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Nearly 60 bank branches closing every month

Nearly 60 bank branches closing every month

Business
Nearly 60 bank and building society branches are closing every month, according to research. Between the start of 2015 and the end of 2018, 2,868 branches have closed or are scheduled to do so and the numbers are getting worse.Consumer group Which? said that so far this year 670 branches have closed or been scheduled for closure, already close to the total for 2017, when 879 branches closed.Mobile banking trucks, online banking and phone apps may be promoted as suitable substitutes but they are not convenient or accessible to everyone.They can also be unreliable, as TSB's recent IT meltdown has shown.NatWest has closed the most branches, 638 having shut or being scheduled to close by the end of 2018, followed by HSBC (440), Lloyds (366) and RBS (350).Scotland has been parti...
How many animals are born in the world every day?

How many animals are born in the world every day?

Science
Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it - well, maybe they don't fall in love but they do procreate, so can we estimate how many animals are born every day across the world? That was the question posed by a listener to the BBC's More or Less programme, a show which aims to make sense of the numbers that inform our lives.First things first, what do we mean by the term "animal"? The Oxford English Dictionary defines an animal as "a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialised sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli".So that's mammals and non-mammals, vertebrates and invertebrates, animals that hatch, and animals that have live births. ...
RBI seeks update on payments data storage every fortnight

RBI seeks update on payments data storage every fortnight

Finance
NEW DELHI: Amid concern around data security, the Reserve Bank of India is learnt to have asked payment services firms to provide an update on action taken by them to store transaction data in the country in every fortnight. "You are hereby advised to inform the status of ensuring compliance...The same shall be submitted by June 8, 2018, followed by an update on progress at fortnightly intervals thereafter," the RBI said in the letter referring to its order dated April 6, 2018. A payment bank official on the condition of anonymity confirmed receipt of the RBI letter. According to the order issued on April 6, all payment system providers including payments bank, payment gateways are required to ensure that full end-to-end transaction details relating to payment systems operated by them a...
I Ate Pizza for Breakfast Every Day for a Week—Because a Nutritionist Said It Was Healthier Than Cereal

I Ate Pizza for Breakfast Every Day for a Week—Because a Nutritionist Said It Was Healthier Than Cereal

Health
I’ve always been a fan of pizza. In high school, I looked forward to the one time each week my parents would order a pie for dinner—and then the cold leftover slice I would inevitably eat for breakfast the following morning. So when I heard about a nutritionist who said pizza can be healthier than a bowl of cereal for breakfast, I was intrigued.Instead of eating my usual cereal or Greek yogurt for breakfast, I thought it was worth trying pizza for five days straight. The right pizza supposedly can provide more nutrients than a bowl of sugary corn flakes, the nutritionist said, and I wanted to test the theory. To make sure I was doing breakfast pizza the right way, I spoke with Health contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, who provided a few ess...
Every Premier League club's star player from the weekend, according to WhoScored.com stats

Every Premier League club's star player from the weekend, according to WhoScored.com stats

Sports
Monday, April 16, 2018Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the 2017/18 season on Sunday.City have been far and away the best team in the top-flight this term and their title triumph was sealed with five games to spare thanks to Manchester United's shock defeat at home to West Brom.At the other end of the table, there were crucial wins for Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, while Southampton threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Chelsea, leaving Mark Hughes' side with a mountain to climb in their bid to beat relegation.But who were the best performers over the weekend?Click the right arrow, above, to see every club's best performing player from their weekend fixture, based on their WhoScored.com statistical rating...Players must have been on the pitch for 60 m...