News archive from 21 March 2011, page 12

French retain their fondness for popping pills

French retain their fondness for popping pills

French doctors are generous with the tablets, the anecdotes say, with few patients leaving the surgery without a sackful of pills. Some say it's because the French take their health very seriously, tend to hypochondria, visit the GP at the first...

Guardian, 07:12 in Business
 
Jeremy Hunt: Why I did not block News Corporation buyout of BSkyB

Jeremy Hunt: Why I did not block News Corporation buyout of BSkyB

Jeremy Hunt has something to say at the end of our interview. The secretary of state for culture, media and sport has just started to train to be a football referee. He's not got very far – one or two "theory lessons" – but he points out...

Guardian, 07:12 in Business
 

KAUTO WILL RETURN

Nicholls' star all set to stay in training next season Kauto Star will race on as a 12-year-old after trainer Paul Nicholls moved to quash all speculation over his future. The four-time King George VI Chase winner, who has also won two Cheltenham Gold...

 

Libya: Allied jets bomb Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli

libya Image 2 Allied planes hit dictator's compound Tyrant declared 'a legitimate target' ALLIED aircraft bombed and badly damaged Colonel Gaddafi's own personal compound early today. A building just 50 yards from the tent where Gaddafi normally meets...

 

Mad dog Gaddafi vows to arm 1 milion Libyans

libya Image 6 DEFIANT Colonel Gaddafi last night vowed to arm a million civilians to target UN-backed airstrikes. The despot referred to the coalition forces as the "new Nazis" and he pledged a "long war" against them. In a...

 

Why MPs must say yes on Libya | Douglas Alexander

MPs will vote on Monday night on whether to support the government in committing British forces to action in Libya. We should be honest enough to admit that the debate takes place under the long shadow cast by the decision of MPs – including myself –...

 
Stereotypes: smouldering Frenchman

Stereotypes: smouldering Frenchman

Regularly reinforced by global surveys that put France at or near the top of the league when it comes to frequency of coupling, this is one popular myth that refuses to go away (in part, of course, because the French themselves are more than happy to...

 

Are the Brits ready to play Arabian knights?

There may be wars, protest and revolution in parts of the Arab world, but in Abu Dhabi the business of making money jangles on. Buttressed by oil wealth – and a well-provided-for local population – the Emirati capital was more than safe enough last...

 
Going to Harvard from your own bedroom

Going to Harvard from your own bedroom

"In the online world you don't need to fill buildings or lecture theatres with people and you don't need to be trapped into a lecture timetable," says Peter Scott, director of the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute. The Open...

BBC, 07:25 in Business
 
George Osborne must prove he is a real reformer with a green budget | Nick Mabey

George Osborne must prove he is a real reformer with a green budget | Nick Mabey

When defending its deficit reduction strategy, the coalition government is quick to point out that it is a reforming government and not just about cuts. But this radical zeal seems to stop at the door of the Treasury. The continued dominance of...

Guardian, 07:25 in Politics
 
Police search forest after woman of 22 goes missing

Police search forest after woman of 22 goes missing

Police are searching for a missing 22-year-old woman last seen by her friends at a nightclub in Swindon in the small hours of Saturday morning. The search is centred on Savernake Forest on the outskirts of Marlborough, about 12 miles south of...

The Week, 07:30 in Showbiz
 
Ofgem announces 'radical' review of energy prices

Ofgem announces 'radical' review of energy prices

Regulator Ofgem has told energy firms they must offer simpler tariffs to help consumers compare prices. The "big six" suppliers should also face more competition, it said. Ofgem said it would force these firms to auction off up to a fifth...

BBC, 07:31 in Business
 

Scottish school asks teachers to work for free after running out of cash

Teachers' outrage at council request TEACHERS at a Scottish school have hit out after being asked to work unpaid during their holidays in a bid save money. Staff at St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock were invited to "volunteer" to give up...

 

Sectarian 'keyboard warriors' facing five years in jail

old firm Image 2 OLD FIRM bigots who spread sectarian poison on the internet could soon face five years in jail. Crown lawyers have briefed ministers on plans to go after the "keyboard warriors" who spout hatred in online fans' forums. And...

 
SXSWi: Bigger than ever - but does that mean it was better?

SXSWi: Bigger than ever - but does that mean it was better?

At a South By South West Interactive festival louder, bigger and more spread out across the Texas city of Austin than ever, finding any magic and meaning about the state of our digital universe was tough. SXSWi is an exhausting, overwhelming bootcamp...

 


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