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Scotsman loses sales and website visitors

Scotsman loses sales and website visitors

The latest circulation figures published by ABC show further circulation declines for Scottish newspapers. However, only The Scotsman has seen a year-on-year decline in both print and online readers. A series of UK-wide figures produced by industry auditor ABC and published by Hold The Front Page, show that both the Scotland on Sunday and The Sunday Herald have lost more than a fifth of their…

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Call for Scottish probe into spy cops

Call for Scottish probe into spy cops

In the wake of the Home Office decision not to extend the Pitchford inquiry to Scotland, a group of 24 core participants who were spied on by police have issued a statement asking the Scottish Government to set up its own inquiry into undercover policing. The Pitchford Inquiry was set up to examine undercover policing in England and Wales after revelations that undercover officers with Met Police…

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Names of dead babies stolen by police may be kept secret

Names of dead babies stolen by police may be kept secret

Parents of dead babies whose identities were stolen by undercover policemen might not be told if their children’s names were abused. A ruling by the Pitchford Inquiry, set up to examine undercover policing in England and Wales, says that anonymity and protection for police officers might preclude parents being told the truth. Bereaved parents have demanded that the Met Police reveal whether the…

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Scottish drug related deaths in three charts

Scottish drug related deaths in three charts

Drug related deaths in Scotland have continued to climb, according to new statistics released today by the National Records of Scotland.  The 2015 figures show that there were 706 deaths recorded, the highest figure since records began. That figure is 15% up on the previous year, and more than double the number recorded in 2005. 74 of the deaths were attributed to the influence of so-called New…

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Teachers urged to disregard prevent counter-terrorism training

A campaign group is urging teachers in Scotland to disregard ‘sketchy’ counter-terrorism training. Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC) claims that the training given to teachers as part of Glasgow City Council’s efforts to implement the controversial Prevent counter-terrorism strategy is likely to put teachers under pressure to pass information on their students to the police.…

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Professor launches legal challenge on fracking ban

Professor launches legal challenge on fracking ban

The University of Glasgow is facing legal action for withdrawing online access from a geology professor because he was critical of fracking. David Smythe, a prominent critic of the industry drive to frack underground shale gas, is today launching an appeal to fund court action to force university authorities to restore his email address and access to scientific journals. The Ferret revealed in…

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Oil rig firm under fire for accidents, leaks and safety breaches

Oil rig firm under fire for accidents, leaks and safety breaches

The multinational whose rig ran aground on the island of Lewis last week was implicated in one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, polluting the Gulf of Mexico with over 200 million gallons of oil. The Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and burst into flames killing 11 workers and spilling oil into the sea for three months in 2010 was owned by Transocean, a £20 billion offshore…

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Named: List of Scottish employers that have failed to pay minimum wage

Named: List of Scottish employers that have failed to pay minimum wage

A newsagent, a nursery, an employment agency, a number of hairdressers, a civil engineering firm, and a pizza restaurant have all been named on a list of firms that have failed to pay the legal minimum wage in Scotland. There are 21 Scottish firms on a list of almost 200 UK employers released by the government. The Scottish employer that owed the most to his employees, was Mr Ronald McConnachie,…

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Probe call after Scottish Government intervenes in housing bid

Probe call after Scottish Government intervenes in housing bid

Calls have been made for an investigation into claims Government officials acted ‘inappropriately’ by contacting council planners at the request of a developer. The development at the centre of the controversy is in Aberdeenshire and promoted by Ken Ross, through his firm Ross Developments and Renewables Ltd. He acts as agent for landowner and former Grampian Foods Chairman, Alfred Duncan. Over a…

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Over the counter genetic tests raise human rights concerns

Over the counter genetic tests raise human rights concerns

Genetic testing kits sold online and in pharmacies are failing to protect consumers’ privacy and could be endangering human rights, researchers have warned. Direct-to-consumer genetic tests which use DNA extracted from saliva samples to find out about everything from people’s ancestry to their susceptibility to male-pattern baldness, have become increasingly popular. It has been estimated that…

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