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German economic growth slowest for five years

German economic growth slowest for five years

Business
Germany's economy grew by 1.5% last year, its slowest rate since 2013, the latest official figures show.Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed Europe's largest economy slowed sharply as the year wore on.A weaker global economy and problems in the car industry, caused by new pollution standards, have been cited as contributing to the slowdown.At the start of 2018, the German economy had been expected to grow by 1.8%. Growth was 2.2% in 2017.Germany's economy had shrunk in the third quarter of the year, by 0.2%, with global trade disputes blamed for the contraction.There were fears that Germany was at risk of following that with another quarter of negative growth, something that would have put the country into recession.The statistics office has ...
Signals from space: Five theories on what they are

Signals from space: Five theories on what they are

Science
Mysterious signals have been picked up from distant galaxies. When fast radio bursts or FRBs, as they are called, reach Earth's telescopes they shine brightly for a few milliseconds, then disappear.Astronomers have detected dozens over the past decade - and have just announced they've found more of them, including a rare repeating signal. We don't know exactly what they are or where they're from, but here are five suspects:A rapidly spinning neutron starWhen stars explode and die they can end up as rapidly spinning neutron stars. Astronomers think those found in a region with a high magnetic field might produce the strange signals. "Something like a neutron star fits the...
The five biggest fashion looks for spring 2019

The five biggest fashion looks for spring 2019

Entertainment
If you've had enough of matching your scarf to your jumper, or accessorising every outfit with a pair of thermal tights, then never fear - help is on its way.Thanks to the way the fashion industry works, with designers showing collections months before they hit the shops, we already know what you'll be wearing come spring 2019.At the recent London, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks, the biggest looks were baby blue, clashing prints, the pink tuxedo, tie dye and bleach denim.You can get ahead of the fashion curve now by looking out for pieces that fit these forward-looking trends. Baby blue Last spring's pastel of choice was lavender, but ...
Five things you need to do before you pack your bags for an overseas retirement

Five things you need to do before you pack your bags for an overseas retirement

Finance
To all those who make the big decision to retire abroad, Cynthia and Edd Staton say, "Congratulations!" In 2009, a look at their battered retirement accounts made the Statons think hard about what their retirement might look like. They could stay in the U.S. where they'd lived all their lives, or they could find a foreign country with a far lower cost of living and set out on a great adventure. They chose adventure and haven't looked back. The couple has written books about their experiences and plans to create more projects about how to retire abroad. Retiring overseas...
Livingston 5-0 Hearts: Hosts score five goals and Arnaud Djoum sent off in 14-minute spell

Livingston 5-0 Hearts: Hosts score five goals and Arnaud Djoum sent off in 14-minute spell

Sports
Livingston scored five goals and Hearts' Arnaud Djoum was sent off in the space of 14 minutes as the hosts thumped Craig Levein's side at the Toni Macaroni Arena.Hearts, who could have gone joint-top of the Premiership, were routed in West Lothian.Craig Halkett scored a penalty before Hearts were reduced to 10 men when Djoum received a second yellow card. Dolly Menga and Ryan Hardie, twice, scored before Shaun Byrne made it five.Referee Nick Walsh had erroneously shown Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal a second yellow card after giving away the initial penalty before correcting his mistake.The result means Livingston move into fifth in the Premiership, while Hearts remain fourth, missing the ch...