Day: 24 June 2021

Covid Scotland: Malta and Balearics added to green travel list

The Scottish Government has added new destinations to the green list after the latest review of travel restrictions.  New additions include Malta, the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira and Spain’s Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, Mallorca and Minorca, as well as some Caribbean islands.  Scots will be able to travel to the popular holiday destinations without having …

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Ex-Scottish Tory chair issues warning over continuing to ignore Indyref2 calls

A FORMER chairman of the Scottish Conservatives has warned Boris Johnson it will be “counter-productive” to the unionist cause to continue ignoring calls for Indyref2. Peter Duncan, who was the only Scottish Tory MP from 2001 to 2005, has issued an alert to UK Government ministers that continuing to refuse calls for a referendum will only …

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Edinburgh and Scotland forward Lewis Carmichael announces retirement from rugby aged 26

EDINBURGH and Scotland forward Lewis Carmichael has announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 26 on medical grounds. The twice-capped second-row made a scoring debut for the national team when he came off the bench in the win against Canada on the 2018 summer tour, and went on to start in the defeat …

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Skye, North Coast 500 visitor hotspots’ facilities upgrades

SCOTTISH visitor hotspots including Skye, Loch Ness and Tobermory as well as the wider North Coast 500 route are among those to receive infrastructure upgrade backing, creating better facilities and new jobs. More than £5.8 million in recovery funding from the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) is to be spent improving infrastructure and creating jobs …

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Ferry fiasco: Four more months of delay to launch of lifeline vessels to Scotland’s islands

THE construction of Scotland’s lifeline ferries has been subjected to a new near four-months of delay pushing the near five year hold up back even further. One of the ferries, MV Glenn Sannox – which is destined for the Arran-Ardrossan route was due to enter service in the summer of 2018 but construction delays meant …

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UEFA scrap away goal rule from all club competitions from next season

UEFA has abolished the away goals rule for all of its club competitions from next season. European football’s governing body said all ties level on aggregate at the end of the second leg would now go to extra-time. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions …

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SNP MP Joanna Cherry to defend Scottish feminist Marion Millar charged with ‘hate crime’

THE SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC is to defend a feminist campaigner charged with a hate crime in a court case at the centre of an international row over free speech. The Edinburgh South West MP will defend Marion Millar, who has been accused of posting allegedly homophobic and transphobic material on social media in 2019 and …

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Police Scotland outlines approach to Glasgow’s COP26 conference

SCOTLAND’S top cops have promised to do all they can to allow for “peaceful protest” during a climate change conference in Glasgow – and pledged to use the lessons learned from violent clashes around the globe.  Officers say they will facilitate rallies from climate change groups, political activists, and even schoolchildren while the world’s leaders …

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St Johnstone tie down five promising youngsters on first professional contracts

St Johnstone have announced that a number of McDiarmid Park youngsters have signed their first professional contracts with the club. Goalkeeper Craig Hepburn and midfielder Bailey Pert have both signed deals that will keep them at the club until June 2023. Centre back Liam Parker, midfielder Spencer Moreland and forward Taylor Steven have also penned contracts …

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Covid Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon confirms record number of 2,999 infections in 24 hours

A record number of new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Scotland in the past 24 hours — for the second day running. Speaking at Holyrood, Nicola Sturgeon said that 2,999 cases had been confirmed since Wednesday, following a rise of 2,969 the day before.  The figure is the highest daily rise in Scotland since …

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