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  • David Cameron Says Britain 'Should Do God'
    David Cameron Says Britain 'Should Do God' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Britain should be more confident about being a Christian country and use faith to "get out there and make a difference to people's lives", David Cameron has said. Mr Cameron said: "I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people's lives. More »

  • TfL Head Office Managers Back Strike Action
    TfL Head Office Managers Back Strike Action Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    London commuters could face more travel chaos after Transport for London managers voted to strike in a row over pay and pensions. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said around 1,000 supervisors and managers voted by three to one for strike action. Almost half (47%) of the staff based at the TfL's head office turned out. Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the TSSA, has called for urgent talks to avoid strike action within the next four weeks. More »

  • West Ham Among First To Net .London Domain
    West Ham Among First To Net .London Domain Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Premier League football club West Ham has become one of the first businesses to sign up for a .london domain name. Department store Selfridges, the London Eye, the Meantime brewery and the London School of Economics have also signed up for the localised extension. While several major cities will have their own domain names, London is the first to announce its initial users. Mayor Boris Johnson said: "There is enormous interest in .london from businesses right across the capital, not just from high street brands but from the small businesses that are the lifeblood of London's economy. More »

  • West Ham, Fortnum & Mason and LSO Among First to Adopt New Dot London Domai …
    West Ham, Fortnum & Mason and LSO Among First to Adopt New Dot London Domai … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The first companies to use the .london web address, set to go live at the end of this month, will include West Ham United football club, Fortnum & Mason and the London Symphony Orchestra. "For the first time in a generation London businesses have an opportunity to claim a web address that associates them with London and make their web address more relevant and memorable," businesses and organisations adopting the domain said in an open letter published today. More than 200,000 London businesses indicated through a YouGov poll in January that they would be interested in adopting the new address, one of the first city-based domains to be launched. Berlin introduced its "dot berlin" domain name back in March.   More »

  • Capital firms seek .london domain
    Capital firms seek .london domain Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A host of businesses in the capital, including West Ham United, have become the first to sign up to the new .london web address. More »

  • Lord of the Dance hails contest
    Lord of the Dance hails contest Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The "Olympics" of Irish dancing has opened in the presence of Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley and elite dancers from around the world. More »

  • Irish dancing 'Olympics' opening
    Irish dancing 'Olympics' opening Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The "Olympics" of Irish dancing is set to attract thousands of elite dancers and supporters from around the world this week. More »

  • Construction Workers Eye Surge in Confidence as UK Housing Booms
    Construction Workers Eye Surge in Confidence as UK Housing Booms Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The UK property market boom has meant that construction workers are some of the most professionally secure staff in the country. According to research from recruiter Randstad, which questioned 2,000 people, only 18% of construction workers said they feel worried about losing their job. That figure is one of the lowest proportions of any industry in the UK and is well below the wider national average of 23%. "Job security is good for employees because it leads to higher levels of professional fulfilment. More »

  • Mental Health: Stress Makes One in Five UK Workers Take Time Off
    Mental Health: Stress Makes One in Five UK Workers Take Time Off Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The UK's economic recovery could be hindered by mental ill health as up to one in five workers have had to take time off due to a stress-related illness over the last year. According to research from MetLife Employee Benefits, which questioned more than 2,000 people, on average employees who have taken time off for stress have been absent for five days but nearly one in 10 employees have had to take more than six days off work through stress. "There is a genuine benefit for both employers and employees in promoting good health at work. "Helping staff to be healthier cuts the cost of absence for employers and enables employees to avoid illness where possible and to recover faster." More »

  • Don’t worry, Michael D’s not lost… The State visit party was SUPPOSED to end …
    Don’t worry, Michael D’s not lost… The State visit party was SUPPOSED to end … Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    ‘Her Majesty said it was around here somewhere…’ More »

  • AIB explains why its home repossessions tripled last year
    AIB explains why its home repossessions tripled last year Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The bank is currently engaged in 9,000 legal or potential legal cases with customers in mortgage arrears. More »

