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Million Scots at risk of ‘transport poverty’

More than one million Scots live in areas that are at risk of ‘transport poverty’, according to new research.

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Edinburghs hospitality sector has been boosted by the success of its festivals. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh is Scotland’s economic powerhouse, research shows

Edinburgh’s position as Scotland’s economic powerhouse has been unveiled by new research which shows business activity in the heart of the capital tops other parts of the country.

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Edinburgh will keep its tourist information office - but many other smaller Scottish towns will lose theirs. Picture: Jon Savage

VisitScotland to shut 60% of tourist information offices

More than half of Scotland’s tourist information centres are to be axed - despite soaring numbers of visitors from overseas countries.

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The number of people doing regular exercise in the most deprived communities was 18 per cent lower than those in the wealthiest areas. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA

Number of Scots exercising regularly 18% lower in poorer areas

Cuts to sports clubs and community groups must be reversed to bridge a widening “activity gap” contributing to poor health in deprived communities, Scottish Labour has said.

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Video: Who are Scotland’s biggest landowners?

One half of Scottish private land belongs to group of just 432 owners. Do Eigg and Ulva hold the keys to community ownership?

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Tourists on the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Number of American tourists visiting Scotland soars

The number of American tourists visiting Scotland has soared over the last year.

Travel
Road deaths fell to their lowest level since 1950

Road casualties in Scotland fall to lowest level since records began

Road casualties in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level since records began in 1950 but deaths in road accidents have risen, new figures show.

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Child obesity rates are rising around the world. Picture: TSPL

Majority of Scots support ban on junk food TV adverts

A majority of Scots would support a ban on unhealthy food being advertised on television before the 9pm watershed, a new poll has found.

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Federalism is regularly cited as an answer to the constitutional question, but implementing could prove difficult. Picture: Greg Macvean

Is federalism the answer to the Scottish constitutional question?

A fringe conference meeting of SNP delegates does not sound like the most obvious of places for a right-wing think tank to share a bold report on why federalism offers the answer to the UK’s constitutional question.

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Use of compulsory mental health care orders soars in Scotland

Use of compulsory mental health care orders soars in Scotland

The number of compulsory mental health treatments in Scotland has hit its highest level in at least 15 years, according to a watchdog report.

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Is this Scotland's greenest space.

Is this Scotland’s greenest space?

A park has been named Scotland’s top park in UK poll of green spaces.

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A street performer entertains crowds during the Edinburgh festival season. Culture is a key part of projecting soft power overseas. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Soft power brings concrete benefits, say Scots academics

Projecting so-called soft power - from pop music to literature - can bring concrete benefits to nations, a report by the University of Edinburgh has suggested.

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Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Police Scotland would continue attempts to 'drive down violence'. Picture: John Devlin

Number of murder and culpable homicide victims up 10% in Scotland

The number of murder and culpable homicide victims in Scotland has risen by 10%.

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SNP MP Pete Wishart was speaking at a fringe conference debate on the economy of an independent Scotland

Scots must board ‘lifeboat of independence’ before Brexit

Scots must board the ‘lifeboat of independence’ and row ‘as fast as possible’ away from the UK to avoid a potential economic downturn caused by Brexit, a senior Nationalist has warned.

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A nurse giving a patient a diabetes test. A charity found many Scots did not realise those with the condition are susceptible to painful sores

More than a third of Scots unaware of complications from diabetes

More than a third of people in Scotland do not know foot ulcers are a serious complication of diabetes, according to a survey.

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Union Street in Aberdeen. A small Camorra cell operated in the city for more than a decade.

Life of Camorra mafia in Aberdeen revealed in new book

Mondragone, a coastal Italian municipality 28 miles north of Naples, appears to have little in common with the granite city of Aberdeen.

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Craigmillar Castle. Picture: TSPL

Visitor numbers to Scottish castles booming due to ‘Outlander effect’

ON the small screen, it plays the part of the imposing Ardsmuir prison, where Jamie Fraser is held with his Highland Jacobite counterparts by the British Army, under the control of the dastardly Lord John Grey.

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Scots are more likely to donate goods to charity than the rest of the UK nations. Picture: Contributed

Scots more likely to give to charity or volunteer than rUK

Scots are the most generous people in the UK, according to a detailed analysis of their support for charities.

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Only 13 per cent of children aged 2 to 15 meet the five-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendation.

Kevan Christie: Five-a-day sounds catchy but it still hasn’t caught on

The debate around how many portions of fruit and vegetables we are supposed to eat on a daily basis has intensified with the results of the Scottish Health Survey which show consumption is at its lowest level since 2003.

Opinion 6
The average speed for older men has been estimated at 3ft per second, and 2.5ft for women  but the recommended speed for pelican crossings is around 4ft per second. Picture: Toby Williams

Older Scots ‘don’t have enough time at pelican crossings’

Older Scots are being discouraged from leaving their homes and visiting town centres as they struggle to operate pelican crossings, new research has found.

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