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Letter: Quotas will not redress injustice

THE PROBLEM I have with both New Labour's approach to racism and your recent article on racism in the workplace ("Still stuck on the shopfloor", 31 October) is the assumption that all will be well once we have quotas in every sphere of life where ethnic minorities and females are represented - ethnic minorities 7 per cent, females 50 per cent. The article suggests that we want to change the cultural make-up of the powerful few while the vast majority remains disenfranchised in our society.

4,500 to be axed in aluminium shake-up

THE THREE aluminium giants who will merge to create the world's largest aluminium company said yesterday that they would axe 4,500 jobs and close plants and sales offices to cut the enlarged group's annual costs by at least $600m (pounds 373m).

Leading Article: The gift of conception from beyond the grave

THE FIRST reaction to our report today that increasing numbers of children are being conceived by "fathers beyond the grave" is likely to be one of unease. There's an obvious danger that such children will be burdened by the feeling that they are human memorials to their dead fathers, from whose frozen sperm they have been posthumously conceived. But we should beware of being too judgmental about the motives of the mothers concerned. If they want to have a child who shares some of the genetic traits of a much-loved and mourned man, who is to say that is unhealthy, morbid or unwise? Any woman who makes such a decision, and whose partner has already given his written consent, or even stored some sperm, is likely to have given the issue serious thought. Indeed, they are likely to have given the question of bringing a child into the world more serious thought than many "ordinary" parents.

Fashion: Stop making sense

... because not everything in black and white does

Power companies to fight 20% cuts to household bills

ELECTRICITY COMPANIES are threatening to take the new energy regulator, Callum McCarthy, to the Competition Commission if he imposes a cut in household bills of more than 20 per cent in his forthcoming price review.

Going Down: Rentokil Initial

RENTOKIL INITIAL, the support-services company, said profits this year are likely to increase between 10 per cent and 15 per cent, below the company's 20 per cent target, as sales growth decelerates. The shares fell 25 per cent.

LETTER: Blonde bombshell

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Is it worth it... Smeg fridge

How do you decide what makes a good fridge? Butter kept cold enough? Plenty of ice cubes? Most fridges can handle these simple requirements, but when you hanker after something extra special and it's what's on the outside that counts, take a look at the Smeg Fab30 fridge-freezer. It has Fifties-style rounded edges and a sturdy shape that's been combined with Nineties technology and comes in colours from vibrant red to pastel blue and beyond. Undoubtedly the best is the silver model, a gleaming obelisk that shines from the corner of your kitchen, hinting at Fifties space-age design.

Fashion: The history of... Lipstick - Lip-smacking good

BUYING A lipstick is the cheapest way to own a designer brand name, with Chanel, Versace and Dior all putting their names to luxurious make-up ranges. Decorating the face has been practised throughout the history of mankind by using the stains from plants and minerals or whatever was to hand.

Union must explain pounds 6m loss

Union must explain pounds 6m loss

Ousted Fisher chief's pounds 1.1m payoff

NEIL ENGLAND, ousted as chief executive of the Albert Fisher food group last month, is in line for a payoff of pounds 1.1m, it emerged yesterday. The sum will fuel the "rewards for failure debate" as Mr England presided over a halving of Albert Fisher profits and a share price collapse during his two-year tenure as chief executive.

Letter: Lessons of war?

Sir: Tim Field (letters, 13 November) should make up his mind. Either the Great War soldiers executed for cowardice were guilty, in which case a pardon (forgiveness for a wrong committed) is appropriate, or they were innocent, in which case a pardon (by confirming their guilt) would be a further slur on their reputations. Which does he want?

Eight Of The Best: lip glosses

Romance Lip Balm, pounds 4.95, Crabtree & Evelyn (mail order 01235 862244)

Fashion: 5 ways to wear - Red make-up

Putting on red lipstick, 'Harper's Bazaar' once declared, is an act that 'reinforces the spirit'. That was in 1946, but red is still the ultimate look-at-me colour. Its most recent incarnations, however - as eye-liner, mascara, blusher and eye-shadow - do demand a certain flair in application

Hot Thing: Coloured Mascara

EIGHTIES REVIVALISM is creeping back, but it's sharp rather than silly: more Brian Ferry than Boy George. Coloured mascara is everywhere, but the starting point was surely the McQueen Autumn/Winter show (pictured), with white faces, pink lashes and contact lenses. This "albino chic" is a little high-maintenance but many cosmetics companies have caught on and toned it down.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee