Tag Archives: Scotland

Trump’s Golf Courses Unaffected By Virus Travel Ban

Business Insider reports: Hours after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, President Donald Trump announced a 30-day travel ban on most of Europe. But he excluded two countries where he has hotels and golf courses that have been struggling financially: the UK and Ireland. Trump has two properties in the UK — Trump Turnberry and Trump …

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Scottish Lawmakers Seek “Unexplained Wealth Order,” Suspect Trump Organization Of Money Laundering

The Scotsman reports: Patrick Harvie MSP, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, said there were reasonable grounds for suspecting that the US president, or people he is connected with, “have been involved in serious crime.” He has called on ministers to apply to the Court of Session to seek answers as to how Mr Trump’s bankrolled his multimillion acquisitions of land …

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Graham Sues Glasgow Venue Over Cancellation

The Glasgow Times reports: The group behind an event run by controversial US evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has begun legal proceedings against the SEC Hydro. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has asked Glasgow Sheriff Court to grant an interim order requiring the venue to hold the event – after it axed the plans last month. The group, headed by …

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Johnson Steps Up Plan For Bridge To Northern Ireland

The Independent reports: Boris Johnson is stepping up work on his plan to build a £20 billion bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, despite experts dismissing it as “clueless” and “bonkers”. A “proper piece of work” is under way in Whitehall, his spokesman said, arguing it proved the prime minister is “ambitious in terms of infrastructure projects”. “This is an …

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SCOTLAND: Sturgeon Vows To Renew Independence Campaign As “The UK We Voted For No Longer Exists”

Agence France-Presse reports: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday said she was ready to step up the campaign for Scottish independence, as Brexit has set the country on the “wrong road.” In a speech in Edinburgh, the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) said Britain’s departure from the European Union was a “pivotal moment” for the U.K. …

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Graham Threatens To Sue UK Venue Over Cancellation

The Scotsman reports: A controversial US preacher has threatened legal action against the 14,000-capacity SSE Hydro after a prayer meeting was cancelled due to homophobia and hate speech concerns. Franklin Graham was due to come to Glasgow in May as part of an eight day tour of the UK. Graham said he would still be coming to Glasgow, and urged …

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Scotland Again Demands Independence Referendum

The Guardian reports: Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Boris Johnson to give Scotland the powers to hold a second independence referendum after the Scottish National party won a landslide in the general election. The first minister said she had won “a renewed, refreshed and strengthened mandate” to call for a fresh independence vote after winning 47 of Scotland’s 59 Westminster seats, …

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SCOTLAND: Trump Golf Resort Has Now Lost $52M

The Scotsman reports: Losses at Donald Trump’s flagship Scottish golf resort have more than doubled to £10m, marking the fifth consecutive year under his ownership it has failed to turn a profit, newly published accounts show. The US president’s Turnberry resort ran up losses of more than £10.7m last year, meaning that since he took over the historic property in …

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SCOTLAND: Trump Org Stiffs Gov On Court Judgment

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump’s family firm is refusing to accept a legal bill worth tens of thousands of pounds after he lost a lengthy court battle against a windfarm near his Aberdeenshire golf course, according to the Scottish government. A Scottish court ruled in February this year the Trump Organization had to pay the Scottish government’s legal costs after …

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SCOTLAND: Trump’s Golf Resort Is Deeply In The Red

The Scotsman reports: The US president’s Trump International Golf Links firm in Aberdeenshire posted annual losses of £1.07m in 2018, marking the seventh consecutive year it has failed to turn a profit, according to documents lodged with Companies House. The figures are based on an annual turnover of £2.76m. The company remains reliant on interest free loans provided by Mr …

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Trump Had Deal With Scottish Airport Near His Resort

The New York Times reports: Back in 2014, soon after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Donald J. Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region. The next year, as Mr. Trump began running for president, the Pentagon decided to ramp up its use of that same airport …

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Air Force: So What If We Book Stays At Trump’s Hotel?

CNN reports: The crew of a US Air Force C-17 stayed at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, during a March refueling stop en route to Kuwait, the Air Force acknowledged, again raising ethics questions about government use of the President’s private entities. The Air Force, which said in a statement it was reviewing the trip records, said …

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US House Probes Whether Trump Directed US Military To Prop Up His Scotland Golf Resort With Multiple Visits

Politico reports: In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies. What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland. Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on …

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Trump Inflated Value Of Scottish Golf Resorts By $165M

The Huffington Post reports: President Donald Trump has filed financial disclosure statements that appear to misstate the value and profitability of his Scotland golf courses by $165 million, possibly violating federal laws that are punishable by jail time. Trump claimed in his 2018 U.S. filing that his Turnberry and Aberdeen resorts were each worth more than $50 million. For that …

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Poll: Scotland Would Vote For Independence From UK

Politico Europe reports: Voters in Scotland would vote for independence from the United Kingdom, a new poll has suggested. The survey by Michael Ashcroft for Holyrood magazine is the first since March 2017 showing support among Scots for breaking up the union. Of the 1,019 voters polled, 46 percent said they would vote for independence and 43 percent said they …

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Scottish Leader Vows Second Independence Vote

The Scotsman reports: Nicola Sturgeon has said she intends to “exercise the mandate” she has to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in response to the Brexit turmoil. The SNP leader said she will make her long-awaited statement an a second referendum when the current “chaotic” negotiations are concluded. With an extension to Brexit likely, that may take months. But …

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Trump: My Golf Resort Is Good For Diplomacy With UK

The Week reports: President Trump started his Saturday on Twitter with an announcement that his golf course in Scotland is super nice and also totally great for America’s ties with the United Kingdom. The immediate context of Trump’s tweet is his loss of a 2015 court battle with Scotland over plans for a new offshore wind farm. Trump unsuccessfully sought …

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SCOTLAND: Christians Object To Hate Crimes Campaign

The Times reports: A anti hate-crime campaign endorsed by Scottish ministers and the police risks “stirring up” religious prejudice, according to a leading Christian charity. Billboard posters that have appeared across Scotland in recent weeks targeting prejudices such as racism and homophobia are part of the One Scotland campaign, run by the Scottish government and Police Scotland. However, the initiative …

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SCOTLAND: Trump Course Destroyed Protected Dunes

ABC News reports: Documents show that U.S. President Donald Trump’s family business has “destroyed the vast majority” of an environmentally sensitive area of sand dunes near its golf course north of Aberdeen in Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage, which is responsible for the management and monitoring of sites of special scientific interest, has found that construction of the golf course has …

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US Paid £52K For Trump To Stay At His Scotland Resort

The Scotsman reports: Donald Trump personally profited by more than £50,000 from his weekend stay at his loss-making Turnberry resort, with the US government footing the accommodation bill for the president and his entourage, The Scotsman can reveal. US federal government spending records seen by this newspaper show a series of payments worth a total of £52,477 were made by …

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