News archive from 1 September 2014

Less meat 'key' to food security

Eating less meat is "essential" to ensure future demand for food can be met and "dangerous" climate change avoided, experts have warned. A study by leading university researchers in Cambridge and Aberdeen found food production...

 
Protests as Beijing keeps Hong Kong on tight rein

Protests as Beijing keeps Hong Kong on tight rein

China's legislature yesterday ruled out allowing open nominations in inaugural elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a...

 
Peacekeepers escape after Syrian rebels’ siege

Peacekeepers escape after Syrian rebels’ siege

FILIPINO peacekeepers made a daring escape under the cover of darkness after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials yesterday revealed. The move left 44 Fijian troops still in the...

 
Iraq: Breakthrough in war against jihadis

Iraq: Breakthrough in war against jihadis

Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias yesterday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town. The breakthrough comes after the US carried out air strikes overnight on Islamic State (IS)...

 
NATURE NOTES: Summer visitors getting ready to up-sticks and go

NATURE NOTES: Summer visitors getting ready to up-sticks and go

The local countryside scene in July is reviewed by John Almond with the help of the members and friends of Alnwick and District Natural History Society. The breeding season was over for most birds and our summer visitors prepared to leave the area....

 
Ex-Centrica oil chief launches into North Sea

Ex-Centrica oil chief launches into North Sea

The former head of Centrica's oil and gas unit has launched his own North Sea-

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
UK companies remain confident about economic outlook

UK companies remain confident about economic outlook

The sterling exchange rate is strong at the moment, leading to concerns about exports. Photograph: Andalucia Plus Image bank / Alam/Alamy Growth in UK manufacturing has eased back to more moderate levels, but companies remain confident about the...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 
Expansion set to feed major jobs growth

Expansion set to feed major jobs growth

Food and drink companies could create up to 10,000 jobs over the next five years as they seek to grow their overseas sales, a survey published today shows. According to trade agency Scottish Development International, the sector employs some 120,000...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
CBI appears to back Heathrow over Gatwick for airport expansion

CBI appears to back Heathrow over Gatwick for airport expansion

The CBI says: 'It tends to be hub airports that deliver the new connections to emerging markets' that the UK economy desperately needs. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA The CBI is calling on the Airports Commission to recommend a single, larger hub...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 
Comment: Tesco investors need a little help

Comment: Tesco investors need a little help

Fast-paced internet share dealing may be all the rage. But the majority of retail investors still pursue a strategy of "buy and hold". Shares can be held for years before some change in personal circumstances require us to sell. And time and...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
Mediator tackles independence referendum head–on

Mediator tackles independence referendum head–on

With the big independence referendum vote getting ever closer there is a star-studded line-up for Collaborative Scotland's Day of Dialogue on Thursday. The drop-in, drop-out bash runs for the full day, from 7:45am to midnight, at the Grassmarket...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
Monday Interview: Jim McColl, Clyde Blowers

Monday Interview: Jim McColl, Clyde Blowers

IT WOULD seem that Jim McColl doesn't know how to go slowly. Within hours of meeting the deadline for bids on the collapsed Ferguson shipyard at Port Glasgow, the engineering tycoon was on a flight to Australia to visit some of the specialist pump and...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
Week ahead: Central banks review fresh figures

Week ahead: Central banks review fresh figures

ANOTHER month, another raft of purchasing managers' indices (PMIs) and non-farm payrolls for central bankers to digest. No major shocks are expected on this side of the Channel, where PMIs should confirm that the recovery is in full flow and healthy...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
High-powered hairdryers under threat as EU considers ban

High-powered hairdryers under threat as EU considers ban

High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption. A study, commissioned by the European Commission, has identified up to 30 appliances including toasters and...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 
How do you safely break up an 'old lady'?

How do you safely break up an 'old lady'?

What's the best way to dispose of an "old lady"? Should she be dumped on a beach and broken up by rough hands in terrible conditions or should she be taken in a more sedate fashion to a reputable place to be dismantled in an orderly fashion?...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 


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