Welsh Water in £1bn spend

The not-for-profit company Welsh Water unveiled plans yesterday to spend £1bn on infrastructure and renewable energy over the next three years, creating around 1,500 construction jobs.

Thames Water boss Martin Baggs awarded large bonus

The boss of Thames Water has been awarded a bonus nearly equal to his annual salary after a year in which a hosepipe ban was announced and customer satisfaction "deteriorated".

No buyers for New York's empty jailhouses at rock bottom price

A decline in prisoner numbers has prompted the State to try to sell off correctional facilities

James Moore: Why Homeserve's bad habits need to be curbed

If you ever needed an example of why the insurance industry gets it so wrong so often Homeserve's chief executive Richard Harpin provided it yesterday. Some 94 per cent of Homeserve's customers are satisfied with the service, he declared. Why, then, has the group has found itself in such a pickle?

James Moore: HomeServe has no room for boasting when it has so many problems to sort out

Outlook If you ever needed an example of why the insurance industry gets it so wrong so often HomeServe's chief executive Richard Harpin provided it yesterday. Some 94 per cent of HomeServe's customers are satisfied with the service, he declared.

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Before the Woodstock film brought him iconic status, Richie Havens was a distinctive presence on the Greenwich Village folk scene.

Heavy rain 'threatens to pollute nation's beaches'

The heavy rain is having a damaging effect on Britain's beaches, washing raw sewage from overflow pipes and pollution on to bathing areas.

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Simon Carr: Disgrace! Ker-ching! Rowdy Labour indignation as 'ashamed Dave' fails to show

Sketch: Cameron had made his shameful statement in the morning and was cowering in a feculent hole counting £50 notes

All fuel is drained from stricken 'Concordia'

Authorities say they have removed all the fuel that was left aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Italy.

Surfers to take part in biggest ever clean-up of plastic packaging

Around 1,000 surfers will swap their boards for rubber gloves and bags this weekend for their biggest ever clean-up of plastic packaging, drinks tins and other debris on beaches.

Hundreds of Egyptians register to run for office

After decades of iron-fisted authoritarianism bolstered by sham elections, Egypt's forthcoming presidential poll looks set to take place in markedly different conditions after hundreds of candidates signed up to run for the office.

David Flatman: My ego is battered when club games are just a sideshow

From the Front Row: Arrogance is necessary for players who want to forge a career in sport

Burst pipes causing road problems

Burst water pipes are causing problems on the country's roads as the big freeze persists.

Ben Morgan with the Calcutta Cup

Ben Morgan tells of regime that took him from builder to England international

Ben Morgan has revealed the punishing training regime that helped turn him from a part-time builder, part-time rugby player into a full England international.

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