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Interest rates on hold as Bank cuts growth outlook

Interest rates on hold as Bank cuts growth outlook

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe Bank of England said the UK economy has hit a "temporary soft patch" as it kept interest rates on hold at 0.5%.The Bank cut its growth forecast for the year to 1.4%, down from the forecast of 1.8% made in February.The Bank says that cut is almost entirely due to the disruption to the economy caused by bad weather in March.However, Bank governor Mark Carney said in an interview with BBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed that "it's likely" rates will rise this year. In a press conference after the rates decision was announced, Mr Carney said the "underlying pace of growth remains more resilient than the headline data suggests".As recently as February economists were expecting the Bank to raise interest rates this month.That view changed after figure...
Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

Technology
Children's habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad.Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write?Sally Payne, head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust has seen evidence this is the case.She recently told the Guardian newspaper: "Children coming into school are being given a pencil but, increasingly, they are not able to hold it because they don't have the fundamental movement skills."To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers. "Children need ...
North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

World
Officials from North Korea accepted South Korea's offer and will send athletes to next month's Winter Olympics as the two sides began long-anticipated talks on Tuesday. North Korea agreed to send athletes, officials and reporters to the games, as well as its cheerleading group and taekwondo demonstration athletes. South Korea proposed the two countries march together in the Opening Ceremonies, a point which will be further debated Tuesday afternoon. In their opening statement, South Korea mentioned further denuclearization talks between the two countries, but the point was not acknowledged by North Korean officials in early discussions. "In addition, we proposed resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and holding inter-Korean Red Cross talks to discuss this," Chun Hae-s...
Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water

Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water

Science
The first known interstellar asteroid may hold water from another star system in its interior, according to a study.Discovered on 19 October, the object's speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated beyond our Solar System.The body showed no signs of "outgassing" as it approached the Sun, strengthening the idea that it held little if any water-ice.But the latest findings suggest water might be trapped under a thick, carbon-rich coating on its surface.The results come as a project to search for life in the cosmos has been using a radio telescope to check for radio signals coming from the strange, elongated object, named 'Oumuamua.Astronomers from the Breakthrough Listen initiative have been looking across four different radio frequency bands for anything that might resemble a sign...
Nick Foles throws four touchdowns as Philadelphia Eagles hold off New York Giants

Nick Foles throws four touchdowns as Philadelphia Eagles hold off New York Giants

Sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quarterback Nick Foles threw four touchdown passes as the Philadelphia Eagles held off the New York Giants 34-29 at MetLife Stadium. Foles, who was 24 of 38 for 237, took over as the Eagles starting quarterback after they lost Carson Wentz last week to a season-ending knee injury. Foles helped his team clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished 35 of 54 for 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The Giants, who haven't scored more than 20 points in a game since Nov. 12 against the San Francisco 49ers when they recorded 21 points, scored touchdowns on their first three drives of the game. Those included a 1-yard run by Orleans Darkwa, a 13-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Tavarres King and a 67-...