News archive from 15 February 2011

Governments urged to speed up introduction of fast fibre optic cable

Governments urged to speed up introduction of fast fibre optic cable

Frustrated trying to access the internet from the smartphone you bought at Christmas? It's partly your own fault, says the International Telecommunication Union, the industry body that represents the mobile and fixed-line industries – and it's likely...

Guardian, 22:01 in Business
 
Rebecca Romero's 2012 Olympic hopes hit by injury setback

Rebecca Romero's 2012 Olympic hopes hit by injury setback

The Beijing individual pursuit gold medallist Rebecca Romero has suffered another setback in her fight to compete in the team event at the London Olympics after being forced to pull out of this week's World Cup in Manchester. A statement from British...

Guardian, 22:07 in Sport
 
West Brom's Roy Hodgson feels wanted again after Liverpool wounding

West Brom's Roy Hodgson feels wanted again after Liverpool wounding

Roy Hodgson, in his first press conference since taking over as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion, admitted that he had been "wounded" by his chastening experience at Liverpool. Hodgson went from being manager of the year with Fulham...

Guardian, 22:07 in Sport
 
Outcasts: season one, episode three

Outcasts: season one, episode three

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for those who are watching Outcasts on BBC1. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three … Phelim O'Neill's episode two blog Would I still be watching Outcasts if I wasn't writing this blog? The answer – possibly tinged...

 
Anna Nicole: Kiss goodbye to those Viking hats

Anna Nicole: Kiss goodbye to those Viking hats

Opera, I'm afraid to say, has always tended to bring out my inner philistine. All that heaving and warbling and saying things over and over and OVER … overandoverandover … a-GAIN. Hairdressers with ideas above their stations; dreary waifs wilting in...

 
Portrait of the artist: Tanika Gupta, playwright

Portrait of the artist: Tanika Gupta, playwright

What got you started? Getting my play The Waiting Room on at the National [in 2000]. I'd been on a placement at the theatre's studio – they put me in a soundproofed room with hessian walls, and I spent a year writing it. It was an amazing feeling when...

 

My Valentine | Valerie Flitz

Valentine's Day is my anniversary. It is the day that I awoke after being drugged and raped. If the GOP's New Jersey congressman Chris Smith had his way, the proposed "No Taxation for Abortion Act" would limit the rape exemption for abortion...

 
Turkish journalist arrested over alleged conspiracy to topple government

Turkish journalist arrested over alleged conspiracy to topple government

Police on Monday searched the premises of a dissident news website and detained its owner over possible links to an alleged secularist network accused of conspiring to topple the Turkish government. Police raided the Istanbul headquarters of the Oda...

 
Fulham 0-0 Chelsea | Premier League match report

Fulham 0-0 Chelsea | Premier League match report

Chelsea's league defence has taken on a ragged look. This spluttering stalemate at local rivals has merely confirmed the impression that their pursuit of silverware this term must now now focus on the Champions League and FA Cup, with any hopes they...

Guardian, 22:22 in Sport
 
Wayne Rooney: My overhead kick knocked Man City out of title race

Wayne Rooney: My overhead kick knocked Man City out of title race

Rooney produced a breathtaking finish from Nani's deflected cross in the 78th minute to condemn City to a 2-1 defeat, which leaves them eight points adrift of their league-leading rivals. And the England forward described the result as 'significant'....

Metro, 22:26 in Sport
 
New Look takes a dive as SVG cuts value of its stake

New Look takes a dive as SVG cuts value of its stake

Even celebrities such as Kelly Brook, left, who was hired by the High Street chain to launch a swimwear range, have failed to stop the rot. Taken private by Apax and Permira in a £800m deal in 2004, it had hoped to float with a £1.7bn price tag at the...

 
Afghanistan troops tuck into new menu

Afghanistan troops tuck into new menu

British troops on the front line in Afghanistan have been given improved ration packs which include beef jerky. There are new lightweight packs for patrols lasting 12 hours or less, which contain a sandwich and a main meal such as chicken curry or...

 
Liberal Democrat cracks appear over NHS reform plans

Liberal Democrat cracks appear over NHS reform plans

Liberal Democrat leaders are trying to douse a growing revolt over the coalition's controversial NHS reforms. Party critics claim the reforms will increase health inequalities, make tracts of the NHS unviable and simply provide profits for private...

Guardian, 22:37 in Politics
 
Labour councils shed 50% more jobs than Tory areas

Labour councils shed 50% more jobs than Tory areas

Labour councils are shedding on average 50% more posts than Conservative authorities as they deal with funding cuts that significantly outstrip those of their Tory and Liberal Democrat neighbours, the Guardian has found. Labour authorities have issued...

Guardian, 22:37 in Politics
 
Amanda Holden thanks fans for their support during 'horrendous' time

Amanda Holden thanks fans for their support during 'horrendous' time

The Britain's Got Talent judge tragically suffered a miscarriage at seven months pregnant at the beginning of the month. It is the second baby she and husband Chris Hughes have lost to a miscarriage in less than a year. Until now she has remained...

Metro, 22:38 in Showbiz
 


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