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  • Forest Whitaker: Why we have to listen to young people
    Forest Whitaker: Why we have to listen to young people 6 hours ago

    The Last King Of Scotland star is the special envoy for peace and reconciliation for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. More »

  • Caravan park firm Park Resorts to merge with rival Parkdean 7 hours ago

    British caravan holiday park operator Park Resorts will merge with rival Parkdean Holidays in a deal which will create a combined business worth 960 million pounds ($1.5 billion), Park Resorts' owner Electra Private Equity said. The deal will create a nationwide holiday park operator with 73 sites and annual earnings of over 100 million pounds, Electra said in a statement on Tuesday. Electra said that, on completion of the transaction, a new 550 million pound debt facility that Park Resorts arranged with Barclays , JP Morgan and Royal Bank of Scotland last month will be used to refinance its existing debt facilities. More »

  • Canadian soccer commentator Graham Leggat dies at 81 18 hours ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Graham Leggat, a longtime soccer commentator in Canada who played for Scotland in the 1958 World Cup and coached in the NASL in the 1970s, has died. He was 81. More »

  • Osborne's £500m For Faslane Is Wrong, Says SNP
    Osborne's £500m For Faslane Is Wrong, Says SNP 20 hours ago

    George Osborne has announced £500m for sea walls, jetties and other projects at the Faslane naval base in Scotland, securing nearly 7,000 jobs at the home of the UK's nuclear deterrent. But critics questioned the Goverment's spending priorities and said the move suggested it would press ahead with the replacement of Trident nuclear weapons when a parliamentary vote on the issue is expected next year. And he described Trident and the programme ahead as "Britain's ultimate insurance policy in a more uncertain and dangerous world". More »

  • George Osborne mocks Scotland with a sick joke on Trident renewal
    George Osborne mocks Scotland with a sick joke on Trident renewal 23 hours ago

    To give George Osborne his due, his comic timing is impeccable. Less than four months after an absolute majority of the Scottish electorate voted for parties with an unambiguous manifesto commitment to scrap nuclear weapons, leading to the election of anti-Trident MPs in 57 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, the chancellor tells us that he's upgrading the nuclear base on the Clyde as a dividend for Scotland voting No to independence. More »

  • Former hat-trick record-holder Leggat dies at 81
    Former hat-trick record-holder Leggat dies at 81 Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Graham Leggat, who held the record for the quickest English top- flight hat-trick for over 51 years until Southampton's Sadio Mane broke it in May, has died aged 81. The Scotland international scored three goals in exactly three minutes for Fulham in a club record 10–1 win over Ipswich Town in 1963. Mane netted a hat-trick in two minutes 56 seconds in Southampton's 6-1 win over Aston Villa in the penultimate Premier League match of last season. More »

  • UK pledges 500 million pounds to refurbish Scottish nuclear base Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Britain will spend more than 500 million pounds ($770 million) refurbishing its nuclear submarine base in Scotland over the next 10 years, finance minister George Osborne said on Monday. The Faslane naval base on the River Clyde, east of Glasgow, is home to the fleet of four Vanguard-class submarines, one of which is on patrol at all times, that form Britain's 'Trident' nuclear deterrent. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative government has said it backs the fleet's multi-billion pound renewal and intends to base the new submarines at Faslane. More »

  • Trio jailed for Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair murder plot
    Trio jailed for Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair murder plot Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Three men who plotted to murder former loyalist leader Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair in Scotland have been jailed. More »

  • Britain announces investment in Scottish naval base
    Britain announces investment in Scottish naval base Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Scotland's Faslane naval base is to receive £500 million ($770 million, 688 million euros) in investment over 10 years, the British government has announced. More »

  • Shelvey back in England squad for Euro qualifiers
    Shelvey back in England squad for Euro qualifiers Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Jonjo Shelvey had a day to remember on Sunday when, after helping Swansea City upset Manchester United 2-1 in the Premier League, he was named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland. The powerful midfielder won his only cap to date against San Marino two years ago. There is also a recall for Manchester United left back Luke Shaw, who last played in the 3-1 victory over Scotland in November 2014. The only uncapped member of the 22-man squad is Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. ... More »

  • English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown
    English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has put the future of the centuries-old union between England and Scotland in mortal danger by stoking English nationalism, former premier Gordon Brown said on Sunday. Brown, who led a Labour government between 2007 and 2010, told an audience in his native Scotland that Conservative leader Cameron must retreat from policies that draw dividing lines between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. More »

