How much driving convictions add to your insurance bill: Premiums can more than double for drink-drivers

How much driving convictions add to your insurance bill: Premiums can more than double for drink-drivers Those caught drunk at the wheel face paying 115% more on car insuranceMost common offence of speeding increases premiums by more than a thirdUninsured drivers pay 131% more than they would have paid in the first case By Ray Massey PUBLISHED: 02:00 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:03 GMT, 27 February 2013 Drivers can see their insurance premiums double as a result of motoring convictions, research reveals today. Those caught drunk at the wheel face paying 115 per cent more, while defective tyres invite a 69 per cent penalty. Speeding, which accounts for almost two thirds of offences, increases premiums by more than a third.

Ofcom boosts efforts to trace nuisance callers as study finds numbers have DOUBLED in a year

Ofcom boosts efforts to trace nuisance callers as study finds numbers have DOUBLED in a year Three quarters of landline owners received an unwelcome marketing call in the past year – up from one in four the year before, according to telecommunications watchdog Ofcom. At the same time, almost three in four received some form of hard-sell cold call from salesmen pushing everything from compensation for accidents that never happened to home broadband. Fury: Nearly half of us have reported receiving a marketing call in the past year (file photo) Silent calls are caused by call centre computers which randomly dial thousands of numbers and should have a salesman ready to talk to anyone who picks up.

How we"re getting our New Year"s phone calls in early as most people are set to contact loved ones around 7pm tonight instead of waiting

We're getting our New Year's phone calls in early: Most people contact loved ones around 7pm instead of waiting until midnightText message traffic peaked at 7.02pm on New Year's Eve last year Four times as many texts as calls were sent on December 31st, 2011 Trend of sending same message to multiple people is behind the change | UPDATED: 03:48 GMT, 31 December 2012 The traditional phone call on the stroke of midnight is a New Year's tradition as entrenched as Auld Lang Syne. But now it seems Britons text their Happy New Year wishes hours ahead of midnight, research has shown. In 2011 traffic peaked at 7.02pm and analysts expect the same trend this year

Do you put TMI (that"s Too much Information) online? Third of social network users regret what they have posted online

Do you put TMI (that's Too much Information) online Third of social network users regret what they have posted onlineOut of 2,000 over-18s a third wish they had kept personal details offline One in 10 people have been in trouble after publicly moaning about workMore than one in 20 have missed out on a job because of online photographs And three in 10 people admit they cringe about past status updates | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 17 December 2012 Once in a while, we’re all guilty of over-sharing. But with the rise of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, millions of us do it on a daily basis. A survey has found that many feel guilty about providing TMI – too much information – on websites where their updates and photographs can be viewed with ease

City lunch for two cost investment manager 1.7m… after bosses found out he tried to poach another worker

City lunch for two cost investment manager 1.7m… after bosses found out he tried to poach another worker | UPDATED: 13:00 GMT, 11 December 2012 Fahim Imam-Sadeque will not receive his bonus It was a lunch that has undoubtedly left a bitter taste in his mouth. A city high flyer lost a 1.7m bonus claim in the High Court today over what has been described as the world's most expensive lunch.

Energy giant Npower fined 60,000 for making more than 1,700 abandoned calls to consumers

Energy giant Npower fined just 60,000 for making more than 1,700 silent calls to consumers in just seven weeks Regulator Ofcom: Energy giant fined over abandoned calls made last year It exceeded abandoned call rate of 3% of live calls over 24-hour periods Happened on eight occasions and Npower apologises for breaching rules The calls see people greeted by a recorded message from a call centre | UPDATED: 17:36 GMT, 6 December 2012 Npower has been fined just 60,000 for making abandoned calls to customers.

Militant Argentine dockers stop British-flagged cruise liner from leaving port because its next stop was the Falklands

Militant Argentine dockers stop British-flagged cruise liner from leaving port because its next stop was the FalklandsThe Seabourn Sojourn, which sails under the British flag, was blocked by Argentine port workers who want to stop the ship sailing to the islandsUnion leaders were demanding that the liner's captain pledges not to visit the Falklands before being allowed to set sailAfter a seven-hour delay, the boat was allowed to leave the port The vessel, with 330 crew, was due to set off yesterday on a 15-day cruise around Patagonia, visiting the Falkland Islands and ending up in Chile Passengers paid between 4,200 and 9,300 each for the trip, depending on their choice of cabin | UPDATED: 20:36 GMT, 5 December 2012 A luxury cruise liner with up to 450 passengers on board was prevented from leaving an Argentine port today in a protest over the Falkland Islands. The Seabourn Sojourn, which sails under the British flag, was blocked in by Argentine port workers who want to prevent the ship sailing to the disputed islands. The vessel was later allowed to leave the port at Buenos Aires following a delay of seven hours

I stole another woman"s husband. Twenty years on, her kindness makes me sick with guilt every day

I stole another woman's husband. Twenty years on, her kindness makes me sick with guilt every day | UPDATED: 02:32 GMT, 29 November 2012 Regrets: Nicola Alexander wishes she hadn't fallen for a married man Sitting down to a roast dinner with my partner, our two children and his first family, I caught the glint of a ring from the corner of my eye and felt a familiar stab of guilt.