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Almost half of police candidates fail basic fitness

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POLICE Scotland has been forced to reject almost half of applicants – because they were not fit enough. The force said 46% of candidates failed the relatively undemanding initial fitness test. Male applicants aged up to 29 must run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes and women in 14 minutes. Men up to the age of […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

One in 10 police supers “bullied” by bosses

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ONE in 10 Police Scotland superintendents is being bullied by their bosses, according to a new survey. Superintendents – who earn up to £74,000-a-year and run many police stations – are being pushed to do long hours and meet targets. The survey was carried out by their professional body, the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

Neil Connery says Sir Sean staying away for tax reasons

The "greatest living Scotsman" is staying away from the referendum trail for tax reasons, according to brother Neil

SIR Sean Connery will not appear in Scotland to back the Yes campaign because of his tax exile status, the star’s brother has revealed. Speculation has been mounting about whether Connery, a passionate supporter of Scottish independence, would make a last-minute intervention. But his younger brother, Neil, speaking at his home in Edinburgh, appeared to […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

OAP will “take part” in vote – the day after his funeral

YES wreath

A YES-voting pensioner will “take part” in tomorrow’s historic vote (Thu) – the day after his funeral. The family of Norman McLean, 78, have arranged for a wreath bearing the word “Yes” to be placed outside the polling station at Lasswade Primary School, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.       The former joiner and grandfather of three […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

Referendum Horse Race

Referendum horse race

THE Yes campaign got a boost yesterday (Mon) – at a horse race. The Ladbrokes Referendum Race saw Yes We Can beat Neigh Thanks at Musselburgh racecourse, East Lothian.     Neigh Thanks, seven, had the better form and age experience over five-year-old Yes We Can. The organisers evened up the five furlong (1,100 yard) […]

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

Artist creates independence sheeps skull using 20,000 crystals


AN artist has created an independence referendum sheep’s skull – studded with more than 20,000 crystals. The piece by Elaine Forrest is created from the skull of a Blackface tup from near Oban. The Leith-based artists then used 20,500 Swarovski crystals, to decorate the skull, including a Saltire and Union Jack. The £3,500 artwork was […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Pupils left “retching” after sewage flood at modern school


PUPILS at a five-year-old school were left retching after a pipe burst and flooded a corridor with sewage Foul waste dripped down walls and leaked into lockers following the incident at Carnoustie High School, Angus, on Thursday. Janitors and dinner ladies at the school, which only opened in 2009, donned masks as workers battled to […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

Scotland’s new exams too tough on kids taking science

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SCOTLAND’S new school exams are too tough on the sciences and risk putting students off the subject, according to teachers. This year’s National Qualifications shakeup has seen fewer good marks in physics than in arts and social science subjects. Research by science teachers suggests a pass rate over 85% for students who did not take […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

Tenants more likely to vote Yes says poll

Yes Badges

RENTERS in Scotland’s cities are saying Yes to Independence, according to a new survey. A firm of letting agents quizzed their tenants on the vote and discovered that 58% intended to vote Yes. Citylets polled 500 people who rent properties in Scotland’s four biggest cities – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. This majority support for […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Top Stories | Read More »

Local shops loyalty card launched

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LOCAL shops in Scotland are taking on the big store chains by launching their own loyalty card. Consumers who stick to their local high street rather than heading out of town will be able to accumulate points to spend on goodies. Three small retailers in Perth are pioneering the fightback – delicatessen Provender Brown, wine […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Biscuits and trainers among Scottish Parliament theft spate

The Scottish Parliament building

THE Scottish Parliament’s tight security has failed to prevent a spate of thefts in the past year – none of which police have been able to solve. Despite the presence of armed officers and airport-style security, at least 14 items have been stolen, including a box of biscuits, trainers and a set of keys. MSPs […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots actress gets animal charity role after rescuing LA strays

Pictures for Louise Linton Hollywood Actress

A HOLLYWOOD-based Scots actress has been appointed ambassador of an animal charity – after rescuing stray dogs in Los Angeles. Rising star Louise Linton, from Dalkeith, Midlothian, has appeared alongside Tom Cruise and Christian Slater. But her soft spot for abandoned pooches has won her a role with Edinburgh-based charity Any Dog’il Do Rescue.   […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Top Scots scientist warns of brain drain following Yes vote

YES, Hawick

A TOP Scots scientist has warned that many of his colleagues will flee south in the event of a “Yes” vote. Professor Sir Philip Cohen is one of the UK’s leading biochemists and has decided to ‘speak out’ about the damage he believes independence will cause to the academic world in Scotland. He predicts many […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots DJ is first Brit to hit 1bn Spotify downloads

calvin harris at T in the park

SCOTS DJ Calvin Harris becomes first British artist to pass one billion streams on music download site Spotify. The famed producer’s big hit Summer totalled over 160 million streams worldwide alone. Music Week have estimated that this astonishing number of plays on Spotify has made Harris £4.3m. Mark Terry, Co-president of Columbia Records UK, called […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Row over charity breaks for private schools

Fettes College in Edinburgh. Pic: Alan Stewart

THREE of Scotland’s most prestigious private schools have seen their tax bill drop by more than £500,000 – thanks to their status as charities. The figures have emerged in a petition to the Scottish Parliament which calls for private schools to be striped of their charitable status. Schools such as Fettes College, Edinburgh, where Tony […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Fat middle aged Scots significantly happier than general population


CHUBBY middle-aged men in Scotland feel “significantly” happier than the general population, according to new research. Despite mounting concern about the health impact of obesity, overweight Scotsmen in their 40s, 50s and 60s enjoy better-than-average mental health. The University of Glasgow research found that overweight young women are much more prone to mental health problems […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Millions owed to nurses in pay bungles


NHS nursing staff are owed millions of pounds in backdated holiday pay claims going back six years by bungling Scottish health boards. Reviews into nurses’ pay have found that, despite rule changes in 2008, nursing and healthcare staff failed to receive unsocial hours allowance and holiday pay. Trade union Unison claims payments worth £2m have […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Top Stories | Read More »

£5m hotel costing £1K a night shuts after just two years

Atholl Hotel

SCOTLAND’S “most expensive” hotel has shut its doors just two years after the owners sank £5m into the project. The Atholl in Edinburgh’s upmarket West End charged £1,000-a-night – a record for Scotland and around four times the rate charged by nearby five star hotels such as the Caledonian and Balmoral in Edinburgh and Gleneagles, […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Staff shortages at major hospital could pose risk to patients


PATIENTS at a major Scottish hospital are at potentially “significant risk” as a result of staff shortages in accident and emergency. The standard of care for cancer patients and the elderly at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is also causing concern, according to initial investigation by health watchdogs. Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) was called in to investigate […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Top Stories | Read More »

Onesies for dogs are worldwide hit

Dog onsies

A SCOTTISH seamstress has proved a worldwide hit with her tartan onesies – for dogs. The garment may be losing its appeal for humans but Aileen Perry’s canine onesies have sold as far afield as New Zealand and Canada. Aileen, 50, from Elgin, Moray, came up with idea for her own pet pooch Toto, to […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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