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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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VIDEO: Australian films hit by rising costs

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A strong currency and rising energy and labour costs are making Australia increasingly expensive – and the Australian film industry is one of the sectors feeling the impact.

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Court ruling goes against RBS

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Royal Bank of Scotland loses in the latest round of a potentially expensive court battle against a US financial firm.

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Discovered in 1863 by Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymus Theodor Richter in Freiberg, Germany:

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150 Years Later, Indium Is a Highly Sought After and Expensive Metal Used in Touch Pads, Thin Film Solar Cells, Flat Screens and LED Lights

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Childcare costs rising by more than twice the rate of inflation

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Average cost rose by 6% last year and a nursery place for a child aged two or under is 77% more expensive than in 2003

Childcare costs in Britain are rising at more than twice the rate of inflation and have increased over the last 10 years, despite average earnings falling back to 2003 levels, according to research .

The Childcare Costs Survey 2013 found the average cost of childcare rose by 6% last year against a backdrop of 2.7% inflation, stagnant wages and increases in working tax credit payments, including the childcare tax credit, being pegged at 1%.

Anand Shukla, chief executive of the Daycare Trust, which produced the report, said: “It’s a massive financial burden … childcare costs for many parents can be higher than their rent or mortgage payments. We know many parents go into debt or put it on their credit card.”

A nursery place for a child aged under two rose by 4.2% last year compared with the previous 12 months to £4.26 an hour on average, equivalent to £106.38 a week for a part-time place (25 hours) and £11,000 a year for a full-time place, according to the survey. That makes a nursery place for a child aged two or under 77% more expensive in real terms than it was in 2003. For the over-twos, the yearly increase was 6.6% to £103.96 a week for a part-time place.

The steepest price rises were for childcare for older children, with 15 hours a week at an after-school club costing £49.67 on average, a rise of 9%.

For a family with two children, care in term time, before and after school, costs around £4,000 a year, according to the report. It says the cost of after-school clubs has risen on average by 88% in real terms over the last 10 years.

The government plans to make childcare less expensive by relaxing the number of pre-school children that nurseries and registered childminders can oversee but the report suggests that reducing the required ratios may diminish quality and have little effect on costs.

Shukla called on the government to simplify the funding system and extend the entitlement of 15 hours of free childcare to cover all two-year-olds and then increase the number of free hours in steps, first to 20 and then 25.

Currently the entitlement is available to all three- and four-year-olds but only 40% of two-year-olds.

A government spokesman said ratio changes would offer flexibility to providers. “High quality providers will be able to expand and more childminders will enter the market – this will mean parents have more affordable childcare.”

Of course we don’t want to eat bugs. But can we afford not to?

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The idea of eating insects disgusts us. But meat is growing ever more expensive. Enter the marketing department…

We in western Europe are not going to be crunching down whole bugs any day soon, no matter what their most noisy enthusiasts and advocates say. Some cultural norms around food are simply too rigid, and head-on insects would be regarded as a meal too far.

In Britain the majority of the population can’t even bear the thought of a langoustine, citing issues around beady eyes and spindly claws. The same people are hardly likely to look a dried locust in the face and call it lunch.

But protein from insects will eventually become a part of our diet.

As ever the key driver will be economics; the same economics that lie behind the horsemeat scandal. Meat is becoming increasingly expensive, beef especially so. This isn’t some blip. The future is only for more of the same, as a rising global population puts a premium on cereals and grains, too much of which are fed to livestock.

At the same time grazing land will become scarcer and tensions over water will intensify. By the middle of the century as much as half the planet could be “water insecure”; letting cows and sheep drink what’s left will seem obscene. Many experts believe that, to deal with the environmental impact of livestock, we will have to cut our fresh meat consumption by half.

And yet a hunger for animal protein will remain, which is where the insects come in. The current European Union-funded academic projects to liberate protein from insects – an environmentally friendly source on all measures — will eventually result in a proprietary product that can be used as a substitute for conventional forms of meat in ‘processed’ items such as sausages, burgers and lasagnes.

The key to making this work will be one of the oldest and darkest of arts: marketing. These burgers won’t declare themselves to be made with BugULike™ or Insectelicious™; the contents will list an ingredient called something like NaturesBounty™. And with that shiny marketing gloss consumers will eventually accept it, and fill their shopping trolleys. As with so many things in the end it will all come down to the price being right.

Jay Rayner’s new book on the challenges of global food supply in the 21st century, A Greedy Man In A Hungry World, will be published in May.

MPs attack Treasury ‘experiments’

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Attempts to stimulate the economy with quantitative easing and other programmes are dubbed expensive experiments by an influential group of MPs.

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VIDEO: Cocaine ‘perfect drug for city boys’

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Geraint Anderson, author of ‘Cityboy: Beer and loathing of the Square Mile’ said city workers are attracted to the drug because it is glamorous and expensive.

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Windfarms: the bitter fight dividing the UK

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Windfarms are either the solution to all our energy woes or an expensive blight on the landscape, depending on whom you ask. We explore the row tearing apart the government and the nation

On a sunny, blowy evening in September, a new single turbine was being unveiled in the Gloucestershire village of St Briavels. If you had been in the room, you would have been filled with optimism about the future. It wasn’t that the community centre was heaving, because it wasn’t, and frankly, most of the people in it were already converted (the couple behind the wind turbine, Sue and Andrew Clarke, are so committed to wind that if you ask them how they met, they will find a way to bring that back to the power routes of the National Grid). There was a

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Top Considerations When Buying Pet Insurance

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Owning a pet can be an enjoyable, yet expensive process if owners don’t take measures to reduce costs.

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How to Avoid Credit Card Fraud

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LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Nov. 10, 2012) - Credit card fraud is serious, damaging and a potentially expensive crime that everyone hopes to never experience. Asda Money looks at ways to help avoid credit card fraud.

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