News archive from 9 February 2014

The heat is on for Ironman challenger

The heat is on for Ironman challenger

AS if a 70.3 mile ironman competition wasn't enough of a challenge, former Kendray lad Tony Bedford will attempt it in stifling Singapore temperatures of more than 30 degrees.   Tony, 47, moved to the island when his wife, Paula, was offered a job...

 
Scottish independence: Businesses to break silence

Scottish independence: Businesses to break silence

BUSINESSES are preparing to ramp up their involvement in the independence debate by highlighting the potential pitfalls of a breakaway state to investors and other stakeholders. A number of big companies are known to be looking to include independence...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Skyscanner lead Scots tech sector set for take-off

Skyscanner lead Scots tech sector set for take-off

MORE than a decade after the dotcom bubble burst, firms such as Skyscanner are leading a new technology boom, writes Gareth Mackie When Gareth Williams sat down with two friends and a laptop in 2001 to create a simple spreadsheet of flight prices, his...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Business rates need more than a tinkering

Comment: Business rates need more than a tinkering

IT'S unfair. It lacks transparency. And it's in urgent need of an overhaul. Thus did the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies let rip last week. It normally grabs the headlines with its earnest strictures on the macro economy. But this broadside was...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Speed trumps logic in bank share sale

Comment: Speed trumps logic in bank share sale

INVESTORS wanting the bailed-out banks back in private hands look like getting at least half their wishes granted. While Royal Bank of Scotland will remain a basket case for some time yet, the Treasury is likely to offload more shares in Lloyds and...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Jeff Salway: Fear of emerging market fallout

Jeff Salway: Fear of emerging market fallout

EVEN cautious investors must beware the impact of slumps in Asia and Latin America, writes Jeff Salway ORDINARY investors and pension savers may be more exposed to the ongoing turmoil in emerging markets than they realise, experts are warning. Markets...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Money moves: Investments need ‘garden maintenance’

Money moves: Investments need ‘garden maintenance’

With markets about as unpredictable as the weather, regular attention is advisable, writes Conal Gregory Just like a garden, investments need to be planned, nurtured, pruned and regularly assessed. Far too many people keep popping money into the same...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Scots entrepreneurs ‘not reaching their potential’

Scots entrepreneurs ‘not reaching their potential’

YOUNG entrepreneurs are to be encouraged to develop "high growth" instead of "lifestyle" businesses under an initiative aimed at boosting small business development. Innovation Centres Scotland (ICS) says those starting companies...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Companies can’t afford dodgy ethics

Comment: Companies can’t afford dodgy ethics

WHAT is a healthy, well-educated population worth? What's the cost of water shortage, or pollution? How do you value ethics in business? Until recently, such questions received practically no air-time in the course of commercial dialogue. Business is...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Carney set to rule out cut in jobless target

Carney set to rule out cut in jobless target

BANK of England governor Mark Carney is expected to rule out cutting a key jobless target rate in his "forward guidance" policy when he unveils the Bank's latest monthly inflation report this week. It follows the governor’s recent...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Stocks: Eland elated by ‘milestone’ oil flow

Stocks: Eland elated by ‘milestone’ oil flow

OIL industry veteran Les Blair didn't hold back in his reaction last week to news that the black stuff was finally flowing from Eland Oil & Gas's Nigerian field. Blair, the industry veteran who heads Aberdeen-based Eland, described the...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Thomas Cook chief eyes sunnier outlook

Thomas Cook chief eyes sunnier outlook

THOMAS Cook boss Harriet Green will outline further progress at the venerable travel group this week as her turnaround plans gather traction. The 173-year-old business is battling to return to profit, and under Green’s tenure has more than halved...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Woody Allen denies abuse claims in open letter

Woody Allen denies abuse claims in open letter

WOODY Allen has defended himself against reports that he abused his adoptive daughter, accusing his ex-partner Mia Farrow of "coaching" her to make the allegation against him. In a strongly worded letter published online by the New York...

 
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty – review | Mark Kermode

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty – review | Mark Kermode

'Wildly ambitious': An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Where to start in describing Terence Nance's wildly ambitious multimedia chronicle of a love foretold? Mixing (what looks like) authentic home movie footage with psychedelic animation, on-screen...

 
Sochi Olympics: Russian TV ‘fake’ opening ceremony

Sochi Olympics: Russian TV ‘fake’ opening ceremony

RUSSIAN state television aired footage of five floating snowflakes turning into Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics during the dazzling opening ceremony of the Sochi Games. The problem is, it didn't happen. The opening ceremony at the Winter...

 


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