News archive from 14 May 2014

Compass to pay up to 1 billion pounds as special dividend - Sky News

The special dividend will be in addition to a 500 million pounds share buyback announced the company last November. Compass, whose shares closed at 975.94 pence on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday, refused to comment. (Reporting by Tasim Zahid in...

Reuters, 00:02 in Business
 

Activated almonds? Well yes, eating them might make you a pretentious git

Almonds (please note: those are not 'activated'). Credit: StockFood/Getty Photograph: Getty Images/StockFood When it comes to being Australian, being up yourself is pretty much the worst crime imaginable. Pete Evans, the not-French judge on Channel...

Guardian, 00:05 in Health
 
Child protection: Adults ‘afraid to comfort kids’

Child protection: Adults ‘afraid to comfort kids’

Scotland's hardline approach to child protection is stopping adults "acting like human beings" and being ready to cuddle a crying child, a former chief medical officer has warned. Sir Harry Burns is now calling for an end to a “blanket ban”...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Kirk Scottish independence service ‘a cheap stunt’

Kirk Scottish independence service ‘a cheap stunt’

A Church of Scotland plan for a post-independence referendum "service of reconciliation" has been described as a "cheap publicity stunt" by a leading Free Kirk minister. Rev David Robertson, Free Church minister in Dundee and...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Turkey mine blast kills 20 and leaves 300 trapped

Turkey mine blast kills 20 and leaves 300 trapped

Up TO 20 miners were reported killed and as many as 300 trapped underground yesterday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey. Twenty people were rescued from the mine in Soma in Manisa province but one later died in the hospital,...

 
Former Israeli premier gets six years in jail

Former Israeli premier gets six years in jail

FORMER Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail yesterday for taking bribes in a property deal - a crime which the judge said was akin to treason. The first criminal conviction of an ex-Israeli premier has all but ended...

 
Railway staff face 47 charges over Quebec horror
 
Turkey Mine Blast: At Least 150 Feared Dead

Turkey Mine Blast: At Least 150 Feared Dead

At least 150 miners are feared dead after an undergound explosion and fire in western Turkey. Hundreds more are still trapped in shafts and tunnels up to 4km (2.5 miles) from the nearest exit following the blast at a mine in Soma, in what appeared to...

 
'Debt denial' over mortgage repayment problems

'Debt denial' over mortgage repayment problems

A rising number of people are in "debt denial" and fail to seek help for mortgage repayment difficulties, the financial ombudsman has said. The service said it had received a record number of complaints about mortgages, despite the fact that...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
Audi 'lied' about safety testing of vehicles

Audi 'lied' about safety testing of vehicles

A BBC Watchdog investigation into Audi has discovered widespread lying about the safety testing of their vehicles. Undercover researchers witnessed nine out of 10 dealers from around the country falsely claim the Audi A5 was Euro NCAP safety tested....

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
Google Maps adds Great Britain public transport data

Google Maps adds Great Britain public transport data

Google has added coast-to-coast public transport information for the whole of Great Britain to its Maps app. It said the data included departure times and routes for all England, Scotland and Wales' buses, ferries, trains, subways and trams. It is not...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
Rugby World Cup shows commercial clout

Rugby World Cup shows commercial clout

As this summer's football World Cup limps uncertainly to the starting line, the final phase of organisation for another global sporting event - the 2015 Rugby World Cup has hit the ground running. A global trophy tour, ticket and hospitality sales...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
Pfizer: The making of a global drugs giant

Pfizer: The making of a global drugs giant

Perhaps most famous for developing erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra, aka the "blue pill", US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer is one of the world's biggest companies - and it has dominated the headlines for the past few weeks. It has a market...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
How Poundland's founder got his inspiration

How Poundland's founder got his inspiration

The other day I found myself amidst the stalls of Bilston Market, not far from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. I am attracted to markets all over the world. They are places of seeming chaos and confusion, blessedly free of most of the uniform...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 
Vienna's chocolate cake war

Vienna's chocolate cake war

They take chocolate cake so seriously in Vienna that the city's two main producers once fought a nine-year legal battle about it. The dispute was known as the "cake war". The cake in question is the sachertorte, a chocolate sponge covered...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 


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