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Almost 10m UK households living in ‘cold, damp, poorly insulated homes’ | Housing

Almost 10m UK households living in ‘cold, damp, poorly insulated homes’ | Housing

Almost 10m households across the UK are living in cold, damp and poorly insulated homes while not earning enough to be able to make improvements to them, according to analysis. A total of 34% of UK households or 9.6m are living in cold, poorly insulated homes, according to analysis of the English Housing Survey by the Institute of Health Equity and Friends of the Earth. These 9.6m households also have an income below the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s minimum standard for a decent living, meaning it is unlikely they would be able to afford the costs of adding insulation to their homes. The report defines poorly insulated homes as those with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of below C, which are unlikely to have double-glazed windows, energy-efficient lighting, draught proof doors and windows, or an efficient heating system. According to the JRF, a couple with two children would need to earn £50,000 between them to meet the minimum income standard. The report comes after Labour scaled back its pledge to spend £28bn a year on …

Victoria Beckham’s high-waisted 70s-style jeans are living in my mind rent free: We’ve finally found some amazing lookalikes

Victoria Beckham’s high-waisted 70s-style jeans are living in my mind rent free: We’ve finally found some amazing lookalikes

I’ll come out and say it: I just HAVE to have a pair of Victoria Beckham-style patch-pocket front wide leg jeans for my spring wardrobe.  You know, the 1970s-style Victoria Beckham ‘Alina’ flares (£390 / $550) the former Spice Girl wore during the Beckham Netflix series when she issued her now iconic quip: “My dad had a Rolls-Royce.”  © NetflixVictoria Beckham looked so chic in VB patch pocket flares during the Netflix documentary shot at their home in Cotswolds Styled with a simple tee and leather belt, the jeans made Victoria’s meme-able moment even more memorable and Team HELLO! love the look so much we went on a fashion hunt for the best dupes out there.  While skinny jeans have come and gone (and come back again) I’ve always kept a pair of retro style wide legs in my wardrobe, because I’ve realized over time that they’re a true classic that not only streamlines my figure but also stands the test of time.  A good pair has a sleek, leg lengthening silhouette – I’m steering …

Middle earners in the UK: how are you coping financially? | UK cost of living crisis

Middle earners in the UK: how are you coping financially? | UK cost of living crisis

Britain’s insecure jobs market and high housing costs are leading to the growth of a precarious middle class struggling to maintain a decent living standard on household incomes as high as £60,000 a year, a report has said. A study released by abrdn Financial Fairness Trust, a research body set up by the fund manager, said the uncertain nature of work meant there was a one in three chance that someone earning a middle income today would not be doing so next year. The report – Caught in the Middle – said that problems of middle-class insecurity were especially acute for single parents, with those in employment more likely than not to be in an insecure job. We’d like to hear from people with household incomes of £50,000 or higher how they are coping financially, what their living standards are like and whether they are able to receive some government help. Are you struggling now more than you did previously, and if so, what has changed over time? Share your experience If your household income …

Death and rape threats, bricks through windows: MPs must be able to serve without living in fear | Stella Creasy

Death and rape threats, bricks through windows: MPs must be able to serve without living in fear | Stella Creasy

It’s the thing every MP fears, but it is increasingly becoming an occupational hazard: the brick hurled at the office window, the rape and death threats that arrive in the post, angry voices abusing you, your staff or your family, both on and offline. In recent years, I’ve experienced all of these things, and I know I’m not alone. Public life is drowning in hate, and violence and harassment towards political representatives is increasingly being normalised. Unless we take responsibility for addressing this, the outcome will not simply be that the loudest voices and largest wallets win: democracy will lose. Every MP has not just the shadow of the deaths of our beloved friends David Amess and Jo Cox looming in our thoughts, but also knowledge of the day-to-day violence our colleagues experience. I don’t need to agree with Tobias Ellwood or Mike Freer on policy to know that a line has been crossed when their private addresses and constituency offices have been targeted – and they are not alone. As campaign groups seek to …

UOB’s Q4 profit beats forecasts; junior staff to get one-off bonus to cope with rising living costs

UOB’s Q4 profit beats forecasts; junior staff to get one-off bonus to cope with rising living costs

SINGAPORE: UOB on Thursday (Feb 22) cut its 2024 loan growth projections to low single-digits from mid-single digits after posting a stronger-than-forecast 22 per cent jump in fourth-quarter net profit. UOB maintained its 2024 guidance for double-digit fee growth while projecting total income to see positive growth, CEO Wee Ee Cheong said in a briefing on the bank’s earnings. Wee said UOB focuses “on high quality customers” for loan growth while it expected double-digit fee growth would be led by its retail franchise in cards and wealth. Credit costs for 2024 are expected to be at the lower end of its previous 25 to 30 basis points guidance range, he added. “2023 was a challenging year. We saw slowing demand globally, more geopolitical tensions, sticky inflation and higher interest rates,” Wee said. “We expect some of these to persist this year but the impact should be manageable.” Wee said Southeast Asia remained a bright spot due to robust domestic demand, recovery in tourism and investment flows into the manufacturing sector as multi-national companies diversified supply …

