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Hearts vs Rangers, biggest Scottish game of season

Both sides are desperately battling it out for the one automatic promotion spot back to the Scottish Premiership. Hearts currently hold the upper hand and could go nine points clear of Rangers, who they defeated 2-1 on the opening day of the season …

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Nicola Sturgeon Unveils Equal Gender Split in Scottish Cabinet Reshuffle

Nicola Sturgeon has not only become the first female First Minister of Scotland but she has also marked a sea change in the gender make-up of her new senior ministerial team. After being sworn in my parliament as the new leader of Scotland, Sturgeon …

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Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday: Scottish pride is driving Dixon forward

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday: Scottish pride is driving Dixon forward. Town's Paul Dixon. by Leon Wobschall. Published on the 22 November 2014 06:30. Published 22/11/2014 06:30 …

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Scottish Premiership teamsheet: Big match preview, team news and injury …

ALL the information you need for Saturday, 22nd November's Premiership action with five matches taking place this afternoon. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. SNS Group / A;an Harvey. Celtic face Dundee at Parkhead. CELTIC v DUNDEE. Celtic's Scott …

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RBS braces itself for massive fines over IT chaos – Scottish …

The Royal Bank of Scotland is said to be bracing itself for massive fines from the Financial Conduct Authority after a major gaffe left customers without access to their accounts in June 2012. The once proud global bank, now 81% owned by the UK government carried out a systems … About the Author. Scottish Statesman […]

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Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland's First Minister after Holyrood vote

Nicola Sturgeon has been appointed as Scotland's first female First Minister after a vote at Holyrood. Ms Sturgeon replaces Alex Salmond, who resigned from the role on Tuesday with a final statement to the Scottish …

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David Cameron: Extra powers for Scottish Parliament will go ahead as planned …

Mr Cameron originally pledged to come forward with plans for "English votes for English laws" in the aftermath of the referendum vote, amid warnings from Conservatives that it would be unacceptable for Scottish MPs to be able to carrying on voting on …

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On this day: Jack McConnell is elected Scottish FM

Scarlett Johansson, actress, model, singer, 30; Boris Becker, Wimbledon tennis champion, 47; John Bird, actor and writer, 78; Tom Conti, Scottish actor and writer, 73; Terry Gilliam, film director and animator, 74; Sir Peter Hall CBE, film and theatre …

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Fans of Basque club Eibar adopt Scottish spirit

Rolling green hillsides and trickling streams surround SD Eibar's home ground, but the club's Scottish association goes deeper than that. Deeper even than the Saltire which adorns the back wall of the club's 5,000-seater stadium, illustrating Eibar's …

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Plastic bag use down by 90% since introduction of 5p levy as green …

The mandatory levy for single-use carrier bags was brought in by the Scottish Government a month ago in a bid to tackle litter and a “throwaway” culture. An Asda spokeswoman said yesterday: “We've seen a reduction of more than 90 per cent in the number …

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Scottish Premiership – Celtic could be biggest club in world, says chief …

He claimed that the 40,000 season tickets sold for this campaign was only bettered in Britain by Manchester United and Arsenal, then told shareholders that winning the Scottish Premiership title brings in £1.8million while claiming that clubs relegated …

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Electro outfit Prides confirm performance at Scottish Music Awards after year …

SCOTS electro-rockers Prides are to perform at this year's Scottish Music Awards. The trio, who played at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, are the first band lined up for the Tartan Clefs. They will take the stage at Glasgow's Old …

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In pictures: 8 Scottish ways to beat a hangover over the festive period

HERE, Scotland Now gives you the perfect Scottish hangover cures which can help you beat the blues and get back to feeling great again. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. VIEW GALLERY. SO, it's the morning after the night before and you're feeling a …

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Scottish word the week: Hattock

A famous record of the use of “horse and hattock” concerned a Lord Duffus, who, according to a letter written in 1695 from an unnamed Scottish man to English antiquarian John Aubrey, had been walking in Morayshire when he heard voices crying: “Horse …

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Exploring the Scottish Highlands: lowdown on the high road

Ah, the open road. What could be better than mile upon mile of winding asphalt, lacing its way through epic scenery with nary a roundabout, let alone a traffic light, to slow you down? And there's nowhere better than the Highlands to experience such a …

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Full list: Scottish Government cabinet members

View the latest news and sport or download full editions of the newspaper to read offline. Search for Scotsman.com in your Android or iOS app store today. Newspaper subscribers get free unlimited access to the app.

