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Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Motoring news

Audi showcases raft of new cars

June 29 2016

Audi threw everything it had at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, with no fewer than nine upcoming models making their UK debuts. One of the most interesting – and affordable – was the new Q2. Audi’s smallest crossover yet, it’ll sit underneath the Q3, Q5 and big ole Q7. It will be available as a front wheel drive or with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. Under the skin there’s a choice of three TFSI petrol and three TDI diesels, with Audi’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol offering 114bhp, the 1.4 litre four-cylinder sitting below the 187bhp 2,.0 litre TFSI. Diesel options are the 1.6 litre TDI with 114bhp and a pair of 2.0 litre TDIs with 148bhp or 187bhp. It goes on sale later this summer with a starting price expected to be in the region of £20,000. At the other end of the price scale is the R8 V10 Spyder. The 553bhp supercar comes a year after the second generation coupe R8 was released. Audi reckons the new Spyder is 50 per cent stiffer than the last Spyder, and its canvas roof stows beneath a massive rear deck, able to open or close at speeds up to 31mph in 20 seconds. Fuel economy “improves” to just over 24mpg thanks to a new coasting function that idles the engine when it’s not needed. Expect it to cost around £130,000. In between those two extremes are a plethora of other upcoming Audis, including the new S5 Coupe, and the Audi TT RS which first revealed a year ago is hardly new but apparently it had never been seen in the UK before. A couple of Q7s were also at Goodwood, including the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which returns a claimed 156mpg, and the SQ7 – a diesel with 429bhp. There was also the refreshed A3 range. Audi’s upmarket Golf rival has been given a styling refresh along with a few new engine options. Following a trend for downsizing, there’s a 1.0 litre three -cylinder petrol unit, while a powerful 2.0 petrol engine also joins the range.

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.


