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  • CBI loses members as opposes Scottish independence

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Three of Scotland's oldest universities have joined an exit from Britain's leading business lobby group after it registered to campaign against Scottish independence, saying they wanted to stay neutral in the increasingly fractious debate. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen universities withdrew from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on Monday after it recorded its aim with the Electoral Commission of campaigning for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom ahead of a September 18 referendum. But the CBI's move was condemned by some members, who said the group had not sought their signoff over a decision that jeopardises their neutrality in the debate, prompting businesses, government organisations and universities to quit. Glasgow University said it had resigned its CBI membership in order to maintain impartiality, while Aberdeen and Edinburgh said it would be inappropriate to continue as CBI members as they had strictly neutral positions on independence "The University of Aberdeen does not take an institutional position on the constitutional future of Scotland. More »CBI loses members as opposes Scottish independence

  • Esso shuts UK fuel pipeline after theft report

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Exxon's UK arm Esso has shut a pipeline running from its Fawley oil refinery near Southampton for checks, the company said on Monday, after a report that thieves tapped into the line and took thousands of litres of fuel. "Esso is committed to the very highest standards of safety. The pipeline has therefore been closed down and our specialists are working to check it and, if necessary, effect any repair," the statement said. A company spokesman said Esso did not expect its retail customers to be affected by the pipeline closure. More »Esso shuts UK fuel pipeline after theft report

  • Exxon shuts UK pipeline as police investigate fuel theft

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil shut one of Britain's main underground fuel pipelines, it said on Monday, after police found a stash of diesel they believe was siphoned off by thieves. The Midline Pipeline runs north from Esso's Fawley oil refinery near Southampton to its terminal in Birmingham, central England. "The fuel is stored safely and securely and is being retrieved by engineers from the nearby Esso refinery." Exxon, known as Esso in Britain, said in a statement: "Esso is committed to the very highest standards of safety. More »Exxon shuts UK pipeline as police investigate fuel theft

  • Under the weather Mourinho puts faith in Torres

    AFP - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Fernando Torres will be able to deal with the emotion of returning to face his boyhood club Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. More »Under the weather Mourinho puts faith in Torres

  • Universities quit CBI over No vote

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Three of Scotland's ancient universities have left the CBI after it formally backed a ''no'' vote in the referendum. More »Universities quit CBI over No vote

  • Blurred Lines most downloaded track

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Robin Thicke's controversial chart-topper has been named the most downloaded track in UK music history. More »Blurred Lines most downloaded track

  • Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Dave Graham CALEDONIA, Panama (Reuters) - A few years before giving up its independence, Scotland took a bold gamble to secure a brighter future, founding a colony on the isthmus of Panama to corner trade between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The 1698 venture ended in tragedy, helping to push Scotland into political union with England and form the United Kingdom. Named after the gulf where modern Panama and Colombia meet, the Darien scheme was hamstrung from the start by poor planning and English opposition. Barely a shadow of it lingers in the bay known locally as Puerto Escoces (Scottish Harbour), where the Scots founded the colony of New Caledonia with an initial contingent of 1,200. More »Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle

  • Two held over 'pipeline oil theft'

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of tens of thousands of litres of fuel which is believed to have been stolen from one of the country's main underground oil pipes. More »Two held over 'pipeline oil theft'

  • Burned boy's mother thanks doctors

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The mother of a young boy who was badly burned in a city street has thanked the medical staff caring for him. More »Burned boy's mother thanks doctors

  • Stars attend Peaches Geldof funeral

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Celebrity mourners joined friends and family to bid a final farewell to tragic Peaches Geldof at the model and television presenter's funeral. More »Stars attend Peaches Geldof funeral

  • Perry to face world champion O'Sullivan

    AFP - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Joe Perry will face champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round of the World Snooker Championships after coming from 6-3 down overnight to defeat Jamie Burnett 10-7 on Monday. More »Perry to face world champion O'Sullivan

  • Toddler's Death Suspicious, Say Police

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The death of a two-year-old girl in Fife is being treated as suspicious, police have said. More »Toddler's Death Suspicious, Say Police

  • Pipeline Closed Down After 'Major Fuel Theft'

