Monthly Archives: January 2013

Skegness Academy pays for trip to New York for 40 pupils

From BBC News: The trust which runs the schools insists the trip to New York is educational. An academy has defended spending £32,000 on a trip to New York as a reward for pupils with good attendance. Skegness Academy is … Continue reading

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Benefits rise cap voted through by MPs

From BBC News: Mr Duncan Smith is leading an overhaul of the welfare system Labour MPs have failed to block controversial plans to cap working-age benefit rises at 1% as the proposals passed through the House of Commons. The Welfare … Continue reading

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Irish HMV staff end their sit in after being told they will be paid

From BBC News: HMV has struggled to compete against online rivals Staff at two HMV shops in the Republic of Ireland have ended their sit-in protests after receiving assurances that they will be paid. The music and DVD firm’s operation … Continue reading

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Local council considering excluding press and public from committee meetings

From BBC News: Strabane council said the move will lead to more transparency The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has criticised plans to ban the press and public from some meetings of Strabane District Council. The Council said it was … Continue reading

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Court that issued £35 fine for collision that killed cyclist decides on £110 fine for hitting parked car

From A court in Solihull has, in the same week as it  gave a £35 fine to a driver who killed a cyclist, handed down a £110 fine to a woman who hit a parked vehicle and drove off. … Continue reading

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Ireland border poll considered by DUP, says Foster

From BBC News: The DUP is considering supporting Sinn Fein’s campaign for a border poll, according to enterprise minister Arlene Foster. She told BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan Show she had held discussions with senior colleagues, including party leader Peter … Continue reading

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Facebook removes two union flag protest pages following court order

From BBC News: Protests about Belfast City Council’s union flag decision have been taking place since the start of December Two Facebook sites related to the loyalist flag protests have been removed. They were ordered down by a Belfast court … Continue reading

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University manager sentenced to 20 months for fraud

From BBC News: Police said Cleary had “completely abused the trust placed in him” A manager who admitted embezzling more than £30,000 from the University of Manchester to fund a “drug and alcohol addiction” has been jailed. James Cleary’s actions … Continue reading

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Council allocates £90k to sue its own members

A Conservative-controlled council is to sue three of its own members claiming they have damaged its reputation. Rutland County Council voted on Thursday to set aside £90,000 for legal action against Councillors Nick Wainwright, Richard Gale and David Richardson. The … Continue reading

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Renee Slater acquitted over mannequin election candidate

From BBC News: Renee Slater entered a mannequin as a candidate in Aberdeen’s city council election An Aberdeen woman charged after a mannequin was entered as a candidate in last year’s city council election has been acquitted. Renee Slater was … Continue reading

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