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Derek Binnie: Worker wellbeing pays dividends

US tech giant Google recently announced plans for its UK headquarters in London – while only a shade on its big brother worldwide HQ, Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, it is still a behemoth in UK and European terms.

Management
Thomas Bjorn is pictured with the trophy during the European Ryder Cup captain announcement  at Wentworth.  Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn named Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain

Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match in France.

Golf
The Rolling Stones PIC: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Album reviews: The Rolling Stones | Peter Doherty | Jools Holland

So you wait ten years for a new Rolling Stones album only to find out it’s a collection of fusty old blues covers, sounding a lot like what they used to play more than half a century ago before they started writing their own songs. And it turns out to be the most invigorating thing they have produced in years. Blue & Lonesome started out as an informal jam session in Mark Knopfler’s studio, close to the Stones’ early 60s West London stomping ground. The plan was to warm up to some original material by knocking out a few old bluesy faithfuls by the likes of Willie Dixon and Little Walter, but then they just kept going for the next three days, recording live as they went in order to retain those rough edges.

Music
Education Secretary John Swinney admits results make for "uncomfortable reading"

Scotland drops down education rankings in key subjects

SCOTLAND is slipping down international education rankings, according to major global study which has identified declining ability in reading, maths and science.

Politics
New Heart of Midlothian manager Ian Cathro (right) assistant manager Austin MacPhee (left) and owner Ann Budge. Picture: PA

Ian Cathro: Possibilities are limitless at Hearts

Ian Cathro reckons Hearts is the perfect place to kick off his managerial career because the possibilities for the Tynecastle side are limitless.

Hearts
Rev Dr Russell Barr. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Advent videos reflect on ‘true meaning of Christmas’

THE spirit of Christmas is being brought to life with an online Advent calendar featuring 25 specially created videos made by Church of Scotland ministers.

News
Queens Park Rangers Football Club's club crest. Picture: PA wire

FA: Inquiry into sex abuse in football will expose failings

The official probe into child sexual abuse allegations in football will ensure any failings by the authorities or clubs “are brought to light”, the English Football Association has said.

UK
Iomart chief Angus MacSween said trading in the first half had been 'very good'. Picture: Contributed

Profits surge at Glasgow cloud computing group Iomart

Iomart, the Glasgow-based cloud computing and web hosting specialist, today said its profits jumped by almost a quarter during the first half of its financial year.

Tech
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sometimes a change of plan can provide surprises aplenty, as was the case in this celebration of the much missed talents of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The composer’s new accordion concerto, scheduled for this concert, sadly wasn’t completed before his death earlier this year and due to an indisposed Alexandre Bloch, it was conductor Rumon Gamba who set the exhilarating pace for this musical whirlwind.

Music

Music review: RSNO - Verdi Requiem

I’ve heard many Verdi Requiems. Few, if any, have seemed so true to the nature of the beast as this exceptional performance by the RSNO under Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. The RSNO Chorus sounded radically transformed under its new chorusmaster Gregory Batsleer. When did we last hear it sing with such nimble unanimity, such vivid and limitless dynamic range, such clarity of diction, such confidence and engagement? Batsleer has worked a miracle during his short time in charge.

News
The baby Jesus doll was stolen from a Christmas nativity scene at St John's Kirk in Perth. Picture: JP copyright

Thieves steal baby Jesus doll from Christmas nativity scene

Police are searching for thieves who stole a ‘life-sized’ baby Jesus doll from a church nativity scene.

Dundee & Tayside
Teenage Fanclub

Music review: Teenage Fanclub

It’s difficult to imagine anyone leaving a Teenage Fanclub show complaining about the lack of scissor-kicking showmanship. The Fannies are all about the songs (man), each one delivered with minimal fuss. Considering how many classics they have at their disposal, that’s entirely fair enough. Up to a point.

Music
Andy Cannon, left, and Andy Manley in Black Beauty at the Traverse

Theatre reviews: Black Beauty | Mamma Mia! | The Snaw Queen

The Christmas theatre scene, these days, is as vast and varied as any pantomime forest; and the joyful thing about this latest burst of Christmas shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh is that it contains every possible element, from blockbuster musical to small-scale children’s show – with, in each, a little touch of magic drawn from all the others.

Theatre
The fashionable retailer said it is pursuing an "ambitious" rollout plan, with growth driven by consumer demand. Picture: Contributed

Clothing retailer Quiz broadens store network

Womenswear retailer Quiz has opened 40 outlets in the UK and Ireland over the last year, the latest of which include a site in Ayr covering 2,500 square feet and marking the firm's 20th standalone store in Scotland in addition to concessions.
Retail
Ian Cathro (right) speaks at his opening press conference as Hearts boss. Picture: PA

Ian Cathro on Hearts, media critics and the January window

Ian Cathro had his first media conference as Hearts manager today after being unveiled as the successor to Robbie Neilson last night.

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Scottish banknotes are less likely to be counterfeited than those issued by the Bank of England. Picture: Sandy Young/TSPL

Are Scottish banknotes the most forged in the UK?

It’s an excuse many Scots will be familiar with when visiting shops elsewhere in the UK.

Financial
Scotland Street death: Victim named

Scotland Street death: Victim named

Police Scotland have confirmed the name of a 32-year-old man who died following a disturbance at an address in Scotland Street

News
Austin MacPhee is to be the Hearts assistant manager. Picture; SNS

Austin MacPhee announced as new Hearts assistant head coach

Austin MacPhee has been announced as the new assistant manager at Hearts, where he’ll be No.2 to head coach Ian Cathro.

Hearts 10
A model of Nessie at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Sightings of the 'real' Nessie are at their highest since 2000. Picture: Jane Barlow

Loch Ness Monster sightings at highest level ‘since 2000’

Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are at their highest since the year 2000, the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register has confirmed.

People & Places
Photographic pioneers Hill and Adamson produced around 3000 images during their short career working together.

First ever photographs of Edinburgh to be shown in major exhibition

The first ever photographs of Edinburgh, created in the nation's earliest studio, will take centre stage in the National Galleries of Scotland's programme of 2017 shows.

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