News archive from 28 March 2017

Apprentice fund ‘largely benefits south-east

THE north-south divide is set to widen further as a new £2 billion apprenticeship fund will largely benefit London and the south-east of England, a left think tank said yesterday. A levy on businesses to fund apprenticeships, which takes effect on...

 

MPs: ‘There are better ways of spending foreign aid’

A COMMONS committee criticised the Department for International Development yesterday for “lacking a strategic direction” in spending overseas aid. The MPs on the international development committee supported Britain’s commitment to spending 0.7 per...

 

WhatsApp tapping plan ‘draconian’

PLANS to make encrypted messages sent via the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp available to intelligence services were criticised as “draconian” yesterday. Prompted by reports that Khalid Masood used WhatsApp shortly before his Westminster attack, Home...

 

Syrian troops take Sweida

SYRIAN troops freed a great swathe of southern Sweida province from Isis yesterday as the terrorists’ retreat continued. The army seized the initiative after the death cult pulled most of its forces back to defend its central stronghold Raqqa from...

 

Mexico: Firms building Trump’s wall ‘traitors’

MEXICAN construction firms helping build US President Donald Trump’s border wall would be betraying their country, Mexico’s Catholic Church said yesterday. The archdiocese said in a newspaper editorial, entitled Treason against the Homeland, that some...

 

Firms building Trump’s wall ‘traitors’

MEXICAN construction firms helping build US President Donald Trump’s border wall would be betraying their country, Mexico’s Catholic Church said yesterday. The archdiocese said in a newspaper editorial, entitled Treason against the Homeland, that some...

 

Starmer must push harder

LABOUR’S six tests for the government on negotiating our departure from the European Union show a disappointing lack of ambition. Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, like leader Jeremy Corbyn, has navigated a treacherous course since Britain...

 

Pulsating cadences at the apex of jazz

Chris Searle on jazz Sylvie Courvoisier Lonelyville (Intakt CD120) Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Quartet To Fly to Steal (Intakt CD168) Birdies for Lulu (Intakt CD230) BORN in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1968, the pianist Sylvie Courvoisier had a...

 

We have nothing to lose but our digital chains

The automation and robotisation of work raises plenty of concerns. But, writes NIGEL FLANAGAN, it needn’t be all doom and gloom as technology could also improve work WHATSAPP handles over one million voice calls a day, it has over one billion users...

 

PM’s power to wage wars damages our democracy

Were Trump to launch his own disastrous war today, it’s hard to imagine that Theresa May would take a different path to the unilateral one taken by Tony Blair, writes LINDSEY GERMAN THE damning of Tony Blair in last summer’s Chilcot report might have...

 

Tierney revelling in Scotland role

Celtic defender happy to play right-back for his country Kieran Tierney would be happy to embark on a longterm Scotland career as a right-back after coming through a high-stakes experiment with flying colours. The Celtic left-back was handed the role...

 

Hamilton has found new drive to win F1 title

A determined Lewis Hamilton said yesterday that he wants to win the world title more than ever before and claimed his hunger has doubled this season as he prepares for a battle royale with Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes driver is on the back foot in...

 

City manage to avoid Chelsea in semi-finals

Manchester city defender Jen Beattie was pleased yesterday to draw Liverpool at home in the FA Cup semi-finals. The other tie will see Chelsea visit Birmingham, who knocked out holders Arsenal in the quarters. Beattie is glad that the Women’s Super...

 

Sounds fantastic

JEZ RILEY FRENCH tells Neil Mudd all about the groundbreaking soundscape he’s created which captures the ‘music’ of the Humber bridge IF YOU want to know what a glacier being heated by the sea sounds like, Jez riley French is your go-to guy. Presented...

 

Expiring slowly, and other murderous outcomes

Crime fiction round-up with Mat Coward DYING slowly is fatally expensive in the US, where health care is a racket not a right. In Parallel Lines by Steven Savile (Titan, £7.99) Adam, a Chicago widower, knows that by the time his muscle-wasting disease...

 


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