfunding and development of waqf,” said Rashid in a telephone interview. Finterra’s plans reflects the interest that a number of … [Read more...] about Blockchain venture aims to modernise Islamic endowments
Going to bed no later than 9.44pm, telling someone else about your plans - and packing your gym gear two-and-a-half hours in advance are among the best ways to ensure you don’t back out of exercising , a study has found. Having three sets of exercise clothes, taking two days off a week and going to the gym first thing in the morning to ‘get it out of the way’ are other tips people swear by to stick with their fitness plans. The poll of 2,000 adults found 54 per cent of people reckon they need to exercise more often than they currently do, with a lack of time (44 per cent), motivation (43 per cent) and money (18 per cent) named as the biggest barriers. But 37 per cent struggle more during January than at any other time of the year, with 56 per cent putting it down to the dark mornings and evenings making it harder to get going. Andy Birch, Product and Fitness Director at health club group Virgin Active , which commissioned the research said: “One of the most … [Read more...] about Top 4 best ways to make sure you don’t back out of exercise or going to the gym