  • Up to one in five PTSB customers in mortgage arrears are not engaging with the …
    Up to one in five PTSB customers in mortgage arrears are not engaging with the … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Officials from Permanent TSB told the Oireachtas finance committee that 85 per cent of customers offered a split-mortgage had agreed to the deal. More »

  • London Housing Crisis: Boris Johnson Unveils £200m Scheme to Kickstart Stalled …
    London Housing Crisis: Boris Johnson Unveils £200m Scheme to Kickstart Stalled … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Boris Johnson has unveiled a £200m scheme to nudge London landowners with planning consent for homes to start building quickly as he looks to tackle the city's housing crisis. The London Housing Bank scheme would loan money to developers sitting on land where they have permission to build a large amount of homes, but who are struggling to start work because of funding issues. They can then be sold on and the loans made under the London Housing Bank scheme must be repaid. Johnson, London's mayor, predicts that the scheme will unblock the construction of around 3,000 new homes for the capital. More »

  • Here’s what the President is up to on day two of his State visit to the UK
    Here’s what the President is up to on day two of his State visit to the UK Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Boris Johnson are all on the slate, as is an address to 700 people. More »

  • British culture minister 'devastated' by expenses spat
    British culture minister 'devastated' by expenses spat Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Britain's Culture Secretary Maria Miller said Tuesday she was "devastated" by the furore over her expenses, as Prime Minister David Cameron faced increasing pressure to change course and sack her. More »

  • Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs
    Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory. More »

  • 'Serious Questions For PM Over Maria Miller'
    'Serious Questions For PM Over Maria Miller' Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Ed Miliband has said the Prime Minister has "serious questions to answer" over Maria Miller as pressure from Tory MPs for her to be removed from her job intensifies. Mr Miliband's remarks come after the prominent Tory MP, Zac Goldsmith, said he was "surprised that Mrs Miller had not stepped down" but agreed that it was a matter for Mr Cameron. London Mayor Boris Johnson repeatedly sidestepped questions over whether the Culture Secretary should go. The Employment Minister Esther McVey criticised Maria Miller's 32-second apology but said it was for the Prime Minister to decide on the Culture Secretary's future. More »

  • £4m for life science 'triangle'
    £4m for life science 'triangle' Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    London mayor Boris Johnson has launched a £4 million bid to exploit a "golden triangle" of life science linking the capital, Oxford and Cambridge. More »

  • UK scientists make body parts in lab
    UK scientists make body parts in lab Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. More »

  • Culture Secretary Miller 'hounded' over expenses: Boris Johnson
    Culture Secretary Miller 'hounded' over expenses: Boris Johnson Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson voiced his sympathy Tuesday for under-fire Culture Secretary Maria Miller, saying she was being "hounded" about her expense claims as the Conservative minister came under increasing pressure from her own party to resign. More »

  • French prosecutor wants British ski instructor in prison
    French prosecutor wants British ski instructor in prison Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A French prosecutor has called for a one-year sentence and a 10,000-euro ($14,000) fine for a British ski instructor charged with teaching without proper qualifications in one of France's poshest ski resorts. More »

  • Irish president in historic visit
    Irish president in historic visit Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    President Michael D Higgins will begin an official state visit to Britain on Tuesday with the head of state heralding a new era of relations between the two countries. More »

  • Muslim Extremists Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale Threatened to Behead Full Sutton …
    Muslim Extremists Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale Threatened to Behead Full Sutton … Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Islamic exteremists threatened to behead a Full Sutton Prison guard after an imam holding a prayer service offered condolences to the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby. Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale tried to take control of the high-security jail, in East Yorkshire, in a ferocious coup that saw the pair target prison guard Richard Thompson because they thought he was ex-British military. The Old Bailey heard how tensions between the prison's Muslims inmates and its guards  escalated after the murder of Rigby on 22 May 2013. They had tried to recruit other Muslim inmates to help overrun the facility four days after the killing of Rigby. More »

  • No 'amnesia' about UK-Irish past
    No 'amnesia' about UK-Irish past Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Irish president Michael D Higgins has said it would be wrong to wipe the slate clean over historic conflict which affected relations between Britain and Ireland. More »

