US & World

EU urges crackdown on ‘golden passports’ for big investors

Image copyright Gov.mt Image caption Malta, Cyprus and Bulgaria give passports to non-EU nationals who make sufficient investments The EU Commission has told EU states to tighten checks on non-EU nationals who acquire citizenship – so-called “golden passports” – through investments. The Commission plans closer monitoring of those schemes and of “golden visas” granting residence […]

UK News

Lollipop crossings: Staffordshire parents save patrols

Image copyright PA Image caption Staffordshire County Council proposed getting rid of lollipop patrols to save money Plans to axe lollipop crossing patrols have been dropped after thousands of parents campaigned to save them. Staffordshire County Council said cutting the service across the county would save £1.4m a year but about 7,000 people signed a […]

Education

‘Appalling’ ignorance of child-protection pressures

Image copyright Getty Images The government has an “appalling” lack of understanding of the growing pressure on England’s child-protection services, a spending watchdog says. The National Audit Office pointed to a huge rise in demand since 2010. Council budgets had been cut by nearly 30% over this period, it said, and 91% of local authorities […]

Health

Global health research money reaches ‘record high’

Image copyright Spl Image caption Malaria remains one of the world’s biggest killers Funding to tackle 33 significant diseases has reached its highest level since figures were taken, says a survey which has tracked this for 11 years. The G-Finder report found that money invested in research and development reached $3.5bn (£2.8bn) in 2017. The […]

Health

How diet is changing – the good and the bad

Image copyright Getty Images Children are turning their backs on sugary drinks, with the numbers drinking them falling by a quarter over the past nine years, a survey suggests. About half of children do not drink them, it says. And those that do, drink fewer than children in 2008-09 did. The shift has contributed to […]

Business

Santander to shut 140 branches

Image copyright NurPhoto / Getty Images Spanish-owned bank Santander is slashing its branch network by almost a fifth, putting 1,270 jobs at risk. The bank blamed the closures on “changes in how customers are choosing to carry out their banking”. It said branch transactions have fallen 23% in the last three years, while digital transactions […]

Technology

Martin Lewis drops Facebook lawsuit

Image copyright Getty Images Consumer campaigner Martin Lewis has dropped a defamation lawsuit against Facebook over a series of ads that ran on its platform, falsely claiming he backed several investment schemes. The MoneySavingExpert website founder had claimed the fake endorsements had caused him reputational damage. He said he had agreed to drop the case […]

US & World

Tonga hit by near-total internet blackout

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tonga is usually linked to the web via underwater cable Tonga is experiencing a near total blackout of mobile and internet services after the country’s only undersea cable was damaged. The problem took the island nation of about 100,000 people by surprise on Sunday night. Bad weather is being […]

US & World

Venezuela opposition set for mass protest against Maduro

Image copyright EPA Image caption National Assembly president Juan Guaidó wants to become interim leader Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are expected to join a march on Wednesday in a bid to topple President Nicolás Maduro’s government. The protests will mark 61 years since the fall of the country’s military dictatorship in 1958. National Assembly […]

Business

Wetherspoons warns on labour costs

Image copyright AFP Wetherspoons has warned that pre-tax profits for the first half of its financial year will be down on 2018. This is despite a 7.2% rise in like-for-like sales during the 12 weeks to 20 January 2019. The pub chain said labour costs increased by £30m for the period, along with the cost […]