Struggling single mum says autumn £20-a-week Universal Credit cut a ‘kick in the teeth’

A single mum said extending the £20 boost to Universal Credit for just six months is a “kick in the teeth” for hard-pressed families. Rishi Sunak today confirmed that the Universal Credit supplement will stay until September. But he resisted calls to make the change permanent, meaning Universal Credit claimants could see a drop in […]


Anfernee Simons blows rim a kiss, wins dunk contest

Anfernee Simons never touched lips to rim during practice. He wanted to avoid hurting himself Sunday night in Atlanta. He couldn’t find a mouthpiece that fit. So, when the Trail Blazers guard took off for his final attempt, he knew he had little chance of sealing the dunk contest with a kiss. “I’m just going […]


Astrocytes derived from patients with bipolar disorder malfunction

Brain cells called astrocytes derived from the induced pluripotent stem cells of patients with bipolar disorder offer suboptimal support for neuronal activity. In a paper appearing March 4th in the journal Stem Cell Reports, researchers show that this malfunction can be traced to an inflammation-promoting molecule called interleukin-6 (IL-6), which is secreted by astrocytes. The […]


An ‘industry custom’ – Little-known fees help Japan trust banks dominate profitable niche market

When Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd stopped using Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd as its stock transfer agent last year, the lender slapped it with a roughly $4 million termination fee, according to two people familiar with the matter. The break fee – 2,000 yen ($19) per shareholder – is a little-known practice among Japan’s […]


Fresh footage of Tencents’ Pokémon Unite surfaces as closed beta gets underway

Pokémon Unite – the new free-to-play MOBA from Tencent’s TiMi Studios, which was also responsible for Activision’s Call of Duty Mobile – has just launched its closed beta in Canada, and a heap of new details and footage have emerged as a result. Originally announced last summer, Pokémon Unite pits two squads of five players […]


Sainsbury’s to put up to 1,150 jobs at risk including 500 head office roles

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s will slash 500 jobs at head offices across the country including roles at its Manchester and central London Holborn sites. An online fulfilment centre in Bromley-by-Bow will also be closed in June affecting 650 jobs, although the supermarket said it hopes to redeploy most of the staff to neighbouring stores. Chief executive […]