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Ineos Says Grangemouth Oil Refinery Running Amid Forties Pipeline Closure.

Scotland's 200,000 bpd Grangemouth oil refinery has enough crude to keep running.

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Could Scotland really be seen as a Northern nation? A view from Denmark.

Brexit is causing nothing but trouble and who knows if independence will ever happen. No wonder the frozen north is such an appealing prospect.

- The Conversation - UK

Experiments show Neolithic Thames beater could be used to kill a person.

—A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found evidence that the "Thames Beater" was a weapon that could be used to kill another person—perhaps at times, with a single blow to the head. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the group describes experiments they conducted to learn ...

- PhysOrg - NL

'Còsagach' is set to be the 'hygge' of 2018 — and it comes from Scotland.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Hygge has been the word to live by for 2017, but could be replaced by the Gaelic word 'còsagach' for 2018. The word, of Scottish origin, means "cozy", "snug," or "sheltered." Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you'll be familiar with the Danes' concept of ...

- Business Insider - US

Particles in charged solution form clusters that reproduce.

Dr Martin Sweatman from the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering has discovered a simple physical principle that might explain how life started on Earth.

- PhysOrg - NL

Scotland: government appeal for 'fix room' to be allowed.

Scotland: government appeal for 'fix room' to be allowed...


Stand-off in Guyana Parliament.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana , Government and Opposition legislators differed yesterday on the position adopted by Speaker of Parliament Dr Barton Scotland to suspend the sitting until his orders are followed, after an Opposition legislator refused to leave the chamber.

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INEOS Forties Pipeline System.

On 31st  October, INEOS acquired the Forties Pipeline System. Last week during a routine inspection INEOS contractors discovered a small hairline crack in the pipe at Red Moss near Netherley, just south of Aberdeen. A repair and oil spill response team was mobilised on Wednesday, December 6, after a very small amount of ...

- WebWire - US

Call for drug laws devolution to allow 'fix room'.

Rising numbers of drug-related deaths in Glasgow and increases in HIV infections among users prompted the plan.

- BBC - UK

A major oil pipeline is shutting down to fix a crack.

One of the oldest and largest pipeline systems in the North Sea will be shut down due to a cracked pipe. The Forties pipeline system  carries about 40 per cent of North Sea oil and gas. Ineos, which completed its $250m  acquisition of the FPS from BP at the end of October, said contractors discovered a small ...

- City AM - UK

British TV Industry Is A “Toxic” Environment & Rife With Sexual Harassment - Survey.

The British television industry is a "toxic" environment with companies paying only "lip service" to allegations of sexual harassment and bullying, according to a new report. The survey, conducted by the Edinburgh International Television Festival and ITN-produced 5 News, found that more than half of respondents had ...

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Bed bugs are back – here's how one neighbourhood is learning to live with them

The experiences of a migrant district in Scotland's biggest city could be the shape of things to come.

- The Conversation - UK

Oil, Gas to Continue to Play Key Role in North East Scotland Growth

The oil and gas industry will continue to play a key role in North East Scotland's growth, Derek Leith, EY office managing partner for Aberdeen, has confirmed.

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Hungary To Open Consulates In UK

The Hungarian state will open consulates in Manchester and Edinburgh early next year, Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi announced on Sunday, citing information he had received from the Foreign Ministry.

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Gatwick just had its busiest ever November as long-haul flights soar

London Gatwick had its busiest ever November as 2.9m passengers travelled through the airport last month, bringing its total annual passengers to 45.5m. In figures released today, Gatwick revealed its connections to Asia were particularly popular over November with passengers to Hong Kong up 75 per cent and Tianjin in ...

- City AM - UK

'Outlander' stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan discuss the Season 3 finale's twist ending

Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for Outlander Season 3, episode 13, titled "The Eye of the Storm." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our episode 12 recap. Outlander Season 3 has taken Claire and Jamie Fraser on a truly epic voyage , from Scotland to Jamaica, and now to America, as the ...

- Mashable! - US

Bob Geldof joins 8,000 at Sleep in the Park to raise funds for Scotland's homeless

Scottish Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Bob Geldof joined thousands of people who slept out in freezing conditions in Edinburgh to raise money to tackle homelessness.

