News archive from 16 March 2011, page 16

Portugal credit rating cut by Moody's

Portugal credit rating cut by Moody's

Ratings agency Moody's has concluded a review of Europe's weaker economies by cutting Portugal's credit rating by two notches and warning that its growth prospects are poor. The downgrade, from A1 to A3, leaves Portugal with only the seventh highest...

 
Libel reforms will stop 'libel tourism', pledges Kenneth Clarke

Libel reforms will stop 'libel tourism', pledges Kenneth Clarke

Anyone who states an honest opinion or responsibly exposes issues of public interest will be able to do so with confidence under a shake-up of libel laws, Mr Clarke said. New defences brought in under the draft Defamation Bill will protect those...

Metro, 08:50 in Hot News
 
Smartphones and dating fees added to UK inflation basket

Smartphones and dating fees added to UK inflation basket

They will replace mobile downloads such as ring tones and wallpaper, while the basket will also include dating agency fees for the first time, says the Office for National Statistics. The move reflected ‘the way technology is changing our lives’, said...

Metro, 08:50 in Hot News
 
Doctors call for a halt on NHS reform bill

Doctors call for a halt on NHS reform bill

The British Medical Association said health secretary Andrew Lansley should dump his bill and adopt an ‘evolution not revolution’ approach. While agreeing with some central points, such as clinicians having more of a say in decision making and better...

Metro, 08:50 in Hot News
 
Japan earthquake: 20,000 missing may never be found alive

Japan earthquake: 20,000 missing may never be found alive

About 10,000 people each from Otsuchicho in Iwate prefecture and Minami-Sanrikucho in the Miyagi prefecture remain unaccounted for. And the overall death toll could be much higher, as officials have lost contact with 30,000 people across areas hit by...

Metro, 08:51 in Hot News
 
Pet lions confiscated from Romanian man who kept them in his garden

Pet lions confiscated from Romanian man who kept them in his garden

Owner Lorian Galcescu, 45, said: ‘I don’t know what the problem is - they weren’t hurting anyone.’ He said he bought the two Senegalese lions as cubs from a fair that had gone bust - and when they got bigger he had built a cage for them so they would...

Metro, 08:51 in Hot News
 

Scottish speed camera rakes in £360k of fines in three years.. but cops won't reveal where it is

A SCOTTISH speed camera has raked in more than £360,000 in fines in the last three years - but officials won't say where it is. Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership said one of their cameras caught 6067 speeders from 2008 to 2010. But...

 

Jets from RAF Leuchars scrambled to intercept Russian bomber off Scottish coast

TORNADOES from an under-threat Scots air base were scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber. The F3 fighters leapt into action to head off the "Bear" bomber when it came within sight of St Andrews. The plane, capable of carrying nuclear...

 
Elephants do have long memories say scientists - especially when it comes to danger

Elephants do have long memories say scientists - especially when it comes to danger

During 72 playbacks of lion roars among 39 family groups in Boseli National Park in Kenya over more than two years, the oldest matriarchs listened intently for longer periods and led their group into more defensive positions when it was a male roar....

 
Bankers face MPs over bonuses

Bankers face MPs over bonuses

Top bankers will be grilled by MPs today amid continuing anger over huge bonuses and restrictions on lending to business. The Commons Public Accounts Committee is taking evidence from RBS chief executive Stephen Hester and outgoing Lloyds Banking...

Guardian, 09:04 in Politics
 
Google buys Parrot Pictures to improve YouTube quality

Google buys Parrot Pictures to improve YouTube quality

Google has bought Irish company Green Parrot Pictures in a bid to improve the quality of video uploaded to YouTube. The Dublin-based firm specialises in image processing to improve, for example, sharpness and camera shake. Its technology has already...

 
'Contempt'of Kraft bosses enrages MPs

'Contempt'of Kraft bosses enrages MPs

For the third time in a year, the multinational declined to send chief executive and chairman Irene Rosenfeld to be grilled about the controversial £11.9bn deal. Instead a trio of lesser executives fielded questions from MPs but only after handing...

 

Canadian newspaper publisher to go public

One of Canada's largest newspaper publishers, Postmedia Network Canada Corp, has filed a preliminary prospectus as part of its plan to become a publicly traded company. The move, considered to be a vote of confidence in the continued recovery of the...

 
Libya and Middle East unrest - live updates

Libya and Middle East unrest - live updates

8.58am: Good morning welcome to our coverage of unrest in Libya and the Middle East. An increasingly confident Muammar Gaddafi mocked the west, particularly France, as his troops took of Ajdabiya, the last rebel stronghold before Benghazi, where the...

 
EU anger over ebook deal suggests hard times ahead for publishers

EU anger over ebook deal suggests hard times ahead for publishers

On Tuesday 1 March, several publishing offices in Europe were raided by inspectors from the European Commission. "They burst in like cowboys" said Francis Esménard, the president of French publisher Albin Michel, to journalists at 01net,...

 


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