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Bruntsfield - world's fourth oldest golf club - votes for women members after 257 years

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:16
Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society in Edinburgh - the world's fourth oldest club - votes to end 257 years of tradition by permitting women members.
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Mystery man found in cathedral identified by police

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:43

A mystery man who took ill in an Edinburgh cathedral and could not remember who he was has been identified as a missing Italian father.

Media in Italy have reported that the family of Salvatore Mannino, 52, confirmed his identity after Scottish police sent a photograph and description of his unique tattoos to the European authorities.

Mr Mannino collapsed in St Giles' Cathedral on September 20 and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Nearly a month later, the unidentified patient still had no memory of his identity and did not know where he came from.

After an investigation, police in Scotland believed he could have been Mr Mannino, who vanished from his home near Pisa on September 19.

After looking at weather forecasts for Aberdeen and Edinburgh, the father-of-four disappeared.

He left €10,300 in cash at home along with a cryptic note that his 18-year-old son, Filippo, believed read: "Forgive me, I'm sorry."

His mobile phone, credit cards and wallets were left behind, but his identity card was missing.

Police Scotland would not officially confirm the hospitalised man's identity, but were pleased to report they now know who he is.

A spokesperson stated: "Police in Edinburgh are pleased to confirm that the identity of a man who took unwell within St Giles' Cathedral on Thursday, September 20 has now been established.

"Officers would like to thank the public and media who shared our appeals for information and assisted with this investigation."

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Brexit: 'My business will probably end up going under'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:28

The owner of a Scottish soap ingredients manufacturer has told STV News how she fears her company will "probably end up going under" due to Brexit.

Elizabeth Carnahan, who runs Stirlingshire-based Gracefruit, highlighted supply shortages and currency fluctuations as reasons her small firm is already struggling.

The 51-year-old's business, which she founded back in 2004, depends heavily on Europe, with two-thirds of her buyers coming from EU nations.

It comes as a new report from the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) found a fifth of companies in Scotland are less optimistic than a year ago.

And this is being felt most keenly among manufacturers, particularly small ones, who are posting their first negative results for business confidence in two years.

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For Ms Carnahan, October is supposed to be one of her busiest times of year - but many of the shelves in Gracefruit's warehouse in Longcroft near Falkirk are lying bare.

Her business is suffering from significant supply chain problems. "A lot of our suppliers aren't holding the stock that they used to hold, so we can't get product," she explained.

Another conundrum is what to do with the little stock she does have on-site, given the UK's withdrawal date from the EU of March 29 next year is rapidly approaching.

"We don't know much stock to hold - we don't know if we can sell it after next March," she said.

"Business is not risk-free but Brexit is making it increasingly difficult for companies like mine to stay competitive, especially against other firms in the EU, and it's making it very difficult to plan."

The SCC report cites rising costs for raw materials as a growing pressure for manufacturers across the industry, which are linked to a range of economic and trade factors beyond Brexit.

But the study, which surveyed Scottish businesses across all sectors, also found that more than two-thirds of firms have conducted no Brexit-related risk assessment.

'As a result of Brexit, this company will go out of business.' Elizabeth Carnahan, Grapefruit

Ms Carnahan is one of many business owners who cites a lack of clarity from the UK Government and its negotiations with Brussels as the cause for this lack of planning.

She told STV: "There's no information coming out of the negotiations - we have no better idea now than we had in June 2016.

"As far as I'm concerned, nothing has changed, everything is up in the air, and trying to run a business in this much uncertainty is proving really difficult.

"We can't get the products that we need, because there are shortages.

"The exchange rate has been a wrench and I don't know if I can sell to my customers after March 29 next year."

Asked what she thinks will happen to her company, Ms Carnahan replied: "I think we'll probably end up going under...

"As a result of Brexit, this company will go out of business."

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Man with 'religion issues' set fire to church and temple

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:05
Paul Johnson told police he wanted to watch a Methodist church and a Sikh temple burn down.
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‘Noisy and disruptive’ overnight works to take place at Waverley

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:56
Residents within the vicinity of Edinburgh Waverley are to experience ‘noisy and disruptive’ overnight works as part of a project to upgrade station platforms.
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Delivery driver sought after woman seriously assaulted

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:19

A deliver driver is being sought after a woman was seriously assaulted in a house.

The attack happened in a house in St Ninians, Stirling, on Friday, October 12.

Officers want to trace a delivery driver who assisted the woman following the incident.

He is Asian, with limited English, and drove a dark Toyota Avensis.

Detective inspector Hugh Louden said: "We are eager to trace a man who we believe to be a key witness.

"He is believed to be a delivery driver travelling in the Springkerse area on Friday night.

"He is understood to have helped the woman involved and police believe that he can potentially assist with our ongoing enquiries into this incident.

"I'd ask the man, or anyone who may know who he is, to please contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Hay bales worth £30,000 destroyed in suspicious fire in East Lothian

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:13
Police said about 1,000 bales caught fire at the farm in East Lothian.
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Child burial charge exemptions in Edinburgh extended by council

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:53
The council will waive fees for burials and cremations for under-18's in Edinburgh.
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Elements 4 – jewellery exhibition and sale 19-21 October

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:11
At Lyon & Turnbull’s auction house over the next few days there will be an exhibition of gold, silver and jewellery organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers. From 19-20 October Elements 4 will feature items of jewellery for sale ranging from £50 to £15,000. 33 jewellery makers […]
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Man admits setting fire to Sikh temple and church doors

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:10

A man who has "issues" with religion set fire to a Sikh temple and a church.

