News archive from 3 July 2013

Organ donation opt-out plan backed

Jul 2 2013 Wales will become the first country in the UK where people will be presumed to have consented for their organs to be donated unless they opt out. The current system, which operates across the UK, relies on people signing up to a voluntary...

 

Edward Snowden: a whistleblower, not a spy

It is now 10 days since the former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, source of the Guardian's NSA bugging revelations, flew out of Hong Kong, apparently en route to Ecuador. For 10 days he has been stalled at Moscow airport, while...

 
Unison: Building for future must start today

Unison: Building for future must start today

MAKING Scotland a fairer and socially just place to live means providing enough homes to meet everyone's needs, writes Dave Watson Our homes are not just buildings in which we sleep and eat – they are much more than that. Our homes are the bases from...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Paying bills on time gives business a chance

Paying bills on time gives business a chance

IT'S time to end the scourge of late payment, says Grahame Barn Each year, public bodies in Scotland spend more than £2 billion on construction, a huge chunk of their £9bn budget. Much of this goes to large multinational contracting companies as part...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Scottish independence: English nationalism may rise

Scottish independence: English nationalism may rise

Fears that an independent Scotland would lead to the rise of a "narrow and inward-looking" English nationalism were expressed at a high-powered conference involving eminent politicians, academics and diplomatic experts. A note summarising...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Pete Martin: Morality a cover for control

Pete Martin: Morality a cover for control

REGULATING "sexual entertainment' may promote safety on some of our less salubrious streets but could it also be a cover for suppressing dissent and reducing levels of tolerance in society, asks Pete Martin Last week, the Scottish Government...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Shop margins slashed as retailers chase sales

Shop margins slashed as retailers chase sales

RETAILERS' margins are poised to be squeezed even more tightly in the coming months after shop prices fell at their fastest rate since 2007. The drop in the cost of products accelerated last month, according to data released today by the British...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
More support for Sir Tom Hunter start-ups

More support for Sir Tom Hunter start-ups

START-UP companies incubated by Sir Tom Hunter's Entrepreneurial Spark programme are in line to receive further business support when they leave his "hatcheries". E-spark has signed a deal with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Bank of England: Housing move may cause new bubble

Bank of England: Housing move may cause new bubble

THE UK government's schemes to prop up the housing market and boost builders risk inflating another housing bubble and must be a short-term measure only, the Bank of England's deputy governor has warned MPs. Giving evidence to the Treasury select...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
RBS division Ulster Bank to cut 1,800 jobs

RBS division Ulster Bank to cut 1,800 jobs

Royal Bank of Scotland's troubled Ulster Bank arm has announced up to another 1,800 job cuts and around 40 branch closures under plans to return it to profit within the next three years. Ulster will slash its branch network from 214 to between 175 and...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Business in brief: John Lewis | Stagecoach | SCI

DEPARTMENT store chain John Lewis yesterday promoted Paula Nickolds to its main board as buying and brand director. Nickolds, who joined the employee-owned business as a graduate trainee and is currently buying director for its home department,...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Magazine slump hits Menzies

John Menzies, the Edinburgh-based aviation and distribution group, continues to be hit by a slump in magazine sales, caused by the lack of major "social or sporting events" so far this year. However, in a pre-close trading update yesterday,...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

N Brown hails strong start to year

THE catalogue and online fashion firm behind brands such as Figleaves, Jacamo and Simply Be thanked the sunnier summer weather for getting womenswear sales back on track yesterday as revenues growth gathered pace. N Brown hailed a “good start to the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Town centre builds ‘should be first choice’

A CAMPAIGN group led by retail expert Leigh Sparks has demanded that planners adopt a "town centre first" assumption, under which developments that would draw-in shoppers should be built at the heart rather than on the edge of communities....

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Growers ‘should shift focus on to premium food oils’

Premium food oil production will become increasingly important for UK oilseed rape growers in a future European vegetable oil market set to be driven far less by biodiesel demand, according to David Neale, head of agronomy specialist Agrii. Speaking...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 


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