Saturday, 8 August 2009

Saturday's papers

The Times leads with an interview with the new head oor armed forces who tells the paper that Britain’s mission in Afghanistan could last for up to 40 years.

General Sir David Richards, who becomes Chief of the General Staff on August 28, said: “The Army’s role will evolve, but the whole process might take as long as 30 to 40 years.”

The Telegraph reports that the cost of personal banking will rise sharply as high street banks seek to claw back revenue lost during the recession

as banks that lost billions in the credit crisis seek to repair their own finances, analysts are predicting further increases in the cost of everyday accounts and financial products.

According to the Guardian

Thousands of women in the UK may be taking antidepressants prescribed by their GPs without knowing that the pills, which are hard to stop taking, could cause birth defects in unborn children.

The Mail reports that an NHS call centre is employing 16-year-olds to assess suspected cases of swine flu.

They earn up to £16.40 an hour reading out a prepared script of questions.
It is their responsibility to hand out powerful anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu - known to have violent side-effects.

Cyberattacks in the Independent which reports that

Russian hackers have been accused of being behind an enormous cyber attack which temporarily shut down two of the world's most popular social networking sites in order to silence a Georgian blogger who is critical of Moscow's policies in the Caucasus.

Thousands of families have been ordered to haul their wheelie bins up to a mile along country lanes for collection
says the Express. adding that

Barmy officials came up with the scheme to avoid large refuse lorries having to negotiate ­narrow and uneven tracks.

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