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Police target uninsured drivers during week of action

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 04:42
Uninsured drivers are to be targeted next week by Police Scotland, in partnership with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), in a week of action starting on Monday 16 October and running through to Sunday 22 October. Police Scotland has advised all drivers to ensure they are covered by valid insurance, prior to the campaign starting […]
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Ice hockey – Capitals in firing line

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:33
Brendan Brooks yesterday told his misfiring squad: “Beat Edinburgh and end this losing run.” The former Fife Flyers star was gutted when the Kirkcaldy club whipped them 7-1 at Braehead last Saturday. That took the losing streak to four games. On Saturday (7pm), Clan entertain Capitals in the Elite League and the visitors come into […]
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Speedway – Masters top scores but Monarchs crash

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:28
SGB Championship: Peterborough Panthers 54, Edinburgh Monarchs 38 Peterborough: Jack Holder 11, rider replacement for Bradley Wilson-Dean, Paul Starke 7, Ulrich Ostergaard 12, Chris Harris 10, Simon Lambert 11, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 3 Edinburgh: Ricky Wells 7, rider replacement for Josh Pickering, Sam Masters 12, Mark Riss 4, Erik Riss 11, Max Clegg 2, Mitchell Davey […]
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Two top-flight Scottish clubs are hit by fraud

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:12
Hearts and Hamilton are targeted by fraudsters, with Hamilton losing a "substantial sum".
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Pony who tried to eat the Queen's posy earns promotion

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:37

An army Shetland Pony who made the news after trying to eat the Queen's posy has earned a promotion.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland's mascot, Lance Corporal Cruachan 4th, can now add another stripe to his ceremonial uniform after being made a Corporal.

Cruachan, aged nine, is based at Edinburgh's Redford Barracks and has been the official mascot of the regiment since his current stablemate and companion, Cruachan 3rd, retired in September 2012 after more than 20 years in the role.

His handler, Pony Major Mark Wilkinson, has been with him since then and has trained him in the drill and etiquette skills required for his high-profile ceremonial role.

Since taking on the job, Cruachan and Major Wilkinson have led countless parades and attended hundreds of regimental events all over the world, including many in the presence of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

'With any luck, if he keeps his nose out of posies and away from royal fingers in the future, he can keep those two stripes!' Army spokesman

This summer, Cruachan made global headlines when he was caught on camera attempting to eat the Queen's posy of flowers during an official visit to Stirling Castle.

It follows an incident last year when, in a documentary entitled The Day I Met The Queen to commemorate her 90th birthday, he ate presenter Carol Kirkwood's glove.

A spokesman for the Army in Scotland said: "Cruachan is a very special colleague to everyone in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

"He delights all members of the public who meet him, young and old.

"We always reward hard work in the Army and he thoroughly deserves his promotion to Corporal.

"With any luck, if he keeps his nose out of posies and away from royal fingers in the future, he can keep those two stripes!"

Cruachan has spent the summer at Balmoral as part of the Royal Guard, during the Queen's annual residence at her Balmoral estate.

He was promoted to Corporal after a summer of exemplary work.

Cruachan and his handler have also appeared in front of hundreds of thousands of audience members at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, where they have led the Guard of Honour at the show's finale on many occasions.

Along with every other candidate for promotion, Cruachan had to attend his promotion course at Redford Barracks' Army Education Centre and left with a certificate and a brilliant report from his instructors.

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Hibernian v Aberdeen

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:12
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Scottish Premiership game between Hibernian and Aberdeen.
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Ross County v Heart of Midlothian

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:08
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Scottish Premiership game between Ross County and Heart of Midlothian.
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Lothian Thistle striker’s cracker wins Scottish Cup award

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:37
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale striker Sam Nhamburo has won the William Hill Scottish Cup ‘Goal of the First Round’ award.
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Friends of the Earth say climate change is an emergency

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:36
Activists from Friends of the Earth Scotland inflated a huge two metre in diameter globe outside The Scottish Government headquarters at St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh today, to highlight the emergency of climate change, and to urge greater action from The Scottish Government. The globe was created using NASA heat maps that show average temperature […]
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Museum on the Mound is closing

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:20
Alex Staniforth is a Green councillor on the City of Edinburgh Council and is also the culture spokesperson. He brought to our attention that the Museum on the Mound in the former Bank of Scotland building is closing later this year. This is a museum which tells the story of money and the Bank of […]
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Son loses Supreme Court bid over burial of his parents

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:15

A man seeking to prevent a council from burying his parents who both died more than 20 years ago has lost a bid to have the UK's highest court hear the case.

