News archive from 29 March 2011, page 12

Reuters journalists freed in Syria

"Reuters is concerned that its journalists were detained and held incommunicado for so long. We are delighted by their release and look forward to welcoming Ayat and Ezzat back," Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said. "We would...

 
DAMON HAPPY WITH DOUGLAS' GAY KISS

DAMON HAPPY WITH DOUGLAS' GAY KISS

MATT DAMON has no qualms about his gay kissing scenes with MICHAEL DOUGLAS for the upcoming LIBERACE biopic - he'll pretend he's smooching with the WALL STREET star's wife CATHERINE ZETA-JONES instead. Douglas has bounced back from his cancer battle...

 
Japan to discuss nationalising Tepco, reports say

Japan to discuss nationalising Tepco, reports say

Speculation is growing that the Japanese government may start talks to nationalise Tokyo Electric Power, which owns the Fukushima nuclear plant. A discussion about bailing out Tepco was possible, cabinet minister Koichiro Gemba told Reuters. But...

BBC, 06:25 in Business
 

Pakistan says 13 soldiers killed in friendly fire incident

Lieutenant-General Asif Yasin Malik, the seniormost officer in the northwest, said a mortar fired by the soldiers erroneously fell on their position, causing the deaths. "The soldiers were coming under machine gun fire and they were retaliating...

 
Apprentices … you are needed at your workstation

Apprentices … you are needed at your workstation

While schools and universities have been stung by recent budget cuts, vocational learning has fared somewhat better. Since the coalition government came to power last May, there has been sustained investment in apprenticeships, starting with £250m to...

Guardian, 06:34 in Learning
 
FTSE seen opening lower

FTSE seen opening lower

Corporate newsflow could also provide direction, with Kazakh copper miner Kazakhmys (KAZ.L) due to report full-year results, while hedge fund manager Man Group (EMG.L) and travel firm Thomas Cook Group (TCG.L) are scheduled to issue trading updates....

Reuters, 06:48 in Business
 

Sprint blasts AT&T's bid to buy T-Mobile USA

"Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly," said Vonya McCann, Sprint's senior vice president of government affairs. Sprint already faces tough competition from its...

Reuters, 06:48 in Business
 
Staffordshire University teaches degree course in prison

Staffordshire University teaches degree course in prison

In a lecture theatre in Staffordshire, 15 students are at an induction session for a new foundation degree. They talk about their upcoming modules, which include law, crime and criminal psychology, while nearby all the usual campus facilities –...

Guardian, 06:51 in Learning
 
CLARKSON APOLOGISES TO FANS OVER ALBUM DELAY

CLARKSON APOLOGISES TO FANS OVER ALBUM DELAY

KELLY CLARKSON has issued an apology to her fans after announcing her highly-anticipated next album won't be out until September (11). The Since U Been Gone hitmaker has been busy working on her fifth studio album, the follow-up to 2009's All I Ever...

 
Let's look at all the evidence from top educators abroad

Let's look at all the evidence from top educators abroad

Last week I saw a report that a US congresswoman wanted to change the official value of pi to precisely 3 as a way to help US 15-year-olds, after they came 25th in maths in the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's world...

Guardian, 07:04 in Learning
 

Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to ... preventing osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thinner and weaker, increasing the risk of fractures in your hips, wrists and spine (around the chest and lower back regions). Most people don't know they have it until they break a bone. When do you...

 

The inside track ... on siestas

Sleep deprivation is a major problem. Over time, it will cause significant metabolic changes, such as an increase in appetite, and cravings for salt and sugar. How many of us reach for a cupcake, or a packet of crisps, when we're tired? So, the best...

 
Three-minute fix ... hair-washing

Three-minute fix ... hair-washing

Washing your hair for three minutes will help ensure its long-term health, according to trichologist Frank Cunningham. "Wash your hair for less time," he says, "and you risk leaving in much of the shampoo, which can give you a flaky...

 
The view from a broad: Mother's Day revelations and other fascinating insights on women drivers

The view from a broad: Mother's Day revelations and other fascinating insights on women drivers

✤It seems some while since we last rounded up recent developments in the study of women, and we can only apologise for that oversight. In the last week alone, we have seen pioneering work on the part of Hallmark Cards, who have discovered how...

 
Spanish stereotypes: A nation of Don Juans (and Donna Elviras)

Spanish stereotypes: A nation of Don Juans (and Donna Elviras)

From the libertine Don Juan to the prolific crooner Julio Iglesias, the idea of Spaniards as mighty Latin lovers has stuck. Perhaps we should blame Mozart – although the Austrian made his famous Don Juan speak Italian (and called him Don Giovanni)....

 


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