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NHS car park staff to wear CCTV cameras


NHS Lothian car parking staff will start wearing CCTV cameras from Monday (March 23). A total of 25 cameras will be used across hospitals in Lothian, at a cost of £12,750. Hospital chiefs hope the cameras, which are strapped to the front of the body, will act as a deterrent to drivers who become aggressive […]

March 18th, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

“Oppressive” headteacher removed from register

Hilda Learmonth

A HEADTEACHER has been struck off after creating an “atmosphere of fear and oppression” at an Island school.   Hilda Learmonth agreed to be removed from the teaching register yesterday (Tues) after being accused of bullying by teachers at Stromness Academy, Orkney.   The allegations against her include that she “denied them dignity at work” […]

March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Cat left to die in wheelie bin


A CAT has been rescued after it was abandoned and left to die in a bin in south Lanarkshire. The Scottish SPCA were alerted after a member of the public found the grey and white female cat inside a pet carrier which had been dumped in a wheelie bin on Saturday. The cat, now called Bridie […]

March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Squirrel Spotters wanted – public asked to log sightings


FANS of rare red squirrels are being urged to upload details of any sightings to a new website. Campaign chiefs at Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) are calling on the public to help out and report the locations of any red or grey squirrels they have spotted whilst out and about.     The site, […]

March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Scottish educational leaders celebrated

The GTCS found all allegations proven

A JOINT ceremony hosted by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) on Sunday celebrated Scotland’s newest cohort of education leaders.   The annual event, held to celebrate teachers who have achieved the Standard for Headship, is for the first time being held jointly to recognise the first […]

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News | Read More »

First minister says women in business roles will “drive economic growth”


Getting more females into leading roles in business will help drive economic growth in Scotland, the Scottish First Minister has said.   It follows the publication of the new Government Economic Strategy, which focuses on investment, innovation, internationalisation and inclusive growth.   The strategy also aims to boost exports, build on the success of businesses […]

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News | Read More »

Train drivers nab eco-friendly awards

John and Scot with their awards

Two ScotRail train drivers have made their colleagues “green” with envy by winning the train operator’s annual eco-driving awards.   Scott Watson, from Edinburgh, and John Whyte, who lives in Paisley, collected their trophies in recognition of their eco-driving skills on ScotRail’s diesel and electric trains.   Scott, 36, who picked up the award for best diesel driver, […]

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News | Read More »

Rankin joins writers bloc to protest principals Black Watch ban


ACCLAIMED Scottish writers Ian Rankin – of Rebus fame – and Louise Welsh have called on a head teacher to U-turn on her decision to ban pupils from studying the play Black Watch because it has offensive language and adult themes.   An open letter to Jane Esson – head teacher at Webster’s High School, […]

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Lynx could be set to roam Scottish forests again after over 1,300 years


WILD lynx – which have been extinct in Britain for 1,300 years might soon be found roaming Scottish forests in the most ambitious “rewilding” programme attempted in the UK.   If approved, the plan to release these big cats – which prey mainly on deer but also sheep and hare – could see Lynx in […]

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Archie the dog being cared for after being found underweight and wandering


THE Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a severely underweight dog was found straying in Glasgow.   The SSPCA were alerted of the dog’s plight on Monday, March 2, when a member of the public spotted the canine in poor condition wandering in Glasgow city centre.     The male and tan crossbreed, estimated […]

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News | Read More »

Lysblink seaways tow under way

Lysblink Seaways1

THE tow of the Lysblink Seaways is well under way with no ingress of water. It’s expected that she will arrive at the repair facility at Inchgreen, Greenock on the Firth of Clyde later today. Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative Maritime Salvage and Intervention who agreed the passage plan for the 150 nautical […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News | Read More »

Man dies after fall from Scott monument

Princes Street incident, Edinburgh, 05 March 2015

ONE of Scotland’s busiest streets was closed yesterday morning after a man fell to his death from the iconic Scott Monument.Princes Street was completely shut to trams for around an hour following the horrific incident. The man, was said to have been screaming before he plummeted to his death at about 9.30am from the 200ft-high […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Search for new council chief to begin on Thursday

Soon to be ex-Chief of Edinburgh City Council Sue Bruce - who said she would be formally standing down on Thursday

CITY Council CEO Sue Bruce has today announced she is retiring from local government.   Dame Sue Bruce informed Council Leader Andrew Burns and his deputy Steve Cardownie of her plans to leave her post when she turns 60 in October.   She will formally give notice at next Thursday’s council meeting. The search for her […]

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News | Read More »

Scottish women would give up chocolate before shoes


A survey has today (Tuesday 3rd March) revealed that Scottish women would find SHOE SHOPPING the most difficult thing to forego – ahead of chocolate, the gym and alcohol. A huge 88% of women chose chocolate, the gym and alcohol as the things that they would sacrifice for the rest of their life; with just […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

“Chick sexing” industry faces chronic shortage of staff – despite average salary of £38,500

Hensioners, chicken rescue

BRITAIN’s “chick sexing” industry is facing a chronic shortage of staff – despite a salary of almost £40,000 a year.   The poultry trade is struggling to recruit people willing to perform the delicate task of telling whether a tiny chick is a male or female.   Chick sexers train for up to three years […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Council driver accused of using mobile while driving

The oncoming council lorry approaching the driver with the dash-cam

A COUNCIL lorry driver has been caught on camera driving in a narrow residential street with what appears to be a mobile phone pressed to his ear. The Clackmannanshire council worker in high-visibility gear can be seen in the video with a white object to his ear as he drives past the camera. Clackmannanshire Council, […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Top Stories | Read More »

Video captures moment “wido” gets his comeuppance


A HILARIOUS video shows the moment a self-confessed “wido” got his comeuppance at the hands of a furious middle-aged woman.   Teenager Kieran Taylor thought it would be funny to film himself throwing a chip at the head of a customer in McDonald’s in the early hours of the morning.   But the tables were […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Inspirational teen left a “little bit of heaven” behind, mum tells funeral

Jak Trueman funeral

JAK Trueman “touched thousands of lives” and left behind “a little bit of heaven”, his grieving mother told mourners at his funeral yesterday.   Alison Barr said her son – who won the hearts of the nation with his brief but brave battle against cancer – showed life is not about how many years you […]

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

UFO enthusiasts around the world debate Scottish UFO sighting


SCOTLAND’S UFO hotspot has switched from Bonnybridge to the Bonny Banks.   UFO enthusiasts around the world are hotly debating video of a “mysterious”, bright object which appears to hover above Loch Lomond.   The film, taken late on Sunday afternoon, shows a bright white light moving very slowly above the treeline and hills for […]

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Teachers’ union threaten strike after cuts to primary school week

1,000 pupils in S3-S6 took part in the survey

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teachers union has condemned the decision of West Dunbartonshire Council to cut the teaching week in primary schools by 2.5 hours and have warned of potential industrial action.   The council made the decision in a bid to save £1m and is part of wider ranging cuts from the […]

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

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