The performance of employment agencies will be scrutinised at Senate estimates on Thursday. Western Australian employment agencies are well below the national average in official quality measurements, with their Queensland counterparts also below par in most regions. A Guardian ARead more »
The new Beauty And The Beast film is set to feature an "exclusively gay moment" in what is being called a watershed scene for Disney. The Hollywood live-action remake, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the love-struck couple, comes 26 years after the studio's classic animation. LeFou, the sidekick of the movie's main antagonist Gaston (Luke Evans), will explore his sexuality after developing feelings for Gaston.
Police investigating missing Corrie McKeague have arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The 23-year-old gunner, who was stationed at RAF Honington in Suffolk, vanished on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September last year. The 26-year-old, who was later released on bail until April, was questioned by Suffolk Police over "information provided to the investigation".
Government suffers defeat as Lords back amendment to protect EU citizens Peers backed amendment by 358 votes to 256 Amber Rudd urged House of Lords not to vote against Bill The Lords' Brexit revolt over EU citizens' rights will help no-one Article 50 Bill | How the Lords voted
British house price rose more quickly than expected in February, recovering from the weakest month for more than a year in January but concerns about Brexit are likely to weigh on the market in 2017, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Wednesday. Nationwide said house prices rose by a monthly 0.6 percent in February, compared with 0.2 percent in January. Economists polled by Reuters had expected house prices to rise by 0.2 percent in February from January, and for annual growth to slow to 4.0 percent.
Things are never quite as they first seem with Alfa Romeo, the 107-year-old maker of traditionally stirring but often problematic cars from Milan. The company that became Alfa Romeo was, in fact, originally set up by a Frenchman, Alexandre Darracq, who chose Naples as a home for his new concern, before having second thoughts and plumping for Milan. The Stelvio, to be fair, however, is no squaddie carrier, it is that very modern form, the crossover SUV, although the uncharitable might suggest all that really amounts to is a jacked-up saloon, in this case the Giulia.
Accountant Brian Cullinan has been named by his firm PwC as the main culprit for the "series of mistakes" that led to the biggest blunder in Oscars history. According to a statement released by the consultancy giant, Mr Cullinan and his colleague Martha Ruiz did not follow protocols "quickly enough" once "the error occurred". On Sunday's 89th Academy Awards, La La Land was wrongly announced as best picture winner by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
PepsiCo has announced plans to close its Walkers crisp factory in County Durham at the end of the year, placing almost 400 jobs at risk. It said that in the case of its Peterlee plant, production would be shifted to other existing sites in the UK. PepsiCo said: "In order to improve the efficiency of our UK snacks manufacturing operations, we are proposing the closure of our factory at Peterlee.
Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump delivered a more optimistic and presidential tone as he addressed Congress for the first time on Tuesday night. In an appeal to American optimism, Mr Trump declared, "The time for small thinking is over." Still, he employed dark language to describe the threat posed by "radical Islamic terrorism" - a term his own national security adviser rejects as inflammatory - and warned against "reckless" and "uncontrolled entry" of refugees and immigrants from countries with ties to extremist groups. Mr Trump's overall message on immigration, one of his signature campaign issues, was unexpectedly mixed.
When is Ash Wednesday 2017? Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent in the Christian calendar, has been observed by Britons for centuries. Its exact date changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls.
Find out all you need to know about Pancake Day 2017, from the best pancake recipes to the possibly pagan origins of Shrove Tuesday and the tradition of pancake tossing... When is Pancake Day 2017? Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls.
Sir Philip Green has paid £363m to settle the pension schemes of collapsed retailer BHS, eight months after he pledged to "sort" the issue. "I have today made a voluntary contribution of up to £363m to enable the trustees of the BHS Pension schemes to achieve a significantly better outcome than the schemes entering the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), which was the goal from the outset," he said in a statement. The billionaire said the settlement meant that all legal matters and claims from the Pensions Regulator had now been withdrawn.
By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rallied on Wednesday, with the Dow hitting a record above 21,000 points, while the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields jumped as investors bet that a U.S. interest rate hike would come soon. New York Fed President William Dudley - one of the most influential U.S. central bankers, and usually considered a dove - said late Tuesday that the case for tightening monetary policy had become "a lot more compelling", while San Francisco Fed President John Williams said he saw "no need to delay" raising rates. The comments overshadowed U.S. President Donald Trump's Tuesday night speech to Congress and sent U.S. financial stocks soaring, helping the Dow Jones Industrial Average top 21,000 for the first time as banks' profits get a boost from higher interest rates.
Tough new penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel came into force today. Motorists using their devices now face fines of £200 and six points on their licences. The new punishments mean that drivers who have passed their test within the last two years will have their licences taken away straight away. But the crackdown doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect on these reckless motorists, who were all pictured TODAY using phones while driving.
The centre-right UDI party will no longer campaign for Francois Fillon in France's presidential election after he was placed under formal investigation. The Republican candidate has been summoned by judges investigating allegations he gave his wife a taxpayer-funded "fake job" , and he said he was due to meet them on 15 March. "I won't give in, I won't surrender, I won't pull out, I'll fight to the end," Mr Fillon said.
A policeman providing security for Francois Hollande accidentally fired his gun as the French president was giving a speech, injuring two people in the VIP area of the crowd, an official said.
By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia on Wednesday charged two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, with murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader in a bizarre airport assassination using a super-toxic nerve agent that killed in minutes. Siti Aishah, a 25-year-old mother of one from Jakarta, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from rural northern Vietnam, could be hanged if they are convicted of the killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13.
Forecasting human population changes could lead to very different scenarios for the impact of climate change, and the data to do so is already available, researchers argue in an article in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the same way that societies today are dramatically different from those of the 1960s, in the 2060s, societies are also likely to be very different.
A former CIA operative who was due to be imprisoned for her alleged part in a 2003 abduction of an Egyptian cleric has been partially pardoned by the Italian government. Sabrina de Sousa was one of 23 US officials convicted in absentia by Italy in 2009 for taking part in former President George W Bush's extraordinary rendition programme. The convictions followed the kidnapping of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, who was seized in Milan before being taken to Germany and on to Egypt, where he was severely tortured.
Wales' national day is being marked by Google with its Doodle for the 11th time. St David's Day commemorates the nation's patron saint, who is believed to have been born around 500AD. In the 12th century he was canonised by Pope Callactus II and later he was named as the patron saint of Wales.
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, it has been largely dormant for the last few years. Although volcanic ash clouds can cause flight disruptions, the nearby Catania airport was operating normally.
Police have published an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with the abduction of a British toddler from an army base in Germany more than 35 years ago. Katrice Lee vanished on her second birthday when she was out shopping with her mother at a Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) shopping centre in Paderborn on 28 November 1981. In an appeal broadcast on the BBC's Crimewatch programme on Monday night (27th February), Royal Military Police (RMP) spokesman Richard O'Leary said: "We have a witness who has produced a photofit of a man seen holding a child similar to Katrice and getting into the back of a green car.