News archive from 7 April 2014, page 7

The man who inspired Richard Branson

The man who inspired Richard Branson

SIR Richard Branson has revealed that his close friendship with Scottish author Gavin Maxwell helped drive him to create his hugely successful global business. Maxwell wrote a best-selling book that helped save a species from extinction and led to one...

Scotsman, 04:13 in Hot News
 
Costa Rica leftist wins presidential run-off

Costa Rica leftist wins presidential run-off

Former diplomat Luis Guillermo Solis of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) had never before been elected to office but he tapped into public anger over rising inequality and government corruption scandals. He defied pollsters' predictions and came in...

 
Afghan voters turn out in force in defiance of Taleban

Afghan voters turn out in force in defiance of Taleban

A BIGGER-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taleban's failure to derail the vote has raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home. The Taleban...

 
Scots drugs mule in Peru could be home ‘in weeks’

Scots drugs mule in Peru could be home ‘in weeks’

SCOTTISH drugs mule Melissa Reid, jailed in Peru for her part in smuggling a £1.5 million haul of cocaine into the South American country, could be home within weeks, after applying to serve the rest of her sentence in the UK. The Scottish Prison...

 
Lesley Riddoch: Yes vote needs to deliver on Union

Lesley Riddoch: Yes vote needs to deliver on Union

THE Yes campaign must aim to deliver an improvement on a Union that does not work, writes Lesley Riddoch Another weekend, another speech from a Prime Minister who says he plans to leave the independence referendum to Scots. So far, so ironic. The...

Scotsman, 04:21 in Politics
 
Leaders: Maria Miller must go|Independence battle

Leaders: Maria Miller must go|Independence battle

If ANYTHING is to be salvaged from the shredded integrity of the House of Commons over MPs' expenses, the Culture Secretary Maria Miller now has to go. Not only have her actions – and her minimal apology – rekindled public anger over MPs’ expenses,...

Scotsman, 04:21 in Politics
 

UK company finance chiefs upbeat on hiring and investments: poll

The 126 respondents to the survey, conducted between March 6 and 24 and which included CFOs from more than a quarter of the companies in the FTSE 100 index of leading stocks, said the appetite for risk among businesses was growing. That's despite...

Reuters, 04:25 in Business
 

Wesfarmers exits insurance with sale of broking unit to U.S. insurer

The sale comes at a time when Arthur J. Gallagher, one of the world's largest insurance brokers, is trying to grab a bigger share of the Australian market. The U.S. firm, which already operates in the country, will be contending with domestic players...

Reuters, 04:32 in Business
 

India's Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $3.2 billion all-share deal

Ranbaxy, India's biggest drugmaker by sales and 63.4 percent owned by Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd (4568.T), is banned from exporting drug ingredients to the U.S. Sun Pharmaceutical's Karkhadi plant is also barred from shipping products by the U.S....

Reuters, 05:02 in Business
 

Prison officer threat men sentenced

Two inmates will be sentenced at the Old Bailey today for making a threat to kill a prison officer days after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale, both 26, were found guilty following the incident at HMP Full Sutton in North...

 
Hollywood Actor Mickey Rooney Dies Aged 93

Hollywood Actor Mickey Rooney Dies Aged 93

The Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93, according to US reports. More follows...

 
Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney 'dies aged 93'

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney 'dies aged 93'

Mickey Rooney, the child actor who became the world's top box-office star, has died aged of 93, US media report. Born in Brooklyn, he began his career aged 18 months in his parents' vaudeville act, Yule and Carter, and never really retired. By 1965,...

BBC, 05:13 in Art & Culture
 

It took seven years to solve riddle of rare condition that made Ellie a social outcast: Company director...

For 14 years, Ellie James has been blighted by an incredibly rare and embarrassing genetic disorder. The company director, 44, is one of only a handful of people with a condition that leaves her smelling of fish or rotten eggs. But it took seven years...

Daily Mail, 05:13 in Health
 

BG Group moves global LNG, oil trading headquarters to Singapore

Trafigura TRAFGF.UL shifted its main trading centre to the city-state two years ago, while Gunvor has said it could move to Singapore from Geneva if Switzerland becomes less attractive. "Asia is the world's largest market for LNG and where BG...

Reuters, 05:16 in Business
 
Leeds Kirkgate Market gearing up to welcome its ‘generation next’

Leeds Kirkgate Market gearing up to welcome its ‘generation next’

PLANS for a £12.3m makeover of Leeds's historic Kirkgate Market building are set to come before planning chiefs for the first time this week. Council bosses have signed off the key funding for the flagship project, which they hope will introduce the...

 


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