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No-spoiler review: Star Wars has changed forever

No-spoiler review: Star Wars has changed forever

Entertainment
A long time ago, I gave up on Star Wars. Grew tired of bad acting and vague catchphrases. "What this franchise needs is a rebel," I thought. Now it has found one.Light and darkness. Good and evil. Empire and rebellion.There is a reason why this binary vision of the world is the cornerstone of any nutritious blockbuster. Kids love it because they get it, while older fans accept being tricked into seeing the world as black and white.That's why we have heroes and villains. Sometimes the hero breaks bad but, once that happens, there is seldom any hope left for him.Since the Star Wars franchise was reinvented nearly two decades ago, it has been plagued by cliches and bad characters.Video:Questions The Last Jedi needs to answer::The Last Jedi: First reactions to the new Star WarsEpisodes went fo...
Equifax board hired law firm WilmerHale to review breach and early August stock trades

Equifax board hired law firm WilmerHale to review breach and early August stock trades

Finance
Equifax's board has hired the law firm WilmerHale to do an independent review of the data breach and the company's response to it and to review early August stock trades by some of its top executives, the company said Friday.An Equifax spokeswoman said the board's special committee investigating the matter is "conducting a thorough and independent review" of the breach and retained WIlmerHale. The law firm is also reviewing "the circumstances surrounding the trading by certain of the Company's executives," she said in an email.Three executives sold $ 1.8 million in shares just days after Equifax discovered the breach but more than one month before it disclosed it to the public. A spokeswoman has said previously that the executives, who include the company's chief financial officer, were no...
Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Health
SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other household items, building materials and electronics, the researchers said.Together, the studies reviewed suggested that IQs dip by 3.7 points for every 10-fold increase in prenatal exposure to these flame retardants."Even the loss of a few IQ points on a population-wide level means more children who need early interventions, and families who may face personal and economic burdens for the rest of their lives," said study co-author Tr...
Energy price review as Govt aims to cut bills

Energy price review as Govt aims to cut bills

Business
An independent review aims to "sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy" at a time when there are concerns about rising bills.The Government-backed study will look at how the UK can meet its climate change targets while also keeping costs down for consumers.Ministers want the country to have the lowest energy costs in Europe for households and businesses.But earlier this week there was anger when British Gas said it was putting up electricity prices by 12.5% for 3.1 million customers.The review, headed by Oxford University professor Dieter Helm, will investigate key factors affecting bills, including energy and carbon pricing, efficiency measures and regulation.He said: "My review will be independent and sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy, and make...
Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, July 23: PSG want player swap with Manchester United, Riyad Mahrez favours Arsenal move

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, July 23: PSG want player swap with Manchester United, Riyad Mahrez favours Arsenal move

Sports
talkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Sunday's newspapers...Manchester United's hunt for £60million Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti has been stopped in its tracks – with the French side demanding Anthony Martial as the deal breaker. (Mirror)Barcelona will test Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho with an £80million bid. (Mirror)Ligue 1 side PSG are moving closer to smashing the world transfer record by agreeing to pay Barcelona £196million for Neymar. (Express)But the Catalan club’s board believe signing Neymar’s Brazil team-mate Coutinho could help prevent him from leaving for the French capital. (Daily Mail)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of a £70m move to PSG. (Evening St