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Vue Omni Centre Hosts EIFF Films

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 23:30
For the first time the Vue Omni Centre on Greenside Place will host films from the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  2017 sees the 70th Anniversary Year of the festival and an array of World Perspectives films will be screened at the Vue. Robert Smith, General Manager at Vue Omni Centre, said: “The EIFF is such […]
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Speedway – Cook celebrates after three near misses

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:43
Craig Cook claimed the British Championship after three near misses and the former Edinburgh Monarchs captain immediately praised the team behind him. The Belle Vue and Workington star blasted underneath Aces’ team-mate Steve Worrall, another former Monarchs rider, to hit the front in a tense Grand Final and climb to the top of the rostrum. […]
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Deidre Brock MP adds extra surgery this Friday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:26
The newly re-elected MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, Deidre Brock MP,  is holding an extra surgery this Friday at Sainsbury’s in Craigleith. She invites you to go along and tell her about any problems you have. Deidre’s contact details are below if you wish to contact her. Ms Brock was announced as part of the […]
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Liam Fee probe finds ‘missed opportunities’ to step in

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:20
A probe into the death of a toddler ­murdered by his mother and her civil partner has found “missed opportunities across services” which could have “potentially ­prevented” the harm he suffered.
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Film Review: ‘Churchill’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 21:56
Churchill Directon: Jonathan Teplitzky Screenplay: Alex von Tunzelmann Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, James Purefoy, John Slattery, Julian Wadham Length: 98 minutes Rating: PG In the 21st century, we appear to be in a new golden age of Winston Churchill as the subject of cultural depictions. Most notable are Albert Finney in ‘The Gathering Storm’ […]
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Hearts Main Stand Memorabilia Auction Takes Place This Sunday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:56
As the redevelopment of Tynecastle Park continues apace. Hearts Main Stand Memorabilia Auction takes places this coming Sunday, 25th June in the Gorgie Suite.   The event will give collectors the opportunity to own unique mementos from the Archibald Leitch Main Stand with artefacts and curios to match a variety of budgets. The day will […]
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Grenfell cladding 'not used' on Scots council high-rises

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:50
Local authorities with tower blocks over 18m confirm that they do not use the cladding linked to the London fire.
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Dame Katherine to deliver keynote speech at Wood Foundation event

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:59
Tomorrow in Perth the most decorated female Olympian, Dame Katherine Grainger will deliver the keynote speech to more than 1000 secondary school pupils from across Scotland, including some from schools in Edinburgh.   This event will be hosted by the Wood Foundation who founded the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative YPI in 2008 and will celebrate […]
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Music school the preferred option for the old Royal High

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:24
Over 81% of those asked favour the scheme to turn the old Royal High School into a music school over a hotel development. The Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT), who are behind the music school proposals for the empty building on Calton Hill, have reported the findings from an Ipsos MORI poll today. The […]
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Witness appeal following attempted robbery in Leith

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:08
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Leith which took place around 8.40 a.m. this morning at the Day-Today Express store on Albion Road. A 42-year-old woman was working behind the counter when a man entered and presented a knife before demanding money. The shopkeeper refused and the male exited the store, making off […]
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Assault investigated at Edinburgh fire flat

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:11
A woman was taken to hospital and residents evacuated following the fire in Forrest Road in Edinburgh.
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Sex attacker fled after woman's dogs came to her aid

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:09

A sex attacker targeted a lone woman dog walker in Fife but fled after her pets came to her aid.

Alexander McIlravie, 26, formerly of Rossend Terrace, Burntisland, knocked his victim to the ground and told her he wanted sex as she tried to fight him off and held her two dogs on their leads.

The dogs were barking loudly and continuously and McIlravie told her to let them go. The woman did but the animals stayed beside her to protect her.

McIlravie told her he had "a blade" and he would cut the pets if she did not make them shut up, but she told him the dogs would not go anywhere.

The mother-of-two continued to struggle with her assailant but he was too strong for her and repeatedly punched her on the head.

The pets harassed the attacker and continued to bark until he got up and fled.

McIlravie was later found with injuries which a doctor said were consistent with dog bites. A court heard that the woman believed it was the presence and actions of her dogs that made him break off his attack.

