Leading economist backs North Sea tax breaks

By Paul Hyland A leading UK energy economist has backed calls for tax reform for North Sea oil exploration and extraction. Professor Alexander Kemp, Professor of Petroleum Economics and Director of Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance at the University of Aberdeen, has backed a report by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) calling for tax cuts for the industry. Professor Kemp said tax cuts were important to combat declining efficiency in the North … [Read More...]

Media Mondays – Mandy Rhodes – 18/11/2013

Described by Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, Alistair Campbell, as insightful and provocative, Mandy was praised by the Prime Minister David Cameron for being ahead of the game for her analysis of the financial crisis and the coalition at Westminster. Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, says her magazine, Holyrood, is “essential reading”. Mandy’s skill lies in her ability to never be predictable in her line of attack and Tony Blair’s arch spin doctor, Alistair Campbell, who … [Read More...]

4pm TV Bulletin

All the latest headlines at 4pm from Edinburgh Napier News. … [Read More...]

A Farewell to Alex Salmond

By Charlotte Barbour Scottish Labour politicians have said Alex Salmond will be remembered for the negative impact he has had on Scotland during his time as First Minister. Claire Baker, a Scottish Labour MSP, described Mr Salmond as a “divisive” person and politician: “While people should recognise his achievement as First Minister, it is time that he went. He lost the referendum, and during his time in politics we have seen fewer teachers in schools, huge cuts to the college sector … [Read More...]




NEWS

Edinburgh Airport hosts public safety event for Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

By Marion Guichaoua Police Scotland will be present today at Edinburgh Airport to alert the public about safety travel, as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. Police Scotland,  the British Transport Police are amongst UK forces taking … [Read More...]

Anti-sham marriage measures could lead to discrimination

By Lauren Beehan New measures to tackle sham marriages could lead to discrimination and cause insecurity across communities, according to immigration experts. Experts have reacted with concern to the new provisions of the Immigration Act 2014, … [Read More...]

SNP Criticises Relocation of Nuclear-powered Submarines to Scotland

THE SNP today called for only conventional vessels to be based at Faslane after the MoD announced plans to relocate two nuclear-powered submarines to the Scottish naval base. The statement came after plans were announced to relocate a … [Read More...]

New app to help modernise the health system

By Madalina Dichiu Care Minister, Norman Lamb announced that the health system must be "modernised" and a new online application will be developed to help young people with mental health issues. Experts say that the current situation is a … [Read More...]

Creative Scotland defends using National Lottery proceeds to fund arts

By Philip Askew Creative Scotland, the public body that subsides arts across the country, has defended the use of money raised through the National Lottery, calling it an "ideal" method of funding. The academic Robert Hewison recently slammed … [Read More...]

’16 Days of Action’ to combat violence against women

By Carolina Morais A campaign is being launched today by a Scottish organisation to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Between the 25th November and the 10th December, the '16 Days of Action 2014' campaign … [Read More...]

Murphy’s plan to devolve income tax control

By Paul Malik Scottish Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy has said he understands how much Scotland desires "change" in a speech proposing devolution of income tax powers made this morning. Announcing from a campaign office in Glasgow, the … [Read More...]

Edinburgh ranked as the second-best student city in UK

Edinburgh has been ranked as the UK's second-best student city this year despite the rising demand for cheaper student accommodation. The news was published by the new edition of QS ranking. With a relatively small population compared to many of … [Read More...]

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INTERNATIONAL

Satellite Image of Guantanamo Bay and Penny Lane

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Guantanamo Bay’s Secret Facility: Penny Lane

 By Jordan HooksCIA agents hid in tiny cottages beneath Guantanamo Bay prison and used prisoners to help achieve one of America's top goals: infiltrating al-Qaida.In the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA bartered with prisoners … [Read More...]

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Senator remains in a critical condition

by Stephen Mahon An Irish senator who sustained serious head injuries at the weekend remains in a critical condition. Senator Jimmy Harte was found unconscious in South Dublin at around 4am on Saturday morning.  Gardai at Kevin Street have been … [Read More...]

