News archive from 14 December 2011

Tory Big Society 'a dead wheeze walking'

A leading member of a Commons committee which has puzzled for months over David Cameron's Big Society suggested today that it should be renamed "Dead Wheeze Walking." Newport West Labour MP Paul Flynn said the Prime Minister's idea was akin...

 
Energy shares fuel FTSE rally

Energy shares fuel FTSE rally

The oil & gas sector .FTNMX0530 index rose 2.3 percent, tracking a rise in the price of crude. That came after the International Energy Agency said it expected demand growth next year, and Citigroup raised its Brent forecast for 2012, citing...

Reuters, 22:35 in Business
 
UK inflation rate falls to 4.8% in November

UK inflation rate falls to 4.8% in November

The rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation in the UK fell to 4.8% during November, down from 5% the month before, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The rate still remains well above the Bank of England's target of 2%....

BBC, 22:35 in Business
 
ROVERS DISMISS CASH CRISIS REPORTS

ROVERS DISMISS CASH CRISIS REPORTS

Blackburn have denied reports they are on the verge of a financial crisis. The Barclays Premier League strugglers, who are owned by Indian poultry giant Venky's, posted a statement on their official website insisting the club does not have money...

Daily Star, 22:35 in Sport
 
TURNER CALLS FOR BIG BANKING CLAMPDOWN

TURNER CALLS FOR BIG BANKING CLAMPDOWN

THE City watchdog yesterday called for a major clampdown on banks and their directors as its chairman acknowledged it was “not fair” that former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin had escaped without serious sanction after its...

 
Move To Close DVLA Offices: Many Jobs At Risk

Move To Close DVLA Offices: Many Jobs At Risk

All the regional offices of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency could be closed down - putting more than 1,200 jobs at risk - under government plans. The 39 local DVLA offices across England, Scotland and Wales carry out a range of duties like...

 

Retailers cheer as sales rise for sixth straight month... but gas stations and restaurants suffer

'People decided to go to the store and do their shopping rather than go to the restaurant' Jonathan Basile He notes that the larger spending increases over the summer came after consumers dipped into savings to make up for smaller gains in income....

 

'Sexist' Ryanair ad angers cabin crew

Over 8,000 people have demanded a ban on a "sexist" Ryanair advert which shows a scantly clad cabin crew member under the caption "Red Hot Fares & Crew." Flight attendant Ghada led an online Cabin Crew Against Sexism campaign...

 
Mary Portas unveils report into High Street revival

Mary Portas unveils report into High Street revival

A report into how to revive the High Street by retail expert Mary Portas recommends getting town centres to run more like businesses. The government has also published research on High Streets' performance which shows that a third of them are...

BBC, 22:35 in Business
 

EDF to up UK nuclear spend in wake of Fukushima

"We will now make over and above current investments to take into account the recommendations on backup systems, openness and transparency and so on. It's something we can afford to do," said Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of the British...

Reuters, 22:35 in Business
 

Ministers Clash At First Cabinet Since Veto

Ministers should have been consulted on David Cameron's EU negotiating strategy, Chris Huhne has insisted at the first Cabinet meeting since the veto. Sky sources say the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary was the most outspoken...

 
REDKNAPP WARNED OVER FOY COMMENTS

REDKNAPP WARNED OVER FOY COMMENTS

Harry Redknapp has been warned over his future conduct following his post-match comments about the performance of referee Chris Foy during Tottenham's defeat at Stoke. The Spurs boss said he felt like Foy "was quite enjoying not giving us...

Daily Star, 22:35 in Sport
 
Sorry son, Santa's coming in January: How parents are delaying Christmas because of money

Sorry son, Santa's coming in January: How parents are delaying Christmas because of money

The holiday cheer may have to wait until after December 25 for some families as the impact of the tough economy is hurting the chances that children will be getting their Christmas presents as scheduled this year. More families are planning to wait...

 

Thousands of youths spend night in a cell

Police cells across Britain are regularly being used to house children overnight according to shock findings revealed today following a Freedom of Information request. Thousands of under-16s are being held each year with numbers for 2008 and 2009...

 
Euro drops below $1.31 for first time since January

Euro drops below $1.31 for first time since January

The euro has dropped to an 11-month low against the dollar as concerns continue over the future of the eurozone. The euro fell below $1.31 for the first time since January. Against the pound, one euro bought 84.20 pence. Last week, 26 of the 27...

BBC, 22:35 in Business
 


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