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Scotland to ban GMOs

The government is moving towards a ban on GM crops

GROWING genetically modified (GM) crops will be banned in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced. Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. The Scottish Government will shortly submit a request that Scotland is excluded from […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Fulbright students return to US with new insights into Scotland

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Trip showcased the ‘complexities of Scottish identity’. A group of American undergraduates have returned home having undertaken a five-week exchange trip to Scotland as part of the prestigious Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute. The annual event was hosted by the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde and offered the ten visiting students the opportunity to learn about and […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Community,In Brief,Scottish News,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Protecting marine mammals at heart of new guidance for marine energy sector

Marine animals such as this are at risk from new wave and tidal energy developments

Risk to dolphins and seals to be assessed Sea mammals, such as dolphins and grey seals, which are at risk from new wave and tidal energy developments, will now see their situation improve thanks to new guidance programmes led by specialist researchers The University of St Andrews’ Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), its commercial arm […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | 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 »

Tube station mosaics to be seen in new light in artist’s home city

The artwork at its current home

MUCH-LOVED mosaics designed for a London Underground station by the celebrated sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi are to be reassembled in the artist’s home city. The colourful works, which have adorned the walls of Tottenham Court Road station for the past 30 years will eventually be placed on public display at the University of Edinburgh. The mosaics, which […]

July 28th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Warming slow-down not the end of climate change, study shows

The people's climate march in 2015

A slow-down in global warming is not a sign that climate change is ending, but a natural blip in an otherwise long-term upwards trend, research shows. In a detailed study of more than 200 years’ worth of temperature data, results backed previous findings that short-term pauses in climate change are simply the result of natural […]

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Financial education provision failing girls

Violent children should be excluded from mainstream education, a teaching union has said. Pic: Kafchaser

TEENAGE girls in the UK are receiving significantly less financial education in school than boys, according to a report released today. The Young Persons’ Money Index, published by financial education specialist IFS University College, reveals that at GCSE level where financial education is compulsory, only 36% of girls currently learn about personal finance, in comparison […]

July 17th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Low jet blasts sun tents into air at Florida beach

Towels, tents and umbrellas are sent flying

THIS amazing video shows a jet in a beach flyby so low that it blasts tents, towels and umbrellas 50ft into the air. The clip was filmed by a beachgoer in Pensacola, Florida, as they enjoyed a performance of the Blue Angels – America’s answer to the Red Arrows. Filming on Saturday, the cameraman is […]

July 15th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

UK Air Passenger taxes amongst World’s highest

UK passengers can expect to pay more than everyone else

TRAVELLERS in the UK are hit by some of the world’s highest taxes on flying, says Independent Scottish accountancy firm Campbell Dallas. A study by Campbell Dallas’ membership network UHY shows that the UK imposes Air Passenger Duty (APD) of £13 on short haul flights, and £71 on long haul flights leaving from airports in […]

June 10th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Farmer uses cow herd to create art

Derek's first creation was a smiley face

AN American farmer is using his cow herd and the vast open plains of Kansas to create art. Derek Klingenberg sends his drone 140ft into the air to record his black Angus herd forming smiley faces, love hearts and even mathematical symbols. The 36-year-old from Kansas in the United States uploads his videos online, and […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Scottish Government: UK must take action on refugees

Fiona Hyslop lead the calls for an increased response from the UK

Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop has written to the UK Government Immigration Minister urging him to take action on the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Ms Hyslop reiterated the Scottish Government’s commitment to offer any support it can to address this desperate situation in her letter to James Brokenshire after his reappointment. And she stressed […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Satan the pony becomes an internet hit

He rears, kicks and bites so much he has never been ridden

THE devilish antics of a pony called Satan have turned him into an internet hit. It has taken three years just to get a saddle on the 4ft Palomino from Kentucky without the need for drugs. The three-year-old pony, dubbed a “fireball”, rears, kicks bucks and bites so much it has never been ridden.   […]

April 27th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Edinburgh University bacteria research could help protect crops

The scientists are expecting  the breakthrough to help the agriculture industry

FRESH insights into how bacteria protect themselves could help develop improved products to protect plants from disease. Edinburgh University researchers have discovered how communities of beneficial bacteria form a waterproof coating on the roots of plants. This helps protect the plants from microbes that could potentially cause disease. Their insights could lead to ways to […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Greatest extinction driven by acidic oceans

Scientists have discovered that ocean acidification caused a mass extinction

CHANGES to Earth’s oceans, caused by volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time, a new Edinburgh University study shows. The event, which took place 252 million years ago, wiped out more than 90 per cent of marine species and more than two-thirds of the animals living on land. It happened when Earth’s oceans absorbed […]

April 10th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Top Edinburgh restaurant loved by celebrities re-opens its doors

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AN Edinburgh restaurant frequented by Hollywood actor Keifer Sutherland and multi-million selling singer Gwen Stafani has just re-opened after being closed for a huge makeover.   Maison Bleue, on Victoria street, has been a hit with foodies since it was founded 17 years ago.   Guest have included actress Kristen Scott-Thomas as well as Tom […]

April 1st, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Eclipse 2015 – time lapse video from Scott monument


WATCH: Time lapse showing the eclipse high above Edinburgh’s Scott Monument     A spectacular eclipse of the sun delighted millions of onlookers across the world today     EDINBURGH was blessed with bright skies to watch the event – the most spectacular of its kind for 15 years.   Hundreds of people across the city stopped to watch […]

March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Campaigners claim wildcat video could scupper Saddle Hill wind farm plan


ANTI-WINDFARM campaigners claim a video of a wildcat could put the brakes on a huge development close to the Cairngorm National Park. Locals opposed to plans for the the Saddle Hill wind farm on the Angus and Perthshire border say that the footage proves incredibly rare Scottish wildcats live in the area. Recent research suggested […]

March 16th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Squirrel Spotters wanted – public asked to log sightings


FANS of rare red squirrels are being urged to upload details of any sightings to a new website. Campaign chiefs at Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) are calling on the public to help out and report the locations of any red or grey squirrels they have spotted whilst out and about.     The site, […]

March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Starlings fly in stunning whale formation

The starlings flew in a formation which resembled a sperm whale

A STUNNING picture has emerged of a flock of starlings over the M6 – in the shape of a sperm whale. The snap, taken by bird enthusiast Tom Lowe, shows hundreds of starlings flying in formation above the road at Shap in Cumbria. They appear to be flying in a shape resembling a sperm whale, […]

March 9th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | 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 »

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