News archive from 18 July 2013

Nelson Mandela rallies after brush with death

Nelson Mandela rallies after brush with death

Nelson Mandela is making "remarkable progress" as he recovers from a near-death illness, his daughter said on the eve of his 95th birthday. The South African presidency was forced earlier this month to deny that the Nobel Prize winner was in...

 
Scottish islands say ‘we want to control destiny’

Scottish islands say ‘we want to control destiny’

SCOTLAND'S largest island groups have written to the UK and Scottish governments demanding more powers for their communities to protect their culture and make the most of renewable resources. With Scotland facing major constitutional change regardless...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
GCHQ ‘did not get round UK law by using US spyware’

GCHQ ‘did not get round UK law by using US spyware’

GCHQ - Britain's electronic eavesdropping agency - did not use a secret US programme to access internet providers in order to circumvent UK laws, a parliamentary committee has found. The intelligence and security committee, which oversees the work of...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Minimum pricing: Scots go it alone after UK U-turn

Minimum pricing: Scots go it alone after UK U-turn

THE UK government has performed a U-turn on introducing minimum pricing in England and Wales - meaning Scotland will go it alone in introducing the measure. Prime Minister David Cameron said that while the idea had “a lot of merit” there were...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Michael Kelly: Indifference to independence

Michael Kelly: Indifference to independence

America's fight for freedom was based on an issue of substance - something that is lacking in the Scottish debate, writes Michael Kelly LOOKING out at the sun setting on the Mount Rushmore memorial to four presidents, it is difficult to prevent one’s...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Christine Jardine: Salmond’s unsportsmanlike conduct

Christine Jardine: Salmond’s unsportsmanlike conduct

We should be thankful that the First Minister will not be attending the Open, writes Christine Jardine It was almost a surprise when Rihanna was allowed to take her applause and depart T in the Park without being photobombed by the First Minister. And...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Heathrow lays out plans for third runway

Heathrow lays out plans for third runway

Controversial plans to expand Heathrow airport have received the backing of business leaders, who said better air links were needed to encourage economic growth. Although London mayor Boris Johnson opposes the creation of a third runway at Heathrow,...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Fed chief Bernanke says QE plans not set in stone

Fed chief Bernanke says QE plans not set in stone

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has insisted that the US central bank's timetable for scaling back its bond-buying programme is not on a "preset course", and asset purchases could increase if the economy takes a turn for the worse....

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Elderly care revolution as state-backed insurance scheme announced

Elderly care revolution as state-backed insurance scheme announced

The elderly care shakeup is planned to end the postcode lottery with a new insurance schemel. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Ministers will on Thursday publish plans for a universal state-backed insurance system for elderly care in England, the biggest...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Land Securities reports solid performance

Land Securities reports solid performance

Retailers at one of Scotland's newest shopping developments have reported trading "significantly above target" in a further sign of a revival on the high street. Property giant Land Securities said many shops in Glasgow’s Buchanan Quarter...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 

Profits leap at US giant BoA

Bank of America (BoA) posted a 70 per cent jump in quarterly profit yesterday, helped by higher share trading revenue and lower expenses as chief executive Brian Moynihan's efforts at a turnaround showed early signs of paying off. Business was...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 

CBI calls for tax system tweaks

Business chiefs today called on the UK government to make "targeted changes" to the tax system in order to boost infrastructure and create jobs. Publishing a tax review, the CBI said ministers should avoid making further major changes to the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 

Tomatin Distillery toasts funding for biomass plant

A BIOMASS plant at a distillery near Inverness has become the first project in Scotland to win funding from the Green Investment Bank (GIB). Tomatin Distillery, owned by Japanese spirits group Takara Shuzo, will finance the wood-chip fuelled biomass...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 

Paperino’s restaurant falls into administration

GLASGOW restaurant Paperino's @78 has closed with the loss of 21 full and part-time jobs following an unsuccessful bid by its owners to sell the business. Administrators from French Duncan were called in yesterday by brothers Stefano and Sandro...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 


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