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John Byrne inspires launch of Oscars-style event celebrating 'Scottish talent and creativity'

The leading Scottish artist and writer John Byrne is to inspire the creation of a major new Oscars-style ceremony in Edinburgh recognising the nation’s unsung creative talents. Poets, painters, filmmakers, singers and designers from across Scotland...

Tuesday, 22:54 in Lifestyle

World leaders cheating on climate change numbers, says Greta Thunberg

Donald Trump has decried climate “prophets of doom” and taken credit for a “spectacular” turnaround in the US economy in a keynote speech delivered in Switzerland in front of teenager activist Greta Thunberg. The US president called for a rejection of...

Tuesday, 21:14 in World News

MSPs vote to pass Scottish National Investment Bank bill

MSPs have paved the way for Scotland to have a public bank after voting to pass legislation allowing for its creation. Plans to establish the Scottish National Investment Bank were initially outlined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2017. It will...

Tuesday, 20:09 in Hot News

Social and economic well-being of Scots has declined since devolution, report finds

Scotland has "underperformed" in key areas of policy following devolution, according to a new report. It has experienced a fall of five places in the Index of Social and Economic Well-being (ISEW) of 32 OECD countries and a drop of 0.05...

Tuesday, 19:14 in Politics

Storm Brendan causes mass escape of farmed salmon in Hebridean waters

More than 120,000 salmon have escaped from Mowi Scotland fish farms on the west coast of Scotland this winter due to wild weather damaging cages. The most recent incident saw 73,600 fish released into the open sea off the island of Colonsay, in the...

Tuesday, 18:23 in Environment

Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh, review

A boutique hotel with views across the city, Scotland on Sunday travel Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh It says something about Edinburgh that a gap site in a prime location – across the road from Waverley train station and a hop, skip and jump from...

Tuesday, 18:10 in Lifestyle

A ‘Jimmy’ for Grangemouth volunteer Julia

The Jimmy Murphy Memorial Trophy is only given out to those individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others throughout their lives. Grangemouth’s Julia Marshall (77) certainly fits that criteria – the Zetland Parish Church elder...

Tuesday, 17:29 in Lifestyle

Speed bumps to be installed at Winchburgh “rat runs”

Councillors have welcomed  agreement to install speed humps on roads around Winchburgh which have become  rush hour “rat runs”. Almost 800 cars a day are  using the narrow Niddry Farm Road and the B8020 Niddry Road to avoid Broxburn town centre....

Tuesday, 17:29 in Lifestyle

Fuel poverty hitting more than 600,000 Scots households, official stats show

Fuel poverty has risen for the first time in five years, with new figures showing 619,000 households are affected by the problem. Scottish Government data for 2018 - the most recent year available - showed one in four households (25%) is struggling...

Tuesday, 17:23 in Politics

How Scotland's political parties failed to respond to devolution – Alastair Stewart

Twenty years after the Scottish Parliament was reconvened, it's time to get real about how political parties operate within our devolved system, writes Alastair Stewart. Boris Johnson's rejection of a second independence referendum could well be the...

Tuesday, 17:13 in Politics

Could House of Lords be replaced by elected UK Senate based in Scotland? – Murdo Fraser

The idea of relocating the House of Lords to York shows the Conservative Government is prepared to think radically about the constitution, writes Murdo Fraser. The suggestion made at the weekend that the House of Lords could be relocated to a new site...

Tuesday, 17:13 in Politics

Lloyds Banking Group pledges to halve carbon financing by 2030

Lloyds Banking Group has pledged to cut its financing of carbon emissions by more than 50 per cent over the next ten years in recognition of the “urgent need” to fight climate change. The Bank of Scotland owner has announced it will accelerate plans...

Tuesday, 17:11 in Business

Par Equity eyeing opportunities after enjoying record Q4

Par Equity – one of Scotland’s top venture capital outfits – has welcomed a “record-breaking” final three months of 2019, and said it is actively seeking opportunities in the early-stage market. The firm, which specialises in investing in young,...

Tuesday, 17:11 in Business

Wood Mackenzie predicts ‘high volatility’ 2020 for refining sector

The refining industry is set for a turbulent year as global influences combine to create a volatile environment, according to the latest industry snapshot by Wood Mackenzie. The Edinburgh-headquartered consultancy said factors including geopolitical...

Tuesday, 16:59 in Business

Police Scotland applicants should disclose past convictions, says Humza Yousaf

Applicants to the police force should have background checks for past convictions, Scotland's Justice Secretary has said. Humza Yousaf told Holyrood's Justice Committee that officers upholding the law "should be held to a higher level of...

Tuesday, 16:51 in Politics

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