Deadline News http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk News and pictures from Scotland and beyond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:56:12 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Lewis Kidd insists Falkirk ‘believe’ they can get win over Hibs to narrow gap at top of Championship http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/25/lewis-kidd-insists-falkirk-believe-can-get-win-hibs-narrow-gap-top-championship/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/25/lewis-kidd-insists-falkirk-believe-can-get-win-hibs-narrow-gap-top-championship/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:56:12 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095538 FOLLOW US ON  TWITTER | FACEBOOK LEWIS KIDD is confident Falkirk can spark a late title charge into life with a win against Hibs. The Bairns currently sit seven points adrift of the league leaders and, having played a game more, manager Peter Houston has confessed that defeat would leave them with too much ground to make

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LEWIS KIDD is confident Falkirk can spark a late title charge into life with a win against Hibs.

The Bairns currently sit seven points adrift of the league leaders and, having played a game more, manager Peter Houston has confessed that defeat would leave them with too much ground to make up in the run-in.

But Kidd insists he and his team-mates will head to Easter Road determined they can drag themselves to within touching distance of the capital outfit.

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He said: “It’s a massive game. We all know that and we will all be prepared for it.

“It could be narrowed down to four or it could go to 10.

“We are prepared and we believe we can go there and get the result we need. We are all looking forward to it.

“If we lose it would be a lot harder to catch them but I’m not going to say it would be done and dusted.

“We would just take each game as it comes and if we go about our own business then hopefully we will get the results we need.

“We’re not far away from Hibs. We know our strengths and we know we have a strong squad.

CATCH

“Hibs are doing well but we’ve dropped points in a few games where we shouldn’t have dropped points. So we could have been even closer to them.

“We’ve just got to keep going and try and catch them.”

Falkirk have not lost in their last six matches at Easter Road, stretching back to 2009.

And Kidd, who has started the last three matches for the Bairns, believes being on the road will suit Houston’s side.

The 22-year-old said: “We’ve been better away from home in our recent run of form. I don’t know why that is, exactly, but we have been.

“It will be difficult at Easter Road but maybe being away from home will help us. It will be a big atmosphere but we feel we can go there and get a result.”

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Ex-Kilmarnock winger Chris Johnston confident clear-the-air talks have Raith Rovers squad back on track http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/ex-kilmarnock-winger-chris-johnston-confident-clear-air-talks-raith-rovers-squad-back-track/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/ex-kilmarnock-winger-chris-johnston-confident-clear-air-talks-raith-rovers-squad-back-track/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:45:05 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095533 FOLLOW US ON  TWITTER | FACEBOOK  CHRIS JOHNSTON is confident a clear-the-air squad meeting has Raith Rovers back on the right track. The Stark’s Park men were savaged by new manager John Hughes in the wake of their recent 4-0 hammering from Dumbarton. But they responded to the criticism by carving out a richly-deserved 2-1 win over

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CHRIS JOHNSTON is confident a clear-the-air squad meeting has Raith Rovers back on the right track.

The Stark’s Park men were savaged by new manager John Hughes in the wake of their recent 4-0 hammering from Dumbarton.

But they responded to the criticism by carving out a richly-deserved 2-1 win over promotion chasing Dundee United last weekend.

The Kirkcaldy men remain in a relegation dogfight that now involves the bottom five clubs.

But Johnston believes the players’ self-analysis sparked by Hughes’ blast can help them ease their worries against Queen of the South.

The former Kilmarnock youngster said: “When you are going through a bad spell, people maybe question things.

“We just knew the Dumbarton result wasn’t acceptable.

“Afterwards we all sat down and got it out there. We addressed a few things, with a few of the boys just saying we needed to be more consistent.

“We thought we had turned the corner against St Mirren and then we had the Dumbarton game. We were right back into that rut so we knew we had to put it right.

ATTITUDE

“We know we tend to perform against the so-called better teams in the league but we now need to go into every game with the same attitude.”

Johnston’s performance against United earned him a place in the SPFL team of the week and the 22-year-old is enjoying life in a more central role under Hughes.

