News archive from 29 March 2014

Obama says U.S. military strikes could not have stopped Syria misery

"It is, I think, a false notion that somehow we were in a position to, through a few selective strikes, prevent the kind of hardship that we've seen in Syria," Obama said. "It's not that it's not worth it. It's after a decade of war,...

 
Dealmaker behind 80s pop legend Trevor Horn: Jill Sinclair (Apr 5, 1952-Mar 22, 2014)

Dealmaker behind 80s pop legend Trevor Horn: Jill Sinclair (Apr 5, 1952-Mar 22, 2014)

Together they launched the careers of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal and made stars of numerous groups including Dollar and ABC. Such was his musical influence, Horn was described as “the man who invented the Eighties”. Yet he admits he couldn't...

 
Muppets Most Wanted villain Ricky Gervais: I love not being the most hated man on screen

Muppets Most Wanted villain Ricky Gervais: I love not being the most hated man on screen

There are stars and there are stars.. And then, there are The Muppets. It's impossible not to feel like an over-excited child again when you are sitting a few feet away from Miss Piggy (who, of course, made a fashionably late entrance) and Kermit. We...

 
Comment: Don’t expect bull run to ease before 2016

Comment: Don’t expect bull run to ease before 2016

The markets had a very positive week, a sure indication that the crisis with Russia is turning out a storm in the proverbial political teacup. Neither America nor Germany has any interest in a serious fight with Putin. Regular readers will know I am...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
The Golden Goose by George Mackay Brown

The Golden Goose by George Mackay Brown

Today The Scotsman is proud to show a previously unpublished short story by George Mackay Brown, one of the great Scottish writers of the twentieth century On April the sixteenth 2001 AD, the island region of Orkney unilaterally declared its...

 
George Mackay Brown’s Orcadian independence folly

George Mackay Brown’s Orcadian independence folly

HE IS revered as one of the greatest Scottish writers of the 20th century. Poet, novelist and dramatist George Mackay Brown spent most of his life living in and documenting the Orkney Islands. Now, almost two decades after his death, a short story has...

 
Choice for those nearing pension age

Choice for those nearing pension age

For some, flexibility is a positive but it could be a dilemma for others, writes Jeff Salway It’ll be a year before the biggest pension reforms unveiled in the recent Budget become reality – but some of wide-ranging changes set out by the Chancellor...

 
Scots forced to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’

Scots forced to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’

More than a fifth of Scots have been forced to borrow money from one lender to clear debts with another firm, according to new research. A similar proportion admit to hiding debt from their family and one in six has revealed that they concealed it...

 
How to avoid being caught out by reduced pension allowances

How to avoid being caught out by reduced pension allowances

Top tips on pensions 1 What’s changing? From 6 April 2014, the pension lifetime allowance (LTA) will be cut from £1.5million to £1.25m. HMRC estimates that 30,000 people will be immediately affected, and the consequences of breaking the limit are...

 
Rennie: Better Together needs ‘sunshine strategy’

Rennie: Better Together needs ‘sunshine strategy’

SCOTS are poised to vote for independence unless a positive "sunshine strategy" is adopted by the Better Together campaign, the Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie warned yesterday. Other leading figures in the pro-Union party backed his stance,...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Watchdog probes zombie investments scandal

Watchdog probes zombie investments scandal

TENS of millions of pensions and savings plans dating back decades face scrutiny by industry regulators in the latest blow to the reputation of Britain's

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
The Scotsman cartoon: Rennie’s ‘sunshine strategy’

The Scotsman cartoon: Rennie’s ‘sunshine strategy’

A vote for Scottish independence is a "distinct possibility", according to Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie. Willie Rennie sounded the warning while outlining his “sunshine” strategy for promoting Scotland’s place in the UK.

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 

Harvey Nichols fashion: Spectrum of bright ideas

Harvey Nichols Leeds showcased its spring/summer trends earlier this month to a packed and fashion-hungry audience. Stephanie Smith reports. Burberry, Guuci, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Alexander McQueen – just a few of the...

 
Harrogate beer festival for 2014

Harrogate beer festival for 2014

The Harrogate charity beer festival has begun at the Crown Hotel. This year’s is the 24th edition of the festival. The event is open from 6.30pm to 12am on Friday. On Saturday, the festival runs from 1pm to 5pm, and then again from 6pm to 11.30pm....

 
Harrogate beer festival for 2014

Harrogate beer festival for 2014

The Harrogate charity beer festival has begun at the Crown Hotel. This year’s is the 24th edition of the festival. The event is open from 6.30pm to 12am on Friday. On Saturday, the festival runs from 1pm to 5pm, and then again from 6pm to 11.30pm....

 


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