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BBC News: Workers' pay 'below pre-crisis level'
Wednesday 4th March 2015
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BBC news for Ross-shire

SSE donation 'window dressing'

An organisation campaigning for cheaper electricity charges for people living on the Western isles criticises a donation from SSE to charity.

Ministers issue spaceport shortlist

Six aerodromes remain on the list to become the UK's first commercial spaceport.

Submarine ranges claims 'not true'

The Ministry of Defence says claims that a test area for submarines has been doubled in size without consultation are not true.

Pretty cold: Scotland's frozen hills

A new batch of photographs from avalanche forecasters give a fresh peek of wintry conditions on Scotland's peaks.

Grounded ship towed for repair

A cargo ship that ran aground in the north west Highlands is to be towed to Inchgreen in Greenock for repairs.

New complaints about bridge closures

Skye councillors meet with representatives from Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland following fresh complaints about Skye Bridge closures.

Snow closes schools and hits travel

Heavy snow falls close a small number of schools and affects driving conditions in some parts of Scotland.

Mumford & Sons unveil mini festival

Mumford & Sons are to stage a two-day music and arts festival near Aviemore this summer.

Live BBC World News

Obama dismisses Netanyahu speech

The US President Barack Obama reacts scathingly to a speech given by Israel's prime minister, saying it offers no viable alternative to his Iran policy.

MH17 families view plane wreckage

Families of passengers who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine view the wreckage of the plane at a Dutch air base.

NFL pair to donate brains for research

New York Giants' Steve Weatherford and former NFL player Sidney Rice want their brains to help research into injuries.

Australian pair moved for execution

Two Australian drug-smugglers are transferred from Bali to another Indonesian island where they are due to be executed by firing squad.

Colombia holds Chinese arms ship

The Colombian authorities arrest the captain of a China-flagged ship on its way to Cuba with military material on board and no legal papers.

Militants 'seize Libyan oil fields'

Islamist militants have seized two oil fields in central Libya, officials say, as rival factions reportedly carry out air strikes.

Brazil judge suspended over Porsche

A judge in Brazil is suspended from an insider trading case against tycoon Eike Batista, after he is seen driving the billionaire's Porsche.

'Racial bias' at Ferguson police

The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media report.

BBC Sports News

Scuffle was like children - Bruce

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says his confrontation with Gus Poyet was "grown men acting like a couple of children".

Probe over Farah Facebook pictures

An athlete is investigated for a possible doping ban breach after posting pictures on Facebook of him running with Mo Farah.

NFL pair to donate brains for research

New York Giants' Steve Weatherford and former NFL player Sidney Rice want their brains to help research into injuries.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane ends Southampton's goal drought at home by scoring a late winner against Crystal Palace.

Wednesday's gossip column

Liverpool keen on Vietto, Man Utd target Danilo, Guardiola says 'no' to City, Foster apology, plus more.

Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice.

SSE donation 'window dressing'

An organisation campaigning for cheaper electricity charges for people living on the Western isles criticises a donation from SSE to charity.

Ministers issue spaceport shortlist

Six aerodromes remain on the list to become the UK's first commercial spaceport.

Submarine ranges claims 'not true'

The Ministry of Defence says claims that a test area for submarines has been doubled in size without consultation are not true.

Pretty cold: Scotland's frozen hills

A new batch of photographs from avalanche forecasters give a fresh peek of wintry conditions on Scotland's peaks.

Grounded ship towed for repair

A cargo ship that ran aground in the north west Highlands is to be towed to Inchgreen in Greenock for repairs.

New complaints about bridge closures

Skye councillors meet with representatives from Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland following fresh complaints about Skye Bridge closures.

Snow closes schools and hits travel

Heavy snow falls close a small number of schools and affects driving conditions in some parts of Scotland.

Mumford & Sons unveil mini festival

Mumford & Sons are to stage a two-day music and arts festival near Aviemore this summer.

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


1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

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VIDEO: Westminster repairs could cost £3bn

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A century after battering enemy positions in World War One, the only surviving British ship from the Gallipoli campaign, the HMS M33, is being given a new lease of life.

VIDEO: Emwazi audio recording emerges

A recording has emerged in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi denied being an extremist and complained about UK security services.

VIDEO: Detained plane spotters 'knew rules'

The relatives of three British men who say they were arrested while plane spotting in Dubai have spoken to BBC Breakfast.

VIDEO: Spy inside al-Qaeda goes public

An agent who infiltrated al-Qaeda on behalf of British intelligence has spoken to the BBC for the first time, the BBC's Gordon Corera reports.