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Letter from Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:13
The grim reaper of Brexit is haunting us here in Scotland.  As negotiations began in Brussels this week, and Britain made her first concessions, there are growing fears that the forecasts of economic doom are going to be proved true. Farmers at this weekend’s Royal Highland Show outside Edinburgh are worried what it will mean […]
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Watched chimps change their hunting habits

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:42
Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.
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Born to be king

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 01:36
A new exhibition reveals hidden depths to a tumultuous period of Scottish history.
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Hostages (Mdzevlebi) (2017) 104 mins ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:52
Made in Georgian and Russian with English subtitles, Hostages tells the true story of seven young Georgian people from elite families who decided to hijack a plane to get them to the west in 1983.  The tension builds as the young people exchange a Beatles’ album and money for guns and a fake hand grenade. […]
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EIFF – R.A.I.D. Special Unit (Raid Dingue) (2016) 105 mins ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:56
Johanna Paquali (Alice Pol) is desperate to become one of the elite police team in Paris but her attempts thus far have been hampered by her overt clumsiness and her ability to do the wrong thing at the wrong time.  The daughter of a government minister (Michel Blanc) and fiancee of Edouard, the heir to […]
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Royal Highland Show 2017 – in photos

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:27
What strikes you most about farmers is that they really love their animals. And when they bring them to the Royal Highland Show they take great care of them before and also while they are there. We saw hairdryers and hair spray being used on some cattle and also a kind of cattle wash where […]
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EIFF – Kaleidoscope (2016) 100 mins ****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:20
This unsettling, tense thriller moves back and forth through the film’s timeline causing the viewer to try and work out a sequence of events and to distinguish what is reality from what lies in Carl’s (Toby Jones) tortured imagination.  In rehabilitation after a spell in prison, middle-aged Carl contacts a young call girl (a mesmeric […]
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Royal Highland Show 2017 – At the Co-op stand

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:51
On the first day of the Royal Highland Show, Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity met with Ciara Gorst, head of agriculture for the Co-op, to hear how about the ways in which the retailer is supporting the Scottish agricultural industry. Visitors to the Royal Highland Show can enjoy a variety of […]
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Edinburgh pub involved in nationwide craft beer festival

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:47
A craft beer festival is being staged at Hector’s in Edinburgh until 15 July, celebrating the amber nectar in its many forms. The Stockbridge local in Deanhaugh Street offers an extensive choice including bottle, can and cask beer. The idea is to give customers the opportunity to try a number of refreshing brews and the […]
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Witness appeal after city centre sex attack

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:57
A police investigation is underway after a 26-year-old woman was subjected to a sex attack in Rose Street Lane around 4am on Tuesday morning. The attacker, who walked with a limp and a walking stick made off toward Hope Street. Detective Inspector Donnie MacLeod said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the victim and we […]
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Witness appeal following Cowgate attack

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:55
Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault that took place between 2am and 3am on Friday 16th June in the Cowgate area of the city. A 29-year-old man was walking towards the Grassmarket when he was struck to the side of his face and knocked unconscious. He sustained serious facial injuries and had […]
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Dundee sign Lewis Spence and extend Kostadin Gadzhalov stay

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:24
Dundee sign midfielder Lewis Spence on a one-year deal and extend defender Kostadin Gadzhalov's stay for another year.
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Woman in 'frightening' indecent assault in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:12
The man attacked the 26-year-old in Rose Street Lane at about 04:00 on Tuesday.
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'Cowardly' attack leaves man with serious facial injuries

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:56

A man suffered serious facial injuries in a "cowardly" attack in the centre of Edinburgh.

Police have appealed for witnesses following the assault in the Cowgate between 2am and 3am on Friday, June 16.

The 29-year-old was walking towards the Grassmarket when he was struck on the side of his face by another man and was knocked unconscious.

He sustained serious facial injuries and had to attend the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.

The suspect is described as white in his 20s with dark, brown hair and an English accent.

At the time of the incident he was wearing blue jeans and a shirt, and may have been with two other people shortly before the assault.

