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Cancer variation ‘unacceptable’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Vital opportunities to diagnose cancer patients in England earlier and increase their survival chances are being missed, experts are warning. Cancer Research UK found “unacceptable variation” between different areas after reviewing cases in 2012 and 2013. It said if all areas were as good as the best, 20,000 cases could have been spotted sooner across [...]

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UK seeks emergency EU talks on steel

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of steel job losses were announced in recent weeks The UK business secretary has called for an emergency EU meeting to discuss the crisis in the steel industry. Sajid Javid, who will meet European commissioners on Wednesday to discuss the sector, has been contacting member states on the [...]

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NSA warns of state cyber-attack risk

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Alex Wong Image caption Richard Ledgett said there needed to be consequences for cyber attacks The deputy director of the US National Security Agency (NSA), Richard Ledgett, has warned of the increasing danger of destructive cyber attacks by states. He told the BBC: “If you are connected to the internet, you are vulnerable [...]

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US ship passes disputed China islands

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AP Image caption China considers the reefs near where the ship will sail to be sovereign territory A US Navy ship has sailed close to artificial islands built by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, US defence officials have said. Guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone [...]

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Lords vote to delay tax credit cuts

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionChancellor George Osborne: “This raises constitutional issues” The government has been dealt a major blow after the House of Lords voted to delay tax credit cuts and to compensate those affected in full. Peers voted by 289 votes to 272 to provide full financial redress to the millions of recipients affected. They earlier inflicted [...]

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Legal challenge over ministers’ code

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image caption The ministerial code sets out rules and standards for ministers in public office The prime minister is facing a direct legal challenge over changes to the code which sets out rules and standards for ministers in public office. A new version of the ministerial code omits a previous reference to ministers being bound [...]

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Lords set for tax credits showdown

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image caption The government does not have a majority in the House of Lords Peers are set to vote on whether to delay the government’s proposed cuts to tax credits or scupper them entirely in a showdown in the House of Lords. The House will vote on a so-called “fatal motion” calling for the welfare [...]

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Migrant welcome centres to be boosted

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AP Image caption Greece will have room to welcome 50,000 more migrants by the end of the year Another 100,000 spaces in refugee welcome centres will be created under a deal agreed by European leaders at an emergency summit in Brussels. The heads of 11 EU states and three non-EU countries met to [...]

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Poland votes for new parliament

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AP/AFP Image caption Polls indicate a gap between prime ministerial candidates Ewa Kopacz (left) and Beata Szydlo (right) Poland is holding parliamentary elections, with the conservatives hoping to return to power after eight years in opposition. Opinion polls in run-up to the election put the Law and Justice party, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski [...]

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Catholic bishops end divisive synod

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis had pointed words for conservative bishops after the meeting Roman Catholic bishops have finished an often fractious synod on the family by reaching a compromise on divisive issues. Doctrine towards divorcees has been softened but there is no change in the church’s stance on homosexuality. In comments afterwards, [...]

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