News archive from 14 January 2011, page 12

Politics live blog - Friday 14 January

Politics live blog - Friday 14 January

7.57am: We got the results of the Oldham East and Saddleworth byelection a few hours ago. Labour's Debbie Abrahams held the seat, with an increased majority and an increased share of the vote. Elwyn Watkins, the Liberal Democrat candidate who was just...

Guardian, 08:14 in Politics
 
SINITTA'S SADNESS OVER FAILED ADOPTION BID

SINITTA'S SADNESS OVER FAILED ADOPTION BID

Pop star SINITTA has failed in her bid to adopt a third child because of strict official rules about working parents. The singer took in Zac and Magdalena in 2008, while she was with her then-husband Andy Willner. They have since split, but Sinitta...

 
FTSE preview: Shares to fall; Miners hit

FTSE preview: Shares to fall; Miners hit

The blue-chip index looked set to shed 6-10 points, or as much as 0.2%, according to financial bookmakers, having slipped 26.84 points, or 0.4%, to 6,023.88 on Thursday, after hitting a 31-month closing peak on Wednesday. 'If a series of lower...

 

Bovis warns of subdued year on weak mortgage volumes

British homebuilders are grappling with consumer sentiment hit by higher taxes, government spending cuts and a dearth of mortgage availability. Earlier this week, leading mortgage provider Halifax said British house prices fell at their fastest annual...

Reuters, 08:17 in Business
 
The population explosion

The population explosion

Later this year – on 31 October, to be precise – a boy will be born in a rural village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His parents will not know it, but his birth will prove to be a considerable landmark for our species as his arrival will mark...

 
Cameron hints at relief on petrol prices

Cameron hints at relief on petrol prices

The Prime Minister said the Treasury was examining the 'very attractive idea' of reforming the tax system to stabilise prices. Alternatively, Chancellor George Osborne could postpone a fuel duty increase announced by Labour, which is due to come...

 

Frozen out! Sacked Dancing On Ice judge Nicky Slater says the panel don't know what they're talking about

"Jason gave her high marks, as he didn"t see beyond the presentation to the technique — why would he? He"s not an ice dancer, like me.' "Jason gave her high marks, as he didn"t see beyond the presentation to the...

 
Owners urged to put homes on the market

Owners urged to put homes on the market

George Solley, director of property sales at Thorntons, said the market always slows down in the run up to Christmas, which can skew prices. He added that although buyers are still struggling to acquire mortgages, a new scheme that allows sellers to...

 

Swine flu kills 16 Scots in a week

sneeze Image 1 THE swine flu toll has soared in Scotland - with 16 victims dying of the illness in the past week, it was revealed yesterday. Another patient has died of a different strain of the virus in the week ending January 10. Previously, there...

 
Eric Stoltz: 'I felt really great after I lost my mobile phone' | Celebrity squares

Eric Stoltz: 'I felt really great after I lost my mobile phone' | Celebrity squares

What's your favourite piece of technology, and how has it improved your life? TV-B-Gone. It's a wonderful little device that has one button – which, when pressed, will turn off any television within 15 metres. It's ideal when you're sitting in an...

Guardian, 08:32 in Showbiz
 

Women will lose £38,000 from pensions

The Pensions Bill will force people to work for at least another year - six years earlier than was planned. Under Labour, the state pension age for women was due to rise from 60 to 65 by 2020, and on to 66 by 2026. But under the latest Bill,...

 

Swine flu kills 16 Scots in a week

sneeze Image 1 THE swine flu toll has soared in Scotland - with 16 victims dying of the illness in the past week, it was revealed yesterday. Another patient has died of a different strain of the virus in the week ending January 10. Previously, there...

 
Bovis Homes to resume dividend payments after surprise profits rise

Bovis Homes to resume dividend payments after surprise profits rise

Bovis Homes has said it will start paying dividends to shareholders again after "significant improvements" in profits in 2010. The group sold 1,901 homes last year, 5% more than in 2009, at an average price of £160,700, 4% up on the...

BBC, 08:38 in Business
 
Israel demolishes homes and classroom in West Bank village

Israel demolishes homes and classroom in West Bank village

In a bleak but beautiful landscape of undulating stony hills I watched a group of Palestinian schoolchildren take their lessons yesterday in the open air next to a heap of rubble that, until this week, was their classroom. This is the village of...

 

ConDem coalition given bloody nose as Labour romp home in Oldham East

NICK Clegg today insisted the Liberal Democrats remained a "strong, united" party, despite failing to take Oldham East and Saddleworth in the first by-election test to face the coalition. Labour extended its majority over the Lib Dems from...

 


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