Whisky industry veterans celebrated as festival begins on Speyside

Richard Forsyth, pictured right, receives his lifetime achievement award from Dennis Malcolm

A glass was raised to whisky industry stalwarts as the Spirit of Speyside festival was launched. Tours and tastings got the 2016 event under way before an opening ceilidh in the evening. And the celebrations will continue at the weekend with a barrel-rolling competition and 10K race as part of the Dufftown Whisky Street Festival... Read Full Story

Tech sector narrowing salary gap on banking industry, research finds

Amazon is offering entry-level salaries worth £75,000

Amazon is handing junior staff hefty pay packets worth more than £90,000, as the tech sector narrows the salary gap on the banking industry, research has found. The online retail giant is offering entry-level salaries worth £75,000, coupled with an annual bonus of £15,000, according to the salary benchmarking site Emolument.com. The study revealed Apple... Read Full Story

Mobile roaming charges in EU slashed ahead of full ban

Mobile phone users have in the past faced high roaming charges in the EU

Mobile roaming charges within the EU will be significantly cheaper from Saturday when an interim cap comes into effect ahead of a full ban next year. The cap will make roaming within the EU 75% cheaper during the interim period, the European Commission has said. From Saturday operators will only be able to charge a... Read Full Story

Duke of Cambridge plans industry-wide taskforce to tackle cyberbullying

The Taskforce will bring together industry partners and a group of advisers from the sector to develop an industry-wide response to the online bullying of young people

The Duke of Cambridge has announced an ambitious plan to bring together an industry-wide taskforce to tackle cyberbullying and support young people and their families affected by it. William has asked Brent Hoberman, who founded Lastminute.com with Martha Lane Fox in 1998, to chair the group which will be supported by The Royal Foundation of... Read Full Story

Facebook reports rise in revenue and active users in sunny start to year

Facebook has seen active users and revenue rise

Facebook saw active users and revenue rise as the social network reported positive financial results. The social media site revealed a 15% increase of monthly active users to over 1.65 billion compared to the same period last year. The site remains the largest social network in the world. Revenue was also up almost two billion... Read Full Story

Facebook reports rise in revenue and active users in sunny start to year

The social media giant goes from strength to strength

Facebook saw active users and revenue rise as the social network reported positive financial results. The social media site revealed a 15% increase of monthly active users to over 1.65 billion compared to the same period last year. The site remains the largest social network in the world. Revenue was also up almost two billion... Read Full Story

Nintendo working on new games console for release in 2017

It will be the first new console since the Wii U was launched in 2012

Nintendo has confirmed it is working on a new games console that will be released in March 2017. The Japanese gaming giant has long been rumoured to be working on a device called the NX, and in its latest financial results confirmed that the console was currently being worked on, though added in a tweet... Read Full Story

VIDEO: Farmer sprays manure at actress Emma Thompson

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Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has been sprayed with manure by the farmer at the centre of a fracking row. The owner of the field, who leases the contested patch of land near Preston to fracking company Cuadrilla, drove his muck spreader in circles around the demonstrating group. At the time of the incident, Emma was... Read Full Story

LitterGram developer in plea to Facebook supremo Zuckerberg over name row

The app developer has issued a personal plea to Mark Zuckerberg

A British app developer has issued a personal plea to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after the social network’s lawyers threatened legal action over his app’s name: LitterGram. Kent businessman Danny Lucas took to YouTube to share a video plea in which he asks Mr Zuckerberg not to force LitterGram to change its name, which Facebook... Read Full Story

Head to Porterhouse Restaurant – King of the T-bones – this weekend

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It has all the industrial trappings of a busy cattle market and agricultural centre in the heart of Aberdeenshire, but there is also a delightful pasture within it where people can graze to their heart’s content. We were driving onto the Thainstone complex at Inverurie on a Saturday night – that in-between period where peace... Read Full Story

PICTURES: Two adorable Blacknose lambs to be mental health ‘friends’

Emily Duncan with a  Valais Blacknose lamb

Two adorable Valais Blacknose lambs from Whitehall farm in Dumfries are set to become ‘friends’ for people suffering from personality disorder. Twin brothers Donald and Douglas, born last month, will be donated to the Dumfries and Galloway Personality Disorder Support charity (DGPDS) later this year to help with pet therapy. Emily Duncan, 38, who runs... Read Full Story

Search to find world’s tastiest tattie scone begins again

Professional chef, David Gow, Riverside Kitchens, Elaine Sutherland, and Masterchef semi-finalist, Darren Sivewright, launching the Tattie Scone World Championships

Bakers are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing as they battle to make the world’s tastiest tattie scone. This year’s competition in Forres is being held in memory of David Urquhart, who first had the idea of holding the event three years ago. His wife Sheila will be presenting a special prize for... Read Full Story

VIDEO: Hilarious footage of the moment a farmer is swept away in a sea of hungry sheep

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The hilarious moment a female farmer disappears into a sea of hungry sheep has been captured on camera. Moira Collins, 65, was swarmed by the 175-strong flock of ewes and lambs after she stumbled and dropped their food on the ground. And daughter Donna Collins, 43, couldn’t help her at first as she was laughing... Read Full Story