News archive from 14 May 2015

Charles letters: Badger cull was among Prince’s concerns

Charles letters: Badger cull was among Prince’s concerns

The Prince of Wales described opponents of a badger cull as "intellectually dishonest" in a letter to Tony Blair advocating culling to tackle tuberculosis in cattle. Writing in February 2005, to the then prime minister, Charles criticised...

 

Pay big pharma to solve antibiotics crisis, says UK government review

Pharmaceutical companies should be given cash incentives of up to $3bn to find and develop new antibiotics desperately needed to keep infections at bay, according to a UK government review. Jim O’Neill, the economist and former chair of Goldman Sachs...

Guardian, 00:05 in Health
 

Number of houses coming on market smallest in nearly six years

The number of homes coming on to the market fell to its lowest level in almost six years in April, driving up prices across the UK, surveyors said on Thursday. The affordability and availability of homes in the UK “is now a national emergency” the...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 

Patrice Evra ‘will shake Luis Suárez’s hand’ at Champions League final

Patrice Evra says he will shake Luis Suárez’s hand when the two players meet before the Champions League final in Berlin, but insists that he will make sure the Uruguayan striker “feels” him on the pitch. The French full-back departed the Santiago...

Guardian, 00:09 in Sport
 

Late-term abortion ban passes in House after Republicans drop rape provisions

Republicans finally won US House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female Republican lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat. The near party-line 242-184...

 
Manchester Devolution: Osborne promises a mayor and new powers over policing, transport and housing to become law

Manchester Devolution: Osborne promises a mayor and new powers over policing, transport and housing to...

A mayor for Greater Manchester and new powers on policing, transport and housing are set to become law, Chancellor George Osborne will announce today. The package of devolution plans will be announced in the next Queen’s Speech - and become a...

 
Reverend who published impassioned open letter to David Cameron calls on PM to visit Manchester

Reverend who published impassioned open letter to David Cameron calls on PM to visit Manchester

A reverend has challenged the Prime Minister to come to Manchester and see his policies in action. Rev Mike Walsh, 38, penned an impassioned open letter to David Cameron asking him to take note of the ‘human cost’ of Tory austerity. The letter,...

 
Couple left heartbroken after losing son to rare genetic condition are blessed with a baby daughter

Couple left heartbroken after losing son to rare genetic condition are blessed with a baby daughter

A couple left heartbroken after they lost their son to a rare genetic condition have been blessed with a baby daughter. Dexter James Cook died suddenly in his sleep last May just a few weeks after his first birthday. His parents James, 37, and Gemma,...

 
Harriet Harman backs Jim Murphy to stay as leader

Harriet Harman backs Jim Murphy to stay as leader

ACTING Labour leader Harriet Harman has thrown her weight behind Jim Murphy to remain as Scottish leader ahead of a trip north of the Border after initially appearing hesitant to do so. The backing comes as the shopworkers union Usdaw also backed the...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Politics
 
House prices pushed up by lack of supply, say surveyors

House prices pushed up by lack of supply, say surveyors

A further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale is pushing house prices higher, according to surveyors. A report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) says new instructions by sellers have fallen "deeper...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 
What do UK firms think about a possible 'Brexit'?

What do UK firms think about a possible 'Brexit'?

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised an in-out referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union before the end of 2017. Most business lobby groups seem to be broadly in favour of staying in a reformed EU, and their member surveys reflect...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 
Helping more Brazilian women feel beautiful

Helping more Brazilian women feel beautiful

There are few countries more obsessed with the pursuit of the body beautiful than Brazil. Due to the beach culture of the coastal cities such as Rio de Janeiro, and the sizzling heat of much of the country's weather, Brazilians often don't wear many...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 

Winkleman tells of fire horror

Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman has described the moment her daughter "screamed out for me" as her Halloween fancy dress witch costume went up in flames. The star spoke to BBC consumer campaign show Watchdog about the...

 

Hand-stitched Magna Carta Wikipedia page explores the fabric of democracy

Jarvis Cocker began stitching the words “common people” when he was on a train; the human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith got his needle and thread out for “law of the land” while in Guantánamo Bay; and Julian Assange had little choice but to...

 
UK surveyors report biggest house price rises since August

UK surveyors report biggest house price rises since August

RICS said it was the first time since August that house prices were rising in all regions of the United Kingdom, after London house prices ended a period of stagnation. By contrast, the supply of homes coming on to the market fell at its fastest rate...

Reuters, 00:18 in Business
 


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