News archive from 10 January 2012, page 14

London's financial district is Britain's child poverty hot spot

The well-off bankers of Canary Wharf have made their home in the worst place in Britain for child poverty according to a study published yesterday by campaign group End Child Poverty. More than half the children in the inner London borough live in...

 

Bills and job losses top list of worries

Britons are most worried about rising household bills and unemployment but are also blaming the shortage of housing on immigrants, a nationwide study revealed yesterday. Three-fifths of the 2,320 people quizzed by think tank British Future said rising...

 

Workers' skills go unused

Productivity is being hit across British industry because workers' skills are not being fully used, the Work Foundation think tank said yesterday. The foundation said in a report that under-utilisation of skills was a particular problem at the lower...

 
Cantona bid for French presidency turns out to be publicity stunt

Cantona bid for French presidency turns out to be publicity stunt

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is NOT plotting a bid for the French presidency. The Old Trafford favourite, who also enjoyed a spell with Leeds, was reported to be attempting an incredible career move. Cantona wrote to French mayors outlining...

Daily Mail, 11:08 in Sport
 

U.S. authorities probe U.S.-China commission email hack

The request for an investigation came after hackers posted on the Internet what purports to be an Indian military intelligence document on cyber-spying, which discusses plans to target the commission - apparently using technical know-how provided by...

 
Alien-hunting scientists home in on the first radio signals from KNOWN extraterrestrial worlds

Alien-hunting scientists home in on the first radio signals from KNOWN extraterrestrial worlds

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence has homed in its search for alien life on the few alien worlds we KNOW to exist - using data from Nasa's world-hunting Kepler telescope project. The SETI scientists, at UC Berkeley, are now homing in on...

 
Dose of 'love hormone' that makes monkeys more generous with their juice could help autism treatment for humans

Dose of 'love hormone' that makes monkeys more generous with their juice could help autism treatment for...

The researchers also tracked the monkeys' eye movements. Typically after making a pro-social choice they will shift their gaze to the other monkey. Under the influence of oxytocin, the gaze lingered longer when they chose between rewarding the other...

 
New 'SpareOne' mobile phone ditches the extras - but has a battery that lasts for 15 years

New 'SpareOne' mobile phone ditches the extras - but has a battery that lasts for 15 years

As mobile phones have got more and more hi-tech, battery life has dwindled. But the new SpareOne 'spare' mobile aims to change that. It runs on one AA battery, and claims to keep its charge for up to 15 years. The new phone - unveiled at the Consumer...

 
Clues in DNA reveal how long you'll live - and they can be read when you're a baby

Clues in DNA reveal how long you'll live - and they can be read when you're a baby

Scientists have found a way to predict how long someone will live - by measuring their genes as a baby. Life expectancy is written into our DNA and is there to be seen from the day we are born. It all depends on the length of the telomeres, which are...

 
Private sector pension deficit record increases

Private sector pension deficit record increases

The collective deficit of the UK's private sector final-salary pension schemes has risen to another record level. The deficit stood at £222bn at the end of November, but grew to £255bn by the end of the year, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) said. A...

BBC, 11:36 in Business
 

Restaurant Group sales rise as diners look for value

"We have built our business away from the high street and this is a key differentiator. Our restaurants are located in edge and out of town locations, and in rural areas," Chief Executive Andrew Page told Reuters. Restaurant Group, which...

Reuters, 11:39 in Business
 
Swatch sees more growth after record sales in 2011

Swatch sees more growth after record sales in 2011

Dampening expectations of a slowdown in the watch industry, Swatch said on Tuesday it experienced the strongest turnover in the group's history in December, while all regions and price segments had got off to a positive start in January. "We will...

Reuters, 11:39 in Business
 

U.S. stock futures signal stronger Wall St. open

* Alcoa's Chairman and Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld expects the global aluminum market to turn into a deficit this year, as biggest consumer China closes inefficient capacity even though demand remains robust. * TSMC, the world's top contract chip...

 
Get real on house prices if you want to sell, RICS warns over optimistic home sellers

Get real on house prices if you want to sell, RICS warns over optimistic home sellers

Home owners have been warned that they must price realistically if they want to sell, as the supply of properties put up for sale outstrips potential buyers. The number of homes arriving on the market rose in December, at the same time as interest...

 
Discounts help Marks & Spencer lift Xmas sales

Discounts help Marks & Spencer lift Xmas sales

Sales at British stores open over a year rose 0.5 percent excluding VAT sales tax in the 13 weeks to December 31, its financial third quarter. That included a 1.8 percent fall in general merchandise sales and a 3 percent rise in food sales, against...

Reuters, 11:58 in Business
 


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