Deadline News http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk Your local source for news in Edinburgh, Fife and Lothian Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:50:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gap years could be the equivalent of Highers http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/gap-years-could-be-the-equivalent-of-highers/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/gap-years-could-be-the-equivalent-of-highers/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:44:45 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64953 GAP years could be given the same value as Highers according to one of Scotland’s leading figures in education.

Sir Andrew Cubie said he wanted to see travel abroad placed on the same level as some academic qualifications.

Sir Andrew, chairman of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), suggested such a move might increase opportunities for people from different backgrounds and varying talents.

But teaching unions warned that putting gap years on the same level as formal academic qualifications could increase inequality.

 

Sir Andrew Cubie is the chairman of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Sir Andrew Cubie is the chairman of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

 

 

The university gap year has been perceived in some quarters simply as an opportunity for rich students to take an extended holiday.

Universities Scotland said any changes to the system should not apply to students on gap years “bumming around Australia”.

Sir Andrew, who authored the 2010 Cubie Report reviewing university tuition fees, believes the change would help bring together academic qualifications and “wider achievement”.

In an interview with a education magazine, he said he would “absolutely” like to see things like gap years, volunteering and vocational studies be worth the equivalent of academic qualifications.

He said university bodies could be persuaded to radically alter procedures in a move away from focusing on traditional academic achievement.

It would see young people given the same merit for a year abroad as, for example, spending fifth or sixth year at school studying subjects like Maths, Chemistry or English.

Productive time out that involved Scouting and Guiding were among the expert’s suggestions for achievements that could be put on the same level as a Higher.

The SCQF already applies a points system which allows for comparisons between different qualifications.

Sir Andrew hopes that the SCQF would encourage young people to follow ambitions that went beyond traditional qualifications and a “piece of parchment from a school”.

But he said there was a “huge task ahead”.
A spokeswoman for Universities Scotland said any change would need to be “realistic” and discussed by a broad range of partners.

She warned that some gap years “bumming around in Australia” would not be suitable.

“You need to be careful. Not everybody gets the same opportunities to travel abroad.

“If you are opening it up working over a year out would have to be in there as well. A year out working is quite an important process as well.

“It would be quite difficult to make an assessment of what a person gets out of their experience.”

She added: “We are open minded and really happy to be part of any discussions. We need to be clear to pupils that minimum entry requirement for university remain in place.”

Alan McKenzie, spokesman from the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, said: “The kind of gap year activity would need to be regulated.

“A gap year is not just a skive and the young people I know don’t use it as a skive.”

He continued: “You would have to be vigilant about the potential of young people from poorer backgrounds being disadvantaged.”

“Gap years have become almost the norm now for school leavers,” he added. “We would support a flexible approach. Universities need to be as flexible as they can.”

Aileen Ponton, CEO of the SCQF Partnership said: “It is more important than ever than we look at everything a young person achieves, not just academic qualifications.

“The SCQF allows all types of learning to be recognised and allows a comparison and parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications which is vitally important both for our young people and the future economy of Scotland.”

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£1,500 drone camera catches amazing basking shark footage http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/1500-drone-camera-catches-amazing-basking-shark-footage/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/1500-drone-camera-catches-amazing-basking-shark-footage/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:12:25 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64932 TWO boat tour guides using a £1,500 drone camera have produced a beautiful video of a basking shark in Scottish waters.

Shane Wasik and Luke Saddler have used the new technology to achieve David Attenborough-style images without the £1m-an-episode price tag,

The pair also captured remarkable overhead footage of dolphins racing alongside their boat in crystal-clear waters near Oban.

 

Stunning basking shark footage captured by the drone

Stunning basking shark footage captured by the drone

 

The footage has been combined with stunning underwater video to produce a remarkable record of the richness of marine life off the Scottish coast.

Shane and Luke run a boat tour called Basking Shark Scotland which specialises in giving visitors close-up views of the 40ft, seven-tonne creatures.

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Shane and Luke, who run the Oban-based tours, bought the drone to give an aerial dimension to their shots.

The drone-mounted camera was flown into position above the basking shark.

