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Train passengers warned as rugby and festival fans descend on Edinburgh


Scotrail has issued advice to anyone wishing to travel into the capital this weekend as 40,000 rugby fans descend on the capital, as well as thousands of festival goers. The firm, now known as Abellio Scotrail, has advised passengers to: “Buy your tickets in advance, be prepared for busy trains and allow extra time to get […]

August 24th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Top Stories | Read More »

New Service Helps Parents Put Kids First After Divorce


Charity Relationships Scotland has launched a new, free, service that puts kids first and helps them cope with separation and divorce.The service is being rolled out thanks to a £200,000 funding boost from the Scottish Government. More than one in three children are now likely to experience their parents getting divorced or separating before they turn 16. But, […]

August 24th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Top Stories | Read More »

Edinburgh Zoo supporting birds in strife


A list of the birds most reliant on zoos for their survival has been released by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.   The report was welcomed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland. Many of the birds featured on the list are found in Scottish zoos. Edinburgh Zoo is home to the […]

August 24th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Selective breeding can produce salmon resistant to sea lice

Lice are a massive threat to the Scots salmon industry

SALMON can be selectively bred to be resistant to sea lice, a new study has found. Sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are the biggest threat to the welfare of farmed Atlantic salmon and the sustainability of fish farming across the world. Chemical treatments are the current mainstay of controlling infection but growing drug resistance among sea […]

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

Postcode lottery means some students are missing out on two years of teaching

Schoolchildren are being taught for significantly varying hours across the country

THINK TANK Reform Scotland has issued new research showing a huge variance in the number of hours of teaching time offered in state schools across Scotland. The data for the research has been obtained through Freedom of Information requests to local authorities. Aberdeenshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council offer the most teaching time in Scotland, with […]

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

New National Nature Reserve will be UK’s largest

The Great Trossachs Forest NNR

THE UK’s newest and largest National Nature Reserve (NNR) – The Great Trossachs Forest – took a step closer to reality today, after it was approved by the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The Great Trossachs Forest NNR, which lies at the heart of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, is home […]

August 13th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Petrified Primary Pupils Locked In By Leisure Staff

The five girls were trapped for nearly an hour

Parents describe “outrageous” incident. Five primary school children were abandoned in an empty Leisure centre late on Saturday evening, with staff locking up and disappearing to a pre-planned barbeque. The petrified youngsters had been changing after a swimming session at the Live Active Leisure centre, Perthshire, when the lights were turned off and a strange […]

August 11th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Call for council to buy £5,000 “gull proof bin”

Gulls may be blown off course more regularly

A SEAGULL-WEARY harbour chief is calling on the council to spend £5,000 on a “gull proof bin” to halt the blight of scavenging birds. Members of the Dunbar Harbour Trust are pushing for East Lothian Council to buy a high-tech bin after gulls began raiding bins for takeaway scraps. The “Big Belly” bin features a […]

August 6th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Experts say dreadful Scottish weather has ruined prospects for ‘Glorious Twelfth’

Scotland has a rich history of grouse hunting

HUNTERS on the “Glorious Twelfth” may struggle to find grouse next week – with experts saying the “dreadful” Scottish weather has ruined prospects for the shooting season. Following four bumper seasons with high numbers of grouse, experts this year are predicting that some shoots may have to be called off owing to shortages. The cold, […]

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

Oysters head for the sea with ferry smart card


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

Don hard at work

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


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


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 »

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