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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 »

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 »

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

Princes Street incident, Edinburgh, 05 March 2015

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 »

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

Wandering Cupid found in West Lothian

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 »

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 »

New maps show where locals and tourists snap Scotland

The Edinburgh map, showing Princes Street and the Royal Mile as popular areas with tourists

STUNNING new maps have revealed the favourite spots where locals and tourists take photographs in Edinburgh and Glasgow. California-based artist Eric Fischer has produced a series of maps which record where photographs are taken using a process called “geotagging”. By using data such as where people Tweet and post photos, the research found that although […]

March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | 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 »

Men more likely to die of skin cancer than women “because they can’t see tumours”

Men tend to develop melanomas on their backs

THE higher skin cancer death rate among Scots men could be explained by the fact they got more tumours on their backs. Scottish Women diagnosed with malignant melanoma are 7% more likely to survive five years or more than men. Women tend to get tumours on their front and legs, where they can easily be […]

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

Compulsory microchipping announced for every dog in Scotland

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All dogs in Scotland will need a microchip under planned changes to the law announced today. It is believed compulsory microchipping will help authorities to identify dog owners and hold them accountable for their dogs’ behaviour. The move will also help reunite lost or stolen dogs with their owners and address animal welfare issues according […]

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

Winter weather hits Scotland


SCOTLAND woke to a blanket of snow yesterday (Tue) morning – despite spring being just around the corner. Fresh powder up to 8cm deep was been recorded across the country, creating hazardous conditions for drivers and pedestrians. Several schools were closed in the Highlands and Perthshire because of the weather, and there were tailbacks on […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories | Read More »

Dirty Dancing move in Inverness bar puts barber Gary in hospital with broken leg


AN attempt to recreate a scene from the hit movie Dirty Dancing left a pub-goer in hospital with a horror leg break that will keep him off work for months. Gary Mackay heard the sickening sound of his leg snapping after a woman friend jumped and tried to wrap her legs around his waist in […]

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

Owner of ‘The Dress’ finally breaks her silence


The owner of the world’s most famous dress has revealed she has never seen white and gold in the now notorious photograph of her wedding outfit. Cecilia Bleasdale has finally broken her silence on the dress ‘that broke the internet’ on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in LA, which attracts 4.4 million viewers. She appeared alongside […]

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

“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 »

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