News archive from 28 May 2013, page 2

Probe urged over Scottish role in rendition flights

Probe urged over Scottish role in rendition flights

THE Lord Advocate is being urged to instigate a criminal investigation into CIA-linked planes allegedly landing at Scottish airports in a US rendition programme used to interrogate terrorist suspects. Researchers carrying out a three-year study of the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Richard Sadler: Consumerism driving us to disaster

Richard Sadler: Consumerism driving us to disaster

OUR love affair with cars, consumerism and consumption is damaging the planet at an increasing rate - we must change our ways, writes Richard Sadler IMAGINE you’re at the wheel of a car and you are careering towards a cliff edge, foot hard down on the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Peter Jones: All the food that’s fit to print

Peter Jones: All the food that’s fit to print

IN times of such rapid change, unconventional thought is needed for technological progress and economic growth, writes Peter Jones Instead of getting a pizza from the delivery guy, could you just print one out? Is Scotland, far from being a macho...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Independence: Greens’ Harvie criticises McColl

Independence: Greens’ Harvie criticises McColl

BUSINESSMAN Jim McColl's warning of the consequences of a No vote in next year's referendum drew backing from pro-independence figures yesterday, but criticism from others over his call for more tax cuts. Mr McColl told The Scotsman rejection of...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Politics
 
Stagecoach receive grant for new hybrid buses

Stagecoach receive grant for new hybrid buses

TRANSPORT group Stagecoach is to invest £13.5 million in a fleet of electric and gas-powered vehicles after securing funds from the UK government's "green bus fund". The firm, which is due to publish its annual results at the end of next...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Voice Technologies now staff-owned

Voice Technologies now staff-owned

SPEECH recognition software firm Voice Technologies has followed in the footsteps of retailer John Lewis by transferring ownership of the business to its staff. The company, which employs 24 people across its offices in Paisley and Sheffield, was...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Consumers aid service sector recovery hopes

Consumers aid service sector recovery hopes

CONSUMER-facing firms such as hotels and restaurants enjoyed a sharp upturn in business in the past three months, helping Britain's dominant service sector post solid growth and regain confidence. The latest quarterly survey by the CBI, published...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Comment: Keep eyes on gamekeepers turned poachers

Comment: Keep eyes on gamekeepers turned poachers

ROYAL Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester is keen to turn the state-backed lender into a "really good bank", and is taking steps towards the group's redemption by lining up former Financial Services Authority (FSA) director Jon...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Lochhead talks up organic production

Organic food production offers a real opportunity for Scottish farmers, cabinet secretary for rural affairs Richard Lochhead, said yesterday. Demand for organic beef, lamb, milk, oats, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables is outstripping available...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Packham packs in Clash references

Springwatch host Chris Packham embarked on his latest song challenge by slipping the names of songs by punk pioneers The Clash into the show. Viewers have been impressed by his efforts to surreptitiously namecheck tracks by a number of bands over the...

 

Aphid threat to potato crops

Scottish seed potato growers, who are only now drawing breath after one of the latest planting seasons, have been advised to look out for virus-transmitting cereal aphids as soon as the crop emerges through the ground. In Scotland, cereal aphids...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Canadian firm buying eyecare giant Bausch & Lomb

BAUSCH & Lomb (B&L), the US eye-care company that announced the closure of its Livingston contact lens factory in 2009, has agreed to an $8.7 billion (£5.8bn) takeover by Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Valeant is paying private equity firm...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Telecom firm is upwardly mobile

Aberdeen firm DF Communications, which delivers mobile and landline communications to business clients, is expanding after winning contracts worth £115,000 in the last three months. The group recorded turnover of £1.9 million last year – an increase...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 
Investor backlash over senior pay ‘not repeated’

Investor backlash over senior pay ‘not repeated’

BRITAIN'S listed companies appear to have heeded the warnings from the "shareholder spring", with new analysis showing there has been no repeat of last year's investor backlash against excessive boardroom pay. Shareholder rebellions last...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 

Week ahead: B&Q, Kingfisher to reveal weather impact

TWO of the biggest operators in the DIY sector will reveal the impact of poor weather and a subdued housing market this week. B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher looks set for more disappointing quarterly figures on Thursday, with concerns growing...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Business
 


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