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Bafta-winning Scottish media production company to record A9 dualling

A Scottish Bafta winning media production company has been contracted for hi-tech capturing of the second phase of the £3 billion A9 dualling project – which is billed as one of the UK’s biggest and highest-value road transformation programmes....

Thursday, 06:16 in Business

Property tribunals take their time delivering justice - David Alexander

On balance, the residential lettings market has tended to favour landlords. This is for a number of reasons, the principal ones being the difficulty many potential first-time buyers find in raising the deposit on a mortgage, and lifestyle changes...

Thursday, 06:16 in Business

Pressure grows on Holyrood to ensure major increase in council funding in next budget

Pressure is growing on the Scottish Government to ensure a major increase in council funding in its next budget as opposition parties yesterday drew clear red lines for forthcoming finance negotiations. A Labour debate in the Scottish Parliament saw...

Thursday, 06:08 in Politics

Scotland now has a zero-carbon bible to tackle climate change. And its scale is daunting – Bill Jamieson

The scale of change designed to tackle climate change over the next 30 years envisaged in the first report by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland is extraordinary, writes Bill Jamieson. It runs to 137 pages. There are 14 appendices. It has a...

Thursday, 06:08 in Politics

Why Nicola Sturgeon should listen to the advice of an 11-year-old girl – Dr Catherine Calderwood

As Scotland works towards making gender inequality a historical curiosity, we asked a meeting of young people what the future of government policymaking should look like. “It should be kind,” said one 11-year-old girl, writes Dr Catherine Calderwood....

Thursday, 06:08 in Politics

Jack's Law gives bereaved parents right to two weeks leave

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory leave as of April, it was announced today. UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said “Jack’s Law” will give parents a statutory right to a fortnight’s...

Thursday, 00:30 in Politics

Council warned it must change to ensure it's 'financially sustainable'

Highland Council has been warned to make "significant savings" and radically alter how it delivers services to ensure it can 'live within its means'. A new report by Scotland's public spending watchdog, the Accounts Commission, has revealed...

Thursday, 00:30 in Politics

Teries having a ball after much-missed mints make comeback

The rebranding of a type of peppermint which has tickled the tastebuds of Teries for generations has been given a warm welcome by sweet-toothed townsfolk. Hawick Balls were made famous by late rugby commentator Bill McLaren as he seized every...

Wednesday, 21:59 in Business

Garreth Wood charity to open kids operating room in Kenya refugee camp after Davos announcement

It will be the first paediatric operating room at Kakuma refugee camp. Edinburgh-based children’s charity KidsOR has announced it will build the first paediatric operating room in a refugee camp in Kenya. Founders of Kids Operating Room (KidsOR)...

Wednesday, 20:59 in Health

Edinburgh woman, Scotland's oldest female WWII veteran, dies aged 108

Scotland’s oldest surviving female veteran who served in the Second World War has died at the age of 108. Anne Robson, nee MacWatt, was born in Duns, Berwickshire, on 14 September 1911. She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service – the women’s branch...

Wednesday, 20:58 in Lifestyle

Eric Idle: I've loved Terry Jones since I saw him at 1963 Edinburgh Festival

Eric Idle has joined surviving Monty Python stars in paying tribute to fellow former member Terry Jones after his death, adding that he first fell in love with the late Welshman's talents when he appeared on stage at the Edinburgh Festival in the...

Wednesday, 20:24 in Hot News

Alex Salmond appears at Edinburgh's High Court on attempted rape and sexual assault allegations

A date for the trial of Alex Salmond, who is accused of rape and a string of sex assaults while first minister of Scotland, has been set for 9 March. The ex-SNP leader appeared at Edinburgh's High Court this morning for a brief procedural hearing...

Wednesday, 18:31 in Hot News

Nicola Sturgeon warns Brexit could weaken Scotland's social and environmental standards

Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scotland's social and environmental standards could be weakened by the UK Government's Brexit approach. Speaking at an IPPR policy think tank event, the First Minister suggested the actions of the Conservatives appear at...

Wednesday, 18:15 in Politics

Pardon moo: Scottish scientists on quest for low-emission cows

Scotland has some of the world’s toughest targets for slashing climate-warming emissions, but some sources are harder to eliminate than others. Livestock is a case in point - every little belch and trump given off by sheep and cattle sends out a waft...

Wednesday, 18:14 in Learning

Borders school hailed as high achiever by inspectors

A Borders school has been praised by education inspectors for setting its sights high and succeeding. Earlston High School has been given the thumbs-up in a report published by Education Scotland this week following an inspection carried out in...

Wednesday, 18:14 in Learning

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