Press Association 2014 LATEST

Oxbridge salary premium laid bare

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: There is a significant earnings premium for Oxbridge graduates, research found

8:07am Thursday 18th December 2014

Students who went to Oxford or Cambridge earn thousands of pounds more than those who graduated from a newer university, research shows.

Mel B's husband: There's a witch-hunt against me

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Mel B's husband: There's a witch-hunt against me

8:05am Thursday 18th December 2014

Mel B’s husband said he has now spoken to his wife.

Duran Duran in War Child gigs

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Duran Duran in War Child gigs

8:05am Thursday 18th December 2014

Bastille and Duran Duran will be performing a series of cosy gigs.

Rebate for air glitch passengers

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The National Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick in Hampshire.

8:04am Thursday 18th December 2014

Air traffic control company Nats has confirmed it is calculating a rebate for air passengers in the wake of aviation disruption caused by a computer glitch.

Judges to rule on non-EU movement

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Sean McCarthy and Patricia McCarthy Rodriguez with their children Natasha and Chloe as they await a ruling from European Union judges that could open UK borders to large numbers of non-EU nationals

8:04am Thursday 18th December 2014

European Union (EU) judges will rule on a major court challenge today that could open UK borders to large numbers of non-EU nationals.

Carter agrees Racing Metro deal

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Dan Carter will join Racing Metro at the end of 2015

7:36am Thursday 18th December 2014

New Zealand star Dan Carter has announced he will join wealthy French club Racing Metro at the end of 2015 on a three-year contract.

Gadget-crazy Brits use less energy

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Britons are consuming less energy than in 2008, despite the march of technology, it has emerged

7:31am Thursday 18th December 2014

Flat-screen TVs, phones and tablets abound in UK households, but new figures suggest the average Briton uses less energy than in 2008.

The definitive ranking of Christmas number ones - where's your favourite?

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The definitive ranking of Christmas number ones - where's your favourite?

7:25am Thursday 18th December 2014

Is Blobby better than Bob? Which Band Aid version trumps all others? These questions and many more have now been answered. Definitively.

South Downs 'most expensive park'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The South Downs is the most expensive National Park, data shows

7:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

The South Downs, boasting steep, wooded hills and countryside that inspired the novelist Jane Austen, has been named as the most expensive National Park in which to buy a home.

Spurs progress pleases Pochettino

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Mauricio Pochettino, right, was delighted with Tottenham's display against Newcastle

6:59am Thursday 18th December 2014

Tottenham put in one of the best performances of Mauricio Pochettino's reign as progress to the Capital One Cup semi-finals was secured in style.

Rodgers recognises Sterling effort

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Brendan Rodgers, pictured, described Raheem Sterling's performance as 'outstanding'

6:59am Thursday 18th December 2014

Brendan Rodgers revealed his bemusement at criticism of Raheem Sterling after his man of the match display fired Liverpool into the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Royal Mail 'sold for right price'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: An official report is expected to say the Government could have achieved more money for the taxpayer from its sale of Royal Mail

6:12am Thursday 18th December 2014

The Government and taxpayer achieved "significant value" from the sale of Royal Mail and the right decisions were made over the pricing of shares, according to a report into the controversial privatisation.

'No more cells' for disturbed teens

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Home secretary Theresa May is expected to reveal an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales.

5:54am Thursday 18th December 2014

Teenagers who suffer from mental health problems will no longer be held in police cells under reforms expected to be announced today by the Home Secretary.

Russia and IS on PM's summit agenda

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tougher sanctions on Russia and the Islamic State threat will be on David Cameron's mind at the EU summit

2:23am Thursday 18th December 2014

David Cameron and European counterparts are expected to announce tighter sanctions against Russia over Ukraine despite the economic crisis engulfing the country.

