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Facebook and your data – how worried should you be?

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:23
This Saturday 21 April 2018 at 4.00pm you can go to a meeting at St Margaret’s House to find out about your online data. People Know How are partnering up with St Margaret’s House to hold a public discussion about what Facebook might have done with your personal data. Legal experts Judith Rauhofer and Burkard […]
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Fancy a career in early learning and childcare?

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:17
If you fancy a career in early learning or childcare then the council is running two information events this week at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The first on Friday 20 April runs from 9.30am to 12 noon and the second from 12.30pm till 3.00pm. If you can’t make it along then there is more information […]
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Paul Hanlon testimonial events being planned

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:12
Hibs’ defender Paul Hanlon has been granted a testimonial in recognition of 10 years loyal service. Paul has made over 335 appearances for the club after making his debut under Mixu Paatelainen in January 2008 in a 3-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He has scored 19 goals including the historic last minute equaliser at Tynecastle […]
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Ross King pops in to the Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:40
Ross King MBE who is based in LA and presents celebrity news on ITV’s Lorraine, jetted in to Edinburgh yesterday to go and see close friend Gary Barlow last night at The Playhouse. General Manager Andreas Maszczyk and the Principal team welcomed Ross with a glass of champagne before enjoying dinner at The Printing Press Bar […]
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New cycling measures on Leith Walk believed to be a Scottish first

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:03
While politicians move towards the possibility of using part of Leith Walk as a tram corridor, they are keen to make it a safer place for cyclists. They tried armadillos but although these were quite liked by cyclists, they were broken by trucks delivering to shops in the area, and then lifted up completely. Now […]
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Hearts Sign MacLean and Close in on Ikpeazu

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:05
Hearts have confirmed the signing of St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean on a pre-contract deal. The 35-year-old, who has enjoyed spells at Rangers, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle had been six years at McDiarmid Park. He scored one of the Perth Saints goals in the 2014 Scottish Cup final as they […]
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FAT FRIENDS – At the Edinburgh Playhouse 19 – 21 April

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:01
The brand new stage musical Fat Friends is coming to The Edinburgh Playhouse this weekend. Written by Kay Mellor who also wrote Band of Gold for TV, with music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber this fun filled musical is based on  the TV series . The cast includes our own Elaine C Smith along with Jodie […]
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Tumbling Lassie events raise thousands to fight human trafficking

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:51
A ball and seminar held last weekend by the Tumbling Lassie Committee raised at least £20,000 to help fight human trafficking and modern slavery. The ball on Saturday featured the world premiere of the Tumbling Lassie Operetta by author Alexander McCall Smith and his musical collaborator, Tom Cunningham at Prestonfield House. Funds raised will be […]
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Scrap the Family Cap Demonstration planned for Thursday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:26
A demonstration is planned for Thursday evening at 5.30pm at The Mound, demanding that the UK government changes its policy on family tax credit. A year after the legislation introduced the family cap and associated rape clause protesters will highlight the policy which they say is widely condemned. The policy limits the number of children […]
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Leith Market celebrating All Things Leith

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:20
The weekly market is going big on 28 April 2018 when they will hold a celebration of All Things Leith for the second year in a row.  There will be 49 stalls including their regular traders, with food stalls to tempt you and the opportunity of having a look inside Custom House which will be […]
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Teenager robbed Edinburgh shop 'to go back to jail'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:56
The 18-year-old carried out the raid at the Day-Today store in Edinburgh's Drumbrae last October.
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Justice Committee visit Pilton

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:55
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee which is made up of MSPs from all parties visited Circle Scotland in Pilton today. Circle works with deprived communities across central Scotland trying to improve lives. In relation to criminal justice they offer services which relate to criminals placed on remand in prison. While someone is awaiting trial or […]
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Former babysitter jailed for sex attacks in Fife

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:36
The 27-year-old was a teenager when he targeted three children and raped one victim when she was aged five or six.
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Scotland’s Continuity Bill referred to the Supreme Court

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:32
The UK government has announced today that the most senior UK Law Officers, the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC and the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen are referring the Continuity Bill passed at Holyrood and similar legislation passed by the National Assembly for Wales to the Supreme Court. The purpose of the referral is […]
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Man 'saw Kirsty Maxwell's body' moments after balcony death

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:17

A man saw the body of a Scots woman next to a swimming pool just moments after she plunged from a balcony in Benidorm, her family have claimed.

