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Free entry at Musselburgh on Wednesday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:41
Musselburgh Racecourse marks the resumption of UK racing after the outbreak of equine flu with free entry for all racegoers at tomorrow’s 13 February meeting. The East Lothian course, along with Plumpton, Kempton and Southwell, got the green light to race from the British Horseracing Authority who lifted a six day ban on all racing […]
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At the Queen’s Hall – Mackay’s Memoirs

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:01
2019 is the 40th anniversary of The Queen’s Hall and the 20th anniversary of Martyn Bennett’s final, and some would say best, piece.  Mackay’s Memoirs, a composition for pipes, clarsach and orchestra, was written for the students of The City of Edinburgh Music School in honour of the late Dr Kenneth A Mackay of Badenoch. A beautiful piece […]
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Go on safari this Valentine’s Day

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:01
Highland Safaris offers truly romantic Valentine’s Day experiences!   Dash off with a loved one on the day or this weekend to have your own Unique Journey of Discovery at Highland Safaris near Aberfeldy – winner of the ‘Best Visitor Experience’ in Scotland. Highland Safaris combines the Red Deer Centre, where you can get up close and personal, feeding […]
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Frasers building to be turned into whisky visitor centre

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:49

A former House of Fraser building in Edinburgh is set to be turned into a Johnnie Walker visitor centre.

If the £150m proposals are given the go-ahead, the whisky attraction could create 180 jobs in the capital.

A planning application to transform the seven-storey building has now been submitted by Edinburgh City Council and Johnnie Walker owner Diageo.

The famous clock on the corner of Princes Street and Hope Street would be restored under the proposals.

David Cutter, chairman of Diageo in Scotland, said: "We are incredibly excited to be able to submit our plans for the Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Edinburgh.

"The location is one of Edinburgh's most exceptional landmark buildings and we plan to restore it to its former glory as a cornerstone of the city and a thriving part of its cultural and social life."

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Diageo said it was transforming its existing 12 distillery visitor attractions across Scotland and investing £35m to reopen distilleries in Port Ellen and Brora.

Whisky from Diageo's distilleries all over Scotland contribute to Johnnie Walker, but four distilleries, Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish, will be linked directly to the Johnnie Walker venue in Edinburgh.

The branch of House of Fraser closed in September after the chain was taken over by Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

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Fly into town with a chauffeur driven car straight from your plane

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:28
There is a new luxury addition at Edinburgh airport. Now you can order a new chauffeur service to pick you up from the tarmac and take you to your destination. Working with Edinburgh Executive Carriages, the airport’s preferred chauffeur service, domestic passengers can be met by their driver at the foot of the plane steps, taken […]
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Horse racing set to resume after equine flu outbreak

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:26

Horse racing will resume in Britain on Wednesday following a six-day shutdown caused by an outbreak of equine influenza.

The British Horseracing Authority had placed more than 170 yards into lockdown in an attempt to halt the spread of the highly-contagious virus, with all meetings last Thursday cancelled the previous night.

However, following a period of extensive testing and after seeking the advice of a series of veterinary experts, the ruling body gave the go-ahead for a resumption late on Monday - but with strict biosecurity controls in place.

Scheduled fixtures at Musselburgh on Wednesday will therefore take place.

The BHA's chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea said: "Our approach since hearing about the first positive results last Wednesday has been based on accumulating as much information as we could as quickly as possible so we could properly understand the risks of this virulent strain of flu spreading to more horses.

"That would be harmful to them and damaging to any trainers' yards that became infected.

"It has also been our intention to ensure that we avoid an issue that could result in a long-term disruption to racing with the risk of many of our major events being unduly impacted."

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The Cairncross Review is out today

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:58
In 2018 the UK Government commissioned a report on how to safeguard the future sustainability of the press. It has now produced its independent review, under the chairmanship of Dame Frances Cairncross, who is also Chair of the Court of Heriot-Watt University and a former economic journalist. It calls for changes to enable what it […]
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Book review – The Storyteller by Chris Trotter

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:46
Take a story about a troubled family – depressed and rejected son,  rebellious daughter,  aggressive father and  alcoholic mother – and wrap it around with a mystic, Arabian Nights-style narrative, throw in a pinch of spice in the form of a reminiscence of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain and the result is […]
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Share the love this Valentine’s Day – enter the Ross Fountain competition

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:28
Nicola and Willem love West Princes Street Gardens so much they had their wedding photos taken there. Willem from Barcelona fell in love with Edinburgh while here on holiday in 2014. He met Nicola in 2016 and they often shared lunch in the gardens while Nicola was working locally. They were then married in the […]
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New plans submitted for Haymarket gap site

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:00
The end could be in sight for one of the Capital’s biggest gap sites after a developer initiated the first steps of the planning process.
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Tesco helps community projects in its centenary year

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:50
Bags of Help Centenary Grants deliver huge funding boost in Edinburgh. Tesco is marking its centenary year by offering community projects in Edinburgh the chance to bag their share of a huge £100,000 funding pot. As part of the supermarket’s anniversary celebrations, community organisations from across the city are invited to share in the funding during […]
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LEAFA round-up: Tranent make Miller Cup final | Six of best for Edinburgh South Vics

