News in Scotland - Monday

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Former Scottish Secretary, Baron Forsyth of Drumlean, has been
banned from driving

News in Scotland - Monday


Scottish independence: Michael Moore forecasts doom for Scotland's economy
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is expected to create a climate of fear over an independent Scotland's financial viability today claiming that Scotland would lose its triple-A credit rating. In a speech to the pro-Union CBI Scotland business organisation the LibDem politician will claim that Scotland benefits from the UK's 'strong' triple-A credit rating. The Scottish government hit back saying that an independent Scotland would have a better credit rating than the rest of the UK after independence.

Scottish North Sea boom lifts tourism
According to PwC, hotels in Aberdeen have experienced a strong increase in annual revenues in the year to August. Analysts pointed to a 14 percent increase in revenue per available room, to £58.10 and a rise in occupancy rates to 76.8 percent. This has been attributed to the boom in Scotland's oil and gas sector.

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Former Tory Scottish Secretary Lord Forsyth banned from driving
The former Conservative Scottish Secretary who was the ideological driving force behind the introduction of the poll-tax has been banned from driving after being caught speeding for the fourth time in two years. Baron Forsyth of Drumlean, a favourite of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has been banned from driving for six months ater being caught speeding on the A9 in his £70,000 Range Rover.

Scots named the worst for sticking to diets
The people of Scotland have been rated as having the weakest will-power when it comes to nutrition in a survey released by Slimsticks. The report revealed a staggering twenty-eight percent of young Brits try a new diet every month, with only fifteen percent of Scots saying they had no problem sticking to the diet. The lack of self-discipline is a crucial factor in the rise of obesity, costing the NHS more than £5bn annually.

Ten people trapped by ‘deliberate’ fire
Ten people have been trapped in a block of flats by a blaze that has been labeled "willful fire raising" by Strathclyde police. Residents of the tenement in East Kilbride called the emergency services in the early hours of Sunday morning to say they were trapped on the upper floors of the block. No one was injured at the incident. Detective Inspector John Shaw of East Kilbride CID stated: “Officers have been carrying out extensive investigations and have carried out door-to-door enquiries.” An appeal has been made for witnesses around the time of the incident.

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Tories: poor should ‘have less children’ ahead of child benefit cuts

The Conservative work and pensions secretary urged those on benefits to “cut their cloth accordingly” as he signaled plans to limit child benefit to the first two children born per family. Iain Duncan Smith stated: “It’s about fairness ultimately. It’s fairness to those who work hard, those who cut their cloth – in other words, ‘We can only afford to have one or two children because we don’t earn enough’.” The government will begin to withdraw or cut child benefit from families where an adult earns more than £50,000 a year starting January 2013.

HSBC fines for money-laundering rising

The giant UK bank HSBC has warned that it is bracing for higher-than-expected money-laundering fines could reach as much £940mn ($1.5bn). The rising fines come after a US Senate report demonstrated how billions of dollars were laundered into the US for drug cartels and terrorists.

‘Too little too late’ for ash tree rescue
Over five-hundred members of Forestry Commission staff have been deployed across England, Scotland and Wales to spot evidence of a plant disease attacking ash trees. Shadow Environment Minister Mary Creagh has held the government accountable, stating: “They have had eight months to work out where the disease is. Only now – when the leaves are dropping – have they decided to take action.” The disease can spread up to twenty miles per year, potentially wiping out all of Britain’s eighty million ash trees within the decade.

Employment dependent on Cabinet carbon cuts
Trade bodies for low carbon energies have written to the government reminding them of the legal requirement to cut carbon emissions by eight percent by 2050. Renewable UK, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and the Nuclear Industry Association argue that the target will drive investment in the growing low carbon energy sector, creating jobs. The letter urged the climate change secretary, Ed Davey, to stick to his guns. The prime minister will meet with Nick Clegg, George Osborne and Danny Alexander to discuss the Energy Bill later this week.

Israeli leaders ‘attempted attack in 2010’
Reports have emerged accusing Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak of ordering Israeli defence chiefs to prepare for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010. Selections of an Israeli Channel 2 documentary have revealed the armed forces’ chief of staff at the time, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Mossad intelligence head Meir Dagan, both objected to the order to raise the military’s alert level to “P-Plus”, which means a strike could be imminent. Since his retirement as Mossad chief, Mr Dagan has voiced opposition to a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, and accused Mr Netanyahu and Mr Barak at the time of trying to launch a war illegally without cabinet approval.

Russia: hunger strikes over unpaid wages
Employees of at least three factories in Sverdlovsk have undertaken hunger strikes over unpaid wages this year. The strikes signal social unrest and discontent with Putin nearly thirteen years after his rise to power. Igor Ilyukhin fasted for eleven days over unpaid wages. The steel mill worker stated: “The first time he [Putin] ran, we voted for him. The second too, but this time we didn’t.” Putin depicted blue-collar workers as the “real Russia” during his election campaign, but industry leaders and economists warn that the government’s hands-on approach to resolving crisis is stalling reforms.

Syria: Brahimi calls for UN security council resolution
Join UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has stated that a new transitional government in Syria would need a formal political sanction. Brahimi’s observation comes after talks with the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday. On the same day hundreds of Syrian opposition leaders began a four-day conference in the Qatari capital Doha, with the aim of reorganising their ranks and creating a unified political and military anti-government front.

Syria: twenty killed at Damascus Palestinian camp
Opposition campaigners have claimed the Syrian army shelled rebel positions inside a Palestinian refugee camp. Activist Muhammad al-Hur stated: “Yarmouk is a dense area and shelling it always results in human catastrophe. We have twenty people killed, including medics who had tried to help injured people in the streets, and dozens of wounded.” Syria plays host to approximately half a million Palestinian refugees, most of whom descended from those who fled their homes during and after the creation of Israel in 1948.

Damascus: bomb explodes near army compounds
Syrian television reported a bomb has exploded near army and security compounds in Damascus. The fifty-kilogram bomb was described by state media as an attack by “terrorist” – the government’s term for rebels in the nineteen-month uprising against Assad. Opposition activists have said Sunday’s blast appears to be the word of the Ahfad al-Rasoul (Grandsons of the Prophet) Brigade, an Islamist militant unit that has attacked military and intelligence targets several times in the last few months.

 

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