NASA looking for brave applicants to ‘spend a year living on Mars’ in rare job advert | World | News

NASA looking for brave applicants to ‘spend a year living on Mars’ in rare job advert | World | News

The award for best job advert might go to NASA this year after the intrepid space agency posted it was looking for applicants to spend “a year on Mars”. The US cosmic exploration body is launching a bid to find a crew for its next CHAPEA mission, which stands for Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analogs, testing how humans will cope living in isolated pods on the Red Planet. Previously a four-person crew successfully spent a ‘year on Mars’ from 2022 to 2023, and this will be the second of three “planned ground missions” designed to test how people will react to surviving the inhospitable Martian environment. Four lucky volunteers will be chosen from possibly thousands of applicants, with the crew entering the purpose-built 1,700-square-foot Mars Dune Alpha pod at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in spring next year. NASA said in a statement: “The habitat, called the Mars Dune Alpha, simulates the challenges of a mission on Mars, including resource limitations, equipment failures, communication delays, and other environmental stressors. “Crew tasks include …

Researchers find lost human sub-species that could still be living on an Indonesian island

Researchers find lost human sub-species that could still be living on an Indonesian island

Homo floresiensis, presumed to be extinct, believed to be thriving on a remote Indonesian island. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) The Earth is a treasure trove of unexplored scientific wonders, and amidst its hidden mysteries lies the possibility of an ancient hominin species, Homo floresiensis, presumed to be extinct, thriving on a remote Indonesian island. Anthropologist Gregory Forth has unveiled this astonishing speculation, shedding light on the existence of these enigmatic creatures on Flores Island, Indonesia. Forth’s revelation is rooted in the remarkable discovery of fossils that bear a striking resemblance to the hominin species but are notably smaller. In 2004, a team led by archaeologist Mike Morwood from the University of Wollongong, Australia, stumbled upon a diminutive skull within the Liang Bua caves of Flores Island. The uncanny resemblance of these fossils to Homo floresiensis, a species of hominins, earned them the nickname ‘Hobbits,’ inspired by the fictional characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s renowned book series. The origin and relation of these hobbits to other hominin species have long been subjects of fervent debate within the scientific …

Here’s Where People Are Living Longer

Here’s Where People Are Living Longer

With improvements in medical care and living standards in many countries around the world, the 20th century saw a dramatic increase in life expectancy at birth. While some of the most significant gains are apparent between 1900 and 1950, apart from the immediate effects of World War II, due to a variety of economic and political developments, even the past 50 years saw a steady uptick in the estimated lifespans of the world’s population. For example, the worldwide average lifespan of a person born in 1971 was 58, while in 2021, this number rose to 71, an increase of roughly 19 percent. And, as Statista’s Florian Zandt details below, there are some countries around the world where this jump has been even more pronounced. You will find more infographics at Statista To guarantee better comparability and show a more varied picture, we used World Bank data for these two new years and calculated the three countries per continent with the biggest percentage change in life expectancy. Bangladesh ranked first not only in Asia but the whole world. Life …

Joel Osteen preaches about living without fear in first Sunday service at Lakewood Church since shooting

Joel Osteen preaches about living without fear in first Sunday service at Lakewood Church since shooting

Joel Osteen preached about living without fear in the first Sunday service at his Lakewood Church since a shooting last week that left a child in critical condition and a man injured. The alleged shooter, identified as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno, walked into the church accompanied by her 7-year-old son on Feb. 11 and started shooting, according to officials. Her son was struck in the head during the incident and was in critical condition. A 57-year-old man was injured and has since been released from the hospital. Osteen took to the stage during the church’s 8:30 a.m. service to greet an auditorium full of people. He started off with a prayer. “Lord, we think of your faithfulness, especially this week, Lord, what you brought us through,” Osteen said. “We don’t take it for granted. Your angels were watching over each one of us.” Osteen prayed for a 7-year-old boy whom he identified as “Samuel” and asked God to “show him your mercy.” Osteen also prayed for the alleged shooter and her family, as he broke …

Children living in surroundings with more greenspace tend to have lower anxiety, study finds

Children living in surroundings with more greenspace tend to have lower anxiety, study finds

A study in Spain found that children who had more greenspace surrounding their home and school tended to have lower levels of anxiety. Increasing children’s exposure to greenspaces might promote mental health in youth. The paper was published in Journal of Environmental Psychology. Mental health refers to a state of well-being in which an individual can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to their community. The most common mental health issues in children include anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavior disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). Depression and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) also significantly affect children’s mental health and development. Studies have firmly established that many mental health issues in adulthood have their origin in the developmental period which is childhood. This is the reason why it is important to know what happens in these early years of life that is relevant for mental health, but also how to promote mental health in children and prevent the development …