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Primary school to reopen after roof faults repaired

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:55

Pupils will return to a primary school on Tuesday after urgent roof repairs were carried out.

More faults were found in the roof and suspended ceilings of Oxgangs Primary in Edinburgh, just over two years after the incident which led to 17 temporary school closures in the capital.

Edinburgh Council said the building had now been given the all-clear following a full independent condition survey.

The council previously criticised the Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP), the body which maintains the 17 PPP1 schools, for the situation.

Checks have been carried out at the other 16 schools, which will also reopen following the Easter holiday on Tuesday.

Edinburgh Council chief executive Andrew Kerr said: "I'm pleased that pupils will be able to return from their Easter holidays to Oxgangs Primary and to other PPP1 schools as normal tomorrow.

"We have always stated that health and safety is paramount and our swift and decisive action has ensured that pupils - and their parents - didn't face any disruption to their education.

"Of course, I share parents' frustration that yet more issues have come to light and we continue to press ESP for a full explanation as to this latest failure."

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Oxgangs Primary pupils back to school

City of Edinburgh Council - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:54
Pupils will begin their summer term at Oxgangs Primary School as normal tomorrow (17 April).
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Panda health fears over housing plan near Edinburgh Zoo

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:50
Ministers may call in a planning application for new homes amid fears construction work may distress Edinburgh Zoo's pandas.
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Norwegian set to increase flights from Scotland and Ireland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:47
Following a settling in period, Norwegian Airlines has now announced that they will add 90,000 seats from Edinburgh, Dublin and Shannon airports to their winter schedule which runs from 28 October to 31 March 2019. The airline began with three routes from Edinburgh Airport to Providence, Stewart New York and to Hartford. While the Providence […]
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Field hockey – Edinburgh pair in Scottish Cup Final

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:12
Edinburgh University are fed-up being bridesmaids after being runners-up in the Scottish Cup Final twice inside the last four seasons. Bromac Kelburne and Grange have taken the silverware at their expense in recent campaigns. And it is Edinburgh rivals Grange, who were runners-up to Kelburne last season, who provide the opposition again on Saturday, May […]
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New funding to help spread the walking and cycling bug across Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:04
Events aimed at encouraging more and more people to walk and cycle are to be held in each of the four Edinburgh localities for the first time this year as part of a calendar of active travel events.
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Police campaign to raise awareness about the impact of stalking

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:10
During National Stalking Awareness Week which runs from Monday 16th until Friday 20th April 2018, Police Scotland will be working alongside partners at events to raise awareness of stalking and the devastating impact it can have on those affected. #ReportingStalking aims to support victims in the criminal justice system and highlight best practice which effectively […]
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Witness appeal following armed robbery at Scotmid store

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:59
Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery which took place at a Scotmid store on Walter Scott Avenue around 7.20pm on Sunday evening. A man with what appeared to be a handgun threatened counter staff and made off with three-figure sum of cash. The weapon was not discharged and no-one was injured. At this […]
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Man holds up Edinburgh shop with 'handgun'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:21
The armed robbery happened at Scotmid on Walter Scott Avenue on Sunday.
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Witness appeal following attempted break-in at Armadale shop

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:51
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted break-in which took place around 1.30am on Thursday 12 April at the Day-Today premises in the West Main Street area of Armadale. Four men arrived at the store in a dark-coloured saloon car and attempted to force entry to the front of the property. The suspects failed […]
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Armed robber points gun at 'terrified' shop staff in raid

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:41

An armed robber pointed a gun at staff during a raid on a shop.

The incident happened at Scotmid on Walter Scott Avenue in Edinburgh at 7.20pm on Sunday.

The man stole a three-figure sum of cash after a handgun was used to threaten the workers.

He is thought to be in his 30s, 5ft 6in and of a heavy build with brown facial hair.

The man was wearing a burgundy hoodie, a black baseball cap and navy tracksuit bottoms with white stripes.

He ran off towards Gilmerton Road.

Detective constable Stevie Herd said: "Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but it was a terrifying ordeal for members of staff in the store.

"We will do everything in our power to trace this individual and, while we are making our inquiries we are keen to speak to anyone with information that can assist us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Man suffers serious head injuries during street attack

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:28

A man has been seriously injured in a street attack.

The assault happened on Arran Crescent in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious head injuries following the incident at 12.20am on Saturday.

Officers cordoned off the street while investigations were carried out.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: " A 24-year-old man sustained injuries to his head during the attack and was taken to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where he continues to be treated.

"Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and anyone with information is asked to contact Kirkcaldy CID via 101."

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Johnnie Walker whisky visitor centre to be built in city

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:28

Drinks giant Diageo is to construct a new whisky visitor centre in Edinburgh as part of a £150m investment.

The Johnnie Walker visitor experience aims to bring to life "the story of the world's most popular Scotch whisky" and welcome millions of visitors each year.

Diageo will also upgrade facilities in its existing network of 12 distilleries in order to boost whisky tourism.

The firm said the £150m plan, which will be implemented over three years, is Scotland's biggest single investment in whisky tourism.

As well as the new centre in Edinburgh, four distilleries which produce Johnnie Walker will form part of a Scotland-wide tour based on the drink.

Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish distilleries represent four regional flavour variations of whisky, Lowland, Speyside, Island and Highland respectively.

Diageo said the plans will provide fresh opportunities for unemployed young people to learn new skills.

