News archive from 25 September 2012, page 18

Report shows most Mexican prisons controlled by inmates

Aguirre said 60 percent of the country's 430 prisons or jails are controlled by criminal elements. He added that the escape of 521 inmates over 14 incidents since 2010 - often with the help of corrupt prison officials - constitutes a grave problem for...


Booth Welsh nets £1.3m Saudi deals

ENGINEERING services firm Booth Welsh has won a pair of contracts in Saudi Arabia worth a total of £1.3 million. The Ayrshire-based company, which employs about 200 staff, will work with Kindasa Water Services (KWS) and Al Fatah Water & Power...

Scotsman, 03:38 in Business

Markets: RBS job cuts fail to boost share price

NEWS that Royal Bank of Scotland has increased the number of jobs it wants to shed at its investment banking arm failed to give its shares a boost yesterday. RBS closed down 4.3p at 271.5p after slides released by the lender ahead of a presentation to...

Scotsman, 03:38 in Business

Family gets life after murdering pregnant wife in ‘exorcism’

A MAN and three members of his family have been jailed for life for murdering his pregnant wife in an apparent attempt to rid her of an evil spirit. Mohammed Tauseef Mumtaz, 25, had to be carried out of the dock by his father after being jailed for a...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Hot News

Cocaine master criminal, 61, is jailed

A 61-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for 28 years after masterminding a plot to smuggle 1.5 tonnes of cocaine into the UK. John Alan Brooks, originally from Blackpool, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Hot News

Lecturers are set to vote on industrial action after receiving a 1% pay offer

Lecturers are being balloted for industrial action in response to a below-inflation pay offer. The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s largest teaching union, rejected a 1 per cent offer from higher education employers. Larry...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Hot News

Detective ‘leaked story to tabloid’

A SENIOR detective has been charged with misconduct in a public office for allegedly leaking information to a newspaper. Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn is accused of offering to give the now defunct News of the World information in September...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Hot News

Family hails soldier who died at base

A soldier who died from wounds suffered in a shooting incident in Afghanistan has been described by his family as their "guardian angel" and "hero". Captain James Townley, 29, from the Corps of Royal Engineers, died in Camp...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Hot News

Tougher laws on the sale of jewellery ‘can halt housebreakings’

TOUGH new laws governing the trade of second-hand jewellery are needed to protect victims of housebreakings better, campaigners have warned. They say the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 is outdated and insufficient. The value of gold has...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Politics

Mother is battling for help to get son to school

A MOTHER is facing financial hardship after Scotland's biggest council said it would no longer pay school transport costs for her severely disabled son. Aaron Cleary, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, talk or eat properly, currently...

Scotsman, 03:40 in Politics

Gig review: Kid Ink; Glasgow ABC

BRIAN Todd Collins goes by the stage name Kid Ink, and it doesn't take a genius to work out why. Practically more tattoo than man, the young Los Angeles MC cut a mean-looking figure once his hoodie and T-shirt were ripped off – with a certain sense of...


Theatre review: And the children never looked back; Glasgow Oran Mor

IN AN empty schoolroom on a remote northern island, a young man called Danny stands and talks into a recording machine. A strange sound shakes the air, and a slightly older woman enters, the school's lone teacher, tense, angry, good-looking. She...


Warhol prints join Jubilee exhibition

Artist Andy Warhol, who once said he wanted to be "as famous as the Queen of England", has had four of his portraits of the Queen acquired by the Royal Collection. Fittingly, as the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee year, the works –...


Secrets of Scotland’s lost gardens unveiled in lavish new book

A STRIKING new book which promises to lift the lid on forgotten, hidden and abandoned historic gardens has gone on sale. Marilyn Brown has used more than 30 years of expertise to compile Scotland’s Lost Gardens, drawing on everything from old spy maps...

In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be eliminated

In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be "eliminated"

Ahmadinejad also said he did not take seriously the threat that Israel could launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, denied sending arms to Syria, and alluded to Iran's threats to the life of British author Salman Rushdie. The United...


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