News archive from 17 May 2013, page 1

Joyce McMillan: Painting a more positive picture

Joyce McMillan: Painting a more positive picture

DIVIDE and rule. It's the oldest mantra in the boss-class book, the golden strategy of tyrants and bullies down the ages; and there can never have been a place or a time in which it has worked better than here in Britain, in the spring of 2013. On one...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
John Curtice: EU is not high on agenda

John Curtice: EU is not high on agenda

IT IS not surprising that we might expect Scotland's views to be different. After all, those Tory backbench voices that have been berating the Prime Minister in the last week for not delivering immediate legislation for a referendum on Britain’s...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Gregor Gall: Justice and prosperity can go together

Gregor Gall: Justice and prosperity can go together

MONDAY this week saw the awakening of former prime minister, Gordon Brown, from political hibernation. As one of Labour’s big guns, he entered the fray on the independence debate substantially for the first time by speaking at Labour’s own “save the...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
IVF could be revolutionised by new technique, says clinic

IVF could be revolutionised by new technique, says clinic

The Nottingham group is believed to be the first to show how the new methods can improve birthrates. Photograph: i love images /Alamy Fertility specialists have developed a radical technique that can boost the chances of IVF couples having a healthy...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 

LulzSec members jailed over hacking

Members of a group of young British computer hackers who masterminded sophisticated cyber attacks on major global institutions from their bedrooms have been jailed. Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Mustafa Al-Bassam and Ryan Cleary considered themselves to...

 
Asda’s market share helped by robust online sales

Asda’s market share helped by robust online sales

ASDA has shrugged off continuing tough consumer pressures to post a 1.3 per cent rise in first-quarter like-for-like sales, powered like its main rivals by a robust online performance. However, as Sainsbury’s and Tesco have also performed strongly...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Turkey's Erdogan says sees opportunity for Cyprus deal

Turkey's Erdogan says sees opportunity for Cyprus deal

Efforts to reunite the island have repeatedly failed, but Turkish officials say the election in February of President Nicos Anastasiades, who backed a 2004 U.N. plan to resolve the division, presents the best hope in years of reaching a deal. "We...

 
Virgin’s Little Red passengers shun onward flights

Virgin’s Little Red passengers shun onward flights

TRAVELLERS using Virgin Atlantic's new Little Red service from Scotland to London are ending their journey in London rather than connecting with long-haul flights, the airline admitted yesterday. Early indications were that more passengers on flights...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Parliament too alcohol fuelled, say MPs

Parliament too alcohol fuelled, say MPs

Alcohol Concern calls for changes to the availability of drink in the House of Commons. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Alamy One in four MPs thinks parliament, where the price of alcohol is subsidised, has an unhealthy drinking culture. A...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
Glasgow retailers urged to join group for sector

Glasgow retailers urged to join group for sector

INDEPENDENT retailers across Glasgow's city centre are being urged to join a new group to give the sector a stronger voice in economic development. The Glasgow City Centre Retail Association aims to retain the city’s status as the second-largest...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Prudential fights off shareholder rebellion on pay

Prudential fights off shareholder rebellion on pay

INSURANCE giant Prudential defused a shareholder rebellion on pay at yesterday's annual general meeting, but directors had to suffer being accused of corporate greed from the floor. Nearly 12 per cent of voting shareholders rejected Prudential’s...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Adam & Co sees profits double as costs reduce

ADAM & Co, the private bank owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, saw profits more than double last year as it reaped the benefits of reduced costs and lower writedowns. Chairman Miller McLean said investment in the Edinburgh-based business over the...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Cairn shareholders back oil explorer’s pay plans

Shareholders in Cairn Energy have overwhelmingly backed its executive pay plans, a year after the Edinburgh-based oil explorer suffered a backlash over bonuses for its chairman, Sir Bill Gammell. More than 99 per cent of votes cast approved the firm’s...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Tony Hayward to be Glencore chairman

GLENCORE bosses tightened their grip on the newly enlarged miner and trader yesterday, as shareholders voted out all former Xstrata directors, including the already outgoing chairman, replacing him with former BP boss Tony Hayward. The move propels...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Optos shares hit by sharp profit drop

SHARES in Optos, one of Scotland's most promising technology companies, slumped to their lowest level for more than two years yesterday after a sharp drop in profits. Pressure on health budgets in Europe and delays in the rollout of its retinal...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 


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