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  • UK Set To Sizzle Again But Not Before Storms
    UK Set To Sizzle Again But Not Before Storms Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Warm, dry weather is expected to continue in the South and South East, with the odd patchy shower, but heavy rain and storms are likely in much of the North and West of England, Wales and Scotland until around Wednesday. The mercury this week is unlikely to hit the highs of last week's record-breaking temperatures of 36.7C (98.1F), recorded at Heathrow, while many other areas broke the 30C (86F) mark. Temperatures today will reach around 22C in the South East and London and 20C in Scotland. More »

  • Ukip is the canary in the coal mine for Labour's working class problem
    Ukip is the canary in the coal mine for Labour's working class problem Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Aside from the SNP surge in Scotland, the biggest shock for Labour at the recent General Election was the extent to which traditional Labour voters opted for Ukip. This lazy characterisation helps to explain why, under the doomed leadership of Ed Miliband, Labour went into May's election with a good deal of complacency about Ukip. It was an attitude largely drawn from polling in 2014, which showed that Ukip was taking four or five Tory voters for every one Labour voter. More »

  • Software skills academy to open
    Software skills academy to open Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Plans to create a dedicated software skills academy in Scotland have been revealed. More »

  • Lightning Seen Across UK As Heatwave Continues
    Lightning Seen Across UK As Heatwave Continues Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    There had been Met Office warnings of possible torrential rain during the first half of Saturday, with the possibility of surface flooding. The storms began trending on Twitter – with fork and sheet lightning reported in London, Surrey, Southampton and Bournemouth. Forecaster John Griffiths said lightning strikes were reported in London and the south coast, as well as Wales and warned that thundery showers would move north into Scotland and the north of England. More »

  • Flash Flooding Warning As Weather Stays Warm
    Flash Flooding Warning As Weather Stays Warm Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The temperatures are unlikely to reach the levels of Wednesday when Heathrow recorded 36.7C (98.1F), but thermometers on Friday could hit the high 20s in southern England, in central areas and south Wales. On Saturday, some areas in the south and east of England could go even higher, with most areas in the north, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland seeing the mercury rising into the high teens or low 20s on both days. But the Met Office is warning that the high temperatures could be followed by spectacular storms which have the potential to cause flash flooding. More »

  • FTSE marks biggest weekly drop in a month
    FTSE marks biggest weekly drop in a month Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's blue-chip share index marked its biggest weekly drop in a month on Friday, with miners slipping on a slowdown in China and banks falling after Brazil said it was investigating some global lenders' currency market activity. The FTSE 100 closed 0.7 percent lower at 6,585.78 points and hardly moved on data showing Britain's services sector grew more than expected last month. The banking index fell 1.2 percent on news that Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered were among those under investigation on suspicion of rigging the Brazilian real. More »

  • Court rejects bid by victims' kin to clear Lockerbie bomber Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Judges at a Scottish court ruled Friday that relatives of people killed in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland cannot launch an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the attack. More »

  • RBS could face 8.33 billion-pound bill in U.S. mortgage bond case - court f …
    RBS could face 8.33 billion-pound bill in U.S. mortgage bond case - court f … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland may need to pay $13 billion (8.33 billion pounds) to settle claims it misled investors in mortgage-backed securities, according to documents filed in a U.S. court. The estimate was made in a filing by Philippe Selendy, a lawyer for Quinn Emanuel, which has brought the case for the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency and is based upon a previous judgement in a separate case involving RBS. Nomura and RBS were ordered last month to pay a collective $806 million for making false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. More »

  • Queen to unveil new facilities
    Queen to unveil new facilities Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Queen will officially open a university building and new hospitals today as part of her week of engagements in Scotland. More »

  • Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday. The Compact of States and Regions, launched last September, said more local governments would join the effort over the summer, making their combined emissions savings one of the most significant pledges to be presented ahead of a new U.N. climate deal due in December. The state and regional governments that have already set targets include British Columbia, California, Ontario, Oregon, Quebec, New York, Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Lombardy, Rhone-Alpes, Scotland, Wales, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia. More »