 

The crew with their tour members

The crew with their tour members

 

The team managed to track it from above as it swam serenely through unusually calm Atlantic waters.

Shane said: “It’s a new perspective – myself and Luke are handy with the underwater camera, but having an aerial dimension is a new thing for us.

“We get some cool results as well – shots that were reserved for helicopters and big budgets.

“You’re always worried in case it goes haywire and falls into the sea and the footage would be lost.

“One person said it was like watching the BBC’s Blue Planet.”

 

More birds-eye footage caught by the flying camera

More birds-eye footage caught by the flying camera

 

The pair met at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University through a mutual friend, and set up the commercial tours three years ago.

They have been visited by the likes of Damon Albarn from the rock band Blur, and BBC DJ Mark Riley.

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Shane said: “People didn’t know much about basking sharks until recently, but a lot of them do come to the Hebrides.

“They grow to be bigger than our boat. They’re the biggest fish to breach out of the water – no other fish that size does so.

“They’re protected here and we have a code of conduct when swimming with them.

 

Luke Saddler landing the drone

Luke Saddler landing the drone

 

“Using the correct technique you can get close to them and they can come close to you.”

Also filmed from above was an elusive sun fish, which weighs in at a tonne making it the world’s heaviest-known bony fish.

Remarkable

Other remarkable sequences include the drone camera passing over the boat as dolphins speed alongside.

Basking sharks use their 1-metre wide jaws to strain plankton from around 1.5 million litres of water per hour. They are born travellers and cover large distances in search of food.

 

The drone also caught shots of dolphins

The drone also caught shots of dolphins

 

Basking Shark Scotland offer basking shark swimming tours to the Inner Hebrides between May and September, to coincide with the sharks migration.

The duo use a DJI drone which can reach speeds of 22mph and can be controlled up to a kilometer away. The camera used is a £200 GoPro capable of capturing high definition video.

 

Shane Wasik with an underwater camera

Shane Wasik with an underwater camera

 

The video was uploaded to social media where it received great feedback.

Daniel Montgomery said: “Beautiful video – really goes to show the amazing amount of marine life found on our doorstep.”

Stuart Baines said: “Amazing compilation. Love the drone footage.”

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Hilarity after cops brand Sheeran a crime threat http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/hilarity-after-cops-brand-sheeran-a-crime-threat/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/hilarity-after-cops-brand-sheeran-a-crime-threat/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:54:03 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64926 POLICE Scotland caused hilarity yesterday (fri) after appearing to suggest that singer Ed Sheeran posed a serious crime threat.

 

Sheeran was due to perform the second of his sell-out shows at the Hydro, Glasgow, last night.

 

Police covering the Govan and Craigton area of the city used twitter to give a well-intentioned crime warning to gig goers.

 

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Officers tweeted: “Ed Sheeran is in town at the Hydro tonight. Remember to lock valuables out of sight when leaving vehicles unattended.”

 

Followers could not resist joking about Sheeran’s alleged sideline as a master criminal.

 

One twitter user ,Keith Murray, commented on the Govan and Craigton twitter post saying: “Hahahahaha, SHEERAN you little s***, Glasgow Polis are onto you!”

 

?Grievesy Dundee asked: “Do you have inside info? he’s always looked the shifty type to me, thanks for the head up. wink wink.”

 

Another comment on the post read: ”This is state-sponsored gingerism of the worst type and I, for one, will no longer stand idly by as it is espoused!

 

Another joked: “That Ed Sheeran is notorious for going out on the rob”

 

The originators of the tweet remained tight-lipped following their blunder.

 

Sheeran himself declined to respond to requests for details about his career beyond the law.

 

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The redhead singer songwriter is currently in the middle of a sold out European tour to promote his second album titled ‘X’ which was released in June and has gone on to sell almost 2 million albums so far.

 

Police Scotland later said they did not intend to brandish the singer a criminal while unfortunately misspelling his name in the process.

 

A police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Due to its wording, the Tweet could be misinterpreted; however, there was obviously no intention to personally link Ed Sheerin to your car getting broken into!

