News archive from 20 May 2015

Tidy: South Shields wins coveted national award

Tidy: South Shields wins coveted national award

A South Tyneside beach will once again be flying the flag for the summer after retaining a coveted national award. Sandhaven Beach, in South Shields, kept its Blue Flag status, as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep...


UK heritage sites to receive £98m lottery cash boost

The world’s largest medical collection and the groundbreaking Lovell telescope are among heritage sites set to receive almost £100m in lottery funding to preserve Britain’s rich scientific and technological history. As well as refurbishing one of the...


Too many die without dignity, says report on end-of-life care

The shocking state of end-of-life care in the NHS is exposed in a report from the parliamentary and health services ombudsman, detailing cases where the dying and their families did not get the care they needed. Julie Mellor, who investigates...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health

Bullied children more likely to suffer from adult obesity and heart attacks

Children who are bullied at school are more likely to grow up to be obese and at greater risk of suffering a heart attack in later life, according to a new study. Having established a link in earlier research between childhood bullying and an...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health

Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells

The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for the 4,000 people a year who spend time in detention in police cells under the Mental Health Act. In her first speech since being...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health

EU vote: CBI tells employers to 'turn up volume' on benefits of UK membership

Britain’s leading employers’ organisation will urge its members “to turn up the volume” about the benefits of EU membership amid concerns that a vote to exit in the referendum would lead to isolation. Sir Mike Rake, president of the CBI, will tell the...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business

Which? says supermarkets still misleading customers over prices

Supermarkets are continuing to mislead shoppers by tempting them with “dodgy” and misleading special offers, according to a consumer group. Which? has published further evidence of pricing practices used persistently by retailers to create the...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business

Does CBI president really want Britain to stay in an unreformed EU?

Thank goodness David Cameron and George Osborne, and not Sir Mike Rake, president of the CBI, will be leading the UK’s attempt to renegotiate the relationship with the European Union. At the CBI’s black-tie bash, Rake will give a speech that contains...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
CBI: EU membership is in UK's national interest

CBI: EU membership is in UK's national interest

Businesses are being urged to "speak out early" in favour of remaining in a reformed European Union by the Confederation of British Industry. CBI President Sir Mike Rake will argue at its annual dinner that "businesses must be crystal...

BBC, 00:08 in World News
Ferrybridge C Power station 'to close in 2016'

Ferrybridge C Power station 'to close in 2016'

Staff at a major power station on the West and North Yorkshire border have been told the plant will stop generating and close in March 2016. People working at the Ferrybridge C power station were called to a meeting with managers on Tuesday afternoon...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
Scots house prices up 11% rise ahead of tax

Scots house prices up 11% rise ahead of tax

HOUSE prices in Scotland have risen at twice the rate in England and Wales over the past year, new figures show. The average price paid for a home soared by 11.2 per cent in 12 months to hit £178,930 in March. By contrast, prices paid south of the...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News

20 things we are already doing to get ready for our summer holiday even though it is not happening for...

The minute you've booked your holiday it becomes the only thing you can think about. Even when there are months and months to go until you actually get on the plane and wave the grey old UK goodbye, you're already gradually slipping into the holiday...

Metro, 00:13 in Lifestyle

Girls like digital media while boys prefer print, finds study on reading habits

Girls have more firmly embraced digital literacy and formats such as Facebook, email and text message, while boys are more comfortable with traditional printed media such as comics, manuals and newspapers, according to a study published by the...


Manchester United’s Chris Smalling gives Hull City that sinking feeling

Chris Smalling has warned Hull City that Manchester United are intent on beating them in Sunday’s final Premier League fixture, a result that would send Steve Bruce’s team down in to the Championship. Two points from safety, Hull have to defeat United...

Guardian, 00:13 in Sport
Somali defector: Why I left al-Shabab

Somali defector: Why I left al-Shabab

One of the most senior figures to defect from Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab has urged his former colleagues to stop targeting civilians and to begin negotiations with the Somali government. In his first interview with a foreign...

BBC, 00:19 in World News

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