News archive from 7 December 2014

What’s your Everest? Hartlepool young people inspired to reach for the stars

What’s your Everest? Hartlepool young people inspired to reach for the stars

STUDENTS from across Hartlepool were given some tips on how to become the next generation of entrepreneurs as part of a national awareness week, The event at the Town Hall Theatre, which was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, was organised by...

 
Philippines braced as Typhoon Hagupit powers in

Philippines braced as Typhoon Hagupit powers in

AID agencies were on stand by overnight as hundreds of thousands of people in the

 
So I donned my Christmas suit and tried to blend in …

So I donned my Christmas suit and tried to blend in …

The Christmas jumper is dead. Long live the infinitely more adventurous Christmas suit. Bedecked with images of Santas, reindeer, snowflakes and happy-looking snowmen, all crafted in the finest polyester, the Christmas suit is the latest item to...

 
Photojournalist and teacher held hostage in Yemen

Photojournalist and teacher held hostage in Yemen

A BRITISH-born photojournalist and a South African teacher who were being held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen were killed yesterday during a failed US-led rescue mission. President Barack Obama said he ordered the raid after being told that...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 

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Emotional Ben Haenow breaks down after festive performance as competition for place in The X Factor grand...

The X Factor's Ben Haenow let his feelings get the better of him on Saturday evening following a moving rendition of much covered Leonard Cohen track Hallelujah. The popular singer was closing the show with the track, his second performance of the...

 

She's a former politician - and she's outta there! Edwina Currie fails to make the final of I'm A Celebrity...

Edwina Currie has become the first finalist to be evicted from the I'm A Celebrity camp.  The former MP, who was a late arrival into the jungle with Jake Quickenden, was evicted from the Australian jungle on Saturday night in a very respectable fourth...

 
Sands are running out for Britain’s hourglass labour market

Sands are running out for Britain’s hourglass labour market

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, dear chancellor, you are being wildly optimistic. But not just on cuts to public spending. The pledge to plough billions into housebuilding, flood defences and “the biggest road building programme for a generation”...

Guardian, 00:09 in Politics
 
Moody, angry, naive: yes, he was flawed but Gordon Brown did save the world

Moody, angry, naive: yes, he was flawed but Gordon Brown did save the world

Gordon Brown recently rang a confidant. He was angry, and no one gets angry quite like Gordon Brown. Having played a widely admired role in saving the union at the climactic stage of the Scottish referendum campaign, the former prime minister had been...

Guardian, 00:09 in Politics
 
Champagne wars in the Lords as peers say no to a cheaper vintage

Champagne wars in the Lords as peers say no to a cheaper vintage

The British public has endured the expenses scandal, a cabinet minister describing police officers as plebs and a Labour MP sending an allegedly snobby tweet about “white van men”. But for sheer chutzpah, the peers of the realm have potentially topped...

Guardian, 00:09 in Politics
 
Five things the autumn statement taught us about the British economy

Five things the autumn statement taught us about the British economy

Once the initial excitement had died down over the chancellor’s rabbit-out-of-the-hat moment, making cuts to most homebuyers’ stamp duty, reality quickly set in. George Osborne triumphantly announced in his autumn statement on Wednesday that the...

Guardian, 00:09 in Politics
 
The Observer view on public spending

The Observer view on public spending

Prediction is best avoided, as the chancellor, George Osborne, has discovered. In 2010, he forecast that the deficit would fall to £40bn by 2015; instead, it is likely to more than double to over £90bn. Mr Osborne is undaunted. He aims to cut public...

Guardian, 00:09 in Politics
 
Struggling supermarkets are a long shot for a profitable Christmas

Struggling supermarkets are a long shot for a profitable Christmas

Black Friday was a non-event for food retailers: it was a festival of flat-screen televisions, tablets and washing machines. For supermarkets, the season starts now. For the three big FTSE 100 chains, pre-Christmas trading represents the last chance...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 
Why a Moscow meltdown could spread around the globe

Why a Moscow meltdown could spread around the globe

Russia matters. It mattered in 1998 when the shock waves from its debt default reverberated around the world. And it would matter again should the plunging oil price lead to economic collapse. That’s despite the fact that Russia is a massive land mass...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 
Sports Direct’s away form comes under scrutiny

Sports Direct’s away form comes under scrutiny

Despite a recent improvement in form, Mike Ashley’s football team, Newcastle United, are unlikely to end up in a Champions League spot this season. And Ashley’s other interest, Sports Direct International, should be making more progress in continental...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 


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