News archive from 16 July 2015

Yorkshire RHS expert talks of Giant Hogweed dangers

Yorkshire RHS expert talks of Giant Hogweed dangers

Giant Hogweed has been in the news recently after two boys ended up in hospital. But is it on the increase and how do you treat it? Chris Bond reports. IT sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter, and with its distinctive white flowers it...

 
Giant Hogweed warning: What to do if you come into contact

Giant Hogweed warning: What to do if you come into contact

People are being warned to be extra vigilant after a number of reports of the toxic giant hogweed across the UK in the last couple of weeks. There have been sightings in the south Midlands, Greater Manchester, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The plant...

 

The most hi-tech car ever? New Mercedes E-Class will have everything from self parking through an app to...

It could be the most hi-tech car ever made, with everything from a self driving mode to stereo speakers that protect your hearing in a crash. Mercedes Benz has revealed the hi-tech features of its new E-Class car. Set to go on sale next spring, it can...

 

Watch the $3.5bn F-35 stealth jet fire its hidden 'wing cannons' (but it won't have the software to fire...

It was embarrassingly outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. But now video reveals that the $350bn F35 really does pack some firepower - with 25mm cannons hidden inside its wings. However, there is just one problem - the software update...

 

Margaret Thatcher's lobbying of Saudi royals over arms deal revealed

The extent to which Margaret Thatcher personally lobbied the Saudi royal family, flattering them at every opportunity to secure Britain’s biggest arms deal, is revealed in newly released documents. They show how anxious British ministers and diplomats...

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 

Greek MPs pass austerity bill as Athens police clash with protesters

A draconian austerity bill designed to pave the way for a new bailout of Greece has been passed in the Athens parliament against the backdrop of deep splits in the ruling Syriza party and the most serious violence on the city’s streets for months....

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 

Sky Broadband customers targeted for allegedly pirating Robert Redford film

Dozens of UK broadband customers have received letters from a US firm accusing them of pirating a little-known Robert Redford film and inviting them to pay a financial settlement on pain of further legal action. TCYK LLC, a legal firm apparently named...

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 
Accused Chelsea fans defended as ‘scapegoats’

Accused Chelsea fans defended as ‘scapegoats’

Four Chelsea fans accused of being involved in a racist incident on the Paris Metro that resulted in a black passenger being shoved off a train are being treated as "scapegoats" by the police, a court heard yesterday. Video shows the victim,...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Liberal Democrats leadership victor to be announced

Liberal Democrats leadership victor to be announced

Voting has closed in the battle for the Liberal Democrat leadership, with the winner to be

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Diesel cars: Is it time to switch to a cleaner fuel?

Diesel cars: Is it time to switch to a cleaner fuel?

In the 1920s, pregnant women were encouraged to drink Guinness to increase their iron intake. For decades we were all told to avoid fatty butter and eat synthetic margarine. Both pieces of so-called health advice have since been totally debunked. We...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
Tunisian winemakers remain upbeat despite concerns

Tunisian winemakers remain upbeat despite concerns

The two Muslim women in headscarves pull out weeds from between chardonnay vines at a vineyard in north eastern Tunisia. They say that their faith is no barrier to doing their job. "What else can we do? There is no other work," says one of...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 

NHS consultants given ultimatum on weekend working

Britain’s medical consultants are to be told by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that a new weekend working contract will be imposed on them unless they agree to the sweeping changes within six weeks. I have yet to meet a consultant who would be...

Guardian, 00:11 in Health
 

Lack of diversity on boards of US oil firms 'increases risk' of bad investments

A “worrying” lack of diversity on the boards of major US oil companies increases the risks of “groupthink” and bad investment choices, according to a new report from the University of Oxford. Fossil fuel companies are facing an increase in measures to...

 
Man United boss Louis van Gaal: Victor Valdes has no place in my squad and will be sold

Man United boss Louis van Gaal: Victor Valdes has no place in my squad and will be sold

Van Gaal claims the 33-year-old goalkeeper 'refused to play' in the reserves and has snubbed adhering to his philosophy. Spain international Valdes was surprisingly not selected for United's pre-season tour of the US and now looks set to leave the...

Daily Star, 00:12 in Sport
 

Sunderland complete signing of Jeremain Lens from Dynamo Kyiv

The Holland midfielder Jeremain Lens has completed his move from Dynamo Kyiv to Sunderland after signing a four-year contract with the Wearside club. It is understood the Black Cats have paid a fee in the region of £8m for the 27-year-old, who can...

Guardian, 00:15 in Sport
 


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