Revealed: full list of Dundee FC creditors

February 9 2011

The full list of Dundee FC creditors was revealed at the crucial meeting at Dens Park on Tuesday. They are: Aable Roller Shutters Limited, Dundee. £152.75 Abbey Kings Park Hospital, Stirling. £70 ADT Fire & Security, Manchester. £3506.65 Aitken Wines, Dundee. £333.32 Angus Council, Forfar. £250 Appletree, Dundee. £75 Booker, Dundee. £1946.07 Campbell Medical Supplies, Glasgow. £1757.02 Clear Tech Water Solutions Ltd, Glasgow. £1200.82 Concept Group Ltd, West Lothian. £318.57 Constantine, Coatbridge. £2115 Costimes With Character Ltd, Heaton Mersey. £1803.63 C W Electrical, Dundee. £650.72 Celtic plc, Glasgow. £4241.28 Car & Van Rental, Haddington. £1078.66 Dundee Audi, Dundee. £793.13 DC Lighting, Dundee. £5477.63 DCM Upholstery, Dundee. £53.20 Dundee City Council, Dundee. £31,558 Dundee College, Dundee. £353.20 Dundee City Council Leisure, Dundee. £1435 Dundee City Council, Dundee. £2838.44 Davidsons Chemists, Blairgowrie. £308.44 Dundee City Council, Dundee. £1940.40 Dundee City Council, Dundee. £1385.84 EDF Energy 1 Limited, Plymouth. £2074.34 Electroguard Security Systems, Dundee. £8349.79 Elliot Group, Peterborough. £1632.38 Energie Fitness, Dundee. £20 Fernbrae Hospital, Dundee. £75.75 Fife Council, Glenrothes. £273 Fisher Tours, Dundee. £725 Fleet (Linemarkers) Ltd, Worcestershire. £634.50 Fresh Approach, By Dundee. £1446 Allison Gray, Dundee. £223.20. Game Ready Global UK Ltd, Berkshire. £360 A. Gibson, Dundee. £944.07 Glen Travel, Glasgow. £164 Graham Environmental, Blairgowrie. £370.12 GRM Podiatry, Alyth. £180 G4S Cash Services (UK) Ltd, Sutton. £2567.37 Haven Power Ltd, Ipswich. £1679.18 Holly House Hospital, Essex. £140 Hearts FC, Edinburgh. £11,597.25 Hilton Hotels, Dundee. £114.80 Impact (Boston) Ltd, Skegness. £2871.70 Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, Glasgow. £258.50 John Lawrence, Banchory. £913.50 Libero Consultants, Glasgow. £15,552.06 Lockshop, Dundee. £299.42 G. Mackay, Stirling. £165 Metro Motors, Dundee. £392.29 McGrigors LLP, Aberdeen. £1793.34 Murray Taylor. £9074.54 Nessco Ltd, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. £2983.01 Olympica Sports Management, France. £2800 Peco Electrics, Dundee. £376.22 PHS Group, Caerphilly. £1450.45 Proactr4, Dundee. £285 Provan Sports, Paisley. £1631.66 Quality Inns, Dundee. £1680.25 Rosshall Hospital, Glasgow. £301.82 Rough & Fraser, Dundee. £219.55 RC Stiven, Dundee. £224.17 Stuart Barton Physiotherapy, Pittenweem. £435 Scottish Water, Edinburgh. £3572.88 Scottish Gas, Edinburgh. £3376.86 Shred It, Cowdenbeath. £282 Sky, Livingston. £506.43 Sole To Soul, Dundee. £162 Staypress Ltd John Justice, Dundee. £374.70 Stellar Football Ltd, London. £575 St Johnstone FC Ltd, Perth. £10,001.52 Scottish Ambulance, Edinburgh. £1827.48 Shell Gas Direct, London. £797.27 Ticketmaster Systems Ltd, Newcastle-Upon-Lyme. £6009.96 Tayprint Ltd, Dundee. £1925.00 Tayside Joint Police Board. £31,535.99 Thorntons Solicitors, Dundee. £16,474.49 Transaction Network Services, Sheffield. £183.30 TNT Post Scotland Ltd, Coatbridge. £1357.33 Trendell Simpson, Dundee. £6236.83 University of Dundee, Dundee. £14,003.13 Upfront Security, Glasgow. £371.58 Utility Focus, Alyth. £146.88 Wallace Family Bakers, Dundee. £306.21 The Yorkshire Clinic, Bingley. £396.60 HM Revenue & Customs, Worthing. £461,246 Sandeman Properties Ltd, Dundee. £925,000 Gordon Chisholm, Glasgow. £91,313.76 William Dodds, Glasgow. £77,899.68 Mickael Antoine-Curier, Edinburgh. £53,914 Scott Fox, Airdrie. £21,880 Charles Joseph Grant, Hamilton. £24,951.00 Brian Kerr, Motherwell. £79,908 Nzaji Kuqi, Colchester. £46,451 Colin McMenamin, Glasgow. £27,503 Paul McHale, Stirling. £26,957 Eric Paton, Glenboig. £67,102 Dominic Shimmin, Glasgow. £66,551Currently Contracted Employees (all c/o Dundee FC, Dens Park Stadium)Sean Higgins £17,333.33 Leigh Griffiths £73,666.66 Stephen O'Donnell £14,083.33 Kyle Benedictus. £5,416.66 Craig McKeown £17,333.33 Robert Douglas £18,416.66 Gary Irvine £15,166.66 Rhys Weston £17,333.33 Gary Harkins £88,400 Craig Forsyth £8666.66 Matthew Lockwood £19,500 Nick Riley, £13,000Loan AccountsR. Brannan, Inverkeithing. £245,000 C. Melville, Aberdeen. £1,022,000 J. Bennett, £200,000 R. Bodie, Dundee. £20,000


