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Isle of Lewis breaks down – what next? – Stornoway Gazette

This latest development threatens to plunge the entire CalMac network into even deeper crisis. The Isle of Lewis was switched from the Oban-Lochboisdale route following the breakdown in mid-April of the mv Loch Seaforth. Engineers are working on the Isle of Lewis with no immediate indication of how long she will be out of action. […]

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Separate currency in an independent Scotland would be ‘worth 20 per cent less’ than the pound, economist says – The Times

Scottish independence would lead to a sharp fall in exports to England and hit household incomes, with the SNP’s planned separate currency worth about 20 per cent less than the pound, a leading economist has suggested. Tony Mackay, who advises the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission, said “there can be […]

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Will Nicola Sturgeon respond to the plight of 51,000 destitute Scots or simply stoke the uncivil war over independence? – The Scotsman

I have rarely been so angry about a news item. Two days after Nicola Sturgeon boasted of her historic election victory, promising a second referendum – “it’s the will of the country”, she said – a report revealed the harrowing truth about Scotland under a nationalist government. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research – a […]


SQA crisis: Schools ‘face chaos’ due to results extension – The Herald

Schools face “chaos” after the summer holidays due to the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s decision to introduce an extended results deadline, according to criticisms that are fuelling demands for an overhaul of alternative assessment. New guidance says a “limited opportunity” to provide provisional grades by September 3 is being created to ensure “a degree of equity” […]

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‘Unusual infections’ found at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital – BBC news

A small number of “unusual infections” have been identified in patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. NHS Grampian said it is investigating the causes, and whether there is any link to the hospital environment. It is continuing to admit and treat children as normal but said it is taking a “very precautionary approach”. This […]

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