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Next James Bond: Tom Hardy remains 007 contender despite falling in odds to Regé-Jean Page

Over the past year, James Bond fans have been yearning to find out who the next 007 actor will be after Daniel Craig steps down. Tom Hardy was placed firmly at the top of the betting throughout 2020 until Regé-Jean Page came onto the scene. The Netflix star shot to the top of the rankings after his show Bridgerton hit the streaming service, spiking his popularity, marking him as the most probable Bond after No Time To Die. His top spot may be short-lived, however.

According to Manchester-based car finance company Choose My Car, Hardy is still the top dog in the Bond race.

Using Google research and sentiment data, the company revealed that Page only receives 50 daily Google searches regarding him playing Bond.

This isn’t a huge surprise, as Page only really hit mainstream popularity in the last six months.

Hardy, on the other hand, is extremely popular in Google searches.

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According to the data, Hardy receives more than 64,000 Google searches a day pertaining to him playing 007.

This data makes him the most popular Bond choice at the moment.

In second place is Idris Elba who has an impressive 6,300 Google searches daily.

Elba is an excellent contender to be the next Bond considering he is used to taking on such action-packed roles.

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Should Regé-Jean Page be the next Bond? Or should it be Tom Hardy?

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Leading bookmaker Ladbrokes recently gave Page a staggering 4/5 odds on becoming Bond after Daniel Craig.

This places the 31-year-old leagues ahead of Hardy.

The Venom star has a strong 4/1 on taking over.

He is then followed by James Norton of McMafia fame.

British heartthrob Norton has a powerful 5/1 and has been in the running since No Time To Die was announced.

He is followed swiftly by Luke Evans, who has starred in the Lord of the Rings series and played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

Evans has an impressive 6/1 at the moment.

James Bond No Time To Die is due to hit cinemas on September 30, 2021. 

Author: Callum Crumlish
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Savings warning: Cash values falling in 'inflation-adjusted terms' – what should you do?

“However, the response of Governments around the world to rebalance their economies in favour of the lower paid who were hardest hit by the pandemic is expected to lead to higher inflation on a more sustained basis.

“The prices of anything from a haircut to a second-hand car are higher than they were a year ago.

“Covid restrictions mean restaurants, for example, can serve fewer customers and they need to charge more to cover their costs.

“House prices are rising in some areas as demand for more space increases as people look to work more from home for the foreseeable future.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Trouble Falling Asleep a Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia?

Difficulty falling asleep may be predictive of future cognitive impairment in older adults ― and depressive symptoms and vascular disease may partially drive this association, new research suggests.

Trouble falling asleep “may be a modifiable risk factor for later-life cognitive impairment and dementia,” said lead author Afsara Zaheed, PhD candidate in clinical science, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Patients should also be aware of the importance of insomnia on cognitive functioning so that they can bring up these concerns with their providers early,” she told Medscape Medical News.

The findings were presented at SLEEP 2021: 35th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Poor Sleep Common With Age

As many as one half of older adults report having poor sleep quality and insomnia, and growing evidence suggests that insomnia may be a unique risk factor for cognitive decline in later life, Zaheed explained.

To investigate further, the researchers analyzed data on 2496 adults aged 51 years and older who were participants in the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of aging in a nationally representative population of older adults.

In 2002, participants were asked how often they had trouble falling asleep, woke up during night, woke up too early, and were not able to fall asleep again and how often they felt really rested when they woke up in the morning.

In 2016, participants’ cognition was assessed using a battery of neuropsychological tests that gauged episodic memory, executive function, language, visuospatial/construction, and processing speed.

Analyses controlled for sociodemographics and baseline global cognitive performance and the influence of depressive symptoms and vascular disease.

Compared with other insomnia symptoms, having difficulty falling asleep in 2002 was the main insomnia symptom that was predictive of cognitive impairment 14 years later, in 2016.

More frequent trouble falling asleep was predictive of poorer episodic memory, executive function, language, processing speed, and visuospatial performance.

