News archive from 23 December 2014

Chopping boards made behind bars

Chopping boards made behind bars

Sewing mailbags amidst the shadows of a forbidding grey monolith, the traditional Dickensian image of a prison workshop, is a mixture of harsh conditions and monotonous tasks, but how does that match up to the reality of UK prison labour in the 21st...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Lockerbie families bid to fight Megrahi conviction

Lockerbie families bid to fight Megrahi conviction

A PETITION has been lodged with the High Court in

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Scots rape victims ‘kept in dark’ over cases

Scots rape victims ‘kept in dark’ over cases

ALMOST half of rape victims were unhappy with the updates they received from investigating officers as cases progressed through the justice system, Police Scotland has been told in an inspectors' report. A report from HM Inspector of Constabulary in...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
The Scotsman cartoon: Post-indyref oil prices

The Scotsman cartoon: Post-indyref oil prices

The SNP has been accused of "deceiving" voters in the referendum on Scottish independence after analysis suggested Scotland would have received only a fifth of the party's oil revenue estimates. The Financial Times reported that projections...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Why Christmas 2014 is ruled by the Turducken

Why Christmas 2014 is ruled by the Turducken

To those who believe Christmas is all about goodwill and the wonderment of childhood: Season’s greetings. But this year, Christmas belongs to the turkey-duck-chicken ménage a trois – commonly known as the turducken. It’s stormed the Christmas table...

 

Glasgow bin lorry crash: Sick tweets spark police investigation

An offensive tweet relating to the fatal Glasgow bin lorry crash has sparked a police investigation. Northumbria Police received a report about the Twitter post at around 9pm today. Officers carrying out enquiries into the message will speak to the...

Metro, 00:08 in Hot News
 
Oil price crash sees SNP accused of deceit

Oil price crash sees SNP accused of deceit

SCOTLAND'S North Sea revenues would have slumped to one fifth of the SNP's predictions in the first year

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 

Ukraine peace talks may be held in Minsk on Dec. 24 and 26 - Poroshenko

Poroshenko said the leaders highlighted the need to implement the next steps of a ceasefire plan agreed in the first round of talks in Minsk in September, which were aimed at ending the separatist conflict in Ukraine's eastern territories that has...

 

IPO bankers earn a merry Christmas with a bumper year - data

* Macro questions hang over 2015 By Freya Berry and Elzio Barreto LONDON/HONG KONG, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Bankers responsible for floating companies and selling new shares into the market will enjoy a well-earned rest this Christmas after their busiest...

 

IPO bankers earn a merry Christmas with a bumper year - data

Firms flocked to issue shares in 2014 and private equity firms seized the opportunity to sell out of investments, cashing in on renewed confidence in the stock market and investors' hunger for yields at a time of rock-bottom interest rates. Even with...

Reuters, 00:11 in Business
 
Stoke City 0, Chelsea 2: Mark Hughes rues John Terry's early goal

Stoke City 0, Chelsea 2: Mark Hughes rues John Terry's early goal

MARK Hughes said he had no argument with his players or the result after seeing Stoke beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea last night. He admitted his players struggled to ask too many questions of the team he believes will win the Premier League, but...

 
Location services: How GPS delivery is changing shopping

Location services: How GPS delivery is changing shopping

It is the world after taxi app Uber made your smartphone broadcasting your location seem normal. In 2015, after you've paid for your Mocha Frappuccino on your mobile, Starbucks will experiment with bringing it straight to you. Own a Volvo? Since...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 
135 retail firms in critical condition, say analysts

135 retail firms in critical condition, say analysts

UK retailers are facing increased financial stress this year as the big supermarkets fight a price war that has forced the rest of the high street to slash prices and squeeze profit margins. As retailers prepare for the quarterly rent day on Christmas...

Guardian, 00:13 in Business
 
Alternative Christmas message to be given by Ebola survivor Will Pooley

Alternative Christmas message to be given by Ebola survivor Will Pooley

The British Ebola survivor Will Pooley will deliver the alternative Christmas message on Channel 4, calling for a global solution to the epidemic, which has so far cost more than 7,000 lives. The nurse became the first Briton to be evacuated from west...

 
The world economy in 2014

The world economy in 2014

We have come through 2014 without a major disaster for the global economy. But it hasn't been a terribly good year. Before it started, the International Monetary Fund forecast a year of "yet another transition". Advanced economies would...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 


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