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. Reach $13 Billion Settlement

By Jordan Hooks   JPMorgan & Co. has reached a $13 billion settlement with the United States Department of Justice settling claims over the banks involvement with mortgage-backed securities during the U.S. housing crisis. This … [Read More...]

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Brazil to produce low cost vaccines for developing countries

Brazil' s top state funded research foundation is to start producing low cost combined rubella-measles vaccines for export to developing countries, particularly to Africa. A $1m partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is going to … [Read More...]

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state-of-the nation address in Moscow, Russia (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

International Round Up

Russia admits Syrian Government is losing territorial control The situation in Syria is aggravating for the local Government. An official from the Russian Government has said for the first time that opposition forces might defeat Syrian … [Read More...]

The 94 year old former president is recovering from a lung infection (Photo: Ho/Reuters)

Nelson Mandela – A Check Up

Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is in hospital battling a lung infection. Government spokespeople ensure the South African public that he is responding well to the treatment. Tip-toeing around the Nobel Peace Prize winner's … [Read More...]

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Apocalypse Soon

We found some of the oddest stories about people preparing for the end of the world. A little closer to home, Edinburgh Skeptics are hosting a "Not The End of The World" party on Thursday 20th December. Dress code: only the latest in doomsday … [Read More...]

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Edinburgh International Festival tickets on sale from new venues across the city

Tickets to this year’s Edinburgh International Festival went on sale on Saturday 24th March from the Hub at Castlehill. From today, the public can also purchase them from five new venues across the city. The Edinburgh Playhouse, Festival Theatre, … [Read More...]

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SPORTS

Support for injured cricket player Phil Hughes

By Greg Barrie Cricket players past and present have sent messages of support to Phil Hughes following the Australian batsman's serious head injury during a match in Sydney today. Hughes is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck … [Read More...]

Police confident Scotland-England game will not bring disruption

By Greg Barrie Police Scotland insist that they will be able to prevent trouble ahead of Scotland’s friendly match against England tonight whilst causing minimum disruption to the public in Glasgow's city centre. More than 200 fans were … [Read More...]

Council denies sport centres closures

By Marion Guichaoua. Edinburgh city council today denied sport centers are facing closure in the face of tough budget cuts across the city. Reports yesterday quoted Edinburgh Leisure boss John Comisky as warning up to eight sports centres may … [Read More...]

Edinburgh Marathon promotes free workshops

By Carolina Morais Organisers of the Edinburgh Marathon today launched a series of free workshops ahead of the event which is expected to attract thousands of people next May. People in Edinburgh showed up at the Nuffield Health Fitness & … [Read More...]

Health fears over Edinburgh exercise Levels

by Vanessa Kennedy Less than a third of people in Edinburgh are doing the recommended half an hour of exercise a day, a new report has revealed. An Edinburgh City Council report surveyed up to 4,000 people to ask how many days in the past week … [Read More...]

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Wolves Launch Official Complaint About Racial Abuse

By Stuart Iversen Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have made an official complaint to the FA and Walsall Football Club over racist abuse directed at their players. They assert that Carl Ikeme and George Elokobi were the subjects of racial … [Read More...]

Froch vs Groves Press Conference

By Stuart Iversen Carl Froch and George Groves have come face to face for the first time since their fight last year.  The meeting took place at a press conference earlier today, to promote their rematch at Wembley Stadium on May 31st. The … [Read More...]

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Westhuizen to leave Edinburgh

By Stuart Iversen Edinburgh Rugby has confirmed that lock Izak van der Westhuizen will return to South Africa at the end of the season. The 28-year-old signed at the start of the 2012/13 campaign from Free State Cheetahs.  However, his debut … [Read More...]

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CULTURE and ARTS

Creative Scotland defends using National Lottery proceeds to fund arts

By Philip Askew Creative Scotland, the public body that subsides arts across the country, has defended the use of money raised through the National Lottery, calling it an "ideal" method of funding. The academic Robert Hewison recently slammed … [Read More...]

Edinburgh ranked as the second-best student city in UK

Edinburgh has been ranked as the UK's second-best student city this year despite the rising demand for cheaper student accommodation. The news was published by the new edition of QS ranking. With a relatively small population compared to many of … [Read More...]