  • Tory Government stoking 'dangerous' English nationalism, says Gordon …
    Tory Government stoking 'dangerous' English nationalism, says Gordon … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Gordon Brown has attacked the Conservative Government for stoking a "dangerous and insidious" English nationalism that he said is pushing England and Scotland apart. More »

  • Clutha families need assurance on report publication, Sturgeon tells McLoug …
    Clutha families need assurance on report publication, Sturgeon tells McLoug … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Scotland's First Minister has written to the UK Government's transport secretary urging him to assure families of the victims of the Clutha helicopter tragedy that a report into the crash be published as soon as possible. More »

  • Brunel slams Italy after Scotland thrashing
    Brunel slams Italy after Scotland thrashing Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Italy coach Jacques Brunel accused his players of taking to the field "with low physicality" as they slumped to their heaviest-ever defeat against Scotland, 48-7, in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield on Saturday. More »

  • Scotland beats Italy 48-7 in Rugby World Cup warm-up match
    Scotland beats Italy 48-7 in Rugby World Cup warm-up match Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland finally injected some momentum into its World Cup preparations by following up last week's win over Italy with a 48-7 triumph in the Edinburgh return fixture on Saturday. More »

  • Scotland score six tries in rout of Italy
    Scotland score six tries in rout of Italy Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield on Saturday. Wingers Sean Lamont and Tim Visser crossed the line twice each for the hosts, who looked far more convincing than they did in their 16-12 win over the Italians in Turin last week. Flanker John Barclay and centre Mark Bennett were the other Scottish try-scorers. Captain Greig Laidlaw, recalled to the side, slotted over two conversions and four penalties and Finn Russell kicked a late conversion for the Scots who led 23-7 at halftime. ... More »

  • Scotland wing their way to record rout of Italy
    Scotland wing their way to record rout of Italy Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Scotland wings Sean Lamont and Tim Visser each plundered two tries as Vern Cotter's side coasted to a record 48-7 win over Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday in their only warm up match on home soil before the start of next month's World Cup in England. More »

  • Banks and compliance: How a new communications system could prevent rate fixing …
    Banks and compliance: How a new communications system could prevent rate fixing … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) by Citicorp, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS has resulted in fines of more than $5.8bn (£3.75bn, € 5.3bn) and major bank's images being severely harmed. Although banks might seem like big corporate machines that do not care about people on the streets, Kailash Ambwani, chief executive of corporate communications company Actiance, told IBTimes UK the banks are actively trying to prevent rate setting from happening. Actiance is currently developing a a real-time communication system called Actiance Trusted Communities (ATC), that can be used by banks and other trading companies that would prevent rate setting. More »

  • Germany call up Liverpool's Can for key qualifers
    Germany call up Liverpool's Can for key qualifers Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Liverpool's uncapped midfielder Emre Can was on Friday called up to the Germany squad for the world champions' forthcoming key Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland. More »

  • Germany picks Liverpool's Emre Can for Euro qualifiers
    Germany picks Liverpool's Emre Can for Euro qualifiers Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew called up Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on Friday for the upcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Scotland. More »

  • Nicola Sturgeon told to 'calm down' over BBC by Tory MP
    Nicola Sturgeon told to 'calm down' over BBC by Tory MP Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon needs to "calm down" following her demands that Scotland must get a dedicated BBC television channel, a Tory MP has said. More »

  • Liverpool's Can earns Germany call-up for Euro qualifiers Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Liverpool's defensive midfielder Emre Can was called up for Germany's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland next month, with coach Joachim Loew on Friday praising his development at the Premier League club. The 21-year-old, who played for Germany at every youth level, joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen last year. More »

  • Scotland in search of Italy revenge
    Scotland in search of Italy revenge Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Scotland will be seeking to overturn their dramatic last-minute Six Nations defeat at home to Italy and restore morale at Murrayfield when they face the Azzurri in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match on Saturday. More »

  • U.S. leaning against regulatory relief for three banks in Libor scandal
    U.S. leaning against regulatory relief for three banks in Libor scandal Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department is leaning toward denying requests for regulatory relief by three big foreign banks that pleaded guilty to manipulating Libor interest rates but want to keep managing retirement accounts for clients. In letters to units of Deutsche Bank , UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland , the department said it has "tentatively decided not to propose" exemptions sought by the banks due to their "failure to demonstrate that the exemptions would be in the interest of plan clients." The July 16 letters give each bank the opportunity to submit additional materials to make their case and try to sway the department. "We continue to engage with the DOL through the full application process to provide the information that we believe supports the grant of an exemption," UBS spokesman Gregg Rosenberg said. More »

