News archive from 4 June 2014

Allan Massie: Devolution - but what about England?

Allan Massie: Devolution - but what about England?

Extending devolution following a No vote will raise difficult questions over the role of UK parliament in England, writes Allan Massie Way back in the last years of the 20th century, Tam Dalyell said – or, if you prefer, warned us – that devolution...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
‘Rolf Harris said I had lovely curves’, court told

‘Rolf Harris said I had lovely curves’, court told

VETERAN entertainer Rolf Harris complimented a friend of his daughter on her "lovely curves" but not in a "lurid way", a jury has heard. The 84-year-old was “very tactile” but would “run away” when giggling teenage girls visited...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Gap between pregnancies linked to premature birth

Gap between pregnancies linked to premature birth

Women who have short gaps between pregnancies are at increased risk of premature birth, research shows. A US study of more than 450,000 births found that women with less than a year between their pregnancies were more than twice as likely to give...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Addressing the huge challenges facing the NHS

Addressing the huge challenges facing the NHS

'The flow of taxpayers’ money into the bank accounts of private health companies is certainly going to achieve an increased flow of money to the wealthy,' says Rik Evans. Photograph: YAY Media AS/Alamy We, as leaders of NHS organisations and...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health
 
Hospital chiefs call for urgent reforms to ensure NHS survives

Hospital chiefs call for urgent reforms to ensure NHS survives

Simon Stevens, the new chief executive of the NHS. Today he will detail how he plans to solve the service's budgetary crisis. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA The NHS will become "unsustainable" in its current form unless politicians urgently...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health
 

The NHS: money matters

Like Harriet with the matches, it has become so commonplace to shout "Fire!" about the state of the NHS that it is hard to know whether or not flames really are licking around the public's most highly valued institution. Well, this time they...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health
 
Women 'risk premature birth if they have second child too quickly'

Women 'risk premature birth if they have second child too quickly'

One in five women who gave birth again within a year had their child before 37 weeks, the study found. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Mothers should wait at least 18 months after giving birth before having another child in case their next baby arrives...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health
 
Taxpayers on course to get back £38bn from ‘bad bank’

Taxpayers on course to get back £38bn from ‘bad bank’

The state-owned "bad bank" behind bailed-out lenders Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock is on track to return its remaining £38.3 billion debt to taxpayers as low interest rates encourage borrowers to take their loans elsewhere. UK...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Government launches code to protect pub landlords

Government launches code to protect pub landlords

long-standing complaints that tenant publicans "tied" to the UK's big pub companies are treated unfairly on rents and other issues were addressed by a raft of proposals from the government yesterday. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
COMMENT: Pub rules | UKAR warning

COMMENT: Pub rules | UKAR warning

THE new code to protect landlords from overbearing pub companies continually seeking economies of scale is timely, many would say overdue. The 1989 Beer Orders, forcing Britain’s then big six brewers to divest 14,000 public houses to uncouple retail...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Scottish hotels set for a ‘bumper summer’ after revenues jump 11%

Scottish hotels set for a ‘bumper summer’ after revenues jump 11%

GROWING confidence in the economy has helped the Scottish hotels sector "turn a corner" as the latest data shows occupancy rates rising ahead of an expected "bumper summer". The monthly survey of three- and four-star hotels...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Bank holiday discounts drive British retail to 13th month of deflation

Bank holiday discounts drive British retail to 13th month of deflation

Prices of non-food items have fallen for a 14th consecutive month. Photograph: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images Discounts on clothing and bank holiday offers on DIY and gardening products resulted in prices in British shops continuing to fall last month,...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 
Thai protesters adopt salute from Hunger Games

Thai protesters adopt salute from Hunger Games

Thailand's military rulers are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup - a three-fingered salute borrowed from The Hunger Games - and will arrest those in groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms. Despite the warning to...

 
Obama creates own Warsaw pact with $1bn defence vow

Obama creates own Warsaw pact with $1bn defence vow

President Barack Obama yesterday pledged to increase America's military presence in central and eastern Europe through a new-billion dollar programme. His “European Reassurance Initiative” comes amid mounting anxiety on Nato’s eastern flank, caused by...

 
Assad’s ‘blood election’ won’t stop Syria’s agonies

Assad’s ‘blood election’ won’t stop Syria’s agonies

THOUSANDS of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to president Bashar al-Assad yesterday as they voted across government-controlled parts of Syria in an election decried by the opposition as a charade. Some stamped their ballots with blood after...

 


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