News archive from 13 May 2014

Revealed: begging letters for Nazi ‘Mother Cross’

Revealed: begging letters for Nazi ‘Mother Cross’

NAZI Germany's cult of motherhood has resurfaced with the discovery in Berlin of hundreds of letters from women begging to receive the coveted "Mother Cross" for bringing children into the world for Adolf Hitler. Hitler instigated the order,...

 
Court refuses to ban Greece’s Golden Dawn party

Court refuses to ban Greece’s Golden Dawn party

Greece's supreme court has rejected calls to ban the far-right Golden Dawn party from this month's European elections, as its leader waits in jail to be tried for membership of a criminal organisation. A private citizen had asked the court to exclude...

 
Oscar Pistorious ‘anxious’ about violent crime

Oscar Pistorious ‘anxious’ about violent crime

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has had an anxiety disorder since childhood and was "anxious" about violent crime, a psychiatrist has told his murder trial. His actions when he shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year “should...

 
Divisive Hindu nationalist set to be Indian PM

Divisive Hindu nationalist set to be Indian PM

Indians have cast their votes on the final day of the country's marathon five-week election process, with Narendra Modi looking certain to become prime minister of the world's largest democracy. Opinion polls almost unanimously forecast his Hindu...

 
Ukraine polls ‘covering up murder and kidnappings’

Ukraine polls ‘covering up murder and kidnappings’

Ukraine and Russia have clashed over controversial independence referendums held in two rebel-held eastern areas of the country. Ukraine’s president, Oleksander Turchynov, denounced the votes as a “farce” to cover up “murders, kidnappings, violence...

 
Women on boards at all FTSE 100 manufacturing firms, finds report

Women on boards at all FTSE 100 manufacturing firms, finds report

Women account for 44% of the board at the drinks firm Diageo, the highest proportion among FTSE 100 manufacturing firms, says the report. Photograph: Davis Cheskin/PA All of Britain's top manufacturers now have women on their boards but more must be...

Guardian, 00:03 in Business
 
Annual retail sales growth slows, despite boost from Easter period

Annual retail sales growth slows, despite boost from Easter period

There is concern that the rate of retail sales across the UK is slowing, despite Easter figures. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Retailers enjoyed an Easter boost in sales last month but it was not enough to prevent the worst underlying...

Guardian, 00:03 in Business
 
Every child should have a sporting chance in life

Every child should have a sporting chance in life

IN JUST over two months, global attention will be focused on Scotland as Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. This is a "once in a generation" opportunity to send a positive message to the rest of the world about our passion for sport and...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Health
 
Pfizer talks up case for AstraZeneca swoop

Pfizer talks up case for AstraZeneca swoop

Pfizer yesterday stepped up the case for its planned acquisition of AstraZeneca and questioned the UK drug firm's ability to stand alone in a competitive market. In an effort to douse questions about its commitments to British jobs, Pfizer also...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
IBM veteran’s cloud firm aims to double turnover

IBM veteran’s cloud firm aims to double turnover

A CLOUD computing firm co-founded by an IBM veteran is seeking to more than double its revenues within three years after buying a US rival. Renfrewshire-based Beeks FX, which specialises in virtual private server (VPS) technology to speed up deals for...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Virgin passes £20bn mark on mortgages

Virgin passes £20bn mark on mortgages

VIRGIN Money said yesterday that its mortgage balances have broken through the £20 billion milestone after growing its book by more than 40 per cent in the past two years. The bank, headquartered in Edinburgh, entered the mortgage market when it...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
No zero-hours for Standard Life staff

No zero-hours for Standard Life staff

Standard Life has pledged that it will not employ people on controversial zero-hours contracts after being accredited as a "living wage" employer. The life and pensions firm, which holds its annual meeting in Edinburgh today, employs more...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: SWA awaits independence answers

Comment: SWA awaits independence answers

THE silly season hasn't kicked in yet, so there's no lack of news about, but just in case you missed the story in February (The Scotsman and Herald), in April (Sky News), on Sunday (Sunday Times) and yesterday (Daily Express and Times), the Scotch...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Scotland gets green light for coupling up to 13%

Scotland gets green light for coupling up to 13%

IN THE latest move in the long-running saga of getting the next common agricultural policy for Scotland, the UK minister for farming, Owen Paterson, yesterday confirmed that Scotland could couple up to 13 per cent of its total support package -...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Calls for millions to be given free vitamin D supplements

Calls for millions to be given free vitamin D supplements

New advice suggests those living the UK simply cannot get enough vitamin D from the sun or their diet. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters Millions more people should be offered free vitamin D supplements under proposals from the government's health...

Guardian, 00:05 in Health
 


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