News archive from 25 January 2013, page 6

New rules for bailiffs industry

Bailiffs will be regulated under new laws to "clean up" the industry and protect vulnerable debtors, the Government has announced. New rules will stop late-night visits to collect debts and restrictions on what property can be seized are...

Ukraine and Shell sign '$10bn' shale gas deal

Ukraine and Shell sign '$10bn' shale gas deal

Ukraine has signed a major shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell - a move seen as an attempt by Kiev to reduce its dependency on Russian gas imports. The contract - reportedly worth $10bn (£6bn) - was agreed on the sidelines of the World Economic...

BBC, 00:31 in Business

Beer sales down for eighth year

Beer sales have fallen for the eighth year in a row, with 381 million fewer pints being drunk in 2012, according to a new study. The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said the figures showed how the Government's "damaging" tax policy...


Buble and wife expecting first baby

Michael Buble has something new to sing about - becoming a father. In an online video posted by the YouTube account of Buble's wife Luisana Lopilato, a sonogram with the words "Mini Buble!!!" is shown. The 20-second video ends with words:...


Military exercise due to take place in Deeside cancelled

A MILITARY exercise in Deeside has been cancelled because of adverse weather conditions.Soldiers from the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry were due to be at the former RAF Sealand base in Welsh Road from tomorrow, Friday, until Sunday.


Award for food blogger and fundraiser Martha Payne

Martha Payne, writer of a blog on school dinners and a fundraiser for good causes, was named Scot of the year 2012 by charity for Scots in London. Martha, a ten-year-old schoolgirl from Lochgilphead in Argyll, was honoured by ScotsCare for helping...

Scotsman, 00:35 in Hot News

Man held on terror charge after Syria kidnap

BRITISH police investigating the kidnapping in Syria last July of two photographers, one a UK national, have arrested a 31-year-old man in London in connection with terrorism offences. The man, who has not been named, is due to appear at Westminster...

Scotsman, 00:35 in Hot News

Bob Diamond, ex-Barclays chief, asked for secrecy

Former Barclays Bank boss Bob Diamond asked a High Court judge to keep his identity secret during hearings in which the rigging of a lending rate was discussed, documentation released yesterday showed. Diamond was one of scores of current and former...

Scotsman, 00:41 in Hot News

Royal chaplain leads commemorations for WW1

A QUEEN'S chaplain has been appointed to lead Scotland's programme of commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014. Norman Drummond will chair a Scottish commemorations panel, culture secretary Fiona Hyslop announced yesterday....

Scotsman, 00:41 in Hot News

Man dies as car crashes into river

A man has died after two cars carrying members of the same family crashed into a river. The 42-year-old was driving his 11-year-old daughter on the school run along a bridle path which runs near the Monsal Trail, north of the A6 in Derbyshire, when...


Leeds postcode tops burglary table

The UK's burglary hotspots have been revealed, including the postcode area where homes are most likely to have been targeted by thieves. People living in LS13 in Leeds were the most likely to have filed insurance claims for burglary in a two-year...


Plea for more community bonding

Most Britons rarely or never socialise with people in their area, with only a minority saying they feel part of their local community, according to a survey. A poll of 2,000 people has suggested "little genuine bonding" between neighbours,...


Petrol prices rising again, says AA

Petrol prices are on the rise again after more than three months of falling cost at the pumps, the AA has warned. The motoring organisation also attacked the fuel industry for failing to pass on fully a 2p fall in diesel wholesale costs in November...

Japan wants Nissan-NEC venture to take on Sony battery operations: media

Japan wants Nissan-NEC venture to take on Sony battery operations: media

The Yomiuri said Japan's Innovation Network Corp of Japan is encouraging the Nissan-NEC venture, Automotive Energy Supply Corporation, to buy a majority stake in Sony's battery unit. The state-backed fund has also offered to invest in the merged firm...


Snow death toll his double figures

The death toll during the recent cold snap has hit double figures - as forecasters predicted up to another foot of snow is on the way. The latest victim was a 42-year-old man who died after his car careered into a river as he was driving his daughter...


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