News archive from 31 January 2011, page 16

Families face tidal wave of junk mail as Royal Mail seeks five-fold boost in earnings

Families face tidal wave of junk mail as Royal Mail seeks five-fold boost in earnings

Homeowners face being bombarded with record amounts of junk mail. Royal Mail is seeking a fivefold increase in revenue from unsolicited post in three years, according to an insider. In 2009, it made around £50million delivering a fifth of the...

 
Davos 2011: The optimism that dare not speak its name

Davos 2011: The optimism that dare not speak its name

The World Economic Forum in Davos, for five days the stomping ground for more than 2,000 of the world's richest and most powerful people, is over. It's been an unusual Davos. Normally one big topic dominates the event, say trade or poverty, China,...

BBC, 08:58 in Business
 
More than £25bn profits for just FOUR British banks as earnings soar

More than £25bn profits for just FOUR British banks as earnings soar

In a Sunday newspaper interview, Lord Turner said more regulation was on the cards to stop banking"s riskier activities from moving to murkier, unregulated markets. There were continued efforts to resolve the issue of how big banks could fail...

 
Colin Firth and The King's Speech win further awards

Colin Firth and The King's Speech win further awards

Colin Firth has been honoured at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles, along with the cast of period drama The King's Speech. "I'd like to thank security for letting me into the building," joked Firth as he picked up his latest...

BBC, 08:58 in Art & Culture
 
Wind power's £30 billion of potential for Scotland

Wind power's £30 billion of potential for Scotland

Mr Salmond, who will deliver the opening address at this week's Offshore Wind Conference in Aberdeen, said the sector had the potential to become a vital part of Scotland's economy. Spanish firm Gamesa has announced it wants to create nearly 200 jobs...

 
Mandy advised Barclays boss Diamond

Mandy advised Barclays boss Diamond

Yet the former Labour Cabinet minister helped Bob Diamond, the American boss of Barclays, prepare for a clash with MPs. Mr Mandelson gave informal advice to Mr Diamond ahead of a grilling by a Commons committee, it emerged yesterday. The news is...

 
Politics live blog - Monday 31 January

Politics live blog - Monday 31 January

8.56am: William Hague, the foreign secretary, has been speaking about developments in Egypt. According to PoliticsHome, Hague said political reform was necessary in Egypt to stop "extremists" benefiting from instability. That would be a...

Guardian, 09:02 in Politics
 
Bob Crow asks police to investigate phone-hacking suspicions

Bob Crow asks police to investigate phone-hacking suspicions

Police have been asked to investigate suspicions that the phone of rail union leader Bob Crow has been hacked into by journalists, it was revealed today. Lawyers acting for the general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union have written to...

Guardian, 09:02 in Politics
 

School honour for smash hit songwriter Bill Martin and Sir Alex Ferguson

bill martin Image 1 School honour for smash hit songwriter Bill and Sir Alex The man behind some of the biggest hits of the 70s is being honoured by his old school - alongside Sir Alex Ferguson. But Bill Martin - who wrote lyrics for Elvis Presley,...

 

Sheriff who went to a fugitive drug-runner's wedding escapes sacking

drug smuggler wedding picture A sheriff who went to a fugitive drug-runner's wedding won't be sacked. Sheriff Brian Murphy has been given a rebuke by Scot land's top judge, Lord Hamilton, the Lord President. Lord Hamilton had branded the trip a...

 
Art sales up at Christie’s despite recession

Art sales up at Christie’s despite recession

Latest sales figures from Christie’s International indicate that collectors spent more on art last year than they did before the recession. The London-based auction house reached new heights with £3.3bn worth of sales of fine and decorative art in...

The Week, 09:03 in Business
 
Spurs' Harry Redknapp: Everything that could have gone wrong did

Spurs' Harry Redknapp: Everything that could have gone wrong did

Fulham were by far the better side as they roared into an unassailable 4-0 lead by half-time of the fourth-round tie at Craven Cottage. Danny Murphy opened the scoring from the spot after 11 minutes before Michael Dawson was sent off almost...

Metro, 09:10 in Sport
 
Fernando Torres set to leave Liverpool if Chelsea offer £50million

Fernando Torres set to leave Liverpool if Chelsea offer £50million

An initial £35million offer was rejected on Friday morning, with a subsequent written transfer request from Torres turned down the same evening. But Liverpool are reportedly ready to do business if a package worth around £50million can be agreed -...

Metro, 09:10 in Sport
 

In Egypt and Tunisia the will of the people is not a hollow cliche | Peter Hallward

The day after popular pressure forced Tunisia's autocratic president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from power on 14 January, Egypt's government declared that it "respects the will of the Tunisian people". So did the governments of Yemen and Iran,...

 
Will shoppers be enticed by new ways of paying?

Will shoppers be enticed by new ways of paying?

Turning smartphones into payment devices, using Near Field Communication (NFC) chips containing personal data, is being touted as the next big thing by both retailers and phone manufacturers. The promise to consumers is simple: faster and easier...

BBC, 09:13 in Business
 


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