News archive from 18 August 2014

Thousands more children to get free school meals in Sunderland

Thousands more children to get free school meals in Sunderland

THOUSANDS more children will be tucking into free school dinners when they go back to school next month. About 3,000 more pupils across Sunderland are expected to join the Government’s free school meals scheme, which will see all reception, Year 1 and...

 
Kids aged 1 to 12 trapped in shipping container

Kids aged 1 to 12 trapped in shipping container

Thirteen children aged between one and 12 were among 35 Afghan Sikh immigrants found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks, according to police. The group arrived on Saturday on a ship from Belgium and were said by police to be victims of “people...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Rip the World War 2 rescue dog in ‘Hall of Heroes’

Rip the World War 2 rescue dog in ‘Hall of Heroes’

A SECOND World War rescue dog credited with saving more than 100 lives is among a new "Hall of Heroes" celebrating 
heroic figures spanning centuries of history. Rip the rescue dog, who searched for people buried in the rubble...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
UK women forced into low-paid and insecure jobs

UK women forced into low-paid and insecure jobs

Almost a million more women have moved into low-paid, insecure jobs since the recession which is fuelling a widening "inequality gap", according to a new report. The shift includes tens of thousands of women educated to degree level. The...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Soldier’s First World War diary revealed

Soldier’s First World War diary revealed

a FIRST World War diary including an account of the Christmas Truce of December 1914 is to be published online. Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck’s harrowing account of life in the trenches during the First World War has been made public 100 years...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
Islamic State ‘a clear threat to UK’ says Cameron

Islamic State ‘a clear threat to UK’ says Cameron

The advance of Islamic State 
extremists poses a "clear danger" to the future safety of Britain's streets, David Cameron said as he explained his decision to arm Kurdish fighters. Body armour and counter-explosive equipment are...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Hot News
 
‘Barometer’ claims record rises in jobs

‘Barometer’ claims record rises in jobs

SCOTLAND'S labour market recovery has stepped up a gear, with record rises in permanent jobs and starting salaries, research published today suggests. The Bank of Scotland’s latest “report on jobs” points to strong and broad-based demand for staff...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Week ahead: Builders’ interims may provide shelter

Week ahead: Builders’ interims may provide shelter

INTERIM results from some of Britain's biggest housebuilders could help the market keep its momentum this week. The headline numbers should be looking pretty good, as higher average prices weigh in alongside big rises in year-on-year completions. The...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Comment: When uncertainty is all we can be certain of

Comment: When uncertainty is all we can be certain of

Just a month to go to Scotland's independence referendum and investors in Scottish companies and financial institutions have so far maintained a wary calm. The intense political clamour has barely impacted on the share ratings of Scottish companies,...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Monday Interview: Mark Ross, Black & Lizars

Monday Interview: Mark Ross, Black & Lizars

MARK Ross has spent the last two years talking expansion, and, while there have been a few bolt-ons here and there, "explosive" is not the word that comes to mind when describing the spread of the Black & Lizars chain. It’s not been for...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
O’Leary’s steel behind Ryanair charm offensive

O’Leary’s steel behind Ryanair charm offensive

"Free wine and food from Ryanair, you haven't seen that before." Not the words of cynical hacks, but the budget carrier's own head of corporate travel Lesley Kane. The Irish airline is on a charm offensive, first scrapping its famous...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
MacDonald joins Hay at bank agri brigade

MacDonald joins Hay at bank agri brigade

Old Macdonald seems to have moved on from farming, using his considerable expertise to secure a more lucrative position with Bank of Scotland. Donald Macdonald becomes joint head of the bank’s specialist agriculture division, working alongside the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Comment: Still on motoring’s most deceptive bends

Comment: Still on motoring’s most deceptive bends

Driving at moderate speed on a twisting country road recently with a white van up my exhaust, I was torn between the usual contrasting impul-ses - speed up on a road I knew well to show he wasn't the only idiot who could corner at speed or slow down...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Boost for Scotland’s retailers

Boost for Scotland’s retailers

Shoppers hit the Scottish high street in force last month, with a 4.4 per cent year-on-year jump in footfall, the highest regional figure for the UK. Meanwhile, the store vacancy rate in Scotland came in at 9.1 per cent, an improvement on the 10.7 per...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Scottish independence: Scots confident over EU

Scottish independence: Scots confident over EU

NEARLY two-thirds of Scots believe an independent Scotland would be admitted to the European Union, according to a new survey that reveals a rise in scepticism over claims the country would be kept out. With exactly a month to go until polling day, an...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Politics
 


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