News archive from 26 December 2014

Power industry’s reputation still badly damaged, says lobby group boss

Power industry’s reputation still badly damaged, says lobby group boss

Angela Knight has admitted she will leave her job as boss of the power industry’s lobby group next week with the sector’s reputation still badly tarnished. She also accepted that many of the measures Ofgem has imposed in the teeth of opposition from...

Guardian, 00:05 in Politics
 
UK just pips France to fifth place in global economies league table

UK just pips France to fifth place in global economies league table

There’s definitely good news and bad news for the UK in the latest league tables of global economies drawn up by a leading economic consultancy. Economic patriots will be cheered by calculations which put the UK ahead of France as the world’s fifth...

Guardian, 00:06 in Business
 
Four banks hand out £30m to beat bonus cap

Four banks hand out £30m to beat bonus cap

The UK’s big four high street banks have handed out £30m in share awards to their top management this year in their efforts to sidestep Brussels’ cap on banker bonuses. The EU ruled at the beginning of the year that bonuses could be no bigger than a...

Guardian, 00:06 in Business
 
Song released for South Yorkshire’s arrested train cuts protesters

Song released for South Yorkshire’s arrested train cuts protesters

Move over X Factor and Band Aid, there's a new recording making a push for chart glory - an anthem by South Yorkshire's rail cuts protesters. The song - The Ballad Of Tony And George - has been recorded by a Barnsley duo to pay tribute to Tony...

 
South Yorkshire rail passengers ‘face years of sub-standard services’

South Yorkshire rail passengers ‘face years of sub-standard services’

Passengers in South Yorkshire face years of "sub-standard services', union leaders have warned. RMT has claimed the Government’s timetable to find new operators for the Northern and Trans-Pennine franchises has ‘descended into chaos’ after it was...

 
2014 YEP Review of the Year: January to March

2014 YEP Review of the Year: January to March

JANUARY began with the news that the number of Leeds parents being handed fines for their children's unauthorised absences from school had gone up fivefold. The sharp increase followed the introduction of a new ‘zero tolerance’ approach to dealing...

 
Sheffield illustrator’s ‘miracle’ eye for detail

Sheffield illustrator’s ‘miracle’ eye for detail

A Sheffield illustrator has proved she has an eye for detail - even though she was blind at the age of six. Ella Garrud, of Hunters Bar, lost almost all of her sight as a little girl due to cataracts. But thanks to a pioneering operation, her vision...

 

Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox websites hit by delays

Both companies expected heavy use as people who received Microsoft Xbox players or Sony PlayStations on Christmas tried to hook up. The problems may have been exacerbated by Sony's decision to let consumers download the controversial movie "The...

 
Under-10s in Scots hospitals for illegal drug use

Under-10s in Scots hospitals for illegal drug use

A SOARING number of children are being hospitalised in Scotland as a result of drug-taking, official figures have revealed. Some youngsters under the age of ten have been treated by doctors in Scottish wards in the past year. The increase is causing...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Politics
 
Review of 2014: Scotland votes No | Ryder Cup win

Review of 2014: Scotland votes No | Ryder Cup win

Stephen McGinty on the most outstanding month in the modern history of Scotland NO SINGLE month in Scotland’s history had the potential to so radically alter the nation as September 2014. On the 18th voters, including for the first time 16-year-olds,...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Politics
 
Kirk minister recalls tsunami horror 10 years on

Kirk minister recalls tsunami horror 10 years on

A CHURCH of Scotland minister who witnessed the aftermath of the Asian tsunami in Sri Lanka a decade ago has told of the challenges he and his congregation faced in attempting to bring relief to the stricken island. The Rev John Purves had been...

 
Anger after another black teen shot in St Louis

Anger after another black teen shot in St Louis

THE mayor of a suburb of St Louis in the United States has appealed for calm after a white policeman shot and killed a black teenager. The shooting in Berkeley re-ignited tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in nearby...

 
Cancer figures prompt call to reduce risk by improving lifestyles

Cancer figures prompt call to reduce risk by improving lifestyles

Almost 600,000 Britons developed cancer over five years as a result of unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking and spending too much time in the sun, a new analysis reveals. The figures have prompted calls for people to improve their lifestyles to...

Guardian, 00:11 in Health
 
Cinemas defy threats to show The Interview

Cinemas defy threats to show The Interview

THE controversial comedy The Interview had a Christmas Day opening in some US cinemas and online, after a cyber-attack and threats to filmgoers over its release. Sony Pictures had originally pulled the film, about a fictional plot to kill North Korean...

 
Sierra Leone declares national Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone declares national Ebola lockdown

SIERRA Leone has declared a national lockdown of at least three days in the north of the country in an attempt to contain the Ebola epidemic. People observed a sombre Christmas in their homes yesterday after the government banned traditionally...

 


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