Hunt continues for attacker in Edinburgh

By Adam Wilson Police are continuing to hunt for an attacker who sexually assaulted a young woman on Saturday morning. Between 6.45 and 7.10 am on Saturday a 19-year-old woman was walking home from a night out with friends in the Cowgate area … [Read More...]

National Lottery celebrates 20th anniversary

By Carolina Morais Scottish organisations funded by the National Lottery Council have applauded its "vital" and "valuable" work, as it celebrates it's 20th anniversary. The Edinburgh-based charity 'Dads Rock', which provides bonding time for … [Read More...]

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BrewDog Beer Launches 2014 #Mashtag

by Nicola Brown and Alex Watson In March 2013 BrewDog beer took to Twitter, inviting followers to create an entirely new beer simply by casting a vote each day. With voting polls open from 10am to 8pm over the course of a week, voters decided on the … [Read More...]

Historic Church to host Victorian Market

View of Tron Kirk from the Royal Mile   Photo: Kim Traynor By Jordan Hooks Tron Kirk, a historic church located on the Royal Mile, has become the new location for a Victorian-style market. Proposals to convert the A-listed church into a … [Read More...]

Authors and Organiser Fiona Hyslop celebrating Book Week Scotland 2013
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Book Week Scotland Is Back

by Rachael Bell Book Week Scotland kicked off on Monday with over 100 events taking place in Edinburgh. The week will be hosted by Scottish Book Trust and is designed to encourage everyone in the community to take part. Mark Lambert, CEO of … [Read More...]

Microsoft's Xbox One, which launched earlier this month.  Credit: Microsoft

New Consoles Launch Amid Poor Review Scores and Developer Pressure

By Alasdair Crews The successful launch of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles has been overshadowed by poor game review scores. Both consoles launched in the U.S. earlier this month with both console producers, Microsoft and Sony, … [Read More...]

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A Farewell to Alex Salmond

By Charlotte Barbour Scottish Labour politicians have said Alex Salmond will be remembered for the negative impact he has had on Scotland during his time as First Minister. Claire Baker, a Scottish Labour MSP, described Mr Salmond as a “divisive” person and politician: “While people should recognise his achievement as First Minister, it is time […]

Vinyl Lovers

Record Store Day took place this weekend, and saw musicians, artists and the record-buying public come together to celebrate the unique scene. Set up in 2007 it was established to promote independent music shops by selling exclusive vinyl recordings to fans. Our reporter, Shiv Das, spoke to Avalanche Records, in Edinburgh, discussing how the weekend […]

Reflecting on Iraq

To mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Shiv Das and Jamie Mckenzie spoke to Jabaal Hassan from the Iraq Association on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War. The Iraqi Association is a non-profit organization based in the U.K that exists to enable Iraqis to settle and integrate in this country with […]

Iraq War Protests- Ten Years On

Last week marked ten years since U.S and U.K troops led coalition forces into the second invasion of Iraq. It also marked ten years since the anti-war protests were at their height. A time when hundreds of thousands of people were united in opposition to the conflict, where daily rallies were happening across the country. […]

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“Staying up in the premier league is not as easy as people think”

Dunfermline face Dundee United tomorrow. Propping up the premiere league, every game counts. Jim Leishman, ex-player and director of football at Dunfermline, talks relegation, Rangers and a rough year. “With football you’ve got to get results. We’re bottom of the league. A lot of times its not just the manager’s fault. It would be totally […]

Wojtek the soldier bear knew many tricks as it was claimed he was tame. Picture by Imperial War Museum

Five Sisters Zoo appeals for donations for rescued bears

The West Lothian zoo is appealing for £60,000 to be raised for three former circus bears. Carmen, Suzi and Peggy are currently in a holding pen in Belgium where they have been held in cages barely bigger then themselves. For the last 20 years they have been transported around Europe as part of a circus […]

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Tian Tian the panda is in the mood for love

Tian Tian the panda, also known as Sweetie, may be ready to mate with Yang Guang as early as next week on Tuesday 3rd or Wednesday 4th April. Edinburgh Zoo and their team of experts have identified an increase in Tian Tian’s oestrogen and a decrease in her progesterone. Female pandas only ovulate once a […]

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What’s in the Queen’s handbag?

