News archive from 14 December 2014

Yes, Girl Online is awful. But Zoella deserves a pat on the back

Yes, Girl Online is awful. But Zoella deserves a pat on the back

‘Every time you post something online, you have a choice”, writes Penny, the heroine of Zoella’s first novel, Girl Online, after people post nasty comments about her. “You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world –...

Guardian, 00:06 in Health
 
SNP urges inquiry into UK links to CIA torture

SNP urges inquiry into UK links to CIA torture

THE SNP has called for a full judicial inquiry into the role of the British government and UK airports such as Prestwick and Glasgow in the "extraordinary rendition" of suspected terrorists by the CIA. Angus Robertson, leader of the SNP at...

 
Nations struggle to agree global warming deal

Nations struggle to agree global warming deal

UNITED Nations talks on a new global warming pact spilled into the weekend as negotiators argued over what kind of information to include when countries unveil their contributions before a key summit in Paris next year. The yearly climate meetings...

 
American troops among 21 killed in Taleban attacks

American troops among 21 killed in Taleban attacks

TWO American soldiers were among at least 21 people killed in Afghanistan amid a spate of Taleban

 

Nick Easter: Gym-monkey culture could damage future England stars

Nick Easter  has joined a growing chorus of high-profile stars to raise concerns about professional rugby’s ‘gym-monkey’ culture at academy level amid fears careers will be cut short by increasingly brutal collisions. The 36-year-old Harlequins No 8,...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Liverpool were NEVER going to be as good as last season, admits Rickie Lambert 

Rickie Lambert does not need to take a polygraph test to verify how much he is hurting after Liverpool’s Champions League exit. It is etched all over the striker’s face as he talks about the need to put things right against Manchester United on...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Hertha Berlin 1-0 Dortmund: Jurgen Klopp's side slip back into the relegation zone after ninth Bundesliga...

Struggling Borussia Dortmund slumped to a disappointing defeat at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Hertha striker Julian Schieber returned to haunt Dortmund, scoring in the 40th minute to send his former side back to the relegation zone....

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Gregor Townsend laments Glasgow errors in Toulouse loss: 'We threw win away'  

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend admitted too many handling errors cost his side as they lost 12-9 to Toulouse in Pool Four of the European Champions Cup. The game came down to penalties, with Toulouse scrum-half Nicolas Bezy booting two in...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Robin van Persie a 'lucky boy' not to be dropped during lean spell, admits Manchester United boss Louis van...

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted Robin van Persie was a ‘lucky boy’ not to have been dropped a fortnight ago after a poor spell of form. Van Persie, 31, will lead the line against Liverpool after scoring three goals in his last...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 
Taxation: VAT is a poll tax on living. To increase it is to hit the poorest

Taxation: VAT is a poll tax on living. To increase it is to hit the poorest

Will Hutton is right (“Forget austerity – what we need is a stronger state and more taxation”, Comment). But do we really need to “broaden the VAT base”? VAT is effectively a tax on the level of economic activity in a way that taxing rentier incomes...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
The e-commerce sisters doing it for themselves

The e-commerce sisters doing it for themselves

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, the co-founders of notonthehighstreet.com, are gearing up for Christmas: Tucker has just fashioned a trendy wreath out of chilli peppers for her front door while Cornish dusted down her sewing machine to help her...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
Assets collapse, loans go bad … Britain’s banks brace for a serious stress test

Assets collapse, loans go bad … Britain’s banks brace for a serious stress test

House prices fall by an unprecedented 35% and base rates jump above 4%, putting pressure on household finances already feeling the pain of falling real incomes. Unemployment doubles to 12% and inflation rockets in an economy being buffeted by a sharp...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
The deficit isn’t the real problem. The crisis is in productivity

The deficit isn’t the real problem. The crisis is in productivity

When British governments are in trouble, their first line of defence is to attack the BBC – an institution valued all over the world, but not always in Westminster. Having had what he plainly regarded as a successful day delivering his autumn...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
‘Stodgy’ scotch on the rocks as Mad Men turns the young on to bourbon

‘Stodgy’ scotch on the rocks as Mad Men turns the young on to bourbon

Whenever Frank Sinatra wanted to get his neighbourhood cronies round for some late-night revelry he would, so the story goes, hoist a Jack Daniel’s flag over his Palm Springs mansion. Bourbon was his signature drink. He loved it so much they even...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 


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