'Kill Kim' film axed amid threats

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A poster for The Interview is removed from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas theatre in Atlanta, Georgia (AP)

2:23am Thursday 18th December 2014

A film due for release next week depicting a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been dropped after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and cinema chains pulled the movie from its screens.

Britain wins 'Xmas truce' match

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Captains Sgt Keith Emmerson (right) and MSgt Alexander Hess shake hands before the match

12:22am Thursday 18th December 2014

Britain has triumphed over Germany 100 years after the start of the First World War - in a commemorative football match to mark the "Christmas Truce" of 1914.

Supermarkets to cut fuel prices

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The plunging price of world oil has seen the cost of a litre of petrol fall

12:15am Thursday 18th December 2014

The "big four" supermarkets are all cutting their fuel prices.

Mobile networks agree coverage deal

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The deal is aimed at improving mobile phone coverage in so-called not-spots

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

The Government has reached a deal with the four mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said.

Government backing rights project

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Business Minister Jo Swinson said the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark project is being backed with £80,000 start-up funding (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

The Government has thrown its weight behind a project aimed at assessing and ranking the human rights records of international companies.

Many boys 'rarely write for fun'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Thirty-one per cent of boys said that they rarely write for fun outside of lessons

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

Almost a third of boys never pick up a pen and write for fun outside of the classroom, according to research.

Child cruelty loophole warning

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: 16 and 17-year-olds do not have the same legal protections for neglect and cruelty as those aged 15 and under, The Children's Society has warned

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

A legal loophole makes it impossible to prosecute adults for neglect or ill-treatment of 16 and 17-year-olds, a charity has warned.

Call on custody transport vehicles

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick called for greater use of videolinks

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

Men, women and children should not be transported between courts and prisons in the same vehicles, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.

Medical exodus left country 'short'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: MPs said the health system in Sierra Leone had been "overwhelmed" by the epidemic

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

The exodus of doctors and nurses from Sierra Leone for jobs in the UK and other wealthy countries left the West African state "woefully short" of trained medical staff when the Ebola virus struck, MPs have said.

Oxford tops research rankings

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: New rankings show Oxford is top in terms of research, with University College London second and Cambridge third

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

The stronghold of Oxford and Cambridge in research is being threatened by the rise of London universities, according to an analysis of official data.

1.6m pupils eat free school dinners

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said more than 1.6 million infants are now eating free school dinners

12:08am Thursday 18th December 2014

More than 1.6 million infants are now eating free school dinners, Nick Clegg has said.

Which? reveals 'dodgy discounts'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The prices of more than 100 electrical products online were tracked over six months

12:06am Thursday 18th December 2014

Some of the UK's biggest electricals retailers are offering so-called discounts that deliver little or no real savings, a consumer group has claimed.

Police apology to Savile victims

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Police apologised over an investigation into the activities of Jimmy Savile and the former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli

12:03am Thursday 18th December 2014

Police have apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile and one of his friends after concluding that officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the two men over alleged child abuse when they were still alive.

We're all living six years longer

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Men in the UK increased their life expectancy by the global average, with lifespan at birth increasing from 72.9 to 79.1 years between 1990 and 2013

12:03am Thursday 18th December 2014

People around the world can expect to live an average six years longer today than they did in 1990, research has shown.

Quins announce Horwill signing

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: James Horwill is on his way to Harlequins

11:40pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Harlequins have announced the signing of former Australia Test captain James Horwill.

See how people are reacting after hacked Sony pulled Seth Rogen film The Interview

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: See how people are reacting after hacked Sony pulled Seth Rogen film The Interview

11:35pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Interview is about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Ozil nearing Gunners return

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is hopeful of returning soon from a knee injury.

11:30pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil feels his recovery from a knee problem is now "on the right path" and cannot wait to get back into action.

New Everton deal for Naismith

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Everton's Steven Naismith, left, has signed a new deal with the club.

11:28pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Steven Naismith has signed a three-year extension to his Everton contract, committing him to the club until the summer of 2019.

