Russia bases economic forecast on $40 oil

The Russian Central Bank said Friday it was lowering its key rate because of the potential for slow economic growth and oil priced around $40 per barrel. For the first time since June, the bank said it lowered its key rate by a half percent to 10 percent, saying it was forecasting “unstable economic activity.” It’s possible for the Russian economy to expand this year, but the bank said gross domestic product likely won’t increase by more than 1 percent next year. “This forecast is based on the conservative assumptions…

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Spotify Now Has 40 Million Paid Subscribers

Spotify has hit a new milestone, the company has announced that it now has over 40 million paid subscribers. The company had a total of 30 million paid subscribers back in March of this year, so they have managed to add 10 million paying subscribers since March. Apple Music has around 17 million paid subscribers as of this month, so it has some way to go to catch up to Spotify. Spotify have said that the launch of Apple Music has helped them grow quicker as it has raised the…

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Modern lifestyle, fast food and pollution causing 40% child cancer rise

Doctors tackling rising cancer rates in children are ‘fighting a losing battle’ because of modern lifestyle factors like fast food and pollution, a Bristol professor fears. Growing numbers of young people are being diagnosed with cancer because of damage caused by environmental factors like junk food. The Children with Cancer UK charity studied official statistics to reveal 40 per cent more young people are being diagnosed with variations of the illness than 16 years ago, with 1,300 more cases every year than in 1998. A University of Bristol professor, Dr Denis…

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40% rise in children with cancer blamed on modern lifestyle

The number of cancer cases in children has leapt by 40% in less than two decades because of pollution, pesticides and gadgets, new analysis shows. There are 1,300 more diagnoses of the disease a year in people under the age of 25 compared to 1998 – costing the NHS £130m extra a year. Cases of colon cancer in children are up 200%, while thyroid cancer cases have more than doubled. Ovarian and cervical cancer cases have also seen stark rises – up by 70% and 50% respectively, analysis of ONS…

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