News archive from 9 August 2015

UK pay rising at fastest pace for seven years

UK pay rising at fastest pace for seven years

OFFICIAL figures are this week expected to show wages growing at the fastest pace in almost seven years as the economic recovery continues. Although average earnings are still about £30 a week lower than before the financial crisis, the Bank of...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
North Sea oil industry struggling on slippery slope

North Sea oil industry struggling on slippery slope

North Sea investment and jobs are suffering as cheap crude continues to flood the market, says Kristy Dorsey Oil majors around the globe are struggling to make the best of a bad situation, but at the moment the return on every project shelved and job...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Comment: Super Thursday brings the odd sunny spell

Comment: Super Thursday brings the odd sunny spell

SUPER Thursday they called it. But as we looked out all we could see were dark clouds, yet more rain and water-logged fields. For Scottish farmers this year, it's been anything but "super", with July recording the highest rainfall ever....

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Warning of innocent victims in taxman’s raid

Warning of innocent victims in taxman’s raid

Analysts claim mistakes are inevitable as HMRC upgrades its technology and gets new powers to seize funds, writes Jeff Salway Individual tax affairs in Scotland are coming under an unprecedented level of scrutiny as HM Revenue & Customs steps up...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Punters’ eyes on Ladbrokes’ merger form

Punters’ eyes on Ladbrokes’ merger form

LADBROKES' plans for a mega-merger with rival Coral will fall under the spotlight this week when the bookmaker publishes half-year results. The firms agreed the £2 billion-plus deal last month, though the enlarged group is expected to have to dispose...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Create Elearning targets $56bn market

Create Elearning targets $56bn market

A GLASGOW entrepreneur who sold his last business for $1.3 million (£840,000) is gearing up his second venture for launch in dozens of markets around the world. Create Elearning, which began trading “in earnest” at the end of 2014, is predicting sales...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Bilston Brawler Joe Knight made friends with Jesse James and Billy the Kid

He was the former US cavalry officer, famed bare-knuckle fighter and friend to outlaws Billy the Kid and Jesse James. And hardman Joe Knight – a man whose life-story reads like a Wild West novel – was Black Country through and through. He was raised...

 

Arsenal "to smash all their financial records for Karim Benzema transfer'

Arsenal are ready to smash all their transfer records to sign Karim Benzema, according to reports. The Real Madrid striker is seen as the Gunners' No.1 transfer target this summer, with Arsene Wenger looking to land a world class forward. And amid...

Metro, 00:09 in Sport
 
Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on

Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on

The Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States. A ceremony there will observe a minute's silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A cathedral that...

BBC, 00:11 in World News
 

Genius, coward… or madman? Why Hamlet gives actors the ultimate test

Here’s the rub. No one can settle what Hamlet is about. The play thought for years to be about indecisiveness is itself the subject of indecision. In 18 years as the Observer’s theatre critic I have totted up 24 productions – although I may have...

 
The man who saved Kyoto from the atomic bomb

The man who saved Kyoto from the atomic bomb

Just weeks before the US dropped the most powerful weapon mankind has ever known, Nagasaki was not even on a list of target cities for the atomic bomb. In its place was Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto. The list was created by a committee of American...

BBC, 00:11 in World News
 

Hamlet at the Barbican: don’t judge a play until press night

In theatre, previews are the first draft of a show. I strongly believe that. The only way we can truly tell whether that draft works is by having an audience present. As most audience members at a preview will never see the production again, you want...

 

Sebastian Coe: Olympic hero fighting to save his sport’s name

In September 1984, Sebastian Coe became “sizzling Seb” for two days. The Sun had an exclusive kiss-and-tell story from one of his former girlfriends, who told readers of their passionate affair and focused on a night when “sizzling Seb” had allegedly...

Guardian, 00:13 in Sport
 

England captain Alastair Cook caps day of Ashes glory

There were joyful choruses of Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory as England’s heroes embarked on a lap of honour in the sunshine. There was gentle mockery from a gleeful Gary Lineker who tweeted: “Surprised even those minnows of world cricket,...

 

Megyn Kelly is clear winner of Republican election debate

When 10 men lined up last Thursday to debate their ambition to be Republican candidate in the presidential election, few predicted that the star of the show would prove to be the one woman among their Fox TV interrogators. Yet that is just how many...

 


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