Nicola Sturgeon hints at 50p tax rate for Scotland The levy was introduced in the dying days of the Labour government by Gordon Brown but scrapped last year by Chancellor George Osborne. But yesterday Ms Sturgeon signalled that an independent Scottish Government would re-introduce the tax rate, which critics insist only penalises aspiration and raises little extra income for government coffers. Earlier this year SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney said he did not foresee any tax rises if Scotland were to separate from the rest of the UK. But some economists and critics have warned taxes would have to increase to fund the burgeoning cost of benefits. Ms Sturgeon’s hint came as she outlined the Scottish Government’s position on sharing the pound in the event of a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.
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U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Show Growing Signs Of Improvement As China's Role As The World's Labor Force Ebbs China’s reign as workshop for the world is waning, and many American companies are starting to bring factories back to the U.S. due to China’s rapid wage increases in recent years. The shift is a reflection of China’s ebbing competitive edge as a low-cost manufacturing center, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Recent examples of companies that are shifting back stateside include K’Nex, a toy maker, Trellis Earth Products, which makes bioplastic goods such as bags and utensils, and Handful, a bra manufacturer.
BBC News Sci/Tech Teenager gets gift of colour from scientists Wednesday, October 22, 1997 Published at 17:13 GMT Sci/Tech Teenager gets gift of colour from scientists The revolutionary new contact lenses A teenager who has spent the past 18 years experiencing only black, white and grey has opened his eyes to a whole new world of colour thanks to a pair of contact lenses developed by British scientists.
Nicola Sturgeon's speech in full May 13, 2013 But the division of opinion that is inevitable in a referendum - inevitable in any election - shouldn’t blind us to the fact that, Yes or No, Scotland is one country. Yes or No, we all care about the future of this nation. We all want the best for the people who live here. We have different views on how Scotland should move forward. But the day after the referendum, whatever the outcome, we will move forward together. I have no doubt that, if Scotland votes Yes, those on the No side - elected representatives like Johann Lamont, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie - will be on Scotland's side, part of the team who will negotiate our independence. Buy SAMSUNG UE40F6400 Smart 3D 40" LED TV The Samsung UE40F6400 Smart 3D 40” LED TV is beautifully crafted both inside and out, with stunning high definition and incredible 3D picture ensuring you the best in home entertainment. An incredibly Smart TVUsing built-in Wi-Fi technology the Samsung F6400 television is equipped with Smart TV functionality. Samsung's Smart Hub organises and manages all your content via five easy to navigate panels. The intuitive interface uses vibrant thumbnails to provide instant previews to help you quickly and easily select what you want to watch.
Ten years of BBC News Online Lest we forget, the BBC News website is still a shiny example of online news and, for many years, set the standard for a rapidly growing industry. Quite how much of that expertise and online editorial experience is about to made redundant, "redeployed" or replaced by someone from telly who thinks the "tinterweb" is just a second rate wire service. But let's not revisit the misery today because it's birthday time. It's ten years since the launch of BBC News Online. No-one seems to remember exactly which day it was this week, and there aren't any images of the first few pages either. The earliest page indexed by the marvellous Internet Wayback Machine (a whole day can pass while exploring that site...) gives us this respectable first draft from December 1998:
Your Scotland, Your Referendum Scotland can help keep UK energy bills down. This week we published a report into the UK’s energy market. The new paper “UK energy policy and Scotland’s contribution to security of supply” shows that there is a much reduced margin between electricity supply and demand – and that this margin is getting tighter – but that Scotland is a key source of energy… Read More → £6 billion cut from welfare budget Today we published an analysis examining where the UK Government has cut the welfare budget since the June 2010 Budget, in the period to 2015-16.
Nicola Sturgeon lobbied to meet star of Borgen - Politics DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon lobbied furiously to meet the star of her favourite Danish TV drama, e-mails from the Scottish Government show. • Does Borgen really hold lessons for nationalists? • Borgen’s Filmhouse finale wows Edinburgh Ms Sturgeon is known to be a big fan of the acclaimed TV show Borgen, which follows the career and personal life of fictional Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg. The deputy SNP leader’s ministerial office lobbied Danish officials to ensure she was invited to a special screening of the hit political drama at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse cinema. Ms Sturgeon even offered to give Borgen leading actress Sidse Babett Knudsen a personal guided tour of the Scottish Parliament.
Nicola Sturgeon MSP Deputy First Minister (Government strategy and the constitution) and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Nicola Sturgeon was born in Irvine in 1970 and educated at Greenwood Academy. She studied law at the University of Glasgow, where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice. Before entering the Scottish Parliament she worked as a solicitor in the Drumchapel Law and Money Advice Centre in Glasgow.
Nicola Sturgeon spills the beans on her home life as she reveals she's a disaster in the kitchen NICOLA STURGEON has a confession to make. In a world that delights in the global domination of Jamie, Nigella and John and Greg, she reveals she cannot cook. Nope, it is husband Peter Murrell who wields the fish slice in their household. Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland Has Every Right to Be Confident About Our Economic Prospects Scotland is historically a world leader in innovation and enterprise - a nation rich in talent that has, for centuries, been at the heart of global economic innovation. The ingenuity of Scots has helped to shape our modern world. The longstanding entrepreneurial spirit of the Scottish people has produced some of the greatest innovators and thinkers the earth has known. Their ideas have ensured people across the world can watch TV, make telephone calls and use PIN numbers; and commitments to the development of education and science have benefited humanity through the discovery of penicillin, the development of insulin and other medical advances. More recently, Scotland has established a proud reputation as a leader in green technology, renewable energy, life sciences, quality food and drink and oil and gas.
Nicola Sturgeon claims there is a ‘natural majority’ for Yes vote on independence - Politics The SNP would scrap the UK Government’s single universal credit if elected in the event of independence, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. In a keynote speech where she claimed there is a “natural majority” for a Yes vote, Nicola Sturgeon said she thinks the new system hits women hardest. Ms Sturgeon pledged to reverse the Westminster changes and pay money directly to individuals rather than the household, something the SNP estimate would benefit around 70,000 people, mostly women, in low-income households across Scotland. The announcement is part of a strategy by the SNP to encourage people to focus on what can be delivered with independence. Ms Sturgeon said: “The new universal credit system discriminates against women.
Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon became an MSP in the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, becoming the SNP's spokeswoman on justice, and later on education and health. In 2004, she announced that she would stand as a candidate for the leadership of the SNP following the resignation of John Swinney. However, she later withdrew from the contest in favour of Alex Salmond, but stood as Depute Leader on a joint ticket with Salmond. Both were subsequently elected and Sturgeon led the SNP in the Scottish Parliament from 2004–2007 until Salmond was elected back to the Scottish Parliament in the 2007 election. The SNP won the highest number of seats in the Scottish Parliament following the 2007 election and Salmond was subsequently appointed First Minister of Scotland.