UK net migration remains close to record levels

UK net migration remains close to record levels

From the BBC section on UK Politics Image copyrightPA Net migration to the UK was 327,000 for the year to March, according to Office for National Statistics estimates. The figures – covering the period before Britain voted to leave the EU – are down slightly on record levels of 336,000. Net migration is the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for at least a year and those leaving. The figure for net…

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CMA sets out provisional concerns about ICE/Trayport merger

CMA sets out provisional concerns about ICE/Trayport merger

From: Competition and Markets Authority First published: 16 August 2016 Part of: Mergers The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that ICE’s acquisition of Trayport may give rise to competition concerns. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) is the largest operator of exchanges and clearinghouses in the trading of European utilities. It has its own proprietary software which allows trading of energy commodity and utility derivatives on its exchanges. Trayport’s software permits the trading of energy commodity and…

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English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81

English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81

13 August 2016 From the BBC section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright GETTY IMAGES English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81 after a long illness, his niece has confirmed. Baker made his name as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977 alongside Anthony Daniels’s C-3PO character. Star Wars creator George Lucas paid tribute to a “real gentleman” and Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker in…

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Thailand Bomb Attacks Prompts Warning To British Tourists To ‘Exercise Extreme Caution’ And Avoid Non-Essential Travel

Thailand Bomb Attacks Prompts Warning To British Tourists To ‘Exercise Extreme Caution’ And Avoid Non-Essential Travel

Four dead and dozens injured after blasts. 12/08/2016 11:58 Steven Hopkins News Reporter Britons are being warned to “exercise extreme caution” in Thailand after a wave of co-ordinated explosions left at least four people dead and dozens injured. The Foreign Office updated its travel advice on Friday following multiple blasts in Hua Hin, Trang and Surat Thani, and was “urgently clarifying” reports of a further explosion in Phuket. The advice was echoed by several governments,…

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Morning mass ascent at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2016 cancelled – again

Morning mass ascent at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2016 cancelled – again

Bristol Post By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: August 12, 2016 Balloons floating around Bristol have become a familiar sight to many living here, but there will be none in the air this morning. Dozens of balloons stayed tethered to the grounds of Ashton Court this morning, due to weather conditions, after what was meant to be the first mass ascent of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this summer. Thursday night’s ascent was also cancelled because of high…

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Body Found Under Tree Near Speakers’ Corner In Hyde Park

Body Found Under Tree Near Speakers’ Corner In Hyde Park

Police have set up a cordon following what an officer at the scene called an “unexplained death”.  SKY News 09:36, UK, Friday 12 August 2016 The scene in Hyde Park, London, after a body was discovered Police are treating as suspicious the discovery of a body under a tree near Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. Police have set up a large cordon following what an officer at the scene called an “unexplained death”. A member…

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Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe ‘to move back to prison

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe ‘to move back to prison

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe ‘to move back to prison Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Sutcliffe was moved to Broadmoor in 1984 BBC NEWS The Yorkshire Ripper is expected to move out of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital and into a prison after medical experts ruled him mentally fit, BBC News understands. A health tribunal has found Peter Sutcliffe no longer needs any treatment for any mental disorder. In 1981 he was convicted of 13 murders…

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Shakespeare ‘joining England’

Shakespeare ‘joining England’

Sky Sports skysports.com1 day ago Craig Shakespeare will be confirmed as part of Sam Allardyce’s England staff later this week, Sky sources understand. AdChoices Leicester assistant manager Shakespeare started his coaching career at West Brom before working under former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson. © Provided by Sky Sports PA It is understood he will carry out his England role on a part-time basis, while continuing his duties alongside Claudio Ranieri with Leicester, who lost head of recruitment Steve Walsh to Everton…

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There was fury at Holyrood when union flags were removed from the canteen after protests from Nationalists.

There was fury at Holyrood when union flags were removed from the canteen after protests from Nationalists.

The miniature flags had initially been put out as table decorations on Thursday as part of an Olympic Games-inspired barbecue to mark the last day of parliamentary business before the summer recess. They formed the centrepiece of decorations which also included red, white and blue balloons and cut-out Olympic torches on the walls. However, the use of the union flags upset some SNP MSPs, who want to see Scotland become independent of the United Kingdom,…

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England’s reliance on Joe Root and Alastair Cook is becoming ridiculous – it is time someone else stepped up

England’s reliance on Joe Root and Alastair Cook is becoming ridiculous – it is time someone else stepped up

Scyld Berry, Cricket Correspondent 3 August 2016 • 7:30am   It is the fashion for an England player to kiss the badge of three lions on his helmet. At Lord’s Pakistan’s Misbah ul-Haq did his famous press-ups, while Azhar Ali sank to his knees and pressed his forehead to the turf at Taunton and Hove in the warm-up games. Whichever way he chooses to celebrate, the first batsman to score a century in the third…

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