News archive from 16 January 2014

UK home sales highest for six years, says Rics

UK home sales highest for six years, says Rics

The number of UK homes sold per surveyor has more than doubled since the depth of the housing market downturn, a survey suggests. Just over 21 sales per estate agency branch were recorded in the final three months of 2013, the Royal Institution of...

BBC, 00:03 in Business
 
Chambers warning over Scotland’s economic recovery

Chambers warning over Scotland’s economic recovery

FURTHER action may be needed to support Scotland's "fragile" economic recovery, according to a hard-hitting report published today. Business confidence during the fourth quarter of last year was stronger than in the final months of 2012, the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Comment: Bank bonus poser for government. Again

Comment: Bank bonus poser for government. Again

IT BEGGARS belief we are even having this debate five years after a banking industry with its cover blown tipped the UK into recession and a chronic cost-of-living squeeze for millions of people. Should Royal Bank of Scotland be allowed to pay its...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Bank of America beats Wall Street forecasts

Bank of America beats Wall Street forecasts

Bank of America (BoA) has become the latest US lender to post better-than-expected quarterly profits after benefiting from a drop in bad loans. The second-largest US bank said it was entering its new financial year with a vastly improved balance...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 

David Cameron ducks call cap bonuses at RBS

DAVID Cameron was yesterday accused of using "smoke and mirrors" in an attempt to head off a growing row over the prospect of RBS bankers taking bonuses of up to double their salaries. The Prime Minister’s efforts to reassure the public that...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Scotland’s economy on ‘road to recovery’

Scotland’s economy on ‘road to recovery’

Scotland is on the "road to recovery" with the economy having enjoyed continuous growth for 18 months in a row, official figures showed yesterday. And the revival is expected to continue throughout 2014, according to finance leaders, with...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Game Group eyes flotation after bumper Christmas

Game Group eyes flotation after bumper Christmas

DEMAND for titles to play on Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's Playstation 4 consoles helped retailer Game Group to chalk up a surge in sales over Christmas. The bumper festive figures mark a major turnaround for the firm, which fell into administration...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Michelle Obama: Never say never to surgery

Michelle Obama: Never say never to surgery

Michelle Obama has admitted that even she would not rule out plastic surgery to keep her looking young. The first lady, long admired for her toned arms and svelte figure, said she believed women should have the “freedom” to do anything to look good....

 
Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis, study says

Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis, study says

Comedian Spike Milligan, whose struggle with bipolar disorder is cited in the new study. Photograph: Rex/ITV Comedians are able to make people laugh because they often display characteristics usually found in schizophrenics or those suffering with...

Guardian, 00:10 in Health
 
Hollande’s alleged mistress denied cultural post

Hollande’s alleged mistress denied cultural post

France's culture ministry has turned down French actress Julie Gayet for a coveted spot at a French cultural institution after reports that she is having an

 
Patients with rare sight disorder get vision partly restored via gene therapy

Patients with rare sight disorder get vision partly restored via gene therapy

Robert MacLaren, consultant surgeon, warns that the trial patients' improved vision cannot yet be affirmed as permanent. Photograph: University Of Oxford/PA Two men with progressive blindness have regained some of their vision after taking part in the...

Guardian, 00:10 in Health
 
India: Danish tourist gang-raped in New Delhi

India: Danish tourist gang-raped in New Delhi

A 51-YEAR-OLD Danish tourist was allegedly gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and asked a group of men for directions back to her hotel. The attack is the latest crime to focus attention on the sexual violence...

 
Iraq: Baghdad blasted by bombs

Iraq: Baghdad blasted by bombs

Bombs have hit Iraq's capital Baghdad and a village near the northern town of Baquba, killing at least 75 people, police and hospital sources said, as prime minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that militants were trying to set up an "evil...

 
NSA can spy on computers when they’re not online

NSA can spy on computers when they’re not online

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has put spying software on 100,000 computers around the world that allows it to monitor them even if they are not connected to the internet, it was claimed yesterday. The NSA is said to have developed a secret...

 
‘William Roache pinned girl against wall’

‘William Roache pinned girl against wall’

Coronation Street star William Roache wrote a letter to a 14-year-old girl weeks after he indecently assaulted her and asked her to reply "when you start school again", a jury has heard. Giving evidence, the complainant said Roache forced...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 


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