News archive from 28 December 2012, page 1

Odeon chief on Skyfall, The Hobbit and the threat of Strictly

Odeon chief on Skyfall, The Hobbit and the threat of Strictly

The boss of Europe's biggest cinema chain sums up 2012 as "an odd year". You might expect Rupert Gavin, chief executive of Odeon and UCI Cinema Group, to be worried about DVDs or the growth of online streaming services. But he believes the...

BBC, 00:05 in Business
 

Women being told ‘ambitions come behind motherhood’

A GENERATION of girls is still being brought up to believe that raising children is more important than their own ambitions, a leading headmistress warned today. Young women need to learn that they have options in life, and should be free to make...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Learning
 

Schools fail to satisfy pupils and the nation

MORE than 60 per cent of voters surveyed said Scotland's school system was not "sufficiently ambitious" for both its pupils and the nation. The online survey showed that nearly half of those surveyed also said they did not feel they were...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Learning
 
Files reveal Thatcher vetoed late Reagan bid to halt Falklands War

Files reveal Thatcher vetoed late Reagan bid to halt Falklands War

UNITED States president Ronald Reagan issued a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands and hand over the islands to international peacekeepers, according to official documents made public today. Files...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Anger as big firms pay less tax – and small ones have to fork out more

Anger as big firms pay less tax – and small ones have to fork out more

BIG companies in the UK are paying less tax than they did 12 years ago, despite a big jump in profits, while smaller firms have seen their tax bill almost treble. Campaigners say it the clearest signal yet that tax avoidance has blossomed under a more...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Cut down helpings of crash diets advice - Jo Swinson

Cut down helpings of crash diets advice - Jo Swinson

CONSUMER minister Jo Swinson has written to magazine editors urging them not to promote "miracle diets" in their first editions of the new year. The Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire has written an open letter to women’s health,...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Scots families hit by £180 ‘mummy tax’

Scots families hit by £180 ‘mummy tax’

THOUSANDS of Scottish families will be hit by the planned "mummy tax" being introduced by the coalition government, which will see up to £180 cut from maternity pay in the years ahead. It is feared that new mothers will be forced to return...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Over 95 per cent of government buildings fail green test

Over 95 per cent of government buildings fail green test

THE SNP's green energy stance has been labelled "embarrassing" after it emerged that less than 5 per cent of government buildings use specialist equipment to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources. Under the internationally...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Too many contracts going to Irish firms, claims business chief

Too many contracts going to Irish firms, claims business chief

SCOTLAND'S economy is suffering as a result of major construction contracts being awarded to firms across the Irish Sea, a business leader has claimed. Stewart Nicol, the chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce, has said that a total of eight...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Leaders: Next year will be critical in addressing business concerns

Leaders: Next year will be critical in addressing business concerns

FROM two of Scotland's leading business organisations this week have come two sharply contrasting New Year messages. David Watt, head of the Institute of Directors Scotland, urges Scotland’s political elite not to spend 2013 obsessing about the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Tech in 2012: The BBC's most read stories of the year

Tech in 2012: The BBC's most read stories of the year

As 2012 draws to a close, the BBC online tech team crunched the clicks to reveal the section's most read stories of the year. These last 12 months have been marked by the rise of low-cost tablets, ultra-slim laptops and "phablets" - outsized...

 
Tom Peterkin: Expect another year of flag-waving and constitutional wrangling

Tom Peterkin: Expect another year of flag-waving and constitutional wrangling

LOOKING towards the new year, it is difficult to see how 2013 will avoid feelings of anticlimax following the remarkable events of 2012. The sublime year of sporting success that saw the triumph of the Olympics, Andy Murray’s major breakthrough and an...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
George Kerevan: Politics first; rebuilding the nation comes next

George Kerevan: Politics first; rebuilding the nation comes next

DAVID Watt should realise that recreating Scotland's innovative energy needs us to seize control of the levers first, writes George Kerevan It is that time of the year when the nation’s self-appointed guardians give us their seasonal messages, in the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Hogmanay in Scotland: A guide to the special events near you

Hogmanay in Scotland: A guide to the special events near you

Scotland prides itself as the global capital of Hogmanay, and there's no shortage of one-off events and unforgettable sights to see, from thousands of torchbearers to street theatre and "loony dookers'. Here we run through what's on offer this...

 
Tiffany Jenkins: Making a case for high art

Tiffany Jenkins: Making a case for high art

THE belief that some art is not only better than others, but has an elevated character, is almost blasphemous when "popular' is what's important, writes Tiffany Jenkins At the Edinburgh fringe festival this year a group of ambitious young opera...

 


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