News archive from 31 December 2014

Russian protest chief Alexei Navalny avoids prison

Russian protest chief Alexei Navalny avoids prison

A RUSSIAN court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence yesterday for embezzling money, but jailed his brother for three-and-a-half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Navalny led mass protests against...

 
Two seamen die towing fire ferry back to Italy

Two seamen die towing fire ferry back to Italy

Italian prosecutors yesterday ordered the crippled Greek ferry the Norman Atlantic back to Italy as part of a criminal investigation, saying that they feared more bodies will be found aboard the vessel when it is properly searched. The news came as it...

 
Julian Woolford: Our national parks at the crossroads

Julian Woolford: Our national parks at the crossroads

National parks celebrated a major milestone in the run-up to Christmas as they marked the 65th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, which provided the framework for the creation of both Parks and Areas of...

 
Rob Waugh: Act that shines light into darker corners of society

Rob Waugh: Act that shines light into darker corners of society

"SUNLIGHT is said to be the best of disinfectants." The evocative phrase, depicting the value of public transparency, was coined by a celebrated American judge, Louis Brandeis, in 1913, and has carried echoes far and wide ever since. Yet it...

 
Energy lawyer pushes Chancellor for oil tax cuts

Energy lawyer pushes Chancellor for oil tax cuts

ONE of Scotland's top energy lawyers has played down fears of a meltdown in the North Sea industry, but has called for the Chancellor to cut taxes for oil and gas operators "without delay". Bob Ruddiman, who heads the energy and natural...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
BP announces new production from Kinnoull field

BP announces new production from Kinnoull field

BP yesterday announced the start of production from the Kinnoull field in the central North Sea, the firm's seventh and final major upstream project start-up in 2014. It said the reservoir was being developed as part of a wider rejuvenation of the...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Special dividend from Next after online sale boost

Special dividend from Next after online sale boost

FASHION stalwart Next has shrugged off the headwinds buffeting the high street yet again with a robust festive performance driven by its online and catalogue arm. The first of the major retailers to report since Christmas, Next posted a near-3 per...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Fergusson bullish on coal future as profits rise

Fergusson bullish on coal future as profits rise

COAL and smokeless fuel supplier Fergusson Group has brushed aside "challenging" market conditions to report a solid rise in turnover and steady profits. Newly-released accounts show that the Stirling-based firm – jointly owned and managed...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Gretna Gateway posts record figures

Gretna Gateway posts record figures

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, home to 50 big-name brands including Berghaus, Molton Brown, Nike (pictured) and Superdry, has unveiled its sixth consecutive year of record trading and visitor numbers. Figures released yesterday showed total sales at...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Comment: Next resilience | house prices build

Comment: Next resilience | house prices build

THIS is becoming rather predictable: fashion retailer Next keeping its nerve by resolutely declining to be panicked into price promotions in the run-up to Christmas, and being rewarded with a decent lift in sales in happy contrast to much of a...

Scotsman, 00:02 in Business
 
Happy New Year messages from Scottish politicians

Happy New Year messages from Scottish politicians

NICOLA Sturgeon visited a maternity ward to deliver a New Year message that spoke of her commitment to creating a fairer country that would enable children to fulfil their potential. At Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, the First Minister also...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Aid charities hit by banks’ fear of terrorism fines

Aid charities hit by banks’ fear of terrorism fines

Charities working in crisis-hit regions are failing to receive millions of pounds in funding because of banks’ fears of incurring tough penalties for failing to stop the flow of terrorist funds and money laundering, according to a report. Financial...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 
New Year Honours list: See who has been recognised in Lincolnshire

New Year Honours list: See who has been recognised in Lincolnshire

People across the county will be starting 2015 on a high note, after being recognised for their work in the New Year Honours List. Work with young people, communities and cancer patients have all seen Lincolnshire people awarded top honours. Read...

 

Missing Wirral man found safe and well in North Wales

A Wirral man reported missing to police has been found safe and well in Wales. Mark Williams was last seen getting off a train at Birkenhead Park train station at around 3.30pm on Monday, leading the police to appeal for the public’s help to trace...

 

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