Woman drivers pay the price of equality as their insurance premiums soar (but drops for men)

Woman drivers pay the price of equality as their insurance premiums soar (but drops for men) , insurers are no longer able to use gender as a factor when pricing insurance.’ Opponents of the gender rules had argued – unsuccessfully – that women deserved to pay less because, statistically they were less of a risk so deserved to pay lower premiums. Research suggests while women may have more low impact and less costly shunts such as when parking, men tend to have more dramatic and costly crashes. But the EU ruled that despite this it statistical trend was wrong to discriminate on grounds of gender.

Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%


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Phew! Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%… and Osborne claims economy is 'healing at last' Overall figures better than expected easing pressure on George OsborneEconomy overall grew by 0.3% but construction slumps by 2.5% Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns: 'We're not out of the woods yet'Labour blames coalition for slowest recovery for 100 years Government borrowing remains stubbornly high at 120billionTory MPs accuse coalition of being 'timid' and 'complacent' about growth IMF urged Britain to rethink pace of cuts in face of sluggish recovery .

Split RBS into a "good" and "bad" bank now urges Bank Governor Mervyn King as he slams current system as a "nonsense"


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Split RBS into a 'good' and 'bad' bank now urges Bank Governor Mervyn King as he slams current system as a 'nonsense'Taxpayers will have to bear the costs of reprivatisation, King warnsRBS is currently holding the wider economy back, the Governor saidCriticisms come just days after RBS boss Stephen Hester said plans to return to the private sector were on track from 1.8 billion in 2011.

Mid-flight horror as British Airways pilot becomes "incapacitated" when cockpit filled with fumes


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Mid-flight horror as plane is forced to land when pilot becomes 'incapacitated' when cockpit filled with fumesEmergency landing made in Canadian town of Goose Bay, NewfoundlandCo-pilot started to feel nauseous before unscheduled stop was madeCaptain and first officer required oxygen masks to make landing By James Rush PUBLISHED: 10:05 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 11 February 2013 A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a Canadian town after suspected toxic oil fumes were reported on the flight deck. The Boeing 777, carrying 158 passengers from Heathrow to Philadelphia, made the unscheduled stop at Goose Bay, in Newfoundland, in temperatures of -30C after fumes started to cause eye and throat irritation halfway through the eight hour flight.

Nip "n" tuck scare tactic: Patients "should see photos of scarring to warn them of side effects"


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Nip 'n' tuck scare tactic: Patients 'should see photos of scarring to warn them of side effects' | UPDATED: 23:59 GMT, 30 December 2012 Patients thinking of having cosmetic surgery should be shown photos of bruising and scarring to warn them of the side-effects, a report says. They should also be given more time to decide whether to go ahead with an operation in the first place

Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show "sobriety"


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Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show 'sobriety' Paris may go dark in the early hours of the morning if new plans go aheadTraders fears the blackout would negatively affect tourism and the economy | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 Paris may lose its trademark glow next year after plans emerged to extinguish its street lighting at night to save money. French President Francois Hollande and his energy minister Delphine Batho are considering turning out the lights in and outside public buildings, offices and shops in the early hours of the morning. If the scheme goes ahead, late-night revellers in the city would be advised to carry torches if they venture out between the hours of 1 and 7am

Now shops brace for the "man dash"! Seven out of ten shoppers on Christmas Eve will be panic buying blokes, say experts


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Now shops brace for the 'man dash'! Seven out of ten shoppers on Christmas Eve will be panic buying blokes, say experts Shoppers hit streets for 'most intense' day in build up to ChristmasMeanwhile, 70 per cent of shoppers tomorrow are expected to be men Major stores have already started their seasonal sales offering discountsGap and French Connection have cut prices by up to 60 per centAbout 1.3bn expected to be spent on 'Manic Monday' – nearly 55m an hourAnd the shopping won't stop on Christmas Day with online record predicted | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 23 December 2012 Britain's high street Christmas shopping frenzy has finally peaked – with only men still 'panic buying', according to retail bosses.

Fears of milk and cream shortages at Christmas as farmers picket dairies in row over amount they are paid


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Fears of milk and cream shortages at Christmas as farmers picket dairies in row over amount they are paid | UPDATED: 02:02 GMT, 20 December 2012 Militant farmers are threatening a shortage of milk and cream over Christmas through blockades at some of the country’s biggest dairies. The first was held last night at the Mller Wiseman Dairies in Droitwich, which is the biggest in the UK and produces two million litres of fresh milk a day for the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op. A further blockade is threatened today at an Arla dairy at Stourton, Leeds, which produces 1.75million litres a day for Asda and Morrisons.

Packets of ten and menthol cigarettes could be banned by EU as they bid to stop youngsters taking up the habit


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Packets of ten and menthol cigarettes could be banned by EU as they bid to stop youngsters taking up the habitProposals will have to be agreed by all Europe's health ministers Plans will also ban 'slim' cigarettes and require packs are 75 per cent covered with warnings // E-cigarettes will also have to carry warnings | UPDATED: 22:18 GMT, 19 December 2012 Packs of ten cigarettes could be banned under a European proposal to crack down on smoking. The EU’s Health and Consumer Commissioner also unveiled plans to ban menthol cigarettes and to force companies to cover three quarters of their packets with a picture warning

Christmas 2012: Desperate stores slash prices again as shoppers shun the high street


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Desperate stores slash prices again as shoppers shun the high streetMany retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to ChristmasBut they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doorsThe figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 19 December 2012 Desperate retailers are slashing prices as shoppers shun stores, with numbers down by up to 5 per cent compared to last year. Many retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to Christmas, but they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doors. The figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street, according to the British Retail Consortium.