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  • Urban music showcased at live event
    Urban music showcased at live event 18 hours ago

    Another live music event is to take place in Scotland, adding to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. More »

  • 'Faster Than Farah' Runner Denies Cheating
    'Faster Than Farah' Runner Denies Cheating 18 hours ago

    A man accused of jumping over a barrier during the London Marathon to finish the race in an impressive time has denied allegations he cheated. Jason Scotland-Williams, 34, told the Sunday Telegraph that stewards along the route would have made it impossible for him to cheat. The suggestion is that by missing out a portion of the race, Mr Scotland-Williams was able to post an unusually fast time. Mr Scotland-Williams finished the second half of the route in one hour, one minute and 42 seconds - more than three minutes faster than double Olympic running champion Mo Farah and just three minutes short of the world record for a half marathon. More »

  • Easter Weather: Millions Face Heavy Downpours
    Easter Weather: Millions Face Heavy Downpours Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Easter Sunday and Monday are predicted to be wet for millions of Britons after a dry start to the Bank Holiday weekend. Heavy showers and thunder are expected in places as rain moves from the southeast of England across central and southern areas and Wales by Sunday afternoon. However, the north of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic and Scotland are expected to remain dry on Sunday. Sky News meteorologist Dr Chris England said: "It certainly looks as if the southern English counties and London will see heavy, prolonged rain on Sunday. More »

  • Marathon Runner's Second Half 'Faster Than Mo's'
    Marathon Runner's Second Half 'Faster Than Mo's' Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Organisers of the London Marathon are looking into how one of the competitors ran the second half of his race faster than Mo Farah. The first half of his race took 2hrs 7mins, according to the Virgin Money London Marathon results list. The amount of time it took Mr Scotland-Williams to complete every 5km was also listed up to the halfway stage, but several of the later 5km 'splits' are missing. The suggestion is that by missing out a portion of the race, Mr Scotland-Williams was able to post an unusually fast time. More »

  • Celtic draws with Motherwell in Scottish league Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    MOTHERWELL, Scotland (AP) — A late equalizer from John Sutton earned Motherwell a point in a 3-3 pulsating draw against Celtic in the Scottish league on Saturday. More »

  • Aberdeen Boy Hospitalised With Petrol Burns
    Aberdeen Boy Hospitalised With Petrol Burns Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A seven-year old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being found with severe burns to 80% of his body, in what police believe was an accident involving petrol on Friday. The boy, named locally as Preston Flores, was being treated by medics at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital but was later transferred to the intensive therapy unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Police say reports that Preston and his friends may have been playing with a petrol can taken from a council van in the area are part of their investigations, but it is still unclear what the exact circumstances of the "tragic incident" were. Chief Inspector Nick Topping of Police Scotland said: "I can confirm that the young boy who was injured is seven-year-old Preston Flores. More »

  • Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth
    Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is "persistent and pervasive", with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50. "The effects of bullying are still visible nearly four decades later ... with health, social and economic consequences lasting well into adulthood," said Ryu Takizawa, who led the study at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Friday, come from the British National Child Development Study which includes data on all children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one week in 1958. More »

  • Church goes online to recruit young
    Church goes online to recruit young Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Young people have been challenged to become ministers in the Church of Scotland's first social media Easter recruitment drive. More »

  • RBS 'Cleared' Of Ill-Treating Small Firms
    RBS 'Cleared' Of Ill-Treating Small Firms Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A review ordered by the Royal Bank of Scotland has cleared the lender of fraud against small and medium-sized business customers. The bank commissioned an independent review by law firm Clifford Chance over claims RBS systematically set out to defraud its business customers. It was launched following an allegation made by Lawrence Tomlinson in his report that the bank's global restructuring group (GRG) targeted small companies that were in financial difficulties. Clifford Chance concluded there was no evidence to support the claim, which the bank described as a "damaging and serious allegation". More »

