News archive from 26 April 2013

Marathon bombers planned to carry on and attack New York

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in Times Square, New York City officials have said. Police commissioner Raymond Kelly told a briefing that the two suspects had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe...

 

Readers’ pictures of the week, 19-26 April

A selection of pictures submitted by our readers submitted in the past week to The Scotsman picture desk. Thu 25 Apr: Alistair Suttie’s stunning picture of Loch Garten in the Cairngorms National Park makes you want to down tools and head straight for...

 
Images of Scotland: Zorbs below the Falkirk Wheel

Images of Scotland: Zorbs below the Falkirk Wheel

Terry McGeary from East Kilbride took this photograph of children having fun in Zorbs in the sunny basin below the Falkirk Wheel View more images of Scotland on our Facebook page • To submit your picture for publication online or in The Scotsman email...

 

Fertiliser blast that killed 14 people caused over $100m in damage

The damage to homes and businesses caused by an explosion at a Texas fertiliser plant has been estimated Wednesday to exceed $100m (£65m), as crews continue to sift through a 90ft crater searching for answers. The Insurance Council of Texas released...

 

Rescuers battling to reach 40
still trapped in factory debris

Rescuers have found 40 survivors in the debris of a collapsed building in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka and 12 of them have been rescued so far. Brigadier General Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, who is overseeing rescue operations, says all 40 were...

 

Whisky Galore cargo to be auctioned

Two rare bottles of whisky salvaged from a shipwreck which inspired a book and film are to be auctioned. The collectors’ items were part of the cargo on the 8,000-ton cargo ship the SS Politician which sank off the shores of Eriskay in the Outer...

 
Sharon Osbourne vows to help Ozzy get sober

Sharon Osbourne vows to help Ozzy get sober

Television presenter Sharon Osbourne is "devastated" by her rocker husband Ozzy's return to drink and drugs, but said the family will cope with it. The 64-year-old Black Sabbath singer, who has previously struggled with addiction, admitted...

 
Lori Anderson: The A-Z of personal fulfillment

Lori Anderson: The A-Z of personal fulfillment

Finally, writes Lori Anderson, the contribution that Zelda Fitzgerald made to arts and society is visible too all Mad, bad and dangerous to know? Absolutely but no, not Oscar, Zelda. When Don Henley of The Eagles sang in Witchy Woman: “Raven hair and...

 
BBC boss promises to halt bumper pay-offs

BBC boss promises to halt bumper pay-offs

The BBC's new boss wants to cap redundancy payments for hundreds of top executives at £150,000 after a string of senior staff left with huge sums of money. Tony Hall said he wanted “a BBC that is in tune with the times” and told the Culture, Media and...

 

MMR jab for 50,000 children in Scotland

UP TO 50,000 Scottish children are to be offered the MMR jab as part of the campaign to boost vaccination rates. On Wednesday, chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns said the Scottish Government would be writing to parents of children not fully...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Health
 
Search on for UKFI boss as O’Neil departs after three years

Search on for UKFI boss as O’Neil departs after three years

The banker in charge of selling the taxpayers' stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group stepped down as chief executive of UK Financial Investments (UKFI) yesterday, throwing doubt on the disposal timetable. Jim O’Neil is leaving...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Scotch whisky sales in China see decline

Scotch whisky sales in China see decline

FRENCH drinks giant Pernod Ricard has stuck with its full-year profits forecast despite posting a weaker-than-expected third-quarter update. The group – which owns Paisley-based Chivas Brothers, Scotland’s second-largest distiller – still thinks...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Barclays board faces ‘greedy b******s’ abuse

Barclays board faces ‘greedy b******s’ abuse

BARCLAYS board members came under fire yesterday as small investors lined up to take aim at generous pay levels for senior executives. Aggrieved shareholders remained unconvinced that chief executive Antony Jenkins – appointed last year to clean up...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Farmfoods profits from efficiencies

FROZEN foods retailer Farmfoods grew profits despite a fiercely competitive market last year by concentrating on energy efficiency. The Cumbernauld-based company made a pre-tax profit of £20 million, up from £17.6m in 2011, despite a small drop in...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Protest vote as shareholders back Aggreko board

RUPERT SOAMES, chief executive of temporary power company Aggreko, easily survived a small protest vote against his re-election to the board at the firm's annual general meeting yesterday. Just 5 per cent of investors voted against the motion to...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 


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