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First Phase of Homes at Kingfisher Park a Sell-out Success

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:51
A PREMIUM development nestled in a sought-after Edinburgh suburb has seen sell-out success in the release of its first phase of homes. Kingfisher Park was put on sale at the beginning of this year by CALA Homes (East), and the initial release of four and five bedroom homes has sold out in just five months. Situated in semi-rural Balerno, Kingfisher […]
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Tributes paid to teenager who died after boat capsized

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:14

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after a fishing boat capsized.

Thomas Weir, originally of Edinburgh, died with relative Gerry Doherty after their vessel sank off Malin Head in County Donegal, Ireland.

The 16-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after being airlifted following the incident at 9am on Tuesday.

Mr Doherty, from County Donegal, was found dead on the shore.

Holidaymakers raised the alarm and called the coastguard after hearing shouts from the water.

A third man, in his 50s, was rescued after being found clinging to a buoy. He has since been discharged from hospital.

It is understood there are family connections between the three.

Tributes have been paid to the pair on social media.

Abbi Diamond said: "RIP Thomas Weir, can't believe what I've just been told, taken far too soon. Honestly such a sin.

"My love goes to all family and friends."

'Can't believe what I've just been told, taken far too soon.' Abbi Diamond

A Dooagh Pipe Band spokesman said: "Dooagh pipe band wish to express our deepest condolences to the Weir, Gielty and Doherty families following the tragic deaths of Thomas Weir and Gerry Doherty in Donegal.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May they rest in peace."

An Achill Tourism spokesman added: "Due to the drowning tragedy in Donegal and the deaths of Thomas Weir and Gerry Doherty, both of whom have strong Achill connections, the Purteen Harbour Festival on Saturday and the RNLI Open Day on Sunday have been postponed to a later date as a mark of respect."

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'Legal highs' crackdown reduces hospital admissions

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:54
Police and trading standards began a crackdown on the drugs in Edinburgh in 2015.
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Out of Edinburgh – The Bay Hotel celebrates tenth anniversary

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:29
The Bay Hotel has just celebrated its ten year anniversary since opening its doors in 2008, when it was added to the popular ‘Bay Leisure Complex’ at Pettycur Bay Holiday Park in Kinghorn, Fife. The Hotel was a major development for the Wallace family, who aimed to add an extra dimension to their successful leisure business by creating […]
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Jardine’s call on developer to take up community engagement offer rebuffed

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:25
Community engagement snubbed by developer. Christine Jardine, Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, tells us today that she has had her offer to facilitate a meeting between community groups and developer Dandara snubbed. The meeting was proposed after Dandara’s development at Pinkhill was rejected by Councilors. There is universal opposition to the Pinkhill development, with […]
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Teenager admits murder bid on Syrian refugee in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:25
The 25-year-old Syrian man was stabbed six times, mainly in the chest, and suffered life-threatening injuries.
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Teenager admits racist knife attack on Syrian refugee

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:36

A teenager has admitted attempting to murder a Syrian refugee in a racist knife attack in Edinburgh.

Shabaz Ali, 25, was left critically injured after being stabbed in a hostel in Upper Gilmour Place on May 3 this year.

The attack led to a huge outpouring of support for Mr Ali, with an anti-racism demonstration taking place in Edinburgh later that month.

On Thursday, 18-year-old Sean Gorman admitted the attempted murder of Mr Ali and acting in a racially aggravated manner which intended to cause distress to his young cousin.

Sentence was deferred until August 17 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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Gorman atacked Mr Ali after he had complained about noise coming from the teenager's room at the hostel.

When Mr Ali called at Gorman's room an argument broke out, and the teenager racially abused him before stabbing him and leaving the hostel. 

The court was shown shocking CCTV footage of Mr Ali being stabbed six times in the torso. 

Police found Gorman a short time later in Duff Street and seized a lock knife. 

The victim was so badly injured in the attack he struggles to walk. 

Detective chief inspector Paul Grainger said: "Gorman's violence was extreme and left the victim with significant, life-threatening injuries. 

"He showed utter disregard for the victim and another woman who was with him - made all the worse given the appalling racist language used." 

'I'm pleased that Gorman has been brought to justice so quickly.' DCI Paul Grainger

He continued: "Whilst this attack happened within a private property, it gained a great deal of public and media interest and I'm pleased that Gorman has been brought to justice so quickly.

"Edinburgh is a vibrant place where people of different nationalities, faiths and backgrounds live together and the support shown by the local community for the victim and his family is far more indicative of the city's inclusivity than this one isolated incident.

