Aberdeen & North East

Aberdeen & North East

Killer jailed for ‘depraved’ murder and rape of escort

A government official’s son has been jailed for life after raping and murdering a woman in an Aberdeen flat.

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The Cromarty Firth has long been used for anchorage when oil prices fall and the need for rigs is diminished. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Small pools offer big advantage to Scotland’s oil industry

Learning to exploit the potential of untapped ‘small pools’ of oil and gas could offer a lifeline to Scotland’s offshore industry, experts predict.

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Citylets boss Thomas Ashdown said the firm expects rental growth in all major urban areas 'with the exception of Aberdeen'. Picture: Contributed

Lettings market tipped for return to growth this year

Residential rentals are forecast to rise this year in the wake of an “uncharacteristic” dip at the end of 2016.

Markets Economy
EnerMech boss Doug Duguid said the purchase of EPS widens the group's exposure to the defence, infrastructure and power markets. Picture: Contributed

Australian deal paves way to new markets for EnerMech

Engineering services group EnerMech has acquired an Australian-based business in a move which takes it into the global electrical and instrumentation sector for the first time.

Companies
Only extreme weight gain had an affect on adult offspring. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Pregnancy weight gain not linked to early death in adulthood

Women who gain weight in pregnancy do not put their children at increased risk of early death in adulthood, a new study suggests.

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The growing popularity of Nordic cross-country ski-ing

NORDIC skiing, also known as cross-country skiing, is a sport growing in popularity in Scotland.

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Which Scottish shares made the biggest gains last week?

Find out which Scottish companies were the best performers on the stock market last week.

Companies
From left: ESS operations director Mo Petrie, managing director Mike Wilson and Handelsbanken corporate account manager Steven Rae. Picture: Simon Price

Aberdeenshire subsea group taps bank for growth drive

Ecosse Subsea Services (ESS) has secured a multi-million pound revolving credit facility with Swedish-owned bank Handelsbanken that it says will allow the subsea engineering specialist to bid for bigger renewables and power generation work.

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Pupils from Dyke Primary School in Moray feature in Tatler magazine. Picture: Contributed

Society mag Tatler puts Moray primary in ‘top school’ list

TOP society magazine The Tatler has picked a Highland primary school as one of the best in the UK.

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BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie. Picture: Contributed

BrewDog hits out at ‘deluded’ council in land sale row

A leading Scottish brewery has branded Aberdeenshire Council ‘deluded’ in a row over the sale of land.

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The dunes at Rattray Head, close to the castle site which was destroyed by moving sand whipped up by a  violent storm in the early 1700s. PIC www.geograph.co.uk

The North East castle that disappeared in a sandstorm

It was once home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland and the chief homegrown enemy of Robert the Bruce.

People & Places
Centrica, led by chief executive Iain Conn, is cutting roles in its exploration and production team. Picture: Contributed

Energy giant Centrica to cut 25 jobs in Aberdeen

Scottish Gas owner Centrica has revealed that it is cutting 25 jobs in Aberdeen as it reduces its exploration and production division in the city.

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Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing performing the market open ceremony at the London Stock Exchange. Picture: Contributed

Martin Flanagan: Aberdeen opens the London stock market

Aberdeen City Council’s senior echelon had the honour of opening the London stock market at the London Stock Exchange yesterday – recognition of the authority’s groundbreaking use of the bond markets, at least north of the Border, to fund a major infrastructure programme.

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Sikorsky S92 helicopters are frequently used for off shore flights to North Sea rigs. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

North Sea transport helicopters grounded over safety fears

All Sikorsky S92 helicopters have been grounded amid concerns over safety, causing disruption to North Sea flights.

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A Sikorsky S92 helicopter in operation with the Coastguard. Picture: John Devlin

Sikorsky grounds all S92 helicopters amid safety concerns

All Sikorsky S92 helicopters have been grounded amid concerns over safety, causing disruption to North Sea flights.

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Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing performing the market open ceremony at the London Stock Exchange. Picture: PA

Aberdeen City Council marks entry into bond market

A council leader has performed the London Stock Exchange “market open” ceremony to mark the local authority’s entry into the bond market.

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NESS chief executive Graham Findlay. Picture: Contributed

137-year-old charity NESS celebrates its best year ever

A 137-year-old north-east charity is looking forward to continued success after celebrating its best year ever.

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Gill and husband Mark with daughters Neve and Katie-Anne. Picture: Contributed

Wife gives husband the gift of life with kidney donation

GILL Redmond did not need to worry about what present to buy her husband for Christmas: she’d already given him the gift of life by donating him one of her kidneys.

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Video: Elusive wildcats caught on camera in Aberdeenshire

Wildcats have been spotted at two historic sites in Aberdeenshire in recent months.

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President-elect Donald Trump addresses the ill-tempered press conference. Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

25 exhilarating outdoor things to do in Scotland

The start of a year often means setting challenges. If you want a rush of adrenaline in 2017, try one of these exhilarating outdoor activities in Scotland.

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