Archive for March, 2011

Premier League to curb inscipline

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore announces a crackdown on the “unacceptable” behaviour by players and managers towards referees.

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VIDEO: First look at Rolls-Royce electric car

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The BBC’s Jorn Madslien takes a look at the new Rolls-Royce electric car.

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RWE challenges German nuclear closures

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Power company RWE will mount a legal challenge against Berlin’s decision to shut seven of Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations after the nuclear crisis in Japan

For good or ill, rentiers resist euthanasia

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Low real interest rates are extremely unpopular with millions of people, not just top-hatted financiers, writes Samuel Brittan

VIDEO: Maasai cricket – it’s Odd Box

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A runaway raccoon, Maasai cricket, and the boy with a drum kit in his jeans. It’s the week’s weird and wonderful video stories in Newsbeat’s Odd Box with Dominic Byrne.

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Austria ‘Obama-mask robber’ held

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Austria police have arrested a man suspected of robbing banks while wearing a mask of US President Barack Obama.

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Man arrested over girl’s shooting

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Thusha KamaleswaranThusha Kamaleswaran was hit in the chest
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Police investigating the shooting of a five-year-old girl in south London have reviewed CCTV footage and say the investigation is “progressing well”.

Thusha Kamaleswaran was shot in the chest and fellow bystander Roshan Selvakumar, 35, was hit in the face at a shop in Stockwell on Tuesday.

They were gunned down when three youths on bicycles chased two youngsters into the shop and opened fire.

A £50,000 reward has been offered for information about the attack.

Both victims are now said to be in a serious but stable condition.

Police have revealed the three attackers chased two other youths into Stockwell Food and Wine before one of the trio fired shots into the shop front.

Det Ch Insp Tony Boughton said: “The investigation is progressing well. We have viewed CCTV of the incident and are now beginning to get a clearer picture of what happened.

“One of the youths who first ran into the shop has come forward and is assisting us with our enquiries.

“This is a societal problem – once the bullet has been fired it affects us all”

Claudia Webbe Trident public panel

“We are still trying to trace the other individual and appeal to him to come forward.”

Police are hoping to speak to anyone who saw the three youths cycling between 2000 and 2200 BST in Stockwell on the night of the attack.

The only description they can give is that they were black and rode bicycles.

Lambeth Borough Commander, Ch Supt Nick Ephgrave said: “We have drafted in to the area extra officers from the borough to reassure the public and to make it clear to anyone even considering being involved in violence that it will not be tolerated.

“Since Monday’s shooting, I have been speaking to many local people to let them know how the police is responding to prevent any further outbreaks of violence.”

Claudia Webbe is chairwoman of the independent advisory group to Trident, which investigates gun crime in the black community.

She said: “It is particularly sad when innocent bystanders and children as young as five become the victim of these violent and horrific shootings. Although incidents like this are isolated they have a huge impact locally.

“This is a societal problem – once the bullet has been fired it affects us all.

“The whole community is united in bringing these violent and cowardly criminals to justice.”

She added: “It is important to come forward to the police – whether you are a friend, mother, wife or daughter.”

There have been no arrests.

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‘Growth crisis’ remarks spark row

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Labour say a senior minister has conceded there is a “national crisis” in growth and jobs but the government insists he was referring to the legacy left by the opposition.

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Freighter blocks US-Canada seaway

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Tug boats free a freighter which ran aground in the St Lawrence Seaway along the US-Canada border, blocking passage for 10 hours.

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Coventry eyes Northern Rock sale

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Bradford & BingleyUKAR’s role is to pay down the £48bn government loan that formed part of the banks’ bail-outs

Bradford & Bingley returned to profit in 2010 according to the state-owned firm which manages the bank.

UK Asset Resolution said Bradford & Bingley made a statutory pre-tax profit of £1.08bn in 2010, compared with a loss of £196m in 2009.

Northern Rock Asset Management – the so-called “bad bank” part of Northern Rock – also made a profit.

NRAM reported a profit of £400.5m in 2010, compared with a loss of £257.5m in 2009.

UKAR’s role is to run Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley for the benefit of taxpayers.

Northern Rock was the first institution to be bailed out because of the financial crisis. In 2010 it was split into so-called “good” and “bad” banks.

The “good” bank, Northern Rock PLC, holds savers’ deposits and new mortgages, while the “bad” bank, Northern Rock Asset Management, holds the rescued bank’s old mortgages and unsecured loans.

“We achieved all our business objectives in 2010. B&B and NRAM moved from loss to profit and we continue to focus on managing customer arrears,” said UKAR chief executive Richard Banks in a statement.

“The combined business is now better placed to move forward in 2011. However, the uncertain economic environment, increases in taxes, inflation and unemployment will, inevitably, impact our customers and our financial results.”

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