He added: “The manager played me in ‘the hole’ against St Mirren and I really enjoyed it.

“He obviously likes me in there and I like it as well as you are involved a lot. When you are out wide you can drift in and out of games.

“When a new gaffer comes in, you just want to try to impress.

“He has told me what he wants from me and the way he wants me to play, which I think suits me as well.”

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Hibs ace Andrew Shinnie on how brother clash was “written in the stars”, Falkirk clash & absence of John McGinn and Ofir Marciano http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/hibs-ace-andrew-shinnie-brother-clash-written-stars-falkirk-clash-absence-john-mcginn-ofir-marciano/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/hibs-ace-andrew-shinnie-brother-clash-written-stars-falkirk-clash-absence-john-mcginn-ofir-marciano/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:30:29 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095529 BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport ANDREW SHINNIE believes it was “written in the stars” that he would face his brother Graeme in the Scottish Cup semi-final. The Hibs playmaker may be focused on taking another stride towards the Championship title against Falkirk today, however he has revealed that the jibes between the siblings have already

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ANDREW SHINNIE believes it was “written in the stars” that he would face his brother Graeme in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Hibs playmaker may be focused on taking another stride towards the Championship title against Falkirk today, however he has revealed that the jibes between the siblings have already started ahead of next month’s Hampden showdown.

It will be the first time they have ever crossed swords in a competitive fixture and Aberdeen ace Graeme has already joked that their parents, Linda and Gary, are torn over who to support when their sons collide.

Andrew, speaking for the first time since the draw, admits the looming encounter has been a regular topic of discussion between the pair – and he has told his youngster brother that it is his to enjoy some Scottish Cup glory after Graeme led Inverness to the trophy in 2015.

“I just knew it before the draw,” he smiled. “You always think that kind of thing is written in the stars.

“We get on really well so we have had a good laugh about it already, but there was a bit of seriousness in it, saying ‘may the best man win’.

“He’s had quite a few finals recently so I have told him I am due one!

“It’s nice that one of us will be in the final and the other one will be there supporting. We have always done that in our careers.

“It will be a good occasion for the two of us, getting to play against each other for the first time. It will be weird, but that’s football.

“We played against each other in a friendly at youth team level but never in a proper game. It’s a massive game for our first one against each other. But what can you do?”

Shinnie’s immediate priority, however, is pulling 12 points clear of Falkirk when the Bairns visit Easter Road today.

The 27-year-old reckons Peter Houston’s side “bottled it” when their promotion bid came down to the wire last season, throwing away their 1-0 aggregate lead over Kilmarnock in the playoff final when they were battered 4-0 in the second leg at Rugby Park.

And he is determined to effectively end their hopes of going up automatically this term.

“You do get that feeling that there is a little edge to this game,” Shinnie continued. “Falkirk are a tough team to play against, they’re always around the promotion spots.

“They kind of bottled it a little bit against Kilmarnock last year and Kilmarnock had a big win on the day, but if they had turned up they would probably be in the Premiership now. So it will be a difficult game but we are ready for it.

“It would be a big win for us if we could get it and it would be a big blow for them.They’ll look at it and think if they can beat us they’re maybe back in the race. We can’t let that happen.”

Suffer

Hibs will face the title showdown without two of their star men, with Ofir Marciano and John McGinn on international duty with Israel and Scotland respectively – a situation that manager Neil Lennon described as “surreal”.

Shinnie is adamant international week should mean a shutdown for the domestic calendar as a whole – not just the top-flight – to avoid this situation. Nevertheless, has backed the Hibees to handle the absences.

“I don’t know why the rules are the way they are,” he added. “I don’t know why the international break isn’t for everyone. Why should a team suffer by losing some of its best players?

“If you’re an international player, the chances are you’ll be one of the most important players in your team. So, if there’s a game, especially at this stage of the season, where you lose them it’s disappointing.

“But we have a lot of good midfielders at the club. Dylan [McGeouch] is back and Fraser [Fyvie] is back from suspension. Ofir will be a miss as well because he has been playing well. But Ross [Laidlaw] has done well whenever he has been in the side. So we have players who can come in.”