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:30
Premier League Tranent secured their place in the final of the Miller Cup as they edged their last-four clash with North Merchiston Vale 2-1.
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Autistic adults sought for tech jobs in Scotland

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 01:31
A social enterprise aims to create jobs for autistic consultants at a new base in Edinburgh.
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CityFibre agrees contract to extend fibre network in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:01
The company CityFibre which is aiming to take fibre connectivity to 5 million homes by 2025 has agreed a deal with infrastructure provider Amey to roll out the £100m fibre network to Edinburgh homes and businesses. Work begins in Balerno this week in residential streets. This is one of the first partnerships for the company […]
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'Frail' Edinburgh couple granted leave to stay in UK

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:44
The Home Office has told Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, that they will be issued with visas within days.
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Iranian grandparents of rugby star given leave to remain

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:26

The Iranian grandparents of Scottish rugby star Damien Hoyland have been granted leave to remain in the UK after the Home Office reversed a decision to deport them.

Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and his wife, Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, had been told they must return to Iran despite their children, grandchildren and great-grandchild all residing in the UK.

The couple have lived in Edinburgh since the 1970s, originally coming over when Mr Saberi was a student in Edinburgh.

An online petition calling for the deportation decision to be reversed garnered more than 125,000 signatures and on Monday it emerged that the couple have been given leave to remain in the UK.

In a statement, Mr Saberi and Mrs Habibimarand's son Navid Saberi said: "You did it folks, you did it, thank you does not sound/feel enough but thank you. My parents will not be deported, just received the confirmation. Thank you for all your efforts, likes, shares and signatures.

"I should thank John Vassiliou, our solicitor, and his team who stuck with us in the last six years and never gave up hope and kept us motivated.

"In addition, I would like to thank our MP Ian Murray who worked incredibly hard, raising the issue in the House of Commons and in the Council of Europe. He has been amazing.

"Many thanks also go to the Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Macpherson MSP and regional MSPs Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman who all wrote letters on our behalf, and also to David Lammy MP and Diane Abbott MP for helping to raise the case's profile on social media.

"Lastly, I would like to thank Amelia Hill, Kaye Nicolson, James Matthews, Mary McCool, Elizabeth Burden, Zamira Rahim, Rima Amin, and Amanda Coakley just to name a few (sorry if I've missed names).

"You gave us joy and proved that hope still lives in this country. We are forever grateful and wish we could thank you individually."

Mr Saberi and Mrs Habibimarand's leave will be valid for a period of 30 months and will be renewable every 30 months until completion of a total of 120 months in the UK.

This means that in around ten years' time they will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain and one year after that, if they wish to do so, they may apply for British citizenship.

John Vassiliou, the solicitor dealing with the case said the total cost to the couple throughout this process will come to almost £20,000.

He stated: " This is the price of a human rights visa... and this is the price that all those granted leave to remain in the UK on human rights grounds must face.

" Over the last few years, costs have risen to a level tantamount to binding 'successful' applicants to ten years of indentured servitude to the Home Office; all in the name of continuing to remain in the UK after it has already been accepted that their removal would breach the UK's human rights obligations."

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Scottish Cup draw: Holders Celtic to face Hibernian in quarter-finals

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:21
Celtic will continue their defence of the Scottish Cup against Hibernian at Easter Road in next month's quarter-finals.
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Residents urged to check gardens for missing woman

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:58

Police are urging people in East Lothian to check their gardens and sheds following the disappearance of a 70-year-old woman.

Christine Robb, who has Alzheimer's disease, was last seen in Haddington at around 2.45pm on Monday.

She was spotted at that time in Lodge Street, walking towards High Street, and was reported missing around and hour and a half later.

Police Scotland said inquiries have been carried out, but so far there have been no sightings of her.

She is described as 4ft 11ins, with a slim build and white hair.

She was last seen wearing dark trousers, a light blue or grey waist-length coat with a hood, dark beanie hat and brown boots with a fur lining at the top.

Inspector John Scott, of Haddington police station, said: "Christine suffers from Alzheimer's disease and has no money or mobile phone with her.

"It's possible she has been seen in the town centre but I would ask people to check their gardens and outbuildings.

"If you have seen a woman matching Christine's description, please contact police immediately."

UPDATE: Ms Robb was found safe and well on Monday evening. The public have been thanked for their assistance. 

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Academics speak out against proposed cuts to Marketing Edinburgh’s budget

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:56
Over 75 of Edinburgh’s academics have united in condemning the cuts to Marketing Edinburgh’s budget proposed by The City of Edinburgh Council. Without warning the draft budget which will be voted on next week includes an 89% reduction in financial support for the marketing body in just two years. Part of the Marketing Edinburgh organisation […]
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At the Eric Liddell Centre – music workshop with a Chinese orchestra

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:36
Internationally Renowned Chinese Orchestra to Lead Music Workshop An award winning orchestra from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics is helping to celebrate the Year of the Pig by leading workshops on traditional Chinese musical instruments. The Rainbow Musical Society will host the session as part of a burgeoning relationship between the Eric Liddell Centre, […]
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