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Two month campaign to prevent child sexual abuse

The Edinburgh Reporter - 1 hour 33 min ago
                Police Scotland and local authorities have launched a two-month campaign with the charity Stop It Now! Scotland as part of ongoing efforts to prevent child sexual abuse. Stop it Now! Scotland is the Scottish arm of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which is the only UK-wide charity focused […]
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St Columba’s launch their summer fundraising drive

The Edinburgh Reporter - 2 hours 45 min ago
St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh has today launched its new fundraising appeal. It is called A Summer to Remember, and it is colourful and joyful – with a focus on summer bunting and eating cake! The appeal will raise money for the Hospice, to enable it to reach out further in to the community and […]
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Royal Highland Show 2017 was a record breaker

The Edinburgh Reporter - 2 hours 51 min ago
Lothian Buses has reported an increase of almost 12% in customer journeys over the four days of the Royal Highland Show. There were special services for those going out to Ingliston and customer advisers on the street helped out with customer queries and explain that all children under 15 travelled for free. Those with Ridacard […]
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Royal Navy's largest ship leaves dockyard for first time

The largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy has left the dockyard where she was assembled for the first time.

The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was towed out of Rosyth on Monday afternoon - eight years after construction began.

The painstaking operation to launch the 920ft-long vessel involved manoeuvring her between a narrow lock, leaving just 1.5 metres of clearance on either side of her hull.

After anchoring in the Forth, the ship will later sail beneath the three bridges which link Fife to the Lothians - including the new Queensferry Crossing.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will undergo sea trials over the summer before becoming the Royal Navy's flagship.

Shipyards around the UK built different sections of the vessel, with 10,000 people working on the construction project, before she was put together in Rosyth.

When operational, the ship will have a crew of about 700 and be able to carry dozens of aircraft including the F-35B fighter jet.

Captain Jerry Kyd said the ship would return to Rosyth after initial trials in the North Sea.

Speaking ahead of the launch, he said: "After that we're going back out for a further three weeks to test the ship on the more war-fighting capabilities - the radars, all the ship's sensors, radios and things like that.

"At the end of that period we know that all the basics work.

"She's done her test drive and after that we will go down to Portsmouth, the ship's home, and get her finally ready to join the Royal Navy fleet, hopefully at the end of the year."

The second ship in the class, HMS Prince of Wales, is being fitted out and will also be launched from Rosyth.

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Edinburgh councillor blogs – Cllr Maureen Child

The Edinburgh Reporter - 3 hours 4 min ago
Maureen Child is the Labour councillor for Portobello/Craigmillar who regularly blogs for us. On Monday, the fabulous Edinburgh Tool Library will be launching their new service in Portobello Library and will be there with their Tool Box between 4.30pm and 7pm! It’s the answer to the DIY person’s prayers. Don’t buy expensive kit you may only use for one […]
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Airport passenger duty bill passed

The Edinburgh Reporter - 4 hours 2 min ago
A bill to replace Air Passenger Duty in Scotland was passed by the Scottish Parliament last week. The Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill sets the structure of the new tax and how it will be collected and managed by Revenue Scotland. Detail on tax bands and tax rate amounts will be set out in secondary […]
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At Dynamic Earth – summer events for all the family

The Edinburgh Reporter - 4 hours 10 min ago
Edinburgh’s five star visitor attraction Dynamic Earth has announced several polar themed events for families to enjoy over the summer. Running from the 1 July to the 27 August 2017, youngsters will have the opportunity to become polar explorers. They will be able to test themselves against the tough environment of both poles by taking […]
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Middle-aged men in offices 'more sedentary than over-75s'

Middle-aged men working in offices spend more time sitting down than pensioners, with large parts of the population "dangerously sedentary", new research has found.

The Edinburgh University study found men aged 45-54 spend on average 7.8 hours each weekday sitting down. Men aged over 75 spend 7.4 hours each weekday sitting. 

Sedentary work is the main reason for the inactivity, with sedentary time (ST) defined as time spent in any waking activity done while sitting or reclining, including working, eating, reading, watching TV or being on a computer.

