News archive from 4 November 2012, page 9

The man who would stop hurricanes with car tyres

The man who would stop hurricanes with car tyres

Stephen Salter with his "rainmaker" which is designed to produce rain clouds from sea water. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Devastating tropical storms of the kind that battered the US last week could be weakened and rendered less deadly using a...

 
Women take on BBC over failure to get female experts on air

Women take on BBC over failure to get female experts on air

Caroline Criado-Perez acted after John Humphrys’s embarrassing admission on the Today programme. A new website dedicated to media-friendly female experts has been launched in the wake of an embarrassing failure by the BBC to find a woman analyst to...

 
Bill Jamieson: Battle to make bankers behave

Bill Jamieson: Battle to make bankers behave

CAN banks reform, and if so how? Or are they condemned to being socially useless? The past week brought important contributions to a debate that continues to concern the business community and the wider economy. Few questions are more important: no...

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Marc Bolland comes under pressure as profits fall at Marks & Spencer

Marc Bolland comes under pressure as profits fall at Marks & Spencer

PRESSURE will mount this week on Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland, with the high-street stalwart tipped to unveil a double-digit fall in profits. Analysts expect second-quarter sales at Britain’s biggest clothing retailer to show some...

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Why I believe America and the world still need Barack Obama

Why I believe America and the world still need Barack Obama

President Barack Obama on the campaign trail. Photograph: John Raoux/AP How much has the extraordinary wave of hope that swept the world four years ago, when President Obama was inaugurated, been borne out by his first term in office? Why do I think...

 
Louvre–Lens – review

Louvre–Lens – review

Louvre-Lens, the Louvre’s new museum space in the Pas-de-Calais, northern France. © Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/ SANAA, Tim Culbert + Celia Imrey/ IMREY CULBERT, Catherine Mosbach. Photograph: Iwan Baan Imagine, for a moment, that the National...

 

Glasgow’s Cordia poised to grab more private contracts

CORDIA, the catering, cleaning and security company spun out from Glasgow city council, is unveiling plans to capture a bigger slice of work from the private sector after posting a 15 per cent rise in 
operating profits. The business, which...

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Bid to boost training at Grangemouth

Bid to boost training at Grangemouth

CHEMICALS companies at Grangemouth are considering ways to recreate the central training policies of the big companies as part of efforts to provide more apprentices for Scotland's second-largest export sector. Under ICI and BP, the giant industrial...

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New to Nature No 90: Fukomys ilariae

New to Nature No 90: Fukomys ilariae

This 1915 specimen of the Somali mole-rat was recently discovered in Rome's zoological museum. Photograph: Giulio Speranza While curating parts of the mammal collection of the Museo Civico di Zoologia, in Rome, Spartaco Gippoliti came across a...

 

For the record

In an article headlined "Climate change and science are at the heart of new theory of history backed by Bill Gates" (News, last week, page 25), we said: "The 66-year-old American-born academic [David Christian] is now a professor at San...

 

Spotless aims to clean up in England

A SCOTTISH cleaning company that lists Maclay Murray & Spens, Jones Lang LaSalle and Virgin Money among its clients is to expand into the north-west of England and Yorkshire after selling its hygiene arm to industry giant PHS. Edinburgh-based...

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Call Me Kuchu – review

Call Me Kuchu – review

'Such horror, such bravery': Call Me Kuchu tears at the heart. Call Me Kuchu Production year: 2012 Country: Rest of the world Cert (UK): 12A Runtime: 90 mins Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall More on this film This is a...

 

Market Watch: Consumer spending in focus as retailers report on trading

RETAILERS will take centre stage this week as Primark owner Associated British Foods (ABF) and supermarket chain Morrisons shine a light on the high street's health. Morrisons, which issues a third-quarter trading update on Thursday, is battling to...

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Dobson opens bank’s eye to investment

ONE of Edinburgh's best-known art galleries has changed hands in a deal backed by Clydesdale Bank. Jilly Dobson has bought the Open Eye Gallery – which stocks works by artists including John Bellany, John Byrne and Barbara Rae – from Tom and Pat...

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Watchdog fears investors at risk from lack of controls on Sipps

REGULATORY scrutiny of self-invested personal pensions (Sipps) is intensifying amid growing concern over the way in which they are sold and used. Pension investors in the UK hold around 825,000 Sipps worth almost £89 billion, 
according to Money...

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