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Pensioner who destroyed 19th century religious artwork insists she had permission to restore painting… and she isn’t finishedpwcaccess

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:31:38 +0000

A pensioner who destroyed a 19th century work of art in a DIY restoration job today insisted she had been given the go-ahead by a priest.. and that she is not finished yet. Cecilia Gimenez, 81, was vilified after ruining a 120-year-old fresco of Christ by covering it with a thick layer of paint, but […]

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Building headache over staff levelspwcaccess

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:37:49 +0000

Plans to allow community groups to buy public buildings is causing a headache for Moray Council. The scheme set up to save money by cutting the cost of building maintenance has become a strain on staff and services, according to a new report. The paper published today reveals the council failed to assess the staffing […]

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Banksy gets into the Olympic spirit by painting mural of javelin thrower armed with missilepwcaccess

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:34:04 +0000

Banksy paints two Olympic themed stencils on walls in unknown locations Anonymous painter joins a number of other street artists in putting their take on the Olympics across the UK Australian James Cochran paints colourful mural of sprint champion Usain Bolt on east London wall Local councils across London inconsistent on their policy on the […]

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Shard window cleaner safe after incidentpwcaccess

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:23:46 +0000

Emergency services were sent to the Shard today – days before its official opening – after a window cleaner got stuck in a precarious position on the 72nd floor. Ten firefighters attended the scene in central London this afternoon after reports of the cleaner’s cradle on the outside of the building becoming unsafe. A video […]

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Falling unemployment helps the Government – but rising self-employment shows that it’s not worth boasting aboutpwcaccess

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:46:30 +0000

We are, as everyone must know by now, in a double-dip recession. The amount of stuff that the country is producing is less than it was. So the latest unemployment statistics are a bit of a puzzle. You can see the ONS’s release here: full-time employment is up by 82,000, part-time employment is up by 83,000 […]

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Window cleaning curbed after deathspwcaccess

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 09:37:47 +0000

Singapore has tightened rules on window cleaning after nine maids fell to their deaths this year from high-rise apartments. The Manpower Ministry said in a statement that maids are no longer allowed to clean the outside of windows unless they are supervised. The ministry said seven of this year’s nine maid deaths were due to […]

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Employer fined after electrician injures back in fallpwcaccess

Thu, 17 May 2012 11:41:01 +0000

An apprentice electrician sustained serious back injuries after falling through a ceiling while working in the loft space of a Swindon youth centre. Richard O’Connor’s employer Roberts and Prowse (Swindon) failed to carry out a specific risk assessment for the work, and failed to ensure adequate measures were put in place to reduce the risk […]

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Removing the zero VAT rating for listed buildings will be devastatingpwcaccess

Tue, 15 May 2012 11:38:39 +0000

Under the new proposals, approved alterations to listed buildings would be subject to VAT at the standard rate. The Budget 2012 didn’t hold many big surprises, but still managed to pack in a few nasty shocks. One of these was the announcement that the government would be removing the zero rating for VAT on approved […]

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Indonesia seeks to ban on window cleaning after 8 maids fall to deathpwcaccess

Tue, 15 May 2012 11:33:03 +0000

Eight Indonesian maids have fallen to their deaths from high-rise apartments in Singapore this year, and the Indonesia Embassy said Tuesday it is pushing for a ban on cleaning outside windows. Indonesia, which supplies about half of Singapore’s 200,000 maids, has asked employment agencies to include a clause in work contracts that prohibits maids from […]

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Sky high in Shanghai: Fearless window cleaners at work outside the 101st floor of the world’s fourth-tallest buildingpwcaccess

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:12:37 +0000

The wacky workplace slogan of a thousand coffee mugs has never been more true: You don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps. Outside the 101st floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center in China, window cleaners are shown preparing for their shift. More than 30 workers on the window-cleaning team of […]

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