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Edinburgh Science Festival 2019 – The Edinburgh Medal

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:41
The prestigious Edinburgh Medal is awarded to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) Ms Figueres was instrumental in the successful conclusion of the Paris talks. At the summit all the world’s nations agreed for the first time to a binding commitment to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. […]
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Missing man 'could be trying to reach the Highlands'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:43

Police say a man who has been missing for over a week might be trying to reach the Highlands.

James Cornforth, 36, was last seen leaving the cinema at the Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Leith, Edinburgh, shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, February 5.

Mr Cornforth is then thought to have gone to an address in the Waterfront Avenue area for a short period of time, but no-one has been able to contact him since.

Police later discovered he went to the Tesco Express store on Queensferry Road at around 5.40pm on the day of his disappearance. 

Mr Cornforth has a tribal sleeve tattoo on his right arm from his shoulder to elbow.

The missing man also has a coloured thistle tattoo on his right ankle and when last seen was wearing a grey hooded top, blue cotton jogging bottoms, trainers and a black waist-length jacket.

He has links to the Granton area of the city and may be seeking to travel to the Isle of Skye or Glencoe areas, police said.

Inspector David Hughes said: "As time passes we are becoming increasingly concerned for James's welfare and this is out of character for him not to be in contact with anyone for this length of time.

"We believe James may be using public transport or travelling on foot, and would ask anyone who may have seen, or spoken to him, since Tuesday, January 5, to contact us as soon as possible.

"Anyone who may have any information that can help our inquiries and trace James is asked to get in touch immediately."

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Edinburgh Science Festival 2019 ready for lift off

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:47
There is a subtle tweak in the name, but the ethos behind the festival remains the same – to get you interested in science no matter what your age. This year the theme is Frontiers. There is huge emphasis on the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing and taking the theme of breaking through […]
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T on the Fringe: 17 nostalgic images of the Meadowbank gigs

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:11
With Meadowbank Stadium in the midst of being demolished we've dug into the archives for photos of the T on the Fringe festival which was hosted at the sports stadium from 2005 to 2007.
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Conference organisers speak up against council cuts to marketing body

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:50
Edinburgh’s Disgrace: City’s global promotion in jeopardy as Europe’s top destination marketeers descend on the Capital Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of Destination Marketing Management Organisations (DMMOs) which is meeting in Edinburgh this week have had their say on proposed council budget cuts. The City of Edinburgh Council propose to axe the […]
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Edinburgh Science Festival inspired by moon landing

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:41

This year's Edinburgh Science Festival is taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a programme themed around "frontiers".

Some 270 events across more than 30 venues have been announced for the 2019 festival taking place over two weeks in April.

Organisers are promising a programme that pushes "the limits of our knowledge about ourselves, the world around us and the universe beyond", taking in subjects as diverse as the universe and space exploration, healthcare, the digital world, the environment and nature.

Highlights of the festival, which runs up to Easter Sunday, include a major free open-air exhibition in front of the Scottish Parliament which explores humans' influence on planet Earth.

Opening on March 20 and entitled A Human Touch, the collection of images promises to shine a light on the effects our hunger for resources have had on the planet - and some of the steps being taken to minimise the harm caused. 

Renowned scientists Professor Dame Anne Glover and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will examine the profile of female scientists and share their personal experiences of being women in their field of work.

'We know more and more each day, yet the unknown still outweighs the known. It is the desire to redress this balance that sits at the heart of science. And of our 2019 programme.' Amanda Tyndall.

Meanwhile, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees will explore the themes of his recent book, On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, while TV personalities Professor Richard Wiseman and Professor Jim Al-Khalili are also taking part in festival events.

The popular GastroFest returns to examine the science of food and drink, covering everything from gin and tonic to seafood. 

In the children's programme, five floors of hands-on science is scheduled at City Art Centre, while Experimentarium takes over The Pleasance venue with some cutting-edge science for youngsters.

Amanda Tyndall, creative director of the festival, said: "With new venues and partners and a programme packed full of events and ideas our frontiers theme sees us explore the research horizons of everything from the depths of the oceans to the furthest reaches of space and the intricate pathways of the human brain.

"We know more and more each day, yet the unknown still outweighs the known. It is the desire to redress this balance that sits at the heart of science. And of our 2019 programme."

