News archive from 2 February 2014

SNP cuts face-to-face hospital appointments

SNP cuts face-to-face hospital appointments

PATIENTS will only be given hospital appointments as a "last resort" under radical cuts to NHS clinics, it has emerged. Doctors are to encourage patients to look after themselves at home and face-to-face appointments will be replaced with...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Health
 
Lack of exercise ‘as harmful as smoking’

Lack of exercise ‘as harmful as smoking’

SCOTLAND'S outgoing top doctor has warned a lack of physical activity is as damaging to health as smoking, alcohol abuse and diabetes combined. Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns said international research had shown a lack of physical activity was...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Health
 
USA: Marijuana becomes legal in Colorado

USA: Marijuana becomes legal in Colorado

MARIJUANA smokers in Colorado yesterday hailed the arrival of America's first recreational pot industry. Retail sales were not to begin until 8am local time but marijuana fans did not wait to celebrate the industry. “Honestly, I thought I’d never see...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Health
 
Leaders: Salmond plays high-risk game | NHS

Leaders: Salmond plays high-risk game | NHS

ONE of the strengths of the Yes Scotland campaign is that it reaches out beyond those who would traditionally call themselves nationalists. Much of its pitch is to people who this newspaper last year identified as the “I’m not a Nat, but…” sector of...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Health
 
Comment: Self-diagnosis plan is crazy

Comment: Self-diagnosis plan is crazy

SUGGESTING people should self-diagnose is crazy. People need to see a doctor. They have to be face-to-face with a doctor to tell them exactly what's wrong with them. What are we leading ourselves into? Why should our patients have to go on to the...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Health
 
Dani Garavelli: Knox’s endless court farce

Dani Garavelli: Knox’s endless court farce

THERE is little more unedifying than the xenophobic trashing of a foreign justice system which has mis

 
Thailand: Ballot box gunfight rocks Bangkok

Thailand: Ballot box gunfight rocks Bangkok

GUNFIRE rang out at a major intersection in Thailand's capital yesterday as clashes between protesters and government supporters erupted ahead of today's nationwide elections. At least seven people were wounded, including an American photojournalist....

 
Western powers clash with Russia over Ukraine alliance

Western powers clash with Russia over Ukraine alliance

THE United States and Europe exchanged angry words with Russia last night in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, with US, the European Union and Nato leaders saying Moscow must not strong-arm Kiev into an unpopular alliance. Protests have gripped Ukraine since...

 
Egypt: Defiant Morsi insists he is still president

Egypt: Defiant Morsi insists he is still president

One of four trials against ousted Egyptian president

 
Wonderful Hunga: Sunshine can empower Malawians

Wonderful Hunga: Sunshine can empower Malawians

FOR 63 years Efe Mpuche lived without electricity. Like many other people in Malawi, growing up in a village in Thyolo district meant living in a grass-thatched house, pitch black. Only 10 per cent of Malawi’s 15 million population are connected to...

 
Claire Black: Tasteless cake takes the biscuit

Claire Black: Tasteless cake takes the biscuit

I REALISE that I am of an age that means I now watch music award ceremonies largely to work out what the young people are listening to these days. But still, allow me a few words on the Grammys. No, not about Madonna looking like the Quaker Oats man –...

 
Lloyds tell firms: earn bank £5k or lose service

Lloyds tell firms: earn bank £5k or lose service

THOUSANDS of small business customers of Lloyds Bank will no longer have face-to-face access to an adviser because they do not earn the bank enough money. Scotland on Sunday has learned that unless they have a turnover of more than £1 million or a...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Tweeter in chief makes followers twitchy

Tweeter in chief makes followers twitchy

The silence of Twitter's co-founder has only heightened anticipation of the social media giant's first earnings figures since its blockbuster IPO, writes Kristy Dorsey JACK Dorsey hasn’t tweeted in weeks. The last micro-missive from Twitter’s chairman...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: Consumers put their house in order

Bill Jamieson: Consumers put their house in order

AMID the encouraging pointers to a broad and strengthening recovery, a gnawing doubt remains. A Is this not just another fragile upturn fuelled by yet more consumer debt – one that will end, as previous debt bubbles have done, in a shattering and...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Comment: Money the root cause of branch closures

Comment: Money the root cause of branch closures

THE argument that banks roll out every time that more branch closures are mooted seems reasonable enough. It’s all about demand and delivering better service to customers who increasingly bank online and through mobile technology. Makes sense. But...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 


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