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Balbardie Indoor Bowling Club clinch Scottish Triples Championship semi-final …

Balbardie secured top spot in their Scottish Triples Championship qualifying section and clinched a semi-final berth in the process. The trio of Scotland Commonwealth Games star Lorraine Malloy, Kim Ross and Sharon Leitch scored victories over …

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Scottish renewable energy now delivers as much electricity as fossil fuels

“The Scottish Government has made its energy policy a top priority and has achieved great progress, despite being limited in terms of its devolved responsibilities. We look forward to proposals for more powers encompassing the necessary levers to …

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Scottish devolution: IFS warns new recommended tax powers are 'unworkable'

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that many of the new tax powers promised to Scotland, after voters rejected independence in the September referendum are "unworkable." The IFS added that even if Scotland were able to have greater control …

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Argyll First petition on A83 to be heard at Scottish Parliament committee

It is patently clear to all that the measures currently put in place by the Scottish Government are wholly inadequate and have not provided the permanent solution as previously promised. On 17th February 2015 Argyll First will, yet again, on behalf of …

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Scottish Labour deputy Kezia Dugdale to clash with Sturgeon at FMQs

Labour's new Scottish deputy leader will take on Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister's Questions for the first time. Kezia Dugdale has been charged with questioning Ms Sturgeon at the showpiece Holyrood clash on Thursday. She steps up as new Scottish …

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Red tape uncut

At the time of its launch, NFUS stressed the importance of the Pack document to Scottish farmers and crofters, given its potential to rationalise red tape and inspection levels. Now the union want to see a much higher level of urgency and priority …

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Homeless veterans appeal: Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy in plea after …

Jim Murphy MP, the new leader of Scottish Labour, made the plea following a football match honouring the First World War Christmas Day truce game in 1914. Former and serving soldiers from the Army Crusaders took on the United Kingdom Parliamentary …

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Motorists warned not to fall foul of Scottish drink-drive law

Earlier this month the Scottish drink-drive threshold dropped from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. In England it remains 80mg in 100ml of blood. This means that although drivers in England may be legally allowed to be behind the wheel of a …

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Celtic youngster one of two Scottish players given trials by Coventry City

Steven Pressley is running the rule over a couple of triallists this week, one from Scottish giants Celtic. The Coventry City boss is looking at an Under-21 development player from his former club as well as a teenager from north of the border who …

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Scottish Widows data protection error 'costs customer £50k'

In a letter sent earlier this month, seen by Money Marketing, Scottish Widows says it erroneously updated the customer's address when his ex-wife provided a change of address instruction for a different policy. This was despite the provider having been …

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Is Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy about to bring back Blairism?

The big, bad wolf huffs and puffs and the first little pig curls into a ball as her house of straw explodes in a crowd-pleasing burst of smoke and flames. The kids love it. The adults love it. Let's face it – we all enjoy a vivid tale, well told …

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Scottish cereal harvest the biggest in 20 years

The Scottish 2014 cereal harvest remains on track to be the largest in 20 years, despite a downward revision to the government's estimates for final tonnage. Final harvest estimates released by the Scottish Government put the final tonnage at 3 …

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Do Scottish 16- and 17-year-olds want to vote?

Civic responsibility – shown by responses such as 'it is my duty to vote', 'everyone should vote', 'it is my right' – is always the main reason for people voting. The Scottish referendum was no exception, but for the 16- and 17- year-olds the leading …

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Thursday's Scottish gossip

Rangers don't have the cash to pay off manager Ally McCoist so he stays in place for the match against Livingston on Saturday. (Various). McCoist believes former strike partner Mark Hateley has turned against him and is siding with the Rangers board.

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Families could be enjoying more Scottish prawn cocktails this Christmas …

Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “With the majority of stocks of interest to Scottish fishermen either in good health or moving in the right direction, the quotas agreed today deliver an element of short-term …

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MSP proposes making Scottish company directors liable for "reckless or …

Health and safety law expert Katherine Brydon of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that although the likelihood of the bill becoming law before the 2016 Scottish parliamentary elections was "slim", it would "reignite the debate …

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David McCarthy: Free SPFL sponsorship could make Scottish football millions

Or maybe companies like those I've mentioned, or other global brands such as Pepsi or Coca Cola, don't like the image that Scottish football projects. If that's the case let's change the preconceptions. Let's try summer football. Don't just sit there …

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Historical abuse inquiry announced by Scottish government

The Scottish government has announced a statutory public inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care. Education Secretary Angel Constance said the inquiry would have powers to force witnesses to give evidence. She said abusers would "face the …

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'Uncertainty' concern for Scottish finance sector, says Jeremy Peat

Mr Peat said the Scottish government should pledge to retain the current regulation of the sector from London, pointing out that it was worth nearly £20bn to the economy in 2011. Mr Peat compiled the study as a visiting professor at Strathclyde University.

