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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
 

NHS Lothian chief executive announces retirement amid delays to new Edinburgh sick kids hospital and social...

NHS Lothian announced today that its chief executive will retire in August. Tim Davison has been in the role for eight years and spent almost 37 years in the NHS in Scotland. It comes amid further delays to the opening of the new Edinburgh Sick Kids...

Tuesday, 16:34 in Health
 

Chinese New Year 2020: celebrations and events in Scotland and the rest of the UK

Beginning on the first of the Lunar Calendar is Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, which lasts until the 15th of the first month. This year, Chinese New Year begins on 25 January and ends on 8 February 2020. If you’re looking to...

Tuesday, 16:28 in Lifestyle
 

Beales closures: Full list of shops at risk as department store enters administration

Beales department stores have gone into administration, putting the future of the 140 year old chain under threat. As many as 1,300 jobs are at risk as the chain enters “active talks with various parties” in the hope of saving the business. Another...

Tuesday, 16:00 in Lifestyle
 

Humza Yousaf rejects claims that Scots police stations are "falling apart"

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has dismissed claims that police stations in Scotland are "falling apart" as he defended the SNP's record on funding for frontline officers. The Cabinet Secretary came under fire at Holyrood over a video posted...

Tuesday, 15:59 in Politics
 

These are the 20 most popular baby girl and boy names in the world

If you are feeling overwhelmed by choice and need some inspiration, Nameberry has revealed the top baby names that have worldwide appeal. The baby naming website collated data from countries across the globe, including New Zealand, Turkey, Monaco and...

Tuesday, 15:48 in Lifestyle
 

Settled status: how EU citizens apply to remain in the UK after Brexit, and what happens if the application...

With the Brexit deadline looming, those originally from outside of Britain, but currently residing in the UK can apply to continue living in the country. Here is everything you need to know about the EU Settlement Scheme, including the application...

Tuesday, 15:29 in Lifestyle
 

Jess Phillips drops out of Labour leadership contest

Labour MP Jess Phillips, one of the party's fiercest critics of Jeremy Corbyn, has dropped out of the race to become the party's next leader. The Birmingham Yardley MP had failed to win the support of any Labour-affiliated unions or constituency...

Tuesday, 15:26 in Politics
 

World Economic Forum summit 2020: full dates, schedule and speakers including Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump

This weeks sees the World Economic Forum return to the Swiss Alps town of Davos, with observers claiming just two people - one in her teens - will dominate this year’s gathering of the global elite. With climate change set to dominate proceedings,...

Tuesday, 14:56 in Environment
 

Scottish baby boy savagely attacked by dog reunites with the crew who saved him

A young baby who was brutally attacked by a dog has been reunited with the air ambulance crew who rescued him. Four-month-old James Davidson from Glen Esk in Angus was attacked by one of the family's dogs as he lay in his pram. He suffered extensive...

Tuesday, 13:40 in Lifestyle
 

Changes may give high streets new lease of life

Christmas and New Year may have come and gone, but it has focussed minds on the retail sector once again. The UK high street has experienced turmoil over the past 12 months with a knock-on effect for landlords of high street properties across the...

Tuesday, 13:40 in Business
 

Nicola Sturgeon to issue update on Scottish independence plans within days

Nicola Sturgeon will issue an update on her next steps for independence within days after the Prime Minister's refusal to allow a second referendum. A spokesman for the First Minister confirmed she will set out the Scottish Government's plans next...

Tuesday, 13:39 in Politics
 


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