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Child obesity 'can be predicted'

Parents 'will be able to predict if their newborn baby is obese' Credit: PA Wire

Parents are being offered a way to predict the chances of their newborn baby becoming obese.

The online prediction is based on factors including the baby's birth weight, the body mass index (BMI) of its parents, and the number of people in the household.

Also taken into account are the mother's professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy.

Researchers hope the formula will help identify infants at high risk of obesity, and assist families.

Childhood obesity is a leading cause of early type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease, which is becoming more common in developed countries.

Around 17% of boys and 15% of girls aged two to 15 in England are now classified as obese, according to NHS figures.

Bmi's final flight lands at Heathrow Airport

Bmi's final flight has landed at Heathrow Airport after the firm was bought by British Airways.

Fire engines use their water canons to provide a salute as the last bmi flight lands at Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Bmi's final flight was from Baku, Azerbaijan to Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Staff take pictures as the last bmi flight lands at Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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IAG: Proposal to close bmibaby 'in September this year'

With bmi Regional, bmibaby transferred to International Airlines Group ownership on completion of the purchase from Lufthansa.

IAG has consistently said that bmibaby and bmi Regional are not part of its long-term plans.

Progress has been made with a potential buyer for bmi Regional, but so far this has not been possible for bmibaby, despite attempts over many months by both Lufthansa and IAG.

bmibaby has therefore started consultation to look at future options including, subject to that consultation, a proposal to close in September this year.

– IAG statement

Owners of British Airways buy BMI

Uncertainty over the future of low-fare carrier bmibaby continues after the owner of British Airways completed its deal to buy BMI.

International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns BA and Iberia, will take on bmibaby and BMI Regional as part of its purchase agreement with Lufthansa but does not intend to keep the two businesses.

Announcing the completion of its purchase of loss-making BMI, IAG said it will run bmibaby and BMI Regional in the short-term while it looks at ways to exit the businesses.

Engineers' union: '400 jobs lost in East Midlands'

Richard Hardy of the Prospect union, which represents engineers, said that the bmi takeover will have a particularly bad effect on the East Midlands.

Over 400 jobs will be lost in the East Midlands alone, over 100 of them high quality engineering jobs.

This is yet another body blow to local economies. Not only will it cause personal hardship and uncertainty for the individuals affected, it will also have a devastating knock-on impact on local businesses, shops and communities. There will be similar, though smaller, impacts in Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

– Richard Hardy, Prospect union

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Pilots' union: 'Each job loss is a personal tragedy'

General secretary of the pilots' union Balpa said:

Our hearts go out to the large number of bmi HQ-based staff who appear to have borne the brunt of today's announcement, but each job loss is a personal tragedy.

We will be pressing for maximum redeployment opportunities for all bmi pilots, including bmi mainline, bmibaby and bmi Regional, inside BA.

These are uncertain times in the aviation industry and it is not helped by Government aviation policy on air passenger duty which is pricing many

– Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the pilots' union Balpa

BA's parent company to give-up Heathrow slots after bmi takeover

International Airlines Group (IAG) - the parent company of British Airways - will be forced to give up a number of take-off and landing slots from Heathrow, as part of the bmi takeover. Routes to Nice, Cairo, Moscow and Edinburgh will be affected.

On gaining EC approval for the deal, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said it was "great news for Britain" and also for British business and consumers.

The takeover has been bitterly opposed by Sir Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, which has complained that the deal gives BA an over-strong presence at Heathrow.

BA to gain additional 56 daily slots at Heathrow from bmi takeover

The acquisition of bmi mainline will give British Airways an additional 56 average daily slots at Heathrow, of which up to 14 will be available to other carriers. Retained slots will be used to expand BA's operations at Heathrow with new destinations and more schedules.

Discussions with potential buyers for bmibaby and bmi Regional are continuing.

BA chief: bmi job losses 'regrettable but inevitable'

bmi is heavily loss making and is not a viable business as it stands today. Our proposals would secure around 1,500 jobs that would otherwise have been lost.

As we look to restructure the business and restore profitability, job losses are deeply regrettable but inevitable. We will work with the unions to explore as many options as possible and are already working with industry partners.

This deal is good news for our customers and will offer new destinations, new routes and new schedules in due course. For customers with bmi bookings to or from Heathrow this summer, it is business as usual and customers can continue to book with confidence.

– Keith Williams, BA's chief executive
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