Councillor Donald Wilson, the city council's culture and communities convener, said: "The Edinburgh Science Festival transforms the city into a celebration of science and technology every year and its 31st edition will be no exception.

"The Festival was the world's first, and remains Europe's biggest science festival and this year there will be hundreds of hands-on activities happening all over Edinburgh."

The festival will run from April 6-21.

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Discover Edinburgh Collected and share your memories of the capital

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:23
Edinburgh Collected is a place to share, explore and discuss your memories of Edinburgh. Join Edinburgh Collected and you’ll be contributing to an online community archive managed by Edinburgh Libraries. By adding pictures to Edinburgh Collected you will be helping to expand the city’s digital heritage collections and so enabling the Central Library to continue […]
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'Challenging' Forth Road Bridge repairs complete

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:19
The project was prompted by the discovery of a major fault which completely closed the Forth Road Bridge.
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Tributes to workman who died after falling from roof

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:12

Tributes have been paid to a workman who died after falling from the roof of a 19th-century mansion.

Nathan Craig died while working on the roof at Muirhouse Mansion on Marine Drive in Edinburgh at 11am on Tuesday.

Paramedics tried to save the Mr Craig, who was working at the property, before he later died.

A fundraising page for a memorial has been created in his memory.

It said: "We would like to raise funds to help towards a memorial for Nathan as he was taken Far too soon.

"Thoughts go out to all his friends and family. Every little penny helps."

https://www.gofundme.com/nathan-craig?fbclid=IwAR2PvHccW9PPD0ywrAV1lOro-3RZ2yP6ZGnApj8P0mMQCA_7jiIF-giO_ac | default

A friend said on social media: "Absolutely devastated, you were one in a million brother.

"It hits home that anything can happen to anyone. I'll definitely be holding my loved ones tighter and appreciating what I've got a lot more."

Another friend said: "In total shock, never take the time you spend with someone for granted.

"You never know what's round the corner. Rest easy Nathan Craig. Will be sadly missed by many."

A third added: "It was a pleasure having you as a mate of mine.

"It doesn't feel real we sat in mine on Saturday having a drink and a good laugh with some of the boys now you're not here. Fly high bro you will never be forgotten. This isn't goodbye this is just goodnight my man."

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Lawyer sues couple over 'growling' toilet at Airbnb flat

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:51

A lawyer is suing a high-profile couple from Hawaii in a bid to silence a "growling" toilet at their Airbnb flat in Fife.

James Morris claims he and his wife are being kept awake at night by a malfunctioning macerator system at a property rented out by Robert Curran and Jo McGarry-Curran, who lived in Honolulu.

The couple are well known on the Pacific island, with Mr Curran a sports broadcaster and his wife a vice-president at an international commercial property firm.

The dispute centres on a broken toilet system in a bathroom in a flat within a former fisherman's cottage in St Clair's Entry, Kinghorn.

The Morris's want an interdict imposed so the system can no longer be used.

A proof hearing at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard Mr Morris, 52, had kept a "detailed" diary of guests' arrivals, departures and bathroom habits.

He said he had compiled a diary - which included entries on Christmas Day - and said the "loud mechanical growling" sounded like a motorcycle revving or a chainsaw being started.

'The stress is dreadful. You don't know who is going to come in and what time they are going to come in at night' Susan Morris

Solicitor Andrew McLaughlin, for the Currans, suggested to Mr Morris that "the level of detail and breadth of the account you have spent time collating would fairly be described as obsessive".

Mr Morris denied it was an obsession and said he was "gathering evidence". He added that his records suggested American guests at the property tended to shower when they arrived and that women tended to use the toilet as soon as they got in.

His wife, Susan, 69, said: "The stress is dreadful. You don't know who is going to come in and what time they are going to come in at night."

An acoustics expert who gave evidence said the noise generated was well in excess of World Health Organisation guidelines.

He said: "Those guidelines say 30-35 decibels can bring people out of a deep sleep.

"The background level in the bedroom is 21 decibels. The source of the noise is the RPM of the macerator.