Paul Johnson used petrol from a container to ignite the doors of Edinburgh's Guru Nanak Sikh Temple and Leith Methodist Church because he wanted to make a "political statement".

He told police he wanted to watch the premises burn down and hoped to be arrested.

Johnson, 49, admitted two charges of willful fireraising, aggravated by religious prejudice, on August 28 when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday.

The court heard the attack on the Sikh temple was unplanned and was only carried out when unemployed Johnson came across the building.

Shortly before 5am, a witness heading to the temple to pray spotted the fire and immediately raised the alarm with a man sleeping inside in the family quarters.

It took two engines, two high-reach vehicles and 11 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

A few hours later, the caretaker at Leith Methodist Church noticed a smell of petrol and burning and cleaned up the area around the front door after realising there was no fire damage of note.

He later contacted police after hearing about the incident at the temple.

CCTV footage from the area around the church showed Johnson approach the door with a jerry can just after midnight. 

He was then recorded repeatedly lighting paper and throwing it towards the door before running away.

between 12.03am and 12.13am showed Johnson approaching the church door, with a flash of light then visible.

Police arrested Johnson after spotting him in Leith in the early hours of August 30.

'The accused was asked what his intention was by setting fire to the building and he stated that he wanted to watch them burn down' Alan Cameron

Asked about his involvement in the two fires, he immediately told officers: "I did it."

Advocate depute Alan Cameron told the court: "The accused was asked as to his motivation for the fires and stated that he was looking to make a political statement, but would not provide further details.

"When asked whether this was religiously motivated he stated that he has no issue with any particular religion but his issues are with religion and God in general.

"The accused was asked what his intention was by setting fire to the building and he stated that he wanted to watch them burn down."

Johnson, listed as a prisoner in Edinburgh, will be sentenced next month.

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TVL Consultation launched by Council

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:46
The City of Edinburgh Council today (Wednesday) opened a citywide consultation on proposals for a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) or ‘Tourist Tax’. Having conducted detailed research, informal engagement with industry stakeholders and an in-depth survey of residents and visitors, the Council last month set out key aspects of how a scheme could look. Now, views […]
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Barry Ferguson: Ex-Scotland & Rangers captain named Kelty Hearts manager

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:40
Former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson is appointed manager of Lowland League side Kelty Hearts.
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Pond mud snails are back in the Pentlands

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:06
More than 80 pond mud snails which are in danger of extinction have been reintroduced to a pond in the Pentlands. Conservationists have created a special habitat for them after breeding the species at Edinburgh Zoo. Buglife Scotland are running the Marvellous Mud Snails project in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Native to […]
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Double Injury Blow For Hearts

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:43
  Hearts have been dealt a double injury blow with the news that defender John Souttar and striker Uche Ikpeazu will be out of action for up to five months. Souttar, whose performances in maroon have been outstanding this season and resulted him playing for Scotland in their recent internationals, has a hip injury. The […]
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Gullane Clubs Together to raise funds for Jess Mackie Memorial

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:17
ONE of the country’s top golf clubs has raised over £3,000 for charity in memory of a schoolgirl who tragically passed away. Jess Mackie, from Gullane, East Lothian, was just 14-years-old when she sadly died earlier this year. To raise money for the memorial fund setup in her name, Gullane Golf Club used their annual […]
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Gilson Gray hires new Finance Director from rival firm

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:10
An Edinburgh legal firm has secured a significant coup from heavyweights Brodies to appoint a new Finance Director.   Gilson Gray has underlined its ambition to attract top industry talent by swooping to appoint Peter Coghlan, 43, from the rival firm. Peter has over 16 years’ experience in the Scottish legal industry and will work […]
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COMMENT – Technology will change care provision – providing industry keeps pace

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:01
Debbie Collins tells us that technology is developing rapidly and has the potential to revolutionise the way care is given by providers across the country – providing the industry keeps pace.   Investment in technology has far wider benefits than purely financial sustainability. TECHNOLOGY is one of the fastest moving industries on the planet and […]
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Popular CAJUN Combo Turns NASTY for Halloween

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 07:53
Poetry Circus and The Jennifer Ewan Band join forces at Woodland Creatures in Leith, with a brand new Halloween cabaret that takes music and spoken word into darker places than they have previously dared to venture! Murder Ballads is a non-stop badass medley of unsurpassable Cajun and Blues music (with a Scottish accent) paired with […]
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Film Review: ‘First Man’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 07:47
First Man Direction: Damien Chazelle Screenplay: Josh Singer Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Length: 141 minutes Rating: PG 13 It is 1961 and Neil Armstrong (Gosling) has just landed a test flight, with difficulty, in the Mojave Desert, California. He has just piloted the hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft to the edge of the atmosphere and its […]
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Pentlands Book Festival – tickets now available

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 07:33
Pentlands Book Festival: tickets now released As detailed in the October print issue of The Edinburgh Reporter the Pentlands Book Festival has another strong programme this year: ranging from poetry with Jackie Kay, via the rebel Thomas Muir, to the crimes and mysteries of Val McDermid and Josephine Tay.  There are talks on whisky, rucksacks, bosons, […]
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