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BBC News: Alps crash co-pilot 'hid illness'
Friday 27th March 2015
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

Airport security staff to strike

Security staff working at Scotland's regional airports vote in favour of taking industrial action over their terms and conditions.

Dounreay dome's date for demolition

Work to demolish the landmark Dounreay Fast Reactor dome in Caithness could start in seven years' time.

Severe weather warning for Scotland

The Met Office is warning of gales affecting most of mainland Scotland during the day on Saturday.

Public air routes 'will be improved'

"Significant improvements" will be made to public service obligation air routes from Glasgow and Argyll and the Hebrides, says the government.

City homes 'now less affordable'

The typical city home in Scotland has become less affordable in the past year, according to a new report.

Airports keen to host UK spaceport

Two Scottish airports are bidding to host the UK's first spaceport, according to Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown.

Ferry fares to fall on west coast

How much ferry fares will fall by when road equivalent tariff is rolled out to all remaining Clyde and Hebrides routes is confirmed.

We have achieved nothing - McIntyre

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre insists his side has achieved nothing, despite winning five of their last six matches.

Live BBC World News

Alps crash co-pilot 'hid illness'

Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid details of an existing illness from his employers, German prosecutors say.

Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes

Yemen's foreign minister says a "short, sharp" air campaign is needed against Houthi rebels who forced the president to flee abroad.

Duo ready for one year in space

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are about to undertake a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria 'retaken'

The Nigerian army says it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day national lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, except for short windows to pray.

'Two people missing' after NYC blast

At least two people are missing after an explosion caused three Manhattan buildings to collapse, with fires still smouldering the morning after.

Bomb and gunfight hit Somali hotel

Militants storm a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after a car bomb explodes killing at least seven people.

Israel to resume tax transfers to PA

Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton left 'heavily compromised'

Lewis Hamilton says his preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix have been "heavily compromised" by reliability problems.

Scudamore: Clubs deserve more credit

Premier League boss Richard Scudamore says top-flight clubs do not get enough credit for their financial contributions.

'Legal career on hold for football'

In her new column, England forward Eniola Aluko explains how she combines life as a professional footballer with being a lawyer.

Jevans quits 2015 World Cup post

Debbie Jevans resigns as chief executive of England's World Cup organising committee, citing personal reasons.

England v Lithuania

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's European Championship Qualifying game between England and Lithuania.

Joshua returns from back injury

Unbeaten British heavyweight Anthony Joshua will fight American Jason Gavern in Newcastle on 4 April.

Airport security staff to strike

Security staff working at Scotland's regional airports vote in favour of taking industrial action over their terms and conditions.

Dounreay dome's date for demolition

Work to demolish the landmark Dounreay Fast Reactor dome in Caithness could start in seven years' time.

Severe weather warning for Scotland

The Met Office is warning of gales affecting most of mainland Scotland during the day on Saturday.

Public air routes 'will be improved'

"Significant improvements" will be made to public service obligation air routes from Glasgow and Argyll and the Hebrides, says the government.

City homes 'now less affordable'

The typical city home in Scotland has become less affordable in the past year, according to a new report.

Airports keen to host UK spaceport

Two Scottish airports are bidding to host the UK's first spaceport, according to Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown.

Ferry fares to fall on west coast

How much ferry fares will fall by when road equivalent tariff is rolled out to all remaining Clyde and Hebrides routes is confirmed.

We have achieved nothing - McIntyre

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre insists his side has achieved nothing, despite winning five of their last six matches.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

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