News archive from 5 November 2012, page 13

Tories axe cash for staff attacks

Workers on the receiving end of violent attacks are set to be robbed of compensation, unions warned yesterday. The coalition government is planning to slash payouts, arguing that taxpayers' money should not be spent compensating workers who suffer...

 

Charities demand living wage for all

Anti-poverty campaigners called on Britain's retail empires yesterday to ensure a living wage does not just stop at the country's borders. The call came before today's announcement of a new living wage across England, Wales and Scotland - pegged at...

 

Oxfam poll shows Scots want higher tax for rich

Oxfam urged Scotland's politicians and policymakers yesterday to start a debate about "how taxes should be used for the public good." It follows a survey carried out for the charity which showed over three-quarters of people believe taxes...

 

Australia retail sales up, rate call finely balanced

Monday's data from the government showed retail sales rose 0.5 percent in September, from August when they edged up by 0.3 percent. The increase was just above forecasts of a 0.4 percent gain, yet inflation adjusted sales for the third quarter still...

Reuters, 01:27 in Business
 

Battle of the platinum blondes: Gwen Stefani and Rita Ora show the contestants how it's done as they back...

They are two stand out acts from two different generations but one thing they have in common is their eye for talent. Former guest judge Rita Ora and Gwen Stefani, as part of No Doubt, showed the X Factor contestants how to put on a show before...

 

Pup stars: One Direction pose for seventies-style shoot as they carry pooches while sporting coloured knitwear

Earlier this year they already showed off their love for dogs as they interrupted a performance in the States to welcome some puppies on stage.And it seems One Direction can't get enough of the fluffy pets as they've now posed for a special photo...

 
China economy: Non-manufacturing sector growth picks up

China economy: Non-manufacturing sector growth picks up

China's services sector picked up pace in October, the latest indication that its economic growth may be rebounding. The non-manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 55.5 from 53.7 in September, the statistics bureau said over the...

BBC, 01:39 in Business
 

The River

This new play by Jez Butterworth has a small cast of three - known only as The Man, The Woman and The Other Woman - and it is perfectly formed for the upstairs theatre at the Royal Court. The setting is a cabin on a cliff above a river and the play...

 

Albert Of Adelaide

This book is about as rare as a gun-toting platypus - not least because its main character is a gun-toting platypus. With the excoriating sneers of my old English teacher - "anthropomorphism is for idiots!" - at my enjoyment of Watership...

 

Average Christmas spend to be £592

More than one in 10 Britons who took on debts to fund Christmas 2011 are still paying off their loans as this year's festive season approaches, research has found. The Money Advice Service said that two-fifths of people across the country (41%) think...

 

Unsolicited parcels 'cause delays'

Unsolicited parcels to personnel serving abroad at Christmas can cause undue stress, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says. Every year the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is overwhelmed by the public who send individuals and groups boxes of treats. The...

 

Online campaign to honour war dead

The Royal British Legion is launching a major campaign to extend Remembrance Sunday's two-minute silence to the online community. Thousands of Facebook and Twitter users will be encouraged to observe the silence using a new social media tool. The...

 

Prison officer murder: pair freed

Two men being held in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black have been released without charge. High profile republican Colin Duffy, 44, and a second man aged 31 were detained in Lurgan, Co Armagh, just miles from where Mr Black was...

 

Online campaign to honour war dead

The Royal British Legion is launching a major campaign to extend Remembrance Sunday's two-minute silence to the online community. Thousands of Facebook and Twitter users will be encouraged to observe the silence using a new social media tool. The...

 

Average Christmas spend to be £592

More than one in 10 Britons who took on debts to fund Christmas 2011 are still paying off their loans as this year's festive season approaches, research has found. The Money Advice Service said that two-fifths of people across the country (41%) think...

 


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