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Spirit In The Sky Writer Critical After Crash

Spirit In The Sky Writer Critical After Crash

The singer-songwriter behind the 1969 hit Spirit In The Sky has been critically injured in a car accident which killed a moto…

  • Team Sky's Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke
    Team Sky's Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas claimed the biggest win of his road racing career by soloing to a superb victory in the Belgian cobbled classic E3 Harelbeke. Thomas formed part of a three-man lead trio alongside Zdenek Stybar (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) just over 35km from the finish but then left both of them behind with an attack around 4.3km out. Sagan was unable to chase and although Stybar initially countered, Thomas continued to pull away from him and eventually won by 25 seconds. His victory comes a month after team-mate Ian Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and carries on what has so far been an outstanding season for the British squad, who now have 15 wins to their name in 2015. More »

  • China launches 'Sky Net' to better coordinate graft fight Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Chinese government has unveiled an initiative called "Sky Net" to better coordinate its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas, and to recover their dirty assets, the latest step in its fight against graft. The group will be comprised of officials from the Communist Party's corruption watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Public Security Ministry, the Supreme Prosecutor, the party's Organisation Department and the central People's Bank of China. The Ministry of Public Security will concentrate on officials who have fled abroad because they are already leading the similar "Fox Hunt" initiative, the statement said. The Organisation Department, a powerful and secretive body that oversees personnel decisions, will watch trips by officials abroad. More »

  • Mayweather v Pacquiao To Be Shown On Sky
    Mayweather v Pacquiao To Be Shown On Sky Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Sky Sports Box Office has been awarded exclusive live rights to screen "the fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The welterweight world championship unification clash, one of the most eagerly anticipated events in boxing history, will be shown live from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 2 May. The event puts together two of the greatest boxers of all time: Mayweather (47-0-0) the undefeated 11-time world champion and holder of the WBC and WBA titles, and Pacquiao (57-5-2) the reigning WBO welterweight world champion and winner of 10 world titles. Sky Sports viewers will be able to follow the build-up to Mayweather v Pacquiao across its channels and digital media outlets, including access to both boxers' training camps, press conferences and public appearances. More »

  • US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky'
    US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky' Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Washington is considering launching air strikes, possibly within days, to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, US officials said. More »

  • AA to sell shares worth 200 million pounds - Sky News Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - AA Plc , best known for roadside recovery service, plans to raise about 200 million pounds through a share placing as part of a refinancing move aimed at reducing its debt, Sky News reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The share sale is to be accompanied by a refinancing of 735 million pounds of its senior debt facilities and could be announced as early as Wednesday, Sky News reported. Proceeds of the sale will be used to replace the balance of an expensive form of debt, known as payment-in-kind, Sky News reported. The investors that have been approached for the share sale are expected to be supportive taking into account the strong performance of the company, Sky News reported, citing sources. More »

  • US 'eye in the sky' aiding Iraq's Tikrit operation
    US 'eye in the sky' aiding Iraq's Tikrit operation Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Washington is providing reconnaissance support for Iraqi forces fighting to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday, the first confirmation of American involvement in the operation. More »

  • Ask The Chancellors: Sky News To Host Q&A
    Ask The Chancellors: Sky News To Host Q&A Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Sky News and Facebook are to host an "Ask The Chancellors" event on Monday, 23 March, with key opinion formers quizzing George Osborne and Ed Balls in a TV showdown. An audience of entrepreneurs, start-up companies and local businesses will ask tough questions of the Chancellor and shadow chancellor at an event in London hosted by Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam. More »

  • Sky News reporter says he was devastated McCann Twitter troll killed herself …
    Sky News reporter says he was devastated McCann Twitter troll killed herself … Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Her body was found in a hotel room two days after she featured in the Sky News report. More »

  • African troops' morale 'sky high' as they push back Boko Haram Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By Madjiasra Nako and Emmanuel Braun DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) - "Boko Haram is finished" shouted a jubilant soldier from Niger as his comrades danced and waved their rifles in the air to celebrate the liberation of the northern Nigerian town of Damasak. Graffiti painted on walls in Arabic and Boko Haram's black and white flag fluttering on the dome of a mosque are now among the few reminders of the Islamists' four-month reign over the town, which forces from Chad and Niger freed on Saturday. If troop morale is a guide to military success, then the regional force fighting Boko Haram looks set to press home its battlefield gains. Hundreds of heavily armed soldiers from Chad and Niger paraded triumphantly in Toyota pick-ups through the dusty streets of Damasak on Wednesday, cheering and waving their weapons after the town's former occupiers fled into the surrounding countryside. More »

  • Juve midfielder Pogba out for at least two months - Sky
    Juve midfielder Pogba out for at least two months - Sky Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    ROME, March 19 - Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be out for at least eight weeks because of a hamstring injury, Sky Sports Italia reported on Thursday. The French international went off in the 26th minute of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League last-16 second leg victory over Borussia Dortmund, a win that took Juve through 5-1 on aggregate. Pogba's injury could mean he misses the quarter-finals and, if the team qualify, the semi-finals too. ... More »

  • Soccer-Juve midfielder Pogba out for at least two months - Sky Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    ROME, March 19 (Reuters) - Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be out for at least eight weeks because of a hamstring injury, Sky Sports Italia reported on Thursday. The French international went off in the 26th minute of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League last-16 second leg victory over Borussia Dortmund, a win that took Juve through 5-1 on aggregate. Pogba's injury could mean he misses the quarter-finals and, if the team qualify, the semi-finals too. ... More »

