News archive from 23 March 2014

Call-up for Scot in $1m video game contest

Call-up for Scot in $1m video game contest

WITH his steady aim and quick reactions, he has achieved global recognition and five-figure earnings by excelling at a video game played by millions every day. Now a Glasgow teenager is preparing to take on elite gamers from around the world in the...

 
Jeff Salway: Savers will need urgent rethink

Jeff Salway: Savers will need urgent rethink

Pension savers approaching retirement urgently need to rethink their investment plans if they are to benefit from changes outlined in the budget last week, experts have warned. The radical overhaul announced by the Chancellor, which gives people more...

 
Jeff Salway: George Osborne’s breathtaking bribe

Jeff Salway: George Osborne’s breathtaking bribe

WHEN in 2011 the government cut the level of income that retirees could take from their pension pots it said it was worried they would drain their savings too quickly. Fast forward three years and the same government is now telling people they can do...

 
Dani Garavelli: L’Wren Scott, tortured talent

Dani Garavelli: L’Wren Scott, tortured talent

L'Wren Scott was acclaimed as a model, stylist and designer, but in the end fashion's armour wasn't strong enough to protect her, writes Dani Garavelli IF THERE is one thing model, stylist and designer L’Wren Scott was at pains to stress in all her...

 
BlackRock: Independent Scotland should drop pound

BlackRock: Independent Scotland should drop pound

SCOTLAND could operate its own currency linked to the oil price to cope with its weak finances and high cost of debt, according to the world's largest fund manager. Global investment firm BlackRock, which controls about £2.5 trillion in assets, will...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: Budget could preserve union

Bill Jamieson: Budget could preserve union

AS THE dust from the Budget begins to settle, I am struck by a latent but potent message it may carry for the independence referendum battle. It’s not the latest OBR forecasts of a further 23 per cent decline in oil and gas tax revenues this year –...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Commercial property sees £500m leap in investment

Commercial property sees £500m leap in investment

SCOTLAND'S commercial property market has turned the corner, with a big jump in sales activity in the second half of 2013 raising hopes for the current year. Alasdair Humphery, chairman of the Scottish Property Federation, is set to highlight the new...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Mutch forms ‘dream team’ of advisers to boost start-ups

Mutch forms ‘dream team’ of advisers to boost start-ups

SOFTWARE entrepreneur Martin Mutch is pulling

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Terry Murden: Knowledge is power after pensions shake-up

Terry Murden: Knowledge is power after pensions shake-up

THE biggest shake-up in the pensions industry since the 1920s was how Chancellor George Osborne described it, though giving greater flexibility to buyers of annuities was not particularly welcome news for the sellers. My colleague Jeff Salway deals...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Irn-Bru maker rallies to bury bad Britvic news

Irn-Bru maker rallies to bury bad Britvic news

IRN-BRU soft drinks maker AG Barr will draw a line under its aborted merger with Britvic and cheer investors on Tuesday with robust annual results. The Cumbernauld-based company, which drinks analysts say has been helped by a more “benign” cost...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Edinburgh Gin distillery offers tonic for industry

Edinburgh Gin distillery offers tonic for industry

DRINKS industry veteran Alex Nicol is to open a gin distillery in the heart of Edinburgh in what he thinks may be the start of a rebirth of the industry in the city. Nicol, whose career has been spent mainly with Whitbread, Scottish & Newcastle...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Steel giant helps bakery to grow slice of exports

Steel giant helps bakery to grow slice of exports

BAKERY business Johnstone's is to take its treats into new markets after securing a six-figure funding package from an unlikely source - steel giant Tata. The East Kilbride-based firm will seek a higher share of export sales, including to the Far...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Speed upgrade to solve firms’ web problems

Speed upgrade to solve firms’ web problems

FRUSTRATED businesses in Edinburgh city centre are to be offered a solution to an internet "black hole". The central core has been dubbed a “not spot” because so many firms have difficulty accessing the web, largely because of an outdated...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 

Japan's Abe to visit Anne Frank house in gesture to Jews

The Anne Frank House, where the German-born Jewish girl kept a diary of her life in hiding before she was discovered and died in a Nazi concentration camp, is now one of Europe's best-known memorials to the victims of the holocaust, drawing more than...

 
HAWAII POLICE: LET US HAVE SEX WITH PROSTITUTES

HAWAII POLICE: LET US HAVE SEX WITH PROSTITUTES

Honolulu police have urged state legislators to preserve an exemption in Hawaii law that lets undercover officers have sex with prostitutes during investigations. Force chiefs will not say how often – or even if – they use the provision, but said it...

 


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