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Mountrains, lochs and where Kate met Wills: A Scottish highland road trip

EDINBURGH, Dec 10 — We leave Edinburgh while dawn is slowly painting the city still wrapped in shadows with a golden glow. Why so early? A road trip to the Scottish highlands beckons us and best we start first thing in the morning. What will...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Celebs sleep rough to raise money for Scotland's homeless

EDINBURGH, Dec 10 — Celebrities joined, and entertained, thousands of fundraisers for the homeless sleeping rough in a Scottish park in frigid conditions overnight yesterday, in what organisers described as the biggest event of its kind...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Thousands to join Sleep in the Park event in Edinburgh

The Sleep in the Park event in Edinburgh aims to raise awareness of the problem as well as funds.

- BBC - UK

Arctic blast grips northern UK

Storm Caroline kept a bitter grip on the UK this weekend as snow peppered parts of the country and cut power to thousands of homes in Scotland.Forecasters said snow showers would continue to affect parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Britain's financial watchdog responds to claims that fear of legal action held back RBS report

The UK's financial watchdog has defended its handling of a report into Royal Bank of Scotland's treatment of small business customers following claims it failed to publish the document over fears of being sued.

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Scots maul Kenya in world cricket league

Scotland's opening batsman, Kyle Coetzer knocked a century.

- Daily Nation - KE

More than half of TV industry employees experienced sexual misconduct – report

The report came from a joint Edinburgh International TV Festival and Channel 5 News investigation.

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There is only one British city where it's cheaper to rent a home than buy

If you're thinking of climbing the housing ladder in the capital, think again: London has the dubious accolade of being the only UK city where it is cheaper to rent a home than it is to buy one, according to a new study.  Average rent for a two-bedroom flat in the capital is £1,840 a month, compared with the £2,168 a ...

- City AM - UK

Scotland's Sturgeon harks back to independence after Brexit deal

Scots, together with Londoners and the Northern Irish, voted to stay in the EU in June 2016's referendum The post Scotland's Sturgeon harks back to independence after Brexit deal appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

RBS CEO says U.S. settlement could slip into next year: Bloomberg

LONDON - Royal Bank of Scotland's chances of reaching a deal this year with the U.S. Department of Justice over its mis-selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities are "diminishing", its chief executive said in a Bloomberg TV interview.

- Reuters - US

Met Office warning: Ice and snow could affect road, rail and air travel

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice and snow affecting London and the south east of England this weekend, with heavy snow forecast for Sunday. The weather forecasting service said there was a risk of possible travel delays due to wintry conditions today and tomorrow. Two to five cm of snow is likely in large ...

- City AM - UK

Sturgeon says single market membership 'sensible'

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that if Britain is leaving the European Union then single market and customs union membership were "the only sensible option", adding that now the negotiations would move on to a new tougher level.

- RTE - IE

530 million-year-old fossil is likely world's oldest eye

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland believe they've found the world's oldest eye.

- UPI - US

Okia vs Norton in Cape Town

Okia finished with eight tries, the same tally managed by England's Dan Norton and Darcy Graham of Scotland

- Daily Monitor - UG

Woman ripped man's testicle out with her teeth

The 43-year-old is ordered to pay compensation to her ex-boyfriend, who she bit during a row in his Edinburgh flat.

- BBC - UK

'Terror chat group' given Prince George's school address, urged to attack

Prince George and British Prime Minister Theresa May have been identified as terror attack targets in two court hearings in the UK this week, as the head of Scotland Yard warns that an increased terror threat in England is straining police resources.

- Stuff - NZ

Britain 'incompetent' on Brexitm says Scottish leader

EDINBURGH, Dec 7 — Scotland's nationalist leader accused the British government tiday of being totally and utterly incompetent' on Brexit, saying the current situation showed that Scotland should be independent. This week, this Tory...

- The Malay Mail - MY

A powerful storm pounding Britain is so strong it poses a 'danger to life'

Earth Nullschool The Met Office warns that Storm Caroline poses a "danger to life" in Britain. The storm is mainly hitting Scotland, and parts of England and Northern Ireland. Schools have reportedly been shut, and power supplies has gone down. Storm Caroline may pose a "danger to life" as it moves across northern Britain ...

