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Volvo recalling 500,000 cars worldwide over fire risk

Volvo recalling 500,000 cars worldwide over fire risk

Technology
Volvo is recalling 507,000 cars worldwide after an investigation discovered a faulty engine component which could cause the vehicles to catch fire.The Swedish carmaker, which was bought by the Chinese group Geely in 2010, issued the recall on Monday. More than 69,000 cars in the UK are affected. Volvo said it was contacting all affected customers.According to the company its internal "investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform" causing a risk of fire."In the most extreme cases, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur," the company told Sky News. Advertisement According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for...
Regular glucose test could predict diabetes risk

Regular glucose test could predict diabetes risk

Health
July 19 (UPI) -- A new test can predict diabetes years before a person develops the condition, a new study says. The random blood glucose test can detect risk factors normal diabetes tests usually miss, giving patients a better chance to treat the condition before it progresses, according to research published Friday in PLOS ONE. "Although screening for prediabetes and diabetes could permit earlier detection and treatment, many in the at-risk population do not receive the necessary screening," Mary Rhee, a researcher at Atlanta Veterans Administration Health Care System and and study lead author, said in a news release. The study included more than 900,000 VA patients who hadn't previously received diabetes diagnoses. Within a year, each patient took three random blood glucose tests duri...
Wildfires disrupt moth-flower relationships, increasing risk of extinctions

Wildfires disrupt moth-flower relationships, increasing risk of extinctions

Science
July 12 (UPI) -- New research in Portugal suggests wildfires disrupt unique relationships between flowers and the specialized moths that pollinate them. In the wake of wildfire, wildflowers take advantage of an ecosystem cleared of larger plant species. Post-fire wildflower blooms prove a boon to daytime pollinators like bees and butterflies, but new research showed moths, which visit flowers at night, aren't so lucky. When scientists surveyed moths from sites across Portugal, they found the insects carry a surprising amount of pollen. In the spring, 95 percent of the moths captured and analyzed were carrying pollen. Scientists also found the pollen of 80 percent of the native flower species being carried by surveyed moths. However, pollen levels measured on moths caught in areas recentl...
This blind spot is putting financial advisors and their clients at risk

This blind spot is putting financial advisors and their clients at risk

Finance
Maskot | Maskot | Getty ImagesIt's an email every financial advisor should expect to receive at least once.Financial advisor Charles Failla recalls receiving an email from a client asking for about $ 5,000. She was vacationing in the Caribbean and claimed the hotel where she was staying didn't accept credit cards. "She needed cash," said Failla, certified financial planner and principal at Sovereign Financial Group in New York. "I said, 'I know you're on vacation, but call me collect. I need to confirm it's you before I send money to a Caribbean island.'"After several emails, the client was able to track down a phone and confirm her identity. "She understood and appreciated it," Failla said. "It's definitely a policy at our firm: You get an email asking for money? Verify it with the client...
William Hill to shut 700 shops placing 4,500 jobs at risk

William Hill to shut 700 shops placing 4,500 jobs at risk

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter Gambling firm William Hill has confirmed plans to shut 700 betting shops, placing 4,500 jobs at risk.The bookmaker had threatened such a move before a crackdown on controversial fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) stakes was implemented on 1 April. William Hill said in a statement: "Since then the company has seen a significant fall in gaming machine revenues, in line with the guidance given when the government's decision was announced in May 2018." Image: Gamblers used to be able to bet up to 100 pounds every 20 seconds on fixed-odds betting terminals It warned that a "large number of redundancies" was anticipated among the staff affected.It said: "The group wil...