News archive from 13 October 2017

Alex Salmond: Independent Scotland would join EFTA quickly

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has said that membership of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) would guarantee that an independent Scotland will not be made “relatively poorer by full English Brexit.” Mr Salmond said that it is “essential” in...

Scotsman, 21:21 in Politics
 
Frank’s Law: Kopel’s widow ‘over the moon’ with new law

Frank’s Law: Kopel’s widow ‘over the moon’ with new law

Health Secretary Shona Robison has paid tribute to the work of Frank’s Law campaigner Amanda Kopel after it was announced at least 9,000 Scots could benefit from a change in the law on personal care. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced free...

Scotsman, 21:46 in Health
 
Jaguar and Land Rovers to make all cars electric or hybrid by 2020

Jaguar and Land Rovers to make all cars electric or hybrid by 2020

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced all of its vehicles will be available in electric or hybrid models from 2020 as it becomes the latest car-maker to move away from internal combustion engines. The company’s first fully electric model will be the...

 
Victim of serial sex attacker Robert Clyde speaks out

Victim of serial sex attacker Robert Clyde speaks out

A victim of a serial sex offender has slammed the decision to grant him hospice care, saying “my life is miserable compared to him being nursed with dignity – he should die in jail”. Linda Duke, who is originally from Edinburgh but lives in England,...

Scotsman, 06:18 in Hot News
 
Leader comment: Our debt of gratitude to Amanda Kopel

Leader comment: Our debt of gratitude to Amanda Kopel

In the political stramash that has followed the launch of the SNP’s Programme for Government this week, most proposals have been attacked as unworkable, ineffective, too late, too little, too much … or simply wrong. One measure stands out as a...

Scotsman, 06:21 in Politics
 
Joyce McMillan: It would be brave to bet against Sturgeon’s gamble

Joyce McMillan: It would be brave to bet against Sturgeon’s gamble

The First Minister has taken a risk by shifting to the green centre-left, but fortune may yet favour her says Joyce McMillan We live in an age of hurricanes, and even of earthquakes; so perhaps we should not be surprised that the series of seismic...

Scotsman, 06:21 in Politics
 
Alastair Dalton: Tough vehicle restrictions better for all

Alastair Dalton: Tough vehicle restrictions better for all

When The Scotsman moved its Glasgow office from the city centre to the south side nearly a decade ago, I remember being struck by how much cleaner the air felt. I knew we’d thankfully be losing the din of fire engine sirens and other traffic noise,...

Scotsman, 06:21 in Politics
 
Brian Wilson: Whatever happened to last year’s SNP policies?

Brian Wilson: Whatever happened to last year’s SNP policies?

There’s been a lot of 1997 nostalgia around this week and I felt my own little fit coming on when I noticed the venue for Nicola Sturgeon’s latest exhortations on the Scottish economy – Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) at Prestwick. Back in ’97, I had just...

Scotsman, 07:14 in Politics
 
Makeover in store for Livingston’s The Centre shopping mall

Makeover in store for Livingston’s The Centre shopping mall

Hines, the international property firm, has started work on a seven-figure refurbishment of part of Livingston’s The Centre shopping complex. The project in Phase 1 of the mall will include new entrance doors, ceilings, energy efficient lighting, new...

Scotsman, 07:25 in Business
 

Fintechs gear up for revenue surge but worries persist

Half of UK financial technology (fintech) businesses expect revenue growth to double in the next year but question marks remain around customer adoption and attracting qualified staff, according to a major new report. The 2017 UK Fintech Census,...

Scotsman, 07:25 in Business
 

Scotland’s economy: IT demand helps boost jobs market

Scottish labour market conditions improved sharply in August with both permanent staff placements and temp billings rising “markedly”, a new survey out today says. Employer demand for staff remains strong, spearheaded by IT and computing, says the...

Scotsman, 07:40 in Business
 
Martin Flanagan: Fintech not backwards about coming forward

Martin Flanagan: Fintech not backwards about coming forward

Fintech gets you immediate brownie points in the business world these days. If you can wangle in the word “disruptive” as well you are metaphorically sitting by the corporate pool with a pina colada. Chiming with the times, then, a new report says...

Scotsman, 07:59 in Business
 
Tsunami warning after Mexico hit by 8.1-magnitude earthquake

Tsunami warning after Mexico hit by 8.1-magnitude earthquake

A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of southern Mexico, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing buildings to sway violently as far away as the country’s distant capital city and triggering a tsunami warning. The US Geological...

 

Tighter rules ‘will protect Scotland’s TB-free status’

Plans to reduce or withdraw compensation payments for bovine TB reactor cows if movement rules, testing procedures or other regulations had been flouted have been put forward by the Scottish Government. And a public consultation on such a move – which...

Scotsman, 08:12 in Business
 
Spotless boss cleans up with Ace Recycling takeover

Spotless boss cleans up with Ace Recycling takeover

Cleaning entrepreneur Roger Green has purchased the commercial and industrial division of Alloa-based Ace Recycling Group CIC in a deal that secures the business and more than a dozen staff. Under the agreement, Ace Recycling will merge with Green’s...

Scotsman, 08:37 in Business
 


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