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Bell Pottinger expelled from trade body for South African campaign

Bell Pottinger expelled from trade body for South African campaign

Business
Bell Pottinger has been expelled from the UK public relations trade body for its work on a controversial contract in South Africa.It is the first time that the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has ejected a PR firm as prominent as Bell Pottinger.PRCA director-general Francis Ingham said it was "highly questionable" whether the firm would survive.Bell Pottinger said it "accepts that there are lessons need to be learned".The PR firm's work on a campaign for Oakbay Capital, a South African company owned by the wealthy Gupta family, had "incited racial hatred" and was "absolutely unthinkable", Mr Ingham said.He expected more clients to abandon Bell Pottinger following the sanction.South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance complained to the PRCA, accusing Bell Pottinge...
New camera can see through the human body

New camera can see through the human body

Technology
A new camera that can see through the human body has "immense potential" in medical procedures, say researchers.It is designed to track endoscopes - an instrument put into the body to examine things like the digestive system or respiratory tract.The camera can detect the illuminated tip of the endoscope tube through 20cm (8in) of tissue, according to early tests.Until now, tracking the equipment has not been possible without X-rays or other expensive methods.Image:The new technology can detect individual photons. Pic: University of EdinburghWith current methods it can also be very difficult to find out exactly where the endoscope is because the light beams scatter or bounce off tissues and organs.But the new camera can give a precise location because it can detect individual photons and me...
Kenya: Electoral body defies court in presidential petition

Kenya: Electoral body defies court in presidential petition

World
Lawyers made their closing arguments Tuesday night to Kenya's Supreme Court over a challenge by longtime politician Raila Odinga to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election earlier this month. Odinga claims the declaration of Kenyatta's victory with 54 percent of the vote was fraudulent, contending hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's servers and manipulated results in the president's favor. The challenger's lawyer, James Orengo, said the court should invalidate Kenyatta's win because a scrutiny of forms used to tally presidential results showed many lacked security features that the electoral commission agreed on. He said the forms also were not signed, as required to ensure accountability. He said those anomalies affected nearly 5 million votes. "Our case has proven forge...
9 male celebrities who've opened up about body image

9 male celebrities who've opened up about body image

Entertainment
Noel Fielding told the Sunday Times earlier this week that he "can't put on weight" because he gets more work when he's thinner.He later clarified his comments but the new Great British Bake Off host had lifted the lid on a big issue.The beauty standards imposed on women in media are nothing new, but the experiences of their male counterparts have often been overlooked.In recent years, more male stars have spoken out about their struggles.This week, Blue singer and stage actor Antony Costa spoke about the fat-shaming abuse he faced on social media and explained the pressures of showbusiness."Me as a bloke being in this business, it's hard because you've got to keep up with the Joneses, you've got to been seen to have the six pack." he told ITV's Lorraine. In a 2016 survey of more than 1,00...
Balance your body

Balance your body

Health
Meditation, massage and yoga all have a crucial role to play in balancing mind and body, but recently there’s been a rapid rise of another ancient tool to add to your stress-busting arsenal: adaptogens. So what exactly are they? Adaptogenic ingredients are plant-based compounds that help your body adapt to physical and emotional stress. These natural healers have adapted to thriving in stressful conditions and have become adept at sharing their survival properties and techniques.‘Adaptogenic herbs have a balancing effect, reducing the negative changes that can happen in the body in response to stress,’ explains Sebastian Pole, herbal director of Pukka Herbs. ‘There’s good evidence that adaptogens can help boost energy, lessen fatigue, reduce anxiety, encourage positivity and improve focus