Scotland business 8 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-48881252?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has reported record … [Read more...] about Law firm reports record revenues and profits
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Charlotte W. Craig Special to the Free Press Published 10:26 PM EDT Jul 2, 2019 DETROIT – He was one of those unique personalities that America’s auto industry sometimes produces – a larger-than-life presence who changed the course of automotive history. Revered by some, reviled by others, Lee Iacocca was a force to be reckoned with, both publicly and privately. Father of the Mustang, midwife to the minivan, rescuer of Chrysler Corp., restorer of the Statue of Liberty, Lee Iacocca died Tuesday at his home in Bel Air, California, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and longtime auto executive Bob Lutz confirmed to the Free Press. He was 94. During the height of his career in the 1980s, Iacocca was arguably the most popular business figure in the world. Pictures of him, often with his trademark cigar, were on magazine covers and TV screens. His 1984 autobiography became an international best -seller. He was in global demand as a … [Read more...] about Lee Iacocca, auto industry legend, dies at 94
VLADIMIR PUTIN was asleep upstairs when the bear arrived. The Russian president’s bodyguard, Alexey Dyumin, stared at the creature through the glass doors of the mountain home. “It was quite large,” Mr Dyumin later recalled. “I opened the door and emptied my pistol at his legs.” The bear wisely turned and ran. Politicians often develop special relationships with those assigned to protect them. Mr Putin has become closer than most to the men of Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO). Since 2016, four FSO officers from his personal guard have been appointed regional governors, making the unusual leap from the shadows into public life. A fifth became head of the newly formed National Guard. Mr Dyumin was elevated in 2013 to a post in the defence ministry, where he commanded special forces and reportedly oversaw the operation to annex Crimea in 2014. In 2016 he became governor of the Tula region, an arms-industry centre south of Moscow. “It was … [Read more...] about The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards
LATE LAST year mysterious trucks started dumping industrial waste at a precolonial archaeological site in Duque de Caxias, an industrial city of 900,000 people some 24km (15 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro. Environmental activists thought they knew who was behind it. Over the past decade, their battle to protect local nature reserves and the poor people who live near them has become a battle against criminal groups known as militias. Prosecutors say that from the mid-1990s these groups, often made up of rogue police officers, started snatching swampy federal land. They filled it with dirt and sold the lots to families, mostly poor migrants from other states. In São Bento, a neighbourhood in the city, a hill overlooks thousands of identical tin-roofed shacks. “The militias control all of it,” says an activist. For a fee, they provide transport, water, cooking gas, cable television and internet. But they also flaunt heavy weapons, run extortion rackets and threaten to … [Read more...] about Mafias run by rogue police officers are terrorising Rio
0 Have your say On the face of it, the traditional way of buying and selling property is ripe for disruption. It is a system which no consumer seems to enjoy, in fact moving house is often cited amongst the most stressful events in life, up there with bereavement or divorce. It is also a drawn-out process, with identity checks, land and title searches, credit reviews, conveyancing and finance arrangements taking months rather than days to arrange and verify. Offers for property are sometimes still delivered by fax, a technology that has been outdated in other industries for at least a generation.It can be expensive, with traditional agents charging the vendor a percentage of the sale price that can run into tens of thousands. Nor does the model mean that agents are always motivated to get the best price or best execution, when a fast sale is their prime object.The Edinburgh fintech powerhouse oiling the nation’s financial transactions ( sponsored )With a … [Read more...] about Proptech: how will we buy our homes in the future?