Entries by Michael Rundle from 08/2011

Tours Of Duty For British Soldiers Could Double To A Year, Says Commander

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Some British soldiers could be posted on year-long tours of Afghanistan to maintain continuity during the crucial withdrawal peri...

NHS Reforms Wont Hit Deprived Areas, Ministers Insist

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The Government is "not taking any money away" from deprived areas of England when it reforms the way health funding is allocated,...

Unions To Discuss Mass Strikes At TUC Congress

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK
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PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Union activists will discuss calls for co-ordinated industrial action in protest at the Government's controversial policies on pe...

Most Choose To Relax With Booze, Not Their Children, Says Report

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- People would much prefer to unwind with a bottle of wine than spend time with their children or partner, according to a snapshot ...

BBC Journalists Strike Again Over Job Cuts, Disrupting Radio And News

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme has been disrupted as thousands of journalists staged a strike in protest against compulso...

Cricket Risked Diplomatic Crisis At Trent Bridge, And Not For The First Time

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

For such a gentle and stately game, cricket has a surprisingly long tradition of unleashing major diplomatic incidents on an unsuspecting world. Ju...

UK Pension System In Need Of Overhaul

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The country's pensions system is in "urgent need" of improvement if millions of workers in private firms are to save enough for r...

European Union Extends Sanctions On Syrian Officials

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

Sanctions against Syria have been extended by the European Union following a further crackdown by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Five more o...

UK Women At Greater Cancer Risk Than Europeans

Posted 08.01.2011 | Huffington Post

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- British women are 17% more likely to develop cancer than those in Europe - and obesity and alcohol could be partly to blame, expe...

Poll: How Will You Answer Compulsory Organ Donor Question?

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

From Monday people will have to answer questions on organ donation before they can complete a driving licence application. A previously optional qu...

HSBC To Axe Up To 30,000 Jobs Despite Posting Profits

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

HSBC, the UK’s largest bank, has announced that it may axe up to 30,000 employees. The move comes despite announcing pre-tax profits of £7bn for th...

Physicist Claims To Explain Crop Circles With Microwaves And GPS

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

Crop circles have dazzled and baffled fans of UFOs and ornate arable farming for more than a century. The mystery appeared to be solved when severa...

Trial Date Set For Stepping Hill Nurse

Posted 08.01.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A provisional trial date has been set for a 27-year-old nurse charged with contaminating saline at a hospital. Rebecca Leighto...

Arrested Hacker Released On Bail

Posted 08.01.2011 | Huffington Post

Jake Davis, an 18-year-old from the Shetland Islands, was released on bail on Monday after being charged with five offences relating to computer attac...

Third Of 11-Year-Olds Lack Basic Maths And Language Skills, Report Says

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Around a third of 11-year-olds could be leaving primary school this summer without a good grasp of reading, writing and maths, it...

Fresh Protests Across Syria After Further Attacks On Civilians In Hama

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK

At least six people have been killed in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital, reports said on Tuesday, after a renewed wave of protest marches wer...

Kings Of Leon Cancel US Tour, Admit They Have 'Problems'

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK Entertainment

Kings of Leon have cancelled their US tour amid reports of "problems" within the band....

IMF: 'Bumpy And Uneven Recovery' Ahead If Growth Does Not Return

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Britain will have a "bumpy and uneven recovery" and ministers must be ready to change economic policy if growth and inflation do ...

Gabrielle Giffords, Shot US Congresswoman, Returns To House For Vote On Debt

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK

Gabrielle Giffords, the American congresswoman who was shot in the head at close range earlier this year, returned to the House of Representatives for...

Unite Union 'Astounded' As Barclays Announce At Least 2,800 Job Cuts After Profits Fall

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK

Banking group Barclays has announced a drop in profits of 33 per cent for the first half of 2010, and has said that while 1,400 jobs have already been...

Windscreen Viper: Family Surprised By Serpentine Hitch-Hiker On Car Bonnet

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK Comedy

For an animal that in recent years has found itself on a plane, on a train and even a submarine, a ride on a car bonnet must have seemed a little unex...

List Of Civil Servants Paid More Than £150,000 Revealed By Cabinet Office

Posted 08.02.2011 | UK

The government has released a list of the 291 civil servants and officials who are paid more than £150,000. There are 54 fewer individuals on the ...

Vince Cable To Unveil Copyright Changes To Make iPod Music Transfers Legal

Posted 08.03.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The Government will unveil changes to copyright law which could open the door to new services for film and music fans and boost t...

People Should Be Able To Sell Organs For Cash To Tackle Donor Shortage, Says Researcher

Posted 08.03.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- People should be allowed to sell their kidneys for £28,000 to tackle a shortage of donors, a researcher has suggested. Sue Ra...

'Unworkable' NHS Records System May Have Wasted Millions, Commons Committee Claims

Posted 08.03.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A plan to integrate NHS patient care records is not going to work and millions of pounds may have been wasted, according to a dam...