'It made her heavily suspicious that it was friends of Mr and Mrs Morris who wanted to have access to the property which was a great worry' Suzanne Gilfeather

"The noise level recorded from the macerator is a 12-to-17 decibel increase which is quite significantly higher than the five-decibel increase that the guidelines specify as majorly adverse.

"This is likely to cause sleep disturbance."

The Currans are battling the action and evidence was led on their behalf about the lengths to which Mr Morris had gone to keep his records.

Suzanne Gilfeather, who works as a cleaner for Mrs McGarry-Curran, said she felt "intimidated" by Mr Morris's "unhealthy obsession" with recording all movements in and out of the property.

Andrew McLaughlin, solicitor for the McGarry-Currans, asked: "Are you aware of what the neighbours think about it being an Airbnb?"

Miss Gilfeather replied: "I very much get the impression that it is a problem. She [Mrs Morris] has said we don't know who is arriving and who is coming and going.

"I'm not sure it's in your rights to know who is coming and going to your neighbouring property all the time."

Miss Gilfeather added that Jo McGarry-Curran had rejected a number of booking requests made by newly registered Airbnb users who gave their home location as Fife.

She said: "It made her heavily suspicious that it was friends of Mr and Mrs Morris who wanted to have access to the property which was a great worry."

Sheriff Grant McCulloch continued the proof for further evidence on a date yet to be set.

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Edinburgh students to row in the 2019 Boat Race

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:58
Edinburgh students, Sarah Cameron and Jenny McCormick, have been selected for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race 2019. After months of intense preparation, the final crews were announced today for the 24th annual race, which takes place on Saturday 23 March 2019. Sarah, representing Robert Gordon University, and Jenny, representing the University of Aberdeen, will […]
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AHSS lecture series – Glasgow School of Art restoration

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:26
Monday 4th March 2019 at St Andrew’s and St George’s Church George Street. Presented by LIZ DAVIDSON – Glasgow School of Art: Restoration Liz Davidson, senior project manager of the Mackintosh Building Restoration, speaks to The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Forth & Borders Group about the process of restoration at the Glasgow School of […]
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Mitchell injury blow as Hearts confirm two-month Smith absence

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:02
On-loan Manchester United wing-back Demetri Mitchell suffers injury as Hearts confirm Michael Smith faces two months out.
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Edinburgh is only UK city among top 20 ‘most liveable’ world cities for European expats

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:00
Edinburgh is the only UK city to be named in the top 20 most liveable cities in the world for European expats, due to its low levels of air pollution and crime.
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SERYFA round-up: Portobello Under-13s dressed to the nines

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:38
The top two sides in the Under-13 Division One table faced off in the Stewart Brien Cup last weekend – and it was Portobello who emerged comfortable winners against West Lothian FC.
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Concierge service helps the over 60s make a move with ease

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:16
The UK’s largest family owned removal firm, Bishop’s Move, which has a branch in Edinburgh, and McCarthy & Stone which is the leading developer of retirement communities for the over 60s, have combined in a partnership which ensures their clients get a much better customer service. They are used to high profile clients like the […]
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Federation of Sea Anglers on recruiting drive

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:01
Scottish sea angling bosses yesterday launched a recruiting drive. They are looking for fresh faces to build a strong pool for matches later this summer. Kirkcaldy-based Mike Horn, president of the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, said they have coaches and equipment in place. And they would be pleased to hear from experienced anglers and […]
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Edinburgh remains most liveable city in the UK for European expats

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 00:01
In yet another data driven piece of research, Edinburgh retains its place in the top 20 UK cities for those who have left Europe for UK shores, with Aberdeen at number 21. Scottish cities lead the way in the evaluation by ECA International based on health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to a social […]
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Wave energy technology tested at Edinburgh’s FloWave tank

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 00:01
Wave device could deliver clean energy to thousands of homes A wave energy technology is being developed that could help generate low-cost electricity for thousands of houses. The device costs less than conventional designs, has fewer moving parts, and is made of durable materials. It is designed to be incorporated into existing ocean energy systems […]
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Jersey Boys working their way back to Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 21:58
The ever-popular musical Jersey Boys – the remarkable story of one of the top bands in the world, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – is heading to the Edinburgh Playhouse next week. From their beginnings in New Jersey, USA to world-wide fame, Jersey Boys tells the story of one of the most successful bands […]
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