News archive from 30 December 2014

CBI urges government to focus on cutting deficit in new year

CBI urges government to focus on cutting deficit in new year

Cutting the deficit should be the government's priority in 2015, the CBI has said, as it also calls for major changes to preserve public services. In its new year message, the business lobby group says reducing the deficit is a "must" for...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Cards for thousands of centenarians

Cards for thousands of centenarians

More than 7,500 people in the UK received congratulatory cards from the Queen for reaching ages of 100 or more in 2014, figures show. A team at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) traces the details of people who qualify for the card by hitting...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Business in 2014: BBC's most-read stories of the year

Business in 2014: BBC's most-read stories of the year

There were scandals aplenty in 2014, but the stories that captured our readers' attention were not necessarily the ones that dominated the headlines. Here is a run-through of the most-read BBC business stories over the past 12 months. January:...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
How to make money despite the FTSE's 15-year losing streak

How to make money despite the FTSE's 15-year losing streak

Fifteen years ago, on December 30th, 1999, the FTSE 100 index of the UK's biggest companies hit its highest closing level ever - at 6,930. Conventional wisdom says that anyone who invests in shares over such a long period can expect to make money. But...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Why 2014 was a good year for retail robbers

Why 2014 was a good year for retail robbers

Cyber thieves have had a good year. Especially those seeking to steal from shops and stores. Millions of payment card details have been liberated by gangs that targeted the payment systems at tills. The attacks started in December 2013 with US...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
The top memes and viral videos of 2014

The top memes and viral videos of 2014

Roll up, roll up! It's that time again. A chance to reflect on the meme year that was. You may remember that we did it in 2012 - the year of Gangnam Style - and again in 2013, when the Harlem Shake delighted everyone. For about five minutes. Last...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Amir Khan: I'm not scared of Taliban

Amir Khan: I'm not scared of Taliban

The British ring hero visited the site yesterday after donating the £30,000gold shorts he wore in his last fight, below, to fund the project.Armed guards protected the former world champion, who had branded the killers “sick” and admitted he could be...

 
New Korea's eve: Korean leaders mask most popular among party goers

New Korea's eve: Korean leaders mask most popular among party goers

The cardboard cut-outs of North Korea's fat dictator have become the must-have outfi t to see in 2015. Hundreds of people have bought the £3 masks with traders on eBay and fancy dress firms making a fortune. The dictator hit the headlines after...

 
Michael Schumacher can now recognise his family

Michael Schumacher can now recognise his family

Phillipe Streiff, a former F1 driver, claimed he had spoken to the 45-yearold's wife Corinna as well as the surgeon who is treating him. And he said they told him Schumacher's condition had improved so much that he could now recognise loved ones and...

 
Good tu be back: Tulisa joins Simon on holiday

Good tu be back: Tulisa joins Simon on holiday

The Female Boss met her old boss when they hung out during the music mogul's annual winter trip to the paradise isle of Barbados. Simon even allowed her to plant a kiss on his cheek, sparking gossip he will ask her to rejoin the telly show's judging...

 
Jumbo plane of terror: Hero pilot saves 460 passengers

Jumbo plane of terror: Hero pilot saves 460 passengers

Sparks flew as the plane made an emergency landing on the runway with four of the 16 wheels on its wings still folded up. The 447 passengers had been told by the crew to adopt the brace position before the Virgin jumbo touched down at Gatwick...

 
Ferry in flames: Ferry survivor tells of his ordeal

Ferry in flames: Ferry survivor tells of his ordeal

Nick Channing-Williams desperately tried to contact relatives and friends as fl ames ravaged the ship and it began tilting in the water. Hundreds of passengers cowered on deck in torrential rain and gale-force winds for more than 24 hours as the...

 
£2M paid out for cadets sex abuse

£2M paid out for cadets sex abuse

One case involved the alleged rape of a teenage girl cadet who became pregnant. Lawyer Rebecca Sheriff said: “It is terrible that often these children join with a view to a career in the armed services, which they are unable to pursue as a result of...

 
It's brass monkeys: Britain battles coldest spell of 2014

It's brass monkeys: Britain battles coldest spell of 2014

Several areas yesterday saw their lowest temperatures of 2014 although forecasters predict it will turn out to be a milder - but wet and windy - New Year. The mercury plunged to -7.6C (18.3F) at Benson, Oxfordshire, -8.8C (16.2F) in Katesbridge, Co...

 
Checks ‘distort’ pharmacist role

Checks ‘distort’ pharmacist role

Pharmacists have hit out at plans to make them responsible for checking whether patients are trying to dodge prescription charges. The coalition has launched a drive to save £150 million by cracking down on fraud at chemists. Under the proposals, a...

 


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