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Letter from Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:48
The latest happiness survey from the United Nations has found that Britain is the 15th happiest country in the world.  And so it should be, despite the turmoil over Brexit.   However, the Scottish Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop couldn’t help pointing out that the countries which top the league are small independent countries like Finland, Denmark, […]
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Penicuik midfielder Steven Notman enjoying life at the top after years of toil

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:30
Relegation battles have become the norm for Steven Notman in recent years, so you can’t begrudge the midfielder experiencing a new lease of life at Penicuik Athletic as the club compete for multiple honours.
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Lowland League: Struggling Whitehill Welfare need to find a perfect match in Gretna

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:30
Four years have passed since Whitehill Welfare’s last win at Raydale Park, but none of their previous visits have carried so much importance as tomorrow’s trip south to face Gretna 2008.
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Caring Cody, 10, is boxing clever in Diana award bid

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:02
A Capital schoolboy has been chosen as one of 12 outstanding young people from across the world to take centre stage for the Diana Award’s Change_Makers campaign.
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World famous magician David Blaine is coming to Edinburgh in 2019

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:00
David Blaine will demonstrate his unique style of modern magic and experimental performance techniques in his first ever UK and Ireland tour.
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‘Granton is not Saint-Tropez’ - Beach hut homes will still be built despite concerns

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 19:55
A row of “beach hut” houses will be built as part of a waterfront regeneration – despite a call for the colourful homes to be halted because “Granton is not Saint-Tropez”.
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Edinburgh councillors approve plans for ‘clumsy extension’ at Omni Centre

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 19:38
Plans to build a “clumsy extension” at a leisure centre have been approved by councillors despite a “mystery” bridge to a city landmark that was never built.
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Lindhurst criticises the government over leisure cuts

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 19:04
Lothian MSP Gordon Lindhurst has criticised The Scottish Government saying that they are taking a dismissive attitude towards leisure cuts imposed by The City of Edinburgh Council. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP challenged Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick over recent budget policies from the SNP/Labour council administration that has led to pricing decisions from […]
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Green MSP supports Keep Scotland Beautiful

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 18:54
Alison Johnstone MSP is supporting environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in applauding the efforts of local residents across Lothian who are taking part in the annual Spring Clean campaign throughout April and May. Keep Scotland Beautiful helps communities who wish to take part in removing litter from their local area – transforming the places they […]
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Q&A at Vue Edinburgh Omni tomorrow

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 18:49
Vue Edinburgh Omni hosts exclusive director Q&A for premiere of RISE: The Story of the Augustines AUGUSTINES lead singer, director and producer, Todd Howe, is set to host an exclusive Q&A ahead of Edinburgh Omni’s screening of the newly released, RISE: The Story of the Augustines on 22 March 2019. Exploring the compelling true story […]
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Investigation underway following handbag robbery

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 18:07
Police are investigating following an assault and robbery in Musselburgh. The incident happened around 11.20pm on Wednesday, March 20, when a 59-year-old woman was passing the rear of the Royal Mail sorting office in Mill Hill Lane. An unknown man approached the woman from behind, pushed her onto the ground and pulled her handbag from […]
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Man dies after falling from slow moving pick-up truck

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:31

A man has died after falling from a moving pick-up truck in the Borders.

The 61-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal head injuries following the incident in Angraflat Road, Kelso, during the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man and the driver, who are known to one another, had been in discussion before he reportedly fell off the vehicle as it travelled slowly.

Emergency services were called to the scene before he was taken to Borders General Hospital, where he was found to have sustained serious head injuries.

He was pronounced dead later that morning.

The incident is now being treated as a fatal collision and the Road Policing Unit are conducting an investigation into his death.

Sergeant Fraser Wood said: "This has been a tragic loss of a man's life and our condolences are with all those affected.

"As with any fatal collision, enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances. 

"We'd urge anyone who may have witnessed this, or who saw either the pedestrian or the vehicle in the area beforehand, to contact us."

