News archive from 19 December 2014, page 8

Festive Drinkers Urged To Try 'Dry January'

Festive Drinkers Urged To Try 'Dry January'

Public health officials are urging drinkers to sober up after the traditional Christmas excess and go dry for January. The campaign to encourage boozers to make abstaining a New Year's resolution comes as emergency services are expected to bear the...

UK-Funded Ebola Hospital Built In Jungle

UK-Funded Ebola Hospital Built In Jungle

To get to the newest, UK-funded Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone, you have to drive for several hours from the capital Freetown and through numerous virus checkpoints. At these, you go through the well-practised routine of washing your hands in...


BP faces heavy hit from former prized asset Rosneft

BP's fourth-quarter earnings could fall by more than two thirds from the previous quarter to 5 cents per share as Rosneft will weigh on its profits with a loss of up to $750 million (589 million pounds), according to several forecasts. This would be...

Reuters, 04:06 in Business

China to set up satellite, radar network to strengthen maritime power

The network, which an official from the State Oceanic Administration called "fundamental" to protecting China's maritime interests, is set to be completed by 2020, the newspaper said. The network would cover coastal waters, the high seas and...

Falling Oil Prices Could Spell Serious Trouble

Falling Oil Prices Could Spell Serious Trouble

Paul Kenworthy has been an oilman for more than two decades. He's the owner of 10 wells near Midland West Texas and has seen good times and bad come and go, several times over. But the precipitous drop in oil prices on what they called Black Friday...


After tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand - TRFN

The tsunami had destroyed sprawling seafront luxury resorts that had blocked public access to the sea and had halted the rampant tourism that threatened to push the Moklen fishermen off their ancestral lands in Phang Nga province, north of the resort...


Brent steady below $60, heads for fourth weekly decline as oversupply persists

Oil prices were on track for a fourth straight week of declines after OPEC members last month decided against cutting production in response to a drop of nearly 50 percent in prices since late June. Brent crude for February delivery LCOc1 was up 4...

Reuters, 04:23 in Business

UK house prices growth to slow in 2015 - RICS

Data from mortgage lender Nationwide shows that house prices rose by 8.5 percent in the 12 months to October, suggesting that the forecast RICS made a year ago for 8 percent price growth in 2014 may prove to be fairly close to the mark. Housing market...

Reuters, 04:37 in Business

Great Charles Street Estate sells to open up regeneration opportunity

VIEW GALLERY Seven buildings at the heart of Birmingham city centre have been sold for more than the asking price – opening the door to a major regeneration. Dunedin Property Asset Management and Angelo Gordon have bought The Great Charles Estate from...

Birmingham biking boost as Raleigh chosen to supply 5,000 cycles

Birmingham biking boost as Raleigh chosen to supply 5,000 cycles

Thousands across Birmingham will be getting on their bikes after a deal was agreed to boost the city’s pedal power. Raleigh has been awarded a contract to supply 5,000 bikes to Birmingham City Council – and 3,000 will be given away to those keen to...

Thai tuna firm buys US rival Bumble Bee for $1.5bn

Thai tuna firm buys US rival Bumble Bee for $1.5bn

The world's largest canned tuna producer Thai Union Frozen Products is buying US rival Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5bn (£96m). Bumble Bee, the largest canned tuna and sardine producer in North America, is currently owned by private equity firm Lion...

BBC, 05:11 in Business
Women Could Be Fighting On Front Line By 2016

Women Could Be Fighting On Front Line By 2016

Women could be allowed to fight on the frontline from 2016 the Government has announced. The Defence Secretary has signed off a major review that concluded females could serve in a combat role if they achieved the rigorous physical standards...


Film Review: Annie - Remake on well-worn story still has magic

A new big screen version of Annie is not quite as magical as the original, says Damon Smith, but it does have a certain sparkle Adapted from the popular Broadway musical, the 1982 film version of Annie is firmly engrained in many rose-tinted childhood...

Library of Birmingham cuts are an embarrassment, writers claim

Library of Birmingham cuts are an embarrassment, writers claim

VIEW GALLERY Cuts to staff and opening hours at the Library of Birmingham are an ‘excoriating embarrassment’ to the city, according to the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. In a letter published this week in the Birmingham Post, the Guild calls on...


Eastside's Millennium Point Trust launches Young Innovator Prize initiative

VIEW GALLERY   Eastside's Millennium Point Trust has officially launched its brand new Young Innovator Prize initiative. Unveiled to the city region’s VIPs at Millennium Point, the initiative will see the Trust sponsor a young person from Birmingham...


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