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Snooker Shoot Out: Jimmy White beats 11-time women’s champion Reanne Evans

White has reached the last 32 in the event only twice Jimmy White beat 11-time women’s world champion Reanne Evans in a scrappy match at the Snooker Shoot Out. White, 56, won 54-26 at Watford Colosseum as Evans, 33, became the first woman to compete on television in the final stages of a ranking event. Former world number three James Wattana, meanwhile, lost to 14-year-old Ben Mertens by just one point. Ricky Walden made Thursday’s highest break with a run of 132 against 12-year-old Liam Davies. Six-time world finalist White…

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UK rehomes some 100 Syria White Helmets and family members

Image copyright Getty Images Some 100 volunteers and family members from the Syria White Helmets civil defence group have been resettled in the UK, the Home Office has confirmed. The White Helmets group has saved more than 115,000 lives in Syria’s war zones, according to the UK government. The volunteers were evacuated with the help of the UK last year, when their lives were in danger. One former member told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his life “had changed completely”. Khalil, 30, whose real name we are not using, said…

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The real ‘Jaws’: Great white shark’s genetic secrets revealed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature — right down to its genes. A great white shark is seen in the waters near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico in this 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters February 18, 2019. Byron Dilkes/Danah Divers/Handout via REUTERS Scientists on Monday said they have decoded the genome of Earth’s largest predatory fish, detecting numerous genetic traits that help explain its remarkable evolutionary success,…

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Half of universities have fewer than 5% poor white students

Image copyright PA More than half of England’s universities have fewer than 5% of poor white students on their books, says an analysis of university entry figures. The report, from the National Education Opportunities Network (Neon), shows white students from deprived areas in low numbers in many top universities. There are 3% at the University of Oxford, compared with 28% at Teesside. The study says too few universities have clear targets to recruit white working-class students. Education Secretary Damian Hinds has previously warned of the risk of communities feeling “left…

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BBC asks White House for security review after Trump rally attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Trump supporter shoves a BBC cameraman at the El Paso rally The BBC has requested the White House review security for media attending President Donald Trump’s rallies after an attack on one of its cameramen. The BBC’s Ron Skeans was shoved and sworn at by a man in a Make America Great Again cap during the president’s rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday. On Tuesday the BBC said the press area was unsupervised, and no security tried to intervene during…

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Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionElizabeth Warren: ‘This is the fight of our lives… to build an America that works for everyone’ US Senator Elizabeth Warren has formally launched her bid to stand for the White House in 2020 with a speech in which she promised to tackle economic inequality. She is the latest Democrat to launch a campaign to become the party’s presidential candidate. Even before she had taken to the stage, President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign team had responded calling her a fraud. It is…

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White House expects to take action on 5G, artificial intelligence soon

FILE PHOTO: A 5G sign is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will take “executive action” in the coming weeks to make sure the United States keeps its research and development advantage in artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, quantum computing and next generation wireless networks, known as 5G, a White House official said on Wednesday. President Donald Trump discussed investing in what he called “industries of the future” as part of expanded infrastructure investment in his…

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Venezuela crisis: White House ‘will respond to threats against diplomats’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands more leave Venezuela amid new crisis The US has warned Venezuela that any threats against American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be met with “a significant response”. National Security Adviser John Bolton said any such “intimidation” would be “a grave assault on the rule of law”. His warning comes days after the US and more than 20 other countries recognised Mr Guaidó as interim president. Meanwhile, Mr Guaidó has called for anti-government protests on Wednesday and Saturday. The political…

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White skunk rescued after wandering Wiltshire countryside

Image copyright Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital Image caption The cream coloured mammal was found wandering near some stables in west Wiltshire A wildlife hospital got a surprise when a skunk was brought in. The mammal was found by a vet near some stables in west Wiltshire on Thursday who took it to the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital near Salisbury. The animals are native to the Americas and are infamous for their smelly spray. However, Marilyn Korkis, who works at the hospital, said the animal did not shower its rescuers and had since…

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Swimming with biggest great white shark on record

Footage has emerged of divers getting up close and personal with the biggest great white shark on record. Kimberly Jeffries had been hoping to capture images of sea creatures feeding on a whale carcass off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Ms Jeffries says catching sight of three massive female sharks was “an incredible source of knowledge for the scientific community”. She described it as “one of the most amazing things ever”. Source link

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