News archive from 28 May 2014

Fire at hospital for elderly kills 21 in latest major South Korea accident

All the victims were on the second floor of one building, and most of them suffered smoke inhalation, a local fire department official said by telephone. The hospital held patients who required long-term care, many with dementia or disability as a...

 
Serious Fraud Office launches criminal investigation into GlaxoSmithKline

Serious Fraud Office launches criminal investigation into GlaxoSmithKline

The Serious Fraud Office's investigation comes a fortnight after three GlaxoSmithKline executives in China were charged with corruption. Photograph: Aly Song/REUTERS Britain's Serious Fraud Office has launched a formal criminal investigation into...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 
Financial Reporting Council: bank and building society audits not good enough

Financial Reporting Council: bank and building society audits not good enough

The skyline of the City of London in October 2008 in the midst of the banking crisis. The FRC says the auditing of banks and building societies is still below the general standard for the UK. Photograph: Graeme Robertson Bad debts could be putting...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 
George Kerevan: Merkel emerges as the real winner

George Kerevan: Merkel emerges as the real winner

Populist politics has had its day in the sun, but the German bloc continues to control EU economy, writes George Kerevan The people have spoken – the bastards. But who actually won the European elections? If you watched the BBC, the answer was Ukip....

 
Malaysia under pressure despite flight data

Malaysia under pressure despite flight data

The Malaysian government has released raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing Malaysian Airlines plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. Authorities were responding to demands for greater transparency by relatives of the 239...

 
Tension rises in South China Sea

Tension rises in South China Sea

Vietnam and China traded accusations last night over who was the aggressor in a clash that led to the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea. Hanoi accused a Chinese vessel of ramming the wooden Vietnamese boat on Monday and...

 
Ukrainians retake Donetsk airport

Ukrainians retake Donetsk airport

Ukrainian government forces have regained control of the airport in the city of Donetsk after at least 40 people died in some of the bloodiest fighting since rebel forces seized control of parts of eastern Ukraine. Airstrikes and helicopter gunships...

 
Punch Taverns hammered over fresh debt plans

Punch Taverns hammered over fresh debt plans

Debt-laden pubs chain Punch Taverns saw its shares slump by almost a third yesterday after it put forward a refinancing package that would nearly wipe out its equity investors. The plan will see creditors take a chunk of stock in the company in a...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Winter blues give Barrhead Travel a boost

Winter blues give Barrhead Travel a boost

SCOTLAND'S winter washout triggered a stampede of customers to Barrhead Travel, with sales soaring 29 per cent in the first quarter. The firm said the year-on-year rise included a 40 per cent jump in bookings to long-haul destinations, while cruise...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Comment: TSB flotation | Carney on capitalism

Comment: TSB flotation | Carney on capitalism

THE imminent flotation of TSB will be a relief to Lloyds Banking Group and the Treasury after the aborted attempt at merging it with the Co-operative Bank. It must now hope it has not missed the float boat. A number of planned listings have been...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Independence: Tax Freedom Day ‘two weeks later’

Independence: Tax Freedom Day ‘two weeks later’

WORKERS in an independent Scotland would pay more tax than they do as part of the UK, the Treasury is set to claim. The Treasury will today say that in an independent Scotland people would have to work for an additional two weeks of the year before...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Balls: Independence would bring inequality rise

Balls: Independence would bring inequality rise

ED Balls has claimed a Yes vote in September would lead to more inequality for "decades to come" with public services in "peril" - whichever party was in power at Holyrood. He added that those voting to leave the UK to end the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Nice calls for national database for weight-loss programmes

Nice calls for national database for weight-loss programmes

Lifestyle weight management programmes focus on reducing calories consumed and increasing physical activity. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA A national database for lifestyle weight management programmes that have achieved positive long-term results...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Farage ‘not a racist’ but drinks too much says wife

Farage ‘not a racist’ but drinks too much says wife

Nigel Farage's wife has lifted the lid on life with the Ukip leader, denying he is racist and admitting she worries about his pub-loving habits. Kirsten Farage said her husband’s schedule was so hectic that their children often had to make do with...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 

Rise in antidepressant prescriptions rates in England: get the data

40m prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in 2012 by PCTs in England. Photograph: travel-and-more/Alamy The amount of antidepressants dispensed annually in England rose by 25m between 1998 and 2012– from 15m items in 1998, to 40m in 2012 -...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 


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