  • RBS review finds no evidence of fraud in UK business lending
    RBS review finds no evidence of fraud in UK business lending Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland said on Thursday that an independent review by law firm Clifford Chance had found no evidence that it set out to defraud its business customers. "I welcome the Clifford Chance findings, which show no evidence of the serious and damaging allegation that we had set out to deliberately defraud our business customers," Chief Executive Ross McEwan said on Thursday. Lawrence Tomlinson, who serves as an "entrepreneur-in-residence" at government minister Vince Cable's business department, said RBS had engineered businesses into default to move them into its Global Restructuring Group (GRG). More »

  • Red Squirrels Keep Foothold in Rural Scotland
    Red Squirrels Keep Foothold in Rural Scotland Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The number of red squirrel sightings in the UK has fallen drastically, with just 3% of people in Braitain reporting that they see them on a regular basis. Red squirrels have been steadily declining over recent decades because of a lethal virus carried by greys. Red squirrel have kept a strong foothold in rural Scotland, where a fifth of people reported sighting them at least once every month. It involved half a million people documenting wildlife visitors to their gardens over a year. More »

  • AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young takes leave due to illness
    AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young takes leave due to illness Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will take a break from the Australian hard rock group he founded because of ill health, the band said in a statement on Wednesday. The pioneering group dispelled speculation that they would disband after Young, 61, took his leave, saying "the band will continue to make music." "Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the group said in a statement. The band did not say what sort of illness Young was suffering from or whether it would cease from touring without one of its founding members. The Scotland-born Young founded AC/DC with his younger brother, Angus, in 1973. More »

  • Scottish Independence: Shetland Islands Demand Own Referendum
    Scottish Independence: Shetland Islands Demand Own Referendum Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Shetland Islands are 12 hours by ferry from the Scottish mainland, hundreds of miles from Edinburgh and closer to Oslo than London. Many of the 23,000 inhabitants of the windswept islands have strong feelings about September's referendum on Scottish independence. An online petition posted on the Scottish government website demands that the Shetland Islands, neighbouring Orkney and the Western Isles all hold referendums to decide whether to join an independent Scotland, stay with Great Britain or declare independence themselves. The archipelago sees itself as closer to Scandinavia than to Britain, hosting Viking fire festivals for Hogmanay and Up Helly Aa with hundreds of Shetland Vikings holding flaming torches. More »

  • Scottish Independence: Orkney and Shetland Islands Fight for Special Treatm …
    Scottish Independence: Orkney and Shetland Islands Fight for Special Treatm … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Scotland's secretary of state, as well as a local councillor, revealed that islanders are hoping that they will be able to have more influence and a say over incumbent industries, such as fishing and renewable energy, regardless of whether the country becomes independent or not. "We do very well being part of the United Kingdom [but] centralised government, from Edinburgh, is just as bad and just as dangerous for a community like this here compared to places like London," said Alistair Carmichael, secretary of state for Scotland, who is also the MP for Orkney & Shetland, to the BBC. Shetland is also a bustling archipelago of 22,500 people. The renewable energy industry (wind, wave and tidal) is also emerging as a major employer, providing a base for a number of leading companies in this field. More »

  • Scottish GDP growth hampered by refinery strike in late 2013 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A strike at Scotland's only oil refinery contributed to a sharp slowdown in economic growth at the end of 2013 at a time when the rest of the British economy was booming, data showed on Wednesday. While the slowdown highlighted Scotland's reliance on oil and gas industries to drive growth, new figures also showed Scotland's unemployment rate fell further below that in the rest of the United Kingdom. Economic prosperity is a key battleground ahead of a September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond arguing a "yes" vote would free his nation from decades of economic mismanagement. Scotland's economy grew just 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter, its devolved government said, compared with the 0.7 percent average for Britain as a whole over the same period. More »

  • Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland's independence vote
    Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland's independence vote Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Sarah Young LERWICK, Shetland Islands (Reuters) - Twelve hours by ferry from the Scottish mainland, hundreds of miles from Edinburgh and closer to Oslo than London, the windswept Shetland islands have their own aspirations about Scottish independence. Many Shetlanders see the September 18 vote on whether Scotland should end the 307-year-old union with England as an opportunity to gain control over local services and a share of revenues from the oil pumped from the North Sea. It is ours," said Shetlander Hazel Mackenzie, 43, who works in the livestock auction house in Shetland's main town of Lerwick. "If we could have all the revenue from all the oil then we could probably be very self-sufficient." One example: Over the last four decades, Britain's oil fields have pumped out 42 billion barrels of oil equivalent; More »

