News archive from 23 March 2012

The chancellor made a little money go a long way in his annual budget

The chancellor made a little money go a long way in his annual budget

IT WAS the first time in several years that a chancellor of the exchequer did not have to reveal more bad news about Britain’s finances. On March 21st, when George Osborne delivered his third budget, the official forecasts for the economy and public...

 
Monster CEO open to selling all or part of company

Monster CEO open to selling all or part of company

Monster shares are up about 17 percent so far this year, having rallied since Iannuzzi told an investor conference early this month that the company was considering "strategic alternatives." The company has drawn considerable interest since...

 
Margaret Thatcher's biggest debt was to Argentina's navy

Margaret Thatcher's biggest debt was to Argentina's navy

Among this summer's Olympics and jubilees, Britons will celebrate the last time a British army actually won a war, 30 years ago on the Falklands. That is appropriate. But they are unlikely to read how it was really won. As in so many conflicts,...

Guardian, 22:03 in Politics
 
Readers recommend: songs about procrastination

Readers recommend: songs about procrastination

Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Actually, I can think of quite a few reasons. Musicians are not usually celebrated for their punctuality, and their release schedule has slowed markedly over the last five decades. Bobbie Gentry...

 
Whitney Houston death due to accidental drowning

Whitney Houston death due to accidental drowning

Whitney Houston's death was caused by accidental drowning, but drug abuse and heart disease were also factors, a coroner has ruled. Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said drug tests indicated the 48-year-old US singer was a chronic cocaine user. The...

BBC, 22:04 in Art & Culture
 
Stuart Lancaster would need help at England helm, warns John Kirwan

Stuart Lancaster would need help at England helm, warns John Kirwan

The Rugby Football Union has been warned by one of the game's leading coaches that England will struggle to win the 2015 World Cup without an experienced managerial team. John Kirwan, the former All Black wing who has coached both Japan and Italy,...

Guardian, 22:04 in Sport
 
Jessica Ennis finds new focus in buildup to London Olympics

Jessica Ennis finds new focus in buildup to London Olympics

It has been a frustrating few months for Jessica Ennis. Second in the pentathlon world indoor championships in Turkey a fortnight ago, coupled with the loss of her world heptathlon title last August, has left the golden girl of London 2012 a little...

Guardian, 22:04 in Sport
 
Jenson Button relaxes with penguins, Lewis Hamilton with old movies

Jenson Button relaxes with penguins, Lewis Hamilton with old movies

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton spent their downtime rather differently after McLaren's successful Australian Grand Prix. Button, the winner, went swimming with penguins in Melbourne while the third-placed Hamilton watched films – including, perhaps...

Guardian, 22:04 in Sport
 

Speed limit signs vandalised in Rossendale

SIGNS imposing a controversial speed limit in Rossendale have been vandalised. A number of signs in Broadway, Helmshore, have been sprayed with silver paint, causing confusion for motorists. The signs were put up in October and November last year,...

 
WOODS AND ROSE MAKE IMPRESSIVE STARTS

WOODS AND ROSE MAKE IMPRESSIVE STARTS

Tiger Woods and Justin Rose tucked themselves in just three strokes off the lead when the Arnold Palmer Invitational began at Bay Hill. American Jason Dufner and Korean Charlie Wi were the pace-setters with six-under-par rounds of 66. Woods, recovered...

 
SINGER HOUSTON DIED OF DROWNING

SINGER HOUSTON DIED OF DROWNING

Singer Whitney Houston died from drowning and heart disease, and signs of cocaine use were found, a coroner in Los Angeles has ruled The announcement ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on February 11. Houston was...

 

University honour for Donald

A PIONEER of radar who was in the first wave of scientists to come to Malvern during the Second World War has been awarded a medal by Sheffield University. Donald Tomlin, aged 94, of Malvern Link, was given the Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished...

 

University honour for Donald

A PIONEER of radar who was in the first wave of scientists to come to Malvern during the Second World War has been awarded a medal by Sheffield University. Donald Tomlin, aged 94, of Malvern Link, was given the Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished...

 
Nike sees higher profits and sales in last quarter

Nike sees higher profits and sales in last quarter

Sportswear group Nike has said its profits have risen as demand for its shoes outstripped rising costs. The firm said its net income for the quarter ended 29 February rose 7% to $560m (£354m) from the same period last year. "The environment...

BBC, 22:16 in Business
 
Houston died from accidental drowning

Houston died from accidental drowning

Whitney Houston died as a result of accidental drowning, in addition to the affects of heart disease and cocaine use, a coroner has ruled. The soul superstar's body was found underwater in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on 11 February,...

 


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