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Action! Money invested in movies and TV drama in Scotland could double by 2022, new plans for dedicated Film Unit declare

MOVIE and TV production in Scotland can double in scale in five years with the establishment of a new dedicated film agency, it has declared.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:09 am


Income tax hikes a "sticking plaster" on Scottish weak economy

MIDDLE-CLASS Scots face paying more income tax next year for little tangible benefit as the cash is used to offset Westminster cuts and plug gaps in a faltering economy, according to the country’s most respected economic think tank.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:07 am


Scots experts hail potential treatment for killer disease after Edinburgh graduate-led trial

A NEW drug which has been shown to slow the progression of Huntington's disease has been hailed as the greatest breakthrough since the mutation that causes the genetic illness was first identified 24 years ago.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Ewan McGregor nominated for Golden Globe for his twin role in TV’s Fargo

EWAN McGregor has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in the hit TV show Fargo.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Scotland's most sophisticated gang and the counter-surveillance offensive

A CRIME gang involved in cocaine dealing, abduction, torture, gun offences and hiding “dirty money” deployed phone jamming equipment in a bid to foil the police.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Victim was tortured by gang over drug debt

The crime gang kidnapped and brutally tortured a man over money they thought he owed them, the High Court in Glasgow heard.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Roma arriving in Scotland being ‘targeted unfairly’

ROMA people arriving in Scotland from the EU are being unfairly targeted by border control, a charity has claimed.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Tears of hope for Scots mother with inherited disease that killed father & brother

A MOTHER-OF-TWO who has the so-far incurable Huntington's Disease and has lost her brother and father to the disease admits she cried tears of new hope over the "ground-breaking" drug trial.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Scottish link to $20bn dirty money scheme

A SCOTS shell firm was used to funnel thousands of pounds to the London-based daughter of a judge linked to one of the biggest money-laundering schemes ever revealed.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Analysis: ‘Principled huff’ from rivals would see the budget home and dry

DEREK Mackay has to navigate a thicket of spiky choices when he delivers his draft budget for 2018/19 on Thursday – he is unlikely to emerge unscathed.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Charity calls for green cigarettes to put young people off smoking

YOUNG people would be less likely to smoke if each cigarette was tinted green with “smoking kills” written on them, according to a cancer charity.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Edinburgh and Glasgow named and shamed for travellers worst Christmas excesses

EDINBURGH and Glasgow stations are the worst in Scotland for crimes on the rail network during the annual festive frenzy of alcohol, sex, drugs and violence, according to police.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Camley's Cartoon on Tuesday, December 12

Framed prints of Steven Camley's cartoons are available by calling 0141 302 6210.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Ken Smith's diary: Just the ticket; Copped it; Bloomin' Eck

Tuesday musings in The Diary

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Don’t swallow rumours I ate 6,000 calories a day, Scots star warns

James McAvoy has denied reports he ate 6,000 calories a day to bulk up for his new film role, and warned fans against trying the same thing.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Rail and air traffic hit as big chill grips Scotland

AIR and rail passengers in Scotland have been hit by delays due to the snow storms sweeping across England and Wales.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


New York’s mayor defiant after terrorist bomb attack on subway

NEW York’s Mayor has declared “terrorists won’t win” after hundreds of thousands of rush-hour commuters were caught up in an Islamic State inspired pipe bomb attack at the world’s busiest bus terminal – the second the city has faced in weeks.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


More than third of nurses 'looking for new job' amid workload and money stress

NURSES across Scotland are at "breaking point", union leaders warned, after a new survey found almost three quarters feel worse off financially then they did five years ago.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Labour MSP accused of irresponsibility over bid to repeal law on sectarian football chanting

A LABOUR MSP has been branded “utterly irresponsible” and “self serving” over efforts to repeal controversial legislation aimed at cracking down on football sectarianism.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


It’s a cracker: top jokes for modern Christmas dinner table

“Why was Theresa May sacked as nativity manager?”