Independence referendum results

September 19 2014

The final council-by-council independence referendum results. 1 ABERDEEN Yes 59,390 (41.39%) No 84,094 (58.61%) No majority 24,704 (17.22%) Electorate 175,745; Turnout 143,484 (81.64%) 2 ABERDEENSHIRE Yes 71,337 (39.64%) No 108,606 (60.36%) No majority 37,269 (20.71%) Electorate 206,486; Turnout 179,943 (87.15%) 3 ANGUS Yes 35,044 (43.68%) No 45,192 (56.32%) No majority 10,148 (12.65%) Electorate 93,551; Turnout 80,236 (85.77%) 4 ARGYLL & BUTE Yes 26,324 (41.48%) No 37,143 (58.52%) No majority 10,819 (17.05%) Electorate 72,002; Turnout 63,467 (88.15%) 5 CLACKMANNANSHIRE Yes 16,350 (46.20%) No 19,036 (53.80%) No majority 2,686 (7.59%) Electorate 39,972; Turnout 35,386 (88.53%) 6 COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR Yes 9,195 (46.58%) No 10,544 (53.42%) No majority 1,349 (6.83%) Electorate 22,908; Turnout 19,739 (86.17%) 7 DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Yes 36,614 (34.33%) No 70,039 (65.67%) No majority 33,425 (31.34%) Electorate 122,036; Turnout 106,653 (87.39%) 8 DUNDEE Yes 53,620 (57.35%) No 39,880 (42.65%) Yes majority 13,740 (14.70%) Electorate 118,729; Turnout 93,500 (78.75%) 9 EAST AYRSHIRE Yes 39,762 (47.22%) No 44,442 (52.78%) No majority 4,680 (5.56%) Electorate 99,664; Turnout 84,204 (84.49%) 10 EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE Yes 30,624 (38.80%) No 48,314 (61.20%) No majority 17,690 (22.41%) Electorate 86,836; Turnout 78,938 (90.90%) 11 EAST LOTHIAN Yes 27,467 (38.28%) No 44,283 (61.72%) No majority 16,816 (23.44%) Electorate 81,945; Turnout 71,750 (87.56%) 12 EAST RENFREWSHIRE Yes 24,287 (36.81%) No 41,690 (63.19%) No majority 17,403 (26.38%) Electorate 72,981; Turnout 65,977 (90.40%) 13 EDINBURGH Yes 123,927 (38.90%) No 194,638 (61.10%) No majority 70,711 (22.20%) Electorate 378,012; Turnout 318,565 (84.27%) 14 FALKIRK Yes 50,489 (46.53%) No 58,030 (53.47%) No majority 7,541 (6.95%) Electorate 122,457; Turnout 108,519 (88.62%) 15 FIFE Yes 114,148 (44.95%) No 139,788 (55.05%) No majority 25,640 (10.10%) Electorate 302,165; Turnout 253,936 (84.04%) 16 GLASGOW Yes 194,779 (53.49%) No 169,347 (46.51%) Yes majority 25,432 (6.98%) Electorate 486,219; Turnout 364,126 (74.89%) 17 HIGHLAND Yes 78,069 (47.08%) No 87,739 (52.92%) No majority 9,670 (5.83%) Electorate 190,778; Turnout 165,808 (86.91%) 18 INVERCLYDE Yes 27,243 (49.92%) No 27,329 (50.08%) No majority 86 (0.16%) Electorate 62,481; Turnout 54,572 (87.34%) 19 MIDLOTHIAN Yes 26,370 (43.70%) No 33,972 (56.30%) No majority 7,602 (12.60%) Electorate 69,617; Turnout 60,342 (86.68%) 20 MORAY Yes 27,232 (42.44%) No 36,935 (57.56%) No majority 9,703 (15.12%) Electorate 75,170; Turnout 64,167 (85.36%) 21 NORTH AYRSHIRE Yes 47,072 (48.99%) No 49,016 (51.01%) No majority 1,944 (2.02%) Electorate 113,923; Turnout 96,088 (84.34%) 22 NORTH LANARKSHIRE Yes 115,783 (51.07%) No 110,922 (48.93%) Yes majority 4,861 (2.14%) Electorate 268,704; Turnout 226,705 (84.37%) 23 ORKNEY Yes 4,883 (32.80%) No 10,004 (67.20%) No majority 5,121 (34.40%) Electorate 17,806; Turnout 14,887 (83.61%) 24 PERTH & KINROSS Yes 41,475 (39.81%) No 62,714 (60.19%) No majority 21,239 (20.39%) Electorate 120,015; Turnout 104,189 (86.81%) 25 RENFREWSHIRE Yes 55,466 (47.19%) No 62,067 (52.81%) No majority 6,601 (5.62%) Electorate 134,735; Turnout 117,533 (87.23%) 26 SCOTTISH BORDERS Yes 27,906 (33.44%) No 55,553 (66.56%) No majority 27,647 (33.13%) Electorate 95,533; Turnout 83,459 (87.36%) 27 SHETLAND Yes 5,669 (36.29%) No 9,951 (63.71%) No majority 4,282 (27.41%) Electorate 18,516; Turnout 15,620 (84.36%) 28 SOUTH AYRSHIRE Yes 34,402 (42.13%) No 47,247 (57.87%) No majority 12,845 (15.73%) Electorate 94,881; Turnout 81,649 (86.05%) 29 SOUTH LANARKSHIRE Yes 100,990 (45.33%) No 121,800 (54.67%) No majority 20,810 (9.34%) Electorate 261,157; Turnout 222,790 (85.31%) 30 STIRLING Yes 25,010 (40.23%) No 37,153 (59.77%) No majority 12,143 (19.53%) Electorate 69,033; Turnout 62,163 (90.05%) 31 WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE Yes 33,720 (53.96%) No 28,776 (46.04%) Yes majority 4,944 (7.91%) Electorate 71,109; Turnout 62,496 (87.89%) 32 WEST LOTHIAN Yes 53,342 (44.82%) No 65,682 (55.18%) No majority 12,340 (10.37%) Electorate 138,226; Turnout 119,024 (86.11%)

