News archive from 18 April 2014

Exclusive - GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

Safety advocates and engineers say the lack of testing for this factor undermines GM's claims that the cars are safe. As early as 2004, GM engineers complained that the ignition switch could be turned off if the key was bumped by a knee. A Texas judge...

Reuters, 00:01 in Business
 
Review: Alan Davies, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

Review: Alan Davies, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

As someone who only knew Alan Davies from the TV shows QI and Jonathan Creek, I was curious to see what his stand-up would be like. His on-stage persona is markedly different from his on-screen comedy foil on QI and the introspective Creek. He led his...

 
Royal Bank of Scotland cleared of fraud allegation

Royal Bank of Scotland cleared of fraud allegation

A REVIEW yesterday cleared Royal Bank of Scotland of systematically setting out to defraud its small business customers. City law firm Clifford Chance said it had “not found any evidence” of the bank “distressing otherwise viable businesses”, an...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Comment: Bank gets some relief from its critics

Comment: Bank gets some relief from its critics

ROYAL Bank of Scotland boss Ross McEwan, who has looked at times as if he is trying to repair a reputational roof in high winds, will be relieved an independent review has cleared the bank of systematically setting out to defraud struggling small...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Mulberry to launch more affordable handbags

Mulberry to launch more affordable handbags

Luxury brand Mulberry is to launch more affordable handbags in a bid to win back customers priced out of the market. Luxury brand Mulberry is to launch more affordable handbags in a bid to win back customers priced out of the market. The British firm...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Havelock Europa posts pre tax profits for 2013

Havelock Europa posts pre tax profits for 2013

SHOPFITTER Havelock Europa is poised to starting paying dividends for the first time in six years after an upturn in work for clients in the banking sector helped it return to the black. The Fife-based firm, which has offloaded non-core parts of its...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Pickles approves 59 allotment sales

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has approved 59 applications by councils to sell allotment sites to make way for development, it has emerged. Mr Pickles refused two applications, 10 are pending and 12 of the 83 submitted between 2010 and 2013 have...

 
Iran curbs nuclear programme as sanctions ease

Iran curbs nuclear programme as sanctions ease

Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 per cent, as it implements a landmark pact with world powers. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which verifies evidence that Iran is living up...

 

U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

At least 237 have been killed in religious violence in Myanmar since June 2012 and more than 140,000 displaced, many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, one of Myanmar's poorest regions that is home to 1 million Rohingya. U.N....

 
Robot submarine hunts for clues on missing plane

Robot submarine hunts for clues on missing plane

INVESTIGATORS were last night analysing data collected by a robotic submarine that scanned the seabed in the hunt for the missing Malaysian Flight 370, but initial tests have ruled out the possibility that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft....

 
30,000 strike at Nike and Adidas in China

30,000 strike at Nike and Adidas in China

A STRIKE at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe manufacturers escalated yesterday to include more than 30,000 workers. Workers in the southern city of Dongguan want Taiwanese-owned Yu Yuen Industrial Holdings – which makes shoes...

 
Anglo-Irish Bank pair found guilty of loans plot

Anglo-Irish Bank pair found guilty of loans plot

TWO former directors of Anglo Irish Bank - the rogue lender that crippled Ireland's economy - have been found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months
before the bank's collapse. Pat Whelan, of Malahide, Co...

 
World’s biggest ever election held in India

World’s biggest ever election held in India

India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls yesterday, the biggest day of its five-week staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern technology hub and western sugar cane farms. The country is now more than...

 
The Scotsman cartoon: Message in a bottle found

The Scotsman cartoon: Message in a bottle found

A message in a bottle written by a schoolboy in the 1960s was discovered just yards from where he dropped it on the Kirkcudbright coastline. The author was five when he threw the bottle into the firth, in the hope it would one day reach a far-flung...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Travel bursaries will expand cultural horizons

Travel bursaries will expand cultural horizons

Awards reflect outward-looking tradition, says Jim Tough Over the centuries, Scotland has always been an outward-looking nation reaching out to other countries and cultures across the globe. Sometimes economic necessity has forced large numbers to...

Scotsman, 00:12 in Learning
 


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