Councils in dark on property tax
a NUMBER of local authorities have sought clarity from the government over whether their property tax surplus will be cancelled out by cuts to other areas.
Council officials have warned local representatives that they cannot guarantee whether proceeds generated by the property tax will be retained to improve local services. While there was an expectation among councillors that they will have the power to reduce the tax rate by 15pc, council officials have refused to confirm that this is the case.
Geese brought chopper down
Geese penetrated the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during evening training mission in January, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the crash that killed four US Air Force crew members, a military investigation has revealed.
The Pave Hawk was flying over marshland near Cley next the Sea in eastern England when geese rose in flight and hit the helicopter flying at about 110 feet above ground level.
Bodies found bound and shot
Some 50 bodies have been found in Iraq, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.
A lightning sweep by the insurgents over much of northern and western Iraq in the past month has hiked tensions between the Shiite majority and Sunni minority. The bodies, all of them with gunshot wounds, were found in the predominantly Shiite village of Khamissiya south of Baghdad.
AC/DC singer gets a shock
One of the most instantly recognisable voices in rock was rendered "speechless" after being awarded an honorary degree.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson received the title of doctor of music from Northumbria University.
Johnson, who was born in Gateshead, said: "For them to honour me, it's quite a tingly feeling. I think I'm speechless." He joined AC/DC in 1980 and his first album with the group, Back In Black, sold more than 22 million copies in the US alone.