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Month: January 2016

Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster…

RHS Sunflower seed giveaway

April 14-20 is National Gardening Week, the RHS’ annual attempt to get us off the sofa and onto the beds with a series of events…

UK construction growth bolsters economic recovery hopes

Britain’s construction industry grew at the fastest pace in nearly a year in February, bolstering expectations that the UK will escape a double dip recession….

‘Stem rust’ fungus threatens global wheat harvest

The world’s leading crop scientists issued a stark warning that a deadly airborne fungus could devastate wheat harvests in poor countries and lead to famines…

Italian vintners forced to harvest crops early due to sultry summer

Italy is set for one of its smallest wine harvests after an arid, torrid summer – and will almost certainly cede its title as the…

Banks fail to meet targets to increase lending to small business

Banks failed to increase lending to small businesses in the first three months of 2010, despite political pressure to free up the credit markets. The…

Tackling the problem of really slow ADSL broadband

As you have discovered, in our new competitive broadband market, the buck frequently doesn’t stop anywhere. Demon is your internet service provider (ISP), but it…

Sri Lanka’s tea growers have gone organic

Until quite recently, Sri Lanka had disappeared from the British tea connoisseur’s map. While European tea lovers have always rated top Ceylon estates highly, here…

Small businesses: the importance of knowing your market

So you’ve had a lightbulb moment and come up with a business idea. Now you need to ask yourself a simple question: “‘Will my idea…

The experts’ step-by-step guide to cyber security

Where does cyber security fall on your to-do list? If it’s not a priority, it should be because 60% of small businesses suffered a breach…

Farmers fall prey to rice rustlers as price of staple crop rockets

Knee-deep in muddy water, her face smeared with sandalwood paste and a broad-brimmed hat for protection against the broiling sun, Samniang Ketia grins broadly at…

United Airlines will honour flight tickets mistakenly sold for $5 to $10

United Airlines will honour plane tickets it mistakenly sold online for between $5 and $10, the company said on Friday. Customers using the airline’s website…

Seven reasons the world’s stock markets are falling

European markets are in panic mode with all major indices down sharply. It follows a widespread sell-off on both sides of the Atlantic on Wednesday….

South Sudan to export coffee for the first time

The world has long been pleading with South Sudan’s feuding leaders to wake up and smell the coffee. The four-year-old country is notorious for conflict…

The European Union needs reforming, not abandoning

Jonathan Freedland (Opinion, 10 October) is right to warn that a “remain” vote in the forthcoming EU referendum is by no means a foregone conclusion,…

Günter Grass: final interview reveals author’s fears of another world war

Germany’s Nobel-winning author Günter Grass said he feared humanity was “sleepwalking” into a world war in the last interview he gave before his death on…

Wall Street still sees itself as its own best client. Can that ever be remedied?

Imagine, if you can, a world in which the big banks subscribe to a code of conduct that includes a pledge that “we seek no…

Car manufacturing hits reverse gear

UK car manufacturing went into reverse in August as factories closed for the summer holidays. A total of 71,065 cars rolled off production lines last…

Modern cargo ships slow to the speed of the sailing clippers

The world’s largest cargo ships are travelling at lower speeds today than sailing clippers such as the Cutty Sark did more than 130 years ago….

Europe’s plan for alternative pipeline faces big problems

With its vast underground storage tanks and network of pipes, valves and tubes, Baumgarten in the flatlands east of Vienna is one of Europe’s biggest…

Britain flying high as top of Europe for private jets

The increasing numbers of the UK-based super-rich are sending ownership levels of private jets soaring to all-time highs. More corporate jets have been delivered to…

Global ranking on corruption and justice aims to promote good governance

The World Justice Project (WJP) says that its Rule of Law Index, which ranks 102 countries, is the most comprehensive of its kind and the…

Google Glass is back! But now it’s for businesses?

Google has quietly resurrected its wearable computer, Glass, as an enterprise-focused device aimed at industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy. The unannounced relaunch, reported…

Switzerland begins postal delivery by drone

Switzerland’s postal service said on Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely…

Apple launches ultra-thin laptop

Apple has already made waves with its iPod, iPhone and trendy desktop computers, but today the company threw out a new challenge to its competitors,…

The 10 best alternative news apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

We’re not in Fleet Street any more, Toto. Changing news habits haven’t killed off traditional newspapers just yet, but they have sparked new ways of…

Smart TV is the future

Almost in the blink of an eye (or the time it takes to type 140 characters) it seems that we’re very close to reaching a…

Apple Pay: what businesses need to consider before diving in

Apple Pay launched to mixed fanfare in the UK last week and both sides have, as expected, been debated to death. It’s easy to see…

Drive like Bond, James Bond: Express tests the Land Rover smartphone car remote control

You can now take your Range Rover Sport for a spin, without opening the car door. Land Rover’s smart motor can be started, dropped into…

Audi’s 50 mph e-bike pops wheelies, boasts WiFi

Audi, the company that brought you hybrid-diesel racecars, has an intriguing two-wheel concept vehicle: an ultra-light carbon fiber electric bicycle that has WiFi built in,…