News archive from 4 December 2018

Jose Mourinho pessimistic over Manchester United’s chances of signing Kalidou Koulibaly

Jose Mourinho pessimistic over Manchester United’s chances of signing Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is already giving up hope of landing Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly this winter. Mourinho, who is desperate to bring defensive reinforcements to Old Trafford, has informed United’s board that Koulibaly is his number...

Metro, 00:00 in Sport
 
Chemicals found in shampoo and deodorants linked to early puberty in girls

Chemicals found in shampoo and deodorants linked to early puberty in girls

Chemicals found in household products such as deodorants, shampoo and perfumes have been linked to early puberty in girls, a new study suggests. Experts found that chemicals in some personal care products were associated with girls starting puberty...

Metro, 00:02 in Hot News
 

One in three West Midlands children are growing up in poverty

There are now 1.3 million people living in poverty in the West Midlands, new figures reveal. And that includes 400,000 children. It means that in an average classroom of 30 children, ten are likely to be in poverty. The figures were published by think...

 

Report says 'zombie prisoners high on Spice' ruled HMP Birmingham

Inmates at one of Britain’s largest jails walked around “like zombies” while high on drugs in scenes likened to a war zone, a watchdog report reveals. Prisoners at crisis-hit HMP Birmingham flouted rules without challenge from staff, many of whom were...

 

Child cruelty bombshell - dog mess on floor, no clean clothes, untreated injuries

Arriving at school starving hungry, dog mess on the floor and no heating have all been found in cases of child cruelty in the Midlands a shock report has revealed. There were more than 4,700 offences of cruelty and neglect in the region last year -...

 
Tough as old boots: a Thames skeleton's durable footwear

Tough as old boots: a Thames skeleton's durable footwear

He was found lying on his front, head twisted to the side. One arm was bent above his head, suggesting he had fallen – or perhaps had been pushed – to his death in the river more than five centuries ago. But aside from his puzzling position, the...

 
Rail chaos: Transport Secretary could have done more to avert crisis, MPs say

Rail chaos: Transport Secretary could have done more to avert crisis, MPs say

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling should have been more proactive in preventing this year's train timetable chaos, according to MPs. In a scathing report on May's timetable changes, the transport select committee said "genuine change" was...

BBC, 00:16 in Regional
 
Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report

Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report

Greater powers given to HMRC to tackle tax avoidance and evasion are undermining the rule of law and justice, warns a House of Lords report. The Economic Affairs Committee said HMRC has been granted some broad, disproportionate powers without...

BBC, 00:16 in Regional
 
Want your own home? Have wealthy parents

Want your own home? Have wealthy parents

The best way for young people to get their own home? Have property-owning parents. Youngsters with parents who have property wealth are nearly three times more likely to be home owners by 30, according to The Resolution Foundation. Its report found...

BBC, 00:16 in Regional
 
Four million British workers live in poverty, charity says

Four million British workers live in poverty, charity says

More than 500,000 British workers have been swept into working poverty over the past five years, according to a report that shows the number of people with a job but living below the breadline has risen faster than employment. In the latest sign that...

Guardian, 00:18 in Business
 
MPs call for fare freeze for those most affected by rail timetable fiasco

MPs call for fare freeze for those most affected by rail timetable fiasco

Fares should be frozen for passengers most affected by the upheaval in rail timetabling in May, MPs have demanded. A scathing report by the transport select committee said the chaotic change to the schedules on 20 May, which led to the cancellation or...

Guardian, 00:18 in Business
 
Can a brand create a 'sonic identity' from light bulbs?

Can a brand create a 'sonic identity' from light bulbs?

As we move to a more voice-controlled and audio-centric world, marketers are rediscovering the potential of sound to build brand identities and develop a new breed of advert for the streaming age. Some of our most powerful and emotive memories are...

 
Cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother arrested over 'terrorism' notebook

Cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother arrested over 'terrorism' notebook

The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja is in police custody after he was arrested as part of an investigation into a fake terrorism “hit list” found in a university notebook. Arsalan Khawaja had previously been questioned by police in...

 
CIA chief Haspel to brief US Senate leaders on Khashoggi's death

CIA chief Haspel to brief US Senate leaders on Khashoggi's death

CIA Director Gina Haspel will give a closed briefing to leaders of several US Senate committees on Tuesday on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to two sources familiar with the planned meeting. Some lawmakers were angry Haspel...

 
Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss

Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss

The boss of the UK's largest funeral provider, the Co-Op Group, has admitted the industry has taken advantage of people's grief in the past. Steve Murrells said price wasn't on the agenda for people arranging a funeral - which created "the wrong...

BBC, 00:33 in Regional
 


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