News archive from 20 May 2014

False alarm for Berwick lifeboat

False alarm for Berwick lifeboat

Berwick inshore lifeboat was called out on Saturday. On arrival at the scene, they found it was a kayaker snorkelling. The call-out was treated as a false alarm with good intent.

 

Watch: Flash thunderstorm causes lightning strikes across Merseyside

A flash thunderstorm caused lightning strikes on homes across the Merseyside area. Houses on Wirral were struck by bolts of lightning at around 8.30pm tonight. Firefighters were called out to the incidents where there was damage to house carpets and...

 
What do mobiles do to children’s brains, asks study

What do mobiles do to children’s brains, asks study

Scientists have launched the world's biggest investigation into the effects of mobile phones on the developing brains of children. The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (Scamp) will focus on mental functions such as memory and...

 
Anger as Ukip accuses SNP of ‘sectarian’ tactics

Anger as Ukip accuses SNP of ‘sectarian’ tactics

Ukip's top candidate in Scotland at this week's European elections has accused Alex Salmond of "sectarian" campaign tactics for visiting a mosque on the election trail last week. David Coburn claims if he had undertaken a similar visit to a...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Lawyers: War on tax avoidance may scare investors

Lawyers: War on tax avoidance may scare investors

A PROPOSED crackdown on tax avoidance by the Scottish Government is a recipe for confusion and could put firms off 
investing in Scotland, senior legal figures have warned. MSPs will back new laws paving the way for the creation of a...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Lack of British warships a ‘national disgrace’

Lack of British warships a ‘national disgrace’

A LACK of British warships to help reinforce a crucial Nato naval group in the face of the renewed threat from Russia has been branded a "national disgrace" by the former head of the Royal Navy. Retired First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West said...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Cameron fails to call Ukip leader Farage a racist

Cameron fails to call Ukip leader Farage a racist

Nigel Farage has said some "really pretty unpleasant things" in recent days, David Cameron said, but stopped short of calling the Ukip leader racist. The Prime Minister highlighted some Ukip donors and candidates who had made a “succession”...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
UK’s favourite car: Smaller ‘city’ cars dominate

UK’s favourite car: Smaller ‘city’ cars dominate

BIG saloon cars are being driven off the nation's driveways in favour of family-friendly runarounds. New figures reveal sales of traditional four-door family cars such as the Ford Mondeo have dropped by more than 250,000 in the UK in the past ten...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
‘Troll retweeted rape threats to Austen banknote MP’

‘Troll retweeted rape threats to Austen banknote MP’

A TWITTER troll bombarded an MP with a series of abusive messages after she supported a successful campaign to feature Jane Austen on the £10 note, a court has heard. Peter Nunn, 33, retweeted “menacing” messages threatening to rape Walthamstow MP...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Rolf Harris groped and kissed woman, trial hears

Rolf Harris groped and kissed woman, trial hears

An 18-year-old woman thought she was going to be raped when Rolf Harris pinned her against a wall and groped her, a court has heard. Giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court in London, the woman said she met the entertainer while on holiday in Malta...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Look again for missing British sailors, families beg

Look again for missing British sailors, families beg

Relatives of four Britons who went missing when their yacht capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean have made an emotional plea to the United States Coast Guard to resume the search and rescue mission, as they remain convinced the men are alive. The call...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
NHS ‘failing’ victims of Lymphoedema

NHS ‘failing’ victims of Lymphoedema

Scottish patients with a chronic condition which puts them at risk of life-threatening infections need better access to NHS services to support them, experts have warned. Lymphoedema, which causes tissue to swell when the body cannot drain excess...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Health
 
A moment of reflection as Harry pays tribute to Monte Cassino war dead

A moment of reflection as Harry pays tribute to Monte Cassino war dead

Prince Harry pauses to reflect on the lives lost in one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War. Touring the Commonwealth Cemetery at Cassino, the prince, a serving army officer, joined veterans, dignitaries and representatives of British...

 
Lambert unveils ‘champion’ to restore trust in banking

Lambert unveils ‘champion’ to restore trust in banking

FORMER CBI director-general Sir Richard Lambert came in for criticism yesterday after urging Britain's largest lenders to abide by a new set of guidelines aimed at restoring trust in the banking sector. Critics said that leaving the banks to police...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Comment: Bolland approaches tipping point at M&S

Comment: Bolland approaches tipping point at M&S

MARKS and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland will unveil a fall in profits for the third year running today, as garish price promotions dominate the high street, and M&S is squeezed between the demotic plunderings of Primark and the sleek...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 


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