News archive from 11 February 2014, page 1

Leaders: Salmond should not bank on hydro

Leaders: Salmond should not bank on hydro

ALEX Salmond is right to recognise the development of hydro-electric power in the Highlands in the two decades after the Second World War as a revolution. It made for a big leap in living standards, not just because Highlanders could have reliable...

 
Sochi 2014: Coping with the Winter Olympics data blizzard

Sochi 2014: Coping with the Winter Olympics data blizzard

As the bobsleigh hurtles down the sinuous Sanki Sliding Center reaching speeds of more than 80mph (130km/h), it will beam real-time data to TV viewers around the world. Continue reading the main story Special Report: The Technology of Business DIY...

BBC, 00:15 in Business
 
Wages gap
puts home
dream out of reach in
Yorkshire

Wages gap
puts home
dream out of reach in
Yorkshire

THE scale of the struggle facing Yorkshire families trying to earn enough to buy a home is laid bare today with new figures showing how house prices have soared beyond wages across the region. Housing charity Shelter claims Yorkshire residents on...

 
Miliband pledges to hand more power to parents and patients

Miliband pledges to hand more power to parents and patients

ED Miliband has pledged to "radically reshape" Britain's public services to give a raft of new powers to councils, parents and NHS patients and end Labour's image as the party of centralisation. The Opposition leader and Doncaster MP last...

 
Congolese war lord’s trial a test case

Congolese war lord’s trial a test case

A CONGOLESE militia leader widely known as "the Terminator" led fighters, including child soldiers, in a campaign of ethnically-motivated rape and murder, the International Criminal Court was told yesterday. Prosecutors told judges that...

 
UN’s ‘humanitarian pause’ in Homs to be extended

UN’s ‘humanitarian pause’ in Homs to be extended

The UN humanitarian chief welcomed news the Syrian government and opposition have agreed to a three-day extension of "the humanitarian pause" in besieged neighbourhoods in Homs. Valerie Amos said the move will hopefully allow the evacuation...

 
US and France join forces against climate change

US and France join forces against climate change

The presidents of the United States and France have called for a global pact to fight climate change in a joint statement published yesterday, the first day of a state visit to the US by French leader Francois Hollande. He and Barack Obama urged more...

 

UK retail sales show fastest annual growth since 2011 - BRC

The British Retail Consortium, a trade body, said the total amount spent in stores last month was 5.4 percent higher than a year earlier, a sharp improvement on the meagre 1.8 percent growth recorded for December. The figures point to more of the...

Reuters, 00:16 in Business
 
Switzerland: EU ‘to review ties’ after vote

Switzerland: EU ‘to review ties’ after vote

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius yesterday said Europe would review its relations with Switzerland after a "worrying" Swiss vote to reintroduce immigration quotas with the European Union. “It’s a worrying vote because it means that...

 
British Gas may be split up as government chides sector on prices

British Gas may be split up as government chides sector on prices

Soaring energy costs have become a big political issue in Britain since opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband said in September he would freeze consumers' bills for 20 months if he wins the next national election in 2015. "There is evidence that...

Reuters, 00:16 in Business
 
Shows film maker focuses on Scotland’s fairgrounds

Shows film maker focuses on Scotland’s fairgrounds

A FILM by a Bafta-winning director is to explore the lives of the families who rely on the travelling shows for their livelihood. The feature film is expected to go into production this summer, after its director spent 18 months visiting fairgrounds...

 
Doncaster ‘explosions’ spark Twitter and Facebook storm

Doncaster ‘explosions’ spark Twitter and Facebook storm

Huge late night "explosions' in Doncaster sparked a Twitter and Facebook frenzy. Scores of social media users took to the internet in a bid to find out what was responsible for a series of loud bangs heard across the town last night. People from...

 

Sheffield libraries could all be saved

Campaigners today gave a cautious welcome to a new council plan - which could mean all libraries in Sheffield stay open. A funding pot of £262,000 in public health cash would be available from Sheffield Council to help volunteers run 10 facilities...

 
Can UK transport networks cope with floods?

Can UK transport networks cope with floods?

The storms that cut off rail links to Cornwall and much of Devon from the rest of the country have raised some fundamental questions about the resilience of our transport systems in bad weather. The dramatic images of the rail line suspended above the...

BBC, 00:27 in Business
 
CBI: UK seeing 'right kind of growth'

CBI: UK seeing 'right kind of growth'

The UK economy is starting to see the right kind of growth, says employers organisation the CBI. "Our forecast shows encouraging signs that business investment and net trade are starting to play their part," said CBI boss John Cridland. He...

BBC, 00:27 in Business
 


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