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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey hearing in private following evidence she is “vulnerable”

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A SCOTTISH nurse who survived Ebola appeared in front of a disciplinary panel yesterday (Fri), which was held in private because of her “vulnerability”. Pauline Cafferkey contracted the virus while working with victims in Sierra Leone and came close to death during a lengthy stay in hospital. The nurse, from Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, appeared before […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Peanut dust and skin condition could explain allergies suffered by kids who’ve never eaten nuts

Samples were taken from almost 600 UK homes, a third of which contained peanut dust

SCOTS scientists have helped crack the mystery of why some children develop peanut allergies without ever eating a single nut. The team found that “peanut dust” is floating around a third of UK homes. If the microscopic particles of peanut come into contact with a youngster who has a common skin condition such as eczema, […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Biology teacher struck off after he recycled old coursework using Tipp-Ex

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A HIGH SCHOOL biology teacher has been struck off after he used Tipp-Ex to recycle year-old coursework. David McCallum, who taught at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, took the work from another teacher’s class and inserted the names of new students. A hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Kitten poisoned by banned pesticide

Bootes was found unable to walk

A KITTEN died in her owner’s arms after being poisoned by a banned pesticide. Bootes, an eight-month-old tabby, was found having a fit and unable to walk by her owner in December. The findings of a toxicology report have concluded that carbofuran – a highly toxic, banned pesticide – was ingested by the animal near […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Walliams pictured with wedding ring despite recent split from model Lara Stone

He married Lara Stone in Los Angeles in 2010

DAVID Walliams was yesterday pictured still wearing his wedding ring, despite his recent split from model Lara Stone. The comedian visited Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh during a stop-off for World Book Day.   He could be seen smiling and waving as he exited his private helicopter, and posed for jovial snapshots. According to reports, […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Dog savagely beaten to death and dumped by Falkirk Wheel

The dog was callously dumped in a canal

A DOG has been savagely beaten to death and dumped in a canal at one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks. The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a black and white terrier was found with horrific injuries by patrol staff at the Falkirk Wheel on Monday. The male dog was pulled out of the […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Lysblink seaways tow under way

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THE tow of the Lysblink Seaways is well under way with no ingress of water. It’s expected that she will arrive at the repair facility at Inchgreen, Greenock on the Firth of Clyde later today. Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative Maritime Salvage and Intervention who agreed the passage plan for the 150 nautical […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News | Read More »

Rescue team banned from fundraising on ferry

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A MOUNTAIN rescue team has been banned from fundraising on a brand new £42m ferry because “passengers are sick of collection tins”.   The “baffling” decision has robbed the Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team of hundreds of pounds needed to provide lifesaving services in the Western Isles.   The team previously raised funds from collection tins […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rescuers try to find owners of parrot who knows one word

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ANIMAL rescuers are struggling to reunite a lost parrot with his owner because the bird only knows one word.The exotic bird, described as “very friendly” was found cowering on a fence outside a house in Toryglen, Glasgow, as curious crows and magpies swooped around him. Getting the bird back home is not being made any […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish ewes rear Swiss lambs for first time

There were 20 female and three male lambs

A FLOCK of Scottish sheep have become surrogate mothers to more than 20 impossibly cute Swiss lambs. For the first time, Scottish ewes carried the fertilised embryos of valuable Valais Blacknose lambs and recently delivered 23 youngsters. The lambs – dubbed the world’s cutest – are famed for their almost entirely black faces and shaggy […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Man dies after fall from Scott monument

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ONE of Scotland’s busiest streets was closed yesterday morning after a man fell to his death from the iconic Scott Monument.Princes Street was completely shut to trams for around an hour following the horrific incident. The man, was said to have been screaming before he plummeted to his death at about 9.30am from the 200ft-high […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

£21m funding for Schools for the future


The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has welcomed today’s Scottish Government announcement of a new £21m investment in the Schools for the Future Programme.   The new funding will be used to support local authorities in delivering new and refurbished primary school buildings in East Renfrewshire, Dundee and Argyll and Bute.     EIS General […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scottish News | Read More »

“Teabag” and “pig” among words banned from Police Scotland’s Facebook page

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POLICE Scotland have revealed the complete list of words banned from their Facebook page – including “teabag” and “monster”. The force’s filtering software currently blocks 139 words and phrases and among the predictable swear words and racist and homophobic abuse are some possibly unusual choices. A farmer wanting to report the theft of livestock would […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Flea plea for UK vets


Pets in Scotland are at greater risk than most in the UK of flea infestations, with 35 per cent of owners not providing flea treatment, compared to the national average of 20 per cent.   Approximately 3m UK pets are at risk of flea infestations this spring, despite vet advice to owners to protect their […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scottish News | Read More »

Cycle links to be improved from Innocent to Union canal

Sir Chris Hoy, 11-time Olympic medal winner, has previously called for Britain to "become a cycling nation".

THE first phase of a £1.25m scheme to link the Innocent Path cycleway to the Union Canal towpath via the Meadows is scheduled to get under way from March, 9, 2015, lasting approximately 12 weeks.   The project will include fully segregated sections of cycleway, as well as new cyclist and pedestrian crossings.   The […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scottish News | Read More »

Search for new council chief to begin on Thursday

Soon to be ex-Chief of Edinburgh City Council Sue Bruce - who said she would be formally standing down on Thursday

CITY Council CEO Sue Bruce has today announced she is retiring from local government.   Dame Sue Bruce informed Council Leader Andrew Burns and his deputy Steve Cardownie of her plans to leave her post when she turns 60 in October.   She will formally give notice at next Thursday’s council meeting. The search for her […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News | Read More »

Star Wars Degu abandoned in cage

Hans and Chewy in the care of the SSPCA

THE Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two degus were abandoned inside a cage in East Kilbride. They were alerted on February 27, when the pets were discovered on a grassy area near Hunter House Museum. The degus are now in the care of our Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton, where they have […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scottish News | Read More »

Forth Bridge celebrates 125th anniversary with RAF Spitfire flypast


The world famous Forth Bridge today celebrated its 125th anniversary with a fly past recalling one of the most momentous days in life of the Bridge. Bridge bosses themed the celebration around the Forth Bridge Raid, which happened a few months before the bridge’s 50th anniversary on October 16 1939.     It was the […]

March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

“Centuries-old” sculpture of Robert the Bruce discovered in Angus dated to 1960s

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A CARVING of the Robert the Bruce that was thought to be up to 700 years old has been dated – to the 1960s. The intricate carving depicting the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath caused a stir when it was uncovered in an abandoned fishing bothy in East Haven, Angus, on Friday.       Found […]

March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Anger as children given homework task branding Palestinians “terrorists”

The Israeli embassy in London said the homework sheet was "abhorrent"

SCHOOL chiefs are urgently withdrawing a primary school homework sheet on terrorism – complete with a cartoon drawing of an explosion. The document, given to children aged 11, sets questions on Palestinian and Northern Irish “terrorism” but contains significant factual errors. After pictures of the sheet given to children a New Stevenston Primary, Motherwell, North […]

March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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