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On loan Hibs midfielder Sam Stanton admits Dumbarton relegation tussle with Ayr United is huge http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/loan-hibs-midfielder-sam-stanton-admits-dumbarton-relegation-tussle-ayr-united-huge/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/loan-hibs-midfielder-sam-stanton-admits-dumbarton-relegation-tussle-ayr-united-huge/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:28:53 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095486 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER |  FACEBOOK Dumbarton playmaker Sam Stanton admits this afternoon’s crunch relegation battle against Ayr United is now huge. The Sons go into the Somerset Park clash just three points ahead of Ayr although the Honest Men, who occupy the play-off place at the basement, have a game in hand. Despite an encouraging run of

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Dumbarton playmaker Sam Stanton admits this afternoon’s crunch relegation battle against Ayr United is now huge.

The Sons go into the Somerset Park clash just three points ahead of Ayr although the Honest Men, who occupy the play-off place at the basement, have a game in hand.

Despite an encouraging run of just one defeat in seven league games, which includes last weekend’s hard fought 2-2 draw at leaders Hibs, Stevie Aitken’s side have not been able to detach themselves from the sides at the basement.

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St Mirren and Ayr both collected much-needed victories last Saturday and Stanton, who is on loan from Hibs, admits the Sons are well aware of the importance of today’s encounter.

He said: “It’s a six pointer, as people call it – it makes it massive.

“It was a massive game anyway regardless of the scores last weekend but now it’s a wee bit bigger than it was before.

“We’ve got a three point lead and it’s important we get something from the game.

“The worst thing would obviously be a defeat, we need something from the game and everyone knows that.

“As a team we know how big it is for us to get at least a point, although we’ll go there and try and win the game.

“We’ve been winning quite a few games, we’ve been picking up points most weeks and have not lost many games but it’s been hard for ourselves to get away from other teams at the bottom.

“It shows the form of the other teams down there as well.”

SPFL rules meant Stanton had to watch last weekend’s clash against his parent club from the sidelines but the 22-year-old, who has made 20 appearances since joining last September, insists his time with the part-timers has helped rebuild his confidence.

He said: “It’s been great to get a full season playing games again, from almost the start of the season.

“I’ve played a lot and it’s great to be back. It’s been good for me to build form and get back to what I was doing before so I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been great.

“When you’re not playing it’s not hard not to feel your confidence go but that comes with playing and I’ve been doing that this year so that’s great.”

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Almost one in 10 Scots teachers abused on social media – by another teacher http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/almost-one-10-scots-teachers-abused-social-media-another-teacher/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/almost-one-10-scots-teachers-abused-social-media-another-teacher/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:31:21 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095527 ALMOST one in ten teachers in Scotland has suffered abuse on social media – from another member of the profession. A poll of more than 1,000 Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) members showed that 8% of teachers had a “negative experience” on social media involving other staff members. One teacher told how a colleague joined