Kirsty Maxwell, from Livingston, West Lothian, died after falling from the tenth floor of the resort's Apartmentos Payma hotel on April 29.

Mrs Maxwell entered a room being used by five men from England before the incident, where she was described as being in a "state of terror".

The family are looking for a new witness who is said to have seen Ms Maxwell's body at the resort's swimming pool shortly before the police arrived.

In a statement, they said: "As a result of enquiries we have new information about an English speaking man who saw Kirsty's body at the pool of My Pretty Payma/Apartmentos Payma before the police attended.

"This man was staying on the 9th floor of Hotel Presidente and was checking out the hotel that morning - Saturday April 29, 2017.

"This is a very important potential witness who we know has not been interviewed by the police."

'This is a very important potential witness who we know has not been interviewed by the police.' Family of Kirsty Maxwell

It was revealed in January that Spanish forensic officers destroyed Ms Maxwell's missing pink T-shirt and denim skirt after her death.

Her clothes were also never tested for DNA, according to the family.

Ricky Gammon, 31, Anthony Holehouse, 34, Callum Northridge, 27, and 32-year-old Daniel Bailey appeared at the Palau de Justicia in July, when they denied any involvement in her death.

A fifth man, Joseph Graham, was arrested by police and held for 48 hours following Ms Maxwell's death.

He was released on bail and allowed to return to the UK.

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Elite League: Murrayfield Racers bid to take Edinburgh Capitals franchise

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:17
Edinburgh Capitals look poised to lose their Elite League franchise to a revived Murrayfield Racers, but some players oppose the switch.
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Christian Aid Book Sale and Festival

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:27
The Christian Aid Book Sale and Festival takes place at The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church at Nicolson Square next month from 12 to 18 May 2018. The book sale is open from 11.00am to 4pm daily and is supplemented by a variety of talks and events. The line up includes former City Makar Ron […]
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Canadian firm takes over BiFab yards

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:05
It is hoped the move could save hundreds of jobs at three closure-threatened yards in Fife and on Lewis.
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BiFab: Deal reached to secure manufacturing yards' future

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:01

An agreement has been reached to secure the future of manufacturing firm BiFab's yards in Fife and the Western Isles.

A Canadian company has acquired the firm in a deal brokered by the Scottish Government.

It was feared around 260 jobs could be lost by the summer if the yards in Methil, Burntisland and Arnish closed.

Cash flow problems brought BiFab, which manufactures structures for the offshore industry, to the brink of administration last year.

Construction firm JV Driver will take over BiFab through its subsidiary DF Barnes.

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The Scottish Government will take a minority shareholding in the new company in order to demonstrate its commitment to the yards.

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Methil site on Tuesday.

She said: "We are delivering on the commitment I made last year that we would stand by BiFab and work to secure a long term future for the company.

"We have been in negotiations with DF Barnes for a number of months and today is a significant step forward in our efforts to restore BiFab to its place at the centre of Scotland's marine energy industry."

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She continued: "DF Barnes acquisition is a key milestone for all three BiFab yards and as a sign of our commitment to the company's future, the Scottish Government will maintain a close interest by taking a minority shareholding in the company.

"There is a lot of hard work ahead, and there is no magic bullet for these yards but the commitment of DF Barnes to securing a new future for the business at Burntisland, Methil and Arnish is a hugely positive step and I believe that gives BiFab the best chance of winning future contracts and securing new work."

DF Barnes CEO Jason Fudge said: "DF Barnes is excited to now have a major presence in Scotland.

"Scotland has been an admired world leader in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors and we are delighted to join with the employees of BiFab and the people of Scotland to ensure the continued growth of BiFab for the benefit of all.

"This is a great day for us."

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World Heritage Day event – last chance to book your place

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:53
  It is World Heritage Day tomorrow 18 April 2018 and Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) are holding an event at the Reid Concert Hall which you can book until close of business today. The event will be presented by EWH Director Adam Wilkinson who will offer an update on UK and international World Heritage sites. […]
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