Twittern Media reports said Fleming had given birth prematurely two weeks ago. Scotland's Health Ministry has only confirmed that she had pre-existing health problems. "Our whole family is absolutely devastated and we are doing everything we can to support Jacqueline's two sons and her partner," Jaqueline Fleming's family said in a statement. "Jacqueline has been ill in hospital for a number of weeks but nothing can prepare you http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/if-possible-he-should-also-prepare-visual-aids-for-his-hub-such-as-photographs-diagrams-or-videos- for such shattering news." "I'd like to express my condolences to the patient's family and friends," said Scottish Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon. "This is a tragedy for those concerned and they have my heartfelt sympathy." Scotland has suffered a disproportionately high number of cases of H1N1 flu, a mix of human, pig and bird viruses. Late on Sunday, Scotland had confirmed 498 cases out of a British total of 1,261, the highest in Europe.
Ahead of the one-year milestone, a report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said borrowing costs for an independent Scotland using sterling would be between 72 and 165 basis points higher than those on a 10-year British government bond. Scotland would also have to tighten its finances by 5.4 percent to hit EU debt targets, the report said. The research highlights the difficulties Scotland is likely to face post-independence to convince investors of its ability to repay its debts with an economy whose finances are heavily dependent on volatile oil and gas revenues. "For an independent Scotland to prosper it requires a 'hard' currency; one in which investors are willing to hold long-dated Scottish government debt at a reasonable price," said Angus Armstrong, Director of Macroeconomic Research at NIESR. "A necessary condition for a 'hard' currency is that government solvency must always be beyond doubt." Scotland is likely to have to take on a share of British debt as part of any independence agreement, and investors are expected to demand a higher return in order to shoulder the burden of increased risk on the Scottish side of the border. Based on the current gilt yield of 2.9 percent, that could mean Scotland paying up to 4.55 percent to issue a 10-year bond. The report estimates that to bring its debt-to-output ratio to the 60 percent level recommended by the European Union, Scotland would need a decade of fiscal tightening with a primary surplus of 3.1 percent.
A referendum on whether Scotland should quit the U.K. is to be held a year tomorrow. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond wants an independent Scotland to keep the pound . Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in April that a formal currency union was highly unlikely. The alternative to Scotland having its own currency would be to adopt more restrictive tax and spending policies, the NIESR said. An independent Scotland would have to run an underlying surplus of 3.1 percent of gross domestic product for the next 10 years to meet European Union rules of public sector debt not exceeding 60 percent of output.
Scottish independence: 'Scotland Olympic team could be in Rio'
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Oil-for-Debt Swap May Cut Economic Risk in Independent Scotland
Westminster, in contrast, all too often produces policies which damage or hinder Scotland. Scotland can more than afford to be a successful independent country. We have enormous advantages in terms of our human and natural resources, but we need the political and economic tools to help create a wealthier and fairer society. alex salmond, first minister for scotland Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon walk past a sign showing the date for the referendum Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire The Better Together campaign led by former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling may be on the front foot but they know Alex Salmond should never be written off. He is, after all, the politician who delivered a historic majority in the Scottish Parliament and who continues to have a popularity rating that David Cameron, Ed Miliband or Nick Clegg can only dream of.
Scotland gives go-ahead to Europe's largest tidal energy array
"We're comfortable and assured Scotland will have its own Olympic and Paralympic team. It will bring many benefits," she said. Robison, the Scottish National Party MSP for Dundee City East, said more Scots would get the chance to participate in Brazil and future Games if independence became a reality. Scottish athletes at London 2012 Fifty-five Scots in Team GB - 39 of them were born in Scotland and 16 were born elsewhere Thirteen medals were won by 11 Scottish athletes - seven gold, four silver and one bronze Athletes eligible for Scotland accounted for just over 10% of Team GB (55 out of 542) They had a hand in more than 18% of GB's medals (12 out of 65) - and almost a quarter of their golds (seven out of 29) Twenty per cent (one in five) of Team GB's Scottish athletes won medals (11 out of 55) Scotland won three medals with the help of non-Scottish Olympians She also insisted Scottish athletes home page would not be disadvantaged by independence, even though they would be denied access to traditional funding streams and facilities. "We have made substantial investments," said Robison, explaining that Scottish athletes would have access to a "fantastic new velodrome and a fantastic new sports arena" in Glasgow as well as a new 25m performance centre for sport in Edinburgh. But not everyone is convinced that Scotland - which hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - would be better off competing as a separate nation. Badminton player Imogen Bankier, who represented Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Britain at the 2012 Olympics, has told BBC Sport that her country does not have the facilities, funding or depth of talent to make a major impact at future Olympics.
Scotland?s nationalists trail in independence campaign
MeyGen Limited, a joint venture between investment bank Morgan Stanley, utility International Power and tidal technology firm Atlantis Resources Corporation, will install the 86-megawatt (MW) tidal array in stages, starting with a 9 MW demonstration project. "When fully operational, the 86 megawatt array could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes - around 40 per cent of homes in the Highlands," said Fergus Ewing, Scotland's energy minister. "This exciting development in the waters around Orkney is just the first phase for a site that could eventually yield up to 398 http://valerijaco.skyrock.com/3184859457-Top-Publications-Such-As-Playboy-Penthouse-And-Hustler-Magazines-Have.html MW," he added. Due to the strength and speed of its tides, the firth was once called the "Saudi Arabia of tidal power" by Scotland's First Minster Alex Salmond. However, research in July showed that the proposed tidal turbines in Pentland Firth would generate much less power than previously estimated. The University of Oxford said the maximum that Pentland Firth could produce would be 1.9 gigawatts, with 1 GW a more home page realistic target - far below previous estimates of 10-20 GW.