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Britain's services industry expanded last month at the fastest pace in nearly a year, a survey showed on Wednesday, but some signs indicate that the crisis in Ukraine might cool things down soon. The monthly Markit/CIPS purchasing managers index for the services sector also suggested that some companies were struggling to keep up with demand, something the Bank of England is likely to note as its ponders when to raise interest rates. The strength in services contrasts with a slight cooling in the country's factory sector, which has been hit by concerns that the conflict in Ukraine could escalate further.
"These smoky, dirty fuels are often used in an open fire or simple stove, resulting in high levels of household air pollution in poorly ventilated homes," said a statement, released Wednesday. Led by Stephen Gordon of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and William Martin of Ohio State University, the team concluded that 600-800 million families worldwide are at higher risk of respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, asthma, lung cancer and other ailments as a result of the air they breathe at home. Studies in India have found that household air pollution can be three times higher than on a typical London Street, and well above the World Health Organization's recommended safety levels. "Estimates suggest that household air pollution killed 3.5 to four million people in 2010," wrote the team.
USA captain Tom Watson selected Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his three wildcard selections for a Ryder Cup team intent on revenge later this month at Gleneagles, Scotland. The Americans have lost five of the past six biennial team golf showdowns against Europe, including in 2012 at Medinah, when the visitors made a stunning last-day singles rally to stun the US squad on home soil. Previously assured of a place on the US team for the September 26-28 meeting with Europe were Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.