News archive from 11 January 2011

Morrisons in festive mood over better than expected sales lift

Morrisons in festive mood over better than expected sales lift

It disappointed with underlying sales down 1.3 per cent for the 19 weeks to January 8. Other retailers were better prepared for the big freeze. Online grocer Ocado (down 5p to 181p) fitted snow tyres to its fleet of 700 trucks, which helped it reach...

 

Mystery bird: Rufous-naped lark, Mirafra africana

Rufous-naped lark, Mirafra africana, photographed at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa. Image: Dan Logen, 19 January 2010 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D300, 600 mm lens, 1.4 extender ISO 640, f/6.4, 1/640 sec. Question: This African mystery...

 
Banks given go-ahead to pay unlimited bonuses

Banks given go-ahead to pay unlimited bonuses

Britain's banks were given the go-ahead tonight to pay unlimited bonuses, drawing to a close a two-year political battle to rein in the City. After months in which a series of government ministers of all parties have threatened a toughening in the...

Guardian, 22:08 in Business
 

The fallacy of Osbornomics | John Ross

George Osborne claims budget deficit reduction is the most urgent task for overcoming Britain's economic problems. The facts disprove this. The US, which has made no serious deficit reductions, has suffered almost the smallest recession of any major...

Guardian, 22:08 in Business
 
US gun crime: death for sale

US gun crime: death for sale

The next time you happen to be in Arizona drinking a cool beer with some time on your hands, ask the person along the bar to describe for you the Glock 19. Likelihood is he will know what you're talking about, as gun ownership rates in Arizona are...

 
Licensed to kill?

Licensed to kill?

Australia Ownership is strictly prohibited unless there are "genuine reasons" such as licensed sport, animal control or employment requirements. Brazil If you are over 25 and have registered a weapon, you are free to keep it indoors. The...

 
Erik van Lieshout: enter the void

Erik van Lieshout: enter the void

Zuidplein is a 30-year-old shopping mall in Rotterdam. It's a convenient place with, at the last count, 10 mobile telephone outlets, eight opticians, 15 cheap fashion stores and a lone independent Christian bookshop. Patrolled by security guards and...

 

Spanish government rejects ETA ceasefire move

ETA, which has killed more than 850 people in its half-century armed struggle for an independent state in northern Spain and southwest France, has been crippled by arrests and Basques' rising support for more peaceful methods. The weakened group...

 
How George Osborne's tough words on bonuses proved to be so much hot air

How George Osborne's tough words on bonuses proved to be so much hot air

It appeared to be a case of game set and match in the City tonight after Downing Street admitted it had backed away from a confrontation over bank bonuses. Despite the first item on the coalition's agenda for government being a crackdown on...

Guardian, 22:19 in Business
 
RIP rock'n'roll? Professor of pop reads the last rites

RIP rock'n'roll? Professor of pop reads the last rites

It is a claim made before by, among others, Lenny Kravitz and the Swedish garage band the Hellacopters. But today, after years of struggle, came evidence to support the fearsome claim: rock'n'roll is dead. Last year saw the number of rock songs in the...

Guardian, 22:19 in Business
 
Barack Obama leads silent tribute to victims of Arizona massacre

Barack Obama leads silent tribute to victims of Arizona massacre

About 300 White House workers joined the leader and first lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn, as hundreds more gathered on the steps of the US Capitol building. Flags flew at half-mast in remembrance of six people killed and 14 hurt in the gun...

Metro, 22:24 in Hot News
 

Warmer weather and rain on its way

Tomorrow is set to be warmer with wind and rain but the mercury could hit as high as 13C (55F) on Wednesday. ‘There will be a repeat performance of heavy rain coming in from the west, with snow over northern areas and then that’s bringing milder air...

Metro, 22:24 in Hot News
 
Mum’s eggs may let girl give birth to a sibling

Mum’s eggs may let girl give birth to a sibling

Penny Jarvis gave birth two years ago to Mackenzie Stephens, who was found to have Turner syndrome, a condition which means she is missing an X chromosome. The syndrome, which affects only girls, means Mackenzie was born without working ovaries,...

Metro, 22:24 in Hot News
 

Unions fear law ‘to make sacking easy’

They said government plans to overhaul employment laws will strip workers of their ‘hard earned rights’. David Cameron is expected to announce a new employers’ charter to boost job creation but companies could be allowed to sack workers during their...

Metro, 22:24 in Hot News
 

Double levy on bankers, says Labour

The Labour leader said ministers were going easy on bankers at a time when low-and middle-income earners were being squeezed. Mr Miliband said Labour’s bonus tax raised £3.5billion from banks when they were in power while the coalition’s levy, which...

Metro, 22:24 in Hot News
 


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