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    An underground pipeline has been shut down because thieves are suspected of tapping into it and stealing a "large quantity" of diesel. The line, which transports fuel from Esso's Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire to its terminal in Birmingham, was closed for checks. The exact amount of fuel found has not been confirmed, but police said it was a "large quantity" that was believed to have been illegally obtained. Two men aged 32 and 34 from the Salisbury area have been detained by Hampshire police on suspicion of conspiracy to steal fuel. More »Pipeline Closed Down After 'Major Fuel Theft'

  • Tourism: Storm-Hit Dorset Gets Easter Boost

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Early indications suggest the storm battered south-west coast has enjoyed a much-needed boost in tourism over the Easter weekend. In Lyme Regis, bed and breakfast accommodation and most of the local hotels were full and the beaches busy. David Tucker, who runs the Lyme Regis Museum, said footfall was clearly down in the early part of the year but he expected the area to recover quickly. "The images of Lyme Regis and elsewhere being battered and damaged by the storms are bound to have a lasting effect on people," he said. More »Tourism: Storm-Hit Dorset Gets Easter Boost

  • Bookies suspend betting on Moyes being sacked

    AFP - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Leading British bookmakers stopped taking bets on David Moyes being sacked as Manchester United manager Monday after several national newspapers said he was about to be fired. More »Bookies suspend betting on Moyes being sacked

  • Burnley promoted to the Premier League

    AFP - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Burnley ended their four-year wait to return to the Premier League in emphatic fashion as their 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic clinched promotion on Monday. More »Burnley promoted to the Premier League

  • Cameron accused of fuelling division with Christian talk

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a "Christian country". The public figures, including authors Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett, said they respected the Conservative leader's own religious beliefs, which he has addressed in a series of statements. But they took issue with his characterisation of Britain saying, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, the country was actually a "plural society" of largely "non-religious" people. The 2011 census showed Christianity was the largest religion in England and Wales but the number of people who described themselves as Christian had fallen from almost 72 percent in 2001 to just over 59 percent, or 33.2 million people. More »Cameron accused of fuelling division with Christian talk

  • Gordon Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence. Brown, a Scot, will on Tuesday make his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union in a September 18 referendum. Polls show growing support for independence with the gap between the two sides narrowing to just a few percentage points after a split seemed unattainable a year ago. Brown, a former Labour leader who has kept a low profile since losing the 2010 general election, said he will set out the case for why Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom in a speech at Glasgow University. More »Gordon Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK

  • David Moyes: Game Over At Man Utd?

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    David Moyes has struggled at Old Trafford since his move to the club as manager from Everton 11 months ago. He signed a six-year contract as Manchester United looked to move on from the incredible success of Sir Alex Ferguson over more than 26 years. The 50-year-old began his tenure well with a 2-0 win in the Community Shield over Wigan at Wembley and a 4-1 win at Swansea in the opening Premier League fixture. But Manchester United have so far lost 11 times in the league, most recently on Sunday, away at Everton. More »David Moyes: Game Over At Man Utd?

  • Peaches Geldof Funeral Attended By Stars

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Mourners have turned out for the funeral of Peaches Geldof, with a host of stars paying their last respects to the writer, model and broadcaster. Kate Moss, musician Jools Holland and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman were all pictured at the service. The Duchess of York, journalist Mariella Frostrup, actress Jaime Winstone, TV presenter Alexa Chung, and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw were also there. Sir Bob Geldof was expected to lead the tributes to his daughter, who died two weeks ago in "unexplained" circumstances. More »Peaches Geldof Funeral Attended By Stars

  • PM criticised for saying Britain is Christian country

    AFP - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron was accused Monday of sowing sectarianism and division after his repeated assertions that Britain is still a "Christian country", proving how problematic it remains to mix faith and British politics. More »PM criticised for saying Britain is Christian country

  • Briton dies in his US college room

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A young British footballer has died after collapsing in his college apartment in the US. More »Briton dies in his US college room

  • Recycling plant fire being tackled

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    About 100 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a building used for storing chemicals on the edge of a city centre. More »Recycling plant fire being tackled

  • Leeds Firefighters Tackle Industrial Blaze

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Superintendent Hussain added: "The substantial operation at this site will continue for some time and police officers will begin to work with fire investigators to examine the cause of the blaze when the situation has been made safe." Steve Beckley of West Yorkshire Fire Service told Sky News: "Firefighters worked extremely hard in the first couple of hours to prevent fire spreading. More »Leeds Firefighters Tackle Industrial Blaze

  • UK is a plural society, PM told

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned. More »UK is a plural society, PM told

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