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

Trainee Recruitment Consultants - Bristol

£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE £35000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 b...

Teacher

£130 - £131 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Ks1 teacher required for m...

Project Manager (infrastructure, upgrades, rollouts)

£38000 - £45000 Per Annum + excellent benefits package: Clearwater People Solu...

MI Analyst and SQL Developer (SQL, SSAS, SSRS)

£28000 - £32500 Per Annum + 28 days holiday, pension, discounts and more: Clea...

The News Matrix: Thursday 14 July 2011

President buries assassinated brother

President Hamid Karzai buried his younger brother in a shrine at their ancestral home yesterday, leading an outpouring of grief for one of the country’s most controversial politicians a day after he was shot dead by a trusted bodyguard. MORE

UK ‘must act’ to stop Greek-style collapse

Britain will suffer a Greek-style debt crisis without further tax rises and spending cuts, the Office for Budget Responsibility says. It claims our ageing population is pushing the Government’s total liabilities to £2 trillion on a national debt of £906bn. MORE

Poet protester is released from jail

Bahraini student Ayat al-Gormezi, who was jailed and tortured for reading a poem which was critical of the regime at a pro-democracy rally, has been released. MORE

Police arrest 26 after nationalist rioting

Riots in the nationalist areas of Belfast and Londonderry after Tuesday’s Orange Order parades saw 16 police injured and 26 arrested. In Belfast’s Ardoyne area, 55 plastic baton rounds were fired and a 12-year-old boy arrested.

Art and drama axed from classrooms

The new English Baccalaureate has seen key subjects removed from the curriculum in four out of 10 schools, a conference was told yesterday. Drama, art, religious education and information technology have all suffered severe cutbacks. MORE

Pakistan spy chief goes to Washington

The head of the Pakistani spy agency at the heart of tensions with the US is due in Washington to try to soothe relations between the countries. Ahmed Pasha’s visit is believed to be his first since the May raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Five reported dead at Boston estate blast

Five people were reported dead last night after what was believed to be an explosion at an industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Emergency crews were called to the Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate after 7pm.

Wanted man nabbed after dating show

A suspect in a murder committed 13 years ago has been detained by police in north-eastern China after he wooed the audience on a TV dating show. An anonymous caller tipped police that the man closely resembled Wu Gang, who was wanted for stabbing a man to death.

Motörhead guitarist Wurzel dies, aged 61

Michael Burston – the Cheltenhamborn Motörhead guitarist known as Wurzel – died this weekend. The band announced in a statement: “Wurz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack. At least we know he went with a smile.”

Men dream of being Jeremy Clarkson

Presenting Top Gear alongside the likes of James May and Richard Hammond has topped a poll of men’s dream jobs. Almost three out of 10 respondents said they’d love to take up the role, beating jobs as a video games tester (21 per cent) and a Formula 1 driver (19 per cent).

Smelly feet could be used in malaria fight

The smell of old socks can help fight malaria by enticing mosquitoes into traps, scientists have found. Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute showed mosquitoes were attracted by human foot odour, raising the prospect that they could be lured into outdoor areas and poisoned. MORE

Two-headed snake makes zoo debut

An albino snake with two heads has gone on display at a zoo in southern Ukraine. An official at the park did not give details of why the California Kingsnake was born with the defect, but said that the two heads reacted and appeared to think independently.

Career Services

Day In a Page

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
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?