News archive from 3 March 2013

The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Other Stories of Africa by Rian Malan – review

The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Other Stories of Africa by Rian Malan – review

Malan dwells on Nelson Mandela's flaws and suggests FW de Klerk was the true hero in the struggle to end apartheid. Photograph: Mike Hutchings /Reuters It would be fair to say that Rian Malan is not a natural salesman. In his introduction to this...

 
Sunderland firms get better chance at winning contracts

Sunderland firms get better chance at winning contracts

BUSINESSES across Wearside will get more chance to win public sector contracts after council bosses unveiled a number of new support measures. After carrying out a review of how it awards contracts, a new Supplier Charter has been drawn up which...

 
Teachers invite Michael Gove to come for a lesson after ‘defeatism’ slur

Teachers invite Michael Gove to come for a lesson after ‘defeatism’ slur

COME and see for yourself. That is the message today to Michael Gove after the Education Minister caused uproar by saying he could “smell the defeatism” in East Durham schools. Headteachers have been supported by pupils as they reacted to Mr Gove’s...

 

Short stature link to heart disease

“Short people are more likely to develop heart disease,” BBC News reported. It said that men under 5ft 4in (163cm) and women under 5ft (152cm) were 1.5 times more likely to develop and die from heart disease than tall adults. The news story is based...

 
Ban on discarding dead fish threatens rare birds

Ban on discarding dead fish threatens rare birds

SOME of the world's rarest seabirds could be under renewed threat in Scotland following the controversial decision to ban fishing fleets from dumping unwanted fish. European Union countries voted last week to outlaw the discarding of millions of...

 

Call to ban pesticide linked to bee deaths

WILDLIFE campaigners are urging Scottish ministers to back a proposed EU ban on a pesticide blamed for killing bees. A five-strong group of leading environmental bodies have joined forces to press environment minister Richard Lochhead to support the...

 
Hercules the bear to get own statue

Hercules the bear to get own statue

If you go down to the woods in Uist, you are in for a big surprise. The escape of Hercules – the world-famous grizzly bear who roamed the islands for almost a month 33 years ago – is being immortalised with a statue. Langass Woodland Trust in North...

 
Eastleigh: Farage tells Tories ‘blame your leader’

Eastleigh: Farage tells Tories ‘blame your leader’

PRIME Minister David Cameron was under attack from within his own party last night, after the UK Independence Party pushed the Conservatives into third place in the Eastleigh by-election. • Lib Dem candidate secures 1,771 majority • Conservatives...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 
Cardinals gather in Rome as quest for Pope begins

Cardinals gather in Rome as quest for Pope begins

WHEN he thanked cardinals and the faithful for their support last week he sounded like an actor accepting an Oscar. Nothing about Pope Benedict’s retirement was normal, not least the sudden outpouring of public affection for the shy German pontiff....

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 
Amazon pulls ‘rape’ shirts after backlash

Amazon pulls ‘rape’ shirts after backlash

ONLINE retailer Amazon last night withdrew T-shirts advocating domestic violence from its website after worldwide condemnation. The company pulled tops – manufactured by the Solid Gold Bomb T-shirt company – with the slogan “Keep Calm And Hit Her” and...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 

Tweeter held over sex case claims

A TWITTER user was arrested yesterday after claims he revealed the identity of an alleged child sex case victim involving Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell. The 23-year-old man who was taken into custody yesterday morning sent the tweet on the...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 

Queen’s trip to Italy in doubt

THE Queen's two-day visit to Rome this week was in doubt yesterday after she was forced to cancel a planned engagement because of ill health. Buckingham Palace said the Queen was resting yesterday after developing symptoms of gastroenteritis. A palace...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 

More evidence for Mediterranean diet

Eating a Mediterranean diet “can reduce the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure”, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. Mediterranean diets are typically high in fruit and vegetables, low in meat and use...

 
Bridget Christie: fun, feminism and the wind of change

Bridget Christie: fun, feminism and the wind of change

Turning point… After years on the standup circuit, Bridget Christie has broken through to radio and television. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer Bridget Christie's face is alight. "It's come to me in the same way, I imagine, that God comes...

Guardian, 00:14 in Showbiz
 
From the Observer archive 25 February 1968: Farewell Alf Garnett, we all knew you

From the Observer archive 25 February 1968: Farewell Alf Garnett, we all knew you

Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett - an addition to the small pantheon of immortal comic monsters. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features It seems to be impossible for intellectuals to experience enthusiasm for an artist of popular culture without...

Guardian, 00:14 in Showbiz
 


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