  • RSA UK and Western Europe Boss Adrian Brown Quits
    RSA UK and Western Europe Boss Adrian Brown Quits Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The boss of RSA's UK and Western Europe business, Adrian Brown, has quit amid the embattled insurer's major shake-up, which is now led by former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Stephen Hester. RSA said in a statement that Brown is quitting the troubled group to join brokerage AJ Gallagher but will continue his role at the insurer until after a successor is appointed. "RSA has been my home for 25 years. I have led the UK business for almost seven years and the time is right for me to take up a new challenge and for the business to seek fresh leadership," said Brown. More »

  • £2.7bn train-building deal sealed
    £2.7bn train-building deal sealed Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Funding has finally been secured to bring new high-speed trains to a key London to Scotland route in a £2.7 billion job-boosting contract. More »

  • England lags behind over rail cash
    England lags behind over rail cash Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A huge disparity between the level of Government funding for train journeys in England and those in Scotland and Wales has been revealed in a report from rail regulators. More »

  • Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll
    Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The battle over Scottish independence is tightening, with a new poll on Wednesday showing independence supporters gaining ground slightly as more Scots get involved in the debate. The latest poll by TNS showed 29 percent of Scots intended to vote "Yes" to independence in the September 18 referendum, up from 28 percent a month ago, while 41 percent planned to vote "No," down from 42 percent. The head of TNS Scotland, Tom Costley, said the poll of 988 people showed a continuing gradual narrowing in the polls, with a gap now of 12 percentage points between the two sides compared to 19 points in September when the polling series began. About four million of Scotland's 5.3 million population are eligible to vote in the referendum which is open to all Scottish residents aged 16 and above. More »

  • Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond
    Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned thousands of jobs will be threatened if Scotland decides to break away from the UK. He told staff at a Glasgow-based defence firm the future of the business and their livelihoods would be put at risk by a 'yes' vote in this September's referendum on independence. Mr Hammond said the defence industry in Scotland employs around 12,600 people and generates sales of more than £1.8bn. He told workers at Thales, a firm which has supplied every periscope used by the Royal Navy: "The creation of a border between this facility and its largest customer will put at jeopardy the future prosperity of this business, the people who work in it and their families and dependents. More »

  • Troubled Co-op to cash in with farms sale
    Troubled Co-op to cash in with farms sale Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Jemima Kelly WHITTINGTON, England (Reuters) - Financial difficulties may have helped to push Britain's Co-operative Group into selling its farmland in England and Scotland, but the market timing could not be better for one of the biggest UK land sales in recent decades. While London property prices have grabbed all the headlines, in rural Britain valuations for prime land have shot up at double the pace of prime residential property in the capital in the past decade, as a lack of supply and strong investor demand have combined to create a windfall for farmers looking to sell. With its 17,808 acres - equivalent to more than 10,000 football pitches and almost 13 percent of the 139,000 acres sold in Britain on the open market in 2013 - the Co-operative's sale could run to hundreds of millions of pounds. "This is one of the most significant agricultural sales in recent years," said Tom Raynham, head of agricultural investment at Knight Frank, who could not recall another sale of this size. More »

  • Albemarle & Bond Rescued From Administration
    Albemarle & Bond Rescued From Administration Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    More than 600 jobs have been saved after the majority of the Albemarle & Bond pawnbroking business was bought out of administration. Promethean Investments - led by former Bank of Scotland boss Sir Peter Burt - is to take 128 of the 187 branches available in a move that secures 628 jobs but leaves a further 181 hanging in the balance in the hands of administrators. More »

