News archive from 7 March 2014

SSE faces probe over neglecting storm-hit families

SSE faces probe over neglecting storm-hit families

SCOTTISH and Southern Energy is to be investigated by Ofgem following a review of the way electricity network firms handled problems customers suffered during this year's winter storms. The Perth-based company, alongside UK Power Networks (UKPN), was...

 
Tour de France: How businesses will be affected

Tour de France: How businesses will be affected

All 7,000 businesses in the Harrogate district will receive an information leaflet on how le Tour could affect them from this month. Businesses along the route will also receive an invitation to attend an event being held at the Great Yorkshire...

 
BP trebles Dudley’s pay deal to $8.7bn for 2013

BP trebles Dudley’s pay deal to $8.7bn for 2013

Bob Dudley, the chief executive of BP, saw the value of his pay package more than treble to $8.7 million (£5.2m) last year, according to the oil major's latest annual report. The US-born industry veteran, who took the helm in October 2010 following...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Comment: Why MPC still has a job to do

Comment: Why MPC still has a job to do

THE Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) yesterday entered a sixth year of maintaining the record 0.5 per cent base rate that has prompted questions about why it bothers to meet. If any previous consensus was achieved by the occasional...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Crimea ‘breakaway’ as MPs vote to join Russia

Crimea ‘breakaway’ as MPs vote to join Russia

Ukraine lurched towards break-up yesterday as politicians in the Crimean parliament voted unanimously to join Russia. Western powers and the interim Ukrainian government dismissed the attempt to secede as “illegal” – but the move received the support...

 
Credentials of US ambassadorial nominees quizzed

Credentials of US ambassadorial nominees quizzed

THE union that represents US diplomats has threatened to sue the state department. The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) said it will take the action unless documents are released showing the qualifications of ambassadorial nominees, amid a...

 
France: Gayet and Trierweiler sue Closer magazine

France: Gayet and Trierweiler sue Closer magazine

THE two women at the centre of the French president's troubled love life were involved in separate court hearings yesterday over privacy issues. Julie Gayet, the French ­actress, brought an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against a gossip magazine that...

 
Extradited and humiliated: Gaddafi’s playboy son

Extradited and humiliated: Gaddafi’s playboy son

Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi, a playboy footballer who fled to Niger as his father's regime crumbled in 2011, has been extradited back to Libya. The government in Tripoli said Saadi - one of Gaddafi's eight children - would be treated "in...

 
Oscar Pistorius ‘wept and prayed beside body’

Oscar Pistorius ‘wept and prayed beside body’

AS HIS girlfriend lay dying, a weeping and praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness told a South African court. “I shot her. I thought she was a...

 
Network Rail ‘sorry’ after crossing deaths

Network Rail ‘sorry’ after crossing deaths

NETWORK Rail today made a "full and unreserved" apology for failings over level crossing safety and its behaviour towards bereaved families. The move by new chief executive Mark Carne came in response to a damning report by MPs accusing the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Widow wins battle to keep dead husband’s sperm

Widow wins battle to keep dead husband’s sperm

A widow has been granted permission to preserve her late husband's sperm but may have to stage a fight in the Court of Appeal. Physiotherapist Beth Warren, 28, from Birmingham, yesterday won a High Court battle with the UK fertility regulator. A judge...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Home ownership survey names UK’s five ‘tribes’

Home ownership survey names UK’s five ‘tribes’

BRITAIN'S future housing needs will be influenced by five "tribes" characterising the needs of different types of householders, an estate agency has claimed. A report into how housing stock will be divided up found modern homes will need to...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Max Clifford ‘used his office as a sexual fiefdom’

Max Clifford ‘used his office as a sexual fiefdom’

PR GURU Max Clifford thought he was "untouchable" as he used his celebrity connections to "bully and manipulate" girls and young women into sex acts over a 20-year period, a court has heard. As his trial over a string of alleged...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Theresa May acts over miscarriage of justice fears

Theresa May acts over miscarriage of justice fears

Undercover police operations spanning decades may have led to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice, the Home Secretary has warned, in the wake of "profoundly shocking" findings of a review of the Stephen Lawrence murder...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Sunderland sisters win TV’s Coach Trip

Sunderland sisters win TV’s Coach Trip

SUNDRLSNd sisters Annabelle and Emily Dittmar have been revealed as the winner's of quirky TV show Coach Trip. The Chanel 4 TV show saw the pair travel hundreds of miles from their home in Broadway Grange, near Doxford Park, to Belgium, Luxembourg,...

 


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