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Today is Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:16
The Lord Provost raised the Armed Forces Flag above the City Chambers on Monday to mark the start of the week which honours the forces past, present and future. Today the armed forces community will parade down the Royal Mile. Events begin at 10.30am when charity stalls open in the quadrangle at the City Chambers. […]
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Quarter of flights to two Scottish airports delayed 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00

A quarter of flights to two major Scottish airports have been delayed in the past year, according to new analysis.

The Which? study found passengers using Edinburgh Airport were most likely to face delays, with 27% of more than 110,000 flights delayed by at least 15 minutes in 2016-17, up from 22% a year ago.

Glasgow, the country's second busiest airport, ranked second for delays with 25% of nearly 85,000 flights taking off or landing at least 15 minutes later than scheduled, according to analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data.

Aberdeen ranked third, with 22% of more than 45,000 flights recorded as late.

Both Glasgow and Aberdeen saw the number of delays increase, rising two and three percentage points respectively.

Overall, 25% of more than 240,000 flights arriving or departing at Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen were delayed by at least 15 minutes in 2016-17, up from 22% in 2015-16.

The airports said delays can be caused by a variety of reasons, some of which can be beyond their control such as the weather or industrial action.

The analysis also found more than 1,200 flights to or from Scotland's three busiest airports were delayed by at least three hours in the last year, meaning thousands of passengers could be entitled to compensation.

Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: "If you're unlucky enough to experience a severe delay, compensation is available.

"We think it's time for airlines to start automatically compensating eligible passengers, but until they step up and do this, we urge people to check what they are entitled to."

An Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: "On-time performance is important to our passengers and is a measure that we monitor very closely.

"Frustratingly, it is mainly affected by factors outwith the airport's control.

"We continue to work with our airline and aviation partners to make sure our collective performance is as good as it can be and that we are in the best position to deal with the external issues that affect us."

A spokesman for AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen and Glasgow airports, said: "Aircraft delays can be caused by a number of factors including weather issues, air traffic congestion, delayed arrivals or technical issues with aircraft.

"In saying that, on-time performance will always be an area of focus and we will continue to work with our airline partners and their handling agents to improve overall levels of efficiency."

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Castle Mill Works will become home to Edinburgh Printmakers in 2018

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:49
The former North British Rubber Factory, Castle Mill Works, is one of the few buildings which remains at Fountainbridge, among the new developments there, but now it has a bright and assured future.   Work has just begun with a ground breaking ceremony at the beginning of the week, but Edinburgh Printmakers CEO Sarah Price […]
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Police urge road users to obey rules and ensure safety of others

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 06:31
Police Scotland is urging all road users to obey the rules of the road this Summer and play their part in ensuring the safety of everyone. With more daylight hours, better driving conditions and school holidays on the horizon, local officers under Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) will be carrying out additional proactive […]
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Edinburgh Airport 'most likely' for delays

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:26
More than 27% of flights to and from the capital faced delays of at least 15 minutes in the past year.
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Okja (2017) 118 mins ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:24
  Mija (An Seo Hjun) lives an idyllic existence with her grandfather in the high Korean mountains.  The love of her life, her BFF, her confidante and her saviour on occasion, is her Super Pig, Okja.  Bred by the evil GM empire, the Mirando Corporation led by horrific twins (Tilda Swinton) and fronted by the […]
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Man convicted of historic sex crimes on fellow pupils at Royal Blind School

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:39
A man has been convicted of a series of rapes and serious sexual assaults carried out when he was a schoolboy in Edinburgh. David Penman had denied the attacks on fellow pupils at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh in the 1980s and 1990s but was convicted by a jury following a trial at the […]
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Concern for missing man Michel Chartron

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:44
Police are appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing in the Murrayfield area. Michel Chartron, aged 60, was last seen in Ormidale Terrace around 6pm on Thursday 22nd June. Since then, he has not been in contact with friends or family and concern is growing for his welfare. Michel is described as […]
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Police appeal for help to trace missing man Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:38
Police are appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing from the west of the city. Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira from the St John The Baptist RC Church in Corstorphine was last seen within the church at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday 20th June. Since then, however, the 33-year-old has failed to return […]
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Man dies after three vehicle crash involving a caravan

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:06

A man has died after a three-vehicle crash in Perth and Kinross.

The incident happened on the A91 at Mawcarse at around 3.20pm on Friday.

It involved two vans and a 4x4 which was towing a caravan.

The man who died had been in the 4x4.

A Police Scotland spokesman said investigations are ongoing. There were no other injuries.

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Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick meet the press

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:27
Meeting the press at film festival junkets is a necessary part of promoting your film. Director Kyra Sedgwick had the added bonus however of having her husband of 29 years by her side at this afternoon’s press gathering. She had cast him in the starring role – but then her husband is film star Kevin […]
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Man found guilty of raping fellow pupils at blind school

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

A man has been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting blind children while he was a schoolboy.

