News archive from 1 March 2019

Bin Laden: US offers reward for Osama's son Hamza

Bin Laden: US offers reward for Osama's son Hamza

The United States is offering a reward of up to $1m (£750,000) for information about the son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Hamza. Hamza Bin Laden is said to be emerging as a leader of the Islamist militant group. His whereabouts are not...

BBC, 00:05 in World News
 

Council's fury as traffic plans changed ahead of A69 works in Northumberland

The furious leader of Northumberland County Council has demanded that the brakes be slammed on major A69 roadworks after traffic plans were changed without warning at the eleventh hour. Coun Peter Jackson has written 'as a matter of extreme urgency'...

 

Secondary school places 2019: Thousands in Hull and East Yorkshire find out admission

Thousands of parents across Hull and East Yorkshire will today find out which secondary school their children have been allocated to in September. Both Hull City Council (HCC) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are sending out letters today,...

 

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould: The scandal that could unseat Canada's PM

A simmering political scandal involving Justin Trudeau and his ex-attorney general came to the boil dramatically this week. Now, people are calling on him to resign. Here's what you need to know. In a nutshell Mr Trudeau has been accused of pressuring...

BBC, 00:12 in World News
 
Alarm over failure to deal with Solomon Islands oil spill threat

Alarm over failure to deal with Solomon Islands oil spill threat

The environmental damage from an oil spill in the Solomon Islands has been worsened by a bauxite mining company’s continued loading operations near the site where a $30m bulk carrier went aground last month. The Solomon Islands government has sought...

 
Kids smacking ban in Scotland would be 'negative, patronising and elitist'

Kids smacking ban in Scotland would be 'negative, patronising and elitist'

Criminalising parents who smack their children would be “negative, patronising and elitist”, MSPs have been warned. At a tense meeting of Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights committee , MSPs heard from experts who clashed over the issue of smacking...

 
How you could control your world with just your fingertips

How you could control your world with just your fingertips

The QWERTY typewriter was introduced in 1872, and since then tapping on a keyboard or screen has become the standard way to interact with digital technology. But this isn't always convenient or safe, so new "touchless" ways to control...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
New Ernie, same slim odds of winning

New Ernie, same slim odds of winning

It has responsibility for drawing the winning numbers for three million prizes every month, worth £90m, and now it is getting a new lease of life. Ernie - or Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment - is the machine which lives in Blackpool making...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
Premium bond Ernie takes quantum leap into fifth generation

Premium bond Ernie takes quantum leap into fifth generation

Ernie, the premium bond number generator, takes a quantum leap on Friday as the fifth incarnation of the machine is launched, running at speeds 21,000 times faster than the original 1956 model developed by Bletchley Park codebreakers. Ernie 5 – the...

Guardian, 00:23 in Business
 
Chuka Umunna named spokesman for the Independent Group

Chuka Umunna named spokesman for the Independent Group

Chuka Umunna was named as the spokesman for the newly formed Independent Group (TIG) as part of an announcement that saw all 11 of its MPs handed an organisational role or policy responsibility. The former Labour MP said TIG had no immediate plans to...

Guardian, 00:25 in Politics
 
Watchdog slams 'extremely costly' probation changes

Watchdog slams 'extremely costly' probation changes

Failings by the Ministry of Justice in the part-privatisation of probation services have been “extremely costly” for taxpayers, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. A review of Chris Grayling’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme, published on...

Guardian, 00:25 in Politics
 
Brexit plan to increase vet inspectors

Brexit plan to increase vet inspectors

The Irish government is advertising a 4m euro (£3.4m) contract to recruit vets to carry out animal inspections in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Northern Ireland has already recruited additional vets and says further appointments are planned. It...

BBC, 00:26 in Regional
 
Chuka Umunna made Independent Group spokesman

Chuka Umunna made Independent Group spokesman

Former Labour MP Chuka Umunna has been named as the spokesman for the new Independent Group of MPs. The Streatham MP is one of eight former Labour members to join the breakaway group, alongside three Conservatives. Ex-Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston...

BBC, 00:26 in Regional
 

Beckie Hart: Making the most of Yorkshire’s colleges and universities – and their potential

EVERYWHERE you turn at the moment it seems that Brexit has become all-encompassing, but it is vital for our economy that the Government does not take its eye off the domestic agenda, and education and skills in particular. In a world where automation...

 

Bill Carmichael: UK could and should help broker peace in Kashmir between India and Pakistan

AS if the world hasn’t enough trouble on its plate this week came news that two bitter rivals – both nuclear armed – are on the brink of war. Hindu majority India, and its Muslim opponent Pakistan, have been squabbling over the disputed Himalayan...

 


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