News archive from 8 May 2014

Love locks in Bakewell

Love locks in Bakewell

The romantic trend of attaching "love locks' to a bridge has spread to Bakewell. The practice, which is thought to have started in Paris, involves couples inscribing their initials on padlocks, locking them to a bridge and throwing the key in the...

 

Many Britons feel uncomfortable around disabled people: Let's End the Awkward

In Britain, we’re used to feeling awkward around each other. It’s practically a national sport. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do something about it. The awkwardness of others is something most disabled people have to put up with on a daily...

Metro, 00:03 in Hot News
 

Handless London imam testifies in own defence at U.S. trial

"Did you ever give material support for terrorism?" his defence lawyer, Joshua Dratel, asked him at the start of his testimony in New York. "Never," the preacher replied in a deep baritone. Abu Hamza is accused of providing advice...

 

VIDEO: Civic Theatre demolition starts

The curtain is about to finally come down on Doncaster Civic Theatre. Exterior demolition work on the crumbling venue has started with workmen removing fasicas and signs before the full scale knocking down of the building gets underway. The theatre...

 
David McCarthy: Gary Locke deserves to stay on as Hearts boss and the club needs the stability he brings

David McCarthy: Gary Locke deserves to stay on as Hearts boss and the club needs the stability he brings

FOR months now I’ve been saying Hearts should show the same loyalty to Gary Locke as Gary Locke has shown to Hearts. There have been times that view has been ridiculed, most notably around December when Celtic were taking seven off them in the...

 
House of Lords committee calls for fracking to be 'national priority'

House of Lords committee calls for fracking to be 'national priority'

Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire. The industry welcomed the findings, but critics accused the Lords of 'cherry-picking evidence'. Photograph Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images A House of Lords committee has urged changes in the law to...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 
House prices expected to continue to rise as boom fails to attract sellers

House prices expected to continue to rise as boom fails to attract sellers

'Everyone hoped for a spring bounce in the number of homes being put on the market, but it hasn't happened,' say Rics chief economist Simon Rubinsohn. Photograph: Charles Fox for the Guardian House prices are expected to continue rising through the...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 
HSBC sees ‘muted’ activity after investment bank hit

HSBC sees ‘muted’ activity after investment bank hit

HSBC suffered a 20 per cent slide in quarterly profits amid tough conditions for its investment banking arm, and said customer activity remained "muted" last month. Europe’s largest lender also blamed declines at its retail banking and...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Lloyd's calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk

Lloyd's calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk

A home damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2013 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images Lloyd's of London, the world's oldest and biggest insurance market, has for the first time called on insurers to incorporate...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 
STV hires BBC veteran Sarah Brown as head of drama

STV hires BBC veteran Sarah Brown as head of drama

Media group STV has named one of the producers behind hit BBC shows such as Lark Rise to Candleford and Oliver Twist as head of drama for its production arm. Sarah Brown, who started her broadcasting career at Radio Clyde, spent six years in New York...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Waitrose teams up with McGough in the hope verses will open purses

Waitrose teams up with McGough in the hope verses will open purses

Roger McGough: 'It’s about putting a smile on peoples’ faces as they head for the fish fingers.' Photograph: Mark Mackenzie Waitrose is to unleash an unlikely weapon in the supermarkets' cut-throat battle for business when it anounces plans to display...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 
Comment: Myners review gives Co–op both barrels

Comment: Myners review gives Co–op both barrels

Lord Myners has not pulled any punches in his independent review of the Co-operative Group. It is the nearest thing to a boardroom disembowelling we have had for some time. Myners says the Co-op board is not up to the job of restoring the fortunes of...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Deadly Fire At Tennis Star James Blake's Home

Deadly Fire At Tennis Star James Blake's Home

A family-of-four have died in a fire which police say was started deliberately at the Florida home of a former tennis star. Two adults and two children were killed in the $1.5m mansion, north of Tampa, belonging to former World No. 4 James Blake....

 

Ben Fogle 'fights off mugger'

Television presenter Ben Fogle has escaped with only bruises after fighting off a mugger. The serial adventurer wrote on Twitter how he had fought back when a chancer tried to snatch his briefcase. He said: "Dear Mr Mugger. You picked on the...

 
Why do physicists gravitate towards jobs in finance?

Why do physicists gravitate towards jobs in finance?

For physics undergraduates, a job in finance was second only in popularity to a job in education, claims a recent report. Photograph: Juliet Brauner / Alamy Of those who will be graduating with degrees in physics this year, around a half will go on to...

 


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