2014.05.20

News Headlines - 20 May 2014

Inflation rises for the first time in 10 months | Mail Online

Inflation has risen for the first time in 10 months, dashing hopes of an early end to the squeeze on family incomes.
Travel firms bumping up plane and ferry ticket prices by a fifth for the Easter holidays were a major factor in the rise in the Consumer Prices Index to 1.8 per cent.
Latest figures show annual wage increases were stuck at 1.7 per cent, meaning incomes are still being outstripped by the rising cost of living.

Bank chief warns UK faces economic shocks from interest rates rise | theguardian.com

The outgoing deputy governor of the Bank of England has warned that the UK faces a bumpy recovery with rising interest rates likely to trigger shocks along the way.

Embarrassment for David Cameron as his own election agent fights new homes in PM's back yard - Telegraph

David Cameron’s own election agent and one of his ministers are fighting plans to build more than 100,000 new homes in near his Oxfordshire constituency.
The protests have emerged after the Prime Minister said that local Tory-run councils do not have a “not-in-my-back-yard” view towards development.

China bans government purchases of Windows 8, surprising Microsoft | PCWorld

China is banning Windows 8 devices from at least some government IT purchases, in a mysterious move that took Microsoft off guard.
The ban came from China’s Central Government Procurement Center, which posted a brief notice last Friday on new requirements for government tenders. Among the demands is that Windows 8 be excluded from the bidding process on computer purchases.

BBC News - Paul McCartney cancels Japan tour due to illness

Sir Paul McCartney has had to cancel the rest of his tour of Japan due to illness, organisers have said.
The 71-year-old former Beatle is believed to have contracted a virus.


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