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Series draw may have saved Lions says legend McBride

Willie John McBride believes the British and Irish Lions may have been saved from extinction by the performance of this year’s side in New Zealand.

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More than 40 firefighters are tackling the blaze. Picture: John Devlin

Firefighters tackle major fire at Glasgow warehouse

Fire crews are tackling a ‘massive’ blaze at a warehouse in Glasgow.

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Scott Sinclair nets his side's second goal of the game. Picture: Getty

Five things we learned from Celtic 5 - 0 Astana

Craig Fowler gives his take as Celtic all but cement their place in the Champions League group stages once more.

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Clyde Space chief Craig Clark with Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander. Picture: Contributed

Clyde Space reaches for the stars with latest contract

Miniature satellite maker Clyde Space has won a contract to provide satellite solutions to US space company Audacy.

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Complete with leather seats, remote central locking and air conditioning, the two-tonne vehicle is expected to take a week to make the trip. Picture: SWNS

Duo embark on epic England-Scotland charity drive - in a shed

A dad and his teenage daughter are embarking on an epic journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats - in the world’s fastest SHED.

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Could a change of dates ease the congestion on the likes of the High Street in August? Picture:  Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Tommy Sheppard: High time we let all our festivals spread the love

So our Capital city is more than halfway through hosting the world’s largest arts festival. As ever, amidst this explosion of artistic creativity there are a few controversies. Should workers in Fringe venues be paid the living wage? Were the owners of St 
Andrew Square right to close it to the Fringe and Jazz & Blues festivals? And the debate that intrigues me most: dates.

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For some ex-service personnel the transition to civilian life can be challenging and effective support is crucial to give them a positive future.

Amelia Morgan: Venture Trust is out to help ex-service personnel

Each year about 17,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and most transition successfully into the civilian world.

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Machine guns on the streets do not inspire confidence

Neil McLennan: Arming all police officers an unpalatable response

After the Manchester attack, Police Scotland tweeted an image of the chief constable with two armed policemen and two civilian runners. ‘Armed police’ proclaimed the hashtag.

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Greater incentives and investment are needed to move away from the box in the street and the copper wiring under the ground

Ricky Nicol: Digital crisis a threat to economic health

Only 2 per cent of buildings in the UK have a fibre to the premises (FTTP) network connection.

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Parliament is full of people with blinkered views, disinclined to do what the electorate want

Tim Flinn: Parliamentary democracy has reached its sell-by date

A recent BBC4 Storyville, The Accidental Anarchist concerned a former Foreign Office high flier. He became so disillusioned with the lies he was expected to tell and the truths he was paid to suppress, and with the horrors inflicted upon innocent civilians by the uncaring political/military juntas of the UK and the USA, that he turned against the Foreign Office.

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Women in poverty are often forced  to steal sanitary products

David Thomson: Campaigns may spell the beginning of the end of the menstruation taboo

Before long, Scotland will be the first part of the United Kingdom where women will have access free sanitary products.

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Ken Vass

Obituary: Ken Vass, journalist, TV and radio producer, director and editor, behind Scotsport and Weir’s Way

Journalist and television executive. Born: London on 22 July, 1936. Died: Kenmare, County Kerry, 14 July, 2017

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'Banks are not as far advanced as we would like them to be,' said ECB supervisor Sabine Lautenschlaeger. Picture: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

British banks ‘behind schedule’ in post-Brexit preparations

British-based banks seeking to relocate some operations to the EU before Britain quits the single market are behind schedule in their preparations for the move, a European Central Bank (ECB) supervisor has warned.

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Graham Boyack, Director, Scottish Mediation

Graham Boyack: Scotland really needs to keep it simple when it comes to procedure in law cases

The recently launched Justice In Scotland – Vision and Priotities has as one of its ambitions “to modernise civil and criminal law and the justice system to meet the needs of people in Scotland in the 21st century”.

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Steve McClaren is still available after turning down an opportunity in Israel. Picture: SNS

Steve McClaren still in the running for Hearts job - reports

Steve McClaren insists he’s still in the running for the vacant Hearts manager’s job.

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Ineos is importing shale gas from the US to its refinery and petrochemicals plant in Grangemouth. Picture: Michael Gillen

Fracking not viable in UK’s “deformed” rocks

The UK’s new dash for unconventional oil and gas has come 55 million years too late, according to a leading Scottish academic.

Environment
Baby boxes indicate a willingness to help every child, regardless of income, get the best possible start

Kenny MacAskill: Time to talk seriously about benefits, universal or not, affordable or otherwise

So, baby boxes will be arriving for every newborn in Scotland. Delivered not by a stork but by the Scottish Government. For some it’s a fad, for others a vital part of childcare. I tend to be supportive as its been shown to work in Finland, a country I admire greatly and one which has addressed public health issues and pursued education policies that Scotland could do well to learn from.

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Tim Farron stood down as Liberal Democrat leader following controversy over his religious beliefs. It isnt good enough to say the party leader is entitled to his own views says Kelvin Holdsworth. Picture: PA

Kelvin Holdsworth: Liberal Democrats need to be more liberal - and more democratic

The challenge for new party leader Vince Cable is to get to the root of problems rather than find practical solutions to them, says Kelvin Holdsworth

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Portugal is a strong example of how to keep drug-related deaths to a minimum.

Kevan Christie: What can Scotland learn from Europe about how to prevent drug deaths?

The ‘appalling’ figures showing that the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland reached a record number last year have called into question the effectiveness of our national drugs strategy.

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While Scotland's improved employment rate represents good news, many new jobs will be poorly paid and possibly short-term with fewer rights than those in permanent positions.

Minimum wage must be enforced

Nearly 20 years on from the introduction of the minimum wage, businesses continue to flout the legislation.

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