Although it may be a challenge to guess what is in any woman’s handbag, it is safe to assume we all carry the basic essentials; phone, purse and keys. But what if we didn’t need to carry money, there was no need for us to own a phone or even house keys? That is the […]

George Watson's College hosted their annual MUN this weekend
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Comment: George Watson’s College’s MUN Conference

If there’s one group we like to blame society’s problems on, it’s young people. These binge drinking hoody wearers are disaffected, uncaring and couldn’t spell “politics” if their entire Spelling Bee credibility depended on it, right? Wrong. While some of us continue to bury years of repressed memories of endless evenings spent crying over boys […]

Podcast: Final Harry Potter named best film at Empire Awards

The final film in the British fantasy film franchise took the top prize at the Empire Film Awards 2012 in London last night. Along with Best Film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 scooped the award for Best Director, for David Yates. Accepting the award he commented, “It’s a real treat to get […]

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Fears of academic freedom being affected by new counter terrorism bill

Theresa May’s proposed counter terrorism bill has come under fire from activist groups and teachers unions. Home Secretary Theresa May’s speech where she proposed a new bill to fight terrorism within the UK has been criticised by the Open Rights Group and the Human Rights watch. One of the proposed measures for the bill is […]

Edinburgh Airport hosts public safety event for Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

By Marion Guichaoua Police Scotland will be present today at Edinburgh Airport to alert the public about safety travel, as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. Police Scotland,  the British Transport Police are amongst UK forces taking part in Counter Terrorism Awareness Week which will run from Monday 24 November until Sunday 30 November 2014. They will be […]

Support for injured cricket player Phil Hughes

By Greg Barrie Cricket players past and present have sent messages of support to Phil Hughes following the Australian batsman’s serious head injury during a match in Sydney today. Hughes is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck on the head by a fast-bowl at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a Sheffield Shield […]

Anti-sham marriage measures could lead to discrimination

By Lauren Beehan New measures to tackle sham marriages could lead to discrimination and cause insecurity across communities, according to immigration experts. Experts have reacted with concern to the new provisions of the Immigration Act 2014, intended to prevent marriages solely for immigration purposes, which will come into effect on March 2nd next year. The […]

SNP Criticises Relocation of Nuclear-powered Submarines to Scotland

THE SNP today called for only conventional vessels to be based at Faslane after the MoD announced plans to relocate two nuclear-powered submarines to the Scottish naval base. The statement came after plans were announced to relocate a further two nuclear-powered submarines to Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde. Adding further nuclear material to the base in direct […]

New app to help modernise the health system

By Madalina Dichiu Care Minister, Norman Lamb announced that the health system must be “modernised” and a new online application will be developed to help young people with mental health issues. Experts say that the current situation is a “national disgrace” and the Government should spend more money on children and young people, while also stressing the importance […]

Creative Scotland defends using National Lottery proceeds to fund arts

By Philip Askew Creative Scotland, the public body that subsides arts across the country, has defended the use of money raised through the National Lottery, calling it an “ideal” method of funding. The academic Robert Hewison recently slammed government austerity measures as “anti-culture”, leading to a decline of interest and funding in art across the […]

’16 Days of Action’ to combat violence against women

By Carolina Morais A campaign is being launched today by a Scottish organisation to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Between the 25th November and the 10th December, the ’16 Days of Action 2014′ campaign will be promoting a series of events throughout Scotland to raise awareness of violence against women. […]

Murphy’s plan to devolve income tax control

By Paul Malik Scottish Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy has said he understands how much Scotland desires “change” in a speech proposing devolution of income tax powers made this morning. Announcing from a campaign office in Glasgow, the MP for Falkirk said his proposal to devolve full powers over income tax if he was elected […]

Edinburgh ranked as the second-best student city in UK

Edinburgh has been ranked as the UK’s second-best student city this year despite the rising demand for cheaper student accommodation. The news was published by the new edition of QS ranking. With a relatively small population compared to many of the cities in the index, the Scottish capital has a fairly large student community proportionate […]

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