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Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Emergency gas workers suffer under pay deal

National Grid has been accused of a “management failure” that has allegedly seen hundreds of workers left out of pocket, as the power giant’s fractious relationship with unions hits new lows.

The first system of its kind in the Thames provides hot water for 150 homes and a large hotel in Richmond Park

Heat from rivers could supply energy to thousands of homes

Department of Energy wants rapid development of pumps that could help provide low-carbon power
Street life: A generation will struggle to play its part in society, says Unison

Cuts to youth services 'will lead to poverty and crime,' say unions

Fears of developing crisis as youth worker numbers and clubs are slashed, and the young are left hanging about on street corners
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being pressured to find more funds

Nurses seek £15m to avert hike in watchdog's annual registration fees

The Nursing and Midwifery Council may have to increase its fees from £100 to £120 next year
Salmond: Not appealing to female voters?

Scottish independence: Women say No to 'blokeish' First Minister Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond's "blokeish attitude" has made him a liability among women in Scotland during the independence referendum campaign, according to one of his chief opponents.

Persistence may well pay off for the American big guns

Westminster Outlook Here’s a bit of Government contract gossip. This month – probably next week – new Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will push ahead with one of the big departmental reforms launched by his predecessor, Philip Hammond. The department will announce which companies have won the first four packages of work to introduce greater private-sector discipline to Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the £14bn budget agency that buys military kit.

From Kuwaiti canals to welfare-to-work, Interserve has come a long way – quietly

Westminster Outlook Founded by brothers Augustus and Edmund Hughes 130-years ago, the London & Tilbury Lighterage Company was a business to stir the blood.

A third runway at the UK's biggest airport - Heathrow - is one of the expansion options put forward in a first report published today by the Airports Commission

Exclusive: Stop dithering over airport capacity, business leaders tell politicians

Let Britain Fly has enlisted 10 business figures to make video appeals for more airport capacity

No10 has condemned Miliband's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue

Israel-Gaza conflict: David Cameron is 'in the wrong' over Gaza, says Ed Miliband

The Labour leader launches attack on the PM as Lib Dems fall out over 'frequently irresponsible' tweets of MP
Alex Salmond wants to renationalise the Royal Mail north of the border

Scottish independence: MPs set to 'pour scorn' on SNP finance plans

Renationalising independent Scotland's Royal Mail will be tricky, and charging UK students will be illegal, says committee
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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone