News archive from 22 August 2014

Baby killer sentence to be reviewed

A nine-year jail term given to a baby killer will be reviewed by the Court of Appeal amid complaints the sentence was not long enough. Michael John Pearce, 33, was convicted of the manslaughter of his former girlfriend's six-week-old son Alfie Sullock...

 
Miller Group builds its case for IPO

Miller Group builds its case for IPO

Housebuilder Miller Group has unveiled a doubling in half-year profits as the privately-owned firm continues to mull a possible stock market flotation. The company, which last month sold its commercial construction division to listed rival Galliford...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Sales drop as hard-pressed shoppers cut back on food

Sales drop as hard-pressed shoppers cut back on food

Price wars and the lack of wage growth finally caught up with Britain's retailers last month as official figures showed food spending was down year-on-year for the first time on record in July. The 1.3 per cent fall in spending in food stores in July...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Burberry pay revolt boss cashes in £5m of shares

Burberry pay revolt boss cashes in £5m of shares

Burberry's boss Christopher Bailey risks sparking new shareholder unrest after the upmarket retailer disclosed yesterday his cashing in of £5.2 million worth of shares weeks after an investor revolt over his pay package. Bailey, the chief creative...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Comment: Mortgage checks all grist to Miller

Comment: Mortgage checks all grist to Miller

A BUOYANT housebuilding results season shows the main players are unfazed by the Bank of England rules introduced earlier this year that toughened up mortgage affordability checks. Scotland’s biggest housebuilder, Persimmon, recently unveiling strong...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 

Baby killer sentence to be reviewed

A nine-year jail term given to a baby killer will be reviewed by the Court of Appeal amid complaints the sentence was not long enough. Michael John Pearce, 33, was convicted of the manslaughter of his former girlfriend's six-week-old son Alfie Sullock...

 
Jihadists demanded £80m ransom before beheading

Jihadists demanded £80m ransom before beheading

ISLAMIC State jihadists demanded £80 million for the release of American journalist James Foley before murdering him and broadcasting the footage across the globe, it has emerged. News organisation GlobalPost, which employed Mr Foley, said the...

 
Ebola alert in Ireland as man dies after Africa trip

Ebola alert in Ireland as man dies after Africa trip

HEALTH authorities in Ireland suspect a man who died after returning from Africa had been infected with the Ebola virus. He was named locally as Dessie Quinn, 43, a father of one originally from the Mountcharles area, outside Donegal town. It is...

 
Israel ‘will pay the price’ for Gaza air strike

Israel ‘will pay the price’ for Gaza air strike

AN ISRAELI air strike has killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing in Gaza. The pre-dawn strike yesterday levelled a four-storey house in a densely populated neighbourhood of the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including...

 
South Korean anger at noodles heart disease link

South Korean anger at noodles heart disease link

A STUDY linking the consumption of instant noodles to heart disease has sparked outrage in South Korea where the dish is enjoyed by millions, morning and night. Research by the Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital in the US has provoked feelings of...

 
US attorney-general tells of humiliation by police

US attorney-general tells of humiliation by police

united States attorney-general Eric Holder has tried to appease the black community over the fatal shooting of a teenager by a white officer, describing how he himself has been unfairly stopped and searched by police. On a visit to St Louis, Mr...

 
Brazi election wide open as Socialists choose Silva

Brazi election wide open as Socialists choose Silva

Environmentalist Marina Silva will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous nominee was killed in a plane crash. Ms Silva, who had been Eduardo Campos’ vice presidential running mate, met members of the...

 
English resentment increases over Scots ‘freebies’

English resentment increases over Scots ‘freebies’

DEMANDS for an English parliament are growing amid widespread resentment south of the Border over Scottish-only "freebies" such as prescription charges, Ukip has warned. It says a shift in the political balance of power is needed, even after...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Hot News
 
So long, suckers! Powerful vacuum cleaners banned

So long, suckers! Powerful vacuum cleaners banned

EUROPEAN Union regulators have incurred the wrath of the houseproud by announcing that the most powerful models of vacuum cleaners will disappear from retailers' shelves within ten days. Consumer group Which? warned that consumers should “act quickly”...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Hot News
 
One in three GP surgeries doesn’t have a website

One in three GP surgeries doesn’t have a website

A THIRD of GP practices in Scotland do not have their own website and just one in ten allows patients to book appointments online, a report has revealed. Research by independent think-tank Reform Scotland criticised wide variations in how patients...

Scotsman, 00:12 in Health
 


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