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Scottish rugby chief defends Vern Cotter's decision to include uncapped Kiwi …

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson has defended Vern Cotter's decision to include Hugh Blake in his RBS 6 Nations squad. The former New Zealand Under-20s back-rower only moved to Edinburgh last month and has yet to even feature for …

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Murrayfield could host Scotland national football team

The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is ready to open the doors of Murrayfield to its national football counterparts in a bid to slash debts. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) is undecided whether to press on with a revamp of national stadium Hampden …

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Outlook positive for Scottish property sales and lets in 2015

The outlook for the Scottish property market is optimistic for 2015, following a successful year in 2014 with encouraging levels of activity throughout the country and a return to some competitive bidding. There was a 24% increase in the number of …

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Rodger Harkins hails Cameron Tindle and next generation of Scottish athletes

SCOTTISH Athletics head coach Rodger Harkins believes throwing some of his young guns in at the deep end at last weekend's Sainsbury's International in Glasgow has demonstrated they have the toughness required to swim, rather than sink, in greater …

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UK should consider ban on Mein Kampf, says Scottish Labour MP

Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty is calling for a national debate on whether the sale of Adolf Hitler's “repulsive” manifesto Mein Kampf should be prohibited in the UK. Docherty has written to culture secretary Sajid Javid about the text, pointing …

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Activists cheer Scottish government rethink on new women's prison

Critics of the plan had argued that it runs contrary to the Scottish government's own advice on treatment of women offenders. The Scottish government commissioned a report by the former lord advocate Dame Elish Angiolini QC in 2012, which highlighted …

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Mike Ashley and Rangers dual interest hearing postponed by Scottish FA

A hearing into a possible breach of Scottish FA rules by Rangers and Mike Ashley has been postponed. A judicial panel was expected to sit on Tuesday to hear whether the Newcastle United owner was in contravention of rules by holding a dual interest in …

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Pipe and drum tribute to Scottish 'Bard' Burns

Pipe and drum tribute to Scottish 'Bard' Burns. Jim Millar, former director of language and education at the Ulster-Scots Agency, performs during the Burns concert at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. by Mark Rainey; mark.rainey@newsletter.co.uk. Published on …

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Scottish government says women-only jail 'not as effective'

Scottish government says women-only jail 'not as effective'. 1 hour ago. The justice secretary has said the decision not to progress with a new women-only prison in Inverclyde was taken because it did not fit with how a modern Scotland should help …

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Scottish Rugby 'in good health'

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Scottish football: RST chief confident Rangers fans will have more of a say in …

The RST's membership has risen to 4,500 in recent weeks, allowing the trust to enhance its shareholding in the Scottish Championship side to 1.23 per cent. And Graham is convinced better times lie ahead for the financially-troubled club if former Ibrox …

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Scottish court and prison workers stage 24-hour strike over pay

The union said its members working for the Scottish Court Service (SCS) are working under enormous pressure to deliver services with fewer resources and with "little or no reward for their hard work". It highlighted concerns about additional workloads …

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VIDEO: Dog walker spots big cat in Scottish countryside… What do you think?

A Scots dog-walker has sparked a mystery after spotting a big black cat “the size of an Alsatian” in a field. 42-year-old Barry Pearson captured footage of a creature running across a field and slinking into woods last Monday near a railway line on the …

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Value of Scottish exports rose to 'record' £27.9bn in 2013

The value of Scottish international exports rose to a record high of £27.9 billion in 2013, according to latest official figures. Exports rose by 7.2 per cent on the previous year or £1.9 billion, according to figures presented in the Scottish …

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A9 safety scheme vindicated

Mr MacKenzie said the data vindicated action taken by the Scottish Government and urged critics, such as Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander, to end their 'reckless' attempts to undermine the safety improvements. Mr Alexander claimed the cameras would cause …

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Worldwide sales of haggis boosts the Scottish economy by almost £5million in …

SALES of whisky are also up, with 1.3billion bottles of Scotch – enough to fill Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth pool 145 times – exported in 2013. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. PA. Haggis is shipped to 28 countries around the world each year.

