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Listen: ‘It was an astonishing decision’ – Former Northern Ireland star slams Romanian referee for penalty call

Listen: ‘It was an astonishing decision’ – Former Northern Ireland star slams Romanian referee for penalty call

Sports
Former Norther Ireland star David Healy has slammed Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan for his ‘astonishing’ penalty decision which leave the nation’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.Northern Ireland suffered a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in the first-leg of their play-off at Windor Park on Thursday night, with Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial penalty putting the Swiss in the driving seat of their tie.MATCH REPORT: Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balanceThe AC Milan star slotted in from the spot after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled inside the area, although replays showed the ball hitting his shoulder, and from point-blank range.It was a harsh decision and one of many questionable calls from the ref, having earlier waved pl
Investors call the end of the government-bond bull market (again)

Investors call the end of the government-bond bull market (again)

Finance
FOR the umpteenth time in the past decade, a great turning-point has been declared in the government-bond market. Bond yields have risen across the world, including in China, where the yield on the ten-year bond has come close to 4% for the first time since 2014. The ten-year Treasury-bond yield, the most important benchmark, has risen from 2.05% in early September to 2.37%, though that is still below its level of early March (see chart).Investors have been expecting bond yields to rise for a while. A survey by JPMorgan Chase found that a record 70% of its clients with speculative accounts had “short” positions in Treasury bonds—ie, betting that prices would fall and that yields would rise. Meanwhile a poll of global fund managers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in October found th
Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Health
A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor's group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC offic...
Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

Business
The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a "back door" to staying in the EU.Their comments are being seen as an attempt to show unity between rival sides in Theresa May's cabinet.The Liberal Democrats said Mr Hammond had "been brought back in line"."What this is about is getting Philip Hammond back on track with a hard Brexit program," Tom Brake, the party's foreign affairs spokesman, said. "What we don't know from this letter is exactly how this is going to work. It's also not clear how long the transition period is going to be."The letter comes as ministers start to set out their d...
Call for millions on streets as Venezuela polls open

Call for millions on streets as Venezuela polls open

World
Opposition leaders in Venezuela have issued a rallying call for millions of protesters to take to the streets - as polls open in a controversial vote.They are boycotting the Constituency Assembly election, claiming President Nicolas Maduro will use its result to crush dissenters and tighten his grip on power.Polling stations are to open at 7am local time (12pm BST) and are expected to close 11 hours later.If successful, President Maduro will essentially govern a one-party state, controlling the powerful 545-member body charged with re-writing the Venezuelan constitution.:: Vote or lose your home: Venezuela's 'illegal' electionImage:Venezuela's President Nicolas MaduroThe vote will mark the peak of four months of protests that have seen 110 people killed in clashes with riot police.Oppositi...