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British Steel on the brink of collapse – with 25,000 jobs at risk

British Steel on the brink of collapse – with 25,000 jobs at risk

Business
Britain's second-largest steel producer is on the brink of collapse amid growing signs that an emergency government loan would fail to materialise, putting a total of close to 25,000 jobs at risk.Sky News has learnt that British Steel, its lenders and Whitehall are preparing for an insolvency to take place within 48 hours, with EY expected to be formally appointed as administrators on Wednesday unless a deal is struck by Tuesday afternoon. If last-minute talks fail to secure a solvent deal, British Steel's collapse could result in more than 4,000 redundancies at its giant Scunthorpe steelworks, job cuts at its other sites, and as many as 20,000 more jobs in its supply chain also jeopardised by the crisis. Image: The company was seeking a taxpaye...
Heart scan ‘could pick up signs of sudden death risk’

Heart scan ‘could pick up signs of sudden death risk’

Health
Scientists say a new scan technique could identify people at risk of collapsing and dying suddenly from a hidden heart condition.Normally, in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, signs of structural changes in the heart can only be picked up after death.But University of Oxford researchers used microscopic imaging to spot the same patterns in living patients.The condition is the top cause of sudden cardiac death in young people.It is a common, inherited condition, affecting one in 500 people in the UK, which can be fatal in small numbers of people.Footballer Fabrice Muamba had a near-fatal cardiac arrest during a match while David Frost's son Miles died suddenly while jogging aged 31, for example.Yet many of those with hypert...
Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

Science
Southern Europe countries are said to be at the greatest risk from a deadly disease described as a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry.The European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) says computer modelling has helped understand how it spreads, but there is no cure for infected plants.Experts describe Xylella as one of the "most dangerous pathogens worldwide".It was first recorded in Italy in 2013, and has since spread to other European nations.Olive killer disease reaches Spain"One of the problems of Xylella is that is a bit of a silent spreader," explained Dr Stephen Parnell from the University of Salford and chairman of the EFSA's working group on Xylella fastidiosa pest risk assessment."You can have different lengths ...
Risk of accidental US-Iran war, Hunt warns

Risk of accidental US-Iran war, Hunt warns

World
By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, news reporter Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told Sky News there is a risk the US and Iran could end up at war unintentionally.It comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled the Moscow leg of his trip to Russia to discuss Iran's latest nuclear threat with Mr Hunt and his European counterparts in Brussels instead. Speaking as he arrived for the talks, Mr Hunt told Sky's Michelle Clifford: "We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended on either side. Image: Jeremy Hunt and Mike Pompeo discussed Iranian tensions last week "What we need is a period of calm to make sure that everyone understands what the o...
Government looks to protect votes from risk of foreign interference

Government looks to protect votes from risk of foreign interference

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The government wants to introduce new laws to protect elections and referendums in the UK from the risk of interference by foreign powers.Announcing the move, the minister for the constitution Kevin Foster MP stated: "There is no evidence that British elections or referendums have been compromised." However, he added: "But we need to review and refresh our analogue laws for a digital age, and ensure there are robust safeguards against hostile states, foreign lobbyists and shadowy third parties."According to the government's announcement, the new plans could tackle these potential agents of influence by::: Barring people from running for office if found guilty of abusive behaviour;:: Requiring online election material ...