Tributes pour in for Blossom, Europe’s ‘oldest chimpanzee’

EUROPE’S ‘oldest chimpanzee’ has died at the age of 62, Blair Drummond Safari Park has announced.

Jamie Harron has been freed, according to his representatives after he was sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man's hip. Picture: Detained in Dubai/PA Wire

Dubai Scot’s warning to travellers: ‘It could happen to anyone’

A man detained in Dubai after being accused of touching a man’s hip in a bar has warned that “if this could happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”

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Economy secretary Keith Brown celebrates the hire scheme's 37,000 journeys with Forth Environment Link executive director Clara Walker. Picture: Forth Environment Link

Stirling wins Scotland's first large-scale electric bike hire scheme

Scotland's first large-scale electric bike hire scheme will be launched next year in Stirling, economy secretary Keith Brown announced today.
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Jamie Harron, 27, was jailed for three months after touch a businessmans hip in a bar in the UAE. Picture: SWNS

Scot jailed for touching man in Dubai “has sentence dropped”

An activist group says a three-month prison sentence has been dropped for a Scottish man in Dubai over touching another man’s buttocks after an argument in a bar.

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Collect of Jamie Harron from Stirling who is being detained in Dubai. Picture: SWNS

Man who claimed Scot had indecently touched him in Dubai drops complaint

A businessman who landed a Scot in a Dubai jail over claims of being indecently touched had dropped his complaint, it emerged today.

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Runrig have added an extra concert to their farewell tour. Picture: TSPL

Runrig announce extra farewell concert after huge demand

Scottish Celtic rock band Runrig have announced they will perform an extra farewell concert after all 25,000 tickets for the first date sold out.

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Children performing with Scotland's Big Noise orchestras get glowing report.

Big Noise children’s orchestra gets top inspection report

A youth orchestra charity giving free music tuition in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas has the potential to “transform” children’s lives, a report has found.

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption

Scotland's weather: Flood warning from heavy rain on Sunday

Heavy rain and strong winds could cause flooding and travel disruption across parts of Scotland on Sunday and Monday, the Met Office warned today.
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Duncan Ogilvie heads the family-owned conglomerate. Picture: Contributed

Ogilvie Group snaps up motor insurance claims business

Ogilvie Group, the Stirling-based mini-conglomerate, has acquired UK motor insurance claims support specialist Active Auto Solutions (AAS) for an undisclosed sum.

Steven Morris, founder and CEO of ESM Investments. Picture: Graham Flack

Fast-growing Scots tech firms targeted by new £25m fund

Scotland’s technology sector has been given a fresh boost after a Stirling-based investment syndicate pushed the button on a £25 million fund.

Judy Murray at a tennis on the road event at Dalkeith High School.

Judy Murray’s autobiography in running for sports book of the year

Judy Murray will battle it out with a biography on Muhammad Ali and Four Mums in a Boat for the prestigious William Hill Sport Book of the Year.

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The expansion comes as Tillicoultry-based 123v celebrates 20 years in business. Picture: Julie Howden

Canopies maker 123v eyes sunnier growth with investment

A family-run manufacturing firm is targeting overseas markets after doubling production capability with a six-figure investment.

Founders4Schools aims to help pupils improve their chances in the world of work. Picture: Michael Gillen

Double win for Stirling in Founders4Schools awards

Efforts to improve the job prospects of young people and encourage more children to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects have seen representatives of Stirling Council pick up two accolades.

Ace Recycling's Malcolm Mcardle, left, with Spotless chief Roger Green. Picture: Contributed

Spotless boss cleans up with Ace Recycling takeover

Cleaning entrepreneur Roger Green has purchased the commercial and industrial division of Alloa-based Ace Recycling Group CIC in a deal that secures the business and more than a dozen staff.

Reece Kidd strayed over the border into North Korea. Picture: AP

Scottish student sparks row after straying into North Korea

A student travelling on a Scottish Government scheme nearly sparked a diplomatic incident after crossing into North Korea without permission.

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WaveLIFT chief Steve Bruce. Picture: Contributed

Stirling pump technology outfit WaveLIFT lands £1m backing

A pump technology firm has secured more than £1 million of funding to develop a system aimed at helping oil and gas firms maximise returns.

Judy Murray has been the brunt of protesters' ire over a proposed tennis centre

Leader comment: No place for personal attacks

Judy Murray is a great ambassador for tennis. Perhaps more than any other person in Scotland, she works tirelessly to support the sport and make it more accessible, especially for children.

Bank of Scotland's Douglas Spowart with Forth Housing Association chair Margaret Turner. Picture: Chris Watt

Forth Housing Association plans new homes for Stirling

Stirling is set for a social housing boost after Forth Housing Association (FHA) unveiled a £13 million, three-year plan to build scores of new homes.

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Judy Murray has been harshly accused of pursuing a vanity project as she tries to improve Scotland's sporting facilities.

Leader comment: Tennis centre is a legacy for everyone

When Judy Murray’s sons were young tennis hopefuls she devoted years to honing their talent.

Sandy Adam, executive chairman of Springfield Properties. Picture: Dan Phillips

Record sales for housebuilder Springfield Properties

Scotland-focused housebuilder Springfield Properties has seen annual pre-tax profits jump by nearly a third as its revenues exceeded £100 million for the first time.

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