News archive from 11 February 2014, page 9

Julia Roberts' Half-Sister Found Dead In LA

Julia Roberts' Half-Sister Found Dead In LA

The half-sister of actress Julia Roberts has been found dead in Los Angeles from a suspected drug overdose. The body of Nancy Motes, 37, was found inside a bathtub full of water at a friend's home on Sunday afternoon, where she had been dog-sitting....

 

UK extends mortgage aid scheme to Islamic finance

Britain's finance ministry said property finance plans that circumvent Islam's bar on interest payments would now be eligible in the same way as standard mortgages. "The Help to Buy extension builds on the government's commitment to support the...

Reuters, 03:53 in Business
 

EU must be ready to impose sanctions on Ukraine - Czech minister

Speaking before EU foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss the Ukraine crisis, Lubomir Zaoralek said it was unacceptable to see human rights being blatantly violated on the borders of the European Union. Protesters, now in their third month of...

 

Julia Gillard appointed to head Global Partnership for Education

The UN says about 57 million children around the world were not in school in 2011. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP Julia Gillard has been appointed to lead the Global Partnership for Education, which is working to help get about 57 million children into...

Guardian, 04:04 in Learning
 

Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest

* Charter Communications is planning to announce 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable Inc's board as soon as Tuesday, setting the stage for a proxy fight with the larger cable operator, according to a person familiar with the matter. * The world's biggest...

 
Dog escapes Sheffield house inferno

Dog escapes Sheffield house inferno

A family dog managed to escape unharmed from a house which was destroyed by fire after an arson attack. An investigation was under way today into the blaze on Limpsfield Road, Brightside, Sheffield. The mid-terrace property went up in flames while its...

 

Australian anthems: Divinyls – I Touch Myself

Short-breathed yearning: Divinyls, Mark McEntee (left) and Christina Amphlett, in 2006. Photograph: Julian Smith/AAP Chrissy Amphlett’s band Divinyls formed in 1980, not long after Amphlett was introduced to guitarist Mark McEntee by a mutual friend...

 
Conisbrough pub hosts cancer charity fundraiser

Conisbrough pub hosts cancer charity fundraiser

A Motown night has been organised at a Conisbrough pub to raise money for cancer charities. The Lord Conyers will host the event on Saturday, February 15, from 7pm. It costs £3 to attend, which can be payable on the door. Proceeds will go to a range...

 
Autism: Four In 10 Children 'Illegally Excluded'

Autism: Four In 10 Children 'Illegally Excluded'

Thousands of children with autism are being illegally excluded from school, a new report claims. Research by Ambitious About Autism, which campaigns on behalf of autistic children and young people, found that four in ten autistic children have been...

 
Simon Gittany Jailed Over High-Rise Murder

Simon Gittany Jailed Over High-Rise Murder

An Australian man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for throwing his fiancee off the 15th floor balcony of their Sydney apartment. Simon Gittany, 40, will spend at least 18 years in jail with the judge describing him as jealous and possessive...

 
Top award for foster mum

Top award for foster mum

A Blackpool foster carer who has spent nearly three decades looking after vulnerable youngsters has been given an award for her dedication. Liz Cousins, 58, is a carer with fostering agency Foster Carer Associates (FCA), with her husband David, and...

 

Brazil cameraman pronounced brain dead after protest injury

His death, the first in Brazil this year due to protests that threaten to disrupt the World Cup soccer tournament beginning in June, underscores the unruliness and violence that have come to characterize the small, but continued rallies that began...

 

Singapore Airlines posts biggest gain in 2-1/2 yrs; index up for fourth day

The benchmark Straits Times index was on track for its fourth consecutive sessions of gains, rising 0.6 percent to 3,034.9 by 0427 GMT. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1 percent, even as most of the main bourses in...

 
Commonwealth flag to fly high at Town Hall

Commonwealth flag to fly high at Town Hall

Fylde residents will soon see the Commonwealth flag flying proudly in the borough. The flag, featuring a globe logo, will be hoisted at 10am on March 10 as one of 500 to be flown across the UK to celebrate the values of the Commonwealth and the...

 
‘Speeding’ reveller was over drive limit

‘Speeding’ reveller was over drive limit

A man on a night out in Blackpool to cheer him up after a relationship break-up was more than twice over the limit when arrested by police. Scott Duncuft, 34, of Patterdale Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne, admitted drink-driving. He was banned from the road...

 


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