News archive from 20 February 2012, page 7

Parents facing a ban on term-time holidays as Gove unveils tough new penalties including fines

Parents facing a ban on term-time holidays as Gove unveils tough new penalties including fines

Ministers believe high levels of truancy are a key reason for under-attainment, and that children from poorer backgrounds are held back by teachers unwilling to enforce attendance. They also say penalties imposed on parents whose children play truant...

 
Home ownership reaches lowest level since Thatcher's era as one in three houses are rented

Home ownership reaches lowest level since Thatcher's era as one in three houses are rented

Home ownership took off in the 1980s when Mrs Thatcher's government made it a cornerstone of its ambitions and millions of working-class people began to dream of owning their homes. Tenants were given the right to buy their council homes at below the...

 
Carlsberg to buy up Russian unit Baltika

Carlsberg to buy up Russian unit Baltika

Danish brewer Carlsberg has said it plans to buy up the remaining 15% of its Russian division Baltika this year. In its full year results, the firm said it made a consolidated net profit of 5.69bn Danish Kroner ($1.01bn, £638m) in the year to 31...

BBC, 08:53 in Business
 
Britons in Greece told to prepare to leave the country as fears of default mount

Britons in Greece told to prepare to leave the country as fears of default mount

Britons in Greece were warned yesterday they may have to be evacuated. It comes as eurozone ministers prepare to sign off another £108billion rescue package for the crippled economy. Foreign Secretary William Hague revealed Britons were being urged to...

 

Special Report - Myanmar declares war on opium

Its two-stroke engine spins a metal blade, which is more commonly deployed to tame the suburban gardens of wealthy Westerners. But today, in a remote valley in impoverished Shan State, Myanmar police armed with weed-whackers are advancing through...

 
Now for Valencia: Pulis turns his attention to Spaniards after knocking Crawley out of the Cup

Now for Valencia: Pulis turns his attention to Spaniards after knocking Crawley out of the Cup

'We, like everybody else who has been involved in those competitions, will have spells where we do well and spells where we don't.' While relieved to see Stoke set up an FA Cup quarter-final at Liverpool, Pulis was furious at Delap's early dismissal....

Daily Mail, 09:14 in Sport
 
Eowyn Ivey on how she made The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey on how she made The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey was inspired to write her first novel, The Snow Child, after she chanced upon a version of a classic Russian fairy-tale in the bookshop where she works. The US-born author describes it as a fateful moment. Ivey, who was raised in Alaska,...

BBC, 09:16 in Art & Culture
 

Call centre firm Conduit creates 600 jobs in Cardiff

An American call centre company is creating 600 jobs in Cardiff, it has been confirmed. Conduit already employs more than 1,900 staff across three centres - in Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Gate and Swansea. Its new centre in the Cardiff business...

BBC, 09:25 in Business
 
Clansman Dynamics to unveil expansion strategy

Clansman Dynamics to unveil expansion strategy

Robotic handling equipment maker Clansman Dynamics is set to announce plans for further expansion after reporting soaring turnover since becoming employee-owned two years ago. The East Kilbride-based firm said annual turnover had risen by more than...

BBC, 09:25 in Business
 
ExxonMobil fined 'record' £2.8m over carbon dioxide emissions

ExxonMobil fined 'record' £2.8m over carbon dioxide emissions

Energy giant ExxonMobil was fined £2.8m for failing to report carbon dioxide emissions from its Mosmorran chemical plant in Fife, it has emerged. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said there had been no direct environmental impact. The...

BBC, 09:25 in Business
 
One in THREE properties now rented in UK as home ownership hits lowest level since days of Thatcher

One in THREE properties now rented in UK as home ownership hits lowest level since days of Thatcher

Home ownership took off in the 1980s when Mrs Thatcher's government made it a cornerstone of its ambitions and millions of working-class people began to dream of owning their homes. Tenants were given the right to buy their council homes at below the...

 
Calls mount for Budget tax cuts to boost growth: Tories want 50p tax rate axed and Lib Dems want threshold raised to £10,00

Calls mount for Budget tax cuts to boost growth: Tories want 50p tax rate axed and Lib Dems want threshold...

The Chancellor is under growing pressure to make sizeable tax cuts in next month"s Budget after Tory MPs joined Labour and senior Lib Dems in demanding action to boost growth. George Osborne faces demands from all sides as Tory heavyweight David...

 
Parents taking children on holidays during term-time could face fines under new regulations to improve attendance rates

Parents taking children on holidays during term-time could face fines under new regulations to improve...

Ministers believe high levels of truancy are a key reason for under-attainment, and that children from poorer backgrounds are held back by teachers unwilling to enforce attendance. They also say penalties imposed on parents whose children play truant...

 
FINN HOPING TO PASS THE TEST

FINN HOPING TO PASS THE TEST

Steven Finn is hoping all his hard work is about to pay off with a Test recall, to make up for an opportunity he believes he squandered last winter. Finn was an Ashes-winner of sorts, but played no part in the urn-clinching glories of Melbourne and...

Daily Star, 09:28 in Sport
 
Revealed: The 25 'must have' words every child should know by the age of two

Revealed: The 25 'must have' words every child should know by the age of two

The Vancouver conference heard that up to 20 per cent of all two-year-olds are behind their peers in speech. Of these, half to a three-quarters are likely to be late-bloomers, who will more or less catch up over time. But in other cases, the child...

 


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