News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

Science: A warm Wellcome to Tayside

Golf, cake and jam aren't all Dundee

Dance: Scottish steps

Janet Smith, well known over recent years as director of her own small but always ambitious company, has taken on a new commitment this season, running the Scottish Dance Theatre which is based at the Dundee Rep Theatre but is able to travel widely, thanks to using just five dancers and being economical in decor and musical accompaniment. Tonight, London is added to an itinerary that has already this year included the Channel Islands as well as many Scottish and English cities.

Caravan boy killed by gas

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Scottish seaside caravan park, police said. Gary Stewart, from the West Port area of Dundee, on holiday with his grandparents, was discovered by relatives yesterday at Seaton Caravan Park in Arbroath, Tayside.

Rich pickings for peers in Scotland

THERE are no MPs yet in the Scottish parliament and elections to choose them are still more than a year off, but professional lobbyists are already licking their lips at the prospect of business worth pounds 40m a year.

Rugby Union: Chirpy Welsh determined to steal Twickenham show

Kevin Bowring could barely wait to report that his chirpy and strikingly cocksure Welsh team had made only one mistake - a line-out overthrow by Barry Williams - in an otherwise faultless 25-minute training session at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff yesterday. The coach was being slightly economical with the truth, however; the Dragons made a second, far more drastic error by leaving their dressing-room door ajar.

Rugby Union: Ellis recalled by Scotland

SCOTLAND yesterday recalled the Currie hooker Graham Ellis for the squad to face France at Murrayfield on 21 February.

Scottish E.coli alert

An E. coli precautionary alert was issued yesterday after tests revealed traces of the potentially lethal bacteria on meat destined for school meals.

Football: Marr defends actions of Scotland's `gang of four'

Peter Marr, the Dundee chief executive, yesterday defended the decision of four leading Scottish First Division clubs to hold secret discussions with the Premier Division sides in an attempt to solve the breakaway row.

Letter: They need help, not barbed wire

IN HIS column on 21 December, Neal Ascherson attributes remarks to me that I never made. He says I proposed that problem tenants should be segregated and forcibly resettled in special ghetto estates, surrounded by wire fencing and controlled by security guards. That is nonsense.

We must embrace, not banish, those who prefer to kick in the door

The First symptoms of illness are tiny. But we learn to recognise them: the moment of dryness in the throat that prefigures a cold, the crawling sensation down the skin which means 'flu.

Rugby Union: Wainwright back for Scotland

Rob Wainwright will be back from injury when the world champions, South Africa, come to Murrayfield on Saturday.

Rugby Union: Scotland must wait for Weir

Doddie Weir has lost his race to be fit for Scotland's match against South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Newcastle second-row was hoping that a troublesome back problem would clear up in time to face the Springboks, but the Scotland coach, Ritchie Dixon, yesterday revealed that Weir will need up to another two weeks before he can contemplate a playing return.

Millenium: The third lottery giveaway - pounds 220m to build the future

The Millennium Commission yesterday announced its third and final phase before winding down next spring. Nonie Niesewand, Architecture Correspond ent, reports that it is giving away pounds 220m of Lottery money to 71 projects nati on- wide that will open in 2000.

Lifestyle: pounds 12m turns tenants into landlords

Almost 1,900 tenants of Scottish Homes in Dundee have become their own landlords in a pounds 12m transfer deal which is set to benefit the area's economy, it was announced today.

A taste of the Strap

Scottish band Arab Strap tell it how it is, even if it means saying unforgiveable things about the drummer's sister.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee