News archive from 8 March 2012, page 6

Tobacco firms celebrate as judge rules against graphic images on packets

Tobacco firms celebrate as judge rules against graphic images on packets

A judge has blocked a federal requirement that would have forced US tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking. US District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled that the...

Guardian, 18:47 in Business
 
Laws to ban wild animals being used for circus performances

Laws to ban wild animals being used for circus performances

Laws to stop tigers, camels, zebras and snakes being used as performing animals in circuses have been announced by the government. The environment minister, Jim Paice, told MPs he hoped the laws would be brought in before the end of the parliament in...

 
Final whistle yet to blow on Greek default

Final whistle yet to blow on Greek default

It's official, then: Greece hasn't defaulted and bondholders can't claim on their insurance. Not so fast. The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), the trade body that pronounces on contentious matters in the world of credit default...

Guardian, 19:01 in Business
 
'Witchcraft' trial: there may be similar unreported cases, say police

'Witchcraft' trial: there may be similar unreported cases, say police

Police and groups representing African communities have warned that ritualised abuse of children branded as witches is an under-reported and hidden crime in the UK, as a man and woman were convicted of murdering a 15-year-old boy because they believed...

 
Disney cancels plan to open fitness park after obesity 'bullying' claims

Disney cancels plan to open fitness park after obesity 'bullying' claims

Disney has closed a new theme park exhibit promoting healthy eating and exercise, but not because it was ineffectual. The reason? It was deemed too offensive to overweight children. Habit Heroes, an attraction at Disney's Epcot resort in Orlando,...

 

'Nervous' Gandy holds off Lowe

Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe both pushed through the pain barrier to qualify for the Olympic team in a 200 metres butterfly race where the final 25m felt like "swimming uphill" at the Aquatics Centre on Wednesday night. World silver medallist...

People, 22:16 in Sport
 
TED2012 live - day three from Long Beach

TED2012 live - day three from Long Beach

8.42am: Good morning 11.00am: And we're back! It's day 3 of TED2012, and the next session called "The Courtroom" is about to kick off. But in the meantime, here's the video of Vijay Kumar's talk from yesterday which TED has just posted. It's...

 

Defoe brace sends Spurs through

Tottenham survived an early scare to move one step closer to Wembley by beating minnows Stevenage 3-1 in the fifth-round replay at White Hart Lane. The npower League One side started as huge underdogs but took just two minutes to take the lead through...

People, 22:16 in Sport
 
New device heralds potential to turn sewage plants into power stations

New device heralds potential to turn sewage plants into power stations

Sewage can be used to generate electricity using a new device revealed by scientists on Thursday. It combines a fuel cell with other technologies to convert waste water treatment stations into power plants, which the researchers believe could provide...

 
GB's handball coach Dragan Djukic shortlisted for Russia job

GB's handball coach Dragan Djukic shortlisted for Russia job

It is not just the England football team facing speculation over its leadership ahead of a major championships, with British Handball forced to insist their head coach would not quit just five months out from the London Olympics. A handball team will...

Guardian, 19:12 in Sport
 
Grammy-winning musician backs Senegal president's challenger

Grammy-winning musician backs Senegal president's challenger

Senegal's Youssou N'Dour has announced he would relaunch his music career with a victory concert for Macky Sall, if the presidential challenger beats incumbent Abdoulaye Wade in an election runoff this month. The Grammy-winning N'Dour, co-writer of...

 
Syrian rebels retreat from Baba Amr district of Homs

Syrian rebels retreat from Baba Amr district of Homs

The Syrian suburb that became the symbol of the year-long uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad has fallen government forces after a bloody, month-long siege in which hundreds of people are reported to have been killed. Amid reports...

 
Mervyn King gives chancellor a bit of investment advice

Mervyn King gives chancellor a bit of investment advice

Mervyn King's exasperation at the Treasury's failure to unblock lending to Britain's small businesses is well known, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that he used a recent missive to the chancellor to make a helpful suggestion along those...

Guardian, 19:18 in Business
 
Whitehall 'battling to avoid losing power to mayors', says Lord Heseltine

Whitehall 'battling to avoid losing power to mayors', says Lord Heseltine

A "huge battle" is taking place between government ministers over how much extra power should be granted to directly elected mayors, Lord Heseltine has said. Heseltine, the chairman of the Regional Growth Fund and an informal adviser to...

Guardian, 19:21 in Politics
 
UK aircraft carrier plans in confusion as ministers revisit square one

UK aircraft carrier plans in confusion as ministers revisit square one

Britain's troubled and increasingly expensive plan to equip the navy with new aircraft carriers has been plunged into fresh turmoil as ministers consider reversing their earlier decision to change the type of plane that should fly from them, it has...

Guardian, 19:25 in Politics
 


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