From the age of 12, David Penman sexually assaulted numerous pupils at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

All of his victims, male and female, are blind or partially sighted, as he is.

Penman, now 42, attended the school between 1986 and 1991.

In September 2013, one of Penman's victims revealed he had raped her and a police investigation began.

Further victims then came forward to report the abuse they had suffered.

In February 2015, Penman was charged with 17 offences of rape, indecent assault and breach of the peace.

Penman denied the attacks on fellow pupils in the 1980s and 1990s but was convicted by a jury following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.

He had previously been convicted of assault with intent to rape and rape in 2000.

Lord Uist said: "It is clear to me from the convictions which the jury have returned against you and your arrogant and dishonest performance in the witness box that you are a very evil man."

Lord Uist added it caused him "great concern" that acts of sexual crimes had continued into his adult life.

The case was adjourned until August 30 for a risk assessment to be carried out.

Detective inspector Kevin Harkins, of Edinburgh's divisional rape investigation unit, said: "This is an extremely unusual and disturbing case where a boy began committing the most serious sexual crimes against numerous classmates at the age of just 12.

"Penman's victims were amongst the most vulnerable young people and he left them too scared to speak up about what he was subjecting them to.

"His offences took place around the school grounds and our investigation built up a picture of a devious sexual predator who took particular care not to be caught by staff.

"I commend the bravery of all of his victims who not only came forward and made the difficult disclosure of what they had suffered, but had to then relive these awful experiences in court when Penman failed to take responsibility for his actions and denied all the charges.

"I hope that his conviction brings them some comfort."

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Edinburgh in Bloom

City of Edinburgh Council - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:53
Details of this year's opening International Festival event have been released.
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Record number or entrants at this year’s Scottish Walking Football Festival

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:50
The Scottish Walking Football Festival is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 24th June at Glasgow Green Football Centre at 11.30am. There will be 32 teams competing from across Scotland, up from 24 teams at last year’s event. This will be the third such event with the previous two being hosted by Spartans at Ainslie Park. In […]
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Edinburgh to show support for Armed Forces Day

City of Edinburgh Council - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:38
Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh will kick off with a parade showcasing the high profile presence of the Armed Forces and veteran community in Edinburgh. 
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At Summerhall – Grow Wild!

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:32
Young artists each with a budget of £500 have created artworks which will highlight the importance of wild flowers and plants in the Youth Takeover exhibition which begins tomorrow at Summerhall. There will be poetry, embroidery, sculpture and steel band music all paying tribute to wildflowers. Grow Wild is an outreach of Kew Gardens. The […]
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Conerns grow for Edinburgh priest missing for three days

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:30

Concerns are growing for a priest missing from a church in Edinburgh for three days.

Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira from the St John The Baptist RC Church in Corstorphine was last seen within the church at around 1pm on Tuesday.

Police have launched an appeal to trace the 33-year-old as concerns grow for his welfare.

Father Vazhachira regularly likes to take walks up Corstorphine Hill and police are asking local residents to come forward if they believe they have seen him.

He is described as Indian, around 5ft 5ins with a medium build, short black slightly curly hair and a clean shaven face.

Inspector Craig Rogerson said: "Father Vazhachira has been in Edinburgh since October last year and knows the Corstorphine area fairly well, however, we are also exploring whether he may have ventured further afield and so anyone with information as to his current whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

"I would also urge Father Vazhachira to get in touch with us, or with colleagues at the church, as soon as possible to let us know he is safe."

Anyone with information can contact officers at Corstorphine Police Station on 101 and quote incident number 1307 of June 22.

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Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:25
Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh will kick off with a parade showcasing the high profile presence of the Armed Forces and veteran community in Edinburgh. 
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Police concerned for missing man with French accent 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:24

A man with medical needs has gone missing from the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh.

Michel Chartron, 60, was last seen in Ormidale Terrace at 6pm on Thursday.

Michele is in need of regular medication, which he does not have with him. Friends and family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

He is known to frequent Inverleith Park and Roseburn Park and walks in many other areas of the city.

Michel is described as being white, 6ft tall, of slim build, with grey hair, a white beard and a French accent.

He was last seen wearing a purple shirt, brown leather jacket, dark trousers and a straw-coloured Panama hat.

Michel often carries an orange Sainsbury's carrier bag.

Inspector Norman Towler said: "Michel has health concerns which require regular medication that he doesn't have with him and we're growing increasingly concerned for his welfare given that he has been missing overnight.

"Anyone who may have seen a man matching Michel's description since this time, or has any information that can help us trace him, is asked to get in touch as soon as possible."

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.

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Grenfell cladding not on Scots high rise blocks, says councils

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:52
No local authority or housing association high rise flats in Scotland have Grenfell Tower cladding.
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