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Scots cops branded “nannies” over plodding Christmas safety advice

SCOTS police have been branded a “nanny advice” service after tweeting “banal” Christmas safety tips. Officers in Ayrshire have been using their Twitter account to provide 12 “festive tips for a safe Christmas”. The force insists the messages are part of their commitment to keeping Scots safe at a busy time of the year. But […]

December 19th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots oil and gas company guilty of bribery and corruption in Kazakhstan

AN ABERDEEN based company have been found guilty of bribery and corruption in Kazakhstan and fined £170,000.   International Tubular Services Limited (“ITS”), who support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction, admitted that it had benefited from corrupt payments made by a former Kazakhstan-based employee to secure additional contractual work from a customer in […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Independent MSP joins Scottish Greens as memberships continue to grow

John Wilson and Patrick Harvie alt

The Scottish Greens today (16 Dec) confirmed that John Wilson, Independent MSP for Central Scotland, has joined the party.   Mr Wilson’s application to join the party was approved at the weekend at a meeting of the Council of the Scottish Greens.   He will continue sitting as an Independent MSP, the same approach taken […]

December 16th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Scottish chocolatier wins best hot chocolate at international competition

Highland Chocolatier Shop final low res

A SCOTTISH chocolatier has topped off a successful 2014 by beating the best chocolatiers in the world to pick up an award for the best hot chocolate.   Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier won Best Hot Chocolate in The International Chocolate Awards held in Germany and awarded jointly with an Austrian Chocolatier.   The award adds […]

December 15th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Edinburgh zoo panda and his keeper nominated for award

Yang Guang (pictured) and his mate Tian Tian will celebrate their first Scottish birthday this August

Edinburgh Zoo’s giant panda Yang Guang and his keeper have both been nominated for top prizes at the third annual Giant Panda Zoo Awards.   Yang Guang has been nominated in the cuddly, yet fierce and competitive, “Favourite Panda Outside of China” category and one of his keepers, Michael Livingstone, has been nominated for the […]

December 12th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

November surge for Scottish wind power

A turbine at Whitelee Wind Farm near Glasgow

    November was a “big month” for Scottish wind power, according to new figures released today.   Figures released by the weather analysts WeatherEnergy, found that Scottish wind turbines produced enough electricity to power 2.6 million homes for the month, equivalent to 107% of households, while eleven days in November saw wind power generate enough […]

December 8th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Eight year old boy killed after being hit by van named

Pic Katielee Arrowsmith/Deadline News..Lothian and Boarders Police

  Police Scotland have named the young boy who died after being hit by a van yesterday evening.   Iain Sturrock,8 years-old, was hit by a white Citroen Berlingo van shortly before 5pm yesterday.   The accident took place on Seafield Street, Portsoy in Aberdeenshire.   The family of Iain released the following statement:   […]

December 5th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Local News | Read More »

Crown Office sets out social media prosecution policy

An official written policy guidance that sets out when social media postings amount to criminal conduct has been published today.   The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service published the written guidance to ensure greater clarity between criminal and non-criminal communication.   The Lord Advocate  has previously explained the legal boundary, particularly in the run up […]

December 4th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Police,Uncategorized | Read More »

celebrating 25 years of the internet- here’s how far things have come

The internet celebrates its 25th anniversary this month and to mark the occasion here are some comparisons between 1989 and 2014. celebrating This anniversary marks 25 years since the first ISP was opened to the public, in 1989 the internet was limited to the military and academic institutions.   Nowadays roughly 84% of the UK […]

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Video game exhibition opening at National Museum of Scotland


THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND is preparing to open a hotly anticipated new exhibition on video games which will include notes for the origional Grand Theft Auto.   ‘Games Masters’ will feature some of the most iconic titles in video games such as Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and GTA.     Items […]

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Vandals set church on fire

Whiteinch fire

A CHURCH in Edinburgh went up in a blaze after vandals set it on fire.   The Scottish Fire and Rescue service were called to St Paul’s RC Church in Muirhouse, Edinburgh last night at around 9:20pm to fight the blaze.   The building has been vacant since its closure in October and so there […]

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Uncategorized | Read More »

Tayside coastguard call for people to step and and become rescue officers

Whale in Forth

People living in coastal communities across Tayside are being asked if they want to make a difference and become Coastguard Rescue Officers.   Her Majesty’s Coastguard is the emergency service responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue in the UK. One rescue resource often called into action at any time, day or night, is the […]

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

School libraries on “edge of a cliff” warns private school library head

THE librarian at one of Scotland’s top private colleges has warned that school library facilities are “standing on the edge of a cliff”. Duncan Wright, the librarian of £20,000-a-year Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh, has started a Facebook campaign page dedicated to saving school libraries. The page highlights a crisis in the library profession as […]

November 28th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Lord Advocate has issued a warning to environmental criminals

Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC has said that those who seek to degrade this country’s environment for their own greed will not be allowed to profit from waste crime.   The Lord Advocate was delivering the keynote speech at the first ever Environmental Crime Task Force conference on waste crime in Edinburgh today.   The […]

November 26th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,In Brief | Read More »

New understanding of parasite behaviour paves way for breakthrough treatments

AN EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY study on the behaviour of parasites has made a breakthrough that could pave the way for possible treatments for infectious diseases and allergies.   Scientists say the research reveals that parasites use a sort of Trojan horse tactic to sneak genetic material into the cells of their victims and suppress their immunity […]

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Uncategorized | Read More »

Arguments and worries cause high blood pressure for almost three quarters of Scots

Almost 70% of Scots admit that personal issues such as arguments and money worries have a direct effect on their blood pressure. The study found that 67% of the 1,000 participants felt that family arguments, money worries and small tense moments, such as whether their children or grandchildren are ill or in trouble, were stressful […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Bookies put SNP as favourites for general election following Sturgeon leadership

Sturgeon at the Hydro

THE SNP are now favourites to win most seats in Scotland at next May’s general election, according to Ladbrokes. Political punters have handed new leader Nicola Sturgeon a huge vote of confidence, forcing the bookies to cut the odds of a Nationalist victory from 6/4 to 8/11.   Matthew Shaddick of Ladbrokes said: “In 2010, […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Edinburgh Uni study finds new strategies for battling cancer


A recent study at The University of Edinburgh has found a class of anti-cancer drugs currently in development may be more effective in fighting cancer.   Researchers looked at an enzyme-known as Polo Kinase- which is often found in tumours and discovered that interfering with the enzyme limited tumour development.   The drugs were trialed […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Call of Duty may help children in school

SCOTTISH teachers have been urged to use video game Call of Duty to help teach children.   A senior PE teacher told a conference that computer games such as the violent shooter reward children for their determination and taking part.   He said the same “exciting” approach used in Call of Duty could be applied […]

November 21st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots Taekwondo stars take 5 gold medals at Commonwealth Championships

ATHLETES from Falkirk’s Central Taekwondo Academy won an astonishing five gold medals at Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships.   The event took place at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank stadium where six hundred of the world’s top taekwondo players from twenty-one countries competed at what were the sixth Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships.   Tegan O’May picked up two gold medals while, […]

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Sport,Uncategorized | Read More »

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