Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Senior Risk Manager - Banking - London - £650

£600 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Conduct Risk Liaison Manager - Banking - London -...

Commercial Litigation Associate

Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION - GLOBAL...

Systems Manager - Dynamics AX

£65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: The client is a...

Service Delivery Manager (Software Development, Testing)

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established software house ba...

The News Matrix: Friday 05 July 2013

Nasal spray could end dreaded needle

Scientists in America have pioneered a nasal spray that could do away with painful anaesthetic injections for most dental procedures. The spray, Kovacaine Mist, was as effective as standard anaesthetics in four out of five patients, according to researchers at the University of Buffalo. It could help the 15 million people in the UK who have “dental anxiety”.

Court denies plea  to delay elections

Zimbabwe’s highest court says crucial elections will go ahead on 31 July despite appeals from the former opposition in a shaky coalition to delay the poll. Regional mediators had urged President Robert Mugabe to put off polls until 14 Aug to allow for more democratic reforms.

Market sees first light at end of tunnel

The housing market has shown its first “measureable improvement” for the first time since the financial crisis, according to one of Britain’s biggest homebuilders. Taylor Wimpey said the market has recovered in the wake of easier lending conditions and the Help to Buy plan. MORE

Law allowing castration quashed

Moldova’s Constitutional Court has annulled a controversial law that punished rapists and paedophiles by chemically castrating them. The court ruled the law violated constitutional rules against torture and “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment.”

Singer Bernie dies after long illness

Actress and singer Bernie Nolan has died aged 52 after a long battle with cancer. Nolan was told she was clear of breast cancer in 2010, but discovered last year that it had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones. A spokeswoman said: “Bernie passed away peacefully this morning.”

May: drug addicts to get free foil

Drug addicts will be offered free foil to encourage them to take up treatment, the Home Secretary has announced. Addicts use foil as a cooking surface for substances such as heroin so they can be injected. Theresa May said providing foil at treatment centres could facilitate “the journey towards recovery”.

Parents: Get pupils food, not laptops

Raising teachers’ salaries and feeding children should be a priority over spending money on providing pupils with laptops, say parents opposed to the government plan. Kenya has a shortfall of 40,000 teachers, and more than 200,000 teachers are on strike. President Uhuru Kenyatta made the laptop pledge when he was elected.

Mantel ‘delighted’ with RSC’s Wolf Hall

Coupling star Ben Miles has won the role of Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Author Hilary Mantel said she was “delighted” that “gifted actors” are among the cast, which also includes Lucy Briers as Catherine of Aragon.

Australia helps to save Angkor Wat

Cambodia has joined with Australia in an effort to use the internet to help preserve its fabled Angkor Wat temple complex. A new website,, will give tourists several recommendations for locations in the 160sq-mile complex where they can watch sunsets to avoid a few areas being overburdoned.

Not a sausage left as man eats 69 hotdogs

Champion Joey Chestnut downed 69 frankfurters to devour his own record in New York’s annual hotdog-eating contest. Known as Jaws, he wolfed down the sausages to win the 4 July contest. He takes home $10,000 (£6,570) and a mustard-yellow champion’s belt. The total beat his personal best by one.

Driver trapped in 10ft-deep sinkhole

A sinkhole swallowed a car travelling down a street in north-west Ohio and briefly trapped the driver, who climbed out after authorities gave her a ladder. Sgt Joe Heffernan, of the Toledo police, said a ruptured water main beneath the road may have caused the sinkhole, estimated to be at least 10ft deep.

Statue of Liberty reopens after Sandy

The Statue of Liberty reopened on Independence Day months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its island. The US celebrated in a variety of ways, from a fireworks tribute to fallen firefighters to parades and concerts.

‘Lucky’ newborns worth pretty penny

The Royal Mint will give a “lucky” silver penny to babies born on the same day as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child. The penny will be presented in a pink or blue pouch and will feature a shield of the Royal Arms. Parents whose babies share the royal birthday can apply online for one of the 2,013 coins.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little