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Cask 88 launch second whisky in Scottish Folklore Series

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:34
The second whisky in Edinburgh-based, Cask 88’s award-winning Scottish Folklore Series of single cask bottlings is a 22-year-old distilled at the Arran distillery which is now on sale to the general public. Only 183 bottles will be available and the whisky has a recommended retail price of £200. The distinctive branding features the capricious selkie, […]
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Trainspotting 2 actor shot dead on street in Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:49

A man who starred as a gangland figure in Trainspotting 2 has been shot dead on a street in Edinburgh.

Bradley Welsh was gunned down on Chester Street in the west end at 8pm on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old, who also appeared in an episode of Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Roads remain closed off while residents were told to stay indoors following the shooting.

Mr Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing the gangland figure Mr Doyle.

He was close friends with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who described him as an "amazing and beautiful friend".

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A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.

"Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately."

Welsh also ran charity projects in the city to help young people stay fit and out of trouble through his Holyrood Boxing Gym.

He was also involved with the charity Helping Hands, which fights inequality.

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Application for IMPACT Scotland building recommended for approval

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:45
Next week’s planning meeting on 24 April will deal with the application to build a new concert hall in St Andrew Square, and planners are recommending approval. The council has set out a timetable for consideration of this important application which will last most of the day. Sir David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects will […]
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River City and Scot Squad star Jordan Young joins Edinburgh King’s panto crew

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:00
HE may be a bad-boy in River City and a cocky copper in Scot Squad, but this Christmas actor Jordan Young will be running away to the circus when he becomes the newest member of the King’s pantomime cast.
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Showhomes open this weekend

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:51
SILVER GLEN MARKETING SUITE TO OPEN AT EASTER SHOWCASING UNBEATABLE CHOICE FOR FAMILY BUYERS  Allanwater Homes is to open the doors to its new Marketing Suite at Silver Glen in Alva over Easter weekend, from tomorrow Friday 19 April. On offer at the family friendly development, is a stunning selection of three to five bedroom, […]
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Anger over Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh parking changes

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 01:52
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh staff claim their annual parking permits are being revoked due to a lack of parking space.
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Man dies at scene after being gunned down on street

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:24

A man has died after being gunned down on a street in Edinburgh.

The shooting happened on Chester Street in the west end at 8pm on Wednesday.

The man was found seriously injured before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have cordoned off the road while residents have been told to stay indoors.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.

"Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately."

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Man charged over Dunfermline 'attempted murder'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:20
A 36-year-old was taken to hospital with a serious neck injury following an alleged attack in Dunfermline.
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Prince’s Trust offer training course to young people – deadline is Monday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:37
The Prince’s Trust Scotland are working in partnership with the NHS to deliver a six-week course giving young people in Edinburgh the training and experience needed to take the next steps in securing a job within the health and social care sector. Get into Healthcare is an exciting opportunity from The Prince’s Trust and NHS […]
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Kezia wins defamation case

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:27
Kezia Dugdale MSP has won a legal action against a pro-independence blogger who accused her of defamation. In a written judgment issued today, Sheriff Nigel Ross said Ms Dugdale’s article was protected under the principle of fair comment. Commenting on the judgement following the court case, Kezia Dugdale MSP said: “I am delighted to have […]
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Street sealed off after Edinburgh 'firearms incident'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:17
Armed officers are sent to a street in Edinburgh's west end amid reports that a person has been wounded.
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Iconic Gullane Building offers buyers an extra guarantee

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:34
Homebuilder CALA Homes (East) is offering buyers peace of mind following the refurbishment of a former famous hotel in Gullane. Buyers looking to purchase an apartment at Henderson House will beprotected for the next 10 years with the highest level of warranty cover fromthe National House Building Council (NHBC) – a level of cover that […]
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M&S food firm workers walk out over 'poverty pay offer'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:18

Almost 100 workers have walked out of the firm that supplies fresh food for Marks & Spencer.

The Bakkavor staff have been in dispute with bosses for months over a wage rise that has been described as a "poverty pay offer".

The GMB union said the offer of a 2.27% rise would leave the majority of workers at the company's two Bo'ness sites on £8.21 an hour - 79p less than the recognised living wage of £9.

Concerns of management intimidation and union-busting tactics have also been raised, a GMB spokeswoman said.

In addition to this week's action by night shift workers, three further walkouts are planned in the coming weeks.

Christina Lambie, GMB Scotland organiser, said staff were barely paid enough to make ends meet.

"Bakkavor's refusal to negotiate a decent pay offer means the sites in Bo'ness are the epitome of poverty pay employment - it is a disgrace this company has marooned the majority of staff on the absolute hourly minimum.

"The strike will affect the production and distribution of fresh food to M&S shops across the country, but that lucrative contract and the profits it generates for this food manufacturing giant, which boasts global revenues of £1.85 billion, demonstrate why the Bo'ness staff deserve better.

