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Last of Glasgow’s Red Road flats will be blown up this autumn

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THE LAST of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats will be blown up this autumn – 10 years after it was revealed the ‘cities in the sky’ would be demolished. The six remaining high rises in the north east of the city will be gone by the end of 2015, with the site taking a further two […]

August 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Chef hopes foraging will help him get Dundee’s first ever Michelin star

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SCOTLAND’S youngest Michelin-starred chef has pledged to try and get Dundee its first ever star – using food foraged from nearby forests. TV celebrity chef Graham Campbell (32) believes wild mushrooms and herbs will help his new restaurant in the city win the prestigious award. The chef from Oban became the youngest Scot ever to […]

August 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Hospital consultants treated to four-star hotels and paid £1,500 per shift

The anaesthetist provided overnight cover

HOSPITAL consultants are being treated to four-star hotels and paid £1,500 a day to work shifts at overstretched hospitals, it has been revealed. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the country’s largest health board, forked out the “incredible” sum for an anaesthetist to provide overnight cover at a cancer centre and hospital. The on-call consultant was […]

August 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Councils reject one in four requests for information

Edinburgh City Council was the worst offender

SCOTLAND’S councils are rejecting nearly one in four requests from taxpayers asking how they spend public money, it has been revealed. New figures show that the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests rejected by local authorities has nearly doubled since 2010. FOI laws were introduced to give the public the “right of access” to […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Calls to improve Dunfermline Abbey for tourists

The nearby Forth Bridge attracts far more visitors

A PROMINENT historian has warned that tourists are missing out on one of Scotland’s most significant sights because it lacks the proper signage. Dunfermline Abbey, the resting place of Robert the Bruce, as well as up to 25 other kings and queens of Scotland, is often known as “little Westminster” owing to its historical significance. […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Prison service aware of “potential threat” of drones

Drones can be used to ferry contraband

PRISON chiefs are investigating the “potential threat” of drones being used to smuggle contraband into Scottish jails. Remote-controlled drones are a low-cost way of transporting goods, and are increasingly being used to get around prison security measures. In England alone prison bosses have intercepted seven plots to use drones over a four month period – […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

Thousands of pieces of Scottish land owned by offshore companies

Estates will lose their tax breaks

THOUSANDS of pieces of land across Scotland have been snapped up by huge offshore companies – many of which are based in the world’s biggest tax havens. The revelation has prompted fears that firms owning Scottish land are dodging taxes, or even acting as fronts for laundering money. In total 2,147 commercial and residential developments […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Edinburgh uni breakthrough could reduce dieting pill deaths

SCOTS scientists have made a breakthrough that could reduce drug-related deaths – including those related to slimming pills. An Edinburgh University team have pioneered a cheap, paper based biosensor that can be used to flag up dangerous levels of impurities in drugs. It is hoped that the “litmus test” biosensor will be used to stem […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News | Read More »

Majority of Scots prisoners cannot read, write or solve basic maths problems

The stats show that an overwhelming number of prisoners lack basic skills

A huge majority of Scots prisoners cannot read, write or solve basic maths problems, it has been revealed. Figures revealed through the Freedom of Information (FOI) act show that only 15% of Scots inmates are functionally numerate, whilst only 30% are functionally literate. The numbers were revealed after a survey of the country’s prisons between […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

Scots scientists breakthrough will cause mites to “self destruct”

The breakthrough has been made by Scots scientists

SCOTS scientists have made a breakthrough which could provide relief to asthma sufferers across the world – by “silencing” the genes of the European house dust mite. The hardy mite is notoriously resistant to conventional pesticides, causing misery to asthma sufferers who are susceptible to allergens found in its droppings. But now Scots scientists have […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News | Read More »

Scots women earn £250,000 less than men over their lifetimes

Women earn less because of the "motherhood penalty"

SCOTS women will earn £250,000 less than men over the course of their working lives, it has been revealed. The gender pay gap was revealed after a detailed analysis of the difference in hourly and weekly pay between men and women. Across Scotland the average weekly full-time pay, excluding overtime, stands at £620.50 for men […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Number of obese Scots under the knife for weight loss surgery rises by third

More and more Scots are going under the knife

THE number of obese Scots going under the knife for weight-loss surgery has increased by more than a third. Between 2012 and 2015, 713 Scots had bariatric surgery to help them to lose weight, an increase of 36% on the number between 2009 and 2011. The newest data also reveals a gender gap in the […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News | Read More »

Education boss says Scots need to return to 19th century teaching

Owen also put an emphasis on physical education

AN education boss has called on Scotland to improve school standards – by returning to 19th century teaching principles. North Ayrshire education director John Butcher has pointed to the lessons of Robert Owen – a 19th century Welsh teaching guru – as the key to higher performance in Scots students. Owen, who ran a number […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Charity chief warns of “potential threats” of new technology on children’s brains

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A CHILDREN’S charity chief is warning parents of the “potential threats” of new technology on children’s brains. Jackie Brock, head of Children in Scotland, is calling for a major public awareness campaign following warnings from a neuroscientist. Renowned Oxford professor Susan Greenfield last week claimed that the internet, video games and social media could endanger […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News | Read More »

Care worker struck off for groping colleague’s bottom

The SSSC struck Ms Fulton off the register

A CARE worker has been struck off after groping a colleague’s bottom and telling him she “slept naked”. Liz Fulton, who worked in Edinburgh, also told the man that she “assisted the night shift without a bra on” while looking suggestively at her breasts.. She had worked at the Jericho House care home for adults […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Underwater robots on quest to save world from climate change

UNDERWATER robots are being sent thousands of miles across the ocean in a bid to save the world from climate change. The seven Seagliders, all named after different brands of Scottish whisky, are 6-ft long and collect data such as temperature, salinity, pressure and oxygen levels. The machines, controlled by the Scottish Association of Marine […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Honey crisis as bad weather sees Scottish bees go hungry

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SCOTTISH bees are on the “verge of starvation” with some hives producing as little as a sixth of the usual amount of honey because of bad weather. Experts say low temperatures have resulted in the worst honey yield since 1985 with “very little” being produced. Some beekeepers have been forced to spend tens of thousands […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Former home of Simple Minds frontman doubles in price

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SIMPLE Minds frontman Jim Kerr will find it hard to forget about his former Perthshire estate – which is being sold for more than double what he asked for it. The Scottish rock star wrote many of the band’s hits in the six years he lived the stunning seven-bedroomed Ardchullarie Lodge. The 56-year-old Glaswegian, who […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Tinkers’ Heart added to list of nationally important monuments

Barbara Cummins signs the document

Tinkers’ Heart in Argyll has been officially recognised as being of national cultural significance. It is the first site relating to the traveller community in Scotland to be recognised in this manner. The formation of quartz stones in Argyll known as the Tinkers’ Heart was officially added to the schedule of National Monuments today (Friday, […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Council pays £14,000 to remove accidental double yellow lines

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A BUNGLING council which accidentally painted double yellow lines on the wrong road has forked out £14,000 to remove them. Transport chiefs at East Lothian Council admitted spending the huge sum to get rid of the mile long stretch of lines – which cost £2,600 to put there in the first place. To rectify the […]

July 30th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

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