News archive from 20 January 2012

Italy Probe On S&P Includes Latest Downgrade

Italy Probe On S&P Includes Latest Downgrade

Prosecutors examining possible insider trading are looking into whether information was passed on before ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded Italy last week, according to a report. Italian prosecutors are investigating the impact of...

 

Police fire tear gas at Romanian protesters

The police arrested up to 50 people believed to have triggered the violence including throwing metal fencing at them, according to private television station Realitatea TV. Hundreds of demonstrators from an opposition rally which took place earlier in...

 
ALEX BRUMMER: Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester's great expectations

ALEX BRUMMER: Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester's great expectations

Uphill struggle: Stephen Hester is doing one of the most difficult jobs in British finance as he seeks to unravel the empire that Sir Fred Goodwin built We can now understand better why, when he had the opportunity, George Osborne was so pleased to...

 

CITY FOCUS: Retail chains squeezed by wary lenders

Enlarge For many retailers it is as though Armageddon has landed on the High Street. Some of Britain"s best known chains have given up the ghost and called in the administrators. Others are teetering on the brink, some having replaced trading...

 
Google hit by falling advert prices

Google hit by falling advert prices

Google's moneymaking machine misfired badly in the fourth quarter as its advertising prices fell during the holiday marketing season. The results fell way below the lofty expectations of stock market analysts, causing Google's shares to plunge more...

 
Microsoft 2nd quarter income flat

Microsoft 2nd quarter income flat

Microsoft battled through a weak PC market to post flat earnings in the final quarter of 2011, boosting sales of servers, Xbox games and its Office productivity software while trimming losses at its Bing search engine. Net income in the company's...

 

Syria killings persist as Arab monitors' mandate expires

Twenty people, including two army officers, were reported killed across Syria, adding to a death toll of more than 600 since the Arab League observers arrived. An armed insurgency is taking hold in some areas, hardening what began 10 months ago as a...

 
Intel profits up as chipmaker promises more investment

Intel profits up as chipmaker promises more investment

Intel's profits beat Wall Street forecasts despite the chipmaker warning last month that slower global PC sales might dent its figures. Net profits in the last three months of 2011 rose 6% to $3.4bn (£2.2bn) on revenues up 21% at $13.9bn. Floods in...

 

Verizon Wireless, partners resist Sprint, DirecTV

Spectrum sales need approval from the Federal Communications Commission because it regulates the transfer of a spectrum license. Since the Verizon Wireless agreement with cable operators, including Comcast (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Cable (TWC.N), is...

 
Mickey Rourke as a rugby hero? Worth a try!

Mickey Rourke as a rugby hero? Worth a try!

More from Baz Bamigboye... BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Take a bow wow, Uggie! Cheeky Jack Russell steals the show and gets his paws on a Golden Globe 16/01/12 Gemma's coming out biting... as she gets her teeth into new vampire film role 13/01/12 Kate's...

 
How Bailey changed my life in a flash! When Nicky Haslam joined David Bailey on the photoshoot that transformed fashion, it was the start of his very own wild adventure

How Bailey changed my life in a flash! When Nicky Haslam joined David Bailey on the photoshoot that...

When he is being aggressive it is always done with charm. He is never nasty-aggressive. Back then, David was so charming he could seduce you in half a second. I like Karen Gillan"s portrayal, though Jean never pouted as much. And she was a lot...

 
CELIK SIGNS FOR RANGERS TO WIN TITLES AND TROPHIES

CELIK SIGNS FOR RANGERS TO WIN TITLES AND TROPHIES

IBROX-BOUND Mervan Celik has revealed that he turned down moves to England and Germany because he felt he could win more titles and trophies with Rangers. The Swedish under-21 international will fly into Scotland this afternoon to sign a...

 
PAULO SERGIO DECLARES SPL WOULD BE STUPID TO PUNISH PLAYERS

PAULO SERGIO DECLARES SPL WOULD BE "STUPID" TO PUNISH PLAYERS

PAULO SERGIO claims the SPL would be "stupid" to deduct points from Hearts - because they would be punishing the players they are trying to help. League chiefs have charged Hearts with failing to pay their players on time and accused them...

 
LEE CROFT PUTS SAINTS BEFORE T.V. GIRLFRIEND AND GOLF

LEE CROFT PUTS SAINTS BEFORE T.V. GIRLFRIEND AND GOLF

DERBY COUNTY winger Lee Croft is glad to swap the bright lights of London for Perth. And the one-time England youth cap is determined to make his mark on the SPL after sealing a loan deal through to the summer with St Johnstone. Croft (26), who...

 
JIM MCINTYRE FACES UP TO TOUGHEST FIGHT

JIM MCINTYRE FACES UP TO TOUGHEST FIGHT

DUNFERMLINE manager Jim McIntyre is confident he'll win the toughest fight of his career by leading the Fifers to safety. The Pars are at a low ebb after slumping four points behind Hibs in the SPL basement and getting knocked out of the Scottish Cup...

 


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