SPL to pilot 'safe-standing' areas

Scotland's top-flight clubs have been given the green light to pilot safe standing schemes in their stadiums but Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster stressed it does not signal the return to the old-style terracing.

Fletcher has won four Premier League titles with Manchester United

Jeremy Laurance: Fletcher's condition strikes one in 10,000 people each year

Darren Fletcher is unlucky – about one in 10,000 people develop ulcerative colitis each year. It is a chronic condition causing inflammation of the bowel with symptoms, typically, of abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea and a frequent need to go to the toilet.

Mary Portas proposes 'town teams' to save high streets

A third of high streets are "degenerating or failing" according to new research published by the Government today.

North star: Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen

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It is certainly a house, its wooden frame, painted in soft hues of white and blue, perched prettily in its waterside setting. But I am not convinced, as I open its creaking front door, that it was ever a home – at least, not in the idea of a welcoming shelter from the storm.

Brian Ashton: 'There’s a part of me that wanted to cry at the lazy journalism at the heart of it'

Michael McCarthy: The threat to our green fields

It is important to be precise about what the Government's new planning framework threatens. It does not (generally) threaten special areas, such as National Parks or Green Belt land. What it threatens is the ordinary, open countryside of green fields, hedges and woods which gives England in particular its character. In the past, ordinary countryside was explicitly recognised as of value in planning policy guidance for its "intrinsic character and beauty" and given robust protection for that.

Clark admits May not told of policy

The former head of the border agency conceded yesterday he did not tell Theresa May that fingerprint checks were being eased at ports.

Theresa May speaks at the Opposition Day debate

Steve Richards: Forcing Theresa May out solves nothing

Here we go again. Another Home Secretary is in trouble. I cannot remember such a furore since the last Home Secretary was in trouble. When was that? David Blunkett was forced out. So was Charles Clarke. His successor, John Reid, did not last very long although he departed voluntarily. Jacqui Smith lasted for a year or so before taking an exhausted bow. Alan Johnson was next. He remained for about the same time before a general election brought about his removal.

The Business On... Andrew Moss, Chief executive, Aviva

I see Aviva has beaten forecasts: does that buy Mr Moss time?

Jon Stewart gives Britain a 'kick to the clotted creams'

The US comedian Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show, has mocked laws which forced the More 4 channel to censor an edition of his satirical show in the UK because it contained footage of Parliamentary proceedings.

The Insider: How to create a lovely living-room

While compiling last week's Insider on 1970s style, I received an apt charity-shop gift from my nice neighbour: Rooms for Living, a 1976 Design Council paperback on the sitting-room. Despite its use of sunken sofas and giant toadstools, the brilliant tips are timeless. As the book is out of print, I'll share some here...

Semenya forgets past and dreams of another gold

With gender-test furore behind her, the South African wants to defend 800m title

Rocking motion fosters deep sleep, study claims

If you need a nap, get a hammock. You will nod off quicker and sleep more deeply, researchers say.

Mary Ann Sieghart: A 'war' we should fight no longer

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