Monthly Archives: December 2012

Energy company staff working at climate ministry

From The Guardian: Employees from firms including British Gas and npower being paid to work at Department of Energy, documents reveal Caroline Lucas wrote to the cabinet secretary in 2011 with a warning about secondments. She received no reply. Photograph: … Continue reading

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Libya rediscovers its hidden talent

From BBC News: For decades, Libya appeared to be starved of talent. The entertainment industry is still virtually non-existent. But since the uprising that toppled the only man allowed to be famous in the country – Col Muammar Gaddafi – … Continue reading

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Pakistan briefly lifts block on YouTube

From BBC News: Pakistan lifted its block on YouTube – but only for a few hours. The ban was imposed in September 2012 following violent protests in the country and around the world over an anti-Islam video on the website. … Continue reading

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Researchers state obvious: people like you if you’re nice to them

From BBC News: The study revealed that kinder children were happier and found “greater acceptance in their peer groups” Performing deliberate acts of kindness makes pre-teen children more popular with their peers, say scientists. A team led by researchers at … Continue reading

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Graphene research gets £21.5m investment fund

From BBC News: Graphene has been hailed as a miracle material for its strength and electronic properties The Chancellor, George Osborne, has outlined plans to boost development of the “super-material” graphene. It is one of the lightest, strongest and most … Continue reading

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Abuse alert system for hospitals

From BBC News: An online system to identify children who may be in danger of abuse or neglect is being developed for use in hospitals across England. The £9m Child Protection Information System will alert doctors and nurses in accident … Continue reading

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MP urges magazines to promote healthy body image

From BBC News: Jo Swinson MP: “We need a more positive body image message” A government minister has written to magazine editors asking them not to promote post-Christmas “miracle” diets because they pose a “health risk”. Equalities minister Jo Swinson … Continue reading

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London Underground cleaners in 48-hour strike over pay

From BBC News: RMT workers picketed outside King’s Cross Station on Monday morning London Underground (LU) station cleaners have begun a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay. The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said members working for Initial … Continue reading

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FSA abolishes commission

From BBC News: Financial advisers and sales staff can no longer be paid commissions by the firms whose policies they are selling. New rules, aimed at eradicating the long-standing practice, are being imposed by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) from … Continue reading

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South Sudan mission for Rhos-on-Sea dentists

From BBC News: South Sudan is one of the continent’s least-developed countries, in spite of its oil wealth A team of Conwy dentists is flying to South Sudan in the new year to provide dental care and training. Doctors Ken … Continue reading

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