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Oysters head for the sea with ferry smart card

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FERRY passengers to some of Scotland’s most remote islands may soon be using contactless travel cards – just like Oyster cards used on the London underground. New “smart ticketing” technology will soon allow passengers on CalMac ferries to use a microchipped travel card to pay for their crossings. The same card could eventually be linked […]

August 4th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Care worker struck off for telling elderly patients they “stink of pish”

The SSSC struck Ms Fulton off the register

A CARE worker has been struck off after being found guilty of a slew of offences, including telling elderly patients they “stink of pish.” Karen MacGregor also referred to deteriorating patients by saying she could “smell steak pie” – in a cruel reference to the dish commonly served at funerals. MacGregor, a care worker in Airdrie, […]

July 30th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

One-armed crofter shears 20 sheep

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A BRAVE crofter who lost an arm in a horrific accident has managed to shear his flock of 20 sheep one-handed. Determined Don Cameron has made an inspiring video showing how he uses his legs and prosthetic limb to hold the sheep while he clippers off the fleece with his remaining arm. The 42-year-old feared […]

July 17th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

School children turn into scientists for a day

The students produced electricity and worked water turbines

SCHOOL children were given the opportunity to turn into scientists and engineers today as part of a new workshop. Youngsters from Currie Community High School in Edinburgh spent the day at the National Museum of Scotland solving a range of problems. They built wave technology, worked water turbines and generated electricity during the Get Energised […]

June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

Scottish Seabird Centre calls for more research on the impact of offshore windfarms

It is feared that puffins will suffer as a result of the wind farms

AS a judicial review into ministers’ decision to grant consent to four offshore wind farms was launched today, the Scottish Seabird Centre called for more research into the impact of offshore stations on bird populations. The Centre has “strong concerns” that insufficient research has been undertaken into the estimated annual mortality of seabirds as a […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

Councillor reported to ethics watchdog over osprey remark

The rare sea birds have been mating at the T in the Park site

A COUNCILLOR has been reported to Scotland’s ethical standards watchdog – for making an “offensive” remark about ospreys. Tom Gray has apologised and is facing calls for his resignation after speaking in defence of T in the Park’s controversial move to a new site at Strathallan Castle. The music festival faced being cancelled at the […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

Edinburgh plans for electric taxis

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ELECTRIC taxis may soon be on the streets of Edinburgh after councillors approved plans to change licensing conditions. Members of the Regulatory Committee agreed to amend the City of Edinburgh Council’s licence requirements so that electricity-powered cars can be used as taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).   The results of a public consultation into […]

May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

£3M funding will make for warmer homes and cheaper bills

Fuel poverty is said to occur primarily among the elderly

The City of Edinburgh Council is to spend at least £3.3 million to make private homes across the capital warmer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to heat. In a programme run in partnership with Home Energy Scotland, residents of Dumbiedykes, Moredun, West Mains, South Queensferry and Niddrie Mill will benefit from investment in cavity wall […]

April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Local News | Read More »

NHS car park staff to wear CCTV cameras

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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

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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

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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”

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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

Rankin's publisher was quick to crack the whip

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

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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

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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

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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 »

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