 

“We always provide crime prevention advice to the public at major events as we don’t want your night ruined by having your car broken into and your valuables stolen.”

 

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Scandal of 11 foreign drivers a day who escape speeding fines http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/scandal-of-11-foreign-drivers-a-day-who-escape-speeding-fines/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/scandal-of-11-foreign-drivers-a-day-who-escape-speeding-fines/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:50:39 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64927 MORE than 7,000 foreign drivers have been caught by speed cameras in Scotland since the start of 2013 – but not one of them was fined.
Several of the reckless motorists escaped justice despite driving in excess of 100mph.
The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act by Police Scotland, show that 7,196 foreign drivers were captured on speed cameras over the period – almost 11 every day.
Speed cameras caught an average of 11 foreign drivers a day - none of whom were fined.

Speed cameras caught an average of 11 foreign drivers a day – none of whom were fined.

 

 

Road safety campaigners described the figures as “chilling”.

They blame the problem on the fact that police do not have access to a European database that would help them identify foreign speeders.
As well as posing a risk to road users, the speeders escaped a minimum in fines of £720,000 over the period.
The worst area in Scotland between January 2013 and October 12 this year was Edinburgh, Lothians and Scottish borders with 5,038 cases.
The highest foreign speeder was caught doing 106mph on the 70mph limit A1 dual carriageway at Gladsmuir East Lothian.
Another foreign motorist was caught driving at 72mph in a 30mph limit on Lindsay Road at Bathfield, Edinburgh.
Police Scotland confirmed that no action was taken in any of the cases.
The highest speed recorded anywhere in Scotland was 108mph on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road near Mill of Forest,  Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
Dangerous
One of the most dangerous cases involved a foreign driver caught doing 99mph on a 60mph two-lane stretch of the A9 at Golspie, 50 miles north of Inverness.
British motorists driving at similar speeds would almost certainly be forced to appear in court, where they would face a lengthy driving ban and a fine of up £2,500.
The next worst area after Edinburgh was Tayside, where 537 foreign vehicles were caught speeding. The worst case a car doing 107mph on the A9 between Perth and  Stirling.
Margaret Dekker (corr), secretary of Scotland’s Campaign Against Irresponsible Drivers (SCID), said: “I am shocked – it doesn’t send out a good road safety message.
“It’s not a victimless crime.”
Ms Dekker said part of the issue was that the UK government retained control over measures to investigate motoring offences committed by foreigners.
She said: “Westminster can’t be taking road safety very seriously.
 “The UK has refused to sign a cross-border road safety agreement with Europe. How can the government be serious about road safety education when it is setting a wedge between British and foreign nationals who offend?”
Menace
A spokesman for the AA said: “The concern is that foreign drivers are getting away with it. There are plenty of Scottish and British drivers who are a menace on the continent. The difference is, authorities in Europe can chase them back to their homes via collection agencies using DVLA information.
That doesn’t happen the other way round.”
And this week, average speed cameras on the A9 road costing £2.5m were finally switched on after months of campaigns to dual the road instead.
The road is immensely popular with foreign tourists heading to the Highlands. But Scottish police will be effectively powerless to identify those among them who speed.
A spokesperson for Transport Scotland said the new speed cameras on the A9 were able to identify foreign number plates and any decision to pursue the driver of a foreign registered vehicle was a matter for the police.
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Public urged to nominate great Scots for commemorative plaques http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/public-urged-to-nominate-great-scots-for-commemorative-plaques/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/public-urged-to-nominate-great-scots-for-commemorative-plaques/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:26:02 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64921 People across Scotland are being invited to submit their ideas for somebody they would like to be recognised with a commemorative plaque.

 

Historic Scotland’s plaque Scheme, now in its third year, celebrates the life and achievements of significant persons from all walks of life, by placing a plaque on their home or a building that’s particularly associated with them.

 

People are invited to submit their nominations by filling in a short form on Historic Scotland’s website where they will be asks two questions: why does their nominee deserve to be nominated, and what is the significance of their chosen building?

 

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Plaques similar to this will be placed on a building associated with the nominated person.

