Aberdeen teachers get ready for night of terror for charity

NINE brave teachers from seven Aberdeen secondary schools, are bracing themselves for a pre-Halloween night inside Aberdeen’s historic, and supposedly haunted Tolbooth Museum on Saturday in aid of charity.

Xcite has its operational headquarters in Aberdeen. Picture: Craig Stephen

Oil company Xcite Energy heading for liquidation

Concerns have been raised over the future of the key Bentley oilfield in the North Sea after shares in Xcite Energy were suspended yesterday and the firm looked set to be liquidated.

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Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. The property has not been lived in since the 1950s. PIC Contributed.

Then and now: Five Scottish castles fading from the landscape

From their once mighty pasts, many of Scotland’s castles now lie damp, empty and ruined. For hundreds of years they symbolised wealth and power but fading fortunes, changed times - and sometimes bad marriages and even a lightning bolt - have left the residences mere crumbling relics of a lost age.

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Wood Group's deal with Hibernia has the potential for two further five-year extensions. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group wins deal for Newfoundland oil platform

Energy services firm Wood Group has won a five-year contract to deliver work on a major oil platform in Canada.

Bateria in soil which can sometimes contaminate heroin supplies causes the rare condition. Picture: TSPL

Drug user admitted to hospital with suspected botulism

A patient has been admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with suspected botulism.

The Marcliff Hotel in Aberdeen: Picture: Google Maps

Owner of top Aberdeen hotel apologises for homophobic remarks

One of Scotland’s top hoteliers who is close friend of Donald Trump and former First Minister Alex Salmond has issued an apology after making homophobic remarks at a fund-raising dinner.

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The Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre project is due for completion in 2019. Picture: Contributed

AECC developer Henry Boot rides out ‘uncertain’ market

The property company behind Aberdeen’s new £333 million conference centre is eyeing a strong end to the year despite tough conditions facing the construction sector.

Close-up of HMS Unicorn figurehead. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

Five Unicorn emblems to be found around Scotland

It’s been Scotland’s national animal since at least the 1300s, and, unsurprisingly, it can be found absolutely everywhere up and down the country - not a bad feat for a mythological beast.

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Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing and Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired. Picture: Contributed

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN’S Winter Festival is set to return next month with the hugely popular Christmas Village, Christmas Tree Maze, Wooden Sculpture Trail and much more.

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Aberdeen legend Joe Harper will take part in 40th anniversary event.

AFC 1976 stars reuniting for first time to support charity

ABERDEEN Football Club legends are reuniting from across the globe at a charity lunch this month.

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Councillor Angela Taylor and Phil Masson from Maersk along with Noemi Napoletano, 7, and brother , Alex, 6. Picture: Contributed

Oil company donates Lego boat to Aberdeen library’s appeal

MAERSK Oil UK has donated a Lego boat worth hundreds of pounds for Aberdeen’s first Lego Club.

More than three billion barrels of oil remain untapped in the North Sea, according to the OGA. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

North Sea industry seeks to tap into ‘small pools’

The regulator for the North Sea industry has highlighted the “very significant” potential of more than three billion barrels of oil waiting to be tapped in UK waters.

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Hotel Chocolat opened seven outlets during the year, including at Braehead shopping centre. Picture: Jane Barlow

Hotel Chocolat profits sweetened by ‘hedonistic’ demand

Consumer demand for “hedonistic chocolate” has helped drive up sales and profits at Hotel Chocolat, with the firm gearing up for its best ever Christmas.

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Citibase is behind the Strathclyde Business Park and aims to grow its number of Scottish hubs to 15. Picture: Contributed

Citibase aiming for 15 Scottish business centres

Business centre operator Citibase has unveiled a three-year plan to enlarge its Scottish footprint to 15 hubs as demand for more flexible office space spirals.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam launches poverty campaign. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen Lord Provost lives on £2 a day in poverty campaign

ABERDEEN’S Lord Provost George Adam will live on £2 a day this week as part of a campaign to highlight food poverty in the city and raise funds to support those in need.

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Kenneth Copland was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

OAP jailed for catalogue of child sex abuse

A PENSIONER guilty of a catalogue of abuse against children has been locked up for 10 years.

EnQuest said the restructuring would put its finances on a 'stable and sustainable' footing. Picture: Contributed

EnQuest in £82m fundraising to support North Sea projects

Oil and gas producer EnQuest is seeking to raise £82 million as it presses ahead with plans for one of the biggest projects in the North Sea.

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Dandara is behind Aberdeen's The Point office development. Picture: Contributed

Building firm Dandara expands reach north of Border

An Isle of Man construction firm is expanding its reach into Scotland with plans for a high-end flats development in Edinburgh.

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Glasgow School of Art's iconic Mackintosh building was badly damaged in the 2014 fire. Picture: John Devlin

Brian McQuade: Kier helping with return of ‘the Mack’

The Mackintosh building at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is something of a local landmark for our team; given that it’s in the centre of Glasgow and just seven miles from our office, it’s a building that a lot of us pass and admire on a regular basis.

Scotland will be left with one Ed's Easy Diner following the closures. Picture: Contributed

Hundreds of jobs lost as Ed’s Easy Diner closes 26 sites

Almost 400 jobs will be cut across Ed’s Easy Diner locations with the closure of 26 of the chain’s restaurants, including four out of the five based in Scotland.

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