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Scottish university research praised

The range and quality of research at Scotland's universities has been praised in a new UK-wide survey. Most Scottish universities have maintained or improved their standing in the league table. Overall Edinburgh University came out in 4th place while …

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Scottish Conservatives call for house-buying tax change

The Scottish Conservatives have said the "eye-watering" new tax rate for people buying homes between £250,000 and £500,000 should be halved. The Tories have outlined proposals for a property tax scale which they said would be fairer than that being …

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Meeeeh-rry Christmas

"Scottish wool is of the highest quality and this is the perfect time of year to wrap yourself up in it. Everyone loves a good Christmas jumper and I'm not ashamed to say I've got one or two of my own that will get an airing this festive season …

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Scottish university research now amongst the world's best

She said: "Our universities have a strong track record of attracting funding from around the world and the Scottish Government will continue to support them to develop new ways of thinking that will further strengthen our economy and improve the lives …

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Award-winning biologist joins Scottish university

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National inquiry into historic child sex abuse in Scotland announced

The national public inquiry will be held to examine historical cases of abuse of children in care in Scotland, the Scottish Government announced. The secretary for education Angela Constance revealed the inquiry in a statement to the Scottish …

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Darling warned Cameron not to pursue EVEL following Scottish vote

According to the Guardian, during a phone call with the prime minister in the early hours of 19 September, the former chancellor warned that whilst the issue of Scottish MPs voting rights on English-only matters needed to be addressed, to link it with …

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Scottish oil firm punished over bribery in Kazakhstan | UK …

A SCOTTISH oil company has handed over more than £170000 to prosecutors after admitting paying bribes in Kazakhstan. … Scotland · Sunday · Home · News · UK; Scots oil firm punished over bribery in Kazakhstan …

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SNP rejects inquiry into independence oil predictions

The intervention came as Professor Ronald MacDonald, one of Scotland's most eminent economists, said the plunging oil price “calls into considerable question and doubt” the claims made by the SNP during the campaign and the Scottish public deserved …

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Scottish Flashback: Glasgow's Union Street, 1961

IN THE fourth edition of our series of 'festive' Scottish Flashbacks, we're in Glasgow city centre. It may not look like it – mainly down to the absence of snow and Christmas lights – but this was taken on Christmas Eve in 1961. The keen-eyed amongst …

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Norman Mair: A Scottish sporting great

Hundreds of us gathered at Merchiston Castle, his alma mater, on Tuesday to pay respects to a Scottish sporting great. Many tributes have been paid to Norman Mair since his passing, largely by people unworthy of lacing his boots either as sportspeople …

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How Scottish universities challenge world's best

Overall, 77 per cent of Scottish research was judged to be “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, putting Scotland just ahead of the UK average of 76.1 per cent. This is also up from 52 per cent when the in-depth assessment was last carried …

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Majority of Scots now support independence | The Times

Scottish support for the SNP has hit record levels, according to a new poll – and now a majority of Scots support independence from the UK. … Scotland · News · Opinion · Business · Money · Sport · Life · Arts · Puzzles · Papers.

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Record View: Scottish unity is only way forward

The East Renfrewshire MP admitted that Scottish Labour have allowed themselves to be “elbowed off the pitch” by the SNP when it comes to giving the impression of standing up for Scotland. A cynic could say this was a blatant bid to wrestle back the …

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Sick of Scottish whingers

'It is not difficult to tell the difference between a Scotsman with grievance and a ray of sunshine!' Not to put too fine a point on it, the English are pig-sick of the whining, whinging Caledonian oat-crunchers, with their never-ending catalogue of …

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Scottish Greens welcome elected politicians

Welcoming the new members Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: “As a popular local councillor Frances will be a huge asset to the Greens as we expand across Scotland, particularly in North Lanarkshire where our membership has more …

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