So what did we really think of these Apprentice interviewees?

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: So what did we really think of these Apprentice interviewees?

11:25pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

And what on earth was Solomon on about?

15 reasons why we love to hate angry Apprentice star Claude Littner

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: 15 reasons why we love to hate angry Apprentice star Claude Littner

12:31am Thursday 18th December 2014

He absolutely destroyed Solomon…

7 people who were really stressed after watching the Apprentice interviews

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: 7 people who were really stressed after watching the Apprentice interviews

10:46pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

It’s over. It’s time to have a nice glass of milk and calm down.

Apprentice Solomon: I was too fun for boring Lord Sugar

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Apprentice Solomon: I was too fun for boring Lord Sugar

10:06pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Apprentice reject Solomon Akhtar said Lord Sugar is boring and he got fired for being too much fun.

Blades land Spurs in semi draw

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Shheffield United's Nigel Clough will be facing Tottenham

10:04pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

League One side Sheffield United will face Tottenham in a two-legged semi-final of the Capital One Cup.

Sterling effort helps Reds through

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, left, celebrates opening the scoring

9:55pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Raheem Sterling's first goals since mid-September helped Liverpool end a miserable seven days with a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals at the expense of Bournemouth.

Four-some Spurs outclass Newcastle

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (centre) celebrates scoring

9:45pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Tottenham obliterated Newcastle as they stylishly secured their place in Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Armitage lands 12-week ban

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Delon Armitage, right, has been suspended for 12 weeks

9:37pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Toulon full-back Delon Armitage has been suspended for 12 weeks following a misconduct complaint lodged against him after his club's match against Leicester, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.

Ben Haenow delights screaming fans at Cardiff signing session

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ben Haenow delights screaming fans at Cardiff signing session

9:26pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The singer has already shifted 107,000 copies of his single since its release.

Christmas No 1 edges closer for X Factor's Ben Haenow

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ben Haenow: Simon Cowell's not rooting for my X Factor rival Fleur East

6:17pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

He’d be the seventh winner of the ITV contest to be top at Christmas.

Disability claimants 'face delays'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Many disability claimants are experiencing 'very long delays', according to the review

5:31pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The controversial system for assessing people for the personal independence payment (PIP) gives a "disjointed experience" for claimants, with many experiencing "very long delays", a review of the scheme has found.

Roses rivals to host Ashes Tests

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ashes cricket will return to Yorkshire's Headingley stadium in 2019, while Old Trafford - home of Lancashire - will also host a Test match

5:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Headingley and Old Trafford will play host to Ashes Tests in 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Status Quo on Antiques Roadshow

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Status Quo on Antiques Roadshow

4:57pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Chart stars Status Quo visit the Antiques Roadshow at Christmas to see a tapestry created for them by late fan Colin Booth.

Lucy Mecklenburgh dating Louis Smith?

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lucy Mecklenburgh dating Louis Smith?

4:14pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Former Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh is reportedly romancing Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.

Garcia blasts FIFA leadership

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: FIFA's ethics investigator Michael Garcia has resigned and blasted the governing body's leadership

4:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The man in charge of investigating World Cup has quit with a parting blast at FIFA's leadership.

Justin Bieber to sleep rough

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Justin Bieber to sleep rough

3:58pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Justin Bieber is apparently planning to spend one night sleeping rough in Los Angeles.

Osborne to sell £3bn Lloyds shares

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The taxpayer currently owns 25% of Lloyds Banking Group

3:51pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Treasury is to sell off a stake of up to 5% in Lloyds Banking Group over the next six months raising about £3 billion.

Mail sale 'could have raised more'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Former City minister Lord Myners is to publish the findings of his study into the Government's controversial sell-off of the Royal Mail

3:51pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Government could have achieved more money for the taxpayer from its sale of Royal Mail, but not as much as the £1 billion suggested by some critics, an official report is expected to say.

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