School bans boys from wearing shorts in ‘gender neutral’ policy

School bans boys from wearing shorts in ‘gender neutral’ policy

Skirts are the appropriate uniform for boys who are too hot in the summer months – and shorts are not – under the ‘gender neutral policy’ of an upmarket secondary school Chiltern Edge High School in England introduced new uniforms at the beginning of the academic year and the only leg wear permitted are trousers or skirts. One parent of a pupil at the Oxfordshire school asked staff if his […]

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More than 10,000 take part in pro-independence march in Dumfries

More than 10,000 take part in pro-independence march in Dumfries

Pro-independence campaigners have staged a march in Dumfries, weeks after a similar event in Glasgow attracted a record number of participants. Around 10,000 marchers followed a route through Dumfries town centre on Saturday, Police Scotland said, before congregating at the town’s Dock Park. The event was organised by All Under One Banner, the group which has staged the annual pro-independence march in Glasgow for several years. Dumfries & Galloway returned […]

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SNP aims to turn ‘hopes for Scotland into reality’ as conference looms

SNP aims to turn ‘hopes for Scotland into reality’ as conference looms

SNP leaders say they will seek to turn their “hopes for Scotland into a reality” with the prospect of a second independence referendum poised to dominate the party conference next week. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay says the party’s “positive ambition for Scotland” will be at the heart of the Aberdeen gathering which follows recent publication of a revised economic blueprint for independence. Thousands march in pro-independence rally in Glasgow‘. Picture: […]

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Trains delayed ‘until mid morning’ due to Edinburgh Park Signalling fault

Trains delayed ‘until mid morning’ due to Edinburgh Park Signalling fault

Trains face delays to and from the Capital this morning due to a signalling fault at Edinburgh Park. The fault is resulting in delays on Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk and Edinburgh – Dunblane services. Engineers are on their way to site now with disruption expected until at least 11:30am. Earlier this morning, services between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Shotts faced delayed by up to 10 minutes due to […]

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New Zealand model may not be right for Scotland, warns Kiwi MP

New Zealand model may not be right for Scotland, warns Kiwi MP

Campaigners for Scottish independence should think twice about holding up New Zealand’s economic record as an example to follow, a Kiwi MP has warned. The SNP’s Growth Commission report, which examined possible options for an independent Scotland, described New Zealand’s economy as being on a “stronger footing” after being “reformed extensively in the 1980s and early 1990s”. But Green Party economic development spokesman Gareth Hughes, whose party holds a number […]

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Seagull trapped overnight in a Scotrail train

Seagull trapped overnight in a Scotrail train

A seagull spent a night trapped in a Scotrail carriage according to reports. A commuter tweeted that the front carriage of the 7:11am service between Leuchars and Edinburgh was out of use due to the bird being trapped overnight. The train, which left originally set off from Aberdeen at 5.46am. It has been reported that the bird “became trapped in the carriage and repeatedly crashed into the windows, leaving a […]

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Glasgow ‘ethical retailer’ leads fight against plastic packaging

Glasgow ‘ethical retailer’ leads fight against plastic packaging

The fight to tackle plastic waste is firmly on the political agenda thanks to Blue Planet II. But while UK supermarkets and businesses have pledged to cut down on wrapping and waste by 2025, there is little evidence of immediate change. In Scotland, however, one Glasgow-based “ethical retailer” is being hailed as an innovator in the war on single-use plastic. Locavore in the city’s south side has recently opened expanded […]

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Bizarre moment as mascot bear joins Scotland team in Mexico

Bizarre moment as mascot bear joins Scotland team in Mexico

Prior to their friendly against Mexico, Scotland were joined on the pitch by a mascot bear and his ‘handler’ in a bizarre incident. • : The players were taking in the surroundings at the famous Azteca Stadium ahead of their 1-0 defeat to the Mexicans. While they waited to warm up they congregated in groups knocking balls around when the mascot approached. Keen to get involved the bear took a […]

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Catriona Torrance: We must start discussing dementia now

Catriona Torrance: We must start discussing dementia now

Researchers now suggest 1 in 3 babies born in 2015 will go on to develop dementia in their lifetime, unless a cure or vaccine can be found. That stark message from Alzheimer’s Scotland has profound implications for families, healthcare and social care. But there are many ways people living with dementia can be supported to enjoy a full life and maintain independence. It is highly likely dementia will affect someone […]

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Lesley Riddoch: Doomsday report exposes Brexit vulnerability

Lesley Riddoch: Doomsday report exposes Brexit vulnerability

The leaked Doomsday report underlines how vulnerable Scotland’s economy is to Brexit, writes Lesley Riddoch Dover collapses within a day. Cornwall and Scotland start running out of food on day two. Ten days later, hospitals are running out of medicines. Be afraid. This is Britain after a “no deal” departure from the EU as visualised by the British Government’s own Brexit department. Be very afraid. And the leak of this […]

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