News in Scotland - Tuesday


After 75 years of being in print the The Dandy will now be digital only

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Scottish independence: Unionists can help shape new Scotland, says Sturgeon
Opposition parties within Holyrood will have a say in cross border talks regarding the future of Scotland if voters were to opt for independence. In a keynote speech on the constitution, Nicola Sturgeon stated that Scotland's Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders would argue the country's case as strongly as Alex Salmond if they were defeated in the referendum. Opposition parties, trade unions, charities, churches and other civic bodies would also be consulted on creating a written constitution for the new state, the deputy first minister said.

Hunterston B nuclear power plant will run until 2023
EDF energy has announced the continued operation of its nuclear power station Hunterston B until 2023. The company said a technical and economic evaluation of the plant confirmed it could continue operating. Hunterston B had been previously scheduled for shutdown in 2011, but this was extended to 2016. Reacting to the announcement, environmental body WWF Scotland branded nuclear power the "ultimate unsustainable form of energy". Director Dr Richard Dixon said: "This 40-year old nuclear station will be creating yet more radioactive waste which could be easily avoided through growth in renewables and greater energy efficiency. We simply don't need nuclear power to keep the lights on”.

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Leveson: MSPs to debate findings at Holyrood
First Minister Alex Salmond will lead a Holyrood debate on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics. He said it would be an opportunity for MSPs to "have their say". Mr Salmond has called for a Scottish solution following the inquiry, but opposition leaders have questioned the need for a separate regulatory system. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson questioned whether Mr Salmond should have a role in "leading for the Scottish government on this vital issue". During first minister's questions at Holyrood last week, Mr Salmond outlined plans for an independent group to take forward the issue of press ethics in Scotland. He suggested the post Leveson group should be non-political and chaired by a current or recent Court of Session judge.

Scottish independence: Yes Scotland signs up 143,000 supporters
The Yes Scotland campaign has signed up 143,000 supporters during the six months since promising to get a million people to support its independence pledge. SNP leader Alex Salmond said in May that if the one million target was achieved, independence would likely happen. Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, said the figure was a "tremendous achievement", but there was still a long way to go. However, a spokesman for Better Together said claims of success were "nonsense". He added: "At this rate, they will have managed to reach their target of convincing a quarter of the electorate exactly a year after the referendum”. Mr Salmond, along with the Green party leader Patrick Harvie, publicly signed the declaration at the launch of the Yes Scotland campaign in Edinburgh earlier this year.

Creative Scotland head steps down
Andrew Dixon, the head of Creative Scotland, has resigned from his post following a storm of criticism over the organisation’s policies and funding. His resignation comes after more than 400 Scottish artists signed a letter attacking the arts body, branding it dysfunctional and questioning its management structure. Mr Dixon, who will receive a £60,000 resignation package when he leaves in January, said that he hoped this would “clear the way for a new phase of collaboration between artists and Creative Scotland."

Final edition of The Dandy goes on sale
One of Britain’s oldest and best-loved comics has hit the shelves for the last time, as the final print edition of The Dandy goes on sale. The comic, on sale since 1937, has suffered from dwindling sales in recent years, though the final edition is expected to be a sell-out across the country. Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson has confirmed that the title will continue online, with a smartphone and tablet app to coincide with The Dandy’s 75th anniversary.


PM meets with editors following Leveson report
Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that he met with several newspaper editors to urge them to act quickly in setting up an independent press regulator. It follows the publication of the Leveson Report last week, which recommended an independent body to regulate the conduct of the press, replacing the current Press Complaints Commission. Mr Cameron is currently heading cross-party talks over the issue, with draft legislation expected to be drawn up soon.

VAT loophole on digital sales 'costs UK more than Olympics'
Lost tax revenue from buying services from companies based overseas is more than £1.6bn a year a report by a telecoms and digital consultancy states. According to the report, the UK could have financed the Olympic Games out of the VAT it is losing on the sales of digital services, levying more pressure on George Osborne to close tax loopholes enjoyed by multinational companies. As Britons spend millions on Christmas gifts, a report by Greenwich Consulting suggests the UK is losing over £1.6bn a year in VAT on digital services bought by British consumers from suppliers such as Amazon and Ebay which are based overseas.

Boris Johnson calls for new EU relationship
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said that Britain should be given a referendum on whether to stay in the EU. Speaking in London, he called the Euro “a calamitous project”, calling for a renegotiation of Britain’s role in the European market. Speaking to reporters, he said "It is high time that we had a referendum, and it would be a very simple question. Do you want to stay in the EU single market - yes or no?" Mr Johnson is the latest politician to bring up the issue, with the conservative government keen on EU reform which could see Britain eventually leave the union.

Internet freedom tops Dubai summit agenda
A debate over how the global internet is governed is set to dominate a meeting of officials in Dubai, with many countries pushing to give a UN body broad regulatory powers; even as the US and others contend such a move could mean the end of the ‘open internet’. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will host the 12 day conference that began yesterday (Monday). Government regulators from 193 countries will meet to revise a wide ranging communications treaty for the first time since 1988. The proposals have drawn opposition from free speech and human rights advocates, prompting resolutions from the US congress and the EU calling for a decentralised system of governance to remain in place.

Iran claims capture of US drone
Iran's Revolutionary Guard has captured a US drone after it entered the country's airspace over the Gulf, according to a state media report. The report on Iran’s state television quoted the Guard's navy chief, General Ali Fadavi, as saying that the Iranian forces had caught the pilotless aircraft on Tuesday. If true, the seizure of the drone would be the third reported incident involving Iran and US drones in the past two years. Iran's foreign ministry said last week that the US had violated Iranian airspace eight times in October, and warned of a "serious reaction" if such incursions continued. The US Navy has said that none of its drones are missing in the Middle East.

Facebook mobile update raises serious privacy concerns
Questions surrounding lack of privacy have been raised again regarding Facebook’s use of its users’ information. The popular Facebook site is now asking the hundreds of millions of users of its cell phone application to enable its new Photo Sync option, a setting that will automatically upload every image taken with a mobile device to the social network’s vast data servers. Ewan Spence, a technology contributor for Forbes magazine, points out the problems that might not be resolved until too late: “while the synced folder in Facebook will be ‘private’ I find it hard to trust Facebook’s constantly evolving privacy settings to keep these images truly private”. Recent figures indicate that Facebook’s mobile app is used by more than 200 million customers each month.



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