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One million hit by 5.3% npower bill price hike

One million hit by 5.3% npower bill price hike

Business
Big Six energy supplier npower is to increase standard variable energy tariffs by 5.3% in a hike affecting around a million customers. The company, owned by Germany's Innogy, blamed rising wholesale energy prices and the costs of implementing Government policy as it announced the hike, which will come into effect on 17 June.Npower said that more than 60% of its customers - such as those on fixed tariffs or using prepayment meters - would not be affected by the change.It follows a series of hikes announced by Big Six rivals British Gas, EDF and Scottish Power and the scrapping of a customer discount by E.On that will also effectively mean higher bills.SSE is the only one yet to reveal any increase.The npower hike will see a typical dual fuel gas and electricity annual bill r...
Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Technology
Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives.The possibility of "financial and reputational" damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The Register.Instead, IBM staff who need to move data around will be encouraged to do so via an internal network.The decree banning removable storage acknowledges that complying with it could be "disruptive".Losing dataIBM staff were told about the policy in an advisory from Shamla Naidoo, the company's global chief security officer.Some IBM departments had been banned from using removable portable media for some time, said Ms Naidoo, but now the decree was being implemented worldwide. IBM staff ar...
Origins of amphibian-killing fungus uncovered

Origins of amphibian-killing fungus uncovered

Science
A deadly fungus that has ravaged amphibian populations worldwide probably originated in East Asia, new research suggests.A study in Science journal supports an idea that the pet trade helped spread killer strains of the chytrid fungus around the globe.The fungus is a major cause of the devastating declines experienced by frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.There is no known effective measure for controlling the disease.The authors of the report highlight the need to tighten biosecurity along country borders, including a potential ban on the trade in amphibians as pets.The chytrid fungus, known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, was first identified as a problem in the 1990s, said co-author Dr Simon O'Hanlon, from Imperial ...
Too much, too young? Tallia Storm barely covers undercarriage in skimpy swimsuit

Too much, too young? Tallia Storm barely covers undercarriage in skimpy swimsuit

Entertainment
Good Lie songstress and Celebs Go Dating star Tallia Storm certainly turned up the heat as she wore a very racy swimsuit while in Cannes.Seb Morris' ex is in the French resort for the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.And she certainly made sure she grabbed attention in her latest swimwear.The 19-year-old barely kept her privates covered as she donned a skimpy yellow bikini on a boat trip. FLYNET/SPLASH NEWS SKIMPY: Tallia barely covered her nether regions in her saucy swimsuit FLYNET/SPLASH NEWS RISQUÉ: The pop princess certainly dared to bare in her swimwear The saucy number was so high-cut that it put the starlet thigh-brow on full disp...
New York Giants waive RB Paul Perkins

New York Giants waive RB Paul Perkins

Sports
The New York Giants waived running back Paul Perkins, the team announced Thursday. The move was expected after Perkins underwent surgery for a non-football injury and New York's subsequent decision to draft Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in last month's NFL Draft. Perkins suffered a pectoral injury prior to the start of the team's offseason program. The Giants did not offer a timeline for a return to football activities following the surgery. A fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2016, Perkins had 112 carries for 456 yards and 15 catches for 162 yards during his rookie season in the same year. Expected to compete for a starting job in 2017, Perkins mustered just 90 rushing yards and eight receptions in 11 games in 2017. He was inactive in four ga...