  • UK to give English MPs veto powers in parliament
    UK to give English MPs veto powers in parliament Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - English lawmakers will be given a veto in Britain's parliament over legislation that only impacts England, the government said on Thursday, removing the ability of Scottish lawmakers to have a decisive say on laws that do not affect them. Decades-old grievances over imbalances in the way laws are made in Britain came to the fore last September after a last-ditch promise to hand powers to Scotland's devolved parliament helped swing Scottish opinion in favour of keeping the United Kingdom together in a referendum. Thursday's announcement follows a pre-election promise by Prime Minister David Cameron to address the situation whereby Scottish parliamentarians are allowed to vote on laws affecting only England, while English lawmakers cannot vote on similar Scottish matters handled by Scotland's devolved parliament. More »

  • RBS refers clients to Paribas for transaction services
    RBS refers clients to Paribas for transaction services Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Royal Bank of Scotland said it will no longer provide cash management and trade finance services to thousands of customers outside Britain and Ireland and will instead refer them to French bank BNP Paribas. The decision is part of the plan it announced in February to shrink its investment bank and international operations and focus on lending to British households and businesses. "As part of our strategy to make RBS a simpler, stronger and more sustainable bank, RBS Transaction Services will focus on its home market capabilities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland," Marc Townsend, head of RBS's Global Transaction Services, said on Thursday. More »

  • Goosen qualifies for British Open Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen made birdie on the first playoff hole to qualify for the British Open. More »

  • Susan Boyle receives honorary doctorate
    Susan Boyle receives honorary doctorate Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Britain’s Got Talent star was honoured by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow. More »

  • GE to sell European private equity financing unit to SMBC
    GE to sell European private equity financing unit to SMBC Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Taiga Uranaka TOKYO (Reuters) - General Electric Co said it would sell its European private equity financing business to a unit of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) for about $2.2 billion as the U.S. conglomerate sheds financial assets amid a restructuring. This makes the deal attractive to the core banking unit of Japan's third largest bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) , which is trying to diversify away from the fiercely competitive corporate lending sector. In 2012, SMFG acquired an aircraft leasing company from Royal Bank of Scotland Group for $7.3 billion and this year, Mizuho Financial Group Inc agreed to buy the U.S. and Canadian loan portfolio of RBS for $3 billion. More »

  • Molinari, Lingmerth among 6 added to British Open field Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Francesco Molinari and Memorial winner David Lingmerth are among six players who have been added to the field for the British Open. More »

  • Weather: Heatwave Temperatures To Hit 34C
    Weather: Heatwave Temperatures To Hit 34C Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The UK is set to swelter in temperatures of more than 34C (93F) amid an official health alert over the impending heatwave. Extreme heat from Iberia and France will see increasingly tropical conditions across central and southern areas, although even parts of Scotland will see the mercury rise as high as 27C. The southern coast of Spain baked in 43C heat over the weekend, which Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said was contributing to Britain's balmy temperatures. More »

  • Jailed Drugs Mule Could Be Back In UK In Weeks
    Jailed Drugs Mule Could Be Back In UK In Weeks Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Authorities in Peru have approved a prison transfer for drugs mule Melissa Reid meaning she could be back in the UK within weeks. The 21-year-old was jailed for cocaine smuggling in 2013 and has been seeking to serve the remainder of her six-year sentence closer to home in Scotland. Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, and Michaella McCollum, from Co Tyrone, were caught with £1.5m worth of drugs at Lima airport. More »

  • MPs urged to reject fiscal autonomy
    MPs urged to reject fiscal autonomy Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Scottish Secretary David Mundell has urged MPs to vote down SNP plans for full fiscal autonomy for Scotland, saying the decision is a "bit of a no brainer". More »

  • Temperatures Could Hit 30C Next Week
    Temperatures Could Hit 30C Next Week Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A mini-heatwave could hit Britain next week with temperatures of up to 30C in the South. Even Scotland could see temperatures reach the mid-20s as intense heat from the continent pushes up over the Channel. Forecasters say that the high temperatures could last for just a couple of days before falling. More »

  • UBP to cut between 110 and 160 jobs after Coutts deal - source
    UBP to cut between 110 and 160 jobs after Coutts deal - source Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) plans to cut between 110 and 160 jobs initially after buying the international business of wealth manager Coutts from Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland , a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. In an initial step, UBP told staff on Thursday it would take on between 290 and 340 people from Coutts out of an overall 450 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the person said. Coutts' EMEA operations are mainly based in Switzerland, but it also has operations in Monaco and Dubai. More »

  • Briefing 'no criticism of Scotland'
    Briefing 'no criticism of Scotland' Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The keeper of the Privy Purse has insisted a briefing on royal accounts was "never intended to be a criticism of Scotland" after it was claimed that the Scottish Government could cut its contribution to the British monarchy if plans for further devolution go ahead. More »