 

Only 12 plaques are awarded each year; an independent panel of experts assesses the nominations before making the final choice, which will then be announced in Spring 2015.

 

Last year’s scheme sought nominations linked to Year of Natural Scotland while 2012/13 saw achievements in the arts and creative fields celebrated.

 

Announcing this year’s scheme, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland has historically punched above its weight with its contribution to the arts and creative fields.

 

“That has been reflected in the calibre of people who have been recognised by the Commemorative Plaque scheme. Previous years have seen the likes of John Logie Baird, James Watt, and Wilfred Owen receiving plaques, to name a few.

 

“Previous plaques have been unveiled to household names but not all but not all nominees need be – many of the other plaques have been awarded to people who left significant legacies of their own, but have not been as widely recognised. This is an opportunity to address that.

 

“As opposed to previous years, when nominees had to be selected based on a particular theme, this year is an open theme which I’m sure will encourage a great variety of nominations from across the spectrum of Scottish life.

 

“I would very much like to see more nominations of women who have made a difference and there are many to choose from in Scotland.

 

Speaking about the scheme, Martin Ross, Projects and Policy Manager at Historic Scotland said “We’ve designed the scheme to commemorate the link between a particular person and a specific building, because buildings can say a great deal about the character of the particular person who lived or worked there.

 

“This year we’d really like to get nominations for more women of achievement, from any part of Scotland.”

 

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Racist abuser at Glasgow supermarket sentenced http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/racist-abuser-at-glasgow-supermarket-sentenced/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/racist-abuser-at-glasgow-supermarket-sentenced/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:21:39 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64916 BBC Hotels, Glasgow 2014

 

A 59 year-old man was sentenced at Glasgow Sheriff Court this morning for assaulting and repeatedly subjecting a woman to racist abuse at a Denistoun supermarket.

 

Emiliano Sanchez, 59, was sentenced to 250 hours Community Payback Order and had a non-harassment order imposed to refraining him from approaching, contacting or communicating with the victim, or attempting to do so in anyway.

 

The court heard that on 25 November 2013 the woman was leaving the store after doing her shopping and was confronted by Sanchez who shouted verbal racist abuse at her.

 

He then forcibly removed her niqab by grabbing it and exposed the woman’s face before heading into the store.

 

The distraught victim composed herself and a short time later Sanchez, on leaving the store, observed the woman in the car park and again began abusing her in a similar manner and using similar phrases.

 

Speaking following sentencing, Procurator Fiscal Katie Stewart, said: “Emiliano Sanchez subjected his innocent victim to an unprovoked assault and tirade of abuse solely based on her appearance.

 

“Such behavior is totally unacceptable and every man, woman and child has the right to live free from violence, and without fear of humiliation, harassment or abuse, based on prejudice.

 

“We would encourage the public to report all such crimes to the police where, as with this case, they will be investigated carefully and prosecuted.”

 

 

 

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Calls for wild animal ban as circus big cats arrive in Scotland for first time in years http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/calls-for-wild-animal-ban-as-circus-big-cats-arrive-in-scotland-for-first-time-in-years/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/calls-for-wild-animal-ban-as-circus-big-cats-arrive-in-scotland-for-first-time-in-years/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:39 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64907 MSP Kevin Stewart has urged the Scottish government to take action against a traveling circus which uses big cats.

 

The arrival of lions and tigers from a circus in England to Aberdeenshire – the first wild circus animals to be seen in the country for years – has caused uproar, and led to a motion from Aberdeen MSP Kevin Stewart calling on the government to ban circuses from using wild animals.

 

The move has been welcomed by Animal Defenders International (ADI) which has campaigned for a UK-wide ban for many years.

 

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ADI President Jan Creamer, who is currently leading a mission to rescue big cats and other wild animals from circuses in South America said, “ADI applauds efforts by Kevin Stewart MSP to ban circuses from using wild animals in Scotland.

 

 

Without action from government, the arrival of big cats in Aberdeenshire could be the first of many, making Scotland a destination for circus suffering that it has not been for years. We can’t let that happen.”

