News archive from 8 February 2014

Land of fire and ice! Sochi off to a sparkly start but Russians are rewriting history yet again

The Putin Games began at 20.14 local time. A fanfare of fireworks, dancing, music and drama spoke of Russia’s rediscovered might — and launched the XXII Winter Olympics as the crowning glory of Vladimir Putin. He has seen off the opposition at home,...

Daily Mail, 00:00 in Sport
 
Scottish independence: Call to ‘settle’ on currency

Scottish independence: Call to ‘settle’ on currency

THE UK government must end the uncertainty over an independent Scotland keeping the pound before the referendum is held, leading economists have warned. The outlook for Scotland after independence was put under the spotlight in a National Institute of...

Scotsman, 00:00 in Politics
 
Comment: Scotland gets best of both worlds in UK

Comment: Scotland gets best of both worlds in UK

CURING the UK's ills will come not from separate countries struggling, but by communities working together for a better Britain, write Stella Creasy MP and Kezia Dugdale MSP We may have been born in Birmingham and Aberdeen, but we both know the best...

Scotsman, 00:00 in Politics
 
800,000-year-old footprints found in Norfolk

800,000-year-old footprints found in Norfolk

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered some of the oldest human footprints in the world during a dig on a beach on the east coast of England. The prints, thought to be more than 800,000 years old, were found in silt on the beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk....

 
Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons preview

Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons preview

IN the latest instalment of The Write Stuff, showcasing the best of Scotland's writers, we publish a book extract from award-winning screenwriter David Solomons. Dear Jane, Thank you for submitting your novel, The Endless Anguish of My Father. Ten...

 
UK fracking ‘faces skills and equipment crisis’

UK fracking ‘faces skills and equipment crisis’

DAVID Cameron's drive to create a multi-billion pound shale gas industry could be scuppered by an acute shortage of equipment and trained workers. A major new survey also suggests that the UK government’s push for the controversial method of energy...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Comment: Time for ECB’s Draghi to show leadership

Comment: Time for ECB’s Draghi to show leadership

AS SHERLOCK Holmes told Watson, it is sometimes the fact the dog does not bark in the night that is the big clue. This week the European Central Bank (ECB) did not cut interest rates as the markets had expected. Instead, Mario Draghi, ECB president,...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
BA boss to take a seat at John Lewis

BA boss to take a seat at John Lewis

KEITH Williams, the executive chairman of British Airways, is to join the board of department store chain John Lewis as non-executive director next month. The employee-owned retailer also announced the arrival of Denis Hennequin, who was ousted from...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Ignore ‘cash in hand’ if switching bank accounts

Ignore ‘cash in hand’ if switching bank accounts

THE UK's high street banks have launched a wave of cash incentives in a bid to attract new current account customers. But consumers have been told to look behind the bribes or risk being left out of pocket by moving to accounts that later hammer them...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
5 top tips on equity release

5 top tips on equity release

KEVIN Garfagnini gives his tips on equity release 1 - Understand what it is Equity release is a way of unlocking a proportion of the value – or equity – you have in your home in exchange for a tax-free lump sum. The Equity Release Council (ERC), the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
UK trade deficit narrows but recovery uncertain

UK trade deficit narrows but recovery uncertain

BRITAIN'S trade deficit narrowed sharply to a 17-month low in December, but hopes over a re-balancing of the economy were blunted by slower-than-expected manufacturing growth. The deficit fell from £3.6 billion in November to £1bn, the lowest monthly...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
SAS unit’s dog captured by Afghan Taleban

SAS unit’s dog captured by Afghan Taleban

TALEBAN forces in Afghanistan claim to have captured a British military dog belonging to the SAS. The insurgents said they took the dog, which they have named Colonel, about a month ago, during a battle with the British special forces. They have...

 
Sochi Winter Olympics begin with lavish ceremony

Sochi Winter Olympics begin with lavish ceremony

FIREWORKS exploding over the night sky at Sochi signalled the start yesterday of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Vladimir Putin's bid to showcase his nation on the world stage with the costliest Games of all time. The Russian president – who in the...

 
Ukraine: US diplomats’ EU outburst leaked online

Ukraine: US diplomats’ EU outburst leaked online

TWO senior United States diplomats, thinking their conversation about Ukraine was secure and private, have been caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged - and US officials suspect Russia of leaking the...

 
Australia: Abbott boasts over refugee numbers

Australia: Abbott boasts over refugee numbers

AUSTRALIA's prime minister Tony Abbott yesterday boasted that no asylum seeker had reached the country by boat in 50 days - the longest period since 2008 - thanks to his anti-refugee measures. Mr Abbott, a conservative, described the measures to turn...

 


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