News archive from 1 August 2014

Scots universities warned on gender equality

Scots universities warned on gender equality

UNIVERSITIES and colleges could face funding "penalties" if they fail to get more women on to their governing boards and studying traditionally male-dominated courses. Education secretary Michael Russell has warned this must be an “immediate...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Learning
 

Sex change DJ to get "patterned penis' made out of tattooed skin from his arm

A sex-swap DJ is set to have his manhood made out of the skin from his tattooed arm - leaving him with a tribal-print penis. Billy-Joe Newington, 25, was born as a girl called Connie but has been desperate to be a boy since the age of four. He started...

Metro, 00:02 in Hot News
 
Sharknado 2 Whips Up Storm On Social Media

Sharknado 2 Whips Up Storm On Social Media

A sequel in which a tornado inexplicably whisks hundreds of sharks into the air and dumps them on New York has taken the US by storm. Nearly four million people tuned in to watch Sharknado 2: The Second One, starring American Pie's Tara Reid and...

 
COMMENT: Banking hurdles | Spirits woes

COMMENT: Banking hurdles | Spirits woes

THE underlying financial health of Britain's big banks is robust as the UK economic recovery holds firm. It would translate to impressive statutory profit numbers as well if they could only get out from under a succession of hefty financial provisions...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Diageo stung by China writedown

Diageo stung by China writedown

Crackdowns on lavish spending among Chinese officials and volatility in other emerging markets have dented annual sales and profits at spirits giant Diageo. Scotland’s biggest whisky distiller said it had written down the value of its 40 per cent...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Bin Ladens buy Tuscany’s Carrara marble quarries

Bin Ladens buy Tuscany’s Carrara marble quarries

CENTURIES after becoming the favourite white stone of Roman emperors and sculptors down the ages - including Michelangelo and later Antonio Canova - the marble from Tuscany's fabled Carrara quarries has

 
China: Gay man sues over shock ‘treatment’

China: Gay man sues over shock ‘treatment’

A GAY Chinese man is suing a mental health clinic for carrying out electric shock treatment meant to turn him heterosexual. Yang Teng yesterday also revealed he planned to sue the internet search engine Baidu for advertising the clinic which he...

 
MH17 crash site breakthrough

MH17 crash site breakthrough

An international team of investigators has for the first time reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline flight MH17 in war-torn eastern Ukraine. Fighting along the route to the site of the wreckage between government troops and pro-Russian...

 
Second debt default in 13 years rocks Argentina

Second debt default in 13 years rocks Argentina

THE collapse of talks with creditors in the United States has sent Argentina into its second debt

 
Patients receiving 'second choice' drugs because of supply shortages

Patients receiving 'second choice' drugs because of supply shortages

A number of doctors reported their patients coming to harm as a result of medicine shortages. Photograph: BSIP SA / Alamy/Alamy Fears have been raised that many patients are receiving "second choice" drugs because of supply shortages. A poll...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
NHS to sequence DNA of 75,000 patients over next four years

NHS to sequence DNA of 75,000 patients over next four years

Pancreatic cancer cells dividing. The project will aim to allow doctors to discover which mutations are driving the growth of patients' tumour cells. Photograph: Visuals Unlimited/Dr Stan/Getty Images Tens of thousands of NHS patients are to be...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
‘Remembrance must mark conscientious objectors’

‘Remembrance must mark conscientious objectors’

THE former army chaplain in charge of Scotland's Great War commemorations has acknowledged the "sacrifice" made by conscientious objectors. Rev Norman Drummond signalled that Scottish Government events marking the 100th anniversary of the...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Politics
 
Switching broadband is too costly, claims watchdog

Switching broadband is too costly, claims watchdog

Tens of thousands of broadband customers in the UK are having to pay "costly" charges to change supplier, Citizens Advice has warned. It says the average cost of ending a contract is £190, with some fees said to be as high as £625. Often...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
Astrazeneca predict healthy sales

Astrazeneca predict healthy sales

AstraZeneca reported a 4 per cent hike in second quarter revenues to $6.45billion (£3.8billion), its second consecutive quarter of growth, driven by demand for its heart drug Brilinta and new diabetes treatment Farxiga. US and European sales did well,...

 
£18bn Shell-out to shareholders

£18bn Shell-out to shareholders

The oil giant's profits rose by a third to £3.6billion compared with the previous year on the back of rising production and prices, despite impairment charges of about £1.1billion, largely for US shale assets. Shell expects to buy back a total of up...

 


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