News archive from 6 May 2014

UK energy too cheap, says study

UK energy too cheap, says study

Electricity pylons. The Newcastle University academics said: 'The current pricing model does not accurately reflect the high economic and environmental cost of generating, storing and distributing energy … This is unsustainable.' Photograph: Matt...

Guardian, 00:01 in Business
 
Scotland ‘will use nuclear weapons to bargain with’

Scotland ‘will use nuclear weapons to bargain with’

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland might be forced to postpone banning nuclear weapons from its territory in exchange for an easier passage into Nato and the European Union, a leading defence expert has claimed. In an analysis of what might happen after a vote...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Gerry Adams warned of ‘serious’ death threat

Gerry Adams warned of ‘serious’ death threat

Gerry Adams was warned by police of a "serious" death threat following his release from detention, the Sinn Fein leader said last night. The party blamed those opposed to the peace process for the message, which was passed by police to Mr...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Crusader castle the latest victim of Syria war

Crusader castle the latest victim of Syria war

THE Crac des Chevaliers held off a siege by the Muslim warrior Saladin 900 years ago, but today it bears the wounds of modern warfare: artillery has damaged its walls, an airstrike punctured its roof and shrapnel has torn through its religious...

 
Ukraine: Elite unit sent to Odessa

Ukraine: Elite unit sent to Odessa

Ukraine sent an elite national guard unit to re-establish control over the southern port city of Odessa yesterday as troops fought pitched gun battles with a pro-Russian militia that had seized Slovyansk, in the east. The twin moves reflected an...

 
Channel Tunnel celebrates 20 years

Channel Tunnel celebrates 20 years

Channel Tunnel operator Euro-tunnel today celebrates the 20th anniversary of the opening of the undersea link between Britain and Continental Europe. A reception and an exhibition on the history of the Folkestone to Coquelles link will be held at...

 
Pistorius ‘was torn apart and asking God for help’

Pistorius ‘was torn apart and asking God for help’

A neighbour of Oscar Pistorius yesterday told how the athlete was "torn apart" and desperately tried to save his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp minutes after fatally shooting her at his home last year. Taking to the stand as the sportsman’s...

 
UK asthma patients dying due to poor basic care

UK asthma patients dying due to poor basic care

ASTHMA patients are dying needlessly as a result of poor basic care and a failure to recognise when life is at risk, a damning new report has found. A National Review of Asthma Deaths, published today on World Asthma Day, highlights prescribing errors...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Hot News
 
Ethnic minorities not all the same, MPs told

Ethnic minorities not all the same, MPs told

Politicians should stop treating ethnic minorities as one homogeneous group and start appealing to the varied political views and concerns of non-white Britons, a new report argues. Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities will make up almost a...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Hot News
 
Rising output and exports lift optimism among SMEs

Rising output and exports lift optimism among SMEs

Optimism among small manufacturers has reached its highest level since records began 26 years ago as it emerged that the UK is poised to be the strongest-performing major economy in western Europe this year and next. According to the CBI,...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
People: The business diary

People: The business diary

New Scottish insurance company Sure Thing! held its launch party at Glasgow's Riverside Museum, with some good news to mark its first few weeks of trading. Chief executive Brendan Devine welcomed guests from around Britain for a night of...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Barclays and grocers under the spotlight

Barclays and grocers under the spotlight

With City traders returning to work after the bank holiday weekend, the latest developments in the supermarket price war will be in the spotlight, as will banking giant Barclays, which is expected to reveal a fall in first-quarter profits. Today’s...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Dundee summit to highlight designs for success

Dundee summit to highlight designs for success

Some of the world's biggest brands - including drinks giant Diageo, textiles maker Harris Tweed Hebrides and aerospace engines group Rolls-Royce - will gather in Dundee this month for the inaugural Scottish Design Summit. Hosted by the University of...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Scottish farmed salmon sales leap by £100m in year

Scottish farmed salmon sales leap by £100m in year

The value of Scottish farmed salmon has soared by £100 million in the past year as its 
popularity abroad in particular continues. Salmon producers have recorded sales of £633m in 2013, a rise of 18 per cent on the previous 12 months. And...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
People dying needlessly from asthma, says Royal College of Physicians

People dying needlessly from asthma, says Royal College of Physicians

The report found preventable factors in more than 70% of cases of asthma sufferers. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Children and adults are dying needlessly from asthma attacks, according to a report by experts published on Tuesday, which...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 


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