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BBC News: NHS funds rise 'tough but possible'
Thursday 23rd October 2014
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BBC news for Ross-shire

SSE urges move to 'national pricing'

The boss of energy giant SSE urges UK ministers to consider adopting "national pricing" on supplier costs.

Red squirrel areas may escape virus

New research on the spread of squirrelpox suggests that it may be possible to confine it southern Scotland.

Rare bird on wrong side of Atlantic

A rare bird has ended up on the wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.

Significant Bronze Age pottery find

A significant Bronze Age pottery find is made during an archaeological dig on the east side of the island of Lewis.

School to reopen after repair work

Inverness Royal Academy is to reopen to all staff and pupils next week after repair work was carried out on a boiler flue.

Government money for 83 green buses

The Scottish Government has allocated £3.7m towards the cost of buying another 83 low carbon emission buses.

Councillors turn down brewery plan

Highland councillors reject plans for a new brewery and visitor attraction on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness.

Live BBC World News

Video of Ottawa attack released

Authorities in Canada release video showing the moments before a lone gunman stormed into Canada's parliament and was shot dead.

US-led Syria strikes 'kill hundreds'

US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, including 464 IS fighters, activists say.

Boko Haram 'abducts more women'

Dozens of women and girls have been abducted from two villages in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants despite a reported truce, residents say.

Nato jets 'intercept Russian plane'

Nato warplanes have intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea, the alliance says, amid heightened tensions between the West and Russia.

EU eyes new green energy targets

An EU summit gets under way shortly, seeking agreement on carbon emission cuts that could make Europe a global leader again in climate policy.

Bangladesh Islamist leader Azam dies

Ghulam Azam, the former leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, dies from a heart attack a year after being found guilty of war crimes.

Injured Schumacher makes 'progress'

A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his brain injury in a skiing accident says the F1 champion has made "some progress".

BBC Sports News

London Welsh 20-52 Bordeaux-Begles

Bordeaux run in seven tries in European Challenge Cup

Police called to 'Balotelli car row'

Police investigate a claim that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli "threatened" a woman who was taking pictures of his Ferrari.

Your favourite football no-no's

After Mario Balotelli's controversial half-time shirt swap, BBC Sport asked you for your pet hates in the game.

Murray beats Fognini in Valencia

Andy Murray moves into the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open with a convincing 6-2 6-4 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini.

Sporting demand Schalke rematch

Sporting Lisbon call for their Champions League game against Schalke to be replayed after losing to a last-minute penalty.

Caterham could miss United States GP

Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.

SSE urges move to 'national pricing'

The boss of energy giant SSE urges UK ministers to consider adopting "national pricing" on supplier costs.

Red squirrel areas may escape virus

New research on the spread of squirrelpox suggests that it may be possible to confine it southern Scotland.

Rare bird on wrong side of Atlantic

A rare bird has ended up on the wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.

Significant Bronze Age pottery find

A significant Bronze Age pottery find is made during an archaeological dig on the east side of the island of Lewis.

School to reopen after repair work

Inverness Royal Academy is to reopen to all staff and pupils next week after repair work was carried out on a boiler flue.

Government money for 83 green buses

The Scottish Government has allocated £3.7m towards the cost of buying another 83 low carbon emission buses.

Councillors turn down brewery plan

Highland councillors reject plans for a new brewery and visitor attraction on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Farmland birds show rapid decline

Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.

VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?

The Daily Politics meets some of the contestants, and their political owners, in the Westminster dog of the year contest.

VIDEO: Can technology plug NHS funding gap?

The NHS is under pressure to close a huge projected funding gap - Dominic Hughes reports on how the NHS has addressed this in West Yorkshire.

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Brian O'Driscoll is the most capped player in rugby union history. He spoke to the Today programme's James Naughtie about his illustrious career.

VIDEO: Will EU back UK's immigration plans?

As European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels, Ben Wright asks if David Cameron use the opportunity to push for limits on the freedom of movement within the Union.

VIDEO: Rapist Evans in video statement

Footballer Ched Evans has released a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.

VIDEO: Taxi boss: 'Users want white drivers'

The manager of a cab firm in Rochdale has said that a small number of the company's customers are requesting white drivers, following the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East.