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Royal Mail wins bid to halt Christmas postal strikes

Royal Mail wins bid to halt Christmas postal strikes

Business
Royal Mail has won its legal battle to prevent a postal strike after the High Court backed its application for an injunction.The decision is a setback for union plans to stage strikes in the run-up to the general election and Christmas.Last month, 100,000 Royal Mail staff were balloted and voted to take action over job security and terms.But Royal Mail argued that the ballot had "potential irregularities" and was null and void.The Communications Workers Union (CWU) said its members were "extremely angry and bitterly disappointed". It also accused Royal Mail of a "cowardly and vicious attack on its own workforce" and said it intended to appeal. Royal Mail workers vote for strike action Royal Mail fails to halt record £50m Ofcom fine Shane O'Riordain, dire
Valtteri Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes win constructors’ title

Valtteri Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes win constructors’ title

Sports
Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix with team-mate Lewis Hamilton third behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, securing a Formula 1 record sixth straight World Championship double for Mercedes.The result sealed the constructors' title with four races to go and, while Hamilton is not quite world champion yet, only Bottas can catch him.It breaks the record set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, and confirms this Mercedes team as the greatest in F1 history. Briton Hamilton leads Bottas by 64 points and needs to be 78 clear of the Finn to win his sixth drivers' title at the next race in Mexico.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "It has never been done before an...
How cells sense oxygen wins Nobel prize

How cells sense oxygen wins Nobel prize

Health
Three scientists who discovered how cells sense and adapt to oxygen levels have won the 2019 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.Our body's cells use oxygen to convert food into usable energy.The trio - British Sir Peter Ratcliffe and two Americans, William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza - discovered how cells adapt when oxygen levels drop.The Swedish Academy said their "elegant" findings were leading to treatments for anaemia and even cancer. It said: "The fundamental importance of oxygen has been understood for centuries, but how cells adapt to changes in levels of oxygen has long been unknown."Sir Peter Ratcliffe is based at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK, William Kaelin at Harvard in the US and Gregg Semenza at Johns Hopkins University in the US.O...
World Athletics Championships: GB 4x100m teams reach finals, Dalilah Muhammad wins 400m hurdles

World Athletics Championships: GB 4x100m teams reach finals, Dalilah Muhammad wins 400m hurdles

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device 2019 World Athletics ChampionshipsVenue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha Dates: 27 September-6 OctoberCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live; Live streams, clips and text commentary online.Dina Asher-Smith's hopes of a third 2019 World Championships medal remained intact as both Britain's 4x100m relay teams qualified for Saturday's finals.Britain's men, the defending champions, made it through their heat with a world lead time of 37.56 seconds in Doha.Britons Neil Gourle...