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Survey finds Scotland is ‘a more tolerant place’

Seven out of 10 Scots want to banish prejudice, according to the findings of a new poll.

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North Rona could well have been turned into a penal outpost

When Rona could have been Scotland’s own Devil’s Island

Devil’s Island, Robben Island, Asinara, Pianosa, Alcatraz – all prisons remote and with very little chance of escape... and little hope. But 150 years ago a small island in the Hebrides could have joined that list, its merit resting on the belief that it would “have all the terrors and none of the attractions of transportation to Australia”. Debbie Clarke looks at the case put in 1852 for turning North Rona into a penal colony on Stornoway’s doorstep.

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Commuters could face disruption

Commuters warned of potential disruption due to high winds

Users of the Forth Road Bridge have been warned to expect disruption due to strong winds forecast overnight tonight (Wednesday) and throughout tomorrow morning (Thursday).

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Lock 7 under construction, 1923. Photo: J.A. McDonald. Brock University Alan Sykes Welland Canal Collection.

Workers’ memorial group seeks details on canal’s tragic Scottish cousins

The Welland Canal in Ontario, Canada, links Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and forms a key section of the St Lawrence Seaway.

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Contact the Elderly organises free tea parties for isolated people over the age of 75.

Call to encourage more older people to volunteer

New research has revealed that older people gift 145 million hours a year to volunteering in Scotland.

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Three quarters of employers say that apprentices improved their productivity.

Firms urged to consider apprentices

Across Scotland, around 15,000 firms account for more than 25,000 new apprenticeships each year.

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FOI improvements and concerns have been highlighted in a new report.

Report highlights FOI improvements

A new report published today (Wednesday, September 28) has found that most Scottish public authorities appear to be getting better at handling Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Sturgeon pledges to listen to young people in care

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today pledged to listen to 1,000 young people with experience of care.

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Tesco colleagues in Scotland are preparing to hold their own mini-festival to raise funds for the National Charity Partnership.

Tesco staff to Rock the Shop for charity

Tesco colleagues in Scotland are preparing to hold their own mini-festival to raise funds for the National Charity Partnership, a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco.

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Police Scotland

Recorded crime at a 42 year low

Recorded crime in Scotland is at its lowest level since 1974 according to new figures released today (Tuesday, September 27).

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Formula 1 star Jenson Button has also backed the Stay Bright campaign.

IAM RoadSmart backs safety initiative

IAM RoadSmart is backing the FIA’s Stay Bright campaign, which is encouraging youngsters to wear bright reflective clothing on their way to and from school as the days get shorter.

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More than four out of ten Scottish workers believe disability is a barrier in peoples careers.

Disability still seen as a barrier to career progression

Nearly half (43 per cent) of Scottish workers believe disability is still a barrier to career progression, despite anti-discrimination legislation.

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Some of the different kinds of sight-loss.

Number of Scots with sight loss could double by 2030

Warnings that the number of Scots with sight loss could potentially double by 2030 have been voiced at the end of a national awareness week to highlight the importance of eye-health.

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Over a quarter of households face unexpected energy bill shocks by not supplying regular meter readings.

A quarter of households face energy bill shock

Over a quarter (26%) of households – equivalent to over seven million homes – face unexpected energy bill shock by not supplying regular meter readings, according to new analysis by uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service.

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Tackling hate crime should be a priority for the whole of society, according to a new report.

Tackling hate crime should be a priority: report

Addressing the issue of hate crime should be a priority for the whole of society, according to an independent report published recently.

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The Buzzcocks

The Buzzcocks: Still Going Steady

There are few groups who were born in the chaotic early days of the British punk scene that have created a more lasting impact than the Buzzcocks.

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A survey by hitched.co.uk reveals the average cost of a wedding has risen to the highest its ever been.

Average cost of a wedding soars to over £25,000

A survey by hitched.co.uk, the UK’s largest wedding website, has revealed the average cost of a wedding in 2016 to be £25,090 – the highest it’s ever been and up 21% from the last study.

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72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse.

Homophobic views still prevalent in sport, research shows

New ICM research for Stonewall into homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes and experiences among sports fans shows that abuse is still regularly heard at live sporting events.

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Third of prospective homebuyers (30 per cent) see the deposit as the biggest barrier to homeownership.

Over eight million expect to never own their own home

Four in every 10 renters (40 per cent) expect to be renting forever, according to the latest Post Office Money Mortgages report.

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The restrictions will be in place overnight

Evening restrictions on M90 on-slip

An overnight closure is planned on the northbound slip-road onto the M90 at Junction 1 Admiralty tonight (Friday), to allow for routine repair work.

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