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Scottish Farmers At A Loss Over Greening Delays

“In June, the Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead gave us the outline of how the Scottish Government intend to apply the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from 1st January 2015 when we will witness the death of the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFP) …

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SNP membership soars to over 75000

SNP membership has soared to over 75,000 today – as almost 50,000 new members joined the party in less than two weeks. The SNP is an incredibly strong position as by far the third largest party in the UK as a whole – overtaking the Lib Dems – and …

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Scottish Government considers Aberdeen council Traveller camp ban

Travellers could be banned from camping in public places in Aberdeen under a new by-law being considered by the Scottish Government. The rules would make it an offence to stay overnight in a caravan, motorhome or tent in places like parks and playing …

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Scottish Storytelling Festival – tickets on sale today

Yet another Festival to entertain you. The tickets have gone on sale today for the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The 2014 Scottish International Storytelling Festival starts on 24 October and runs for ten days until 2 November. The programme is …

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Barry Ferguson wary of Turriff threat ahead of Scottish Cup tie

He has almost 50 international caps, he has captained Scotland 28 times, he has played in the English Premier League and the UEFA Cup final – but this weekend Barry Ferguson could take to the pitch against Turriff United at The Haughs as Clyde …

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Traveller camps ban under review in Aberdeen by Scottish Government

Travellers could soon be banned from camping in public places in Aberdeen under new by-laws being considered by the Scottish Government. The rules would make it an offence to stay overnight in a caravan, motorhome or tent in places like parks and …

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PM Modi's 'Make in India' campaign: 12 Scottish firms visiting India for …

"Recent policies and launch of campaigns such as 'Make in India' have once again put the country on the world map as a favourable business destination, emphasising the need for Scottish companies to understand the strengths and address the unique …

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Scottish church fears over sex education

A Scottish church fears that proposals for compulsory sex education in schools could be used to “indoctrinate” children. Lobbying group Sexpression:UK wants the law to be used to force all schools to teach children about issues such as abortion, …

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Brown calls for 100000 signatures on further powers petition

Gordon Brown has called for 100,000 Scots to sign a petition demanding that Westminster keeps its vow on further powers for the Scottish Parliament. Mr Brown has also outlined a "14-point practical plan for new powers", …

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One week on, Nicola Sturgeon on ambition, disappointment …

As she prepares to succeed Alex Salmond as head of the SNP and first minister, Sturgeon says Scots expect real change. … Nicola Sturgeon · Scottish National party (SNP) · Scotland · UK news · Scottish independence; More …

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New handbook on child rights launched by Scottish Borders Youth Voice

A TEAM of young people from Scottish Borders Youth Voice have created a new resource pack for their peers to learn about Child Rights. Share this image. The Child Rights Ambassador Handbook is the result of 18 months commitment and dedication by a …

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Adam Hall and Holly Newall go for glory at Scottish Junior National Badminton …

MORE than 100 young badminton prospects will head for Motherwell at the weekend to contest the first Scottish Junior National Championships of the 2014-2015 season. Mauchline's Adam Hall and local boy Alex Dunn are poised to dominate the Under 19 …

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Scottish growers granted year-round use of oilseed rape insecticides

Scottish growers will have year-round access to a pair of neonicitinoids for use on oilseed rape crops. Last week, UK farm ministry Defra granted Certis a 120-day extensions for the use of InSyst against cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape, while …

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Business Day: Scottish exports hailed

Small and medium enterprises that export are now 34 per cent more productive in their first year and 11 per cent more likely to survive, according to Scottish Enterprise, which runs a Smart Exporter programme. International operations director Neil …

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Amateur Football: Scottish Amateur Cup Second Round previews

And Cumming insists he'll never forget lifting the title at Hampden. “Bankhall Villa went for about 14 seasons,” he said. “We had a good team and quite a bit of success. “Obviously winning the Scottish Cup is at the top of the list and it is a special …

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How MI5 scuppered Scottish independence

How MI5 scuppered Scottish independence. Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES on conspiracy theories, young Conservatives and fashion tips in the cosmos. Conservative Party annual conference 2014. Tweet. A READER who is a Sagittarian, writes to …

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Scotland squad named for Georgia and Poland ties

Gordon Strachan has named a 27-player squad for the European Qualifier double-header against Georgia and Poland. There are first senior call-ups for Sporting Clube de Portugal's Ryan Gauld and Sheffield Wednesday's Stevie May, while Celtic captain …

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Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote – video

Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the process has affected their engagement with politics. They …

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Henry Hill: Scottish councils use referendum to hunt poll tax evaders

The referendum on Scottish independence saw voter registration levels reach 97 per cent. This outshines even the eventual turnout (which makes you wonder who was moved enough to register for their vote but not enough to cast it) and helps to underline …

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Scottish independence: Count staff behaviour probe

A NUMBER of staff involved in a Scottish independence referendum count were stood down after concerns over the behaviour, it has been revealed. A team of four people were replaced at the Highland Council count in Dingwall on September 18th following …

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Frankie Boyle gives BBC his vote with Scottish referendum 'autopsy'

Frankie Boyle is back! The second most controversial man on television (there's only one Jeremy Clarkson) returned to the BBC with a one-off programme reflecting on the Scottish referendum. The iPlayer-only affair features a variety of guests …

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Ruth Davidson: Scottish Tories 'champions of silent majority'

The Scottish Conservative leader has said the "toxic Tories" label has been exposed as a myth by the independence referendum. Ruth Davidson said the debate had proved the Tories were instead "champions of the silent majority". She said they offered …

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Big sports events help put Scottish textiles on the map

Scotland's two biggest sporting events of 2014 are expected to give a major boost to textile firms in the north. Harris Tweed Hebrides, which exports to more than 60 countries, is hoping to reap the rewards of its contribution to the recent Ryder Cup …

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Murder @ 9 on STV Glasgow: Robert Black – a Scottish Killer

Tonight's documentary examines the crimes of Robert Black, who is serving 12 life sentences for murder and kidnap. A fascinating profile of a Scottish killer, Robert Black's dark legacy is one of the most chilling in living memory. Robert Black – a …

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Scottish freelance members to vote on pay offer

The offer was made following discussions between BECTU's Scottish Freelance Branch negotiating team and BBC Scotland management on 18 September. A further 2% would be applied from 1 October 2015, and would apply to all BBC Scotland members …

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Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance to stand for SNP deputy …

The Scottish Youth Employment Minister and Almond Valley MSP said she would compete against Transport Minister Keith Brown and SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie for the job. Alex Salmond announced his decision to step down as first minister …

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Rangers repay loans

The Scottish Championship club confirmed that George Letham and club chairman Sandy Easdale had been repaid money they loaned the club in February and March to meet a cash flow shortage. The Rangers board recently ran a share issue which …

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Almost half of 27-man squad for Euro 2016 games against Georgia and Poland …

For proof one need only look at the composition of the 27-man pool which contains 10 players from the Barclays Premier League, 13 from the Football League Championship, three from the Scottish Premiership and one – the teenager Ryan Gauld – from …

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Exchange rate falls badly for farm support

"Numbers would need to be crunched to determine whether such a shift would be a positive or a negative for Scottish agriculture. The exchange rate this year also means that the 14 percent of Scottish businesses receiving their SFP in Euros will have to …

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Energy efficiency grants for 1700 Scottish homes

Work is to be carried out on 1,677 homes, thanks to the Scottish Government's £4.5 million Green Homes Cashback Scheme. Mrs Burgess said the cash would “not only improve the quality of social rented properties up and down the country but it will make a …

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Scottish government announces energy efficiency homes initiative

A £4.5m energy efficiency initiative that will benefit almost 1,700 council and housing association homes has been announced by the Scottish government. The Green Homes Cashback Scheme will give grants to 24 councils and social landlords. A total of …

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Scottish Water unveils £3.5bn investment programme

Scottish Parliament deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Water and sewerage services are vital to our everyday lives. It is important that we continue to invest to ensure that these keep on meeting the needs of customers, the environment and …

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Scottish fact of the week: Scots terms for diseases

“A girl on her arrival was asked whether she had had the smallpox. 'Yes mem, I've had the sma'pox, the nirls, the blabs, the scraw, the kinkhost and the fever, the branks and the worm.'” – Dean E.B Ramsay, Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character …

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Video: Has this Scottish man spotted a UFO?

Vincent could not identify the object as anything recognisable and is heard asking on the video: "What is that?" Scots have a reputation for spotting UFO's in the sky. The small Scottish town of Bonnybridge has become the UFO capital of the world. Find …

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Tom takes chemo campaign to the Scottish Parliament

A campaigner fighting to have chemotherapy services delivered at the 'new' Stobhill Hospital is taking his plea to the Scottish Parliament. Lenzie man Tom Herbert is meeting this week with Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie and his health spokesman …

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