News archive from 21 January 2013, page 4

Scottish independence: Unionist parties will beat SNP with devo message, says Tory

THE pro-UK parties will all have put forward a vision of more powers for the Scottish Parliament before the Scottish Government produces its white paper on independence in the autumn this year, Tory Scotland Office minister David Mundell has claimed....

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Brian Ferguson: City and Celtic festival lack real connections

Brian Ferguson: City and Celtic festival lack real connections

I HAVE a few strange habits, but one of the oddest must be hoarding concert tickets. Not only do they trigger long-forgotten memories - did I really go to see T'Pau? - but the ticket prices alone have great curiosity value. Buried in one shoebox there...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Lesley Riddoch: The road and miles to Dundee rebirth

Lesley Riddoch: The road and miles to Dundee rebirth

Scotland's fourth city keeps on trying in face of government and big business indifference, writes Lesley Riddoch WHAT would Scottish independence, Devo Plus or voting No mean for the people of Dundee? Compared with EU membership, retaining sterling...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Politics
 
Scotland’s weather: Travellers face chaos as freeze continues

Scotland’s weather: Travellers face chaos as freeze continues

TRAVEL was disrupted across the country yesterday amid forecasts of continuing snow and freezing conditions. Heathrow Airport reduced its flight timetable by 20 per cent yesterday, with around 260 flights cancelled due to forecasts for more snow and...

 
Bruno Berardelli: Official support for biomass heat is welcome

Bruno Berardelli: Official support for biomass heat is welcome

The recent Scottish Government announcement on plans to deliver renewable heat to public sector buildings is further evidence that biomass is key to the country's future energy mix. The biomass energy supply framework essentially creates a vehicle to...

 

Central bank should plough cash into infrastructure projects, says BCC chief

THE Bank of England could do more to "underwrite" a British recovery by putting money behind key infrastructure projects, the director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed. John Longworth said he is more hopeful of...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 

Scotland’s labour market boosted by growing demand

Demand for staff in Scotland rose strongly last month, according to a report that shows the country's labour market is improving at the fastest pace since May 2011. Today’s Bank of Scotland report also found that hourly pay rates for temporary workers...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 

Managers’ pay packets will fail to keep up with cost of living in 2013

Managers' pay will struggle to keep pace with inflation this year, especially those in the public sector, who face rises of less than 1 per cent, according to a new report. A forecast by pay specialist Incomes Data Services (IDS) said average rises...

Scotsman, 00:09 in Business
 
Shopper numbers fell in December, says BRC

Shopper numbers fell in December, says BRC

The number of shoppers on UK High Streets fell last month, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Its latest monthly footfall monitor said shopper numbers declined 1.2% in December, compared with a year earlier. The BRC data comes after...

BBC, 00:11 in Business
 
Algeria hostage crisis: ‘It was like the Great Escape’ says Scottish survivor

Algeria hostage crisis: ‘It was like the Great Escape’ says Scottish survivor

A SCOT who survived the Algeria hostage crisis has spoken of his relief after hiding in an office before escaping through a wire fence and returning to his young family. Alan Wright, 37, a health and safety adviser, hid with about 30 colleagues in a...

 

Algeria hostage crisis: Moktar Belmoktar claims responsibility in name of al-Qaeda

MOKTAR Belmoktar, the Islamic extremist believed to have masterminded the Algeria crisis, has claimed responsibility for the hostage-taking in the name of al-Qaeda and said his group was willing to negotiate, according to a report. The Sahara Media...

 

Mali crisis shows value of foreign aid, says ­Scotland Office minister David Mundell

CRITICS of international aid should look at the problems in Mali, which is under threat of being taken over by force by a terrorist-backed regime, Mundell has warned ahead of flying out to Malawi. Mr Mundell has flown to Malawi, where he will help...

 

Algeria hostage crisis: Lord Stirrup warns of need for caution

Former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Stirrup said Britain needed to be "very careful how we tread in this particular area". He said: “There is a tendency to characterise this as some sort of global jihadist campaign when, in fact, in many...

 
Henry Raeburn’s Skating Minister on thin ice after X-ray study

Henry Raeburn’s Skating Minister on thin ice after X-ray study

THE row over who painted the Skating Minister will be reignited this week by claims that new X-ray evidence shows it was not the work of Henry Raeburn. The Skating Minister – which depicts the Reverend Dr Robert Walker skating on Duddingston Loch – is...

 
Still Game star Greg Hemphill accuses BBC of ‘stifling’ culture

Still Game star Greg Hemphill accuses BBC of ‘stifling’ culture

STILL Game star Greg Hemphill has hit out at the BBC for failing to support Scottish TV shows. The 43-year-old said bosses were “stifling” Scottish culture by only showing English content on the network’s world service. Comedian Hemphill claimed that...

 


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