0 Have your say Residents living on one side of the Scotland-England border could be paying up to £670 more in council tax than their close neighbours. Scottish Borders residents are still paying much less in council tax than their English counterparts in Northumberland despite a recent 3% tax hike.On average, Borderers are forking out £508 less than their Northumbrian opposite numbers.In Coldstream, for example, residents living in council tax band D properties can expect to pay £593 less than those in similar properties in Cornhill-on-Tweed, less than a mile away.Both local authorities recently increased their council tax, Scottish Borders Council by 3 per cent and Northumberland Council by 2.99 per cent, but years of council tax freezes by the Scottish Government have left Scottish residents paying much less. READ MORE: UK to challenge Scotland’s Brexit bill in Supreme CourtSouth Scotland SNP regional list MSP Emma Harper said: “Not only are … [Read more...] about One side of Scotland-England border up to £670 more expensive to live
0 Have your say Six Nations Rugby will not take any further disciplinary action after it concluded its investigation into the “scuffle” that took place in the tunnel prior to the Calcutta Cup match between Scotland and England. It had been reported that a number of players had been involved in an incident in, or near the tunnel after the pre-match warm-up had ended.England’s Owen Farrell and Scotland’s Ryan Wilson were said to have been involved, with team-mates needing to separate the pair.Footage was posted online which appeared to show Farrell running between players from both sides before shoving Wilson out of the way as he made his way back to the changing room.The Scotland No. 8 turned, and other players looked to join the scuffle before the footage ended.• READ MORE - England blame Scotland as footage of Murrayfield tunnel scuffle emergesHowever, after studying footage of the incident as well as considering material from the match … [Read more...] about ‘No further action’ over Scotland-England tunnel fracas
WHEN you talk about the future of football at Celtic, you'll hear the word 'Dembele' thrown around an awful lot.First of all you've got Moussa, 20 - dubbed the next Didier Drogba - whose memorable brace in the Champions League led the Hoops to a thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester City.But in recent weeks, a new kid on the block has emerged... Literally.That's right we're talking about Karamoko Dembele - no, no relation - who made his debut for the Celtic Under-20 side in October.Did we mention he is only 13-years-old? Yep, thirteen. One-three.Young Dembele came on for the final ten minutes of the clash against Hearts and, despite looking tiny in comparison to his towering team-mates, he certainly didn't look out of place, ability-wise.Following the clash, Celtic's website even said: "The diminutive playmaker didn't look out of place and played his part in the closing stages."Now, the wonderkid is at the centre of an international tug-of-war after making his Scotland Under-16s debut in … [Read more...] about Who is Karamoko Dembele and can the 13-year-old Celtic wonderkid play for England having already represented Scotland?
GARETH SOUTHGATE handed Glen Johnson a shock recall when he unveiled his first England squad.New boss Southgate is preparing for Saturday’s home World Cup qualifier with Malta and a trip to Slovenia on Tuesday after Sam Allardyce’s sensational exit. The big surprise was a recall for Stoke right-back Johnson whose previous game — his 54th cap — was in a 2-1 loss to Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Johnson, 32, has been brought back from the cold after Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne was ruled out with a knee problem, while his club-mate Adam Lallana has a groin injury.Southgate has several other injury problems but Marcus Rashford returns to the senior squad, while Jesse Lingard also gets the nod. Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are back, too.Allardyce’s reign lasted just 67 days and Southgate has stepped up from the England Under-21s. He will be hoping for a better performance than last month’s 1-0 win in … [Read more...] about England squad announcement: Marcus Rashford and shock recall for Glen Johnson in Gareth Southgate’s first England squad since Sam Allardyce’s sacking
LOVERS of emojis may soon be able to show their love for their nation as a proposed update is set to include the flags of Scotland, England and Wales.Up until now Brits have been only able to send an image of the Union Flag, but not individual nations.The news will please a number of people who took to Twitter in September 2015 to vent their anger over the fact that Apple introduced a new emoji for North Korea but no St George's Cross or Welsh Dragon.User Jessica Raie should she was 'disappointed' there was no Scottish flag emoji in the IOS 9 update.The new flag emojis should be available on smartphones and tablets next year after Unicode approved them.The Unicode Consortium, which manages the introduction of new emojis, stopped short of recommending specific flags for vendors to support, and it said there is no requirement that any of the regional flags be supported Mac Rumours has reported.This means Apple are free to choose which regional flags to add to its iOS … [Read more...] about Scotland, England and Wales FINALLY get flag emojis – a year after NORTH KOREA