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Margaret is a right royal volunteer

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:38
Margaret Grant has been volunteering with the Royal Voluntary Service for 46 years, and was recently invited to meet the charity’s President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. At a reception in Clarence House Margaret was celebrated as one of the charity’s Amazing People. Other ambassadors such as Dame Patricia Rutledge, Felicity Kendal and […]
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5K Tough Mudder Course Announced for Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:24
Brand New 5K Course for Holyrood Park Tough Mudder recently announced the arrival of Tough Mudder 5K, a brand-new course which will be coming to London, Manchester and Edinburgh city centres next summer. The course, spanning 5 kilometres, will feature 10+ of Tough Mudder’s top-rated obstacles, some of which have been especially designed for the […]
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CodeClan graduates boost Scotland’s growing FinTech sector

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:13
CodeClan graduates are filling roles in traditional banking and other financial technology or ‘fintech’ organisations. The UK’s only accredited digital skills academy has produced qualified staff for firms that include Prudential, Wallet Services, Money Dashboard, Float and FreeAgent. The academy aims to generate a steady stream of digital talent that will ‘allow Scotland’s vibrant tech sector to flourish […]
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Serbian political activist elected as St Andrews rector

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:10
Srdja Popovic defeated MSP Willie Rennie in the student vote for the university's 53rd rector.
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Tickets still available for Hibs Betfred League Cup semi-final against Celtic

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:55
Tickets remain on sale for Hibs’ Betfred Cup Semi Final match against Celtic on Saturday 21 October which kicks off at 12.15pm. Tickets for the game are available to purchase online, by calling 0844 844 1875 and selecting option 1, or in-person at the Hibernian Ticket Office. Please note that tickets will not be available […]
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Have your say on the management plan for Calton Hill

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:40
The draft Management Plan was commissioned by Edinburgh World Heritage on behalf of the Calton Hill Management Steering Group to direct the future management and maintenance of the public park and the buildings and features within it. The plan assesses the current condition and management arrangements at Calton Hill, presents a vision and strategy to […]
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Pizza delivery driver attacked in Saughton Mains

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:39
Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault and attempted robbery which took place around 4pm on Sunday 15th October in Saughton Mains Terrace. A 38-year-old woman was delivering pizzas to an address when two boys approached and tried to grab the food from her. The victim resisted and was kicked several times before the youths made […]
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Former cleaners take up boardroom roles at Spotless

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:32
Nicola Barbour and Michelle Lamb are appointed joint managing directors of East Lothian-based firm Spotless.
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‘Unforgotten Forces’ Project Launched Today

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:03
£4M programme launched to support older Armed Forces veterans in Scotland. Launched by Scottish Veterans Commissioner Eric Fraser CBE at the Legion Scotland Club in Grangemouth today, the Unforgotten Forces project will fund a programme of support for older veterans and their families in Scotland. Unforgotten Forces is a collaboration of 15 leading organisations, led […]
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Cherry joins Holocaust survivors at tea party

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:50
Joanna Cherry MP joined twenty one MP colleagues and Peers as she met with Holocaust survivors and youth leaders at an intergenerational tea party in the Houses of Parliament. The party was held to launch Mitzvah Day 2017, the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action. Parliamentarians from all parties spent time with members of […]
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Delivery driver assaulted by boys trying to steal pizza

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:35

A woman who was delivering pizzas was attacked by two boys who tried to grab the food from her.

The 38-year-old takeaway driver was assaulted as she tried to deliver the pizzas to an address on Saughton Mains Terrace in Edinburgh around 4pm on Sunday.

Two boys, aged around ten and 13, approached her and tried to grab the pizzas.

When she resisted, they kicked her several times before leaving as part of a larger group.

Detective constable Gavin Howat said: "The woman refused to be robbed of the pizzas she was delivering and was attacked as a result though, thankfully, she didn't sustain any injuries.

"We believe these youths were part of a group of around eight youths and anyone who can help us identify them should contact police immediately.

"Similarly, if you have any other information relevant to this incident then please also get in touch."

The first suspect was around 13, had wavy brown hair and wore a blue hooded top.

The second suspect was around ten and wore a grey hooded top and trousers.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via 101, quoting incident number 3043 of October 15.

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Log cabin completely destroyed in deliberate fire 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:44

A community log cabin has been completely destroyed after it was deliberately burnt down.

Police have appealed for information about the blaze at Wooplaw Community Woodlands off the Langshaw Road near Galashiels.

The cabin, which was targeted at some time between 1pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday, has been wrecked and a second cabin containing a toilet has also been damaged.

The fire has caused more than £1000 worth of damage.

Constable Jack Houston, of Galashiels Police Station, said: "Vandals have caused significant damage to a community facility which will cost over a thousand pounds to repair.

"We are carrying out enquiries in the area and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or may have noticed the fire as it would have been visible through the wooded area particularly during the hours of darkness."

