News archive from 12 December 2013

Rent arrears fastest-growing problem, says charity

Rent arrears fastest-growing problem, says charity

Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust charity. In the first nine months of this year, its telephone helpline received nearly 20,000 calls from people behind with their rent. That is a...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
GP surgeries that put patients at risk revealed

GP surgeries that put patients at risk revealed

Steve Field, NHS chief inspector of family doctor services, said the fact Adrenalin and other emergency drugs were out of date was 'very serious'. Photograph: Martin Godwin Evidence of medical records left lying around, vaccines not kept at the right...

Guardian, 00:12 in Health

Fallen star Slovenia to reveal cost of bank clean-up

One of the currency bloc's smallest economies, Slovenia plans to publish an external assessment of just how much lending has gone sour since the onset of global crisis in 2008 revealed how shallow its economic makeover had been. The government insists...

Reuters, 00:12 in Business
West goes east: Timothy West to join EastEnders

West goes east: Timothy West to join EastEnders

From King Lear to the Queen Vic: Timothy West on stage at the Old Vic in London. Photograph: Tristram Kenton The acclaimed stage and screen actor Timothy West is to join the cast of BBC1's EastEnders, as the father of the new landlord of the Queen...

Guardian, 00:19 in Showbiz

UK economy set for fastest growth in seven years in 2014 - BCC

The business group forecast economic growth to rise to 2.7 percent in 2014, an upgrade from the forecasts of 2.2 percent it made as recently as August. Output should pass its pre-recession peak in the second half of the year, more than six years after...

Reuters, 00:19 in Business

Korean automaker Ssangyong in bold bet on U.S. market

The company, founded almost 60 years ago and which was recently Chinese-owned and in receivership, plans to develop four new SUV models, CEO Lee Yoo-il told Reuters in an interview, hoping to launch one new product a year from 2015. The new models aim...

Reuters, 00:19 in Business

Air Canada to buy up to 109 Boeing 737 MAX planes

The agreement, which includes 61 firm orders, will replace Air Canada's existing mainline fleet of Airbus (EAD.PA) narrow-body aircraft, the carrier said, confirming an earlier Reuters report. The deal marks a substantial competitive victory for...

Reuters, 00:27 in Business
Online spending up by 16%, according to Ofcom

Online spending up by 16%, according to Ofcom

The amount spent by UK shoppers online increased on average by 16% per person in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the latest data from Ofcom. The figures show that the average spend was £1,175 compared to £1,017 the year before. The figure is more...

BBC, 00:29 in Business

How Cirque du Soleil became a billion dollar business

At Cirque du Soleil's cavernous headquarters, located on the outskirts of Montreal near a landfill, unassuming office buildings do a good job of masking the, well, circus within. But walk through the front door and the first piece of advice visitors...

BBC, 00:29 in Business

'It's the only way we can move on': Lucy tells Mario she needs some space to think as she leaves TOWIE in...

There's clearly some unfinished business between Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone on The Only Way Is Essex since their split back in April. However, fans hoping for a resolution between the pair were disappointed when Lucy declared she needed some...


Carol Vorderman opts for white Grecian gown with detailed gold neckline and draped sleeves for Military Awards

30 View comments Fans are more used to seeing Carol Vorderman in curve-hugging looks, however the TV presenter opted for a white, draped number on Wednesday evening. The Loose Women host looked glamorous in her unusual eye-catching red carpet look, as...

Energy bills: Who pays the most in Europe?

Energy bills: Who pays the most in Europe?

High energy bills may top the political agenda in the UK, but households all over Europe are feeling the squeeze. Since 2010, both gas and electricity prices have risen markedly, largely due to rises in wholesale prices on the back of the tentative...

BBC, 00:37 in Business

Dementia: taking care

Dementia is society's great unmentionable, the shadow that most of us are reluctant to address even though it hangs over the end of life for more and more of us. It takes the extraordinary courage of Terry Pratchett, a man who dares to make us wait...

Guardian, 00:40 in Health
Mexico lower house sends energy bill to floor for debate

Mexico lower house sends energy bill to floor for debate

Lawmakers in the lower house then voted to fast-track the bill straight to a debate on the floor, bypassing the committees for energy and constitutional matters. Ruling party lawmakers had earlier said they planned to consult the committees....


Yahoo blames ongoing email disruption on tricky hardware problem

Yahoo believes the problem will be fixed by 3 p.m. PST Wednesday, according to a post on Yahoo's official Tumblr blog by the company's senior vice president of communications, Jeffrey Bonforte. Bonforte did not specify how many users were affected by...


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