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INSIDE TRACK: Change is needed to aid disadvantaged pupils

heraldscotland.com — The second annual report from the UK-wide Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, established under the 2010 Child Poverty Act, showed 200,000 children were living in absolute poverty - up 30,000 on the previous year.
Oct 24, 2014

Scotland needs urgent overhaul of the "limited" way data on disadvantaged pupils is used to close the attainment gap. bit.ly/1rrHonC

New lower drink-drive limit before Christmas

heraldscotland.com — Traffic police will be able to breath­alyse drivers at the reduced limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood from December 5 as the force launches its annual festive crackdown. Drink-­driving is responsible for around 20 deaths a year on Scotland's roads and more than 100 serious injuries.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @Herald_Editor: EXCLUSIVE: A pint could put you over with new lower drink-drive limit brought in before Christmas heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/tr…

Catholic Church is invited to celebrate the Orange Order

heraldscotland.com — The organisation, whose existence is based on the military victory by the Protestant King William Of Orange over forces led by the Catholic King James II more than 300 years ago, is planning a full day's programme in Glasgow next June.
Oct 24, 2014

Orange Order offers unprecedented invitation to Scots Catholic Church. A worthwhile gesture? Positive PR? Crazy talk? heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @GerryBraiden: Oohh... Orange Order plan 'Orangefest' party in Glasgow's George Square...and will invite the Catholic Church. heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ho…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @GerryBraiden: Oohh... Orange Order plan 'Orangefest' party in Glasgow's George Square...and will invite the Catholic Church. heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ho…

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Rio Ferdinand: I plan to retire at the end of the season

heraldscotland.com — The 35-year-old told Jonathan Ross in an interview to be broadcast on Saturday evening that this season with QPR will likely be his last. "I probably think the end of this season," Ferdinand told The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about retirement.

Glasgow SNP deputy leader suspended from party after being charged with alleged homophobic breach of the peace

heraldscotland.com — Glasgow SNP's Billy McAllister has been charged with homophobic breach of the peace. He has been suspended from the SNP pending further investigations. A Glasgow SNP spokesman said: "Councillor McAllister has been suspended from the SNP group and as a member of the SNP until such times as due legal process has been completed."
Oct 24, 2014

Glasgow SNP deputy leader suspended from party after being charged with alleged homophobic breach of the peace heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Cycle-pathic: cycling stars including Chris Hoy and Graeme Obree give their top tips for winter riding

heraldscotland.com — But, even in the inhospitable Scottish climate, it is possible to cycle all year round. Here some top cycling names share their expert tips on happy winter pedalling. Stay dry and warm When it comes to choosing gear for a winter's day, two-time world champion Graeme Obree wouldn't leave home without his trusty touring cape, which is worn like a poncho.

Caretaker sues Historic Scotland after island dream job turns sour

heraldscotland.com — Edward Glenwright resigned from his post as custodian of ­idyllic Inchcolm Island earlier this year after raising fraud allegations against a ferry operator. He claims the allegations were not properly investigated, causing him to lose confidence in his employers, Historic Scotland.

Great internet age divide is a myth

heraldscotland.com — Dr Dan Russell, senior research scientist for internet search company Google, said the "myth" the younger generation were highly skilled at using the internet was damaging their education. He went on to call for schools, colleges and universities to provide dedicated lessons to pupils and students on how to get the best use out of the internet - with teachers at the centre of the learning.
Oct 24, 2014

Great internet age divide a myth says top #Google researcher - kids no better than parents at surfing the net. bit.ly/1wtpYuk

Oct 24, 2014

Kids are no better at fiddling with digital stuff than their parents, reports @ADenholmHerald: heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ed…

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heraldscotland.com — The consensus was almost complete but attending as a sex worker and part of sex worker rights organisation SCOTPEP left me with an anxious sense that no-one else seemed to have spotted some crucial problems. First, the voices of those most affected were missing from the conversation, as was the idea that these people could be holders of rights; also, the sense that either of these things could be important.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @pastachips: Last friday I went to a depressing trafficking conference. I've written about why it was depressing in the Herald: heraldscotland.com/mobile/comment…

Oct 24, 2014

People trafficking. Here's a take on it somewhat left field of mainstream thinking. heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Review: An evening with Noel Fielding

heraldscotland.com — noel fielding: Funny - in a flamboyant, strange, messy (the list goes on) way. An Evening with Noel Fielding Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline Teddy Jamieson "What have these two fish come as?" Neil Fielding asks the auditorium pointing to two of his more - shall we say - flamboyant fans in the stalls at the Alhambra.

