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Bankers bake to raise money for Children in Need

BANKERS have raised £112,000 for BBC Children in Need by baking cakes. Colleagues from Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland branches across the UK were encouraged to raise money for the charity by selling homemade treats to friends, colleagues and customers. They were provided with baking decorations as well as cake baking kits and a copy Sir […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Teacher “called kid dwarf and swung him round room”

The GCTS will hear the case

AN English teacher could be struck off over claims he called a pupil a “dwarf” and swung him around the room. Christopher Butcher allegedly told the same secondary school student in Aberdeenshire he was “inhuman” and “stupid” while he worked at Fraserburgh Academy in 2013. He also supposedly pushed the same child up against a […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

MSP calls for fire sprinkler systems for buildings across Scotland

Michael Carrigan burned treated wood (Picture by William Warby)

An MSP has called for the installation of fire sprinkler systems in buildings across Scotland. David Stewart, who represents the Highlands and Islands, said he wants to see a focus on higher risk properties such as those with multiple occupants and social housing. The comments from the Scottish Labour parliamentarian come ahead of a debate […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Physics teacher struck off for telling pupil they were on his “s*** list”

The GCTS will hear the case

A HIGH school physics teacher who told pupils they were on his “s***” list has been struck off. Andrew Kerr worked at Ardnamurchan High School in the Highlands when he swore at a student in S5. He also helped a pupil cheat by showing them a copy of the marking guidance for one of their […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Care home boss told OAP: “The quicker you die, the better”

Mr Kerr appeared before the GTCS

A CARE home supervisor has been struck off for a catalogue of verbal and physical abuse, telling one woman: “The quicker you die, the better”. Lynn Sweeney, who worked at a home near Glasgow, hit an elderly man on the forehead with a slipper, threw away someone’s dinner and refused to take a woman to […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Top golf course releases details of improvements ahead of championships

24 bunkers were redeveloped as part of the improvements

ONE of Scotland’s top golf courses has released details of a series of course improvements ahead of the UK’s most prestigious amateur championships. Moray Golf Club has added three new bunkers, removed four and redeveloped another 24 in the run up to the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship later this month. Along with […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Number of Scots living on canals quadruples

More than 100 people now live on the water

THE NUMBER of Scots living and working on the country’s canals has quadrupled in three years. More than 100 people have now forgone traditional bricks and mortar and chosen to join the floating communities on Scotland’s 137-mile canal network. The latest addition to Scottish Canals’ 11 mooring sites is at the recently regenerated Speirs Wharf […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

Controversial ‘Help to Buy’ scheme almost fully subscribed

The scheme is hoped to help move citizens up the 'property ladder'

A controversial Scottish Government scheme to help people move up and onto the property ladder is nearly fully subscribed due to a bumper level of sales reservations. The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme will accept new applications up until midnight on Tuesday 26 May and sales will take place up until February 2016.   However, […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Highland Council windfarm fees wiped out in legal battles

Consent has been granted for the new wind farm

COUNCILLORS in Scotland’s biggest local authority claim fees paid by wind farm developers have been nearly wiped out by costly legal battles.   Highland Council has made nearly £300,000 from wind energy planning applications in the last three years.   But it has spent £288,000 in legal costs for appeals and public enquiries against similar […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scottish government changes to tackle student poverty

Students have been campaigning against austerity measures in education since the recession

NUS Scotland has today welcomed an announcement by the government of student support improvements for Scottish students. The improvements, which will take effect from 2016/17, were announced during an address by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, at a conference on widening access today. The changes include increasing the amount of bursary that students […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Edinburgh to host one of the “most scenic” mountain bike races in the country

The route is one of the "most scenic" in the country

EDINBURGH is set to host one of the “most scenic” mountain bike races in the country. The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will kick off at the beginning of next month, with a new addition to the line-up. The festival, now in its third year, showcases all aspects of bicycle culture and is expected to draw cycling […]

May 17th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Struggling youngsters to be appointed Attainment Advisors

The study showed that children prefer to work outside

YOUNGSTERS who need help with reading and maths will be appointed Attainment Advisors under a new scheme. Education Scotland has started a recruitment campaign to employ individuals to improve standards across all local authorities. Backed by a £100m fund, the Attainment Challenge aims to raise the prospects of children and young people, particularly those from […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Young drivers’ lives could be saved by small box

There has been a fourfold increase in fines for speeding in Edinburgh since Police Scotland opened for business

HUNDREDS of young drivers’ lives could be saved by a small box the size of a smartphone, according to a car insurance provider. Marmalade, which provides insurance for young drivers, is urging the government to embrace their telematics system in a bid to make roads safer. The device includes a GPS system which monitors driving, […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Church of Scotland in historic vote

The Assembly will be asked to include ministers in same-sex marriages in Church law

THE Church of Scotland’s General Assembly begins tomorrow with a historic vote. The Assembly will open with a vote on the ordination of ministers in same sex civil partnerships. The debate is a culmination of several years of deliberation on the matter, which included a vote the 45 Presbyteries of the Church, which endorsed the move […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Road works on A876 next week

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Work to improve the road surface on the A876 Junction 3 Bowtrees (southbound) off-slip will begin next week. The £190,000 scheme requires the full closure of the off-slip road while work is taking place with a clearly signed diversion in place.     Disruption will occur at times between at 8pm on Wednesday 20th May […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Invisibility is most desired superpower in Scotland

Researchers have found the "winning superhero formula"

INVISIBILITY and time travel are the most desired superhero powers in Scotland, according to a new study. Researchers from Samsung interviewed 2,000 people to find the formula for the “ultimate superhero”. 23% decided that the ability to walk around unseen was the most wanted trait, closely followed by time travel. 79% believed that strength was […]

May 14th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

£170 funeral fee dropped

It is hoped that by dropping the fee the government will lessen the burden of funerals on families

FEES for cremation forms signed by doctors no longer apply in Scotland, as a new system of death certification has come into effect. The crematoria medical referee system has been abolished, meaning that next of kin will no longer have to pay around £170 for paperwork relating to their loved one’s cremation. The move will save bereaved […]

May 14th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Charity duo to take on 100-hole golf challenge

Tom Lovering and Michael McEwan will take on the challenge for charity

Two golf fanatics are set to take on a particularly rough challenge in the name of charity – playing 100 holes in just one day. Tom Lovering and Michael McEwan will step up to the first tee at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Fife at the eye-watering time of 4am in an attempt to raise funds […]

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots urged to look out for rare bird of prey

Hen harriers used to be a common sight across Scotland

SCOTS are being urged to be on the lookout for one of Britain’s rarest and most threatened birds of prey. Hen harriers – large predatory birds found mainly in moorland areas – used to be a familiar sight across Scotland. However, a recent count estimated that there are only 500 pairs left due to illegal persecution, […]

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Leading Scots university to open campus in South Korea

A new campus is set to open in September 2016

A LEADING Scots university is set to establish its first international campus in South Korea. Representatives from the University of Aberdeen attended a ceremony held in the city of Changwon to put pen to paper on an agreement for a new campus to open next year. The site, based in the south of the country […]

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

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