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No criminality in Neil Lennon's celebration at Ibrox

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:18

Police say Hibs manager Neil Lennon did not commit a crime when he celebrated a goal during his team's 3-2 win against Rangers.

The Northern Irishman was criticised by some Rangers fans for what they perceived as "inflammatory" actions during the match.

Lennon appeared to cup his ears and make a gesture as he celebrated an early goal during his side's victory in Glasgow.

Police say there was no criminality involved, however, and a separate inquiry is under way into threats made against Lennon following the game.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "After discussion with the procurator fiscal we established that no criminality took place. No further action will be taken."

Following the match, Lennon insisted he had no concerns about the reaction to his celebration.

"I didn't make a gesture, I celebrated a goal," he said.

"If they are unhappy about it they can come and tell me. But I shouldn't get into trouble for doing that.

"I am celebrating a goal. What way are you supposed to celebrate a goal?"

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Panda enclosure incident at Edinburgh Zoo prompts safety fears

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:58
Staff at Edinburgh Zoo raise concerns after a panda was let back into an enclosure while a keeper was still inside.
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Superbike rider dies in fall during championship race

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:48

Tributes have been paid to a superbike rider who died during a championship race.

The 63-year-old, named locally as Frank Dignan, of Haddington, East Lothian, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday in nearby East Fortune.

He had taken part in races at the circuit for more than 40 years.

The race, which took place in part of the airfield at the National Museum of Flight, was suspended and officers say inquiries are continuing.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Police in East Lothian responded to East Fortune at around 2.50pm on Saturday after a motorcycle rider came of his bike during the Scottish Auto Cycle Union championship race.

"As a result of this incident, the 63-year-old man sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Racing was suspended and road policing officers are continuing with their inquiries."

The Scottish Auto Cycle Union has paid tribute to the family and friends of Mr Dignan.

A statement was also issued by Mr Dignan's club.

It read: "The Melville Motor Club regret to announce the loss of club member Frankie Dignan, from Haddington, on Saturday August 12 2017.

"Frankie was competing in the motorcycle racing event at his local circuit, East Fortune, when he fell at Campbell's Hairpin, towards the end of the Scottish Superbikes race.

"He was attended immediately by the circuit medical team and sent by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but sadly succumbed to his injuries."

It added: "Frankie had raced at East Fortune since 1974 and will be terribly missed.

"The Melville Club sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends."

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Panda and pelican among animals to escape Edinburgh Zoo

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:42

A total of eleven animals have escaped from their enclosures at Edinburgh Zoo over the past five years.

A red panda and four red river hogs are among the attraction's animals to have made a run for it.

Last month, Bruce the red panda climbed over tree barriers to enjoy a look around the zoo before being coaxed back into his enclosure by staff.

Details of escapes over the past five years were released to STV News under freedom of information legislation.

The figures do not include an incident from last year, reported this week, when a keeper had to flee after a giant panda returned to its enclosure while it was being cleaned.

Bruce, the four red river hogs, a cattle heck bull and an ibis bird all fled in 2012.

The following year, a bateleur eagle, a macaw and a pelican got out.

In 2016, a Madagascar teal broke free from its enclosure.

The bull was the biggest animal to break free. The 950lb animal, with horns that can reach up to 3ft, was out of his enclosure for around 40 minutes after losing a fight for dominance against another bull.

It had to be tranquillised to be recaptured and was so badly injured it was put down.

The four red river hogs escaped during a transfer. The two adults and two youngsters were recaptured a short while later and continued to their new home.

The bright red ibis called Cherry made one of the most successful escape attempts, making a tour of the city before settling at Cramond beach, in the north of the capital.

It took a combined team effort of zookeepers and the Scottish SPCA four days to bring the bird back into captivity.

It is thought she escaped out of a hole chewed through a fence by a squirrel.

A bateleur eagle made a similar daring escape while taking part in a birds of prey display.

The eagle spent two days free from its cage, flying about in the area surrounding the zoo.

The macaw was killed in a nearby animal enclosure after taking part in a display.

While there was no escape, in 2014 the gate to the jaguar enclosure was left unlocked. The big cat remained oblivious but the zoo still recorded the health and safety incident.

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Zoo said: "Animal escapes are an extremely rare occurrence at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and we take the issue extremely seriously.

"All our staff receive regular training in our animal escape procedures and our Living Collections team are trained in animal capture and restraint methods.

"We also have in-house veterinary and firearms teams to assist in case of emergency."

Police Scotland said officers had been called to 12 animal-related events at the zoo over the five years.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue teams helped in over 400 incidents

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:30
The members of national body Scottish Mountain Rescue helped 627 people last year.
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Coalition unveils programme for the Capital

City of Edinburgh Council - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:02
The Coalition today published ambitious plans to deliver improved services for the Capital’s residents and communities.
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Dunfermline sign striker Andy Ryan from Airdrieonians

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:01
Dunfermline sign striker Andy Ryan for an undisclosed fee from Airdrieonians.
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Man charged with sexual assault of woman at bus stop

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:13

A man has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman at a bus stop in West Lothian.

