News archive from 3 September 2014

UK moves up to ninth in thinktank's list of best performing economies

UK moves up to ninth in thinktank's list of best performing economies

The WEF index is 'further evidence that our long-term economic plan is seen by the world to be delivering a more competitive economy', says George Osborne. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images Britain has moved up a list of the world's best...

Guardian, 00:01 in Business
 
Scottish independence: ‘Scots welcome in Nato’

Scottish independence: ‘Scots welcome in Nato’

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be welcomed into Nato even if it ditched Trident, says a former UK ambassador to the nuclear-based defence alliance. Dame Mariot Leslie argues that none of the Nato allies would want to interrupt the organisation’s...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Politics
 
Crimewatch draws blank over missing Suzanne Pilley

Crimewatch draws blank over missing Suzanne Pilley

POLICE have admitted they are no closer to finding the body of murdered bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley after concluding a search set up following a high-profile Crimewatch appeal. There was renewed optimism in June when the BBC programme led to new...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Ignoring small print costs families £400 a year

Ignoring small print costs families £400 a year

Consumers in Scotland are typically losing £384 a year by misunderstanding financial terms and conditions or not reading them at all, a government-backed study has found. The Money Advice Service (MAS) said 83 per cent of people north of the Border...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Convicted Sicilian mobster wins literary prize

Convicted Sicilian mobster wins literary prize

A jailed Sicilian mobster who cannot remember how many people he has killed has sparked a row in Italy after being awarded a top literary prize for his

 
Al-Shabaab chief ‘killed’ as US takes revenge

Al-Shabaab chief ‘killed’ as US takes revenge

UNITED States military forces have attacked the extremist al-Shabaab network in Somalia, the Pentagon said. Al-Shabaab attacked the ­upmarket Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people, a year ago this month and the US had targeted...

 
Amnesty uncovers ‘ethnic cleansing’ campaign by IS

Amnesty uncovers ‘ethnic cleansing’ campaign by IS

International rights group Amnesty International has accused the extremist Islamic State (IS) group of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes....

 
Comment: Housebuilding sector needs sturdy base

Comment: Housebuilding sector needs sturdy base

Soaring output in the housebuilding sector is proving to be somewhat of a double-edged sword; the "boom" in job creation reported in the latest construction purchasing managers' index (PMI) is welcome, but it comes at the cost of a looming...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Housebuilders face struggles amid labour shortage

Housebuilders face struggles amid labour shortage

A FRESH surge in construction activity has fuelled concerns that there are not enough skilled workers in the UK to keep pace with expansion. The boost is being driven by the recovery in housebuilding but yesterday’s report by Markit and the Chartered...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Consumers benefit from supermarket pricing wars

Consumers benefit from supermarket pricing wars

Retailers are continuing to cut prices in a bid to woo cash-strapped shoppers, according to a report published today that shows intense competition in the grocery sector has kept food inflation at a record low. With discounters such as Aldi and Lidl...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

'I'm happier than I've ever been': Celebrity Big Brother’s White Dee opens up about her relationship with...

White Dee might not look like a hopeless romantic. But on Tuesday night’s episode of Celebrity Big Brother the Benefits Street star opened up to her fellow housemate Stephanie Pratt, revealing she’s finally found the one and has never been happier....

 

Susan Boyle proves she's a good sport as she does the Ice Bucket Challenge in a floral swimsuit 

The nation has seen Susan Boyle belt out her version of Les Miserables' I Dreamed A Dream many times since her famous Britain's Got Talent audition in 2009. But few have seen her singing her favourite tune while having three buckets worth of ice cold...

 
World Economic Forum: UK moves up global economic list

World Economic Forum: UK moves up global economic list

The UK has edged up the global rankings in a major annual economic survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Its Global Competitiveness Report sees the UK rise one spot to ninth on the list, while Switzerland and Singapore retain first and second...

BBC, 00:12 in Business
 
Donald Trump Scots golf course battle - The movie

Donald Trump Scots golf course battle - The movie

THE battle between US tycoon Donald Trump and local residents over the building of his luxury golf resort on the Aberdeenshire coast is to be turned into a feature film. The film, which has a working title of Trumped, will see the makers of hit comedy...

 

All eyes on Kim at awards for men

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian stole the show at a glitzy awards do - designed to celebrate men. The socialite, 33, who is in the UK with her rapper husband Kanye West and their daughter North, was presented with the Woman prize at the GQ Men Of The...

 


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