"Make no mistake that it is not an easy decision for our members to forego their pay and take strike action, but they have been left with little choice by an employer who has consistently failed to recognise their desire for a decent pay offer that tackles the basic cost of living."

She added: "They deserve not to have to reply on food banks. They deserve to be able to pay their bills.

"They deserve to be able to go to Marks & Spencer once in a while."

Bakkavor declined to speak to STV News but in a statement claimed their pay levels were "highly competitive" and the firm was committed to paying the national minimum wage.

An M&S spokesperson said: "We're working closely with Bakkavor and have contingency plans in place to ensure our supply isn't affected."

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FGM survivor given 'life sentence of pain' after mutilation

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:14

An Edinburgh care worker has recalled the moment she was given "a life sentence of pain" as she was forced to undergo female genital mutilation as a child.

Neneh Bojang spoke out as the Scottish Government prepares new legislation to protect people at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and to support victims.

The practice of cutting girls' genitals for non-medical reasons is prevalent in some parts of Africa and Asia, with Neneh recalling she was just nine when she was mutilated after visiting a market in the Gambia.

"Some of them were holding my legs, some of them my hands when they put me on the floor. I was laying on the floor and I remember a heavy lady was lying on my chest," she recalls.

"After that I passed out, I didn't remember being cut. I woke up in a pool of blood.

"As a child you think blood is death, I thought I was going to die."

'They have sentenced me for life, that's how I see it.' Nenah Bojang, FGM survivor

Since undergoing FGM, Neneh has had a number of health issues and found giving birth extremely difficult and painful.

"They have sentenced me for life, that's how I see it," she says.

"I'm not sure even if I go through the process of getting it reversed, that I would feel the same way as if they didn't cut me."

As Scotland's population becomes more diverse, campaigners say it's important to focus on support for FGM survivors, as well as prevention.

Ashley Thompson, who works women's aid charity Shakti, says that FGM is a form of gender-based violence.

She adds that women who experience one type of gender-based violence are far more likely to experience other forms of the abuse.

"It's important as Scotland becomes more diverse, if we are really serious about being One Scotland, we need to create space and discussion about community issues for minority communities," she explains.

"Fundamentally it is an issue of child abuse, and so child abuse and child protection is an issue that everyone should be involved in."

Neneh adds: "I'm still going through the effects of FGM. It's good to talk about it because it's still happening, so if we keep quiet about and still treat it as a social norm, then it's never going to change..

"If we can save another child, then we have to speak about it".

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Roll up roll up for the MoonWalk!

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:10
The fun of the circus came to Edinburgh this morning as walkers taking part in this year’s MoonWalk Scotland joined performers from Gandeys Circus to encourage others to join this year’s walking challenge. Wearing Walk the Walk’s famous ‘bra t-shirts’, everyone got into the circus spirit with Chico the Clown, a Fire Breather, a Contortionist […]
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EVOC 150 find their poster girl

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:54
Using social media the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) 150 team took exactly seven minutes to trace a young girl in a photo they are using in their anniversary storytelling. The photo had been taken during the 1970s to highlight a protest about damp conditions in housing in Pilton. EVOC put the photo on Twitter […]
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Iain Dale will be All Talk on the Fringe

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:33
LBC radio presenter and political commentator Iain Dale is putting on a Fringe show this year when he will sit down with the likes of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, London Mayor Sadiq Khan among others. Dale is one of the country’s leading broadcasters, known for his forthright style. Iain Dale said: “There’s […]
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Suspect charged after man 'stabbed in neck' at house

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:27

A suspect has been charged after a man was allegedly stabbed in the neck in Dunfermline.  

A 36-year-old man is said to have been attacked at a house on Fod Street at 7.30pm on April 1.

Another 36-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

He is due to appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Sergeant Kieran Marsh said: "Our thanks go to the local community for their support of our enquiries and response to appeals for information.

"Crime of violence are never acceptable and we will not tolerate this type of criminality in our local community.

"If you do witness violence in your local area please always call police on 101, or in an emergency via 999."

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Man charged over two armed robberies at bookmakers

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:47

A man has been charged over armed robberies at two bookmakers in West Lothian.

The first incident is said to have happened at William Hill on Uphall Road in Pumpherston on March 27.

The second allegedly took place at a Ladbrokes in Carmondean, Livingston, on April 11.

A 34-year-old man is expected to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Sergeant Ally Urquhart said: "Both these robberies were frightening ordeals for the staff members of the premises involved and I would like to thank them for their assistance whilst our inquiries were ongoing.

"I'd also like to thank those members of the public who provided information following our public appeals; their assistance has greatly helped our investigation."

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Police thank public for cooperation during protest

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:44
Police have thanked the public for their cooperation during yesterday’s climate change protest. At around 3pm, approximately 300 protesters gathered on North Bridge, causing the road to be closed for all vehicles. Police engagement continued with the protestors to ensure the demonstration was contained to North Bridge, and pre-planned diversions were implemented to limit the […]
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