News archive from 18 February 2019

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A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook

A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook

Facebook is an out-of-control train wreck that is destroying democracy and must be brought under control. The final report of parliament’s inquiry into fake news and disinformation does not use this language, precisely, but it is, nonetheless, the...

Guardian, 00:07 in Politics
 
Train operators call for fare shakeup

Train operators call for fare shakeup

Tap-in, tap-out rail fares could be expanded beyond London if a group of train operators gets its way. The Rail Delivery Group has set out a wish-list of reforms for the industry and it wants the UK and devolved governments to support them. Another...

BBC, 00:18 in Regional
 
Tax-free childcare helps just a fifth of families

Tax-free childcare helps just a fifth of families

Just 91,000 families made use of the new Tax-Free Childcare system in December, according to new government data, That is far below the expected number. Official figures, analysed by the BBC, show that the government had planned and budgeted for...

BBC, 00:18 in Regional
 
Late-paying big firms 'should get public contract bans'

Late-paying big firms 'should get public contract bans'

Big companies who pay their suppliers "unacceptably late" should be banned from getting public contracts, small business leaders have claimed. The Federation of Small Businesses wants firms to prove in advance that they are...

BBC, 00:18 in Regional
 
David Mundell: 'Coming out as gay was so difficult'

David Mundell: 'Coming out as gay was so difficult'

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said coming out as gay was "one of the most difficult things I've done". Mr Mundell revealed in January 2016 that it was time to "acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am". At the...

BBC, 00:18 in Regional
 
Fourth man charged with New Year’s Eve murder in London

Fourth man charged with New Year’s Eve murder in London

Detectives investigating the New Year’s Eve stabbing of the bouncer Tudor Simionov in central London have charged a fourth man with his murder. Nor Aden Hamada, 23, of no fixed address, was arrested on Sunday at Gatwick airport as he returned to the...

 
NHS Tayside taken off highest alert amid £1.5m monthly overspend

NHS Tayside taken off highest alert amid £1.5m monthly overspend

NHS Tayside has been lifted out of emergency measures despite continuing to overspend by £1.5 million a month. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman upgraded the financially-troubled health board from the highest alert level on the back of an independent...

 
'The Darling will die': Scientists say mass fish kill due to over-extraction and drought

'The Darling will die': Scientists say mass fish kill due to over-extraction and drought

A scientific panel investigating the causes of three mass fish deaths at the Menindee lakes has pointed the finger squarely at those managing the Murray-Darling river system, saying the lack of flows was caused by a combination of drought and...

 
Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' - UK MPs

Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' - UK MPs

Facebook needs far stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A Commons committee has concluded that the firm's founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show...

BBC, 00:41 in Regional
 
Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by fake news report

Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by fake news report

Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”. The final report of the...

Guardian, 00:46 in Politics
 
Labour MP Paul Flynn dies aged 84

Labour MP Paul Flynn dies aged 84

Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport West, has died, his local association has announced. He was 84 and had served his constituency since 1987. The association said on Twitter: “It’s with great sadness that we let you know that our MP, Paul Flynn,...

Guardian, 00:46 in Politics
 
Food waste bins should be collected weekly, says Michael Gove

Food waste bins should be collected weekly, says Michael Gove

Millions of homes could have their food waste bins collected weekly, if new proposals from the environment secretary are implemented in the wake of a government consultation on the UK’s waste system. Michael Gove’s proposed measures to ensure...

Guardian, 00:46 in Politics
 
How sending handwritten letters created a $1bn firm

How sending handwritten letters created a $1bn firm

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Alexander Rinke, co-founder of German technology company Celonis. When Alexander Rinke wanted some of the world's biggest companies to...

BBC, 00:52 in Business
 
Brexit: Will Brits living in the EU still get healthcare?

Brexit: Will Brits living in the EU still get healthcare?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically survive. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them. For emergency treatment on holiday, UK nationals can use their EHIC...

BBC, 00:52 in Business
 


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