News archive from 18 June 2014

‘We sold loans no-one could understand’ says bank boss

‘We sold loans no-one could understand’ says bank boss

The boss of Clydesdale Bank admitted yesterday that selling complex loans to small businesses confused customers and that the accompanying literature "would not pass the plain English test". David Thorburn, also chief executive of Yorkshire...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Conflicting inflation adds to confusion

Comment: Conflicting inflation adds to confusion

THE swings and roundabouts on inflation could make the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) giddy in its deliberations over when to eventually increase interest rates from historic lows. Yesterday’s data saw wider inflation fall to a...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Shell in $5bn Woodside sale amid flurry of deals

Shell in $5bn Woodside sale amid flurry of deals

Oil major Shell has moved closer to its goal of disposing of 
$15 billion (£8.8bn) of assets by the end of next year after unveiling a $5bn deal to offload most of its stake in an Australian company that it tried to buy more than a decade...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Independence: BBC criticised for MSP Indyref role

Independence: BBC criticised for MSP Indyref role

BBC Scotland has been criticised for paying a Labour MSP to co-present a new programme which will debate key independence referendum issues. Senior staff at the corporation have expressed disquiet over the appointment of Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Hot News
 
Morrisons England World Cup songs shown red card

Morrisons England World Cup songs shown red card

ONE of the UK's biggest supermarket chains has been forced to stop playing England World Cup songs in Scottish stores after complaints from customers. Shoppers in Morrisons stores north of the Border were stunned to hear English anthems blaring out...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Hot News
 
Labour: the government has lost control of NHS finances

Labour: the government has lost control of NHS finances

Two thirds of the hospitals that have fallen into deficit since the general election did so in the last financial year. Photograph: Photofusion/Rex The government has lost its grip over the finances of the NHS after the "disastrous...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Doctors told to dispense with confusing medical jargon

Doctors told to dispense with confusing medical jargon

GPs have been urged to avoid certain words when speaking to patients about their health. Photograph: Alamy Doctors have been told to speak more slowly and use less jargon when talking to patients because their explanations of illnesses and treatments...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Doctors advised against aspirin for patients with irregular heart rhythm

Doctors advised against aspirin for patients with irregular heart rhythm

Aspirin's effectiveness for those with atrial fibrillation is now questioned, says Nice in new guidance, which also notes the raised bleeding risk. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Aspirin should no longer be used to try to prevent strokes in people with a...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
SNP stirring up anti-Englishness - John Major

SNP stirring up anti-Englishness - John Major

SIR John Major yesterday accused the SNP of holding the referendum around the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn in an attempt to stir-up anti-Englishness. The former leader also warned a narrow No victory could increase division. He made the remarks...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Half of Scots believe No vote means more powers

Half of Scots believe No vote means more powers

HALF of Scots believe that Holyrood will get more powers after a No vote in the referendum, a major study has found. The finding indicates this week’s pledge from pro-Union parties to deliver greater devolution “could pay off”. More powers for...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Iraqi rebels die in ‘tit-for-tat massacre’

Iraqi rebels die in ‘tit-for-tat massacre’

SIGNS emerged yesterday of revenge massacres in Iraq following accusations that Sunni militants committed atrocities against Shiites last week. Police said pro-government Shiite militiamen had killed dozens of Sunni detainees after the insurgents...

 
‘Kenyan politicians to blame for massacres’

‘Kenyan politicians to blame for massacres’

Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has blamed local political leaders for two nights of attacks that killed nearly 60 people in coastal communities. In a nationally televised address, Mr Kenyatta said yesterday that despite claims of responsibility from...

 
Energy suppliers receive record 1.7m complaints this quarter

Energy suppliers receive record 1.7m complaints this quarter

The big six received a record number of complaints this quarter. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Customer complaints to the big six energy companies have reached their highest-ever levels. The big six suppliers – British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Npower,...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 
Hollande hits out at attack on Roma boy
 


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