News archive from 20 February 2012, page 11

Dry winter may cause worst drought in over 30 years

Britain faces its worst drought since 1976, prompting calls for Environment Secretary to get tough with water companies, writes Tony Patey. Caroline Spelman is holding crisis talks with water companies, environmental groups and farming organisations...

 

Pensions fight at High Court

An alliance of public-sector unions representing millions of workers will descend on the High Court today to protest against how pensions are calculated. The unions are appealing against a High Court decision last year which approved a government...

 

Bully bosses given last chance

Last-minute talks aimed at averting further strike action at a hospital in Swindon will take place today. Cleaners, caterers and other support staff at the Great Western Hospital staged a 24-hour walkout last week and are due to strike again tomorrow...

 

Income continues to fall behind inflation

Bosses may still be raking in bumper pay packet rises - but a leading personnel group has said they're back-pedalling on workers' pay. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said continued uncertainty over the economy is...

 
The Olympic hopeful whose training regime is really in-tents: British athlete Vanessa Raw takes to sleeping under canvas to boost her medal chances

The Olympic hopeful whose training regime is really in-tents: British athlete Vanessa Raw takes to sleeping...

She quickly rose through the ranks to join Britain's brightest young talents in the British Olympic triathlon academy squad. But her staggering success in the triathlon was halted by a series of injuries, including a troublesome knee complaint, stress...

 
Oscars 2012: Nominees' diary

Oscars 2012: Nominees' diary

British animated short A Morning Stroll - about the quirky adventures of a chicken in New York - is up for an Oscar. The film's director Grant Orchard and producer Sue Goffe, of Studio AKA in London, will be walking up the red carpet in Hollywood on...

BBC, 10:50 in Art & Culture
 
Oil price hits eight-month high

Oil price hits eight-month high

The price of oil has reached its highest level since June last year due to rising tensions over Iran's nuclear programme. The price of a barrel of Brent crude for delivery next month rose to more than $120 on Monday. On Sunday, the country's oil...

BBC, 10:56 in Business
 
High Streets are bleak as shoppers hold back, says BRC

High Streets are bleak as shoppers hold back, says BRC

Conditions on High Streets are bleak as customer numbers fall, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said. Figures from the organisation, which represents most major retailers in the UK, show footfall - which measures customer numbers - was down...

BBC, 10:56 in Business
 
In failed state Somalia, instability is lucrative for some

In "failed state" Somalia, instability is lucrative for some

Small mercies, Hussein said in Mogadishu's frenetic Bakara market, under government control since al Shabaab withdrew its fighters from the city in August under pressure from African troops, ending the almost daily artillery fire. But the recent...

 
Public sector pensions: Inflation move challenged

Public sector pensions: Inflation move challenged

Unions representing public sector workers are appealing against a legal decision about how pensions are protected against inflation. Future annual pension increases for millions of public sector pensioners will be cut by a policy change. The...

BBC, 10:59 in Business
 

AUSTIN HEALEY: STUART LANCASTER IS DOING WELL BUT MARTIN JOHNSON SHOULD NEVER HAVE GONE

FORMER England rugby star Austin Healey has said that despite Stuart Lancaster doing well at the helm, Martin Johnson should have never left his position as England manager. The former England winger said had done well so far in his leadership of...

 
Matilda musical wins four theatre audience awards

Matilda musical wins four theatre audience awards

Roald Dahl adaption Matilda the Musical was the big winner at the audience-voted Whatsonstage.com awards, taking home four prizes from the London event. The RSC production also won best newcomer for its songwriter, comedian Tim Minchin, at Sunday's...

BBC, 11:03 in Art & Culture
 
NIALL QUINN: SUNDERLAND IN SAFE HANDS UNDER MARTIN O'NEILL

NIALL QUINN: SUNDERLAND IN SAFE HANDS UNDER MARTIN O'NEILL

NIALL Quinn quit Sunderland today, insisting the club is in safe hands under Martin O'Neill. The former Republic of Ireland international has resigned as director of international development to concentrate on his family and business interests....

Daily Star, 11:04 in Sport
 
Alibaba to secure loan, eyes HK unit buyout

Alibaba to secure loan, eyes HK unit buyout

Alibaba owns 73 percent of Alibaba.com, which operates an e-commerce website linking Chinese businesses to overseas buyers. The rest of the stock is publicly traded and held by investors including Morgan Stanley, Vanguard Group and Capital...

Reuters, 11:06 in Business
 
The Olympic hopeful whose training regime is really in-tents: British athlete Vanessa Raw takes to sleeping under canvas to boost her medal chances

The Olympic hopeful whose training regime is really in-tents: British athlete Vanessa Raw takes to sleeping...

She quickly rose through the ranks to join Britain's brightest young talents in the British Olympic triathlon academy squad. But her staggering success in the triathlon was halted by a series of injuries, including a troublesome knee complaint, stress...

 


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