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 1338 of Tuesday 17th October or alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Boy, ten, racially abused by teenage girl outside school

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:17

A ten-year-old boy has been racially abused by a teenage girl outside a school.

The incident occurred in Rosyth in Fife at around 7.40pm on September 16.

Police want to speak to a girl aged around 16 years old who was seen near the school.

A spokeswoman said: "We received a report that a ten-year-old boy was subject to racial abuse in Rosyth.

"Officers are eager to speak to a teenage girl who we believe may be able to help with our enquiries."

The girl was described as around 5ft 4in, with an average build and shoulder-length blonde hair.

She was wearing a blue denim jacket.

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College recycling is complex issue

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:13
  Rhona Smith is now undertaking a Masters at Edinburgh University in Environment Sustainability after working on a major project for Edinburgh College. The 23-year-old from the isolated island of Coll off Mull in the Inner Hebrides was initially seconded for a 12-week project as Waste Management Researcher on placement at Edinburgh College. Her placement […]
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'You are never too old to dance'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:22
"It doesn't matter what age you are ...you can still dance". Meet 85-year-old Doreen and 90-year-old June as they prepare for a new show.
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Meat & Music Festival Hits Edinburgh This Weekend

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:00
A new ‘Meats & Beats’ festival, themed around ‘meatylicious’ street food, and music from the past five decades, hits Edinburgh this weekend, 20th – 22nd October. The event will transform Edinburgh’s Assembly Roxy into a carnivores’ paradise, where attendees can feast on a smorgasbord of street food – mainly the sticky, juicy, barbequed variety – […]
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Parasitic worms offer hope of cure for asthma attacks

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:58

Parasitic worms could help prevent asthma and offer hope of a cure to the 5.4 million people in the UK with the condition, a new study has found.

Scientists at Edinburgh University found roundworms, which live in the intestines, release a protein called HpARI that prevents its host from having an allergic reaction.

The researchers found people who live in countries where the worms are common are less likely to have asthma.

In south east Asia, fewer than one in 20 people have asthma compared to one in 11 in the UK.

The study was funded by the charity Asthma UK and was published in the Immunity Journal this week.

Asthma attacks kill three people in the UK each day and are often triggered by allergic reactions to things like pollen, pets and dust mites.

'We have found a new way of suppressing the allergic responses which cause asthma.' Dr Henry McSorley

It is hoped the protein used by the roundworms could be used as the basis for a treatment for asthma over the next five to ten years.

The research was led by Dr Henry McSorley at the Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research at Edinburgh University.

Dr McSorley said: "We have known for some years that infections with parasitic worms appear to protect people against asthma.

"We have always believed that identifying exactly how parasites prevent asthma could inspire new treatments.

"By identifying this new protein, we have found a new way of suppressing the allergic responses which cause asthma. In the future, we hope to develop this further."

'Having an asthma attack is absolutely terrifying, it feels like someone is holding a pillow over my face.' Val Hudson, asthma sufferer

Val Hudson, a consultant from Durham, was diagnosed with asthma as an adult.

She said: "It's incredible to think worms could cure asthma, and research like this will offer hope to the many people who like me who have asthma.

"My asthma attacks are triggered by cold weather, common colds and dust and they can leave me gasping for breath for hours.

"Having an asthma attack is absolutely terrifying, it feels like someone is holding a pillow over my face."

She added: "I have daily medication to control my asthma but there are still things I can't do because of it, like swimming and even walking makes me very breathless sometimes.

"I know people who have been in and out of hospital because of their asthma attacks so I want people to know how serious asthma can be.

"Three people die from it each day. That's why research like this is so vital."

Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, said: "This is exciting early research that could pave the way for the development of new treatments for asthma.

"It is becoming clear that there are many different types of asthma and that not all of them respond to current treatment, which is why research like this is so important.

"Asthma UK funds research projects into asthma and breakthroughs like this can make a real difference to the lives of people with asthma."

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Speed cameras set to be switched on

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:57
The A90 Average Speed Camera (ASC) system between Dundee and Stonehaven will go live on 31 October. ASCs aim to deter vehicles driving at excessive speeds, even out traffic flows, improve journey times and reduce offender numbers. The evidence from previously implemented systems across Scotland show that they reduce the number of people killed or […]
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Big Hearts Kinship Family Open Day at Tynecastle

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:38
Since 2006 Big Hearts Community Trust, the official charity of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, has engaged over 27,000 people across Edinburgh and the Lothians and raised over £1.5M for community projects to date. In 2015 Big Hearts shifted their focus to become a charity for families, supporting all generations within the communities it serves […]
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New homes for Craigmillar

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:34
A Glasgow-based construction firm is currently building 111 new affordable homes as part of the first phase of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan. The work is being done on behalf of Dunedin Canmore and is scheduled to be finished in summer 2018,. A total of 54 new homes are for social rent and a further […]
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