News archive from 1 April 2011, page 14

UK Film Council hands over funding control to BFI

UK Film Council hands over funding control to BFI

Eight months after it was axed by the government, the UK Film Council officially hands over its funding responsibilties to the British Film Institute. Forty-four UKFC posts will transfer on Friday to the BFI, with staff moving to its central London...

BBC, 08:22 in Art & Culture
 
WTO raps U.S. subsidies to Boeing

WTO raps U.S. subsidies to Boeing

The banned aid included $2.6 billion of research funding from space agency NASA. But a WTO verdict sparked an immediate row over whether trade judges were right to include more than $2 billion of further support on the charge sheet against Boeing. The...

Reuters, 08:27 in Business
 

Wellink says ECB should stop buying debt paper - report

"We are buying paper from banks, from the private sector, and from governments. That is not what we are on earth for. If things turn bad the value decline is for our account," he was cited as saying. The comment from Wellink, who is also...

Reuters, 08:27 in Business
 
New rail 'fat cat' row as 60 per cent bonuses are approved for Network Rail directors

New rail 'fat cat' row as 60 per cent bonuses are approved for Network Rail directors

A new 'fat cat' row has erupted as Network Rail approved a controversial new bonus scheme that will give its top executives performance payments of up to 60per cent on top of their salaries. It follows a controversy over the 'James Bond lifestyle' and...

 
£155-a-week state pension: Women will be biggest winners with new flat-rate payment

£155-a-week state pension: Women will be biggest winners with new flat-rate payment

A new flat-rate pension is expected to be worth at least £155 a week, it emerged last night. Ministers will next week press ahead with proposals for the most radical reform of the state pension system since its inception. The new system, revealed last...

 
Warren Buffett's 'heir' at Berkshire Hathaway quits amid allegations of insider dealing

Warren Buffett's 'heir' at Berkshire Hathaway quits amid allegations of insider dealing

'We can afford to lose money - even a lot of money. But we can't afford to lose reputation - even a shred of reputation' The revelations sent the share price in Berkshire down 3 per cent, closing at and the episode is likely to be embarrassing for Mr...

 

Protest divided even the Chartists | Libby Brookes

'We condemn this demonstration, which was selfish and self-indulgent and took away from the actions of law-abiding protesters." While this could quite easily be attributed to a trade unionist reacting to the violent disorder that accompanied last...

 

New daily paper for Zimbabwe

A new newspaper has made a surprise appearance on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. Dummy copies of the paper, called The Mail, were handed out free yesterday ahead of its official launch next week. According to SW Radio Africa correspondent...

 
Special report - The West's unwanted war in Libya

Special report - The West's unwanted war in Libya

Only Nicolas Sarkozy saw the popular revolt that began in Libya on February 15 as an opportunity for political and diplomatic redemption. Whether the French president's energetic leadership of an international coalition to protect the Libyan people...

 
Portugal and Ireland spark euro panic

Portugal and Ireland spark euro panic

Lisbon admitted that it missed its budget deficit target for 2010 with borrowing at 8.6% of GDP rather than the 7.3% expected. Ministers blamed a simple accounting change but borrowing costs raced to a record high as bond market investors scented...

 
Axe to fall on 400 workers after collapse of Oddbins

Axe to fall on 400 workers after collapse of Oddbins

More than 400 jobs are at risk if a buyer cannot be found and the shutters are pulled down on the chain of 89 stores. The wine merchant, which was yesterday desperately trying to stage a last-ditch rescue attempt, is one of a number of retailers...

 
Prince Harry: Mother would be proud of William

Prince Harry: Mother would be proud of William

The royal, who is preparing for a trek in the Arctic with a group of wounded servicemen, insisted he would be thinking of Princess Diana when his brother marries Kate Middleton on April 29. ‘We all thought that it was never going to happen for him,’...

Metro, 08:48 in Hot News
 
Giving birth - a DIY job for millions of mothers

Giving birth - a DIY job for millions of mothers

Many are forced to use dirty knives to cut the umbilical cord and only have traditional herbs to fend off infection. Some 48million women each year deliver children without expert help, according to the study by Save The Children. Two million of them...

Metro, 08:48 in Hot News
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger bikes with Boris Johnson on visit to London

Arnold Schwarzenegger bikes with Boris Johnson on visit to London

The former California governor was joined by London mayor Boris Johnson as he rode one of the bikes outside City Hall. ‘I think these 6,000 bikes you have in London are a fantastic idea. It rides really well,’ he said. The bike scheme was ‘a great...

Metro, 08:49 in Hot News
 
Growth rate stalls in India as the country's population hits 1.21billion

Growth rate stalls in India as the country's population hits 1.21billion

The south Asian powerhouse added 181million people in the past decade and will overtake China (1.34billion) by 2030, according to C Chandramouli, the census commissioner. The population size almost equals that of all the people living in the US,...

Metro, 08:49 in Hot News
 


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