 

 

Earlier this year, the government opened a public consultation on the use of wild animals in circuses and Scottish nutritionist, presenter and author Gillian McKeith gave her support for ADI’s call for a ban.

 

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Gillian commented on having seen wild animals in circuses when she was younger: “As I grew up I realised those few moments of entertainment came at a terrible price for the animals.

 

 

“Once I was aware of the suffering involved, I vowed never to take my children to a circus with wild animals.”

 

 

The results of the consultation have been delayed until the New Year, prompting a warning from ADI President Jan Creamer that “Scotland risks being the destination for its England’s wild animal acts.

 

 

“Less than two weeks later, the lions and tigers arrived in Aberdeenshire, prompting Mr Stewart’s motion.”

 

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The big cats have been touring over the last year with one of the two circuses licensed to perform in England with wild animal acts, and are set to spend the cold winter months in the North East.

 

 

Earlier this year, ADI revealed footage of the animals, who are owned and trained by Thomas Chipperfield and have been performing at Peter Jolly’s Circus, pacing up and down in their cages.

 

 

This abnormal and repetitive behaviour, known as a ‘stereotypy’, is commonly observed in circuses but not seen in the wild, and indicates compromised welfare and suffering.

 

 

Circus inspection reports released to ADI earlier this month revealed a string of welfare and animal management issues at Peter Jolly’s Circus.

 

 

These included the circus failing to provide animals with water in a pre-performance holding area and withholding water for the tigers to bathe in, denying them the ability to perform this natural behaviour, albeit in a small tub of water.

 

 

The big cats’ microchips had also not been read since they were acquired, owing in part to the animals being insufficiently trained.

 

 

The reports also stated how snakes had been allowed to get to an “advanced” state of putrefaction, preventing a post-mortem examination to determine their cause of death; veterinary records were found to be incomplete; humidity readings for the snake vivarium were not recorded and the raccoon’s enclosure size was noted as being “only just acceptable.”

 

 

ADI is currently working with Government authorities in South America to help enforce wild animal circus bans in Peru and Colombia as part of a groundbreaking rescue mission, Operation Spirit of Freedom. They have 22 lions and 11 monkeys currently in their care.

 

 

Having been removed from the circus, the animals will be relocated to their permanent homes once they are fit and ready to travel.
ADI undertook a similar rescue in Bolivia, having secured a nationwide ban on all animal circus acts, and the award-winning documentary Lion Ark – which charts the historic mission – will be screened at Glasgow Film Theatre on November 15th.

 

 

Public support for a ban in the UK has been consistently high for 15 years, with a Defra public consultation showing a resounding 94% of respondents supporting a ban.

 

 

Over 200 local authorities in the UK already have bans on the use of animals in circuses, and 28 countries worldwide have national restrictions in place.

 

The British Government has remained committed to banning the use of wild animals in circuses since it announced it would prohibit such acts in 2012. Former Defra Minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP has introduced a Bill which will have its second reading on November 7th.

 

 

ADI’s campaign to stop circus suffering in Britain is supported by politicians of all parties, leading animal protection groups and celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Brian Blessed, Twiggy, Eddie Izzard and Sir Roger Moore.

 

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Plan to save Glasgow Prestwick Airport revealed http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/plan-to-save-glasgow-prestwick-airport-revealed/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/plan-to-save-glasgow-prestwick-airport-revealed/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:34:48 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64899 THE DOCUMENT setting out a long-term strategic vision to save Glasgow Prestwick Airport has been published today and the airport’s chief executive’s vision includes space travel.

 

The report outlines plans to up passenger numbers, increase freight and space-related flight testing.

 

The airport was taken into public ownership last year and was shortlisted in June as one of eight possible locations in the UK to become the UK’s first spaceport.

 

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If the Prestwick was awarded the spaceport work it would provide launchpads for commercial spaceflight, satellite bases and scientific research from 2018.

 

No date has been set yet for the announcment on which airport will land the spaceport work.

 

The 53-page document is based upon the reports and recommendations of the Senior Advisor appointed by TS Prestwick Holdco Ltd to review the business of Glasgow Prestwick Airport and its operational structure.

