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Scottish rugby chief defends Blake call-up

Vern Cotter did not "send out the wrong message" by picking Hugh Blake in his Scotland Six Nations squad, Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson has insisted. Former New Zealand Under-20s back-row forward Blake only arrived in Edinburgh …

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Scottish Labour would stop fracking onshore

Scottish Labour would ban onshore fracking north of the border until safeguards are in place, according to party leader Jim Murphy. He said the environmental and safety case for the controversial technique of getting gas from shale has not been made.

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SNP lead in latest poll as Scottish Labour's Jim Murphy struggles to win …

… surveyed between 12-19 January. They were asked how they would vote "if there was a general election tomorrow". In 2010, Labour received 42 per cent of the Scottish vote, compared to the SNP's 19.9 per cent. Experts' predictions for the general …

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Unity is strength for Scottish golf

By all accounts, he did more coupling than the ScotRail rolling stock and, had he been around today, he would have probably been invited into the golfing scene to help the merger process between the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies' Golfing …

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5700 tradespeople needed each year in Scottish construction sector

Noting that the Scottish construction sector growth forecasts were on the "pessimistic side" and the future possibility of further new infrastructure projects, Mr Ford added: "The good news is there is plenty of work in the short term, and the …

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Scottish Rugby Union make Murrayfield available for Scotland football matches

The Scottish Rugby Union has declared a willingness to stage international football matches at BT Murrayfield if a decision is taken to quit Hampden. The Scottish Football Association's current lease on the national stadium in Mount Florida expires in …

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Scottish managers improve AAA ratings

Ms Lowe's SLI colleagues take the next three places in the Scottish table – Thomas Moore (184) and Edward Legget (214) at the UK Equity Unconstrained fund, and Colette Conboy (220) at the International Trust account. Next comes Jacob de Tusch-Lec at …

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Scottish overseas exports grew by 7.2% in 2013

MacColl added: “We're on track to meet targets to grow Scottish exports by 50 per cent by 2017 and continue to work closely with our teams and partners, our overseas experts and Scottish businesses to drive forward Scotland's international success.” …

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'Modest' Scottish construction growth predicted

Scotland's construction industry is expected to grow at a "considerably lower" rate than the rest of the UK over the next five years, according to a report. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts growth of 1.1% a year on average …

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Scottish minister calls for European action over milk prices

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead is to call for action at a European level to help dairy farmers who have been hit by falling milk prices. Mr Lochhead will discuss the issue at a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels. The price of a two …

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Scottish exports 'at all-time high'

A record £27.9bn worth of Scottish goods and services were exported across the world in 2013, according to official data. The figure represented a rise of £1.9bn, or 7.2%, on the previous year. The largest sectors were food and drink and refined petroleum.

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Scottish football: Charlie Telfer upbeat over Dundee United's cup chances this …

And Telfer is convinced last year's Scottish Cup final defeat by St Johnstone at Celtic Park will prove a huge motivation for his team-mates to go one better this term, starting with Saturday's Scottish League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden …

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Scottish Labour "Sham" on Fracking

“Scottish Labour have proven themselves to be a complete sham on fracking. After a weekend of posturing Jim Murphy's MPs failed to back a fracking moratorium. Clearly they are now just announcing policies, any policies for publicity and political gain …

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Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Literally paving …

Building began on a 340-metre road to access a new “tidal stream” project in Scotland yesterday. The construction paves the way for the 398 megawatt (MW) tidal array to be built off the coast of Caithness, said Atlantis …

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A thought provoking time for organic farmers

There will also be an opportunity to consider the funding opportunities under the new Scottish Rural Development Programme, part of the CAP revision. "The organic market has continued to grow over the last year, although beef and sheep farmers in …

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Leading Scottish bar operator calls in administrators

Leading Scottish bar and pub operator Maclay Group has called in administrators because of financial pressures facing the business. The Alloa-based company, which owns and manages outlets across Scotland and employs about 500 people, continues to …

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How Lidl is changing the Scottish market

While Tesco and Sainsbury's have been hit by bad news about financial black holes – and with Morrison's fighting hard in the middle – the German chain firm, which opened it first Scottish stores back in 1994 in Pollockshaws and Perth, is continuing to …

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Scottish government scraps plans for new women's prison

The £75m building would have been a replacement for Scotland's women-only jail Cornton Vale. Proposed by former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, the plan had been heavily criticised by opposition parties and prison reform groups. Current Justice …

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Scottish Justice Minister scraps women's prison plan

He said the Scottish Government had “serious questions” to answer and, citing other recent about-turns, added: “Voters up and down the country will be asking just how competent Nicola Sturgeon's team is at governing Scotland.” In the two months since …

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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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