News archive from 1 February 2013

Andrews Sisters singer Patty Andrews dead at 94

Andrews Sisters singer Patty Andrews dead at 94

Patty Andrews, the last survivor of singing trio the Andrews Sisters, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 94. Along with her two older sisters, Andrews had swing hits including Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company...

 
Richard Dawkins is the phall guy at Cambridge debate with Williams

Richard Dawkins is the phall guy at Cambridge debate with Williams

Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams went toe to toe to debate the role of religion in the 21st century. Photograph: Jane Stockdale/Cambridge Union Despite serving as Oxford university's professor for the public understanding of science for 13...

 
Sponsored by 44 Scotland Street: Art, resolution, and Saint Ninian

Sponsored by 44 Scotland Street: Art, resolution, and Saint Ninian

The twentieth installment of Alexander McCall Smith's new daily novel Volume 9 Episode 20 Art, resolution, and Saint Ninian WHATEVER surprise they felt over the sheer presumption of Antonia’s letter, Angus and Domenica nonetheless realised that they...

 
Byre Theatre: Saving Fife Jazz Festival and StAnza

Byre Theatre: Saving Fife Jazz Festival and StAnza

How do you stage an international festival when the place where you were planning to put on 53 of the events suddenly closes? With the shock decision to shut the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, David Robinson talks to a woman now facing that question The...

 
Microsoft takes on 2,000 young Scottish workers

Microsoft takes on 2,000 young Scottish workers

Software giant Microsoft is planning to recruit more than 2,000 apprentices in Scotland over the next three years. The American firm said it wanted to ensure there are enough skilled people entering the industry to feed the growing digital sector. It...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Shell fails to light up City despite £17bn profit haul

Shell fails to light up City despite £17bn profit haul

Oil major Shell has disappointed the City despite racking up profits of more than $27 billion (£17.1bn) for 2012. The latest haul, which continues to reflect the strength of global oil prices, was 6 per cent lower than a year ago after a...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Santander float unlikely in 2013

Santander's UK arm yesterday said a stock market flotation was unlikely until next year or 2015 as it reported a dip in annual profits. The Spanish bank was forced to shelve plans to float the UK unit in 2011 amid market volatility and uncertainty...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Brewin Dolphin sparks mixed analyst reviews

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin saw its income hit 5 per cent in its first quarter, ahead of new rules preventing the sale of financial products which provide ongoing commission to advisers under the Retail Distribution Review (RDR). Nevertheless, the...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Healey dynasty seals £250m wind farm deal

THE family who pulled off Britain's biggest property deal will today seal a £250 million agreement to buy a wind farm developer from private equity firm HgCapital. Blue Energy – which is owned by Mark Healey, son of property developer Eddie Healey –...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Business news in brief: Montagu Evans | Capital Document Solutions | Babcock | AstraZeneca

THE government-backed Green Investment Bank has confirmed that it will take 27,000 sq ft of the seventh floor of the Atria development, the new "Grade A" office block neighbouring the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The letting by...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Argentina rejects meeting with Falklands government

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said in an open letter to his British counterpart William Hague that only a bi-lateral meeting between Argentina and Britain would be acceptable. The two countries fought a 10-week war in 1982 over the...

 

Potters win race for Butland

Stoke have completed the signing of England international goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham. The npower Championship club accepted an undisclosed fee from the Potters for the 19-year-old, with the keeper set to stay at Birmingham on loan until...

Daily Post, 00:06 in Sport
 

At desolate Algeria gas plant, hope for new start

Lying deep in the Sahara, the site was surrounded by troops with armoured vehicles when Algerian officials gave journalists a first view of the area since gunmen attacked on January 15 and seized hundreds of hostages before the army stormed in four...

 

Gunners swoop for Monreal

Arsenal left it late but managed to get a signing in before the transfer window shut, securing defender Nacho Monreal from Malaga on a long-term contract. The Gunners announced the move on their official website just as the deadline approached, saying...

Daily Post, 00:06 in Sport
 

Jol takes trio on loan

Fulham manager Martin Jol took to the loan market to strengthen his squad on deadline day, bringing in three new players. The Dutchman added AC Milan's utility man Urby Emanuelson and PSV right-back Stanislav Manolev to his ranks, with both signing...

Daily Post, 00:06 in Sport
 


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