Day: 29 September 2021

Stocks revive as energy and inflation fears ease

London markets bounced back as inflation fears and the energy crisis noticeably calmed. A steadying of oil and gas prices helped equities broadly, although meant energy stocks were among the weaker performers, and allayed worries that inflation would continue to soar and hammer profits. The FTSE 100’s rebound was particularly boosted by strong pharmaceutical stocks …

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Conservatives criticised for ‘hysterical reaction’ to lord advocate’s drugs intervention

SNP Drugs Policy Minister Angela Constance has criticised the “hysterical reaction” by the Conservatives over the lord advocate’s decision to allow police to divert prosecution for “simple possession offences”. Ms Constance was speaking during a Tory debate on the opposition party’s intention to bring forward a right to recovery bill – with detailed plans yet …

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Stuart Waiton: Environmental extremists want to impose a permanent ‘green lockdown’

ENVIRONMENTAL extremism is the new normal in British politics. In Scotland, it has been made even worse with the Greening of the government. But will environmental austerity lead to a new type of class politics? There has been a six-fold increase in the price of wholesale gas in the last year. Seven energy firms have …

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Edinburgh: Wetherspoon’s Leith beer garden plan lodged

JD WETHERSPOON has lodged a new application to transform a disused “eyesore” building into a courtyard pub-garden at a famous Scottish premises. Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by nineteen47 Ltd on behalf of pubs giant JD Wetherspoon plc to prepare a heritage statement for the proposed alterations at 15 Duke Street and 183 Constitution Street, Leith. The …

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Can responsible investment help change perceptions and reduce carbon? Q&A with Archie Pearson of Rathbones

Archie Pearson is a voting & governance analyst at Rathbones. He supports Matt Crossman, on the stewardship team, ensuring informed proxy voting and corporate engagement activities as part of Rathbones’ stewardship policies, and helping to promote the integration of ESG within the investment process. Responsible investment definitely seems to have gone mainstream, with the likes …

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Scotland’s NHS to remain on emergency footing until at least April 2022

SCOTLAND’S health service will remain on an emergency footing until at least April next year, Humza Yousaf has said.  The Health Secretary said the NHS is “continuing to deal with a challenging combination of issues”.  Critics accused him of being too slow in dealing with the crisis and called on SNP ministers to urgently publish …

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Shane Lowry fully focused on 2023 Ryder Cup despite getting ‘dog’s abuse’ in US

Shane Lowry’s sole ambition for the next two years is to make the Ryder Cup team again, despite the record defeat and “dog’s abuse” suffered by Europe’s players and families at Whistling Straits. Padraig Harrington’s European side were thrashed 19-9 in Wisconsin, the biggest winning margin in the modern era, as the United States fully …

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Nicola Sturgeon: UK must ‘urgently revisit their entire post-Brexit immigration policy’

NICOLA Sturgeon has insisted that the HGV driver and fuel shortage crisis is a result of Boris Johnson’s “reckless” Brexit policy – and has called for the UK Government to “urgently revisit their entire post-Brexit immigration policy”. Meanwhile Scotland’s Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, has told MSPs that the UK Government’s “ideological position” on Brexit has prevented …

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Coronavirus Scotland: 28 deaths and more than 2,900 cases recorded overnight

The Scottish Government has recorded more than 2,900 new coronavirus cases and 28 deaths in the past 24 hours. According to the latest Scottish Government figures, 2,997 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours. 28 further deaths have been reported of someone who tested positive for the virus over the …

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