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Angela Merkel bids for new alliance

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for the quick formation of a new governing alliance with Germany’s main centre-left party, saying only a coalition will bring the “stable government” needed at a challenging time for Europe.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Treatment trial brings hope for the paralysed

Scientists are hoping that a new treatment to regenerate nerves in patients with a spinal cord injury could lead to a breakthrough in helping people who are paralysed.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Peppa Pig blamed for 'inappropriate use of primary care services'

Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients’ unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


We should arm women against sexual harassment, says Dawn French

Dawn French has called on the acting industry to teach women how to respond to sexual advances.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Silent cliffs a sure sign of the decline of the kittiwake

A SMALL gull usually known for the “cacophony” it creates in its rock-fast Scottish breeding colonies has joined the list of birds facing global extinction – as sea cliffs formerly echoing with its deafening noise fall eerily silent.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Ex-footballer cleared of Ponzi scheme fraud

A FORMER footballer, who was linked to a multi-million-pound Ponzi scheme, has been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Macron trounced as nationalists sweep to power in Corsican assembly

CORSICAN nationalists have won an unprecedented victory in regional elections.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Prince’s old school hits out at hate claim

GORDONSTOUN School has fought back against claims Prince Charles hated his time there, producing old speeches in which he praises the institution.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 5:00 am


Just what the doctor ordered

Staff at a Shetland hospital hope a new BBC fly-on-the-wall series will help recruit more doctors and nurses to the islands.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 1:29 am


Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motorbike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 1:23 am


‘Man flu’ may not be a myth

The much-debated phenomenon of "man flu" may have some basis in fact, researchers have said.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 1:21 am


Five quizzed over suspected murder of three children who died after house fire

Five people are being questioned over the suspected murder of three children who died after a house fire.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 1:09 am


Scotland's book town braces for Big Bang

SCOTLAND'S book town is to play host to a festival exploring the big questions about the mechanics of life.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 12:10 am


Corbyn calls on May to scrap "unnecessary" Brexit deadline of March 2019

LABOUR has softened its line on Brexit still further with Jeremy Corbyn calling for the option of pushing back the date of Britain's EU departure.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 12:10 am


Waterfront Plaza plan for infamous wasteland

PLANS for Waterfront Plaza on wasteland in Leith have been publicly backed by business leaders ahead of a hearing this week.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 12:05 am


Huge rise in house prices in Scotland's most exclusive post code

HIGH-END flats in one of Scotland's most exclusive postcodes are rocketing in value with prices soaring by almost a third in recent months.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 12:05 am


Employer confidence at five-year low as Brexit looms, says survey

EMPLOYER confidence has plunged to a five-year low, a survey suggests today, prompting fears that the UK jobs market is "cooling off" on the prospect of Brexit.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 12:01 am


Brexit confusion makes SNP support for Withdrawal Bill more remote, warns Russell

THE “confusion” over the UK Government’s position on the Irish border relating to Brexit has made the prospect of the Scottish Government supporting the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill even more remote, Michael Russell has suggested.

Published on 12 December 2017 | 12:01 am


Labour accused of trying to 'undermine the independence of the judiciary'

Ms Baker rejected the accusation, insisting the courts would only be established with the Lord President’s agreement.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 6:45 pm


Outlaw King filming brings 'huge benefits' to our screen sector, says Fiona Hyslop

A new feature film based on the story of Robert the Bruce has brought "huge benefits" to the country's screen sector, the culture secretary has said.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 6:22 pm


Richard Leonard backs Scottish Labour as only 'real anti-austerity alternative'

Only Scottish Labour "offer a real anti-austerity alternative", the party's new leader has said ahead of the Scottish Budget.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 5:57 pm


Child abuse inquiry hears how nuns hit girl for asking her sister if she could leave orphanage

A former resident of a Catholic orphanage has told an inquiry how she was beaten by nuns for asking her sister to take her out of the home.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 5:03 pm


No trace of missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague as landfill search ends

The landfill search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has concluded without finding any trace of him.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 4:38 pm


Major North Sea oil and gas pipeline to be shut down for repairs

Some local residents were placed in temporary accommodation while a full assessment was made.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 3:49 pm


Travel disruption continues as settled snow turns to treacherous ice

Settled snow has turned to treacherous ice and caused disruption on roads and railways across the country as forecasters warned of freezing temperatures.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 3:41 pm


Gang jailed over 'highly sophisticated' £2.4m VAT fraud

Members of a gang who carried out a "highly sophisticated" £2.4 million VAT fraud have been jailed for a total of more than 24 years.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 2:48 pm


Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 after battling lung condition

The star had been ill for a long time, his family said.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 2:25 pm


Suspect treated for burns after failed terrorist attack on New York subway

Officials said the man, identified as Akayed Ullah, was inspired by IS but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 1:06 pm


After Scotland and Catalonia, Corsica votes in nationalist coalition

Corsican nationalists have won an unprecedented victory in regional elections.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 12:27 pm


UK commitment to soft Irish border more than legally enforceable, says Davis

The Brexit Secretary’s comment on Sunday that the plans were a “statement of intent” was branded “bizarre” by the Irish government.

Published on 11 December 2017 | 12:09 pm








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