News archive from 28 March 2014

Atos contract comes to an end bringing much relief for campaigners

Atos contract comes to an end bringing much relief for campaigners

Demonstrators in Manchester gather outside the Atos centre to protest against the French-owned company. Photograph: Steven Purcell/ Steven Purcell/Demotix/Corbis As forecast, Atos Healthcare has left its controversial £100m-a-year contract with the...

Guardian, 00:00 in Health
 

Brit Found Dead On Burning Yacht In Caribbean

A British man has been found dead on a burning yacht in the Caribbean, prompting a police hunt for his Norwegian girlfriend. Police in St Vincent told Sky News that John Edward Garner, aged 53, was discovered with head injuries just off the coast of...

 

I've got your number, Lewis! Maths lover Rosberg out to beat old rival Hamilton

It is a manicured paradise of stones and grass, waterfalls and palm trees. The uniformed attendants even stop brushing the leaves to say good morning and only start sweeping again once the paying customer has walked 10 feet past. Here, the idle rich...

Daily Mail, 00:03 in Sport
 

QPR's Zlatan snub: Rangers turned down superstar when he came for trial aged 16

Queens Park Rangers turned down the chance to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he was a teenager, according to a sensational new book on the Paris Saint-Germain striker. Ibrahimovic’s friend Tony Flygare, who grew up with him in Rosengard, Sweden, has...

Daily Mail, 00:03 in Sport
 
Grand Theft Accident for new drivers

Grand Theft Accident for new drivers

LEARNER drivers who play games such as Grand Theft Auto are more likely to pass their driving test first time round - but also to have an accident in the first year, research shows. A total of 77 per cent of gamers had an accident within 12 months of...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 

INSIGHT: Give us some flair at home, Sam, or you have to go at the end of the season

When I look at how my beloved West Ham have played this season, I keep coming back to one question: would you rather stay up playing bad football or go down playing good football? After some of the performances, I honestly think I’d rather go down....

Daily Mail, 00:03 in Sport
 
Bad weather halts hunt for debris from lost jet

Bad weather halts hunt for debris from lost jet

SEARCH planes and ships failed to find any debris from missing Malaysian airliner MH370 before bad weather set in yesterday. Thailand had earlier claimed one of its satellites had spotted hundreds of objects floating in the sea in the search area. As...

 
Taste of freedom after 45 years on death row

Taste of freedom after 45 years on death row

The world's longest-serving death-row prisoner has been freed, after a court found investigators had probably fabricated evidence in the murder case that put him behind bars for nearly half a century. The world’s longest-serving death-row prisoner has...

 
IMF offers Ukraine bailout with strings

IMF offers Ukraine bailout with strings

The International Monetary Fund has offered Ukraine a multi-billion pound bailout in an effort to save the former Soviet republic from collapse. Following talks with Kiev’s interim government, the IMF pledged £8.5 billion-£11 billion in assistance...

 
Pope meets Barack Obama at the Vatican

Pope meets Barack Obama at the Vatican

IT WAS pitched as an encounter between the two most iconic figures on the world stage, and the meeting between Pope Francis and US president Barack Obama did not disappoint. But those expecting the pontiff “from the end of the world” and the US’s...

 
British Transport Police appeal after railway lighting tower stolen from Doncaster

British Transport Police appeal after railway lighting tower stolen from Doncaster

Thieves have stolen a railway lighting tower from Doncaster. Officers from British Transport Police are investigating the incident and appealing for information, they have also released a picture of the machinery in the hope that someone may have seen...

 

Tell us a joke: Melbourne comedy festival stars give us their favourite gags

Tim Vine is playing at Melbourne Town Hall until April 20. Tim Vine:I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again. Wil Sylvince: When I see a bug on a stranger, I'm always caught between should I hit it, or mind my...

 
Forth axes biomass plants after SSE’s about-turn

Forth axes biomass plants after SSE’s about-turn

Controversial plans to create three biomass plants in Scotland have been scrapped after power supplier SSE decided to scale back its investments in renewable energy. The sites, in Dundee, Grangemouth and Rosyth, were planned as a £1.1 billion...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
High street bounce augurs well for economic pick-up

High street bounce augurs well for economic pick-up

Retail sales staged a bigger-than-expected bounce-back last month as shoppers returned to the high street after a weather-hit January, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said sales volumes rose 1.7 per cent...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Pickering’s duo launch Edinburgh gin distillery

Pickering’s duo launch Edinburgh gin distillery

The first gin distillery to open in Edinburgh for 150 years has officially launched in what used to be the dog kennels at the city's former Royal Dick vet school. Pickering’s Gin is the brainchild of Marcus Pickering, a former butler at Skibo...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 


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