News archive from 12 February 2019

Taxi and private hire drivers to face enhanced checks

Taxi and private hire drivers to face enhanced checks

All taxi and private hire drivers could have to pass enhanced criminal record checks under new government proposals. The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on new licensing guidelines to better protect vulnerable passengers. Last...

BBC, 00:05 in Regional
 

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CCTV could be made mandatory in taxis in England and Wales

CCTV could be made mandatory in taxis in England and Wales

Taxis and minicab drivers in England and Wales could be forced to install CCTV in their vehicles under government proposals to tighten up licensing laws. Local authorities might also have to conduct enhanced criminal record and background checks on...

 

Liverpool's Mo Salah shares new Pepsi ad in incredible showdown with Lionel Messi

Mo Salah faces off against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in incredible new Pepsi ad. The Liverpool star shared the full advert on his Instagram page on Monday night, thrilling fans with the competitive showdown. Last week, both players posted their...

 
British horse racing given all clear by BHA to resume on Wednesday

British horse racing given all clear by BHA to resume on Wednesday

Racing’s flu-related nightmare appears to be almost over, following the news on Monday night that the sport will be allowed to resume on Wednesday, when the four scheduled race meetings will be allowed to take place under enhanced biosecurity...

Guardian, 00:25 in Sport
 
Hammond’s Brexit ‘dividend’ claim rejected as UK economy stalls

Hammond’s Brexit ‘dividend’ claim rejected as UK economy stalls

Philip Hammond’s claim that Britain can reap an economic dividend from Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been flatly rejected by MPs, as official figures confirmed the UK has suffered its worst year for GDP growth since 2012. In a highly critical report,...

Guardian, 00:27 in Politics
 
Call to 'protect cash' for consumers

Call to 'protect cash' for consumers

Consumers' access to cash as an alternative to digital payments should be protected by a dedicated regulator, two influential organisations say. Consumer group Which? and the Federation of Small Businesses say ATM and bank branch closures risk leaving...

BBC, 00:33 in Business
 
Supermarkets' sustainable palm oil not fully traceable

Supermarkets' sustainable palm oil not fully traceable

Palm oil used in supermarket products is not fully traceable despite it being called "100% certified sustainable". Research by Radio 4's You & Yours found Tesco performed the best, yet only 67% of its palm oil can be traced to its...

BBC, 00:33 in Business
 
London's secret billion-pound guilds

London's secret billion-pound guilds

London's trade guilds date back a thousand years and have billions of pounds in assets. But have they forgotten one of their original purposes - to spend money on the public good? Among the glass skyscrapers of London's financial district, and ancient...

BBC, 00:33 in Business
 
Can video consultations combat global doctor shortages?

Can video consultations combat global doctor shortages?

Would you be happy to see your doctor online? Growing numbers of patients seem to be attracted by the convenience. And doctors are also finding it useful as health services come under pressure from growing and ageing populations. Lydia Campbell-Hill,...

BBC, 00:33 in Business
 
World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win

World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win

Naomi Osaka has split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open to secure a second consecutive grand slam title and moved to No 1 in the WTA rankings. “Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together...

Guardian, 00:43 in Sport
 

BBC unveil Nine team ahead of new channel

BBC Scotland has revealed the core reporting team who will front the flagship news programme on the corporation’s new dedicated Scottish channel. Launching later this month, The Nine will focus on national as well as international stories from the...

 
Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

The government is being sued for its decision to charter firms to run extra ferries, including one with no ships, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, said the contracts, revealed after Christmas, were decided in a...

BBC, 00:48 in Business
 
Calls for regulator to ensure access to cash after bank IT failures

Calls for regulator to ensure access to cash after bank IT failures

The government is facing calls for a new regulator to protect consumers’ access to cash, following several bank IT failures and thousands of cash machine and branch closures across the UK. The consumer group Which? said cash is still a necessity for...

Guardian, 00:50 in Business
 
Will Becky Lynch become the second European to headline Wrestlemania after Andre The Giant?

Will Becky Lynch become the second European to headline Wrestlemania after Andre The Giant?

Becky Lynch is one of the biggest names in wrestling right now, and the popular Irish star could be set to headline Wrestlemania against Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. Should Lynch and Rousey close out Wrestlemania 35, it will be the first time...

Metro, 00:52 in Sport
 


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