News archive from 11 September 2015

Cherie Blair's stepmother Stephanie Booth denies bin theft charge

Image copyright PA Cherie Blair's stepmother has denied stealing a neighbour's bin. Stephanie Booth, who is the mayoress of Todmorden in West Yorkshire, appeared before magistrates accused of the theft of a bin used to hold sand or salt. Mrs Booth,...

BBC, 00:00 in Regional
 

Fundraiser to be held in Glasgow for young girl who has been diagnosed with Rett syndrome

A SCOTS family are holding a charity night to help a young girl who was diagnosed with the same rare disease that killed Coleen Rooney’s sister. Rosie McLoughlin was just 14 when she passed away from Rett syndrome in 2013. Holly Weir from Robroyston...

 

Assisted Dying Bill: Fresh debate on 'right to die'

Image copyright CHASSENET/BSIP/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MPs are to debate whether some terminally ill people in England and Wales should be allowed to end their lives with medical supervision. Under a proposed new law, patients with a clear desire to end...

BBC, 00:04 in World News
 
Pension and price war to hit profits at John Lewis

Pension and price war to hit profits at John Lewis

Retailer John Lewis Partnership has warned that the tough trading environment and higher costs linked to its staff pension scheme will knock its annual profits by up to 15 per cent. The employee-owned department stores and supermarkets group said it...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Lloyd’s earnings slide on price pressure

Lloyd’s earnings slide on price pressure

Profits at the Lloyd's of London insurance market tumbled by 28 per cent in the first half amid "intensely" competitive trading conditions. The firm also said that economic volatility and the low interest rate environment were impacting...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Harper Macleod pushes into Shetland legal market

Harper Macleod pushes into Shetland legal market

Legal heavyweight Harper Macleod is extending its reach well beyond the mainland after acquiring a practice in Shetland. The Glasgow-headquartered firm said today that Dowle, Smith & Rutherford (DSR) would make a “significant contribution” to its...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Next delivers price hike warning over living wage

Next delivers price hike warning over living wage

High street bellwether Next saw its profits rise 7.1 per cent in the first half of the year, but warned it might have to hike prices to pay its staff the living wage. Pre-tax profits hit £347.1 million for the half year to July, up from £324.2m a year...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Friars Wynd boutique hotel opens for business

Friars Wynd boutique hotel opens for business

A TWO-YEAR renovation project that nearly ran out of financial steam twice concludes today with the official opening of Stirling's newest hotel, writes Kristy Dorsey. Costing nearly £500,000, the boutique Friars Wynd includes eight individually...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Stone Age Scotswoman ‘earliest sufferer of rickets’

Stone Age Scotswoman ‘earliest sufferer of rickets’

The 5,000-year-old skeleton of a woman unearthed on a windswept Scottish island shows the earliest known case of the bone-deforming disease rickets in the UK - and possibly the world. Experts had always believed the bones, which were dug up on the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 

Man United, Chelsea and Newcastle target turned down Premier League move

The striker dropped down to the Championship after QPR were relegated from the top flight last season. And England international Austin was widely expected to join a Premier League side after scoring an impressive 18 goals last term. Chelsea,...

 
Fish-heavy diet ‘could help avoid depression’

Fish-heavy diet ‘could help avoid depression’

People who eat a lot of fish are less likely to be depressed, a new study found. Men who have a diet rich in fish saw their risk of depression reduced by a fifth (20%) while women saw their risk decrease by a sixth (16%). The link between fish and...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 

David Cameron promises fresh shakeup of public services

David Cameron will herald new moves to open up public services to private providers when he hails the role of “insurgent companies” and speaks of the benefit of “breaking state monopolies”. In a speech outlining the government’s approach to the autumn...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 

Tories set to block Navitus Bay windfarm off Jurassic Coast

The government is expected to turn down an application for a £3.5bn windfarm off the south coast of England in what would be another major setback to green energy under the Conservatives. The decision on the Navitus Bay project off Bournemouth will be...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 

Help is Coming: how I chose a forgotten Crowded House song to help Syrian refugees

I have two singles of the song Go West. It doesn’t matter which one I play. Either will reduce me to tears, but only one is intended to have that effect. The version that gave Village People a hit in 1979 was intended to be no more or less than a song...

 

'Too little, too late': UK cultural figures call for greater refugee intake

More than 100 leading British cultural figures have signed a statement calling for the UK to take in more refugees and complaining that the British government’s response to the European refugee crisis has been “too little, too late”. Related: If this...

 


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