News archive from 24 February 2013, page 11

Banks poised for loss as RBS hints at Citizens sale

Banks poised for loss as RBS hints at Citizens sale

ROYAL Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group will unveil further big losses next week following another year of scandal. RBS is also likely to reveal plans to further shrink its investment banking business and hint at a possible £10 billion sale of...

Scotsman, 00:16 in Business
 

Two dead after Highland avalanche

Two people have died following an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands, police said. Northern Constabulary said a man and a woman who were airlifted from the Chalamain Gap area of the Cairngorms to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary earlier have since died....

 
Jeff Salway: Lloyds is lucky to get off so lightly

Jeff Salway: Lloyds is lucky to get off so lightly

YET more revelations last week concerning the shoddy treatment of customers by banks were met by little more than a collective shrug. We're now immune to their antics and indifferent to their incompetence, it would seem. For all the coverage of the...

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Styles: Swift's Brits show great

Harry Styles showed there were no hard feelings about his split from Taylor Swift by heaping praise on her performance at the Brits. The One Direction star was in the audience when his ex sang her track I Knew You Were Trouble at the ceremony and was...

 

Sugar not a painkiller for babies

“Newborn babies should not be given sugar as pain relief,” read the headline in The Guardian. The newspaper said the routine use of tiny amounts of sugar before minor medical procedures is common practice but “it does not work and may damage their...

 
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw – review

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw – review

Shanghai, a city ‘with a heart as deep and unknown as the forests of the Amazon’. Photograph: Alamy At one point in Tash Aw's fine new novel about what people call "the new China" a young woman is trying to photograph herself on her mobile...

 

Rooney: Rae is a brave character

My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney has revealed she is "so in love" with her character in the show. The actress plays overweight 16-year-old Rae in the E4 comedy, who Sharon wishes had more confidence. "I'm so in love with her. It's...

 

Three arrested in horse meat probe

Three men have been arrested by police officers investigating the horse meat scandal. The men were arrested at plants in Aberystwyth and Todmorden, West Yorkshire, which were inspected on Tuesday by the Food Standards Agency. A Dyfed-Powys Police...

 

Kunis and Kutcher to live together?

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are apparently taking their relationship to the next level by moving in together. The Black Swan actress apparently stayed at the Two And A Half Men star's mansion in the Hollywood Hills while work was done on her own...

 
Bill Jamieson: Scope for mayhem with mansion tax

Bill Jamieson: Scope for mayhem with mansion tax

TO THE long list of outstanding questions on how life in an independent Scotland might look, another teaser has been added in the past week. Would a separate Scottish Parliament vote for a mansion tax similar to that now being touted again for the...

Scotsman, 00:16 in Business
 

Charles and Camilla host gala night

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall shared jokes with singer Gary Barlow and comedian Michael McIntyre before a glittering drinks and dinner reception. Charles and Camilla were greeted on arrival at the Savoy Hotel in central London by the...

 

Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka – review

Auschwitz, contrary to popular belief, was not a single camp; 39 satellite camps formed a malignant universe. Among the German companies who exploited Jewish slave labour in the camps were Bayer, Siemens, Agfa, BASF and Pelikan ink (used to tattoo...

 

Two charged over police death crash

Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a policewoman whose patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4 in Northern Ireland. Constable Philippa Reynolds, 27, from the Greater Belfast area, died when the unmarked car she was travelling in...

 
Calcutta: Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri – review

Calcutta: Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri – review

Hindu devotees take part in the 'Tarpan' ritual during Mahalaya prayers at the banks of the Ganges in Calcutta. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA Of the great triumvirate of Indian cities, Mumbai and Delhi are still centres of power and commerce, but...

 

Bonds on verge of ‘swift, bloody fall’

Experts predict pain ahead for UK investors, writes Jeff Salway FEARS are growing of a bond bubble that could spell trouble for millions of investors who have piled into the market in search of a safe haven. Experts are lining up to 
forecast a sharp...

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