News archive from 3 February 2012

South African Mine Fires 13,000 Workers

South African Mine Fires 13,000 Workers

A South African mining company has sacked 13,000 workers after they staged an illegal walkout in a row over pay. Impala Platinum, the world's second largest producer of the precious metal, has dismissed a total of 17,200 miners since the dispute began...

 
Facebook Graffiti Artist 'Set For Millions'

Facebook Graffiti Artist 'Set For Millions'

A graffiti artist hired by Facebook to paint the company's first headquarters in 2005 could reportedly be worth millions when it floats on the stock exchange this year. Rather than accepting cash for his murals seven years ago, David Choe apparently...

 
'My new hairdo covers my scar': Reese Witherspoon reveals road accident prompted new haircut

'My new hairdo covers my scar': Reese Witherspoon reveals road accident prompted new haircut

The mother-of-two, 35, recalled the accident in Santa Monica during an interview on tomorrow nights' Graham Norton Show. Assuring Norton she had totally recovered following the 'particularly un-showbizzy' incident, she said: 'I was jogging and I got...

 

Relatives vent anger, search for PNG ferry survivors resumes

The first of 238 survivors plucked from the sea by rescuers began arriving in Lae on PNG's north coast early Friday, said Nurur Rahman, acting chief of Papua New Guinea's maritime authority. "As you would expect people who have been in the water...

 
Fitness First in refinancing race as debt reaches £550m

Fitness First in refinancing race as debt reaches £550m

Fitness First faces a race to refinance its debts after its private equity owners ousted the company"s top management. BC Partners axed key board members and installed Chris Stone, who cut his turnaround teeth at Northgate Information Solutions,...

 
Lloyd bosses to miss out on £6m share windfalls

Lloyd bosses to miss out on £6m share windfalls

The American resigned on Wednesday as part of a major reshuffle of the Lloyds management team under boss António Horta Osório who last month waived his £2.4m bonus after taking time off for stress. Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the...

 
Shell fears it could be driven out of the UK over North Sea taxes

Shell fears it could be driven out of the UK over North Sea taxes

Shell warned the government not to tax it out of the UK, as it sketched out ambitious growth plans alongside an underwhelming set of results. Chief executive Peter Voser said the Anglo-Dutch oil company was aiming to pump 4bn barrels of oil per day...

 
REVIEW: OPERATION SUICIDE BY ROBERT LYMAN

REVIEW: OPERATION SUICIDE BY ROBERT LYMAN

THE Royal Marines who volunteered for a new commando unit under the leadership of Major “Blondie” Hassler were “without exception ordinary young men, from ordinary streets, in ordinary towns across industrial Britain, given the most extraordinary task...

 
REVIEW: BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD BY ELIZABETH NOBLE

REVIEW: BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD BY ELIZABETH NOBLE

ELIZABETH NOBLE has made a name for herself writing tear-jerking blockbusters and her fans won’t be disappointed by her latest offering. It has her hallmark ingredients of attractive characters facing believable emotional dilemmas and insights into...

 

Early Kuwait vote count indicates opposition gains

Sixty-two percent of Kuwaitis cast their ballots on Thursday, up slightly from 58 percent in the previous election in 2009. Initial results were expected Friday morning. Opposition candidates and ex-MPs who spearheaded a movement to oust Sheikh Nasser...

 
OUR MAN IN ROME: HENRY VIII & HIS ITALIAN AMBASSADOR

OUR MAN IN ROME: HENRY VIII & HIS ITALIAN AMBASSADOR

IN the past few years Catherine-of-Aragonitis seems to have gripped British historians. Numerous books and articles have been published, viewing her from every angle including, especially appropriate given the nature of the controversy, that from...

 
JOHN BARROWMAN: MY SIX BEST BOOKS

JOHN BARROWMAN: MY SIX BEST BOOKS

JOHN BARROWMAN, 44, is the singer, actor and presenter famous for theatre roles in Anything Goes and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as TV hits such as Torchwood. His children’s novel Hollow Earth (Buster Books, £6.99), written with sister Carole, is out...

 
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

OLIVER Goldsmith’s 18th-century comedy of manners proved a rumbustious triumph in the playwright’s own lifetime and has pretty much been performed ever since. Try as I might, I can’t help but associate it with schoolrooms and sixth-form...

 
UMOJA

UMOJA

There is time and there is Africa time. This is a show that runs on Africa time. Unabashed it starts 15 minutes late and with encores and extra sequences overruns by an hour but nobody seems to care This exuberant celebration of music and dance, on...

 
UK economy to enter recession soon, says report

UK economy to enter recession soon, says report

The UK economy will enter recession in the first half of the year as households continue to cut back, an influential think tank has warned. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr) said the government should temporarily ease its...

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