Earlier this year Lord Mulholland granted Edinburgh City Council the authority to bury Eugenois and Hilda Marcel after their son made no arrangements to do so.

Instead, he kept their remains at a property in Edinburgh for several years.

Hilda Marcel died on February 10, 1987, aged 68, while Eugenois died on August 31, 1994, aged 91.

Their son Melvyn Marcel appealed against Lord Mulholland's decision but Court of Session judges rejected his appeal in July.

On Friday, Mr Marcel asked judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh for permission to have the case heard by the UK Supreme Court in London.

A Judicial Office spokesman said permission was refused by judges.

In May 2002, police investigating another matter discovered the couple had not been buried but were stored in their son's premises on Gilmour Place.

The embalmed bodies were moved to the city mortuary, where they were then stored.

Prosecutors were told of the discoveries but no proceedings were brought and the procurator fiscal said the bodies could be released for burial or cremation.

Edinburgh City Council has been discussing the burial of the couple with Mr Marcel since 2012 but applied for permission to bury them after he made no arrangements to do so.

In his written judgment in February, Lord Mulholland said the council understood Mr Marcel planned to build a refrigerated unit in his residential property within which the bodies would be stored.

This would be a temporary measure until a vault was built.

It is understood Mr Marcel's ultimate intention was to have the bodies of his parents transferred to the West Bank in the Middle East for burial.

Lord Mulholland in February said the city council has a "statutory duty" to dispose of the remains.

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Ex rugby player jailed for Dunbar raid

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:41
The 33-year-old was jailed for three years after taking part in the raid on a woman's East Lothian house.
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Youth work projects urged to apply for council funding now

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:38
The City of Edinburgh Council has £160,000 of funding available in the latest participatory budgeting project and they are specifically looking for applications from youth work projects Participatory budgeting is a way of allowing locals to have a say in the way public funds are used. It was first developed in Brazil and is now […]
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Son loses bid to stop disposal of parents' bodies

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:21
The Edinburgh man asked judges at the Court of Session for permission to have the UK Supreme Court hear his representations.
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Prepare to fight the Flu!

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:53
DCMO urges people with pre-existing conditions to get jab More than 1.8 million people in Scotland are being urged to get their flu vaccine as early as possible this winter to help protect themselves. People with health conditions which can make them more vulnerable to flu such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and bronchitis are […]
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Your pictures of Scotland: 7 October - 13 October

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:22
A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent between 7 October and 13 October.
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New pilgrimage route to be launched from East Lothian

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:18
The Forth to Farne Way will take modern-day pilgrims along pathways and through places linked to Christianity's earliest days in Scotland.
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European Challenge Cup: London Irish v Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:32
Team news as London Irish face Edinburgh in Saturday's Challenge Cup fixture at Madejski Stadium (15:00 BST).
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Portobello Book Festival 2017: A Community Triumph

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:15
  These days there are book festivals everywhere you look, from the dizzy heights of Hay-on-Wye to the cultured calm of Cheltenham.  Last weekend, however, I went out to the seaside to visit a festival that, in the words of one of the organisers, is ‘just a little bit different’. The Portobello Book Festival is […]
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Letter from Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:02
Seventy years ago work began on building the council housing estate where I now live.  What a different world it was then. But now that housing has come to the top of the political agenda again it’s worth making a few comparisons. The Inch estate in south Edinburgh was conceived in the immediate aftermath of […]
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