News archive from 26 March 2014

Scots film industry’s funding limit rises by 60%

Scots film industry’s funding limit rises by 60%

SCOTLAND'S film industry has been handed a major boost after it emerged that the maximum funds available for major productions is to soar by 60 per cent. National arts agency Creative Scotland has unveiled the move following months of campaigning from...

 
'More women than ever' on top UK company boards, says report

'More women than ever' on top UK company boards, says report

The boardrooms of top UK companies have undergone a "culture change", with a growing number of women in decision-making roles, a new report has found. Lord Davies, Britain's former trade minister, said women now account for 20.7% of board...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 

Blackstone close to $5.5 billion-plus Gates takeover -sources

The buyout firm is in the final stages of negotiations with Gates' private equity owners, Onex Corp (OCX.TO) and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and the two sides are aiming to finalize an agreement by early next week, the people...

Reuters, 00:12 in Business
 
Facebook In $2bn Oculus Virtual Reality Deal

Facebook In $2bn Oculus Virtual Reality Deal

Facebook has announced it is to splash out $2bn on buying Oculus, a virtual reality company. The deal includes $400m in cash and some 20 million shares worth about $1.6bn. A statement released by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Oculus's technology...

 
Failed Britvic tie-up turns Barr focus on England

Failed Britvic tie-up turns Barr focus on England

IRN-Bru maker AG Barr yesterday said it would be targeting customers south of the border as it puts the aborted Britvic merger behind it. Drawing a line under Cumbernauld-based Barr’s failed merger with rival Britvic last year, chief executive Roger...

Scotsman, 00:12 in Business
 
Cyber-attacks increase leads to jobs boom

Cyber-attacks increase leads to jobs boom

Every cloud has a silicon lining. As the number and sophistication of cyber-attacks increase, so too does the demand for people who can prevent such digital incursions. Cyber-security is having a jobs boom. But there aren't enough people with the...

BBC, 00:15 in Business
 
Isle’s explosion of fury at plans

Isle’s explosion of fury at plans

Residents' concerns about plans to store up to 4,999 tonnes of a potentially highly explosive fertiliser at Keadby are "purely reaction to scare stories" claimed a spokesman for the company behind the scheme. But people living near the...

 
Play park plan for Epworth centre

Play park plan for Epworth centre

Plans for a new play area in Epworth are moving ahead, with efforts to procure funding. Youngsters from the town stated their case for play equipment for older children, to town councillors at their recent meeting. The town council agreed support for...

 
Doncaster’s Flying Scotsman latest star of magazine collection

Doncaster’s Flying Scotsman latest star of magazine collection

Doncaster built locomotive legend the Flying Scotsman has become the latest star of a new magazine collection put together in association with the National Railway Museum. The latest edition of the Great British Locomotives Collection went on sale...

 
Retrial into murder of Derby teenager Kadeem Blackwood will start today

Retrial into murder of Derby teenager Kadeem Blackwood will start today

THE prosecution will today open its case against a man being retried for the murder of Derby teenager Kadeem Blackwood. At Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, a jury of eight men and four women was sworn in to try Michael-Paul Hamblett-Sewell. The...

 
Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet at Barbican

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet at Barbican

Benedict Cumberbatch's appearance as Hamlet will mark his first full return to the stage since starring in Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle, at the National Theatre in 2011. Photograph: Catherine Ashmore/PA Benedict Cumberbatch is to swap...

 
The cost of bunking off: Truants land parents with £3million fines

The cost of bunking off: Truants land parents with £3million fines

Parents of truant children were hit with £3million in fines last year. Some 52,000 £60 penalty notices were sent, an increase of 25 per cent. Yet nearly 28,000 penalties weren’t paid in 28 days, causing the fine to double. It means the number of...

Metro, 00:18 in Hot News
 
Heading off the obesity epidemic: DNA tests at five can tell if a child will be fat at 14

Heading off the obesity epidemic: DNA tests at five can tell if a child will be fat at 14

A DNA blood test can predict obesity levels in children as they grow up, scientists claim. Samples taken when a child is five can indicate how much body fat they will have at 14, researchers say. The test checks a gene called PGC1 which regulates fat...

Metro, 00:18 in Hot News
 
The Afghan refugees clinging to hope amid terror and tragedy

The Afghan refugees clinging to hope amid terror and tragedy

Afghan refugees are pleading with Western troops not to abandon them once more to the resurgent Taliban, while cursing the Nato bombs that forced them from their homes and killed family and friends. Survivors of 13 years’ of conflict since the Allied...

Metro, 00:18 in Hot News
 
Teenage girls need better access to morning-after pill – Nice

Teenage girls need better access to morning-after pill – Nice

'Evidence clearly shows that the availability of contraception reduces the rate of unwanted pregnancies.' Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Teenage girls should be given greater access to the morning-after pill in schools and GP surgeries...

Guardian, 00:19 in Health
 


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