News archive from 28 December 2012, page 2

Hobbit boosts New Zealand tourism

The release of The Hobbit looks set to lead to a rush of UK visitors to New Zealand, where the film was shot. Foreign exchange company Travelex said its pre-orders for New Zealand dollars were up 
26 per cent compared with this time last year.

 
Juliet Dunlop: US should keep Piers, he’s quite a good judge

Juliet Dunlop: US should keep Piers, he’s quite a good judge

THERE are any number of reasons why Piers Morgan should be thrown out of America - there any number of reasons why he should be thrown out of any country - but having a view about guns is not one of them. Yet, in a land where the line between show...

 

Sherlock tops best TV poll

Sleuth series Sherlock has been voted the top TV show of 2012. The drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, beat US thriller Homeland in the Radio Times poll. Twenty Twelve, the mockumentary following the team behind the 2012 Olympics,...

 
Balding puts on style for BBC prime-time slot

Balding puts on style for BBC prime-time slot

Sports presenter Clare Balding fears she will be judged on her appearance as she "glams up" to host a new Saturday night BBC1 show. Balding, 41, who won accolades for the way she covered the Olympics and Paralympics, is set to present...

 
Dundee waterfront investment to hit £500m mark in the new year

Dundee waterfront investment to hit £500m mark in the new year

Backers of a £1 billion transformation of Dundee's waterfront are confident that the new year will see investment in the ambitious scheme reach the crucial half-way stage. It is forecast that well in excess of £100 million of capital projects will...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Toyota shares rise after $1.1bn deal to settle US car safety cases

Toyota shares rise after $1.1bn deal to settle US car safety cases

Toyota has agreed to pay an estimated $1.1 billion (£700 million) to settle US lawsuits relating to the biggest safety crisis in its history. Shares in the Japanese car giant rose yesterday as investors said the legal settlement removed one...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Forum accuses banks of not grasping the damage their actions have caused

Forum accuses banks of not grasping the damage their actions have caused

A SMALL firms lobby group has criticised the banks for being risk averse and for failing to recognise the damage they have done. Phil Orford, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, said the economy has struggled due to a lack of affordable...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 

Bigotry is no answer to immigration

From: RC Curry, Adel Grange Close, Leeds. THE recent publication of population statistics has thrown up concerns on your Letters page, some of these being in vehement terms about colour and religion, therefore rather at odds with any espoused...

 

Bank customers will access accounts at the Post Office

BARCLAYS yesterday unveiled a major extension of its operations north of the Border after sealing a deal to give its customers access to their bank accounts at the Post Office. The lender, which only has about 20 of its own branches in Scotland, will...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 

Time to punish the pushers

From: Peter Hyde, Driffield. READING Humberside chief constable Tim Hollis’s article on the misuse of drugs (Yorkshire Post, December 18), there is, in my humble opinion, one sure way to reduce the number of drug users and that is to severely punish...

 

Scotch whisky generates more value than City

scotch whisky is now worth more than £4 billion to the Scottish economy and generates greater productivity than the City of London, independent research will assert today. The report, Scotch Whisky & Scotland’s Economy – a 100 Year Blend, was...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 

Obscene idea of £105 Christmas dinner for pets

From: Bob Crowther, High Street, Crigglestone, Wakefield. WHAT an apt headline “Hotel dishes up a dog’s dinner – for £105” (Yorkshire Post, December 22). To inform us that the 
Dower House Hotel in Knaresborough was to provide Porterhouse steaks and...

 

British and German industrial estates sold for £70m

PROPERTY investor Hansteen yesterday sealed a pair of industrial estate deals worth a total of nearly £70 million after securing a fresh financing package from Royal Bank of Scotland. The London-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) bought 32...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 

Pedlars of doom and gloom leave me with a headache

From: Barrie Frost, Watson's Lane, Reighton, Filey. WHEN several years ago much of the conversation revolved around the imminent threat of climate change we were told that its warming would result in Britain having hot, dry summers and warm, wet...

 
Small firms eye 2013 sales growth despite Britain’s economic woes

Small firms eye 2013 sales growth despite Britain’s economic woes

Almost half of the UK's smaller businesses are looking forward to sales growth in 2013 despite meagre prospects for the economy. A survey of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by the Co-operative Bank found only one in five fears sales and...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 


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