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Scottish Government takes step closer to bigger say on farming and fishing

The Scottish Government is a step closer to having more of a say in key European Union negotiations in areas such as fishing and farming. UK Government ministers have said they recognised the need for politicians in Edinburgh and London to work more …

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Scottish island goes on sale complete with idyllic beaches and a herd of seals …

A Scottish island has been put on the market for less than the price of a one-bed London flat. Holm of Huip, situated in the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland, lies just off the coast of Stronsay, a small town directly opposite the 250,000 square …

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Monday's Scottish gossip

Neil Lennon hopes his club's money-spinning FA Cup replay against Liverpool will give him the financial muscle necessary to take Celtic's Kris Commons to Bolton Wanderers during January instead of waiting until the midfielder is out of contract in the …

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SSE price cut: Scottish and Southern Energy to cut household gas prices by 4.1%

One of the UK's largest energy suppliers has announced it will cut household gas prices by 4.1 per cent. The drop in price by SSE will take place on April 30 before extending its energy price freeze until at least July 2016. The move is the latest cut …

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Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh: the director's guide

Situated right in the heart of Edinburgh, between the Old and New Towns, the Scottish National Gallery's collection ranges in date from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century and includes most of the great names of European and Scottish art …

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Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will guarantee a triple lock against fracking plans

So whether it's environmental concerns or the sheer injustice of people not having a say, Scottish Labour have said loud and clear that we'll use the powerful new powers of the Scottish Parliament to stop fracking. We want a tough new regulatory scheme …

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Scottish cabinet comes to Dumfries

The Scottish cabinet is meeting in Dumfries as it takes its proceedings around the country. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it is to give ministers an insight into the issues affecting local areas and to let the public question them. In previous …

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New £75m women's prison scrapped, confirms Scottish minister

It follows criticism of the £75m plan to replace Scotland's women-only prison, Cornton Vale in Stirling. Holyrood's Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Scotland must take a more radical and ambitious approach to female offending. The Scottish …

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Official: Scottish playmaker Shaun Maloney signs for Chicago Fire

However, Maloney has chosen a move to America, with Chicago Fire snapping him up on Sunday night, announcing the deal on their official website. "Shaun is a very experienced player, having played in both the English and Scottish Premier Leagues, and …

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Scottish Labour leader Murphy under fire for ScotRail proposal

However, a spokesperson for Scottish transport minister Derek Mackay said the proposal was “yet another Murphy mess-up.” Mackay said: “Non-profit organisations can already bid to run Scotland's railways – indeed, the Scottish government invited such …

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Scottish Newspaper Society launches new site

Concurrently, SNS has also hired PR firm BIG Partnership to help it develop new campaigns to raise awareness of the Scottish media among the business community, with more details to be revealed in the coming weeks. Said John: “The purpose will be to …

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Scottish doctor suspended by GMC amid drugs allegations

A Scottish doctor has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) after being pictured allegedly snorting cocaine before work. A Scottish doctor has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) after being pictured allegedly snorting …

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Man wanted for 1999 Scottish murder faces extradition from Australia

A Scottish warrant was issued for Mr McGowan's arrest on December 3, 1999. However, Mr McGowan, who had been in Scotland to attend his mother's funeral, returned to Australia on the very day his warrant was issued. He had told friends he intended to …

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English getting better medical care than Scots – Daily Express

SCOTLAND'S NHS is lagging behind its English counterpart despite a huge boost in spending, a new report has revealed. … Obituaries · Scotland · Sunday · Home · News · UK; English getting better medical care than Scots …

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Scots teen helping JK Rowling magic work on TV for adults

A SCOTS schoolgirl will be propelled into the limelight next month when she takes a lead role in a television adaption of JK Rowling's first novel for adults.

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Bainsford boys reach Scottish cup decider

Good luck to them and to the lads from 2nd Polmont (Old Parish) who have reached the Scottish final of the Masterteam competition on February 7, being hosted by 1st Cambusnethan. The Company Committee Meeting at Brightons on January 12 was poorly …

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Scotland advised not to take North Sea oil for granted

He has urged the SNP – who he praised as an able Scottish government – to put their ambitions for Scottish independence “on the back burner for a long, long period of time” and focus on using their “significant additional powers” to make Scotland a …

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Furnish your home like a Scottish castle

The Scottish Auction will be held at Hansons, in Etwall, on Monday and, according to Charles, provides a chance to own a piece of history. "We have items from renowned makers and designers, such as Tiffany. The sale includes an 18ct Tiffany walking …

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Campaigner in plea to Scottish Labour leader

He told the Herald:“I want the Scottish Labour leader to take action. “With the General Election coming up and a new Labour constituency office opening in East Dunbartonshire, Mr Murphy must show his support to local cancer patients .” JimMurphy …

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