News archive from 16 June 2014

London house prices have come off the boil, say analysts

London house prices have come off the boil, say analysts

House prices are being monitored by the Bank of England ahead of the Financial Policy Committee meeting. Photograph: Alamy The debate about house prices is reignited on Mondayamid claims by Britain's biggest property website that prices for homes have...

Guardian, 00:02 in Business
 

Salmond: Blair’s ‘breathtaking amnesia’ over Iraq

TONY Blair has been heavily criticised after insisting that the violent insurgency now sweeping Iraq is not the result of the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein. The former prime minister was yesterday accused of “breathtaking amnesia” and of...

 
Moderator targeted by independence ‘cyber bullies’

Moderator targeted by independence ‘cyber bullies’

THE Moderator of the Church of Scotland has revealed that he has been targeted by "cyber bullies" trying to exert pressure on him in the independence referendum. Writing in The Scotsman today, the Rt Rev John Chalmers appeals for both sides...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Independence puts us at risk, say half of Scots

Independence puts us at risk, say half of Scots

HALF of Scottish voters believe that independence poses a risk to Scotland while one in five think there is a risk if it stays in the UK, a poll has revealed. The ICM poll for The Scotsman suggests that concerns raised by the Better Together campaign...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Will people vote with their heads or hearts?

Will people vote with their heads or hearts?

IT IS often asked whether voters will be voting with their head or with their heart in September. Will they be backing the option they think will be better for their country’s prosperity and wellbeing? Or will they be affirming their sense of Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Art review: Glasgow School of Art Degree Shows

Art review: Glasgow School of Art Degree Shows

IF THE annual art school degree shows are a pressurised time for aspiring artists around the country, then spare a thought for Alexander Jensen. Glasgow School of Art Degree Shows *** Barely three weeks ago he was one of those Fine Art students whose...

 

Scots ‘best year since start of credit crisis’

SCOTLAND'S economy is set to enjoy its best year since the onset of the credit crisis though a number of risks remain, a top think-tank said today. Revising its 2014 forecast sharply upwards, the EY Scottish Item Club said the economy was likely to...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
COMMENT: Scotland needs new start-up businesses

COMMENT: Scotland needs new start-up businesses

It is entrepreneurs who will shape the economic landscape, writes Michael Westmacott The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) quotes Scottish government statistics to show that small and medium-sized enterprises now account for well over 90 per cent...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

World Cup 2014: Slow start for Lionel Messi who struggles in first-half of Argentina's opener against Bosnia

Argentina may have gone a goal up inside three minutes against World Cup debutants Bosnia, but the biggest news of the first half surrounded Lionel Messi – and for once, it wasn’t positive. The four-time World Player of the Year was expected to take...

Metro, 00:06 in Sport
 
COMMENT: Northern Rock bailout | Swip

COMMENT: Northern Rock bailout | Swip

IT WAS a panic that came out of the blue, writes Bill Jamieson Anxious queues of depositors outside the branches of Northern Rock in late 2007 were the first signs that a massive financial crisis was upon us. Savers had heard that it had sought and...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

Polish central bank says tape of governor's conversation was manipulated

The Wprost news magazine on Saturday released a recording of a conversation in a restaurant last year in which, it said, Belka told a minister he would be willing to help the government out of its economic troubles if the finance minister was fired....

Reuters, 00:09 in Business
 
Stars turnout for Baltacha charity tribute

Stars turnout for Baltacha charity tribute

STARS of the tennis world came together in a trio of matches to remember Scottish player Elena Baltacha, who died of liver

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 
Phonics education technique shown to have positive impact on literacy

Phonics education technique shown to have positive impact on literacy

Children taught to read using "phonics" when they start primary school can end up with a reading age two years above what is expected of them. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Children taught to read using phonics techniques have achieved...

Guardian, 00:12 in Learning
 
Bank of England 'puzzled' by productivity gap

Bank of England 'puzzled' by productivity gap

The Bank of England says productivity is 16% below its pre-crisis trend - but says it is at a loss to understand why. Its latest quarterly bulletin says that since the onset of the 2007-08 financial crisis, labour productivity in the UK has been...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 
Sickness absence at record low says industry body

Sickness absence at record low says industry body

The number of days taken off work through sickness is at a record low, says industry body the EEF. The survey of 330 firms over the past two years showed overall levels of absence reached a record low of 2.1%, equal to 4.9 days per worker per year....

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 


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