News archive from 12 April 2014

Teachers are on the verge of crisis over new exams

Teachers are on the verge of crisis over new exams

SCOTLAND'S teachers are on the "verge of crisis" over soaring workloads and confusion about the new national exams to be sat by pupils later this month, education secretary Mike Russell was told yesterday. At a fringe meeting staged by the...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Learning
 
Skye: one of world’s 50 ‘tours of a lifetime’

Skye: one of world’s 50 ‘tours of a lifetime’

FROM trekking across the Serengeti plain to wolf-watching in Montana and kayaking the canals of Venice - they are the world's best outdoor adventures. And only one in Britain is worth trying in your lifetime, according to a new global guide – the...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
SNP’s wind farm policy ‘completely out of control’

SNP’s wind farm policy ‘completely out of control’

SCOTLAND is now home to more than half the UK's onshore wind farms - with thousands of turbines operating as part of the multi-billion-pound industry. There are 2,315 wind turbines on land in Scotland, out of a total of 4,350 in the UK, according to...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Salmond: ‘Work begins the day after a Yes vote’

Salmond: ‘Work begins the day after a Yes vote’

THE "real work" to bring about an independent Scotland will begin the day after a Yes vote, Alex Salmond will tell his party today. In his keynote speech to the last SNP conference before the referendum on 18 September, the First Minister...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Botched DIY 'doubles building bill'

Botched DIY 'doubles building bill'

The cost of home improvements could double if professional builders have to solve botched DIY jobs first, a building expert has warned. Harvey Ellingham, boss of Home Improvements Guarantee, said that pride often led to DIY disasters at this time of...

BBC, 00:19 in Business
 
George Osborne plans to strengthen criminal law on tax dodging

George Osborne plans to strengthen criminal law on tax dodging

George Osborne during the IMF/World Bank 2014 Spring Meetings in Washington Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters George Osborne is planning to make it easier to impose jail terms or heavy fines on British residents using offshore tax havens to cheat the...

Guardian, 00:25 in Business
 
Homebuyers face tougher scrutiny of household bills and childcare costs

Homebuyers face tougher scrutiny of household bills and childcare costs

From 26 April anyone applying for a mortgage will have to supply three months of bank statements that will be scrutinised to check the borrower can repay the loan at today’s interest rates and if borrowing costs rise. Photograph: Alamy Homebuyers are...

Guardian, 00:25 in Business
 
Tesco's mess-ups: let me count the ways

Tesco's mess-ups: let me count the ways

The City worries that Tesco has forgotten the threat from Aldi and Lidl and lost its marketing prowess. Photograph: Alex Segre / Alamy/Alamy Here comes another innovation from Philip Clarke, under-fire Tesco chief executive: a "food-to-go...

Guardian, 00:25 in Business
 
Schools asking parents to pay for basic supplies, survey finds

Schools asking parents to pay for basic supplies, survey finds

A schoolchild practising handwriting. Photograph: Alamy Parents are being asked to pay towards everyday activities and equipment in state schools, including basic items such as pens, paper and books, a survey of teachers has found. The Association of...

Guardian, 00:27 in Learning
 

Nestle says chairman has curable illness, will stay on in role

The 69-year-old Austrian is also chairman of motor racing business Formula One. The Vevey-based firm said the board of directors had been informed of Brabeck-Letmathe's illness on Thursday. A spokesman declined to give further details on what the...

Reuters, 00:29 in Business
 
The Volvo V60 makes long-distance journeys a pleasure

The Volvo V60 makes long-distance journeys a pleasure

A succession of test cars means we haven't driven our long-term Volvo V60 estate much lately. But a recent late-night 200-mile trip underlined just what a great long-distance cruiser it is. In the past, driving enthusiasts were always keen to...

 
Neighbours actress Ashleigh Brewer's dramatic farewell to the soap

Neighbours actress Ashleigh Brewer's dramatic farewell to the soap

Emotional dramas are par for the course in the world of soap, but Neighbours beauty Kate Ramsay seems to have suffered more than most. Arriving in Erinsborough following her mother Jill's fatal car accident in May 2009, the young teacher, played by...

 
Angela Rippon: 'The over 60s can achieve anything'

Angela Rippon: 'The over 60s can achieve anything'

Four decades after becoming national TV's first permanent female newsreader, Angela Rippon remains in huge demand. “I've been working in TV for nearly 49 years and I've been very lucky,” says the 69 year old. “In this business, if you're flavour of...

 
The Big Allotment presenter Fern Britton: 'Gardening is not sexist'

The Big Allotment presenter Fern Britton: 'Gardening is not sexist'

Leaving the comfort and familiarity of a TV series you've presented for an entire decade takes some guts. But, for Fern Britton, it turned out to be one of the smartest moves of her career. Since exiting ITV's This Morning in 2009, the 56 year old's...

 
EastEnders' Hetti Bywater on Lucy Beale's brutal murder

EastEnders' Hetti Bywater on Lucy Beale's brutal murder

Lucy Beale is a bright young thing with the world at her feet. Possessor of her father Ian's business acumen and her late mother Cindy's wiles, the sky seems the limit for the ambitious property player. But Lucy's life is cut tragically short when she...

 


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