News archive from 8 February 2011

World stocks rise as copper hits new record

World stocks rise as copper hits new record

Rising commodity prices, along with another uptick in U.S. Treasury yields, deepened concerns about inflationary pressures. Worries about inflation damping down economic growth and political risk from Egypt have been responsible for a shift in assets...

Reuters, 22:03 in Business
 

To us, it's an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it's the heist of the century | George Monbiot

'I would love to see tax reductions," David Cameron told the Sunday Telegraph at the weekend, "but when you're borrowing 11% of your GDP, it's not possible to make significant net tax cuts. It just isn't." Oh no? Then how come he's...

Guardian, 22:04 in Business
 
Tourist information centres face extinction

Tourist information centres face extinction

They were Britain's response to the package holiday; a network of Tourist Information Centres funded by the government to divert vacationers from the sunny lure of the Costas toward domestic destinations. Forty years on they are battling to survive....

Guardian, 22:07 in Business
 
Street dance and judo: Tottenham's stadium bid goes for the youth vote

Street dance and judo: Tottenham's stadium bid goes for the youth vote

Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their secret weapons in the increasingly vicious battle for tenancy of the Olympic Stadium: street dance and judo. As Spurs publicly revealed their vision for the Stratford site for the first time and accused West Ham...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
Contenders scarce in race to replace Robert Kubica at Renault

Contenders scarce in race to replace Robert Kubica at Renault

With Robert Kubica extremely unlikely to take any part in the 2011 Formula One season following his accident in a rally in Italy a seat with a top team has become available with the first race a little over a month away. Kubica demonstrated the...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
'If you tolerate this ...': Nicky Wire on library closures

'If you tolerate this ...': Nicky Wire on library closures

It's hard not to feel utterly despondent at the current plight of public libraries. Along with the NHS and the BBC, our libraries are some of the few truly remarkable British institutions left. So often absolutely ordinary in appearance, a good...

 
Outcasts: series one, episode one

Outcasts: series one, episode one

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for those who are watching Outcasts on BBC1. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode one – and if you've seen more of the series, please be aware that many UK viewers will not have done so … There's a lot to get through...

 
Huffington Post: AOL takes a gamble

Huffington Post: AOL takes a gamble

How we want to run down AOL, and how unwise it is to do so. Somewhere in the folk memory of AOL watchers lies the Time Warner deal (even if the mistake was really made by Jerry Levin and Time Warner) – and the misguided purchase of Bebo. Yet it's too...

 
Rob Andrew wants to stay at RFU and may work with Sir Clive Woodward

Rob Andrew wants to stay at RFU and may work with Sir Clive Woodward

Rob Andrew has indicated he is keen to remain at the Rugby Football Union and assume the role of rugby operations director in the reshuffled set-up at Twickenham. There has been speculation that Andrew would not wish to stay at the RFU but it is...

Guardian, 22:21 in Sport
 
Six Nations 2011: England call up wing James Simpson-Daniel as cover

Six Nations 2011: England call up wing James Simpson-Daniel as cover

England, meanwhile, have added Gloucester's James Simpson-Daniel and Alex Corbisiero of London Irish to their training squad as cover ahead of the Six Nations game against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday. Simpson‑Daniel has been called as cover for...

Guardian, 22:21 in Sport
 
D-day looms for antiquities dealer facing jail in Greece

D-day looms for antiquities dealer facing jail in Greece

A British antiquities dealer who faces being deported to Greece and imprisoned over claims that he sold stolen ancient artefacts to an Athens dealer is expected to learn his fate within the next fortnight. Malcolm Hay, 60, an Oxford-educated trader...

 
Fernando Torres confident Chelsea can make diamond formation sparkle

Fernando Torres confident Chelsea can make diamond formation sparkle

Fernando Torres has reacted defiantly after a "difficult" debut for Chelsea by insisting the champions will learn to flourish within Carlo Ancelotti's preferred diamond formation and will continue to fight to retain their Premier League...

Guardian, 22:42 in Sport
 
Portrait of the artist: Lauren Cuthbertson, ballerina

Portrait of the artist: Lauren Cuthbertson, ballerina

What got you started? Being a very naughty little girl. There was a very strict ballet teacher in my town; my mum thought that if I went to her class, I might learn some discipline. It didn't work – but I did discover my love of dance. What was your...

 
Steve McClaren back on the market after Wolfsburg sacking

Steve McClaren back on the market after Wolfsburg sacking

Steve McClaren's brief and miserable spell in German football has ended abruptly in his sacking by Wolfsburg, with the club's board having apparently "lost faith" in his ability to arrest an alarming slide that has left the 2009 Bundesliga...

Guardian, 22:53 in Sport
 

Lord Triesman breaks his silence over acrimonious FA departure

The former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman will break his silence on his controversial tenure and acrimonious departure when the latest parliamentary inquiry into the way the English game is run begins. Triesman has kept his counsel on the...

Guardian, 22:53 in Sport
 


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