News archive from 18 January 2019

Wakefield, Grimsby, Plymouth win share of £20m culture fund

Wakefield, Grimsby, Plymouth win share of £20m culture fund

Wakefield, home to The Hepworth Wakefield gallery, is one of five areas in England that will benefit from a new £20 million Cultural Development Fund. Grimsby, Kent Thames Estuary, Plymouth and Worcester will also receive a share of the money to...

BBC, 00:06 in Regional
 
'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'

'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'

Five-year-old Oscar's life has regularly hung in the balance because of severe asthma. On his second birthday, he was so ill he did not respond to any medicines, leaving his parents fearing the worst. "I will never forget how his tiny chest rose...

BBC, 00:06 in Regional
 

Wakefield and Grimsby share in Government fund to help turn culture into cash

It will jointly host a summer-long celebration of sculpture that will be the biggest such event the country has seen, but Wakefield has already set its creative sights higher. Declaring their intention of making it “the creative hub of the North” and...

 
Grey is the UK's favourite car colour for the first time

Grey is the UK's favourite car colour for the first time

You might have blamed the winter gloom, but if the traffic ahead of you appears a bit drab, it is because the view really is greyer than it was. Half a million of us chose to buy a grey car in 2018, making it the most popular colour for the first...

BBC, 00:11 in Regional
 
Gay Austrian policeman wins long fight for justice

Gay Austrian policeman wins long fight for justice

Austria must compensate an ex-policeman who was sacked in 1976 for sexual indecency with minors and who lost 25% of his police pension, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. He committed the offence with two boys aged 14 and 15. The age of...

BBC, 00:19 in World News
 

Steve Rotheram is going to charge YOU a new 'Metro Mayor tax' - this is how much you will pay and why

People across the entire Liverpool City Region will have to pay a new 'Metro Mayor tax' to help pay for Steve Rotheram, his team and what they want to do. The region's top politician - who was elected in 2017 - has put forward plans to charge all...

 
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1) How Spurs fare without Kane and Son If Mauricio Pochettino could have picked one Premier League team to start playing against without his top scorer and his most in-form attacker, then he would surely have plumped for Fulham. Claudio Ranieri’s...

Guardian, 00:32 in Sport
 
The North Korean women who had to escape twice

The North Korean women who had to escape twice

Trafficked into the sex industry after defecting from North Korea, two young women spent years in captivity before finally getting the chance to escape. From the third floor of a residential tower block in the Chinese city of Yanji, two young women...

BBC, 00:43 in World News
 

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The Arab country turning to 'female Viagra'

The Arab country turning to 'female Viagra'

As Egypt becomes the first Arab country to authorise the production and sale of a drug meant to boost the female libido, the BBC's Sally Nabil explores whether there's a market for it in such a socially conservative country. "I felt drowsy and...

BBC, 00:43 in World News
 
Manmohan Singh: India’s ‘accidental PM’ biopic causes stir

Manmohan Singh: India’s ‘accidental PM’ biopic causes stir

Manmohan Singh was one of India's longest serving prime ministers and widely regarded as the architect of the country's economic reforms. But critics say a new Bollywood biopic months before a general election reduces him to a caricature. Sudha G...

BBC, 00:43 in World News
 
Drag queen or delivery driver: What's your 'side hustle'?

Drag queen or delivery driver: What's your 'side hustle'?

At 3pm most days, James Tobin puts on a shirt and tie and goes to work running educational workshops. In the evening he puts on a wig and fishnets and becomes a drag queen. At the weekends, he's a roaming estate agent, on call to show around would-be...

BBC, 00:43 in Business
 
Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future

Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future

Simulation software that can create accurate "digital twins" of entire cities is enabling planners, designers and engineers to improve their designs and measure the effect changes will have on the lives of citizens. Cities are hugely complex...

BBC, 00:43 in Business
 
Netflix adds 8.8 million subscribers as its stock falls over spending fears

Netflix adds 8.8 million subscribers as its stock falls over spending fears

Netflix added 8.8 million paid subscribers in the last quarter, up 34% compared with the year-earlier period, as the streaming media company launched hits including the movies Bird Box and Roma and the series You, The Haunting of Hill House and Sex...

Guardian, 00:44 in Business
 
Ding Junhui insists he played the right shot despite forfeiting frame at the Masters

Ding Junhui insists he played the right shot despite forfeiting frame at the Masters

Ding Junhui suffered a rare embarrassment during his Masters quarter-final with Luca Brecel on Thursday, but insists he was doing the right thing before having to forfeit a frame. The Chinese superstar failed to hit a red ball three times, despite...

Metro, 00:49 in Sport
 


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