News archive from 15 February 2014

TSB appoint new chairman, heads for £1.5bn float

TSB appoint new chairman, heads for £1.5bn float

BRITAIN'S newest high street bank has named City veteran Will Samuel as its chairman ahead of an expected £1.5 billion flotation in the summer. Samuel immediately joins the board of TSB, which was re-launched in September as a standalone banking brand...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Aston Martin feels Chinese backlash

Aston Martin feels Chinese backlash

Aston Martin has become the latest company to feel the ire of China's state media, facing accusations that the luxury carmaker invoked a stereotype of low-quality "Made in China" manufacturing in a sweeping recall to mask its own...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Thousands fall victim to ‘crash for cash’ scam

Thousands fall victim to ‘crash for cash’ scam

More than 1,000 innocent motorists are caught up every week in collisions with drivers perpetuating crash scams. Insurer LV= has estimated that more than 300,000 accidents have been deliberately staged over the past five years by people looking for...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Growth forecasts sneaked in under radar

Comment: Growth forecasts sneaked in under radar

WHAT with currency wars to the north and floods to the south, it was little wonder that the week's most interesting economic news got so little mention. Namely, the Bank of England has bumped up its forecast for economic growth this year to a thumping...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Pressure off stimulus as eurozone growth picks up

Pressure off stimulus as eurozone growth picks up

Economic growth across the eurozone was stronger than expected in the final three months of 2013, raising hopes the recovery is gaining a foothold. Gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter compared with the previous...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Weather: Triple threat of elements for England

Weather: Triple threat of elements for England

MORE than 2,000 troops were aiding the flood relief effort in southern parts of Britain last night as the country prepared for a triple threat of elements over the weekend, with warnings in place for more heavy rainfall, gale-force winds and snow....

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Davina McColl raises £760,000 with epic marathon

Davina McColl raises £760,000 with epic marathon

Shattered television presenter Davina McCall was embraced by her husband Matthew Robertson when she completed her week-long 500-mile Sport Relief challenge in London yesterday. The 46-year-old, who has raised more than £760,000 for charity, was...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Princes William and Harry help with flood effort

Princes William and Harry help with flood effort

The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend a Berkshire town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England. William and Harry worked from 6am yesterday morning...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 
Scottish independence: Split on currency Plan B

Scottish independence: Split on currency Plan B

MEMBERS of a commission set up by Alex Salmond to examine currency options were last night divided on what Plan B could be adopted in an independent Scotland after the SNP's plan to share sterling was ruled out by Westminster. The Fiscal Commission...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Stephen Jardine: New star shines in awards system

Stephen Jardine: New star shines in awards system

MOVE over Michelin, there is a new kid in town. For years, the red restaurant guidebook and its numerous rivals have ruled the roost when it comes to suggesting where to eat out. However, a new guide is changing the face of restaurant...

 
World Press Photo Contest winners announced

World Press Photo Contest winners announced

STRIKING images of blind albino boys, survivors of typhoon Haiyan and African migrants with their phones were among the winners of the World Press Photo Contest 2014, which were announced yesterday. The prize-winning pictures in the world’s largest...

 
Jane Bradley: All in a flap over an app

Jane Bradley: All in a flap over an app

Before this week, I had never heard of a flappy bird. Now, the darn things are everywhere, waving their little yellow wings and nose-diving into concrete posts. Ironic, really, that they’re suddenly such a prevalent part of society, given that this is...

 
North Sea sale move after Shell profit warning

North Sea sale move after Shell profit warning

Royal Dutch Shell plans to put three oil and gas assets in the North Sea up for sale as it seeks to ramp up disposals and focus on improving shareholder returns after a shock profit warning. The Anglo-Dutch company has been facing increasing investor...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Business
 
Sochi 2014: Yarnold wins by just over a second

Sochi 2014: Yarnold wins by just over a second

LIZZY Yarnold held her nerve to scoop Britain's first gold medal of the Winter Olympics. In a nail-biting finale to the skeleton competition in Sochi, Yarnold beat American Noelle Pikus-Pace into second place, beating her time by just over a second....

Scotsman, 00:12 in Hot News
 
Teachers ignored amid exam chiefs’ ‘backslapping’

Teachers ignored amid exam chiefs’ ‘backslapping’

A LAWYER set to become the head of one of Scotland's largest teaching unions has launched an attack on the exams body over its handling of the new National qualifications. Sheila Mechan, who is expected to be elected general-secretary of the Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:12 in Learning
 


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