News archive from 19 April 2014

‘Assisted dying law is threat to sanctity of life’

‘Assisted dying law is threat to sanctity of life’

PILGRIMS walked with crosses across the tidal causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne yesterday, on the final leg of the Northern Cross pilgrimage. Christians from around the world join the annual trek near Berwick-upon-Tweed to celebrate Easter....

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Michael Fry: SNP makes mockery of constitution

Michael Fry: SNP makes mockery of constitution

ENSHRINING our laws and freedoms is a crucial step in creating Scottish independence but the government has to put theory into practice, writes Michael Fry For a movement grown up out of a yearning for freedom, the SNP has become a strangely...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Scunthorpe United looked 'edgy' during final 20 minutes of match at Morecambe says boss Russ Wilcox

Scunthorpe United looked 'edgy' during final 20 minutes of match at Morecambe says boss Russ Wilcox

MANAGER Russ Wilcox thought Scunthorpe United's nerves got the better of them as another two potentially priceless points slipped through their grasp at Morecambe. Having been good value for their 1-0 lead during the opening hour of the game at the...

 
Alex Massie: Take a break from debate in Easter

Alex Massie: Take a break from debate in Easter

Forget about the referendum et al for this weekend at least - there are far more important things in life worth celebrating, says Alex Massie Greetings from Jura, where spring has arrived at last. Newborn lambs frolic in the fields, children scour the...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Mortgage reform may put home loans beyond reach

Mortgage reform may put home loans beyond reach

With tighter rules on access to funds more people will be shut out, writes Jeff Salway BORROWERS have been warned to brace for new mortgage market rules that are expected to drive up loan rejections and
result in longer application times. The mortgage...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Foreign medics face harder exams to practise in UK

Foreign medics face harder exams to practise in UK

FOREIGN doctors who want to work for the NHS should face tougher tests to bring them in line with the standards expected of UK-trained doctors, a study says. University College London found a “performance gap” between international medical graduates...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Banks in dock for poor advice about savings cover

Banks in dock for poor advice about savings cover

BANK and building society staff are giving "inexcusably" bad information about how much of their customers' money would be protected if the provider were to go bust, an investigation by Which? has found. The consumer group’s team of...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Crack cocaine-smoking mayor in re-election bid

Crack cocaine-smoking mayor in re-election bid

HE IS the crack-cocaine-smoking populist politician whose video-taped exploits have found infamy on the internet and dominated water-cooler conversations across Canada. And Toronto mayor Rob Ford acknowledged “rocky moments over the past year”, as he...

 
How to gain from pension drawdown rules

How to gain from pension drawdown rules

Financial planner Kevin Garfagnini's tips on how to maximise your pension I’m already in drawdown, what do the changes mean for me? If you’re already in drawdown, from 27 March the maximum yearly income you can receive potentially increased from 120...

 
Health and safety body admit legislation misused

Health and safety body admit legislation misused

A SCOTTISH council that banned dog training classes from community halls features in a list compiled by a government minister to highlight a spate of "ridiculous" health and safety cases. Mike Penning, the UK’s health and safety minister,...

 
Vince Cable plans 'rogue directors' crackdown

Vince Cable plans 'rogue directors' crackdown

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in a bid to tackle "rogue directors", Vince Cable has said. The business secretary said dishonest directors could cause "huge" harm. UK criminals...

BBC, 00:09 in Business
 
Vince Cable to bring in tougher penalties for 'dodgy directors'

Vince Cable to bring in tougher penalties for 'dodgy directors'

Massimo Cellino could have been prevented from becoming a director of Leeds United under the new rules, following his conviction for tax evasion by a Sardinian court. Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA Reckless company directors may have to compensate...

Guardian, 00:17 in Business
 
John Lewis in party mood as 150th anniversary nears

John Lewis in party mood as 150th anniversary nears

John Lewis opened his first drapery shop in Oxford Street, London, in 1864. Last month, the group paid a bonus equal to eight weeks' pay to every staff member. Photograph: John Lewis/PA In many ways the two businesses are similar: both are household...

Guardian, 00:17 in Business
 
Pro-Russian activists: Kiev government is illegitimate

Pro-Russian activists: Kiev government is illegitimate

PRO-RUSSIAN activists who have occupied government buildings in more than ten Ukrainian cities have said they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns, dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva. The...

 


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