News archive from 3 May 2014

Europe-wide alert over criminal cancer drug thefts

Europe-wide alert over criminal cancer drug thefts

ITALY is spearheading international efforts to catch a criminal ring that is stealing and recycling sophisticated drugs and reselling them for tens of millions of euros, the country's pharmaceutical watchdog has said. Investigations were broadened...

 
350 dead and hundreds missing after landslide

350 dead and hundreds missing after landslide

A LANDSLIDE buried a village in north-east Afghanistan yesterday, leaving at least 350 people dead and hundreds more missing, according to Afghan and United Nations officials. Badakhshan province governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000...

 
Islamist car bomb kills 19 in Nigeria

Islamist car bomb kills 19 in Nigeria

A CAR bomb killed at least 19 people in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, days before the city is due to host a major international summit. The bomb blast happened late on Thursday night on a busy road across from the same bus station where an explosion on...

 
Ukraine strikes back as helicopters shot down

Ukraine strikes back as helicopters shot down

PRO-RUSSIAN forces shot down two Ukrainian helicopters as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev’s move “destroyed” hopes for peace in the region....

 
F1 team Williams in profit after sponsor payment

F1 team Williams in profit after sponsor payment

Formula One team Williams returned to profit last year, despite a poor season on the track for the former world champion. The figures were aided by a one-off payment from outgoing sponsor PDVSA, the state-owned Venezuelan oil company, for early...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Royal Bank’s profits rise is “calm before storm”

Royal Bank’s profits rise is “calm before storm”

Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday unveiled a doubling in profits but its results were branded "the calm before the storm" in the City after its chief executive warned overhanging problems remained. Ross McEwan said there were still “plenty of...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Rentokil aquires ten targets in buying spree

Rentokil aquires ten targets in buying spree

Pest control and hygiene specialist Rentokil Initial said its pre-tax profit grew 6 per cent in the first quarter as it continued a brisk pace of acquisitions in emerging markets. Organic growth and cost measures also helped as profits hit £19.3...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Growth in Construction sector begins to slow

Growth in Construction sector begins to slow

Growth in the construction sector slowed last month despite more evidence that housebuilders are enjoying their busiest period since before the recession. A reading of 60.8 in April for the Markit/Cips purchasing managers’ index (PMI) – where 50...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Investor Kestrel swoops for more shares in Cupid

Investor Kestrel swoops for more shares in Cupid

AN ACTIVIST investment group has upped its stake in Edinburgh-based dating website operator Cupid. The Guernsey-based Kestrel Opportunities fund bought 1.4 million shares this week to increase its stake to just under 14.5 per cent. Kestrel describes...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Architecture award for island wildlife centre

Architecture award for island wildlife centre

A building offering views onto one of north Northumberland's best wildlife habitats is one of five in the North East which won prestigious awards last night. Window on Wild Lindisfarne received a RIBA North East Regional Award from the Royal Institute...

 

New EU force in Central African Republic sets stability as top priority

Thousands of people have been killed in intercommunal violence in the former French colony in recent months and close to a million have been displaced from their homes. "The objective that we are looking for, and which I think we share with most...

 
Coaching award for Strathendrick

Coaching award for Strathendrick

Strathendrick RFC has earned the prestigious Positive Coaching Scotland award supported by the Bill McLaren Foundation. At Sunday’s mini rugby charity tournament at Fintry, the award was presented by Bill’s daughter Linda and her husband Alan, former...

 
Charlie hopes to power on at Thruxton

Charlie hopes to power on at Thruxton

Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup championship leader Charlie Robertson is aiming to extend his points advantage when the category makes its annual visit to Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire this weekend. Heading into the third event of his maiden season in...

 
Geddes to the four in cup victory

Geddes to the four in cup victory

Chris Geddes scored four and Paul Sludden the other as Stirling University claimed the inaugural Scottish Sun Lowland League Cup in a 5-2 win over Preston Athletic. Stirling found themselves ahead less than five minutes into the match when Sludden’s...

 
AstraZeneca rejects improved Pfizer bid

AstraZeneca rejects improved Pfizer bid

The prospect of Pfizer going straight to AstraZeneca's shareholders loomed larger after its £50-a-share cash and shares approach was rebuffed as “substantially undervaluing” the UK's second-biggest drugs company. The American maker of Viagra, which...

 


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