  • Queen Elizabeth might have to leave crumbling Buckingham Palace
    Queen Elizabeth might have to leave crumbling Buckingham Palace Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth might have to move out of Buckingham Palace for an extended period under plans being considered to allow builders to carry out millions of pounds of repairs to the crumbling building. Although no decision is imminent as funding has yet to be agreed, the royals who use the palace as a London base, including the queen and some of her children, might have to move out as well if that is the most cost-effective solution. If she does have to move out, the queen has several official residences to choose from, including Windsor Castle west of London, Sandringham House in Norfolk, Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh and Balmoral Castle further north in Scotland. More »

  • British Open prize money soars, champion to win $1.8 million
    British Open prize money soars, champion to win $1.8 million Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The British Open champion at St. Andrews next month will win 1.15 million pounds ($1.8 million), an increase of 175,000 pounds ($275,000) from 2014. More »

  • British 'challenger bank' Atom gains licence from Bank of England Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    British bank Atom said on Wednesday it had secured its licence by the Bank of England, and planned to launch products and services to customers later this year. Atom, which is headquartered in the Northeast of England, is pursuing a low-cost, digital approach to retail banking and plans to offer its services online rather than in high-street branches. The bank - one of several so-called 'challenger' lenders set up to compete with dominant bluechip banks such as Barclays , HSBC , Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland - has raised 25 million pounds so far from investors including investment industry veteran Neil Woodford. More »

  • Shareholders slam outgoing RBS boss
    Shareholders slam outgoing RBS boss Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The outgoing chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been heavily criticised by shareholders at his final annual general meeting. More »

  • RBS plans to return surplus cash to shareholders
    RBS plans to return surplus cash to shareholders Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    By Matt Scuffham EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland expects a substantial increase in its capital thanks to the sale of businesses over the coming years and intends to return some of it to shareholders, Chief Executive Ross McEwan said. The bank, 78 percent owned by the government, said in February it would shrink its investment banking operations drastically, pulling out of 25 countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, to help it refocus on lending in Britain. "As we reduce risk, and make expected divestments over the coming years, we anticipate a substantial increase in our capital as a result. More »

  • RBS CEO says Williams & Glyn IPO remains on track for late 2016 Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland's Chief Executive Ross McEwan said he remained confident that the bank would meet a deadline to spin off its Williams & Glyn business before the end of 2016. RBS was ordered to sell Williams & Glyn, which comprises 314 branches and is focused on lending to small businesses, by European regulators as a condition of its 46 billion pound ($70 billion) government bailout during the 2007-09 financial crisis. However, the sale process has been costly and dogged by setbacks, largely related to technology problems. ... More »

  • Island With 48 Residents And No Gay Couples Legalises Gay Marriage
    Island With 48 Residents And No Gay Couples Legalises Gay Marriage Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Pacific Island of Pitcairn, a British Overseas Territory, has followed in the footsteps of England, Wales and Scotland by backing same-sex marriages. More »

  • Cotter pushing Scots out of comfort zone in Pyrenees
    Cotter pushing Scots out of comfort zone in Pyrenees Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Scotland's preparations for a testing Rugby World Cup pool have been kick started at altitude and included a night under the stars with French military forces as coach Vern Cotter sought to push his 46-man squad out of their comfort zone. More »

  • Marine sounds to be set to music
    Marine sounds to be set to music Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A New Wave veteran is turning to waves of a different sort for a new project to map the sounds of Scotland's shores and set them to music. More »

  • 'Good script' would lure McGregor
    'Good script' would lure McGregor Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Ewan McGregor has said he would return to film in Scotland "in a flash" if the right script came his way. More »

  • Timetable For British Babies To Get Meningitis Jab
    Timetable For British Babies To Get Meningitis Jab Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    All babies in England and Scotland are to be offered meningitis vaccinations from September, it has been announced. It will be the first national immunisation programme against the meningitis B strain of the illness in the world. Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the lining of the brain and mainly affects young children and teenagers. More »

  • Meningitis baby vaccine on the way
    Meningitis baby vaccine on the way Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    All babies in England and Scotland can be vaccinated against meningitis B from September in a move that experts described as lifesaving. More »

  • Lord Advocate wins black box ruling
    Lord Advocate wins black box ruling Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A court bid by Scotland's top prosecutor to obtain the black box from a helicopter which crashed off Shetland with the loss of four lives has been granted by a judge. More »