News archive from 31 January 2013, page 5

Tavish Scott: Festivals show we are more than one nation

Tavish Scott: Festivals show we are more than one nation

Up-Helly-Aa is by any standards a spectacular show. Shetland's capital reeks with a sense of identity and no little paraffin. A thousand flaming torches parade through the town in the early evening at the end of January. They complete the Guizer...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Politics
 
Monte Paschi ex-managers probed over bribery, fraud

Monte Paschi ex-managers probed over bribery, fraud

With parliamentary elections less than a month away, the scandal at Italy's third-largest bank has deepened with questions about the role of banking supervisors and the influence of local politicians. Milan prosecutors said they had transferred an...

Reuters, 00:29 in Business
 
Jim Gallagher: No time to waste on independence

Jim Gallagher: No time to waste on independence

Negotiations after a yes-vote in the referendum will be tortuous, so let's get on with it, says Jim Gallagher So WE finally know the referendum question. It’s taken the best part of two years since the SNP were elected with a majority at Holyrood, on...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Politics
 
Bill Jamieson: The message... it’s grim up North

Bill Jamieson: The message... it’s grim up North

Our neighbours in the English regions have most to lose, whether Scots vote Yes or No to independence, writes Bill Jamieson Few discussions on the independence referendum proceed far without a reference to Pandora’s Box. Its opening may seem...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Politics
 
Leaders: Gauntlet thrown down over independence

Leaders: Gauntlet thrown down over independence

In the end, the Commission's preferred wording for the question proved uncontentious - it was not the exact phrasing the SNP government wanted, nor the construct put forward by the anti-independence parties. But both sides agreed that “Should Scotland...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Politics
 

SNP concerns prove unfounded over spending limits

THE campaign spending limits unveiled yesterday draw a line under SNP fears that the independence campaign may be outspent by its pro-Union opponents. Both sides will be able to spend about £3 million each in the crucial 16-week “restricted period”...

Scotsman, 00:21 in Politics
 
OFT denies motorists being ripped off at pumps

OFT denies motorists being ripped off at pumps

AN OFFICIAL investigation has rejected claims that motorists are being ripped off at the pumps, sparking anger from fuel price campaigners. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ruled out a full investigation into the fuel market after concluding high...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Study shows vegetarians less prone to heart disease

Being vegetarian reduces the risk of death or hospital admission from heart disease by almost a third, a major study has shown. Avoiding meat and fish was associated with significantly better heart health among almost 45,000 British adults. In total,...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Brother jailed for life over EastEnders actress’s killing

THE brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been jailed for life for her murder. Tony McCluskie, 36, showed no emotion as he was told at the Old Bailey that he would serve a minimum term of 20 years. The judge said McCluskie had done...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Morning after pill opt-outs ‘not satisfactory’

Current "conscience clauses" which allow pharmacists to opt-out of giving women the morning-after pill are not satisfactory, experts said. These clauses should either be banned or enhanced so that pharmacists and patients know exactly where...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Crack down on fake entrepreneurs

THERE is strong evidence bogus immigrants are creating fake companies in an effort to sneak into the UK, the government claims. Home Office minister Mark Harper said immigrants were trying to exploit the “entrepreneur route” for visa applications,...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Horse-meat burger supplier frozen out

MEAT in Tesco burgers, which was found to contain horse DNA did not come from a list of approved suppliers, the supermarket confirmed yesterday. The meat also came from outside the UK or Ireland, which was contrary to company policy. The supermarket...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Diamond ‘reluctant’ to say pay too high

Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond was "reluctant" consider that pay at the bank was too high, and the board ignored recommendations to withhold his bonus for 2011, MPs have heard. Alison Carnwath, previously head of remuneration at the bank,...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 

Man held over Ba racism allegation

A MAN has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing the Chelsea footballer Demba Ba on a social networking site. The 39-year-old from Gateshead was detained on suspicion of posting the offensive remarks about the former Newcastle player on...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Hot News
 
Scottish university applications hit new high

Scottish university applications hit new high

THE number of university applicants in Scotland has reached record levels as the number rose by two per cent to almost 40,000 this year. Applications for university places in Scotland from the rest of the UK is also up compared with last year, with...

Scotsman, 00:30 in Learning
 


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