  • Jobs assurance over estuary airport
    Jobs assurance over estuary airport Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Boris Johnson's aviation aide has insisted that a new Thames Estuary airport to replace Heathrow would not result in thousands of job losses. More »

  • British ski instructor on trial in France in landmark case
    British ski instructor on trial in France in landmark case Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    A British ski instructor who was arrested in one of France's poshest ski resorts for flouting local labour laws goes on trial Monday in a landmark case that has spawned accusations of protectionism. More »

  • Sir Bruce Forsyth Quits Strictly Come Dancing
    Sir Bruce Forsyth Quits Strictly Come Dancing Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Sir Bruce Forsyth has told Sky News he feels it is the "right time" to step down as presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, admitting the live shows had been a "strain". Sir Bruce's future on the BBC series has been the subject of speculation in recent months after he scaled back on his work schedule, including stepping down from the weekly results programme. It's not a goodbye from being in show business." However, Sir Bruce joked: "The obvious replacement for me is Boris Johnson (the Mayor of London). More »

  • Harry in the swing at Olympic Park
    Harry in the swing at Olympic Park Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Prince Harry was sent flying into the air on a swing as he tested the new attractions at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More »

  • Officials praise Samsung's Galaxy S5 antitheft features
    Officials praise Samsung's Galaxy S5 antitheft features Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - A move by Samsung to include free anti-theft features on its Galaxy S5 smartphones sold by Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular won praise on Friday by two U.S. members of an international coalition aimed at combating robberies involving smartphones. The new features allow Galaxy S5 users to track devices and require the owner's account information to reset the phone. The features, Find My Mobile, and Reactivation Lock, will come installed in the phones but must be activated by users. "The decision ... ... More »

  • Denver mayor to learn about Amsterdam pot rules Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Denver's mayor will visit Amsterdam next week partly to learn about marijuana regulation in the country that led the way in pot liberalization. The city announced Thursday that Michael Hancock and other ... More »

  • Honda joins £31m project to make hydrogen fuel cell cars a road-going reality …
    Honda joins £31m project to make hydrogen fuel cell cars a road-going reality … Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    A pioneering deal worth £31 million is being signed by Honda, coordinated by the Mayor of London's office, that aims to make hydrogen fuel call cars a reality. The project, named HyFive (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles), will be the largest of its kind in Europe. Teaming up with Honda are hydrogen fuel suppliers and energy consultants from around the world. Honda is one of five manufacturers who have agreed to produce 110 hydrogen fuel cell cars and develop hydrogen-refueling stations. More »

  • Air pollution levels set to fall
    Air pollution levels set to fall Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Air pollution levels remain high across parts of England and Wales but are expected to reduce later today. More »

  • Pollution sees rise in 999 calls
    Pollution sees rise in 999 calls Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Ambulance services have seen a rise in 999 calls as the UK continues to be gripped by high levels of pollution. More »

  • PM Orders Muslim Brotherhood UK 'Terror' Probe
    PM Orders Muslim Brotherhood UK 'Terror' Probe Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    David Cameron has asked MI5 and MI6 to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood amid fears the group is co-ordinating extremist activities from the UK. The intelligence agencies are to assess the scope of the Islamist group's operations in the UK after concerns were raised that it is running its international operations from a flat in Cricklewood, north London. The internal Government review aims to establish the "philosophy and activities" of the group, which came to prominence for its role in the Arab Spring and the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Speaking at a press conference at Number 10, Mr Cameron said: "We want to challenge the extremist narrative that some Islamist organisations have put out. More »

  • Heathrow Airport Surrenders Over 'Draconian' Price Cap
    Heathrow Airport Surrenders Over 'Draconian' Price Cap Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Heathrow Airport will not appeal against price controls imposed by the UK aviation regulator to limit the amount it can charge airlines, despite having called the measure "draconian". The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, must set its prices at 1.5% below inflation for five years from April 2014 because it has too much power in the market. After considering a challenge to the price control announced in January, Heathrow said it would not use its right to appeal. "We understand that other parties have chosen not to appeal the CAA's decision either," said a statement from Heathrow Airport. More »