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​Radioactive leak as fire strikes Scottish nuclear plant

A fire at a Scottish nuclear power plant has caused the release of radioactive particles “via an unauthorized route.” Site officials insist the leak poses no threat to the public. The fire at Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) began at 01:30 GMT …

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Pure teckle: the mad manager who could top Harry Potter

A foul-mouthed parody of Dundee FC legend Jocky Scott is up against Harry Potter and DI Rebus in a bid to be Scotland's best loved book character. The Scottish Book Trust is currently running an online poll to find the nation's favourite character from …

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Robertson goes back to school

The Tesco Bank Football Challenge recently entered into a new four-year partnership with the Scottish FA. The project introduces football to Primary Two and Primary Three children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a …

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Tenants tackle 'slipper brigade'

The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association this week called on the Scottish government to tighten the activity rules of its CAP implementation plan to ensure that only genuinely active farmers receive entitlement to basic payments. Those vital …

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Scottish property tax could punish first time buyers, says academic

Those increases will be balanced by a cut in the amount payable on smaller properties which John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Minister says will be fairer and help first time buyers. Jacobsen, however feels that the new tax will make it harder for …

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Video extras: The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards

Video extras: The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards. Friday 21 November 2014. Here are two extra films from the Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2014. Here are two extra films from the Herald Scottish Politician of the Year …

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Who is in the new Scottish cabinet?

Ms Sturgeon stepped into the leadership role following Alex Salmond's departure in the wake of the "Yes" campaigns defeat in the Scottish independence referendum. The Glasgow University law graduate has played a key role in the SNP, entering the …

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Ruth Davidson cheats the system to deliver her 'vision' for …

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson abused her bid to contest Nicola Sturgeon in the First Ministerial elections to gain extended airtime and outline her 'alternative' vision for Scotland – a vision which contradicts her party's stance south of the border. Ms Davidson said that she wants to … Scottish Statesman – The Scottish Statesman is […]

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Dundee MSP named health secretary as Nicola Sturgeon apoints new Scottish …

And among the appointments was Dundee East MSP Shona Robison, who moves into the position of health secretary. Keith Brown has been made secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, Perthshire MSP Roseanna Cunningham will be secretary for …

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Scottish fact of the day: Lothian Buses

Lothian experienced fluctuating periods of competition and stability with Edinburgh's other major bus operator, First, and its previous incarnations SMT and Eastern Scottish. During this period, Lothian acquired a number of smaller Edinburgh operators.

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Scottish SPCA appeal after cat rescued from Arbroath Harbour

A cat was rescued from the water after it was spotted frantically trying to clamber onto a boat. The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of the animal who survived after falling into Arbroath Harbour. Scotland's animal welfare charity was alerted on …

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Scottish education secretary Michael Russell loses post in reshuffle

Under his watch the Scottish National Party administration maintained its policy of free higher education tuition and earlier this month Mr Russell unveiled proposals for a new higher education bill. This would implement key recommendations of the …

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Scottish giant raises £300m on the bond market

It is the first time a Scottish housing association has raised finance through the issue of a public bond on the capital markets. Ratings agency Standard and Poors gave the association a AA- rating earlier this month. Wheatley Group said the issue was …

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Fish feed developer Horizon Proteins awarded £575000 Scottish Enterprise …

Eleanor Mitchell, director of commercialisation at Scottish Enterprise, said: "We are very excited to be supporting a project with the potential to not only create high value jobs in Scotland but to also provide such significant value-add to the iconic …

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Loony Joons: The magic of the Scottish Junior Cup

That's what I like to call the third round if the Scottish Junior Cup which has crept up on us quicker than you can say Piff Paff Poof. Magic because of the quality of the ties. And magic because it's normally around now my own hopes of glory disappear …

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Tories and Ukip to Win General Election While Brexit and Scottish Independence …

Nomura predicts that the Conservative party and Ukip are likely to form the next British government despite the May 2015 general election being "the most unpredictable for two decades". According to the latest note by political analysts Philip Rush and …

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Scottish Parliament should have benefit top up powers, says Brown

The Scottish Parliament should be allowed to use its funds to top up some benefits payments to tackle poverty and injustice, former prime minister Gordon Brown has suggested. Mr Brown, who played a key role in the referendum campaign, has suggested 17 …

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Bravo Newsquest – your Scottish independence paper is shrewd and timely

Indeed, with the Scottish National Party enjoying renewed support across Scotland, the National could well find buyers in the north and east. Titles that serve Scotland's other three major cities – Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – either supported the …

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From outsiders to kingmakers: SNP name price for …

In her first speech as party leader, Ms Sturgeon said that the SNP could hold the balance of power in Westminster next May as the party is set to gain up to 54 seats according to recent polls, with 42% of the vote in Scotland. Ms Sturgeon has categorically ruled out any involvement with … […]

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