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

Business Analyst - Surrey - Permanent - Up to £50k DOE

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

***ASP.NET Developer - Cheshire - £35k - Permanent***

£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

***Solutions Architect*** - Brighton - £40k - Permanent

£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

Senior Research Fellow in Gender, Food and Resilient Communities

£47,334 - £59,058 per annum: Coventry University: The Centre for Agroecology, ...

The News Matrix: Wednesday 25 September 2013

Borrowing grows as confidence returns

Banks are seeing annual growth in credit card and personal loan borrowing for the first time in four years, the British Bankers’ Association has reported. The findings are evidence that households are beginning to feel more confident. People spent more on their credit cards than they paid back in August in a break with a trend for more cautious behaviour in recent years.

UN inspectors return to continue inquiry

The UN says a team of chemical weapons inspectors will return to Syria today to complete its investigation into “pending credible allegations” of chemical weapons use in the conflict. Previously, the team found evidence the nerve agent sarin was used near Damascus in August.

Doctors’ home visits lose out to admin

Doctors spend over twice as much time on paperwork as on home visits, a survey suggests. Attending management meetings and doing administration takes up about 17 hours a week, compared with seven hours spent at patients’ bedsides. About 400 doctors were polled.

40 die as earthquake strikes near border

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck a remote area in south-western Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 40 people and wounding dozens as houses collapsed. The Pakistani military said it was rushing troops and helicopters to Baluchistan province’s Awaran district. MORE

Gove’s curriculum  is ‘neo-Victorian’

A leading education expert claims the Government’s new curriculum is “neo-Victorian”. Cambridge University Professor Robin Alexander told the British Academy that Education Secretary Michael Gove’s reforms favour English and Maths at the expense of the arts. MORE

Police raided in move against far right

Internal affairs officers have raided police stations near Athens as part of an investigation into the activities of the far-right Golden Dawn party. The move came a day after the government replaced five senior police officers “to ensure the absolute objectivity” of the investigation.

Disabled people take Disney for ride

Disney is changing its rules allowing disabled people to skip the queues at its US theme parks after it emerged visitors had hired disabled “black market Disney guides” to help them jump queues. MORE

North Sea helicopter flights under review

Helicopter operations in the North Sea are to be reviewed, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The review follows five accidents in the last four years, the last of which in August claimed four lives. It will be undertaken jointly with Norwegian and European agencies.

Kipling’s home on the market for £1.5m

The seaside home of Rudyard Kipling is for sale for £1.5million. The author of The Jungle Book lived in The Elms, a five-bedroom detached house in Rottingdean, East Sussex, from 1897 TO 1902. A spokesman for the estate agents claimed he wrote many of his works there.

Village reluctant to become an F-word

Residents of the Welsh village of Varteg have expressed their concern over plans to rename it Y Farteg. Welsh language campaigners support the change, saying in the Welsh language there is no letter V and the same sound is produced by the single letter F. Locals are worried it would make them the butt of jokes.

Parents’ groups say no to Elton

A parents’ committee has asked Vladimir Putin to cancel a concert by gay musician Elton John, saying he will violate a ban on “homosexual propaganda” when he performs in Russia in December. Elton John wants to go ahead with the concert to champion gay rights.

British rower ends 3,750-mile journey

A British rower who paddled for 150 days on a solo feat from Japan to Alaska has returned engaged. Sarah Outen, 28, from Rutland, Leicestershire, arrived in Adak in the Aleutian Islands yesterday after rowing some 3,750 nautical miles in her boat Happy Socks. MORE

Church confesses to sin of mass texting

A Roman Catholic church in the Austrian city of Graz says it has been found guilty of contravening telecommunications law by sending mass texts to its followers asking them to pay overdue membership fees. It says it was fined €10,000 after congregation members complained.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker