Press Association 2014 LATEST

Pocket money rise 'outstrips wages'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Research has revealed how pocket money has gone up over the last 27 years

12:34am Saturday 25th October 2014

Children's pocket money payouts have risen more than twice as fast as their parents' wage increases since the late 1980s, research has found.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Brenda Blethyn attending the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his growing trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Measures to improve used car market

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jo Swinson has announced measures to improve the used car market

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

More measures are to be introduced to prevent consumers getting bad deals when buying used cars, the Government has announced.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The BBC has defended its documentary about the country's genocide

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A law firm says it is taking legal action against supermarket giant Asda over claims some employees have been underpaid

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Supermarket giant Asda could face legal action from tens of thousands of mainly female employees who claim they have been underpaid.

Scott Mills reveals Cheryl support

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Scott Mills, with partner Joanne Clifton, failed to dazzle the Strictly judges (BBC/PA)

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - as he prepares to hit the dancefloor tonight.

Gadgets contest to help disabled

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Mark Harper has launched a competition to create gadgets for disabled people

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

The Government has launched a Dragons' Den style competition to encourage British entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help disabled people.

Judges poised to prune boyband

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Louis Walsh is set to cut his boyband down to size

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

The remaining X Factor contestants face the judges - and the public - this weekend with an exit predicted for at least one member of boyband Stereo Kicks.

Barroso's EU book 'waste of money'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jose Manuel Barroso has been accused of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job. (Handout photo for use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only.)

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has accused European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job.

Firms 'fail on credit card rights'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Advisers at financial firms need better training on credit card protections, campaigners said

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Financial firms are failing to explain properly the protections that people are entitled to when they pay by credit card, consumer group Which? has found.

Scottish Labour leader to quit

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is to stand down

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party with a parting shot at the Westminster leadership.

Pellegrini confident of Hart deal

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Joe Hart has impressed for Manchester City this season

10:44pm Friday 24th October 2014

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Delph out until 2015

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Fabian Delph's impressive 2014 is set to end with him on the sidelines

10:43pm Friday 24th October 2014

Fabian Delph's operation on his dislocated shoulder has been a success - but he is not expected to play for Aston Villa again this year.

Scottish Labour leader to quit

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is to stand down

10:12pm Friday 24th October 2014

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party with a parting shot at the Westminster leadership.

Newcastle take control

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Dean Richards presided over Newcastle's second-straight European Challenge Cup victory at Newport Gwent Dragons

10:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

Newcastle Falcons took early control of Pool Three with a creditable 30-26 victory at Newport Gwent Dragons.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Matthew McConaughey was given the accolade for his role in the acclaimed series True Detective

10:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his burgeoning trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Matthew McConaughey was given the accolade for his role in the acclaimed series True Detective

10:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his burgeoning trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Kilcoyne try sinks Saracens

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Munster's Dave Kilcoyne, left, came off the bench to score a decisive try against Saracens

10:01pm Friday 24th October 2014

Munster ended a tight European Champions Cup encounter on their terms as Saracens succumbed to the red tide at Thomond Park.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The BBC has defended its programme on the genocide

9:26pm Friday 24th October 2014

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A law firm is taking action against Asda over claims some employees are being underpaid

8:55pm Friday 24th October 2014

Supermarket giant Asda could face legal action from tens of thousands of mainly female employees who claim they have been underpaid.

Smart drugs worth £200,000 seized

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: People have been warned about taking 'cognitive enhancers' that have not been properly tested or licensed

8:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

Smart drugs worth £200,000 have been found in the largest seizure of the substances in the UK, officials said.

Suarez: Biting is an impulse

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was banned from competitive football for four months

8:47pm Friday 24th October 2014

Luis Suarez says he is getting help in order to control his "impulse" to bite.

Nadal to miss O2 after shock loss

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rafael Nadal's injury problems have ended his season

8:42pm Friday 24th October 2014

Rafael Nadal is to miss the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena to undergo appendix surgery.

Coric upsets Nadal to make semis

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rafael Nadal, pictured, was stunned by Borna Coric in Basle

8:25pm Friday 24th October 2014

Teen sensation Borna Coric saw off childhood hero Rafael Nadal to set up a Basle semi-final showdown with David Goffin.

Brother swindled out of inheritance

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Peter Howes swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance

6:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

A husband who swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance after his parents died has been jailed for four years and four months.

Jade killer dogs 'were friendly'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Shirley and Michael Anderson only allowed Jade to visit her friend Kimberley Concannon because she had had a good school report

6:08pm Friday 24th October 2014

A woman whose dogs savaged to death a teenager described them as "friendly, timid and loving" - while a vet described one as being among the most aggressive dogs he had ever come across.

