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Swinney named Deputy First Minister, Russell out — Mr Swinney is the first of Ms Sturgeon's new appointments since she took over as the head of the Scottish Government on Wednesday. The First Minister announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Delighted to announce that John Swinney is the new Deputy First Minister."

Pelamis Wave Power enters administration — Directors of the firm made the announcement today, stating the company had been unable to secure the additional funding it needed for further development of its wave energy technology. The board has now moved to appoint an administrator to assess the options for securing the future of the business and its employees.
Nov 21, 2014

Pelamis Wave Power the Scottish renewables firm enters administration | Herald Scotland… via @hsnewsbreak

Experts unite to attack full devolution of income tax — The survey found most of the 42 academics do not accept the economic case for establishing English votes for English laws with the same tax and spending powers as the Scottish Parliament. Devolution of income tax to ­Holyrood is regarded as the crunch issue in the cross-party deliberations of the Smith Commission, which is due to report next Thursday.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Ian_Fraser: Economists warn that full devolution of income tax to Scotland would undermine the UK state…

Celtic agree to pay inhouse staff the equivalent of the living wage — However, the Parkhead club has said it would not sign up to the Living Wage scheme as it would mean "handing over decision making on salaries to another agency". Celtic had been under pressure for over a year from sections of its own support, as well as campaigners and some politicians, to introduce a minimum of £7.65 per hour for all those employed by the club, even via outside contractors.

Dounreay nuclear plant fire led to release of radioactivity — Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), the company responsible for decommissioning the site on the north coast of Scotland, said it had identified "unacceptable behaviours and practices" by staff. The fire broke out on October 7 in the prototype fast reactor sodium tank building, where sodium residues from the operation of the reactor are stored.
Nov 21, 2014

Dounreay nuclear plant fire led to release of radioactivity | Herald Scotland… via @hsnewsbreak

Helpline gives vital support to children at risk of lifelong harm — Her parents - both alcoholics - struggled to look after themselves, let alone their children. The marriage was badly fractured but their religious upbringing meant divorce was not an option. "I'd be up during the night, calling the police to intervene in some truly brutal acts of domestic violence and cleaning up afterwards - that was the first 10 years of my life," said Robin, whose name has been changed.

Homeowners to be charged twice as much for essential repairs to shared properties — Edinburgh City Council is to bring back the controversial compulsory repairs scheme for homeowners who can't agree on needed repairs that was scrapped after a police corruption investigation, and is to charge people a quarter of the price of their repair.
Nov 21, 2014

Homeowners are to be charged twice as much for essential repairs to shared properties

Cycle-pathic: ask the expert, Dr Alastair Ross — These include: Clothing - Eyes are most sensitive to yellow/green and in low light conditions these colours show up best. - During the day bright orange may stand out better, particularly against green. - Fluorescent materials give out more light and will help you to be seen more easily.

Ukip wins a second MP with another by-election triumph — Mark Reckless, who defected from the Tories to spark the showdown with his former party, won by a majority of 2,920. The result is a serious blow for David Cameron, who personally spearheaded the effort to put a brake on Ukip's recent surge with less than six months to go until the general election.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @hsnewsbreak: Ukip wins a second MP with another by-election triumph: Ukip has gained its second directly-elected MP with vi...

Oscar winner celebrates Scottish Youth Theatre funds boost — Thompson, a patron of SYT, said she was "over the moon" that the company, based in Glasgow, had been part of a £1 million surprise package for youth arts unveiled by Alex Salmond. SYT had previously been denied a three year Regular Funding package by the national arts body, Creative Scotland, in its recent funding shake up.

The man making a big noise about the theremin — "It requires very good muscle memory to get good at these subtle movements," the 32-year-old writer admits. "But there's also an element that's a little bit like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. You are doing very different things with each hand."
Nov 21, 2014

The theremin, espionage, the Cocteau Twins & Rennie McOwan's Light on Dumyat. All courtesy of author Sean Michaels:…

INSIDE TRACK: Council is dealing with global brands — Back in 2010, Sir David Murray's first attempt to sell the Ibrox club collapsed when the only realistic bidder was scared off. The steel magnate's pitch to developer Andrew Ellis that a 70,000 stadium, concert arena, hotel and shops was in the offing was a world away from the blueprint agreed with a partner agency ready to sell its land to assist Rangers' plans and thus its sale.
Nov 21, 2014

Again. 'State Aid' or are Celtic just much better at politics, relationships & commercial hardballing? New column.…

Nov 21, 2014

'State Aid' or are Celtic just much better at politics, relationships & commercial hardballing? Latest column.…

Nov 21, 2014

State Aid? Or are Celtic just much better at politics, relationships & commercial hardballing? Latest column.…

A triumphant Sturgeon is named our Scottish Politician of the Year — Ms Sturgeon received the prize at the 16th annual Herald awards just hours after she was sworn in as the country's top politician. It meant the SNP leader followed last year's winner, her mentor Alex Salmond, in becoming a three-time winner of the honour, which she also took in 2012 and 2008.

Paying for plastic can be a carry on — Queuing at the bank in recent days, I spotted a woman with an armful of Christmas decorations. A little Santa Claus peeped up over the crook of her elbow, a tube of glittery baubles wedged under one oxter. She caught sight of my curious stare and gave a shrug.

FMQs Sketch: Sturgeon turns Holyrood's bearpit into Sleepy Hollow — I hope you've brought pyjamas and a pillow. In the olden days, when Alex Salmond played the lead, First Minister's Questions was a bearpit. Fighting, slashing, screaming, swearing. You needed an umbrella to keep off the blood. It was proper medieval fun for all the family.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @HTScotPol: Press horror as consensus mars #fmqs. Another plug for extended version of the sketch in today's Herald…

Nov 21, 2014

Press horror as consensus mars #fmqs. Another plug for extended version of the sketch in today's Herald…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @hsnewsbreak: FMQs Sketch: Holyrood's bearpit becomes Sleepy Hollow as Sturgeon takes reins: Welcome to the new Scotland.

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Banning creationism lessons is dangerous, warn headteachers — The attack came after the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for new government guidance on the issue. The society believes schools should not be allowed to present the belief that the universe originates from acts of divine creation as a viable alternative to established science.
Nov 21, 2014

Moves to ban the study of creationism in Scottish schools criticised as "dangerous" by headteachers.

Clutha owner: I remember every minute of crash night — The Glasgow pub owner was not in the Clutha on November 29, 2013, as he was recovering at home from a heart attack, but he was on the scene within minutes, staring in disbelief at the sight that confronted him.

Lost painting by Sir David Wilkie found after 140 years — The work, titled A Young Woman Kneeling at a Prayer Desk was discovered in the USA after last being heard of in 1872, when it was put up for sale by a relative of the 1st Earl Mulgrave. A London art dealer, Ben Elwes, spotted the painting in a catalogue for a sale in New York.
Nov 21, 2014

Lost Scottish painting found, bought and put on display by London's National Gallery.…

Historic paedophile ring is investigated — Robert Henderson QC and Tory MP Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, both now deceased, have been accused of sexually assaulting Mr Henderson's daughter, Susie, from the age of four. Miss Henderson, who waived her right to anonymity, claims she was systematically abused by the men and other senior figures in the Scottish establishment.