Childhood acute leukaemia, says the highly respected Prof Mel Greaves, is nothing to do with power lines or nuclear fuel reprocessing stations. After the best part of a century of speculation, some of it with little basis in science, Greaves – who recently won the Royal Society’s prestigious Royal Medal – says the cancer is caused by a combination of genetic mutations and a lack of childhood infection. Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, has compiled evidence from decades of work on acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), which affects one in 2,000 children. One in 20 children, he says, are born with a genetic mutation that puts them potentially at risk. Greaves says he hopes the work may lead to some sort of vaccine or drug to prevent childhood leukaemia.
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Mike Pompeo threatens Tehran with additional measures and warns: ‘The Iranian regime should know this is just the beginning’Mike Pompeo has threatened Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history” if it does not comply with a list of a dozen US demands. EU sets course for US clash with law blocking Iran sanctions Read more“The Iranian regime should know this is just the beginning,” Pompeo said. It protected the world from an Iranian nuclear bomb, and in return it gave the Iranians some recognisable economic benefits. Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, tweeted that the United States was repeating “the same wrong choices”. “Note that no other US president has openly sought to effect regime change in Iran.
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Why the GDPR email deluge, and can I ignore it? “Businesses are not required to automatically ‘repaper’ or refresh all existing 1998 Act consents in preparation for the GDPR,” Vitale said. “The first question to ask is: which of the six legal grounds under the GDPR should you rely on to process personal data? Recital 171 of the GDPR makes clear you can continue to rely on any existing consent that was given in line with the GDPR requirements, and there’s no need to seek fresh consent. There are also discussions over companies not respecting even the existing data privacy regulations.”Paul Jordan, the Europe managing director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, offered one silver lining.
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With the introduction of the new 100-ball tournament from 2020 and a recognition that the marginalisation of the County Championship is having an effect on England’s Test team, Wasim Khan will lead a working group charged with devising solutions to the problem of how to fit four domestic tournaments into a six-month season. The working group met for the first time last week but will not make any recommendations to the ECB until the autumn. They are clear on their remit though. Wasim will lead the group tasked with deciding the future of domestic cricket Miles Willis/Getty Images“The first meeting was to look at what key principles we need to abide by and consider as we go through the process,” Khan said after the first meeting of his group. “The one at the top was: we all want to see…
Robertson is already regarded by some as the Premier League’s best left back Mark Robinson for The TimesAndrew Robertson reeled off the doubts that have eaten away at him, then addressed those difficult afternoons spent watching Liverpool from the sterile confines of an executive box rather than out on the pitch, immersed in the cut and thrust. And to think that this was all supposed to have been a fairytale. It felt more like a grind, a mental battle. The sort of grim scenario that, in hindsight, served as a test of his temperament before his talent eventually shone through. When Robertson steps out in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday, it will be the culmination of a remarkable rise for a player who, as a teenager six years ago, tweeted that he was skint and, while rebuilding his…
The wealth of resources under the Himalayas is testing relations between India and China BIJU BORO/AFP/GETTY IMAGESLarge-scale mining for gold and silver on China’s side of its disputed Himalayan border with India is threatening to raise tensions between the two amid claims that geologists have identified precious metals and minerals in the area worth more than £40 billion. New mines are being set up at an unprecedented rate after years of investment in the region by President Xi’s government, with once-sleepy goat-herding villages in Lhunze county becoming mining boom towns complete with restaurants, hotels, an airport and deep tunnels dug into the mountains. Zheng Youye, lead scientist in the Chinese minerals survey, said that the rapid increase in mining and infrastructure projects was likely to bring further settlement and extend Chinese influence in the area. There is already a substantial military…
Don’t they all look pleased? As well they might. The official pictures from the triumphant royal wedding were released yesterday, showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex beaming with happiness in the midst of their family, bridesmaids and page boys. The newlyweds were showing off some gleaming dental work, the bride’s smile matched only by the dazzling white of her dress: all that Hollywood-style dentistry coming good when it counts. However, when it comes to sheer determination to put his best happy face on for the camera, there is nothing that quite matches four-year-old Prince George’s effort.