"We work closely with all the different groups and communities across Edinburgh and hate crime and violence of this nature are roundly condemned.

"I hope that today's conviction helps the victim and his family to move past this terrible attack and I wish them well."

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Hearts Sign Goalkeeper Silva

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:31
Hearts have confirmed the signing of American goalkeeper Kevin Silva on a two-year contract. Silva was on trial at Tynecastle during pre-season and impressed Head Coach Craig Levein sufficiently to earn a deal in Gorgie. The Pennsylvania-born player had been with Rutgers Scarlet Knights, a university team from New Jersey. Hearts have also been linked […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Revenants

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:40
Theatre has always been a mouthpiece for some of the most pressing international concerns and Revenants, set twenty-five years after the execution of the Romanov family and twenty-five years before the murder of Martin Luther King, looks at oppression, prejudice and revolution.   This new play by Olivier Award winner Nichola McAuliffe (Maurice’s Jubilee, A […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – The Abode

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 08:41
Welcome to The Abode – a Seductive Dark Fantasy World of the Far Right Fringe collaboration between leading Scottish playwright Davey Anderson and award-winning American theatre company. Leading Scottish playwright Davey Anderson will transport audiences into an American Alt-Right fantasy world in his new work The Abode, which premieres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The drama, presented by […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Unspoken

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 08:25
As a bomb disposal expert doing VIP protection at the Fringe Ken Bellringer never expected to appear there on stage himself. But this year he is among 15 members of Bravo 22 Company, a military arts based recovery programme, returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a new cast to perform in the premier of Unspoken– a moving […]
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Caledonian Sleeper – take a virtual look

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 08:11
Glasgow Central Station is the venue for two days of an eye-popping experience providing a unique insight into Caledonian Sleeper’s new fleet of trains – with a special virtual reality event next week 25 and 26 July 2018. Inviting members of the public to glimpse into the future of overnight travel, they will enter a […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:44
Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle examines the relationship between two sisters and how their close bond was affected when one of them was diagnosed with a severe eating disorder as a teenager. Recalling touching memories, laugh-out-loud anecdotes and Mars bars, this searingly frank and painfully funny two-hander examines what it’s like to live with a […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Olaf Falafel: There’s no i in idiot

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:17
Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree | 2 – 26 August (not 14) @ 2:45pm except 21 -25 @ 12:15pm Critically acclaimed idiot and author, Olaf Falafel is back with another hour of surreal stupidity, inventive jokes, audience participation and the veryloosest of themes. You’ll laugh, you’ll be confused, you’ll enjoy most of it. Ouija boards and workplace morale-boosting dolphins featured heavily […]
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Edinburgh house prices soar by 10 per cent in a year

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:00
House prices in Edinburgh have continued to spiral, with properties soaring by almost 10 per cent, new figures have revealed.
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Police urge caution after two teenagers fall off cliff edge

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:00
POLICE in East Lothian are urging teenagers to be cautious when camping this summer after two boys fell 25ft from a cliff edge.
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Hearts Begin Season With a Win at Cove

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:26
Cove Rangers 1 Heart of Midlothian 2 Betfred Cup Section C Wednesday 18th July 2018 – Balmoral Stadium Hearts kicked off season 2018/19 on the outskirts of Aberdeen on Wednesday evening when they visited Highland League champions Cove Rangers on Betfred Cup business. The Maroons had a torrid time in this competition this time last […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Feed

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 22:23
Welcome to the stimulating world of Feed where emotions are the currency and your passions and fantasies will be indulged… for a price. After the sell-out successes of The Marked and The Fantasist, Theatre Témoin return, bringing their vibrant visual style to the world of click-bait culture, fake news and cyber gluttony. Using the incisive and gleeful spirit of bouffon, Theatre […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Hunch

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:05
Written and performed by Kate Kennedy (BBC One’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Channel 4’s Catastrophe and The Win Bin, The Old Red Lion Theatre), produced by Edinburgh Fringe favourites DugOut Theatre (Replay, Swansong, The Sunset Five and Inheritance Blues) and directed by Old Vic 12’s Sara Joyce (Dust, Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre; The Win Bin, The Old Red Lion Theatre and The Scar Test, Soho Theatre), Hunch is a dark […]
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Film – Incredibles 2

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:02
‘A good Pixar movie’ is a phrase so often repeated that it has almost become a cliché so upon entering my local movie house to watch Incredibles 2 I was almost searching for a flaw in their latest cinematic output. You’d think I would be disappointed when I failed to find any but instead I was too distracted by […]
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