  • Nicola Sturgeon reveals 'anger' at sexist portrayals of women in the …
    Nicola Sturgeon reveals 'anger' at sexist portrayals of women in the … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said she gets angry about the potential impact sexism in the media has on women and girls. More »

  • Nicola Sturgeon demands own BBC channel for Scotland
    Nicola Sturgeon demands own BBC channel for Scotland Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Scotland must get a dedicated BBC television channel to counter the often "ill-informed" coverage of London-based journalists who have "totally failed" to cover constitutional change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded. More »

  • Barclay back in Scotland starting side
    Barclay back in Scotland starting side Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    John Barclay will make his first Scotland start in nearly two years after being given another chance to press his claims for a World Cup spot after being included Thursday in the team for Saturday's warm-up match against Italy at Murrayfield. More »

  • Police Scotland Boss To Step Down Early
    Police Scotland Boss To Step Down Early Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Chief Constable of Police Scotland has revealed he is to step down by the end of the year - earlier than planned. Sir Stephen House was the first chief constable to be appointed following the amalgamation of Scotland's eight regional police forces into a national force in 2013. Police Scotland was most recently criticised following the M9 accident in July in which Lamara Bell, 25, and John Yuill, 28, died after being in the crashed car for three days. More »

  • Wholesale changes for Scots against Italy
    Wholesale changes for Scots against Italy Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Coach Vern Cotter has changed all but one of his starting team for his Scotland side's second successive rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy on Saturday, with wing Sean Lamont the only survivor from last week's 16-12 win in Turin. In the front row, Edinburgh Rugby trio Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and Willem Nel start the match after their impressive replacement appearances last week, with John Barclay, David Denton and Ryan Wilson offering an impressive back row. ... More »

  • Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House to step down early
    Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House to step down early Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Sir Stephen House has announced his intention to step down as Chief Constable of Police Scotland by the end of the year - earlier than planned. More »

  • Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon pushes for BBC reform and new TV channel and second …
    Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon pushes for BBC reform and new TV channel and second … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will call for a radical reform of the BBC, which includes the setting up of a new distinctly Scottish television channel and a second Scottish radio station. As part of its charter renewal programme, she is proposing to decentralise the BBC with a new federal structure of BBC boards for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, but under an overarching UK board of trustees. "Scotland, the BBC and all the nations and regions of the UK have the right to expect something truly radical from the charter review. More »

  • Laidlaw returns to captain Scotland
    Laidlaw returns to captain Scotland Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw will return to captain Scotland after coach Vern Cotter named his squad on Tuesday for the World Cup warm-up match against Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. Laidlaw missed the recent defeat by Ireland and last week's win over Italy as Cotter picked experimental line-ups. Fullback Stuart Hogg and flyhalf Finn Russell also return to the squad along with centre Mark Bennett and winger Tommy Seymour. ... More »

  • Laidlaw to return as Scotland skipper for Italy
    Laidlaw to return as Scotland skipper for Italy Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will return as Scotland's captain for the World Cup warm-up match against Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. More »

  • Zurich Insurance Makes £5.6bn Bid For RSA
    Zurich Insurance Makes £5.6bn Bid For RSA Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    RSA, the owner of the More Than home and motor insurance brand, has had a £5.6bn takeover bid from Swiss rival Zurich. Zurich's bid needs to be completed by that deadline to comply with City takeover rules. Sussex-based RSA, which is run by former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester, had asked for the UK Takeover Panel to extend the initial deadline of 5pm today. More »

  • UK banking complaints grow 8 percent on packaged account concerns
    UK banking complaints grow 8 percent on packaged account concerns Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Complaints about Britain's financial firms rose eight percent in the first half of this year after a jump in new cases about packaged bank accounts, the industry's watchdog said on Tuesday. Packaged bank accounts offer a range of additional services -- such as insurance policies, better deals on savings accounts or loans, and other perks in exchange for a monthly fee. Three major banks -- Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Lloyds -- have set aside 732 million pounds between them to compensate customers for possible mis-sold packaged accounts, raising concern it could build into another big compensation problem for the industry. More »