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ALMOST one in ten teachers in Scotland has suffered abuse on social media – from another member of the profession.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland gives advice to teachers on their website, recommending: “use your discretion when dealing with friend requests from parents.
A poll of more than 1,000 Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) members showed that 8% of teachers had a “negative experience” on social media involving other staff members.
One teacher told how a colleague joined in with parents on social media to complain about the treatment of a child struggling at school.
The teacher revealed: “Heard of parents slagging off teachers, including me, on Facebook because their child is underperforming.
“One of them was actually a primary teacher herself.”
The survey also revealed that 14% of teachers had a “negative experience” online involving parents and 24% involving pupils. Only 48% of the profession said they were “confident” or “very confident” using social media.
Some 12% of teachers admitted they never use social media and 36% revealed their school does not have a policy on using Facebook and other platforms.
Other anecdotes included a teacher who complained: “A secret Facebook group provided a forum for bitching, complaining and stirring up the unrest. It caused a lot of problems with people spreading gossip, and even lies on occasion.”
Another teacher told how police had been involved following comments made online.
“Parent choosing to be offensive about a member of the department on Facebook,” reported the teacher.
“Obviously didn’t think it would be seen by tecahing staff as she wasn’t friends with the person. Was all round the school. Police involved.”
Another incident included: “Parent who saw me on dating website tracked me down on Facebook and harrased me regularly.”
The details were revealed in education magazine, TES today (FRI) following an investigation into social media abuse.
Mike Corbett, an executive member of the The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said parents abusing teachers online was “undoubtedly a growing problem”.
Eileen Prior, executive director of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, expressed how some people used social media just to “bully and victimise” others but added that online platforms are also “enormously beneficial”.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland gives advice to teachers on their website, recommending: “use your discretion when dealing with friend requests from parents.
“It is acceptable to decline these invitations and remind parents of more formal channels for discussing their child’s education.”
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Birthplace of Scots general who fought for both sides in English Civil War on sale for £2.2m http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/birthplace-scots-general-fought-sides-english-civil-war-sale-2-2m/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/birthplace-scots-general-fought-sides-english-civil-war-sale-2-2m/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:27:11 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095519 THE birthplace of a Scottish general who fought on both sides of the English Civil War is up for sale for offers over £2.2m. Pitcairlie House in Newburgh, Fife, dates from the early 16th century and was formerly owned by the Leslie family, Earls of Rothes. Major General David Leslie was born at Pitcairlie in

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THE birthplace of a Scottish general who fought on both sides of the English Civil War is up for sale for offers over £2.2m.
Pitcairlie House in Newburgh, Fife, dates from the early 16th century and was formerly owned by the Leslie family, Earls of Rothes.
Major General David Leslie was born at Pitcairlie in 1600 and went on to fight for both Royalists and Parliamentarians.
THE birthplace of a Scottish general who fought on both sides of the English Civil War is up for sale for offers over £2.2m. Savills.
He lead a cavalry charge for Oliver Cromwell in 1644 before going on to lead Scottish Royalist forces later in the conflict.
The seven-bedroom, A-listed house in which he was born is now on the market with real estate provider Savills.
The stunning property has a rich history which starts in 1312 when the land it is built on was passed into the ownership of the Leslie family.
The house dates from the early 16th century with the tower built by George Leslie in around 1550 before Major David Leslie was born there 50 years later.
Pitcairlie House in Newburgh, Fife, dates from the early 16th century and was formerly owned by the Leslie family, Earls of Rothes. Savills.
As a soldier, Leslie played an influential role during the critical Battle of Marston Moor in which he lead a successful charge against Royalist forces.
He went on to command the force that besieged Carlisle in a later battle before being sent back to Scotland in 1645 where he routed the main Royalist force at the Battle of Philiphaugh before later defeating the remaining Royalists in Kintyre, Argyll and Bute.
However, when the Scottish Covenanter government decided to instead back Charles II, Leslie found himself fighting on the other side for the King.
When the Parliamentarian army, under Oliver Cromwell invaded Scotland in July 1650, Leslie was commander of Scottish forces.
Leslie went on to lead the Royalist army on an invasion of England a year later but was defeated by Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester and after his capture, sent to the Tower of London.
The seven-bedroom, A-listed house in which he was born is now on the market with real estate provider Savills.
Leslie was released from captivity in 1660 and later given the title of Lord Muir before dying in 1682, aged 82.
Pitcairlie impressive history was continued when it was later bought  by Colonel James Cathcart of Carbiston in the mid-18th century and remained in family hands until the mid-1960s.
The family had such strong connections with the famous the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews that the “Cathcart Bunker” on the famous Old Course is named after them.
Today, the property is being listed as a “stunning period country house” and comes with three reception rooms, seven bedrooms and bathrooms and indoor swimming pool and 99 acres of land.
The house also comes with its own bar as well as a gym and a further four letting apartments.
The impressive garden features a lime tree which is reputed to be the largest in Scotland.
Savills, who are selling the property, say: “Pitcairlie House is set in beautiful rolling countryside in the hills of north Fife. The setting is scenic and secluded but also highly accessible.
“It’s an Impressive house with nicely sized rooms. Drawing room particularly impressive with the original painted wall panels. Victorian wing has been divided into 4 self catering flats.
“The area is steeped in history and is also well known for the quality of its field sports.
“Essentially Georgian in its present form, at its core is the 14th century tower. The house is constructed of stone under a mainly slate roof. It has a beautifully proportioned front façade.
“The interior includes a wealth of original features including moulded cornice work and fine wood panelling, window shutters, open fireplaces and bright well proportioned rooms.”