  • Navy chief warns Scottish independence could weaken Britain Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish independence would weaken Britain's maritime defences by splitting up bases, infrastructure and staff, the country's navy chief said, the first serving military boss to give a view on the consequences if Scots vote to break away in September. Writing in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday, Admiral George Zambellas said the nations that remained in the United Kingdom if Scotland left the three-centuries-old union would cope eventually but Scotland would feel a "deeper impact". ... More »

  • Scottish Independence Will Weaken Royal Navy and Hurt UK Defence, says First …
    Scottish Independence Will Weaken Royal Navy and Hurt UK Defence, says First … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The First Sea Lord has issued a damning indictment of Scotland's potential break from the UK, claiming that independence will weaken the Royal Navy and damage Britain's defence capabilities. Admiral Sir George Zambellas said Scottish independence would damage "the very heart" of Britain's maritime forces and hurt Scotland even more than the reconstituted UK. "I believe that independence would fundamentally change maritime security for all of us in the United Kingdom and damage the very heart of the capabilities that are made up of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Fleet Air Arm," Zambellas wrote in The Telegraph. More »

  • 'Scotland Split Would Damage Britain's Defences'
    'Scotland Split Would Damage Britain's Defences' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Scottish independence would damage the "very heart" of Britain's maritime defence force, according to the head of the Royal Navy. Admiral Sir George Zambellas wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "I believe that independence would fundamentally change maritime security for all of us in the United Kingdom and damage the very heart of the capabilities that are made up of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Fleet Air Arm. "While the continuing United Kingdom would eventually adapt and cope, the deeper impact would be felt in Scotland, which would no longer have access of right to the security contribution of one of the finest and most efficient navies in the world." He also insisted an independent Scotland's "claim on the Royal Navy would greatly weaken the carefully evolved 'whole', as bases, infrastructure, procurement, spares, personnel and training face a carve-up". More »

  • Royal Navy chief warns of threat posed by Scottish independence
    Royal Navy chief warns of threat posed by Scottish independence Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Royal Navy chief on Tuesday warned that an independent Scotland would "damage the very heart" of the military service. More »

  • Picky vampire can't eat sweets in 'Let the Right One In' Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - A vampire who is a picky eater might seem to be a contradiction but is the star of the show in "Let the Right One In", the latest transfer of a cinema hit to the stage. Although the main characters are teenagers - albeit one of whom is several centuries old - this National Theatre of Scotland production that has just opened in London's West End is not for children, nor for squeamish adults. Eli, the androgynous "Right One" of the title played by Rebecca Benson, needs it. His modus operandi is to sneak up on someone in the snowy woods somewhere in the Nordics, probably in Sweden, where author John Ajvide Lindquist wrote the original novel and where the first film version was made. More »

  • Military chiefs warn Scotland over evicting nuclear weapons
    Military chiefs warn Scotland over evicting nuclear weapons Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith GLASGOW (Reuters) - The Scottish government's plan to evict Britain's nuclear submarine base if it wins a vote for independence would cost billions of pounds, cut thousands of jobs and create resentment internationally, former defence chiefs said on Monday. The Scottish National Party, which runs Scotland's devolved parliament, has vowed to remove and ban all nuclear weapons in the first parliament of independence, that would start in 2016 if Scotland votes Yes at a September 18 referendum. But the former top brass said the proposed timescale would create "huge practical problems" over the cost and jobs lost and such a stance would be "unacceptable" to NATO allies. The concerns raised by four former chiefs of defence staff, six former first sea lords, a former chief of the general staff, and a former chief of the air staff, come after a narrowing in opinion polls this year, which have made independence seem a possibility even though nationalists still lag in support. More »

  • Is Game of Thrones Any Bloodier than England and Scotland's Middle Ages? …
    Is Game of Thrones Any Bloodier than England and Scotland's Middle Ages? … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Pillaging, plundering and poisoning - particularly in the case of the tyrannical King Joffrey in the last "Purple Wedding" episode - has been central to the depiction of social hierarchy, religion, corruption and civil war in the Game of Thrones. Yet the brutality and sex that interweaves the plotlines reflect more of history than meets the eye. George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones books, once told The Week that he simple emulated the dark side of human nature, as recorded in history: "No matter how much I make up, there's stuff in history that's just as bad, or worse." Yet the episode was partly based on the Black Dinner of 1440 at Edinburgh Castle - one of the most tragic moments in Scotland's history. In November that year, the 16-year-old Earl of Douglas was invited to Edinburgh Castle by Sir William Crichton who, as chancellor of Scotland, was a leading member of the court of King James II. More »