He had denied sexually assaulting the woman at Burntisland Links on November 11, 2015, with intent to rape her, but was earlier convicted of the crime by a jury at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

McIlravie could now face a life sentence after a judge expressed concern that the Crown had chosen to prosecute in the sheriff court rather than the High Court.

During the attack he pinned the woman down and repeatedly stated he intended to have sex with her and that he had a knife.

The woman had gone out on the dark stormy evening to exercise her dogs and became aware of a male running at her who she thought would pass by her.

But McIlravie jumped on her back and she went to the ground where he pinned her face down.

After he fled she phoned her mother who contacted police. The woman said that following the attack she did not go out on her own at night and felt she had lost the freedom to go where she wanted.

Sheriff Alastair Thornton sent the case to the High Court, which has greater powers of sentencing, to consider whether a risk assessment order should be made which can lead to the imposition of an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR).

Under an OLR the court imposes a minimum jail sentence to be served but any future release is left to the parole authorities to decide.

When the case was called before Lord Uist at the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday, the judge asked: "Why was this case prosecuted in the sheriff court?"

Advocate depute Martin Richardson said the question had occurred to him on considering the papers, but he had been unable to obtain a clear answer in the time available.

Lord Uist said: "Even without the accused's background, an assault of this nature on an innocent woman out walking her dogs would, I would have thought, have merited High Court proceedings."

The judge said it was "a matter of concern" that such a charge was prosecuted in the sheriff court.

He added: "When the case next calls I will require an explanation as to why these proceedings were brought in the sheriff court."

The judge made a risk assessment order and will receive a report on the risk posed to the safety of the public if McIlravie is at liberty.

McIlravie, who has previous convictions for assault, will be held in Perth prison while the report is prepared.

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Witness appeal following assault and fire in Forrest Road

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:58
Police are appealing for witnesses after a fire in Forrest Road in the early hours of this morning. A joint investigation is being carried out with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service following the fire which started around 12.15 am. Residents in the block had to be evacuated and one woman was taken to hospital […]
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Design plans for Edinburgh's new Ross Bandstand revealed

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:18

Seven competing designs for the new Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens have been revealed.

Architects from around the world have put forward their proposals for the iconic location beneath Edinburgh Castle.

A £25 million project will see the existing 80-year-old bandstand replaced, a visitor centre added and landscaping work in West Princes Street Gardens.

Writer Alexander McCall Smith and architect Ada Yvars will be on the jury which will pick the winning bid in August.

Norman Springford, chairman of the Ross Development Trust, said: "The revival of this, one of Edinburgh's best and most prominent sites, is a hugely exciting prospect and we now have seven fascinating design concepts from some of the world's most in-demand creative minds."

The shortlist of proposals

William Matthews Associates and Sou Fujimoto Architects said its plans were defined by the design brief as "a place for people."

They show a walkway which forms a giant spiral, inspired by the stone circles of Orkney, which offers a panoramic view of the gardens.

The firm said the rings "blend into the urban context of Princes Street on one side and the Gardens on the other, ready to come alive for the cultural events for which Edinburgh is famous."

A design firm called wHY, based in the US, said that "without nature, the city is lifeless."

Its design for the pavilion aims to emphasise the natural beauty of the area.

The American firm said: "There are glimpses of history and the promise of a performance."

The Norway-based Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter said its design would be "a symbolic place for all of Scotland" as well as Edinburgh.

Of its design, it said it was "simple but bold" and would allow the pavilion to host a wide variety of events.

It would be complemented by water terracing that "recalls the Nor' Loch," which was drained to make way for Princes Street Gardens.

Another design to draw inspiration from Nor' Loch is that of Page\Park Architects which was previously selected as the chosen firm to take on the Glasgow School or Art restoration.

Its bandstand would centre around "a typology of a grotto fed by springs for assembly, marriage, song and dance - the Nymphaeum".

As well as the performance venue, Page/Park's new Ross Pavilion would add a visitor centre to the stage.

The design from English company Flanagan Lawrence has been described as a "project of contrasts".

As well as the difference in feel between the New and Old Towns, the new bandstand would be able to accommodate both small and large-scale events within and beyond the gardens. 

The London firm would also install a visitor centre. 