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Airbnb ban on luxury flat owners to stop “one-night wonders” causing mayhem http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/airbnb-ban-luxury-flat-owners-stop-one-night-wonders-causing-mayhem/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/airbnb-ban-luxury-flat-owners-stop-one-night-wonders-causing-mayhem/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:23:23 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095513 A PROPERTY firm has banned owners from Airbnb in a bid to crack down on noise and other antisocial behaviour. Dunedin House Properties is selling the apartments in Edinburgh’s upmarket West End – where a one bedroom property can fetch £550,000. But the firm has inserted a clause in the title deeds that mean owners

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A PROPERTY firm has banned owners from Airbnb in a bid to crack down on noise and other antisocial behaviour.
Dunedin House Properties is selling the apartments in Edinburgh’s upmarket West End – where a one bedroom property can fetch £550,000.
But the firm has inserted a clause in the title deeds that mean owners will not be able to offer their properties for short-term holiday lets.
The upmarket flats are on Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh
The move means owners of the Georgian flats in Drumsheugh Gardens will miss out on the opportunity to rake in well over £1,000 a week.
Stuart Peters of Dunedin House Properties said: “We are in the process of creating luxury apartments for which buyers will be paying premium price.
“Those who intend to live there need to know that neighbouring flats will not have a constant stream of visitors.”
He added: “Whilst many tourists respect the peace and privacy of those around them, there are some whose behaviour leaves much to be desired.
“We are also aware that this is a huge business in Edinburgh, but these one-night wonders are often on full party mode whereas owners and long term residents have life and work which can be badly disrupted.”
No-one has yet moved in to the block of 10 two- to three-bedroomed flats, which feature underfloor heating, oak flooring and quartz or granite kitchen worktops as standard.
The swanky apartments even have underfloor heating in the bathrooms
One homeowner living nearby, who asked not to be named, said: “It can only be a good thing if it means there’s no hen parties in the flats then great.
“It would lower the tone of the area and price of the street I think if they allowed holiday letting.”
But Moira Elias, who lives near to the recently-converted flats said: “I can’t understand why they would have something like this. That’s so bloody Edinburgh isn’t it?”
And Fiona Jones was equally mystified, saying: “There hasn’t been many problems with tourists but I’ve never let out my place and I don’t know any in my building that does.
“I know in the past there has been some problems with tourists unsure of how to use the correct bins outside and that’s caused a little rubbish on the street.”
A spokesman for said Airbnb said: “We remind hosts to check they have permission to share their space.
“We are having productive discussions with local policymakers on clear rules that support home sharing and clampdown on bad actors.”
In 2015 it was reported that thousands of Londoners were being blighted by mis-behaved tourists hosting noisy parties in flats let out for short stays.
Residents complained of once-quiet apartment blocks transformed into “hotels in all but name” by rogue tenants subletting their homes to rowdy groups of young tourists.
Earlier this month an Airbnb rental in London was turned into a pop-up nightclub for a 200-person party that sleep-deprived neighbours.
Last year, London mayor Sadiq Khan warned that the more lucrative short-term holiday rental service is reducing the number of long-term rentals in the capital.