  • Birds Make Amazing Bird Shape In The Sky
    Birds Make Amazing Bird Shape In The Sky Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    These are the incredible images of a dove-shaped murmuration captured flying over Rutland More »

  • Sky to lift prices after record Premier League auction
    Sky to lift prices after record Premier League auction Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    European pay-TV group Sky is to increase its prices for sports and family entertainment packages in Britain, just six weeks after it agreed to pay a record fee for the rights to show English Premier League football matches. Sky, which normally increases its prices in September, said on Thursday the price of a sports TV package would rise by 1 pound to 47 pounds ($70) a month. The price rise reflects the balancing act Sky is attempting, having agreed to pay 4.2 billion pounds ($6.2 billion) to show 126 live English Premier League matches a season from 2016 to 2019, to fend off its fierce rival BT. Sky, which is in more than 10 million homes in Britain, said at the time it would fund the new rights deal by increasing prices and cutting costs. More »

  • UPDATE 1-Sky to lift prices after record Premier League auction Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    (Adds details, analyst reaction) LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - European pay-TV group Sky is to increase its prices for sports and family entertainment packages in Britain, just six weeks after it agreed to pay a record fee for the rights to show English Premier League soccer matches. Sky, which normally increases its prices in September, said on Thursday the price of a sports TV package would rise by 1 pound to 47 pounds ($70) a month. The price rise reflects the balancing act Sky is attempting, having agreed to pay 4.2 billion pounds ($6.2 billion) to show 126 live English Premier League matches a season from 2016 to 2019, to fend off its fierce rival BT. Sky, which is in more than 10 million homes in Britain, said at the time it would fund the new rights deal by increasing prices and cutting costs. More »

  • Tories And Labour Neck And Neck: Sky Analysis
    Tories And Labour Neck And Neck: Sky Analysis Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A single seat is set to separate Labour and the Conservatives at the election, a Sky News projection has indicated. The results suggest a hung parliament with the two parties virtually neck and neck. With just 50 days to go until the election, Sky News has analysed the latest polls to project how many House of Commons seats each party is currently expected to gain - and the results could not be closer. According to the analysis, Labour would gain 280 seats with the Conservatives on 279. More »

  • Sky's Wiggins pulls out of Paris-Nice
    Sky's Wiggins pulls out of Paris-Nice Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    World champion Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from Sunday's closing time-trial of the Paris-Nice race, his Sky Team announced. More »

  • Domino Printing Sciences reaches a deal with a Japanese company - Sky News Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    (Reuters) - Bar code printer maker Domino Printing Sciences Plc is planning to sell itself to a Japanese company in a deal worth close to 1 billion pounds ($1.51 billion), Sky News reported. Sky News said Domino has already held talks with a couple of U.S.-based competitors in recent months. More »

  • Head of Prudential's U.S. business to become new CEO -Sky News Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. division of Britain's Prudential Plc , Mike Wells, was elected late Monday by the board to succeed Tidjane Thiam as the new chief executive officer of Prudential, Sky News reported. Wells is currently president and chief executive officer of Jackson National Life Insurance, a Prudential subsidiary. Prudential said early Tuesday that its shares on Hong Kong stock exchange have been halted. Wells has been with Prudential for 15 years and has been a part of Prudential's board since 2011, the website said. More »

  • Sky stand by Knaven despite doping allegations Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Servais Knaven remains a Team Sky sports director despite doping allegations resurfacing against the former Dutch rider, the British outfit said. "We have taken these allegations very seriously... Handed over the information presented to us to three independent world-class anti-doping experts for their analysis and expert opinion," Sky said in a statement. This goes back over 15 years and has been looked at several times during that period," Team Sky's statement added. "Servais has played an important part in the success of Team Sky over the last five years. More »

  • Cycling-Sky stand by Knaven despite doping allegations Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Servais Knaven remains a Team Sky sports director despite doping allegations resurfacing against the former Dutch rider, the British outfit said. "We have taken these allegations very seriously... Handed over the information presented to us to three independent world-class anti-doping experts for their analysis and expert opinion," Sky said in a statement. This goes back over 15 years and has been looked at several times during that period," Team Sky's statement added. "Servais has played an important part in the success of Team Sky over the last five years. More »

  • Two mysterious UFOs spotted hovering and merging over Leicestershire sky
    Two mysterious UFOs spotted hovering and merging over Leicestershire sky Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    A woman in Barwell, Leicestershire claims to have seen two unidentified objects hovering and then merging in the night sky. The woman, who is a local of Earl Shilton, also claims to have woken up to some strange noises which she initially thought was coming from downstairs, Hinckley Times reported. She managed to record the movement of the unidentified flying objects which "kept merging into one and moving side to side" for twenty seconds. It's quite an interesting case," Joanne Kavanagh of Lufoin told the Mirror. More »

  • David Cameron TV debate storm: Sky might 'empty chair' the prime minister …
    David Cameron TV debate storm: Sky might 'empty chair' the prime minister … Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    David Cameron's reluctance to engage in a one-on-one debate with Ed Miliband has brought rousing charges of political cowardice and feverish speculation about empty chairs. Sky, Channel 4, ITV and the BBC have all said they would be prepared to 'empty chair' the Prime Minister. My belief is that Sky might do this, but it is unlikely the BBC would follow them. Well he will be mindful of the lessons of 2010, when Gordon Brown held a three-way debate involving the leaders of all three political parties. More »