News archive from 23 May 2014, page 5

Beaches facing water test challenge

Dozens of beaches are at risk of failing tough new standards for water quality, the Environment Agency said as it launched its summer monitoring programme. From next year, more stringent European Union regulations will be brought in for bathing spots...

 

Local election: Labour retains its grip on South Tyneside + VIDEO

LABOUR maintained firm control of South Tyneside Council in the local elections, retaining 49 of the 54 seats. It held 16 seats of the 18 seats up for grabs and took Fellgate and Hedworth from UKIP - though it lost Bede to the Independent - Putting...

 

Moyes accuser says he feared death

The man who has accused ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes of attacking him has alleged that he grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the floor during an altercation outside a wine bar. Builder Josh Gillibrand, 23, told The Sun he thought...

 

Fracking regions '£800k payout'

Communities affected by controversial "fracking" will be offered an average of £800,000 in additional compensation in an effort to stave off opposition in Conservative heartlands, according to reports. Prime Minister David Cameron, an avid...

 
Residents lose fight to save playing field

Residents lose fight to save playing field

A £50,000 battle to protect a playing field from developers has ended in defeat for Whitby residents - at the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court, the final court of appeal in the UK, this week settled a seven-year row over the five-acre...

 

Asian shares hold at one-year high on hopeful signs for global economy

The improved risk appetite nudged U.S. debt yields higher and supported the dollar, which is on track to notch its first weekly gain against the yen since April. Asian equities rode the momentum set in motion the previous session by surveys showing...

Reuters, 02:14 in Business
 

BlackRock wants new Astra-Pfizer talks at later date-sources

After that, Pfizer would have to wait six months before making another bid. However, it would be possible for AstraZeneca to initiate talks from late August, if it decides it wants to coax a higher offer. BlackRock's view, first reported by Sky News,...

Reuters, 02:14 in Business
 

Beaches facing water test challenge

Dozens of beaches are at risk of failing tough new standards for water quality, the Environment Agency said as it launched its summer monitoring programme. From next year, more stringent European Union regulations will be brought in for bathing spots...

 

Germany's Merkel calls on Russia to accept OSCE verdict on Ukraine vote

"I expect Russia to respect the OSCE's assessment, which will without doubt be objective; after all it belongs to this organisation itself," she said according to an advance copy of an interview to be published in Saarbruecker Zeitung on...

 
Sir Paul McCartney treated at hospital for virus

Sir Paul McCartney treated at hospital for virus

Sir Paul McCartney said he was "extremely moved" by messages of support from fans after he fell ill while in Japan. The singer has had to cancel a string of tour dates after reportedly contracting a virus. Tour dates in Japan and South Korea...

BBC, 02:37 in Art & Culture
 

Outsted Mayor of Sunderland says ‘contentions planning applications’ may have cost him his seat

OUSTED Mayor of Sunderland Bob Heron has vowed to continue on in politics after losing his seat on election night. The Labour councillor lost by just 70 votes to independent candidate Anthony Allen in the Copt Hill ward. Mr Heron conceded “contentious...

 
Charity football match in memory of Sheffield teenager killed in hit-and-run

Charity football match in memory of Sheffield teenager killed in hit-and-run

Friends of a Sheffield teenager killed by a hit-and-run driver are to play a charity football match in her memory. The game was planned following the death of 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan, who was mown down as she crossed Normanton Hill, Intake, Sheffield,...

 

E-cigs 'better than patches and gum' as quitting aid

“E-cigarettes more effective than patches to help quit smoking, says study,” The Guardian reports. A UK study has found that people who use the aids are 60% more likely to quit than those who try nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches or gum, or...

 
Ukip secures double figures in South Yorkshire triumph

Ukip secures double figures in South Yorkshire triumph

THE UK Independence Party enjoyed a stunning breakthrough in South Yorkshire this morning after securing 10 seats on Rotherham Council. Ukip’s scalps included deputy council leader Jahangir Akhtar and Richard Russell, cabinet member for waste. Voters...

 
Who are you calling chicken? T. rex's closest living relative found on the farm

Who are you calling chicken? T. rex's closest living relative found on the farm

Chickens, now thought to be the closest living relative of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty images Scientists have at last uncovered the closest living relative of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, the most feared and famous...

 


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