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Residents near scrapyard blaze urged to shut windows

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:07

Residents in Fife were told to keep their doors and windows closed after a large fire broke out at a scrapyard.

The blaze was reported at a site on Montgomery Road, Leven around 4.50am on Wednesday.

A column of black smoke could be seen coming from the scrapyard.

The fire service said the blaze was brought under control by 6am.

An investigation has been launched to determine what started the fire.

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A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Local residents were advised to keep their doors and windows closed due to the volume of smoke.

"Officers remain in attendance and a joint investigation will be conducted with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service to establish the cause of this."

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Stolen imitation firearms found by police in Fife

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:06
The replica SA80 rifles stolen from an army cadet hall are found on the outskirts of Newport-on-Tay.
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Driver seriously injured after car smashes into bridge

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:10

A driver has been seriously injured after a car smashed into a bridge.

The crash happened on the A921 Kinghorn road near Kirkcaldy in Fife at 7am on Wednesday.

A man, who was driving a Volkswagen Polo, is in a serious condition following the smash.

Officers have closed the road while investigations are carried out.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Fife are currently in attendance on the A921 Kinghorn road near Kirkcaldy following a serious road traffic collision that took place at around 7am on Wednesday.

"The collision involved a Volkswagen Polo car and emergency services are currently at the scene.

"The road is currently closed at the junction with the B923 and the public are advised to avoid the area, where possible."

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – How I Brought Peace to the Middle East : A Tragicomedy

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:03
Perhaps this is the show with the longest name? theSpace UK will present David Kaye’s award-winning solo-play How I Brought Peace to the Middle East: A Tragicomedy for a limited five-performance run, August 8-12 at 18:00 at the “Space on the Mile, Space 1.” Kaye tells the story of moving his small family to Israel […]
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Hibs land in Faroe Islands ahead of European tie

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:58
Hibs are in the Faroe Islands ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League first qualifying round second leg against NSI Runavik. Defender Paul Hanlon did not travel due to a ‘niggle’, whilst striker Simon Murray, who came on as a second half substitute in the first leg will also miss the game as he is in talks […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – The Great Song Cycle

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:37
In 2016 internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch cycled 1,154 miles down the Pacific Coast Highway carrying little but a ukulele and a loop pedal. She called her journey The Great Song Cycle. This odyssey, rich with strangeness and delight, gave rise to her new show, The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle, which she is now bringing to […]
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Commsworld rapid business growth underpinned by framework success

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:26
ONE of the UK’s largest privately owned network providers has continued its rapid success after successfully listing on two major public sector frameworks. Commsworld has won approval for the services it provides on G-Cloud 10, a procurement framework that has generated over £3billion in contracts since its creation six years ago. It has also been […]
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Morrison Construction lend a hand – with a very big crane

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:07
The Scottish Association for Mental Health manage the Walled Garden at Redhall just outside the city. They had a problem, as they needed to lift and reposition two portacabins at the garden. Morrison Construction were called on to help. ESD Head of Safety, Health and Environment Michelle Cranston brought the renovations at the garden to […]
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Capital scales begin to balance on ‘red hot’ property market

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:02
As we enjoy one of the hottest summers on record, good news may be on the horizon for capital buyers as the property market begins to cool. According to Warners Solicitors and Estate Agents, pressure has started to ease in Edinburgh’s ‘red hot’ property market after an 18-month period that heavily benefited sellers. During this time there was a shortage […]
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Michelle Obama speaks out in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:53
The former first lady tells a fundraising dinner of her hopes that the world will become a better place for girls.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – LOVEBOTS

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:18
Social media has been taken over by ‘bots’ spreading hate, fear and influencing how we vote. In ‘LOVEBOTS’, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee and New Act of the Year winner Bilal Zafar sets out to put this right. In the third of his unofficial trilogy of stand-up shows about social media, following fringe hits ‘Cakes’ (2016) and ‘Biscuit’ (2017), Bilal has created […]
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Teenage girl assaulted on Glenrothes footpath

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:15
A man grabbed the 15-year-old by the arm in Glenrothes but she managed to break free.
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Spartans come so close to shocking Alan Stubbs’ St Mirren

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 22:14
Spartans came agonisingly close to producing the mother of all shocks as they held SPFL top-flight newcomers St Mirren to a 2-2 draw in an enthralling Betfred Cup Group H clash.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Killymuck

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 21:12
Inspired by real events, Killymuck tells of a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s’ Ireland. From Kat Woods, award-winning writer of Belfast Boy, Wasted, and Mule comes a powerful exploration of survival – about those who strive to work against the stereotype and break free, about fighting for something better. Through Killymuck, Woods is striving to project the benefit […]
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Writer reflects on learning to walk again after stroke

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:33

A writer had to learn how to walk again after suffering a stroke aged just 38.

Ricky Brown, from Stockbridge, Edinburgh, was diagnosed with high blood pressure while working as a financial lawyer.

The 43-year-old never realised his condition could increase the risk of coronary heart disease before he had a stroke two days after his employment contract had finished.

Ricky told how he was forced to use a walking stick to get back on his feet following the ordeal.