Detective Sergeant Jon Pleasance from Gayfield CID said: "This was a cowardly attack on a man who sustained serious facial injuries that required medical treatment.

"We're still conducting inquiries in order to establish the full circumstances and are eager to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has information about who was responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Standard Life's £11bn merger given go-ahead by watchdog

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:56

The £11bn merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management has been given the green light by a competition watchdog.

On Thursday the Competition and Markets Authority said it has decided not to refer the merger to an in-depth investigation, paving the way for the deal's completion in August.

In May, Edinburgh-based Standard Life revealed it expected the move would shed around 800 jobs from a global workforce of 9000 over a three-year period.

On Monday, shareholders overwhelmingly backed the tie-up, with more than 95% of investors at Aberdeen and 98% at Standard Life voting in favour of the deal during general meetings.

The enlarged company, to be called Standard Life Aberdeen, will be headed up by Keith Skeoch and Aberdeen boss Martin Gilbert.

The merger will create Europe's second-biggest fund manager, with £670bn under its management.

It is targeting cost savings of £200m a year.

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Woman targeted in 'frightening' city centre sex attack

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:52

A woman was targeted in a "frightening" sex attack by a man in Edinburgh city centre.

The 26-year-old victim was in Rose Street Lane around 4am on Tuesday when she spoke with the man for a short time.

Police said the man, who walked with a limp and had a walking stick, indecently assaulted her, before he walking to Hope Street.

Officers are appealing to trace workmen who were in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the incident.

Detective inspector Donnie MacLeod said: "This was a very frightening ordeal for the victim and we are now pursuing various lines of inquiry to trace the male responsible, whom we have a very detailed description of.

"Despite the early hour, there were potentially a number of witnesses in the area and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious on Rose Street Lane or Rose Street to contact police immediately.

"In particular, we are keen to speak to some workmen who the victim believes were working nearby at the time of the attack and these individuals are asked to get in touch to help with our investigation."

The suspect is described as being in his mid-20s, around 6ft with short brown hair.

He walked with a limp, used a metal walking stick and was carrying a rucksack. At the time of the attack he was wearing blue jeans, a grey T-shirt and black trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101.

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Jacobite treasures from Vatican go on display in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:48
The artefacts will be on show at the National Museum of Scotland in the largest exhibition on the Jacobites to be held in 70 years.
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Hibs fan injured friend after mistaking him for rival

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:38

A Hibs fan hit his friend over the head with a chair when he mistook him for a rival Hearts supporter in a mass brawl.

Terrence Gilmour assaulted Callum Walker after the pair had been drinking together following a Scottish Cup tie between the Edinburgh clubs.

Fans of the Easter Road club were drinking at the International Bar following the 0-0 draw in February this year when Hearts supporter turned up and the disorder ensued.

A large scale disturbance then broke out between the two sets of fans and 34-year-old Gilmour, of Edinburgh, grabbed a chair from the bar and stepped outside.

At that point Mr Walker had already made his way outside and had become involved in a tussle with one of the Hearts supporters.

Not recognising his friend, Gilmour repeatedly brought the chair down on his head and only realised who he was hitting when Mr Walker fell to the ground.

The police arrived shortly after and several arrest were made. Mr Walker was taken to hospital with head injuries inflicted by his friend.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, Gilmour, who has two previous convictions for football related disorders, pled guilty to assaulting his friend in Brougham Street on February 12.

During the trial Sheriff Nigel Ross was told by fiscal depute, Aidan Higgins, it was a "clear case of mistaken identity."

Gilmour was placed on a drug testing order ahead of sentencing, which was deferred for background reports.

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Police hunt ‘suspicious’ man seen at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:15
A police investigation is underway after staff at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary became suspicious of a man earlier today. Officers were called to the hospital just after 9am this morning and along with NHS security carried out a search of the area however the man has not been traced at this time. A police spokesperson […]
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Station with three passengers faces closure

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:08
Breich Station on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route would be the first Scottish station to be shut in 31 years.
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