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One GP surgery shutting a month as staffing crisis bites http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/one-gp-surgery-shutting-month-staffing-crisis-bites/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/one-gp-surgery-shutting-month-staffing-crisis-bites/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:18:21 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095511 ONE doctors’ surgery is closing every month in Scotland due to an ever growing staffing crisis. At least 14 GP practices have shut since the start of 2016, including five in the NHS Lothian area. There has been widespread concern about the shortage of new doctors in Scotland since two surgeries in Forth Valley were

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ONE doctors’ surgery is closing every month in Scotland due to an ever growing staffing crisis.
At least 14 GP practices have shut since the start of 2016, including five in the NHS Lothian area.
There has been widespread concern about the shortage of new doctors in Scotland since two surgeries in Forth Valley were taken over by the local health board in 2015.
Since those closures, the health board has been forced to intervene 14 times because of problems replacing staff.
There have been three practices which have announced they are to close in the past two weeks alone.
Since the start of last year, five practices have closed in the NHS Lothian area, three in Ayrshire and Arran, three in Highland, two in Fife and one in Tayside.
Strathesk Medical Practice in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, has been forced to tell patients it can only offer emergency appointments between March 29 and April 13 because staffing levels are so stretched.
The practice used to have eight doctors but has two on maternity leave whilst one has retired.
Claire Walker, a GP for 14 years at the surgery said: “A lot of days we are only providing an emergency service because we do not have enough doctors.
“I am extremely concerned about the state of primary care in the NHS. My colleagues are overstretched.
“Our practice manager is becoming the doctors’ shoulder to cry on and a target for frustrated patients complaining about a lack of appointments.
“How can GPs keep the doors open with so many support services around them being closed or downsized around them?
“Is there anybody in the government who will listen, address these issues and improve things?”
There are similar stories from around the country, with doctors at Glencairn Medical Practice in East Ayrshire saying they were giving up with “immense sadness” because of shortages of staff and money.
Five doctors have resigned from Deans and Eliburn Practice in West Lothian, whilst Cromarty Medical Practice in the Highlands is handing the surgery over to the health board because they’re struggling to recruit doctors.
Since October 2015, there have been three surgeries merged in the Highlands whilst one in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, is staffed entirely by locums.
Alan McDevitt, chairman of the British Medical Association’s Scottish GPs committee said: “It is essential that health boards have comprehensive plans in place and are doing all they can to support such practices.
“In particular, they must ensure that patient care is not impacted and that patients continue to receive the healthcare that they require.”
Miles Mack, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland, said: “If anything shows the need to urgently inject increased and sustained funding into general practice it is the growth in the numbers of practices finding themselves forced to hand back their contracts to their health boards.”
NHS Lothian admitted that locum doctors were getting paid higher fees because of the staffing shortage.
A spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately the challenges around the GP recruitment and retention mean that GP locums are in short supply and many practices are regularly unable to secure any locum cover at all to cover vacancies and absences.
“As a result, some locums now seek to agree a higher fee.”
Shona Robison, Scottish health minister, said: “Earlier this month, I announced an additional £71.6 million in 2017 for direct support of general practice.
“We are committed to reinvigorating general practice so we can attract more people into it, make things better for people already working there and ensure it has a bright future.”

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Nell the old sheep dog rescued after 12 days trapped in freezing ravine http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/nell-old-sheep-dog-rescued-12-days-trapped-freezing-ravine/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/nell-old-sheep-dog-rescued-12-days-trapped-freezing-ravine/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:12:34 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095501 AN elderly sheep dog has been rescued after surviving for 12 days in sub-zero temperatures trapped at the bottom of a Highland gorge. Nell, aged 12, stayed alive without food and in temperatures as low as minus six degrees C. The hungry and frightened pooch slipped into the Monessie Gorge, near Roy Bridge, after going

