News archive from 30 May 2014

Thai junta bans demonstrations

Thai junta bans demonstrations

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest junctions yesterday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup. Lorryloads of soldiers...

 
Al-Sisi beats sole opponent in election victory

Al-Sisi beats sole opponent in election victory

Egypt's former military chief has won a crushing victory over his only opponent in the country's presidential election, his campaigners said yesterday, with nearly all ballots counted. Retired field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won more than 92 per...

 
Ukraine: General among dead after ’copter downed

Ukraine: General among dead after ’copter downed

Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a government military helicopter yesterday amid heavy fighting around Slovyansk, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general. Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov told the parliament in Kiev that rebels used a...

 
Britain's economic prospects brightest in more than a decade, survey finds

Britain's economic prospects brightest in more than a decade, survey finds

A rosy outlook painted by the UK business community coincides with a surge in optimism among consumers. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images Britain's economic prospects are the brightest they have been in more than a decade and optimism among...

Guardian, 00:03 in Business
 
Football World Cup team works on keeping Britain's kettles boiling

Football World Cup team works on keeping Britain's kettles boiling

A surge in electricity demand is expected as kettles are brewed and lights turned on during England's opening game against Italy. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian While Roy Hodgson and his colleagues fine-tune tactics for the England...

Guardian, 00:03 in Business
 
Business lobby groups hail brighter UK economy

Business lobby groups hail brighter UK economy

Two major business lobby groups, the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), suggest the UK economy is in good health. The CBI says growth reached a record high in May, marking the best reading since it began gathering data in 2003. Meanwhile,...

BBC, 00:04 in Business
 
Fake car crashes behind record insurance fraud, ABI says

Fake car crashes behind record insurance fraud, ABI says

Fake car crashes helped to push the level of insurance fraud to a record £1.3bn in 2013, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The figure represents an increase of 18% on the previous year. The biggest rise was in car insurance. The...

BBC, 00:04 in Business
 
Shake-up needed to boost exports says Wilson review

Shake-up needed to boost exports says Wilson review

A FORMER UK government minister is calling for a major shake-up in business support agencies in order to help struggling exporters. An inquiry led by Brian Wilson found Scottish firms “confused” by the number of bodies offering advice and unaware that...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Comment: Centrica shake-up | exports | indyref

Comment: Centrica shake-up | exports | indyref

LOSING one senior executive may be unfortunate, but losing three looks like a looming management crisis. Centrica, the parent company of British/Scottish Gas, is facing an unforced boardroom makeover that will be providing a lot of work for the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Business groups cheer growth but urge rates caution

Business groups cheer growth but urge rates caution

Britain's economic recovery is reaching record pace on the back of a wave of consumer confidence, according to business groups. The latest CBI growth indicator hit an all-time high today, while the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) upgraded its...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Car maker Jaguar Land Rover in top gear

Car maker Jaguar Land Rover in top gear

THE car company behind the Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover brands has seen its profits power ahead thanks to the launch of sporty new models. The Jaguar F-Type and latest Range Rover Sport helped boost sales at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive in...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Robert Burns could have suffered bipolar disorder

Robert Burns could have suffered bipolar disorder

Robert Burns' tempestuous personality, intense creativity and unstable love life suggest that he might have suffered from bipolar disorder, according to Scottish researchers. The 18th-century Scottish bard produced huge quantities of literary works,...

 
44 Scotland Street: Trams, and other big questions

44 Scotland Street: Trams, and other big questions

44 Scotland Street's Bertie Pollock and his mother give a guarded welcome to Edinburgh's new transport system in this exclusive story by Alexander McCall Smith There are no trams in Scotland Street, nor buses for that matter. The street’s dimensions...

 
Topless fun: How to buy a convertible on a budget

Topless fun: How to buy a convertible on a budget

Just as Britons are the fastest to expose their flesh when the thermometer touches 20C, so they are among the greatest enthusiasts for convertible cars. It seems they are even more likely to buy a convertible than the fashion-conscious French, or the...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 
IPL: Is the brand losing its appeal?

IPL: Is the brand losing its appeal?

There is a huge crowd assembled outside a small grocery shop in the suburbs of Mumbai - all concentrating on a small television kept inside. The tension among the viewers is palpable, as the Mumbai Indians, the city's IPL cricket team, need four runs...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 


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