News archive from 27 December 2014

SNP makes no green upgrades at official buildings

SNP makes no green upgrades at official buildings

SCOTTISH ministers were accused of having a "dismal" and "appalling" record on tackling climate change after it emerged the government had failed to make environmental improvements to its own buildings. Ministers admitted no bid...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
‘Lifestyle drugs’ land Scots in hospital

‘Lifestyle drugs’ land Scots in hospital

Hundreds of Scots are being admitted to hospital after taking so called "lifestyle drugs" aimed at enhancing their body image and performance, official figures have revealed. Experts now fear they are dealing with a “completely different”...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 

The ultimate post-Christmas comedown gadget? $199 smart specs can sense when you are sleepy - and monitor...

They could be the ultimate gadget for the post Christmas lull - glasses than can tell when you're about to nod off. Japanese firm Jins says its Meme smart spectacles are able to determine levels of mental and physical tiredness by monitoring eye...

 
Power cuts helpline not in operation until April 2016, Labour reveals

Power cuts helpline not in operation until April 2016, Labour reveals

Householders will have to wait another 16 months for an emergency power cuts helpline promised almost a year ago, Labour revealed on Saturday. Caroline Flint, the shadow energy secretary, said it was totally unacceptable that it was taking so much...

Guardian, 00:06 in Politics
 

'Cheap money shouldn't stop reform zeal' in euro zone - Schaeuble

"The ECB can make its decisions independently," Schaeuble said. "But cheap money should not be allowed to dent the reform zeal in some countries. There is no alternative to structural reforms - if things are going to improve...

Reuters, 00:08 in Business
 
Pregnant Irish woman ‘allowed to die with dignity’

Pregnant Irish woman ‘allowed to die with dignity’

Doctors have been granted permission to switch off a life-support machine that was keeping alive a clinically dead woman because she was pregnant. In a landmark ruling, an Irish court said keeping the young mother alive would deprive her of dignity in...

 
Pilot of plane stuck on tarmac at Manchester airport calls police after three-hour snow delay

Pilot of plane stuck on tarmac at Manchester airport calls police after three-hour snow delay

A pilot called the police after being stuck on the tarmac at Manchester Airport for more than THREE HOURS because of a light dusting of snow. According to reports from passengers on board the Germanwings flight to Hamburg, the flight was delayed for...

 
Thatcher feared ‘Asian rising’ over Northern Ireland question

Thatcher feared ‘Asian rising’ over Northern Ireland question

MARGARET THATCHER secretly voiced fears of an Asian rising in Britain if Irish nationalists were allowed to express their identity in Northern Ireland, newly-declassified government files published today have revealed. In a crucial peace-building...

 
Thailand murder accused have trial put back

Thailand murder accused have trial put back

The trial of two Burmese men charged in connection with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand has been adjourned until July. Migrant workers Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 21, are accused of killing David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah...

 
 
Syria: Aircraft strike at IS-controlled community

Syria: Aircraft strike at IS-controlled community

At least 45 civilians were killed and some 175 wounded when aircraft bombed a northern Syrian city controlled by Islamic State (IS), as Bashar al-Assad's government stepped up air raids, residents and a monitoring group said yesterday. Helicopters and...

 
Brits get creative with holidays

Brits get creative with holidays

STEREOTYPICAL Britons abroad are renowned for their love of baking in the sun, drinking alcohol at all hours and partying long into the night. But this year, holidaymakers are looking to ditch the traditional two weeks lazing on a beach in favour of...

 
Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels talks called off

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels talks called off

A KEY round of peace talks between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels, due to take place in Minsk yesterday, was called off. No immediate reason was given by the Belarusian foreign ministry. The talks had begun on Christmas Eve to try to end...

 
‘Mastermind’ of Peshawar school attack killed

‘Mastermind’ of Peshawar school attack killed

The man who allegedly planned the Peshawar school attack has been killed by security forces, a government official said. Security troops, acting on intelligence information, conducted a raid in the Bara area late on Christmas Day. It led to a...

 
Margaret Thatcher’s intransigence in Irish talks revealed in archive files

Margaret Thatcher’s intransigence in Irish talks revealed in archive files

Redrawing Northern Ireland’s border would be a fatal mistake, former Irish premier Garret FitzGerald privately warned the then British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, newly declassified government files reveal. During robust exchanges at a critical...

Guardian, 00:13 in Politics
 


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