News archive from 24 September 2016, page 1

Prison officer busted for drug plot after trying to smuggle £600k worth of speed

Prison officer busted for drug plot after trying to smuggle £600k worth of speed

A PRISON officer has been jailed for five years for a drug-trafficking plot to smuggle more than £600,000 worth of speed into Scotland. Russell Baillie, 31, went to Liverpool in a hire car with co-accused Lawrence Simonini to pick up 20kg of...

 
Children's home sex beast jailed for eight-year campaign of abuse starting when victim was six

Children's home sex beast jailed for eight-year campaign of abuse starting when victim was six

A CHILDREN’S home worker is facing jail for child abuse. Francis Hannaway, 63, was found guilty of sexual activity with a girl of 11 at a home in Lanarkshire in 2014. Jurors also convicted him of abusing a girl over eight years at a house in Viewpark,...

 

Theatre review: The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit; Miss Veitch’s Roses

THEATRE The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh JJJ
Miss Veitch’s Roses
Oran Mor, Glasgow
JJJJ The readiness is all, says Shakespeare in Hamlet; but as these two plays show, being ready to die can be both a...

 

Music review: Richard Hawley

MUSIC Richard Hawley Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh JJJJ “I wrote this song for my wife,” announced Richard Hawley in his dry Sheffield baritone, eliciting the expected coo from the audience. “I thought,” he continued, “if I wrote the most romantic song of...

 

Banks feel heat over fraud protection

Customers are paying price for big-money scams, says Jeff Salway Banks have been told they must do more to protect their customers against fraud, as pressure grows on the industry to stem the alarming flow of losses resulting from bank transfer...

 

Music review: BBC SSO – Bruckner 9

MUSIC BBC SSO: Bruckner 9 City Halls, Glasgow JJJJ In his first official concert as chief conductor of the BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard chose an intriguing way to mark his territory: the Scottish premiere of a completion of Anton Bruckner’s unfinished...

 

Dance review: MayBe

DANCE MayBe Tramway, Glasgow JJJ One of the magical aspects of dance is its ability to convey an entire narrative without words. Some stories are easier to depict than others, but the love between two people has always been a shoe-in. Which, in the...

 

Images of Kate, George and Charlotte 'stolen' from Pippa Middleton by hackers

Pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are reportedly among 3,000 images stolen from Pippa Middleton by computer hackers. The images, taken from an iCloud account belonging to Kate's sister and...

 

Music review: Gary Numan

MUSIC Gary Numan ABC, Glasgow JJJJ Four decades into his career, Gary Numan still commands such ardent support he inspired a one-man band tribute act to set up outside the venue, busking his pioneering synth pop hits on a portable kit. It’s an...

 

Smart meters 'only lead to small savings on energy bills'

Smart meters are likely to save individual consumers only a small amount of money on their energy bills and the Government needs to work harder to convince households of the true benefits of the rollout, according to a report. The Science and...

 

Theatre review: Billy Elliot

THEATRE Billy Elliot: The Musical Playhouse, Edinburgh JJJJ There are two stories being told in Lee Hall’s great script for Billy Elliot, first seen in director Stephen Daldry’s award-winning 2000 film, and then in this equally acclaimed 2005 stage...

 

Women's career choices 'key to closing gender pay gap'

Britain's gender pay gap won't close until 2069 unless more women are encouraged to take up careers in industries such as science and engineering, a new report is warning. Research by accountancy giant Deloitte suggests that women should take...

 

Making all schools academies 'will cost taxpayers £320m'

Converting all schools to academy status will cost council taxpayers £320 million, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The move would also see local authorities lose £80 million a year in business rates income, according to the LGA. The...

 

Forces 'on the cusp' of taking last major Islamic State stronghold in Iraq

Iraqi government forces backed by the US-led coalition are "on the cusp" of taking Islamic State's (IS) last major stronghold in the country, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said. Sir Michael, who has returned from a three-day visit...

 

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour has a duty to unite behind leader

Jeremy Corbyn has urged Labour MPs to unite behind him if, as expected, he is returned as party leader with an even bigger mandate from grassroots members. The veteran left-winger is the overwhelming hot favourite to see off the challenge from rival...

 


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