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Pat Rafferty: Tories are in cahoots with RBS over branch closures

Closure of 62 RBS branches is designed to help the UK Government sell off its shares, writes union official Pat Rafferty.

Opinion
The Caledonian Hotel has been sold to an overseas investor in a multi-million pound deal

Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel set for expansion after £85m sale

One of Edinburgh’s most famous hotels is to undergo a major expansion after being snapped up by new overseas owners.

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The boy was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Picture: Donald Thomas

Boy, 11, hurt after wall section collapses at primary school

An 11-year-old boy has been injured after part of a school playground wall fell off.

Aberdeen & North East
Rosa Rosado, manager of the British Red Cross charity shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, with a Phillipa Lepley couture wedding dress worth �14,000 which will be auctioned on 18 Jan 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
PICTURE: Lisa Ferguson

Red Cross designer bridal dresses star in fashion charity show

AS speculation grows over who will design Meghan Markle’s wedding gown, a small charity shop in the heart of Edinburgh has quietly been attracting brides-to-be to its unique bridal boutique full of designer wedding dresses.

Lifestyle
The Edinburgh-based start-up has won a lucrative contract from Shell. Picture: PA

Edinburgh-based start-up Cognitive Geology wins Shell contract

Cognitive Geology, an Edinburgh-based technology start-up, has secured a $1.2 million (£872,000) contract with oil giant Shell for its geological mapping software.

Tech
Ed Molyneux, chief executive of FreeAgent Holdings

Record number of Scots want to start a business

More people than ever are looking to start their own business, including more than 200,000 Scots, according to a new survey.

Markets Economy
Sheltered housing residents in Glasgow could face changes to alarm system.

‘Press button if still alive’ plan for OAPs is ‘dangerous’

Pensioners living in sheltered housing will have to ‘press a button’ every day to let carers know they are still alive.

News 8

NHS Scotland pays £193m in compensation over five years

Medical negligence payments paid out annually by NHS Scotland have risen four-fold in the past decade, new figures have revealed.

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NHS Lothian was one of the top health boards for medical negligence pay outs

NHS Lothian paid out almost £33m for medical mistakes

NHS Lothian has emerged as one of the top three health boards in Scotland for medical negligence pay outs.

News 1
VisitScotland director Paul Bush is one of Scotland's leading festivals and events experts.

Scottish festival organisers told they may have to rely on crowdfunding in future

Festival and event organisers may have to rely on crowd-funding campaigns and donations from philanthropists to keep running in the face of the public spending squeeze, one of Scotland’s leading industry experts has warned.

Lifestyle
Craig Speirs has been chosen to help launch World Cancer Day 2018 in Scotland. Picture: PA

Father who fast-tracked his wedding makes cancer vow

A Scottish father who brought his wedding forward by a year after he was diagnosed with a rare cancer is backing a new fundraising campaign.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
Carillion projects could be at risk. Picture; PA

What the Carillion collapse means to Scotland

The Scottish Government has said contingency plans are in place for major contracts north of the Border affected by the liquidation of Carillion.

Politics 36
The new installation will operate in the Penguins field, 150 miles north-east of the Shetland islands.  Picture: Andy Buchanan

Shell to build first new North Sea installation in 30 years

Energy giant Shell is to develop its first new manned installation in the northern part of the North Sea for almost 30 years.

Business 15
Costruction giant Carillion which has said that it has "no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect". Picture; PA

Construction giant Carillion to go into liquidation

Construction giant Carillion has said it has “no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect” after talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

News 5
Glasgow Airport has launched a 13-week public
consultation seeking feedback on proposals to modernise the airspace currently used by
aircraft to fly to and from the airport.

Flight paths ‘not fit for purpose’ says Glasgow Airport chief

Airport chiefs say flight paths are not fit for purpose as they launched a consultation on proposals to modernise the airspace.

News 1
The S3 pupils during their lesson. Picture: Facebook

Scottish high school sparks debate over pheasant-butchering lesson

A teacher at a Scottish school has sparked fierce debate among parents after getting children in the class to prepare pheasants for eating.

Education 44
Thomas Sutherland and Emily Martin with a model  helicopter, designed as part of a new work placement scheme at Leonardo MW in Edinburgh. Photograph: Alistair Linford

Apprentices at defence giant give Scottish pupils a workplace wow factor

The first day in a work placement can be a terrifying prospect for Scotland’s secondary school pupils, facing a whole week surrounded by adults, hoping it will not be spent making the tea.

Education 1
Vapiano in Edinburgh offers pizzas, pastas, antipasti and salads ordered directly from chefs at an open kitchen.

Restaurant chain Vapiano targets expansion in Scotland

A European chain of casual dining Italian restaurants set to open its second Scottish branch this month is considering further sites north of the Border.

Media & Leisure
The flu vaccine.

Some Boots stores temporarily run out of flu jab

A number of Boots stores “temporarily” ran out of flu vaccinations on Friday amid rising concerns about the virus.

News 4
Lorrain Robertson points to a trend for the private and public sectors to look at reconfiguring facilities rather than commissioning new developments. Photograph: Jon Savage

The Big Interview: HLM Architects Scotland head Lorraine Robertson

Its projects north of the border span a host of sectors, from hospitals to universities and sustainable office developments.

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