News archive from 24 December 2014

Landlords cash in as Scottish rents surge

Landlords cash in as Scottish rents surge

SCOTTISH rents have reached an all-time high, pushing more tenants into arrears while landlords reap greater financial returns, a letting agent has found. The average monthly rent in Scotland rose to £527 in November – up £12 on the same period last...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Party leaders in festive call for reconciliation

Party leaders in festive call for reconciliation

Political rivals have urged Scots to use the Christmas spirit to heal divisions caused by the independence referendum and to put political differences aside during the festive season. In their seasonal messages to the nation, the leaders of Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Letter details ‘extraordinary sights’ of Christmas Day first world war truce

Letter details ‘extraordinary sights’ of Christmas Day first world war truce

It was penned 100 years ago in the freezing trenches of the western front; a letter from a British army officer to his mother describing in vivid detail the extraordinary Christmas truce as soldiers from both sides laid down their weapons. Second Lt...

Guardian, 00:04 in Business
 
The Scotsman cartoon: Peace and goodwill in politics

The Scotsman cartoon: Peace and goodwill in politics

The festive season brings peace to politics in Scotland as the leaders down tools for at least a couple of days. The independence referendum dominated 2014 and, as the poll drew closer, divisions became deeper. Political differences made it seem like...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Yodel admits it's unable to clear package back log for Christmas leaving tens of thousands disappointed

Yodel admits it's unable to clear package back log for Christmas leaving tens of thousands disappointed

TENS of thousands of people will be left disappointed on Christmas Day after one of Britain’s biggest couriers admitted they had failed to deliver parcels on time. Yodel, Britain’s largest delivery firm after Royal Mail, struggled to deal with a...

 
Hopes raised of cure for baldness

Hopes raised of cure for baldness

A NEW way to trigger hair growth using human skin is offering fresh hope of a cure for baldness. Previous research has identified signals from the skin that help prompt new phases of hair growth, but how the different types of cells in the skin...

 
Tunnel plan to save Bethlehem’s Manger Square

Tunnel plan to save Bethlehem’s Manger Square

The little town of Bethlehem is jammed with a big-city problem - traffic gridlock, including around the church marking the spot where Jesus is said to have been born. To cope, the city is now considering the

 
Mayor calls for truce until after NYPD funerals

Mayor calls for truce until after NYPD funerals

As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests amid a widening rift between himself and the city's police unions. Mr De Blasio called for a halt of political statements until after the...

 
France steps up security as fear of attack grows

France steps up security as fear of attack grows

SECURITY has been stepped up at public places in France for the Christmas holiday season and soldiers deployed after three separate acts of violence in three days left about 30 wounded and reignited fears of attacks by Islamist radicals. Late on...

 
Australians on alert after ‘terrorist chatter’

Australians on alert after ‘terrorist chatter’

Security officials in Australia have intercepted a heightened level of "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the Sydney cafe siege, prime minister Tony Abbott said yesterday. As memorial services were held for the two victims of the...

 
The sworn enemies who shook hands at Christmas

The sworn enemies who shook hands at Christmas

A letter describing the historic truce on the Western Front on Christmas Day in 1914 has been revealed for the first time by the Royal Mail. Captain AD Chater, of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, describes the moment when soldiers on both sides...

 
Acid oceans a threat to mussels, say Scots experts

Acid oceans a threat to mussels, say Scots experts

The world's mussel population could be under threat as climate change causes the oceans to become more acidic, scientists have warned. Mussel shells become more brittle when they are formed in more acidic water, Glasgow University has reported in the...

 
Revamped school library in Doncaster opens

Revamped school library in Doncaster opens

A primary schools new library has been officially opened by a children's author after a two month refurbishment programme. The library revamp, at Woodfield Primary School, was carried out by Doncaster’s library service. Nearby Hexthorpe Primary School...

 
Alexander Attacks Conservative Spending Plans

Alexander Attacks Conservative Spending Plans

Danny Alexander has launched an attack on Conservative spending plans, saying pledges to cut taxes will lead to the "wilful destruction" of public services. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury says Tory promises for tax cuts after next...

 
Poorest energy customers need debt holiday, says Citizens Advice

Poorest energy customers need debt holiday, says Citizens Advice

Ten million householders who use pre-payment energy meters should be given a debt "holiday", says the charity Citizens Advice. Unlike other customers, those with pre-payment meters cannot spread their payments throughout the year. As a...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 


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