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Man filmed his rape of another man in Inverness

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:24
The 24-year-old had previously been sentenced for offences in Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Lanarkshire.
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Man who raped two women in Glenrothes jailed for seven years

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:12
A background report described Paul McMillan from Glenrothes as having "a strong sense of entitlement".
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Deaths linked to heart surgery infections at Edinburgh hospital

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:02
A number of patients have died from a fungal infection thought to have been picked up during surgery at an Edinburgh hospital.
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Polluted Fife beaches to reopen after clear-up

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:00
A £600,000 clean-up operation means two beaches in Fife hit by a mystery oil spill are ready to re-open.
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Scottish politicians back charity helping young people in Uganda

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:30
 Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, co-leader of the Scottish Greens parliamentary group Alison Johnstone and senior Conservative MSP Donald Cameron today posed with giant WEE BOXES outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, as they gave their backing to the charity’s life-changing work around the world’s […]
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Heart surgery patients died after picking up infection

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:10

A number of patients who had heart surgery died after contracting an infection during their operation, it has emerged.

NHS Lothian has issued a warning to 186 patients who have undergone heart aortic valve surgery since 2015 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to advise them of a possible infection risk.

It comes as the health board said six patients who required the surgery over 18 months were affected by unusual infections before some later died.

As a precaution, four planned surgeries have been cancelled this week to allow for specialist cleaning and disinfection of the theatres used for the procedure.

Enhanced infection control measures have also been put in place.

No cases were found prior to March 2017 and there have been no known issues in patients operated on since November 2018.

Professor Alex McMahon, NHS Lothian's executive lead for infection control, said: "We extend our sincere apologies and deepest condolences to the families of the patients who died, all of whom were informed at the time of their treatment that they had an unusual and difficult to treat infection."

'We extend our sincere apologies and deepest condolences to the families of the patients who died.' Professor Alex McMahon

He admitted it was a "worrying time" for those who had received letters but reiterated the move was a precaution.

"We know this will be a worrying time for those who have received letters but we have contacted patients purely as a precaution," he said.

"The risk is very low and we do not anticipate any more cases, however we know that it can take up to six months for these infections to materialise.

"We want to make sure those patients know what symptoms to be aware of and to contact NHS Inform if they have any concerns.

"Many patients receiving this type of surgery are already very ill and vulnerable to infection so we place the highest importance on a stringent infection prevention and control regime.

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment caused to the patients who have had their procedures cancelled this week but we must prioritise patient safety above all else. All those affected will be given new appointments as soon as possible."

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Possible infection risk for heart operation patients at Royal Infirmary

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:03
NHS Lothian has contacted patients who had heart aortic valve replacement operations at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the last six months to advise them of a possible infection risk.  The decision was taken by an Incident Management Team which was convened following notification of an unusual case of heart valve infection.  Heart valve […]
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Oil spill source yet to be found as beaches set to reopen

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:56

Beaches closed due to an oil spill in Fife will be reopened to the public this weekend.

A massive clean-up operation has been on the go in Limekilns and Charlestown since the oil was discovered on the coastline last month.

The area was closed off to the public and the coastal path route was diverted while the oil was cleaned up and investigations were launched to determine where it came from.

Around 600 tonnes of contaminated seaweed and sand has since been lifted from the three beaches affected and transported to a specialist facility for disposal.

Despite investigations by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Forth Ports, the source of the slick has not been found.

Derek Crowe, senior manager with Fife Council's roads and transportation service, said: "This has been a massive partnership operation with many organisations working together to get this area cleared up and back in public use.

"It's great news that we can reopen the beaches as I know people have been missing the opportunity to use this much loved resource.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their patience while the work was underway . Although residents may still occasionally see a sheen on the water, this will disperse naturally."

The clean-up operation is estimated to cost around £600,000 in total - a cost that will have to be borne by the council if the polluter cannot be identified.

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Ian Buchanan, SEPA chief officer, stated: "An extensive investigation carried out by regulatory, chemistry and marine science staff at SEPA has ruled out all identified land-based sources for the pollution found on Limekilns and Charleston beaches.

"SEPA analysed samples of the contamination and compared the results to samples taken from potential sources. No matches were found, and as result SEPA's investigation is closed, unless further information comes to our attention in the future.

"Early suggestions that the oil had come from a land drain appear to have been based on an early visual assessment and no evidence has been found that substantiates this."

The beaches will continue to be monitored as the area returns to its natural habitat.

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