 

The wide-ranging paper covers areas such as key strengths and opportunities; broadening the revenue base; and capital and development expenditure plans.

 

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Glasgow Prestwick Chief Executive Iain Cochrane said: “Our long-term vision for Glasgow Prestwick, which is shared by the Scottish Government, is of a high-quality, exceptional value and vibrant aviation, aerospace and visitor hub.

 

“We aim to ensure that it becomes the busy and prosperous strategic anchor for economic growth and delivery in Ayrshire and Scotland that we strongly believe it can be.

 

“Everyone acknowledges there is no quick fix solution for Glasgow Prestwick but we firmly believe that the airport has a bright future.

 

“Building sustainable passenger growth is important and in common with other Scottish airports we will continue to call for the removal of Air Passenger Duty.

 

“We will also pursue other commercial opportunities across our diverse revenue streams such as freight, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and property.

 

“In particular we believe freight presents a number of excellent opportunities. We have the longest commercial runway in Scotland which can handle the world’s largest freighters such as 747s and Antonovs.

 

“Encouragingly, tonnage here is up 38% this year over last and we are now focused on further development opportunities.”

 

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He added that the hi-tech Spaceport project presented Prestwick with another significant opportunity.

 

“We are currently under consideration to become Britain’s first Spaceport.

 

“We satisfy – and in some cases exceed – all the essential criteria such as infrastructure, weather and airspace, and securing Spaceport status would be the catalyst for transformational change at the airport – from boosting revenue from space-related flight testing, establishing an attractive modernised hi-tech image and bringing in visitors and tourists.

 

“It will also bring significant economic benefits to both Ayrshire and Scotland. Our team is therefore firmly focused on winning the bid.”

 

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented: “We want Glasgow Prestwick Airport to become the successful and vibrant airport we know it can be and the publication of this Strategic Vision document is the next stage in that journey.

 

“Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a public corporation operating on a commercial basis and at arm’s length from the Scottish Government.

 

 

“The management team has built on the work of the Senior Advisor and this document outlines their investment and business development plans, as well as the operating structure that is being put in place to take the airport forward.

 

“We have been clear from the start of this process that there is no quick fix for the airport but there are opportunities to improve in all areas of the business, from increasing passenger and freight traffic to putting forward a bid for the UK Spaceport programme.

 

“We are confident there is a place for Glasgow Prestwick Airport in the evolving Scottish aviation market and look forward to seeing it grow and develop in the future.”

 

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented: “We want Glasgow Prestwick Airport to become the successful and vibrant airport we know it can be and the publication of this Strategic Vision document is the next stage in that journey.

 

“Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a public corporation operating on a commercial basis and at arm’s length from the Scottish Government.

 

“The management team has built on the work of the Senior Advisor and this document outlines their investment and business development plans, as well as the operating structure that is being put in place to take the airport forward.

 

“We have been clear from the start of this process that there is no quick fix for the airport but there are opportunities to improve in all areas of the business, from increasing passenger and freight traffic to putting forward a bid for the UK Spaceport programme.

 

“We are confident there is a place for Glasgow Prestwick Airport in the evolving Scottish aviation market and look forward to seeing it grow and develop in the future.”

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Council admits defeat in the battle of Greyfriar Bobby’s nose http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/council-admits-defeat-in-the-battle-of-greyfriar-bobbys-nose/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/council-admits-defeat-in-the-battle-of-greyfriar-bobbys-nose/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:03:02 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64882 SCOTLAND’S most famous dog statue is to be left with a shiny nose.

 

Greyfriars Bobby’s nose has been rubbed down to the bronze as a result of the modern “tradition” of touching it for good luck.

 

Edinburgh Council spent £400 on a nose job for the celebrated pooch a year ago, bringing in a specialist firm to reblacken his snout.

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

 

But the nose was back down to the metal within days of the job being finished.

 

The council now admits it has thrown in the towel and there will be no further attempts to restore the statue in the “near future”.

 

And they have appealed to nose-rubbers who can’t control their habit to “do it gently”.