The associations between sleep initiation and later cognitive impairment were partially explained by depressive symptoms and vascular disease burden for all domains except episodic memory, which was only partially explained by depressive symptoms.

Unclear Mechanism

Zaheed said research is needed to uncover neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying the observed associations.

“It may be that chronic difficulty with falling asleep is associated with inflammatory or metabolic processes that negatively affect brain structure and function over time,” she said.

“Insomnia has also been linked with higher accumulation of protein aggregates in the brain that disrupt cell communication and are characteristic of late-life disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” she added.

“While our project did not directly investigate these potential causal pathways between insomnia and cognition, our results suggest that investigating these potential mechanisms is an important area for future research,” Zaheed said.

“While additional intervention research is needed to determine whether targeting insomnia in older patients can have lasting cognitive benefits, results from this study suggest that discussing insomnia symptoms at the primary care level may be beneficial for both doctors and patients,” Zaheed added.

“By targeting insomnia ― for example, through an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy approach ― individuals may improve various mental and physical health outcomes in addition to improving their sleep quality,” Zaheed said.

Reached for comment, Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, neurologist in Newton, Massachusetts, said, “There is a strong link between chronic sleep disturbances and cognitive impairment, including dementia.

“This study further supports this link and specifically calls out initiating sleep (as opposed to staying asleep) as the culprit. It also raises the hypothesis that the link is primarily mediated by depression and vascular disease; however, the verdict is still out,” said Lakhan.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging. Zaheed and Lakhan have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

SLEEP 2021: 35th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies: Abstract 537. Presented June 9, 2021.

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England fan 'seriously injured' and rushed to hospital after falling from Wembley stand

A fan was seriously injured after falling from a stand during England‘s win over Croatia at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, according to reports. Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game during the second half to get the Three Lions off to a winning start in their Euro 2020 Group D opener.

The supporter in question reportedly tumbled down the stand towards seats and concrete barriers shortly after the match, attended by 22,500 fans, had kicked off at 2.00pm.

The individual was then treated by medics before they were swiftly rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

A Wembley Stadium spokesperson told the Evening Standard: “We can confirm that a spectator fell from the stands just after kick-off in the match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium.

“The spectator was given on-site medical attention and was then taken to hospital in a serious condition.

A fellow England supporter who witnessed the incident is quoted as saying: “I didn’t see it but spoke to some of the guys who did at half-time.

“They were traumatised. He fell from the balcony towards the seats and the concrete.

“I think it happened around kick-off otherwise I would have noticed. That bit of seating was cleared.”

Another added: “It seemed to take staff ages to get to him. One guy near us who saw the whole thing was crying his eyes out.”


The match saw England win their opening game at a European Championship for the first time in 10 attempts thanks to Sterling’s goal shortly before the hour mark.

Both sides enjoyed a decent number of chances during a tight encounter, but Southgate’s side emerged on top to finally seal revenge over Croatia, who knocked the Three Lions out of the World Cup three years ago in the semi-finals.

The England boss singled out Sterling and Kalvin Phillips for special praise after the final whistle and suggested that his team ultimately deserved to come away with the spoils.

“I think that Kalvin is a player who is so understated and who has had a fantastic start to his international career,” Southgate told the BBC after the Three Lions’ win. 

“He was immense throughout the game, as they all were.

“I’m so pleased for Raheem. He’s had this hex, if you like, at tournaments with not being able to get a goal. 

“I thought he was dangerous with his play. Right from the start, there was a throw-in inside and he was running at their defence and he looked a threat.

“He had a big influence. He’s a good player. His goalscoring record shows that we should have faith in him, especially in the last few years.

I thought that he was motivated to show [his quality]. I’m really happy for him and for everybody.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Carol Vorderman rules out TV work after falling ill but will return to Pride of Britain

Carol Vorderman, 61, will be back to present The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, this year, but doesn’t want to work in television for much longer. The ex Countdown star said she will instead continue to focus on prioritising her health and helping others. Reflecting on 2020, the mother-of-two said she was “beyond tired” after having a packed schedule.

