Law change threat to stop binge drinking – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 18th, 2008 in advertising, alcohol abuse, news by sally

“Ministers are threatening to change the law to stop supermarkets advertising beer and wine at bargain prices in a bid to tackle the epidemic of binge drinking sweeping Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2008

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UK banks defend ‘rip-off’ overdraft charges – The Times

Posted January 18th, 2008 in banking, fees, news by sally

“A High Court test case that could shape the future of the UK retail banking industry finally got under way today when lawyers for eight of Britain’s leading banks began defending allegations of charging ‘rip-off’ fees.”

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The Times, 17th January 2008

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Diana’s inquest: is it money well spent? – The Times

Posted January 18th, 2008 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Despite all the flak the coroner chairing the inquest of the late Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is making the best of a difficult job.”

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The Times, 17th January 2008

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Human-animal embryos get the go-ahead – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“British scientists will try to create human-animal embryos for the first time after receiving the go-ahead from the government’s fertility regulator yesterday. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said it had offered year-long licences to two teams of scientists that hope to use the embryos to study stem cells, the body’s master cells that have the potential to form any tissue or organ.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2008

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Released paedophile is arrested – BBC News

Posted January 18th, 2008 in child abuse, news, sexual offences by sally

“A wanted paedophile who was mistakenly released by a police force has been arrested in Sussex.”

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BBC News, 17th January 2008

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Government stands by its 42-day limit for locking up terror suspects – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Gordon Brown has brushed aside a chorus of protest to press ahead with plans to allow terror suspects to be locked up without charge for up to 42 days, leaked documents obtained by The Independent show. The Prime Minister’s refusal to compromise leaves the Home Secretary facing a desperate struggle to avert Mr Brown’s first Commons defeat. Up to 40 Labour MPs have vowed to oppose any extension of the current 28-day limit, already the longest in the Western world.”

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The Independent, 18th January 2008

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Straw supports the courts after bail row over Newlove murderer – The Times

Posted January 18th, 2008 in bail, murder, news, young offenders by sally

“Jack Straw came to the defence of judges and magistrates faced with controversial bail decisions last night, as it emerged that a teenager who killed Garry Newlove had been bailed ten hours earlier.”

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The Times, 18th January 2008

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Corrupt MoD official can keep £1.5m – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2008 in civil servants, confiscation, fraud, news by sally

“A corrupt civil servant behind one of the biggest frauds in Whitehall history has managed to avoid paying anything towards a £1.5m confiscation order because the Crown Prosecution Service delayed enforcing it for 11 years, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2008

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Firm bills council over high website traffic – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 18th, 2008 in internet, news by sally

“A software firm has unsuccessfully billed a local authority £10,000 after its website received lots of traffic from the council. The bill was based on a claim that Derby Council staff were using a free web tool for work purposes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th January 2008
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Welsh smacking ban is ruled out – BBC News

Posted January 18th, 2008 in corporal punishment, news, Wales by sally

“Wales will not have the power to introduce its own smacking ban, the assembly government has been told.”

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BBC News, 17th January 2008

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Carphone Warehouse broke Data Protection Act, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 17th, 2008 in data protection, news by sally

“The Carphone Warehouse allowed customers to view other people’s account details, passed inaccurate information on to debt collectors and opened accounts in the wrong name, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th January 2008

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MoD offers nerve gas veterans £3m and an apology – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2008 in armed forces, chemical weapons, compensation, experiments, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is to offer compensation and an apology to the Porton Down victims of secret chemical testing, it was reported today.”

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The Guardian, 17th January 2008

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Ministers ditch the phrase ‘war on terror’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 17th, 2008 in news, terrorism by sally

“Ministers have dropped the term ‘war on terror’ and will refer to jihadis as ‘criminals’ in an attempt to stop glorifying acts of terrorism.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2008

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Smith targets internet extremism – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2008 in internet, news, terrorism by sally

“The home secretary is to outline plans to target websites promoting extremism, as part of efforts to stop people being drawn towards radical groups.”

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BBC News, 17th January 2008

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Organ supply ‘can be boosted without new law’ – The Times

Posted January 17th, 2008 in human tissue, news by sally

“Greater effort and more money could increase organ transplants by 50 per cent without a change in the law, a task force set up by the Government says.”

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The Times, 17th January 2008

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Lesbian soldier Kerry Fletcher wins case – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian soldier who endured lewd sexual innuendo from a senior staff sergeant who claimed he could ‘turn her straight’ could win compensation of more than £400,000, after winning her case against the Ministry of Defence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2008

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Baby scalding death council sued – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2008 in health & safety, local government, news by sally

“The family of a 10-month-old baby who died when a water tank burst above her head in a council house is to take legal action against the authority.”

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BBC News, 16th January 2008
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Foreign Office sued for sex and race discrimination – The Independent

Posted January 17th, 2008 in civil servants, news, race discrimination, sex discrimination by sally

“The careers of women and ethnic minority civil servants working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are held back by a glass ceiling that is supported by an inherited culture of discrimination, it was alleged yesterday.”

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The Independent, 17th January 2008

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Police release wanted paedophile – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2008 in news, police, sexual offences by sally

“A paedophile named on a list of the UK’s “most wanted” was arrested but later released after police failed to recognise him.”

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BBC News, 16th January 2008

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Employers back Web 2.0 for the workplace, says KPMG – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 17th, 2008 in employment, internet, news by sally

“Most corporate executives believe that blogs, wikis and social networks will help employees to work more efficiently. But widespread adoption of Web 2.0 is being thwarted by security and governance concerns, according to research by KPMG.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th January 2008
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