News archive from 1 March 2011, page 14

Castro says Cuba's mass layoffs delayed

"Taking into account the delay in the start of the process, Castro advised to adjust the timeline of its execution, at the same time that he reiterated the will of the Cuban state to leave no one unprotected," it said. The report did not say...

 
Osborne says families pay price of Labour errors

Osborne says families pay price of Labour errors

Inflation is running at 4 percent, double the Bank of England's official target. "Where we can all agree is that these are difficult times for family incomes," Osborne wrote in an opinion piece for the Guardian newspaper. "There are two...

Reuters, 07:35 in Business
 
Some SDP thinking might strengthen Labour's nerve | Polly Toynbee

Some SDP thinking might strengthen Labour's nerve | Polly Toynbee

March marks 30 years since the birth of the Social Democratic party. For those too young to remember, this 1981 Labour schism may seem an obscure footnote in history. Those of us who were part of it tend to rewrite the history to suit whatever we did...

Guardian, 07:40 in Politics
 

Cost-of-living crisis looms for worst off in society

THE poor and middle-income families are set to take a hammering as the cost of living soars, Ed Miliband warned yesterday. The Labour leader said people are having to work "harder for less" because they had been left behind by longterm...

 
Oxbridge admissions of state pupils are a numbers game

Oxbridge admissions of state pupils are a numbers game

The fallout from December's vote on tuition fees seems unlikely to settle. Universities are looking for ways to replace the 80% cut in their teaching budgets, and leading institutions are gradually lining up to announce their intention to ask for the...

Guardian, 07:44 in Learning
 
UK universities could learn a lot from Europe

UK universities could learn a lot from Europe

The famously little-Englander headline "Fog in the Channel – Europe cut off" was a long time ago. But at times the Channel still seems almost as wide as the "pond", the description of the Atlantic favoured by enthusiasts for the...

Guardian, 07:45 in Learning
 
Biz Briefing: Property Prices + HMV Troubles

Biz Briefing: Property Prices + HMV Troubles

House prices rose in February according to Nationwide but it says the trend suggests the market is treading water. The lender calculates a 0.3% rise in values last month, to an average price of £161,183. Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner said:...

 
Mutton and swede pie recipe

Mutton and swede pie recipe

Mutton is such an underused meat. People assume it comes from an old animal, but that's not true – the lamb is just a bit more mature. The meat has a fantastic flavour, so do make an effort to seek it out for this homely, tasty, satisfying pie. Bryn's...

 
You can't trust your pension predictions

You can't trust your pension predictions

In an extraordinary confession, the Department for Work and Pensions warned that the letters are 'hard to understand', 'do not manage to give straight advice' and may contain incorrect figures. Civil servants blamed the absurd complexity of a...

 
Tech Know: Carving an atomic bomb

Tech Know: Carving an atomic bomb

If you think of Las Vegas then, depending on what you got up to there, art is perhaps the last thing that comes to mind. But art, artists, hackers and makers can be found scattered lightly amid the neon, gambling halls and showgirls. For Jesse...

 
HMV Group issues profits warning

HMV Group issues profits warning

Struggling music and book retailer HMV Group has said full-year pre-tax profits will be "moderately below" market expectations of £45m. The company also said it expected to breach its banking covenants when they are tested after its...

BBC, 07:49 in Business
 
Early years education: why I'm a convert

Early years education: why I'm a convert

Some mornings in our house are more exciting than others, and Mondays and Fridays are particularly so since our one-year-old daughter realised that being up and dressed early usually means one thing – it's nursery day. Like every other setting in the...

Guardian, 07:58 in Politics
 

Let him rot: Family's verdict on boozed-up gunman who blasted Scot in to death in Iraq bloodbath

THE amily of a Scots security guard gunned down by a colleague have demanded the killer serves his sentence in a tough Iraqi prison. Englishman Danny Fitzsimons yesterday avoided the death penalty for the murder of Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren...

 

HSBC bosses pocket massive bonuses as profits double

HSBC sparked fury yesterday when it was revealed five of their bosses had "Lotterysized pay packets" last year - an average of £7million each. The delighted fatcats at Britain's biggest bank shared almost £35 million as profits more than...

 

Tommy Sheridan: I'll be out of jail by January

= TOMMY Sheridan has bragged from his prison cell that he'll be free by January. The shamed socialist firebrand - jailed for three years in January - made the statement through wife Gail as she made her first full-length public speech last night....

 


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