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Reports; John Leslie ‘in talks to join Celebrity Big Brother’

John Leslie could be set to make an appear on Celebrity Big Brother this year, according to reports.

News
Firms have been able to hire rooms at the Scottish Parliament on days when MSPs are not sitting. Picture: Jayne Wright.

Lack of demand puts paid to Holyrood letting out parliament for functions

Holyrood bosses thought they had hit on a money-spinner when they started letting out parts of the Scottish Parliament for dinners, receptions, conference and seminars.

Politics 21
Robots will take the place of factory staff, transport employees and construction  workers. Picture: Getty

Half a million new Scots jobs expected from automation

More than half a million jobs will be created in Scotland over the next two decades with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) driving greater automation and robotics, new research indicates.

Tech 6
The poll shows that the 'power grab' row is winning over some voters.

40 per cent of Scots back SNP’s ‘power grab’ claims

Almost half of Scots believe the SNP’s claim that Westminster has subjected Holyrood to a ‘power grab’ as a result of the Brexit legislation.

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Efficiency in UK offshore industry improves for fifth consecutive year

Efficiency in the UK offshore industry has improved for a fifth consecutive year, according to a report.

News
Fettes is set to increase its fees by 5.3 per cent next year, higher than the average hike among private schools. Picture: TSPL

Scottish private schools to hike fees as tax relief set to end

Parents whose children attend private schools are facing significant increases in fees, in part due to plans to end business rates relief for the sector.

Education 26

Sam Heughan under fire from angry Outlander fans over Trump story retweet

He is the star of one of the most popular historical dramas to be broadcast in recent years.

TV & Radio 17
Jobless Scots are on the rise

Jobless Scots on the rise while falling UK-wide

The number of Scots out of work is on the rise, while falling across the rest of the UK, official figures today show.

Politics 1
Ryan Randall led a rally of Yes-voters through the streets of Edinburgh on the day of the independence referendum in 2014. Picture: Neil Hanna

Flaming bagpiper deported to US after being detained in Edinburgh

A US-born bagpiper was deported from Scotland by the Home Office after being detained by border security at Edinburgh Airport.

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Wood gets connected with new CTO position

Wood gets connected with new CTO position

Energy and engineering services giant Wood Group has appointed Darren Martin to the new role of chief technology officer as the firm looks to ramp up its digital offering.

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Elaine Van Der Berg. Picture: submitted

Brightsolid chief executive leaves business after six months

The chief executive of cloud computing specialist Brightsolid has left the business after six months in the role.

Tech
CEO Angus MacSween welcomed the appointment. Picture: Contributed

New finance boss for cloud computing firm Iomart

Iomart, the Glasgow-based cloud computing and web hosting group, has announced a change of finance director.

Tech
The SEC already holds the SEC Centre, the SEC Armadillo and The SSE Hydro - major purpose-built spaces for exhibitions, conferences and live entertainment. Bosses say they now want to add a new conference centre and extend the exhibition space, warning that "standing still is not an option" in the competitive conference market. Picture: PA

Glasgow’s SEC reveals £150m expansion plan

One of the UK’s largest events hubs has revealed plans for a £150 million expansion.

Glasgow & Strathclyde 5
Kenny Millar. Picture: submitted

East Kilbride tech firm Traveltek makes top hire as it embarks on growth

Traveltek, the East Kilbride-headquartered travel technology specialist, has unveiled a key hire as it looks to scale-up the business.

Tech
Former US first lady Michelle Obama, who is due to attend a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh later. Picture; PA

Michelle Obama to attend charity dinner in Edinburgh

Former US first lady Michelle Obama is due to attend a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh later today.

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The 'baby Trump' balloons are launched at the Saturday's 'carnival of resistance' in the Meadows. Picture: Neil Hanna/AFP

Ian Swanson: Trump’s chaotic visit was par for the POTUS course

The President came, saw, sparked massive protests across the UK – and played a lot of golf, writes Ian Swanson.

Opinion 4
Picture: PA

Google opens Edinburgh training centre

Google has opened Scotland’s first ‘Digital Garage’ today and launched a new training programme in Glasgow.

Tech 8
Linda with her ball boys, Braiden and Reigan

Footie fundraiser for MND remembers Kevin

Edinburgh mum Linda Courtney hopes people will pitch up for the annual charity football fundraiser in memory of her husband, a youth coach who died after battling motor neurone disease.

Lifestyle
DNA clinic used by Jeremy Kyle Show opens in Glasgow

DNA clinic used by Jeremy Kyle Show opens in Glasgow

A DNA testing lab which conducts relationship tests for the Jeremy Kyle Show has opened its first “walk-in clinic” in Scotland.

Companies
Defending Open champion Jordan Spieth returns the Claret Jug to  R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers. Picture: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Open champ Jordan Spieth reluctantly returns ‘coolest’ trophy

The World Cup may not have made it “home”, but the Claret Jug has completed that journey. Handing it back was something Jordan Spieth, the 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year, did with a heavy heart. “It wasn’t an enjoyable experience,” admitted the Texan of his first task at the start of the week in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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