News archive from 19 May 2014

Second time lucky for teen pianist

A 17-year-old pianist has been named BBC Young Musician 2014, describing the accolade as the "highlight of his life". Martin James Bartlett, from Hornchurch, Essex, began learning the piano at the age of six and became a student at the Royal...

 
Charitable status for well dressing

Charitable status for well dressing

Plans are well underway for this year's Buxton Well Dressing Festival, which has successfully applied to become a registered charity. Obtaining charity status will enable the organisation to use much of the money that is raised or earned towards...

 
Ukip success would push 1 in 5 Scots to back Yes

Ukip success would push 1 in 5 Scots to back Yes

Almost one in five Scots will be more likely to vote Yes in September's referendum if the UK Independence Party (Ukip) sweeps to a widely expected victory across the UK in this week's European elections, new research has found. However, Nigel Farage’s...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Hundreds of police carry weapons in Scotland

Hundreds of police carry weapons in Scotland

POLICE officers across Scotland are regularly carrying handguns while on routine patrol. Police Scotland said its 440 specialist firearms officers had been authorised to carry weapons while on duty by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House. The revelation...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
Scottish independence means VAT rise - EU chief

Scottish independence means VAT rise - EU chief

Children's clothing, books, equipment for the disabled and even the cost of refitting naval vessels could face a price increase after independence, a European Union chief has indicated. Scotland faces losing the UK’s opt-out on VAT rates because new...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Politics
 
GlencoreXstrata faces questions over deals made with friend of DRC leader

GlencoreXstrata faces questions over deals made with friend of DRC leader

Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler denies he received preferential terms in his dealings with Glencore. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images GlencoreXstrata, the world's largest commodities trader, enriched a friend of the Democratic Republic of the...

Guardian, 00:03 in Business
 
BT to hire 1,600 staff amid internet connections criticism

BT to hire 1,600 staff amid internet connections criticism

BT is to create 1,600 engineering jobs amid moves to improve customer service and install lines and fix faults more quickly. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images BT is hiring 1,600 engineers amid criticism from regulators over the speed at which new...

Guardian, 00:03 in Business
 
Art review: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Degree Show

Art review: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Degree Show

ON THE opening night of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design's 2014 Degree Show, unwitting visitors stepping into Ryan Esson's mirrored cabinet found themselves surrounded by virtual flames, in a work that Esson had called The Void....

 
Housebuilders need stability, Carney told

Housebuilders need stability, Carney told

Construction bosses have warned that the industry needs "stability" to deal with the UK's housing shortage after Bank of England governor Mark Carney hinted that he may be prepared to rein in stimulus measures to head off a property price...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
BT seeking women and veterans to help fill roles

BT seeking women and veterans to help fill roles

Telecoms group BT today said it was keen to attract more women and former military personnel as it kicked off a

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Business diary: Jewellery launch makes city sparkle

Business diary: Jewellery launch makes city sparkle

TELEVISION and radio presenter Jameela Jamil will be joined by stylist Angela Scanlon at a party in Edinburgh this week to launch a jewellery collection. The MyRingsMyStyle campaign, which promotes stacking rings, takes place at Pandora in Multrees...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Comment: Tricky picks for Neil Woodford

Comment: Tricky picks for Neil Woodford

When launching a new equity fund, it is perhaps not the best time for the manager to warn that the stock market is too high. But star fund manager Neil Woodford, whose defensive approach to investment has proved so successful for investors in the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Spotlight falls on M&S with profit drop expected

Spotlight falls on M&S with profit drop expected

Full-year results from a number of blue-chip firms this week will give the market a sense of how key sectors are trading. The high street will be under particular scrutiny as Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland attempts to put the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Charitable status for well dressing

Charitable status for well dressing

Plans are well underway for this year's Buxton Well Dressing Festival, which has successfully applied to become a registered charity. Obtaining charity status will enable the organisation to use much of the money that is raised or earned towards...

 

Appeal over on-the-run prisoners

A convicted murderer has gone on the run from prison for the third time. Arnold Pickering, 44, from Chadderton, Greater Manchester, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Maghull, Merseyside, after leaving the Category C jail on day release at about 9.30am...

 


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