Van Gaal unfazed by criticism

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Louis Van Gaal has struggled to get his Manchester United side firing on all cylinders

6:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

Louis van Gaal will put up his "iron shield" and do battle with those who criticise his methods at Manchester United.

May signs new Gloucester deal

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Gloucester and England wing Jonny May has signed a new deal with the Aviva Premiership club

5:25pm Friday 24th October 2014

England wing Jonny May has signed a new contract with Aviva Premiership club Gloucester.

Mother gets more time in care fight

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The case was heard in Chelmsford

5:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

A woman has won the latest round of a fight to care for her 15-month-old daughter after a family court judge said she had not been given time to allay social workers' concerns.

Williams through to last four

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Serena Williams, pictured, progressed to the last four of the WTA finals in Singapore without hitting a ball on Friday

5:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

Serena Williams reached the last four at Singapore's WTA finals and tied down the year-end world number one ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

Van Gaal hints Valdes could stay

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Victor Valdes will train with Manchester United

5:03pm Friday 24th October 2014

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of signing goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Allardyce: Song can be our Yaya

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Alex Song, pictured, can be a key player for West Ham, according to Sam Allardyce

4:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sam Allardyce believes on-loan midfielder Alex Song will be a "Yaya Toure-type signing" for West Ham this season.

Rodgers admits defensive issues

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Dejan Lovren was a big money summer signing for Liverpool

4:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli's spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool's real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored.

Service personnel rents set to rise

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Michael Fallon said the current system was out of date meaning many rents had fallen behind the 'appropriate rate' for properties which are of a higher standard than in the past

3:50pm Friday 24th October 2014

Rents charged to many service personnel are set to increase under "major reforms" to accommodation rates aimed at reflecting higher quality homes now available, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Universities 'face cash problems'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Universities in England face "significant challenges" over their finances, according to a new report

3:49pm Friday 24th October 2014

England's universities are set to face significant financial challenges over the next three years, according to a report.

First woman bishop likely next year

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: General Synod rule changes should enable the appointment of the first women bishops next year, it is claimed

3:35pm Friday 24th October 2014

The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior official has said.

Murray battles through in Valencia

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Andy Murray battled his way into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open

3:31pm Friday 24th October 2014

Andy Murray survived a test of his credentials to see off South Africa's Kevin Anderson in three sets and secure a place in the semi-finals of the Valencia Open.

Men jailed over attack on blind man

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: British Transport Police praised the dignity of the victims

3:21pm Friday 24th October 2014

CCTV footage of a registered blind man being pushed onto the tracks during a violent assault at a train station has been released by British Transport Police (BTP).

Firefighters escalate strike action

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Firefighters are to escalate their strike action

3:21pm Friday 24th October 2014

Strikes by firefighters are to be escalated after hopes of a breakthrough in a long running dispute over pensions collapsed.

Top clubs lobby for May date

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Top European clubs are reportedly ready to recommend a May World Cup in 2022

3:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

A powerful group of top European football clubs is set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place between April and May.

Mother killer's minimum term cut

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Angela Douglas was originally convicted of murder at Plymouth Crown Court

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

A woman who killed her sick mother in what she believed was an "act of mercy" has won a sentence cut.

Man remanded on Syria terror charge

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A man has appeared at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with preparing acts of terrorism

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court accused of planning to fight in Syria.

Kidman hails 'extraordinary' Urban

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Nicole Kidman praised her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

Nicole Kidman has revealed her debt to her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

Lohan tells of solitary confinement

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Lindsay Lohan has spoken to Jonathan Ross about her time in solitary confinement

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

Lindsay Lohan has opened up about her time in prison and told Jonathan Ross the upside of her time in solitary confinement was she "finally had silence in my life".

Kidman hails 'extraordinary' Urban

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Nicole Kidman has praised husband Keith Urban for his support since the death of her father

1:57pm Friday 24th October 2014

Nicole Kidman has revealed her debt to her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

Mourinho ready to risk Costa

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Diego Costa could be lining up for Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday

1:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to risk Diego Costa's fitness at Manchester United on Sunday, providing the striker can train in full on Saturday.

Children held over 'sex attack'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Most of the 11 people held over a sex attack on a woman in Anfield are children

1:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

A 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl are among a gang of 11 suspected sex attackers arrested over an "appalling" assault on a woman in her own home.

Mills: Cheryl gave me Strictly tips

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Scott Mills will be dancing the Charleston this weekend

1:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

Scott Mills has revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he prepares for his next performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Ferdinand set to call it a day

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at the end of the 2014-15 season

12:55pm Friday 24th October 2014

Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

Man jailed over forced labour

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: David Dan Doran who has been jailed for four and a half years at Cardiff Crown Court for forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay.

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

A farm owner who forced a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay has been jailed for four and a half years.

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