News archive from 13 March 2013, page 4

Champagne removed from inflation rate basket

CHAMPAGNE sold in restaurants and bars has been removed from the basket of goods and services used to calculate inflation rates. In the latest sign that consumers are cutting back on the finer things in life since the financial crisis, the Office for...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Hot News
 
£3m fund to boost Third Sector firms

£3m fund to boost Third Sector firms

One of Lancashire's biggest lenders has set up a £3m fund to help create more than 80 jobs in the North West's Third Sector. Enterprise Ventures (EV), the Preston-headquartered venture capital group, has teamed up with the specialist bank, Unity...

 

Lifestyle leads men to an earlier death

MEN are "lagging behind" in life expectancy, health experts say. Despite a rise in the length of time the average European
person lived, they said men had not yet reached the average level that women had in 1980. The World Health...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Hot News
 
Creative industries can drive economy

Creative industries can drive economy

The boss of a Lancashire creative business has backed the industry to play a leading role in the county's economy. Mark Oulson-Jenkins, managaing director of video production firm Raising the Roof Productions, said he expected the firms to play an...

 
Syrian war has caused 'collapse in childhood', Save the Children warns

Syrian war has caused 'collapse in childhood', Save the Children warns

Esma, 7, and a friend peer out of a tent in Lebanon's Bekaa valley that has been her home since her family fled Syria last year. Photograph: Sam Tarling/Save the Children Two million children in Syria have become the victims of bloody conflict, with...

 

Sports stars sign public defibrillator plea

SPORTS stars and medics have petitioned the Prime Minister, for defibrillator machines, used to revive people suffering cardiac arrest, to be made available in all public buildings. Footballers Steven Gerrard, and Gareth Bale and boxer Amir Khan...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Health
 
‘Fracking’ plans put on hold for new report

‘Fracking’ plans put on hold for new report

The company behind Lancashire's controversial "fracking' industry has put its exploration plans on hold until next year. Cuadrilla Resources has revealed it will not carry out hydraulic fracturing at the site at Anna’s Road, near Lytham, until...

 
UK transport companies 'held back by lack of government strategy'

UK transport companies 'held back by lack of government strategy'

The rail and aviation sectors expressed most dissatisfaction with government policy. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images The vast majority of companies and organisations in the UK transport sector believe their work has been harmed...

 

Fresh warning over Rockstar drug risk

THE death of a man suspected of taking a form of the drug Ecstasy dubbed Rockstar has prompted police to reissue an urgent warning about the danger it poses. Seven people were treated in hospital last week after taking the red or yellow tablets,...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Health
 
Recruitment firm clocking up success

Recruitment firm clocking up success

Three clocks adorn a wall in the impressive offices of IT Works Recruitment and Agility Resourcing in Fulwood, Preston. They tell the time in London, Puerto Banus and Dubai - and remind the team of the rewards on offer if they strive to be the best....

 
Choirs unite for show

Choirs unite for show

Schools will team up with students for a fundraising concert tonight. The University of Central Lancashire’s Chamber Choir will be joined by guest choirs from Runshaw College, Fulwood Academy and Harris Primary School for the show in the Darwin...

 

EDL 'exploits sex gang perceptions'

The English Defence League (EDL) is exploiting concerns surrounding sex-grooming gangs to fuel its anti-Islam agenda, a university report has said. The far-right group is using recent cases, such as the nine Asian men jailed last year for grooming...

 

Public 'deceived' on tax avoidance

The Treasury has allowed voters to wrongly believe that a key anti-tax avoidance measure will force multinationals like Starbucks and Amazon to pay up, peers complained. A House of Lords committee said the general anti-abuse rule (Gaar) is a welcome...

 

Union set to endorse mail boycott

Industrial action by postal workers is set to come a step closer when union leaders are expected to endorse the threat of a mail boycott. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is raising concerns about the future of the postal service as private firms...

 

Pregnant staff face discrimination

Maternity discrimination is a growing problem in the workplace, with employers' attitudes "hardening" against pregnant women, according to new research. A charity said almost 10% of calls to an advice line related to maternity issues,...

 


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