Sites around the centre of Edinburgh are being assessed for the new facility.

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Politicians have welcomed the investment, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying: "This significant investment will not only help attract more tourists to Scotland, offering world class visitor experiences, but it also underlines the fundamental importance of the whisky sector to Scotland's economy.

"Last week, I launched Scotland is Now, a new campaign that will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country's world-leading assets, such as whisky, to a global audience.

"Today's announcement highlights to the world that Scotland is a leading destination for tourists and business investors."

Scottish secretary David Mundell said: "Whisky is hugely important to Scotland's economy, it is not just our biggest export, but an iconic product which draws visitors here from around the world.

"The UK Government is wholehearted in its support for the industry - we froze duty rates again at the last Budget, and are determined to open up new markets around the world as we leave the EU. I welcome Diageo's major new investment.

"It is hugely exciting, not just for Scotland but for whisky drinkers around the world who want to learn more about the history and traditions of our national drink."

'For decades to come our distilleries will play a big role in attracting more international visitors to Scotland.' Ivan Menezes, Diageo chief executive

Diageo chief executive, Ivan Menezes, said: "Scotch is at the heart of Diageo, and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland's tourism industry.

"For decades to come our distilleries will play a big role in attracting more international visitors to Scotland.

"I am also delighted we will be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to help the next generation, through mentor programmes and skills training."

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'Losing the captaincy made me hungrier' - Bradbury

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:22
Back-row Magnus Bradbury says he has emerged a more determined player after being stripped of the Edinburgh captaincy.
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Scots schoolboy attacked by shark while on holiday

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:16

A Scottish schoolboy has survived being bitten by a shark while on holiday in the Bahamas.

Shane McConnell, 12, suffered injuries to his legs when he was attacked by a bull shark in a harbour in Bimini Island.

Doctors believe the tough rubber swimming shoes Shane was wearing helped to prevent more serious injuries.

Shane, from Balerno in Edinburgh, still had to have 53 stitches after being rushed to hospital following the ordeal earlier this month.

He said: "I was walking along the marina when it happened. I put my hand over my eyes to block the sun out because it was so bright, and accidentally tripped on a metal cleat and fell into the sea.

"I was scared, because I knew there were sharks around - I had seen the shadow of one earlier that day.

"I knew I had to get to the ladder, but my lucky cap had flown off my head and floated away.

"I swam to grab it and, when I was swimming back to the ladder, I saw half a shark's body come out of the water.

"I saw its tail and fin - it was big and it was grey.

"I was splashing a lot, and I think it thought I was food thrown in for it."

'I saw Shane's blonde hair and his cap, and my legs turned to jelly. I started shaking and crying.' Debbie McConnell

He went on: "I shouted for help when I saw it, but then it disappeared under me.

"I felt it brush my hand - I thought it had missed me."

After he got back to shore security guards saw he shark had sunk its teeth into his feet. Shane had gone into shock and did not initially realise he had been bitten.

Shane's father Jim, 56, a support worker for adults with special needs, was first to arrive at the scene.

He said: "I saw someone laying on the ground. I recognised the T-shirt and shorts and I knew it was Shane. I ran over, and immediately went into first aid mode.

"At first I thought he had climbed down the ladder to feed the sharks and actually started giving him a row.

"But then I saw his feet and the large puncture wounds, and saw the blood after the towels had been taken off. I realised it was serious."

Shane's mum Debbie, 48, a supermarket worker, arrived a few minutes later, after being told by strangers at the pool about a shark attack at the harbour.

She said: "I saw Shane's blonde hair and his cap, and my legs turned to jelly. I started shaking and crying.

"I was in shock. I couldn't believe it, and I ran over to him and held his hand.

"Shane kept saying he was alright and reassuring me, but it was the adrenaline in him I think - that's why he couldn't feel any pain.

"I just kept thinking what could have happened. What if? He could have lost his feet or his legs, or worse, been killed."

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Missing boy, 12, found safe and well in Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:31

A 12-year-old boy who went missing from his home in Edinburgh has been found safe.

Police launched a search for Jamie Boyd after he was last seen near the Toby Carvery in Howdenhall Road, Gracemount on Sunday evening.

He failed to make contact with family or friends after going missing.

Police Scotland have now announced Jamie was found safe and well in the Edinburgh area during the night.

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Painkillers in pregnancy may affect babies' future fertility

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 01:23
Edinburgh University found the drugs may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA.
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The launch of the Royal Yacht Britannia 65 years ago

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 01:17
Watch footage of the launch of the Royal Yacht Britannia from the John Brown shipyard in Clydebank on April 16, 1953.
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Art exhibition – Alan McIntyre at Central Library

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:30
New Art Show by Alan McIntyre, Edinburgh blind artist. 2 – 30 May 2018. Exhibition Art & Design Library, Central Library, George IV Bridge EH1 1EG. A series of paintings which are based on remembered cinema moments in time by Edinburgh blind artist. This is the first time that these paintings that have been worked […]
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Alex Salmond Unleashed is back on the road

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:24
As he told me in New York, Alex Salmond is touring with his Unleashed show this week to both Dundee and Edinburgh when his guest will be Carla Ponsati former Catalonian minister. The other guest will be Professor Ponsati’s solicitor Aamer Anwar. Walked into a bar and met….. #NYCTW @AlexSalmondShow pic.twitter.com/HYRJSwX8kC — Edinburgh Reporter (@EdinReporter) […]
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