Women in all age groups spend less time sitting than the over-75s.

Experts are demanding action to tackle high levels of ST, which has been linked to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes among other diseases.

Among men, only the youngest group surveyed - 16 to 24-year-olds - are significantly less sedentary than the over-75s on weekdays, spending 6.6 hours a day sitting down.

At the weekend, the weekday situation reverses for both men and women. Those aged 25 to 54 were the least sedentary, sitting for between 5.2 and 5.7 hours a day, while the over-75s were the most sedentary, at 7.3 to 7.4 hours a day.

'Large parts of the population are dangerously sedentary, something we have underestimated.' Tessa Strain, lead researcher

For the youngest group, most of the time sitting down is in front of a TV or screen. Men spend less time in front of a screen as they get older, with women peaking in middle-age.

Experts say high levels of sedentary time - more than seven hours a day - increases the risk of an early death, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, even if people are physically active at other times of the day.

Lead researcher Tessa Strain said: "Large parts of the population are dangerously sedentary, something we have underestimated.

"We need to tackle high levels of sedentary time in early and middle age, when patterns may develop.

"Our findings suggest that changing habits in the workplace could be an appropriate place to start, given how much time we spend sitting there every day."

A recent review by other researchers found "tentative evidence" to suggest sit-to-stand desks could reduce work sedentary time, at least in the short term.

The latest study calls for more research and also suggests initiatives to reduce the amount of time people spend in front of a TV or screen during leisure time.

The researchers said: "Our results challenge the conventional understanding that older adults in Scotland report the highest levels of ST, as the majority of middle-aged adults reported similar levels to older adults."

They added: "Based on these results, we recommend that ST at work amongst early-to-middle aged adults and leisure TV/ screen time for all adults are considered as targets for interventions to reduce ST."

The findings from the University of Edinburgh's Physical Activity for Health Research Centre were published in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

Researchers drew upon data from more than 14,000 people in Scotland in the 2012-14 Scottish Health Survey.

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Celebrating 45 years with DM Hall

The Edinburgh Reporter - 4 hours 22 min ago
Lorraine Pearson began working at DM Hall in 1972 . Now 45 years on Ms Pearson has stayed with the surveying company all that time and says she has never once thought of leaving. The long-serving cashier looks back fondly on her years with DM Hall. Lorraine said: “I remember the first move out to […]
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Life & Style Edinburgh 2017

The Edinburgh Reporter - 4 hours 26 min ago
Life & Style Edinburgh this weekend 1 – 2 July 2017 will showcase the best of life in the capital. The event takes place across three floors of The Royal Society on George Street. It will be split into two sessions, one in the morning (10-2pm) and one in the afternoon (2-6pm) Fitness-clothing brand Lululemon will […]
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Posthumous degree for student killed in A1 crash

The 26-year-old died following an accident on the A1 near Dunbar, East Lothian, in December.
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Off-duty officers 'catch man trying to rob pensioner'

A man who allegedly tried to rob a pensioner was chased down and arrested by off-duty police officers.

The pensioner, who was in his 80s, was reportedly accosted on Hawkcraig Road in Aberdour, Fife, on Saturday afternoon.

Two off-duty officers who happened to be nearby became involved and arrested a 27-year-old man.

He has been charged with assault with intend to rob and is expected to appear in court on Monday.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Police in Fife have charged a man in connection with an assault with intent to rob that occurred in Aberdour.

"The incident took place on June 24 at 3.10pm at Hawkcraig Road.

"A 27-year-old man is expected to appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today."

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Man charged after car hits pedestrian in Edinburgh

A 27-year-old man has been charged with road traffic offences after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Edinburgh.

The 23-year-old man was struck in Great Junction Street in the Leith area around 11pm on Saturday.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and was said by hospital staff to be in a stable condition on Monday. 

