News archive from 30 March 2012

Doctors face pension reforms ballot

The first ballot of doctors on industrial action since 1975 will go ahead within weeks if the Government does not rethink the major changes it is making to NHS pensions, it has been warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it will ask NHS...

 

More clean tech IPOs come to market, amid skepticism

Solar inverter company Enphase Energy and clean fuel firm Luca Technologies both are due to price shares Thursday, and those offerings could pave the way for similar IPOs in coming months, experts said. The sector is still reeling after large-scale...

 
BlackBerry maker posts loss; some executives exit

BlackBerry maker posts loss; some executives exit

On an adjusted basis, net income dropped to $418 million, or 80 cents a share, on revenue of $4.19 billion in new CEO Thorsten Heins' first quarter as chief executive. A year ago it earned $934 million, or $1.78, on revenue of $5.56 billion. Analysts,...

Reuters, 22:03 in Business
 

Burnley MP spends a day on the bins

REFUSE workers in Burnley have been praised by the borough’s MP after he spent the day on a bin round. Gordon Birtwistle’s shift took him around Cog Lane and Accrington Road, as he answered a challenge set by Unison chief Dave Prentis. And he was not...

 

Gardens get a new-look as part of a special day

DIG THIS: Ed Webb and Scott Butterworth, at Acorns Children’s Hospice, with Ewin Thomas-Brinkley, aged eight, and community fund-raiser Amy Whitelock. KIND-hearted garden centre staff helped brighten up the grounds at two Worcester hospices. The team...

 
LANCASTER TARGETS WORLD CUP GLORY

LANCASTER TARGETS WORLD CUP GLORY

Stuart Lancaster has outlined his blueprint for leading England to World Cup glory on home soil in 2015 after being confirmed as the new permanent head coach. His appointment followed a successful spell in interim charge, during which he guided...

 

Protesters look to save Leyton Marsh from London Olympics

A spin-off Occupy London group has set up camp at the site of a would-be Olympic venue just weeks after being forced from St Paul's Square by riot police and bailiffs. They were called in by local campaigners Save Leyton Marsh last week, which opposes...

 

Defence minister resigns in Saudi arms scandal

The Swedish defence minister resigned today after a backlash from leaked plans to build a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia. Sweden's Green Party and other opposition forces had pressed for Sten Tolgfors to go since Swedish public radio, citing leaked...

 
Absences within Iraq summit shows sectarian tensions within Arab world

Absences within Iraq summit shows sectarian tensions within Arab world

LESS than half the leaders of the Arab world showed up at an summit in Baghdad yesterday in a snub to the Iraqi government. As the summit opened in a former palace of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, the powerful Sunni monarchs of Saudi Arabia, Qatar,...

 

Funding cuts force 1 in 10 arts companies to close

Savage government funding cuts have forced one in 10 arts companies to shut up shop, publication the Stage revealed today. The newspaper said that 24 of 206 organisations that had their main source of funding withdrawn last year have either closed or...

 
Readers recommend: songs about speed

Readers recommend: songs about speed

Hurry! There's no time to lose. This week we're looking for songs about going fast – that capture the sensation of moving quickly. Musicians and songwriters have often captured the thrill of speed, but what about the danger? Speed can be exhilarating,...

 

Kent Tories resurrect grammars

The spectre of selective schooling was raised from its coffin on Thursday as Kent County Council backed proposals for the first major expansion of a grammar school in 50 years. And the Tory-controlled council’s decision could be the thin edge of the...

 

Workers reject EU transport sell-off

Transport workers from across Europe rallied in Brussels on Tuesday to demand an end to the EU's privatisation push. For the 20 unions representing thousands of workers in Britain, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy and Spain it was just the latest step...

 
Sir Alex Ferguson denies Manchester United have profited from referees

Sir Alex Ferguson denies Manchester United have profited from referees

Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that smaller clubs "have a point" when they argue they do not get decisions against big teams while denying that Manchester United have benefited unduly from referees. Speaking in the wake of Michael Oliver's...

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 

Burnley MP spends a day on the bins

REFUSE workers in Burnley have been praised by the borough’s MP after he spent the day on a bin round. Gordon Birtwistle’s shift took him around Cog Lane and Accrington Road, as he answered a challenge set by Unison chief Dave Prentis. And he was not...

 


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