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Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city?

<b>How do you fancy living in a city with which you can interact? A city that acts more like a living organism, a city that can respond to your needs.</b><p>Around the world such cities are already being built, from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Songdo in South Korea. Now the chaotic city near you may be in line …

Smart Cities

What is the world's favourite holiday destination?

<b>For many people the holiday season has arrived. Where do those travelling abroad go? UN figures suggest that France had more foreign visitors than any other country in 2012, while the most visited capital city is now, according to one study, Bangkok.</b><p>A recent study by the United Nations World …

Tourism

Bag charge to bring £90m boost to Scotland, report says

<b>Charging Scottish shoppers for carrier bags would bring a net benefit of £90m, a Scottish government report says.</b><p>Some shops already charge for bags, but under ministers' plans all would impose a minimum fee of 5p after October 2014.<p>The proposal aims to reduce consumer waste, with proceeds from …

United Kingdom

Should you delete all emails you get while you are on holiday?

<b>The standard out-of-office message goes like this: "I am now away until x and will deal with your email on my return."</b><p>Useful, yes. And a way of signalling that you are off having a lovely time while your recipient is still at work - possibly in a hot, sticky office. But it also means your first …

Productivity

More consumers believe UK economy will improve - survey

<b>More consumers think the UK economy will improve next year than those who think it will get worse, a survey has suggested.</b><p>In total, 36% of people questioned by consumer group Which? believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months.<p>However, the figures show that 29% of those questioned think …

Economics

India eases foreign investment rules in retail sector

<b>India has eased key rules on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail in an attempt to attract foreign firms as it looks to boost economic growth.</b><p>Rules governing sourcing of products, infrastructure investment and selection of cities have been relaxed.<p>India had opened up multi-brand retail …

Economic Development

Private detectives to need licence

<b>Operating as an unlicensed private detective is to be illegal in England and Wales, the home secretary has said.</b><p>The Home Office said it wanted to "ensure rigorous standards" in an industry where "rogue investigators" had been infringing privacy.<p>Those who break the new rules - to be rolled out from …

Nick Clegg

China's economic growth at 7.5% in April to June period

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/994000/994920_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518107006_eddfa79ccde9e5c81c1828480832c555<p><b>China's economic growth slowed in the April to June period, the second straight quarter of weaker expansion.</b><p>The world's second biggest economy grew by …

Economics

7 questions on heatwaves

<b>7 questions on heatwaves</b><p>Summer has finally arrived for much of the UK and people are basking in the longed-for sunshine. Temperatures have soared as high as 29C (84F) and the hot weather could continue. In honour of the sunshine here's a quiz on heatwaves.<p><b>1.) Multiple Choice Question</b><p>What is the Met …

Isle of Wight

Healthcare assistants 'should get standard training'

<b>There is no minimum standard of training for healthcare assistants before they can work unsupervised, an independent report has found.</b><p>Workers should get at least two weeks' training to prepare them for providing basic care in hospitals, care homes and at home in England, its author said.<p>Journalist …

Health Care

Curriculum changes 'to catch up with world's best'

<b>Five year olds will start tackling fractions and computer algorithms, as a more stretching national curriculum is announced for state schools in England.</b><p>The government says the curriculum changes are designed to catch up with the world's best education systems.<p>Prime Minister David Cameron says this …

Education