News archive from 17 August 2014, page 2

New to nature: No 130 Anniella grinnelli

New to nature: No 130 Anniella grinnelli

Anniella grinnelli. Legless lizards of the genus Anniella are found only in western North America. Legless lizards of the genus Anniella are found only in western North America, roughly from the San Francisco Bay area south to northwestern Baja...

 
Housebuilders hope for bigger slice of the action

Housebuilders hope for bigger slice of the action

Pizza Express: like the housing market, not actually changing very much. Photograph: Richard Saker Just like the apocryphal shrinking Pizza Express pizza, British houses have been getting smaller. The average home typically covered 1,647 sq ft and...

Guardian, 00:13 in Business
 
On my radar: Merrill Garbus's cultural highlights

On my radar: Merrill Garbus's cultural highlights

Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus: 'I feel lucky to have a global awareness of what's going on.' Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian Merrill Garbus is the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind experimental indie-pop project...

 
Fury as big gym blocks views of Ben Nevis

Fury as big gym blocks views of Ben Nevis

ELDERLY residents of a Highland street are campaigning to have their view of Ben Nevis restored after the construction of a school gym meant they could no longer gaze out on Britain's highest mountain. Pensioners in Birch Road, in Caol near Fort...

 
Sea conservation ‘at risk from lack of resources’

Sea conservation ‘at risk from lack of resources’

AMBITIOUS conservation measures designed to safeguard Scotland's seas could be jeopardised by a lack of resources, according to marine experts. The designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) last month means a fifth of Scottish waters are now...

 

Benefits axe 'hits pensioners hard'

Social security cuts of more than £6 billion a year will hit pensioner families under the Government's welfare reforms, a new report has claimed. Research for the TUC showed that a quarter of all social security cuts between 2010 and 2016/17 will fall...

 

Raid terror family don't feel safe

The wife of a university lecturer who suffered "extreme" facial injuries at the hands of an armed gang during a violent burglary has said the couple's four daughters no longer feel safe in their own home. Samantha MacArthur, 50, told the...

 
Begonia society is hoping for a blooming good show

Begonia society is hoping for a blooming good show

A group of begonia growers from across the Borders and north Northumberland will be putting their best horticultural efforts on show this weekend. The exhibition is part of the North East Area Show at Dobbies Garden Centre, Ponteland, will show the...

 
Academies run by 'superhead' received advance notice of Ofsted checks

Academies run by 'superhead' received advance notice of Ofsted checks

Dame Rachel de Souza became an Ofsted associate inspector earlier this year. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Observer Academies run by a superhead praised by the government for producing schools that "outperform the rest" of the state...

Guardian, 00:29 in Learning
 
Comment: Mourning Williams family deserve humanity

Comment: Mourning Williams family deserve humanity

MY 16-year-old daughter came into my bedroom on Wednesday morning, asking if I'd heard the news. I've always heard the news. If it's not on Netflix, however, she's not interested. But the death of Robin Williams had affected her so much that she...

 
Comment: Beeching let down by fellow Christians

Comment: Beeching let down by fellow Christians

WHEN high profile people come out it's a cause for celebration. (Sorry, I know this will break the flow but I need to get this off my chest - it's a tautology to say "come out as gay". I know it’s the thing to say we’re coming out as a lawn...

 
Do high valuations for Uber, Snapchat and BuzzFeed herald a new tech bubble?

Do high valuations for Uber, Snapchat and BuzzFeed herald a new tech bubble?

Facebook - as seen in The Social Network, with Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg - is seen by many as a proven model for an internet business Photograph: Rex Features You don't just walk into the San Francisco offices of Uber, the...

Guardian, 00:32 in Business
 

Crude from Iraqi Kurdistan arrives in Croatia - paper

Janaf was not available for an immediate comment. "Four days ago we had an announcement about a delivery of crude oil from (Iraqi) Kurdistan. It was bought by Hungary's (energy firm) MOL and the oil is for their refinery. All the documentation is...

 

Raid terror family don't feel safe

The wife of a university lecturer who suffered "extreme" facial injuries at the hands of an armed gang during a violent burglary has said the couple's four daughters no longer feel safe in their own home. Samantha MacArthur, 50, told the...

 

Spellbound: Stunning outdoor love story is highlight of Hull Freedom Festival 2014

The Freedom Festival 2014 is fast approaching, bringing with it a wide-ranging mix of music, dance and theatre. Ian Midgley meets the man behind a spectacular outdoor love story. Imagine a cross between Romeo and Juliet and Homer's Iliad only bigger...

 


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