Basically, since launching last Tuesday GTA V has “smashed the five day sales record for any video game ever, says Chart-Track. Its sales are 2.4 times ahead of GTA IV and it has defeated the previous fastest selling game (Call of Duty: Black Ops) by 250,000 units.” AMAZEBALLS! It also accounted for 89 per cent of the entire week’s sales. The rest of the Top Ten (which includes Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 at No.2) accounted for four per cent of the market. In the words of Chart-Track “it is hard to imagine a week where one title has been so dominant or perhaps ever will.’ Chart-Track makes the following statement regarding the remarkable chart action: “With just five days on sale it has become the 24th biggest selling title of all time in the UK (11th biggest on Xbox 360 and 10th on PS3). It has sold more in its first week than the launch weeks of all other GTA titles combined. It’s launch week is 2.4 times greater than that of GTA IV and betters previous best Call of Duty: Black Ops by almost million units. Released on just the two formats, Xbox 360 accounted for 57% of sales and PS3 43%. “It might feel like GTA V was the only new release this week with 89% of all sales being for just that one title, but Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 debuts at No2, while further down the chart at No22 is Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning. Hardware bundling helps push The Last of Us (+536%) up from No27 to No3, while last week’s No1, Saints Row IV (-45%) slips to No4. “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-8%) is down one place to No5, ahead of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+1%), a non-mover at No6. Diablo III sales drop by 49% as it falls from No3 to No7. Disney Infinity (-20%) drops 3 places to No8 ahead of a re-entry for newly retailer-promoted Aliens: Colonial Marines (+913%) at No9.
A day after his detention on arrival here, Ramdev returned to Heathrow Airport this evening with British Indian MP Keith Vaz to meet the chief immigration officer. The immigration officer later allowed Ramdev to enter the UK lawfully and carry on with his programmes. Ramdev alleged that he did not get support from the Indian government and he suspected that the British officials were misguided. “I am sad to state that my government did not support me. I was told there was a red alert attached to my name, which is only linked with terrorists and criminals. I will wait for full details but I have a doubt that my eight-hour detention yesterday was a result of the Indian government’s attempt to misguide the UK immigration department,” Ramdev told reporters outside the airport after being cleared. “While the Indian government may have played a villain’s role in this whole episode, Britain’s NRI community and Keith Vaz (British-Indian MP) stood by me,” he said. “I thank the UK government that they did not stay misguided for too long,” he said, adding that he had not been given any explanation for being detained. “I have never done anything illegal, immoral or unethical. So I kept asking them to let me know what my fault was. I was not informed about the reasons. But there was no bad behaviour on their part.
UK in 2015: Higher bank levy to fund childcare?
In this case, the UK government has reversed a previous decision regarding the 2009-2010 European Pandemrix vaccine for swine flu and its link to narcolepsy , a sleep disorder that can seriously disrupt activities of daily living. As a result, per The Guardian : The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contacted people turned down for compensation last year to explain that, after a review of fresh evidence, it now accepts the vaccine can cause the condition. The move leaves the government open to compensation claims from around 100 people in Britain, and substantial legal fees if a group action drawn up by solicitors is successful. According to the Guardian, heres why the UK is taking this step: The government U-turn follows a major study of four- to 18-year-olds by the Health Protection Agency which found that around one in every 55,000 jabs was associated with narcolepsy. A spokesman for (vaccine maker) GSK said it had details of around 900 people from 14 countries who had narcolepsy and were vaccinated. Emphasis mine. Its a good example of drawing new conclusions based on new information, otherwise known as the appropriate conduct of science, and then doing the right thing. A total of 100 people among 6 million who received this vaccination in the UK developed narcolepsy, for an adverse event rate of 0.0017%. The death rate from the swine flu in the UK was 0.026% . Put another way, 26 of every 100,000 people who had the flu died; 1.67 people of every 100,000 (1 in every 55,000 according to the study) receiving the vaccine developed narcolepsy. In addition, the vaccine in question evidently was given to groups at high risk for adverse events from contracting the swine flu.
UK authorities clear Baba Ramdev after second round of questioning
I’m not a bank basher but I do think they should pay more tax,” Balls said while the party’s shadow business secretary told CNBC the move would give the party around A800 million to use offsetting childcare costs. “The tax take from the financial services sector is A2.7 billion lower than it was in 2010….and all we ask is that the financial services sector does a little bit more for our real economy at home,” Chuka Umanna told CNBC. The Labour party has promised an independent audit of its new spending pledges to show it could be trusted to run the economy. But as economic data improves, Labour could face an uphill struggle to convince voters. Britain’s economy grew 0.7 percent in the second quarter of the year, house prices are rising, consumer confidence is improving and the manufacturing sector is expanding. “We said three years ago that he would choke off recovery and he did…The reality is that it’s not working. This is not a recovery which is strong or secure strong,” Balls said. “George Osborne has a lot of thinking to do.” If the recovery continues, however, it threatens Labour’s chances of regaining the power it lost in 2010. That defeat was largely the result of accusations that it had mismanaged the U.K. economy, voter ambivalence over then-leader Gordon Brown and the aftermath of the unpopular Iraq war. A recovering economy is likely then to take some of the firepower out of arguments made Balls that the government’s stubborn adherence to austerity policies is doing long-term damage to the economy. “The improvement in the economy over the last few months is very helpful to the government and the Chancellor [George Osborne, the U.K.’s finance minister) in particular.