One of the few to circle around the main performance area, the design from the Bjarke Ingels Group and "its gently undulating canopy reflects the movement of the terrain below and the light of the sky above".

The Copenhagen firm hopes its plans will give a sense of momentum to the Bandstand in its "dramatic setting".

It also aims to update the surrounding planting and refresh the historic gardens.

The final design aims to "honour the legacy and architectural language of the original bandstand that was once the beating heart of the Gardens".

Adjaye Associates promises a flexible performance area which would become an icon for the city as was its predecessor.

Lord provost Frank Ross said: "The global response to the competition reaffirms the worldwide interest a city like Edinburgh commands.

"It really is exciting to see the possibilities for the Ross Pavilion unfold and on display in the City Art Centre.

"We welcome all thoughts and comments from our citizens on the short-listed schemes.

"One of these designs is set to become one of Edinburgh's most important new venues."

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Liam Fee murder: Case review highlights 'missed opportunities'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:09
A Significant Case Review says the toddler's carers were "devious and manipulative" and misled officials.
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Aberdeen Bay offshore wind research projects announced

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:07
The three million euro offshore wind research programme is thought to be the largest of its kind.
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Vision for future of policing in Scotland laid before Parliament

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:07
A vision for the future of policing in Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament following one of the most extensive consultation exercises ever under taken in Scotland. The Policing 2026 strategy sets out ambitious plans to build the police service that Scotland needs for the future, and to make it financially and operationally […]
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Liam Fee: Medics believed lies about child 'self-harming'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:53

The mother of two-year-old Liam Fee and her partner convinced doctors he was "self-harming" in order to cover up their abuse, it has emerged.

Rachel Trelfa and her civil partner Nyomi Fee were jailed for murdering the toddler at a house in Thornton, Fife in March 2014.

A significant case review has now been held into Liam's death, which found there were "missed opportunities" from different agencies to intervene.

It found Trelfa and Fee were "manipulative" and "devious" as they covered up the child abuse, playing one professional against another.

They falsely claimed injuries had been caused by Liam "self-harming" - an explanation which was not sufficiently challenged, the review found.

The report, authored by Dr Jacqueline Mok and released on Tuesday, said concerns were raised by a childminder and nursery staff who noticed injuries on Liam.

It said: "The clinicians accepted the mother's explanation that (Liam) was self-harming and added that lack of stimulation contributed to the self-harm.

"This led to a de-escalation of concerns. In the majority of occasions in child protection assessments, the medical evidence is not definitive, as it was on this occasion.

"For professionals to have accepted the mother's explanation that the injuries were self-inflicted, without further robust enquiries led to an incomplete assessment.

"At the medical examination (Liam's) weight loss was not recognised, and child abuse and neglect were not considered as likely differential diagnoses for his presenting problems."

The report said a more complete medical assessment would have found that the injuries were most likely from child abuse.

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It continued: "The records showed little evidence of professional curiosity. The mother and her partner's allegations of (Liam's) self-harming behaviour were accepted by professionals from all services despite statements to the contrary from staff who saw or worked with him."

Commenting on the report, the independent chair of Fife's Child Protection Committee Alan Small said: "The tragic death of Liam Fee shocked and saddened the nation.

"The appalling nature of the crimes committed against him have affected us all, and are all the more sickening by the fact they were carried out by his own mother and her partner, people that were supposed to be loving him, nurturing him and protecting him. They are now serving life in prison for his murder."

He continued: "The results of the significant case review paint a picture of services that struggled to see through the actions of devious and manipulative parents.

"There were missed opportunities across services to intervene and provide support to the family and services are aware that they could have done better to support Liam.

"It's clear that professionals who were making strenuous efforts to act in Liam's interests were drawn in by the demands and needs of Liam's mother and her partner who were adept at playing the system, using 'disguised compliance' to play one professional against another.

"Aspects of this case could have been managed more effectively. Better information sharing should have helped services see the bigger picture and this would have helped in coordinating support to the children. All agencies involved fully accept the findings of the review."

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Edinburgh's Ross Bandstand architects shortlisted

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:49
It is hoped a new pavilion to replace Edinburgh's Ross bandstand will revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.
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HSBC to create 500 new posts in Scotland

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:30
The bank is expanding its global risk operations in Edinburgh and customer contact centre in Hamilton.
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