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Concern for welfare of missing priest

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:27
The 33-year-old, who has been in Edinburgh since October, has not been seen for three days.
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Rapist guilty of attacks at Royal Blind School in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:15
The attacks on his fellow pupils happened at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh during the 1980s.
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Ruth Davidson made honorary Army Colonel

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:52
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is appointed honorary Colonel of her old Army regiment.
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Family of tragic Kieran Swinton set up charity

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:22
HIS family should have been organising his 21st birthday party, ordering cake, preparing balloons and finalising a guest list.
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St John's Hospital children's ward to close to in-patients

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:03
NHS Lothian said the closure of the children's unit was not permanent.
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Children's ward at hospital closing to new admissions

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:52

The children's ward at a West Lothian hospital is closing to admissions over the summer, the third time such a measure has been imposed.

The paediatric ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston will instead operate as an "assessment and programmed investigation unit" from July 7.

NHS Lothian said a shortage of doctors able to cover the ward overnight and at weekends had forced it to make the "difficult decision" to cut inpatient services.

Children taken to St John's will still be assessed but will be transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh for admission.

Calls were made for the ward to remain open after staffing issues forced it to close to inpatients over the summer in 2012 and 2015.

Lothian MSP Neil Findlay and West Lothian Council have said any downgrade to the ward's role would be unacceptable.

'This is a difficult and deeply frustrating decision to have to make.' Jacquie Campbell, NHS Lothian

Last year, a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said St John's should introduce resident consultants in hospital overnight to retain the inpatient service.

The health board has said it will reopen the inpatient services "as soon as possible" after the summer.

Jacquie Campbell, chief officer of acute services at NHS Lothian, said: "The safety of our patients must be out top priority and this is a difficult and deeply frustrating decision to have to make.

"I would again emphasise our on-going commitment to St John's Hospital and the children's ward. This has been demonstrated through the significant investment in recruitment over the years and in the work that went into the RCPCH review.

"We have relied on our dedicated staff from St John's and across Lothian to work additional hours to provide these important services. Despite our best efforts we have been unable to reliably secure the levels of staffing required overnight and at weekends to guarantee a safe service."

She continued: "If we don't make changes now to the operating hours of the children's ward, we run the risk of having to make an unplanned closure at a few hours notice, which would lead to the sudden diversion of patients. This reduction in opening hours is the safest option for the children of West Lothian.

"We are committed to reinstating the full service as soon as possible after the summer and will be working with the chief medical officer, Scottish Government and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to review the steps we have taken and to identify what else can be done to guarantee safe, sustainable staffing for this service."

NHS Lothian said parents were not being asked to do anything differently and maternity services would be unaffected.

Children who currently attend the ward will continue to be cared for as normal, the health board said.

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Fishing – crayfish find sparks Tweed concern

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:46
An American signal crayfish has been found at the mouth of The Leithen Water, a tributary of The Tweed. And the find by an angler is causing real concern among the many from the Lothians and Borders and further afield who fish the river. The crayfish has a voracious appetite, eating fish eggs, and it […]
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Hearts Begin New Season at Celtic Park

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:44
Hearts will begin the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership season with a trip to League Champions Celtic.  The game is presently scheduled for Saturday 5th August but the game is likely to be subject to live television coverage. Confirmation of the date and kick-off time will be confirmed in due course. Tynecastle is, of course, undergoing the […]
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Bomb maker who targeted fish company jailed

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:44
The 39-year-old admitted making explosive devices during on ongoing feud against his friend's employer.
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Mechanical spectacles at the Museum of Childhood

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:41
This week a new exhibition of functioning mechanical toys and marvels opens at the Museum of Childhood,42 High Street, Royal Mile. With all pieces coming from the House of Automata run by Michael and Maria Start, the intricate mechanism of each piece is as fascinating as the next. This free exhibition includes a range of […]
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Your pictures of Scotland

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:53
A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 16 and 23 June.
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Royal Highland Show 2017 – M&S producers awards

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:31
Yesterday at the Royal Highland Show M&S announced the winners of their Farming for the Future awards. The winners were: Outstanding Producer award: o   Matthew McIntyre, along with his father, Euan, grow 120 acres of fruit, including 30 acres of cherries, at his family’s farm in Blairgowrie which are supplied to M&S through Berry Gardens […]
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Conservatives name Cook to continue as Transport spokesman

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:08
The Conservative Group on the City of Edinburgh Council missed out on leading the new administration by only one elected member.  Undaunted they  intend to be a strong opposition and have appointed their spokesmen on various topics.  Yesterday at the City Chambers Conveners and Vice Conveners were appointed from the ranks of the SNP and […]
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New Information Commissioner proposed

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:54
Daren Fitzhenry is to be nominated by the Scottish Parliament as the new Scottish Information Commissioner next week.  He will succeed Rosemary Agnew who was Information Commissioner till last April.  He will hold the post if the Scottish Parliament approves the nomination for six years at an annual salary of £73,000.  A law graduate if […]
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Hibs face Partick Thistle at Easter Road on opening day of the season

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:10
Hibs will mark their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership with a home fixture against Partick Thistle on the opening day of the season. This is followed by a trip to Ibrox to play Rangers, and then a home fixture against Hamilton Accies. The first Edinburgh Derby will take place on Wednesday 25 October, with a […]
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Girl seriously hurt after being hit by car in Kennoway

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:34
The 12-year-old is being treated for serious head, chest and leg injuries following the accident in Kennoway.
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Record number of teams to compete in Scottish Waking Football Festival today

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:39
A record 32 teams will take part in this year’s Scottish Walking Football Festival at Glasgow Green today with the winners going on to represent Scotland in a Home Internationals competition later this year. The event is being coordinated by Paths for All as part of the Scottish Government’s Active Scotland strategy to encourage more people […]
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Girl, 12, taken to hospital after being hit by car

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:49

A 12-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after she was hit by a car in Fife.

The incident happened just after 7pm on Thursday in Sandy Brae, Kennoway.

The girl was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, her condition is not yet known.

Road closures were put in place but have since been lifted.

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New Leith Athletic bosses will be given time to rebuild

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:30
New Leith Athletic joint-manager Leighton Jones has revealed he has been tasked with rebuilding a team capable of challenging for the East of Scotland League title within the next “two to three years”.
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First Minister to address ‘Brexfast’ at the Royal Highland Show

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:20
The First Minister will be up early this morning to get out to Ingliston to speak to farmers visiting the Royal Highland Show. She is to speak about the way that EU nationals are vital to the agriculture industry and will demand their status must be guaranteed. Today is the first anniversary of the Brexit […]
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