News archive from 14 December 2018

£495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find

£495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find

The British army authorised a £495m contract with the outsourcing giant Capita to bring in new recruits without understanding the complexity of the project, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog has concluded. The National Audit Office found that...

Guardian, 00:06 in Politics
 
Over 24,000 people facing sleeping rough this Christmas

Over 24,000 people facing sleeping rough this Christmas

More than 24,000 people are faced with sleeping rough on the streets or spending their nights in tents or on public transport, new research shows. The number has increased massively over the past five years, according to the national homelessness...

Metro, 00:06 in Hot News
 
‘Ungoverned’ use of restraint and seclusion in Scottish schools criticised

‘Ungoverned’ use of restraint and seclusion in Scottish schools criticised

The “ungoverned” and potentially illegal use of restraint and seclusion is taking place across Scotland’s schools, according to the country’s children and young people’s commissioner. The commissioner’s report, seen exclusively by the Guardian,...

Guardian, 00:12 in Learning
 
Standing ovation David Dimbleby closes his last ever Question Time after 25 years

Standing ovation David Dimbleby closes his last ever Question Time after 25 years

David Dimbleby received a standing ovation this evening as he closed his last ever Question Time after 25 years. The newsman, 80, recorded his last episode of the debate programme this evening, addressing issues surrounding Brexit. He will be replaced...

Metro, 00:14 in Hot News
 

Cash boost for county's social care and business rate coffers, but districts feeling the pinch

Lancashire is to receive the joint-largest share of a nationwide grant to ease pressure on social care services. The county council area will be handed almost £15m from a one-off funding pot announced in October’s budget, while Blackpool and Blackburn...

 
Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'

Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'

Keith Richards, the legendarily hard-living guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking – almost – saying he “just got fed up with it”. Despite inspiring an industry of memes celebrating his unreconstructed lifestyle, Richards has told Rolling...

 

Outstanding again! School's top marks

STAFF and pupils at Heckmondwike Grammar School are celebrating after being ranked 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors – for the fourth time. Inspectors who visited the school in High Street last year commented on its excellent reputation and said the...

 

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Rocky Fielding vs Canelo Alvarez EXCLUSIVE: Why fight was nearly CANCELLED

Rocky Fielding vs Canelo Alvarez EXCLUSIVE: Why fight was nearly CANCELLED

Fielding faces superstar Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Sunday in the biggest fight of his career. But he needed the help of an MP and a top American lawyer just to get him into the States. The WBA super-middleweight champion...

Daily Star, 00:27 in Sport
 

Cash boost for county's social care and business rate coffers, but districts feeling the pinch

Lancashire is to receive the joint largest share of a nationwide grant to ease pressure on social care services. The county council area will be handed almost £15m from a one-off funding pot announced in October’s budget, while Blackpool and Blackburn...

 
Travellers see pound close to dollar parity

Travellers see pound close to dollar parity

Travellers at some UK airports are barely being offered one US dollar for each of their pounds, following a month of Brexit uncertainty. Those exchanging pounds at the UK's biggest airport, Heathrow, are finding as little as $1.05 coming back across...

BBC, 00:36 in Business
 
Why are people spending less this Christmas?

Why are people spending less this Christmas?

There are discounts galore on the High Street, and online retailers have also started discounting products, 12 days before Christmas. Sales usually rise in the run-up to Christmas, so why are consumers spending less this year? In November, market...

BBC, 00:36 in Business
 
Watchdog bans 'harmful' gender stereotypes in adverts

Watchdog bans 'harmful' gender stereotypes in adverts

The UK's advertising watchdog has said it will ban "gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence". The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said harmful stereotypes in adverts "contribute to how...

BBC, 00:36 in Business
 
Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone

Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone

For years tech companies such as Amazon, Alphabet and Uber have promised us delivery drones bringing goods to our doorsteps in a matter of minutes. So why are they taking so long to arrive? One word: regulation. If our skies are to become as crowded...

BBC, 00:36 in Business
 
The hilarious reaction Liverpool FC's Mo Salah got from staff during visit to Alder Hey

The hilarious reaction Liverpool FC's Mo Salah got from staff during visit to Alder Hey

Alder Hey staff had a hilarious reaction to Liverpool FC star Mo Salah during his visit to the children's hospital. Ahead of training for this week's clash against Manchester United, young patients were delighted to meet the Egyptian player, his...

 


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