News archive from 5 February 2014

Rural planners win in battle to preserve Dales homes for locals

Rural planners win in battle to preserve Dales homes for locals

An important victory has been secured in the battle to secure housing for local people in Yorkshire's rural communities. Planners in the Yorkshire Dales have fought off attempts by a developer to overturn restrictions they had imposed to prevent new...

 

Chaos fears as Tube strike begins

London Underground workers started a 48-hour strike tonight in a row over ticket office closures, threatening travel chaos in the capital - despite a flurry of last-ditch efforts to head off the action. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport...

 
Skyscanner aims to be world’s top search site

Skyscanner aims to be world’s top search site

SKYSCANNER is on track to become the world's biggest travel search engine after doubling its revenue and profits and announcing it is hiring a further 100 people. The Edinburgh-based company expects to top the league of search sites within 18 months...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Comment: BP raise stakes on independence

Comment: BP raise stakes on independence

BOB Dudley, the chief executive of BP, doesn't have his problems to seek. The legacy of the Gulf of Mexico disaster and a tight oil market hitting margins are enough to keep the American's in-tray overflowing. Now he says there are “big uncertainties”...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Scotch Whisky Experience toasts record year

Scotch Whisky Experience toasts record year

Tourist attraction the Scotch Whisky Experience has enjoyed its highest ever visitor numbers as it embarks on the final stage of a major overhaul. The centre, which is sited at the top of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, saw more than 155,000 people...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
US blocks extradition of former St Andrews student

US blocks extradition of former St Andrews student

ATTEMPTS to bring a former St Andrews University student back to Scotland to face attempted murder charges have been blocked because of fears that he may kill himself. American Alexander Hilton has been granted a stay of extradition in his homeland,...

 
Poll plan to end Ukraine crisis

Poll plan to end Ukraine crisis

VIKTOR Yanukovich, the embattled president of Ukraine, could call early elections in an attempt to defuse a political crisis that has left around six people dead, hundreds injured and threatens to pull the former Soviet

 
Rwanda: Intelligence chief on trial for slaughter

Rwanda: Intelligence chief on trial for slaughter

Rwanda's former intelligence chief has gone on trial in France, facing charges of genocide and war crimes in connection with a 1994 killing spree that left at least half a million people dead. Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, could face a life sentence if he...

 
Legal challenge halts Portugal’s sale of Miro art

Legal challenge halts Portugal’s sale of Miro art

Legal wrangles have thwarted debt-ridden Portugal's attempt to raise money by auctioning a collection of works by Spanish artist Joan Miro. The sale of 85 pieces by the Surrealist was one of the highlights of a two-day auction of Impressionist and...

 
Seymour Hoffman withdrew $1,200 before drug death

Seymour Hoffman withdrew $1,200 before drug death

ACTOR Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly withdrew $1,200 (£740) in six transactions from a cash

 
Bannockburn tickets cut by half after poor demand

Bannockburn tickets cut by half after poor demand

The official celebrations to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn have been slashed in the wake of poor ticket sales and an unexpected clash with the UK government's annual military showpiece. With just under six months to go until...

 
Twelve applications are submitted for every UK apprenticeship

Twelve applications are submitted for every UK apprenticeship

Enya Judge is an apprentice at Pembrokeshire Leatherwork in Penffordd, west Wales. Matthew Hancock, skills and enterprise minister, has called for more businesses to take on apprentices. Photograph: Gareth Phillips/Gareth Phillips for the Guardian The...

Guardian, 00:11 in Learning
 
Scottish independence threatens trade, says Rennie

Scottish independence threatens trade, says Rennie

Scotland's trade relationships with Europe are being put "fundamentally at risk" by the SNP's plans for independence, Willie Rennie warned in a speech last night. The Scottish Liberal Democrats leader argued that independence would create a...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Politics
 
Veterans gather for Colossus 70th anniversary

Veterans gather for Colossus 70th anniversary

The 70th anniversary of the pioneering Colossus computer is being celebrated at Bletchley Park. The machine was first used to crack messages sent by Hitler and his generals on 5 February 1944. The celebration will bring together some of the machine's...

 

Same-sex marriage: MSPs pass gay marriage bill

Scotland is set to stage its first gay weddings later this year after a "momentous day for equality" saw new laws passed at Holyrood last night. The subject has been one of the most bitterly fought in the Scottish Parliament’s 15-year...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Politics
 


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