  • Scottish Independence Could Spur Catalonia and European Nationalist Groups to …
    Scottish Independence Could Spur Catalonia and European Nationalist Groups to … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Nomura's influential senior political analyst has revealed in his latest report that the "mere presence" of a Scottish referendum is encouraging European nationalist groups to push harder for independence. According to Alastair Newton's latest analysis, the recent shift in opinion polls, in favour of independence, may act as a 'wake-up' call for the unionists and, especially if, the recent developments at the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) conference adds further to pro-independence momentum. "Whatever the outcome of Scotland's referendum, the mere fact of it taking place is likely, in my view, to continue to weigh on the thinking of separatists in Catalonia," said Newton. "However, I think a vote in Scotland in favour of independence would encourage Catalonia to press its case still harder. More »

  • Golf-U.S. Ryder Cup points table Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    April 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Ryder Cup points table on Monday 1. Bubba Watson 6,258.984 2. Jimmy Walker 4,459.071 3. Dustin Johnson 3,759.812 4. Jordan Spieth 3,437.864 5. Patrick Reed 3,023.091 6. Matt Kuchar 2,881.333 7. Jason Dufner 2,668.448 8. Phil Mickelson 2,662.862 9. Harris English 2,646.047 The top nine in the U.S. points list qualify automatically for the team to play Europe in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28. Captain Tom Watson will also select three wildcard choices for his 12-man team after the U.S. PGA Championship ends on Aug. 10. (Compiled by Josh Reich) More »

  • Scottish Independence: Aerospace and Defence Firms Worry About Loss of Comp …
    Scottish Independence: Aerospace and Defence Firms Worry About Loss of Comp … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Britain's aerospace and defence giants have raised "serious concerns" about Scottish independence, claiming it could damage their competitiveness. Paul Everett, chief executive of the sector's trade body ADS, claimed groups such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, and Rolls-Royce believe an independent Scotland would present "risk both to companies across the UK and to potential inward investors", due the uncertainty over tax and monetary policy. Britain currently boasts the world's second biggest aerospace and defence industries after the United States, according to UKTI. However, Everett believes the "uncertainty" which could result from Scottish independence would threaten that position. More »

  • Golf-Ryder Cup comeback is ageless Jimenez's next target Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 13 (Reuters) - No sooner had the seemingly ageless Miguel Angel Jimenez secured fourth place at the 78th Masters on Sunday than he turned his attention to winning back a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team. The Spaniard capped a memorable week by reeling off four birdies in the last nine holes to finish with a 71 and a four-under-par total of 284, four behind championship winner Bubba Watson of the United States. Jimenez featured in the Ryder Cup in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2010. He missed out on the remarkable comeback victory over the Americans in Illinois two years ago and is determined to win a place in Paul McGinley's side in Scotland in September. More »

  • UK aerospace and defence firms fret over Scottish independence bid
    UK aerospace and defence firms fret over Scottish independence bid Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Britain's aerospace and defence industries warned on Sunday that the sector could lose its global competitive edge as a result of Scotland's bid for independence, which is due to be decided by a referendum later this year. The ADS Group, an aerospace and defence trade organisation, said the uncertainty over the future of taxation, fiscal and monetary policy that the September 18 referendum has generated was a major cause of concern for firms operating in Britain. "September's referendum on the future of Scotland could have a profound impact on these sectors' global competitiveness," said ADS Group chief executive Paul Everitt. "In addition to the debates about monetary and fiscal policy, there is genuine uncertainty about the impact of independence on the UK's - and Scotland's - international influence, export opportunities and inward investment." Britain is home to a number of major aerospace and defence industry firms such as BAE Systems, Cobham and Babcock - all of whom are members of the ADS Group. More »