Business news

Price pressure mounts as big four supermarkets struggle to promote growth

May 8 2014

Growing pressure on prices among Britain’s big four supermarkets has led to the lowest growth in the sector for 11 years, new figures have shown. The big four Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons continue to be squeezed to varying degrees between discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl and upmarket rivals such as Waitrose, according to the latest till-roll figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The survey said 45% of products on sale by the big four were on promotion. Overall, the grocery market grew by 1.9%. Tesco saw its market share fall to 28.7% in the 12 weeks to April 27 from 30% a year earlier. Morrisons slipped from a share of 11.6% 12 months ago to 11% over the period. In response to price pressure, Morrisons last week began reductions averaging 17% on 1,200 products. Sainsbury’s annual results (see below) showed last year’s like-for-like sales growth at its lowest for nine years. Asda maintained its share of the market at 17.3%, after a 2% improvement in sales compared with a year ago. Kantar director Edward Garner said: “There are clear signs that the major supermarkets are reviewing their strategies in the face of increasing competition. “We’re now seeing the big four moving away from ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ promotions and toward everyday low prices, with Tesco, Morrisons and Asda all announcing price cuts this month.” Rivals at the upper and discount ends of the sector grabbed record market shares. Waitrose’s 5.1%, Aldi’s 4.7% and Lidl’s 3.5% were each all-time market share highs for these grocers. Kantar also pointed out that Aldi’s year-on-year growth rate of 36.1% was another record, while Lidl’s 20.9% annual growth was its highest since 2004.

UK & World

Which? reveals price difference between shopping basket at Asda and Waitrose

March 31 2018

There is an almost £9 difference in cost for an identical basket of groceries at the most expensive and cheapest supermarkets, a study has found.Which? Money compared a basket of 10 branded essential items at six leading grocers, finding Waitrose charged the most at £32.85 and Asda charged the least at £24.12 – a saving of £8.73 or 36%.Asda’s basket also came in at £6.32 less than the next cheapest basket, costing £30.44 from Tesco.The biggest price variation for an individual product was for a 750ml jar of Hellman’s mayonnaise, which cost £2 in Asda and £4.42 in Morrisons – a difference of 221%.The research also found 14 different packets containing identical caplets of the painkiller ibuprofen – which is subject to strict rules governing the active ingredients – with prices ranging from 8p a pill to 20p.Which? Money editor Harry Rose said: “With food prices rising well beyond the general rate of inflation, we’re all looking for ways we can cut down on the cost of our weekly shop.”The nine products compared alongside the mayonnaise were: a two litre bottle of Yeo Valley milk, a nine-roll pack of Andrex Skin Kind toilet paper, a 500g pack of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cornflakes, a 500g tub of Bertolli spread, an 888ml bottle of Bold 2-in-1 gel, a one kilogram bag of Tilda basmati rice, a 220g pack of Young’s scampi, a 250g packet of McVitie’s Ginger Nut biscuits and a 160-bag box of Tetley tea bags.A Waitrose spokeswoman said: “Our prices for these brands are very competitive – this price comparison is distorted by the timings of others’ promotions.”Prices were compared on March 8 using the comparison site Mysupermarket.co.uk.

