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George Michael's Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley breaks silence year after star's death

George Michael's Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley breaks silence year after star's death

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The former Wham! member, who scored huge chart success alongside George Michael with hit such as Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go has recalled "shedding an ocean of tears" when he heard his good friend has died at Christmas.The 54-year-old, who had been friends with the late singer since they met at school in the 70s, described the "overwhelming shock" and disbelief at losing such a close friend unexpectedly.Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he explained: "When I received the news of my oldest friend’s death on the afternoon of Christmas Day last year, I had, only five minutes beforehand, sent him a message wishing him a wonderful Christmas."That night, after I had phoned our friends to convey the dreadful news – and despite having shed an ocean of tears already that day – the
Sorry, Donald – you didn't win Person of the Year

Sorry, Donald – you didn't win Person of the Year

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People who sparked the #MeToo movement by speaking out over sexual harassment have been honoured as Time magazine's Person of the Year.Collectively dubbed the 'Silence Breakers', the men and women are honoured for having the confidence to share stories of their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.The allegations against the disgraced Hollywood producer prompted the #MeToo movement, which encouraged others to share their experiences on social media.Video:#MeToo march steps on Hollywood starsUS President Donald Trump - who won the 2016 award following his shock election victory over Hillary Clinton - is also cited as a source of inspiration for women to speak out, after he entered the White House despite a recording of him boasting of grabbing women by the p**** being mad...
U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

Health
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Health officials are looking to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as to what this year's flu season might look like -- hint: it's not good.Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization met in Australia this week to discuss the challenges of producing an effective flu vaccine.As summer approaches, the flu season is winding down in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere. But in the United States, flu season is beginning to kick into gear.A new study shows Australia experienced an increase in influenza-related hospitalizations and deaths over the winter compared to last year. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests the vaccine in Australia had a success rate of just 10 percent.Officials in the Unite...
Why the flu shot this year may not protect you

Why the flu shot this year may not protect you

Health
The upcoming flu season may be a particularly severe one in the U.S., some medical experts warned today, citing preliminary data from Australia, where the flu season is waning. The flu vaccine used this year in Australia — which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the U.S. — was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season,an international team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. "However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated," the team emphasized. The researchers suggested that the
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Shortlist of 12 revealed for award

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Shortlist of 12 revealed for award

Sports
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017Date: Sunday, 17 December Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport websiteA shortlist of 12 contenders has been announced for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 award.They will go forward to a public vote on the night of the live show in Liverpool on Sunday, 17 December. The nominees are:Elise Christie - short track speed skating; Sir Mo Farah - athletics, Chris Froome - cycling, Lewis Hamilton - F1, Anthony Joshua - boxing, Harry Kane - football, Johanna Konta - tennis, Jonnie Peacock - Para-athletics, Adam Peaty - swimming, Jonathan Rea - motorcycling, Anya Shrubsole - Cricket, Bianca Walkden - taekwondo.Meet the contendersHow do you vote?The public will vote for their favourite by phone and online during th...