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Jan 30, 2014

Olympics-Athletes warned not to wear big country logos to Sochi

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Athletes heading to the Sochi Winter Olympics have been warned not to wear team kit with large logos promoting their country on their way to Russia due to security concerns, British Olympic officials said on Thursday.

Britain has joined the United States in cautioning athletes and officials against wearing “overtly branded” clothing en route to Sochi where the athletes’ village opens on Thursday.

Jan 28, 2014

BBC faces damning criticism over failed 100 million pound digital project

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC came under fire on Tuesday for botching a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital project in the latest of a series of reports to criticise top management for their running of Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster.

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) said BBC executives led by then Director General Mark Thompson, now New York Times Company chief executive, failed to realise in time that the Digital Media Initiative was in trouble.

Jan 28, 2014

BBC faces damning criticism over failed $170 million digital project

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC came under fire on Tuesday for botching a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital project in the latest of a series of reports to criticize top management for their running of Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster.

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) said BBC executives led by then Director General Mark Thompson, now New York Times Company chief executive, failed to realize in time that the Digital Media Initiative was in trouble.

Jan 28, 2014

Ex-Deutsche Bank manager found dead in apparent suicide

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Jan 28 (Reuters) – William Broeksmit, a
former senior manager at Deutsche Bank with close
ties to co-Chief Executive Anshu Jain, has been found dead at
his home in London in what appears to have been a suicide.

Jain and the bank’s other co-CEO Juergen Fitschen announced
Broeksmit’s death in an internal mail to Deutsche Bank
employees.

Jan 27, 2014

Expat Scots demand a vote in independence referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – A million Scots living outside of Scotland should be allowed to vote in a referendum this year on whether their country becomes an independent nation, one of them said on Monday as he sought backing for a legal challenge.

James Wallace, a Scottish-born trainee lawyer who lives in England, is among the 1.15 million Scots who are excluded from the vote as they are not resident there.

Jan 27, 2014

British TV cook Nigella Lawson faces no action over drugs: police

LONDON (Reuters) – British TV cook Nigella Lawson will not face legal action after admitting to a court that she had taken drugs, as a prosecution could deter future witnesses from being truthful, police said on Monday.

Lawson, 54, dubbed the “Domestic Goddess” after the title of one of her cookery books, made headlines globally when she told a court she had taken cocaine several times and smoked cannabis at the end of her 10-year marriage to art dealer Charles Saatchi.

Jan 27, 2014

TV cook Nigella Lawson faces no action over drugs: police

LONDON (Reuters) – British TV cook Nigella Lawson will not face legal action after admitting to a court that she had taken drugs, as a prosecution could deter future witnesses from being truthful, police said on Monday.

Lawson, 54, dubbed the “Domestic Goddess” after the title of one of her cookery books, made headlines globally when she told a court she had taken cocaine several times and smoked cannabis at the end of her 10-year marriage to art dealer Charles Saatchi.

Jan 23, 2014

Poverty porn or harsh reality? British argue over TV show on welfare recipients

LONDON (Reuters) – A fly-on-the-wall documentary about a British street where most residents live on welfare payments has fuelled a politically-charged debate as the government cuts spending on benefits.

Dubbed “poverty porn” by critics, the five-part Benefits Street on Channel 4 chronicles life on James Turner Street in Birmingham, where recovering drug addict Fungi lives alongside jobless Becky and Mark who struggle to control their children.

Jan 22, 2014

Scottish unemployment falls as economy dominates independence debate

LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish government brandished a drop in unemployment to its lowest in almost five years as proof of the strength of its economy, saying this backed its argument that Scotland would be better off as an independent country.

The unemployment rate fell 0.9 percentage points to 6.4 percent in the three months to November, giving Scotland a lower unemployment rate and higher youth employment rate than the rest of the UK where the overall jobless rate was 7.1 percent.

Jan 17, 2014

Church of England says unlikely to quit fossil fuel investment

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The Church of England pushed back
on Friday from calls to get rid of its investments in companies
extracting or selling fossil fuels, saying it would mean a
financial hit and it was better to use shareholder influence to
pressure change.

The church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is
reviewing its policy on ethical investment related to climate
change, with some church officials calling for disinvestment
from such companies to highlight the need to move to a
low-carbon economy.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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      Swedish, Spanish, French
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