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COMMONWEALTH DIARY: England made to feel welcome by Scottish hosts

First up is the friendliness of the Scottish hosts. The Commonwealths are described as the “friendly games” and that is certainly true. Everywhere you go, the Glaswegians are only too happy to stop and chat and welcome you to their city. This also …

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Joint plea for rent restraint

Believing that predictability about future rent levels for tenanted farms is fundamental to a healthy rented sector within Scottish agriculture, the groups want to create the conditions to allow landowners and tenants to plan and invest with a degree …

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Jamaican athletics expert wants to create link with Scottish sprinters

A Jamaican Olympian at the heart of his nation's golden generation of athletes wants to create a link that could see Scottish sprinters train with the best in the world. Sixty-two-year-old Anthony Davis, who competed at the 1980 Olympics, is one of the …

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Keatings medal hat-trick helps take Scottish tally to 41

Keatings medal hat-trick helps take Scottish tally to 41. Susan Swarbrick. Columnist and Senior Features Writer. Thursday 31 July 2014. Gymnast Daniel Keatings picked up his third medal of Glasgow's Games today when he took gold in the pommel horse …

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Bedwas Co-op has Scottish Gaelic signs instead of Welsh

Shoppers in Caerphilly county have been left baffled after a store installed new Welsh signs which instead feature Scottish Gaelic words. Welsh language tutor Jonathan Ford spotted the signs at the Bedwas Co-operative after its £360,000 refit. He said …

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Monitor farms deliver the goods

Mr Lochhead said: "Monitor farms are undoubtedly a great way of trying out new farming technologies and techniques, and promoting best practice across rural Scotland – and this report gives welcome confirmation of the value of this model to Scottish …

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Scottish Government labels UK lobbying reforms "mishandled"

However, whatever the outcome, the SNP-led Scottish Government hinted proposals are unlikely to go the way of the controversial bill approved in the House of Commons earlier this year. Stating that the aim was to get something "that everyone can stand …

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Scottish trick cyclist Danny MacAskill shows off his skills at the Playboy Mansion

THE star stunt rider admitted he was "distracted by the scenery" as he performed bicycle stunts at the mansion in California. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. SCOTS biker Danny MacAskill got to live out every male's fantasy when he visited the Playboy …

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Scottish independence could kill off major rocket range, Jim Murphy says

Mr Murphy, who is attempting to discuss independence in 100 Scottish towns in 100 days, used a visit to the Outer Hebrides to link the vote to the Uist rocket range. The site, which is used to test rockets and run by Qinetiq, employs around 200 people …

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'Scottish Minimum Wage' Would Rise In line With Inflation

"In an independent Scotland the SNP will set up a commission to consider a new 'Scottish Minimum Wage' – which would at least rise in line with inflation."

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Independence: Sir Martin Jacomb and Sir Andrew Large …

Financial experts warn currency union 'not on offer' after Yes vote. Sir Martin Jacomb and Sir Andrew Large say a sterlingzone is 'not compatible with Scotland being politically independent'.

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Chvrches discuss Scottish independence

On 18 September, a referendum will be held to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. The answer will be a simple yes or no. Some artists, musicians and actors have come out in support of either side. Others have decided to keep …

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Art Moves tackle 'The Scottish Play'

Art Moves Summer Drama Project perform Macbeth at the Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath. Pictured are the actors in rehersal. Published on the 31 July 2014 14:43. Published 31/07/2014 14:43. Print this. A theatre group which highlights the abilities …

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Most Scottish businesses haven't planned for independence – survey

A SURVEY has revealed that more than eight out of 10 Scottish businesses in Scotland have not planned for a vote for independence. According to the KPMG research more than 83 per cent of firms said they had not made continuity plans ahead of the …

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Scottish shooting sisters talk to Ayshah in Glasgow

For most athletes who compete at the Commonwealth Games, being away from home and family for a few weeks is all part and parcel of the job. But not for Scottish shooting sisters Jen and Seonaid Mcintosh who have both been competing in Glasgow.

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In Time for the Scottish Referendum, the Battle of Bannockburn Gets a Facelift

The Scottish first fought for independence from the English in the 13th century, and they're still rearing to battle. This time in a ballot box instead of with axes and longbows when the Scottish vote in the independence referendum in September. The …

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Tributes paid to Scottish actor Kenny Ireland who has died after battle with …

SCOTTISH actor and former director of Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre, Kenny Ireland has died following a battle with cancer. Known for his roles as Kenny the handyman in Victoria Wood's Acorn Antiques and more recently Donald Stewart in Benidorm, …

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Scottish Windfest in Fraserburgh

Kitesurfers from across the world are set to blow Fraserburgh crowds away this weekend in the UK's premier wind and surf event. The north-east town's sandy beaches will play host to Scottish Windfest on Tour, a celebration of extreme and water sports.