The 33-year-old woman was allegedly attacked between Drovers Road and Little Sheil Road in East Calder at around 7.40am on July 10.

Police said the 34-year-old man had also been charged with breach of the peace.

He appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court on August 9 and will make his next appearance on October 25.

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East Coast Buses celebrating their first birthday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:13
East Coast Buses Ltd is celebrating running buses to East Lothian for a year so they had a cake!  The service was launched on 14 August 2016 and was created as a rescue package following First Scotland East Ltd’s announcement that it would be ceasing operations in the area. Since then, East Coast buses, which is […]
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Amateurs: Edinburgh Caledonian pick up where they left off

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:30
Edinburgh Caledonian began life in LEAFA Sunday Morning Division 1 with a merciless 10-0 hammering of Roseburn Thistle at the Gyle.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 Review – Jonny & The Baptists: The Best of 2012-2017 ****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:18
There are a lot of clever performers at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. If your idea of a clever performance is one of biting satire then Jonny & The Baptists is a show for you. Not so much biting satire as sinking their molars, refusing to let go and drawing blood from the curiosities of […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – REVIEW – Show Up***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:04
Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late with Lance!) turns the often vilified clichés of the solo show genre on their clichéd heads.  Using an arsenal of Post-it® Notes, Pete transforms the real-life audience experiences into a comedic, vibrant, life-story that’s daring and different each time.  You get to control the content, set and […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Clean Sheets ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:59
What do a soon-to-be disgraced politician and a troubled bellhop have in common? They are both trapped in a hotel elevator, between the fourteenth floor and the basement, forcing them to face up to their darkest secrets, in this debut play from Billy Liar & Freddy Fudd Pucker. The Free Fringe is a mixed bag.  […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Mark Row

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:52
From zero experience of stand-up to the fringe in just a year… you’re having a laugh! Mark Row and The Free Festival Presents A1: The Long Road to Edinburgh Did you hear the one about the teacher who decided to take a stand-up comedy show to the largest arts festival in the world, despite having no prior experience?  Well […]
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Book prize announced at festival

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:49
The James Tait Black Prize is to be shared by an Irish and a Scottish writer.
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Flagship £3bn aircraft carrier to arrive at home dock

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:34

The UK's newest aircraft carrier will arrive in her home dock this week after completing the latest round of sea trials, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

The £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday, a day earlier than previously expected, after weather conditions had formerly prevented the exact date from being set.

The 65,000-tonne carrier, the largest warship ever to be built in Britain, is expected to be the Navy's flagship craft for at least 50 years.

The 280-metre vessel was previously forecast to reach its Hampshire base between August 17-22, after setting out from Scotland's Rosyth dockyard in June.

More than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines took part in a training exercise aboard the American USS George HW Bush earlier this month, in preparation for the ship's entry into service.

The carrier will remain without aircraft until flying trials are conducted in the United States next year, with 10 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 aircrew expected to take part.

Preparations for the ship's arrival, along with her 700 staff, saw more than 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment removed from Portsmouth harbour to enable her to reach her future docking at Portsmouth Naval Base.

In a statement on August 7, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon heralded the HMS Queen Elizabeth's impending arrival, and declared that she would be deployed "across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies".

Sir Michael visited the craft for the first time in July, when he hailed the return of "big decks and fast jets", and described the large-scale engineering project as "great for British industry".

The warship is expected to arrive in Portsmouth shortly after 7am on Wednesday, where it will become the latest in a long line of prestigious ships to be docked in the port.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Scotland’s Wild Heart

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:08
Music (folk, film) The fundamental essence of the Highlands’ natural wonders distilled. Could this be an upstart artisan usquebae? Not quite, but something of equal, immersive ecstasy to shiver the heart and senses. Speaking of Scotland’s Wild Heart, narrator Ewan MacGregor said, “It’s incredibly beautiful and made me incredibly homesick. On the face of it, […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – REVIEW The Establishment: Eton Mess ***

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:02
Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from energetic duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost.  Two ultra-privileged British gents struggling to hold onto their whimsical world of cricket, tea and secret arms deals.  ‘Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show… Eton Mess, […]
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Alastair McIntosh: Poacher’s Pilgrimage – An Island Journey

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:57
Alastair McIntosh was born in 1955 at Leurbost on Lewis, that northern part of a Hebridean island with two names, two identities.  Forty-three years earlier, a certain Mary Anne MacLeod had been born just eight miles away in the village of Tong. The First World War had decimated the male population of the island, leaving […]
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Police clarify procedure within Call Handling Centres

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:44
Following recent media reports about Police Scotland answering calls for the Metropolitan Police and the Police Service of Northern Ireland Nelson Telfer, ACC Service and Protection has issued a statement explaining how the service works. He said: “Some of you may have seen reports in the media over the past couple of days about Police […]
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