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Lottery winners serve Christmas dinner to RAF veterans

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:50

A group of Scottish lottery winners have served up a special Christmas dinner to RAF veterans in Fife.

The 18 winners donned their aprons to dish up dinner and drinks near the military base at Leuchars on Tuesday.

Scratchcards were laid on the tables in the hopes some of the winners luck would rub off on the guests.

Jim Forbes, who won £650,000 in 2017, said: "I wanted to come along because I'm an ex-vet myself, 22 years in the Air Force and as soon as I found out it was for the veterans, there was no way I was staying away."

"It's been a good laugh," his wife Pam added.

"Decorating with Christmas lights, what's not to like?"

Pam explained that since winning the lottery, it was important for the Tayport couple to give back to the local community.

"Especially when it's the area you live in, you're able to give something back and this is a really good cause," she said.

Fred and Lesley Higgins from Laurencekirk, who won £58m earlier this year despite a shopkeeper ripping up their ticket, said the event was a great opportunity to give back to local good causes.

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Lesley said: "It's the first time we've had the opportunity to meet other winners, and we haven't done anything for charity yet this year so far, other than donate some things so we thought we would get involved.

Fred added: "We started donating a lot more to smaller and more local charities that will benefit as they don't get vast amounts like the big charities get.

Joe Stanfield, who previously served at Leuchars, said the Christmas dinner was a great opportunity for veterans to meet up.

"It's a fantastic occasion, it gets everyone together."

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Groundbreaking centre to be launched for Edinburgh and the Lothians

City of Edinburgh Council - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:41
A pioneering centre for children, young people and adults who have been victims of sexual assault and other forms of abuse and neglect is to be created for Edinburgh and the Lothians.
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Missing woman dies after collapsing in hospital   

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:57

A missing woman has died after collapsing at a hospital.

Amanda Cox, from Peebles, was found at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at 10pm on Monday.

She was later pronounced dead.

Her death is being treated as unexplained but is not suspicious.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

"Our thoughts are sympathies are with Amanda's family and friends at this time."

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'Two-year backlog' for Edinburgh road repairs

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:04
Only 36% of scheduled prioritised road projects in Edinburgh are expected to be finished by March.
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The 1950s shine for Leith tenants

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:53
Tenants from an Edinburgh retirement housing development have been taken back in time with a play showcasing Leith in the fifties. Joined by pupils from Abbeyhill Primary School last week tenants from Bield’s Gordon Court were treated to a first glimpse of the production of ‘Moonshine on Leith’ – inspired by the tales of the […]
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CCTV appeal after train conductor assault in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:39
The male attacker boarded a Kirkcaldy-bound service with another man at Edinburgh Haymarket on 2 December.
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Edinburgh’s road repairs backlog ‘could take two years to clear’

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:27
EDINBURGH’s road repairs backlog could take two years to clear, a senior official has warned.
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Missing 15-year-old girl found dead next to monument

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:24

The body of a missing 15-year-old girl has been found next to a monument.

The discovery was made on Calton Hill in Edinburgh at 6.30am on Saturday.

A major search was carried out to find the girl, who went missing in the early hours of the morning.

The area has been cordoned off while investigations are being carried out.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Edinburgh are investigating following the death of a 15-year-old girl, who was found on Calton Hill, at around 6.30am on Saturday.

"The girl had been reported missing during the early hours of Saturday morning and search activity was under way to trace her prior to the discovery of her body.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing."

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Put on your festive footwear for CHAS this Friday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:23
Edinburgh’s Watsonian Hockey Club (WHC) Youth Players are pulling on their festive footwear to raise much needed funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – and they’re urging you to do the same to help give families the greatest gift of all this Christmas – precious time together. The national children’s […]
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Robert Philip has a new book out – with its own musical accompaniment

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:09
You will need a really big stocking to put this book in, but it is a good recommendation for the music lover in your life. We spoke to Robert Philip who lives here in Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 music talks as well as the author of two previous books. […]
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CCTV released after train conductor attacked at station

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:38

CCTV has been released of a man after a train conductor was attacked at a station.

Two men boarded a Kirkcaldy-bound service at Edinburgh Haymarket before one became threatening and aggressive to passengers.

As the train reached Edinburgh Gateway, a conductor asked the man to leave the service as a result of his behaviour.

He then followed the conductor onto the platform where he assaulted him at 9.20pm on December 2.

Officers have released CCTV in a bid to find a man who may have information about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.

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Body of teenage girl found on Calton Hill in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:34
The 15-year-old was found dead on Calton Hill after she was reported missing in Edinburgh on Saturday.
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Gene study unravels redheads mystery

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:57
Researchers at Edinburgh University carry out out the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.
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LEAFA round-up: Meadowbank move to within a point of Barca 97 | Westside AFC cup success

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:30
Meadowbank cut Barca Milton 97’s lead at the top of the LEAFA Championship to just a point as they put four past Newcraighall Leith Vics in a 4-2 victory.
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Scientists unlock mystery of how red hair is inherited

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:16

Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.

Previously, it was thought that red hair is controlled by a single gene known as MC1R, with versions of the gene having to be passed on from both the mother and the father.

However, not everyone carrying two red-haired versions is a redhead, meaning that other genes had to be involved.

The team examined DNA from almost 350,000 people who had taken part in the UK Biobank study.

When they compared redheads with people with brown or black hair, scientists identified eight previously-unknown genetic differences that are associated with ginger hair.

The team also looked at the functions of the genes they identified and found that some of them work by controlling when MC1R is switched on or off.

The researchers also uncovered differences in almost 200 genes associated with blondes and brunettes.

Professor Albert Tenesa, of the university's Roslin Institute, said: "We are very pleased that this work has unravelled most of the genetic variation contributing to differences in hair colour among people."

Professor Ian Jackson, of the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit at the university, said: "We were able to use the power of UK Biobank, a huge and unique genetic study of half a million people in Britain, which allowed us to find these effects."

The study, published in Nature Communications, was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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Drop of Moonshine does elderly tenants a lot of good

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:00
TENANTS at an Edinburgh retirement home have been transported back in time with a play showcasing Capital life in the 1950s.
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Midlothian Army wife praised by PM for sending Christmas gifts to troops

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:00
Christmas is traditionally a time for getting together with family and friends to eat, drink and fall asleep in front of the Doctor Who Christmas special.
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Businessman plans Scottish stock exchange

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:27
The exchange, it is claimed, could improve opportunities for Scottish businesses to raise finance.
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Children in tears after snow scuppers Edinburgh-Lapland trip to see Santa

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:02
Scores of children have been left heartbroken after a flight taking them on a dream trip to Lapland to meet Santa was redirected thanks to bad weather.
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Edinburgh named best city in the world to live

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:12
Edinburgh has been named the best city to live in the world thanks to its low crime rate, high levels of education and the overall health of its workforce, according to a new study.
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