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Annual ‘Wotjek Day’ ceremony to mark Edinburgh’s most famous bear

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:26
The event, being held on Saturday at the statue of Wojtek in Princes Street Gardens, follows a motion to the Scottish Parliament by Conservative MSP Miles Briggs.
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Police urge vigilance following bogus workman incident in Livingston

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:11
Police are appealing for information and urging the public to be vigilant following a bogus workmen incident which took place between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 4th October in the Eliburn area of Livingston. Three men and a child attended the home of an 86-year-old woman and the adults pressured her into agreeing to allow them to […]
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Allow Edinburgh Trusted Trader to help you

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:36
So many traders! But who can you trust? With so many builders, roofers, electricians, plumbers (the list goes on…) out there, it is difficult to know who you can trust to do a good job, charge a fair fee and put you – the customer – first. So, when you have a leaky tap, a […]
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Three Scottish stations named in list of rail 'blackspots'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:10

Three Scottish train stations have been named in Britain's top 20 railway "blackspots"where services frequently fail to run on time.

Passengers using Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central suffer from some of the worst punctuality in the UK outside of London, according to stations analysed by Which?.

The consumer group found 42% of services at the Scottish capital's busiest station were delayed compared to more than a third at both Glasgow stations.

Manchester Oxford Road suffer from the worst punctuality out of all the stations with more than two-thirds (68%) of its trains have been late of cancelled since the beginning of the year,

According to the research this was even worse at peak times, with more than three-quarters (77%) of trains not departing or arriving as scheduled.

York station saw the second worst performance out of those ranked, with 65% of trains departing or arriving late, or cancelled.

Joint third on the list was Birmingham New Street and Gatwick Airport stations, where 60% fail to run to schedule.

The study analysed data from website On Time Trains to reveal the proportion of trains which were at least one minute late or cancelled from the 10 busiest stations in London and the 20 busiest stations outside London since the start of 2018.

Last month the Government commissioned a review of Britain's railways which will consider all parts of the network, including accountability, the franchising system and value for money.

New timetables introduced in May saw widespread disruption to services in the south-east and north of England.

Which? managing director of public markets Alex Hayman said: "Passengers have told us reliability is hugely important to them.

"People have been left deeply frustrated at the unacceptably high levels of delays and cancellations which impact on their everyday lives.

"Passengers must be at the centre of the forthcoming Government rail review, it must look at performance targets to drive improvements in punctuality and reliability for passengers.

"The review must not be used as an excuse to delay real action to improve passengers' experiences on the trains today.

"As a first step, the Government must introduce fully automatic compensation, ensuring more passengers get the money they are owed."

Here are the stations included in the report, with the proportion of trains delayed or cancelled:

Outside London:

  1. Manchester Oxford Road 68% 
  2. York 65%
  3. Gatwick Airport 60% and Birmingham New Street 60% 
  4. Bristol Temple Meads 58% 
  5. Manchester Picadilly 56% 
  6. Sheffield 54% 
  7. Manchester Victoria 51% 
  8. Woking 50%
  9. Liverpool Central 49% 
  10. Liverpool Lime Street 47% 
  11. Reading 46% 
  12. Cambridge 45% 
  13. Leeds 45% 
  14. Guildford 43% 
  15. Edinburgh 42% 
  16. Cardiff Central 40% 
  17. Glasgow Queen Street 39% 
  18. Glasgow Central 34% 
  19. Brighton 26%
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Edinburgh Airport named airport of the Year – and busiest ever September in the bag

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:55
Airport of the Year and busiest month ever – but we talk to CEO Gordon Dewar about the effect of continuing APD. Last week Edinburgh Airport was named Airport of the Year by the National Transport Awards in London. CEO of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said : “This is another excellent reward for everyone at […]
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Amateurs: Another knockout blow by Tranent AFC in cup competitions

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:30
Tranent AFC continue to enjoy success in the knockout competitions as they swept aside Queensferry Athletic 6-0 in the Centenary Cup’s first round.
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Labour call for inquiry over spying list

