News archive from 20 August 2014

Northumbria Police re-examines ‘no crime’ rape claims

Northumbria Police re-examines ‘no crime’ rape claims

A number of rape cases are to be re-examined by Northumbria Police over fears that they were wrongly recorded as a "no crime". Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim said she has ordered an immediate “comprehensive investigation” of all...

 
Samantha Kinghorn wins two golds on GB debut

Samantha Kinghorn wins two golds on GB debut

Borders para-athlete Samantha Kinghorn has won two gold medals on her Great Britain debut at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. The 18-year-old from Gordon, making her senior debut in the GB & NI vest, gave fans plenty to cheer...

 

Ghana company launches country's first 4G data network

The pre-paid data-only service is available in the capital and the nearby port city of Tema, but Taylor said Surfline aimed to go nationwide within two years. "We want to fill the void by providing high speed connectivity to facilitate...

 
Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate, suggests thinktank

Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate, suggests thinktank

A pile of litter in Kensington Gardens, London. Photograph: Alan Gignoux/Alamy "Green guardian" volunteers who clean up and maintain local parks, allotments and cemeteries should be rewarded with council tax rebates, a thinktank has...

Guardian, 00:05 in Health
 
Gaza: Exchange of missiles wrecks Egypt talks

Gaza: Exchange of missiles wrecks Egypt talks

An Egyptian effort to broker an end to a month-long war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip appears to have collapsed after Israel walked out on the talks in response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire. The Israeli walkout...

 
UN airlifts to aid 500,000 Iraq refugees

UN airlifts to aid 500,000 Iraq refugees

The United Nations refugee agency yesterday revealed it would launch a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. A four-day airlift of tents and other aid will begin today to the...

 
Famous part-albino crocodile kills angler

Famous part-albino crocodile kills angler

A FISHERMAN has been killed in front of his wife by a rare 15ft part-albino crocodile in a river in northern Australia. The couple were fishing on the Adelaide River, which is notorious for the deadly predators, when the attack happened. Police say...

 

Independence: Scotland faces English backlash

AN ENGLISH backlash against Scotland's demands for greater political power is looming, whatever the outcome of the independence referendum. Alex Salmond’s proposals for a currency union are opposed by two-to-one among English voters, who say the UK...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Comment: Inflation falls | Housebuilders rise

Comment: Inflation falls | Housebuilders rise

RECENT weak average earnings growth had already given Bank of England governor Mark Carney and the rest of the monetary policy committee (MPC) the leeway to avoid raising interest rates later this year. The latest benign inflation data reinforces that...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Persimmon powers ahead on the back of recovery

Persimmon powers ahead on the back of recovery

Persimmon, Scotland's largest housebuilder, unveiled a 57 per cent jump in first-half profits yesterday as it rode the wave of a gathering economic recovery "supporting increased confidence in our regional markets". Despite the summer months...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Gillespie Macandrew lifted by private clients and farms

Gillespie Macandrew lifted by private clients and farms

Law firm Gillespie Macandrew has unveiled a rise in annual profits, helped by a "notable" upturn at its rural business division. The practice, which has offices in Edinburgh and Perth, also benefited from a rising workload among its private...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Private sector cash aims to plug start-up gap

Private sector cash aims to plug start-up gap

Hundreds more Scottish entrepreneurs will get access to funds to grow their businesses as Royal Bank of Scotland and Sir Tom Hunter's Hunter Foundation invest £3.2 million in a Dragons' Den-style support project. The cash should transform Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Yes or no, Scots will 'just get on with it', says Scotland's first billionaire

Yes or no, Scots will 'just get on with it', says Scotland's first billionaire

Former Sports Division owner Sir Tom Hunter. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Scottish business will "just get on with it" whatever its people decide on independence, according to Ayrshire-born tycoon Sir Tom Hunter who is backing a fund to support...

Guardian, 00:11 in Business
 

Lib Dems criticised over Rennard

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of failing to stick up for women after Lord Rennard had his suspension from the party lifted. The party's former chief executive has been brought back into the fold after disciplinary action linked to...

 

WATCH: Samantha Kinghorn wins 400m European gold

Borders para-athlete Samantha Kinghorn takes home Great Britain's first gold medal of the IPC Athletics European Championships in the women's 400m T53. The 18-year-old from Gordon was making her senior debut in a GB & NI vest. “It’s amazing,” said...

 


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