£20m rise in online banking fraud

Figures from Financial Fraud Action UK showed that £60.4 million was lost in 2014 due to online banking fraud

Online banking fraud losses have surged by nearly £20 million or 48% over the last year, prompting a warning to consumers to download anti-virus software and beware of conmen trying to trick them into revealing their personal details. Figures from Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) showed that £60.4 million was lost in 2014 due... Read Full Story

Book Review: Half Life: The Divided Life Of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist Or Spy by Frank Close

Published by Oneworld A biography of physicist Bruno Pontecorvo, Half Life is a fascinating insight into the life of a physics genius whose personal life unfortunately overshadowed his scientific breakthroughs. Frank Close, a noted particle physicist at Oxford University, takes us on a journey from Pontecorvo’s early years in Italy during World War Two through... Read Full Story

Whip Crack-Away with Calamity Jane


Review: Inverness Opera Company present Calamity Jane at Eden Court, Inverness When big theatrical companies put on a new show, they let a few days pass before inviting critics along. Amateur companies don’t have that luxury as they tend to have short runs. It’s a harsh reality of life, and I suspect that if I was... Read Full Story

Alvis and Aston Martin are built to last and easy on the eye

Joh Ratcliffe from Cults with his 1934 Alvis saloon and the 1999 Aston Martin DB7 i6.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but with these two cars, it would be hard to find anyone who doesn’t find them pretty impressive. Having initially trained as an engineer, it’s no surprise that 66-year-old John Ratcliffe from Cults, Aberdeen, is a fan of “proper engineered” cars. The two cars that... Read Full Story

Video games cultural centre to open

The first cultural centre for video games is about to open in Nottingham

Digital icons such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong are not celebrated in museums, but that is about to change, as the first cultural centre for video games is about to open in Nottingham. The National Videogame Arcade (NVA), which opens for the first time on Saturday, is the result of a £2.5 million... Read Full Story

Go retro with these great WWII posters and magnets

1 Eat Less Bread A3 print,£8.

Retro and vintage advertising posters and magnets can add a touch of glamour and make a good talking point when used in the kitchen. The Imperial War Museum Shop has a nice selection of posters and magnets showing adverts created to keep spirits up during rationing and World War II. Originally designed to make consumers... Read Full Story

New updates keep Mazda at the top

2015 Mazda CX-5

Minor revisions that make big differences help keep the chunky Mazda SUV where it needs to be. The CX-5 led Mazda’s charge back to winning ways in 2012 with the striking ‘Kodo’ styling that was then rolled out on everything else from the 2 supermini to the 6 flagship saloon. This is the first time... Read Full Story

WATCH: The three-year-old genius with an IQ of 145

Michael McBride has an IQ of 145, placing him amongst the most intelligent people in the country

Little Michael McBride has never had any formal tutoring or lessons, but decided to start teaching himself numbers and words using his mum’s iPad when he was just two years old. Now three, the little brainiac can count up his mum’s shopping bill, do the 14 times table and count to ten English, Spanish, Russian... Read Full Story

Top tips for managing your money

David Gow

Your finances and what you want from them can be dramatically altered by a change of circumstances, whether good or bad. From unemployment to parenthood, life events can pose new challenges when it comes to managing your money. David Gow, a director at Acumen Financial Planning, gives some advice on ten financial life events. 1.... Read Full Story

CalMac takes 10 trainees on board

The CalMac trainees at the Marine Safety Training Centre, South Shields

Ten young people are finding their sea legs on board their first ships as part of Caledonian MacBrayne’s trainee programme. Beating nationwide competition for their coveted places, the group, ranging in age from 17 to 25, is the second intake to take part in the company’s Merchant Navy Training Board ratings training scheme. The three-year... Read Full Story

Take inspiration from the sport of cricket for your home

Cricket fans can now show off some impressive ball skills thanks to these cricket ball door knobs from Trinca Ferro. Made from genuine original cork and leather cricket balls, these unusual handles are sturdy, robust and satisfying to grip. Priced at just £25 for a set of two, these handles go beyond all boundaries and,... Read Full Story

Accident causes Kessock Bridge delays

The Kessock Bridge

Two vehicles have collided on the A9, causing delays on the Kessock Bridge this morning. Police confirmed that the two cars were involved in an accident to the south of the bridge, near the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, just after 9am. The two vehicles have been moved off the carriageway, but police have said that some... Read Full Story

Gillian joins the board

Gillian Berkeley

Inverness College UHI has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Gillian Berkeley as head of curriculum. Gillian, 52, who is originally from Dundee, has joined the team from Moray College UHI where she was assistant director of curriculum and quality. Originally a secondary school science teacher, Gillian’s career in education spans over... Read Full Story

Book Review: Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Published by Canongate In an author’s note to his 2013 novel The Humans, Matt Haig explained it was partly a metaphor for his experience with mental illness. Reasons To Stay Alive takes this further in a genre-straddling mix of memoir, blog and self-help book that explores his struggle with depression and anxiety, which began 14... Read Full Story

Driverless cars ‘to boost economy’

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, and MP Robert Goodwill with a BMW i8 and a Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Autonomous and driverless cars will help generate more than 300,000 jobs in the UK, according to new figures from the motor industry’s trade association. Introducing driverless and connected cars will also boost the economy by £51 billion, and help to reduce serious road traffic accidents by more than 25,000 a year by 2030, says a... Read Full Story