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:28
Labour MSPs have lodged a motion at Holyrood demanding an inquiry to investigate the undercover policing operations in Scotland, after a list of more than 200 groups in England was revealed by the Guardian. There are both political and non-political groups in England on the list compiled from the Pitchford inquiry which is ongoing, but […]
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Industry expert makes the switch to Commsworld

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:06
SCOTLAND’S largest independent telecoms company has engaged a new Account Director to help further expand into new areas of business and enterprise. Sam Reymbaut is bringing over 20 years of industry experience to her new role at Commsworld, where her wide ranging remit will open doors with an array of new clients. As part of […]
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Book Week Scotland – Events to tempt you in November

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:03
Book Week Scotland takes place from 19 to 25 November 2018. The national charity Scottish Book Trust concentrates its efforts this week on changing lives through books, reading and writing. There is a full programme of events across Scotland and here we highlight the Edinburgh events. Drag Queen and Book Week ambassador Nancy Clench launched […]
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Last ever child born at Elsie Inglis’ hospital celebrates 30th birthday

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00
KatRINA McIntosh is the picture of happiness as she beams into the camera cradling her four-day old daughter surrounded by nurses.
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Campaigners’ fury over Meadowbank’s early hand-over to council housing department

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00
Campaigners have claimed Meadowbank Stadium was handed over to the city council’s housing department eight months before a consultation was held on the future use of the site.
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Colinton man ‘lost faith’ in police after six-and-half-hour 999 wait

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00
STEVE Anderson says he has lost all faith in the police after waiting six and a half hours for officers to respond to a 999 call when he suffered his fourth break-in in two and a half years.
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Corstorphine residents to take tough stand against parking permit plans

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00
RESIDENTS are set to take a stand against proposals for tough new parking controls in their area as part of the cash-strapped city council’s budget for next year.
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Wolf Pack hounds pervert who sent vile photo to 12-year-old boy

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:13
A pervert was snared in a Wolf Pack vigilante sting after he sent a vile picture to someone he believed was a 12-year-old boy on a gay dating app.
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2018 Art Friends of St Columba’s Hospice Exhibition is on this weekend

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:58
Annual art exhibition 19-21 October  St Columba’s Hospice invites art lovers to its annual art exhibition, from 19-21 October at The Edinburgh Academy in Stockbridge. Over 120 of Scotland’s most renowned artists and emerging talents donated works to this year’s fundraising event. The Art Friends of St Columba’s Hospice Exhibition is now in its 32nd […]
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Barry Ferguson offered Kelty Hearts manager's job

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:32
Kelty Hearts make former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson an offer to become their new manager.
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Police superintendent Liz’s brave battle against cancer

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:30
when Liz McAinsh was diagnosed with breast cancer she and her family were relieved to be told that the small lump could be removed with minimally invasive surgery.
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Hibs Ladies progress to SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final with victory over Glasgow

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:12
Hibernian Ladies reached the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final after beating rivals Glasgow City 2-1 at Forthbank on Sunday afternoon. Kirsten Reilly opened the scoring in the 12th minute then with four minutes remaining captain Joelle Murray gave Hibs a two-goal advantage before an unfortunate own goal from Murray in the dying minutes made it 2-1. Hibs will face Motherwell […]
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Former Hibs’ defender appointed manager of Partick Thistle

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:55
Former Hibs’ defender Gary Caldwell has been appointed as the new manager of Partick Thistle and will take up the role with immediate effect. The 36-year-old enjoyed a successful playing career and was capped 55 times for Scotland before moving into management. His first role was at Wigan, where he guided them to the League One title […]
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Police deploy specialist resources during Halloween and Bonfire Night

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:55
Police Scotland is devoting a range of specialist resources to assist local policing teams during the week of Halloween and Bonfire Night. Last year, officers across the country experienced high-volumes of calls relating to disorder, damage and violence. During these incidents emergency service workers were targeted, including one incident in Edinburgh where a Police Sergeant […]
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