 

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

 

Richard Lewis, the council’s culture and sport convener, said: “The council arranged for work to be carried out to fix Bobby’s nose 12 months ago.

 

“But damage is still being done and the restoration is already wearing off.”

 

He added: “In time, we will organise repair work again to maintain the statue, which we know is one of Edinburgh’s most loved monuments, but there are no plans to carry out work in the near future.

 

“If people do feel obliged to rub Bobby’s nose could we encourage them to do it gently, as it really does cause damage.”

 

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

 

The wear to the statue’s nose even prompted the creation of a Facebook campaign called “Stop People Rubbing Greyfriars Bobby’s Nose – it is not a Tradition.”
But this appeared to provoke the nose-rubbers.

 

One user, Bay Rok, commented on the page after the restoration: “I like bronze, and I shall be carrying my little brillo pad every time I visit for a wee rub.

 

“There is nothing you can do about it: bronze is best.”

 

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

 

Eben Wilson, Director at TaxpayerScotland said: “Stewardship of the dog should be handed over to a local group and organized by private donation.

 

“For a council it is far too small an issue for them to be able to deal with effectively. They have far too many other things to think about.”

 

Andy Silvester from Taxpayers Alliance said: “It’s such a shame that the mindless acts of vandals are forcing us to make these unpleasant choices. Hopefully the police can bring the miscreants to justice and we can enjoy this icon of the city as it was intended.”

 

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

 

The story of the real Bobby is that the Skye Terrier had been the pet of Edinburgh constable John Grey, who died of tuberculosis in 1858.

 

Bobby is said to have sat near his master’s grave every day for 14 years until his own death in 1972.

 

A statue of the dog was unveiled in 1873 and was inscribed: “A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872.”

 

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Supersonic RAF jet suspected of causing panic in Western Isles http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/supersonic-raf-jet-suspected-of-causing-panic-in-western-isles/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2014/10/31/supersonic-raf-jet-suspected-of-causing-panic-in-western-isles/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:41:13 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=64876 ISLANDERS thought their roofs were about to fall in following a suspected sonic boom.

 

Residents of the Western Isles reported a massive blast which caused windows to rattle and bottles to be knocked off a bar.

 

The RAF has admitted the panic could have been caused by one of its jets breaking the sound barrier.

 

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They claimed the sound blast may have been made worse by “high pressure”.

 

The local MP is writing to the Ministry of Defence to demand “straight answers” and ask whether the RAF breached any rules.

 

Angus MacNeil, MP for the Western Isles, said the incident on Wednesday lunchtime seemed to be worst on Barra.

 

“People thought the roofs were going to fall in. It was rattling the roof of the Co-op in Barra, people in the hospital felt it and people felt their homes shaking.

 

“It seems to be everyone on Barra felt it as well as in South Uist.”

 

Mr MacNeil said: “I will write to the MoD for an explanation for the boom and if all the protocols of any military activity were adhered to. If they don’t know what cause it I would be quite concerned.”

 

Councillor Ronald MacKinnon was tending to sheep in the machair in Daliburgh, South Uist, when the boom hit.

 

“It was one loud explosion,” said Cllr MacKinnon. “The way I was looking it came from the south. It was that loud I thought it must be near me.

 

“I thought someone had put a blast off or something strange.”

 

Cllr MacKinnon continued: “It was quite frightening. I looked around, I looked towards the houses and everything had stopped.

 

“I will start asking questions today. That was really frightening for old people at home by themselves.”
An RAF spokesman said the it was likely the noise was caused by shock waves created by an aircraft during routine training exercises.

 

He said it is “routine operational training to fly supersonic” but that “unusual atmospheric conditions” could be the reason the islands shook.

 

“High pressure zone over the UK means sound travels further,” he said. “It is likely it was operational training, carrying out standard operational training over the North Sea and North of Scotland.”

 

Yesterday the RAF admitted to causing a sonic boom over London and Kent as RAF Typhoons broke the sound barrier.

 

The jets from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire were given permission to travel at supersonic speeds over mainland Britain to intercept a Latvian cargo plane which had lost contact with air traffic controllers.

 

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