News archive from 12 September 2014

PwC forecasts slowdown for hotel growth

PwC forecasts slowdown for hotel growth

Growth across the Scottish hotel industry is expected to ease next year after what is shaping up to be a sizzling 2014 for the hospitality sector. Cultural festivals, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup are currently driving occupancy to record...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
First-time buyer mortgages push through 30k

First-time buyer mortgages push through 30k

The number of mortgages handed out to first-time buyers across the UK has surpassed 30,000 in one month for the first time since 2007, new figures from banks and building societies reveal. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said yesterday that...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
If I had a gun I’d shoot you, police chief told

If I had a gun I’d shoot you, police chief told

The grandfather of an alleged victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham told South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright: "If I had a gun, I would shoot you." Mr Wright faced public questions for the first time since...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Hot News
 
Salmond claims government briefed BBC on RBS plan

Salmond claims government briefed BBC on RBS plan

FIRST minister Alex Salmond yesterday called for an official inquiry into a reported Treasury briefing to the BBC about Royal Bank of Scotland's plans to move its headquarters to England. While answering questions about news that some of Scotland’s...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 

UK says to sign nearly $4 billion in trade deals with China

Britain will also refund visa costs for up to 25,000 Chinese visitors on organised tours between 2015 and 2017. Osborne is meeting Ma as part of an annual Anglo-Chinese economic and financial dialogue, which last year took place in Beijing. Britain's...

Reuters, 00:10 in Business
 
Two years after protests, 'China risk' still haunts Japan firms

Two years after protests, 'China risk' still haunts Japan firms

Despite offering rent-free premises for the first three years to companies expanding to China, the Japan Automotive Parts Industrial Center (JAPIC), set up in Danyang, 200 km (120 miles) west of Shanghai, in 2011, remains near empty. A visit to the...

Reuters, 00:10 in Business
 
Next insists ‘death’ of the high street overdone

Next insists ‘death’ of the high street overdone

FASHION retailer Next saw its strongest sales growth "for many years" in the first trading half and brushed off talk that Britain's high streets are in long-term decline. Group chief executive Lord Wolfson said the latest performance was...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
Oscar Pistorius found not guilty of murder

Oscar Pistorius found not guilty of murder

Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - but he could still face a lengthy jail term if found guilty of her

 
Rob Ford in hospital after medics find ‘tumour’

Rob Ford in hospital after medics find ‘tumour’

Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who last year acknowledged using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor," has been admitted to hospital with a tentative diagnosis of a tumour after suffering months of abdominal pain. Dr Rueben...

 
Freed - UN peacekeepers held by al-Qaeda group

Freed - UN peacekeepers held by al-Qaeda group

The 45 United Nations peacekeepers held captive by an al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group have been released safe and well in Syria's Golan Heights. A spokesman for UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said the Fijian soldiers had been released at the...

 
Chile asks for help after subway blast injures 14

Chile asks for help after subway blast injures 14

Chile has sought help from foreign security agencies in an effort to find those responsible for an explosion that injured 14 people at a subway station in the capital, Santiago. A number of bomb scares and small blasts have also kept the country on...

 
Obama warned strikes on IS may ‘set region on fire’

Obama warned strikes on IS may ‘set region on fire’

UNITED States president Barack Obama's decision to authorise air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria came under fire from Russia yesterday, and was also criticised by Syrian and Iranian officials. Russia, the main international ally of...

 
Derbyshire care home fees to increase

Derbyshire care home fees to increase

Fees paid by Derbyshire County Council to independent sector agencies to care for people at home are to increase by two per cent. The fee increase, along with an increase in travel time payments, was agreed by the county council’s cabinet in a meeting...

 
Bakewell teacher pedals to Paris

Bakewell teacher pedals to Paris

A Bakewell teacher has cycled from Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower in a day, in a bid to raise funds for Edale Mountain Rescue. Alongside two friends, Jonathan Watt, of S. Anselm’s School, pedalled from London to Newhaven, caught a ferry to Dieppe,...

 
Changes to GCSEs may cut number of students receiving top grades

Changes to GCSEs may cut number of students receiving top grades

The changes to GCSEs follow demands from ministers to toughen up a marking system they claim has been discredited by years of grade inflation. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Changes to the marking of GCSEs as part of an overhaul to tighten up England's...

Guardian, 00:16 in Learning
 


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