News archive from 3 December 2012, page 15

Syria: Army bids to blast rebels out from suburbs of Damascus

Syria: Army bids to blast rebels out from suburbs of Damascus

Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with rockets from fighter jets all day yesterday, activists said, killing at least ten and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital. Rebels planned to push...

 
Texting SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen 20 years on

Texting SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen 20 years on

In a world first, on 3 December 1992, an engineer sent the message "Merry Christmas" from a PC to a mobile device using Vodafone's UK network. But the origins of the idea date back further to Matti Makkonen. Over a pizza at a telecoms...

 
Polish atheists mount billboard challenge to Catholic Church

Polish atheists mount billboard challenge to Catholic Church

For decades Poland's Catholic Church enjoyed a commanding role in society, with few challenges to a role and influence that for many Poles is sacrosanct and an inseparable aspect of Polish identity. But now a series of billboards sponsored by atheist...

 

Pahor retains power in Slovenia election

Former Prime Minister Borut Pahor yesterday won Slovenia's presidential election in the crisis-hit EU country with 67.3 per cent of the vote. Incumbent Danilo Turk won 32.97 per cent in a vote held amid growing discontent with the government's...

 

Somali pirates set four crewmen free

Somali pirates have released four South Korean crewmen from 19 months of captivity after a ransom was paid. The four were among 25 crew members whose palm oil tanker was hijacked by the pirates off the coast of Kenya in April 2011.

 

Parties to discuss Leveson report

Cross-party talks on the Leveson report will resume ahead of a major Commons debate on the highly divisive press reform recommendations. Culture Secretary Maria Miller and Labour counterpart Harriet Harman along with the Lib Dems will attempt to...

 

Pensioners more generous than young

Pensioners give more than twice as much to charity as younger people, who are set to donate even less next year. Over-65s donate 0.49% of their annual income to charity, around £103, while under 30s give 0.24% or £43, according to a survey by the...

 

Afghan–US base hit by suicide bombs

Taleban suicide bombers attacked a joint US-Afghan air base in eastern Afghanistan early yesterday, detonating explosives at the gate and sparking a gun-
battle that lasted at least two hours with American helicopters firing down on the...

 

Thousands freeze in Russian traffic jam

Thousands of trucks and cars have been stuck on a major highway, some for more than two days, in a traffic jam dozens of miles long caused by heavy snow north-west of Moscow, it was reported yesterday. Police in the Tver region said field kitchens...

 

Pensioners more generous than young

Over-65s donate 0.49% of their annual income to charity, around £103, while under 30s give 0.24% or £43, according to a survey by the financial services group Foresters. Retirees predicted they would donate £30 more next year, but younger people said...

 

Pensioners more generous than young

Pensioners give more than twice as much to charity as younger people, who are set to donate even less next year. Over-65s donate 0.49% of their annual income to charity, around £103, while under 30s give 0.24% or £43, according to a survey by the...

 

Britain must hike infrastructure budget - Ernst & Young

A forecasting group backed by accounting firm Ernst & Young said on Monday a 14 billion pounds ($22 billion) hike in infrastructure spending over two years would add 0.5 percent to Britain's GDP, improving short-term economic growth prospects. The...

Reuters, 00:57 in Business
 

Community News - Warsop

Probus Club President Hugh Ashton welcomed members to the Parish Centre on Wednesday week when Malcolm Mumford gave a talk entitled ‘What’s That Then’. He produced a large collection of gadgets made from various materials which were 100 years old and...

 

Pensioners more generous than young

Over-65s donate 0.49% of their annual income to charity, around £103, while under 30s give 0.24% or £43, according to a survey by the financial services group Foresters. Retirees predicted they would donate £30 more next year, but younger people said...

 

Community News - Cuckney

Brass Band On Monday and Wednesday week the band met for practice at Holbeck. St Mary’s Church Sunday week’s Morning Service was led by Reader Mr Brian Little who also preached. Lessons were read by Mrs Sheila Brailsford and Miss Margaret Rowson.

 


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