News archive from 19 August 2014

Drink and drug addictions 'blighting lives of classical musicians'

Drink and drug addictions 'blighting lives of classical musicians'

A cellist performs. A string player who was addicted to alcohol and legal drugs says such problems are widespread in the classical music world. Photograph: Vadim Ponomarenko/Alamy Addiction is blighting the lives of many classical musicians as they...

Guardian, 00:04 in Health
 
EE first and Vodafone last in mobile phone tests

EE first and Vodafone last in mobile phone tests

EE has again been ranked top overall in research comparing the performance of the UK's four mobile networks, with Vodafone coming last. Research firm RootMetrics tested UK networks for the speed and reliability of their voice, data and text services...

BBC, 00:04 in Business
 
Comment: Clydesdale future contingent on events

Comment: Clydesdale future contingent on events

NATIONAL Australia Bank's declaration that it has contingency planning in place for its Clydesdale Bank business if there is a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum may be taken with a pinch of salt by many observers. Some would argue that...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
St Andrews golf hotel sold for £32m

St Andrews golf hotel sold for £32m

One of Scotland's most prestigious golf resorts has changed hands for £32.4 million in a deal between property investors. Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate has agreed to buy the luxury Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews from SABD Holding, which is...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Commuters prepare for rail fares increase

Commuters prepare for rail fares increase

PRessure will grow on the Government today to cap a hike in rail season ticket prices which is due to hit Leeds commuters in the New Year. Inflation figures published today will dictate the amount regulated rail fares, which include season tickets,...

 
Gender pay gap: women bosses earn 35% less than male colleagues

Gender pay gap: women bosses earn 35% less than male colleagues

Female bosses earn less than their male counterparts – 44 years after pay discrimination was outlawed. Photograph: Stockbroker/Alamy Women bosses are still earning only three-quarters as much as their male colleagues, meaning they would have to work...

Guardian, 00:10 in Business
 
Tim Vine joke voted best one-liner of the Fringe

Tim Vine joke voted best one-liner of the Fringe

HE IS the undisputed king of the one-liner and holds the world record for cracking the most gags in the space of an hour. But Fringe funnyman Tim Vine admits he is slightly embarrassed after one of his many quick-fire gigs was named the best at the...

 
Rail fare increase for 2015 to be revealed

Rail fare increase for 2015 to be revealed

Rail passengers will learn on Tuesday how much their fares will go up by in January next year, amid protests about the high cost of tickets. The rise is set by adding 1% to July's figure for Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation, due to be announced...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 
Payday loan middlemen complaints 'more than double'

Payday loan middlemen complaints 'more than double'

Complaints about payday loan middlemen - so-called credit broking websites - have more than doubled in the last year, according to new figures. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) said it had been contacted by more than 10,000 people since January...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 

Rail passengers facing price hike

Rail passengers will today learn just how much their season tickets will rise in January 2015, with Labour and transport campaigners pointing out the already-high cost of train travel. The new-year rise, determined by today's RPI inflation figure,...

 

This joke was crowned the funniest of all at Edinburgh Fringe

Tim Vine has made a clean sweep of the Edinburgh Fringe after his one-liner about a Hoover was voted the best wisecrack of this year’s event. The 47-year-old became the first comedian to scoop the giggle gong for a second time, receiving almost a...

Metro, 00:12 in Hot News
 

Parents: The quality of your child's drawings is linked to their intelligence ten years later

Parents might laugh at their child's quaint crayon scribbles, but the balloon heads and stick-like limbs have a serious hidden meaning, research shows. Scientists have found that a four-year-old's people-drawing ability provides an indicator of his or...

Metro, 00:12 in Hot News
 
Bond issue to fund green energy plant at distillery

Bond issue to fund green energy plant at distillery

The UK government is to guarantee bonds totalling almost £50 million as part of a £74m funding package for a renewable energy project to power one of Scotland's best-known distilleries. The Green Investment Bank (GIB) and infrastructure group John...

Scotsman, 00:12 in Business
 
Scottish independence: Attacks on currency plans

Scottish independence: Attacks on currency plans

THE leaders of the No campaign warned of the dangers of independence as they took to the streets of Scotland yesterday to mark the final month of the campaign. Labour shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander accused Alex Salmond during a campaign...

Scotsman, 00:13 in Politics
 
New Doctor fights the deadliest foes of all – tight budgets and BBC politics

New Doctor fights the deadliest foes of all – tight budgets and BBC politics

New Doctor, Peter Capaldi, at the TV series world tour at the Metropolitan Theatre, Mexico City, Mexico. Photograph: Carlos Tischler/Rex Features The new series of Doctor Who will see the Time Lord join forces with Robin Hood and be injected into a...

Guardian, 00:15 in Showbiz
 


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