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Unemployment in graphics
18 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

The employment rate for people of working age is 74.1%. While the national average for unemployment is now 6.5%, in some regions it is much higher. Among the worst hit are the North East of England (8.6%), the North West (7.7%), London (7.5%) and the West Midlands (7.9%).

Sarwan condemns England to defeat
15 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

England's winless winter continued as they were crushed by West Indies in the Twenty20 international in Trinidad. They were bowled out for 121 in 19.1 overs, the home side winning by six wickets and with 12 balls to spare. England declined horribly from 55-1 after seven overs with shock debutant Steve Davies top-scoring with 27. Darren Sammy (1-14) applied the brakes and Sulieman Benn supplied three wickets before Ramnaresh Sarwan (59) led a thoroughly professional chase. England's biggest g ...

West Indies v England Twenty20 as it happened
15 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

17.5 overs - WI: 119-4 Wicket Bravo ct Pietersen b Amjad Khan 8 Amjad concedes the ninth wide of the innings before Bravo flicks another wristy glance off his toes for two. Amjad has a more than useful lbw appeal turned down, again can't see why that was turned down. Bravo collects two more and he attempts to win the match with a boundary and a flourish, only to pull the ball into the hands of Ke ...

Resurgent England destroy France
15 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

England stunned France with a magnificent first-half display to run out five-try winners at Twickenham. Martin Johnson's under-pressure side answered their critics in emphatic fashion and led 29-0 at the break. Mark Cueto, Riki Flutey, Delon Armitage and Joe Worsley all crossed in an astonishing first period before Flutey added his second. France improved in the second half and scored through Dimitri Szarzewski and Julien Malzieu but the game was won. England's attacking ambition took the ...

Crooked money
15 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

In Panorama's programme Crime Pays, reporter Samantha Poling went undercover to reveal how major drug dealers and money launderers are making a mockery of high-profile laws designed to take the proceeds of their crime. Here she talks about her investigation and how she won the confidence of one man whom she secretly filmed. If I wanted to understand how organised criminals were managing to keep hold of assets - often to the tune of millions - I had to get close to them, earn their trust and h ...

Scotland 15-22 Ireland
14 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Ireland kept alive their Grand Slam dream with a hard-fought win over Scotland at Murrayfield. The Scots led 12-9 at half-time as Chris Paterson traded penalties with Ireland's Ronan O'Gara, who became the leading Six Nations points scorer. Replacement Jamie Heaslip's try after the break turned the match and gave Ireland the lead for the first time. O'Gara's conversion, a drop-goal and another penalty were enough to set up a title decider in Wales next weekend. Ireland are chasing their firs ...

Italy 15-20 Wales
14 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

A 72nd-minute try from replacement Tom Shanklin kept alive Wales' hopes of defending their Six Nations title. Gavin Henson set up Shane Williams for a dazzling first-half try, but Italy's fired-up pack rocked Wales and Andrea Marcato's boot gave them a 12-7 lead. Wales sent on their bench and James Hook's boot gave them a 13-12 edge. Shanklin conceded a penalty, Marcato's fifth kick opening up a potential upset at the Stadio Flaminio, but a fine Hook break gave the centre the crucial try.  ...

World Hurdle joy for Big Buck's
12 Mar 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Big Buck's got the better of Punchestowns in a thrilling finish to win the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. The 6-1 third favourite finished strongly to give Ruby Walsh and trainer Paul Nicholls another Festival success. He jumped the last together with Punchestowns and although he made a mess on landing, he recovered well and ran on strongly up the hill. Irish challenger Powerstation was third with the odds-on favourite Kasbah Bliss well back in fourth. It was a fitting win for the six-year-old  ...



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