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AN elderly sheep dog has been rescued after surviving for 12 days in sub-zero temperatures trapped at the bottom of a Highland gorge.
Nell, aged 12, stayed alive without food and in temperatures as low as minus six degrees C.
The hungry and frightened pooch slipped into the Monessie Gorge, near Roy Bridge, after going missing from a local croft.
The dog’s owner had no idea what had happened to Nell but, in an incredible stroke of luck, an eagle-eyed walker spotted her in the ravine.
Nell had taken refuge from the elements in a rocky lair deep in the gorge and had to be tempted out (LMRT)
The terrified dog had been unable to climb out of the gorge and had done its best to survive by taking shelter in a rocky lair.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue were scrambled on Thursday night – amid temperatures dropping to minus three degrees C.
The volunteers abseiled into the gorge, crossed the fast-flowing River Spean and then had to coaxed Nell out from her hiding spot using biscuits.
She was then hoisted to the top of the gorge (LMRT)
She was then strapped into a harness and lifted to the top.
Although “a wee bit smelly” and “sorry for herself”, Nell was in good health according to the team, despite being exposed to the freezing elements and recent bad weather.
Here she is reunited with her delighted owner (LMRT)
Posting on social media, the group wrote: “A good news story after a difficult week all round.
“The Team were out tonight rescuing a wee dog which was stuck in the Monessie Gorge near Roy Bridge.
“Twelve year old sheep dog Nell, who belongs to a local crofter, had been missing for 12 days.
“She was spotted tonight by a member of public near the foot of the gorge. To get to the dog the team had to abseil down into the gorge over the River Spean.
“She was a bit timid but after a wee bit smooth talking and a dog biscuit she was coaxed out of her lair by Callum and put in harness and brought up the crag.
“Apart for being a wee bit smelly, sorry for herself and hungry, she does not seem to be any worse for her experience.”
Nell’s owner, Donald MacRae, told today of his joy and amazement at getting his dog back alive and well.
The 64-year-old from Monessie Farm, Roy Bridge, said: “I was delighted to get the call from the mountain rescue.
“She’d been gone nearly two weeks. I thought she might have been killed by falling in the gorge.”
Donald said he got Nell two and a half years ago from his daughter in Sutherland.
He recalled: “We were out and she just disappeared but she’s never runs off. She’s the kind of dog that doesn’t go far.”
Suspecting she had fallen into the gorge, Donald searched the area but without luck.
“She’s failing quite a bit and I think she just couldn’t get back out,” he said. “We searched around the gorge but she didn’t bark or anything.”
A rescuer takes Nell away to be checked over
(LMRT)
Donald has a theory about how Nell survived her ordeal.
“Quite a few sheep have fallen down there and been killed, and I think that’s how she survived – eating a dead sheep.
“I think she might have made her it half way down the gorge before she slipped.”
The rescue team warned walkers and visitors to take care in the region after the arrival of snow this week.
They added: “Things are getting much busier now that winter has really arrived with us being out three day in a row now.
“With Easter just round the corner, make sure you all stay safe and enjoy our mountains which look stunning at the moment. Lots of deep snow.”

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Irn-Bru Cup final set to be watched by 8,000 crowd – with St Mirren fans outnumbering Dundee United counterparts http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/irn-bru-cup-final-set-watched-8000-crowd-st-mirren-fans-outnumber-dundee-united-counterparts/ http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/03/24/irn-bru-cup-final-set-watched-8000-crowd-st-mirren-fans-outnumber-dundee-united-counterparts/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:11:37 +0000 http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1095498 FOLLOW US ON  TWITTER | FACEBOOK A crowd of around 8,000 will take in Saturday’s Irn-Bru Cup final, with St Mirren fans set to outnumber their Dundee United counterparts. The Buddies have sold just short of 5,000 tickets for the Fir Park clash, while United are shy of the 3,000 mark. St Mirren have already sold their

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A crowd of around 8,000 will take in Saturday’s Irn-Bru Cup final, with St Mirren fans set to outnumber their Dundee United counterparts.

The Buddies have sold just short of 5,000 tickets for the Fir Park clash, while United are shy of the 3,000 mark.

St Mirren have already sold their entire allocation for the Davie Cooper stand, with the remaining briefs going on sale for the Phil O’Donnell stand.

United fans will occupy the East and South stands at the 13,742 capacity stadium.

The match, which kicks off at 1230pm, will also be shown live on BBC ALBA.

Just over 48,000 fans watched Rangers beat Peterhead 4-0 in last season’s final at Hampden.

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