News archive from 7 September 2015

Series of open days set to celebrate the rich history of Northamptonshire

Series of open days set to celebrate the rich history of Northamptonshire

A host of heritage venues will open their doors to the public as part of a week celebrating Northamptonshire's rich history this week. Northamptonshire Heritage Week, running from today (Monday) until Friday, will see sites such as St Giles’ Church,...


UK manufacturing group sees a 'rollercoaster of risks'

Image copyright AFP EEF, a lobby group for engineering and manufacturing employers, says a "rollercoaster of risks" is taking its toll on UK manufacturing. The group has slashed its 2015 forecast for manufacturing growth to 0.7% from 1.5%....

BBC, 00:05 in Business

Jobseekers 'face dip in living standards'

Out-of-work couples with children face "a decade of sharply declining living standards" owing to changes made to benefits, anti-poverty campaigners say. A jobless couple with two children will be £221 short of what would be needed for an...

BBC, 00:05 in Business

BBC Charter renewal: Lord Hall sets out corporation's plans

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images The BBC is to propose an expansion of the World Service - including its first radio broadcasts to North Korea - as it sets out plans for its own future. A children's iPlayer and a pool of 100 local reporters who...

BBC, 00:05 in Regional

Budget changes to hit single parents hardest, research reveals

Single parents on low incomes face declining living standards over the next five years even if they work full time, as benefits cuts announced in the budget more than offset the introduction of George Osborne’s “national living wage”, according to new...


David De Gea ready to sign new Manchester United contract after intense transfer saga, say Spanish reports

David De Gea is ready to sign a new Manchester United contract after a summer of intense transfer speculation, reports in Spain say. De Gea, 24, was on the verge of completing a £29million move to Real Madrid on deadline day, but the deal...

Metro, 00:07 in Sport
Scotland makes £125k a day from film-makers

Scotland makes £125k a day from film-makers

Film and TV producers spent a record £45.2 million shooting on location in Scotland last year, the culture secretary announced. Fiona Hyslop said the total, up by almost £12 million on 2013, revealed a “growing appetite” for filming in Scotland....

Westminster drinking culture ‘killed Charles Kennedy’

Westminster drinking culture ‘killed Charles Kennedy’

A DRINKING culture at Westminster has been blamed for helping to cause the death of the former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy. Mr Kennedy died suddenly at his home in Fort William earlier this year. The 55-year-old had suffered a major...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
Majority of UK voters ‘want to leave EU’ - poll

Majority of UK voters ‘want to leave EU’ - poll

A SHOCK poll has suggested that a majority of voters in the UK want Britain to leave the European Union. The Survation poll of 1,004 people across the UK is the first indication that a majority - 51 per cent - would vote for a 
“Brexit” when David...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics

Concrete plans: brutalist buildings to be celebrated in National Trust tours

It is a long way from the day out to a country house, some lunch perhaps, maybe splashing out on a recycled woollen rug or a Save the Red Squirrel gift certificate. Instead the National Trust is, for 10 days, offering rare views of concrete. From 25...

Postcode lottery of child health and development

Postcode lottery of child health and development

A child living in the North East is far more likely to suffer from obesity, accidental injury and poor educational development than those in other regions, according a report published today. The analysis by the National Children’s Bureau looks at...


'Archaeology on steroids': huge ritual arena discovered near Stonehenge

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a massive stone monument buried under a thick, grassy bank only two miles from Stonehenge. The hidden arrangement of up to 90 huge standing stones formed part of a C-shaped Neolithic arena that bordered a...


Whisky goes where no dram has gone before

Whisky fired into space almost four years ago as part of an experiment has returned to Earth with enhanced flavour and character, according to its creator. A vial of unmatured malt from the Ardbeg distillery on Islay, Scotland, was sent to the...


Newcastle United hope to finally sign Charlie Austin after transfer deadline day move collapsed - report

Newcastle United hope to win the transfer battle to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, despite their deadline day push for the striker collapsing, reports say. The 26-year-old was linked with several Premier League clubs this summer and looked destined...

Metro, 00:12 in Sport
7,000 complaints over Scots hospital staff levels

7,000 complaints over Scots hospital staff levels

Concerns about staffing in Scotland's hospitals have been raised with NHS bosses on more than 7,000 occasions in the last two years, figures have revealed. Data released under Freedom of Information laws showed management had recorded a total of 7,253...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Health

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