News archive from 8 August 2014

Russian trade war could cost Scots companies £50m

Russian trade war could cost Scots companies £50m

RUSSIA has launched a trade war by banning imports from the West in a move which could see £50 million worth of Scottish goods threatened. President Vladimir Putin’s regime has hit back at sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis by outlawing the...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Independence currency plan could see banks leave

Independence currency plan could see banks leave

SCOTLAND'S major banks could be forced to quit the country after independence if a "Panama-style" approach to using the pound without UK agreement is adopted, leading economists have warned. The claim was made on another damaging day for...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Independence round-up: Currency | Celebrities

Independence round-up: Currency | Celebrities

CATCH up on today's news, opinion and analysis on the Scottish independence debate from Scotland and around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website. Alex Salmond repeatedly defended the SNP’s plan for a currency union between...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Jonestown Massacre Remains Discovered

Jonestown Massacre Remains Discovered

The cremated remains of nine victims of a notorious 1970s mass cult suicide-murder have been found at a former funeral home in the US state of Delaware. Officials were notified last week when dozens of containers were discovered on the shuttered...

 

It's 40 years since US president Richard Nixon resigned over Watergate

"I have never been a quitter.' It might seem a strange line to insert into the speech announcing your resignation from the highest office in the land, but former US president Richard Nixon was one for surprises. And he was called far worse than...

Metro, 00:02 in Hot News
 
Aviva profits tops £1bn thanks to turnaround plan

Aviva profits tops £1bn thanks to turnaround plan

AVIVA has shrugged off the radical overhaul of the pension annuities market, rising claims due to flooding in Britain and a harsh Canadian winter to drive forward its turnaround programme. At yesterday’s first-half results Mark Wilson, the chief...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Walker hails profits as BenRiach eye more deals

Walker hails profits as BenRiach eye more deals

Single malt distiller BenRiach is mulling further acquisitions after last year's purchase of Glenglassaugh helped its annual profits more than double. SINGLE malt distiller BenRiach is mulling further acquisitions after last year’s purchase of...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Morphsuits firm rebrands to hit new heights

Morphsuits firm rebrands to hit new heights

FANCY DRESS firm Morphsuits has unveiled a change of name as it seeks to grab a larger slice of the global costumes and party market, estimated to be worth £3.5 billion. The East Lothian-based company, founded in 2009, is rebranding as MorphCostumes...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Infected priest is first Ebola case in Europe

Infected priest is first Ebola case in Europe

MEASURES to tackle the spread of the deadly Ebola virus were due to be announced today as health officials from the World Health Organisation concluded an emergency two-day summit in Geneva and officials in Africa implemented blockades and stringent...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 
Lyndsay Buckland: Public needs knowledge on Ebola

Lyndsay Buckland: Public needs knowledge on Ebola

THE spread of the deadly Ebola virus across west Africa is causing fear well beyond the boundaries of countries already affected by the outbreak. As the World Health Organisation considers whether to declare an international health emergency,...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 
Analysis: Cancer Drugs Fund seems to help pharma giant Roche most

Analysis: Cancer Drugs Fund seems to help pharma giant Roche most

The headquarters of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche. The drugs firm has benefitted hugely from the Cancer Drugs Fund. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical company at the centre of the row over cancer drugs pricing,...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
Drugs watchdog condemns Roche for high price of breast cancer therapy

Drugs watchdog condemns Roche for high price of breast cancer therapy

Breast cancer charities have called on pharmaceuticals firms, like Roche, to lower their drugs prices. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images The pharmaceuticals giant Roche has been criticised in unprecedented terms by the government's drugs watchdog for...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
Bank of England’s report key for rates move clues

Bank of England’s report key for rates move clues

THE BANK of England's quarterly inflation report next week will give the strongest clue yet as to when interest rates are likely to move, after policymakers again sat tight yesterday. With no accompanying statement from the monetary policy committee...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Prince William to pilot 999 air ambulance

Prince William to pilot 999 air ambulance

HE HAS previously served as a Royal Air Force pilot, carrying out search and rescue operations. Now the Duke of Cambridge is to switch to the emergency services, training in a new role as an air ambulance pilot. William said he is “greatly excited”...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Hot News
 
Iraqi Christians flee as Isis pledges mass advance

Iraqi Christians flee as Isis pledges mass advance

SUNNI MILITANTS from the Islamic State have seized Iraq's largest dam, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources, on the same day they forced thousands of Christians to flee for their lives. After a week of attempts, armed gunmen...

 


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