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October 15, 2015 11:56 am gmt |
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Nicola Sturgeon used her opening speech at the SNP conference to call on people who rejected independence in the referendum to vote for her party. But she said it would be wrong to hold an early re-run of the independence referendum without “strong evidence” No voters had changed their mi...
In Britain
September 8, 2015 9:00 am gmt |
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The tour of the Britain cycling race is set to reach Scotland with one stage finishing the border the other stage starting with Edinburgh. One stage ends the other one starting in Edinburgh. The country tourism chief believes the event will encourage more people to consider Scotland as cycling destin...
In Britain
September 5, 2015 7:57 am gmt |
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The owners of a Golden Ticket will travel on three trains which will leave Tweedbank, Galashiels and Stow, each carrying 160 passengers. Specially selected passengers are to take a trip on the Borders to Edinburgh railway a day ahead of its opening to the general public. Others making the trip were n...
In Britain
August 30, 2015 11:43 am gmt |
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The Scottish Information Commissioner ordered the Scottish government to release data on seals shot by the individual salmon farmers. Accordingly, there were 176 seals killed in the past two years. But the numbers shot have declined steadily since 2011. Producers of farmed salmon are issued with lice...
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August 25, 2015 5:43 am gmt |
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Councilors in Angus are to debate a preservation order for a 200-year-old willow tree in Carnoustie. Residents in the town have spent 18 years campaigning to have  the Bible Tree in Ferrier Street protected. The 30ft 9m “cricket bat” willow was planted in 1797, and the present town of Car...
In Britain
August 24, 2015 11:52 am gmt |
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Staff at the National Museums of Scotland has begun seven days of strike action. The move is part of a union campaign, now in its 18th month, over the removal of a weekend allowance from new members of staff. The Public and Commercial Services union said about 120 members were on strike following the...
In Britain
August 9, 2015 1:46 pm gmt |
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Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country’s rural affairs secretary has announced. Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country’s £14bn food and drink sector. He is to request that Sco...
In Britain
July 24, 2015 11:07 am gmt |
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The Scottish SPCA is caring for a three-week old otter cub found orphaned following severe flooding. The animal welfare charity was alerted when the animal was discovered in a car park in Aberfeldy on 17th July. The male otter, who has been named Ripple, is now being rehabilitated at the Scottish SPC...
In Britain
July 24, 2015 10:57 am gmt |
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Edinburgh Zoo’s largest residents, the greater one-horned rhinos Bertus and Samir, have celebrated their seventh birthdays with a joint party. The animals keepers made a large birthday “cake” out of hay and decorated it with rhino treats including grass, fruit and vegetables. And ke...
In Britain
July 24, 2015 10:53 am gmt |
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The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets in Scotland fell by 147 million last year, the first figures since a 5p charge was introduced. The reduction came despite the levy for single-use bags only being in place for the final 11 weeks of the year. But in England – where large shops...
In Britain
July 24, 2015 10:51 am gmt |
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Two fishing boats have been involved in a collision off the Western Isles. The Contest and Callina II crashed at about 01:00 on Wednesday several miles off the east coast of the Isle of Lewis. No-one was injured and the crews managed to get both vessels to Stornoway on Lewis. The Marine Accident Inve...
In Britain
July 15, 2015 5:55 am gmt |
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Orkney islanders have rescued a bride’s big day after her and the groom’s bags were lost on the journey to the isles. Lucia Baratta and John Sessions flew to the islands on Monday for their ceremony but their luggage, including the wedding dress, was lost in transit. The owners of the Kir...
In Britain
July 12, 2015 3:40 am gmt |
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described UK government plans to stop Scottish MPs voting on English laws as “unacceptable”. In a letter to Conservative ministers she called for more talks, saying the Scottish government had “a number of concerns about the propos...
In Britain
July 6, 2015 6:33 am gmt |
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A Westminster Abbey service is being staged to remember thousands of Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica killed by Bosnian Serb forces 20 years ago. Around 100 events are being organised across the UK over coming days in memory of the genocide in 1995. Prime Minister David Cameron has led tributes ah...
In Britain
July 3, 2015 5:19 am gmt |
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The families want to pursue a miscarriage of justice appeal on behalf of relatives of the man convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi. He died of cancer in May 2012. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has asked the high court to establish if the families of the victims can be c...
In Britain
June 22, 2015 4:00 am gmt |
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A new malt whisky distillery in Speyside is to be officially opened. The French-owned Chivas Brothers Ltd, part of Pernod Ricard, built the £25m Dalmunach facility on the site of a former distillery near Carron in Moray. The distillery – named after a nearby pool in the River Spey is capable of...
In Britain
June 13, 2015 5:48 am gmt |
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Work on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line gets under way this weekend with passengers expected to face significant disruption. The Winchburgh tunnel near Linlithgow in West Lothian will be closed for six weeks to allow upgrades to be carried out. The work is part of a £750m project to enable...
In Britain
June 1, 2015 6:42 am gmt |
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School children in the UK are being used to pickpocket, shoplift and beg as part of criminal operations, the anti-slavery commissioner has warned. Kevin Hyland said more needed to be done to stop youngsters being exploited by criminal enterprises. He said “Oliver Twist scenarios” were hap...
In Britain
May 28, 2015 4:41 am gmt |
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Legislation giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament is due to begin its journey through Westminster. The Scotland Bill, outlined in the Queen’s Speech, could become law by February 2016 if approved by MPs. David Cameron said the legislation would make Scotland the most powerful devolved a...