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Neil Connery says Sir Sean staying away for tax reasons

The "greatest living Scotsman" is staying away from the referendum trail for tax reasons, according to brother Neil

SIR Sean Connery will not appear in Scotland to back the Yes campaign because of his tax exile status, the star’s brother has revealed. Speculation has been mounting about whether Connery, a passionate supporter of Scottish independence, would make a last-minute intervention. But his younger brother, Neil, speaking at his home in Edinburgh, appeared to […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Local shops loyalty card launched

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LOCAL shops in Scotland are taking on the big store chains by launching their own loyalty card. Consumers who stick to their local high street rather than heading out of town will be able to accumulate points to spend on goodies. Three small retailers in Perth are pioneering the fightback – delicatessen Provender Brown, wine […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Biscuits and trainers among Scottish Parliament theft spate

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THE Scottish Parliament’s tight security has failed to prevent a spate of thefts in the past year – none of which police have been able to solve. Despite the presence of armed officers and airport-style security, at least 14 items have been stolen, including a box of biscuits, trainers and a set of keys. MSPs […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Top Scots scientist warns of brain drain following Yes vote

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A TOP Scots scientist has warned that many of his colleagues will flee south in the event of a “Yes” vote. Professor Sir Philip Cohen is one of the UK’s leading biochemists and has decided to ‘speak out’ about the damage he believes independence will cause to the academic world in Scotland. He predicts many […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Row over charity breaks for private schools

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THREE of Scotland’s most prestigious private schools have seen their tax bill drop by more than £500,000 – thanks to their status as charities. The figures have emerged in a petition to the Scottish Parliament which calls for private schools to be striped of their charitable status. Schools such as Fettes College, Edinburgh, where Tony […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Fat middle aged Scots significantly happier than general population

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CHUBBY middle-aged men in Scotland feel “significantly” happier than the general population, according to new research. Despite mounting concern about the health impact of obesity, overweight Scotsmen in their 40s, 50s and 60s enjoy better-than-average mental health. The University of Glasgow research found that overweight young women are much more prone to mental health problems […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Millions owed to nurses in pay bungles

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NHS nursing staff are owed millions of pounds in backdated holiday pay claims going back six years by bungling Scottish health boards. Reviews into nurses’ pay have found that, despite rule changes in 2008, nursing and healthcare staff failed to receive unsocial hours allowance and holiday pay. Trade union Unison claims payments worth £2m have […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Top Stories | Read More »

£5m hotel costing £1K a night shuts after just two years

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SCOTLAND’S “most expensive” hotel has shut its doors just two years after the owners sank £5m into the project. The Atholl in Edinburgh’s upmarket West End charged £1,000-a-night – a record for Scotland and around four times the rate charged by nearby five star hotels such as the Caledonian and Balmoral in Edinburgh and Gleneagles, […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Staff shortages at major hospital could pose risk to patients

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PATIENTS at a major Scottish hospital are at potentially “significant risk” as a result of staff shortages in accident and emergency. The standard of care for cancer patients and the elderly at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is also causing concern, according to initial investigation by health watchdogs. Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) was called in to investigate […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Top Stories | Read More »

Onesies for dogs are worldwide hit

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A SCOTTISH seamstress has proved a worldwide hit with her tartan onesies – for dogs. The garment may be losing its appeal for humans but Aileen Perry’s canine onesies have sold as far afield as New Zealand and Canada. Aileen, 50, from Elgin, Moray, came up with idea for her own pet pooch Toto, to […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Motorway bridge safety check after JCB crash

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SAFETY experts will examine one of Scotland’s busiest motorway bridges after an accident involving a lorry carrying a JCB. A chunk of concrete was knocked out of the M9 bridge near Edinburgh in the accident yesterday morning (Thu). The impact, which also appeared to have buckled part of the steel frame, knocked the JCB off […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

PE teacher had Cocaine at T in the Park

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A TEACHER has spoken of his “disgraceful behaviour” after he was caught with cocaine at last summer’s T in the Park. PE teacher William Simpson was found to have the drug in his possession when police searched him at the music festival in Balado, Kinross, on Saturday 13 July last year. The former teacher at […]

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

New BMA chief: medicine should not be preserve of elite

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THE new leader of Scotland’s doctors has said that medicine should not be the preserve of the “privileged few”. Dr Peter Bennie said it was difficult for people from “diverse backgrounds” and those without wealthy parents to become doctors. The high fees and lengthy university courses involved in getting a medical degree were largely to […]

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots scientist takes South Pole ice bucket challenge

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A BRAVE Scottish scientist has done the ultimate ice bucket challenge – in minus 20°C temperatures near the South Pole. Malcolm Airey, 27, from Glasgow and English chef Chris Walton, 43, from Weymouth, Dorset, doused themselves in freshly dug ice at the British Antarctic Survey more than 10,000 miles from home. Despite the appalling conditions […]

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Edinburgh Airport accused of “savage profiteering” over new £3 drop off charge

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EDINBURGH Airport has been accused of “savage profiteering” after deciding to triple the price at their airport drop off zone. Critics have blasted the airport after it was revealed that they are due to raise the cost of their 10 minute drop off from £1 to £3. The current £1 charge will only apply if […]

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Cops U-turn on speeding crackdown

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POLICE Scotland have U-turned on their controversial policy of handing tickets to most speeding drivers. Officers have reverted to a policy of verbally cautioning many drivers who are just over the limit. Since Police Scotland was created in April 2013, there has been an increase of more than a third in the number of speeding […]

September 1st, 2014 | Posted in Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Marketers Brought in to Cure Highland Doctor Crisis

Hundreds of people have signed the petition, that states: “People should show their support so women don’t have to travel to Inverness for all maternity scans. It’s unfair and costly and causes stress."

MARKETING consultants from the Channel Islands have been hired in a bid to solve the GP recruitment crisis in the Highlands. The team will be paid more than £13,000 for a two-month contract to recruit desperately-needed family doctors. Despite an average salary of £89,000 and the chance to work amid some of the most beautiful […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Teacher Struck Off for Ryder Cup Mishap

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A TEACHER has been struck off after his Ryder Cup pub celebration turned into a drunken battle with paramedics. Douglas McDougall fell and hurt himself following the bar session to celebrate Europe’s famous 2012 victory over the US. The chemistry and maths teacher – who has a PhD from Edinburgh University – then abused the […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Vishing Scam Robs Scots for Millions of Pounds

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A 92-year-old woman is amongst 26 people across Scotland who have lost a total of £1.3m due to “’vishing” scams in the last few months. The woman, from the central belt, lost almost £100,000 – her life savings. Yesterday (tues) Police Scotland revealed that there has been a “drastic increase” in the number of people […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

No-Fly Zone in Bid to Help Panda’s Pregnancy

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A NO-FLY zone is operating above Edinburgh Zoo in a bid to boost giant panda Tian Tian’s chances of having a cub. Zoo chiefs fear the noise from low-flying planes and helicopters could cause the pregnant giant panda to lose her cub. An official aviation notice was issued last month to prevent flights within a […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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