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Breaking news, Monday, November 19

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Latest: Vion to sell all UK businesses

5.30pm: A panel led by the UK’s former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather is to examine how children and families are supported under the Home Office system for asylum seekers.

5:00pm: The firm behind the closure of the Hall’s of Broxburn meat plant, with loss of hundreds of jobs, today announced it is selling up all its UK food businesses. Dutch giant Vion employs 13,000 people across the UK , but says it is selling up to concentrate on its “core markets” in the Netherlands and Germany.

4:35pm: Hearts have rejected a £4.5 million takeover offer from the former owner of Livingston, insisting Italian businessman Angelo Massone “may not be the right person to take the club forward”.

4:15pm: A £5million project to develop a new vaccine for Foot and Mouth disease was launched today at the University of St Andrews. The project will look to create a more durable vaccine for the livestock disease.

3:50pm: Hundreds of new jobs and training posts for out-of-work youngsters are to be created in a key unemployment blackspot, it was announced today.

East Ayrshire is to get an additional £248,000 of European Social Fund cash which will create 123 posts for 16-19-year-olds seeking workplace training

1:50am: Scotland’s most capped prop Allan Jacobsen has announced that he is to retire from international rugby

1:30pm: The most popular story on Scotsman.com today is the intention of SPL clubs to veto the preferred league construction option of SFL sides.

12:20pm: George McCallum has been fined £5,000 for health and safety failings following the death of 14-year-old army cadet Kaylee McIntosh.

12.05pm: An app which enables motorists to find parking spaces is also being used by wardens to find out when time is running out on a meter. Manufactured by Perth based Town and City Parking, the Metereye system transmits a signal from under the road when a parking space can become free which can be picked up by smartphones, iPads and other tablet devices.

12:10pm: Alex Salmond today called on opposition parties to draw a line under the row over college funding which saw him forced to apologise to MSPs in Parliament last week.

12.05pm: A teenage boy suffered a serious head injury after falling off his mountain bike in the Borders. The child, from Bathgate, was injured in Glentress Forest in the Borders on Sunday afternoon.

12.00pm: Leigh Griffiths is set to leave Hibernian in January after Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Stale Solbakken declared his intention to sell the Scotland international. Griffiths, who is in the midst of a second loan spell at the Edinburgh club, is contracted to parent club Wolves until next summer.

11.50am: Flooding at Comrie in Highland Perthshire has been a declared a “major incident” by Tayside Fire and Rescue Service as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued six floor alerts and five flood warnings earlier today.

11.30am: The daughter of suspended MP Nadine Dorries has insisted her mother was told she could take time off with one month’s leave from her parliamentary duties. Jennie Dorries told ITV’s Daybreak that former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, who resigned last month, agreed that the Mid-Bedfordshire MP could leave her parliamentary duties.

11.20am: An art-loving professor who was known across the globe for his work in psychiatry has left a substantial amount of a £5.2 million fortune to the nation’s art museums. Henry Walton was a world-renowned psychiatrist and art collector. He died in July aged 88 having amassed a massive private collection with his late wife, the renowned child psychiatrist Sula Walton.

11.10am: Prince Charles has agreed a secret out-of-court settlement with a Scottish servant who claimed he was bullied and compared to shotgun killer Raoul Moat before being unfairly dismissed. Grant Harrold said he was intimidated, threatened and made to feel like a “pariah” by senior colleagues.

10.45am: Princes Street has re-opened after a piece of masonry fell 30 feet from a building to the street below.

The stone fell off a Next branch on the city’s main thoroughfare at around 6.40am on Monday.

10.40am: Police today appealed for information after a man was found unconscious in an Edinburgh street. The man was found around 5am yesterday in Oxgangs Street having suffered a head injury and was taken to the ERI for treatment.

9.50am: Heavy rain is causing problems for drivers on many roads across Scotland and the Met Office has issued yellow “be aware” warnings for the Highlands and the Western Isles, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, the south west and Lothian and Borders.

08:40am: One of Europe’s largest offshore wind companies, Areva, is to manufacture turbines in Scotland in a move which could create up to 750 jobs.

08:20am: Edinburgh’s defence solicitors are holding a one-day strike today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court following protests over changes to legal aid payments.

 
 
 

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