Carol marks her 22nd year presenting The Pride Of Britain Awards this year, which will return in person.

The host’s work on the show has made her determined to spend more time helping others.

She revealed she’s been working with Swansea and Cambridge universities for years and has also given away educational bursaries to help children from deprived backgrounds.

“And now I want to do even more,” she added, revealing she hoped to set up a foundation in the future.

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The presenter added she is keen to focus on her health and isn’t “bothered about being on the telly anymore”.

“I worked my butt off last year and I don’t want to do it anymore,” she admitted.

“I was really busy, I was making a couple of new TV shows and books, plus filming new stuff for The Maths Factor.”

The Pride of Britain Awards star said she ended up not being well last year and didn’t find filming pleasant.

She has been married twice in her lifetime; firstly to Patrick King, who she shares two children with, followed by Christopher Mather.

This year, The Pride Of Britain Awards 2021 will be broadcasted from its usual location at Grosvenor House Hotel.

She said of her long-serving role: “It is always such a thrill and an honour to meet the Pride of Britain winners.

“They are the absolute best of our wonderful country, but they also tend to be incredibly modest, which is why we need people to tell us about them.

“So, if you know an unsung hero, whether it is someone who has changed one life or changed the world, tell us about them and nominate for Pride of Britain today.”

The Awards, which celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, are now open for nominations.

The chance to nominate an unsung hero will close on Friday 13th August.

Winners will be chosen by the Pride of Britain judging panel, from a shortlist drawn up from all the nominations received.

You can nominate now via https://www.prideofbritain.com/nominate

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

James Martin speaks out on knife accident after falling in kitchen 'I walked to hospital’

After eventually finding it, he told staff he had slipped and fell over in the kitchen.

But refusing to let the accident get in the way of his career, he revealed he was back to work the next day.

Speaking on the Andy Jaye podcast, he added: “You look back now… would I do it again? Of course I would.”

In the same chat, James discussed how he went from using food vouchers to becoming a successful chef.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Austin ranks among US cities where housing affordability is falling fastest

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A home in east Austin (KXAN)
AUSTIN (ABJ/KXAN) — When it comes to housing, there are plenty of cities more expensive than Austin — but there are few that have seen affordability decline as rapidly recently.

Losing bang for the buck is now the American norm. After two years of steady affordability growth in the U.S. housing market, March brought a nationwide decline in affordability, according to a report by First American Financial Corp. (NYSE: FAF). The Austin metro area showed the fifth-biggest drop in housing affordability among 50 major markets.

The study used the real house price index, or RHPI, which measures changes in housing price, income levels and interest rates to determine actual homebuying power. The higher the RHPI, the less affordable the market.

Kansas City, Missouri, topped the list with a 16.2% year-over-year increase in RHPI, followed by Phoenix; Tampa, Florida; Seattle; and Austin, which had a 12.1% increase. 

Recently, Austin City Council voted to increase the fees commercial developers will have to pay to build high-priced condos in high rises that exceed height/density limits — and those dollars will go into the City of Austin’s Affordable Housing Fund. Alternatively, developers can elect to provide affordable housing on their property instead of paying the fees.

The City of Austin says it’s received about $ 1 million in fees for affordable housing since the program’s start in 2014.

The City of Austin is currently working on several projects to achieve its goal of housing 3,000 people in the next three years. This would entail creating over 750 new permanent housing units.

This graphic from housing advocacy group HousingWorks Austin illustrates what types of neighbors fall into different income levels in the city of Austin. (Source: HousingWorks Austin)
Advocacy group HousingWorks Austin shows what types of neighbors fall into different income levels (Source: HousingWorks Austin)

Current numbers show the City is well behind on its goal, however. According to its latest estimates, the City of Austin would need to develop over 13,000 affordable housing units per year to get back on schedule.