Paws for thought as bear memorial passes milestone

heraldscotland.com — The first images of the memorial to the Wojtek soldier bear who lived in Scotland after serving with the Polish army during the Second World War in the Italian conflict have been revealed at a critical stage in its making.

Review: Sam Smith, O2 ABC, Glasgow

heraldscotland.com — Coming on earlier than his 9pm billing was the first sign that Sam Smith is nothing like the divas he adores. Citing Lady Gaga and Chaka Kahn as two of his major influences, the 22-year-old Londoner has had a stratospheric couple of years since he provided the vocals for Disclosure's dance hit Latch.

Sexism still exists in sport . . . just ask the Williams sisters

heraldscotland.com — Last week, Shamil Tarpischev, the president of Russia's tennis federation, appeared on a late-night Russian talk show and commented on how tough a task it must be for the female players on tour to defeat Serena Williams as well as her sister, Venus. He called them "the Williams brothers".
Oct 24, 2014

RT @SusanSwarbrick: Sexism still exists in sport ... just ask the Williams sisters. Brilliant column by @SEgelstaff in The Herald today heraldscotland.com/sport/opinion/…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @SusanSwarbrick: Sexism still exists in sport ... just ask the Williams sisters. Brilliant column by @SEgelstaff in The Herald today heraldscotland.com/sport/opinion/…

Oct 24, 2014

'Sexism still exists in sport . . . just ask the Williams sisters.' My Herald column heraldscotland.com/sport/opinion/…

Identifying terrorism threat needs long-term strategy

heraldscotland.com — Prime Minister, Stephen Harper insisted his nation would not be "intimidated" by the recent terrorist attacks in the country. They served only to "strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts... to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe," said Mr Harper.

Expert warns that Evel move could lead to independence

heraldscotland.com — Professor Jim Gallagher, who played a key role in the creation of the Scottish Parliament, criticised the former Conservative leader saying that his comments on the issue could threaten the Union. Mr Hague came under fire last month when he appeared to suggest a link between extra powers for Holyrood and restricting Scots MPs' voting rights.
Oct 24, 2014

English votes for English laws? A short cut to Scottish indy? @_katedevlin on expert view of EVEL: heraldscotland.com/mobile/politic…

'End silence over police bodycams'

heraldscotland.com — BODY CAMERAS: Only widely used in the north-east at the moment. Fresh from facing claims the public should have had a bigger say on recent changes to gun tactics, the watchdog's head said the cameras marked such a change in the culture of law enforcement that there should be widespread community consultation on their roll-out.
Oct 24, 2014

Public had heebie-jeebies over a few cops carrying guns openly. How about ALL of them wearing cameras that film you? heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ho…

Far from seamless Serb embroiders patchwork performance with a goal

heraldscotland.com — Following a display of such ineptitude as Celtic toiled woefully to find a way past an Astra Giurgiu side that were competent but hardly world-beaters, it seemed only a matter of time before the Serb's number would soon be up and he would depart as the third and final Celtic substitute of the night.

Creditors give up too easily on money from insolvencies

heraldscotland.com — Matt Henderson, head of restructuring at accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael, said the onus lay on businesses to pursue money they are owed that may be held by the agency. He said businesses were unaware of the process for claiming funds held by the agency and gave up on being paid if a customer became insolvent.
Oct 24, 2014

Around £20m unclaimed by creditors held by Scotland's Accountant in Bankruptcy | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/business/marke… via @hsnewsbreak