News archive from 11 November 2012, page 8

Lip-reading tutors to be trained to help deaf

A course has been set up to train lip-reading tutors who will help people with hearing loss. The Scottish Government-funded course will initially train 14 students over nine months. They will be trained in how to organise, plan, teach and evaluate a...

Scotsman, 00:16 in Politics
 
The US election shows that the days of stylish reporting are over

The US election shows that the days of stylish reporting are over

Ironically, the best coverage of the US election was by baseball data analyst Nate Silver. Photograph: David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images It's ironic, putting it mildly, to find the BBC posting 900 of Alistair Cooke's great old Letters...

 

Stow chief ‘should quit’ over secret tape

EDUCATION Minister Michael Russell has demanded the resignation of a senior college official after it emerged he had secretly taped a conversation during a private meeting. Russell was angered after Kirk Ramsay, the chairman of Stow College in...

Scotsman, 00:16 in Politics
 
Other Voices: a bigger stage for the mighty little Irish festival

Other Voices: a bigger stage for the mighty little Irish festival

The Unthanks, who are playing at Other Voices in December Over the past 10 years, Other Voices (www.othervoices.ie), one of the best-kept secrets on the music festival calendar, has been attracting big names to a small fishing town in the south-west...

 
The truth about bovines, badgers and the spread of TB

The truth about bovines, badgers and the spread of TB

The UK’s proposed large-scale cull of badgers to control the spread of TB in cattle has been postponed. Photograph: Natural Visions/Alamy Mycobacteria and TB have been in the news a lot recently. In fact, one particular species has been hogging the...

 

Which? in plea over fuel duty rise

Chancellor George Osborne is under renewed pressure to abandon a planned increase in fuel duty, amid warnings that the rising price of petrol was putting household budgets under unprecedented pressure. As MPs prepare to vote on Monday on the planned...

 

Police name missing 19-year-old

It's a funny old world - and an even weirder and more wonderful world wide web. To put a smile on your face each week, we take a look at the wackiest and wildest stories on our websites and beyond... News Local Breaking News Email Regional National...

 

The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden by Mark Bowden - review

A year and a half after Osama bin Laden's death, some of the idea of him has begun to fade. Perhaps it was inevitable, the culmination of a process that had already begun with his confinement in the compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad where he would...

 
Liberal, gay and a mix of races – Obama's rainbow nation signals a new America

Liberal, gay and a mix of races – Obama's rainbow nation signals a new America

Two gay activists kiss at a protest in favour of same-sex marriage in Hollywood, California, August 2012. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images To those of us with the unenviable task of following the seemingly endless US presidential...

 
Creative Scotland shortlists harshest critics for contentious awards

Creative Scotland shortlists harshest critics for contentious awards

SOME of Creative Scotland's harshest critics have been nominated for honours in the agency's contentious awards scheme. Playwright David Greig and author Janice Galloway, two of the most outspoken figures in the campaign against the way the government...

 

Road safety: we need some fresh thinking to make Britain's cyclists safer

The collisions involving Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and UK cycling coach Shane Sutton have underlined what has been clear now for some time. With more than 3,000 accidents a year and over 100 deaths, an urgent rethinking of transport policy...

 
'I'm a good arranger – according to me'

'I'm a good arranger – according to me'

'I respect Lady Gaga a lot': Yoko Ono and Lady Gaga perform at the Orpheum theatre, Los Angeles, in October 2010. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images This week it was announced that artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono will be curating the...

 

Cherish our historic houses and don't begrudge the cost

Catherine Bennett asks what support should be provided to secure the future of Britain's historic houses ("Why should we save the houses of the rich and famous?" Comment). Financial support is available only for those which open to the...

 
New to Nature No 91: Formiscurra indicus

New to Nature No 91: Formiscurra indicus

The very weird Formiscurra indicus I am beginning to think that we overuse the word weird. Perhaps it should be reserved for animals like Formiscurra indicus, a new Indian planthopper that is thoroughly, well, weird. Planthopper is the common name for...

 
Electronic money can store up shocks for the economy

Electronic money can store up shocks for the economy

Fallen idol: Sharp boss Takashi Okuda announces the company's largest-ever net loss in Tokyo last week. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA Anyone who, like me, grew up in the 1980s, will remember Japanese technology as being at the height of hi-tech...

 


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