Housing affordability in Texas’ Capitol city has become even more of a focal point, as concerns over those without homes has grown into a contentious local issue. In order to house the city’s homeless, hundreds of units are being planned for construction.

To read more, visit Austin Business Journal.

Author: Russell Falcon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

US job growth unexpectedly softens, falling far below expectations

Despite bullish predictions and the recovery of the US economy, job growth slowed in April compared to a month earlier, figures released by the Labor Department show.

According to the agency’s report released on Friday, payrolls increased by 266,000 last month, while the unemployment rate edged up to 6.1%. This is well behind analysts’ projections, with economists polled by Reuters forecasting that 978,000 jobs would be added, while a Bloomberg survey projected a hiring surge of 1 million in April.
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Moreover, March figures for US job growth faced a downward revision. New figures show that US employers hired 770,000 people, instead of the originally estimated total of 916,000.

The Labor Department said that the notable job gains in the leisure and hospitality sector seen in April were partially offset by employment declines in temporary help services and in couriers, as well as decreases in manufacturing and retail employment. However, even with the recent gains, that exceeded those of other industries; employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 2.8 million, or nearly 17%, since February 2020.
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The bad news reflected in the closely-watched jobs report did not affect the US stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4%, the S&P 500 rose 0.7%, and the Nasdaq Composite added over 1% in early Friday trading.

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RT’s Keiser Report looks at what will replace the ‘falling European Union’

Max Keiser talks to economist Alasdair Macleod of GoldMoney.com about geopolitics in an age of rampant money printing.

If you look at the European Union, Macleod says, “that actually is a system that is falling apart.” He explains that “The only thing that’s keeping it together is the ECB and the way it prints money to finance governance and the way it manages the euro. That is the only thing keeping the European Union together.”

Macleod goes on: “Now, at some stage, I think that’s going to collapse, and what then happens is that Germany is freed of its obligations… But then Germany will have to reevaluate what her role is in Europe. And I think that we’ve got the makings of a new Hanseatic League, if you like, with Germany there as pivot in the middle, and you’ve got Russia on the eastern flank, and you got Britain on the western flank. And I can see that developing and replacing the EU. How long would it take? I think the next financial crisis would probably be the EU’s last. And if I’m right in that, then it could be a matter of within a year. I just don’t see the EU managing to continue on its current course for terribly long.”

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Global crude prices rise on falling inventories & weakening US dollar

Oil prices reached one-month highs on Tuesday as the dollar fell, making commodities priced in the US currency more attractive, allowing investors to pay less for dollar-denominated oil using other currencies.

Expectations for a fall in crude inventories in the United States, the world’s biggest consumer, also boosted global oil prices, though rising coronavirus cases in Asia capped gains.

Brent crude futures for June delivery rose by more than 1%, hitting a session high of over $ 68 a barrel at 09:15 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for May delivery, which expire on Tuesday, were also up over 1%, trading above $ 64 per barrel. 
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“US dollar weakness continues to offer support to the commodities complex… despite concerns over oil demand in certain regions,” ING Economics said in a note seen by Reuters.

On Monday, the dollar index dropped to a six-week low against a basket of major currencies after a plunge in US Treasury yields last week, and remained near the low of 91.055 on Tuesday.

According to a preliminary Reuters poll, US crude oil and distillate stockpiles are projected to have decreased last week, while gasoline inventories likely grew, thus, weighing in on the price rise.
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Earlier this week, Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) declared force majeure on shipments from the port of Hariga. The news sees Libyan oil output slump below 1 million barrels per day for the first time since October. The company said it could extend the measure to other facilities due to a budget dispute with the country’s central bank.

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil sales reportedly dropped to their lowest in eight months, as the world’s biggest oil exporter is committed to a production cap to boost oil prices.

At the same time, surging coronavirus cases in India, the world’s third-biggest importer and consumer of crude, dimmed enthusiasm for a sustained recovery in global fuel demand, capping further gains.

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This article originally appeared on RT Business News