- Business Insider - US

The Met Office has issued weather warnings as Storm Caroline approaches

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for parts of Scotland as Storm Caroline was expected to bring gusts of up to 90mph and power cuts to parts of the UK. Forecasters issued an amber weather warning for northern Scotland, with winds of 70mph to 80pmh expected, while 90mph gusts were possible in exposed areas. It ...

- City AM - UK

Met Office warning: Ice and snow to hit London this weekend

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice and snow affecting London and the south east of England. The weather forecasting service said there was a risk of possible travel delays due to wintry conditions on Friday and Saturday. Two to five cm of snow is likely in large parts of the UK, while 10-20 cm is possible ...

- City AM - UK

City banks failing in fight against climate change, says new research

The UK's major banks are failing to take action over climate change, as three City institutions have come in the bottom five in a ranking of Europe's 15 largest banks. Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank and Standard Chartered were weak across the four themes of climate-related risk assessment and management, low carbon ...

- City AM - UK

Homeless Jesus statue installed in Glasgow city centre

The sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man is displayed in Glasgow alongside a Peter Howson painting.

- BBC - UK

City firms travelling to Saudi deny it's to woo oil giant Aramco

A number of City firms including PwC, Standard Life Aberdeen and the London Stock Exchange will be travelling to Saudi Arabia this weekend along with the City of London’s Lord Mayor – but have denied that persuading oil giant Saudi Aramco to list in London will be on the agenda. A spokesperson for the City of ...

- City AM - UK

Storm Caroline upgraded to amber warning

The Met Office forecasts winds gusting up to 90mph over parts of northern Scotland on Thursday.

- BBC - UK

Scotland: 3,000-Year-Old 'Cave of the Dead' Infamous for Human Sacrifice Finally Mapped

A mysterious sea cave is finally becoming slightly less mysterious. Using 3D imaging technology, archaeologists have mapped Scotland's 'Cave of the Dead,' an ancient location for human sacrifice, execution and dead bodies. Now, with the help of virtual reality, members of the public can explore the cave without ever ...

- Yahoo! News - US

An Attack Against Theresa May was Prevented in England

Assassination attempt on the British Prime Minister Theresa May was prevented, English media reported. According to Sky TV, Islamists have planned to blow a Downing Street with bomb, and in the subsequent chaos to kill the prime minister with knives. The conspiracy prevention operation lasted for several weeks, involving ...

- Novinite - BG

Storm Caroline updated to amber warning

The Met Office forecasts winds gusting up to 90mph over parts of northern Scotland on Thursday.

- BBC - UK

Now is not the time for central banks to abandon their inflation targets

Reuters/Lucas Jackson More and more investors are calling for central banks to remove their inflation targets. However, this would be a mistake, according to Jeremy Lawson, chief economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Doing so would make it harder for central banks to navigate downturns. There are growing calls for ...

- Business Insider - US

Scientists believe mutant rats could help end the UK's rodent problem humanely

Genetically mutated rats could be released to help tackle the growing problem with rodents, Edinburgh University has said.

- Stuff - NZ

'Toothless tiger' FCA blasted for putting RBS interests first

The City's top watchdog has been branded a "toothless tiger" by firms claiming to have been ruined by Royal Bank of Scotland's controversial restructuring unit. Financial Conduct Authority internal board minutes concluded that making its full report of the unit publicly available would expose it to the threat of legal ...

- City AM - UK

The Met Office says Storm Caroline is officially on her way

The third major named storm of the season is due to batter the UK this week, the Met Office has said.  The storm will make landfall in northern Scotland on Thursday, with gusts of between 60mph and 70mph expected widely, while gusts of 80mph will hit north facing mainland coasts. ...

- City AM - UK

Aberdeen University Launches World's First Oil Decommissioning Simulator

Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University launched on Monday a decommissioning simulator that it said is a world-first simulator to help well plugging and abandonment in the UK and worldwide, as the decommissioning sector grows while more oil and gas fields mature. RGU received technical support from Baker Hughes and funding from ...

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Sturgeon argues for 'Irish' Brexit deal for Scotland

As news of a deal between the UK and the Republic of Ireland emerged on Northern Ireland sticking to EU regulations after Brexit, Scotland's first minister argued the same could work for Scotland, which voted to remain: "If one part of UK can retain regulatory alignment with EU and effectively stay in the single market ...

- EU Observer - EU