Business news

Prestigious BP oil contract for Dundee project management training company

June 7 2017

Dundee-headquartered training provider 20/20 Business Insight has won a prestigious contract with one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies. The Broughty Ferry-based company, which also has offices in Aberdeen, London and the USA, has been awarded preferred supplier status under a master contract by BP for providing project management training globally. Ironically, the prestigious account has been won after 20/20 stepped away from its previous focus almost entirely on the oil and gas sector – adding BP to a diverse client portfolio that now includes Wood Group, Centrica, Balfour Beatty, British Aerospace, Hinckley Point, Network Rail, Diageo and Wm Grant. Chief executive officer Tony Marks, who said the new status came off the back of recent big contract wins within the nuclear power industry, added: “20|20 are delighted to have been awarded preferred supplier status under a master contract by BP for providing project management training globally. “It’s a great team performance in demonstrating our international capability and upstream oil industry experience to win this prestigious account.” 20|20 Business Insight, which employs 26 staff and had revenues of £2.84 million last year, is a full service, project management, business and leadership training and consulting company who deliver training courses and consulting services throughout the world. It is the largest independent provider of project management training courses in the UK. The consulting team work with companies to analyse competence baselines and deliver maturity assessments, design bespoke and accredited training programmes, create handbooks and manuals, implement project management procedures and protocols and then measure and report effectiveness. Mr Marks said that crucially, they had the ability to deliver internationally-accredited training and consulting anywhere in the world, primarily in oil and gas, engineering and construction, utilities, nuclear, food and drink However, despite an international outlook, they remained proud to be rooted in Dundee. “We are big fans of Dundee and supporters of the Tay Cities Deal to bring jobs, including de-commissioning, to Dundee,” he added. “When we started in 2003, we were almost exclusively in the oil and gas sector before diversifying into other sectors. We were lucky because two years ago the oil and gas sector started to decline, and accounts for around 10% of the work we do now.” Mr Marks has been involved in business for 27 years and has seen four or five cycles based on the oil barrel price changing. During that period, the level of business has come back smaller each time. “So it’s quite interesting we are back in the oil and gas sector now,” he added. He said the BP deal had been going on behind the scenes for nine months and “should mean quite a jump in business for us.” He added: “It’s not a guarantee of any level of work. But the revenue should be significant and comes off the back of other big contract wins.”

Man bailed in M20 murder probe

February 23 2018

A man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found on the M20 has been released on bail.The body was discovered by police on the London-bound carriageway near Ashford at 6.05pm on Tuesday. The road was closed between junctions 9 and 10 for nearly 24 hours while the scene was investigated.Officers appealed for the driver of a silver Nissan Qashqai to come forward and a man handed himself in at a police station on Wednesday evening, Kent Police said.On Friday morning the force said the man had been released on bail until March 15.The circumstances surrounding the death of the 32-year-old from Kent remain a mystery and detectives are continuing to investigate.A post-mortem is expected to take place at midday on Friday.Police are still appealing for drivers who were on the road at the time to check their vehicles for signs of a collision, and for anyone with dash cam footage or who saw a Nissan Qashqai with the registration KY15 WWX at the time of the incident to come forward.

M20 body identified as man arrested in murder probe

February 22 2018

Police have identified the body found on the M20 as a 32-year-old woman from Kent.A man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody, Kent Police said on Thursday afternoon.Officers discovered the body on the London-bound carriageway near Ashford at 6.05pm on Tuesday. The road was closed between junctions 9 and 10 for nearly 24 hours while the scene was investigated.Officers initially appealed for the driver of a silver Nissan Qashqai to come forward and a man handed himself in at a police station on Wednesday evening.The incident caused hours of delays with between six and seven miles of queues stretching back to junction 11 and a diversion was in place.The road reopened shortly before 3pm on Wednesday.An accountant from Ashford told Press Association of his shock at the scene he saw while driving on to the coastbound stretch of motorway at about 6.20pm on Tuesday while emergency services were on the opposite side of the road.The 21-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: “As I entered the motorway I expected to see a crash, when I suddenly realised that it wasn’t and unfortunately it appeared to be a body lying in the central lane with police and ambulance staff around it.“Because of the torches being shone by police (I could see) it appeared that the body had been struck by vehicles.“It was very shocking. It is not a sight I would want anyone to witness.“My condolences are with the family of the deceased.”Police are still appealing for drivers who were on the road at the time to check their vehicles for signs of a collision, and for anyone with dash cam footage or who saw the Nissan Qashqai with the registration KY15 WWX at the time of the incident to come forward.