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East Coast train line to be put into public control

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are being brought back under government control, following the failure of the current franchise.Operators Stagecoach and Virgin Trains will hand over control from 24 June.The Department for Transport will run the service until a new public-private partnership can be appointed in 2020.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it would smooth the transition to a new operator, but critics said it was evidence of private sector failure.Mr Grayling said the franchise had failed because Stagecoach and Virgin Trains had "got their bid wrong", overestimating the profitability of the line.It is the third time in a just over a decade that the government has called a hal...
Roundup: Houston Astros keep Boston Red Sox from clinching AL East

Roundup: Houston Astros keep Boston Red Sox from clinching AL East

Sports
BOSTON -- The Houston Astros kept Boston's champagne on ice and also kept their own hopes for home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs alive with a 3-2 decision over the Red Sox on Friday night. Houston's second straight win over the Red Sox kept Boston's magic number for clinching the American League East at one, with the New York Yankees winning earlier in the day to stay alive. Still, one Boston win or one New York loss and the Red Sox have their second straight AL East title. The Astros remained one game behind the Cleveland Indians for the league's best record, a deficit that was in reality two games because Cleveland owns the tiebreaker thanks to a 5-1 season series win. Alex Bregman had an RBI single and two-run homer among his three hits and Charlie Morton (14-7...
SBI to teach bankers from South East Asian countries

SBI to teach bankers from South East Asian countries

Finance
KOLKATA: State Bank of India is planning to throw open its new banking personnel training institute for employees of other banks in India and other South East Asian countries. The institute will impart leadership training to people in the mid-managemnet level and above with thrust on risk mitigation, banking regulation and technology. The focus will be on action-based and result-oriented research and capacity building, chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said. Addressing the media after inaugurating the institute she said the economy may rebound in another couple of quarters and banks need recapitalization soon to participate in growth. "Plans are getting off the table with a number of infrastructure projects being tendered out. Growth should come in a quarter or two," Bhattacharya said. ...
Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

World
Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria began moving north away from the Caribbean on Friday after lashing many of the islands there over the past week, the National Hurricane Center said.A Category 3 storm, Maria was located 115 miles east-northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas and about 395 miles east-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm was moving north-northwest at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 5 p.m. Friday advisory.Forecasters added that the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Southeastern Bahamas and the Central Bahamas.Storm surge-related water levels were forecast to subside in the Turks and Caicos, and Bahamas as Maria moved north.Maria is not expected to make landfall again in the Caribbean, tho...
Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

Health
The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat."It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."Failing treatmentsIn a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers detail the "re...