The Government has advised councils to slash the speed limits to 20mph in the residential areas and near schools across the country.
The proposal will allow councils to introduce 20mph zones without having to install traffic calming measures like humps.
The development followed a fresh research that revealed that 20mph zones reported a fall of 40 per cent in road causalities.
The Government has already tried the idea of 20mph limits in Portsmouth, where it gave very encouraging results.
Thousands of passengers stranded aboard on Wednesday following the collapse of the UK-based low cost airline Flyglobespan.
Carrier's all flights were cancelled after its parent company the Globespan Group went into administration, throwing around 800 people out of work.
Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers said the Civil Aviation Authority would be responsible for the repatriation of passengers who were already aboard on holidays booked as a part of Globespan holiday package.
British broadcaster Channel 4 and Internet service provider TalkTalk have joined Project Canvas, a service that brings free-to-air broadcasts plus internet content on TV.
The recent development took the number of members to six. British Broadcasting Corp., ITV, RTL's Five and BT are already partners in the joint venture.
Commenting on the project, Channel 4's director of strategy Gill Pritchard said, "Project Canvas is an important development that will bring considerable benefits to all viewers."
After an extensive search, Bank of America on Wednesday announced that an internal candidate, Brian Moynihan, has won the honors and will be taking over as the bank's Chief Executive, an announcement which has put an end to a long and protracted search for someone to take the reins of the troubled bank in their hands after the current Chief, Kenneth Lewis, steps down at year end.
Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Harry Burns has, after much analysis, revealed that men are now "narrowing" the gap of life expectancy with women as they are currently more likely to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
It has been revealed that since the 1980s, there has been a rise in the male life expectancy of 6.6 years to 75.3 years, while female life expectancy has managed to grow by a mere 4.9 years to
Openings for first-year medical students have been expanded by the Association of American Medical Colleges till the year 2018, in order to effectively take care of the acute nationwide shortage of doctors. Experts are still, however, of the opinion that this would not help much and a shortage would be faced, particularly in inner-city and rural areas.
According to latest official figures released, the rate of suicides has declined to hit the lowest level seen since 1985, but the rates of male and Maori suicides are still high and a reason for concern.
The figures released by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, for the year 2007, which are the most recent available, show that in the year, 483 people took their own lives, a substantial fall from the figure of 526 recorded for the previous year.
It seems that the much loved Santa Claus is now come under the scrutiny microscope of some experts who have blamed that mythical creature of living and acting in a way which could "damage millions of lives".
According to experts, the zooming red suit clad spreader of Christmas cheer and deliverer of gifts is an "unwitting promoter of obesity, unhealthy products, disease and even drink driving". The concerns have been raised by an Australian academic.
Susan Boyle, Britain's Got Talent star, was the most hit YouTube clip of 2009.
The Scottish singer's rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' was watched more than 120 million times all over the world.
Susan Boyle got nearly three times more hits than the second most-watched video of this year.
The second most-watched video, which features a disorientated 7-year-old boy after receiving dental treatment, achieved more than 37 million hits.
Engineering group GKN has announced that its full-year profit would likely surpass market projections owing to improved demand.
The Redditch-based GKN said in its fourth quarter trading statement that pre-tax profit for 2009 would be between £70 million and £80 million, up from market forecast of £63 million.
However, the expected figure is still down from £167 million pocketed in 2008.
The Serious Fraud Office has launched a criminal investigation into the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing to determine if the collapse was the result of incompetence or some fraud.
Kaupthing collapsed in October 2008, leaving around 300,000 account-holders unable to access their hard-earned money.
The SFO will examine whether the bank misled people to encourage deposits. It will also probe why huge sums of money were withdrawn before its collapse.
Punch Taverns shareholders on Wednesday voted down executive remuneration report at their annual meeting, as the Britain’s leading pub company forecast further declines in profit.
More than 55 per cent of shareholders voted against the executive pay awards, forcing the company review its pay policy.
Punch Taverns, which operates 7,600 pubs across the country, posted a loss of £400 million previous year.
Apple's iPhone is the most searched-for device this Christmas, research by the web metrics firm Experian Hitwise showed.
Apple's smartphone accounted for 1.75 per cent of all product searches and 14 per cent of all mobile phone searches during last month.
Apple's iPod Touch was the second most searched-for product, while Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3 were the third, fourth and fifth most searched products online.
On Wednesday, the Czech National Bank suddenly and unexpectedly cut down its key interest rate to a record low for the month of December.
The central bank pulled down the two-week repo rate by a total of 25 basis points to a mere 1%, a figure which will be applicable on loans starting 17 December. Estimates pegged by analysts had revealed an expected figure of 1.25%.
The Lombard rate was slashed to 2% as well, while the rate of discount remained stable at 0.25%.
All throughout November, the bank had kept its rates stable.
Passengers in Britain's major cities will have a new experience of technology when they will use London-style smart tickets instead of paper tickets.
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said that bus and train passengers would be able to use smart tickets to pay their fares within five years.
The move is expected to make the journey quicker and hassle-free as the pre-paid microchip tickets will be installed in transport smartcards or credit cards or on mobile phones.
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