News archive from 17 June 2014

Is Hollywood screenwriting success easier to find online?

Is Hollywood screenwriting success easier to find online?

"Audiences don't know somebody sits down and writes a picture. They think the actors make it up as they go along." That's what the character Joe Gillis says in the classic American film noir, Sunset Boulevard. In the movie, Gillis works...

BBC, 00:00 in Business
 
Low staffing ‘not to blame for Wishaw baby deaths’

Low staffing ‘not to blame for Wishaw baby deaths’

Inadequate staffing levels did not contribute to the deaths of three babies in a hospital 
neo-natal unit, an independent report has found. Concerns were raised earlier this year over the deaths of three babies at Wishaw General Hospital in...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Health
 
Mercer quits as Almondvale placed in administration

Mercer quits as Almondvale placed in administration

Property developer Iain Mercer has resigned from the company founded by his late father, blaming the "banking sector" for it being placed in administration. Mercer, who took over on the death of former Hearts owner Wallace in 2006, issued a...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Comment: Sterling and oil prices | Wizz Air

Comment: Sterling and oil prices | Wizz Air

AFTER making good progress earlier in the year, the London stock market looks set to come under increasing pressure in the coming months. Even now the FTSE 100 is only trading roughly where it started 2014 following a 14 per cent rise in 2013 and...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Fund firms make move to new base in at Atria site

Fund firms make move to new base in at Atria site

Investment firm Alliance Trust and a pension fund for local government workers have become the latest tenants in Edinburgh's Atria office development, taking its occupancy level to about 60 per cent. Alliance Trust and the Lothian Pension Fund have...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Palestinian killed amid tension over missing teens

Palestinian killed amid tension over missing teens

Israeli troops rounded up dozens more senior Hamas activists and killed a Palestinian in a clash with stone throwers yesterday, as the search went on for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers allegedly seized by the Islamic militant group....

 
Somali extremists admit to attack on Kenyan town

Somali extremists admit to attack on Kenyan town

Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility yesterday for an overnight attack on the Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni that left at least 50 people dead, some of them football fans at a venue screening World Cup matches. Gunmen in minibuses...

 
Tension as Russia shuts off gas line to Ukraine

Tension as Russia shuts off gas line to Ukraine

Russia has turned off the gas taps to Ukraine and warned of disruption to supplies to the European Union after the two countries failed to agree on gas prices and the repayment of Kiev's vast energy debt. The decision to cut supplies will add to the...

 
Cambodian workers flee Thai crackdown

Cambodian workers flee Thai crackdown

Cambodian workers are leaving Thailand in growing numbers, with the total who have returned to their homeland this month topping 160,000. Thai officials insist the movement is voluntary and not forced repatriation. However, Thailand announced it would...

 
Phil Neville slated for World Cup commentary

Phil Neville slated for World Cup commentary

FORMER footballer Phil Neville has admitted that working as a commentator is "harder" than he thought, after complaints about his on-air performance during the World Cup game between England and Italy. Hundreds of viewers criticised his...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Harris has been publicly humiliated, sex trial told

Harris has been publicly humiliated, sex trial told

Rolf Harris's reputation has been "trashed" and he has been punished for past infidelity with "public humiliation" during his indecent assault trial, a court has heard. Giving the closing speech in the veteran entertainer’s defence...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
Iraq crisis: Hague opens talks with Iran

Iraq crisis: Hague opens talks with Iran

WILLIAM Hague revealed yesterday that he had opened talks with Iran in a bid to find a solution to the crisis in Iraq as Islamist extremists continued to wreak havoc in the north of the country. The Foreign Secretary told MPs he had held a phone...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Hot News
 
District nurses will disappear by 2025, says union

District nurses will disappear by 2025, says union

'The decline in district nursing has occurred even though the demand for their services has increased.' Photograph: Bubbles Photolibrary/Alamy District nurses, a cornerstone of NHS care, are disappearing so fast that by 2025 they will "face...

Guardian, 00:06 in Health
 
Davies-style review urged into barriers to ethnic minorities in boardrooms

Davies-style review urged into barriers to ethnic minorities in boardrooms

Tidjane Thiam, boss of the insurer Prudential, became the first black chief executive of a FTSE 100 company in 2009. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty The government is being called on to launch a review into barriers that seem to prevent people from ethnic...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 
Location tech and mobile map out way to better business

Location tech and mobile map out way to better business

Surbiton would not normally be thought of as a centre of fashion. But it is, according to location data analysts at least. Continue reading the main story Special Report: The Technology of Business Big health warning for big data? World Cup 2014 to be...

BBC, 00:07 in Business
 


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