Improvements to free childcare needed, say Tories

Considerable improvements to the accessibility and flexibility of free childcare are needed, according to the Scottish Conservatives.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053824.Improvements_to_free_childcare_needed__say_Tories/

‘Small army’ leaving prison without job or accommodation, ex-minister warns

A “small army of people" are leaving prison without any form of employment or accommodation, a former minister has warned.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053826.___Small_army____leaving_prison_without_job_or_accommodation__ex_minister_warns/

Dossier details allegations of sexual abuse within Labour Party

Some 43 women have given anonymous testimony of incidents ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053825.Dossier_details_allegations_of_sexual_abuse_within_Labour_Party/

World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled

UK retailers are urged to follow the lead of a Dutch supermarket chain in introducing aisles selling products free of plastic packaging.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053827.World___s_first_plastic_free_supermarket_aisle_unveiled/

Criticism of ‘cruel’ treatment as figures show 38 military dogs destroyed

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that not enough effort was being made to rehome the animals.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053828.Criticism_of____cruel____treatment_as_figures_show_38_military_dogs_destroyed/

‘Skunk’ dominates UK cannabis market, study finds

High-potency strains of the drug accounted for the vast majority of police seizures in a sample of cases studied.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053830.___Skunk____dominates_UK_cannabis_market__study_finds/

Tigers could vanish from a third of protected areas, experts warn

Major management issues are leaving tiger populations at risk in 35% of sites assessed across 11 countries by WWF and partners.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053829.Tigers_could_vanish_from_a_third_of_protected_areas__experts_warn/

Newlyweds died of ‘burns complications’ from Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Ellie Milward and Jonathan Udall died in hospital from ‘complications of thermal injury’, a coroner said.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053832.Newlyweds_died_of____burns_complications____from_Grand_Canyon_helicopter_crash/

Further talks agreed in bid to resolve dispute over lecturers’ pensions

A spokesman for Universities UK acknowledged there was a ‘significant distance’ between the parties.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053835.Further_talks_agreed_in_bid_to_resolve_dispute_over_lecturers____pensions/

Sande tells of admiration for F1 champion

Singer Emeli Sande has spoken of her admiration for motor racing star Lewis Hamilton, while saying she played for a football team growing up.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16053805.Sande_tells_of_admiration_for_F1_champion/