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Thursday 13th August 2015

M6 Toll: problems remain, despite upturn in fortunes

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Recent traffic statistics issued by Midland Expressway Limited reveal vehicle volumes on the M6 Toll have risen by 12 per cent over the past year – and by about a quarter over the past three years.
Date:
Thursday 13th August 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 6th August 2015

Iraq: what Britain isn't saying about its airstrikes on Islamic State

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This week, the British government announced it will extend its involvement in US-led airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State until March 2017.
Date:
Thursday 6th August 2015
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 16th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

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Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 9th July 2015

As dementia diagnoses increase, family caregiving should not be taken for granted

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It was reported this week that the Royal College of General Practitioners has raised fresh concerns about the level of support people with dementia and their carers receive from the NHS and social services. The College says that in some places, services are collapsing under the pressure of increasing diagnoses. Meanwhile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that families and fellow citizens should play a bigger role in caring for the growing number of elderly people in the UK. But as the Alzheimer's Society rightly notes, family and friends 'must not be relied on to do everything'.
Date:
Thursday 9th July 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
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