News archive from 28 July 2014

IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success

IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success

Using the karyomapping technique, the couple have standard IVF treatment to create a set of embryos which are then biopsied. Photograph: Image Broker/Rex Features Doctors in London have reported the first pregnancy in Europe from a new IVF procedure...

Guardian, 00:03 in Health
 
Rebellious shareholders see activism pay dividends

Rebellious shareholders see activism pay dividends

Shareholder activism is on the rise, with rebel investors becoming increasingly successful in their interventions,

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Lloyds and Barclays give the City food for thought

Lloyds and Barclays give the City food for thought

AFTER Royal Bank of Scotland stole a lead on Friday by rushing out better-than-expected results, the pressure is on rivals Lloyds and Barclays to deliver this week. Any underlying improvement at Lloyds looks set to be undermined by further adjustments...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
People: The business diary

People: The business diary

NICK Freer, PR adviser to some of Scotland's top companies including Skyscanner and Blackcircles.com, has quietly been building up a presence in the arts scene. Already a communications adviser to the British Council on cultural activities around the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Kiwis could hold key boosting lamb consumption

Kiwis could hold key boosting lamb consumption

With the "Friendly Games" in town, a lot of the commentary has concentrated on the camaraderie and the companionship elements of the Commonwealth almost as much as the competition itself. I guess that’s a good thing, not only because...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Matalan fails to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund as deadline looms

Matalan fails to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund as deadline looms

More than 1,000 were killed and 2,500 injured when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed in April 2013. Photograph: Ismail Ferdous/AP Matalan is the only major British retailer not to have donated money to the UN-backed fund to...

Guardian, 00:06 in Business
 
Coalition split on axing Russia World Cup

Coalition split on axing Russia World Cup

THE downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine has split the UK government over whether Russia should be axed as host of the 2018 football World Cup. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was “unthinkable” that the...

 
Scientists finally unlock mystery of
why dinosaurs died – really bad luck

Scientists finally unlock mystery of
why dinosaurs died – really bad luck

Dinosaurs could be roaming the Earth today instead of humans if they had not fallen victim to "colossal bad luck", 
according to new research led by Scottish scientists. An international team of palaeontologists used the latest...

 
Film-makers at war over PoW’s forbidden love

Film-makers at war over PoW’s forbidden love

The story of a forbidden affair between an Italian prisoner of war and a local woman on a Scottish island is at the centre of a battle between two rival film companies. Both are planning to make a movie with well-known stars based on a true love story...

 
Fracking licences to be granted by government

Fracking licences to be granted by government

The bidding process for UK licences to explore for shale gas will begin later, the government has announced. Applications are expected for areas that have yet to be explored. Companies that are then granted a licence to begin test drilling will still...

BBC, 00:12 in Business
 
'Community banks' to help manage debt, says think tank

'Community banks' to help manage debt, says think tank

An uncompetitive financial services market and the expense of declaring bankruptcy are leading people into "problem debt", according to a report. The government should help by making it easier to found "community banks" offering...

BBC, 00:12 in Business
 
Councils should show where parking fees spent, says RAC

Councils should show where parking fees spent, says RAC

Councils should show where they are spending revenues from parking charges, according to the RAC motoring group. Four people in five surveyed by the motoring group said parking charges had increased in towns and cities. But two thirds of 1,525 people...

BBC, 00:12 in Business
 
The two sisters running a bakery in a desert

The two sisters running a bakery in a desert

The land in Los Monegros in Aragon in northeastern Spain, is almost as arid as a desert. In the 1960s, it was one of the backdrops chosen for spaghetti western films. Yet for two twenty-something Spanish sisters, it has become the perfect place for...

BBC, 00:12 in Business
 
Monday Interview: Philip Hogg, Homes for Scotland

Monday Interview: Philip Hogg, Homes for Scotland

FROM youthful aspirations to be an architect to a career in the construction industry, Philip Hogg has, metaphorically speaking, built a career in building. He studied the subject at college, went on to work with Miller Group and for the past two...

Scotsman, 00:13 in Business
 
Pensioners get fit in just six seconds

Pensioners get fit in just six seconds

PENSIONERS inspired by the gold-winning efforts of athletes at Glasgow 2014 can take heart from a new study which claims older people can dramatically boost their health by doing just one minute of intense exercise twice a week. Scientists at Abertay...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Health
 


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