Buttler, an accomplished wicketkeeper, will concentrate on his batting at Lord’s while Jonny Bairstow, inset, discovers a new training aid for his duties behind the stumps PHILIP BROWN/GETTY IMAGESJos Buttler has revealed that Shane Warne gave him the confidence to believe that he could return to Test cricket. The legendary Australia leg spinner has been working as a team mentor with the Rajasthan Royals, Buttler’s IPL franchise, and told the 27-year-old that there was no reason why his style of play would not be successful in the longest format. “In India I enjoyed having Shane Warne as a mentor, we spoke about Test cricket and how I could get back in,” Buttler said. “He said to me ‘why can’t you play the way in Test cricket that you do in other forms of the game? It is just a game of cricket, play how you can.’ ”Buttler has admitted his shock at…
When Debbie Harry saw one lying upside down on a midtown Manhattan street in 1976, she thought, what a great place for a photo shoot! Harry talked to the Guardian about that shot as she toured a new show of classic punk photos at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York’s Soho district. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Debbie Harry by Chris Stein. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie attending the exhibit at Morrison Hotel Gallery. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesThough Blondie became one of the few early punk acts to break through, Harry retains a cool remove.
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Nor is it unusual for elite Premier League clubs to be overseen by owners from outside the UK. She had acted as a representative of the owner at the club, and in support of the board of directors, before formally joining the board of Chelsea FC plc in the summer of 2013. She is joined on the board of Chelsea FC plc by Eugene Tenenbaum, a Canadian financier who worked as corporate finance chief in Abramovich’s oil business and accompanied the Russian to London in 2003, and the chairman, Bruce Buck, a lawyer by trade. Chelsea FC plc’s ultimate parent company is Fordstam Limited, which boasts a debt of around £1.1bn in the form of an interest-free loan from Abramovich, theoretically repayable on 18 months’ notice. The parent company’s money has been ploughed into Chelsea FC plc as equity, and then on to the football club itself – Chelsea Ltd – again as equity.
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Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK. Tomlinson said the data was gathered through “clandestine tracking and collation” of browsing on the iPhone, known as the “Safari Workaround” – an activity he said was exposed by a PhD researcher in 2012. Speaking ahead of the hearing, Lloyd said: “I believe that what Google did was quite simply against the law. Google contends the type of “representative action” being brought against it by Lloyd is unsuitable and should not go ahead. The company’s lawyers said there is no suggestion the Safari Workaround resulted in any information being disclosed to third parties.
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The Last Week Tonight host addressed the mixed messages from Trump and his national security adviser about North KoreaJohn Oliver: Kim is only person excited to get a picture taken with Mike PompeoOn Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the prospects for the planned June summit between the US and North Korea. John Oliver on Michael Cohen: a lawyer so bad 'he made Trump get Giuliani' Read moreAfter briefly covering Saturday’s royal wedding, Oliver said: “Let’s move on to North Korea, a country led by a man who is both a brutal dictator and the only person who’s ever been excited to get a picture taken with Mike Pompeo. “Negotiating with North Korea is clearly the tightest of tightropes to walk,” the host added. “The Libya model that he’s talking about involves a deal with the US and others struck to get Libya to give up their nuclear weapons program. Donald Trump's threat to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi Read more“For a sense of just how badly Bolton screwed up here, Trump actually walked his comments back,” Oliver said.
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Royal Wedding photos: first official pictures of Duke and Duchess of Sussex releasedThe first official photos of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been released by Kensington Palace. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski/PAA second image features other members of the royal household, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski/PAThe picture also features Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who was the only member of her close family to attend the ceremony. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Official wedding photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski/PAPhotographer Lubomirski is himself royalty, through the lineage of the Polish House of Lubomirski – his official title is His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski.
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