Drivers face MoT failures and rising repair bills as EU imposes twenty ADDITIONAL safety checks on brakes, steering, and lightingThousands of drivers who ignore dashboard warning-lights face the chargesThe European rule changes reflect the massive growth in in-car electronics New changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe but on an advisory-only basis. From today any defects could mean a failed test. Rory Carlin, of Halfords Autocentres, said: 'We have been preparing for these changes and offering advice to motorists for more than a year now in order to help them stay on the road and ensure the safety of the vehicles they drive.
Bursting with joy: Mother celebrates quads' first birthday after defying the doctors who urged her to have two aborted Emma and Martin Robbins naturally conceived quads at odds of 750,000 to 1The couple were urged by doctors to abort two to save the others' lives But they defied medical advice and continued with the quad pregnancyCouple are now celebrating the first birthdays of their four healthy boys – Samuel, Reuben, Joshua and Zachary ” class=”blkBorder” /> With his newborn son: Martin Robbins with Zachary, one of the identical twins out of the quadruplets very unusually born on 29 February 2012 Not only were they conceived naturally at odds of 750,000 to one, they are also the only leap year quads in Britain to have been born on February 29 — the chances of that are 3.5 million to one — and will therefore celebrate a birthday only every four years. They are also flourishing despite the physical risks of multiple births. Indeed, when Emma — a former project manager — discovered she was pregnant with quads, she was advised repeatedly to ‘selectively reduce’ two of the foetuses to give the remaining pair a better chance of survival
'Must never shy away from the controversial': BBC launches search for next Newsnight editor in wake of Savile scandal (with some good advice)Job advert posted on BBC website for successor to Peter RipponFormer head stood down following decision to drop Jimmy Savile probeCorporation also recruiting a Head of News Programmes By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 12 January 2013 The BBC has posted a job advert to find the next editor of Newsnight after the controversial decision to drop a probe into claims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile cost the previous boss his job. Peter Rippon, who took over at Newsnight in 2008, stood aside when his explanation in a blog about why the investigation was pulled was criticised for inaccuracies and had to be corrected.
Overweight doctors and nurses 'should be given stomach stapling surgery because they are a bad example to patients'Fat NHS staff lose their credibility when giving health advice to patientsDoctors and nurses should be offered to have their stomachs stapled as well as dietary advice on the NHS | UPDATED: 18:16 GMT, 30 December 2012 Doctors and nurses who suffer from weight problems should be offered gastric surgery in order to retain credibility with patients on weight loss treatments, a report will say. Overweight NHS staff ought to be given dietary advice and counselling as well as stomach stapling operations as they are setting a bad example for patients, the Royal College of Physicians said. Over half of medical staff within NHS organisations are likely to be overweight, in accordance with statistics for the British population
Labour hits supporters with credit card charge of 18.9% – two-and-a-half times that of market's most competitive option | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 Costly: Labour supporters will be paying through the nose in interest charges on their party's credit cards All three major political parties are profiting from credit cards that charge their supporters exorbitant rates of interest. Both Labour and the Lib Dems offer a card charging interest at nearly 38 times the Bank of England’s 0.5 per cent base rate – and more than two-and-a-half times that of the market’s most competitive card. The card, provided by the Co-operative Bank, charges a standard APR of 18.9 per cent – although richer supporters can have a premium card with a fixed rate of 11.9 per cent for five years.
Who were you least likely to see topless this year A laugh-out-loud news quiz by Steve Punt of Radio 4's The Now Show8. What reached an all-time low in mid-SeptemberWho was the shock recipient of the Nobel Peace PrizeWhat French headline summed up Bradley Wiggins' popularity in FranceHarry Redknapp's Monaco bank account was held in whose name | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 29 December 2012 Quiz master: The Now Show's Steve Punt has come up with his own news quiz of 2012 1.
'Don't expect new dresses all the time': Old fashioned newspaper advice on how to be a good wife unearthed in new collection The collection has been unearthed by the British Newspaper ArchiveThe secrets to keeping your husband happy include avoiding nagging | UPDATED: 14:54 GMT, 26 December 2012 Wives – want to keep your husband happy The secrets are to obey him, avoid nagging, not spend any money on yourself and not to let him catch you curling your hair. He does not want to hear any news of his mother-in-law, only about his own mother. And if he is lying in bed, ill, for heaven’s sake do not fuss around him in a silk dress, else it will rustle and annoy him
Sorry ladies… but men are better with the family finances! Women are less confident at sticking to budget | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 26 December 2012 Household budgets: Women admit to being less disciplined More women have sole charge of the household finances – despite being less confident than men at sticking to budgets, a survey has revealed.
Parents 'betrayed' on porn as ministers reject call for opt-in for online access Ministers claim experts advised against an automatic block forcing internet users to contact their Internet Service Providers to access porn Around 35 per cent of parents backed the 'opt-in' system | UPDATED: 01:20 GMT, 16 December 2012 Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman says the Government is doing 'very little' about increasing numbers of children being exposed to online porn Ministers were accused of betraying parents last night after they ruled out an automatic block on internet porn to protect children.
Cut pay of teachers who work to rule, Michael Gove orders headsEducation Secretary writes to heads advising that a 'robust response' is needed to union actionSome members of the NUT and NASUWT are working to rule, having a 'severe impact' on children's education, minister warns Staff refusing to cover lessons or produce lesson plansUnion leaders say it is an escalation of Mr Gove's 'war on teachers' | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 13 December 2012 Enlarge Education Secretary Michael Gove wrote to headteachers, advising a 'robust response' to striking staff, including cutting pay Headmasters were yesterday told to slash the pay of teachers taking industrial action after thousands joined a campaign of disruption. Members of the National Union of Teachers and rival NASUWT have been working to rule complaining about pay, pensions and working conditions