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“Chick sexing” industry faces chronic shortage of staff – despite average salary of £38,500

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BRITAIN’s “chick sexing” industry is facing a chronic shortage of staff – despite a salary of almost £40,000 a year.   The poultry trade is struggling to recruit people willing to perform the delicate task of telling whether a tiny chick is a male or female.   Chick sexers train for up to three years […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

JK Rowling “cried her eyes out” over end of The Casual Vacancy

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JK Rowling was left “crying her eyes out” over the ending of her televised novel The Casual Vacancy, despite fans complaining about changes. The Harry Potter author gave her seal of approval to the series which was based on her first adult book –  even after writer Sarah Phelps altered the original ending to make […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Jobs,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Legendary Scots war pilot to speak at lecture on UK defence

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A LEGENDARY Scots pilot and war hero who survived 11 crashes, a torpedo attack and was arrested by the Gestapo will speak at a lecture on UK defence strategies at the University of Edinburgh tomorrow.   Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, 96, from Leith Edinburgh is the guest speaker at the this year’s prestigious Mountbatten Lecture […]

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

New approach to treating eating disorders unveiled by mental health charity

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PEOPLE who have experience of eating disorders are trying to help GPs treat the illness by providing their perspective on the illness and how best to approach treatments.   Independent mental health charity, The Consultation and Advocacy Promotion Service (CAPS), have brought together people who have previously suffered form eating disorders to create an information […]

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Breathtaking video shows multi-coloured aurora

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A “ONCE in a lifetime sighting” of the exceptionally rare red, green and blue aurora has been captured on camera in Sweden.     A group were caught in the middle of a spectacular show known as a corona – when the rays come from above and appear to fall around you. The peak activity […]

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Employment security for Scottish teachers after councils agree deal with government

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ALMOST all of Scotland’s local authorities have committed to maintaining the number of teachers employed in Scotland’s schools after agreeing terms with the Scottish government.   The government offered councils £51m to maintain teacher numbers but said it would take back some money if teacher numbers dropped.   Education Secretary Angela Constance said talks were […]

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Ham salad probably caused Celtic salmonella outbreak

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THE CULPRIT in the Celtic Park salmonella outbreak was probably a dodgy ham and mozzarella salad, a report has revealed.   Nineteen guests at the Glasgow ground were struck down with vomiting and diarrhoea last September.   Despite initial suggestions that a lamb dish was the chief suspect, months of sophisticated testing have pointed towards […]

February 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Study reveals the secret weight loss tactics spouses use on each other

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OVER half of Scots think their partner is overweight but nearly a third are too scared to say anything, according to a recent study.   The study, commissioned by drinks company Magners, asked 2,000 Brits a series of questions relating to their partners weight and found some interesting results highlighting the different approaches men and […]

February 20th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

£2m beaver colony a flop claims report

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A £2m bid to bring beavers back to Scotland – recently described as an “outstanding success” – has almost certainly failed.   The five year trial undertaken at Knapdale in Argyll and Bute was the first reintroduction of beavers in Scotland for 400 years.   But now it looks as though the colony will not […]

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

23,000 Scots take aim at London millionaire tax-dodgers

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MILLIONAIRE executives have dodged up to £700 million in tax each year thanks to a loophole which has given some a lower overall tax rate than many nurses and teachers.   The loophole has allowed executives at private-equity firms to reduce their tax bill from 40 to 40% to as low as just 28% because […]

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

New drug may help prevent miscarriages

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The University of Edinburgh is developing a new drug to help women who have suffered repeated miscarriages maintain their pregnancy.   The researchers at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh – supported by the University of Edinburgh –are seeking women who have experienced three or more unexplained miscarriages to take part in the study.   The […]

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Football clubs join politicians in call to end drinking ban at games

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THE DEBATE surrounding the ban on selling alcohol at football games has taken a step forward after a survey revealed the majority of clubs support scrapping it.   A survey, carried out by the Scottish Conservatives revealed that 85% of the 26 Scottish clubs polled want to re-examine the issue or at least see a […]

February 17th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Sport,UK & World | Read More »

Newlyweds are inaugural residents of Scotland’s first new town in a generation

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A newlywed couple became the first residents of Scotland’s first new town in a generation today (Friday 13 February 2015).   Kelly and Liam Syme, from Aberdeen, were married last year at Drumtochty Castle, Laurencekirk and moved into their new home in Chapelton.   The new £2bn town is located five miles south of Aberdeen […]

February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Scots pair run across scorching desert in 313 mile ultra marathon

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TWO SCOTS long-distance runners ran more than a marathon a day for nine days as they completed an epic run across one of the world’s oldest deserts. Dr Andrew Murray, 34, and Donnie Campbell, 30, made the record breaking run of more than 313 miles (504km) across the Namib desert in Namibia which is home […]

February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Video captures moment “wido” gets his comeuppance

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A HILARIOUS video shows the moment a self-confessed “wido” got his comeuppance at the hands of a furious middle-aged woman.   Teenager Kieran Taylor thought it would be funny to film himself throwing a chip at the head of a customer in McDonald’s in the early hours of the morning.   But the tables were […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Scientists make breakthrough in pursuit of printing artificial organs

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SCOTS scientists have made a huge breakthrough in the pursuit of printing artificial organs.   Scientists at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt team have been wrestling with the problem of supporting the live cells used to make the organs but have now developed a synthetic DNA gel which may be the key to their puzzle.   The Heriot-Watt […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

New research reveals how last ice age ended and traces future path of climate change

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CARBON DIOXIDE released from the deep ocean helped end the last ice age according to research by the University of St Andrews.   Scientists believe the research will also offers new insights into the current and future path of climate change.   Climate scientist at the University of St Andrews, Dr James Rae, co-authored the […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Inspirational teen left a “little bit of heaven” behind, mum tells funeral

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JAK Trueman “touched thousands of lives” and left behind “a little bit of heaven”, his grieving mother told mourners at his funeral yesterday.   Alison Barr said her son – who won the hearts of the nation with his brief but brave battle against cancer – showed life is not about how many years you […]

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Study highlights how smoking affects the brain

Smoking is already banned in public places, but the BMA are calling for a ban in private vehicles

A RECENT study by the University of Edinburgh has uncovered new findings which show the effects smoking has on the brain.   The study shows that people who smoke have a thinner outer cortex of the brain- the layer associated with memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought and language.   Researchers also found that people who […]

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

University of Edinburgh scientists discover how Europe’s biggest waterfall was formed

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RESEARCH from the University of Edinburgh has found that one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe was created in a matter of days. According to scientists at the University of Edinburgh the Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland was formed in just a few days by extreme flooding.   The waterfall is located in the Jökulsárgljúfur […]

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

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