News archive from 30 December 2015

Manchester United transfer news: Matteo Darmian negotiations, James Rodriguez move, Joe Williams scouted

  Louis van Gaal received a stay of execution thanks to a relatively encouraging performance from his Manchester United side against Chelsea on Monday night. The Dutchman’s side showed considerably more attacking thrust than they have done in recent...

Metro, 00:01 in Sport
 
Claudio Ranieri 'trolls' Manchester City after goalless draw!

Claudio Ranieri 'trolls' Manchester City after goalless draw!

Claudio Ranieri insists Bournemouth will provide a greater threat to his high-flying Leicester than Manchester City. The Italian delivered his verdict after holding Manuel Pellegrini’s side to a goalless draw at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday...

 
Value of Britain’s housing stock soars to nearly £8 TRILLION

Value of Britain’s housing stock soars to nearly £8 TRILLION

THE TOTAL value of Britain’s housing stock has risen to nearly £8 trillion, more than four times the size of the nation’s annual economic output, near figures reveal. Property website Zoopla said Britain’s 28.6 million homes grew in value by nearly...

 
£1million grant for Sunderland's Beacon of Light

£1million grant for Sunderland's Beacon of Light

Ambitious plans for a new sports and education centre on the banks of the Wear have moved a step closer to reality, thanks to a £1million grant. The Beacon of Light, to be built next to Sunderland Aquatic Centre, will house education and training...

 

Revealed: Thatcher's mystery gems, Reagan's reading and moon dust

A diamond and emerald necklace allegedly given to Margaret Thatcher by a Middle Eastern oil minister but never declared as a gift caused consternation inside No 10, newly released documents reveal. Downing Street press officers were alerted when a...

 

'Pampered Scots' should face deep cuts, David Willetts told Thatcher

A former minister in David Cameron’s coalition government argued “pampered Scots” should face deep cuts in public spending when he advised Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. David Willetts, who served as universities minister until the general election...

 

Stalling UK wage growth set to revive debate over migrant workers

Average pay growth for Britain’s workers is likely to stall at about 2% in 2016, as the ready availability of migrants makes it easy for employers to fill vacancies, according to a forecast of the labour market. In its annual assessment, the Chartered...

 

CBI head promises to play major part in Brexit conversation

The new director general of the CBI is promising to play a leading role in the debate about whether Britain should stay in the European Union in 2016. Carolyn Fairbairn said it will be up to British business to ensure the benefits of membership are...

 

Eric Abetz calls for Abbott to be returned to cabinet after ministers' departure

The departure of ministers Mal Brough and Jamie Briggs offers an opportunity to bring back Tony Abbott to the frontbench, Liberal senator Eric Abetz has said. On Tuesday Briggs, the federal minister for cities and the built environment, announced he...

 
US storms: Missouri floods close Mississippi near St Louis

US storms: Missouri floods close Mississippi near St Louis

A five-mile (8km) section of the Mississippi River near St Louis, Missouri, has been closed to vessels as rising water levels caused "hazardous conditions", the US Coast Guard said. Storms and tornadoes have lashed the region in recent days,...

BBC, 00:08 in World News
 
Alexei Stakhanov: The USSR's superstar miner

Alexei Stakhanov: The USSR's superstar miner

In December 1935, Time magazine's cover photo featured the celebrated Soviet worker Alexei Stakhanov. The US was still in the grip of the Great Depression and Stakhanov was a poster boy for communism - the figurehead of a new workers' movement...

BBC, 00:10 in World News
 
War and 'super El Nino' expected to bring HUGE refugee influx in 2016

War and 'super El Nino' expected to bring HUGE refugee influx in 2016

Oxfam said a “super El Nino” is likely to put aid organisations “under unprecedented strain”. An El Nino occurs every few years and is a warming of Pacific Ocean waters, leading to extreme weather events around the world. The current El Nino is...

 

Final trade union royal commission report recommends new body to curb corruption

A new national regulator with the same powers as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission should be set up to stamp out corruption in the trade union movement, the final report of the royal commission has recommended. The report found...

 
Warning over 999 hoaxers as figures reveal prank call numbers went up during 2015

Warning over 999 hoaxers as figures reveal prank call numbers went up during 2015

SICK hoaxers are putting lives at risk with thousands of prank calls to ambulance crews. The fake calls tie up already overstretched crews, with potentially disastrous results. Figures show there were 1318 bogus emergency calls to the Scottish...

 

£50m funding pledged to flood-hit councils after Storm Eva

Local authorities responding to the latest flooding crisis in northern England are to get £50 million of immediate funding, the Government has announced. Communities Secretary Greg Clark said the money - on top of the £50 million already pledged for...

 


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