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

The Jenrick Group: Maintenance Technician

£35200 per annum + Pension and holidays: The Jenrick Group: Maintenance Engine...

Recruitment Genius: Warehouse Operative

£14000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing specialist merchant co...

SThree: TRAINEE RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT - IT - LONDON

£20000 - £30000 per annum + OTE £50k: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 bus...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant - LONDON

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000 + Car + Pension: SThree: SThree are a ...

The News Matrix: Tuesday 4 December 2012

Cameron to miss Nobel ceremony

The Prime Minister will not attend next week's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at which the European Union will be given the coveted award. His absence is thought to be a move to placate Conservative Eurosceptics. Nick Clegg will represent Britain at the high-profile event in Oslo, which will be attended by Angela Merkel and François Hollande.

Osborne to reveal shale gas plans

The Chancellor is to unveil plans to generate up to half Britain's energy needs from gas, giving the go-ahead for the extraction of shale reserves from under large parts of the UK. Up to 30 new gas-fuelled power stations could be commissioned within the next 15 years. MORE

Council leader kills wife, then himself

A Conservative leader of North Norfolk district council is believed to have shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself, police said yesterday. Keith Johnson, 58, and his wife Andrea, 44, were found dead outside their bungalow near the town of Cromer. MORE

Nato to OK missile defence for Turkey

Nato is set to authorise Patriot missile defences on Turkey's border with Syria over fears that Bashar al-Assad's regime could launch chemical-weapon attacks. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the missile system could be in place within a matter of weeks.

Growth forecasts to be downgraded

Official growth forecasts for the economy will be sharply downgraded, Treasury figures reveal. Tomorrow, as George Osborne presents his autumn statement, the Office for Budget Responsibility bulletin is expected to show that GDP will shrink by 0.1 per cent this year. MORE

Private cash needed for green energy

The Government needs to attract tens of billions of pounds of private investment in low-carbon energy to meet environmental targets. Figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance showed that spending on renewable energy has more than halved in the past three years. MORE

Price is right for the Turner Prize

Elizabeth Price won the Turner Prize last night for her "seductive and immersive" video trilogy. Price was the first video artist to win for more than a decade. She beat heavy favourite Paul Noble. MORE

Rat clubbed to death by takeaway owner

The owner of an Indian takeaway in south London astounded health inspectors by clubbing a rat to death in front of them. But Rajakumar Rajalingam's actions at the New Chutney Express in Tooting did no good, as rat after rat appeared. Mr Rajalingam was fined £20,000. MORE

Ancient hymn book could fetch $20m

Members of the Old South Church in Boston have voted to auction off a 372-year-old hymn book which could fetch up to $20m (£12.4). The church owns two of only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book still in existence. The book, one of the first-ever published in America, is dated to 1640. Congregants voted by a majority for its sale.

Winehouse house sold at auction

The Camden house where Amy Winehouse was found dead from alcohol poisoning last year has been sold at auction for just under £2m. The auctioneer McHugh & Co sold the semi-detached house, described as a "spacious well-planned accommodation arranged on four floors", for £1.98 million.

TV channel fined over The Simpsons

A broadcasting watchdog is fining a television channel $30,000 (£18,600) for insulting religious values. RTUK took umbrage at an episode of The Simpsons on CNBC-e which showed God taking orders from the devil. In one instance, the devil asks God to make him a coffee. Most Turks are Muslim but it is a secular republic.

‘Three Cups of Tea’ author kills himself

David Oliver Relin, author of the book Three Cups of Tea, has committed suicide at the age of 49 after a TV programme questioned whether parts of the book were fabricated. It tells of Greg Mortenson’s efforts to build schools in Afghanistan, but an investigation showed some of the schools may not have existed.

BBC will film Rowling's novel

The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling's first novel for adults, will be dramatised by the BBC. The adaptation is expected to air on BBC One in 2014. "I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home," the author said. The number of episodes has yet to be decided.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'