The man charged in connection with the incident was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

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Middle-aged workers 'spend more time sitting than pensioners'

Researchers find 45 to 54-year-olds spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down.
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Wilfred Owen's first steps in Edinburgh re-enacted

The war poet arrived from London by train in 1917 to be treated for shellshock at Craiglockhart Hospital.
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Blooming animations to open Edinburgh festival season

The Bloom opening event in St Andrew Square will mark the beginning of the 2017 Edinburgh festival season.
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Wilfred Owen centenary celebrations

The Edinburgh Reporter - 8 hours 26 min ago
A historic event took place at Waverley Station to mark the centenary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s first moments in the city on this day a hundred years ago. Owen was a war poet who came to Edinburgh in 1917 to be treated for shellshock at Craiglockhart War Hospital as a result of his involvement in the […]
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Financial services firm Computershare to create 300 jobs in Edinburgh

Australian company Computershare is to open a new technology centre in Edinburgh next year.
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Financial firm to create 300 new jobs in Edinburgh

An Australian financial firm has revealed plans to create 300 new jobs in Edinburgh.

Computershare is expected to open offices in the city next year, its chief executive said.

The venture is being supported by a £2 million grant from Scottish Enterprise.

Computershare president Stuart Irving said: "As a truly international capital city, Edinburgh has a bright future and is a natural home for a global company.

"As a growing business we need the skills and hard work we see on offer in this city.

"We are grateful to the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International for helping us with our plans and are looking forward to our continued partnership."

About 7800 jobs were secured in Scotland last year through new and existing investors, up 10% on the previous year, according to the latest figures.

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Student killed in crash awarded posthumous degree

A veterinary nursing student who died in a crash last year is being awarded a posthumous first-class honours degree by her university.

Meghan Ambrozevich-Blair, 26, was killed on the A1 near Dunbar in East Lothian when her Kia Cerato collided with a Ford Transit van as she drove to work the day after her final exam.

Last December's tragedy devastated classmates and teaching staff at Edinburgh Napier University, where she was a bright and popular student.

It has now emerged Ms Ambrozevich-Blair passed her course with flying colours and she will be awarded a First as the university honours its latest graduates this week.

Dr David Smith, life sciences programme leader, said: "She was on track to be one of the outstanding students in the history of the programme, not just academically - her profile shows straight merits - but also in being at the forefront of showing what veterinary nurses can do.

"The slogan Meghan provided for the School of Applied Sciences pop-up banner - Edinburgh Napier gives you the opportunity to become the best veterinary nurse you can be - sums her up well."

Dr Smith, who taught Meghan for four years, said she had been a keen student.

He continued: "She was always on the front row, eager and willing to go. She usually had a lovely big smile on her face - unless she wasn't quite satisfied with your answer to her questions.

"Above all, Meghan was compassionate; both to animals and humans. She had decided to do her honours project on compassion fatigue, after an experience she had on practice placement.

"She will be sadly missed by the staff of Edinburgh Napier University and the College of Animal Welfare."

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Ms Ambrozevich-Blair, who leaves behind parents Kevin and Lauren, brothers Jared and Ethan and fiancé Scot, was a keen volunteer at vet nursing open days.

She had been part of a team from the university which visited Kerala, India, in 2015 to help develop local interest in animal welfare and vet nurse training.

The student, from Dunbar, had earlier studied at Barony Agricultural College in Dumfries and had also been involved in campaigning against animal cruelty and fundraising for the Scottish SPCA.

In a statement, Meghan's family said: "We are extremely proud of our daughter's achievement.

"Meghan worked so hard at university, on placements and overseas, learning about, and caring for animals. Her dyslexia and dyscalculia meant she had to work harder than most to keep up with her fellow students.

"Even from a very young age, it was clear that Meghan loved animals. She was always drawn to the leftovers and the misfits, the runts that nobody else wanted.

"Meghan's loss has affected all the family deeply, but we take comfort from the fact that all the creatures in animal heaven are being very well cared for."

Meghan's close friend and Edinburgh Napier colleague Kirsty Dougherty said: "Meghan was a special friend, warm-hearted and fun, and generous with her laughter and enthusiasm.

"The world seemed like a kinder place when she was around, not only to her friends and family but for her animal patients too.

"Her compassion and energy were boundless - she is sorely missed."

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