News archive from 11 December 2012, page 5

Nobel farce as EU accepts peace prize

EU presidents Herman van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso managed to keep straight faces today as they picked up the Nobel Peace Prize. In a year of crippling spending cuts that has seen police cracking protesters' heads, the Nobel committee awarded the...

 

Army to police Cairo protests

Egypt's military took responsibility for state security today in the run-up to the contentious December 15 constitutional referendum. President Mohammed Morsi's decision means that the army will police potentially explosive rival protests in Cairo...

 

Landslide election win for Ponta's USL alliance

Romania's centre-left government won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections, official results showed today. With 96 per cent of the votes counted, Prime Minister Victor Ponta's USL alliance had taken 60 per cent of the lower house and 60 per...

 

Duma chair slams US over 'hypocrisy'

Russia responded angrily to a "hypocritical" US human rights law today, vowing to respond with legislation of their own. Congress scrapped cold w ar-era trade restrictions on Russia last week but also imposed sanctions on Russian officials...

 

Stark warning over cuts from education activists

Spanish lecturers protested against spending cuts leading to an "irreparable deterioration" in the education system today. Chancellors from around 50 state-run universities each read out a statement, warning that the cuts would choke the...

 

Protest march prompted by claims against chief justice

Hundreds of Sri Lankans protested against the impeachment of chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake today. A parliamentary committee dominated by government supporters ruled on Saturday that financial irregularities were enough to "warrant her...

 

Monkey business causes Toronto stir

A monkey in a John Motson-style coat and nappy caused a sensation in a Toronto Ikea today. The dapper macaque gathered a crowd while running around the car park before being cornered by animal control and later claimed by its owners, who had been...

 

Thousands call for Hostess save

More than 4,000 people have signed a White House petition calling on President Barack Obama to "nationalise the Twinkie industry to prevent our nation from losing her sweet, creamy centre." Hostess, which produces the snack, is on the brink...

 

Mandela 'doing well' in hospital

Former president Nelson Mandela is "doing very, very well" in a military hospital, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said today. The 94-year-old hero of the anti-apartheid struggle was kept in the hospital for a third day to undergo...

 
Hugh Reilly: Driving out rotten apples bears fruit

Hugh Reilly: Driving out rotten apples bears fruit

LAST week, Anthony Finn, chief executive of the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS), announced the welcome news that job opportunities for newly-qualified teachers had increased dramatically. According to the GTCS, 35 per cent of probationers...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Learning
 
Hundreds back campaign to build new Portobello High School

Hundreds back campaign to build new Portobello High School

HUNDREDS of green badges have been distributed across Portobello encouraging residents to take part in a consultation on a Private Bill that could clear the path for a new high school to be built on a community park. Parents across the Portobello High...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Learning
 

A right rail rip-off

Protests against rip-off rail firms swept Britain today as unions revealed that fares have soared by more than 26 per cent since 2008 - nearly three times faster than wages. Rail workers will protest outside 50 stations today along with fed-up...

 

MPs demand changes to stop 'unlimited snooping'

MPs and peers have warned that a draft Bill in its current form would grant the Home Secretary carte blanche to retain any and all forms of communications by members of the public. The joint committee on the draft communications Bill concluded in a...

 

Coastgards left confused

MPs attacked the government yesterday over the "confusing" changes to coastguard services. The House of Commons transport committee revealed that too many coastguards were drifting out of the service and the loss of staff was "creating...

 

Thousands left to rot by cruel Britain

The British government is forcing people who have fled dangerous countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Zimbabwe into destitution and the risk of violence in Britain, the Refugee Council has warned. The charity published a...

 


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