He said: "People around me assumed that I was having a heart attack because of my family history.

"My dad had had bypass surgery some years earlier. But it became apparent I'd had a serious stroke and I was heavily sedated for several days.

"After several weeks in hospital I returned home with a sturdy walking stick and a walking frame I had to learn to walk again.

"But with rehabilitation and hard work on my part at physical therapy, I recovered and to look at me you wouldn't believe I'd had a stroke."

Soon after, Ricky and his partner Beth, now his wife, relocated to Edinburgh from New York.

The father-of-two is now pursuing a career as an award-winning creative writer, portraying his experience of having a stroke.

He added: "The life I'm living now is the new normal for me. I have coping strategies.

"For example, if my wife's going to work and I need to take care of three things, I can do each thing if I tackle it alone.

"We have an organiser in the hall and the keys and phones are always in there, in the same place."

'The life I'm living now is the new normal for me.' Ricky Brown

Ricky continued: "Physically there is a degree of weakness in my left hand side and I'm left-handed but I don't really notice it although my handwriting is worse! And I do suffer from fatigue sometimes.

"My doctor is keeping an eye on me as I have two aneurysms in my brain.

"But to be honest I feel really lucky. I've had incredible support from my wife, which is easy to say, but it's true.

"And I've now got opportunities to do things, such as creative writing, which I wouldn't have had before."

New figures show 92% of people in Scotland living with coronary heart disease have at least one other long-term condition. Nearly six in ten have at least three (57%).

Ricky said: "These statistics reflect my personal and family experience, and serve as a reminder to anyone living with a heart condition to take an active role in monitoring their health.

"It was the remarkable science of the scans done in the aftermath of my stroke, for example, that revealed the presence of two brain aneurysms I'm managing with the help of my doctors.

"Together with the national health service that we're fortunate enough to have in Scotland, this gives me reason to be positive about the future."

'These statistics reflect my personal and family experience, and serve as a reminder to anyone living with a heart condition to take an active role in monitoring their health.' Ricky Brown

Chief executive at the British Heart Foundation, Simon Gillespie, said: "Over the years we've made huge progress in improving survival rates for single conditions like heart attacks with BHF-funded research leading the way. However, today's figures point towards an emerging and very urgent challenge.

"For example, increasing numbers of people are surviving heart attacks, but are going on to suffer strokes or live with additional conditions like vascular dementia, which limit their quality of life, increase their risk of dying and will place increasing pressure on the health and care system across the UK.

"We can only reverse this trend by funding more research into all conditions of the heart and circulatory system, with a focus on how they can be treated together."

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Poundworld to close seven stores in Scotland

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:29
Eight-two jobs will go in Scotland along with a further 449 in other parts of the UK.
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Michelle Obama arrives in Scotland for charity fundraiser

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:23

Michelle Obama has arrived in Scotland ahead of a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh.

The lawyer, author and former first lady is expected to speak about her time at the White House during the event this evening.

Ms Obama's attendance at the charity gathering comes after her husband, Barack Obama, visited Scotland in May last year for a similar event.

The dinner is being hosted by The Hunter Foundation (THF), with entertainment being provided by 80s band Deacon Blue and soul singer Beverley Knight.

Welsh comedian Rob Brydon will compere the evening, while five-time Olympic medallist Dame Katherine Grainger will act as moderator of the conversation with the former first lady.

THF founder, businessman Sir Tom Hunter, said it would be "more than an honour" to welcome Ms Obama to Scotland.

He said: "From a brick bungalow on the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and we look forward to hearing about that journey and Mrs Obama's future path.

"It is more than an honour to welcome first lady Michelle Obama, following so closely on from the 44th president's visit of last year and we are delighted she accepted our invitation."

All profits from the Tuesday night dinner will be invested in hundreds of charities across Scotland.

Two Scottish schoolgirls, Melissa Croft and Cerys Gough will also attend the event after winning a competition with the topic "If I ruled Scotland".

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In her eight years in the White House, Ms Obama worked to transform the role of first lady, becoming a role model and champion for women and girls across America and beyond.

The Harvard law graduate led initiatives aimed at tackling childhood obesity and together with Jill Biden, wife of former vice president Joe Biden, worked to improve life for servicemen and women and veterans.

Her Reach Higher programme aimed to inspire more young people in the US to continue education after high school, while she also campaigned to help more girls across the world attend school.

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Woman narrowly escapes crash after rats gnaw car brakes

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:23
The 65-year-old driver was with her 14-year-old grandson when her brakes failed in Edinburgh.
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Lothian has its team ready for Bus Driver of the Year competition

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:35
The 2018 UK Bus Driver of the Year competition takes place in Blackpool and now Lothian has chosen its five finalists to go forward to the contest. They had to compete with eleven other drivers in challenging tests after making it through to the final rounds of Lothian’s Driver of The Year competition from an original […]
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Norwegian celebrates Skytrax awards

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:15
Norwegian was today named ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ for the fourth consecutive year and ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe’ for the sixth year in a row at the Skytrax World Airline Awards held in London. These awards are independent and impartial and represent the leading international airline rating system as voted for by the […]
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