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Bolt on mission to thrill Scots « Shropshire Star

He has received the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation, but T he Times on Thursday published the full conversation between Bolt and reporter Katie Gibbons, and Angus Macleod, the newspaper's Scottish …

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Who is top dog?

"We hope this initiative will raise the profile of these 'unsung heroes' of Scottish livestock farming," said QMS chief executive Uel Morton. "Farm dogs have played a huge role in successful livestock farming in Scotland for centuries. As well as …

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Scottish Widows eyes simplified drawdown after Budget pensions overhaul

Scottish Widows is developing a simplified direct-to-consumer drawdown offering in the wake of the Budget as the provider looks to launch a guidance service for retirement customers. The reforms announced by Chancellor George Osborne in March, …

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Tunes of Numpties: Scottish novelists on independence

So I'm grateful to David Torrance for alerting me to this corking sampling of Scottish writers' views on the whole independence stramash. Fairness demands one acknowledge that it's not all barmy and not wholly self-indulgent or sentimental guff. Still …

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Thursday's Scottish gossip

(Scottish Sun: Print edition). Standard Liege boss Guy Luzon says he has no fears about striker Tony Watt's attitude, insisting his new signing from Celtic has a bright future. (Daily Record). Manager Derek McInnes has vowed to make Aberdeen European …

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Swinney to visit Scottish Borders firm ahead of Kelso meeting

“The success of Scotmas reflects Scotland's annual growth in manufactured exports – the fastest seen since 2008 – this is good news for Scottish businesses and the wider Scottish economy.” Mr Swinney added: “This comes in the same week that we see …

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Scottish prisoners refused right to vote in referendum by supreme court

If they had won, the Scottish government would have been forced to introduce emergency amendments to its independence referendum act allowing inmates to apply for a postal ballot or nominate a proxy voter. The deadline for postal applications is 3 …

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Champ Culverwell digs deep at Scottish Amateur

CAPITAL star Zander Culverwell won ugly to stay on course in his bid to become the first player to defend the Scottish Amateur title in over 30 years. The former Lothians champion described his last-hole win over Thornhill's Greig Marchbank as “scrappy …

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Shell shrugs off Scottish independence concerns

There is of course uncertainty that would flow from a Scottish independence outcome but then having said that we would of course deal with Scottish independence in the way that we would have to. I don't think there is in that sense anything that we are …

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Is Scottish Power now the worst firm for bill bungles?

Scottish Power settled the matter, but Mrs Robinson said that she was worried other customers wouldn't notice if their balances were less than they should be, as the correct credit balance was only given on the customer's paper bill and not online. She …

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Scottish Widows to launch new at-retirement products

Lloyds Banking Group's life and pensions business Scottish Widows has become the latest to confirm it will bring a new suite of at-retirement products to market in the wake of the new pensions freedoms. In its half-year results published this morning …

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Scottish rent review initiative launched

The initiative launched from NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates and Scottish Tenant Farmers' Association is intended to ensure stability until any emerging recommendations on legislative changes can be implemented. For now, rent reviews will …

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Local talent shines as Scottish designer creates uniform for Edinburgh hotel

Designer Judy R Clark was chosen by the hotel for her ability to blend Scottish heritage and traditional materials with modern flair and style, which fits with G&V's ethos. Alongside the local designers, the hotel has worked with an array of Scottish …

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UK and Scottish governments provide £3.5million to help war victims in Gaza

“There is also increasing evidence that the humanitarian situation is continuing to deteriorate and that is why the Scottish Government is providing £500,000 funding to help the United Nations provide the water, food shelter and medical assistance …

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FCm Travel Solutions expands Scottish operations | News …

FCm Travel Solutions expands Scottish operations. 8. 1. Share. 1 hour ago. FCm Travel Solutions expands Scottish operations. FCm Travel Solutions' specialist oil and gas division in Aberdeen has expanded into new premises and hired four …

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Scottish businesses lack Yes vote plan

Fewer than one in five businesses in Scotland have considered making plans for a Yes vote in September's referendum on independence , according to a survey by professional services firm KPMG. “Our research suggests that most businesses probably do …

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery reveals the painting that inspired Wilfred Owen

It has been loaned by the Royal Scottish Academy, and has been specially conserved ahead of the show, called Remembering the Great War, which aims to reflect the stories of a wide range of people, from famous figures to ordinary men and women.

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