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Patisserie Valerie: Scale of alleged fraud may be worse than first feared

Patisserie Valerie: Scale of alleged fraud may be worse than first feared

Business
The crisis-hit owner of Patisserie Valerie is examining "options" for the business, warning the scale of alleged fraud in its accounts may be much worse than initially feared. Trading in shares of Patisserie Holdings were suspended in October when it flagged a black hole in its accounts from "potentially fraudulent" accounting irregularities.The fallout saw its former finance director arrested and released amid a Serious Fraud Office investigation.The company said on Tuesday evening: "The work carried out by the company's forensic accountants since (October) has revealed that the misstatement of its accounts was extensive, involving very significant manipulation of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts."Among other manipulations, this involved thousands of false en...
AI identifies precancerous cervix better than human experts, report says

AI identifies precancerous cervix better than human experts, report says

Health
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A new artificial intelligence method could be key for future diagnosis of cervical cancer. The algorithm, developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, was 91 percent accurate in diagnosing cancer in women during a study in Costa Rica, according to findings published Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "Our findings show that a deep learning algorithm can use images collected during routine cervical cancer screening to identify precancerous changes that, if left untreated, may develop into cancer," Mark Schiffman, a researcher at the NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and study senior author, said in a news release. "In fact, the computer analysis of the images was better at identifying precancer than a human expert revie...
Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Technology
Russia's new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday. The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television. The new weapon "essentially makes missile defenses useless," he said. Borisov spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw what he described as the conclusive successful test of the Avangard and hailed it as a reliable guarantee of Russia's security for decades to come. In Wednesday's test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. The Kremlin said it successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range o...

Hotter than Page 3! Rhian Sugden strips to bra for festive flash

Entertainment
It may be cold outside, but the Page 3 babe sent fans into meltdown as she stripped down to her bra for an Instagram snap.Rhian Sugden, 32, looked sizzling hot in a plunging lacy black bra, which flaunted her curves.She teamed this with a simple silver necklace as she gave a sultry look to the camera.The blonde was also rocking a seriously glossy pout, while her fringed locks were styled poker straight. “Up and at ‘em”Rhian SugdenShe captioned the post, which racked up more than 6,000 likes, "Up and at ‘em."One fan exclaimed: "Wow, unreal," while another added: "Exquisite beauty."A third chimed in: "Absolutely stunning, love seeing your posts."The star was much more wrapped up days earlier as she prepared for Christmas.Rhian posed with new husband Oliver Mellor in m...