News archive from 23 April 2015

NHS 'will miss £22bn efficiency savings target', says thinktank

The NHS is highly unlikely to make the £22bn of efficiency savings it has agreed and so is likely to need the next government to give it even more than the £8bn extra a year it has already asked for from the Treasury, the King’s Fund warned on...

Guardian, 00:02 in Health
 

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts

The Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada,...

 
Shetland ponies midge study ‘could beat allergies’

Shetland ponies midge study ‘could beat allergies’

TINY Shetland ponies' have played a starring role in study by Scots scientists who found their immune system might offer clues to understanding how

Scotsman, 00:05 in Health
 
Bad diet ‘the biggest reason’ for rocketing obesity

Bad diet ‘the biggest reason’ for rocketing obesity

Excess sugar and carbohydrates - not physical inactivity - are behind the surge in obesity, health experts have claimed. Writing in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine, they said poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity,...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Health
 

Housebuilding could be hindered by worker shortage

Shortages of skilled construction workers in Britain could put the brakes on housing developments and delay complex infrastructure projects, surveyors have warned. Almost two-thirds of firms told a survey by trade body RICS that labour shortages were...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 

Barclays biggest loser in battle for customers' current accounts

Barclays bank has been the biggest loser in the battle for current accounts, with more than 80,000 customers closing their account in the year after rules were brought in to make switching banks easier. Figures from the Payments Council on Thursday...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 
John O’Groats signpost for removal after 57 years

John O’Groats signpost for removal after 57 years

IT is probably one of the most photographed signposts in the world, marking the end of Britain's longest cycle and walking route. But now the iconic “Journey’s End” signpost at John O’Groats, on the north eastern-most tip of Scotland, is to be removed...

 
Historic Scots youth hostel’s art goes up for sale

Historic Scots youth hostel’s art goes up for sale

FOR more than half a century it was one of Scotland's most spectacular and historic youth hostels until rising repair costs forced its closure. Now the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) is set for a windfall of more than half a million pounds...

 

Superior numbers: number of new nuns in Britain trebles in five years

The number of women in Britain choosing to become nuns has trebled over the last five years, according to the Catholic church. Figures released on Thursday show that the number of women taking holy vows has reached a 25-year high, with 45 women doing...

 
44 Scotland Street: We see more of the Scottish nudists

44 Scotland Street: We see more of the Scottish nudists

VOLUME 10, episode 29: THE Association of Scottish Nudists, with its headquarters in Moray Place, perhaps Edinburgh's most fashionable address, had not inconsiderable assets. The Association owned its main office outright, and free from any standard...

 

Rana Plaza: Two years after the tragedy, why has so little changed?

The scale of the disaster at the Rana Plaza garment factory two years ago in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka created an expectation that there would be industry-wide change, but this has not materialised. In reality, little has changed since the tragedy...

 

Warning to dog owners over the ticks that can wreck lives: Many are unaware their pets can transmit...

Vets are urging the public to get their dogs checked out for ticks, which can spread potentially fatal diseases to humans. Their warning comes after a survey found almost half of dog owners did not know that ticks can transmit deadly diseases to both...

 

Scientists tweak the genes of human embryos for the first time: Controversial technique could lead to...

Chinese scientists have admitted to changing the genes of human embryos for the first time in history. The announcement confirms rumors that some researchers have been conducting ethically questionable experiments in this area. Many scientists have...

 
Revealed: Sir Paul tops UK’s music rich list - and Ringo’s in at 8

Revealed: Sir Paul tops UK’s music rich list - and Ringo’s in at 8

SIR Paul McCartney has not had a UK number one single in decades but that has not stopped him topping the only chart that counts - the top 40 musical millionaires. The former Beatle has a personal fortune of £730 million - £20 million up from last...

 
The Pennine Way in Yorkshire

The Pennine Way in Yorkshire

* The Yorkshire Dales section takes in the spectacular Malham Cove and Tarn, the dramatic Three Peaks area, the climb of Great Shunner Fell and Tan Hill, home to Britain's highest inn. There’s plenty of historical and cultural interest, too. Starting...

 


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