THE Additional Member voting system used to elect the Scottish Parliament is sometimes characterised as a “semi-proportional” system, implying that only the 56 list seats are elected proportionally. That’s highly misleading, because the basic…
GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel's main challenger in September's election said his party will not be put off its stride by a deflating result in a state vote - and warned his conservative rivals against early celebrations.
PROSECUTORS in South Korea have said they want to arrest former president Park Geun-hye over the corruption allegations that toppled her from power.
FIRSTGroup has beaten rival Stagecoach to one of the UK's biggest rail franchises in a partnership with China's MTR.
OIL exploration firm Hurricane Energy has made what it describes as the “largest undeveloped discovery” of oil in UK waters 60 miles west of Shetland.
A CALL for banks to clean up their act has been made following the revelation that 20 of Europe’s biggest establishments posted profits of at least £18 billion in global tax havens last year.
SKILLS gaps, lack of access to funding and dodgy broadband coverage has long hindered Scotland’s digital sector, but a new Digital Strategy could be just what’s required to solve the problems and boost digital businesses across the country.
NEARLY half of employers in the Scottish construction industry expect to employ more people over the next 12 months.
A PROMINENT art critic has called on whisky giants Diageo to gift the iconic Monarch of the Glen painting to the nation.
NEW guidelines for the growing Scottish seaweed industry have been published for the first time in a bid to boost the economy and provide clarity over the environmental impacts of farms.
SCOTLAND’S World Cup qualifying hopes were given a late and much-needed shot in the arm when substitute Chris Martin bagged an 88th-minute winner against Slovenia at Hampden last night.
EVE Muirhead completed a full set of World Championship medals in Beijing yesterday, with her team also securing their place at next year’s Winter Olympics when they beat Sweden 6-4 to claim bronze.
WITH the Marine Harvest Premiership action on hold in the North for a week, Saturday’s shinty for the top clubs was to be found in the opening round of the MacTavish Cup.
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As Russel D McLean’s new novel Ed’s Dead begins, Glasgow bookseller Jen Carter has dumped her boyfriend Ed, an outwardly charming waster. Returning after a night out to celebrate her decision, Jen quickly sobers up when she realises the front door…
JANE Cassidy’s piece on Saturday rang one very resounding bell for me, on the prime compelling reasons we need independence; although she certainly has more immediate and intense grounds for her argument than most of us (This year I’ll wear my…
FIXED Odds Betting Terminals are addictive machines that are placed in high street bookmakers, predominantly in areas of deprivation where betting shops cluster together. Each shop is allowed four such machines. There has been fierce controversy…
DOUGLAS Carswell, formerly Ukip’s sole MP but now turned independent, leads a solitary, spectral life at Westminster. When he’s there, that is. Carswell is tall, thin and lugubrious. If he has any charm he hides it well. All in all, he is a tragic…
FOR a long time, many media people used to invoke the famous Aberdeen Press and Journal headline on the day after the Titanic disaster to ridicule the parochialism of the Scottish press. “North-east man lost at sea”, it said. Except it didn’t.…
A NEW poll by Public Health England claims fewer than half of new mothers breastfeed their infants after the first two months. I can’t say I’m in the least bit surprised; I tried with four and wish I’d spared them the trauma of me trying to…
‘YOUNG people are the future’ – the eternal cliché. Every single generation has been in receipt of this statement, and then passed it on to the next. It’s a patronising and empty sentiment that can tokenise the views of young people while…
SO many refugee elephants are seeking sanctuary from poachers in Botswana that the environment is now under threat.
A MOTORWAY flyover, a windfarm, and an old swimming baths are not normally associated with dancing but they are about to be transformed into venues when Glasgow hosts its second international dance festival.
UNREADABLE. That’s the first thing people notice about WH Auden in Polly Clark’s superlative debut novel. Clark’s description of him on her opening page reads: "His blue eyes flicker with a lively intelligence that animates all his features.…
HOLDERS Hibernian were joined by Glasgow City, Celtic and Spartans in the SWPL Cup semi-finals after all four won their last-eight ties comfortably yesterday. They also occupy the top four places in the league.
DUNDEE United manager Ray McKinnon hopes the manner of his side’s Irn-Bru Cup final triumph over St Mirren on Saturday can lift the players to reignite their league form.
SCOTLAND coach Scot Gemmill has called on his players to embrace the daunting prospect of starting the next European Under-21 qualifying campaign with games against Holland and England.
TECHNOLOGY companies must allow the security services access to messages in times of emergency, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.
THE debate over arming Scotland’s police officers is set to be reignited this week in the wake of the Westminster terror attack, with rank-and-file officers having an emergency session on carrying guns at the Scottish Police Federation (SPF)…
JOINT Warrior, one of Nato’s largest military exercises, has begun in Scotland.
A DRIVE to launch a scholarship in honour of Scots polymath Alasdair Gray has finally succeeded after being backed by the Saltire Society.
HIT TV series Outlander has helped Scotland outperform the rest of the UK in attracting visitors to historic sites.
VISITOR numbers plummeted at some of London’s most popular tourist attractions last year because of fears the city “might be next” for a terror attack, an industry leader said.
POSTERS showing a mobile phone with nude pictures covered in crime scene tape feature in a new campaign highlighting tough jail terms for sharing intimate images without consent.
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD schoolboy Ruaraidh Stephen has won a Scotland-wide competition to design a Highland Haggis Festival-themed gondola for the Nevis Range Mountain Experience.
GOLDEN eagle numbers are set to soar as a result of a £1.3m funding boost.
THOUSANDS of volunteers are being recruited as the welcoming face of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
THE Scottish Government has announced there has been a 21 per cent rise in the number of newly qualified teachers going straight into employment in Scotland since 2007.
THERESA May will visit Scotland today for her last meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon before Article 50 is triggered on Wednesday.
JERMAIN Defoe struggled to keep his emotions in check after he scored on his return to the England team after an absence of more than three years.
JAMES Keatings reflected on the highs and lows of the game after scoring a sensational late winner for Hibernian against Falkirk.
GLASGOW will be second favourites by a long way when they take on Saracens on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup.
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has written to Theresa May asking for Scotland to get a special Brexit deal.
NORTHERN Ireland is facing another political crisis after Sinn Fein said the talks process aimed at restoring devolution had run its course.
AS Donald Trump spent yet another weekend on the golf course – the 12th round in his nine-week presidency – there was another storm brewing over his controversial club in the north-east of Scotland.