News archive from 16 February 2014

Java struggles under cloud of volcanic ash

Java struggles under cloud of volcanic ash

DEATH and misery descended on Indonesia last week when the volcano Mount Kelud erupted, killing four people and shrouding Java in thick volcanic ash. But many farmers saw the tonnes of ash blasted out by the volcano as a bounty they could not afford...

 
Venezuela: Third night of riots over dead students

Venezuela: Third night of riots over dead students

VENEZUELAN security forces used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse student

 
Syria: Transition refusal was stumbling block

Syria: Transition refusal was stumbling block

UNITED Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has apologised to the Syrian people after peace talks in Geneva lasting six days failed to make any progress. Mediator says the government’s refusal to
talk about transition was stumbling block

 
Iberdrola chief unveils energy network investment

Iberdrola chief unveils energy network investment

BRITAIN'S ageing electricity infrastructure is expected to receive a boost from the Spanish owner of Scottish-Power this week when it reveals a multi-billion-pound investment plan. Iberdrola will say it is devoting the lion’s share of its spending in...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Shares: New chief raises Hornby hopes

Shares: New chief raises Hornby hopes

IT IS behind some of the UK's best-loved brands, but shareholders in Hornby haven't enjoyed an easy ride in recent years. Shares in the firm, which as well as the famous model train maker owns Scalextric, Corgi and Airfix, are trading at less than...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: UK battered by incoming flood bill

Bill Jamieson: UK battered by incoming flood bill

UNTIL a few weeks ago the economic skies were brightening and sunnier times seemed assured. Retail sales growth was the strongest in four years, recovery was broadening out and the budget deficit was coming in below forecast. But all those optimistic...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Investment may alleviate housing shortage

Investment may alleviate housing shortage

PENSION funds are taking a renewed interest in Scotland's private rented homes market following a call for more investment to help alleviate the country's housing shortfall. According to the Scottish Government, 465,000 new homes are needed by 2035,...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Complaints made against RBS years before outcry

Complaints made against RBS years before outcry

CLAIMS of poor treatment by Royal Bank of Scotland of small business customers were brought to the attention of the UK government several years before its "entrepreneur in residence" made them public, according to the head of a lobby group....

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
‘Don’t let boiler room scammers get away with it’

‘Don’t let boiler room scammers get away with it’

Victim is urging others to report rogue firms, says Jeff Salway INVESTORS are falling victim to “boiler room” scams despite government pledges of a crackdown on the firms. Thousands of people have lost millions of pounds to boiler rooms who have...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Jeff Salway: Report scamming stock market wolves

Jeff Salway: Report scamming stock market wolves

IN The Wolf Of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker with an insatiable appetite for money and the trappings that come with it. So far, so very believable (and it is based on a true story). What’s more unusual is that he...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Comment: Unemployment fall not helping Carney

Comment: Unemployment fall not helping Carney

MARK Carney has unpicked the key defining test of his controversial "forward guidance" policy, with low UK interest rates no longer solely dependent on the number of people out of work. The governor of the Bank of England officially broke...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Priming hydro power’s pump in Scotland

Priming hydro power’s pump in Scotland

The success of Alex Salmond's energy "revolution' will depend on decisions made in England, writes Dominic Jeff in Valencia IN A VAST turbine hall 2,000 feet under a man-made lake on a Spanish mountain, Alex Salmond showed no ill effects from his...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Boozed up driver ran from crash

Boozed up driver ran from crash

A drink-driver has been ordered to pay £305 after he fled following a collision in Chesterfield town centre. Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard last Monday how Jake Perry, 20, of Church Street, Pilsley, had just left a party when he was involved in...

 
60 start-ups lined up for investor showcase

60 start-ups lined up for investor showcase

SIXTY of Scotland's brightest start-ups have been selected to showcase their technology at this year's investor forum organised by Informatics Ventures. They will exhibit their products at the annual Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) forum, to be held at...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Graveyards set for new life as visitor centres

Graveyards set for new life as visitor centres

THEY are treasure troves of Scottish history which have lain weather-beaten, neglected and largely unloved for centuries. 
But now the nation’s historic graveyards are set for a revival under plans to hand them over to communities to help run and...

 


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